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Glories of China - 12 Nights

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Discover the extraordinary landscapes of the Li River and Guilin as well as enjoying the highlights of China including the urban splendour of Shanghai, Beijing and Xian and the magnificent Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors.
Itinerary
  • Day 1
    • Flight: Johannesburg (JNB) to Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Day 2
    • Flight: Hong Kong (HKG) to Shanghai (PVG)
    • Escorted Tours: Glories of China - 13 Days/ 12 Nights
  • Day 3-13
    • Escorted Tours: Glories of China - 13 Days/ 12 Nights
  • Day 14
    • Flight: Beijing (PEK) to Hong Kong (HKG)
    • Flight: Hong Kong (HKG) to Johannesburg (JNB)
Full Itinerary

Glories of China - 13 Days/ 12 Nights

Day 1 Arrive in 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. Diinet at hotel.

Day 2 Explore Shanghai
Shanghai is China's great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10thcentury temples. Start with a visit to Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai's sleepy water towns. Afterwards see the antiquities of the Shanghai Museum before admiring magnificent architecture with a stroll along the Bund. This evening, enjoy a meal of Shanghai cuisine. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel.

Day 3 Huangpu Cruise
Visit the peaceful Yu Garden, pass through the old town and visit the Silk Museum. View the city at night from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel.

Day 4 Giant Pandas
Fly to the scenic city of Guilin. Visit the Seven Star Park which is not only home to two Giant Pandas but also has beautiful scenery to stroll through. You can also explore the spectacular formations of Seven Star Cave. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel.

Day 5 Li River Cruise
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to the charming village of Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel.

Day 6 Yangsho
Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of jewel-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Spend the morning exploring the countryside before having an afternoon at leisure. There are many optional activities available including cycling, rafting and walking, though you may prefer to relax in the town. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel.

Day 7 Cormorant Fisherman
Travel back to Guilin by road. Stroll around Ronghu Lake and admire the Sun and Moon Pagodas - two towering examples of traditional Chinese- Buddhist architecture. The South China Pearl Museum covers the fascinating 1,700-year
history of pearling in the South China Sea with displays and demonstrations. There are also beautiful pieces available to buy. In the evening see the famous cormorant fishermen. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel.

Day 8 Tang Dynasty Dancing
Fly to the ancient city of Xian. Saunter around the beautiful Little Wild Goose Pagoda before feasting on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and watching an exuberant performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel.

Day 9 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. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Later, stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian's old town. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel.

Day 10 Bullet Train to Beijing
Board the bullet train to Beijing, the capital of China. Enjoy a fascinating rickshaw ride through the warrenlike hutongs, and visit a local family to gain a deeper insight into Chinese culture and local customs. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel.

Day 11 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. Visit a Jade Museum where you can understand the delicate process of carving this stone. In the afternoon savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander amongst traditional Chinese gardens and view the exquisite architecture. Round off the day with an evening Chinese acrobatic show. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel.

Day 12 Forbidden City
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. 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. This evening, relish Beijing's best known delicacy, Peking duck. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel.

Day 13
Tour ends after breakfast. Breakfats at hotel.

Possible Hotel List
The list of suggested hotels could change. Confirmed hotel names will be released 2 -3 weeks prior to departure.

Shanghai
Jin Jiang Hua Ting Hotel & Towers
Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel

Beijing
Holiday Inn Beijing Temple of Heaven
Jiangxi Grand Hotel

Xian
Golden Flower
Grand Dynasty Culture hotel

Gulin
Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

Yangshuo
Elite Garden Hotel

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.
Terms & Conditions

Prices are from a starting price per person sharing, subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuations and availability. Taxes are estimated and based on the current exchange rate and are subject to change. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Please note that airport taxes, fuel levies & surcharges are approximate and subject to change, the exact amount will be confirmed at time of booking. Valid for dates as specified. Group rates available on request. Thompsons Standard Terms and Conditions may apply. E & OE.

Exclusions

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


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