China Express Tour

R16 990
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Valid From 12 Mar 2016 to 25 Nov 2016
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China Express Tour – Explore the Forbidden City, climb the Great Wall, bike a medieval fortress and meet a Terracotta Warrior – the perfect introduction to the charms of China!

China Express Tour

Experience this 7 day, China Express tour with an English speaking local guide

Explore the Forbidden City, climb the Great Wall, bike a medieval fortress and tackle a Terracotta Warrior – the perfect introduction to the charms of China!
China Express -7 day tour.

China is a land of beautiful scenery, bustling cities, delicious cuisine and more than 5000 years of rich cultural heritage. On The Go Tours have been running China Tours for 14 years, with experienced local English-speaking tour leaders offering insight into this fascinating country, and in 2013 were recognised as the Best Holiday Company to Central and East Asia by the prestigious British Travel Awards. Climb the magnificent Great Wall, discover Xian’s massive Terracotta Army, explore ancient temples and pagodas, give your taste buds a culinary treat and immerse yourself in this unique and growing ever popular culture.

Day 1
Saturday. Hello China! Arrive Beijing and included airport transfer to our hotel.
Overnight: Beijing

Day 2
The Forbidden City
This morning, we explore the heart of Beijing, China’s pulsating capital, including the vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao’s tomb lies and various monuments to the people are located. Dominating the city centre is the Forbidden City, a centre of power for five centuries and seat of the emperors. Entering through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (replete with Chairman Mao’s portrait), we enjoy a guided tour of this old city within a city. Later we take an exciting rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing, weaving through old back lanes, traditional courtyards and compact houses, gaining a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life. This evening, we enjoy an eye boggling Chinese acrobatic performance. Swinging ropes, juggling hoops, spinning plates and human pyramids are just a few tricks these show stoppers pull out followed by a Welcome Dinner of Peking Duck at a city restaurant.
Overnight: Beijing | Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3
Great Wall of China
Don some comfortable shoes, today as we walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Zig zagging some 6000 kilometres, ducking and weaving through mountain peaks and lush terrain, climbing the Great Wall is one of those ‘must do’ experiences! Afterward we visit a cloisonne workshop, viewing the unique art of decorating copper with colourful enamel.

This evening take an optional Beijing by Night city tour and see some of the capital’s monuments illuminated against the night sky (payable locally).
Overnight: Beijing | Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4
Summer Palace
Beijing – Xi’an. Free morning, why not opt to take a walk through the local street market or head to Wangfujing Street for an alternative breakfast of stir fried scorpions or silk worms on a skewer? Later we visit the beautiful Emperor’s Summer Palace and drive past the 2008 Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre. Free time is offered in the cavernous Silk Alley Market, before travelling by express soft sleeper train to Xi’an in Shaanxi Province.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast

Day 5
Terracotta Warriors
We pull in to Xi’an in the morning – home to the Terracotta Warriors archaeological site. 7,000 Warriors stand battle ready and have done so for the past 2,200 years. Have a go at counting them! Later on we visit a clay workshop specialising in making replica figurines. Tonight, optional Tang Dynasty Bolt-on, with dinner and performance.
Overnight: Xi’an | Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6
Xi’an – Beijing. Early this morning opt for our Panda excursion to the Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre a 2 hour drive from Xi’an. Later, we tour the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and take a casual bicycle ride on top of the 9 mile Xi’an City Wall (no need to go the entire way around) perimeter peeking down upon the lively city beneath us. Later, this evening we board the express soft sleeper train back to Beijing.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7
Friday. Arrive Beijing and transfer to a nearby hotel for breakfast. Our tour concludes after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport. Please ensure that onward international flights are booked after 14:00pm. This will allow sufficient time for arriving into Beijing, breakfast, transfer to the airport and check in prior to your flight. Alternatively, extra nights accommodation are available should you require.

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Price Includes
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 7
  • 4 nights 3-4 star hotels
  • 2 overnight trains (soft sleeper cabin)
  • Tour Guide escorted for groups of 6 or more
  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners including a traditional Chinese dinner in Beijing
  • Chinese acrobatic performance
  • Xi’an – bike ride on medieval City Wall
  • Touring of Beijing, Badaling and Xi’an

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