Your guide will meet you at the Jiulong Railway station in Kowloon and help you to board the train to Guangzhou, where a driver and a guide meet you and take you to your hotel. You will receive a complimentary cell phone for your use, with CNY50 credit. A pocket Wi-Fi enables you to keep in contact with friends and family.
Your afternoon includes visits to the Chen Ancestral Shrine, a beautifully crafted temple, Sun-Yat Sen Memorial Hall, and the symbol of Guangzhou, the Five Goats statue in Yiexiu Park. Overnight stay in Guangzhou.
After the morning flight to Guilin, your guide and driver take you to your hotel with a private car.
The Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill are two of the most famous attractions in the area; the first has glistening stalactites and stalagmites, the second a lovely small pagoda on top of the hill with a fabulous view of the karst peaks that rocket out of the Guilin city scape.
Stunning scenery along the Li River is famous from many Chinese paintings, and has been immortalized by many a poet. The cruise to Yangshuo allows you to see some of the best views in comfort. In Yangshuo there will be free time to explore the picturesque country town as you stay the night.
In the morning you will have a chance to drive through iconic Chinese countryside to visit a local family in Yima village before a lunch back in Yangshuo. Finally your guide takes you in a private vehicle to the airport and assists you to board the Beijing flight.
See the charming Hutongs in the Xicheng district, where a maze of alleyways leads to old courtyard houses. A rickshaw ride allows you to see more and you get to visit a local family for some inside stories on life here.
Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City hardly need an introduction; they are at the heart of Beijing both geographically and emotionally. The awe-inspiring design of the great halls and courtyards contrasts with the previously unseen small precious items of the Qing Dynasty on display in the Treasure Houses.
The Temple of Heaven was a sacrificial complex, built in the Ming Dynasty for the annual ceremonies for good harvest. The surrounding park is one of the largest in Beijing and a favorite spot for locals to exercise and practice their hobbies.
The Great Wall in Mutianyu is slightly more secluded, less crowded and the road winds through lovely countryside, which is why it is our choice for you. Your guide and driver will take you there in a private car, so you can chat about the history and interesting points before arrival. A cable car both up and down the section will give you more time to spend actually trekking the wall and enjoying the spectacular scenery. You will have about two hours on the wall.
The Summer Palace was built for the Emperors to enjoy a slightly more relaxed life and unwind in the beautifully designed gardens. The buildings are less of the attraction here, although they are still majestic; it is the nature and the lake and gardens that leave the lasting impression.
A visit to see the exterior of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube in the Olympic park end the excursions in Beijing. After lunch your guide will take you to board your flight to Xi’an.
Terracotta Warriors and Horses are a sight that you never forget: thousands of soldiers standing to attention, each one uniquely carved, no two warriors every the same. Bronze horses and carriages illuminate the ancient art of warfare further, and more discoveries are still being made.
Have lunch at a local famous restaurant before you continue your walk through ancient Chinese history.
If you see one museum in China, it should probably be Shaanxi History Museum; beautifully presented and telling a story of the most important ancient times in Chinese history.
On the 13th century Xi’an City Wall awaits another epic experience; to cycle or ride a rickshaw along the best preserved city fortification in China.
Big Goose Pagoda gives you a chance of a final overview of the city before lunch and then boarding a plane to Shanghai.
Even if you feel you have seen too many, give Shanghai Museum a chance. It is one of the most prosperous and the biggest in China, and often has visiting exhibitions from other world famous museums.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower is a very distinctive part of Shanghai skyline with its double spheres, and a great place to observe the cityscape below.
Lunch is dedicated to tasting the characteristic flavors of Shanghai cuisine.
Jade Buddha Temple from the early 20th century and Yuyuan Garden from Ming Dynasty are delightful ways to see where local people come together; the latter is also surrounded by a busy souvenir market.
We recommend going to see the colonial Bund in the evening, enjoying a stroll along the riverside and take in the night city scape.
You vacation has come to an end, but we will make sure you stay stress-free until the last moment: your guide and driver will escort you to the airport and look after the check-in for you.