Duration: 12 Days | Departs Daily
Location: Starts Shanghai | Longsheng, Guilin, Xian, Beijing
Price: $3,465 *pp twin share
Experience the imperial grandeur of the streets of Xian and Beijing with iconic treasures such as the Terracotta Army and Forbidden City and the classical Chinese gardens, Buddhist temples and caves. See giant pandas amongst the mountain landscapes and medieval water villages which trace their history back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Experience cities and rural life on this fascinating 12 day tour. Start off in Shanghai with sightseeing at some of the most spectacular sites such as the Yu Garden and Bazaar and the Jade Buddha Temple before transferring to Guilin where you can take a calligraphy lesson to learn this ancient Chinese art form.
Enjoy a cruise along the beautiful Li River, ride through the alluring Yangshuo countryside, visit the amazing 6000 strong army of Terracotta Warriors and explore Beijing’s key cultural sights all in the matter of 12 days!
Day 1: Shanghai
Transfer to your hotel on arrival.
Day 2: Shanghai
Sightseeing includes a visit to the Yu Garden and Bazaar, the Bund with its stunning architecture and the Jade Buddha Temple, one of Shanghai’s few active Buddhist Temples, in the evening watch a performance of lithe acrobats. (B) (L)
Day 3: Shanghai – Guilin
Enjoy a morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for your afternoon flight to Guilin. (B)
Check out of your hotel taking only hand luggage for an overnight stay in Longsheng, a stunning mountain area with beautiful steeped rice terraces, and the friendliness of the Red Yao and Zhuang ethnic minorities. (B) (D)
Day 5: Guilin
Transfer back to your Guilin hotel. In the afternoon, experience a half day tour of Guilin’s prettiest sights. Also take a fascinating calligraphy lesson to learn this ancient Chinese art form. In the evening, join a night walking tour – the best time to see this vibrant city. (B) (L)
Day 6: Guilin – Yangshuo
Enjoy a cruise along the beautiful Li River, world-famous for its dramatic limestone karst scenery. Upon arrival in Yangshuo enjoy some free time to take in the relaxing atmosphere of this charming town. (B)(L)
Day 7: Yangshuo – Xian
Begin the day with a leisurely bicycle ride through the alluring Yangshuo countryside. On return to the town participate in a hands-on cooking demonstration. From Yangshuo, drive to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival in China’s ancient capital, transfer to your hotel. (B)(L)
Day 8: Xian
Visit the amazing 6000-strong army of Terracotta Warriors and horses, as well as the Qin Tomb for the first Chinese emperor who ordered to build the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. The final stop is the Neolithic village Banpo.
Day 9: Xian – Beijing
Take the morning at leisure before an afternoon visit to the ancient Old City Wall, the informative Shaanxi History Museum and the Hui Muslim Great Mosque before boarding your overnight express train to Beijing. (B)
Day 10: Beijing
After checking-in to your accommodation and taking some free time to freshen up, travel some 90 km out of Beijing to see the largest manmade structure in the world, the Great Wall at Mutianyu. (L)
Day 11: Beijing
Explore the capital’s key cultural sights, including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. (B) (L)
Day 12: Beijing
Transfer to the airport for your international flight home. (B)
- Economy class airfares Shanghai/Guilin and Yangshuo/Xian
- 4 berth overnight sleeper train compartment Xian/Beijing
- accommodation, meals, transfers and sightseeing tours as specified
- English-speaking local guides.
- BEIJING In China’s capital and its cultural heart, traces of the past are everywhere, often side by side with modern developments. Discover Beijing’s Hutongs, the famous alleyways with traditional courtyard style homes, and explore the immense Forbidden City.
- GREAT WALL OF CHINA Arguably the most recognisable symbol of China, the Great Wall consists of numerous walls and fortifications that were constructed by independent kingdoms and is today considered one of the most impressive architectural feats in history.
- TERRACOTTA WARRIORS In 1974 peasants digging a well east of Xian stumbled upon one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century, the cache of 8,000 life-sized terracotta figures of soldiers arranged in battle formation.
- YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Asia’s longest river, the Yangtze, flows from the glaciers of Tibet’s eastern mountain range to Shanghai. Pass through spectacular landscapes on a river cruise and witness river and rural life.
- PINGYAO Pingyao is the best-preserved medieval city in China. Explore the ramparts of the city by foot and discover some of the ancient Ming and Qing residences that have now been converted to restaurants.
- TIBET Tibet is the roof of the world and is without a doubt one of the most remarkable places to visit in Asia. It offers fabulous monastery sites, breathtaking treks and stunning views of the world’s highest mountains.
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