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The Chinese today are living through an astonishing transformation. As well as being justly proud of their long history and unique cultural legacy, they’re keen to show you their huge achievements as a rapidly growing world superpower. China has always been a nation of superlatives. The most populous on earth, it’s also the fourth largest. Silk, tea, paper money, porcelain and gunpowder all originated here. Code: A1. Dates available 28 April 2020 & 06 October 2020
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A Grand Tour of China - Escorted Holiday   


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Great Wall of China, Terracotta Army, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City and more...


Departure Date:


6th October 2020 


Experience more with so much included

  • A comprehensive tour of China visiting its greatest cultural legacies, iconic monuments, astounding palaces and astonishing scenery
  • Visit the astonishing Great Wall of China, the only man-made monument visible from space
  • See the world-famous Terracotta Army and the less-visited underground museum
  • Enjoy a tour of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
  • Marvel at the Temple of Heaven and the imperial gardens at the Summer Palace in Beijing
  • See the Longshen Rice Terraces, a man-made wonder
  • Enjoy a five-star Yangtze River Cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges, with full board
  • Travel through the world’s largest ship locks of the Three Gorges Dam
  • Tour Shanghai and take in the Jade Buddha temple, Yuyuan Gardens and the old British Consulate
  • Take a guided tour of Tiananmen Square and the amazing Forbidden City, the world’s largest concentration of preserved ancient wooden buildings
  • Travel from Shanghai to Beijing on one of China's high-speed trains
  • Cruise the world-famous Li River and visit the picturesque riverside town of Yangshuo
  • Return flights from Dublin
  • Stay in hand-picked five-star and four-star hotels, with breakfast daily and 14 meals, which includes a Peking duck banquet 
  • The services of our experienced tour manager throughout 


Price Includes 

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room with single rooms available at the relevant supplement. Price includes flights to and from Shanghai; 14 nights’ accommodation in four-star hotels including 3 nights on board a five-star Yangtze cruise ship; daily breakfast and 14 meals; all tours and entrance fees as described; all transfers; all touring as mentioned; all local accommodation taxes and airport/flight taxes; four domestic flights and two rail journeys; hotel portage of one item of luggage per person and the services of a tour manager.

Chinese visa not included.

Fact File 

  • Currency: Yuan 
  • Flight Time: Approx. 10 hrs (outbound) and 12 hrs (inbound)
  • Language: Chinese
  • Time Zone: GMT+7 (+8 during winter months)
  • Country: China

Visa Information

All Irish Passport holders require a visa to travel to China. This must be applied for in person, postal applications are no longer accepted. The duration of the visa is for three months and it is valid from the date of issue. We therefore recommend applying for the visa no more than 2 months before departure, to ensure it covers the full duration of your stay in China.

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Flight to Shanghai

Itinerary


Day 1 - DEPARTURE

Depart on your overnight flight to Shanghai. 

Day 2 - ARRIVAL IN SHANGHAI

Transfer to our hotel, the four-star superior Central Hotel for one night with breakfast. This evening we enjoy a fascinating stroll along the colonial ‘Bund’, Shanghai’s riverside promenade. 

Day 3 - TRAIN TO BEIJING

This morning you experience a thrilling ride on China’s new 186 mph high speed train service to Beijing. On arrival we transfer to our hotel, the four-star Mercure Downtown for three nights with breakfast. 

Day 4 - FORBIDDEN CITY

Our first stop is at Tiananmen Square and the Gate of Heavenly Peace, the entrance to the Forbidden City, where Chairman Mao announced the birth of the People’s Republic in 1949. Through the central arch you enter a different world: spread over 250 acres, with 9,999 rooms, this was the seat of imperial power for 600 years. After lunch we continue our tour with a visit to the great Summer Palace. This evening we have the option to attend a Kung Fu show, with dinner. 

Day 5 - THE GREAT WALL

Today is one of the tour’s highlights as we drive towards the mountainous areas to the north and the aptly named Great Wall of China. The section you’ll see is at Mutianyu, a popular spot, but much less visited by the masses, so you can experience it at its best. We pass through farms, fruit orchards and then in the distance, we catch our first glimpse of the amazing Great Wall snaking like a sinuous dragon’s tail along the forested ridges above. The views from the top are simply superb: endless folds of hills and mountains in all directions – a wild landscape, as untamed as when the wall was built. Lunch is included today.  

This evening we enjoy the classic local dish in one of Beijing’s best restaurants: a Peking Duck banquet which in this, its purest form, takes chefs five years to learn the roasting process and 15 years to master it!

Day 6 - XIAN

This morning we fly to Xian. On the way from Xian airport we visit the remarkable Hang Yang Ling tomb and Underground Museum which displays some of the 40,000 funeral objects and statues unearthed around the tomb of the first Han Emperor. We then see the city’s imposing Ming Dynasty walls, 40ft high and stretching for nine miles. Prior to Beijing, Xian was the centre of Chinese imperial power for over 2,000 years, as well as the start of the famed Silk Route to the West. We stay two nights with breakfast at the four-star Tianyu Gloria Grand Hotel. 

Day 7 - TERRACOTTA ARMY

Another highlight is today’s visit to the stunning Terracotta Army. The first Qin Emperor united China’s warring factions and began the construction of the Great Wall. Guarding the tomb itself is his Terracotta Army. Drawn up in traditional battle order, the vanguard consists of rows of archers and crossbowmen, followed by columns of infantry and chariots. Each figure is unique, life-size and lifelike – a unique experience! Lunch is included today.  

This evening you have the option to see the spectacular Tang Dynasty show, which interprets ancient Chinese myths through dance and music.

Day 8 - GUILIN & LONGSHEN RICE TERRACES

Today we fly to Guilin. We see another of China’s great wonders: the Longshen Rice Terraces. Over hundreds of years the ethnic Yao tribes have cut thousands of rice terraces into the steep hills and over every fold of the landscape. Our hotel for two nights in Guilin is the four-star Bravo Hotel with breakfast. Dinner is included tonight. 

Day 9 - LI RIVER CRUISE

We board our excursion boat for a cruise down the Li River. This has to be one of the most beautiful river journeys in the world: rising from flat rice paddies around the river are thousands of conical-shaped limestone peaks and pinnacles covered in verdant tropical forests. After lunch on board, you’ll have some free time in the picturesque riverside town of Yangshuo before returning to Guilin. 

Day 10 - FLY TO CHENGDU

We fly to Chengdu for one night at the four-star Tianfu Sunshine Hotel with breakfast. This afternoon we walk through Jin Li Street, a recreation of a traditional shopping street, with plenty of local handicrafts and places to sit down and relax with some local green tea or coffee.  

Day 11 - CHENGDU PANDA CENTRE

Spread over 200 acres the Chengdu Panda Breeding & Research Centre has been beautifully landscaped with bamboo-shaded pathways leading to the large panda enclosures. One of the most popular stops is at the baby panda enclosure where there will usually be 3-4 youngsters climbing over specially constructed bamboo frames.  

We experience one of China’s high-speed express trains for the 2 hr journey to Chongqing where we board our river cruise ship and home for the next three nights, the five-star RV Century Glory. Lunch is included today.

Day 12 - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

After breakfast there is the option to visit Fengdu, the ‘Ghost’ City, or participate in some of the various activities on board. In the afternoon we visit the remarkable Shibaozhai Pagoda, rising twelve stories up a sheer cliff face, this delicate structure is the architectural jewel of the Yangtze.  

Day 13 - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

Today we enter Qutang, the first Yangtze gorge, continuing through the Wu Gorge just before lunch. This afternoon we transfer to a smaller riverboat for a leisurely cruise upstream on one of the Yangtze’s Lesser Three Gorges, the Shennv or ‘Goddess’ Stream. This is a newly opened and less visited 15-km long tributary of the Yangtze with some truly spectacular views through very narrow gorges, surrounded by pristine jungle-clad sheer cliffs rising up to 300ft.  

Tonight it’s the Captain’s Farewell Banquet followed by dancing in the lounge. Afterwards, head out on deck to watch the ship passing through the five massive ship locks and watch in awe as the vast steel doors close behind us and our ship perceptively descends.

Day 14 - THREE GORGES DAM

We continue our cruise downstream through the Xiling Gorge towards the Three Gorges Dam, visiting the viewing platform from where the colossal size of the project can be appreciated. We disembark at Yichang, have lunch and fly to Shanghai in the afternoon. Our hotel for two nights is the four-star Central, right on Jiujian Road, a 10-minute stroll to the Bund and People’s Square. 

Day 15 - SHANGHAI

This morning we have a short tour of the principal sights, including the Jade Buddha temple and the Yuyuan Gardens. We’ll pass the British Consulate, the oldest building on the Bund, plus the former headquarters of the famous trading house of Jardine Matheson. This evening you have the option to see the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic show. 

Day 16 - RETURN FLIGHT

This morning we catch the world’s fastest train, the Maglev, on our way to Shanghai’s Pudong airport for our flight home, arriving home later the same day.


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