Highlights of China

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Day 1: Arrive Shanghai
Evening group meeting followed by welcome dinner.

Day 2: Shanghai
Walk through local markets on the way to Yuyuan garden and the Bund.

Day 3: Shanghai/Beijing
Fast train to Beijing, and tour to the Summer Palace.

Day 4: Beijing
Spend the day exploring central Beijing's sites.

Day 5: Beijing/Xi’an
Explore the impressive Great Wall before overnight train to Xi’an.

Day 6: Xi'an
Explore the Terra-cotta Warriors, Muslim quarter and Grand Mosque.

Day 7: Xi'an/Chengdu
Morning walk the city wall. Afternoon fast train to Chengdu.

Day 8: Chengdu/Guilin
Visit the Panda Breeding Center. Then fly to Guilin before being transferred to Yangshuo.

Days 9: Yangshuo
Explore the beautiful countryside and surrounding villages, rice paddy fields and karst mountain formations. Later, make our way to cooking school.

Days 10: Yangshuo/Hong Kong
Join a Calligraphy Lesson, then transfer to Hong Kong.

Day 11: Hong Kong/Depart
There are no activities planned for today, and you can depart the accommodation at any time.

Day 1: Arrive Shanghai
Nihao! Welcome to Shanghai. Shanghai is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of China and the most populous city proper in the world, with a population of more than 24 million. It is a global financial center and transport hub, with the world's busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta, it sits on the south edge of the estuary of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the East China coast. Upon arrival at the airport, meet your driver and private transfer to your hotel.

You will have a 6 pm group meeting at your hotel, and there will be more information about the meeting when you arrive at the hotel. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask at reception. Your group meeting will include details about your trip, followed by an orientation walk and included dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation:
• Yitel Jing'an Temple Shanghai Hotel

Included activities:
• Private airport transfer
• Group meeting

Meals Included:
• Shanghai Cuisine Dinner

Day 2: Shanghai
Today we will visit the City God's Temple, a folk temple neighboring Yuyuan Garden. The City God Temple in Shanghai originated as the Jinshan God Temple, dedicated to the spirit of Jinshan, or "Gold Mountain," an island off the coast of Shanghai. It was converted into a City God Temple in 1403, during the Yongle era of the Ming dynasty. Its popularity turns the surrounding area into a large pedestrian area that hosts an array of shops, restaurants, teahouses, as well as annual temple fair events. Yuyuan Garden, also called Yu Garden, was originally built in 1559, opened to the public in 1961 and a declared monument in 1982. It is the most extensive ancient garden with Ming and Qing architectural styles. After spending some time in the temple area, you will explore - Shanghai French Concession, a concession area from 1849 till 1943. In almost one century, it develops its distinct character with a culture mixture of Chinese and European, also one of the Catholic centers in China. In the evening, we will enjoy the famous Shanghai Acrobat show.

Accommodation:
• Yitel Jing'an Temple Shanghai Hotel

Included activities:
• Yuyuan Garden and City God's Temple
• French Concession
• Shanghai Acrobat show

Meals Included:
• Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3  Shanghai-Beijing
This morning after breakfast, we will take a private bus to train station board on a fast train to Beijing. Upon arrival, a private bus from the train station to the hotel. Then we will visit the summer palace. We will explore the best preserved imperial garden in the world with your local guide. After the tour, private bus back to the hotel.
Tonight your tour leader will take you for an orientation walk of Beijing.

Accommodation:
• Dongfang Hotel

Included activities:
• Fast train from Shanghai to Beijing
• Summer palace

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 4 Beijing (B) 
Today we’ll explore famous sights in Beijing. There will be a lot of walking today as well as using public the subway to get around. After breakfast, we will take the metro to Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument of the People's Heroes and the Great hall of the People. Then enter the Forbidden City, built from 1406 to 1420, a ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for more than 500 years. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the most extensive collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. After the Forbidden City, we will stroll in the alleys formed by lines of traditional courtyards known by Hutong and experience the local lifestyle of Old Beijing.

Accommodation:
• Dongfang Hotel

Included Activities:
• Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
• Walking tour of Hutong area

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 5: Beijing/Xi'an 
This morning we’ll take a private bus to visit Great Wall - Mutianyu Section (approx. 2hrs), one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall with 22 towers winding along the mountain ridges. Spend quality time exploring and learning the history of the Great Wall of China as well as enjoy the view at Huairou county the suburban area of Beijing. The great idea is to bring a picnic lunch with you to enjoy at the top of the wall during a rest break. We will back to downtown Beijing in the late afternoon, then private transfer to Beijing railway station and board the overnight train to Xian.

Accommodation:
• Overnight Soft sleeper(First class) train

Included activities:
• Mutianyu Great Wall Excursion

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 6  Xi’an (B, L)
Upon arrival private bus transfer to the hotel. Today we will visit the Terracotta Warriors by private bus. You’ll learn all about this incredible archaeological find, discovered in 1976 by farmers digging a well, after being buried for 2,000 years. Three main pits are open for you to view, where just under 2,000 of the total 6,000 warriors – each individually sculpted from clay, each having a different costume, height, and even facial expressions – stand in battle formation. The scale is incredibly impressive. After the tour, we will enjoy lunch in a local village. This afternoon we will visit one of the best-preserved old residences in Xi’an dating back 400 years. The courtyard was once home to seven generations of the Gao family – notable officials of the royal court. To get a taste of traditional local lifestyle through period furniture, pottery, porcelain, and paintings. Then we will take a walk around the Muslim quarter, lively markets, and Bell & Drum Tower.

Accommodation:
• Ibis Xi’an

Included activities:
• Walking tour - Bell and Drum Tower and Muslim quarter
• The Gao's Grand Courtyard
• Terracotta Warriors

Meals Included:
• Breakfast and lunch

Day 7: Xi'an/Chengdu
This morning we will visit the ancient City Wall, the most significant and best-preserved wall extant in China now, running over 13 kilometers around Xian. Then private transfer to the train station and board on Fast train to Chengdu.

Upon arrival, private transfer to the downtown area to visit Jinli Street. This street is famous for its historic atmosphere, bustling businesses and most of all its local snacks. Enjoy sticky rice cakes with sesame sauce, spicy chicken on a stick, sweet rice jelly, fried beef pancakes and, for the more adventurous, seasoned rabbits heads. After that, go to Kuanzhai Alley. Kuanzhai Alley, also known as “Wide and Narrow Alley,” consists of three historic paralleled alleys from Qing dynasty.

Accommodation:
• Garden Hotel

Included activities:
• Jinli Street and Kuanzhai Alley
• Fast train Xi'an to Chengdu

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 8: Chengdu/Guilin/Yangshuo
This morning we will visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, where you're able to witness the conservation efforts being made to save this endearing endangered species. There are only around 1,000 pandas left in the world, and 80% of them found in the mountains in Sichuan. The pandas have over 600 acres of parkland to live in, and you can get up close and learn more about these majestic creatures. Watch them play, eat bamboo, napping, and munching bamboo. Then private transfer to airport board on a flight to Guilin.

Upon arrival private transfer from airport to hotel in Yangshuo.

Accommodation:
• Outside Inn

Included activities:
• Giant Panda Breeding Research Base tour
• Flight from Chengdu to Guilin

Meals Included:
• Breakfast


Day 9: Yangshuo  
Yangshuo offers an excellent safe and comfortable biking and hiking, after breakfast, head out of town on bikes to cycle through the surrounding countryside, and gain an insight into Chinese rural life on a ride where each turn in the road brings you to another picture-postcard location. Later of the day, we will make our way to cooking school, where you can put this new knowledge to use and learn the art of Chinese cooking.

Accommodation:
• Outside Inn
Included activities:
• Cooking School
• Bicycle ride in Yangshuo countryside (Bicycle rental)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Yangshuo/Hong Kong
This morning we will join a Calligraphy class with a local Master. After that, we will take a private bus to Guilin train station and board on a fast train to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, we will take the subway to central Hong Kong. You will have a few hours to explore Hong Kong before our final tour to Temple street night market.

Accommodation:
• West Hotel
Included activities:
• Calligraphy Lesson
• Temple Street Night market
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 11 Hong Kong/ Depart
There are no activities planned for today, and you can depart the accommodation at any time.

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Tour Code
Start
End
Price(US$)
  • CA-HC190313

    Wednesday

    2019-03-13

    From Shanghai

    Saturday

    2019-03-23

    From Hong Kong

    Over

    US$2788.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-HC190410

    Wednesday

    2019-04-10

    From Shanghai

    Saturday

    2019-04-20

    From Hong Kong

    Over

    US$2788.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-HC190417

    Wednesday

    2019-04-17

    From Shanghai

    Saturday

    2019-04-27

    From Hong Kong

    Over

    US$2788.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-HC190515

    Wednesday

    2019-05-15

    From Shanghai

    Saturday

    2019-05-25

    From Hong Kong

    Over

    US$2788.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-HC190605

    Wednesday

    2019-06-05

    From Shanghai

    Saturday

    2019-06-15

    From Hong Kong

    Over

    US$2788.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-HC190619

    Wednesday

    2019-06-19

    From Shanghai

    Saturday

    2019-06-29

    From Hong Kong

    Over

    US$2788.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-HC190703

    Wednesday

    2019-07-03

    From Shanghai

    Saturday

    2019-07-13

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2788.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-HC190717

    Wednesday

    2019-07-17

    From Shanghai

    Saturday

    2019-07-27

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2788.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-HC190731

    Wednesday

    2019-07-31

    From Shanghai

    Saturday

    2019-08-10

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2788.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-HC190814

    Wednesday

    2019-08-14

    From Shanghai

    Saturday

    2019-08-24

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2788.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-HC190904

    Wednesday

    2019-09-04

    From Shanghai

    Saturday

    2019-09-14

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2788.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-HC190918

    Wednesday

    2019-09-18

    From Shanghai

    Saturday

    2019-09-28

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2788.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-HC191002

    Wednesday

    2019-10-02

    From Shanghai

    Saturday

    2019-10-12

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2788.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-HC191016

    Wednesday

    2019-10-16

    From Shanghai

    Saturday

    2019-10-26

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2788.00

    11
    Days

Visas

A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.

In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.

Booking a Single Room

On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

Vaccinations and Your Health

We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years. 

Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 18 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.

Luggage

One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

 

What to Expect on Tour

Itinerary Disclaimer

The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. 

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