Your vacation starts from the moment you arrive, your guide and driver will be waiting for you ready to take you to your hotel. A complimentary cell phone is given for your use so you can keep in touch with your guide at all times. The portable Wi-Fi in turn will allow you to stay connected with friends and family.
The vast Tian'anmen Square is probably the most famous square in the world, and the surrounding buildings such as Chairman Mao’s mausoleum, National Museum and People’s Congress emphasize the iconic appearance.
History comes to life in the Forbidden City, with interesting insights into the emperors’ lives and the impressive architecture in the public spaces contracting with the domestic scale in the private accommodation. The area is so vast that it is impossible to see everything in one visit, so ask your guide for information on current exhibitions and suggestions on what to concentrate according to your interests.
The classic Hutong area is a charming place to spend an afternoon, and a visit to a local family still living in one of the traditional houses brings the experience to life. You learn how to make dumplings (jiaozi) and you will also get to savor them together.
Good to know:
There are parts of the Palace Museum which are only accessible by private booking. Ask for more information from your guide or our expert travel advisors.
The Great Wall is exciting for the whole family, it evokes images of soldiers and battles, and there is even the option to ride a toboggan down. The Mutianyu section where you will be taken is much less crowded, and the drive is through beautiful countryside.
Lunch is served in the best restaurant nearby, with several dishes appealing to the younger customers. Fish is a specialty, always fresh from the ponds.
After returning to Beijing, you get to visit the Temple of Heaven, surrounded by a beautiful park. Here the emperors made their offerings for a good harvest each year, and where locals now do their daily exercises and practice singing and dancing. Some fly kites; ask your guide for possibility to do this with your children.
The Forbidden City was the winter abode of the Emperors, but the Summer Palace is where they escaped the heat and enjoyed outdoor living in the vast gardens and pavilions. A short cruise across the lake takes you to the main buildings, and where you can climb the tower and see all the park.
The Water Magic Cube Amusement Park was built inside the Beijing Olympics landmark, and is a fun place to spend an afternoon and cool off in the summer. Afterwards, you can explore the Bird’s Nest Park, again gigantic in proportions impress.
In the morning you will catch a flight to Guilin, said to have the most beautiful scenery in China, and home to very distinctive karst mountains.
Two of the most famous local sights, Reed Flute Cave with a large natural formation of stalactites and stalagmites, and the Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin, are on the experience list this afternoon.
A tranquil cruise along the Li River offers great views of the bamboo forests and limestone peaks, the scenery immortalized by Chinese artists throughout the centuries.
After arrival to Yangshuo you will be taken to your hotel and then you have time to explore the lively town.
Good to know:
Yangshuo has an outdoor evening show, designed by Beijing Olympics opening ceremony director, and which uses the stunning mountains and river as the stage. Some websites refer to this show as the ‘Yangshuo Lightshow’ but what they are referring to is the show called Impressions of Sanliujie.
In the morning your guide can show you the local food market, the hub of life here. All the food is fresh, even chickens are still flapping in their cages.
A bamboo raft ride along the Yulong River is a fun experience, due to the small weirs giving you a light spray. This section of the area has been called the “Paradise on Earth” and for a good reason.
Back in Yangshuo, experiences of Chinese Painting or Calligraphy give a taste of cultural activities of the local people.
A cookery class helps you discover where those delicious dishes get their flavor from, as you see which vegetables and meat are used, cook with the teacher and then taste the results. You even get the recipes to take home.
Exploring the countryside continues with a bike ride in the small roads and lanes surrounded by paddy fields and orchards. A visit to a local farmer’s family lets you see how the people really live in these rural areas.
After lunch you will be taken back to Guilin airport for your flight to Hong Kong.
Your guide will pick you up at the hotel to take you on a whole day tour in a private car, this really maximizes your time in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong in all its vastness spreads beneath your feet from the Victoria Peak, the highest point on the island. Then you descend to the Repulse Bay beach, considered the finest in Hong Kong and a good place to have a swim.
Aberdeen has a lovely harbor full of local fishermen’s boats and seafood restaurants. Lunch is not included, but feel free to ask your tour guide for recommendations.
The Ocean Park is an amusement park and zoo all in one, and sure to delight the smallest to the biggest in the family. Pandas here are especially adorable.
Note: The price includes the private car/van transfer to and from the Victoria Peak, this may save time if the lines are long for the Peak Tram. You can choose to take it at extra cost, HK$28 per adult for one way and HK$40 for round trip. The cost for a child is HK$11 and HK$20.
You will be taken to the airport to make sure you stay relaxed until the last moment of your vacation. Hong Kong airport has Wi-Fi and many eating places, so you will be entertained while waiting for your flight.