Hutongs to Hong Kong - 13 days

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Take a rickshaw through Beijing’s happening hutongs and climb the magnificent Great Wall, visit Longman Grottoes, the Terracotta Warriors and futuristic Shanghai. Top off this classic journey through China where East meets West and ancient meets modern with wonderful Hong Kong - a shopper’s paradise.

Day 1: Beijing
Saturday. Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Airport arrival transfer and hotel check in. Overnight - Beijing
This morning, we embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the nation’s capital - host of the 2008 Olympics. Tiananmen Square, partly framed by illustrious Chang-an Avenue, is essentially the heart of Beijing. A patriotic vision of grandeur, Tiananmen Square is a square for the public and also home to the mausoleum of Chairman Mao and the striking Monument to the People’s Heroes. Probably one of Beijing’s most famous sights is the Gate of Heavenly Peace. Up above the gate and looking out across to all his people, is Chairman Mao. Heading back a few centuries, we step into the Forbidden City, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors. Entry was forbidden to all but those on imperial business until 1911, when the last emperor, Puyi, was overthrown.

This afternoon we take rickshaws to explore the Hutongs of Beijing. As our trusty rickshaw driver peddles us through the network of alleys, old back lanes, traditional courtyards and compact houses, it gives us a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life. There is time to meet a local family and take a peek inside their home, before returning to our hotel.

This evening, we enjoy an eye boggling Chinese acrobatic performance. Swinging ropes, juggling hoops, spinning plates and human pyramids are just a few tricks these show stoppers pull out followed by a Welcome Dinner of Peking Duck at a city restaurant. Overnight - Beijing (B, D)
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View of the colossal Great Wall of China on a misty morning
Today, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, where we can walk a section of the famous Great Wall, built during the Ming Dynasty. Here, the 6m wide pathway with regular watchtowers makes a formidable defence. Though never directly attacked, the wall was taken over by aggressors sweeping around from the side. Later we visit a cloisonne workshop demonstrating the ancient Chinese art of combining copper and enamel to make decorative pieces.

This evening take an optional Beijing by Night city tour and see some of the capital's monuments illuminated against the night sky (payable locally). Overnight - Beijing (B, L)
Beijing - Luoyang. Spend the morning touring the famous Summer Palace on Kunming Lake. This vast complex is replete with lavishly decorated temples, halls and courts, reconstructed in 1902 at the whim of the extravagant Dowager Empress Cixi. We visit the famed Silk Alley markets and drive past the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium en route to the train station where we take the late afternoon bullet train to Luoyang. Reaching speeds of up to 305km per hour the journey is an experience in itself! Overnight - Luoyang (B)
Rickshaws are a popular means of transport in Beijing - the starting point of all of our Group China
Day 5: Luoyang
Today we explore the UNESCO world heritage listed 6th Century Longman Caves, etched into the cliffs along the Yi River. The 1300 caves (grottoes) were carved out by hand during the Northern Wei Dynasty and are adorned with more than 100,000 statues and images of Buddha and his disciples. Later we tour the first Buddhist temple in China - White Horse Temple. Overnight - Luoyang (B)
Day 6: Xi'an
Luoyang - Xi’an. Early this morning we visit Peony Square to watch or partake in a little exercise. Many Chinese exercise in the square daily, practising ballroom dancing and tai chi, sword fighting or playing sports like badminton and hacky sack in the wee hours of the morning. The square’s name originates from the long history of peonies in Luoyang. In April the flower comes into full bloom and the city is full of colour and fragrance. Afterwards we board the new high speed train to Xi'an (journey time approximately 3 hours). Once in Xi'an we visit the Wild Goose Pagoda, Grand Mosque and Muslim quarter and this evening have a delicious local dinner. The evening is at leisure. Overnight - Xi'an (B, D)
Local interaction in Tiananmen Square on one of our China Tours
Renowned for its noodles, Xi’an in Shaanxi Province is perhaps most famous for the discovery of Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors. Discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well, the 2,200 year old terracotta warriors comprise more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers which stand battle-ready in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger. Made of local clay, each is said to be an individual portrait. We tour the Terracotta Warrior site and a workshop where replicas are crafted.

This evening, On Broadway - Chinese style we can attend a Tang Dynasty dinner and performance with Chang’an music and dance originally performed for the illustrious Tang emperors. Overnight - Xi'an (B, L)
Xi’an - Shanghai. Early this morning opt for our Panda excursion to the Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre a 2 hour drive from Xi’an. Later, we tour take a casual bicycle ride on top of the 9 mile Xi’an City Wall (no need to go the entire way around) perimeter peeking down upon the lively city beneath us. Afterwards we enjoy some free time in the city centre and a delicious Hot Pot lunch before boarding our train destined for sizzling Shanghai. Overnight - Sleeper Train to Shanghai (B, L)
Temples in Shanghai's ancient Yuyuan Gardens
Focus your eyes on spectacular Shanghai. Perhaps China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is stunning. We enjoy a tour of the many city sights including Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund, with a cruise on the Huangpu River. Overnight - Shanghai (B)
Today, it's a short train journey to ancient Suzhou by high speed express train. The Venice like city is interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways. We take a cruise on the Grand Canal and visit a silk workshop. Overnight - Shanghai (B, L)
Shanghai's famous buildings on the Bund
Shanghai – Kowloon/Hong Kong. A free day to explore Shanghai. Tonight (approx 6:30pm) we board the sleeper train bound for Hong Kong. Overnight train – Kowloon/Hong Kong.

Note: Touring arrangements from here forward exclude the services of a tour guide, though local representatives will be on hand to assist with your arrival into Kowloon. Overnight - Sleeper train to Hong Kong (B)
Hong Kong's gleaming skyscrapers at night - the perfect place to end a China Tour
Welcome to Hong Kong! Arriving into Kowloon at approx 1pm, the remainder of today and tomorrow morning offer free time. Perhaps head up Victoria Peak to look down over the islands and the new territories, or why not end your Chinese adventures with a sampan (junk) boat ride around Aberdeen’s harbour and a seafood dish in one of the famed restaurants by the water front. Overnight - Kowloon
Day 13: Hong Kong
Thursday. Enjoy breakfast and the morning sightseeing if you wish. Our tour concludes upon hotel check out at approximately 12 noon. For reference, Hong Kong International airport is a quick 24min journey on the Airport Express train, running at 12 minute intervals.

It is possible to extend your stay in Hong Kong by purchasing extra nights accommodation, please contact us for more info.

Note: Overnight trains between Shanghai and Hong Kong run every second day. Currently our touring itinerary includes a one night stay in Hong Kong. Should the train schedule change our touring arrangements will include one night in Shanghai (day 9) and two nights in Hong Kong (days 10 and 11). As such a visit to Suzhou would no longer be offered. Higher accommodation costs in Hong Kong (as opposed to Shanghai) will be covered by on the go. Should this be the case, you will be advised at the time of booking. (B)

Tang Dynasty Bolt-on

Don’t miss the colourful Tang Dynasty performance in Xi’an. A night of Chang’an music, dance and song fit for a Tang emperor!

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Tour Details
  • Starts in: Beijing / Ends in: Hong Kong
  • Departs: Saturdays - March - November
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:11, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 2
  • Hotel Rating: 3 - 4 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes (for groups of 6 or more)
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