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(N)Day 2: Arrive in Beijing
Arrive and transfer to Hotel Cote Cour Beijing in Beijing for a 2-night stay. This traditional courtyard house is situated in an ancient hutong (an old district of narrow streets). (N)Day 3: Beijing
Morning guided visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, followed by a stroll through the historic Liulichang district and the hutongs nearby. (B, L)Day 4: Great Wall of China
Leave Beijing for a journey north to the Great Wall at Jinshanling, a quiet and dramatic section of the wall. After some time to explore and walk on the wall, continue to the small village of Mutianyu located near an accessible section of the wall. Here you will stay overnight at the Brickyard Eco Retreat, where hotel accommodation has been established in the grounds of a former traditional tile glazing factory, with rooms that provide views of the Great Wall. (B, L, D)Days 5-6: Pingyao
Travel on China’s new high-speed rail network to the ancient city of Pingyao. Stay 2 nights at Jing’s Residence, a charming boutique hotel housed in the former home of a Qing dynasty-era silk merchant. The beautifully decorated rooms showcase both modern artworks and Chinese antiques. The following day you will be taken on a walking tour of Pingyao’s ancient town centre, strolling along streets lined with Qing architecture and past shops with hanging lanterns. (B)Days 7-8: Xian & the Terracotta Warriors
Continue by high-speed train 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 following day discovering this stunning archaeological site with an expert guide. (B)Days 9-10: Fly to Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, then transfer to the Langham Xintiandi hotel (upgrades available to the luxury Capella Shanghai), located at the gateway to the historic Xintiandi district in the heart of the former French Concession, an area notable for its 19th-century shikumen (‘stone gate’) buildings, many of which have been converted into galleries, cafes and restaurants. Your visit to Shanghai will include a guided tour of the Jade Buddha temple, the Yu garden and the historic Bund. (B)Days 11-12: Wuyuan
Travel by high-speed train west into Wuyuan county, ending with a short journey by car to the tiny village of Yan, a protected 900-year-old settlement. Stay here for 2 nights at the Skywells Wuyuan, a boutique property that has been renovated from a rare 300-year-old courtyard mansion and lovingly restored using traditional building techniques and retaining many original features. Explore the surrounding countryside via a number of walking trails. (B, D)Day 13: Shanghai
Take the train back to Shanghai for your final night in the city. Stay overnight at the Langham Xintiandi hotel. (B)Day 14: Fly home
Transfer to the airport and fly home. (B)Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important Information Accessibility
This tour may involve climbing some steep steps on the Great Wall of China. A reasonable level of fitness is required. You may need to carry your luggage at train stations.Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.Single supplement
Available on request.Tailor-made travel
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The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai is well located in the heart of the French Concession, the fashionable landmark of Shanghai. The hotel provides 357 spacious rooms and suites designed to blend classical elegance and contemporary innovation. Dining options include a choice of distinctly styled restaurants serving western and Chinese specialities, bars and a cafe with an outdoor terrace. Guests can indulge at the Chuan Spa and be pampered with an extensive selection of therapies. Other leisure facilities include an indoor heated pool and a fitness studio.
Formerly home to a wealthy silk merchant during the Qing Dynasty, The Jing’s Residence is a small and charming boutique hotel set in beautiful courtyards reflecting Pingyao’s architectural history. The hotel offers 19 beautifully decorated and contemporary rooms combining modern artworks with traditional Chinese antiques. Favourably situated in the heart of the old city, all sights and attractions are within walking distance. The restaurant offers both local and international cuisine and other facilities include a library and a bar.
Hotel Cote Cour Beijing is located in the hutong district of old Beijing, convenient for exploring the sites of the city. This traditional courtyard house traditionally served as the home for dancers and musicians of the imperial courts. It has since been lovingly restored to become a boutique hotel with 14 well-appointed rooms and combines traditional Chinese architecture and design with modern amenities and comfort.
Low season from £4355 per person
High season from £4655 per person
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Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.
*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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