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Classic China

Resort:Classic China
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: China
Price From: £2975.00

Overview

Discover a different side to China on thisjourney from Beijing to Shanghai. Fullyescorted and travelling with a group ofsolo travellers, enjoy cycle rides alongancient city walls, learn the secrets ofChinese cooking and try your hand atcalligraphy, complemented by visitsto the classic sights of the TerracottaWarriors, the Forbidden City and thepanda sanctuary near Chengdu.

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Beijing

Overnight flight from London (regionalconnections available) direct to Beijing withBritish Airways. (N)

Day 2: Beijing

Arrive and transfer to the Park Plaza BeijingWangfujing (or similar) for 3 nights. VisitTiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.Welcome dinner at a Peking duck restaurant. (D)

Day 3: Beijing

Morning with a local chef and a lesson inChinese cooking. After lunch, walk in theSummer Palace gardens. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Great Wall

Full-day excursion to the Great Wall atMutianyu. Lunch is taken at the Brickyard EcoRetreat near the wall. Evening at leisure tochoose a restaurant or browse the food stallsnear the pedestrianised Wangfujing shoppingstreet, which is close to the hotel. (B, L)

Day 5: Xian

High-speed train to Xian and stay at the GrandNoble Xian hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon visit tothe city walls and then transfer to Yongxingfang,a street selling all sorts of food and where youcan sample some local Shaanxi cuisine. (B))

Day 6: Terracotta Warriors ¢ Xian

Morning excursion to the Terracotta Warriors.Afternoon visit to the Muslim quarter, followedby a visit to the Tang Bo Art Museum for alesson in Chinese calligraphy. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Train to Chengdu

Morning high-speed train journey to Chengdu,then stay 2 nights at the Dorsett GrandChengdu. Afternoon visit to the QingyanggongBuddhist temple to sample some local tea.Afterwards, stroll down the Jinli street, lined withtraditional architecture and old shops sellinggoods including Shu embroidery, paintings andlocal snacks, before stopping for dinner. (B, D)

Day 8: Chengdu

Morning excursion to the Giant PandaResearch Base. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)

Day 9: Fly to Shanghai

Morning flight to Shanghai for a 2-night stay at the Central Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing cruiseon the Huangpu river, followed by dinner. (B, D)

Day 10: Shanghai

Morning visit to Jade Buddha temple and Yugarden. Afternoon at leisure, or join the guidefor a walk on Nanjing Road, Shanghai™s mainshopping street. Farewell dinner at a restaurantfollowed by a walk along the Bund. (B, D)

Day 11: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport then fly back to London,arriving the same day. (B)