Journey through China’s imperial history
with expert Malcolm McNeill. This tour
takes in world-class sites such as the
Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall
as well as new archaeological discoveries.
The ancient walled city of Xian offers
pagodas, tombs, ancient artefacts, and
of course the celebrated Terracotta
Warriors. At the Unesco site of Longmen
are grottoes that contain more than
100,000 Buddhist images. Beijing is
overflowing with cultural splendours,
from ancient temples and palaces to the
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Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Beijing
with British Airways. (N)
Morning arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Afternoon at leisure or optional visit to the
Yiheyuan, or Summer Palace, a former retreat
for the Qing court from the pressures of the
Forbidden City. A Unesco world heritage site,
the palace is a masterpiece of garden design,
its pavilions, lakes, bridges, gate towers and
corridors a delight to stroll around. Evening
welcome dinner followed by 1 night at
Pentahotel Beijing. (D)
Morning train to Xi’an, formerly the end of the
Silk Road and home to the capitals of several
major dynasties. On arrival, visit Hanyang
tomb, built in 153AD as a joint tomb between
Emperor Jingdi and his wife Empress Wang. The
archaeological site is protected by a transparent
glass floor, through which thousands of
miniature human figures are visible. Stay 4
nights at the Grand Noble Hotel. (B)
Visit Shaanxi Provincial Museum, with a special
exhibition on the excellent Tang dynasty tombwall
paintings, the finest of their kind in China.
The museum’s exhibits also include a wealth
of gold and silverware, ceramics, coins and
calligraphy. Continue to Big Wild Goose Pagoda,
one of China’s best examples of a Tang-style pagoda, built in 652AD to house Buddhist
sutras. Afternoon at leisure or optional visit to
Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts, which showcases
exceptional Chinese art and antiquities such
as murals depicting China’s history through
different dynasties and a rare collection of Ming
and Qing dynasty porcelain. (B)
In the morning, visit Qianling tomb, renowned
for its many Tang dynasty stone statues and
mural paintings. The mausoleum complex
houses the remains of various members of
the royal family of the Tang dynasty. In the
afternoon, visit Famen temple, regarded as the
ancestor of pagoda temples in the Guanzhong
area. Continue to the bronzeware museum in
Baoji, the largest collection in China of bronze
artefacts from the Zhou and Qin dynasties. (B)
Morning tour of the excavation site of the
Terracotta Warrior Museum to see the vast
collection of sculptures depicting the armies
of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China.
Afternoon at leisure or optional visit to Xian
Museum for a special programme on the Small
Wild Goose Pagoda Collection. (B)
This morning, board the high-speed train to
Luoyang, one of China’s ancient dynastic
cities. Visit the fifth-century Longmen grottoes
where tens of thousands of Buddhist statues
are carved into the mountains. Together with stelae, inscriptions and pagodas, this Unesco
world heritage site is the finest example of
northern Wei and Tang-era Buddhist art in
China. Continue to the New Friendship Hotel for
1 night. (B)
Take a high-speed train to Beijing and visit the
Temple of Heaven park complex with its tranquil
Confucian design. Continue to Pentahotel
Beijing for 3 nights. (B)
Begin the day with a visit to Tiananmen
Square, the world’s largest public square and
the symbolic centre of Chinese life. Continue
to the National Museum of China, containing
more than 1.7 million years of history. In the
afternoon, explore the Forbidden City, which
contains China’s largest and best-preserved
complex of ancient buildings. (B)
Full-day tour of the Jinshanling section of the
Great Wall of China, a quieter and less-visited
segment that will allow for peaceful exploration
of this man-made marvel. Evening farewell
dinner. (B, L, D)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London
Heathrow with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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Typically based in 3- and 4-star
This tour involves some long walks
over uneven ground and therefore requires a good
level of fitness.
On days 2, 4 and 6 there are
optional tours that must be booked in advance.
Please enquire for prices.
is finishing a PhD on
the history of Chinese
Buddhist painting at Soas,
where he also teaches
the history of Chinese art
and archaeology. He has written on Chinese
art for the V&A and Arts of Asia magazine,
and is contributing to an encyclopaedia of
Asian design. Malcolm previously worked at
the British Museum and the National Palace
Museum in Taiwan. He also holds a BA in
Chinese studies from Cambridge.
The Grand Noble Hotel is located in central Xian, within a 10-minute walk of the Bell Tower and Forest of Stone Steles Museum. Rooms and suites are spacious with contemporary décor, and there are a range of services and facilities.
Features: 428 rooms & suites; 2 restaurants; café; spa; gym; business centre; souvenir shop; cigar lounge; business centre.
Room amenities: iPod dock; broadband internet access; minibar; coffee & tea facilities; safe;...
The New Friendship Hotel is located in the centre of Luoyang, 15km from the airport and 7km from the railway station, and overlooks a park. The 4-star hotel has 145 rooms with modern interiors and amenities including air conditioning, personal computer, tea- / coffee-making facilities, minibar, personal safe and flat-screen television with cable channels. The hotel also offers a bar, restaurant, coffee shop, currency exchange, sauna and a...
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CXC2016: 9 Nights
Xian rests in Shaanxi province and is one of the oldest settled parts of China. The city...