Classic China Historical and Natural Wonders Tour
23-Day Private China Tour: Beijing–Xi'an– Chengdu–Lijiang–Zhangjiajie - Shanghai- Guilin–Hong Kong
Discover the ancient marvels of Beijing and Xian, encounter adorable pandas in Chengdu, and explore the ancient town of Lijiang. Witness the surreal beauty of Zhangjiajie's Avatar Mountains, savor the vibrant culture of Shanghai, and cruise the enchanting Li River in Guilin. Conclude your adventure in the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong. This comprehensive journey offers a perfect blend of history, nature, and urban exploration.
The itinerary below is only one possibility. Tips to tailor-make your trip are offered as inspiration. Send us details of your preferences and our travel experts will customize this trip to suit your interests, tastes, and budget.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Find the Hidden Halls in the Forbidden City
Explore a Top-Ranked Section of the Great Wall
Experience Taking Care of a Cute Panda
Explore the Awe-inspiring Longji Rice Terraces
Marvel at the Famous Hallelujah Mountain in the Movie "Avatar"
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Olivia Tian, a sunshine tour guide!
In October, my friend Amy booked a tour with Chinahighlights, Olivia Tian was our guide in Beijing, she is such a sweet n happy person to be around, not only she gave us the best guide service, also very accommodating, alter the plan as per our interest, took us to very local shopping n food district. Above all, she takes awesome pics, very patient!! Thank you so much for such pleasant 5 days in BJ, look forward to see you when we are back in China, Olivia!!more
Dec 2023, Venture216019
One whole of a good experience !
Kevin was always making flexible arrangements for us making sure we meet our needs. Kevin also walked us to our desired restaurant daily making sure all are well before he left. Kudos to the whole team. Highly recommend ?more
Dec 2023, Cornelius C
China is Amazing Wonders that do not stop coming at you.Great country
Great job,Loved every minute of it,Ethan did an amazing job,True Ambassador of China,Just like the Chinese people,Friendly, dignified and hardworking,Very happy.China Highlights exceeded expectations and then some,I will never even think of travelling with another company.more
Dec 2023, Philip Sardar /Maps10321171537
Wonderful trip to Beijing and Xian
Had a great trip to bejing n xian. Our guide lily liu is so well versed in english and we have no worry here at all. We managed to dine in great halal restaurants though out our trip. Highly reccomended to all muslims travellers.more
Dec 2023, Efen Reyes
Great experience, highly recommended!
Additionally, she helped me with all my personal needs like getting a SIM card, finding an ATM, shopping, dining, checking in at the train station, hotel, suggested a couple additional very entertaining art events. Was also punctual and spoke good English.more
Nov 2023, Wayne S.
Excellent tour with Tom from China Highlights
We used China Highlights for the 3 days of our Beijing trip. Tom was a fantastic guide. Very knowledgable with excellent English. He was able to accommodate changes to our tour at short notice, allowing us to make the most of our limited time. Couldn’t recommend highly enoughmore
Nov 2023, Ross
Wow this tour was honestly the best tourI have ever taken! Our guide Simon Yao was simply superb! His English was excellent and he was very easy to talk to. He was personable and friendly but not overpowering or overbearing. Very knowledgeable about history. Thankfully the weather was good so we were not super hot !Finally at the wall we were amazed by it's beauty and grandeur. It really is something and pictures don't do it justice.more
Nov 2023, Annika M
Excellent two day visit to Great Wall
Our guide ‘Mark’ was incredible. So friendly, knowledgable and funny. The itinerary was perfect, we got to see two different parts of the Great Wall (one of which at night which was magical) and our hotel stay in Gubei was wonderful. Highly recommend to anybody visiting Beijingmore
Nov 2023, James_Wolstenholme
Great Experience from start to finish!
Jack was my guide and his local knowledge and English skills were fantastic. He was punctual, friendly and willing to flex as we went about our tour. Couldn’t recommend China Highlights more!more
Nov 2023, Scott Smith
Helen in Beijing - thanks for paying great attention to details, for your small surprises for the children every day, for selecting amazing restaurants, and leading wonderful walking tours. Your cheerfulness added to our enjoyment.more
Nov 2023, Kamila
Great day out with Mark, thanks China Highlights!
We did a 1 day private tour with China Highlights to see Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Communication was great throughout - from trip planning/booking with Roger and from our guide Mark who contacted us the day before to confirm meet up time/location. Avoided a lot of the queues and definitely learned quite a bit of history from our guide Mark…thanks again! No language barriers/issues…highly recommended.more
Nov 2023, ykeezy
China Three (3) Cities Tours
To the tour guides, Ethan, Jason and Tony, you guys have made my visit an awesome and memorable experience. All the tour guides spoke english and communicated very effectively. They are knowledgeable about all the sites visited including, Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, Panda Breeding and Research Center, Leshan Giant Buddha, Hallelujah Mountains, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and Glass Bridge, and Tianmen Mountain. The tour guides ensured I got the most out of my time I stayed in the various cities Beijing, Chengdu and Zhangjiajie.more
Nov 2023, Kadar
13 days in China
We booked a 13 day’s tour of China with China Highlights. Our travel advisor, Ms Leah Zhou organised an itinerary that suited what we wanted. She was really helpful and patient will all our needs. Leah helped us organised our 30th Wedding Anniversary Dinner and my 60th Birthday celebration?? in Beijing. For this to be possible, she had to liaise with our guide in Beijing. The flowers and cake were a real surprise. My husband and I, were really touched at the good service provided by China Highlights and Ms Leah Zhou. Thank you China Highlights and Ms Leah Zhou for your constant care of your customers. I will certainly recommend China Highlights to my friends.more
Nov 2023, Eda Adams
Perfect Beijing experience
Covering all major sights our exploration of Beijing and surroundings was flawless guided by Lily, along with her knowledgeable and balanced information on Chinas culture and history. In particular, Lily was able to adjust the tour according to personal preferences, e.g. focus on photography, as well as suggesting additional activities like an impressive authentic artistic show. I highly recommend China Highlights as China tour operator and Lily Liu as excellent guide regarding the Beijing area.more
Nov 2023, Perfect Beijing experience
Our first trip to Beijing
Our tour guide was Lucy Yubo. She was awesome. Very friendly, informative and passionate about her job. We really enjoyed her company and guidance.more
Nov 2023, Sreelatha Reddy
Anne and Bob’s tour of Beijing
We did the China Highlights tour of Beijing with our excellent guide Mark and his driver. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Beijing highlights including the Lama Temple, the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Lama Temple. The Summer Palace with the boat ride and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony were memorable also and the Mutianyu Great Wall was a highlight. We were impressed with Mark as a guide. He knew his history and he was kind and thoughtful. He took us to some excellent restaurants and we were introduced to some beautiful food. We enjoyed his company and will always remember him.more
Nov 2023, BendigoBob
Excellent end to end service
Helen is a positive, full of knowledge, experienced guide.She provided us an implacable service abd experience for 3 days .Highly recommendedmore
Nov 2023, Sariel Engel
Amazing Beijing Tour with Risa!
Risa gave us a wonderful tour of the city! She thoroughly explained the cultuaral importance of each exhibit while also educating us on the Chinese culture. Appreciated having this wonderful Beijing trip with Risa:)more
Nov 2023, Angelica M.
Amazing Beijing Tour With Risa!
We were very kindly received in Beijing by our tour guide Risa. She gave us a very thorough tour of the city and showed us wonderful places, while also explaining the important history/culture of China! Very beautiful city filled with many things to do and full of culture! This was very well planned and made it very easy for us to visit the city and foreigners:) Thank you Risa!more
Nov 2023, Angelica M
Do Beijing like a local
They organised my trip very quickly and efficiently. On the day, Anna was very friendly to me, my mum and my baby. Very accommodating to our needs. The car was immaculately clean and very comfortable. We visited everything we initially wanted and more. Also, Anna took us to the best meal we had in China. It makes a difference to have a local choosing the dishes!more
Nov 2023, Natali A
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Beijing. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.
Temple of Heaven: Journey back to 1420 during the Ming dynasty as you step into the awe-inspiring Temple of Heaven. This Taoist complex served as a sacred place where Ming and Qing emperors performed annual ceremonies, offering prayers for bountiful harvests. The Temple's sprawling park teems with life, especially in the morning when local seniors gather for communal singing, exercise, and tai chi. Covering 273 hectares in the southern heart of Beijing, the park invites you to stroll leisurely for about 1-1½ hours (1½ kilometers), a pleasantly easy walk.
Local Hutong Experience: Immerse yourself in Chinese tradition with a captivating "One out of three" cultural experience in a Hutong. Select from three intriguing options: learn the intricate art of applying Facial Makeup for Peking Opera, discover the ancient craft of Chinese Calligraphy, or try your hand at the delicate art of Chinese Paper Cutting. Inform your tour guide in advance about your choice so that reservations can be made for you. This 40-minute cultural excursion is a delightful addition to your itinerary.
Summer Palace with Boat Ride and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony: Venture to the northwest of Beijing, where the magnificent Summer Palace awaits, a mere 9 miles (15 kilometers) from the city center. This expansive royal park, China's largest and best-preserved, has profoundly influenced Chinese horticulture and landscape design. Renowned for its natural beauty and cultural significance, it's often referred to as 'The Museum of Royal Gardens.' Wander through its enchanting grounds for approximately 2 hours (covering 2 kilometers), a splendid way to immerse yourself in history and nature.
Dongcheng District Hutong Tour: Embark on a captivating one-hour exploration of the historic Hutong alleys nestled in Dongcheng District. Traverse these winding lanes aboard a rickshaw, taking in the quaint single-story traditional courtyard houses. These architectural gems are a vanishing heritage, and your tour offers a glimpse into their unique thresholds. You'll also have the opportunity to visit a local family, gaining insights into the courtyards' diverse histories and significance.
Tiananmen Square: Start your journey at Tian'anmen Square, the heart of Beijing. It's the world's largest city square and a symbol of China's history, surrounded by significant landmarks.
Forbidden City Emperor's Tour: Explore the immense Forbidden City, home to 24 emperors over the centuries. Our in-depth tour covers 12 carefully selected locations, unveiling the secrets of Ming and Qing dynasties. It's a 2-hour easy walk through this historic masterpiece.
Gubei Water Town: Experience the charm of Gubei Water Town, nestled north of Beijing. This picturesque town surrounds a reservoir and rests against the stunning Simatai Great Wall, known for its breathtaking views. Consider an overnight stay for a glimpse of the illuminated Simatai Wall at night.
Simatai Great Wall Night Tour: Witness the magic of the Simatai Great Wall at night, the only illuminated section open to visitors after dark. Enjoy fantastic views over the lit-up Wall and the serene lake below from Towers 5 and 6. Cable cars are available for your convenience during the evening tours. Night tours are from 5:30 pm to 9 pm in winter and spring and from 6 pm to 10 pm in summer and autumn.
Simatai Great Wall: Embark on an exciting day trip to the Simatai section of the Great Wall, located 120 km northeast of Beijing. A 2½-hour bus ride will transport you to this unique destination, celebrated for its steep terrain and historical charm. Adding to its allure, the newly constructed Gubei Water Town at the mountain's base provides an elegant contrast.
Original Ming Dynasty Features: Simatai is one of the few Great Wall sections that has retained its original Ming dynasty features. While safety concerns have limited access to ten watchtowers along the east section (Towers 1 to 10), these remaining towers offer a fascinating glimpse into the Wall's history.
Moderate Hike with Cable Car Option: The hike along Simatai Great Wall is graded moderate and requires a good level of fitness due to some steep ascents and descents. You'll trek for about 3 hours (covering 5 kilometers) round-trip. For those who prefer a more leisurely experience, a cable car option is available, allowing you to savor stunning views while walking back down slowly along the lakeside. The descent takes about 1 hour (2-3 kilometers) and offers breathtaking lake vistas.
Discover the Terracotta Warriors and Horses: Unearth a fascinating piece of history at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. This remarkable discovery, accidentally found in 1974, boasts an army of over 7,000 soldiers, archers, horses, and chariots, all meticulously crafted for battle. These lifelike figures have been guarding Emperor Qin's tomb since 210 BC. You'll marvel at their uniqueness as you explore the three protected pits within massive hangars. Located just 1.5 hours from Xian, this site also features an exceptional museum and an informative film detailing the vaults' historical significance. Feel free to capture photos (without flash) and be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes for your adventure.
Ancient City Wall Exploration: The ancient city wall, a testament to centuries gone by, offers a unique glimpse into the past. Constructed in the 13th century on the foundations of the original Tang Forbidden City that encircled the city center, it remains one of the oldest and most well-preserved city defenses worldwide. You have the option to walk the full 14km circuit or, for a small additional fee, rent a bike (CNY 40 per person) or an electric cart (CNY 80 per person). Whichever you choose, you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the city on either side as you traverse this historic landmark.
Craft Your Own Terracotta Warrior in a Cave Dwelling: Step into the shoes of an artisan at a cave dwelling family workshop in the countryside. Here, you'll learn the intricate art of crafting Terracotta Warriors, just as they were made in ancient times. Discover the secrets behind their life-sized creation and unravel the most challenging steps in their production process. This interactive experience not only provides insight into the detailed procedure but also offers a chance to connect with the locals who continue this time-honored tradition.
Learn the Art of Dumpling Making: Delve into Chinese culinary traditions as you step into the homes of welcoming locals to craft your own jiaozi or dumplings. These delightful parcels, stuffed with a mix of meat and vegetables, are a beloved culinary treasure in China. During this engaging experience, you'll acquire essential dumpling-making skills and immerse yourself in local culture. The entire process takes approximately 1 to 2 hours, offering a hands-on way to savor the flavors of China.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda: Journey to the heart of Buddhist heritage at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a significant pilgrimage site. Nestled within the serene Da Ci'en Temple grounds, this unassuming brick pagoda boasts a rich history dating back to the 7th century. It was constructed to house Buddhist scriptures brought from India by the famed traveler Xuanzang (Tripitaka). As you explore the temple complex, you'll encounter grand halls adorned with magnificent Buddhist statues and captivating murals.
Don't miss the chance to explore the adjacent area, where you can uncover your Chinese zodiac information and browse a shop featuring Chinese calligraphy and paintings.
Discover the Vibrant Muslim Quarter: Venture to the lively Muslim Quarter, situated a mere 100 meters west of the Bell Tower in downtown Xi'an. This bustling 500-meter-long avenue, paved with distinctive bluestones, is a sensory delight. It's adorned with a myriad of unique stalls, souvenir shops, cozy cafes, and inviting bars, most of which are operated by the local Muslim community. International tourists flock here to explore the diverse offerings, making it a dynamic hub for shopping and cultural immersion.
Panda Breeding and Research Center - Panda Paradise: Located just 6 miles north of Chengdu City, the Panda Breeding and Research Center is a sanctuary for giant pandas, red pandas, and other endangered species. Explore the nursery, where a highly successful breeding program is underway, amidst the tranquil bamboo groves and shaded walkways. Witness these charismatic creatures at rest and play, and don't miss the informative Panda Museum. Note: To avoid the crowds during the peak months of July and August when domestic students are on summer break, consider an early start at 7:00 am.
Jinli Old Street - A Glimpse of Ancient Splendor: Step into history at Jinli Old Street, once the vibrant heart of ancient kingdoms. Lovingly restored in traditional Sichuan style, this picturesque street exudes charm and vitality. Stroll through its bustling lanes, where you can sample local arts and crafts, traditional Chinese goods, delectable food, and even enjoy a unique local-style Starbucks.
Local Tea House in People's Park - Savor Tranquility: Escape the city's hustle and bustle within the serene confines of People's Park. Here, amidst bonsai gardens, tranquil lakes, rockeries, and historical monuments, you'll discover the cherished tradition of Chengdu: the local tea house. Join the locals in sipping tea, a pastime that retirees often indulge in, spending hours chatting and enjoying each other's company for a nominal fee. You can also treat yourself to a local massage, rounding out your immersion in Chengdu's leisurely pace of life.
Cruise to Overlook the Leshan Giant Buddha - Majestic Riverside Views: Embark on a captivating cruise to witness the grandeur of the Leshan Giant Buddha. This monumental statue, perched on Lingyun Mountain where the Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River converge, is the largest stone-carved sitting Buddhist statue globally. From the comfort of your cruise, enjoy panoramic views of this awe-inspiring marvel.
Leshan Giant Buddha - Icon of Serenity: Nestled to the east of Leshan City in Sichuan Province, the Leshan Giant Buddha reigns as the world's largest stone-carved sitting Buddhist statue. Located on Lingyun Mountain, where three rivers unite, it exudes an air of serenity and spiritual significance. Witness this unparalleled masterpiece up close and immerse yourself in its profound aura.
Tiger Leaping Gorge - Nature's Grand Canyon: Prepare to be awestruck by the majestic beauty of Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world's deepest and most breathtaking gorges. Situated in Hutiaoxia Town, just 105 kilometers from Zhongdian/Shangri-La County, this natural wonder is a must-visit on your journey. Spring is the optimal season to explore its wonders, as melting snow from the mountains transforms the river into a spectacular torrent of turbulence, creating an unforgettable experience.
Hike from Tina's Guest House - A Scenic Adventure: Embark on an exhilarating hiking adventure starting at Tina's Guest House, following the Teacher Zhang's hiking path through the heart of the Tiger Leaping Gorge. This captivating journey offers approximately 4 hours of hiking amidst awe-inspiring natural beauty. You'll be treated to breathtaking vistas that showcase the gorge's sheer grandeur.
Upon completing the hike, return to Tina's Guest House via the same path. From there, hop into a car for a comfortable ride back to the enchanting Lijiang ancient town. Along the way, you'll be treated to some of the most stunning views imaginable, making for an unforgettable experience.
Lijiang Ancient Town - A Timeless Treasure: Discover the enchanting Lijiang Ancient Town, nestled in the heart of Yunnan province at an elevation of over 2,400 meters above sea level. This remarkable town boasts breathtaking landscapes and a rich history, making it a true gem among China's ancient cities. Its unique feature lies in its extraordinary preservation, offering visitors a rare glimpse into the culture and heritage of China's ethnic minorities.
Baisha Murals at Baisha Village - A Journey Through Time: Step back in time as you explore the Baisha Murals, masterpieces created over a millennium ago. These murals offer a captivating blend of Han, Tibetan, and Naxi cultures, narrating the rich tapestry of Tibetan Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. As you wander through Baisha Village, soak in the serene ambiance and immerse yourself in the local life and culture, gaining insights into the community's traditions and way of life.
The Jade Dragon Mountain (with Large Cable Car from Ganhaizi) - Soaring to New Heights: Embark on a breathtaking adventure with the Large Cable Car, renowned as China's highest tourist cableway. Ascend to Shanzidou (Shanzi Peak), the snow mountain's majestic zenith, on a cableway spanning 2,914 meters, reaching an astounding altitude of 4,506 meters, with a vertiginous ascent of 1,150 meters. As the cable car transports you into the ethereal realm above the clouds, leave the world's hustle and bustle far behind and enter a realm of pure paradise. Many visitors use this cableway as a gateway to explore Ganhanzi, Baishuihe (White Water River), and Glacier Park, promising unforgettable vistas and unforgettable memories.
In Zhangjiajie, you will visit the National Forest Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the unique pillar-like formations shaped by erosion over time. Explore the park's vast forest-covered area, including Yuanjiajie, Yangjiajie, Jinbian Stream, and Wulongzhai. Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting nearby villages inhabited by Tujia, Bai, Miao, and Hui people.
Please note that accommodations and meals in mountain areas like Zhangjiajie and Huangshan are simple. Adjust your expectations accordingly for the best experience. Get ready to be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
Today, our guide will lead you to visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, which is a stunning natural attraction that has recently been developed into a wonderland for visitors. It offers a combination of majestic mountains, flowing streams, intriguing caves, towering cliffs, and lush forests. One of the highlights of this scenic area is the world's longest and highest glass bridge. Imagine the thrill of walking on this bridge, suspended 300 meters above the ground! It's definitely an experience you wouldn't want to miss during your tour.
If walking on the glass bridge isn't your cup of tea, don't worry. We have an alternative route that allows you to still enjoy the attraction without stepping on the glass bridge. However, if you decide to take on the adventure, please note that for safety reasons, carrying a camera on the bridge is not allowed. You can, however, bring your cellphone or GoPro to capture those unforgettable moments.
Visit the Tianmen Mountain, the awe-inspiring heart of Zhangjiajie! As the highest peak in the area, this majestic mountain offers unrivaled views of ancient trees, stunning karst formations, and scenic roads carved into cliff sides. Hop on the world's longest cable car ride, a thrilling 30-minute journey from the city center, and ascend to the mountain's summit.
At 1430 meters above ground, you'll find the renowned Tianmen Mountain Glass Walkway, a remarkable observation platform that extends from a sheer cliff. This narrow 1.6-meter-wide, 60-meter-long glass walkway offers brave souls not only breathtaking views of the mountains below but also the exhilaration of treading nervously above such heights. Some have even likened this experience to the famous 'skywalk' at the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA.
Don't miss the chance to explore this remarkable natural wonder in China. Savor the beauty and thrill of Tianmen Mountain, an experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
Yuyuan Garden: Step into the heart of old Shanghai as you visit Yuyuan Garden, a Ming Dynasty-era private garden built in 1559. Wander amidst its classic Chinese architecture, encompassing rockeries, pavilions, ponds, and meandering corridors. Surrounding the garden is a bustling marketplace offering local snacks, handicrafts, antiques, and souvenirs, along with renowned traditional eateries.
The Bund: Stroll along the iconic 1.5-kilometer-long promenade on the western bank of the Huangpu River. Admire the "architecture gallery" with 52 impeccably preserved European-style buildings. Once the epicenter of trade and commerce in old Shanghai, today the Bund is a dynamic hub featuring futuristic developments, stylish restaurants, upscale shops, and vibrant bars that offer a plethora of day and nighttime activities.
Shanghai Old Street: Immerse yourself in the nostalgia of old Shanghai by exploring its well-preserved historic residential homes and narrow alleyways. These lanes provide a glimpse into the daily lives of local residents, transporting you back to a bygone era. Additionally, numerous shops and stalls sell antiques, crafts, and souvenirs, making it an ideal spot for mementos.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower: Behold one of the world's tallest TV towers, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, known for its distinctive spherical design. Situated across the river from the Bund, this iconic structure graces the skyline of the east bank. On the tower's first floor, you'll find the Shanghai History Museum, featuring four major exhibition units that delve into the history of Shanghai, from its ancient past to modern times. Please note that during the tourist high season (July-September), long queues of up to an hour may be expected.
Zhujiajiao Water Town: Explore the enchanting Zhujiajiao Water Town, shaped like a delicate fan, steeped in centuries of history. Wander alongside serene lakes, where you'll encounter architectural marvels from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Admire the 36 ancient stone bridges that have retained their timeless charm. This tour encompasses eight captivating attractions, including the historical Post Office, Yanyitang Art Gallery, Chenghuang Temple, Shanghai Handicraft Exhibition Hall, and more.
Former French Concession Precinct: Embark on a captivating walking tour through the former French Concession, an area encompassing iconic streets like Huaihai Road, Fuxing Road, and Taikang Road. Here, you'll encounter historical landmarks such as Sun Yat-sen and Zhou Enlai's former residences, Fuxing Park, Moller Villa, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Delight in the timeless allure of over century-old French colonial-style buildings. On sunny days, the shadows of the Chenar trees create a romantic ambiance, while at night, cafes, bars, and restaurants beckon with the aroma of coffee.
Xintiandi: Nestled amid towering skyscrapers in the city center, Xintiandi is a bustling urban tourist hotspot infused with Shanghai's rich history and culture. The Shikumen buildings of Shanghai Xintiandi have been transformed into a dynamic hub, boasting world-class dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Immerse yourself in this lively district, teeming with international-standard restaurants, boutiques, cafes, and bars.
Zhujiajiao Boat Ride: Don't miss the chance to embark on a scenic river cruise through the heart of the ancient town. Glide along tranquil waters for a delightful 10-15 minute journey, allowing you to soak in the town's picturesque views from a unique perspective.
Tianzi Fang: Located on Taikang Road within the former French Concession, Tianzi Fang was once a labyrinthine residential area. Today, it has transformed into a trendy district, blending well-preserved Shikumen architecture with art galleries, bistros, coffee shops, craft stores, and creative art studios. Explore this vibrant enclave that marries tradition with contemporary artistic expression.
Longsheng Rice Terraces & Cultural Delights: Embark on a captivating journey to the renowned Longji Rice Terraces, a stunning manmade wonder in Guilin. These terraces, stretching across 66 square kilometers, were ingeniously constructed 600 years ago by local minority communities. The view from the mountaintop resembles dragon's ribs, earning it the name 'Dragon's Backbone' (Longji).
Our destination is Ping'an Zhuang Village, home to over 50 families and situated at varying elevations between 300 and 1,100 meters above sea level. Expect moderate walking and stunning vistas. Visitors typically walk up numerous steps for about an hour to reach the summit, where you'll capture panoramic views of these magnificent terraces.
For a more leisurely experience, sedan chairs are available for an additional fee, or we can arrange a car to transport you directly to the summit (excluding Chinese national holidays).
Culinary Discovery: Bamboo Stuffed Rice: Delight in Longji's culinary traditions with a hands-on experience making Bamboo Stuffed Rice, a local delicacy infused with fresh bamboo flavors. Learn from a local family as they share their culinary expertise and offer a glimpse into their traditional wooden home and way of life.
Li River Cruise: Guilin to Yangshuo: Embark on an unforgettable Li River Cruise, a scenic four-hour voyage aboard a 4-star boat. Glide along the picturesque river, surrounded by breathtaking limestone peaks, lush bamboo groves, and idyllic rural scenes.
Marvel at farmers tending to rice paddies and water buffaloes cooling off in the river. Keep an eye out for fishermen on bamboo rafts and perhaps even the famous cormorant fishermen. Depart from various wharves, chosen based on seasonal river conditions.
Our selected 4-star boat offers the best experience, accommodating around 80 passengers and providing a delightful buffet or semi-buffet lunch. Enjoy the pinnacle of Li River cruising with us.
Yangshuo Countryside Exploration - Embrace Nature's Beauty: Immerse yourself in the serene charm of Yangshuo's countryside, celebrated for its picturesque landscapes, whimsical hills, and the unhurried pace of local farming life. Here, you'll encounter breathtaking vistas adorned with karst peaks, lush rice fields, crystal-clear waters, and swaying bamboo groves.
While communing with nature, delve into the local way of life by visiting a nearby village. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the village, offering insights into rural living. This 1.5-hour excursion spans a cycling journey of 10-12 kilometers. If biking isn't your preference, fear not; you can opt for an electromobile or private car at no additional cost to explore the area.
Xianggong Hill - Sunrise Splendor: Located just 28 kilometers north of Yangshuo near Putao Town, Xianggong Hill stands as one of the region's prime spots for capturing breathtaking photographs, especially during sunrise. A mere 20-minute ascent brings you to the summit, where you'll witness the Li River meandering around a sharp bend, amidst a backdrop of awe-inspiring karst formations. This vantage point promises a visual spectacle like no other.
Victoria Peak: A Panoramic Start. Our journey kicks off with a visit to the renowned Victoria Peak, an iconic location offering breathtaking views and an upscale residential neighborhood. The Sky Terrace atop the peak is your gateway to a mesmerizing panoramic view of the city skyline. Included in your experience is a one-way Peak Tram ride, an eight-minute journey that provides a unique perspective of the city's magnificent skyscrapers.
Aberdeen: Discover a Fishing Village. Next, we venture to Aberdeen, a place steeped in fishing village traditions and renowned for its delectable seafood. To immerse yourself in this unique way of life, consider taking a sampan ride (available for an extra fee of HK$10–12). It's a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal with this captivating culture.
Stanley Market: Our journey continues to Stanley Market, a vibrant street market nestled near the beach. Once a quaint fishing village, Stanley Market is now a bustling hub for shoppers. Here, you can indulge in a wide array of goods, from Chinese-style artworks and silk fabrics to antiques and plus-sized clothing. It's the perfect place to find unique souvenirs and treasures to bring back home.
Half Day Lantau Island Tour: Get ready for an enriching half-day adventure on Lantau Island! Your guide will pick you up directly from your hotel to ensure a seamless experience. This engaging tour lasts for a maximum of 5 hours, allowing you to make the most of your time.
The highlight of this excursion is the round-trip cable car service in Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, which offers breathtaking vistas along the way. You'll have the opportunity to explore the Po Lin Monastery and encounter the impressive Bronze Giant Buddha or the serene Wisdom Path, immersing yourself in Buddhist culture and spirituality.
- Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
- English speaking local guide
- Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
- 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
Tour code: cht-cx-69