The 10 Day China Experience from Pillinger World Travel is a whistle stop tour, visiting the highlights in China’s contrasting cities of Xian, Beijing and Shanghai. It’s the perfect introduction to China. Marvel at the Great Wall before getting a glimpse of China’s fascinating past on the Ancient walls of Xian and the exciting city of Shanghai.
The price includes flights from the UK, all meals, domestic transportation, touring guides & entrance fees. Visa fees for UK and EU passport holders also included.
Days 1 & 2 – Shanghai
Fly overnight to Shanghai and upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by your local guide and/or National Escort. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer approximately 1 hour to your hotel for your 3-night stay
Day 3 – Zhujiajiao
Drive approximately 1 hour to Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns. Sightseeing here is leisurely and involves a couple of hours exploring on foot. You’ll then return to Shanghai and enjoy the ancient treasures of the Shanghai Museum before wandering around People’s Square and dining on traditional Shanghainese cuisine.
Day 4 – Shanghai
Day 4’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Garden and the atmospheric alleys of the old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture along the Huangpu River with a stroll along the Bund before visiting the Silk Museum, and later on in the day a cruise on the mighty Huangpu River for stunning night vistas.
Day 5 Shanghai – Xian
Fly two and half hours to Xian for a two-night stay. This evening, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and enjoy a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Day 6 – Xian
Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of the life-sized Terracotta Warriors located more than 1-hour drive outside of Xian. The site is large and will take about 2 and a half hours to explore. After this visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition centre to see smaller models of the warriors being made.
Later, stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. The local guide will give you time to explore the ancient city walls at your own pace. There are options here to hire a bicycle or an electric cart to drive along the length of the wall. These are offered by private vendors and can be organised at your own expense.
Day 7 – Xian & Beijing
Today visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda then take a stroll through the exotic Muslim Quarter before boarding the 2-hour flight to Beijing. On arrival, transfer 1 hour to your hotel for an evening of leisure.
Day 8 – Beijing
Walk across the lengths of Tiananmen Square and into the magnificent Forbidden City. Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven where you can watch, or take part in, an outdoor dance class. In the evening enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.
Please note: The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. If this day of touring falls on a Monday, your touring in Beijing will be switched around so that the Forbidden City is visited on an alternative day. Please remember to bring your passport with you when visiting the Forbidden City for security check.
Day 9 – Great Wall of China
You will rise early this morning and drive approximately 2 hours northwest of the city to the Juyongguan Pass. Here you can take a walk on the Great Wall of China, appreciating the wall itself and the dramatic scenery. Your visit here involves walking from the bus to the first section. After your group has been given an introduction to the Great Wall’s unique history you will have free time to explore the rest at your own pace. Later, visit the Jade Museum and this afternoon drive approximately 1 and half hours to wander around the Summer Palace and in the evening savour a delicious Peking duck dinner.
Day 10 – Return Flight
Any time before your flight is at leisure. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight.
£1,965 per person– based on 2 Adults for 10 Nights