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Splendours of China

12 nights Guided Tours

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Home to fascinating historic sites and unique culture, China will excite and amaze you. This journey discovers modern Shanghai, historic Beijing, the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriers and finishes with seeing the iconic Pandas and beautiful Guilin.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Shanghai

Welcome to Shanghai, you will be met by your tour guide from CITS and transferred by the exciting Maglev Train to Ocean Hotel for the next 2 nights. This afternoon is at leisure, you may wish to take a taxi and spend some time at Xintiandi, Shanghai's newest landmark.

Day 2: Shanghai

The day begins with a visit to the lovely Yu Gardens and the Old Town, followed by a stop at the Shanghai Museum to view 5,000 years of Chinese culture. This afternoon, take a walk through the charming back streets of Shanghai and visiting the charming Tianzifang Street which is awash with boutique crafts shops and tea houses. This evening, you will be taken to the world famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe show, a highlight of any visit to Shanghai. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Suzhou

Take a short train journey to the beautiful canal town of Suzhou. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to retrace the 2,500 years of history that the city has enjoyed. Spend the next 2 nights at the Scholar’s Hotel. This afternoon, visit the Garden of Humble Administration, the silk-spinning factory and Tiger Hill and lunch at a local restaurant. (B/L)

Day 4: Tong Li – Suzhou

Morning visit to the nearby picturesque water town on Tong Li where we will visit the Garden of Retreat and Meditation before taking lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Suzhou in the early afternoon and take a rickshaw tour of the city, stopping at the bustling local market and Suzhou Park, followed by a short cruise on the Grand Canal. (B/L)

Day 5: Suzhou – Beijing

This morning take the high speed train from Suzhou to Beijing (approximately 5 hours 30 minutes). Arrive Beijing at approximately 2:00pm and transfer to the Sunworld Dynasty Hotel for the next 3 nights. In the afternoon enjoy a visit to the stunning Summer Palace, the seasonal retreat of the Qing Emperors. (B/D) Please note: sometimes it may be necessary to visit the Summer Palace prior to checking into the Jianguo Garden Hotel, your guide will inform you locally in what order this will happen.

Day 6: Beijing

Today's sightseeing includes the Temple of Heaven with a Tai chi lesson, China's largest sacrificial building symbolizing the relationship between heaven and earth and deftly illustrates the evolution of one of the Earth's greatest civilizations. Continue to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the iconic Chinese imperial palace from the Ming and Qing era. (B/L)

Day 7: Great Wall of China

There are few structures on earth that can evoke the same sense of wonder and awe than the imposing presence of the Great Wall of China. Begun over 2,000 years ago it stretches for some 5,000 kilometres, across a timeless landscape. Enjoy a tour to the Mu Tian Yu section of the wall. It will take around 2 hours to reach The Great Wall where you can enjoy a memorable walk along a section of one of mankind's most incredible creations. Return to your hotel before heading out this evening for dinner, a Peking duck banquet. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Xi'an

This morning, transfer to the station for the high speed train journey to Xi'an, China's ancient capital, where you will transfer to the Titan Times Hotel for 2 nights. This evening, dine out with a local dumpling dinner and traditional show. (B/D)

Day 9: Terracotta Warriors

Visit the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, one of the greatest archaeological excavations of our time. These artifacts are associated with the Qing dynasty (211-206 BC). Also visit the City Wall and Small Wild Goose Pagoda. (B/L)

Day 10: Chengdu

Transfer to take a fast train to Chengdu via the Hanyang Tombs. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. Transfer to the Tibet Hotel for 2 nights. (B)

Day 11: Chengdu

In the morning, visit the Panda Breeding Centre to watch these endangered creatures feeding and playing. Afterwards visit Jinli Old Street. Lunch in a local restaurant and dinner on own arrangement. (B/L)

Day 12: Guilin

A morning transfer for your flight to Guilin, a charming town on the Li River. Upon arrival transfer to Yangshou to enjoy a memorable cruise along the Li River which winds through magical 'willow pattern' scenery, ending back in Guilin. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your tour group. Check in to the Guilin Bravo Hotel for 1 night. (B/L/D)

Day 13: Guilin – Hong Kong

Morning at leisure. Arrond midday check-out of your hotel before being taken to Guilin Train station for your journey to Hong Kong. Alternatively, head to Guilin Airport for your afternoon flight to Hong Kong to connect with your overnight Virgin Atlantic flight to London Heathrow (arriving following day). (B)

Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the tour itinerary and additional tour notes

Pre/Post Tour information

The first day of the tour is at leisure to allow you enough time to arrive and relax. If you wish to arrive earlier extra nights can be added to your tour in Shanghai. We do recommend extending your tour with a few nights exploring Hong Kong.

Time difference

GMT +7 hours (summer) +8 hours (winter)

Tour inclusions

  • Domestic flights (internal flight baggage allowance is 20kgs)
  • Private air conditioned transport throughout. Train journeys are on non-exclusive air-conditioned express train’s
  • Sightseeing as detailed including entrance fees
  • Services of an experienced local guide in each destination
  • Road taxes, parking fees and fuel surcharges.

Tour exclusions

  • International flight with Virgin Atlantic in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • The required Chinese visa – details will be provided at time of booking
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary.

Dining inclusions

12 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 5 dinners The majority of meals are likely to be Chinese rather an international. Vegetarians can be catered for but the food is quite different from which you are likely to be used to. Larger city hotels provide international cuisine as well as Chinese, but presentation and taste may vary from western standards.

Included activities

  • Tours listed in the itinerary.

Optional activities (not included and booked locally)

  • Beijing Night Tour or Rickshaw Hutong tour
  • Xi’an by night
  • Shanghai by Night.

Accommodation

Occasionally we may need to substitute one or more of the hotels with that of a similar standard.

Journey times

China is a vast country and journey times between destinations can sometimes be long. Journey times are listed in the itinerary and are approximate.

Group size

There is a maximum of 25 people per group.

Limited mobility

This tour is not recommended for clients with limited mobility, please contact the Special Assistance team for more information https://www.virginholidays.co.uk/important/special-assistance

Extensions

As the Splendours of China finishes in Hong Kong we recommend extending your stay in this amazing city. Spend a few nights at the Mira Hong Kong to explore the shopping and eateries around Kowloon’s Nathan Road area.

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