Captivating China 2008, incorporating Tibet & the 2008 Olympic Games




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Day Travel Segment Stay (nights)
1 Australia to Hong Kong 1
Hong Kong today is a flourishing international metropolis, which is well run, clean and beautiful. Explore the natural beauty of the islands, get in some serious shopping or just relax. If you need more time we can arrange for you to arrive a few days early for more exploring. A group dinner will be held during the evening to kick off the trip. Buddha at Po Lin Monastary, Hong Kong
2 Hong Kong to Guilin (air) 3
Guilin is a world famous tourist city for its picturesque scenery, as well as a well-known cultural and historic city. It is home to 12 nationalities and sits in a valley carved with stunning Karst formations. 9 Horses Painted Cliff, Guilin
5 Guilin to Shanghai 1
Shanghai is one of the most vibrant cities in all of China and our gateway to travels on the East coast. You will have the afternoon and evening to explore this metropolis and enjoy the amazing evening lights before we escape to another world. Shanghai at Night
6 Shanghai to Suzhou (land) 1
Suzhou is almost an outer suburb of Shanghai, but may as well be on a different planet. Considered to be the Venice of the East, a local saying goes "Above there is Heaven, below there is Suzhou and Hangzhou." Master Nets Garden, Suzhou
7 Suzhou to Nanjing via Shanghai (air) 2
Nanjing (or "Southern Capital") was the Imperial centre of China during four separate dynasties. It is an ancient city still with numerous historic sites. Today, it is also a bustling city with some fantastic scenery in the surrounding countryside. Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum, Nanjing
9 Nanjing to Kunming (air) 2
Kunming City is arguably China’s the most cultural city. Everywhere you look, you will see magnificent greenery - in the trees, flowers, and plants. Located throughout the city are fascinating ruins consisting of tombs, monasteries, and temples. The city itself is surrounded by beautifully rolling hills and plains, all of which form an intricate part of this city's 2,000-year history. Yunnan Stone Forest, Kunming
11 Kunming to Dali (land) 1
Dali City is the centre of the Dali Bai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture and is a cultural gem. The city and surrounding villages provide a fascinating window into the Bai nationality. Furthermore, there are awe-inspiring natural attractions such as Erhai Lake and the Cangshan Mountains. Three Pagodas, Dali
12 Dali to Lijiang (land) 2
Lijiang is a truly special place and is one of China’s National Scenic Areas. Because of its well preserved cultural city architecture and attractions, the Ancient Town of Lijiang has been inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO Old Town Shops, Lijiang
14 Lijiang to Lahsa via Kunming (air) 5
Lahsa, the social and cultural heart of Tibet, rarely fails to stimulate the imagination. Surrounded by majestic mountains, the city lies at the feet of the Potala Palace. We will have plenty of time to explore Lahsa and the surrounding villages. Potala Palace, Lahsa
19 Lahsa to Chengdu (air) 2
Chengdu is a stunning city and capital of Sichuan Province. Surrounded by stunning scenery, this city was first built in 316 BC and was considered a cornerstone of Chinese society by the Tang Dynasty. There are many cultural and historic sites throughout the city and surrounding region. The city is also home of the Giant Panda Research Centre. Emei Mountain, Chengdu
21 Chengdu to Wolong (land) 1
Wolong is a stunning nature preserve not far from Chengdu. This preserve is the heart of China's efforts to save the Giant Panda and provides an opportunity to see these unique creatures in there natural habitat. Giant Pandas
22 Wolong to Chongqing via Chengdu (air) 0
Chongqing is a bustling city at the upper end of the famous Three Gorges on the Yangtze River. We will fly in to the city and have half a day to visit the highlights before beginning our cruise down one of the most famous stretches of river in the World. Street Scene, Chongqing
22 Chongqing to Wuhan (Yangtze River) 3
This section of the trip is bound to be a highlight. The Yangtze River from Chongqing to Wuhan contains some of the most stunning river scenes you are likely to see. Yangtze River, near Chongqing
25 Wuhan to Xi'an (air) 2
Xi'an served as the capital of 12 dynasties over 1,000 years. The city has more than 4,000 historical sites and tombs that have been excavated and it is estimated over 120,000 historical relics remain unearthed. The most famous site within the city is the Terra Cotta Warriors, but there are many others that are a "must see" during our stay. Terra Cotta Warriors, Xi'an
27 Xi'an to Beijing (air) 1
We will arrive in Beijing in time for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games. The opening ceremony will signal the end of the official tour. From here, participants can stay and attend the many events of the Olympiad, continue there travels within Asia (or the rest of the World) or begin the journey home. Forbidden City, Beijing

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