Guilin Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF CHINA 1574

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Forbidden City lion with cub

Day 1: Beijing

Huan ying ni lai Zhongguo! That's 'Welcome to China' in Mandarin. Our representative will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall, ready to transfer you to your hotel in Beijing. Remainder of the day is free for you to relax after your flight.

Great Wall

Day 2: Beijing

Drive (1.5 hrs) and hike on the Great Wall at Mutianyu, which is a quieter and more pleasant stretch of the wall to walk on. We head back into Beijing and have a cooking class on dumplings with a local family in the Hutongs. Tonight we will take you to the Kung Fu show - an amazing display of Kung Fu told within a colourful stage show.

Day 3: Beijing - Guilin

We will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Guilin. On arrival we will transfer you to the hotel. Free time in the afternoon.

Day 4: Guilin - Yangshuo

This morning drive on to Yangshuo. Renowned for its striking, if bizarre scenery, vast areas of karst limestone outcrops which rise up from flat rice paddy fields. From Yangshuo it is possible to take a relaxing cruise by simple bamboo raft or motorised long boat along the River Li passing an endless procession of peaks and remote villages.

Day 5: Yangshuo

Choose to go boating along the Li or Yu Long rivers, cycling, hiking, rafting or rock climbing or simply spend the day exploring this charming village laden with quirky shops, tea shops, antiques, art t-shirt designers and souvenir curios. Maybe take a calligraphers or beginners art class with a local painter or enjoy a morning class at the ‘Cloud 9’ cooking school.

Day 6: Yangshuo - Kunming

Returning to Guilin we tour the enormous Reed Flute Caves. Take an afternoon stroll along the picturesque riverside foot bridges and paths before our overnight train journey to Kunming.

Day 7: Kunming

Capital of Yunnan Province, Kunming lies 2000m above sea level. Its gentle weather and abundance of flowers have earned it the name ‘City of Eternal Spring’. Arriving mid morning, hotel check in and free time. Visit the stunning Western Hills or the Dragon Gate Grotto if you choose.

Day 8: Kunming - Lijiang

Today we visit the petrified Stone Forest, before flying onward to Lijiang.

Day 9: Lijiang - Wenhai and Lashihai

Seeing the reflection of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on the surface of a picturesque lake, is the highlight of the 3 - 4 hour hike toward Wenhai Eco lodge. Upon arrival explore the village and drink tea with a local family.

Day 10: Wenhai and Lashihai

This morning you visit Yi Village before embarking on a 4 hour hike to visit the Lashishai community. Here, you’ll meet and stay overnight with a traditional Naxi indigenous family.

Day 11: Wenhai and Lashihai

En route to Liming (approx 3 hour drive) visit the town of Shigu, located on the first bend of the Yangtze River. Here you undertake a 3 hour hike (or pony ride if you choose) to the 3000m summit of the Thousand Tortoise Mountain. After enjoying the spectacular panoramic views continue your walk (downhill) to Liming.

Day 12: Wenhai and Lashihai - Shanghai

After breakfast head to the excitingly named Tiger leaping gorge on the Yangtze River. Some 16km long and up to 3000m deep, it is the world’s deepest canyon. The gorge is so narrow at various points that legend has it a tiger once escaped pursuit by leaping across. Visiting the gorge, you’ll have a chance to walk a section and take in the dramatic, yet stark scenery. After lunch return to Lijiang for your onward flight to Shanghai. On arrival we will check you into the hotel.

Day 13: Shanghai

Free day for you to explore on your own. If you would prefer to have guided sightseeing, add on our Spectacular Shanghai excursion - see the Enhance Your Holiday page for details.

Day 14: Shanghai

Free day. There is the option to add on our optional excursion to Suzhou, the Venice of the East. See the Enhance your Holiday page for details.

Bright green dragon

Day 15: Shanghai

We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.

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Tiger Leaping Gorge

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