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Duration: 8 days | Departures from 04 April 2014 to 07 November 2015
Location: China: Starts Beijing | Xian, Shanghai and Zhouzhang
Price: From $2,555* pp twin share
  • peregrine_logoThe eastern flank of China is of enormous historical and cultural interest. The Qin and Han Dynasties, which lasted for some 500 years, were founded in Xian. This city is considered the birthplace of a united China. Both the Ming and Qing Dynasties held sway in Beijing from the end of the 14th century until 1911, when the last emperor was deposed. European influences also seeped into the region, first to Guangzhou (Canton), then later to Shanghai and Hong Kong. As a result there are many fascinating historical sites to discover.

    Starting in Beijing we explore all the major places of interest, including the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. We also visit a mostly unrestored and remote section of the Great Wall, allowing you to absorb the immenseness of this incredible structure without jostling for a position with thousands of other tourists. Xian is home to both a flourishing Muslim population and the world renowned 2000-year-old Terracotta Warriors. We then fly to Shanghai, the largest city in China, once known as the Paris of the East.

    • Day 1 – Beijing

      On arrival in Beijing you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening you will meet your tour leader and the other group members for a pre-tour briefing. This is generally followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant – Peking

      Dong Fang Hotel or similar

    • Day 2 – Day 4 – Beijing – Xian(B)

       Beijing offers endless opportunities for exploration. The enormous Forbidden City, built more than 500 years ago and off limits to commoners for almost all of that time, is a truly amazing place. Its size might surprise you (it is huge!), but what makes it truly fascinating is that every square metre is detailed, ranging from intricately carved walkways to colourful, painted ceilings. The Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace are other fine examples of extraordinary workmanship which are also included in our time here. On Day 3 you will visit one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall at Mutianyu which used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. Being perched on this incredible engineering feat and surveying the spectacular surrounding countryside is an unforgettable experience. There is also ample free time built in to the itinerary, allowing you to make your own discoveries. In the evening, you might have the chance to enjoy a performance of the unique Beijing Opera or Acrobats (optional). You will leave Beijing in the afternoon of Day 4 on a high-speed train to Xian (journey time approx 5.5 hours), where on arrival you will enjoy a free evening.

      Dong Fang Hotel or similar

    • Day 5 – Xian (B)

       Xian is a wonderful place to explore. The food options are excellent here, ranging from delicious Muslim fare to great dumplings and street food. Widely regarded as the first capital of a united China in 221 BC, the city is rich in history. A tour to the renowned Terracotta Warriors with a local guide introduces you to these entombed statues and is considered one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century. Over 6000 of them were individually sculpted from clay, each having a different costume, height, even facial expression. They are standing in battle formation, facing east in order to protect the tomb of China’s first emperor, the great Qin Shihuang. In 1974, farmers digging a well discovered the underground vault, which was home to this army for two millennium. Xian also has a wonderful Muslim Quarter. A free afternoon can be spent wandering the narrow streets where you will find quaint shops, lively markets, groups of white-bearded men in skull caps sipping tea in cafes, and the Great Mosque, one of the most important and unique in China.

      Union Alliance Hotel or similar

    • Day 6 – Day 7 – Shanghai (B)

      Today you will fly to Shanghai and transfer to your hotel located near the famous Bund or waterfront area, where dozens of imposing European colonial buildings, remnants of the concession era, line the promenade. This is an excellent place for people watching as domestic tourists also flock here for photo opportunities. The shopping area on Nanjing Road is situated nearby our hotel too. You will enjoy free time in Shanghai, and your tour leader can show you how to get to the famous Yuyuan Gardens and Bazaar, a fascinating highlight of the city and worth exploring for its tranquil Chinese garden and wonderful food stalls. On your last evening you will enjoy a farewell drink at one of in the highest bars in the world – Cloud 9 Bar in the Jin Mao Tower (87 floors up!). Shanghai certainly looks impressive from the top of a skyscraper!

      Bund Riverside Hotel or similar

    • Day 8 – Shanghai (B)

      The tour will come to an end today after breakfast. You should arrange an evening flight out, or stay an extra day, if you wish to have time to explore more of Shanghai. A transfer to the airport is not included; however, your tour leader will be on hand to advise you as to the options available.

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  • Included:

    • Meals where indicated (B, L or D).
    • An experienced, English-speaking local Peregrine leader and specialist local guides at some sites
    • Authentic Accommodation: 7 nights comfortable hotel
    • Meals: 7 breakfasts
    • Arrival transfer
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Beijing – Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace, Xian – Terracotta Warriors, Shanghai – Walking tour
    • Visit an impressive section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu
    • High-speed train from Beijing to Xi’an
    • Domestic flight from Xi’an to Shanghai
    • Chinese visa support

    Not Included:

    • International flights
    • International and Domestic Departure taxes (if required)
    • Departure Transfer
    • Visas
    • Other meals
    • Insurance
    • Tips
    • Porter
    • Laundry
    • Any additional optional tours or activities
    • Spending of a personal nature, including drinks, laundry, souvenirs

     

  • *TERMS & CONDITIONS

    All prices are quoted in NZD (unless otherwise stated), per person, twin share (unless otherwise stated) & are correct as at 01 May 2014. Single supplement and child costs supplied on request. Offers are subject to availability & can change without notification due to fluctuations in charges & currency. Valid for sale until sale date specified with each deal. Valid for travel in low season, unless specified. A deposit must be paid at time of booking & full payment must be received by Book by date where a date is specified. Credit Card surcharges apply. For full terms and conditions please contact Fine Travel on 0800 000 3463. Have a Fine Holiday!