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The vast country of China encompasses breathtaking landscapes. This journey visits some of its finest scenery including the enchanting Huangshan mountain range, reminiscent of scenes from traditional Chinese paintings; Qing Cheng mountain near Chengdu, one of the birthplaces of Taoism; and the picturesque rural settings of Wuyuan county. Combine these natural wonders with cultural visits to cosmopolitan Shanghai, ancient Xian and Beijing, with its many fascinating sights.
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Arrive and transfer to The Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund for 2 nights, which has a prime location in the northern Bund area along the Huangpu river. (N)
Morning visit to Jade Buddha temple and Yu garden. Afternoon at leisure to stroll along the Bund or shop on Nanjing Road. (B)
Fly to Huangshan Tunxi International airport, then take a tour of the nearby ancient street of Tunxi. Afterwards, drive out into Yixian county and stay at The Banyan Tree Huangshan for 2 nights, located at the foot of Mount Huangshan. (B)
Take the cable car up Mount Huangshan for some superb views of the surrounding countryside. Visit Lion Peak, Flower-Scattering Valley and the Cloud-Dispelling Pavilion. (B, L)
Leave The Banyan Tree Huangshan and visit the villages of Lucun and Hongcun, known for their beautiful wood carvings and well-preserved traditional buildings. Afterwards, drive south into Wuyuan county to the tiny village of Yan, a protected 900-year-old settlement. Stay here for 2 nights at the Skywells Wuyuan, a rare 300-year-old courtyard mansion that has been lovingly restored using traditional building techniques, retaining many original features. Explore the surrounding countryside via a number of walking trails. (B, D)
Drive to Hangzhou airport and fly to Chengdu. (At Hangzhou you can extend your trip with a visit to the scenic West Lake and the Dragon Well Tea Estate – please enquire for details). On arrival in Chengdu, you will be met and driven south of the city to the Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain for a 3-night stay. (B)
Spend two days exploring the countryside near Qing Cheng mountain. Take a hike on the mountain, visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, or see pandas at the Dujiangyan Research Center of Giant Panda Breeding. (B)
Return to the city and stay 1 night at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which overlooks Tianfu Square in central Chengdu. A day trip to see the giant Buddha statue at Leshan is also possible today. (B)
Travel by high-speed train from Chengdu to Xian. This former Silk Road trading city retains some of its historic character, laid out in a grid pattern within huge perimeter walls. On arrival you will be met and transferred north of the city for a 2-night stay at the award-winning spa hotel Angsana Xian Lintong, which lies in the shadow of Lishan mountain, just 15 minutes from the legendary Terracotta Warriors. Spend the next morning discovering this stunning archaeological site with an expert guide, followed by an afternoon at the Huaqing hot springs in the foothills of the Qin mountains. (B)
Continue east via high-speed train to Beijing, then transfer to the Shangri-La China World Centre Hotel for a 3-night stay. (B)
Morning guided visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, followed by a stroll through the historic Liulichang district and the hutongs (ancient narrow alleyways) nearby. (B, L)
Leave Beijing for a journey to the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng, a quiet section adjoining the peaceful Haoming lake. Walking on the wall here is difficult, but a visit is rewarding as the scenery is particularly beautiful and the area little-visited. (B, L)
Transfer to the airport and fly home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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Walking on the Great Wall of China at Huanghuacheng is very difficult: please ask for details. You may also need to carry your luggage at train stations.
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