China Express - 8 Days

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Beijing - Visit the iconic Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, explore the Hutong area of Beijing, enjoy a Chinese Acrobatic Show and taste the famous peking duck, Huanghuacheng Great Wall - A section of the Great Wall of China, unique for its partially submerged and picturesque portion of the wall, Xi'an - Experience the UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Terracotta Warrior Factory, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, City Wall and bike ride and savour a dumpling-making experience, Luoyang - Take a high-speed train to Luoyang, and enjoy a visit to the Longmen Caves, food hunt in Old City Shizi Street and watch Kung Fu at a Shaolin Monastery

Availability

From 2024-05-25 to 2025-05-03

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • May Sat 25 2024 to Jun Sat 01 2024
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    $3,195*
  • Jun Sat 08 2024 to Jun Sat 15 2024
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    $3,195*
  • Jul Sat 06 2024 to Jul Sat 13 2024
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    $3,195*
  • Jul Sat 20 2024 to Jul Sat 27 2024
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    $3,195*
  • Aug Sat 03 2024 to Aug Sat 10 2024
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    $3,195*
  • Aug Sat 17 2024 to Aug Sat 24 2024
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    $3,195*
  • Sep Sat 07 2024 to Sep Sat 14 2024
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    $3,195*
  • Sep Sat 21 2024 to Sep Sat 28 2024
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    $3,115*
  • Oct Sat 05 2024 to Oct Sat 12 2024
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    $3,195*
  • Oct Sat 12 2024 to Oct Sat 19 2024
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    $3,195*
  • Oct Sat 19 2024 to Oct Sat 26 2024
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    $3,195*
  • Oct Sat 26 2024 to Nov Sat 02 2024
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    $3,195*
  • Nov Sat 02 2024 to Nov Sat 09 2024
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    $3,195*
  • Nov Sat 09 2024 to Nov Sat 16 2024
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    $3,195*
  • Dec Sat 21 2024 to Dec Sat 28 2024
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    $3,025*

What's included

Daily breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners, inclusive of traditional Peking Duck dinner in Beijing and dumpling-making experience in Xi'an.
7 nights 4 star hotels.
Chinese acrobatic performance.
Highspeed train ticket to Luoyang (2nd class).
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall.
Beijing Capital Airport arrival transfer on day 1.
Touring of Beijing, Huanghuacheng Great Wall, Luoyang & Xi'an.
English speaking specialist guides at local sights.
All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles.
Visit to Shaolin Monastery.
Shadow puppetry show.

Itinerary

  • Day 1, Beijing
    Saturday. Huang ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Upon your arrival at Beijing Capital Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.

    The day is yours to explore Beijing, the captivating capital of China, renowned for its blend of history, contemporary skyscrapers, and iconic cultural sites such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. In the evening, there will be a welcome meeting in the hotel lobby to kick off your exciting journey.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Beijing
    After breakfast, our first stop today will be the iconic Tiananmen Square, where Chairman Mao's tomb lies and various monuments to the people are located. While we won't enter the tomb, we will get to view the exterior.

    Following this, we'll enter the Forbidden City, a magnificent palace complex which served as the seat of power for Chinese emperors over five centuries. With over 800 buildings and 9,000 chambers, this is one of China's best preserved historical treasures.

    In the afternoon, delve into Beijing's hutongs, a maze-like network of ancient alleyways that form the city's historical core. Wander through these charming lanes, where generations of families have lived, and discover traditional courtyards and compact houses. Afterwards, you'll take a leisurely stroll along Wangfujing Pedestrian Street, a renowned shopping avenue at the heart of the city.

    In the evening, enjoy a Beijing dining experience by savouring a Peking roast duck dinner, typically enjoyed wrapped in thin pancakes, with spring onions and hoisin sauce!
    1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 3, Great Wall
    Today, prepare for an exciting journey to the iconic Great Wall of China. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Wall stands as an enduring symbol of Chinese civilization and ingenuity. Initially constructed for defensive purposes, it snakes an impressive 6,700 kilometers across diverse terrains and towering mountains.

    We'll be visiting the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall, known as the "Yellow Flower Great Wall." Its name originates from the vibrant yellow wildflowers that bloom along the wall during specific seasons. What sets Huanghuacheng apart is that a portion of the wall is partially submerged underwater. We'll embark on a scenic hike along the wall, offering breathtaking views and a deeper understanding of the structure's historical significance.

    This evening promises an enchanting spectacle as we attend a Chinese acrobatic performance. These skilled artists will leave you spellbound with their gravity-defying feats.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 4, Beijing
    Beijing - Luoyang. After breakfast this morning, we'll head to the railway station for a comfortable 2nd class high-speed train journey to Luoyang, which will take approximately 4-4.5 hours. Luoyang is one of the four ancient Chinese capitals, renowned for its magnificent peony blooms and the celestial Longmen Caves.

    After meeting our local guide and enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, prepare to be captivated by the Longmen Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. These remarkable caves are perched densely along the cliffs lining the Yi River, and they house the world's most extensive collection of celestial art treasures, boasting the largest array of statues to be found anywhere on Earth. This enduring art form, etched into the stone, has not only withstood the test of time but has also borne witness to the reign of over 10 dynasties spanning more than 1,400 years.

    In the evening, we'll take a stroll through Old City Shizi Steet, a renowned food street in old city Luoyang. Here, you'll have the chance to follow tantalizing aromas and sample a wide variety of local flavours.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 5, Luoyang
    Today will begin with a visit to the vibrant Xiyuan Park. Here, residents gather to dance and sing, infusing the park with a lively burst of morning energy. It's an excellent opportunity to observe and perhaps even join in the joyful morning activities that reflect the spirit of the community.

    Afterwards, brace yourself for an exhilarating adventure as we head to the legendary Shaolin Monastery, renowned as the reputed birthplace of Chinese martial arts. This sacred temple is not only a spiritual haven but also the epicenter of Kung Fu mastery. Witness a mesmerising performance that promises to entertain and awe. The skills and discipline of these martial artists are sure to leave a lasting impression.

    As the day comes to an end, we'll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, allowing you to indulge in the flavours of Luoyang cuisine.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 6, Luoyang
    Luoyang - Xi'an. Rise and shine, today we'll catch an early morning train bound for Xi'an. Enjoy a swift yet scenic journey as we head toward this ancient city. Upon arriving in Xi'an, we'll start our day with a bike ride along the Xi'an City Wall. This remarkable structure stands as one of the oldest and best-preserved among the few remaining Chinese city walls.

    Afterwards, get ready for the sensory delights of Xi'an's Muslim Quarter, a bustling neighbourhood in the heart of the city. Here, the air is thick with the mouthwatering aromas of sizzling lamb skewers and fragrant spices emanating from the food stalls that line the narrow alleys. Engage with the warm and welcoming locals, witness their skilled craftsmanship in action, and let the diverse flavours tantalize your taste buds.

    Not far from the Muslim Quarter, discover the majestic courtyard of the Gao Family. Within these hallowed walls, a unique spectacle awaits--a 15-minute shadow puppetry show, an art form believed to originate from this province. These performances breathe life into simple yet vibrant leather or paper figures, spinning enchanting narratives that have captivated audiences for generations.

    Then, pay your respects at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a serene contrast to the bustling Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Within this peaceful Buddhist complex, you'll discover intriguing exhibits in the Xi'an Museum.

    Tonight, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at making dumplings, a local delicacy that is also a true form of culinary art. Enjoy the delicious dumplings you've created, accompanied by a cup of rice wine.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 7, Xi'an
    Our day begins with a visit to the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army and Warriors, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This remarkable collection of terracotta sculptures depicts the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. These life-sized figures were meticulously modeled after actual soldiers of the Qin Army, displaying incredible attention to detail. The army consists of an astounding 8,000 life-size soldiers, 100 chariots, and 600 horses, and each figure is unique. The purpose of this vast army was to guard the remains of Emperor Qin Shihuang, entombed within a massive mausoleum complex.

    Next, you'll have the opportunity to visit a Terracotta Warrior Factory. Here, you can delve deeper into the intricate production process, which remains unchanged since the time of the Qin Dynasty. Gain insights into the techniques behind these captivating artworks, adding a layer of appreciation to these ancient treasures.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, we'll return to the hotel. From here, enjoy time at leisure to explore Xi'an at your own pace.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 8, Xi'an
    Saturday. Today marks the conclusion of your remarkable China adventure, full of cultural wonders and tasty delicacies. After breakfast and 12pm hotel check-out, make your own way to the airport for your onward flight.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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