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Flavours of China

Highlights

  •  Taste the Famous Beijing Roast Duck and other specialty
  •  Visit All Beijing's Main Attractions
  •  Explore the Terracotta Army's museum
  •  Participate to a Special Cookery Course in Chengdu
  •  Admire the Giant Pandas
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Overview

A perfect culinary journey in China is the best for food and cooking lovers. China is famous worldwide for the wide variety of dishes in its cuisine. On this culinary trip, you will have plenty of time to freely explore wonderful sites in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, or just let the splendid Chengdu surprise you with the taste of its extraordinary local dishes. Enjoy the unique cooking lessons and understand the essence of Chinese culture!

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Info & Pricing for different groups

Uk Departure PeriodQuotations over 10 paxQuotations 6 to 9 paxSingle sup (Hotel)
Apr - Aug 2017/2018£ 1550/pp£ 1800/pp£ 450/pp
Sep - Nov 2017/2018£ 1565/pp£ 1800/pp£ 465/pp

 

The Tour Cost Includes

  • Twin room in specified hotels and room type specified 
  • Domestic flights: Xi’an-Chengdu-Shanghai in economy
  • Bullet train ticket: Beijing-Xi’an (first class)
  • English speaking local guides accompanying for all transfers and sightseeing
  • Transfers and all sightseeing on shared basis with group
  • The entrance fees to all listed sightseeing
  • Meals as specified B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner

Not Included in the Tour

  • International flights in Economy.
  • Chinese Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Meals not specified & drinks
  • Sightseeing not specified
  • Personal expenses, ie. Laundry, communication, use of internet, souvenirs etc.
  • Cost of tour manager: £ 1250/guide

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Flavours of China

Flavours of China

13 days visiting Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai

Day 1
Beijing

Departure from Home country to Beijing.

Day 2
Beijing

Arrival in Beijing and visit to Tiananmen Square en-route to the 4-star Shangri-La Traders Hotel. After time to relax, visit the Ming Temple of Heaven where the Emperors performed annual sacrificial rituals for good harvests. Enjoy a welcome Mongolian Hotpot dinner at Donglaishun Restaurant. (D)

Day 3
Beijing

Visit Jinsong Vocational School-The top vocational school of China to learn how to cook Chinese cuisine. Cook the Chinese lunch for yourself at school. In the afternoon, visit the Summer Palace, the imperial lakes and resorts created for Empress Cixi. Evening enjoy Imperial cuisine at Fangshan Restaurant which used to be the favourite restaurant for Empress Cixi (BLD)

Day 4
Beijing

Visit the magnificent Forbidden City. Then Drive north to visit the Great Wall at Badaling. Enjoy a traditional Peking Duck dinner. (BLD)

Day 5
Beijing - Xian

In the Morning explore the hutong area of Houhai Lake by rickshaw: visit a local family and enjoy tea ceremony. Enjoy a journey on the bullet train to Xian and transfer to the 4-star (officially 5-star) Titan Times Hotel. or similar. Enjoy famous dumpling dinner at Defachang Restaurant (BLD)

Day 6
Xian

Visit the world-renowned Terracotta Army – 7000 individually crafted life-sized figures, complete with chariots and horses. Afternoon visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Evening dinner and Tang- era music and dance performance. (BLD)

Day 7
Xian - Chengdu

Visit the Ming City Wall and the Hanyanling Museum where the Han ‘Lady Warriors’ are displayed, before flying to Chengdu and the Tibet Hotel. Enjoy Sichuan Dim Sum dinner tonight (BD)

Day 8
Chengdu

The main theme of the day is a one-day cooking class at local Cooking School-Longquanyi. There, you will learn the basic steps and try some local Sichuan cuisine. Then, visit Sichuan Cuisine Museum to appreciate the history of this famous regional cuisine. (BLD)

Day 9
Leshan

Drive to Leshan and take a cruise to marvel at the magnificent Giant Buddha, hewn from the mountainside in the 8th century, and 233ft high. Back in Chengdu visit the quaint old quarter at Jinli. Enjoy a Sichuan flavour Hotpot dinner at Huangchenglaoma followed by optional Sichuan opera performance. (BLD)

Day 10
Chengdu

This morning see the world’s beloved Giant Pandas at the Panda Research Base. Visit the People’s Park where the locals practise singing, Tai Chi and Ballroom dancing, walking the Cat Walk, and congregate for serious tea drinking. Join the locals for a taste of after- noon tea. Take the flight to Shanghai and the 4-star Equatorial Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 11
Shanghai

Visit the Yuyuan Garden and the old Chinese quarter with its colourful bazaar. Enjoy Shanghai Dim Sum at Lvbolang Restaurant. Continue to the Shanghai Tower and the Observation decks to admire bird’s eye views of Shanghai. After dinner, there will be an opportunity to take an optional cruise on the Huangpu River to admire the beautifully illuminated Bund and Pudong District. Enjoy the farewell dinner at Xiangqiangfang Restaurant (BLD)

Day 12
Shanghai

Enjoy a day of leisure in this fabulous city, or join optional tours locally (B)

Day 13
Shanghai - London

Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight with British Airways arriving later 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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Titan Times Hotel - Xian

Titan Times Hotel is ideally located at the gracious bordering on the world’s famous ancient city wall, breathing the fresh air from the beautiful greenery of the west countryside. Set close to the major Xian commercial zones, and takes only 30 minutes to the International Airport. Its 284 luxurious suites in unique design, is the first 5-star hotel in the Northwest region. Guests staying in may experience an enjoyable time working with built-in international hi-tech internet system. From check-in to enjoying favorite beverages at the Executive Lounge.
Ladies Floor - Titan Times Hotel also understands that tastes and lifestyle are what the fashionable young women going for. The Ladies Floors designed in a graceful and delicate way provide ladies a comfort and romantic private paradise. Changing times, Changing lives, however, the innovative services of Titan Times Hotel will remain forever.
 

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Tibet Hotel, Chengdu

The Tibet hotel has a selection of 300 guest rooms with modern comforts and conveniences.  There are 2 restaurants providing both Chinese and Western cuisine, and a bar.  There is also a beauty salon, fitness room, massage room and sauna.

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Hotel Equatorial Shanghai

A centrally located first-class hotel just minutes from historical districts and tourist attractions.  There is an indoor heated swimming pool, gym, steam and sauna room, hot and cold plunge pools, Jacuzzi, and massage service. Rooms and suites offer internet access, IDD telephone, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, safe and hair dryer. The Golden Phoenix Restaurant specialises in Cantonese cuisine while Café 65 serves open kitchen buffet 24 hours a day. There is also a coffee shop and a piano bar.

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