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Classic China Itinerary
Days 1-4 Beijing
Uncover the many modern and historical treasures of Beijing. Explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, once home to China's imperial rulers. Marvel at the monumental Great Wall, an extraordinary architectural accomplishment that spans more than 6,000 km. Enjoy a mouth-watering Peking duck dinner, then work off the feast with a wander through ancient hutongs. Perhaps visit the Summer Palace, snare a bargain at the markets or hire a bicycle and join the locals pedalling around the city. In the evening, why not attend a Beijing opera performance.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3, Overnight sleeper train - 1
Days 5-6 Xi'an
Arrive in Xi’an, an important cultural centre brimming with temples, museums and galleries. Get a taste of Chinese history and visit the iconic Terracotta Warriors, the Bell and Drum towers, the Muslim Quarter as well as the Big Goose Pagoda - an impressive structure built to house Buddhist scriptures. Stop by Xi'an Huiling, an Intrepid Foundation-supported project for people with intellectual disabilities, before devouring a tasty Chinese Muslim meal.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2
Days 7-8 Yangshuo
Explore the idyllic countryside that surrounds picturesque Yangshuo. Take an optional cruise down the Li River, hire a bike to explore nearby villages and meet farmers working with their water buffaloes in the fields. Embark on a guided walk through a local market before learning some of the secrets of Chinese cuisine at a cooking class. In the evening, hit the town and check out Yangshuo’s vibrant bar scene.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2
Days 9-12 Shanghai/Water Town
Get to know Shanghai from the ground level on a guided walk. Relax in peaceful gardens before marvelling at the agility and flexibility of the Shanghai acrobats at a performance. Take a day trip to a tranquil water town, the perfect place to experience old-world China.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3
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