If you've more time to explore China, this comprehensive 16-day tour is ideal. It even includes a Yangtze cruise.
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On arrival in Shanghai today, your Local Guide will transfer you to your hotel, where you'll stay for three nights. Shanghai by night is dazzling, so after dinner you can admire its highlights if you choose to join an optional excursion.?
Shanghai is also pretty special by day too, and offers many sightseeing possibilities. Your included tour squeezes plenty in, with highlights including the thronging shopping thoroughfare of Nanjing Road and the Old Town, with its ancient Wu Xing Ting Teahouse. You'll also see the classic Yu Yuan Gardens, visit the Jade Buddha Temple and stroll along the Bund. The city's famous riverside boulevard is lined with magnificent former colonial buildings. Tonight, we'll get together to watch an exciting acrobatic show.?
You're going to spend the day exploring Suzhou, located on China's historic Grand Canal. This beautiful 2,500-year-old city is famed for its landscaped gardens and traditional Chinese architecture. Many of the gardens you will see date back as far as the 10th century and are still intact, with some listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As you wander around you'll see narrow canals crossed by stone bridges and lined with rickety wooden houses. Other highlights will be the Lingering Garden, the Humble Administrator's Garden, a canal cruise and a visit to the Institute of Silk Embroidery.
Today we cruise to the site of the Three Gorges Dam – the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. We then sail through the Three Gorges Dam locks to experience the spectacular scenery of the Xiling Gorge, the deepest and longest of the three, stretching for 41 miles. If river conditions are favourable, an optional 'Tribe of the Three Gorges' shore excursion will give you a fascinating glimpse of life in this region.
The first highlight of today is our visit to the incredible Terracotta Army at Li Shan Mountain. This staggering collection of at least 6,000 life-size terracotta figures representing the Imperial Guard were interred in 200 BC with the first Qin emperor. This is followed by a visit to the Wild Goose Pagoda. A special dumpling dinner rounds off the day perfectly, and you've even got the option to see a Tang Dynasty Folklore show later.?
Cruise included excursions and visits