The Yellow Mountains Scenic Area

Grand China Adventure

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Hong Kong

A guide and driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel, after which you are free to explore this exciting city.

Day 2: Hong Kong

The day is yours to go sightseeing or shopping, as you wish.

Day 3: Flight to Guilin

Your guide and driver will be waiting for you in arrivals, ready to take you to your hotel. A free cell phone with 50CNY credit allows you to keep in contact with your guides at all times. A mini Wi-Fi goes wherever you go to be connected.

Day 4: Li River Cruise
li river cruise guilin china

Cruise on the Li River is a memory to cherish; the extraordinary kart mountain landscape forms an unworldly landscape, through which you gently float.
After arrival to Yangshuo you have some time to explore before returning to Guilin.

Day 5: Guilin Sights
Guilin Reed Flute Cave

The Reed Flute Cave has the best stalactites and stalagmites, and Folded Brocade Hill the best views over the city, ask your guide to take you there in the morning for best photography.
After lunch in a local favorite restaurant, your guide will take you for your flight to Shanghai and see you safely checked-in.

Day 6: Shanghai: City Essence
yuyuan garden shanghai

Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the most distinctive part of Shanghai skyline, and gives great views across downtown. On the first floor Shanghai History Museum tells you the story of the development of this thriving metropolis.

Pujiang Cruise takes you from the South Bund to Yangpu Bridge, and offers the best views of the old and new Shanghai.
Yuyuan Garden is a Ming Dynasty garden, and considered as one of the finest examples of traditional style. The lively Yuyuan Market enclosing it is a great place to pick up some mementoes.

Day 7: Shanghai: Shopping Heaven

Shanghai is known as the shopper’s heaven, and on Nanjing Road there is everything you could ask for.
After lunch in Shanghai style, your guide will accompany you to the airport to take your flight to Huangshan.

Day 8: Huangshan: The Yellow Mountains
huangshan the yellow mountains

The Yellow Mountains or Huangshan is known for its “Sea of Clouds”, where the mountain peaks jut though the mist. Access near the top is by cable car and then walking to the peak, as no cars are allowed within 150 square km. The mountain has multitude of plant species, waterfalls, and gnarled trees and has well maintained steps for easy access.
Your visit continues at the hotel on the mountain, so you may see the sunrise if you wish.

Day 9: Hongcun Village
hongcun village near huangshan

Hongcun Village leaning on Mt. Huangshan is over 800 years old, and is it looks familiar, it might be because movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” was partially filmed here. Art students often stay here, as it is well known for its beauty and ‘untouched feeling’.

After lunch, your guide takes you for the flight back to Shanghai.

Day 10: Shanghai to Yangtze Cruise
Yangtze River Cruise

The day is dedicated to transfer from Shanghai to Yichang and then by car to where the Yangtze cruise departs.

Day 11: Three Gorges Dam

A stop at the Three Gorges Dam allows you to walk on top of the largest dam in the world. The viewing area provides spectacular views of the dam and gushing water.
An extra excursion to Three Gorges Tribe Scenic Spot is available, where some of the minorities living in the area still construct their houses ancient methods.

Day 12: Yangtze Cruise: Shennong Stream

Shennong Stream is one of the tributaries, with very clear water running down a succession of ravines, springs and waterfalls. An excursion takes you up a narrow gorge for the morning.
You might like to visit Baidicheng, the White Emperor City, which has become an island due to the risen water level. This can be added in the late afternoon.

Day 13: Yangtze Cruise: Fengdu Ghost City
Fengdu Ghost City

Fengdu Ghost City has a cable car to take you to the top of the hill for some nice views.

Day 14: Arrival to Chongqing
giant panda in chongqing zoo

After arriving to Chongqing in the morning you can visit the Pandas in the local Zoo, and watch the people in the park practice taichi. Ciqikou Old Town still has the feel of the ancient, although much restoration has been done.
Three Gorges Museum has an exhibition showcasing the regional minority outfits and culture; including the history of the dam building process.
Later in the day you will be taken to board a plane to Xi’an.

Day 15: Xian: Terracotta Army
terracotta-warriors and horses army in xian

The Terracotta Warriors and Soldiers have continued to amaze visitors for over four decades, and are still the main experience everyone comes to Xi’an for. Make sure you have comfortable footwear as the site is vast. Recharge and enjoy lunch in a nearby local restaurant.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda from the 7th century soars gracefully above the Da Cien Temple grounds, and has some lovely views. We’re visit the pagoda and grounds.

Day 16: Xian: City Wall
shaanxi history museum xian

The Shaanxi History Museum is acclaimed to be one of China’s best. The exhibits are clearly and beautifully exhibited. Your private guide will be sure you glean the most from the experience.

A Bicycle ride along the Ancient City Wall of Xi’an is an extraordinary thing to do; nowhere else in the world is there such a long unbroken wall around a city. A rickshaw ride is also available.
The Great Mosque in the Muslim Quarter is one of the finest examples of Islamic tradition in Chinese architectural style, and where the descendants of Silk Road traders still worship. The area is rich in Silk Road traditions and significance, it’s like stepping back in time.
In the evening a flight takes you to your final stop: Beijing.

Day 17: Beijing: Great Wall
mutianyu section of great wall beijing

Your stay in Beijing starts with the most iconic attraction in China: The Great Wall. We take you in a private car to a less touristy section called Mutianyu, along the way you can enjoy the views of the countryside. A cable car takes you to the top, but for the way down you can choose from several options, one is tobogganing.
After a satisfying lunch on the way back and a rest in the car, your guide will take you to the most famous Beijing Roast Duck restaurant.

Day 18: Beijing: Imperial Heritage
the forbidden city

Prepare to be awed today: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven are the most iconic city sights in Beijing. Built mainly in Ming Dynasty, the style is very similar: vast courtyards and impressive gates and halls, with golden roofs, the emperor’s color.

Day 19: Beijing: Hutongs and Summer Palace
Beijing Hutong

No visit to Beijing is complete without exploring the Hutongs; these narrow alleyways with their courtyard houses are an integral part of the culture here. A visit to a local family combined with a rickshaw ride makes the morning even more memorable.

Lama Temple is the biggest and most prosperous in Beijing, and filled with devoted pilgrims. The world’s largest statue of Matreiya Buddha can be found in the very last hall.
The Summer Palace is perhaps lesser known of the imperial abodes, but it a stunning place, not only because of the architecture, but the landscape and lake combined.

Day 20: Depart Beijing

Your epic adventure has come to an end, but you leave rich with new experiences. Your guide and driver will take you to the airport and make sure your check-in goes as planned.

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