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Wendy Wu China Encounters
Wendy Wu China Encounters
Encounter all of the magnificent sights that make China a truly spectacular destination. Journey from the iconic Wall and enigmatic Warriors to the more off-the-beaten-track mountain vistas of Yunnan province on this epic cross-country adventure.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Wendy Wu China Encounters Itinerary:
Days 1-2: Fly to Beijing
Fly overnight to Beijing, China's historical capital. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3: Forbidden City
Heading to Beijing's symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape. This evening sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking Duck.
Days 4-5: Imperial Chengde
Travel by train to Chengde. The summer retreat of the Manchu emperors, this town is home to a wealth of imperial architecture. Over two days visit the magnificent mountain villas and intricate temples, including Puning and Puyou. Return by train to Beijing.
Day 6: Great Wall of China
This morning is dedicated to Chinas most iconic sight - the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate its sheer magnificence. Savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace before boarding an overnight train to Xian.
Days 7-8: Terracotta Warriors, Xian
Arrive in Xian and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Tonight feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumpling before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. The next day, visit the enigmatic ranks of warriors that make up the Terracotta Army. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and choose to purchase one to take home. Later stroll Xian's 14th-century city walls.
Day 9: Train to Wuhan
Take the bullet train to Wuhan and transfer to Yichang to board your Yangtze River Cruise vessel.
Days 10-12: Yangtze River Cruise
A man-made marvel, the Three Gorges Dam showcases this massive feat of engineering. But as we cruise upstream nature takes over, revealing some of the world's most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next three days prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another. Take a side trip to the attractive Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy shore excursions to the Ghost City of Fengdu or Shibaozhai.
Day 13: Drive to Chengdu
Disembark and explore old Ciqikou, whose narrow streets are perfect for a stroll to admire the traditional architecture. Transfer to Chengdu.
Day 14: Panda Conservation Centre
Head to Chengdu's famous Panda Centre to see these celebrated bears in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Visit Mt Qingcheng, an important centre of Taoism, and explore colourful markets before a delicious, typically Sichuan dinner.
Day 15: Chengdu to Zhongdian
Take an early morning flight to the monastery town of Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-La. Visit Zhongdian's Old Town where you will see authentic Tibetan dwellings, prayer halls and pagodas; also visit the Dafo Temple.
Days 16: Tibetan Zhongdian
Tour Zhongdian old town, catch a glimpse of rural life in a traditional village and visit the magnificent Songzanlin Monastery, at the foot of Foping Mountain, and its many treasures. The next day explore the Baishui Terrace, where spring water cascades picturesquely over white limestone formed over thousands of years.
Day 17: Tiger Leaping Gorge
The 3000-metre deep Tiger Leaping Gorge, with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains, is one of Chinas most extraordinary sights. The whole area is spectacular - prepare for breathtaking views before you travel to Lijiang.
Day 18: Jade Dragon Mountain
A magnificent mountain massif, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain incorporates several peaks, the tallest of which is 5,500 metres. Taking a chairlift, explore one of the gorgeous high meadows and enjoy the amazing vistas. Visit Baisha Old Town to view the fascinating murals, painted during the early Ming Dynasty.
Day 19: Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang
The quintessential Chinese old town, Lijiang's old quarter is a jumble of cobbled streets, precarious wooden buildings and rustic stone bridges - in short, a delightful place to aimlessly wander. Also visit Black Dragon Pool where there are wonderful views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Travel to Dali and explore the lively Foreigners Street.
Days 20-21: Enchanting Dali
Dali is a charming place to visit. Explore the old quarter and pop over to Xizhou village to browse the local market. At the Yen Family House, an ancient courtyard home, there will be a tye-dye demonstration. The next day visit the Three Pagodas and travel by road to Kunming. Tuck into local Across the Bridge noodles for dinner.
Day 22: Kunming Stone Forest
Explore the fascinating formations of the picturesque Stone Forest.
Day 23: Fly Kunming to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
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