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Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Airport arrival transfer and hotel check in.
This morning, we embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the nation’s capital. Tiananmen Square is essentially the heart of Beijing. Heading back a few centuries we step into the Forbidden City, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors.This afternoon we take rickshaws to explore the Hutongs of Beijing. Tonight, we enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a city restaurant.
Today, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, where we can walk a section of the famous Great Wall, built during the Ming Dynasty. Later we visit a cloisonne workshop demonstrating the ancient Chinese art of combining copper and enamel to make decorative pieces. Tonight, an evening of choreographed acrobatic performance.
Morning market walk and a visit to the Summer Palace. We explore the lavishly decorated temples, halls and courts, reconstructed in 1902 at the whim of the extravagant Dowager Empress Cixi. Visit to the famed Silk Alley markets and drive by the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium en route to the train station.
Arrive Luoyang and transfer to hotel. We explore the UNESCO world heritage listed Longman Caves etched into the cliffs along the River Yi. Carved during the Northern Wei Dynasty the caves are adorned with more than 100,000 statues and images of Buddha. Later we tour the stunning White Horse Temple, the first Buddhist temple in China.
Early this morning we walk to Peony Square to watch or partake in a little exercise. Many Chinese get their daily exercise by practising ballroom dancing, performing tai chi, sword fighting and playing hacky sack in the early hours of the morning. Boarding the morning train, we travel onward to Xi’an. Arrival into Xi’an, hotel check in and rest of day at leisure.
Xi’an in Shaanxi Province is perhaps most famous for the discovery of Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors. The 2,200 year old warriors comprise more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers which stand battle-ready in excavated pits. We tour the site and a workshop where replicas are crafted. This evening we have a Tang Dynasty dinner and performance.
Exploring the city, we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, enjoy a bike ride on top of the City Wall. A legacy of the Silk Road, we visit the Muslim Quarter and later fly south to Guilin. Onward transfer to Yangshuo (approx 1.5hrs drive). Hot pot lunch, late evening hotel check in.
Today, we take a 2 hour rafting cruise along the calm clean waters of Yu Long River. As our captain punts (propels us forward by pushing against the river bed with a long pole) our flat bottom boat along the shallow waters endless photo opportunities arise. The remainder of our time in Yangshuo is spent at leisure.
Choose to hike, hire a bicycle or motorbike and head off on one of the many mountain trails or stop to watch the local fishermen use their trained cormorants to catch fish. Time can also be spent exploring West Street, laden with quirky shops, tea shops, antiques, calligraphers and art studios. In the late afternoon we return to Guilin.
A 90 minute drive leads us to Longsheng, to the Dragon’s Backbone. Beginning at the base of Mt Longji the verdant green rice fields coil up the mountain, climbing to its summit. Taking a walk along the stone paths no more than a metre wide, we’ll pass many of the Yao and Red Yao minority women. Returning to Guilin, we travel by express sleeper train to Guangzhou
Early Morning Flight to Hong Kong and onward to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore, maybe head over to Victoria Peak, Stanley Markets or Aberdeen Harbour.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.
Hong Kong, with its remnants of the colonial era plus its Chinese heritage, is a fascinating, lively city with multiple ...