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16-Day China Natural Beauty Tour and Hengdian Tour

China Natural Beauty Tour

Explore the vibrant cityscape of Shanghai, experience the classical beauty of Suzhou's gardens, and immerse yourself in the mesmerizing West Lake in Hangzhou. Marvel at the mystical landscapes of Zhangjiajie, the inspiration behind the floating mountains in Avatar, and cruise along the picturesque Li River in Guilin. Discover the coastal charm of Xiamen, explore the bustling trade hub of Yiwu, and indulge in the magical world of Hengdian, China's Hollywood.

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Tour 'Wow' Points

Marvel at the Famous Hallelujah Mountain in the Movie "Avatar"

Hallelujah Mountain

Explore the Awe-inspiring Longji Rice Terraces

Longji Rice Terraces

Explore the Lesser-known Countryside of Yangshuo to Experience the Real China

Lesser-known Countryside

Witness the Famous West Lake in Hangzhou

West Lake

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Itinerary Quick Look

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.

DAY 1 Shanghai Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Shanghai. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

DAY 2 Shanghai to Suzhou| The Humble Administrator's Garden and Tongli Town

The Garden of the Master of Nets: Explore the charm of the smallest garden in Suzhou, the Garden of the Master of Nets. Spanning only 5,000 square meters, this intimate space encapsulates all the elements of a classic Chinese garden. From exquisite pavilions to serene ponds and intricate architecture, every element is thoughtfully designed within close boundaries, creating a truly enchanting atmosphere.

Humble Administrator's Garden: Immerse yourself in the best representative of Chinese classical gardens, the Humble Administrator's Garden. Built during the Ming dynasty, this vast garden features a central pond surrounded by pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers. Divided into three parts, namely the eastern, middle, and western sections, this remarkable 5-hectare expanse offers a feast for the senses. Don't miss the Garden Museum and be sure to wear comfortable shoes for the extensive walking involved.

Tongli: Journey through history in the town of Tongli, with a rich heritage spanning over a thousand years. Marvel at the numerous gardens established during the Ming and Qing dynasties, explore temples, visit ancient residences of eminent figures, and traverse the town's fascinating network of fifteen rivers and forty-nine historic bridges. Tongli's unique setting, divided into seven islands, encapsulates the beauty and charm of traditional Chinese towns.

Tongli Cruise: Complete your experience with a leisurely boat cruise in Tongli Ancient Water Town. Glide through the tranquil water lanes, passing by picturesque stone bridges, and catch a glimpse of the local people's daily lives along the canals. This scenic journey offers a peaceful and immersive perspective of the town's enchanting atmosphere.

DAY 3 Shanghai to Hangzhou| The West Lake and Lingyin Temple

Lingyin Temple: Explore one of the most significant and prosperous Buddhist temples in China, Lingyin Temple. Founded by an Indian monk who brought Buddhism to the region, this temple is a treasure trove of pagodas and Buddhist grottoes. Immerse yourself in the rich Buddhist literature housed within its walls while admiring the splendid collection of architectural and artistic relics in the palaces, pavilions, and halls. Don't miss Feilai Feng (Flying Peak), an impressive grotto site featuring numerous engraved Buddhist images. Legend has it that the peak originated in India and flew to Hangzhou overnight, symbolizing the omnipotence of Buddhist law. Be sure to explore other attractions such as the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, Grand Hall of the Great Sage, Hall of the Medicine Buddha, Sutra Library, and Hall of the Five Hundred Arhats.

The West Lake (including the Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond and cruise): Revel in the tranquility of West Lake, a symbol of Hangzhou spanning 5.6 square kilometers. Begin by visiting one of the Ten Best Views of West Lake, the Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond. Along the lakeside, marvel at the graceful koi fish swimming beside you. Embark on a delightful cruise across the serene waters of West Lake while listening to intriguing stories about the sights you encounter.

DAY 4 Hangzhou to Zhangjiajie | Qinghefang Pedestrian Street

Essence Walking Tour in Hangzhou: Begin your walking tour at Qinghefang Pedestrian Street, a historical street that offers a glimpse into Hangzhou's rich heritage. Discover Hu Qingyu Hall, a Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine Museum, where traditional businesses are conducted as they have been for centuries. After strolling along the street, climb Wushan Mountain, standing 100 meters high. At the peak, visit Chenghuang Ge Pavilion for a panoramic view of the Qiantangjiang River, West Lake, Hangzhou city, and the surrounding hills. Your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating stories known to the locals as you explore the city on foot.

DAY 5 Zhangjiajie | Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Mt. Tianzishan: Experience the natural spectacles of Mt. Tianzishan, including misty clouds, sunrises, moonlit nights, and snow-capped peaks. Take the cable car for stunning views and relaxation. Note: Your guide will avoid rush hours to minimize wait times.

Bailong Sightseeing Elevator: Ride the world's highest and fastest sightseeing elevator for a dramatic view of the Sandstone Peak Forest. With transparent elevators, this quick ascent takes only 2 minutes. Tip: Your guide will schedule your visit to avoid busy times.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park: Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its unique pillar-like formations. Explore Yuanjiajie, Yangjiajie, Jinbian Stream, and Wulongzhai. Immerse yourself in local Minority culture and folklore. To avoid queues, your guide will suggest the optimal time to start your visit.

Yuanjiajie (including the Hallelujah Mountains): Visit the famous Yuanjiajie, home to the Hallelujah Mountains from the movie Avatar. Capture stunning photos of the 'First Bridge in the World' from the 'Viewing Bridge Platform.' Access Tianzi Mountain and Yangjia Valley. Highlights include the First Bridge, Hallelujah Mountain, and Viewing Bridge Platform.

DAY 6 Zhangjiajie | Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge: Experience walking on the world's longest and highest glass bridge, offering a thrilling experience 300 meters above the ground. Note: Cameras are not allowed on the bridge to ensure safety. However, you can use your cellphone to capture the breathtaking views.

Tianmen Mountain (Tianmen Cave) including Glass Walkway and Cable Car: Explore the iconic Tianmen Mountain, known as the "soul" of Zhangjiajie. Enjoy panoramic views of ancient trees, karst formations, and scenic cliffside roads. Take the cable car, the longest in the world, for a 30-minute ride from the city center to the mountain top. Don't miss the Tianmen Mountain Glass Walkway, perched at a height of 1,430 meters. This 60-meter-long glass walkway provides both heart-thumping thrills and clear views of the mountains below, likened to the famous skywalk in the Grand Canyon.

DAY 7 Zhangjiajie to Guilin | Longsheng Rice Terraced Field

Minority Village and Longsheng Rice Terraced Field: Explore the impressive Longji Rice Terraces near Guilin, known as the "Dragon's Backbone." Enjoy panoramic views from the mountaintop and visit Ping'an Zhuang Village. Experience the local culture by learning to make bamboo-tube rice with a friendly minority family. Gain insights into their traditional way of life and enjoy the delicious flavors of this local specialty.

DAY 8 Guilin to Yangshuo| The Li River Cruise

Yangshuo Countryside Visit: Explore the picturesque countryside of Yangshuo, renowned for its stunning landscape of karst peaks, rice fields, and clear waters. Your guide will take you on a tour of the countryside, showcasing the beauty of the rice paddies and mountains. You can choose to bike, take an electric mobile, or hike to explore the area, with no additional cost. This 1.5-hour trip offers breathtaking scenery and a chance to immerse yourself in the idyllic surroundings.

Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo (by 4-star boat): Embark on an unforgettable cruise along the Li River, spanning approximately 4 hours from Guilin to Yangshuo. Marvel at the spectacular scenery with limestone peaks, bamboo groves, rice paddies, and water buffaloes. You may even catch sight of fishermen on bamboo rafts or the famous fishing cormorants. Departing from various wharves based on the river's height, this medium-sized 4-star boat accommodates around 80 passengers. Enjoy a buffet or semi-buffet lunch on board, making this Li River cruise a truly memorable experience.

DAY 9 Guilin to Xiamen | Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River

Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River: Drift along the picturesque Yulong River on a bamboo raft for about 1 hour. Enjoy the stunning scenery of karst peaks, rice fields, clear waters, and green bamboo. The gentle current makes it suitable for all skill levels, offering a peaceful experience away from the modern world.

Discover Authentic Yangshuo Countryside: Explore the lesser-known countryside of Yangshuo to experience the real China. Visit peaceful villages, witness local farming activities, and admire the breathtaking scenery of rice paddies and limestone peaks. Meet an elderly couple in a traditional house to learn about their lifestyle. Take a ferry to Fuli and explore a local market, discovering diverse food and daily necessities. If your visit coincides with a rural market day, you'll witness the lively atmosphere of the market and ferry.

DAY 10 Xiamen to Quanzhou | Kaiyuan Temple

Kaiyuan Temple: Visit the impressive Kaiyuan Temple, located on West Street in Licheng District of Quanzhou City. As the largest Buddhist temple in Fujian Province, this historic site holds over 1,300 years of history. Explore the magnificent temple buildings, with the main hall being the most captivating. Marvel at its 86 huge stone pillars and a ceiling adorned with 24 flying apsaras, showcasing the early Buddhist art style. Don't miss the two famous stone pagodas standing west and east of the temple, symbolizing Quanzhou City.

Quanzhou Overseas Transportation History Museum: Discover the unique marine transportation history at the Quanzhou Overseas Transportation History Museum, located in Fengze District of Quanzhou City. This one-of-a-kind museum showcases world-famous treasures and cultural relics, including the Quanzhou Maritime Exhibition Hall, Quanzhou Religious Stone Carving Hall, Quanzhou Folk Culture Exhibition Hall, and the Ancient Chinese Ship Replica Hall. Experience the rich ocean culture of the city and learn about its significant role in opening the Maritime Silk Road, fostering economic and cultural exchanges.

DAY 11 Quanzhou to Yiwu | The Hui'an Dazha Village

Xunpu Village: Explore the enchanting fishing village of Xunpu, known for its unique oyster shell houses and the elaborate hairdos of Xunpu women. Discover the village's history as a trading hub on the Maritime Silk Road and learn about the local Arab descent.

Hui'an Dazha Village: Visit the scenic coastal fishing village of Dazha, home to the industrious Hui'an women. Experience their traditional way of life, admire their unique dressing customs, and witness their daily activities like farming and net mending.

DAY 12 Yiwu to Hengdian | Yiwu International Trade City

Yiwu International Trade City: Start your day by visiting the renowned Yiwu International Trade City, the world's largest wholesale market. Explore its five districts, which host thousands of shops selling a wide range of products, including clothing, accessories, toys, electronics, and more. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and witness the extensive trade that takes place here.

Futian Market: As part of the Yiwu International Trade City, Futian Market is a must-visit destination. It specializes in small commodities and boasts a colossal selection of goods, making it an ideal place to browse unique products and find great deals.

DAY 13 Hengdian | Hengdian World Studios

Hengdian World Studios: Begin your day by visiting Hengdian World Studios, the largest film and television production facility in China. Explore the various sets that replicate ancient Chinese palaces, streets, and villages, as well as Western-style architectures. Witness the intricate details and grandeur of these film sets, which have been used in numerous Chinese television dramas and movies.

East Gate of Hengdian: Next, head to the East Gate of Hengdian, a charming ancient town with a blend of traditional and modern elements. Stroll through the narrow streets lined with traditional-style buildings, browse small boutiques selling local handicrafts, and savor local snacks in the lively market area.

DAY 14 Hengdian to Shanghai | Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden: Explore the beauty of Yuyuan Garden, situated in the heart of Shanghai's old quarters. Dating back to the Ming Dynasty (built in 1559), this private garden showcases the quintessential elements of Chinese classic architecture and style. Spread over 2 hectares, it features enchanting rockeries, pavilions, ponds, and picturesque corridors. Surrounding the garden is a bustling marketplace, offering a vibrant atmosphere and a variety of attractions. Visitors can indulge in popular local snacks, browse through handicrafts and antiques, find unique souvenirs, and even dine at renowned time-honored restaurants.

DAY 15 Shanghai | The Bund and Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower: Visit the renowned Shanghai Tower, the world's second-tallest building standing at 632 meters (2,073 feet). Enjoy panoramic views from the observation deck at a staggering height of 561 meters. Experience the thrill of riding the fastest elevators and admire the modern architectural marvel.

The Bund: Explore the historic Bund, a waterfront promenade boasting well-preserved European-style buildings. Discover its vibrant atmosphere with futuristic developments, trendy restaurants, and high-end shops. Don't miss the magical experience of the Bund at night.

Shanghai Old Street: Wander through Shanghai's old quarters and immerse yourself in its narrow lanes and well-preserved residential houses. Get a glimpse of local life and browse through shops offering antiques, crafts, and souvenirs.

DAY 15 Shanghai Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Shanghai Pudong Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

Tour Price

FromUS4,000 p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • 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

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