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With our expertise in China we seek to show our guests not just the main sights but aspects of the country that are beyond the reach of more conventional tours. The splendours of imperial Beijing, the astonishing Terracotta Army in Xian, the sophistication of cosmopolitan Shanghai, the renowned Mandarin gardens of Suzhou and the elegant and serene beauty of Hangzhou are naturally included in this comprehensive itinerary. Added to this is a splendid excursion to the provincial market town of Chengde, the summer resort favoured by the Manchu Emperors.
Metropark Causeway Bay Hotel extra night per twin/single room with buffet breakfast from £120. Private airport transfer from £75 per person one way (min 2 passengers).
NB: Outbound flight to Beijing will be with Air China. On Day 17 spend a third night in Shanghai. Homeward flight with Air China on Day 18 via Beijing, arriving London around 1745 the same day.
Depart Heathrow at around 1630 on the non-stop British Airways flight to Beijing.
Arrive Beijing and transfer to the 4-star Jianguo Hotel or similar described as ‘an Englishman’s club’ by a frequent visitor. Visit the quaint hutong quarter by Lake Houhai. Enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)
Visit the Summer Palace where the Emperors went to escape the heat of the city. Set around the beautiful Kunming Lake, the flowering arbours and delightful pavilions create a tranquil setting. Back in the city visit the ornate Lama and the serene Confucius Temples. Evening optional Beijing Opera performance. (BLD)
Morning stroll in Tiananmen Square follwed by a visit to the Forbidden City, the complex of imperial palaces which were home to the Emperors for over 500 years. Grand halls and courtyards gradually give way to more intimate domestic quarters, giving a glimpse into the pampered isolation of the Emperors. Visit the Temple of Heaven, an exquisite example of Ming architecture. Tonight we are guests at a traditional Peking Duck dinner. (BLD)
Morning drive to the Jinshanling area of the Great Wall, one of the most spectacular and least visited sections. The fortified towers stand majestically amidst the surrounding undulating mountains. We admire this stunning scenery, an experience that can rarely be enjoyed by visiting other parts of the Great Wall. On arrival in Chengde transfer to the 4-star Jiahe International Hotel or similar. (BLD)
Visit the magnificent temples of Puning and Putuozongcheng, built in imitation of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Visit the ‘Mountain Resort’, the summer residence of the Qing Emperors. After lunch enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Bangcui Peak from a relaxing chair-lift ride as we pass over the roof-tops of the Pule Temple. (BLD)
Drive to Beijing and fly to Xian and the 4-star (officially 5-star) Grand New World Hotel or similar. (BL)
The tomb of Qin Shi Huang is one of the greatest archaeological finds of the last century. Guarding the burial place is a vast Terracotta Army of 7000 life-sized figures, individually-crafted and complete with chariots and horses. Also visit the Grand Mosque, the lively Muslim quarter and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Optional evening Tang-era music and dance dinner show. (BL)
Visit the Ming City Wall and Hanyanling Museum where the Han ‘Lady Warriors’ are displayed before flying to Guilin and the 4-star Bravo Hotel. (BL)
Take the scenic Li River cruise to Yangshuo and drift gently through magical landscapes which have inspired some of the most famous Chinese poetry and paintings. Browse through Yangshuo’s colourful shops and stay at the superb Yangshuo Resort. Admire impressive scenery at the sunset view point. Optional spectacular son et lumiere show performed on the river by a cast of 600. (BLD)
Walk along the lovely Yulong River. Visit a local farmer’s house and continue to Jiuxian village. After lunch visit the extraordinary Silver Cave. (BL)
Return to Guilin and fly to Hangzhou and stay at the Zhejiang Grand hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. Optional 'Impressions of Hangshou' show. (B)
Take a boat trip on West Lake surrounded by idyllic gardens. Visit the delightful garden and manor of a former Qing nobleman, and explore the colourful shops along Cultural Street. Drive to Suzhou for an exclusive stay at the charming heritage hotel, Scholars Hotel Suzhou Pingjiangfu. (BD)
Visit the ancient city gate at Panmen and the Garden of the Master of the Nets. Explore the bustling old town and continue to a silk mill to see the ancient technique involved in producing the region’s silks. Enjoy an evening cruise on the Grand Canal to Marco Polo Bridge to admire the prettily illuminated waterways. (BL)
Drive to Shanghai stopping en route at the pretty canal town of Zhujiajiao. Enjoy lunch by the waterside. Arrive Shanghai and the 4-star Central Hotel, a stone’s throw from Nanjing Road. Optional evening cruise on the Huangpu River. (BL)
Visit the elegant Yuyuan Garden. Opposite is the Huxing Teahouse and old Chinese quarter of Shanghai where cobbled streets are lined with traditional shops selling herbal medicines, handicrafts, Chinese tea and a variety of tantalising snacks. We sample a Shanghai ‘dim sum’ lunch at the quarter’s most famous restaurant and spend the afternoon exploring the colourful bazaar. Admire bird's eye views from the Oriental Pearl Tower (weather permitting). (BLD)
Visit the excellent Shanghai Museum. Fly to Hong Kong and CTS’s own superior Metropark Causeway Bay Hotel or similar. (BL)
Enjoy the many attractions of this city at your own pace. (Optional full-day sightseeing bookable locally).
Board the late evening non-stop British Airways flight back to London and arrive London Heathrow following day at 0455. ( Day 20)
Close to the Silk Market in Beijing’s diplomatic quarter, the 4-star Jianguo Hotel offers guests an indoor pool and sauna, and rooms with IDD telephone, cable TV, minibar, air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities and hairdryer. The Jianguo boasts a fancy French restaurant, a superb Chinese restaurant serving traditional imperial cuisine, a British-style ‘pub’ with buffet lunch and evening live music, a lobby lounge for afternoon tea overlooking the gardens, a café serving western dishes and a cake shop.
Just a 10-minute walk from Xian’s old city walls and West Gate, the 5-star Grand New World is a large, modern and comfortable hotel with rooms featuring IDD telephone, internet access, tea & coffee making facilities, cable TV, hairdryer and safe. There is also a beauty salon, massage, gym, indoor pool, sauna, business centre, restaurant and coffee shop. A good buffet breakfast is offered and both Chinese and western food is served in the hotel restaurants and coffee shop.
Over looking the Ronghu Lake, the Guilin Bravo Hotel has an intimate atmosphere and is close to night markets and shops. Spacious guest rooms and suites are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, safety deposit box, free internet access, IDD telephone, TV and mini bar. The Patio Café is open 24 hours and serves Western and Asian cuisine. Various provincial Chinese cuisines are available from the Lijiang Restaurant. Live entertainment is available from the lobby bar in the evening. The hotel also has a small outdoor pool.
A great choice in Shanghai – of course very centrally-located, just off Nanjing Road. The Central Hotel is modern and smart with 319 good-sized, stylish rooms and cheerful and friendly staff. Bedrooms have cable and satellite TV, minibar, safe, internet access, air conditioning, and tea and coffee making facilities.
This 33-storey tower boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that give unobstructed views from many rooms of the famous harbour and city skyline, and there are more magnificent views from the rooftop swimming pool. The hotel also offers a sauna, gym and Jacuzzi. The 266 rooms are spacious with air conditioning, minibar, hairdryer, cable and satellite TV and safe.
The Yangshuo Resort is a superbly-equipped resort hotel with a fantastic range of facilities for its guests, world-class design and chic decoration in a contemporary but distinctly Chinese style, as well as an unbeatable location right on the banks of the Yulong River, amidst a 5-acre arable farm. Rooms at the Yangshuo Resort are exceptionally spacious and all boast a balcony overlooking the Yulong River and the dramatic karst mountains beyond.
A spacious and comfortable hotel with 280 rooms all with modern amenities. There is a restaurant and a coffee shop providing a range of meals and snacks. There is also a spa and a fitness centre.
We are pleased to share feedback that we received from some of our valued clients.
Our holiday with yourselves was excellent. All our transport including flights was very good. The local guides went out of their way to ensure that everything went smoothly and that our enjoyment was paramount. Our holiday overall was very well managed. Thank you for a wonderful holiday full of many happy memories.
Once again we have enjoyed an extremely well organised and full holiday. Everything worked perfectly and our guides were always willing to put things in or drop things out if we all wanted to. Our request for a double bed was met everywhere (except Hong Kong) as were the requests for twin rooms from other members of our group. We dined in so many different restaurants on really good food. No complaints!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The best holiday I have ever had!