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China Highlights & Harbin Ice Festival

From £1740 for 13 days
Trip Overview
Get a taste of China on this cultural and ice-filled adventure. Travel from modern Shanghai to old Beijing, exploring bustling Xi'an on the way with the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors just a couple of highlights on offer. Delve beneath the surface of this massive country, discovering gourmet delights and learning about Chinese lifestyles and traditions. Then embrace the frozen glory of a Chinese winter and head north-east to experience the Harbin International Ice & Snow Festival in all its winter wonder. From Beijing head to the remote north of the country to discover a city shaped by Russian as well as Chinese culture and experience a festival that’ll take your (frozen) breath away.
Essential Info
Starts: Shanghai
Ends: Beijing
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery, Culture & Festivals
Trip Code: ICBSIC
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: China
What's Included

Meals

1 Breakfasts included
1 Lunches included
1 Dinners included

Transport

Overnight Sleeper Train,Private Bus,Public Bus,High Speed Train,Subway

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nights),Guesthouse (1 night),Overnight Sleeper Train (2 nights)

Trip Highlights

•   Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see it when face-to-face with thousands of Terracotta Warriors (or thousands of local tourists at the Forbidden City!)

•   Exploring the narrow alleyways of Shanghai's nearby water town of Xitang, you can imagine a life long lost to modernity

•   Escape to the countryside, overnight near the Great Wall at a family run guesthouse, and see this iconic structure without the masses

•   Built to accommodate Russian engineers working on the Trans-Siberian Railroad in the 19th century, discover Harbin’s Russian and Jewish heritage on a guided walking tour

•   Experience Harbin’s International Ice and Snow Festival, a vast winter wonderland of the biggest and most elaborate ice sculptures in the world

•   Tour the festival with a local guide during the day and again at night, when the frosty re-creations of famous buildings, monuments and characters are lit up in technicolour

•   Train travel is intrinsic to Chinese life. Bunk up with locals and other travellers on an overnight sleeper train from Beijing to Harbin, and experience a high speed train back the other way

Dates & Availability
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Availability
Departing: 28th Dec 2019
Returning: 9th Jan 2020
£1,965pp
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Fully Booked
Departing: 8th Feb 2020
Returning: 20th Feb 2020
£1,740pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 12th Feb 2020
Returning: 24th Feb 2020
£1,825pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 19th Feb 2020
Returning: 2nd Mar 2020
£1,740pp
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Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
Nimen Hao! Welcome to China. Blending 21st-century architecture with old-world character, Shanghai pulses with the beat of new China. Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6 pm this evening. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. Settle into your hotel and then get a feel for this vibrant city – Shanghai’s bright lights, fevered trade and frenetic pace provide a glimpse into the dazzling global future of the country. Your evening is free for your first exploration of the city – perhaps get a taste of Shanghai’s eclectic food scene, which draws influence from far beyond China’s walls.
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