Scenic China (14 days)

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  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

China, with its vast and diverse territory, has some of the most beautiful natural scenery to compare with anywhere in the world. Staying in classical boutique hotels will add to the experience and enhance your stay even more. A photographers paradise, you will discover most of the top 10 must see scenic sites in China.

 

Day 1 UK to Beijing

Travel from London Heathrow airport for scheduled flight to Beijing.

(We can also arrange flights from other UK airports without any additional cost; upgrade to premium economy class or business class available on request)

Day 2 Beijing

Arrive at Beijing Capital Airport and transfer to hotel in city centre. Rest of day at leisure.

Day 3 Beijing

Start our tour this morning with a visit to Tiananmen Square – the largest public square in the world. Walking through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (late Chairman Mao’s huge portrait hanging over the gate), we enter the magnificent Forbidden City – which served as imperial palaces for 24 emperors since 15th century. This massive palace compound never fails to impress. In the afternoon the tour continues to the enchanting Summer Palace – the largest imperial garden in the world, where late Qing emperors and empresses stayed between May and October, seeking escape from the pollution inside the city. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 4 Beijing

Today we travel outside the city to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. You will be given plenty of time to explore this magnificent monument and climb to the top. The afternoon is spent visiting the Ming Tombs – 13 Ming Emperors were buried in the basin surrounded by Tiger and Dragon Mountains. The evening is time to relax with a traditional Peking duck banquet!

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 5 Beijing to Xian

This morning take the high speed bullet train from Beijing to Xian (approx. 5 hrs). Upon arrival, transfer to hotel in the city centre. Later visit the Ancient City Wall, originally built during the Tang Dynasty, it is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well as being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Later we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda – known as the best-preserved Buddhist temple complex, the temple was initially built in 589, during the Sui Dynasty (581-618). Tonight enjoy a spectacular Tang Dynasty dinner show.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 6 Xian to Chengdu

Today our tour begins with yet another highlight of the entire journey – Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built over 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang. With over 7,000 life-size figures unearthed since 1974, this is truly one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. This afternoon return to the city to visit the Bell Tower – beautifully lit with red lanterns; this is the landmark of Xian. Also browse around the colourful local food market in the Muslim quarter. Evening transfer to airport for a short flight to Chengdu. On arrival transfer to hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 7 Chengdu to Hangzhou

This morning visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre. Experience a close encounter with the rare and cute panda bears.Afternoon continue to visit the Wu Hou Temple and Jinli Ancient Street. Later transfer to airport for flight to Hangzhou, one of the most beautiful cities in southern China.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 8 Hangzhou

Full day tour covering the Lingyin Temple and Six Harmonies Pagoda. Take a boat ride on the beautiful West Lake. Also visit a tea plantation, sample the famous Dragon Well Green Tea.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 9 Hangzhou to Yellow Mountain

Transfer by coach to Yellow Mountain. Take cable car up the mountain. En route, view the Brush Pen Peak, Lion Peak and Xihai Grand Canyon. Enjoy the sunset at the Cloud Dispelling Pavilion. Stay overnight on top of the mountain.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 10 Yellow Mountain to Tunxi

Wake up early in the morning to catch the magical sunrise over the mountain (depend on weather condition). Later take cable car down to the foot of the mountain. Drive to Yixian to visit the beautiful historical villages of Xidi and Hongcun. Hongcun is one of the locations of the famous film – ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’. Continue to Tunxi Ancient Town and overnight.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 11 Tunxi to Shanghai

Travel to Wuyuan – the most picturesque village of China. Explore the beautiful villages, walking through the cobblestone streets and bridges, and admire the ancient architectures. Transfer to airport for evening flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, be met and transfer to hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 12 Shanghai

We start our tour today to the Jade Buddha Temple, originally built in 1882 to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. Later we visit the Old Town and the enchanting Yuyuan Garden, a place of peace and comfort in the heart of bustling Shanghai, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. We will then take a leisurely walk on the Bund – Shanghai’s famous waterfront, where you will be treated with the breathtaking skyline on both sides of Huangpu River. Finally today we visit the Shanghai Museum, which possesses a collection of over 120,000 precious works of art. This evening enjoy the famous Shanghai Acrobatic show.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 13 Shanghai

Today is your last full day in China, and you have the whole day free to catch up on some last minute shopping or exploring. 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 14 Shanghai to UK

Transfer to airport for return flight home. End of itinerary.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Beijing - Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel

Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel

Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel is a 5-minute walk from the scenic Houhai area, renowned for its restaurants, bars, and cafés. Located in the historical Hutong area in central Bejing, the shadow art themed Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel offers a peaceful retreat away from the bustling streets.

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Xian - Citadines Central Xian

Citadines Central Xian

Chengdu - 4* Buddha Zen Hotel

4* Buddha Zen Hotel

Buddha Zen Hotel, a territory for Buddha-worshippers, is located at Wenshufang folk and custom street and adjacent to famous thousands-year Wenshuyuan Buddhist Temple, where you can listen to Buddhist sermons, smell incense, and experience ancient charms everyday.

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Hangzhou - Tea Boutique Hotel

Tea Boutique Hotel

The hotel boasts magnificent location in the center of Hangzhou, providing access to West Lake (Xi Hu), Wulin Square and Wushan Square within 25 minutes’ walk. A 20-minute walk to the center of Hangzhou.

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Yellow Mountain - 4* Beihai Hotel

4* Beihai Hotel

Huangshan’s Beihai Hotel (Beihai Binguan) is a popular 4-star hotel extremely well located for those wishing to watch the sun set or rise from the mountain’s Eastern step. This Huangshan hotel has standard rooms and suites that come equipped with all the standard up-to-date amenities.

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Tunxi - 4* Huashan Hotel

4* Huashan Hotel

Facing the Xin’an River, standing in front of Xiao Hua Mountain, the hotel has an ancient style of Hui building in accordance with the ancient looking of the streets. It is an ideal accommodation.

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Shanghai - Astor House Hotel

Astor House Hotel

Dating from 1846, this palatial, Victorian-style hotel is a 6-minute walk from the iconic Bund waterside promenade. It’s also 2 km from Yu Garden and 3 km from People’s Square.
 
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Tour Price includes:

  • International economy flights;
  • Hotel accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Train/Boat journeys where mentioned in program;
  • Domestic flights where mentioned in program;
  • Daily supply of bottled water;
  • Tibetan entry permit;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Tour Price excludes:

  • China visa;
  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.
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We used Emperor for a group trip to India. they were fantastic with their choice of hotels (some truly incredible) their tour guide, the whole programme and their choice of airlines for the trip. We made things quite tough for them with different members of the group travelling for different periods and arriving in and out of different airports. We specifically had some issues with one of the airlines on the return leg of our trip, through no fault of Emperor, but they did their utmost to put things right and made the journey home as pleasant as possible by meeting the cost of a lounge at the airport for us do to the shortcomings of one of the airlines checking in procedures. The pre holiday package of information was very comprehensive and we were presented with very durable luggage tags. We would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team in tailoring a package for a trip to India. We had an amazing culturally stimulating trip and will certainly go back to India in the future.

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