China: The Big One

    Resort:China: The Big One
    Operator: Wendy Wu Tours
    Destination: China
    Price From: £3890.00


    28 Day China: The Big One Tour Itinerary

    Days 1-2 Fly to Beijing

    Fly overnight to Beijing, China™s
    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 there™s 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. There™s
    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 Foreigners™Street and enjoy time at leisure. (B,L)

    Day 16 Day at Lesisure

    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

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

    Day 20 Chengdu like a local

    Fly to Chengdu and walk around
    People™s Park, a hive of activity. Visit a local
    teahouse and most interesting of all,
    Matchmaker™s 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 world™s 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, then fly
    to 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)