Day 1 - Australia / Shanghai

Shanghai Picture

Check in at the airport on your Air China/China Eastern/China Southern flight bound for Shanghai. On arrival into Shanghai and after completing any necessary Customs and Immigration formalities you will be met by your friendly China Holidays guide who will transfer you to Ramada Plaza Gateway Shanghai or similar where you will spend two nights.

Day 2 - Shanghai
After breakfast you will depart for a full day tour of Shanghai. Your day will include a visit to the Yu Gardens, the Old Chinatown and of course the Bund. Then over to Pudong to visit the Jin Mao Tower, one of the world's tallest buildings, from where you will get a remarkable view of the city. In the evening you will have the opportunity to enjoy a cruise on the Huangpu River where after dark you will experience the 'neon' contrast of the 'old' and the 'new' Shanghai. (B/L/D)

Day 3 - Shanghai / Xi'an

Xi'an Picture

This morning your guide will meet you and transfer you to the airport for your flight to Xi'an. On arrival your local China Holidays guide will be waiting for you and will transfer you to Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing Xi'an or similar where you will stay two nights. After lunch you will go to visit the Big Goose Pagoda and the ancient City Wall. (B/L)

Day 4 - Xi'an
Today you will depart for the Terracotta Warriors Museum, one of China's top historical sites. Here you will see the magnificent Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang which has been painstakingly restored by archaeologists. Then you will get the opportunity to have a go at making some Chinese dumplings followed by lunch. On returning to your hotel there will be some free time. In the evening you will get the opportunity to sample a Chinese dumpling banquet and a performance of a Tang Dynasty Cultural Show. (B/L/D)

Day 5 - Xi'an / Luoyang

Luoyang Picture

After breakfast at your hotel you will visit the Great Mosque and the Muslim snack street. Then you will be transferred to the railway station for a relaxing train journey to Luoyang. On arrival, you will enjoy a visit to one of the three largest grottoes in China - the Longmen Grottoes which embodies the wisdom of the Chinese people in ancient China. After that you will be transferred to Luoyang Grand Hotel or similar where you will stay overnight. (B/L)

Day 6 - Luoyang / Beijing

Beijing Picture

After breakfast, you will depart for the renowned Shaolin Temple located at the base of Mt. Songshan. Here we will enjoy Kongfu Show and visit the Shaolin Temple and the Pagoda forest. After lunch, you will be transferred to the Zhengzhou airport for your onward flight to Beijing. On arrival, you will be transferred to Ariva Beijing West Hotel or similar where you will stay four nights. (B/L)

Day 7 - Beijing
A delightful day is spent visiting some of the sights of Beijing. The Forbidden City, home to two dynasties of Emperors spanning 500 years; Tiananmen Square, the heart of Beijing and the architectural wonders of the Temple of Heaven. (B/L)

Day 8 - Beijing
Today, the highlight for many a visitor to Beijing is a visit to the Great Wall at Badaling, undoubtedly one of the greatest man made wonders of the world. There will also be time for a visit to the Silk Market where negotiation skills are put to the test as you seek out bargains. (B/L)

Day 9 - Beijing
This morning you will depart to visit the most renowned Tibetan Buddhist Temple outside of Tibet - The Lama Temple, then a visit to the 'Hutongs' the local residential area by Pedi cab or cycle rickshaw where you will get an interesting glimpse into the lives of the traditional Beijing citizens. After lunch you will have some free time to explore at your leisure. This evening enjoy a traditional Peking Duck dinner. (B/L/D)

Day 10 - Depart Beijing
Today you will farewell Beijing and China as your guide meets you and transfers you to the airport for your onward flight. Check in aboard your Air China/China Eastern/China Southern flight bound for home. (B)

Day 11 - Arrive Australia
Welcome home after a fantastic 11 day trip to one of the most fascinating countries on the planet.

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