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The Harbin Ice Festival

(Tour code: HAC17)A tour that captures the essence of this spellbinding country

Discover the enigmatic culture of China on a tour that celebrates its fascinating cities and sights during the Harbin Ice Festival. We visit Beijing, Xian and Shanghai on a captivating tour that captures the essence of this spellbinding country.

Tour Highlights
  • Beijing and the Temple of Heaven
  • Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall
  • Harbin Ice Festival
  • Shenyang & Xian
  • The Terracotta Army
  • Shanghai & the Jade Buddha
  • Snow Carving Festival in Sun Island Park
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    11 nights’ hotel accommodation
    5 Lunches
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Flights
Days 1-2

London to Beijing

We fly to Beijing from London, arriving on Day 2. We check into our hotel, and in the morning visit the Temple of Heaven. This afternoon, you are free to explore Beijing at your own pace.

Includes:
  • Temple of Heaven
Great Wall
Days 3-4

Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall

This morning we visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, an incredible series of palaces that date back to the Ming Dynasty. Your afternoon is free. On Day 4 we visit the Mutianyu section of the inspirational Great Wall of China.

Includes:
  • Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • Great Wall of China
Harbin
Days 5-7

To Harbin & the Ice Festival

We experience China's efficient high-speed rail network today as we travel to Harbin in First Class. On Day 6 we visit the Siberian Tiger Park, to witness these majestic creatures, and see the Snow Carving Festival in Sun Island Park. This afternoon we visit the Harbin Ice Festival, the largest of its kind in the world. Dating back to 1963, in its infancy the festival was a local event, yet today it has grown to international renown. Day 7 sees us take in Saint Sophia Cathedral and the Harbin Jewish Synagogue.

Includes:
  • Siberian Tiger Park and Snow Carving Festival
  • The Harbin Ice Festival
  • Saint Sophia Cathedral
  • Harbin Jewish Synagogue
Xian
Days 8-9

Xian

This morning we take the First Class train from Harbin back to Beijing. On Day 9 we head for Xi'an, China's ancient former capital.

Terracotta Warriors
Day 10

The Terracotta Army

Today we see the remarkable Terracotta Army, located a short distance outside of the city of Xi'an. The army was built for Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, and was housed by rank and file in buried pits, to guard the Emperor in death. In 1974 the warriors were discovered accidentally by local farmers, and were soon unearthed to world-wide fascination. After time to explore, we return to Xi'an to visit the Great Mosque and the lively bazaar. This evening we enjoy a traditional dumpling banquet for dinner.

Includes:
  • The Terracotta Army
Shanghai
Days 11-13

To Shanghai and home

We take an internal flight to Shanghai this morning, where this afternoon we visit Yu Garden. After a morning at leisure, on Day 12 we discover the Jade Buddha and the famous French Concession. On Day 13 we bid a fond farewell to China's exotic shores, transferring to the airport for our scheduled return flight to the UK, where our tour concludes on arrival.

Includes:
  • Yu Garden
  • The Jade Buddha

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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