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A TASTE OF CHINA

A nine day private tour exploring the stunning diversity of China, with a wonderful contrast of ancient tradition, sitting alongside a vibrant modern society. Explore the Great Wall, soak up spectacular views of Tiananmen Square and stroll around Shanghai with your private guide.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the magnificent Forbidden City
  • Walk along the Great Wall from Jinshanling to avoid the crowds.
  • Explore The Army of Terracotta Warriors
  • Discover Shanghai with a private historian
  • Enjoy the wonderful classical Chinese Gardens in Suzhou
£3,495
per person

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RACHEL COOPER

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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive Beijing

    Arrive into Beijing from your international flight. On arrival, you will be met by a Red Savannah representative and transferred to your hotel to rest after your long journey. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city alone and try some local cuisine. The Waldorf Astoria blends oriental design with contemporary luxury and is within strolling distance of the Forbidden City. The hotel is beautifully decorated with Chinese art and sculptures placed throughout the hotel. The rooms have been carefully designed with feather-topped beds and spectacular views.

    Overnight: The Waldorf Astoria

  3. Day 2 Explore Beijing

    A full day to explore this magnificent city and visit the main imperial-era attractions. You will begin with the vast Tiananmen Square, which is home to China's parliament - The Great Hall of The People. With Mao's Mausoleum as its focal point, enjoy strolling amongst people flying colourful kites. Continue on to the Forbidden City (the Palace Museum) for exclusive access at the Chonghua Gong where Emperor Qianlong lived as a young man before his accession to the throne. Enjoy a delicious lunch with stunning views over Tiananmen Square before travelling out of town to the Imperial Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with spectacular lakes and gardens. You will be transferred back to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

    Overnight: The Waldorf Astoria

  4. Day 3 The Great Wall of China

    After breakfast, you will meet your private guide for a full day at the Great Wall. Your guide will take you Jinshanling, which although a little further out of the city, is a part which remains beautifully preserved and is visited less frequently. Without the crowds you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the Great Wall and have time to stroll at your own pace and take in the surroundings. After a delicious picnic lunch and if you are feeling energetic and adventurous, it is possible to trek further along this part of the wall, which will give you a closer glimpse of everyday rural life. Return to the luxury of the Waldorf Astoria.

    Overnight: The Waldorf Astoria

  5. Day 4 Beijing to Xian

    This morning before you leave Beijing, you will visit the magnificent Temple of Heaven, a sacred place where the emperors came to pray for a good harvest and where today, you will see many local residents come for morning exercises such as Tai Chi. Enjoy an exhilarating tour by a traditional pedicab to the Hutongs, the small lanes and the former courtyard houses of Old Beijing and the centre of the daily lives of local families. After lunch, you will be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Xian where you will be met and privately transferred to your hotel for an evening at leisure. The Sofitel Xian has a great central location within the Old City walls near many historical sites including the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Great Mosque and Forest of Steles. The airport and Terracotta Warriors are both a 45-minute drive away. This very comfortable hotel has large elegant rooms, a Spa with indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and state-of-the-art fitness centre.

    Overnight: Sofitel on Renmin Square

  6. Day 5 Explore Xian - The Terracotta Warriors

    No trip to China is complete without time exploring such a wondrous discovery. The Army of Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an, referred to locally as the 'Eighth wonder of the ancient world' was found by accident in 1974, by a local farmer as he was digging a well. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses in three pits with more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalrymen, the majority of which are still buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. After lunch, visit the Shaanxi Museum, which vividly shows the history of over a million years from prehistoric times. Before you return to your hotel, your guide will stop at the Wild Goose Pagoda, a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. Transfer back to the Sofitel in the evening.

    Overnight: Sofitel on Renmin Square

  7. Day 6 Xian to Shanghai

    After breakfast, your private guide will meet you to explore the Old City of Xian. Enjoy a fun bicycle or buggy ride around the Islamic Quarter and the Great Mosque, which is a beautiful spot in the middle of perfectly manicured gardens and has served Xi'an's Muslim community for more than a millennium. After lunch you will be transferred back to the airport for your flight to Shanghai where you will be met and transferred to The Peninsula, one of the finest hotels in China. Situated on the historic Bund River, with spectacular views and a magnificent roof-top bar, enjoy three nights in this superb property, which was inspired by the Art Deco era, when Shanghai was celebrated as the 'Paris of the East'. Explore the Rosamund Aviation Lounge, which celebrates the aviation history of China with an impressive collection of memorabilia, including a life-size replica of the fuselage of a 1930 Loening amphibean seaplane. Enjoy delicious cuisine in one of the hotels signature restaurants and relax with one of the spa's holistic treatments.

    Overnight: The Peninsula

  8. Day 7 Exploring Shanghai and Private Historian Tour

    Today you will visit the city's Bund, which is flanked by magnificent colonial-era buildings previously owned by the great trading houses and banks in the early 1900's. Continue on to the famous classical Yu Garden situated in the Old City before enjoying a traditional lunch of Shanghai food at Din Tai Feng Restaurant. In the afternoon, you will have a private historian and writer accompany you to explain the French Concession together with the city's rich and very colourful history.

    Overnight: The Peninsula

  9. Day 8 Shanghai

    This morning you will travel with your guide to the traditional water village of Zhouzhuang, with its 900 year old history where you will visit one of the town's old merchant houses. Zhouzhuang is renowned for being the Venice of China with it's many winding waterways and stone bridges. After lunch, explore Suzhou's remarkable classical Chinese style gardens which are on the United Nations' World Heritage list including the Gardens of the Master of the Nets, the smallest of the Suzhou gardens, yet also the most impressive due to the illusion it creates that it is much bigger than it really is. Return to Shanghai late afternoon.

    Overnight: The Peninsula

  10. Day 9 Depart

    Today your guide will meet and transfer you back to the airport for your flight home.

  11. Depart

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