Beijing: The Great Wall of China, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is a short tour bus ride away and a must-see for any visitor. The fabulously wealthy dynasties that ruled China centuries ago left behind palaces such as the Forbidden City.
Xian: Xian is a large city and capital of Shaanxi Province in central China. Once known as Chang’an (Eternal Peace), it marks the Silk Road’s eastern end and was home to the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties’ ruling houses. At archaeological sites in Xian’s surrounding plains are the famed Terra Cotta Army, thousands of life-size, hand-molded figures buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
Guilin: Guilin is a city in southern China known for its dramatic landscape of limestone karst hills. At its center are 2 lakes, Shanhu (Cedar) and Ronghu (Banyan), remaining from a medieval-era moat that once surrounded the city. Boats travel through these and other lakes via connected rivers. On Shanhu Lake’s shore, twin pagodas, the Sun and Moon, light up the sky at night.
Shanghai: on China’s central coast, is the country’s biggest city and a global financial hub. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Across the Huangpu River rises the Pudong district’s futuristic skyline, including 632m Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with distinctive pink spheres. Sprawling Yu Garden has traditional pavilions, towers and ponds.
Arrive Beijing, meet and transfer to your hotel. Hotel: Capital Hotel Beijing or similar.
Morning visit the Tian’anmen Square and Forbidden City Chinese lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit the Summer Palace. Dinner is on your own.
Morning excursion to the Badaling Great Wall. Visit Beijing Jade Carving Factory followed by lunch at its Friendship Restaurant. Afternoon visit Sacred Way and Ming Tomb – Changling Tomb. Peking Duck Dinner at local restaurant.
Morning visit the Temple of Heaven and Lama Temple. Beijing Noodle Lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to airport for flight flying to Xian. Arrive Xian, transfer to your hotel. Hotel: Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda or similar.
Morning excursion to visit the Terra Cotta Museum. Visit the Xian Ceramic and Art Workshop. Chinese lunch at local restaurant including the Noodle-making Demonstration
Afternoon visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and ancient City Wall. Dinner is on your own. Optional Tour: Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show with round-trip transfers.
Transfer to airport for flight flying to Guilin. Arrive Guilin, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon visit Reed Flute Caves and Elephant Trunk Hill. Hotel: Guilin Bravo Hotel or similar.
Li River Cruise with lunch on board. Disembark in Yangshuo, strong along the West Street. Explore the rural life to the local villages and local farmer’s house! Late afternoon transfer back to Guilin.
Transfer to airport for flight to Shanghai. Arrive Shanghai, meet and transfer to your hotel. The rest of day is free at leisure. Hotel: Ocean Hotel Shanghai or similar.
Morning visit the People’s Park, Shanghai Urban Planning Museum and Yu Garden. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit the Bund and Shanghai Museum. Dinner is on your own. Optional Tour: Shanghai Acrobatic Show with round trip transfers.