Memories of China

15 Days

from £2,998

Explore The Ling Yin Temple, spend time with China’s famous Giant Pandas, take a cruise down the Li River and watch the fascinating cormorant fishing. This comprehensive tour takes you to the exciting illustrious capital, Beijing, the vibrant city of Shanghai and the anciant city of Xian, giving you a taste of China’s most essential and historic attractions.

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Day 1 UK to Beijing

Take a scheduled flight from the UK to Beijing. 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. In the afternoon you will have time to relax or take a walk in the surrounding area. Your guide will be pleased to advise you on what you can do. In the early evening your guide will escort you for dinner where you will meet your fellow travellers.

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 Tai Chi practised in the courtyard. This will be followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the biggest square in the world, and continues to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop will be at the Hutongs, for an insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens.

Day 4 Great Wall (BLD)

Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall offering breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and has a rich, well-preserved, history. This will be followed by an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, and in the evening, enjoy a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner, a traditional delicacy and a culinary must.

Day 5 Bullet Train to Xian (BL)

A morning visit to the Summer Palace, which includes a grand collection of lakes, gardens, palaces and scenic views, starts the day. 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 stunning collection of 10,000 life size statues of the Chinese army made over 2,000 years ago. This will be followed by a visit to the ancient city wall in Xian, which is best explored by bike or on foot. This evening you will try a tasty dumpling dinner while being entertained by the Tang Dynasty Show.

Day 7 Xian City Tour and to Guilin (BL)

Start with a 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, for a glimpse of China’s unique architecture style, and the Muslim Quarter to see the local life. Finally, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin and an overnight stay.

Day 8 Li River Cruise (BLD)

Take a four hour boat cruise on the breathtaking Li River towards Yangshuo with opportunities to enjoy the tranquil rural scenes of buffalo farming, children playing in the river and the towering karst mountain peaks, before arriving in Yangshuo. This evening there is an optional spectacular ‘Impressions of Liu Sanjie’ show, staged on the river.

Day 9 Yangshuo, Guilin (BD)

A morning free at leisure to explore this beautiful area independently, or perhaps join an optional cookery class. Return to Guilin, and visit the Reed Flute Caves, a remarkable collection of colourfully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. In the evening, you will see the fascinating cormorant fishing show.

Day 10 Chengdu (B)

Fly to Chengdu. Transfer to your hotel upon arrival, remainder of the day at leisure to discover Chengdu independently. Perhaps explore the old town, or relax in the People’s Park watching the locals play mahjong or practising Tai Chi.

Day 11 Giant Pandas and to Hangzhou (BL)

After breakfast, the first stop will be at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre. Here naturalistic habitats have been created to provide the best possible environment for rearing and breeding pandas. Afterwards transfer to the airport for a flight to Hangzhou and an overnight stay.

Day 12 West Lake (BLD)

Today will begin with a fascinating trip to the Ling Yin Temple Buddhist Monastery. This will be followed by a visit to the famous Longjing Tea Plantations where you can sample some traditional brews in a local Tea House. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a leisurely cruise on the West Lake before being transferred to Shanghai in the evening, for a three night stay.

Day 13 Shanghai City Tour (BLD)

First stop 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. At the Jade Buddha Temple you can expect both historic and modern, with large, intricate sculptures of Buddha. After exploring the Shanghai Museum, next is 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 top of the Shanghai world financial centre.

Day 14 Zhujiajiao (BL)

Today, visit Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town with a 1,700 year history, known as the Pearl Stream. You can expect to see the Ming and Qing Dynasty bridges, two ancient and historic buildings, and the Ma Family Garden before heading back to Shanghai for an afternoon at leisure.

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.

Chengdu: Sichuan Hotel 4★

This hotel is located in the city centre. The guest rooms are all air-conditioned and elegant. There is a sauna, gym, beauty salon, an indoor swimming pool and an aerobic trainer, and the restaurant serves authentic Sichuan as well as international cuisine.

Hangzhou: Wuyang Hotel 4★

Located in Xiacheng District of Hangzhou and only a 10-minute drive from the famous West Lake. Westlake Yintai Shopping Mall is 10 minute walk away and the Wushan Night Market 14 minute walk way.

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: Memories of China 

Tour Code: MC15
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 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: RMB590 (approx £69) per person
  • 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.