Is it possible to understand the world without at least some understanding of China? And not just the China of today, the producer of things, the purchaser of resources, but the China that has always been. For two thousand years, until the Industrial Revolution, ‘The Middle Kingdom’ was the centre of global innovation, thinking and economic activity. Citizens of the Song Dynasty enjoyed printed books four centuries before Gutenberg. The court to Kublai Khan dazzled Marco Polo, born and raised in the Dark Ages of Europe. And while North America’s inhabitants hunted and gathered, a million labourers built Beijing’s Forbidden City for a succession of Ming emperors. Today, once again, China is the fastest-growing country, economy and cultural influence in the world. Over twelve days with Reserve in China, we’ll show you this amazing destination where unfathomably deep history sits side~by~side with a country and culture hurtling thrillingly toward the future.
- Start the day like locals do, with Tai Chi at Beijing’s Heaven Park
- Visit Tiananmen Square and the near~thousand buildings of the Forbidden City, just a few minutes from your luxury hotel
- Meet the thousands of warriors that make up Xian’s Terracotta Army
- Cruise to the immense Three Gorges Dam on the opulent Sanctuary M.S. Yangzi Explorer, with a crew member for every passenger
- Meet the amazing septuagenarian house musicians, the Old Jazz Band, of the fabulous Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai
- Visit the seven islands of Tongli, the ‘water town’ of bridges and canals dubbed ‘the Venice of the East’
- Days 1 & 2 Beijing
You’re met at the airport and transferred to your room at the splendid, early 20th century Raffles Beijing. Meet your leader over the meal synonymous with the city ~ peking duck.
Your first morning begins with a Tai Chi master class at Heaven Park. Then to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square before slipping on your cooking class apron at The Hutong Kitchen.Raffles Beijing
- Day 3 Beijing ~ Great Wall
After breakfast we wander through the huge Summer Palace. In the afternoon we drive out to the Great Wall where you will spend the night at the Brickyard at Mutianyu, in the shadows of the wall.Brickyard at Mutianyu
- Days 4 & 5 Xian
Fly to Xian, home of the Terracotta Warriors, spending the afternoon on a walking tour that includes a visit to the Muslim Quarter. We enjoy a dumpling banquet at the famed Tang Dynasty Theatre Restaurant and, of course, a private VIP tour of the Terracotta Warriors.Shangri~La Hotel
- Days 6~8 Yangtze River Cruise
All aboard the most luxurious cruise ship on the Yangtze ~ the Sanctuary M.S. Yangzi Explorer. Onboard facilities include a la carte dining, a luxury spa, an observation deck, 24~hour room service, a two~floor theatre, library plus beauty and fitness facilities. This is a cruise unlike any other, and there really is no better way to see the Yangtze River.Sanctuary M.S. Yangzi Explorer
- Days 9 & 10 Shanghai
Today we fly to Shanghai and check into the storied Fairmont Peace Hotel. Enjoy an evening drink at the hotel’s legendary Jazz Bar, and a morning walking tour around Old Shanghai and the Bund. You’ll enjoy a traditional tea drinking ceremony and a drink at the highest bar in the world at the Jin Mao Tower.
Enjoy dinner at the famous M on the Bund and VIP seats at the incredible Shanghai Acrobat Show.Fairmont Peace Hotel
- Day 11 Shanghai ~ Tongli
Take a day trip to Tongli water town, before your group’s final dinner at Yin, redolent in the spirit of Old Shanghai.Fairmont Peace Hotel
- Day 12 Shanghai
Your tour of China ends after breakfast today.Hotels listed are subject to availability. Your hotels will be confirmed at time of booking.
Getting there and away
This tour starts in Beijing and ends in Shanghai. You will arrive at Beijing Capital International airport (PEK). International departures will leave from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and if you are continuing your journey with a domestic flight you will leave from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) which has a limited international service also.
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- Airport meet and greet service
- Reserve leader
- Entrance fees to all sites listed in itinerary
- Additional local guides at some sites
- Quality transport
- Most or all meals
- Snacks, bottled water and tips along the way
- Quality accommodation
- Domestic flights where indicated
- Park fees and permits
- International flights
- Airport taxes
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The price of your journey will vary depending on whether you wish to book a group departure, or take a private journey.