Confucius Say: Go
Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Keanu Reeves and that giant panda were all awesome at kung fu. Take a lesson at the 1500-year old Shaolin Temple and you might discover that you are too. But probably not.
(Was Legends of China)
Day 1-3 - Beijing - Great Wall
China holds the record for the world's longest man-made structure (the Great Wall, obviously). It also holds the record for most needles inserted into the head and largest bottle of cooking oil.
- Arrive in Beijing and enjoy free time to explore many of the city's main attractions
- Pre-departure briefing with your tour guide in the early evening (approx. 6 pm)
- After entering through an archway beyond Tiananmen Gate, we spend the morning exploring The Forbidden City
- Take a walk along the Great Wall
- Survey the spectacular surrounding countryside from the wall - the surrounding views are amazing
- Enjoy ample free time to explore the many other sights of Beijing, such as the Summer Palace or the Temple of Heaven
- Board an overnight six-berth hard-sleeper class train for Xian
Day 4-5 - Xian - Terracotta Warriors
Xian's great for markets and you can ride a bike along the ancient wall. Then see the Terracotta Warriors, discovered in 1974 by a bunch of farmers digging a well. Not a bad day’s work.
- Arrive in Xian, the capital of Shaanxi province
- Explore the awesome army of Terracotta Warriors
- Enjoy free time to wander around this historical city
- Perhaps swing by the Muslim Quarter - a fascinating place to visit
- Why not cycle along the top of the ancient city walls or climb the Bell Tower
Day 6-8 - Luoyang - Shaolin Temple
Live out your martial arts fantasies at Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of kung fu. Then check out the Longmen Grottoes - 2100 caves filled with more than 100,000 statues of Buddha.
- Catch a day train to Luoyang (5 hours)
- Stroll down to the Luoyang people square and watch the Chinese practice kung fu, ballroom dancing or tai chi
- Travel up to the famous Shaolin Temple and witness a Shaolin show by some of the more gifted students
- Perhaps enrol in a kung fu lesson
- Seize the opportunity to visit one of the most famous treasure houses of stone Buddha images in China - the Longman Grottoes
- Board an overnight train to Suzhou
Day 9-10 - Suzhou - Zhouzhuang
Get your mum something nice in Suzhou, famous for its silk. Jump on a bike to explore backstreets, gardens and pagodas. See why Zhouzhuang is known as ‘The Venice of the Orient’ (hint: it’s something to do with water).
- Perhaps hire bikes and explore the backstreets, gardens and pagodas
- Why not of attend the master of the nets performance - a great snapshot of tradtional Chinese culture
- Visit Zhouzhuang - 'The Venice of the East' - and wander the streets where Marco Polo once roamed
Day 11-12 - Shanghai
Shanghai’s got the world’s largest bus system. Why not hop on one and see if you can get to Nanjing Road for some last-minute shopping. Hit the French Concession area for great cafes and restaurants.
- Board a train bound for the Paris of the East', Shanghai
- Take a stroll along the famous river waterfront known as The Bund
- Enjoy plenty of free time to visit any of the fascinating museums or the many shopping arcades
- Perhaps check out Shanghai's multitude of bars, restaurants and nightclubs
The trip ends this morning in Shanghai. You can depart at any time
What to Know
• Gecko’s expert English-speaking Chinese tour guide throughout the tour and local site guides at some sites.
• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Beijing, Terracotta Warriors, Zhouzhuang and Shanghai.
• Kung fu display at the famous Shaolin Temple.
• Walk on a remote section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
• Free time to explore Beijing, Xian, Suzhou and Shanghai.
• Overnight trains from Beijing to Xian and Luoyang to Suzhou. Accommodation in six-berth, air-conditioned cabins.
• Train from Xian to Luoyang and Suzhou to Shanghai.
- International flights, departure taxes, visas, insurance, meals unless indicated, drinks, optional additional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.
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