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6 days
Tour code: CHAFLEXT6

Keen to explore China’s ancient treasures? In Xi’an see the Terracotta Warriors before Beijing brings you face-to-face with the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and China’s Great Wall.

What's included?

  • A range of experiences in Xi’an and Beijing
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 13 meals
  • Enriching Signature Experience

Accommodation

Stay at the Regent Beijing

Room types available

  • Twin - 2 Adults, 2 Beds
  • Single - 1 Adult, 1 Bed
  • Triple - 2 Adult & 1 Child, 2 Beds
  • Double - 2 Adults, 1 Beds

Itinerary

Day 1
Depart Shanghai, Xi’an
After breakfast this morning, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight to the historic city of Xi’an. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your luxury hotel. This afternoon kicks off with a half-day tour of Xi’an’s ancient City Wall. These extensive fortifications represent of the oldest and best-preserved military defence systems found anywhere in China. A buggy ride makes their exploration a breeze. Later, delicious international cuisine is served at Yi Café restaurant, your dinner venue for tonight.

Stay: Two nights, Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 2
Xi’an
Today, on a guided discovery of Xi’an’s world-famous Terracotta Warriors, you’ll travel back to the time of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Visit the Museum of the Qin Terracotta Warriors and the three excavation pits where the emperor’s vast collection of terracotta sculptures can be seen, along with the famous Qin dynasty bronze chariot. The site was only discovered in 1974 and you’ll receive a special gift of a signed book from the original local farmer who first came across it. Later, stop for lunch before visiting a local clay factory where terracotta soldiers are still made today. This evening, work up an appetite, as you’re guided through the Muslim Quarter night market. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to try authentic street food such as succulent lamb kebabs, plump dumplings, noodles or sticky rice cakes. Then spend some time browsing for souvenirs before returning to your hotel.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 3
Depart Xi’an, Beijing
This morning, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight to China’s capital Beijing. On arrival, we’ll meet and transfer you to your prestigiously located hotel, moments from the iconic Forbidden City. Enjoy time to relax before dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

Stay: Three nights, Beijing, Regent Hotel

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 4
Beijing
Your sightseeing begins today with a tour of Tiananmen Square. Enlarged to four times its original size in the 1950s, Tiananmen is the world’s largest city square. After the tour, head to the World Heritage-listed Forbidden City, the largest surviving palace complex on earth. Located within the Imperial City of Beijing, the Forbidden City was home to 24 Chinese emperors between 1420 and 1924. Entrance to the city was once at the sole discretion of the emperor, but today visitors are able to access this extraordinarily preserved site. Following lunch at a local restaurant, spend this afternoon exploring the narrow streets of Beijing’s Hutongs, on a traditional rickshaw. You’ll top to visit a local home and get to experience a slice of everyday life in these historic neighbourhoods, located in the heart of Old Beijing.

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 5
Beijing
Today, set out for the monumental Great Wall of China, which winds its way from the Yellow Sea up into the Gobi Desert for more than 6,000 kilometres. Here, enjoy a special Signature Experience. On the way back, stop to view Beijing’s National Stadium, known as the Bird Nest for its unique design. Later this evening, indulge in an authentic Peking Duck banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments. The origins of this world-famous dish date back to the Imperial era, when a variation was created for the Emperor of China in the Yuan Dynasty. Traditionally known as Shaoyazi, there is even a mention of this dish in the ancient 1330 text, Complete Recipes for Dishes and Beverages.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 6
Depart Beijing
After breakfast this morning, your journey through the treasures of China draws to a close. We’ll transfer you to the airport for you onward journey.

Meals: breakfast

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