China Trailblazer

Resort: China Trailblazer
Operator: Wendy Wu Tours
Destination: Asia
Price From: £3990.00

Overview

21 Day China Trailblazer Tour Itinerary

DAYS 1-2: FLY OVERNIGHT TO BEIJING

 

Fly to Beijing, Chinas historic capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

 

DAY 3: BEIJINGS HUTONGS

 

This morning visit Yandaixiejie where you will have some free time to wander the hutongs. These narrow alleys offer an authentic glimpse of the old Beijing before the emergence of high-rise buildings and modern commerce. Visit the Temple of Heaven and mingle with the locals. Continue to the Summer Palace and explore the magnificent grounds, before taking a short hike up Longevity Hill to enjoy panoramic views. Stop for a photo at the Olympic Stadium. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 4: TIANANMEN SQUARE AND FORBIDDEN CITY

 

Stroll across Tiananmen Square into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Walking through this ornately designed complex offers an unsurpassed insight into Chinas colourful past. Drive to Simatai Great Wall where you will ride up to the apex of the Wall by cable car to see the sunset. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 5: HIKE THE GREAT WALL

 

Travel to the Great Wall at Jinshanling, a section that is much less frequented by tourists than other parts. The stark yet magnificent surroundings allow you to put yourself in the shoes of those who walked this incredible structure hundreds of years ago. Your trek will last approximately four hours as the wall dramatically courses through spectacular landscapes and rugged terrain. Later, head back to Beijing and enjoy the evening at leisure. (B,L)

 

DAY 6: EXPLORE XIAN

 

Fly to Xian, the ancient former capital. Explore the narrow and winding streets of the Muslim Quarter which are lined with Islamic food stalls. The evening is at leisure. (B,L)

 

DAY 7: TERRACOTTA WARRIORS

 

Spend the morning gazing over the ranks of warriors and horses, each one unique, whilst your guide introduces you to these life-like soldiers fascinating story. Also visit the workshop to see where the warriors are intricately created. Continue to the ancient city wall for a cycle on the fortifications surrounding the heart of the city. In the evening, enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 8: BOARD YOUR CRUISE

 

Fly to Yichang and travel by road Maoping Dock to board your Yangtze Cruise vessel. (B,L,D)

 

DAYS 9-11: YANGTZE CRUISE

 

Over the next few days, be prepared for one breathtaking scene after another. Visit the Three Gorges Dam and enjoy a side trip to the attractive Shennong or Goddess Stream as well as various shore excursions. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 12: BULLET TRAIN TO CHENGDU

 

Disembark your cruise vessel and take a bullet train to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province. Tonight, there is an option to see a performance of Sichuan Opera, famous for face-changing. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 13: PINGLE ANCIENT TOWN

 

Drive to Pingle ancient town. Dating back to the Han Dynasty, Pingle was a stopping point on the Tea Horse Road. Take time to walk through its maze of teahouse-lined streets before seeing the bamboo forest from above on Jinji suspended rope bridge. Return to Chengdu. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 14: DUJIANGYAN PANDA BASE

 

Visit one of the worlds finest panda conservation centres where you will gain a real insight into the hard work that goes into caring for and boosting the population of this endangered species. The pandas here are kept in conditions very close to their natural habitat. Later, ascend Mount Qingcheng, the most sacred Taoist mountain in China, by cable car. It is a truly beautiful spot with numerous lush, green peaks and secluded temples. Take a stroll among the mystic scenery of Yuecheng Lake. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 15: FLY TO GUILIN

 

Take an early morning flight to the beautiful city of Guilin. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L)

 

DAY 16: RICE TERRACES HIKE

 

Travel to the misty, stepped hills of Longji. Todays four-hour hike among the terraces will take you past small hamlets and picturepostcard views of the rice terraces which cover the landscape in intricate patterns. Later, return to Guilin. (B,L)

 

DAY 17: LI RIVER CRUISE

 

Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to the charming town of 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 evening, there is an option to be wowed by the light spectacular Liu Sanjie. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 18: TAI CHI, CYCLING OR RAFTING

 

Start the day with an invigorating session of Tai Chi, taking a class with a master to learn this ancient martial art. This afternoon, there is the option of riding a bicycle through the countryside or joining a bamboo rafting trip along the Yulong River before driving back to Guilin. (B,L)

 

DAY 19: HUANGPU RIVER CRUISE

 

Enjoy a stroll around the picturesque Ronghu Lake and admire the Sun and Moon pagodas two towering examples of traditional Chinese Buddhist architecture. Visit the pearl factory, then fly to Shanghai. This evening, cruise down the Huangpu River being serenaded by the neon lights of Pudong. (B,L)

 

DAY 20: SHANGHAINESE SHANGHAI

 

Wake up to the buzz of Shanghai and take a breakfast walking tour between shimmering skyscrapers and traditional streets. Walk through the citys most fascinating districts before enjoying breakfast as the locals do sample pancakes, fried bread sticks and tofu. Visit the classical Yu Garden, the old town and a silk factory before taking an evening stroll along the Bund. Enjoy a farewell dinner of authentic Shanghainese cuisine. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 21: FLY SHANGHAI TO UK

 

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B) )

 

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