Glories of China
From ZAR32 765 - 15 Days, Fully Inclusive From South Africa
China offers an endless supply of attractions; from futuristic buildings to impressive archaeological sites and ancient traditions. Wander through the streets of picturesque Yangshuo, marvel at the mighty Terracotta Warriors in Xian and be astounded by ancient sites in Shanghai and Beijing. Many of your fondest memories may be of the simple things, taking a relaxing cruise on the Li River, discovering the limestone mountain karsts or simply seeing the beauty of Guilin that has been an inspiration to painters for many years. Experience a walk along the Great Wall, one of the world’s most amazing wonders. Stroll through Tiananmen Square, discover the exquisite Summer Palace and be introduced to Shanghai’s beautiful Yu Gardens, sampling traditional cuisine along the way. The ‘Glories of China’ will truly captivate you. Be enthralled with the culture, history and beauty of this immense land.
DAYS 1-2: SOUTH AFRICA TO SHANGHAI
Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific to Shanghai for a three-night stay.
DAY 3: SHANGHAI
Today we explore Shanghai Museum and enjoy a stroll along the famous Bund. This evening we feast on a banquet of traditional Shanghai cuisine.
DAY 4: SHANGHAI
Enjoy a full day tour of Shanghai visiting the Yu Gardens and the Old Town. We cross the great Nanpu Bridge to the Pudong area and explore the Xintiandi area. This evening enjoy a spectacular cruise on the Huangpu River.
DAY 5: SHANGHAI TO GUILIN
Today we fly to the city of Guilin for an overnight stay.
DAY 6: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO
Relax on the Li River as we cruise to the town of Yangshuo.
DAY 7: YANGSHUO TO GUILIN
Enjoy a visit to the local markets this morning before returning to Guilin where we visit the Seven Star Caves. This evening we enjoy a display of traditional cormorant fishing.
DAY 8: GUILIN TO XIAN
Visit Mt. Diecai before flying to Xian. This evening we feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, while enjoying a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
DAY 9: XIAN
Today we explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-size Terracotta Warriors. We also visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China.
DAY 10: XIAN TO BEIJING
Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, the Shaanxi Provincial Museum and stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. Afterwards we fly to Beijing. This evening enjoy a sample of the delicious local specialty, ‘Peking Duck’.
DAY 11: BEIJING
Our sightseeing today involves a stroll through famous Tiananmen Square past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the Forbidden City.
DAY 12: BEIJING
An often quoted saying in Beijing goes ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Built over 2,000 years ago, it stretches all the way from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, more than 5,000km away. Walk along the wall, admiring the panoramic views and reflect on the enormity of the material and labour required for its
DAY 13: BEIJING
Today we enjoy a rickshaw tour through the traditional Hutong area and wander through the Summer Palace. Our evening entertainment will be a Chinese Acrobatic show.
DAY 14: DEPART BEIJING
Enjoy a last minute shopping spree at the copy markets this morning before we transfer to Beijing airport to board our overnight flight to South Africa.
DAY 15: ARRIVE SOUTH AFRICA
Arrive home this morning.
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