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China's Golden Triangle & Gardens of Suzhou - 9 Days (CN-04)

Group size
2-14 people
All year
9 days
Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Suzhou
from £1,695
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This incredible tour provides an excellent opportunity to explore the key attractions of China and delve into the essence of some of its most vibrant cities. Given China's vast expanse, its sprawling cities serve as focal points for travelers, providing access to outstanding museums, galleries, shops, restaurants, architecture, and a myriad of other attractions. Each city boasts its unique identity, populace, and style, offering a rich tapestry of experiences. Additionally, the tour includes a visit to the renowned gardens of Suzhou, where you can revel in the harmonious beauty of nature.

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Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Hutong Neighbourhood by Rickshaw Guided Tour
Upon your airport arrival, our driver will greet you and facilitate your transfer to the hotel. The tour commences with a journey into Beijing's historical past, exploring the renowned 'hutongs'-ancient city areas characterized by narrow streets and alleys. The term 'hutong' traces its origins back to the Yuan Dynasty in the 13th century. A rickshaw ride will immerse you in this cultural tapestry, providing a swift understanding of the city's architectural evolution. (D)
Day 2
Guided Tour of Tiananmen Square
Guided Tour of the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace
Summer Palace Guided Tour
Roast Duck Dinner
Our exploration today begins at the heart of the city, Tiananmen Square. This expansive square, ranking as the fourth largest globally at 440,000 square meters, is dominated by the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace), serving as the entrance to the Forbidden City. A guided tour awaits you as we delve into the Forbidden City and the Imperial Palace, a UNESCO-listed treasure trove of preserved ancient wooden structures and home to an extensive collection of Chinese artwork. Following this, we will wander through the graceful Summer Palace, an exemplar of Chinese landscape garden design and natural splendor. As the day concludes, indulge in a delectable roast duck dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 3
Guided Tour of the Badaling Great Wall
Visit to the Olympic Green
Acrobatic Show
It's time to encounter China's most iconic symbol-the Great Wall! Today, you will explore the Badaling Great Wall, located in Yanqing County, approximately 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of Beijing. This section is renowned for being the most well-preserved, earning its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The awe-inspiring wonder of the world becomes evident as you traverse its historic pathways. Following this, we'll visit the Olympic Green and the Olympic Park, constructed in Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the evening, prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking performances at one of Beijing's premier Acrobatic Shows. (B,L,D)
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Day 4 – Beijing
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Morning bullet train to Xian: Beijing - Xian
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Xian City Tour
Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Dinner Show
This morning, experience a taste of ultra-modern China as you embark on the morning bullet train journey to Xian. Covering an impressive 711 miles from Beijing to Xian in just 4 hours and 40 minutes, the high-speed train provides a swift and scenic journey through the passing countryside. Upon arrival at the station, you'll be greeted and transferred to commence your Xian city tour. As one of the four ancient capitals of China, key sights on the itinerary include the Big Goose Pagoda, Little Goose Pagoda, the City Wall (the most intact city wall in all of China), the Bell Tower (which historically signaled the opening of city gates at dawn), and the Great Mosque-one of the earliest mosques built in China. A stop for lunch at a local restaurant is included, and the evening will be highlighted by the Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Dinner Show. (B,L,D)
Day 5
Visit the Terracotta Warriors
A remarkable Chinese highlight awaits you today: the extraordinary Terracotta Army, a marvel that draws millions of tourists from around the world each year. Designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site since 1987, this archaeological wonder was accidentally discovered in 1974 by local farmers. The renowned stone army comprises over 8,000 soldiers, 520 horses, and 130 chariots, providing a captivating glimpse into ancient history. You'll have the opportunity to explore the pits and ascend the burial mound of the emperor. Subsequently, the journey continues to Shanghai, where you will board an overnight sleeper. Our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby, transferring you to the railway station for your train to Xian, with a choice of 2 and 4 berth compartments available. (B,L,D)
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Train: Xian - Shanghai
Day 5
Overnight train to Shanghai: Xian - Shanghai
Overnight sleeper train to Shanghai. A choice of 2 and 4 berth compartments available.
Day 6
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Shanghai Guided City Tour
Visit to Shanghai Museum
Upon your arrival by train, our team will be there to greet you and assist with transferring your luggage to the hotel. Following a quick check-in, you'll commence the exploration of this captivating city. Shanghai, as the largest and busiest city in China, presents a unique blend of ultra-modern architecture, serene gardens, People's Square, the Shanghai Museum, and the renowned Bund-a mile-long riverside promenade. Today's itinerary ensures a comprehensive exploration of these highlights and more. (B,L,D)
Day 7
Guided Tour to Yu Garden & Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Today's tour offers a delightful blend of old and new, beginning in historic Shanghai. Your first stop is a tranquil garden adjacent to the City God Temple. Encompassing five acres, the garden features a rockery, a chamber of ten thousand flowers, pavilions, and towers, providing a serene escape. Transitioning to the future, the next destination is the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, constructed in 1994 and boasting 15 viewing levels for panoramic vistas. The day concludes on Nanjing Road, Shanghai's primary shopping street and the longest shopping street globally, stretching over 5.5 kilometers. (B,L,D)
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Suzhou - Shanghai
Day 8 – Shanghai
Transfer by car / minibus: Shanghai - Suzhou
Guided Day Trip to Suzhou
Transfer by car / minibus: Suzhou - Shanghai
Today, you'll embark on a journey to Suzhou, often referred to as 'Eastern Venice' due to its mastery in the art of islands, water, and landscape design. This city showcases a harmonious blend of natural beauty and carefully crafted structures. A boat trip on the Grand Canal offers a unique perspective of the city, allowing you to appreciate its beauty from the water. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to visit a silk factory, gaining insight into the intricate process of silk production. This stop is designed for educational purposes rather than shopping. In the evening, you'll transfer back to Shanghai. (B,L,D)
Day 9
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Our driver will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby. He will then accompany you to the airport to ensure you catch your flight home. (B)
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Dates and prices
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Travel package
Year of travel
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single supplement Train upgrade Book
09/03/2024 - 17/03/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
16/03/2024 - 24/03/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
23/03/2024 - 31/03/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
30/03/2024 - 07/04/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
06/04/2024 - 14/04/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
13/04/2024 - 21/04/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
20/04/2024 - 28/04/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
27/04/2024 - 05/05/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
04/05/2024 - 12/05/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
11/05/2024 - 19/05/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
18/05/2024 - 26/05/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
25/05/2024 - 02/06/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
01/06/2024 - 09/06/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
08/06/2024 - 16/06/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
15/06/2024 - 23/06/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
22/06/2024 - 30/06/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
29/06/2024 - 07/07/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
06/07/2024 - 14/07/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
13/07/2024 - 21/07/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
20/07/2024 - 28/07/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
27/07/2024 - 04/08/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
03/08/2024 - 11/08/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
10/08/2024 - 18/08/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
17/08/2024 - 25/08/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
24/08/2024 - 01/09/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
31/08/2024 - 08/09/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
07/09/2024 - 15/09/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
14/09/2024 - 22/09/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
21/09/2024 - 29/09/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
28/09/2024 - 06/10/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
12/10/2024 - 20/10/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
26/10/2024 - 03/11/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
09/11/2024 - 17/11/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
23/11/2024 - 01/12/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
07/12/2024 - 15/12/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
21/12/2024 - 29/12/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now
28/12/2024 - 05/01/2025 £1,695 / £2,595 £245 £245 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Including flight" is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  5. "Train upgrade" supplement means an upgrade for a compartment for 2 people and refers to overnight trains only. Advisable to book if you prefer more privacy and comfort during your overnight train journeys. Read more about train upgrade.
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