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13 Nights | from £4,995pp
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- Sled down the Great Wall of China
- Learn to make and fly traditional kites
- Make your own Terracotta Warriors at a pottery factory
- Meet a panda at the Breeding &Research Centre
- Sail through the narrow gorges of the Yangzi River
Days 1 – 3 Beijing
After an overnight flight the action begins in Beijing, a city where travellers young and old can explore a Forbidden City, ride rickshaws through the narrow old alleys, learn to make steamy dumplings with a local family and have a go at graceful calligraphy. It's also the place to get a historical primer on the Great Wall –the mighty bastion that once stretched over 8,000km across the country –before heading to the hill-snaking Mutianyu section to whizz down it on a toboggan!
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing | Meals: Breakfast
Days 4 – 6 Xian
If only the Terracotta Warriors could talk... This army of over 8,000 soldiers, and attendant horses and chariots, was sculpted near Xian over 2,000 years ago. A guide will bring the warriors to life, before you have a chance to make some yourself: visit a ceramics factory to have a go at moulding your own soldiers. You can also cycle right around Xian atop its ancient yet perfectly preserved city walls.
Hilton Xian | Meals: Breakfast
Days 7 – 8 Chengdu
There are few animals as adorable as China's national treas-ure: the giant panda. And there's nowhere better to get up-close with them than at Chengdu's Breeding Research Base, home to over a hundred giant and red pandas. You can learn all about their habits and habitats, see the cubs tumbling about in the nursery and even volunteer to be a keeper for the day, which grants you behind-the-scenes access.
The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu | Meals: Breakfast
Days 9 – 11 Yangtze
The Yangtze is the third-longest river in the world (and a whole school project in itself). Appreciate its scale in comfort on a three-day voyage aboard the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. You'll sail through the sheer-sided Three Gorges, spot rice terraces and cliff-clinging villages, help pole longboats at Batong, and pass the mighty locks of the Three Gorges Dam, where engineering excellence and natural beauty combine.
Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 12 –14 Shanghai
Cosmopolitan Shanghai provides a fantastic finale. Here, you can experience China old and new –for instance, learn to play folk drums in the nearby water town of Zhujiajiao then brave the glass-floored skywalk atop the dizzying 55-metre-high World Finance Centre.
Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai | Meals: Breakfast
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. However, as a guide, this 13 day itinerary will cost from £4,995 per person, including international flights.
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Our office in Hong Kong is managed by a local team of experienced and passionate travel professionals with an intimate knowledge of China, enabling them to provide clients with great insight into this fascinating destination, and ensuring a seamless experience every step of the A&K journey. With their long standing personal connections and networks they're also there to help you uncover local secrets and experiences, and to open doors to people and places normally beyond the reach of the ordinary traveller.
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Best time to be there
While there are differences in the climate according to the region in China, it is best to travel in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not too hot nor freezing cold. But we also pay attention to festival periods and special occasions.
Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)
11 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +7 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area