EASTERN MARVELS - FROM XI’AN TO BEIJING (5 days/4 nights) - (Single Room)
Sightseeing, Nature excursion, Cultural, Meal included
Description We venture into the heart of the Chinese empire to discover its most precious gems: from the exceptional Terracotta Army to the majestic Great Wall. An excursion filled with charm where the enchanting eastern tradition will leave us truly breathless!
What we will see
What we will do
What you need to know
What we will see
- Flight from Shanghai to Xi’an
- Dinner and Tang Dynasty Show
- Terracotta Army
- Flight from Xi’an to Beijing
- Great Wall of China - Juyong Pass
- Beijing National Stadium
- Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City (stop for photos)
- Rickshaw tour of hutongs
- Flight from Beijing to Hong Kong
What we will do
- We leave the port of Shanghai behind us headed to the airport where we board a plane taking us to Xi’an, in the heart of the Chinese Republic. The starting point of the Silk Road and capital city of 13 dynasties with a history spanning over 3100 years, Xi’an is definitely one of China’s most important cities also thanks to its strategic position enabling it to promote cultural and economic flows, viewpoints and artistic gems, making it one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.
- Once landed, we reach the elegant Sofitel Xian On Renmin Square Hotel and, after checking in, we head to the Tang Dynasty Complex to attend the famous Tang Dynasty Show. The traditional costumes, extraordinary set designs and excellent live music provide the backdrop to a delicious dinner with dishes from the Cantonese cuisine: a journey into the past and into the most authentic eastern culture.
- After having breakfast and checking out, we set off on our tour: we reach the Mausoleum of first emperor Qin Shi Huang featuring the extraordinary Terracotta Army.
- Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and proclaimed the eighth wonder of the world, this marvellous collection of statues is made up thousands of reproductions of terracotta warriors protecting the emperor's tomb: a symbolic army destined to serve the Chinese ruler even in his afterlife. Around 100 terracotta horses, 18 chariots and 8,000 warriors wearing armours and carrying weapons have been brought to light, each around 1.36 m tall and weighing over 300 kg.
- Sculpted in an extremely realistic manner, the cavalry, infantry, halberdiers, archers and crossbowmen are arranged in battle formation row after row, creating a truly impressive spectacle.
- After enjoying a light packed lunch, we are ready to leave Xi’an, so we get on our transfer taking us to the airport and to the plane back to Beijing. The heart of the Asian continent and cradle of many dynasties, the current capital of China preserves the charm of the eastern history and tradition despite its modern side looking towards the future.
- Once landed, we head to the luxurious Regent Beijing Hotel for some well-deserved rest.
- After a delicious breakfast, we head to the Great Wall of China and, more precisely, to Juyong Pass. Located in the district of Changping in the 18 km-long “Guangou” valley, Juyong Pass is one of the three great passes of the Great Wall together with the Jiayuguan and Shanhai passes and leads to one of the most famous sections of the Wall. Commissioned in 215 BC by emperor Qin Shi Huang and 8852 km long, the Great Wall was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and became part of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World in 2007.
- After our visit, we stop in a typical restaurant where we can savour some local specialities.
- We continue to the Beijing National Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies as well as some events of the 29th Olympic Games. Due to its shape, it was nicknamed “Bird’s Nest”, although its designers Herzog and De Mauron feel it represents much more than that: “it is a gigantic sculpture, a twist of chaotic converging lines, a porous surface, a mountain that can be climbed and penetrated. A public platform capable of stimulating and legitimising aggregation.”
- After regaining our strength at the hotel, we cannot but head to a local restaurant to savour the famous “pecking duck”, an unmissable dish for whoever visits the city that gave it its name!
- After having breakfast , we continue our visit with one of the city’s most representative places: Tiananmen Square, symbolic heart of the Chinese nation. Covering 440,000 square metres, Tiananmen Square is the sixth largest public square in the world but what makes it truly unique is its history, as it is where Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China in 1949 as well as the location of the mass demonstrations of the Chinese Democracy Movement in 1989.
- By crossing the Tiananmen (“Gate of Heavenly Peace'), which the square is named after, we finally reach the Forbidden City where we stop to take a few photos. The complex is made up of 980 buildings boasting 8,707 rooms where the Ming and Qing dynasties lived for almost 500 years as well as the ceremonial and political hub of the Chinese government. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the Great Wall in 1987.
- After savouring a typical lunch in a local restaurant, we enjoy a fun rickshaw tour of the hutongs, famous alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, i.e. traditional courtyard residences.
- We return to the hotel for a relaxing break, then head back out to celebrate our last day in the Chinese capital with an inviting dinner with local specialities.
- Our Beijing excursion has come to an end, so we check out head to the airport for our flight back to Hong Kong.
- Once there, a transfer will take us to our ship.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early as only a limited number of places are available.
- All meals are included.
- There is limited availability of English-speaking guides.
- In order to take part in this excursion, you must have your passport with you and a tourist visa to enter China, which will be required when boarding.
- We recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.