We set off from Heathrow flying with Virgin Atlantic to Shanghai. On arrival we transferred to the Waldorf Astoria hotel. A stunning hotel in a perfect location on the Bund, and overlooking the Huangpu River.
A short taxi ride away took us to the charming french quarter with a great choice of restaurants.
The next day after a whistle stop tour of Shanghai we flew to Yichang to join our boat, the luxurious ‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’ for a 4 night cruise along the Yangtze River and the 3 Gorges – a very enjoyable and relaxing experience. The cruise included all meals (with wine) and some excursions.
After reluctantly leaving the river cruise in Chongquing we flew to Xian for our next amazing experience – home to the famous Terracotta Warriors. They have to be seen to truly appreciate this outstanding and remarkable site and hear about their discovery and the history of their construction.
In Xian we stayed at the Shangri-La hotel one of my favourite hotel groups and it did not disappoint. From Xian we travelled by high speed (bullet type) train for a 5.5 hour journey to Beijing. Here we stayed at the Peninsula – a quality hotel with a contemporary influence.
Here we experienced another highlight the iconic ‘Great Wall of China’ . We joined the wall at Mutianyu which is about 1.5 hours from Beijing.
I really enjoyed the ascent by chair lift and descending on a toboggan run/slide – great fun! The Wall exceeded all my expectations – words cannot describe how truly incredible and awesome it is to be standing on the wall looking out over the wonderful views to the mountains beyond and the wall winding its way like a snake in to infinity Last but not least we stopped over in Hong Kong staying at the amazing Peninsula Hotel – a wonderful combination of genteel, refined antiquity, state of the art facilities, beautiful designs and every mod con going.
Hong Kong was fun with loads to do and see. Enjoyed a trip out on the harbour and up to Victoria Peak and a fantastic meal at the lovely ‘Mandarin Oriental’ hotel and last minute shopping at one of the markets.
Abercrombie & Kent gave me a wonderful insight into China, its people and its history. Their guides were brilliant with a fantastic amount of knowledge and enthusiasm.