Suzhou tours and China tours operator from China Holidays Ltd "Filled with exquisite gardens and also famous for its rich brocades and intricate embroidery"

The Venice of the East, according to Marco Polo, and Heaven on Earth according to ancient poets
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It lies on a river delta in southern China, and so the land is fertile and the climate humid. This climate favoured the cultivation of silkworms and Suzhou became the centre of silk-making, sending its rich brocades and intricate embroidery up to the imperial court in Beijing along the Grand Canal for the exclusive use of the Emperor, bringing back wealth and prestige. The growing prosperity of the merchants gave them leisure to create beautiful gardens to boast of their status, and these gardens, laid out centuries ago, still enchant visitors today, as do the waterways that criss-cross the town parallel to the roads, the quaint old houses and graceful bridges.

They say the climate also gives a clear and dewy complexion to the local girls, bestowing the reputation of great beauty on them all!

Zhouzhuang  Established in 1086 in the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1126) Zhouzhuang is set in charming surroundings with simple ancient buildings and beautiful rivers and lakes. Over half of the buildings in the town were constructed in the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties.

The Humble Administrator's Garden  was built during 1506 and 1512 in the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) and covers an area of 4.8 hectares, three quarters of which are water. It is regarded as one of the four major gardens in China along with the Summer Palace in Beijing, the Mountain Summer Resort in Chengdu and the Garden to Linger In in Suzhou.

Grand Canal  The ancient Grand Canal, 1,700 km in length, is a wonder of the ancient Chinese civilisation, with a history of 2,400 years. The canal starts from Beijing and ends at Hangzhou.

The Garden to Linger In was built during the reign of Emperor Jia Jing (1522 - 1566) and has the reputation as one of the four major gardens in China. The Garden to Linger In is beautifully arranged and elegant.

Fisherman Garden was rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). It covers a total area of 0.54 hectares and is the smallest garden in Suzhou - one-tenth the size of the Humble Administrator's Garden.

Pan Gate is an ancient gateway, with both land and water entrances, a typical style in ancient China and now the only one left

 

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15-day group tour to Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, the Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai and Suzhou

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Clients’ comments

From L Dervish, Cumbria

My trip to China is over, it was a wonderful time and I enjoyed every day! Can’t thank you enough for your support. Even as I travelled as single traveller everything went very smooth and pleasant with full satisfaction. China welcomed me with lovely weather and hospitality.

I would highly recommend everyone to use the service of China Holidays. You are personally an inspiration and the best representative of the country.

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15 - day tour - Beijing, Xi'an, Terracotta Warriors, Dazu Rock Carvings, Chengdu's Giant Pandas, Yangtze River Cruise, Three Gorges, Shanghai, Suzhou and its gardens

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15 - day tour to Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai, Suzhou and Beijing.

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London/Beijing

Fly non-stop direct flight from London Heathrow to Beijing with British Airways.

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Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, met on arrival and tansfer to your hotel for a three-night stay at the 4* Novotel Xinqiao Hotel.  

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Beijing           

Visit Tiananmen Square, then proceed to enter the Forbidden City, the great palace that housed 24 successive emperors and their thousands of courtiers, eunuchs, concubines and slaves. Continue to Jingshan Park, the imperial gardens, for panoramic views and visit the magnificent red and gold Temple of Heaven that was built for the Emperor, the son of Heaven, to make sacrifices for a good harvest. Spectacular Kung Fu show tonight. BLD

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Beijing

Drive out to one of the best-preserved and most dramatic sections of the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, and walk along the crenellated parapets that have snaked across the rugged mountain landscape for centuries. Back to City, stop at the Birds Nest stadium and Water Cube stadium, home to the world-vewed 2008 Beijing Olympics for a photoshot. Peking Duck dinner tonight, an imperial favourite. BLD

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Beijing / Xian ( By High Speed Day Train) 

Visit the imperial Summer Palace where you can wander through the formal gardens that were laid out by the extravagant Empress Cixi, before taking high speed day train to Xian, the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and China’s first capital. Met on arrval by your Xi'an guide and transfer to 4* Novotel Xi'an SCPG Hotel for a 2-night stay. BL

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Xian

7,000 Terracotta Soldiers have stood guard over China’s first emperor for over 2,200 years, and now, painstakingly repaired along with their chariots and horses, they still stand in battle formation in giant exhibition halls erected around the pits where they were discovered in the 1970s. In the city visit the Muslim Quarter surrounding the imposing Great Mosque, and tonight enjoy a Tang Dynasty Music and Dance show. BLD

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Xian / Chengdu ( By High Speed Day Train)

Visit Xian’s Provincial Museum this morning. After lunch, transfer to train station for your high speed day train to Chengdu for an overnight stay at the 5* Chengdu Tibet Hotel. Attend a performance of the local Sichuan ‘face-changing’ opera – a vivid and colourful spectacle of dance and music. See if you can spot how the actors swap their masks so quickly.  BL

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Chengdu / Yangtze Cruise

Visit the Giant Panda Research Base in he morning.  Have lunch before transferring to the rail station for 2-hour direct train to the mountain city Chongqing.  On board the 5* Victoria Cruise  for an unforgettable three-night cruise down the Yangtze. Unpack in your comfortable cabin and relax in luxury on your private balcony as the ship sets sail tonight. BL

Note: Sailing itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, water level, navigation and seasonal conditions.

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Yangtze Cruise

Relax and savour the extraordinary natural landscapes of the Yangtze’s Three Gorges, and enjoy a shore excursion to visit Shibao Pagoda where stalactites and stalagtites as white as marble have created a fairytale grotto. BLD

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Yangtze Cruise         

Cruise through Qutang Gorge, the shortest and narrowest of the Three Gorges, and onwards beneath the forbidding, misty cliffs of Wu (the Witches’) Gorge. There is an optional shore visit to the Temple of White Emperor City, where it is believed white vapour in the shape of a dragon was seen rising from a nearby well, and another exploring one of the Yangtze’s tributaries on an included scenic excursion by small boat along the picturesque Shennong Stream. Re-join your ship to sail through what was once the most dangerous section of the river, Xiling Gorge, and progress through the five enormous ship locks that are part of the transformation of the Yangtze in recent years.  BLD

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Yangtze Cruise / Shanghai ( By High Speed Day Train)

See the Three Gorges Dam, the largest and most notorious hydroelectric power station in the world.  Disembark at Yichang, and take fast day train to Shanghai for staying four nights at the superb 4Novotel Shanghai Atlantis.  BL

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Shanghai

Stroll through the 400-year-old Yuyuan Garden, with its elegantly landscaped ponds and pavilions, rockeries and statues, and visit Jade Buddha Temple whose two jade statues were carried all the way from Burma by Chinese monks on their backs.  Continue to the superb Shanghai Museum that displays centuries of Chinese civilisation – precious ceramics, bronzes, rare jade sculptures, exquisite calligraphy, traditional folk costumes and furniture.Stroll at the famous Bund - the waterfront of Huangpu River before enjoying an Enthralling acrobatic show tonight. BLD

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Suzhou          

Drive to Suzhou, one of the region’s beautiful ‘water towns’ and famed for its classical Mingera gardens. Visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden, and the 800-year-old Panmen City Gate, the only land and water gate left in the world.  Later inspect some of the region’s fine needlework at the Silk Embroidery Institute before returning to Shanghai.   BL

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Shanghai    

Enjoy your free time in Shanghai. B

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Shanghai/London

Transfer to the Airport for the British Airways flight to London Heathrow. Arrive in London on the samy day. B

 

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Make your holiday tour in China even better by adding Hong Kong! Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong to stay two nights at the 4* Metropark Kowloon Hotel with breakfast and airport bus transfers included. Enjoy exploring this vibrant city independently – perhaps take the tram up to 1200ft-high Victoria Peak for a panoramic view of the harbour and Kowloon, stroll around the Central district with its mix of colonial and contemporary architecture, or visit Tsim Sha Tsui East’s wide range of museum and shops.

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If you prefer to travel in a private group or to go at your own pace spending more time in one particular city perhaps, our tailor made China holidays are the perfect answer. Travel with your own personal chauffeur and English-speaking guide, available for any group size. Just call and ask our tailor made team to help you create your own China holiday tour.

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Fantastic 20-day trip to China with Yangtze river cruise through the Three Gorges, exquisite gardens, world-class museums, historica heritage sites, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance show, and of course, Giant Pandas

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Clients’ comments

From B Read and J Robert, Halesowen

We had a very enjoyable stay in China, amazing sights. Both guides were very good and we were surprised at the level of personal service which was provided for the tours.

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20 - day tour to Beijing (3 nights), Xi'an (2 nights), , Yangtze river cruise (4 nights), Chengdu (2 nights), Guilin (1 night), Yangshuo (3 nights)  and  Shanghai (3 nights)

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20 Days tour to Beijing, Xian, the Yangtze Cruise, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo, Suzhou , Shanghai

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UK / Beijing           

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow or any regional airports for an overnight flight to Beijing.

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Beijing            

On arrival in Beijing, met on arrival and transfer to the 4* Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel for three nights. 

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Beijing            

See Mao’s mausoleum and the Monument to the People’s Heroes in Tiananmen Square, then walk across to the Forbidden City, home to China’s ‘celestial’ emperors for over 500 years until the last one was evicted in 1924. Tour the lavishly decorated chambers and halls that a million workers created, then drive to Jingshan Park for panoramic views over Beijing followed by the visit to the magnificent red and gold Temple of Heaven that was built for the Emperor, the son of Heaven to make sacrifices for a good harvest. Back to Hotel after the day tour.  B/L

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Beijing            

Walk along the Great Wall of China at its most dramatic but lesser-visited section, Mutianyu, where 22 watchtowers stand guard over the rugged terrain.  Back in the city, stroll through the manicured gardens of the Summer Palace and admire its painted long corridor, seventeen-arch bridge and Marble Boat. Back to Hotel after the visit. B/L

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Beijing/Xian ( By high speed day tain)               

This morning, visit Hutongs where you can havea personal insight into the everyday life of local Bejing resdent, then transfer to train station for your High speed tran to Xian, met on arrival and drive to 4* Ramada Xian Bell Tower for a 2-night stay.  B/L

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Xian               

See the 7,000 terracotta soldiers that have stood guard over China's first emperor for over 2,200 years, and they still stand in battle formation in giant exhibition halls erected around the pits where they were discovered in the 1970s. This afternoon see Xian's immense City Wall complete with towers and battlements, and tonight we are guests at the Tang Dynasty show, an enchanting performance of music and dance from another era. B/L/D

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Xian/Wuhan  ( By high speed day tran)     

Take high speed train to Wuhan, and then fast tran to Yichag to embark on an utterly memorable Yangtze River Cruise, four nights aboard the luxurious Victoria Cruise. Unpack and settle into your spacious, comfortable cabin and from your private balcony watch the lights of Yichang disappear as you slowly glide up the Yangtze.  B

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Yangtze Cruise       

See the extraordinary Three Gorges Dam this morning, a vast construction 7,761ft long across the river to create the world’s largest hydroelectric power plant. The Victoria Cruise makes her way through the five giant shiplocks before cruising into the dramatically beautiful Xiling Gorge. B/L/D

Remark: Sailing itinerary and times are subject to change according to river conditions.

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Yangtze Cruise           

Explore one of the Yangtze’s tributaries, the Goddess Stream or Shennong Stream on a small boat through the lovely Lesser Three Gorges, and an optional shore excursion later is to the Temple of the White Emperor City. Back on board, cruise through the Wu Gorge, known for its quiet beauty, forest covered mountains. Then sail through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic gorge.  B/L/D
 
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Yangtze Cruise        

Take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named "The Pearl of the Yangtze" , depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to Fengdu. B/L/D

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Chongqing/ Chengdu       

Disembark at picturesque Chongqing, the "Mountain City". Take a high speed day train to Chengdu. Stay two nights at the 5*Tibet Hotel.  B/L

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Chendgu         

Get close to one of the world’s most adorable and endangered animals, at the Panda Research Base where the current status and future of giant pandas is of great concern. The base supports animals living in the wild and also works on a successful breeding programme. Later, step back in time as you walk along Kuanzhai Lanes, a quaint and colorful part of town. B/L

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Chengdu/Guilin  (By flight)         

Morning at leisure. Fly to Guilin for an overnight stay at the 4* Guilin Bravo Hotel.  B

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Yangshuo           

Morning cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo through poetic rural landscapes and karst mountains rising steeply from the river valley.  At Yangshuo browse the handicraft stall at the West Street before drive to your hotel for a 2-night stay at 5* Green Lotus hotel. B/L

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Yangshuo           

Explore the rural charms of Yangshuo today taking a gentle walk along the Yulong River and climbing Moon Hill for fantastic views of the natural landscape.   B/L

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Yangshuo                    

Enjoy your free time at leisure today. B

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Yangshuo-Guilin/Shanghai ( B flight)                     

Visit the extraordinary Reed lute Cave with its dramatic stalagmites and stalactites before flying to Shanghai. Met on arrival and drive to your hotel for a 3-night stay.  B/L

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Shanghai             

Relax in the poetic surroundingsof Yuyuan Garden, an oasis of calm in thecity, see the white jade statues at the Jade Buddha Temple and at the Shanghai Museum, arguably China's best, view superb displays of rare, ancient treasures followed by a leisure stroll along the famous Bund, once the richest and most fashionable street in Asia. B/L

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Shanghai /Suzhou / Shanghai                   

Drive to Suzhou, one of the region's beautiful "water towns" and famed for its classical Mingera gardens. Visit the Humble Administrator's Garden, and the 800-year-old Panmen City Gate, the only land and water gate left in theworld. Later inspect some of the region's fine needlework at the Silk Embroidery Institute before returning to Shanghai. B/L

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Shanghai / UK                  

Transfer to the Airport for your flight back to the UK. B

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London/Beijing

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing.

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Beijing

On arrival in Beijing transfer to the 4* Super House International Hotel.  Tonight meet your tour manager and fellow travellers over a welcome dinner.  D

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Beijing

This morning visit Beijing’s vast Botanical Gardens and see its 6,000 species of plants. Tour the gardens of rose, lilac, peony, medicinal herbs, an arboretum, and the conservatory. Later, wander through the formal gardens of the imperial Summer Palace created by the ruthless former concubine, Empress Cixi. Tonight enjoy an intriguing performance of Beijing Opera which blends singing, pantomime and acrobatics with exaggerated costumes and make-up to create an unforgettable and unique interpretation of fairy stories and scenes from history.  BLD

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Xian 

Take High Speed Day train to Xian to stay two nights at the 4* Ramada Xian Bell Tower Hotel  Visit the first-class Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Tonight enjoy a performance of elegant and courtly dances from the Tang Dynasty (7th-10th century AD). BLD

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Xian

Rows and rows of life-sized, individually-crafted Terracotta Warriors with their horses, chariots and weapons, have guarded the tomb of China’s first emperor for over 2,000 years, and are on display in the pits where they were accidentally unearthed in the 1970s. Back in the city, climb onto the great City Wall.  BL

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Guilin  

Fly to Guilin, set amidst breath-taking landscapes of karst mountains, green fields and winding rivers. Stay two nights at the 4*Guilin Bravo Hotel and visit Reed Flute Cave, filled with colourfully illuminated stalagmites, stalagtites and other bizarre rock formations. BL

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Guilin 

Today explore the 166-acre Botanical Gardens of Guilin, filled with exotic and endangered plants. Then continue to the former imperial tea garden, nowadays one of the country’s foremost tea research institutes. Finally, visit Daxu, a charming, story-book old village of traditional wood and stone houses where life proceeds pretty much as it has done since the Ming dynasty.  BL

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Yangshou

On the renowned Li River Cruise to Yangshuo admire the endlessly fascinating vistas from the boat of numberless limestone peaks shrouded in mist and covered in pine trees. On arrival in Yangshuo, explore the busy handicraft stalls along West Street, and check in at the 5* Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel for two nights. Tonight attend a spectacular show, Impressions of Liu San Jie, performed on water with the 600-strong cast on bamboo rafts.  BLD

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Yangshuo

After visiting the local market with a chef, spend the morning at a cookery school located in the heart of rural Yangshuo, learning how to produce a range of authentic and tasty dishes for your lunch. Take a gentle stroll along the banks of the Yulong River, then visit quaint Jiuxian, an almost timeless village.   BLD

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Hangzhou

Fly to Hangzhou and stay two nights at the 4*Best Western Meiyuan Hotel. Enjoy scenes from the olden days along Qinghefang Street and sample some of the delicious local snacks there.  BL

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Hangzhou

Take a romantic cruise on West Lake with its landscaped banks, temples, pagdoas and distant hills, then visit a Traditional Pharmacy and Hangzhou’s Botanical Gardens.  BL

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Suzhou

Visit the extravagant manor house of a local 19th century businessman before taking the train to Suzhou, famous for its waterways, silk and gardens. Stay two nights at the 4* Suzhou Grand Garden Hotel, and admire Panmen City Gate, the only land and water gate left in the world.  BL

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Suzhou

Learn about how the relationship between man and nature is expressed in Chinese landscaping at three of Suzhou’s best loved gardens, the Garden of the Master of the Nets, Stone Lion Grove, and the Humble Administrator’s Garden.  BL

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Shanghai

Drive to Shanghai to stay two nights at the 4*Shanghai Ocean Hotel. Explore the Flower Port, a joint Sino-Dutch venture for the spread of horticultural expertise and trade, and which in springtime is a replica of the Keukenhof, boasts chrysanthemums, lotus and hyacinth. BL

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Shanghai 

Enjoy Yuyuan Garden, a perfect example of a Chinese garden with enchanting views of pools, rockeries, trees and elegant pavilions. Continue to the Jade Buddha Temple where two milky-white statues are decorated with jewels, and finally visit Shanghai Museum. BL

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Shanghai / London Heathrow

Fly from Shanghai to London Heathrow. B

 

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B=Breakfast    L=Lunch    D=Dinner

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Extend your China Gardens tour with extra nights in Beijing. Wander through the old hutong district of Shichahai with its traditional courtyard houses, climb the Drum tower, learn to make dumplings or take a rickshaw ride, the choice is yours.

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If you would like to make this into a private tour of China's gardens just for you and your partner, friends or family, enjoying the benefit of travelling with your own chauffer and English speaking guide and choosing your own departure date, please call and ask our tailor-made team on 020 7487 2999 to make arrangements for your own China's gardens tour.

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The Imperial Triangle with Hangzhou, Suzhou, Zhujiajiao, Wuxi and Nanjing; Relaxing 2 and 3 night stays; All meals included in China.

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From Dr Groves, Oxford

Your staff Lucy has been always so responsible, thoughtful and proactive....I am very impressed by her professionalism, customer care and efficiency.

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15- day tour to Beijing (3 nights), Xi'an (2 nights), Nanjing (2 nights), Wuxi, Suzhou (2 nights), , Shanghai (2 nights) Zhujiajiao Water Town and Hangzhou (2 nights).

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15 - day tour to Beijing, Xian, Nanjing, Wuxi, Suzhou, Shanghai, Zhujiajiao and Hangzhou.

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 LONDON / BEIJING

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing.

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BEIJING

On arrival in Beijing, met on arrival and transferred to the 4* Novotel Xinqiao Hotel for a 3-night stay. 

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BEIJING  

Walk along one of the most dramatic sections of the Great Wall of China that snakes across the rugged mountain landscape. Also tread along the Sacred Road, the road to heaven that leads to the Ming Tombs where the emperors are buried. Back in the city, enjoy Beijing's most popular dish, Peking Duck.  BLD

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BEIJING

From Tiananmen Square enter the Forbidden City, home to the Emperors for 500 years, and gaze around the grand ceremonial halls and peek into the private family quarters. Later stroll through the elegant formal gardens of the Summer Palace, and admire the famous Marble Boat. B/L/D

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BEIJING / XIAN

Visit the magnificent red and gold Temple of Heaven that was built for the Emperor, the son of Heaven, to make sacrifices for a good harvest, then take high speed day train to Xian for two nights at the 4* Novotel Xi'an SCPG Hotel. BLD

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XIAN

See the 7,000 terracotta soldiers that have stood guard over China's first emperor for over 2,200 years, and they still stand in battle formation in giant exhibition halls erected around the pits where they were discovered in the 1970s. This afternoon see Xian's immense City Wall complete with towers and battlements, and tonight we are guests at the Tang Dynasty show, an enchanting performance of music and dance from another era. BLD

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XIAN / HANGZHOU

View some of China's finest artefacts at the Provincial Museum - neolithic ceramics painted with scenes of everyday life, bronze swords and statues, gold and silver artwork and ancient wall murals. Transferred to the airport for the flight to Hangzhou  in the afternoon. one night stay in Hangzhou. B/L    

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HANGZHOU

Morning cruise tour on West Lake, which with mountains on 3 sides; then visit a traditional pharmacy and an extravagant manor house that belonged to a prosperous 19th century local businessman. Walk along the historic 'Culture' Street to observe real local life. B/L/D

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HANGZHOU / NANJING

Free at leisure in the morning, after lunch, transfer to railway station for your high speed train to Nanjing. B/L

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NANJING

This morning we will visit Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum which was built in 1926-29 for the great pioneer of Chinese revolution. Afternoon we are going to visit the Confucius Temple and Xuanwu Lake.  B/L/D

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NANJING /WUXI /SUZHOU

Today transfer to station for the high speed train to Wuxi, visit Li Garden and Taihu Lake IN Wujxi and continue onto Suzhou, which is known as ‘Venice of the east’. Two nights stay in Suzhou. B/L/D

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SUZHOU

Today we will visit this beautiful city of Suzhou, which is famous for its gardens and silk. We start the day by visiting Humble Administrator Garden, Pan Gate, Art Garden and Silk Factory. B/L/D

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SUZHOU / SHANGHAI

Drive overland to Shanghai, en-route visit the Zhujiajiao Watertown. You will take a short boat cruise on the river and enjoy your time at the old town. Zhujiajiao Watertown with a hundred years history is about 48km from downtown Shanghai.  There are some attractions, such as Tongtianhe, the historic Post Office, Yuanjin Temple, Kezhi Garden etc. you will have a very relaxing time in the town. Back to Shanghai after the day tour. Staying at Superb Novotel Shanghai Atlantis Hotel. B/L/D

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SHANGHAI

This morning we will visit the Shanghai Museum and Yu Garden; after lunch, we continue to visit Old Town, Jade Buddha Temple and the Bund an area on the banks of the Huangpu River that gives you a captivating riverside view of 52 skyscrapers and the famous Oriental Pearl Tower. Back to your hotel after the day tour. B/L/D

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SHANGHAI / LONDON

Drive to Airport for your flight from Shanghai via Beijing back to London Heathrow. Arrive in London on the same day. B

 

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China Holidays 14 days tour to beijing、Xi'an、Guilin、Yangshuo、Shanghai and Suzhou gardens.

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Clients’ comments:
 
From Mrs K Amber, Dover

I thought I would let you know what a fantastic holiday we had! We particularly want to mention our guide Nancy, and let you know how brilliant she is. She was so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble for her...she really is worth her weight in gold. The itinerary was perfect, all of the places we visited were amazing and we all plan to revisit China in a few years.off 'must-sees."

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14-day tour to Beijing(3 nights) Xi'an(2 nights),Guilin(1 nights),Yangshuo(2 nights),Shanghai(4 nights)and Suzhou gardens.

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London/Beijing
 
Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing with Air China.
 
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Beijing
 
On arrival in Beijing transfer to the 4* Novotel Xinqiao Hotel for three nights.
 
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Beijing
 
Walk along one of the most dramatic sections of the Great Wall of China that snakes across the rugged mountain landscape. Also tread along the Sacred Road, the road to heaven that leads to the Ming Tombs where the emperors are buried. Back in the city, enjoy Beijing's most popular dish, a traditional Peking Duck dinner.  B/L/D
 
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Beijing
 
From Tiananmen Square enter the Forbidden City, the imperial palace, and gaze around the grand ceremonial halls and peek into the private family quarters. Later stroll through the elegant formal gardens of the Summer Palace and admire the famous Marble Boat. B/L/D
 
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Beijing / Xi'an ( By High Speed Day Train)
 
Visit the magnificent red and gold Temple of Heaven that was built for the Emperor, the son of Heaven, to make sacrifices for a good harvest, before transfer to railway station for high-speed 'bullet train' to Xi'an for two nights at the 4* Novotel Xi'an SCPG Hotel.  B/L 
 
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Xi'an
  
See the 7,000 terracotta soldiers that have stood guard over China's first emperor for over 2,200 years, and they still stand in battle formation in giant exhibition halls erected around the pits where they were discovered in the 1970s. This afternoon see Xian's immense City Wall complete with towers and battlements, and tonight we are guests at the Tang Dynasty show, an enchanting performance of music and dance from another era. B/L/D
 
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Xi'an/Guilin ( By Flight )
 
Visit Xian's first-class Shaanxi Provincial Museum where 300,000 objects from every dynasty since a thousand years before Christ are displayed. Fly to Guilin and stay one night at  the 4*Guilin Bravo Hotel. B/L/D
 
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Yangshuo
 
Morning cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo through poetic rural landscapes, karst mountains rising steeply from the river valley, their peaks wreathed in mist, and below, oxen ploughing the rice paddies. Time for shopping at Yangshuo's handicrafts market before a spectacular open-air son et lumiere show, stay two nights at 5*Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel. B/L/D
 
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Yangshuo
 
Explore the rural charms of Yangshuo today, first climb Moon Hill for fantastic views, and see the 1,400-year-old Big Banyan Tree. Also visit Jiuxian Garden Village, undergoing a unique conservation and regeneration project to preserve its culture and architecture.   B/L/D
 
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Yangshuo-Guilin/Shanghai ( By Flight)
 
Visit the extraordinary Reed Flute Cave with its dramatic stalagmites and stalagtites, before transferring to Airpot for you flight to Shanghai. Met on arriva and drive to the superb 4* Novotel Shanghai Atlantis Hotel for a four-night stay.  B/L/D
 
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Shanghai
 
Admire the very best of China's treasures at the Shanghai Museum and later stroll through Yuyuan Garden, an oasis of calm and beauty in the midst of the bustling city. Then visit Jade Buddha Temple with its lovely white jade statues and great incense burners, later stroll along the Bund, Shanghai's riverside promenade with futuristic skyscrapers on one bank and grand 19th century European architecture on the other. Tonight watch an amazing Acrobatic show, and marvel at the skill and daring of the performer. B/L/D
 
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Shanghai/Suzhou/Shanghai
 
Drive to Suzhou, described by Marco Polo as 'the Venice of the East', and visit two of its favourite classical gardens, the Humble Administrator's Garden, and the Garden of the Master of the Nets. Admire exquisite handicraft at the Silk Embroidery Institute before returning to Shanghai.  B/L/D
 
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Shanghai
 
Enjoy your free day in Shanghai. B
 
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Shanghai/London
 
Fly from Beijing to London Heathrow with Air China. B
 
 
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B=Breakfast    L=Lunch    D=Dinner

 

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Make your holiday tour in China even better by adding Hong Kong! Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong to stay two night sat the 4* Metropark Hotel Kowloon with breakfast and airport bus transfers included. Enjoy exploring this vibrant city independently – perhaps take the tram up to 1200ft-high Victoria Peak for a panoramic view of the harbour and Kowloon, stroll around the Central district with its mix of colonial and contemporary architecture, or visit Tsim Sha Tsui East’s wide range of museum and shops.

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If you prefer to travel in a private group or to go at your own pace spending more time in one particular city perhaps, our tailor made China holidays are the perfect answer. Travel with your own personal chauffeur and English-speaking guide, available for any group size. Just call and ask our tailor made team to help you create your own China holiday tour.
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