Giant Panda China

China Cultural Tour

What better way to immerse yourself in the culture of China then to see and experience life like the Chinese do. Students can explore ancient cities, visit iconic attractions and enjoy a one-of-lifetime experience as they come face to face with Giant Pandas!

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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Travel Day
  • On the move Board your flight to Beijing, China
Day 2 Welcome to Beijing
  • Beijing sightseeing Begin your day with a sightseeing tour of Tiananmen Square; the fourth largest square in the world. Originally designed and erected in 1651, it has great cultural significance as it has been the site of several key events in Chinese history and is home to the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao
  • Continue on to the Imperial Place; also known as the Forbidden City. Once home of the emperors from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty and contains a large collection of ancient Chinese ceramics, paintings, bronze-ware and palace artefacts
  • Optional activity Spend an afternoon learning the art of calligraphy
Day 3 Beijing
  • Great Wall of China Travel by coach for a guided visit of the Badaling section of The Great Wall of China. Originally built to prevent the invasion of barbaric northern nomads, it is the longest man made structure ever built
  • On the move En-route back to Beijing, visit the royal Ming Tombs and Sacred Way, whose location was chosen according to the principals of Feng Shui
Day 4 Beijing
  • Explore This morning explore the back alleyways of Beijing on a guided Rickshaw Tour. Known as ‘Hutongs’ these alleyways are where Chinese life can be seen at its most typical and traditional
  • Afternoon Activities In the afternoon, swap the rickshaw for a private coach to drive to the Lama Temple which is tended to by some 70 Tibetan Lamas. Afterwards, test your bargaining skills on a trip to the Silk Market, where all manner of clothing, bags, shows, watches and jewellery are on sale and every price is negotiable
  • On the move Transfer to the train station for the bullet train to Xi’an (approx 5 ½ hours). On arrival in Xi’an, transfer to the hotel
Day 5 Xi'an
  • Terracotta Warriors This morning visit the Terracotta Warriors, which were discovered accidentally by a local farmer in 1974 while digging a well. Over 8000 life size terracotta statutes were buried along with the Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the hopes that they would protect him in the afterlife and no two soldiers look the same
  • Afternoon activities In the afternoon visit the Huaqing Hot Springs and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Later that evening enjoy a Tang Dynasty Show
Day 6 Xi'an
  • Explore Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Bell Tower; built in 1384 during the Ming Dynasty. The tower is a symbol of the city of Xi’an and one of the grandest of its kind in China. Almost 40 metres high, it contains several large bronze-cast bells from the earlier Tang Dynasty (618/907AD)
  • Afterwards go for a bike ride along the Ancient City Wall
Day 7 Chengdu
  • On the move Transfer to the airport to fly to Chengdu
  • Giant Pandas Embark on your first sightseeing tour of the Giant Panda Research Base. Created to imitate the pandas' natural habitat, it provides the best possible environment for breeding and rearing
  • Afternoon activities Afterwards continue to Huang Long Xi Old Town, an ancient town with a history of more than 1,700 years. It is greatly admired by visitors for its beautiful natural scenery and ancient Chinese culture
Day 8 Chengdu
  • Qingcheng Mountain Enjoy a visit to Qingcheng Mountain. The temples of Mount Qingcheng are closely associated with the foundation of Taoism, one of the most influential religions of East Asia over a long period of history. Here, enjoy a cable car ride
  • Evening Activities Enjoy a delicious feast accompanied by the Sichuan opera
Day 9 Shanghai
  • On the move This morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Shanghai
  • Hello Shanghai On arrival in Shanghai, meet with your guide and transfer by coach to the hotel before embarking on a sightseeing tour of Shanghai, visiting the Jade Buddha Temple and an evening river cruise on the Huangpu River
Day 10 Shanghai
  • Shanghai sightseeing Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Shanghai, visiting Yu Gardens and Chenghuangmiao Bazaar, the Oriental TV Tower and the Shanghai Museum
  • Afterwards pay a visit to the Bund (French/English side), a waterfront area in central Shanghai on the banks of the Huangpu River. Famous for its buildings, wharves and shopping, the Bund is one of the most famous tourist spots in Shanghai
Day 11 Departure
  • Farewell Today, the morning is free before boarding the coach for the transfer to the airport for the flight back home

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