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A China Experience - China - 8 Nights

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The quintessential experience, this introductory tour offers a glimpse of China's glorious past, fascinating present and bright future with visits to the exceptional and contrasting cities of Xian, Beijing and Shanghai.
Itinerary
  • Day 1
    • Flight: Johannesburg (JNB) to Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Day 2
    • Flight: Hong Kong (HKG) to Shanghai (PVG)
    • Escorted Tours: A China Experience - 9 Days/ 8 Nights
  • Day 3-9
    • Escorted Tours: A China Experience - 9 Days/ 8 Nights
  • Day 10
    • Flight: Beijing (PEK) to Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Day 11
    • Flight: Hong Kong (HKG) to Johannesburg (JNB)
Full Itinerary

A China Experience - 9 Days/ 8 Nights

Day 1 Shanghai
Arrive in the exuberant city of Shanghai, called the Paris of the East. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. Dinner is included on the first night.

Day 2 Zhujiajiao Water Town
Visit Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai's sleepy water towns, built on an old canal system once used to transport goods all over imperial China. The town's narrow alleyways exude old-world charm, whilst the waterways are lined with ancient buildings and crossed by stone bridges. Return to Shanghai to enjoy the fine arts and antiquities of the Shanghai Museum, and explore People's Square. Dinner is traditional Shanghaies cuisine. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 3 Explore Shanghai
Shanghai is China's great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Today's explorations include the traditional Yu Garden, the Silk Museum and a stop in the old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 4 Tang Dynasty Dancing
Fly to Xian, the ancient former capital. Tonight feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 5 Terracotta Warriors
After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors. See the Xian Art Ceramics and Laquer Exhibition, and later stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian's old town. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 6 Xian Muslim Quarter
A relaxed morning includes a visit to the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda and time to walk through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Later, fly to Beijing, China's capital city. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 7 Imperial Beijing
Heading to Beijing's symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Later soak
up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. Experience a Chinese acrobatic show this evening. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 8 The Great Wall
This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight - the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. You will have an opportunity to visit a Jade Museum, where you will be able to buy a small handcrafted piece. Jade is revered throughout China, it is said to bring fortune and prosperity to those who wear it. Savour an afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you see the traditional Chinese gardens and exquisite architecture. Today's sightseeing is the perfect way to build up your appetite for Beijing's best-known delicacy - Peking duck, after which there is an option to enjoy a Kung Fu show. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 9 Depart Beijing
Tour ends after breakfast

Possible Hotel List
Please note that there is no international classification system for hotels and differences in facilities and quality may exist between South Africa and Asia.

Change of Booking:
If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, we will endeavour to make these changes, but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be from the Travel Agent. You will be asked to pay an administration charge as set out below per person and any further cost we incur together with any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers in making this alteration.

Shanghai Hotels:
Jin Jiang Hua Ting Hotel & Towers
1200 North Cao Xi Road, Shanghai.
Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel
800 Lingling Road, Xuhui, Shanghai.

Beijing Hotels:
Holiday Inn Beijing Temple of Heaven
No.1 Ding An Dong Li,
South 3rd Ring Road, Beijing
Jiangxi Grand Hotel
8 Heng Yi Tiao Road
Fengtai District, Beijing

Xian Hotels:
Golden Flower
8 Chang Le Road West,
Xincheng District, Xian.
Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel
172 Lian Hu Road, Xian, Shaanxi.
Terms & Conditions

Peak season surcharges and block out dates may apply. Prices are per person sharing, unless otherwise specified. All prices are indicative and correct at time of loading onto the Thompsons website and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, rate increases, airfare increases and availability. For standard terms and conditions refer to www.thompsons.co.za E&OE

Exclusions

All Items of a personal nature. Meals not mentioned. Medical and Travel insurance.


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