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- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Embark on a journey through China from Hong Kong to Shanghai
East meets West, old fuses with the new and astounding natural landscapes merge into tremendous urban metropoles on this comprehensive delving into China, its culture and customs. Wander through the glittering city sky-rises and bustling mega-malls of Hong Kong, then wind down among the serene mountain scenery of Yangshuo. Greet the day with a tai chi class, dine on succulent Peking duck, feel at one with nature in the Fengshui-inspired gardens of Suzhou and take a stroll along the Great Wall. Comfortable by design, leisurely-paced and packed with plenty of extra inclusions, this is a stylish introduction to one of the world's most intriguing and bewildering nations.
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Begin this Discover China adventure in dynamic Hong Kong. Vibrating with vitality, Hong Kong’s crowded markets, fascinating special interest museums, creative fashion stores and diverse eateries threaten sensory overload of the best possible kind. Sample the city’s famous dim sum brunch and learn Chinese phrases during a language lesson. At night, head down to Victoria Harbour to catch the dazzling light and sound show.
Marvel at stunning jagged-green karst peaks that border the Li River while travelling to Yangshuo, the perfect place to glimpse local traditions. Perhaps get an up-close look at pastoral culture by taking a cruise along the river, which is dotted with weeping willows, rice paddies, crop fields and fishing villages. Encounter fresh local produce on a market tour, then whip up a feast during a cooking class.
Catch a flight to Xi'an; one of the country's oldest cities and site of the Terracotta Warriors. Become acquainted with the city on a short walking tour that takes in many of the city's landmark attractions, then travel out to visit the First Emperor's 8,000 strong standing army.
Arrive in Beijing, China's massive – and ever-expanding – capital city. Drive out for a walk along the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, amble through Tiananmen Square and pay a visit to our friends at The Intrepid Foundation supported project Beijing Huiling. With plenty of free time in this larger-than-life city, why not head out on an optional excursion to the Summer Palace or catch a thrilling acrobatics performance.
Hop aboard a high-speed train to Suzhou. Admire the principles of Fengshui on a leisurely stroll through the tranquil Humble Administrator's Garden, before continuing on to Tongli. Navigate the town's quaint cobblestone streets on a guided walking tour, sample some of the region's delicacies and perhaps jump in a gondola for a ride through the canals of this picturesque town.
A fascinating fusion of space-age ambitions with old-world traditions, Shanghai makes for a fitting finishing destination to this classic Chinese adventure. Learn about the city's history and admire its extraordinary architecture on a walking tour led by your leader, then mark the conclusion of this memorable journey with a toast at one of the highest bars in the world – Cloud 9.
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