Yangzi & Beyond

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  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Journey from Shanghai to Beijing via Chengdu and Xi'an

Mega monster China stretches for more than 9 million sq km, is home to 1.3 billion people, 800 McDonald’s restaurants and spans five time zones. It may sound like an impossibly colossal country, but the historic and cultural gems dotted all over this cultural melting pot make China one of the most exciting and diverse travel getaways. Be wowed by huge cosmopolitan cities, humbled by the welcoming folk of smaller communities and taken aback by the historic glory of past emperors and dynasties.

  • Cruise the canals of Zhouzhuang
  • Sample spicy Sichuan delights in Chengdu
  • Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
  • Cruise past the Three Gorges on the Yangzi River
  • See the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an
  • Climb the Great Wall of China
  • Experience the culinary delights of Beijing

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Days 1-3 Shanghai

The hustle and bustle of Shanghai can be overwhelming, so settle in with a walking tour around the smaller Zhouzhuang, one of the most famous water towns in China, which is just a train ride away. Jump in a gondola and cruise through this quaint town, a true ‘Venice of China’ experience. Back in Shanghai, explore the modern side of China, venturing to contemporary shopping quarters and fashionable restaurants.

Day 4 Chengdu

Chengdu has plenty of traditional flavour with its famous tea houses, numerous markets and as the home of Sichuan cuisine, known the world over for its spiciness.

Days 5-7 Yangzi River

Named after the site of an ancient ferry crossing, the Yangzi River flows for 6,418 km and winds through a diverse range of China's landscapes.

Days 8-10 Xi'an

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.

Days 11-14 Beijing

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.