China: The Middle Kingdom

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  • 18 October–01 November 2020 – Just added
15 days
from £3,679 pp
Tour code: AGT1157

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    Upcoming Tour Date:

    • 18 October–01 November 2020 – Just added
    15 days
    from £3,679 pp
    Tour code: AGT1157

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      Tour Code AGT1157
      Max Group Size 20
      Single Supplement £750
      Start/End Point Beijing / Shanghai
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      Would you prefer to fly from your local airport or spend a few days at the end of your tour on the beach? We are happy to help you arrange any additional requirements you may have from airport parking and hotels to pre and post tour hotel stays. Whilst the majority of our tours use group flights from London airports it is often possible to offer regional departures or connections – give us a call on 01425 480600 and let us help make your trip as comfortable as possible.

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      An in-depth discovery of the mysterious Middle Kingdom. Explore the history, impressive engineering feats and vast national parks that make up the living enigma that is China.

      The Chinese call their home ‘Zhongguo’; it literally translates as the ‘Middle Kingdom’. A vast land with a population of roughly 1.3 billion people, China is home to one of the world’s oldest civilisations, with human habitation dating back over 1.2 million years. The testaments to the ingenuity and greatness of the achievements of the Chinese can be found in all corners of their world, from the vast undertaking of the Great Wall, stretching almost fifteen thousand miles, to the incredible funerary display of the Terracotta Warriors, thousands of individually carved soldiers to guard the Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the after world.

      In partnership with this rich and compelling history, we invite our group to explore some of the most impressive landscapes and national parks China has to offer. Standing in the midst of colossal sandstone monoliths in Zhangjiajie Forest Park is a simply unforgettable experience, as is the chance to watch the gorges go by and the stars at night on a Yangtze River cruise. The tour finishes in Shanghai; a showpiece of China’s recently booming economy and a wonder of the modern world.

      Highlights

      • Stroll through the gardens of Beijing’s Imperial Forbidden City
      • Visit a lesser-known section of the Great Wall of China, arguably the world’s most impressive engineering feat
      • Enter the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and walk amongst the Terracotta Warriors
      • Cruise down the Yangtze River for three days, passing through impressive gorges
      • Explore the breath-taking walks along rivers and atop mountains in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, a real Garden of Eden

      What’s Included

      • Return British Airways flights from London Heathrow to China, outbound to Beijing and inbound from Shanghai
      • 14 nights in good standard accommodation
      • Daily breakfast, twelve lunches and thirteen evening meals
      • All excursions, entrance fees and tips
      • All overseas transport and English-speaking guides
      • Services of a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

      Itinerary

      Day 1 - Overnight flight

      Overnight flight from London Heathrow.

      Day 2 - Arrival (D)

      Arrival. Transfer to the hotel for an early check-in and a day at leisure. Optional afternoon visits to the Temple of Heaven Park and the Summer Palace.

      Overnight: Beijing

      Day 3 - Beijing (B, L, D)

      Walking tour of Tiananmen Square, seeing the main sights including the Northern Gate and the Great Hall of the People. Discover the Forbidden City, seat of the dragon-throned emperor for over 600 years, followed by a walk through Jingshan Park.

      Overnight: Beijing

      Day 4 - Great Wall (B, L, D)

      One cannot visit China without appreciating Qang-Qeng (colloquially known as the Great Wall of China). Spend a full day visiting one of the lesser known regions of the megastructure at the Mutianyu section.

      Overnight: Beijing

      Day 5 - Xi'an (B, L, D)

      Catch the bullet train to Xi’an. The afternoon is allocated to free time, with plenty of opportunity to relax or explore some of the fantastic sights of Xi’an, once the hub of the silk trade.

      Overnight: Xi’an

      Day 6 - Terracotta Warriors (B, L)

      The Terracotta Warriors. A full morning to appreciate this testament to man’s artistic ingenuity. In the evening, delve into the aromas and tastes around the Muslim Quarter before an independent dinner.

      Overnight: Xi’an

      Day 7 - Chongqing / Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

      Take the bullet train to Chongqing. On arrival, there is a whistle-stop tour of the main sights, including the ancient quarter of Ciqikou, and the incredibly scenic Hong Ya Dong.

      After dinner, embark your cruise vessel for the beginning of the Yangtze River cruise.

      Overnight: Yangtze River

      Day 8 - Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

      Enjoy a leisurely morning on board our cruise ship as we meander down the legendary Yangtze.

      In the afternoon, take a shore excursion to visit the impressive Shibaozhai Pagoda, before returning to the vessel for free time or an optional visit to Fengdu Ghost City.

      Overnight: Yangtze River

      Day 9 - Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

      Continue cruising down the scenic Yangtze river, taking shore excursions to the White Emperor City and the Goddess Stream.

      Overnight: Yangtze River

      Day 10 - Three Gorges Dam / Yichang / Zhangjiajie (B, L, D)

      After an early morning visit to the Three Gorges Dam, an incredible engineering feat, continue to downtown Yichang.

      From here, take the train to Zhangjiajie City before check-in at our hotel near the Wulingyuan scenic spot.

      Overnight: Zhangjiajie (Wulingyuan)

      Day 11 - Zhangjiajie (B, L, D)

      Full day visit to the breath-taking forest park, including the world’s tallest outdoor elevator, the park’s colossal stones, and a relaxed walk along the stunning Golden Whip Stream.

      Overnight: Zhangjiajie (Wulingyuan)

      Day 12 - Baofeng Lake / Shanghai (B, L, D)

      Join the boat cruise on Baofeng Lake, surrounded by dense green woods and towering peaks. This is followed by a visit to China’s own ‘Grand Canyon’, boasting the world’s highest and longest glass bridge.
      Evening flight to China’s most cosmopolitan city; Shanghai.

      Overnight: Shanghai

      Day 13 - Shanghai (B, L, D)

      Take in all the main sites of Shanghai, including a walk along the Bund, a visit to the World Financial Centre (The Bottle-Opener), followed by an afternoon visit to the Yu Garden for some exploration and shopping.

      Overnight: Shanghai

      Day 14 - Shanghai (B, L, D)

      A free day to relax, unwind, or shop. There will be an optional visit in the afternoon before a special farewell dinner.

      Overnight: Shanghai

      Day 15 - Departure (B)

      Transfer to the airport for departure.

      Prestige Holidays’ booking conditions apply. Price is based on twin/double occupancy. Single rooms are on request at a supplement of £750 — subject to availability. Itinerary may be subject to slight alterations due to operational restrictions. Hotels are subject to change and a hotel of similar standard in the overnight locations may be provided. Flight times are provisional and subject to change due to airline schedules.

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