Departure Date: 04/05/2018
This 10-day tour offers a glimpse of China’s glorious past, fascinating present and bright future with visits to the exceptional and contrasting cities of Shanghai, Xian and Beijing. Marvel at the sparkling city of Shanghai on a Huangpu River Cruise, soak up the old-world charms of the sleepy Water Town of Zhujiajiao and come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors in Xian. Step back into China's dynastic history at the Imperial Forbidden City and wander along the incredible Great Wall of China – one of the world’s most iconic sights in Beijing.
Shanghai is China's great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th century temples. Over three nights, you can admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund before viewing the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. Visit Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns, built on an old canal system once used to transport goods all over imperial China. Return to Shanghai and enjoy the fine arts and antiquities of the Shanghai Museum and explore People's Square.
From Shanghai you will fly to Xian, the ancient former capital, for two more nights. Visit the fascinating Little Wild Goose Pagoda and spend time walking through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Spend some time viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors. See the Xian Art Ceramics and Laquer Exhibition, and stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town.
On day seven, you will fly to Beijing, China’s capital city, to explore the city and perhaps enjoy a Kung Fu Show for your final two nights. Head to Beijing’s symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. On Day 9, you will visit 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. Jade has been long cherished by the Chinese and at the Jade Museum you can understand and appreciate the delicate process of carving the stone and buy a piece if you wish. Savour an afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you see the traditional Chinese gardens and exquisite architecture.
Price is based on 2 adults sharing two nights in Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel, three nights in The Ramada Plaza Xian South Hotel and two nights in Zhongle Six Star Hotel, Beijing and all meals. Price also includes return international flights, domestic transportation, touring with guides and entrance fees and taxes. Departs from Dublin on 4 May 2018 via Copenhagen to Shanghai.
8 nights from €2820 per person
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