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  • Date: May
  • Destination: Shanghai, Nanjing, Xian, and Beijing
  • Duration: 10 nights
  • Price: 2299
Destination Shanghai, Nanjing, Xian & Beijing
From Dublin
Date 12th May, 16th June & 13th October
Duration 9 nights
Price From €2,299
Flight Details Dublin 09:35 Shanghai 10:35
Beijing 01:30 Dublin 08:00 (overnight)

Details are for guidance only and are subject to change

Introduction to the Best of China

Discover China in this once in a lifetime trip and explore all China has to offer. You will visit picturesque cities such as Shanghai, Nanjing, Xian & Beijing for this wonderful adventure.

Home to the ‘Last Emperor’, Pu Yi, and the nation’s capital, Beijing’s greatest treasures are revealed in the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. The Great Wall, initiated by the first Emperor and revived during the Ming Dynasty, protected both cities from the invading Mongols. At Xian the army of life-size Terracotta Warriors stand in military formation. Arrayed in pits with no two faces alike, they reveal bowmen, foot soldiers, cavalry, war chariots and bronze weapons.

Sheer cliffs and steep rugged mountains rise on either side of the turbulent, misty Yangtse, creating one of nature’s most marvellous sights. The river scenes are enlivened by stories and legends and encapsulated by poets and painters, immortalised in particular by the Tang dynasty poet Li Bai who wrote “…day dawns and we leave White Emperor City towering in the mist, one whole day to reach Yichang, as my frail craft scuds past soaring mountains…”A contrast to these natural phenomena is provided by passage through the 5-stage ship lock of the world’s largest dam. With the completion of the second phase of the dam, navigation is easier and the change less than expected with the natural symmetry of the Xiling, Wu and Qutang gorges being retained. In winter, the Yangtse is quieter than during the main summer season but often subject to misty conditions.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Shanghai (D)
Arrive Shanghai in the morning where you will be met by your tour guide and checked into your hotel. Afternoon visit to the Bund, which is located on the bank of Huangpu River, once the British Concession from 1844 to 1943.
Meal: Chinese dinner in local restaurant;
Hotel: Shanghai 4 star

Day 2: Shanghai (B, L, D)
Buffet breakfast at hotel;
Shanghai one day visit Yu Garden, which is known as a Chinese classic garden built during the second half of the 16th century and the Old Shanghai outside the garden.
Visit to China Art Museum.
Evening River Cruise on the beautiful Huangpu River where you can see amazing city landmarks, such as Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai World Financial Centre, Shanghai Tower (the second tallest building in the world) and more.

Meal: Chinese lunch & dinner in local restaurant;
Hotel: Shanghai 4 star

Day 3: Shanghai–Nanjing (B, L, D)
Buffet breakfast at hotel;
Morning visit Shanghai Museum, this is the best museum in China, especially the porcelain section.

Afternoon transfer for high speed travel to Nanjing (about 1.5–2 hours);
Meal: Chinese lunch & dinner in local restaurant;
Hotel: Nanjing 5 star

Day 4: Nanjing–Xian (B, L)
Buffet breakfast at hotel;
Nanjing visit the Nanjing Museum which include The Art Gallery, The History Gallery, The Mingguo (1912–1949) Gallery, The Intangible Heritage Gallery;
Will also visit the Ming Tombs. Evening flight about 2 hours to Xian;
Meal: Chinese lunch in local restaurant;
Hotel: Xian 4 star

Day 5: Xian (B, L, D)
Buffet breakfast at hotel;
Visit Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses, which were buried over 2000 years ago with the purpose of guarding the mausoleum of Qinshihuang (the first emperor in Chinese history) and is widely known as one of the Eight Wonders of the World today. We have arranged and expert to explain the Terra-Cotta warriors privately for the group.

Visit also Banpo Museum, which is a typical Neolithic matriarchal community of the Yangshao Culture dating back about 6,000 years. At that time, the people living here used tools made primarily of wood and stone. The approximately 4,500 square meters (about

1 acre) exhibit area of Banpo Museum is divided into two Exhibition Halls and a Site Hall.

Meal: Chinese lunch & Dinner in local restaurant;
Hotel: Xian 4 star

Day 6: Xian (B, L)
Buffet breakfast at hotel;
Visit Ancient City Wall, the largest-scaled and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a famous Buddhist pagoda constructed in 652. Grand Mosque built in 742, a fusion of Muslim culture and Chinese architectural style and a local Muslim street.

Meal: Chinese lunch in local restaurant;
Hotel: Xian 4 star

Day 7: Xian–Beijing (B, D)
Buffet breakfast at hotel;
Following early breakfast transfer to Xian train station for high speed train to Beijing, 2nd class seating.

On arrival in Beijing we visit Temple of Heaven, where emperors made sacrifices to ensure a good harvest.

Meal: Chinese dinner in local restaurant;
Hotel: Beijing 4 star

Day 8: Beijing (B, L)
Buffet breakfast at hotel;
Beijing visit Great Wall and Ming Tomb;
Meal: Chinese lunch in local restaurant;
Hotel: Beijing 4 star

Day 9: Beijing (B, L, D)
Buffet breakfast at hotel;
Visit to the Forbidden City, the Imperial Palace of Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty from 1420 to 1911. Visit Summer Palace, the summer retreat for Emperors and their family. We also visit to Tian An Men Square, the largest square in the world and then onto the National Museum of China, one of the largest and most visited museums in the world, covering Chinese history from the Yuanmou Man of 1.7 million years ago to the end of the Qing Dynasty.

Meal: Chinese lunch and Beijing Duck dinner in local restaurant;
Hotel: Beijing 4 star

Day 10: Beijing (B, D)
Buffet breakfast at hotel;
One day free; group will meet for dinner than transfer to airport after dinner in local restaurant.

Key: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner

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Price Inclusions

  • Indirect Flight Dublin to Shanghai
  • Return Airport transfers to your hotel
  • 9 overnights at centrally located 4 star & 5 star hotels
  • All tours outlined in the itinerary
  • Breakfast daily
  • 7 Lunches & 7 Dinners
  • All tours as described in the Itinerary including entrance fees
  • Expert to escort the visit at Xian Banpo Museum
  • Private English speaking guide for tours and transfers
  • High-Speed Train ticket Xian-Beijing OW, (2nd class)
  • High-Speed Train ticket Shanghai-Nanjing OW, (2nd class)
  • Flight ticket Nanjing-Xing OW (Economy class)
  • Return transfer from your hotel to airport
  • Indirect Flight Beijing to Dublin
  • Taxes and charges

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Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Single room supplement €420
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit €500 per person
  • Full payment due on confirmation
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Taxes, fees or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price
  • Irish nationals require a visa to enter China.  You will need to apply to the Chinese Embassy in Dublin for this.

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Accommodation details

4 Star hotels in Shanghai, Xian, and Beijing.
5 Star hotel in Nanjing.

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Dates and Prices

Date Price
12 May 2019 €2,399
16 June 2019 €2,299
13 October 2019 €2,399

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