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China Express Itinerary
Days 1-3 Beijing
Travel to Beijing, one of the world's most interesting and influential cities. Visit China’s most iconic sights including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Admire the impressive Great Wall up close and reflect on the enormous size and scope of this magnificent feat of ancient engineering. In the evenings, consider feasting on traditional Peking duck or sample some tasty street food at a bustling night market.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1
Days 4-5 Xi'an
Use free time to explore Xi'an at a relaxed pace. Why not hire a bike and cycle around the city walls or join locals in their daily tai chi practice. Uncover ancient history on a day trip to the fascinating Terracotta Warriors, and stop at a nearby village to enjoy lunch with a local family before making new friends at Xi'an Huiling - a special community project for people with learning disabilities.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1
Day 6 Suzhou
Relax in Suzhou’s ornate gardens and perhaps rent a bicycle to explore the streets, canals and alleyways of this charming town. In free time, choose to visit the Silk Museum and learn about the exquisite craftsmanship required to make silk. In the evening, hit the water on an optional gondola ride and see the elegance of Suzhou from a different perspective.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1
Days 7-9 Shanghai
Board a bullet train bound for the thriving metropolis of Shanghai, where futuristic skyscrapers and colonial buildings vie for space on the Bund. Explore Shanghai's complex network of traditional alleyways and perhaps snaffle a bargain at the Yuyuan Bazaar. Choose to sip cocktails in a modern bar, slurp noodles at a street stall or dine on delicious dumplings at a restaurant. Be amazed by the skill, grace and talent of the Shanghai Acrobats at an evening performance - a memorable way to end this express trip through China’s best sights.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2