China: Pandas, pagodas and the prettiest of scenery (3 Weeks)
Day 1-4 Beijing
Return to eras gone by in an ancient city where the Ming and Qing dynasties rose and fell. The Forbidden City complex was once their palace; exploring its hundreds of buildings will give you a sense of their grandeur and power. Outside, the vast expanse of Tiananmen Square is a reminder of the importance of modern China on the global stage.
Transfers to Xian 11h34m2h00m15h14m
Day 5-8 Xian
Recapture days gone by in this historic Chinese city. It’s best known for the Terracotta Warriors, uncovered by accident in the countryside outside the city and now a must-see for any visitor to Xian. It’s the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, who ruled in the 3rd Century BC.
Transfers to Chengdu 8h38m1h35m22h01m
Day 9-11 Chengdu
Prepare for a cuteness overload as you visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This research centre has a successful track record of rearing cubs in captivity and is a world leader in the care of these adorable creatures. Back in town, sample the fiery cuisine; spiced with the famed local Sichaun peppercorn, dishes such as hot-pot are truly hot and will delight your taste buds.
Transfers to Guilin 12h28m1h40m
Day 12-15 Guilin
Sail down the Cedar and Banyan Lakes and see the twin pagodas, called the Sun and Moon, lit up in spectacular display at night. The dramatic karst scenery of this limestone landscape is sure to leave a lasting impression on any visitor.
Transfers to Longji 1h11m
Day 16-18 Longji
Witness the incredible Dragon’s backbone Rice Terraces of Longji, which were first cultivated in the 13th Century during the Yuan Dynasty but weren’t completed until 1911. They are testament to the skill and tenacity of the local people and are marvelous in any season.
Transfers to Hong Kong 1h30m