Be captivated by the magnitude of this 8th-century monument
View the life-sized clay soldiers of the ancient Terracotta Army in Xi'an
View the famous endangered species and learn about the plight of this national treasure
These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises
Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest
Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories
Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception at your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights: Kunming, Green Lake Hotel
A real highlight of your time in Kunming is today’s visit to the amazing Stone Forest, an enormous collection of karst rock pillars towering skyward. A World Heritage-listed site, the stone karsts have the appearance of petrified trees.
Kunming uniquely blends ancient Chinese heritage with the features of a modern commercial hub. Enjoy lunch at Chef Pan’s restaurant in Yiliang. Yiliang is a small town famous for its roast duck, and is believed by many to be the most succulent in China. Return to Kunming, and enjoy a unique ‘Across the Bridge Noodles’ dinner, an authentic dish in the Yunnan Province.Daily :
Tonight for dinner, enjoy a delicious and authentic experience at The Chinese Restaurant or feast on traditional fare at the rustic Lakeside Restaurants.
Transfer to the airport for your included flight to the World Heritage-listed town of Lijiang, located within a beautiful valley at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
Stay: Three Night Stay: Lijiang, Grand Hyatt Resort HotelDaily :
Explore the ancient town of Lijiang today. The town successfully fuses the many cultural traditions that have been present here for centuries. Spend time discovering the alleys and canals that weave through the town, before a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Later, have your cameras at the ready as you visit Jade Spring Park, where the white marble bridge and the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background provide a true photographer’s paradise.Daily :
Today begins at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, where you’ll have the opportunity to ride a cable car to the Yunshan Ping viewing platform offering panoramas of the snow-capped peaks.
Later, attend the Impression Lijiang Show. With hundreds of dancers, this spectacle demonstrates the lifestyles of the local minority groups, all set to the backdrop of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Return to Lijiang to visit the Baisha Ancient Wall Paintings.Daily :
As you travel towards Shangri-La, enjoy stunning views of the dramatic landscape of the Yangtze River. Later, stop at Tiger Leaping Gorge to admire this magnificent canyon carved through the mountains by the majestic Jinsha River. Join your fellow travellers for dinner at your hotel tonight.
Stay: Two Nights: Shangri-La, Shangri-La HotelDaily :
Visit Songzanlin Monastery today. Built between 1679 and 1681, Songzanlin Monastery features a striking gilded copper roof which can be seen from miles away shining in the sun.
This afternoon select from three activities. Perhaps visit Pudacuo National Park, located in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions. This national park is home to 20 percent of the country’s indigenous plant species and one third of China’s mammal and bird species. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this idyllic region and visit the pretty Bita and Shudu Lakes. Alternatively, visit a local monastery for a traditional Tibetan Buddhist blessing. Another option is to relax with an authentic foot reflexology treatment. A form of traditional Chinese therapy, reflexology is said to help improve circulation and aid the immune system.
Enjoy this morning at leisure to explore at your own pace. Later, visit the home of a Tibetan family. This afternoon, head to the enormous Fortunate Victory Prayer Wheel in the heart of Lijiang’s Old Town. The largest Tibetan prayer wheel in existence, the gilded structure depicts China’s 56 ethnic groups working together in fabled harmony. It takes a number of people to turn. This evening, board a flight to Chengdu, where once arrived you'll be transferred to your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights: Chengdu, Grand Hyatt HotelDaily :
Today, visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Get up close to the giant panda and learn about the breeding program that has been set up to protect this icon. It’s estimated that there are 1,500 to 2,000 giant pandas left in the world, with around 80 per cent of those in the Sichuan Province.
After lunch, visit Chengdu’s Jinli Old Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in the country. While Jinli provides a window into China’s past, it also offers a diverse blend of ancient and modern China.Daily :
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Check in at your luxurious hotel and spend the day at leisure. You may like to relax at your hotel or step out for a wander along nearby Wangfujing Street.
Stay: Three Nights: Regent Hotel Beijing or similarDaily :
Your sightseeing begins today with a tour of Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest city square, followed by a visit to the Forbidden City. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure and this evening indulge in an authentic Peking Duck dinner with all of the traditional accompaniments.Daily :
Enjoy a buffet lunch and free-flowing beverages overlooking the Great Wall, prepared just for APT guests.
Choose to attend a Peking Opera show at Qianmen Liyuan Theatre, or watch an exhilarating Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.
Set out for the Great Wall of China, which winds its way from the Yellow Sea up into the Gobi Desert for more than 6,000 kilometres. Be captivated by the magnitude of this 8th-century monument as you wander along an unrestored and rarely visited stretch of the Badaling section. This evening, discover more of Beijing with your chosen sightseeing experience.Daily :
Enjoy a private cruise of the Summer Palace.
This morning, we visit the World Heritage-listed Summer Palace, Later, transfer to the airport and fly to Yichang to board your luxury river ship.
Stay: Four Nights: the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi ExplorerDaily :
Cruise along the Yangtze River through China’s most picturesque area, the Three Gorges region. Pass through the longest of the Three Gorges, Xiling Gorge, cruising through Yellow Ox Gorge and under Huangling Temple. This afternoon, arrive at the Three Gorges Dam and take a tour of the world’s largest engineering project. After the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with your fellow guests.Daily :
Disembark at Badong and transfer by ferry to a traditional Chinese sampan (longboat). As you cruise on this longboat, poled by a local Tujia boatman, you’re able to absorb the serenity of the river and take in the rich surrounding forest and towering rock formations. After lunch back on board, continue to Wu Gorge. Noted for its sheer peaks and towering cliff faces, the gorge is surrounded by the Wu Mountains and is the second of the Three Gorges system. Later, your ship will pass between the Chijia Mountain and Baiyan Mountain to enter the Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges. In the afternoon, you may choose to attend an onboard arts and crafts demonstration.Daily :
Rise early to participate in a Tai Chi class atop the ship’s Observation Deck for a relaxing start to your day. Following breakfast, attend the morning lecture and calligraphy demonstration to learn the secrets of this ancient art form or perhaps relax and watch the scenery float by. After lunch, visit The 816 Underground Project, an intriguing, secret project, hidden in the mountains of Fuling. Know to be the world’s largest artificial military cave, The 816 Underground Project, initially began construction over 50 years ago and almost reached completion before the government suspended the project prior to producing any nuclear material. A visit to this Cold War relic offers an interesting insight into China’s military capabilities at the time. In the evening, enjoy the Emperor’s Farewell Dinner, a spectacular Chinese banquet feast.Daily :
After breakfast on board, disembark your ship in Chongqing and enjoy a morning city tour. Later, visit a local restaurant for lunch before transferring to the airport for your flight to Xi’an. Tonight, choose from Thai cuisine at Siam Garden, a Western choice at Yi Cafe or an authentic Cantonese meal at Tian Xiang Ge.
Stay: Two Nights: Xi’an, Shangri-La HotelDaily :
In the evening, enjoy a Tang Dynasty cultural performance and feast on a local dumpling dinner. Alternatively, you may like to embark on a tour of the Muslim Quarter, including a wander through the market, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
Travel out of the city to a clay factory where impressive terracotta soldiers are still made today. Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum. Here lie the three excavation pits where the collection of terracotta sculptures were first unearthed by farmers in 1974. Observe the tomb of life-size models that represent the army that triumphed in the Warring States Period, and ushered in the united imperial China era. Watch a panoramic movie telling the story of the warriors and enjoy time to visit the three excavation pits.Daily :
In the evening, enjoy a delicious meal of Chinese cuisine at the Dragon Phoenix restaurant. Alternatively, you may wish to head to the highly rated, Lost Heaven, which specialises in the cuisine of Yunnan Province, or choose to enjoy western seafood cuisine at Amanda Restaurant.
After lunch, transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. On arrival, board the high-speed Maglev train into the city and watch the onboard speedometer race towards an exhilarating 300 kilometres per hour. Rapid growth has seen Shanghai transform into a globally significant metropolis, that has a strong influence in the world of business and fashion. Upon arrival, check in to your iconic hotel overlooking the Huangpu River and enjoy free time.
Stay: Three Nights: Shanghai, Fairmont Peace HotelDaily :
Today you will enjoy a bus tour of Shanghai. Stop at the 88-story Jin Mao Tower and take an elevator to the viewing deck where you will delight in panoramic views of the city. This evening, after dinner at your leisure, enjoy premium seating at an acrobatic show.Daily :
Choose your activity this morning. Perhaps cruise the Huangpu River through the heart of the city and explore Yu Garden. Or take part in a cooking class, during which you will learn how to make Shanghai dumplings. Your final option is a full day excursion to Jinxi. This evening attend a Farewell Dinner at The Cathay Room in the Fairmont Peace Hotel, overlooking the Bund and the Huangpu River.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.Daily :
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