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China- Land of History, Place of Legend

Locations: Asia, China & Japan
Discover this fascinating East Asian state and explore its rich history, diverse scenery and stunning architecture. Kensington Tours’ “Kung Fu Panda Family Adventure” through China is filled to the brim with family fun for children (and adults) of every age! Tour Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu and Shanghai with private guide. Ride bikes along the Great Wall, relax on river cruises, watch an acrobatic show, have a train sleep-over, see the terracotta warriors and visit an authentic teahouse! The highlight is sure to be real Kung Fu temples where you`ll watch the monks practice their moves before heading to the Himalayas for 2 days at a panda reserve! Featuring tasty traditional meals, kid friendly hotels and internal flights - customize this tour to suit your family's style, schedule and budget. Start the tour in Beijing, China's foremost city and capital for twenty four successive emperors. Some of the major sights include the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall and Summer Palace. The complete range of Chinese cuisine can be found in the capital, and evening entertainment is superb. During your stay you will visit the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Summer Palace offers a light schedule with time to explore and enjoy each site. Begin with the famous Tiananmen Square, built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty and “front door” of the Forbidden City. The present square stretches a vast 440,000 square meters and features Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall. The Forbidden City is the world's largest palace complex with 9,999 buildings across 74 hectares, surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter wall, and divided into two parts. Take the overnight train to Xi’an, the capital of China's first emperor whose tomb is guarded by the world famous terracotta warriors. Visit the Terra Cotta Army, Banpo Museum and the Buddhist Wild Goose Pagoda. China's greatest archaeological excavation - over 7,000 terra cotta life size warriors and horses arranged in battle formations symbolically guard the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of the Qin dynasty (246-209 BC). The Neolithic Banpo Village has nearly 10,000 production tools and the remains of 45 houses on display. The next stop will be Chengdu, the gateway to the Himalaya. Some of the major sights include the Bronze Museum contains over a thousand cultural relics unearthed from the Sanxingdui site. That was the catalyst to the discovery of a mysterious ancient kingdom of Shu, illuminating the bronze culture. Wolong Panda Reserve is a state natural reserve of 200,000 hectares created in 1963. Sixty-seven captive pandas are among 150 pandas in the Reserve managed by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. Shanghai, the symbol of “New China”, will be your next and last stop. With an eclectic architectural mix from Asian infused Victorian and Art Deco to 21st Century avant-garde, Shanghai is an exciting, ever-changing metropolis. Popular attractions range from the Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden and Shanghai Museum to modern wonders like the Oriental Pearl Tower. Landmarks of the city include the French Concession and historic waterfront known as the Bund. Shanghai is an excellent base from which to explore the canal towns of the Yangtze delta as well as nearby Suzhou or Hangzhou. Returning home from this amazing journey, you will take home wonderful new experiences and impressions. For more information, click here
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