Highlights of China

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Everyone’s knowledge of China includes the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors, rice paddies, Pandas and the incredible diversity of foods. On this short trip you will visit all of these plus some lesser-known treasures; enough to tempt you back to discover more of this vast country.

Day 1: Beijing arrival, Beijing Duck dinner
Ni Hao! Welcome to Beijing. Upon your arrival at the airport you will be greeted by your guide, and transferred straight to the hotel. Your tour begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm in your hotel lobby where your guide will go over more details about your trip including meeting up with your guides in each city. After that, you will take an orientation walk followed by a Beijing Duck dinner.

Accommodation:
Chongwenmen Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Meals Included:
Peking Duck dinner

Day 2: Beijing – Explore the Forbidden City and Hutongs
There will be a lot of walking today as well as using the subway to get around some of Beijing’s most famous sights. Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares, is home to the Monument of the People's Heroes and the Great Hall of the People. From here enter the Forbidden City (built 1406-1420), the 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 through the alleys formed by lines of traditional courtyards known by Hutong and experience the local lifestyle of old Beijing.

Accommodation:
• Chongwenmen Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Beijing Great Wall at Mutianyu – train to Xi'an
The Great Wall at Mutianyu is about 2 hours out of Beijing. This is one of the best-preserved and restored sections so it is easy to climb, but you can still appreciate the difficulty of its construction. A picnic lunch on the Wall is provided.
Return to Beijing in late afternoon and board the overnight train to Xian.

Accommodation:
• Overnight on soft sleeper train Beijing-Xi’an (1 night)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Xi'an – Terracotta Warriors & Muslim Quarter
Arriving in Xi’an head to the hotel for breakfast. Then today’s adventure starts with a visit to the Terracotta Warriors. You will learn 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 expression – stand in battle formation.
After marveling at this incredible display we will enjoy lunch in a local village before our private transport takes us back to central Xi’an. Later, take a walk around the Muslim quarter, home to the Hui Muslim community for centuries. Stroll through these narrow streets dotted with small shops, halal butchers, sesame-oil factories, small mosques markets and restaurants.

Accommodation:
• Manxin Hotel Bell Tower or similar (1 night)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Cycle Xi'an City Walls, train to Chengdu
Start the day with a circuit of Xi’an’s ancient City Wall. This is the most significant and best-preserved city wall extant in China, running over 13 kilometers around Xi’an. It takes about 2 hours to cycle round the wall.
Then it is time for the bullet train to Chengdu where you will spend the afternoon exploring Jinli Street. This street is famous for its historic atmosphere, bustling businesses and most of all for 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. Later in the afternoon head to Kuanzhai Alley, a landmark of Chengdu. Here we will see the historical remains of the old Chengdu city and experience the leisure lifestyle of Chengdu locals.

Accommodation:
• Jaho Forstar Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6:  Chengdu Panda center, flight to Guilin, Yangshuo
A morning visit to the Panda Breeding Center, where we can witness the conservation efforts being made to save this endangered species. Here they are bred and protected and you are able to get quite close, watching them at play, eating, napping, and munching bamboo.
In the afternoon take a short flight from Chengdu to Guilin from where it is 2 hours by road to Yangshuo, a small village set amid green karst hills and rice fields. You will be impressed by the scenery from the time your plane starts its descent.

Accommodation:
• Floral Hotel Qinghui Villa or similar (2 nights)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Yangshuo bicycle tour, local family lunch, Li River cruise
Yangshuo offers excellent opportunities for biking and hiking. Cycle through the surrounding countryside to gain an insight into China’s rural life and marvel at the surroundings. Each turn in the road reveals another picture-postcard view. Stop at the Moon Hill, one of the most popular attractions in Yangshuo, easily recognizable by its crescent-moon-shaped natural arch. Ascend to the summit via a steep and rough path to be rewarded with spectacular vistas. Stop for lunch at the house of our local friends and savor a tasty meal made from locally grown produce.
In the afternoon enjoy a relaxing Li River Cruise to sit back and marvel at the crystal clear waters and karst mountain scenery.

Accommodation:
• Floral Hotel Qinghui Villa or similar (2 nights)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Flight Guilin-Shanghai, Nanjing Road, The Bund
Transfer to Guilin airport for a morning flight to Shanghai.
This afternoon, we will explore the Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s premier shopping street. Nanjing Road features businesses ranging from small shops and stalls to massive department stores and malls. It’s the world’s longest shopping district, stretching 5.5km (3.4 miles) from Jing’an Temple to the Bund. Then it is time to visit the Bund - this spectacular array of Art Deco buildings line what was once the most important financial street in Asia.

Accommodation:
• Metropolo Jinjiang Classiq Shanghai Nanjing Road or similar (2 nights)
Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Shanghai – Walking tour of Shanghai, City God Temple, Shanghai Museum
Today’s walking tour will take you back in time. The first stop is the City God’s Temple area; a folk temple neighboring Yuyuan Garden. It originated as the Jinshan God Temple, dedicated to the spirit of Jinshan or "Gold Mountain", an island off the coast of Shanghai and was converted into a City God Temple in 1403. Its popularity turns the surrounding area into a large pedestrian area hosting an array of shops, restaurants and teahouses, as well as annual temple fair events. Yuyuan Garden is an extensive ancient garden with Ming and Qing architectural styles.
Later, we’ll stroll along the narrow winding lanes (longtangs) of Old Shanghai where we can get a real glimpse into the locals’ daily life. Shanghai Museum is a highlight of the tour. The museum design is in keeping with Feng Shui principles. It houses a great permanent collection and hosts various exhibitions with over 120,000 pieces.

Accommodation:
• Metropolo Jinjiang Classiq Shanghai Nanjing Road or similar (2 nights)
Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Shanghai depart
Today is your last day in Shanghai. There are no activities planned but depending on the time of your outbound flight you can spend the day exploring more of the busy city or indulging in the many cuisines that can be found here. A private transfer to the airport is included.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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.

Under the current guidelines to get a visa you will need to provide the following:

- Letter of Invitation from a Chinese agency

- Copy of Flight tickets

- Hotel booking confirmation

- Travel Insurance (some embassies ask for this document) 

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 24 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.

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. 

Accommodation -Your accommodation is selected for convenient.




10 Days