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Asia - China

Description

Eagerly assuming its place among the world’s top travel destinations, even more so since Beijing took centre stage at the 2008 Olympics, China is an epic adventure. From the wide open and empty panoramas of Tibet to the push and shove of Shànghǎi until the volcanic dishes of Sìchuān, a journey through this colossus of a country is a mesmerising encounter with the most populous and perhaps most culturally idiosyncratic nation on earth.

The sheer diversity of China’s terrain takes you from noisy cities fizzing with energy to isolated mountain-top Ming-Dynasty villages where you can hear a pin drop. Pǔdōng’s ambitious skyline is a triumphant statement, but it couldn’t be further from the worldly renunciation acted out in Tibet’s distant monasteries.

Sample package

Treasures of China – 9 days / 7 nights

DAY 1 : CANADA – CHINA

Departure flight towards Beijing – Night on board.


DAY 2 : BEIJING

Arrival in Beijing in late afternoon, welcome by your guide and transfer to your accommodation.

First discovery of Beijing, political and cultural capital of China. It will surprise you with its many facets.

OPTION: Kong Fu show.

Dinner and overnight at Qianmen Fuli Holiday Inn Express **** (or similar) in Beijing.

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DAY 3 : BEIJING

Buffet breakfast.

In the morning, departure to Juyongguan to discover the Great Wall: built on 6700 km long to protect the Middle Kingdom from the invasions of the Barbarians of the North, it is the only visible human construction of the moon, inscribed on the World Heritage List. ‘Humanity.

Lunch included.

Visit of one of the famous tombs of the thirteen Ming emperors including the Sacred Way.

Visit of a cloisonné factory. It is a traditional art of Beijing, dating from the Ming Dynasty, more than 500 years of history. It’s the art of sticking enamel on the bronze base, and baking it at a temperature of over 800 degrees. All the cloisonné is handmade. During the visit, we can see the stages of manufacture.

Peking specialty dinner, the duck lacquered.

Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at Qianmen Fuli Holiday Inn Express **** (or similar) in Beijing.

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DAY 4 : BEIJING – XI’AN

Buffet breakfast.

Visit the Forbidden City, or Imperial Palace, built between 1407 and 1420 under the Ming Dynasty, succession of vast courtyards and palaces. Visit the Hall of Supreme Harmony, Perfect, the Preservation of Harmony, the room of food of the spirit, the hall of concubines.

Walk on the 40-hectare Tiananmen Square, located in the heart of the city and surrounded by the Imperial Palace, the People’s Assembly, the Heavenly Peace Gate and the Museums of History and of the Revolution.

Homestay lunch : In order to know and love China better, a Beijing family will welcome you to their home to taste traditional Beijing food.

After lunch, you will take a ride through the very picturesque Hutong neighborhoods.

Visit of the Summer Palace.

Dinner included at the restaurant.

Transfer to the station Train to Xi’an (4 people per cabin).

Night on board 1st class berths.

OPTION : Replace the night train with a daytime TGV and add one night to Xi’an.

Cité interdite


DAY 5 : XI’AN

Buffet lunch on the train.

Arrival in Xi’an.

In the morning, excursion to the mausoleum of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang Di where you can admire the discovery of the century: 6,000 warriors, chariots and clay horses, life size. These battalions had, beyond his disappearance, to assure the first Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang Di, a timeless power. Discovery of bronze carts.

Lunch along the way.

Back to Xi’an.

Discover the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower (climb at your expense).

Visit of a jade factory.

Finally, you will visit the pagoda of the Little Wild Goose built in 707-709, currently 43 m high after losing two of its 15 floors during an earthquake in 1556.

Ravioli dinner, specialty of Xi’a.

OPTION : Tangs Dance Show Overnight at Qindu Hotel **** (or similar) in Xi’an.

Xi'an


DAY 6 : XI’AN – SHANGHAI

Buffet breakfast.

Discovery of the Muslim neighborhood of the Hui ethnic group. The streets of this district are lined with stalls of souvenirs and crafts leading to the Great Mosque, one of the largest in China founded under the Tang in 732.

Walk on the ramparts of the city.

OPTION : Bike rental to explore the ramparts of Xi’an.

Mongolian cooking pot lunch (Chinese fondue).

Calligraphy course.

Dinner included at the restaurant.

Transfer to Xi’an train station.

Train Xi’an-Shanghai (4 people per cabin).

Night on board (soft berths).

shanghai


DAY 7 : SHANGHAI – SUZHOU – LUZHI – SHANGHAI

Lunch on board the train or at the Shanghai hotel.

Arrival in Shanghai, luggage deposit at your hotel.

Visit the temple of the Jade Buddha.

Walk on the Bund, from where you will have a magnificent view of the Pudong.

Lunch included.

Mandarin Yu Garden Tour and Old Town.

Dinner included at the restaurant.

Performance of a Shanghai acrobatics show.

Overnight at Lu Di Holiday Inn *** (or similar) in Shanghai.

suzhou


DAY 8 : SHANGHAI

Buffet breakfast.

Walk in the district of the French concession (Xintiandi district).

Walk in the Pudong, nicknamed “The Manhattan of Shanghai”.

Lunch included.

OPTION : Specialty dinner “dimsums”.

Free time to buy souvenirs on Nakin Street and Copy Market.

OPTION : Exchange with Chinese students in Beijing, Xi’an or Shanghai.

Dinner included at the restaurant.

Boat ride on the Huangpu to admire the skyscrapers of Pudong while lights.

Overnight at Lu Di Holiday Inn *** (or similar) in Shanghai.

Quartier Pudong


DAY 9 : CHINA – CANADA

Flight towards Canada.

Activities and tours

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