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Chinese New Year in Pingyao

Highlights

  •  Pioneering visit to UNESCO site Pingyao
  •  Stay at the exquisite Yunjingcheng Folk Guest House
  •  Join the locals to celebrate the New Year
  •  Optional pre-tour Harbin Snow and Ice Lantern Festivals
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from £ 1950

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Overview

Join in the Spring Festival here and feel the heartbeat of traditional China with its culture and traditions brought so vividly to life in authentic and sumptuous surroundings. You will stay at the Yunjincheng Folk Guest House, elegant and stylish accommodation converted from Ming- and Qing-era courtyard manor houses, and decorated to an impressively high standard. You may combine this tour with the Ice Lantern Festival in Harbin.

Pre-tour extension to Harbin’s Snow and Ice Lantern Festival

Rather than simply endure below-zero temperatures for half of the year, the residents of Harbin celebrate them with annual snow and ice festivals! The focal point of the snow festival is an amazing array of snow sculptures that have been traditional here since Manchu times, and every year, they seem to get more elaborate and spectacular. The Ice Lantern Festival takes place nearby, and its exhibits are primarily buildings and structures made entirely from ice and colourfully illuminated at night. One year the Great Wall sculpture was actually a giant ice-slide, there are ships, temples and towers made entirely from ice, replicas of Beijing’s Forbidden City and Summer Palace, the Louvre, cathedrals and many other world-famous buildings – even the footpaths are made of ice and brightly lit from below. A real winter wonderland!
 
3 nights in Harbin from £675 per person twin shared, single supplement from £135. Further details on request.

Price Includes

* Economy class flights
* Twin-shared accommodation with breakfast
* Transfers, transportation, meals and sightseeing as listed
* Services of English-speaking local Tour Manager and guides 
* Most air taxes
* UK Air Passenger Duty

Not Included:

* Tipping payable locally £40 per person
* Optional excursions, travel insurance, personal expenses and gratuities
* Any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after brochure publication
* Chinese visa

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Air China Business Class upgrades from £1695 return.

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Chinese New Year in Pingyao

Chinese New Year in Pingyao

8 Nights, covering Beijing, Taiyuan and Pingyao with New Year's Festival

Day 1
London - Beijing

Non-stop flight from London Heathrow to Beijing at 1740 with Air China.

Day 2
Beijing 2 nights

Arrive Beijing around midday and visit the vast Tiananmen Square and the quaint hutong quarter by Lake Houhai. Stay at the Shangri-La Traders Hotel. Welcome dinner in the evening. (D)

Day 3
Beijing

Morning visit to the magnificent Great Wall. In the afternoon continue to the Forbidden City, the complex of imperial palaces which were home to the Emperors for over 500 years. (BL)

Day 4
Beijing - Taiyuan 1 night

Morning visit to the beautiful Summer Palace before taking the bullet train to Taiyuan and staying overnight at the Shanxi Jinci Hotel. (BD)

Day 5
Taiyuan - Pingyao 3 nights

Morning visit to the lovely Jinci Temple, a masterpiece of ancient architecture with halls, pavilions, bridges and ancient trees in its grounds, including a cypress that has reportedly grown at an angle of 30 degrees for 900 years. Drive to the well- preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pingyao and stay for 3 nights at the Yunjincheng Folk Guest House. (BD)

Day 6
Pingyao (New Year’s Eve)

Visit the impressive ancient city wall, 30ft high and 15ft thick, with watchtowers, battlements, a moat, drawbridge and six city gates. Visit the Rishengchang, China’s first private bank. Stroll along the Ming- and Qing-era streets, looking very much as they did in their heyday. (BLD)

Day 7
Pingyao (New Year’s Day)

Visit the Shuanglin Temple complex just outside Pingyao. This complex is a World Heritage site - the temple has its origins in the early years of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534) and contains carvings from the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Afternoon at leisure. (BL)

Day 8
Pingyao - Taiyuan 1 night

Drive to Taiyuan with an en-route visit to Zhangbi village. Zhangbi is a cluster of buildings including remains from the Xian and Shang Dynasties (2070-1046BC), tunnels constructed in Sui and Tang, tombs from the Jin Dynasty, a theatre from Yuan, and residents buildings from Ming and Qing - a remarkable site. Continue to the exquisite 17th Century mansion of the wealthy Wang family. The luxurious and lavishly decorated compound covers over 45000 square metres and is considered to be the Forbidden City of Shanxi, and outshines the more well known Qiao Mansion. Overnight at the Shanxi Jinci Hotel. (BLD)

Day 9
Taiyuan - Beijing - London

Fly from Taiyuan to Beijing and connect to your non-stop Air China flight departing at around 1230, arriving London Heathrow at around 1555 the same day. (B)

Hotels

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Shangri-La Traders Hotel Beijing

A member of the renowned Shangri-La group, the 4-star Traders is a smart, contemporary hotel with 570 rooms measuring 28 sq m with complimentary broadband internet, safe, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer and iron and ironing board.

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Yunjincheng Folk Guest House, Pingyao

Scattered throughout the ancient streets of Pingyao are the exquisite Yunjincheng guest houses. All are built around courtyards, with graceful tiled roofs sweeping low over carved and painted doorways of dark wood, and guarded by mythological stone beasts perched on the eaves. 

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    An amazing and brilliant experience. Absolutely superb.

    - Mrs Medhurst, Chinese New Year in Pingyao

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    A great taster at a fantastic value for money. The National Guide was exceptionally good and the organisation was excellent. I would definitely use CTS Horizons again. Thank you for a great holiday.

    - Mr Gay, Chinese New Year in Pingyao

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