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A China Experience

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.

Places Visited

Ireland - Shanghai (3N) - Xian (2N) - Beijing (3N) - Ireland

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Duration: 10DAYS
Destination: CHINA

Tour Highlights

  •  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
  •  Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
  •  Survey Xian from its ancient city ramparts
  •  Step back into China's dynastic past at the Imperial Forbidden City
  •  Wander along the incredible Great Wall of China

 

Day 1 -2:Fly overnight to Shanghai. On arrival on day two you will be met at the airport by your local guide and/or National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer approximately 1 hour to your hotel for your 3-night stay. 

Day 3: Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Garden and the atmospheric alleys of the old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture along the Huangpu River with a stroll along the Bund before visiting the Silk Museum. Sightseeing today involves a full day of touring around the centre of the city with 3-4 hours on foot. Later, cruise on the mighty Huangpu River for stunning night vistas.

Day 4: Today, drive approximately 1 hour to Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns. Sightseeing here is leisurely and involves a couple of hours exploring on foot. Later, return to Shanghai and enjoy the ancient treasures of the Shanghai Museum before wandering around People’s Square. Dine tonight on traditional Shanghainese cuisine. 

Day 5: Fly 2 and a half hours to Xian for a 2-night stay. Visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda and take a stroll through the exotic Muslim Quarter. 

Day 6: Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of the life-sized Terracotta Warriors. The Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses is located approximately a 1 hour drive outside of Xian. From the bus park to the museum entrance there is a 15- minute walk. There are electric carts offered by private vendors which can be organised at your own cost. There is no electric cart available for the return from the museum exit to the bus park. Within the museum area the warriors can be seen in three different ‘pits’, which are active archaeological digs. The site is large and will take about 2 and a half hours to explore. After this, visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition centre to see smaller models of the warriors being made. Later, stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. The local guide will give you time to explore the ancient city walls at your own pace. There are options here to hire a bicycle or an electric cart to drive along the length of the wall. These are offered by private vendors and can be organised at your own expense. This evening, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and enjoy a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. 

Day 7: Fly 1 hour and 50 minutes to Beijing. On arrival, transfer 1 hour to your hotel for an evening of leisure.

Day 8: Walk across the lengths of Tiananmen Square and into the magnificent Forbidden City. Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven where you can watch, or take part in, an outdoor dance class. You will spend approximately 6 hours sightseeing today, predominately on foot. This evening, enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show. Please note: The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. If this day of touring falls on a Monday, your touring in Beijing will be switched around so that the Forbidden City is visited on an alternative day. Please remember to bring your passport with you when visiting the Forbidden City for security check. 

Day 9: You will rise early this morning and drive approximately 2 hours northwest of the city to the Juyongguan Pass. Here you can take a walk on the Great Wall of China, appreciating the wall itself and the dramatic scenery. Your visit here involves walking from the bus to the first section. After your group has been given an introduction to the Great Wall’s unique history you will have free time to explore at your own pace. Later, visit the Jade Museum, and in the afternoon, drive approximately 1 and a half hours to wander around the Summer Palace. This evening, savour a delicious Peking duck dinner.  

Day 10: Any time before your flight is at leisure. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight.  

Day 9: You will rise early this morning and drive approximately 2 hours northwest of the city to the Juyongguan Pass. Here you can take a walk on the Great Wall of China, appreciating the wall itself and the dramatic scenery. Your visit here involves walking from the bus to the first section. After your group has been given an introduction to the Great Wall’s unique history you will have free time to explore at your own pace. Later, visit the Jade Museum, and in the afternoon, drive approximately 1 and a half hours to wander around the Summer Palace. This evening, savour a delicious Peking duck dinner.  

 

What's Included

  •  International flights and current taxes
  •  Domestic transportation
  •  Accommodation
  •  All meals
  •  Touring with guides and entrance fees
  •  Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel - Shanghai (3 Nights)
The Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel is within the shopping district of Xu Jia Hui and built into the fa?ade of Shanghai’s Olympic Stadium. Classically decorated, the hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, satellite television, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants serve both Cantonese and Western cuisines. An indoor heated pool and fitness centre are also available.

Ramada Plaza - Xi'an (2 Nights)
The Ramada Plaza Xian South hotel is located close to the city’s attractions. Traditionally decorated, the hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, a large flat screen satellite television, air conditioning, a minibar, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants serve a wide range of Chinese and Western dishes. Spa services and a fitness centre are also available.

Zhongle Six Star Hotel - Beijing (3 Nights)
The luxurious Zhongle Six Star Hotel, conveniently located in Beijing, has spacious en-suite rooms which include, spacious and modern rooms featuring a hot tub, refrigerator, flat-screen cable TV, in-room safe, work desk and a sofa. The hotel’s onsite restaurants serve local Chinese and Western flavours. There is also a spa centre and TV area.

 

 

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