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North China Getaway Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Enjoy a getaway through northern China from Shanghai to Beijing.
Discover the ancient sights and modern delights of China's north. Journey from Beijing to Shanghai, through the ancient city of Xi'an to the heights of Huangshan, the base of the Great Wall, and deep into the Huizhou countryside. Encounter friendly people, bustling markets and amazing historical landmarks as you take in the crazy contrasts and profound experiences that render China such a remarkable country.
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Beijing has a long and colourful history and this rapidly modernising city is an amazing whirl of ancient sites, modern buildings, bicycles, people, shops and eateries. Snaking over the landscape for 8,851 km, the building of China's Great Wall started in the 5th century BC with the aim of protecting China's northern borders from invading Mongolian hordes.
Jump on a bullet train and speed out from Beijing to Shanhaiguan. Take a tour of Old Dragon Head - Shanhaiguan's section of the wall - and the only part which enters the ocean. The following day, travel out to Dongjiakou village and visit a part of the wall that hasn't been restored, then get a taste of rural Chinese life on a local family homestay.
As the start of the ancient trading route the Silk Road and an imperial centre for 2,000 years, Xi'an has a fascinating history and rich cultural sites to discover.
Visit China’s most dynamic city, Shanghai. Embark on a guided tour of the city's historical quarters, such as The Bund, Nongtang and the European-influenced French Concession. To gain a deeper understanding of China’s engrossing past, perhaps stop by the Shanghai Museum or Propaganda Museum for a versing in local history.
Catch a local bus out to Huangshan. Also known as Yellow Mountain, the dramatic limestone peaks populating this superbly beautiful area make for some of the country's most breathtaking scenery.
Pass through verdant bamboo and pine forests en route to the age-old village of Hongcun. Amble along the quiet cobblestone streets, hire a bike and pedal out to surrounding villages or do your best Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon re-enatcments – this is where a bunch of the film's scenes were shot after all.
Return to the hustle and bustle of Shanghai. After refreshing at the hotel, why not head out as a group in search out a traditional tea ceremony or The Bund's hippest bar and toast the conclusion of this memorable Chinese journey.
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