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Highlights of China

Dazzling cityscapes and tree-lined boulevards in Shanghai, fertile valleys and an ancient terracotta army in Xian, the Great Wall and spellbinding temples in Beijing. China’s famous sights and a spectacular 4-night Yangtze cruise are all present and correct on this exhilarating 16-day tour.

What's included

  • Scheduled flights from Heathrow with China Eastern or British Airways, or from Manchester with Lufthansa or similar scheduled airline, and internal flights
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 14 nights’ accommodation on a full-board basis and 1 night in flight
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guides
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
  • All airport taxes, security charges, UK Airline Passenger Duty, all state and local taxes, plus ATOL protection fee.

Included holiday highlights

  • Tour of the exciting city of Shanghai, including the Jade Buddha Temple (full day)
  • Discover the beautiful ancient city of Suzhou (full day)
  • Enjoy the stunning Shanghai Acrobatics show
  • Four-night cruise on the picturesque Yangtze Gorges
  • Get up close to endangered species at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre (half day)
  • See the ancient Han Tombs and experience the welcome ceremony at Xian City Wall
  • The world-famous Terracotta Army (half day)
  • See the significant Small Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Visit the magnificent Summer Palace in Beijing
  • The iconic Great Wall of China and Avenue of Statues (full day)
  • Try local delicacies at the Beijing Night Food Market
  • See Beijing landmarks including Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City (full day)

Optional excursions

  • Experience vibrant Shanghai by night
  • The magical Face Changing show in Chengdu
  • Cultural Tang Dynasty show in Xian
  • Kong Fu martial arts show in Beijing
  • Rickshaw ride around Beijing’s Hutong area
  • The Face Changing show, Tang Dynasty show and rickshaw ride can be pre-booked as a package from just £67 per person (subject to change for 2016).
Depart on your scheduled flight to Shanghai today.
You will arrive in Shanghai today, where you will be met by your Local Guide and transferred to your hotel, where a three-night stay has been arranged. Please note that dinner will be your first included meal today.

This evening why not join our optional excursion to experience this vibrant port by night.
Shanghai is an exciting city and we include a guided tour today. Highlights will be the thronging shopping thoroughfare of Nanjing Road, the traditional Old Town, with its ancient Wu Xing Ting Teahouse, and the classic Yu Yuan Gardens. You will also visit the beautiful Jade Buddha Temple and stroll along the Bund, the city’s famous riverside boulevard, which is lined with magnificent former colonial buildings.

Enjoy an included acrobatic show this evening.
After breakfast join our included full-day tour of Suzhou, which is situated on China’s historic Grand Canal. At its heart this beautiful 2,500-year-old city is famous for its landscaped gardens, narrow channels and traditional Chinese architecture. Many of the sites of the famous gardens of Suzhou, which date back as far as the 10th century, are still intact and some have been restored to their former glory, with a few listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

As you wander around, you’ll see narrow canals with cobblestone walks where rickety wooden houses lean against each other. Further highlights include the Lingering Garden or the Humble Administrator’s Garden, visits to the Institute of Silk Embroidery (Suzhou has been famous for its silk products since the days of Marco Polo), plus a canal cruise. After the tour you’ll return to Shanghai.
This morning you’ll transfer to the airport for a flight to Wuhan. From here you’ll travel by high-speed train to Yichang where you’ll board your cruise ship and set sail on a 4-night Yangtze cruise.
Your ship is one of the American Victoria Fleet of vessels which offer a stylish and comfortable cruising experience. You will cruise to the Three Gorges Dam, where you will pass through the locks. Your ship will then proceed upstream through Xiling Gorge, before continuing through the Wuxia and Qutang Gorges.
This morning you’ll disembark your ship before visiting Chongqing’s Eerling Park and Qicikou Old Town, you will continue by high-speed train to Chengdu.
This morning you will visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre, where you can view these endangered creatures. In the afternoon, you can explore bustling Jinli Street, where you can sample local delicacies, enjoy a cup of jasmine tea at a local park and visit traditional tea houses and silk workshops.

This evening attend an optional Face Changing show.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. On arrival, visit the Han Tombs and experience a welcoming ceremony at the City Walls before you transfer to your hotel, where you will stay for two nights.
Xian, the ‘City of Eternal Peace’, was once the flourishing capital of China.During today’s included excursion you will see the remarkable Terracotta Army at Li Shan Mountain. Discovered in the 1970s by farmers digging a well, this staggering collection of at least 6,000 life-size terracotta figures representing the Imperial Guard were interred in 200 BC with the first Qin emperor. They are grouped in battle order, rank by rank, some mounted on horse-drawn chariots, others armed with spears, swords and crossbows in a display of Chinese military power. You also visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda.

This evening you will be served a special dumpling dinner and later you may choose to join our optional excursion to a Tang Dynasty folklore show.
Today starts with a flight to Beijing. Daily life in Beijing, a city of bustling street markets and food stalls, crowded buses and friendly people, is a truly spellbinding sight. You’ll see ancient temples and exquisite palaces standing proudly beside vast 20th century civic buildings created by Chairman Mao and his people. The most modern architecture is the iconic Olympic buildings - these include the National Aquatics Centre, better known as the Water Cube, and the National Stadium, or the Bird’s Nest. You’ll visit the Temple of Heaven and visit the magnificent Summer Palace, the largest and best preserved imperial garden in China. Enjoy a boat ride on Kunming Lake.

Later you have the chance to round off your day with an optional Kong Fu show.
This morning we include a visit to the Great Wall at Badaling. Here you will have plenty of time to both admire this amazing structure as well as take a walk along the historic ramparts. Lunch is followed by a visit to the Sacred Way (Avenue of Statues). The path, which is slightly curved to fool evil spirits, is lined on either side with willows and carved stone statues.

This evening we include an excursion to a Night Food Market. Located in the heart of Beijing, you’ll find many culinary delicacies here. Be adventurous and try the more exotic snacks, such as silk worms or scorpions, or play it safe with dumplings or noodles, there’s plenty of choice if you’re still peckish after dinner.
Today we include a visit to Tiananmen Square, bordered by the Qianmen Gate, the Great Hall of the People and the Gate of Heavenly Peace. You will go through the gate, which forms the entrance to the incredible Forbidden City, to admire the magnificent buildings that house the Imperial Palace.

Later, why not opt to take a Hutong rickshaw ride around the old town.
Today you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Please note: We want you to get the most from your holiday with us so please be advised that this tour is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems.

To introduce you to China’s many extraordinary sights, our itineraries are very full with some early starts and long days, but they are also extremely rewarding.

Your meals Breakfast is Western continental-style, followed by Chinese lunch and dinner, each consisting of a variety of local dishes.

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Beijing Kung Fu Show

Beijing Kung Fu Show

from £23

Using traditional Martial Arts & Modern Theatre, the Legend of Kung Fu follows the story of a young boy found wandering outside an ancient temple. Like every boy in China, he dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master. On the road to enlightenment the young monk encounters many difficulties and temptations when overcoming his fears of becoming a Master of Kung Fu.

The show has English subtitles shown above the stage to keep you informed of the story line. The actors do not speak; the show is all Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics. It is the fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional arts which make this performance unique and spectacular.

The best Kung Fu performers from all over China have been found for this production and it shows on the stage. Their average age is just 17 years old.

Minimal Walking - Cultural - Amazing Performance

Rickshaw in Suzhou

Rickshaw in Suzhou

from £17

This is a great opportunity to enjoy the colourful sights of daily life in Suzhou, China’s answer to Venice with its interlocking canals and bridges. Take the weight off your feet and let your rickshaw driver show you around. You can get up close to all the activity in its bustling streets, food sellers and market traders with all their weird and wonderful things on sale!

Minimal Walking - Scenic - Highly recommended

Beijing Hutongs and rickshaw

Beijing Hutongs and rickshaw

from £18

We visit the Hutongs, which are the narrow streets or alleys of Beijing; these form the early traditional residential areas of Beijing. The Hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, namely a traditional courtyard. The neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a Hutong. The number of Hutongs in the city peaked in the 50’s at around 6000. Today, however, there’s considerably less. During our time in the Hutongs, you will visit local families to see how these traditional Beijingers still live, despite of the modern cosmopolitan city which surrounds them

Minimal Walking - Cultural - Highly recommended

Xian Tang Dynasty

Xian Tang Dynasty

from £24

This is a great night out in Xian, with a performance of Chinese Music and dance that originated in the Tang Dynasty of Chinese History. Considered the golden age of Chinese culture, this evening’s show of Tang folklore takes place with performers who are distinguished by their costumes of splendid extravagance and colours. A truly spectacular event.

Evening show – Minimal Walking – Must See

Chengdu Face Show

Chengdu Face Show

from £28

Tonight you can see a real variety show, featuring a number of different local acts ranging from Opera, Music, Comedy, Fire Breathers, Puppets, Hand shadow and the famous face changing act. (Has to be seen to be believed, you will marvel at how it is done). The venue is in an old cultural tea house and this show is highly recommended by Travelsphere customers.

Evening show – Minimal Walking – Cultural Experience

Prebookable Package

Prebookable Package

from £67

You can save money and enhance your holiday with this pre bookable excursion package...

Chengdu Face Changing Show / Tang Dynasty Show / Hutong Rickshaw Ride

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The 4-star Tianfu Sunshine in Chengdu is located in the downtown area of the city.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi. Bedrooms have private facilities and air-conditioning.
The 4-star Grand Noble Hotel is ideally located in the commercial centre of Xian.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant and a bar/lounge. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning and a TV.

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Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai

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Highlights of China with Hong Kong Add on

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Extend your holiday to China with a four-night add-on in Hong Kong, a city known for its diverse culture, spectacular skyline and glittering natural harbour. And with its unique blend of fascinating museums, stunning country parks and vibrant festivals, you?re sure to leave with lasting memories of your time here. During your stay, we include a morning sightseeing tour of Hong Kong Island, with stops including the top of Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and the fishing village of Aberdeen. The rest of your time is free for you to explore at your own pace ? or, if you prefer, you can choose from an exciting range of optional excursions. A Tour Manager will not accompany you on this add-on.
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