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China

China's Imperial Treasures and Natural Wonders

17 NIGHTS FROM £8,000 per person

Home to the legendary Great Wall and terracotta army, China is a country of magnificence and might, though its magic also lies in the personal encounters – from exploring Beijing by rickshaw, to learning tai chi atop the Yangtze River. Led by an expert guide, meeting conservationists and archaeologists along the way, discover China’s ancient empires, cutting-edge cities and enchanting waterways on this incredible tailor-made tour.

2020 Dates: 30 Mar-15 Apr | 13-29 Apr | 18 May-3 Jun | 31 Aug-16 Sep | 7-23 Sep 5-21 Oct | 26 Oct-11 Nov

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Across your journey, National Geographic grantees will share their research in environmental and wildlife conservation

Traverse the relatively quiet Jinshanling section of the famed Great Wall

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes visit to Xi’an’s Institute of Archaeology, normally closed to the public

Visit the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base, feeding and caring for the treasured animals that call it home

Your Expert Guide

Historian Bill Jones will join the 31 March 2020 departure. His extensive studies and first-hand experience give him a profound insight into the heartbeat of many Asian cultures, and through his links with the World Monuments Funds, he has followed the restoration of several ancient sites. Please note that other experts will accompany the other departure dates.

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    DAY 2-5 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    China’s compelling capital city, your time in Beijing begins with a tai chi lesson from a master practitioner, before a trip to the less-visited Jinshanling section of the iconic Great Wall. Part of the Friends of Nature organisation and a recipient of a National Geographic grant, Zhang Boju will meet with you and share his conservation efforts in the city. Explore historic Tiananmen Square and the hundreds of temples of the Forbidden City, followed by a rickshaw tour of a traditional hutong community. Learn more about imperial Beijing at the UNESCO World Heritage Temple of Heaven, surrounded by Chinese gardens.

    TRANSFERS

    Fly to Xi’an and transfer to Sofitel Xi’an on Renmin Square.

    The St. Regis Beijing
    • Summary: The first St. Regis hotel in China
    • Feature: Relish the attentiveness of the signature St. Regis Butler Service
    • Rooms: 258 rooms & suites
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    Full Board

    DAY 5-7 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Your first stop in Xi’an is the Institute of Archaeology, where a special-behindthe- scenes visit invites you to learn about the latest discoveries and view artefacts up close, before an evening spent dining in the city’s colourful Muslim Quarter. No visit to Xi’an is complete without visiting the legendary terracotta army, comprising over 8,000 intricate sculptures buried at the tomb of China’s first emperor in around 210 BC.

    TRANSFERS

    Fly to Yichang and set out on an afternoon city tour, before boarding the Yangzi Explorer.

    Sofitel Xian
    • Summary: A centrally located and culture-filled hotel
    • Feature: Sleep like a baby in your plush Sofitel MyBed
    • Rooms: 178 rooms & suites
    MEAL BASIS

    Full Board

    DAY 7-11 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Set out along the River Yangtze’s spellbinding Three Gorges region on your four-night voyage, during which local crafts, healing workshops and morning tai chi can be enjoyed on board. Excursions include a visit to the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest engineering project, while you can also explore tributaries by local sampan boat or explore the fascinating Baiheliang Underwater Museum.

    TRANSFERS

    Disembark and transfer to The St. Regis Chengdu. On the way, you will stop to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Dazu Grottoes, home to ancient rock carvings that portray religious themes and scenes of everyday life in the Tang Dynasty.

    Yangzi Explorer
    • Summary: An intimate and luxurious river vessel
    • Feature: Highest guest-to-staff ratio on the Yangtze River
    • Rooms: 62 cabins & suites
    MEAL BASIS

    Full Board

    DAY 11-13 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    While in Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province, delight in meeting the glorious giant pandas at the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base that is set across 126 acres. Prepare meals and feed these endangered animals, considered a national treasure in China, as well as learning more about the centre’s important conservation work.

    TRANSFERS

    With a seat in the first-class cabin, take the high-speed train to Guilin and transfer to the Shangri-La Hotel Guilin.

    The St. Regis Chengdu
    • Summary: One of Chengdu’s newest hotel icons
    • Feature: Gather to sample the hotel’s wine collection at Decanter
    • Rooms: 279 rooms & suites
    MEAL BASIS

    Full Board

    DAY 13-15 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Best known for its striking scenery, your exploration of Guilin begins with a descent into the Reed Flute Cave, characterised by stunning stalactites and stalagmites.Take an optional stroll to Elephant Trunk Hill, from which the views of the karst peaks are simply spectacular. While based in Guilin, enjoy the scenic limestone pinnacles and rice terraces of the Li River on a boat cruise. Soak up the splendid scenery that has inspired artists for centuries and stop to browse a local market.

    TRANSFERS

    Fly to Shanghai and transfer to Fairmont Peace Hotel.

    Shangri-La Hotel Guilin
    • Summary: A luxury property comprising a wealth of distinct Chinese architecture
    • Feature: Enjoy craft classes, rock climbing, folk shows and more.
    • Rooms: 439 rooms & suites
    MEAL BASIS

    Full Board

    DAY 15-17 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    xpect a change of pace in bustling Shanghai. Enjoy lunch with National Geographic grant recipient, conservationist and wildlife photographer, Jing Li, who will explain his work in protecting critically endangered birds in the area. Look out over the skyline from the Shanghai Tower, the tallest in China, before an evening spent discovering the city on your own. The classical Yu Garden’s pavilions, ponds and charming bridges are next to explore, followed by a trip to the mind-boggling Old Bazaar. On the final evening, toast your Chinese adventure with your fellow travellers at a local restaurant.

    TRANSFERS

    Transfer to Shanghai International Airport for your flight to the UK.

    Fairmont Peace Hotel
    • Summary: A luxurious Art Deco masterpiece
    • Feature: Revel in the toe-tapping sounds of the esteemed Jazz Bar
    • Rooms: 270 rooms & suites
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    Full Board

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DAY 2-5ACCOMMODATION
Beijing, China

China’s compelling capital city, your time in Beijing begins with a tai chi lesson from a master practitioner, before a trip to the less-visited Jinshanling section of the iconic Great Wall. Part of the Friends of Nature organisation and a recipient of a National Geographic grant, Zhang Boju will meet with you and share his conservation efforts in the city. Explore historic Tiananmen Square and the hundreds of temples of the Forbidden City, followed by a rickshaw tour of a traditional hutong community. Learn more about imperial Beijing at the UNESCO World Heritage Temple of Heaven, surrounded by Chinese gardens.

TRANSFERS

Fly to Xi’an and transfer to Sofitel Xi’an on Renmin Square.

The St. Regis Beijing
  • Summary: The first St. Regis hotel in China
  • Feature: Relish the attentiveness of the signature St. Regis Butler Service
  • Rooms: 258 rooms & suites
MEAL BASIS

Full Board

DAY 5-7ACCOMMODATION
Xi'an, China

Your first stop in Xi’an is the Institute of Archaeology, where a special-behindthe- scenes visit invites you to learn about the latest discoveries and view artefacts up close, before an evening spent dining in the city’s colourful Muslim Quarter. No visit to Xi’an is complete without visiting the legendary terracotta army, comprising over 8,000 intricate sculptures buried at the tomb of China’s first emperor in around 210 BC.

TRANSFERS

Fly to Yichang and set out on an afternoon city tour, before boarding the Yangzi Explorer.

Sofitel Xian
  • Summary: A centrally located and culture-filled hotel
  • Feature: Sleep like a baby in your plush Sofitel MyBed
  • Rooms: 178 rooms & suites
MEAL BASIS

Full Board

DAY 7-11ACCOMMODATION
Yangtze River, China

Set out along the River Yangtze’s spellbinding Three Gorges region on your four-night voyage, during which local crafts, healing workshops and morning tai chi can be enjoyed on board. Excursions include a visit to the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest engineering project, while you can also explore tributaries by local sampan boat or explore the fascinating Baiheliang Underwater Museum.

TRANSFERS

Disembark and transfer to The St. Regis Chengdu. On the way, you will stop to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Dazu Grottoes, home to ancient rock carvings that portray religious themes and scenes of everyday life in the Tang Dynasty.

Yangzi Explorer
  • Summary: An intimate and luxurious river vessel
  • Feature: Highest guest-to-staff ratio on the Yangtze River
  • Rooms: 62 cabins & suites
MEAL BASIS

Full Board

DAY 11-13ACCOMMODATION
Chengdu, China

While in Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province, delight in meeting the glorious giant pandas at the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base that is set across 126 acres. Prepare meals and feed these endangered animals, considered a national treasure in China, as well as learning more about the centre’s important conservation work.

TRANSFERS

With a seat in the first-class cabin, take the high-speed train to Guilin and transfer to the Shangri-La Hotel Guilin.

The St. Regis Chengdu
  • Summary: One of Chengdu’s newest hotel icons
  • Feature: Gather to sample the hotel’s wine collection at Decanter
  • Rooms: 279 rooms & suites
MEAL BASIS

Full Board

DAY 13-15ACCOMMODATION
Guilin, China

Best known for its striking scenery, your exploration of Guilin begins with a descent into the Reed Flute Cave, characterised by stunning stalactites and stalagmites.Take an optional stroll to Elephant Trunk Hill, from which the views of the karst peaks are simply spectacular. While based in Guilin, enjoy the scenic limestone pinnacles and rice terraces of the Li River on a boat cruise. Soak up the splendid scenery that has inspired artists for centuries and stop to browse a local market.

TRANSFERS

Fly to Shanghai and transfer to Fairmont Peace Hotel.

Shangri-La Hotel Guilin
  • Summary: A luxury property comprising a wealth of distinct Chinese architecture
  • Feature: Enjoy craft classes, rock climbing, folk shows and more.
  • Rooms: 439 rooms & suites
MEAL BASIS

Full Board

DAY 15-17ACCOMMODATION
Shanghai, China

xpect a change of pace in bustling Shanghai. Enjoy lunch with National Geographic grant recipient, conservationist and wildlife photographer, Jing Li, who will explain his work in protecting critically endangered birds in the area. Look out over the skyline from the Shanghai Tower, the tallest in China, before an evening spent discovering the city on your own. The classical Yu Garden’s pavilions, ponds and charming bridges are next to explore, followed by a trip to the mind-boggling Old Bazaar. On the final evening, toast your Chinese adventure with your fellow travellers at a local restaurant.

TRANSFERS

Transfer to Shanghai International Airport for your flight to the UK.

Fairmont Peace Hotel
  • Summary: A luxurious Art Deco masterpiece
  • Feature: Revel in the toe-tapping sounds of the esteemed Jazz Bar
  • Rooms: 270 rooms & suites
MEAL BASIS

Full Board

DAY ACCOMMODATION

TRANSFERS

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17 NIGHTS FROM £8,000 per person

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