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China: The Big One

Resort:China: The Big One
Operator: Wendy Wu Tours
Destination: China
Price From: £4190.00

Overview

28 Day China: The Big One Tour Itinerary


Days 1-2 Fly to Beijing

Fly overnight to Beijing, Chinas
historical capital. Depending on
your time of arrival, the rest of the
day is at leisure.


Day 3 Forbidden City and Hutongs

Stroll across Tiananmen
Square and into the sprawling
magnificence of the Forbidden
City. Next, visit Yandaixiejie Street
where theres time to wander the
hutongs; these narrow alleys offer
a glimpse of old Beijing. (B,L)


Day 4 Huanghuacheng Great Wall and Wangfujing

Visit Huanghuacheng, a particularly scenic section of the Great Wall reached by boat that boasts spectacular views from the top. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring colourful Wangfujing street. In the evening, enjoy an optional Peking duck dinner. (B,L)


Day 5 Imperial Summer Palace

Explore the beautifully designed grounds of the Summer Palace including the Long Corridor and the Marble Boat. Spend time strolling around pretty Kunming Lake and walk up wooded Longevity Hill. Make a photo stop at the Olympic Park. (B,L)


Day 6 Temple of Heaven

This morning, visit the Temple of
Heaven and mingle with the locals
as they start their day with Tai Chi,
dancing, and cards in a flurry of
sociable activity. Take the overnight
train to Xian. (B,L)


Day 7 Terracotta Warriors

Spend the morning gazing over the ranks of warriors and horses, while you are introduced to these lifelike soldiers fascinating story. Take a walking tour of the Muslim Quarter and enjoy the evening at leisure. (B,L)


Day 8 Cycling in Xian

Start your day with a gentle cycle
ride that will take you the nine miles
around the wall. This afternoon, visit
the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. (B,L)


Day 9 Beautiful Guilin

Fly to Guilin. Walk around the
lakes before enjoying the evening
at leisure you may wish to stroll
around Zhengyang Street. (B)


Day 10 Hiking in Longji

Today, there is an option to take a
four-hour hike in the stunning rice
terraces of Longji. Walk over the
fields and enjoy picture-postcard
views of the terraces which
cover the landscape in intricate
patterns. Otherwise, spend more
time in Guilin. (B)


Day 11 Yangshuo Countryside

Take a gentle cruise along the Li
River to Yangshuo. Lined with
dramatic limestone cliffs, the
serenity of life on the riverbanks
is a wonderful sight. Take a walk
through this idyllic wonderland and
get an insight into life here. Theres
an option to hike to the top of Moon
Hill for epic views. (B,L)


Day 12 Yangshuo Tai Chi

Start the day with an invigorating
session of Tai Chi, taking a class
with a master to learn this ancient
martial art. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or take part in an optional activity. (B)


Day 13 Kunming at leisure

Transfer to Guilin and visit Reed
Flute Cave before flying to Kunming. (B)


Day 14 Stone Forest

Meander through the formations of
the UNESCO-listed Stone Forest,
where towering limestone pillars
stand treelike in a fascinating
illusion of woodland. Return to
Kunming to visit Green Lake Park
and have an evening at leisure,
perhaps enjoying the vibrant
Wenhua Alley district. (B,L)


Day 15 Dali’s Ancient Town

Drive to Dali and visit the Three
Pagodas before being immersed in
the atmosphere of the fascinating
old quarter and lively market. Stroll
along ForeignersStreet and enjoy time at leisure. (B,L)


Day 16 Day at Leisure

Enjoy the day at leisure or take an optional visit to Weibaoshan, one of the fourteen sacred Taoist mountains. Steeped in legend, the mountain features 20 Taoist temples nestled on its forested slopes. Walk up the hillside to see a handful of intricately decorated temples and meet a Taoist priest for a relaxing meditation session. (B)


Day 17 Shaxi Ancient Town

Drive to Shaxi Ancient Town, nestled
deep in the Himalayan foothills. Learn
about the fascinating minority peoples
that reside in the area and enjoy a
local lunch. In the afternoon, continue
to Lijiang and spend the evening in
the historic old town. (B,L)


Day 18 Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

A magnificent mountain, Jade Dragon
Snow Mountain comprises several
peaks. Take a cable car to one of the
high meadows and enjoy amazing
vistas. Visit the minority Baisha Naxi
Village and admire the fascinating
Baisha frescoes painted during the Ming Dynasty. (B,L)


Day 19 Tiger Leaping Gorge

Todays optional mini-trek to Tiger
Leaping Gorge takes you through
dramatic cliffs and down into the
gorge itself. If you dont join the trek,
the day is at leisure in Lijiang. (B)


Day 20 Chengdu like a local

Fly to Chengdu and walk around
Peoples Park, a hive of activity. Visit a local
teahouse and most interesting of all,
Matchmakers Corner. Later, visit
Wide and Narrow Alleys. (B,L)


Day 21 Giant Pandas

Visit the Chengdu Panda Conservation Centre and see these adorably charming creatures up close. The rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy an optional hot pot dinner and a ‘face changing’ show. (B,L)


Day 22 Ancient Ciqikou

Take the bullet train to Chongqing.
Enjoy free time in the charming old
town of Ciqikou then board your
Yangtze Cruise vessel, home for the
next three nights. (B,D)


Day 23-24 Yangtze River Cruise

A cruise down the Yangtze reveals
some of the worlds most dramatic
scenery. Over the next few days, enjoy various side trips and shore excursions. (B,L,D)


Day 25 Three Gorges Dam

Visit the Three Gorges Dam, a massive feat of engineering. Later, travel by coach to Wuhan, then fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. (B,L,D)


Day 26 Shanghainese Shanghai

Wake up to the buzz of Shanghai
and take a breakfast walking tour
between shimmering skyscrapers
and traditional streets. Visit Yu
Garden, the old town, the Silk
Factory and stroll along the Bund. Later, cruise down Huangpu
River, and enjoy the neon lights of Pudong. (B,L)


Day 27 Zhujiajiao

Join the optional day tour to
delightful Zhujiajiao, or spend time at leisure in Shanghai. This
evening, enjoy the ERA show and a delicious farewell dinner. (B,D)


Day 28 Fly Shanghai to UK

Fly to the UK, arriving home the
same or following day. (B)