This trip introduces you to all of China’s must-see wonders – Beijing, Shanghai, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian, scenic Guilin, and bustling Shanghai. Start in Beijing with a meet and greet on arrival, then tour the city sites including a walk on the Great Wall and around the Forbidden City, and then head to Xian for a two night stay exploring the city wall, ancient pagodas, and the Terra Cotta Warrior Museum. Travel south to Guilin and take a cruise on the Li River admiring the unique mountain scenery, take in the countryside lifestyle outside of Yangshuo, and then conclude your trip in Shanghai.
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Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met in the arrivals area by your local guide holding a name-board. After a warm welcome, take a private airport transfer to your hotel for assistance with check-in. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure.
Your first full day in China’s capital introduces you to the world’s largest city square, Tian’anmen Square, to the north of the Forbidden City, before entering this large Imperial Palace, once the seat of power for nearly 500 years during the Ming & Qing dynasties. The landscaped gardens, historic artifacts, and nearly 10,000 rooms captivate you in what is now called the Palace Museum. Enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and some time to explore at leisure. Later, Beijing’s hutong neighbourhoods lined by traditional courtyard homes will be explored by pedicab before visiting the National Museum.
Depart the city for your discovery of the Great Wall today. Your guide will provide narrative to the visit followed by time for time to explore at your leisure. When you return to the city, visit the Summer Palace, another of China’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
This morning, head to the Temple of Heaven, famous for its elegance and symmetry, the Temple was built in 1420 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven. Enjoy a guided tour of the temple and then take a flight to the city of Xian. On your arrival, visit the iconic Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the ancient City Wall.
Visit the extraordinary site of the Terra Cotta Warriors. Not discovered until 1974 by local farmers, the Warriors are among the most fascinating discoveries of modern day. Tour the site with insightful commentary before returning to the city to take a walk through the old quarter.
Take a flight to the city of Guilin and enjoy a guided tour of the Reed Flute Cave, stop by the Elephant Trunk Hill, and then have the evening free at your leisure.
Start the day with a scenic boat trip down the Li River offering 30 miles of mist shrouded mountains rising from the riverbanks. The cruise ends at the colorful market town of Yangshuo, where you will have some leisure time to explore the town and then you`ll head to the countryside for a guided tour of the nearby villages and rural communities. This evening, check-in to your hotel in Yangshuo for your one night stay.
Take a flight to Shanghai where you will be met for transportation to the hotel and the balance of the day at your leisure.
This morning, meet your guide and depart for your full day Shanghai city tour. Highlights include a visit to the Yuyuan Garden and bazaar, a tour of the spectacular Shanghai Museum, a large museum containing ancient Chinese art, and a walk about Shanghai's Old Street. Stroll along the Bund and take a tour of the ultra-modern Lujiazui district.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before meeting your guide in the lobby for your half-day tour to Zhujiajiao, a water-town outside of Shanghai. The town is an interesting contrast to the modern wonders of Shanghai with its ancient buildings, stone bridges, and meandering river-ways. After sightseeing, return to Shanghai for the afternoon at your leisure.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and at the appointed time your guide will meet you in the hotel and then transfer you to the airport.
Day 5: See the Terra Cotta Warriors, one of the most fascinating discoveries of modern day.
Day 8: Li River Cruise, take a scenic boat trip down the Li River to the colorful town of Yangshuo.
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