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About Xingang

Beijing is a microcosm of modern China and all its contradictions. From the architecturally magnificent Forbidden City, the capital spreads outwards in concentric rings, the streets bustling with its vast populace. Huge avenues lined with towering skyscrapers and vaulting flyovers crisscross with old alleyways, temples and palaces.

Xingang cruises have so much to offer, you can but dip your toes into the culture and sights; the elegant grounds of the Summer Palace, the stately buildings of Tiananmen Square. For a different experience forego the city for The Great Wall which snakes, magnificently, through the surrounding countryside, desert, hills and plains. With such a variety of places to explore, cruises to Xingang will bring you a new concept of holiday.

 

Shore excursions in Xingang

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Glimpse of the Great Wall and Beijing

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 11¼ hours

Enjoy of glimpse of some of China’s must see sights: the Great Wall; the Olympic Green; and Tiananmen Square.

Sit back, relax and watch the changing landscape as you drive west to Juyongguan. The Juyongguan section of the Great Wall is located in an 11 mile-long valley named ‘Guangou’, 31 miles outside of Beijing City and is one of the 3 greatest passes of the Great Wall of China. Enjoy 40 minutes free time to stroll along the Great Wall or simply enjoy some panoramic views.

An authentic Chinese-style lunch will be served at a local restaurant in the small town near the Great Wall, before heading to the National Stadium in the Olympic Green for a photo stop. The ‘Bird Nest’ as it is more commonly known, hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Summer Olympics. You’ll also have an opportunity to see the National Swimming Centre, the ‘Water Cube’, were all the swimming and diving events took place.

No visit to Beijing would be complete without passing through Tiananmen Square, the very heart of Beijing. This is the largest city centre square in the world, sprawling 34 acres, have your camera ready as you pass by the Great Hall of the People, Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and the National Museum.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. The transfer time from the port of Xingang to Beijing is approximately 3 hours each way. Walking along the Great Wall is optional, as the terrain is uneven and some steps must be negotiated. The public areas at the Olympic Green are paved and flat.

Beijing 2 Day Discovery - Double Room

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 1 night

Experience the highlights of Beijing with more time, on a comprehensive tour for 2 days and 1 night.

DAY 1 Setting off from Xingang, your journey will begin with a 3 hour drive to Beijing, China’s youngest imperial city and modern day capital. Upon arrival at the Great Wall area, a stop will be made at a complex nearby, where a sumptuous Chinese style lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Here, there will also be an opportunity to shop for souvenirs.

Afterwards, you’ll drive to the Juyonugguan section of the Great Wall. China’s most recognisable landmark and one of mankind’s mightiest creations is an awe inspiring monument to tyranny and separatism, and is a stark reminder of China’s Imperial history. Built in 3rd century BC to protect China’s northern border from marauding nomads and barbarians, the wall stretches over 4,500 miles east to west. Explore this section of the Great Wall at your leisure and admire the breathtaking views.

As your Great Wall visit draws to an end, you’ll rejoin your coach and head to the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Beijing. There will be a quick chance to freshen up before you reconvene and take a drive to a local dinner venue, where a lavish traditional Peking duck dinner will be served.

DAY 2 After your hotel breakfast, today’s sightseeing will commence with a drive to the Forbidden City. Also known as the Palace Museum, this was the Chinese Imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty through to the Qing Dynasty of 1420-1912. Although the palatial complex is the largest in the world, covering more than 210 acres, the intricate detail within the pavilions and courtyards is incredible.

Your next visit will be to Tiananmen Square, the largest city centre square in the world. The historic site is surrounded by monuments to the heroes of the revolution, the Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and the National Museum. It has great cultural significance and has been the site of several important events in Chinese history.

A tasty Chinese style lunch will be served at a local restaurant, before you embark on a fascinating rickshaw tour of Beijing’s hutongs (old lanes). First appearing in Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty of 1271 to 1368, the hutongs provide a wonderful insight into days gone by and traditional Beijing culture. During your rickshaw tour, you’ll have the unique opportunity to visit a local family and gain an intimate glimpse into everyday Chinese life.

To round off your Beijing discovery, you’ll head to the South railway station and step aboard the bullet train. In less than 40 minutes you’ll travel 120 kilometres, as the train reaches speeds of up to 394 kilometre per hour. Disembarking in Tianjin, a coach will be waiting to transfer you back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, rickshaw, bullet train and on foot. The booking deadline for this tour is 31st January 2016. Bookings after this time will be on a request basis. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double =TSN800, Single =TSN801). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after the booking deadline will incur a 100% cancellation fee. The hotel listed is subject to change.

Included in your fare is transportation by coach, rickshaw and bullet train, sightseeing, meals and accommodation, as described. 1 glass of either local beer or a soft drink is included with lunches. For evening dinner, either 2 glasses of local beer or wine, or a soft drink is included. Those wishing to order alternative beverages will be charged separately. Items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service are not included.

Passengers must take their passports. A visa is required and it is the responsibility of the passenger to ensure that a Chinese visa has been obtained prior to embarking Arcadia. Please ensure that you take any medication that may be required.

The temperature in March can be as low as 2°C in the morning, rising to approximately 11°C during the day. Please pack accordingly. Conservative dress is required when visiting shrines and temples. This excursion involves around 2½ hours of walking each day. Comfortable soft soled walking shoes are essential.

Please note that Beijing is a major city and business centre, traffic can be very heavy. Everything will be done to maintain the itinerary, but some delays may be experienced. The order of itinerary and train schedule is subject to change.

Beijing 2 Day Discovery - Single Room

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 1 night

Experience the highlights of Beijing with more time, on a comprehensive tour for 2 days and 1 night.

DAY 1 Setting off from Xingang, your journey will begin with a 3 hour drive to Beijing, China’s youngest imperial city and modern day capital. Upon arrival at the Great Wall area, a stop will be made at a complex nearby, where a sumptuous Chinese style lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Here, there will also be an opportunity to shop for souvenirs.

Afterwards, you’ll drive to the Juyonugguan section of the Great Wall. China’s most recognisable landmark and one of mankind’s mightiest creations is an awe inspiring monument to tyranny and separatism, and is a stark reminder of China’s Imperial history. Built in 3rd century BC to protect China’s northern border from marauding nomads and barbarians, the wall stretches over 4,500 miles east to west. Explore this section of the Great Wall at your leisure and admire the breathtaking views.

As your Great Wall visit draws to an end, you’ll rejoin your coach and head to the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Beijing. There will be a quick chance to freshen up before you reconvene and take a drive to a local dinner venue, where a lavish traditional Peking duck dinner will be served.

DAY 2 After your hotel breakfast, today’s sightseeing will commence with a drive to the Forbidden City. Also known as the Palace Museum, this was the Chinese Imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty through to the Qing Dynasty of 1420-1912. Although the palatial complex is the largest in the world, covering more than 210 acres, the intricate detail within the pavilions and courtyards is incredible.

Your next visit will be to Tiananmen Square, the largest city centre square in the world. The historic site is surrounded by monuments to the heroes of the revolution, the Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and the National Museum. It has great cultural significance and has been the site of several important events in Chinese history.

A tasty Chinese style lunch will be served at a local restaurant, before you embark on a fascinating rickshaw tour of Beijing’s hutongs (old lanes). First appearing in Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty of 1271 to 1368, the hutongs provide a wonderful insight into days gone by and traditional Beijing culture. During your rickshaw tour, you’ll have the unique opportunity to visit a local family and gain an intimate glimpse into everyday Chinese life.

To round off your Beijing discovery, you’ll head to the South railway station and step aboard the bullet train. In less than 40 minutes you’ll travel 120 kilometres, as the train reaches speeds of up to 394 kilometre per hour. Disembarking in Tianjin, a coach will be waiting to transfer you back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, rickshaw, bullet train and on foot. The booking deadline for this tour is 31st January 2016. Bookings after this time will be on a request basis. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double =TSN800, Single =TSN801). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after the booking deadline will incur a 100% cancellation fee. The hotel listed is subject to change.

Included in your fare is transportation by coach, rickshaw and bullet train, sightseeing, meals and accommodation, as described. 1 glass of either local beer or a soft drink is included with lunches. For evening dinner, either 2 glasses of local beer or wine, or a soft drink is included. Those wishing to order alternative beverages will be charged separately. Items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service are not included.

Passengers must take their passports. A visa is required and it is the responsibility of the passenger to ensure that a Chinese visa has been obtained prior to embarking Arcadia. Please ensure that you take any medication that may be required.

The temperature in March can be as low as 2°C in the morning, rising to approximately 11°C during the day. Please pack accordingly. Conservative dress is required when visiting shrines and temples. This excursion involves around 2½ hours of walking each day. Comfortable soft soled walking shoes are essential.

Please note that Beijing is a major city and business centre, traffic can be very heavy. Everything will be done to maintain the itinerary, but some delays may be experienced. The order of itinerary and train schedule is subject to change.

Best of Beijing

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 11½ hours

The best of Beijing: explore the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City and enjoy a photo stop at Tiananmen Square.

Your journey takes you west, inland to Beijing, the capital of China. Your first stop is at the Temple of Heaven, the largest group of temple buildings in China and the largest heaven-worshipping architecture in the world. Built in 1420 during the Ming and Qing Dynasty, it was the place where the emperors worshipped the God of Heaven and prayed for a good harvest.

After a delicious Chinese-style lunch at a local restaurant, your exploration continues, as you visit the Forbidden City. Delve into a wealth of culture and classic Chinese architecture with the magnificent collection of palaces, temples and gardens. The city was originally built as a dwelling for the Ming and Qing Dynasties and covers an area of 250 acres. Here, the emperors and families dwelt in seclusion, the lives of all therein ordered by a complex set of rules and taboos.

Before returning to your ship there’ll be a photo stop at Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world sprawling 34 acres. Standing on the square you’ll be amazed by the grandeur of the surrounding buildings, the Great Hall of the People, Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and the National Museum.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to and from Beijing is approximately 3 hours each way. There is approximately 3½ hours of walking included, over some uneven ground and steps. Passengers visiting the Forbidden city are required to carry their passport.

Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 10 hours

Chinese architecture and a depth of cultural wealth are on display in the Forbidden City in Beijing.

After a 3 hour-long drive inland, you’ll reach Beijing, the gateway to the Forbidden City.

Enjoy a Chinese lunch at a local restaurant before exploring some of the best known structures in the magnificent collection of palaces and temples in the Forbidden City. The city was originally built as a royal dwelling for the Ming and Qing Dynasties and covers an area of 250 acres. Here, the emperors, and later China’s religious elite, dwelt in seclusion, the lives of all therein ordered by a complex set of rules. A visit to this magnificent collection of palaces and temples is sure to be a highlight of your cruise.

Stop to see Tiananmen Square. At the very heart of Beijing, this is the largest city centre square in the world, sprawling 34 acres. Standing on the Square, you’ll see the Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and the National Museum.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to and from Beijing is approximately 3 hours each way. Comfortable, non-slip walking shoes are recommended. Care and attention is required when walking in the Forbidden City as the ground is uneven, with steps and can be slippery when wet.Passengers visiting the Forbidden city are required to carry their passport.

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