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FAR EAST Terracotta Warriors


ESSENTIAL CHINA NEW


12 DAYS from £2145 (per person twin share with flights)


itinerary Bales Escorted The “must see sites”, ancient and modern


DAYS 1 to 3 Virgin Atlantic flight to Shanghai. Transfer by Maglev train to your hotel, Sunrise on the Bund for 2 nights. Visit old Shanghai, including the Yu Yuan Gardens and the Bund. Optional water villages tour.


DAY 4 – Beijing Travel by Bullet train to Beijing. Afternoon visit to the Temple of Heaven. 3 nights at the Prime Hotel.


DAY 5 – Beijing Visit Tiananmen Square, the magnificent Forbidden City and the Imperial Summer Palace.


DAY 6 – Beijing Explore the Great Wall of China at Mu Tian Yu with views of the snaking wall across a landscape of lush mountains.


Suzhou Summer Palace


DAYS 7/8 – Xi’an Fly to Xi’an to see the astonishing 8,000 life-size Terracotta Warriors. 2 nights at the Golden Flower Hotel. Visit the Small Goose Pagoda, walk on the historic City Walls and visit the Shaanxi Provincial Musem.


SUZHOU An hour by train from Shanghai, Suzhou is China’s very own Venice, a once important silk centre famed for its picturesque canals and classical gardens. It is easily accessible as a day trip from Shanghai but an overnight stay provides further opportunities to explore the narrow streets at a more relaxed pace.


WATER VILLAGES Beyond the canals and gardens of Suzhou lie the scenic water villages of Wuzhen, Xitang and Nanxun. Filled with networks of creeks and waterways that feed off the mighty Yangtze, these historic and scenic towns still echo to the cultural traditions of ages past with a superb collection of Tang, Ming and Qing architecture. The water village of Zhu Jia Jiao sees fewer tourists and can be a visited as a half day tour from Shanghai.


DAYS 9/10 – Guilin Fly to Xi’an to see the 8,000 life-size Terracotta Warriors. 2 nights at Golden Flower Hotel. Visit the Small Goose Pagoda and walk on the historic City Walls.


DAYS 11/12 – Fly to the UK Fly to Hong Kong and Virgin Atlantic to Heathrow. Option to extend your tour in Hong Kong.


17 Mar ‘12 31 Mar ‘12 21 Apr ‘12 16 Jun ‘12 21 Jul ‘12 18 Aug ‘12 £2245 £2265 £2295 £2145 £2345 £2495


15 Sep ‘12 06 Oct ‘12 20 Oct ‘12 16 Mar ‘13 30 Mar ‘13 20 Apr ‘13 £2495 £2495 £2495 £2245 £2245 £2295


EXPLORE CHINA WITH SHANGRI-LA


Special Something Shanghai


BY NIGHT Exploring Shanghai by night provides a fascinating insight into one of China’s most lively cities. An evening stroll along the famous Bund, or a cruise along the river, unearths a city of vibrancy and sophistication, whilst a cocktail in one of Shanghai’s high rise restaurants offers up 360º views of the glittering ‘Paris of the Orient’.


13 DAYS from £2895 (per person twin share with flights)


itinerary


DAYS 1 to 4 – Fly to Beijing Fly British Airways to Beijing. Visit the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Imperial Summer Palace and the Great Wall. 3 nights at Shangri-La Beijing.


DAYS 5/6 – Xi’an Fly to Xi’an. City tour, visit the Terracotta Army and Tang Dynasty show. 2 nights at the Shangri-La Xi’an.


DAYS 7/8 – Shanghai and Suzhou Fly to Shanghai. Visit Yu Yuan Gardens and the Bund. 2 nights at Pudong Shangri-La. Express train to Suzhou for 1 night at Shangri-La Suzhou. Visit Lingering Garden and a boat trip along the canals.


DAYS 10 to 13 – Guilin and fly to the UK Fly to Guilin. Li River cruise, Fubo Hill and Reed Flute Caves visit. Fly to Hong Kong and British Airways to the UK.


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