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China Express

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Between Beijing and Shanghai
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Delight in the enchanting highlights of China as you travel from Beijing to Shanghai over 16 unforgettable days, including a cruise on the mystical Yangtze River with its famous Three Gorges Dam. This thrilling itinerary is packed with must-see encounters and special events, from a Scenic Enrich experience taking in the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an to a Sundowners event overlooking the Beijing skyline – so you’re guaranteed an immersive and fulfilling journey like no other.

Beijing is the starting point for this unforgettable tour, and here you’ll enjoy a three-night stay in the heart of the city, with a welcome feast of Peking Duck to mark your arrival in China. Witness an authentic Kung Fu performance, wander amid the heritage treasures of the Forbidden City, and savour a spectacular Sundowners event, cocktail in hand. From Beijing, we travel to Yichang on the banks of the Yangtze River, where your cruise begins. Marvel at the incredible vistas of the Three Gorges Dam as you enjoy traditional Chinese afternoon tea, before visiting the fascinating heritage city of Fengdu. From here, travel to Xi’an to explore the Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, a captivating Scenic Enrich experience you’ll never forget. After passing through the exquisite rural backwaters of Hu Xi-an County, we arrive in China’s largest city, Shanghai, where you’ll enjoy a momentous three-night Scenic Special Stay – the perfect finale to this incredible journey.

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Day 1

Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester. Regional airports on request at an additional supplement, please call for details.

Day 2
Beijing

You’ll be welcomed at Beijing Airport and transferred to the luxurious hotel located in walking distance of the Silk Markets, for a three night stay. A wonderful journey awaits, starting with a welcome feast of Peking Duck.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 3
Beijing
Highlights: Great Wall of China, Freechoice

Today is a special highlight as you visit China’s most iconic attraction – the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

Freechoice

Look forward to an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Beijing
Highlights: Forbidden City, Sundowners, Freechoice Dining

Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Afterwards enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient alleyways.

Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western dishes at The Cut.

Sundowners

Finish the day as you started, overlooking the Beijing Skyline. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a drink and take in Beijing at dusk.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise
Highlights: Summer Palace, Embark Cruise

Explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace and cruise Kunming Lake before flying to Yichang to join your cruise ship at Maoping or Taohuacun Pier, the Yangzi Explorer. On board enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Yangtze River Cruise
Highlights: Three Gorges Dam Project, Captain’s Reception

Inspect the Three Gorges Dam project site. Experience the ship elevator in operation (when available). Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea delights. Tonight enjoy the Captain’s reception.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Yangtze River Cruise
Highlights: Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge

Explore the dramatic Bamboo Gorge and Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan) and then visit a local village of rowers. Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Yangtze River Cruise Yangtze River Cruise - Fuling, Gala Dinner
Highlights: Fengdu, Gala Dinner

Enjoy an insightful excursion in Fuling to the ‘816 Underground Project’. This afternoon is at leisure in Fuling. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Chongqing > Xi’an
Highlights: See a Panda at Chongqing Zoo

Disembark and visit Chongqing Zoo where you’ll get to see the rare and treasured giant panda before flying to Xi’an. Later, check into your hotel for a three night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Xi’an
Highlights: Enrich - Terracotta Warrior and private museum visit

Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.

Enrich

Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator, an amazing opportunity to learn first-hand about the restoration process. (VIP viewing platform closed indefinitely for major repairs).

Enrich

Be treated to a special private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Enjoy a refreshing drink and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator. Continue your refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11
Xi’an
Highlights: Enrich - lunch in Painter’s home, Xi’an City Wall

Later explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall on foot, by push bike or electric buggy.  Tonight enjoy the wonderful Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner.

Enrich

Visit a local painter’s home in nearby Hu Xi’an County, famous for its rural peasant paintings, and learn about his art before you enjoy lunch with his family.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Xi’an > Shanghai
Highlights: Muslim Quarter, Maglev Train

This morning explore the Muslim Quarter, an integral part of daily life in Xi’an at the eastern end of the Silk Road. Later fly to Shanghai and experience the speed of the Maglev train from the airport before being transferred to your luxurious hotel for a three night Special Stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13
Shanghai
Highlights: City sightseeing tour

Today, discover Shanghai’s stark historical contrasts. Stroll along the famous Bund before comparing its heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover modern China. Admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, enjoy the agility and skill of the renowned Shanghai Acrobats.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14
Shanghai
Highlights: Freechoice

Later, spend your free time exploring Nanjing Road’s shopping opportunities before enjoying your highlight dinner.

Freechoice

Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square before exploring the French Concession Region and Xintiandi entertainment area. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15
Shanghai

It’s the end of a journey you’ll look back on fondly for years to come. After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 16
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