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China & Tibet Discovery

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China & Tibet Discovery

Days 1-2 : Fly to Beijing

Fly overnight to Beijing, China’s capital city.

Day 3 : Forbidden City

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. We also visit the unique Temple of Heaven. Our evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

Day 4 : Great Wall & Summer Palace

Walk on the Great Wall to appreciate 2,000 years of historical significance whilst admiring the panoramic views. The Great Wall is China’s most iconic attraction, which stretches over 4,000 miles from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Also tour the exquisite Summer Palace and see a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic show in the evening.

Day 5 : Fly to Xian

Fly to Xian, the former ancient capital and visit the Shaanxi Museum which is home to thousands of priceless relics. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

Day 6 : Terracotta Warriors

Visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – the Terracotta Warriors. The figures were created over 2,000 years ago to accompany Emperor Qin Shihuang into the afterlife. We also walk along the Ancient City Walls and stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets.

Day 7 : Fly to Lhasa

Fly to Lhasa, the spiritual heart of Tibet. The afternoon is at leisure to help acclimatise to the altitude.

Day 8 : Jokhang Temple & Bazaar

Sightseeing today includes a stroll around the Barkhor circuit where traditional dress, market stalls selling religious trinkets and the sound of chanted prayers create the atmosphere of a medieval carnival. We also visit the 7th century Jokhang Temple, which is the most sacred in Tibet and the Sera Monastery, which has about 600 monks in residence.

Day 9 : Potala Palace and Norbulingka

Explore the ‘crown jewel’ of Tibet – the Potala Palace. The palace is an architectural wonder that towers over the city with thousands of rooms filled with treasures such as intricate shrines and beautiful frescoes. We also visit Norbulingka; the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama, containing several palaces and chapels; and a local Tibetan carpet workshop. Enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner and dance performance in the evening.

Day 10 : Fly to Chengdu

Fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province where we will take a tour of the city’s highlights. Enjoy a delicious Sichuan meal in the evening.

Day 11 : Panda Conservation Centre

Visit the famous Panda Reserve to see these charismatic animals being reared in wooded surroundings reminiscent of their natural habitat. Travel to Chongqing to board your Yangtze River cruise for the next three nights.

Days 12-13 : Yangtze River Cruise

Over the next two days, we will take a sidetrip to the striking Goddess Stream or visit the Lesser Three Gorges. We also enjoy various shore excursions along the way.

Day 14 : Fly to Shanghai

After visiting the site of the Three Gorges Dam you will disembark your cruise in Yichang. Fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the ‘Paris of the East’ where we will enjoy a dinner of traditional Shanghai cuisine.

Day 15 : Discover Shanghai

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the beautiful Yu Gardens and the Old Town as well as a visit to the Shanghai Museum, which houses over 120,000 pieces of bronze, coins, jade, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy. We also walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture and explore the restored Xintiandi area featuring unique 1920’s style Shikumen buildings. In the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River, where the historic Bund and the futuristic Pudong come face-to-face, before having a dinner of traditional Shanghai cuisine.

Day 16 : Fly Shanghai to UK

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

Tour includes:

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
all meals
entrance fees, guides and daily tours
visa fees for UK passport holders

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Wendy Wu ToursWendy Wu Tours is the leading independent specialist tour operator to China in the UK. They offer an extensive range of tour itineraries to enable you to visit famous tourist attractions such as the Great Wall, the Yangtze River or the Terracotta Warriors in China, Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the Taj Mahal in India.

Many of their tours also take you off the beaten track, to emerald lakes and traditional villages, allowing you to enjoy the authentic China experience. Other unforgettable excursions include a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s traditional Hutongs, attending a Buddhist ceremony or cruising on a traditional junk boat. They also offer the opportunity to explore a bustling city like Hong Kong or Dubai en-route for a few nights.

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Wendy Wu Tours allow you to not only visit famous attractions but really discover the country’s culture, natural beauty and hidden treasures. Coupled with their affordable, all-inclusive style pricing, it’s no surprise that the company is growing from strength to strength and winning multiple industry awards along the way!

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