Discover the some of the most spectacular sights of China, including a cruise on the Yangtze River, on this Uniworld Cruise and escorted tour.
Journey through a land of contrasts—skyscrapers and ancient temples, serene gardens and bustling city streets—to discover the heart of this ever-changing country. From China’s staggering architectural monuments—the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Great Wall—to the natural beauty of the Yangtze River’s Three Gorges, this itinerary introduces a discerning traveller to China’s highlights. The unique experience that is China fills your senses from the moment you arrive: the sound of Mandarin in Beijing’s streets, the scent of delicate Xi’an dumplings, the detailing on terra-cotta figures that have survived for millennia. Simultaneously ancient and contemporary, China must be heard, seen and felt to be understood—and experts will be on hand to guide you through this vast land, as you delve into China’s cultural legacy and timeless wonders.
Depart London. Arrive at the Beijing Airport the next day. You will be greeted by a representative and transferred to your hotel.
Your adventure begins with two quintessential experiences in China’s capital city. Take a tour of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and enjoy a Peking duck lunch with afternoon Temple of Heaven visit and Tai Chi class
Certain images immediately spring to mind when you think of China. Panda bears. Tea houses. The Great Wall. Believe it or not, all three of these are on today’s agenda, as well as a rickshaw ride through the city’s ancient hutongs. Be sure to charge up your camera and get ready to experience some truly epic bucket list moments.
Leave the hustle and bustle of Beijing behind today and head north to the serenity of the Summer Palace. From there, plunge into the past in China’s first capital, Xi’an, where you’ll be treated to a traditional dumpling banquet. You have one more special excursion to enjoy in Beijing this morning, then you’ll fly to Xi’an for the next leg of your Chinese adventure.
Xi’an’s terra-cotta army has been called the 8th wonder of the world, and it’s certainly the most extraordinary archaeological find of the 20th century. You’ll also visit one of the holiest Buddhist temples in China, and enjoy a traditional Tang Dynasty dinner show with fabulous food, music and flamboyant costumes.
Before you leave Xi’an for Chongqing, you have one more expedition: a visit to the Jade Carving Center, or Jade Factory. Later, transfer to the airport and fly to Chongqing, where you’ll board your ship.
Today you will visit the 816 Underground Project nuclear installation near Fuling.
Today will be a full day cruising the Yangtze River’s beautiful Three Gorges, with scenery that has captivated artists and poets for thousands of years. The Yangtze is the third-longest river in the world. The river itself, deep and powerful, busy and serene, will work its enchantment as it carries you past bucolic fishing villages, hillside rice paddies, ancient cliff carvings and historic temples.
The Three Gorges Dam was a hugely expensive and controversial undertaking, a project that involved relocating entire villages and submerged a number of cultural treasures behind the rising waters of the Yangtze. The dam itself is an engineering marvel, one that you can see from a breathtakingly up-close perspective today.
After days of pandas, ancient warriors and timeless Chinese landscapes, Shanghai and its futuristic skyline can be something of a shock to the system. Yet beyond the building boom and the avant-garde architecture, you can still find traces of Shanghai’s colourful and fascinating colonial-era history. Enjoy a taste of both old and new today, as well as dim sum and a performance by the gravity-defying Shanghai acrobats.
Transfer to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport for your flight Home, or extend your trip with a memorable optional extension in Hong Kong.
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Fully ATOL Protected
Excursions as specified
All meals on board
Other meals where specified