Authentic Shopping in Asia
16/10/2019 · By Georgia Shipley
Don’t waste precious holiday time worrying what souvenirs to pick up from your travels, get stuck into this handy guide and make your shopping trips a cinch!Read more
2021 Tour code: CVS21
About the tour
Travel from bustling Beijing, with its Great Wall, to ancient Xi'an and its Terracotta Warriors, cruising the Yangtze River en-route, on this adventure through China's ancient and modern wonders.
Your tour begins as you meet your Tour Manager at London Heathrow and fly to Beijing, arriving into this bustling city on Day 2. Spend the day exploring Beijing on a guided tour. Visit Tiananmen Square, the location of the now infamous 1989 uprising and, at over 4 million square feet, the largest city square in the world.
Continue to the Forbidden City - a palace and garden complex once inhabited by the Chinese royal family, and now preserved as a testament to China's long history. The incredible complex was built on a grand scale, with 980 buildings spread over 180 acres housing the family, their staff, and the royal guard from 1406 to the abdication of the last Chinese Emperor in 1912. Constructed to reflect the Purple Palace, where it was thought god resided in heaven, the Forbidden City's opulence is testament to the Emperor's vision as a divine ruler. The rest of the day is at leisure, ahead of a delicious dinner of authentic Peking duck tonight.
Enhance your holiday
92% of travellers would recommend this tour
Based on 24 verified reviews
Mr C Blunt
Well organised, hotels good & tours good.
Great adventure, fantastic sights and experiences
Excellent tour, good local guides and a very helpful,patient and knowledgeable tout manager Jos Royle
Mr P Benstead
A great experience and very well organised. Only let down by an awful restaurant (night 1 in Chengdu) - dreadful fare and food poisoning, the Art Hotel in Xian (very rude staff & and a breakfast box that went straight in the bin) and the Xian tour guide (Helen). On the 5 a.m. coach to the airport she talked continually in a load voice when everybody wanted to doze. She insisted on pressing us with the 'party line' on human rights in western China - not requested or welcome especially at 5 a.m.
well organised, excellent value for money
Our holiday was very good and well organised once we arrived in China. The last mnute hiatus with the Air China only a week before we were due to depart which menat we had to change our flights and book hotels and railway tickets ourseleves was a mess! We were dissapointed that so many of our fellow travellers on our tour took this trip because it was cheap - no real interest in China as a must-see distination and no real appreciation that the train journies were a special feature of the holiday for some of us.
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Take a whirlwind adventure through China’s ancient and modern wonders