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Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days
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rather by the laws of their own consuls. Basicallyanything went. Until 1949, foreigners dominatedcommerce, banking and industry, amassing hugefortunes and transforming the landscape of foreignconcessionary sections of Shanghai. Everythingwent belly up in 1949, when Mao and thecommunists took to power and swept the goodtimes and rock and roll away rather swiftly. Alegacy of these heady times, is Shanghai’s Bundwhere on and around this waterfront promenadeare a vast series of grandiose pre-1949 buildings.After four decades of austerity, economic reformsimplemented by Deng Xiaoping, reawakenedShanghai.Today our sightseeing of Shanghai takes in theawesome Oriental Pearl TV tower, the JadeBuddha Temple, charming Yuyuan Gardens andthe Bund and Old City. This evening, enjoy a cruiseon the Huangpu River.
Overnight - Shanghai
Day 8 : Suzhou - an orientalVenice
Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai. Today, we journeyto Suzhou by the new high speed bullet train. A sortof oriental Venice, ancient Suzhou is interwovenby a series of striking canals and pretty waterwayswhich feed a series of classical gardens, laid outhere since the Song dynasty, a thousand yearsago. They are justly famous across China. Suzhousits very close to the Grand Canal. At 1800km, itis the longest canal on earth and ranks alongsidethe Great Wall as China’s greatest engineeringachievement.We enjoy a cruise along the Grand Canal andvisit a silk workshop. The silk trade has flourishedhere since the Tang dynasty. Later, we return toShanghai. Evening time to enjoy your last night inShanghai.
Overnight - Shanghai
Day 9 : Shanghai
Sunday. Shanghai. Our tour ends after breakfast,hotel check out is at 12 noon and includeddeparture transfer to airport. Happy Travels!(B)
China’s capital city, host of the 2008 Olympics, isalso China’s political, economic and cultural centre.Established in 1045 BC, for 800 years alone itserved as the capital of several powerful dynasties.A heady mix of old and new, with stunning sights,excellent shopping at Silk Alley market and thetraditional Hutongs, with alleys and courtyardssandwiched together in the old back lanes.
Built between 1406 and 1420, The ForbiddenCity served as the imperial palace for the Mingand Qing dynasties and is said to contain 9999rooms. Residence of the emperors and focal pointof the empire, entry was forbidden to all those,except on imperial business until 1911, when thelast emperor, Puyi was overthrown. It is a giantcomplex, dominated by vast gates, temples, hallsand palaces, replete with imperial yellow tiled roofs,surrounded by a protective moat.
The Great Wall
An enduring symbol of Chinese civilisation andgenius, the UNESCO protected Great Wall of Chinawas built as a defensive structure. Some 20 statesand dynasties were involved in its immenseconstruction over a period of 2,000 years. Snakingsome 6700 kms across barren hills, deserts,mountains and plateaux, the now partially ruinousGreat Wall stretches east to west in northern China.At one time, the wall was garrisoned by nearly 1million soldiers and featured over 1,000 fortifiedpasses and 10,000 beacon towers. Today, a visitoffers a healthy, if steep and vertiginous walkon perhaps one of the world’s most legendaryattractions.
Terracotta Army - Xi'an
The discovery of Emperor Qin’s army of 2,200 yearold terracotta warriors was made in 1974 by a localfarmer who happened to be digging a well. Morethan 7,000 life-sized warriors stand inmilitary formation in excavated pits under the coverof a modern protective hanger. Made of local clay,no two faces are alike – each is said to be anindividual portrait. Delicate excavation continues onsite, where hundreds of warriors remain smashedlike eggs, not due to the passage of time but rathera peasant revolt after the emperor’s death.
Pre – 1949, cosmopolitan Shanghai was a magnetfor seekers of wealth, idle colonialists, explorersand the dispossessed. A legacy of these headytimes, is Shanghai’s Bund, where on and aroundthis waterfront promenade, are a vast series ofgrandiose pre-1949 buildings. After four decades ofausterity, economic reforms implemented by DengXiaoping reawakened Shanghai. Just across theHuangpu River is the new Shanghai, a high-techdevelopment of sky scrapers, the centre piece ofwhich is the rocket-shaped Oriental Pearl TV tower.Mercedes and BMW cars cruise the neon-lit streets,modern department stores rub shoulders with coolbars and Shanghai is staking it’s claim to beingChina’s foremost metropolis.
Suzhou, a 2,500-year-old cultural city is locatedin an area of rivers that crisscross the YangtzeRiver Delta of southeastern China. In the city,boats bob along waterways interwoven with smallbridges that run parallel to the streets and traditionalhouses built along them. Coupled with a stunningcollection of UNESCO-listed gardens and famedfor it’s silk, Suzhou is an oriental treasure. Justsoutheast of Suzhou is the charming Venetian-liketown of Zhouzhuang. Surrounded as well as dividedby lakes and rivers, various stone bridges offeramazing views of this pretty town that is popularwith Chinese artists.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Collection of entrance fees and tipping kitty iscollected in local currency, CNY - Chinese Yuan.
Visas are required by all visitors to China. It isessential that a tourist visa is procured prior totravel. We will provide you with an invoice/ itineraryindicating that you are travelling to China on apre-arranged holiday. Visa forms are also availablefrom us and also supplied upon booking. The visais valid for entry within 3 months, so you cannotapply any earlier. Please ensure your passportis valid for at least 6 months from your planneddate of return from China. We also offer a visaservice for those residing in the UK, please contactus for informationVisa requirements are subject tochange. Visa procurement is also the responsibilityof the traveller and not of On The Go Tours.
Visa for Hong Kong
Most Western visitors to the Hong Kong SpecialAdministrative Region (HKSAR) of the People’sRepublic of China do not require a tourist visaissued in advance of travel. Currently, UK nationalscan stay up to 180 days. Nationals of Australia,Canada, Eire, most other EU countries, NewZealand and the US do not require a visa for astay not exceeding 90 days, while holders of RSApassports can remain for up to 30 days. If enteringHong Kong from mainland China and returning tomainland China a multiple Chinese entry visa isrequired.
Visa for Tibet
Tibet - If travelling to Tibet, a Tibet Travel Permit isrequired. The permit will be arranged by our officein China. Please contact On The Go Tours priorto departure for the most up to date Tibetan entryinformation.
In all, China has a great diversity of climates. Tosum it up - China experiences hot summers in mostparts of the country, very cold winters in the northand comfortable winters in the south! Sep-Oct iswarm to hot and dry across the country. Nov-Mar iswinter with very cool temps in the north, whilst mildin the south. If combining the north and south, you’llexperience 2 distinct weather patterns. Apr-May -perfect in the north, if a little humid and rainy in thesouth. Jun-Aug can bring a few showers.
It is recommended that you be vaccinated forTetanus, Polio, Typhoid and Hepatitis A. A Malarialrisk exists in remote areas of the south, and Rabiesand Meningitis are present in Tibet and remote