b"3CHINA Beijing ASIAYOUR ITINERARYDays 1-4 - To Beijing and the Great Wall of China 2 XianWe fly to Beijing, arriving on Day 2. We transfer to our hotel, and youChongqinghave time to settle in before dinner. We explore the city on a guidedChengdu 2 3tour on Day 3, beginning with Tiananmen Square. A vast emptiness,Yichang 3bordered by some of the most iconic buildings in China, the squareShanghaiis the largest in the world. Next, we visit the Forbidden City, a palace complex built in the 15th century thats now a UNESCO World Heritage site. We continue to a tea house before we explore the Summer Palace,Nights in hotel Nights on ship Rail Fly Shipset in a beautiful spot surrounded by lakes and gardens. We see theTOUR HIGHLIGHTSworld-famous Great Wall of China on Day 4, one of the new SevenWonders of the World, visiting the Mutianyu section, a beautifully preserved stretch. After ascending by cable car, we can walk along theVisit the Great Wall of China wall, admiring the scale of one of the worlds greatest wonders. and the Terracotta Warriors.Days 5-8 - Xian, the Terracotta Warriors and Chengdu Cruise on the Yangtze River and We visit the Temple of Heaven before travelling by rail to Xian, for twovisit the Panda Breeding Centre. nights. This evening youre free. Perhaps walk a section of the citys walls,Explore Shanghai and Beijing.a great vantage point from which to get a real insight into life in the city. We discover the Terracotta Warriors on Day 6, one of the worldsWHAT'S INCLUDEDmost incredible archaeological finds. The 6,000 life-sized figures were part of an elaborate tomb for the Qin Emperor, and were discovered inUK Tour Manager throughout1974 by local farmers after being buried since 210BC. Next, we discover more of the walled city of Xian, taking in the Great Mosque and theFlights from London Heathrow lively bazaar. This afternoon, we enjoy a dumpling-making lesson, andto Beijing and from Shanghai to later, we sit down to a traditional dumpling banquet dinner. On Day 7,London Heathrowwe visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda before travelling by high-speedAll rail and coach transfersrail to Chengdu. On Day 8, we visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Institute, seeing giant pandas, enchanting and rare creatures, at closeLuggage transfers on some quarters in a near-natural habitat setting. We return to Chengdu forsections of the toursome sightseeing, taking in the Wenshu Monastery, one of Chinas finest10 nights 4 and 5-Star hotel Buddhist structures, as well as the historic teak buildings on Jinli Street. accommodation and 3 night Days 9-11 - Yangtze River Cruise cruise on the 5-Star Century GloryWe head to Renmin Park, admiring the bonsais and tea houses. After,31 meals including 13 breakfasts, we enjoy a tasting in a local tea house. Later, we take the bullet train to10 lunches and 8 dinnersChongqing. Here, we board the 5-Star Century sky river ship for a three-night cruise along the Yangtze River.On the morning of Day 10, weAll tour excursionsrejuvenate ourselves with a Tai Chi session. After the ship moors, theres an option to visit the Fengdu ghost town. Later, we visit the ShibaozhaiREGIONAL DEPARTURES AVAILABLEPagoda, rising twelve stories up a sheer cliff face. We attend the Captains Banquet this evening and enjoy a cabaret performance by thefrom Birmingham, Newcastle, crew. On Day 11, theres an option of visiting the temples of the WhiteManchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Emperor City. Our cruise continues through the scenic Qutang GorgeCardiff from 100 per person.and Wu Gorge, before a shore excursion to Shennong Stream. Here, the cliff soars steeply away from the emerald waters, a breathtaking sight. 2021 DEPARTURESDays 12-15 - Shanghai and home Sep 2, 16 3,395 Nov 11 2,995We disembark at Yichang, where theres an optional tour of the ThreeOct 14 3,495Gorges Dam (payable locally). After lunch, we fly to Shanghai, for three nights. Shanghai is a fascinating city in which old collides with new. On2022 DEPARTURESDay 13, a guided tour takes us to the citys historic Yu Gardens, where we enjoy a tea ceremony. We also see the bazaar. After lunch in a localMar 24 3,195 Aug 18 3,395restaurant, we visit the Jade Buddha Temple, a tranquil temple andApr 7 3,395 Sep 8 3,395active Buddhist monastery. On Day 14, we visit the Shanghai Museum21 3,495 22 3,495where we admire artefacts including ancient coins from the Silk Road.May 12 3,595 Oct 13, 20 3,495Next, we explore the Bund, seeing the waterfront thats bordered byJun 2 3,395 Nov 3 3,195futuristic buildings. We have free time on Nanjing Road, before weTour Code: CYG| per person based on 2 visit the leafy boulevards and European-style buildings of the Frenchsharing. Deposit from 540 per person. Concession. On our final evening, we cruise the Huangpu River, taking inSupplement for solo travellers from 945. Please the brightly-lit cityscape while we enjoy dinner. On Day 15, we transfernote the itinerary for 2021 departures may differ, please call for more details. For the latest to the airport for our return flight home. guidance on entry requirements, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-adviceCall us on 01904 521990 or visit GreatRail.com for more details 107"