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Beijing has been the political and cultural heart of China for centuries and has the monuments, parks and palaces to prove it.

Amongst its most famous historical sights are Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) and Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City (the Imperial Palace) which was built between 1406 and 1420 by the Ming emperor Yong Le. What visit to Beijing would be complete without a walk on the Great Wall.

With jagged peaks entwined in cloud, Huang Shan is China’s foremost sacred mountain. Take the cable car up through scenes of ethereal beauty and witness the sunrise and explore the many peaks as the mists unfurl in the valleys below

Nearby there are fascinating traditional villages, the likes of which are fast-disappearing from modern China. Nanping and Hongcun in particular are two of the most interesting and picturesque villages in the country, with ancient houses reflected in still ponds.

Shanghai, with a population of more than 23 million, is the largest and most developed city in China. It was the largest and most prosperous city in the Far East already during the 1930's, and has remained the most developed city in mainland China. In the past 20 years Shanghai has again become an attractive city for tourists from all over the world.


You will be greeted at the airport by your driver and guide who will accompany you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure.


A morning tour of Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and the Palace Museum, known as the Forbidden City; the complex of imperial palaces which was home to the emperors for over 500 years in the Ming and Qing dynasties. After lunch, you will be driven to visit the Summer Palace, a former summer resort for the imperial family. This evening, you will be at leisure or take an optional evening show The Legend of Kungfu. (B, L)


A full day excursion to include the Great Wall - the landmark of China and one of the most amazing feats of human labour. You are to visit the Mutianyu Pass section. You will have lunch at a local restaurant near the Wall and have an opportunity to visit a Cloisonne workshop. On your way back to downtown, stop at the Olympic Green to photograph theiconic "Bird's Nest" - the Beijing National Stadium - host to many spectacular events of the 2008 Summer Olympics. This evening you will be treated to a delicious Beijing roast duck dinner. (B, L, D)


This morning visit the Temple of Heaven, a 15th century architectural masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the place where the emperors came twice a year to worship the God of Heaven and pray for good harvest. During the day, the park, where the Temple of Heaven located, is a popular place for Beijingers to come and exercise – and you will see all forms and styles of exercise from ballroom dancing, marching, kite flying, Chi Gong through to walking backwards (yes, frequent collisions occur). You will have chance to experience "tea ceremony" before you leave Temple of Heaven.

This afternoon you are free to explore the city on your own (B, L)


Check out this morning, you’ll be driven to Beijing South Railway Station for high speed to Huangshan city via G27 (0948-1514)
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Tunxi Ancient Street--is a hundreds-year old pedestrian commercial street dated back to the Song Dynasty ((960-1279). Measured 1.5 kilometers long and 7 meters wide, the street is lined with distinctive Huizhou style shops selling a great variety of souvenirs rich in Chinese culture with comparatively lower prices and therefore is a must-see when you are traveling in Huangshan City.. There you can enjoy a leisurely walk among the ancient buildings and look around to grab a bargain followed check-in your hotel (B)


You will spend a day and a night on the Yellow Mountains. It takes about one hour from central Huangshan City to reach the foot of the Yellow Mountains. Your appreciation of the graceful Yellow Mountains begins with the Yungu cable car (a round-trip cable car is included). Don't miss the magnificent scenery along your 10-minute journey.
Your guide, who spends over 200 days on the mountains every year, will customize the route for you.
Afterwards, you’ll be transfer to unique Pig's Inn Bishan Village, with farming fields surrounding, nicely decorated rooms, friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere, Pig's Inn is a home away from home. You can rent the bicycle at the inn to explore the village around. The village has a fantastic bookshop with coffee shop where local youth comes to chat and drink coffee. It's a great place to forget about the outside world. (B, L)


After finishing your breakfast at the hotel, you will commence your tour to Hongcun Ancient Village, a charming ancient village with a history of over 800 years. The village will show you the original Hui style architecture (a type of traditional Chinese architecture).

Lunch will be at a local restaurant to give you a chance to taste authentic Anhui dishes. Then you will be ready to hike along the Xidi-Hongcun Ancient Pathway. This newly developed hiking route has not discovered by tour groups, so it's the best place to avoid the touristy crowds and breathe fresh air. With a length of 8 kilometers (5 miles), this 3-hour route allows you to hike through the most rural areas to see quiet villages, paddy fields, mulberry fields, tea plantations, and bamboo forests. (B,L)


Check out this morning, you’ll transfer to have a visit Wan’an which is a small town in Xiuning county, is noted for the compass craft which dates back to the late Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) or early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Compass of Wan'an has lately been recognized as one of China's geographic indications. Visit Wan'an Compass Musuem where you could see the process flow of making compass and learn the history of Wan’an Compass.

Afterwards, you’ll proceed to visit an old oil pressing workshops which use traditional way of extracting oil are still in operation.

After lunch, you’ll be transferred to Railway Station for high speed to Shanghai by G1507 (1433-1855)
Upon arrival, your Shanghai guide will meet you and transfer to check into your hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening. (B, L)


Today, you will take a full day orientation tour including visits to Yuyuan Garden – the most beautiful private garden in Shanghai, the Old City and its bazaar, Shanghai Museum, a silk store and French Concession. You will also visit to Shanghai’s new Pudong area, now home to the modern skyscrapers directly face Puxi's historic Bund.

Your evening will be at leisure. Or alternatively, you could choose to either enjoy a night cruise along Huangpu River, or enjoy the stunning ERA acrobatic show. (B,L)


You will have a full day at leisure to explore the city by yourself or to do last minute shopping.
Alternatively, you could choose to take a half day tour to Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town. (B)


Time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)


The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.

Prices are generally for private arrangements based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

3* Traveler Inn Huaqiao Beijing Business Room for 3 nights
4* Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Standard Room for 3 nights
3* Huangshan International Hotel Standard Room for 1 nights  
4* Crowne Plaza Huangshan Yucheng Superior Room for 1 nights  
3* Pig's Inn in Bishan Village Standard Room for 2 nights 
3* Xin Mei East China Hotel Superior Room for 3 nights
4* Sunrise on the Bund Hotel Deluxe Room for 3 nights

Your Holiday Includes:

  • 13 nights’ accommodation at hotels listed above or similar including daily breakfast
  • High speed train Beijing/Xi’an, 2nd class tickets
  • Flight Xi’an/Guilin/Chongqing and Yichang/Shanghai on economy class including all taxes
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing programs by private air-conditioned vehicle including all admission fees
  • Full board on 5* Victoria Cruise including all shore excursions (There is a compulsory tipping amount of RMB 150 per person on cruise, the receptionist will charge passengers when they check-in on the cruise)
  • English speaking local guide service in each city
  • Luggage handling and transfers from airport to hotel and vice versa.

Value for money
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