One of China's most beautiful cities enjoys an enviable location on West Lake and at the end of the famous Grand Canal.

This ancient capital has been impressing visitors as far back as the 13th century, when noted explorer Marco Polo commented upon its noble beauty in christening Hangzhou the "City of Heaven". He might perhaps have been referring to the view of the magical West Lake from the Broken Bridge, surrounded by rolling mountains and dotted with small mysterious islands. Or perhaps its collection of pagodas and temples, or its charming tea houses and traditional gardens.

Whatever Marco Polo was most captivated by, he certainly wouldn't have had the convenience of travelling between Shanghai and Hangzhou in in roughly one hour on the speedy Bullet train. For a more leisurely travel experience you can take the water ferry up the historic Grand Canal up to the historic Gongchen Bridge, first built during the Ming dynasty, over 500 years ago.

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Ming Tour

13 Nights from £4,013 €3,915 $4,216

Explore eastern China by Bullet Train, with no internal flights. Visit historic Beijing and modern Shanghai and enjoy classic gardens, ancient canals and s…

The Ming Tour
Tours in China

13 Nights from £4,013 €3,915 $4,216

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  1. Day 1 - Fly to Shanghai

    Day 2 - Welcome to Shanghai

    Day 3 - Highlights of Shanghai

    Day 4 - At leisure in Shanghai

  2. Day 5 - Suzhou's Classical Gardens

  3. Day 6 - Bullet Train to Hangzhou

    Day 7-8 - Hangzhou & West Lake

  4. Day 9 - Transfer to Huangshan City

    Day 10 - Spectacular mountain landscapes

  5. Day 11 - Bullet Train to Beijing

    Day 12 - Special tour - Beijing's past & present

    Day 13 - At leisure or optional tours

  6. Day 14 - Hike the Great Wall of China

    Day 15 - Return flight to the UK

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