Places Visited: Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai
Beijing, the enthralling capital city of China, is your first stop on our China Experience tour. Visit Tian An Men Square and the Great Wall of China. Take a day train to Xi’an to explore the bustling Muslim Quarter and to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Museum of Horses. See the Giant Pandas and Wen Shu Temple in Chengdu.
Visit Guilin, a city situated in the northeast of Guangxi prefecture, known for its unique Karst topography and the stunning landscape of Elephant Trunk Hill and Seven Star Park. Take a cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo to tour the Moon Hill. Also visit the historical Xinping fishing village to see expert cormorant fishermen at work afloat bamboo rafts. The tour ends in the contrastingly vibrant city of Shanghai.
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- Group Size 6-16 people
- Internal Travel Arrival & departure transfers, internal travel by road, rail and air
- Accompanying Guide Local English speaking guides for all sightseeing
- Accommodation 12 nights
- Meal Plan Breakfast daily. Lunch on days 2 to 7, 9, 10, 12. Dinner on days 2 & 5
Itinerary for China Experience
On arrival in Beijing, transfer to King Parkview Hotel (Mar-Apr 2020 Howard Johnson Paragon hotel) or similar for three nights.
Start the day off at Tian An Men Square, before spending a few hours exploring the magnificent Forbidden City with your guide. Afternoon visit to see the pavilions, prayer halls and gardens of the Summer Palace, built for the Emperors to escape the summer heat. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner of Peking Duck.Optional excursion: Kung Fu show
Visit the Temple of Heaven which comes alive each morning when elderly locals gather to practice Tai Chi. In the afternoon, drive out to see the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, one of the most iconic sights in Asia.
Beijing - Xi'an
Take a high-speed train to Xi'an this morning (5-6 hours). On arrival, check-in to the Mercure Xian on Renmin Square (Mar-Apr 2020 the Grand Dynasty Culture hotel) or similar for two nights. In the afternoon, visit the sights of Xi'an, including the Big Goose Pagoda, Great Mosque and the bustling Muslim Quarter.
Start off the day with the amazing Terracotta Warriors and Museum of Horses, learning about the history of this incredible archaeological treasure from your guide. Explore Xian city wall in the afternoon, the most complete ancient city wall to survive in China. Enjoy a dumpling dinner banquet.
Xi'an - Chengdu
This morning take a short flight to Chengdu. Stay at the Tianfu Sunshine hotel or similar for two nights. Later, visit Leshan Big Buddha and take a boat ride on the river.
Visit the Panda Breeding Centre in the morning, followed by a very special vegetarian lunch at the Wen Shu Temple. Later on, walk along the famous Jin Li Street and explore the city on your own in the evening. Optional excursion: Sichuan opera performance.
Chengdu - Guilin
Fly to Guilin in the morning. Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Express Guilin (Mar-Apr 2020 Guilin Universal hotel) or similar. Afternoon at leisure to explore the town on your own to discover its beautiful landscapes and 4000 year old history. The region is most famous for its cormorant fishermen. Optional excursion: Guilin Art museum tour.
Guilin - Yangshuo
This morning, cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. Lunch arranged on the cruise. Check into Yangshuo New Century hotel or similar for two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Explore the countryside around Yangshuo including the picturesque Moon Hill, a crop of Ming-era houses and bustling markets where you can stock up on souvenirs. Join a cooking class in the evening. Later, enjoy a bamboo raft ride on the Yulong River to visit the Xinping fishing village.
Yangshuo - Guili - Shanghai
Drive back to Guilin for your flight to Shanghai. Stay in the heart of the city at the Greenland Jiulong Hotel (Mar-Apr 2020 Bund hotel) or similar for two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure for exploring Shanghai at your own pace and for a spot of shopping.
Early morning enjoy a leisurely walk along the famous ‘Bund’ and see local people taking their morning excercise. Afterwards, visit the Yu Garden and the World Financial Centre. In the evening enjoy a performance by Chinese acrobats.
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Group Tour 13 days from £2095 per person
✓ 12 nights accommodation
✓ Arrival & departure transfers, internal travel by road, rail and air
✓ Local English-speaking guides for all sightseeing
✓ Accompanying tour escort when minimum group size achieved
✓ Breakfast daily. Lunch on days 2 to 7, 9, 10, 12. Dinner on days 2 & 5
✓ Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary
Holiday Extensions for this tour
China Experience - Hainan Island beach break
4 days, 3 nights from £465 per person
Single supplement £ 295 per personview itinerary
Fly to Sanya airport today. Stay at the Huayu Resort for three nights of relaxation on this beautiful island.
Day at leisure.
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
2020/2021 tour prices for China Experience
|DEPARTURE DATE||PRICE PER PERSON||SINGLE ROOM supplement||AVAILABILITY|
|Sun 13 Sep 2020||£2525||£525||Good|
|Sun 18 Oct 2020||£2525||£525||Good|
|Sun 21 Mar 2021||£2475||£475||Good|
|Sun 11 Apr 2021||£2525||£525||Good|
Places and Experiences in this tour
With its horizons of tower cranes and smog-shrouded skyscrapers, Beijing is a city which has totally reinvented itself in less than a generation, and not without growing pains. At…
Summer Palace (Beijing)
“A masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design” is how UNESCO described Beijing’s Summer Palace complex when it included this vast ensemble of lakes, hills, temples, pavilions a…
Forbidden City (Beijing)
Comprising over 800 buildings ranged around a series of vast paved courtyards, Beijing’s Gugong, or ‘Imperial Palace’, formed the nerve centre of the Ming and Qing empires. For the…
Temple of Heaven (Beijing)
Widely regarded as Beijing’s most exquisite building, the Temple of Heaven marked the spiritual heart of Imperial China in the early 15th century. Each year on the summer solstice,…
The Great Wall
China’s Great Wall undulates for over 5,500 miles (8,880km) across the north of the country – an astounding engineering feat and a vivid testament to both the might of the emperors…
Xi'an, capital of populous Shanxi Province, is one of China’s fastest expanding industrial centres, and at first glance seems to hold little promise for visitors. For over two-thou…
The Terracotta Army
In 1974, a couple of farm workers digging a well in the fields outside Xi'an uncovered the limb of a terracotta figure. What they didn’t know then, and which only became apparent a…
Giant Panda Base
The bamboo forests of southern Sichuan are the last stronghold of China’s national treasure, the Giant Panda. Around 1,500 of these adorable black-and-white bears survive in the wi…
Guilin & the Li River
Featured on ancient scroll paintings, Ming porcelain vases and the modern 20-Yuan note, the karst mountains of Guangxi province rise at surreal gradients from the limpid green wate…
Yangshuo (Li River)
The main hub for the Li River is Yangshuo (‘Bright Moon’), a lively riverside village with a crop of Ming-era houses and bustling market area where you can stock up on local souven…
At the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai became the hub of European imperial ambitions in mainland China after the Opium Wars, and today is the powerhouse of a dramatic economic…
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