From modern cities and ancient History, to rural villages and spectacular landscapes, this really is the ultimate tour for those who want to experience China and Tibet in depth! Venture to a Tibetan village in the highlands of Yunnan province to meet the local community, visit a traditional family home and experience the intriguing blend of the Tibetan and Chinese way of life. Gaze upon the incredible Baisha Frescoes painted during the Ming Dynasty (1368 and 1644), which tell fascinating stories of the daily life, religion and politics of their time and have retained their bright colours and vivid patterns. Cruise on the crystal-clear, tranquil waters of Erhai Lake, admiring the views over the Cangshan Mountains and passing its many famous islands, many of them complete with colourful temples.
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DAY 1: FLY TO BEIJING Fly to Beijing, China’s historic capital, arriving late in the evening. Note: some departures may leave the night before.
DAY 2: IMPERIAL BEIJING This morning, head to Beijing’s symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square and stroll into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Later, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, where you can mingle with the locals and watch or participate as they practise Tai Chi, dance or play cards. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Peking duck dinner.
DAY 3: THE GREAT WALL This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Visit a jade factory then spend the afternoon in the idyllic gardens of the Summer Palace. This evening, there is an option to see kung fu masters in action.
DAY 4: BULLET TRAIN TO XIAN Take the bullet train to Xian and in the evening, enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
DAY 5: TERRACOTTA WARRIORS After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors and horses. Also visit the workshop to see where the warriors are intricately recreated in the style of their ancient counterparts. After lunch, stroll along the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town.
DAY 6: FLY TO GUILIN Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Next, fly to Guilin and visit a pearl factory.
DAY 7: LI RIVER CRUISE Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to charming Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen. This afternoon you can spend some time browsing Yangshuo’s vibrant markets.
DAY 8: YANGSHUO Begin with a relaxing and invigorating session of Tai Chi, taking a class with a master to learn this ancient martial art. Explore the countryside and stop on the banks of the Li River for a photo opportunity with a cormorant fisherman. Enjoy time at leisure or choose one of the many optional activities available including cycling or bamboo rafting.
DAY 9: TRAVEL TO KUNMING Drive back to Guilin and visit Reed Flute Cave to see the colourful stalagmites and stalactites. Next, fly to Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province.
DAY 10: THE STONE FOREST Meander through the formations of the UNESCO-listed Stone Forest, where towering limestone pillars stand tree-like in a fascinating illusion of woodland. This evening, dine on the local dish, Across the Bridge Noodles.
DAY 11: BULLET TRAIN TO DALI Board the bullet train to Dali, a charming town that offers a peek at bygone China and discover the magnificent Three Pagodas.
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