b"Beijing 2YANGTZE RIVER YOUR ITINERARY CHINA ASIADays 1-3 - London, Beijing and the Great Wall of China 2 XianWe fly to Beijing, arriving on Day 2 and heading out on a guided tour. WeChongqingvisit Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world. We continueChengdu 1 4to the Forbidden City - a palace and garden complex once inhabited byYichangthe Chinese royal family. The rest of the day is free ahead of an authentic2Peking duck dinner tonight. Day 3 begins with a rickshaw tour of BeijingsShanghaihutongs, or backstreets. Later, we visit the iconic Great Wall of China. We visit the Mutianyu section, with time to explore the magnificent piece ofNights in hotel Nights on ship Rail Shipancient engineering. TOUR HIGHLIGHTSDays 4-5 - ShanghaiWe board the high-speed train to Shanghai, a city with a fascinatingDiscover the vibrant cities of old-meets-new cultural division. We sit down to dinner at a localBeijing, Xian, Chengdu and restaurant, enjoying a guided tour on Day 5. We see the iconic Bund,Shanghai on guided tours. which showcases the citys blend of futuristic architecture and colonialStep back in time at the Great buildings. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue to Yu Garden,Wall of China. an oasis of peace found in the older quarters of the city, as well as the Old City of Shanghai and the Yuyuan Bazaar. Our final stop is theSee the iconic Terracotta former French Concession, a neighbourhood with a distinctive EuropeanWarriors. character. Cruise along the Yangtze. HIGHLIGHTS OF CHINA Days 6-9 - Cruising the Yangtze WHAT'S INCLUDEDWe board the high-speed rail service to Yichang, continuing by coach to Maoping where we board the Century Glory or Victory cruise ship for a journey along the stunning Yangtze River. Our cruise continuesUK Tour Manager throughout13 DAYS FROM 2,295 on Day 7 with a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Later, our ship passes through the striking Xiling Gorge, the longest of theFlights from London Heathrow to Travel from bustling Beijing, with its Great Wall, to ancient Xian and its TerracottaYangtzes three gorges and a place of incredible natural beauty. Our shipBeijing, and from Xian to London Warriors, cruising the Yangtze River en-route, on this adventure through Chinascontinues through the Wu Mountains on Day 8, passing the Qutang andHeathrow via Beijing Wu Gorges. This is a spectacular stretch of the river, as we sail underAll rail and coach transfersancient and modern wonders. peaks that rise from the waters, and craggy cliff faces with verdant, tree covered slopes. We stop at Shennv Stream, a serene area knownLuggage transfers on some as beauty stream. This afternoon, theres an optional excursion to thesections of the tourfascinating White Emperor City (payable locally). After a relaxed morning7 nights 4 and 5-Star hotel on Day 9, we discover the 2000-year-old Fengdu Ghost City. This vastaccommodationtemple complex is dedicated to the afterlife and is found nestled high on the Ming Mountain. This evening, we celebrate the end of our cruise as4 night cruise on the Yangtze we attend a Captains farewell dinner. RiverTHE GREAT WALLDays 10-11 - Chengdu and pandas 26 meals including 11 breakfasts, We disembark in Chongqing, where we board the high-speed train to7 lunches and 8 dinnersStretching from the Gobi Desert to the KoreanChengdu. On arrival, we take in the citys highlights on a guided tour. WeAll tour excursionsborder, winding its way across mile upon mile ofsee the Wenshu Monastery, a serene working Buddhist temple thats arid desert, lush grassland and rugged mountains,home to around 80 monks. We also visit lively Jinli Street, a traditional the Great Wall of China is a masterpiece of ancientstreet filled with enticing market-style shops. Chengdu is known as the craftsmanship and an incredible sight to behold. Giant Panda capital of the world, and we discover its famous native2022 TOUR DATESanimals on Day 11 with a visit to the Panda Research Base. Originally The Great Wall boasts a fascinating history datingfounded in 1987 to house six giant pandas that were rescued from theAug 26 2,495 Oct 21, 26 2,395back some 2,700 years, which means that ourwild, more than 120 giant panda cubs have been born here over theSep 9, 16, 23 2,595 Nov 2 2,295visit here feels almost like stepping into the pagesyears. We have lunch at a local restaurant and later, transfer to Xian byOct 7, 14 2,495of a history book. Discovering the immaculatelyrail, the ancient former capital of China, where we check into our hotel.preserved Mutianyu section, we trace the2023 TOUR DATESfootsteps of those who walked upon this ancientDays 12-13 - Xianstructure thousands of years ago, drinking in theWe head to the outskirts of Xian to see the incredible TerracottaMar 22 2,295 Aug 25 2,495beautiful views and admiring the incredible feat ofWarriors. Built to depict the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first EmperorApr 28 2,395 Sep 22 2,595engineering. Certainly, this is one of humankindsof China, around 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots, 520 horses and 120 cavalryMay 12 2,495 Oct 25 2,395greatest accomplishments.horses were buried with the emperor in 210-209 BC and only discoveredTour Code: CVS| per person based on 2 in 1974 by local farmers. Later, we return to the city for a guided tour,sharing. Deposit from 400 per person. seeing the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the Great Mosque. Tonight,Supplement for solo travellers from 665. Please we sample local specialities at a dumpling banquet. On Day 13 we bidnote the itinerary for 2022 departures may farewell to China as we board our flight to London Heathrow, via Beijing. differ, please call for more details. For the latest guidance on entry requirements, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice112 ASIA Call us on 01904 527194 or visit GreatRail.com for more details 113"