Hangzhou Holidays

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Great Wall

Day 1: Beijing

Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Enjoy an arrival transfer to our hotel, where you sit back and relax after your long flight.

Forbidden City

Day 2: Beijing

Today we explore the heart of Beijing including the vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao’s tomb is located. Dominating the city’s heart is the Forbidden City, a centre of power for five centuries and seat of the emperors. Entering through the Gate of Heavenly Peace, we enjoy a guided walk of this old city within a city. This evening, enjoy dinner in a city restaurant compliments of your agent Stacey-Lee.

Ming statue

Day 3: Beijing

Today we drive out of the city to Jinshanling section, where we can walk a section of the Great Wall. Some sections are fairly steep, but the walk on the vast wall is one of those ‘must do’ experiences! We visit the tombs of the Ming emperors and a cloisonne workshop, where we’ll see firsthand the unique Chinese art of combining copper and enamel.

Summer Palace

Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an

We have a guided visit to the Silk Alley markets and the Summer Palace with its UNESCO-listed imperial gardens, located on Kunming Lake. Overnight train to Xi’an after some free time for dinner and drinks. Train: Z19 1957/0758+1

Day 5: Xi'an

Pulling into Xi'an Station, our friendly guide will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Later today, we visit the archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors, Huanqing Hot Springs and the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi .

Day 6: Xi'an - Guilin

Today, we visit the city symbol, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, before enjoying a leisurely bike ride on Xi’an’s medieval City Wall, which dates from the Ming dynasty. We then visit the local Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque. Later, fly from Xi’an to Guilin. Flight:MU2145 1740/1930

Day 7: Guilin

Renown for it’s striking, if bizarre scenery, vast areas of karst limestone outcrops that rise up from flat rice paddy fields, Guilin is often the subject of Chinese painting. Drive to Longsheng. Visit to Longji Rice terrace. Back to Guilin

West Lake temple

Day 8: Guilin

This morning your Li River cruise departs from downtown Guilin for a full days excursion. The 90 Km Li River cruise is the centerpiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. Gorgeous Karst peaks give you surprises at each bend of the limpid river under the blue sky. Bear witness to rural China as peasants reap rice paddies, school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. After passing many world renown sights such as Elephent Trunk Hill, Pagoda Hill and more you arrive in to Yangshuo where you can explore before we take you back to Guilin.

Temple all lit up

Day 9: Guilin - Hangzhou

Today you will fly from Guilin to Hangzhou arriving there we transfer you to your hotel. Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province and its political, economic and cultural center. With its famous natural beauty and cultural heritages, Hangzhou is one of China's most important tourist venues. Today after a short rest you visit The Six Harmonies Pagoda and the Chinese Tea Museum. Flight: JD5547 1000/1135

Day 10: Hangzhou

This morning you visit the West Lake which is undoubtedly the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. Highlights today will be Linyin Temple and a tranquil bicyle ride in this beautiful scenic area.

Day 11: Hangzhou

Today enjoy a full day guided tour to the Chinese Medicine Museum, Tea House and the Longjing village. Rest of the day is free and at your leisure.

Day 12: Hangzhou - Tunxi

Today we drive to Tunxi. Overnight - Tunxi Tiandu International Hotel

Day 13: Tunxi - Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

Considered the most beautiful mountain in China, Yellow Mountain or Huangshan is one of a range of 72 peaks in Anhui Province. Hunxi/Huangshan,visit Huangshan by cable car, including: beginning-to-believe Peak, Lion Peak, Cooling Terrace, the Flower from Dreaming Pen, Monkey-gazzing at the Sea. Overnight - Huangshan Beihai Hotel

Day 14: Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) - Suzhou

Enjoy the sunrise,Cloud-dispelling Pavillion,the Grand Canyon, Flying-rock,the Summit Peak. Go down by Yungu Cable Car, Huangshan/Tunxi by coach, dinner in Tunxi, Tunxi / Suzhou by coach, Overnight in Suzhou.

Day 15: Suzhou

Today we enjoy a tour of ancient Suzhou, a Venetian-like town with its UNESCO-listed gardens and many waterways and bridges. Enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal, which stretches over 1,000 miles from Beijing to Hangzhou and crosses the Yellow and Yangtze rivers. The hubbub of activity comprising boats and people both on and along the Canal offers an amazing sight.

Day 16: Suzhou - Shanghai

Enroute to Shanghai we stop off at lovely Zhouzhuang - an ancient town featuring traditional buildings, small bridges and tree-lined waterways astride the Jinghang Canal. Focus your eyes on spectacular Shanghai. Perhaps China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is breathtaking. Enjoy a tour of the Bund area and a cruise on the Huangpu River.

Day 17: Shanghai

Once known for its decadent magnetism that attracted fortune-seekers and adventurers, Shanghai looks like a European city in a Chinese setting. Enjoy a big day out in Shanghai, with a visit to the Oriental Pearl TV tower, Jade Buddha Temple, charming Yuyuan Gardens and the Old City.

Day 18: Shanghai

A fond farewell to your new found friends in China. Hotel check out and onward transfers to the airport for your flights home.

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