CHINA

In­clud­ing the 2018 Chi­nese Grand Prix

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About -

Bei­jing, China’s cap­i­tal, and Shang­hai are prob­a­bly the most dynamic cities in the world, whilst Xi’an is home to the fa­mous Ter­ra­cotta War­riors. This tour com­bines the high­lights of China with the Chi­nese Grand Prix and a tour of the VW Car Fac­tory & Mu­seum in Shang­hai.

Bei­jing - In­ex­tri­ca­bly linked to its glo­ri­ous, no­to­ri­ous past, yet hurtling to­wards a power- charged fu­ture, Běi­jīng is one of China’s great cities. It is as com­plex as it is com­pelling, food is an obsession for the Chi­nese and the daz­zling ar­ray of dif­fer­ent dishes you’ll en­counter in Běi­jīng re­flects the sheer joy lo­cals take in eat­ing. There are six Unesco world her­itage sites in this city alone, at its heart is the mag­nif­i­cent For­bid­den City, a royal palace on a scale like no other and, to cap it all, the awe-in­spir­ing Great Wall of China snakes its way across the hills just north of city.

Xi’an - Lo­cated in cen­tral China, Xi’an records the changes of the coun­try just like a liv­ing his­tory book. Called Chang’an (mean­ing the eter­nal city) in an­cient times, it is one of the birth­places of the an­cient Chi­nese civ­i­liza­tion in the Yel­low River Basin area. As the east­ern ter­mi­nal of the Silk Road and the site of the fa­mous Ter­ra­cotta War­riors of the Qin Dy­nasty, the city has won a rep­u­ta­tion all over the world.

Shang­hai - Sit­u­ated on the es­tu­ary of Yangtze River, Shang­hai serves as the most in­flu­en­tial eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial cen­ter in East­ern China. It is also a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for vis­i­tors to sense the pul­sat­ing de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try. New sky­scrapers and old Shiku­men to­gether draw the sky­line of the city. Western cus­toms and Chi­nese tra­di­tions in­ter­twined and formed the city’s culture, mak­ing a vis­i­tor’s stay truly mem­o­rable. The Chi­nese F1

Grand Prix is held at the Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit, Jiad­ing, Shang­hai, de­signed by Her­mann Tilke. When com­pleted in 2004, it was the most ex­pen­sive For­mula One cir­cuit fa­cil­ity, cost­ing $240 mil­lion.

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