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Essential China

From £1749 for 11 days
Trip Overview
Visit China's iconic sites and bring its fascinating history and culture to life! Beijing's history stretches back three millennia and the scale of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City never fail to amaze. Leaving the grandeur behind, explore the old town's narrow 'hutongs', and locals house for a more humbling experience and a class in the traditional Chinese craft of papercutting. Head out of the city and step foot on one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall; here you'll begin to comprehend the magnitude of this construction as it snakes across the mountains to the horizon and beyond. Juxtaposed to this is Xi'an's vibrant Muslim Quarter, where we catch a shadow puppetry show at Gao's Family Mansion. Xi'an is most famed for the nearby Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin, where excavations have revealed thousands of hand-crafted life-size and lifelike army figures. A China holiday would not be complete without a trip to Chengdu to see the endangered Giant pandas - these black and white furry animals are a national emblem and a rare sight. End in cosmopolitan Shanghai, with its unmistakable skyline illuminated at night.
Essential Info
Starts: Arrive Beijing
Ends: End Shanghai
Ages: Min 16
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: EACD
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: China
What's Included


All breakfasts and 1 lunch included


11 days land only/12 flight inclusive Travel by bullet train, sleeper train, domestic flight, metro/public bus and private coach


Trip Highlights

•    Beijing's Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Jingshan Park 

•    Giant pandas at Chengdu's Breeding & Research Centre

•    One of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

•    The famous Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin, near Xi'an

•    Shanghai's Bund waterfront area and French Concession

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 24th Apr 2021
Returning: 4th May 2021
Availability: Good
Departing: 28th Aug 2021
Returning: 7th Sep 2021
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Departing: 18th Sep 2021
Returning: 28th Sep 2021
Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
The group flights are scheduled to arrive into Beijing this afternoon. Free transfers are included for any flight as long as you have provided Exodus with your arrival details in advance (please specify if you arrive into PEK airport of the new airport, PKX – Daxing). You will be met upon arrival and transferred to our hotel. There will be a welcome briefing at approximately 6pm where you will meet your tour leader and the rest of the group (please see the noticeboard in the hotel reception for further details). *Dong Fang Hotel / *Traditional View Hotel *or similar*
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