b"Beijing 2YOUR ITINERARYCHINA ASIADays 1-3 - London, Beijing and the Great Wall of China 2 XianWe fly from London Heathrow to Beijing, arriving in the bustling cityChongqingonDay 2. We spend the day exploring Beijing. We visit TiananmenChengdu 1 4Square, the largest city square in the world at over 4 million squareYichang 2feet. We continue to the Forbidden City - a palace and garden complexShanghaibuilt on a huge scale, and once inhabited by the Chinese royal family. The rest of the day is free, ahead of a delicious dinner of Peking duck.Nights in hotel Nights on ship Rail ShipDay 3 begins with a rickshaw tour of Beijings hutongs, or backstreets. Here, each narrow, maze-like street shows real community betweenTOUR HIGHLIGHTSneighbours, as each home is connected with the other. Later, we enjoy a highlight of our holiday, with a visit to the iconic Great Wall of China. We visit the Mutianyu section, one of the best-preserved and oldest parts ofDiscover the vibrant cities of this world-famous structure. After time to explore this magnificent pieceBeijing, Xian, Chengdu and of ancient engineering, we return to Beijing, seeing the Birds Nest andShanghai on guided tours. the Water Cube - examples of Beijings modern architecture - en-route. Step back in time at the Great Days 4-5 - ShanghaiWall of China. Leaving the capital behind, we board the high-speed train to Shanghai.See the iconic Terracotta On arrival, were met by a local guide who takes us on a sightseeingWarriors. tour. We discover the iconic Bund waterfront, part of the citys famouslyCruise along the Yangtze. futuristic architecture. Afterwards, dinner is served at a local restaurant. On Day 5, we visit some of the citys hidden attractions, including YuSee panda cubs at the Panda Garden, an oasis of peace amidst Shanghais lively streets, situated inResearch centre in Chengdu. the older quarters of the city. We also visit the Old City of Shanghai and the Yuyuan Bazaar, a busy shopping quarter. After lunch at aWHAT'S INCLUDEDlocal restaurant, we stop by the former French Concession, a beautiful neighbourhood with a distinctive European character. UK Tour Manager throughoutDays 6-9 - The Yangtze River Flights from London Heathrow to This morning, we transfer to Maoping, enjoying Chinas high-speed railBeijing, and from Xian to London service from Shanghai to Yichang. This evening, we board the CenturyHeathrow via Beijing Glory or Sky cruise ship for a journey through some of Chinas mostAll rail and coach transfersbeautiful scenery, on the Yangtze River. The longest river in Asia, the shores are lined with soaring peaks, craggy cliff faces, and tree-coveredLuggage transfers on some slopes. On Day 7, our scenic Yangtze River cruise continues with a shoresections of the tourexcursion to the Three Gorges Dam. This hydroelectric gravity dam is not only a fantastic renewable resource, it is the largest of its kind in7 nights hotel 4 and 5-Star the world and produces record-breaking amounts of electricity. Later,accommodationour ship passes through Xiling Gorge, a place of incredible natural4 night cruise on the Yangtze beauty. The ship continues through the Wu Mountains on Day 8, passingRiverthe Qutang and Wu Gorges, two of the famous Three Gorges, both renowned for their scenery. OnDay 9we visit Shibaozhao Pagoda, atop26 meals including 11 breakfasts, which sits an ancient Buddhist temple, surrounded by lush greenery.7 lunches and 8 dinnersBack on board, enjoy the rest of the day relaxing. This evening weAll tour excursionscelebrate the end of our cruise as we attend a Captains farewell dinner.Days 10-13 - Chengdu, Xian and London 2021 DEPARTURESOur cruise comes to an end and we disembark in Chongqing, where we board the high-speed train to Chengdu. On arrival, we take in theSep 10, 17 2,545 Nov 3 2,345citys highlights, seeing the Wenshu Monastery and lively Jinli Street. OnOct 8 2,495 10 2,195the morning ofDay 11, we enjoy a visit to the Panda Research Centre, where more than 120 giant panda cubs have been born over the years.2022 DEPARTURESLater, we transfer to Xian, the ancient former capital of China, by rail. On Day 12, we visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors, discovered on theMar 23 2,295 Sep 9, 23 2,595outskirts of Xian in the 1970s. Later, we return to the city for a guidedApr 8, 22 2,395 Oct 7 2,495tour, taking in the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the Great Mosque.May 6, 20 2,495 21 2,395On our final evening, we sample some local specialities at a dumplingAug 26 2,495 Nov 2 2,295banquet, the perfect way to end our explorations of this wonderfulTour Code: CVS| per person based on 2 country. On Day 13 we board our flight from Xian to London Heathrow,sharing. Deposit from 390 per person. travelling via Beijing. Supplement for solo travellers from 665. Please note the itinerary for 2021 departures may differ, please call for more details. For the latest guidance on entry requirements, please visit Visit your Local Travel Agent www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice 105"