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    Places visited:

  • Beijing
  • Xian
  • Guilin
  • Yangshuo
  • Longji
  • Chongqing
  • Yichang
  • Shanghai
  • See the Great Wall at its most scenic spot, away from the crowds.

  • See the Terracotta Warriors at Xian.

  • Get a taste of rural China by exploring some of the villages around Xian.

  • See the beautiful and timeless limestone karst scenery of the Guilin area.

  • Spend time at the rice terraces of Longji.

  • Relax and watch the world go by on a Yangtze cruise.

  • Explore bustling Shanghai.

Audley Travel specialist Nick

What our specialists say...

Ideal for those with up to three weeks to spend in China, this trip takes in some of the key sites including a relaxing cruise down the Yangtze, as well as a few distinctive Audley twists. Starting in the bustling capital of Beijing, you'll see the Great Wall at one of its most scenic spots, away from the busier, more popular places to see it. Moving onto Xian, you'll see the infamous Terracotta Warriors, as well as spending a day exploring some of the villages around Xian. You'll then fly onto the Guilin area, with its pretty limestone karst scenery, take a cruise down the Li River and visit the rice terraces of Longji. You'll then have time to relax and contemplate some of what you've seen so far on a four day Yangtze cruise, including the three gorges dam project. Shanghai, one of Asia's most dynamic and fastest growing cities is your final destination, before you return home. .

We recommend this trip for:

  • Beijing
  • Xian
  • Guilin
  • Yangshuo
  • Longji
  • Guilin
  • Chongqing
  • Yichang
  • Shanghai

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Beijing.

Day 2 Beijing

Beijing

Once landed in Beijing, you will be met by your guide for your private transfer to your hotel. Depending on your flight time, you might have time to visit Tiananmen Square with your guide, or just relax at your hotel.

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Day 3 Beijing

Beijing

This morning you'll be collected from your hotel and driven to the charming Temple of Heaven complex for a private Tai Chi lesson followed by a visit the park and temple with your guide. Following this you will be transferred to the Forbidden City for a private tour showing you through the complex of over nine hundred and fifty buildings, originally built over around six hundred years ago as the imperial palace.

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Day 4 Beijing

Beijing

Take a full day excursion out to the magnificent Great Wall at its most dramatic today with your private guide to the less touristy Jinshanling section. Depending how energetic you are feeling you have the option of taking a gondola up to the wall or a circular walk along the wall and returning to entrance.

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Day 5 Xian

Beijing , Xian

This morning you will be taken to the station to take the high speed train to Xian a journey of around five and a half hours.. On arrival you will be met at the station and driven to your hotel. Later this afternoon your guide will collect you from your hotel to visit the bustling Muslim Quarter and Grand Mosque.

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Day 6 Guilin

Xian , Guilin

This morning you'll be taken to the iconic Terracotta Army with your private guide. Only discovered in 1974, you'll be amazed by the number and scale that have been excavated. In the afternoon you will have a private transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Once landed you'll be transferred to your hotel. You have the rest of the day at leisure. We'd suggest a visit to Elephant hill or the Sun and Moon Pagodas on Fir lake.

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Day 7 Yangshuo

Guilin , Yangshuo

This morning travel down the River Li to the town of Yangshuo on a shared cruise of around 120 people (though still accompanied by your private guide). En route, you'll sail past towering Karst peaks, bamboo groves and rice fields. Upon arrival in Yangshuo you're met by a private driver and taken to your hotel. You then have an afternoon to explore the area at leisure. We suggest taking a stroll through the local rice terraces.

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Day 8 Yangshuo

Yangshuo

Your guide will meet you at your hotel this morning for a guided bike ride through the local area, the more energetic can go further afield to Xingping village. In the afternoon you'll have a Chinese cookery class sampling the local dishes as part of a small group excursion. This evening your guide will collect you and take you to the river for a private experience with a cormorant fisher. You'll be driven back to you hotel on returning to shore.

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Day 9 Longji

Yangshuo , Longji

Leaving Yangshuo behind this morning you'll take a three hour private transfer to the village of Longji. Cosseted among ancient rice terraces, a visit to Longji is a great way of getting a sense of rural China. Your private guide will lead you on visit to the various viewing platforms to admire this agricultural landscape.

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Day 10 Chongqing

Longji , Guilin , Chongqing

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and after the short walk to the car park, driven by private transfer to Guilin airport for your flight to Chongqing. Upon your arrival into Chongqing you will be met by your guide and driven to a restaurant for a local speciality; a sichanese hot pot. You will then be driven to the dock to begin your Yangtze cruise.

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Day 11 Chongqing

Chongqing

Today you will be taking an onshore excursion in Shibaozhai also know as "Pearl of the Yangtze" and visit its splendid pagoda, you also have the option to visit the ghost city of Fengdu.

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Day 12 Chongqing

Chongqing

This morning you awake to your first sight of the dramatic Three Gorges. The ship stops at Wushan, allowing you to board a smaller boat which takes you through some narrow, imposing ravines towards the beautiful and impressive farmland that surrounds the river. The afternoon sees you sailing through both the second and third of the Gorges, in the evening you reach the Three Gorges Dam and begin the traverse through the ship locks. This occurs once the sun has set, but it is still possible to watch the procedures from deck.

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Day 13 Shanghai

Chongqing , Yichang , Shanghai

This morning before you arrive into Yichang, you will be taken to see the Three Gorges dam project. Upon docking into Yichang you'll have a private transfer to the airport for your flight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. On arrival you will be met by your guide for the private transfer to your hotel.

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Day 14 Shanghai

Shanghai

Today you'll have a private tour of some of the city's highlights including The Bund, the Jade Buddha and the Yuyuan gardens today. This evening you will be going out to see the Shanghai acrobatics performance. You will have a private transfer to and from the venue.

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Day 15 Shanghai

Shanghai

You will have the full day at leisure in Shanghai. We'd suggest visiting the French Concession or the modern Pudong district opposite the Bund across the Huangpu River.

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Day 16 International return flight

Shanghai , International return flight

This morning you will be collected from your hotel for your private transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Audley Travel specialist Cheryl
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