You will be picked up in a private vehicle and taken to your hotel.
Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City are truly magnificent, built as a formidable palace complex in Ming Dynasty. Your private guide will tell you of the rich symbolism in the golden roofed halls with intricate carvings; symbolism is everywhere.
The Hutongs are integral part of Beijing’ history, and these courtyard houses on tree lined alleyways form a charming background to a rickshaw ride and a visit to a local family, who has lived there for generations.
For dinner you have a booking in the best restaurant for famous Beijing Roast Duck: Hepingmen Quanjude Restaurant.
The Great Wall at Mutianyu is a section with grand views but fewer visitors. You will travel in the comfort of your own car, and receive some background information before ascending to the top in a cable car, to give you maximum time on the wall.
Learning Chinese in Lao She Tea House gives you an introduction to the language and local culture in old Beijing style surroundings.
The Summer Palace is a relaxing environment for the last day in Beijing. This delightful complex was created in Ming Dynasty for the enjoyment of the imperial family, with a tranquil lake reflecting the willows and pagodas.
In the afternoon your private car takes you to the airport for the flight to Xi’an, and on arrival you will be taken to your hotel, a modern and luxurious Sofitel.
The Terracotta Warriors and Horses are one of the most magnificent archeological finds in history. It is not just the sheer number but the painstaking detail in each figure that astounds.
Shadow Theater is an old form of art; the surroundings in the Gao Courtyard, a former residence of a high ranking official in the Ming Dynasty, create a wonderful feeling of antiquity. Get acquainted with the Islamic side of Xi’an in the Muslim Quarter and an ancient bluestone street surrounded by traders selling their traditional fares.
Tang Imperial Banquet & Show celebrates the time when Xi’an was the capital of all of China. It is famous for combining the wonderful songs and dances of Imperial Court with a delicious dinner.
In the Shaanxi History Museum the beautifully presented exquisite artifacts showcase the importance of this area as the cradle of culture in China.
Xi’an City Wall is so vast that you can comfortably cycle on the top, or enjoy a relaxing ride in a rickshaw. The views over the old part of the town are quite stunning.
In the afternoon you will be taken to the airport to catch a flight to Guilin, where you will be staying in the Sheraton Hotel, located in the center by a lovely river side walk.
Your own private transport takes you to see the world famous Longsheng Terraced Fields in Longji, where the fields, depending on the time of year are reflecting mirrors of water or full of green rice shoots swaying in the wind. The local Zhuang and Yao Minority people wear exquisite hand-embroidered clothing, and still build their houses in the ancient way, without nails.
Enjoy the dreamy scenery on the Li River Cruise to Yangshuo, watching the water buffaloes wading in the water among bamboo forests and stunning limestone mountains. Sip a drink on the sundeck while the chefs from an award winning restaurant cook a private lunch just for you.
We have booked VIP tickets for the show Impression Liu. Renowned Zhang Yimou, who created the Beijing Olympics ceremonies, tells the love story of the folk heroine Liu Sanjie with hundreds of local people, with mountains and the river as the backdrop.
You will stay the night in Yangshuo in the Green Lotus Hotel by the river side.
The morning is dedicated to learning Chinese cooking in the stunning roof-top classroom, with the beautiful scenery all around you. First you will walk to the local market to buy the ingredients, then prepare the meal, before enjoying a taste of what you’ve created. As a souvenir you will get the recipes for your chosen dishes.
After lunch your guide takes you back to Guilin for your flight to Shanghai, Pearl of the Orient. Your hotel is Grand Hyatt Shanghai with a stunning atrium that starts on the 54th floor and goes all the way up to the top. The Skybar on the top has spectacular views over the Pudong area.
Yuyuan Garden is a Ming Dynasty complex with charming gardens and classic architecture. The surrounding Yuyuan Market and has an interesting City God Temple and lets visitors indulge in some retail therapy.
The Shanghai World Financial Center has an observation deck with a glass floor; the world is quite literally at your feet. The Bund is a great way to end the day, as this embankment full of buildings telling of the European connections is best after nightfall.
After dinner Shangcheng Acrobatic Show by the famous Chinese troupe offers the best talent in their field.
If you would like to spend more time in this Mecca of shoppers, just tell your travel advisor and we will organize a transfer to the airport at a suitable time. We’re sure you will enjoy this tour; at China Highlights it’s our team’s goal to take good care of you and welcome you back again.