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This fascinating tour explores some of China’s most interesting cities by train. The extensive rail network in China is fast, modern, and comfortable and offers a unique way to see this intriguing country. We start our journey in Beijing, exploring the capital’s wealth of Imperial treasures, then travel southeast to Tianjin to explore this city and its European influenced architecture. From here we venture south to the historic city of Nanjing, then following the course of the Yangtze River travel in a westerly direction to Wuhan and Chongqing, and finishing our journey in the popular city of Chengdu, visiting the renowned Panda Research Base. For anyone who enjoys train travel this tour is not to be missed!
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14 days visiting Beijing, Tianjin, Nanjing, Wuhan, Chongqing and Chengdu
Depart London Heathrow on the direct British Airways flight to Beijing.
Morning arrival in Beijing and transfer to the Red Wall Garden Hotel for a 3 night stay. Visit the vast Tiananmen Square and the quaint hutong quarter by Lake Houhai. Enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)
Morning 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. Afternoon visit to the beautiful Summer Palace where the Emperors went to escape the heat of the city. (BL)
Drive north to the less- crowded and more scenic part of the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Afternoon visit to the Ming- era Temple of Heaven where the Emperors performed annual sacrificial rituals for good harvests. Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner. (BLD)
Take the train to Tianjin and transfer to the Pan Pacific Tianjin Hotel. Enjoy a tour of the city and its many sights including the impressive Tianjin eye, the European concessions area and Tianjin culture street. In the evening enjoy a dinner at the famous Nanshi food market. (BLD)
Board your train this morning for the journey to Nanjing and transfer to the Crowne Plaza Nanjing Jiangning for a 2 night stay. (BD)
Explore the city visiting the Ming-era city walls, Nanjing Confucian Temple, the Ming tombs, the Massacre of Nanking Memorial Museum, and the Yueliang Tower scenic area. (BL)
Morning departure by train for the city of rivers, Wuhan. Upon arrival transfer to the Howard Johnson Pearl Plaza Wuhan Hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon visit to the beautiful Yellow Crane Tower. (BD)
Enjoy a city tour, visiting the East Lake, Guiyuan temple, the Baotong temple, and the interesting Hubei Provincial Museum. (BLD)
Departure by train for the city of Chongqing. Upon arrival transfer to the Glenview ITC Plaza Hotel for a 2 night stay. After dinner explore the neon glowing lights that illuminate the city at night. (BD)
Morning visit to the impressive Dazu rock carvings. Afternoon return to Chongqing and visit the Liqikou porcelain village. (BLD)
This morning take a ride the Yangtze river cableway for comprehensive views of the city clinging to the cliffs of the river. Transfer to the station to take the train to the neighbouring city of Chengdu. Upon arrival transfer to the M Hotel Chengdu. Afternoon visit to the People’s Park to join in one of Chengdu’s favourite pastimes, drinking tea. Visit Jinli old quarter and take dinner in a local restaurant. (BLD)
Morning visit to the renowned Panda Research Centre and enjoy lunch at a typical Sichuan Restaurant. Late afternoon visit to the lovely Shu Brocade Institute. Optional evening Sichuan opera performance after a dinner of typical Sichuan cuisine. (BL)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for the British airways flight to London Heathrow. Arrive London at 1530 later the same day. (B)
The M Hotel Chengdu combines modern elegance with contemporary comforts. The guest rooms are modern, spacious and comfortable, all with flat screen TV, in-room safe, and a sofa. There is a fitness centre, and the M-Café – an all-day dining restaurant that serves traditional Southeast Asian cuisine such as Bak Kut Teh, Singapore Peranakan Laksa and other Peranakan dishes.
The Red Wall Garden boutique Hotel is an oasis of tranquillity in the very heart of the vibrant city of Beijing, in one of the city’s historic neighbourhoods, Shijia Hutong, a lovely tree-lined, low-rise lane. All rooms have a modern and comfortable yet traditional design, and possess all modern amenities. There is a cosy lounge bar, and the Red Wall Restaurant serves Chinese cuisine, as well as a varied western menu.
A large and comfortable hotel, the Glenview ITC Plaza offers guests a cosy and convenient place to stay. The spacious guest rooms all have modern amenities and there is a restaurant serving a selection of dishes. A fabulous indoor swimming pool offers an enticing place for a refreshing dip.