One seventh of the entire population of the planet are born in China. As far removed perhaps as it is possible to be from the UK, China has an Eastern exoticism which makes it a truly exciting destination. Experience a culture completely different from our own, an age-old civilization encompassing thousands of years of history. From bustling modern Shanghai to the ancient Forbidden City, from the Great Wall to the Beijing Zoo – take an escorted trip to China with Newmarket Holidays and all these sights and more are yours for the taking.
The Best of China tour from Newmarket Holidays takes in some of the most famous and most impressive sights this huge and historic nation has to offer the traveller. Flying into Shanghai, your trip begins with a guided introduction to the wonders of this city which so dramatically combines colonial grandeur with soaring modern architecture. Take in the Pearl TV Tower and the bustling bazaars, relax by the tranquil pools of the Yuyuan Garden, which has remained largely unchanged for centuries, and enjoy quality accommodation before heading off on the next leg of your journey.
A three-night stay in the Chinese capital, Beijing, gives you time to visit Tiananmen Square, resting place of communist leader Chairman Mao, the complex and intricate palaces of the Forbidden City, and the famous Great Wall of China, known for being the only man-made structure that can be seen from space. Opt for an excursion to Beijing Zoo or the Peking Opera and enjoy a Peking Duck dinner, before heading off to the Guangxi province on the Li River. Here travellers can explore a traditional farmer’s market, the mysterious caves and carved grottoes of Fubo Shan and enjoy a river cruise culminating in a fantastic light show.
Combining the Best of China tour with a trip to Chengdu provides travellers with the opportunity to witness some of the rare Giant Pandas of China. A day excursion to the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre lets you see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat before watching or even joining in with the impromptu dancing in the People’s Park. A further option allows you to add a three-day Yangtze River cruise, taking in the many dramatic gorges and indulging in on-board activities such as Tai-Chi and story-telling sessions revealing the legends of the Three Kingdoms, culminating in a farewell dinner with the ship’s captain.