China Highlights

15 Days

from £3,098

See the country’s most scenic and spectacular locations, from the illustrious capital, Beijing, to the historic city of Xian, showing you China’s rich and unique culture. The Yangtze River cruise will take you along Asia’s longest river, and Guilin, located in southern China, offers a glimpse of China’s remarkable landscapes, whilst the vibrant city of Shanghai will bring you to China’s present.

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Day 1 UK to Beijing

You will take a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Beijing. Alternatively, we can arrange departures from your local airport.

Day 2 Arrive Beijing (D)

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay. The afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore the surrounding area. Your guide will be pleased to advise you on what you can do. In the early evening you will have your first dinner with your fellow group members.

Day 3 Beijing City Tour (BLD)

In the morning, visit the Temple of Heaven – where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests, here you can observe the tradition of practising Tai Chi in the courtyard. This will be followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the biggest square in the world, continuing to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs, to see the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens.

Day 4 Great Wall (BLD)

Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall with breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its well-preserved construction. This will be followed by an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, venues for the memorable 2008 Olympics and 2015 World Championships. In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner, a local delicacy and a culinary must.

Day 5 Bullet Train to Xian (BL)

In the morning visit the Summer Palace, an impressive complex of lakes, gardens, palaces and scenic views. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake, before catching a bullet train to Xian (approx. 5 hours 30 minutes) for a two night stay.

Day 6 Terracotta Warriors (BLD)

Your guide will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors, a magnificent collection of 10,000 life size statues of the Chinese army made over 2,000 years ago, and almost perfectly preserved. This will be followed by a visit to the ancient city wall in Xian, which is best enjoyed on foot or by bike. It is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, and is one of the largest military defensive systems in the world. This evening you will be treated to a Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance and a delicious dumpling dinner.

Day 7 Xian City Tour and to Guilin (BL)

You will visit to the Shaanxi Museum, home to over a quarter of a million artefacts, including treasures from many periods of China’s history. The next stop, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, offers an insight into China’s unique architecture style, followed by a trip to the Muslim Quarter to see local community life. Finally, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin and an overnight stay.

Day 8 Li River Cruise (BLD)

Morning transfer to Zhujiang quay for a four hour boat cruise on the breathtaking Li River towards Yangshuo. On the Li River, there are opportunities to enjoy the tranquil rural scenes of buffalo farming on the rice terraces and the towering karst mountain peaks. Arrival in Yangshuo will be at around 14:00. This evening there is an optional spectacular ‘Impressions of Liu Sanjie’ show, staged on the river.

Day 9 Yangshuo, Guilin (BD)

This morning is free at leisure to explore this beautiful area independently, by taking a walk or cycle ride through the countryside, or perhaps join an optional cookery class. Return to Guilin for a visit to the Reed Flute Caves, a remarkable collection of colourfully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites, and in the evening, enjoy a cormorant fishing show.

Day 10 Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)

Fly to Chongqing and on arrival take a city tour which will include the ancient market town of Ciqikou. In the evening you will board your 5* ship for the start of your cruise on the majestic Yangtze River.

Days 11-12 Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)

On the first day of the cruise, you can relax while the ship meanders along the Yangtze, enjoying the scenic views. There will be an excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”. The final excursion of the last day will be an enthralling journey on a small motorboat through the tranquil Goddess Stream while marvelling at the soaring limestone cliffs rising from the water.

Day 13 To Shanghai (BL)

Before arriving at Yichang you will visit The Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest power station. Disembark at Yichang, where our guide will escort you to the airport for a flight to Shanghai, and a two night stay.

Day 14 Shanghai City Tour (BLD)

Your itinerary starts at the Yu Yuan Gardens followed by the Jade Buddha Temple. The centuries old Yu Yuan Gardens is home to beautiful pavilions, walkways, streams, courtyards and flowers, and the Jade Buddha Temple is dedicated to two impressive sculptures of Buddha. After a trip to the Shanghai Museum, there will be an opportunity to visit the waterfront attraction of the Bund to admire Shanghai as a modern metropolis. Later, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city from the top of the Shanghai world financial centre.

Day 15 Shanghai to UK (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

This group tour will typically use 4 Star Hotels or properties of a similar standard if those listed are not available. All rooms are equipped with a double or twin beds, private bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, heating, TV’s, telephones and WiFi as standard.

Your 4★ Hotels

Beijing: Guangxi Hotel 4★

Conveniently located near the Panjiayuan Antique Market and 5 km from Hongqiao Market and Temple of Heaven. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool.

Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture 4★

Located near Great Mosque, Drum Tower and the Bell Tower. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool and a health club. There is also a restaurant and a nightclub.

Guilin: Bravo Hotel 4★

Only a 10 minutes walk from the city center and night market. The rooms have a European feel and the Skylight Lobby Bar is the perfect spot to relax. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool.

Yangshuo: Green Lotus Hotel 4★

Located within walking distance of West Street, the hotel also enjoys scenic views. There are comfortable guestrooms, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre as well as Western and Chinese dining options.

Yangtze River Cruise: Victoria

Used on all our group tours, boasting the largest five-star fleet on the Yangtze River. All cabins have modern amenities featuring private bathrooms and balconies. You also have the option to upgrade to Executive Deck for only £99 (3 night cruise). Restaurants serve delicious onboard meals. Spectacular views of the scenery can be gain from every stateroom and public area.

Shanghai: Greenland Jiulong Hotel 4★

The hotel offers comfortable guestrooms with modern amenities and there is a restaurant serving both Chinese and Western cuisine.

Tour Name: China Highlights

Tour Code: CH15
Duration:
 15 Days

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Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International flights in economy class departing from London Heathrow with British Airways. Regional departures and flight upgrades are available on request.
  • Domestic flights in economy class
  • Bullet train in first class
  • 4★accommodation based on twin share
  • Transfers
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes
  • Visa fees

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Local tips: RMB480 (approx £56) per person
  • RMB150 (approx £18) per person tips aboard the Yangtze Cruise
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance.

*Manchester Flight Offer Terms and Conditions. Offer subject to availability on selected dates, for new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other offer. China Links Travel terms and conditions apply.