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11 Days Fabulous China Tour from Hong Kong

Hong Kong to Beijing Experience

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Begin your China tour from the Pearl of the Orient-Hong Kong. This tour offers you an opportunity to soak in the perfect East-meets-West culture. While experiencing a great mixture of China's past and present, you will also enjoy leisurely vacations and impressive outdoor adventures with the finest scenery in Guilin, and get an exciting visit to the Giant Pandas in Chengdu.

Highlights of this tour:

    Travel at your pace in the Pearl of the Orient – Hong Kong to experience the perfect east-meets-west culture;
    Experience leisurely vacations and impressive outdoor adventures with the finest scenery in Guilin.
    Have a warm-heated visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see the lovely pandas;
    Explore culture featuring of the UNESCO world heritage sites in China ancient capitals – Beijing and Xi’an;

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Hong Kong / Guilin / Yangshuo / Longsheng / Chengdu / Xian / Beijing
Travel Length:
11 Days and 10 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-HGCXBT-11
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureEcological
Departure:
Any day you want

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~2 Hong Kong Arrival & Flight to Guilin

Arrive at Hong Kong and have a half-day tour to appreciate the magnificent skyline of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak, spend some casual time in Repulse Bay and Stanley Market. Then take a flight to Guilin.

Day 3~5 Guilin Tour & Flight to Chengdu

One full day to cruise the Li River, and enjoy leisure life at Yangshuo Town. Have a day tour to explore the stunning Longji Rice Terrace. Lastly take a flight to Chengdu from Guilin.

Day 6~7 Chengdu Tour & Flight to Xian

One full day and a half day to meet the cute Giant Panda, then enjoy leisure time in Wenshu Temple, Renmin Park and Jinli Old Street. Before leaving for Xian, you will visit the Jinsha Site Museum.

Day 8~9 Xian Tour & High Speed Train to Beijing

One full day to visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors, leisurely walk on the Ancient City Wall and Muslim Quarter. Before leaving for Beijing, explore the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaan’xi History Museum.

Day 10~11 Beijing Tour & Departure

One and a half days to visit the best highlights of Beijing, such as the grand Tiananmen Square, historical Forbidden City, spectacular Temple of Heaven, man-made wonder of Great Wall of China, traditional Hutong, etc.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Hong Kong Arrival

Ni Hao, welcome to Hong Kong, Pearl of the Orient! Your local guide is ready to pick you up at the arrival hall of the airport, and transfer you to hotel. The rest of today is to recover from long flight, or explore this vibrant and bustling metropolis on your own.

Free Time ideas: It is one of the most popular things to do in Hong Kong to spend ten minutes riding the humble Star Ferry which sails between Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island( daily 6:30am-11:30pm). From the ferry, you can enjoy the breathtaking skyline of Hong Kong especially in the evening when the Symphony of Lights begins. You can also go to take an enjoyable walk on the Avenue of Stars to watch the fabulous night views of Hong Kong. 

  • Victoria Harbor Take Star Ferry Cruise Through Victoria Harbor

Day 2 Hong Kong to Guilin (B)

After breakfast, start today’s tour with a visiting to Hong Kong’s symbol - Victoria Peak. An exciting tram will take you to this highest peak in Hong Kong (552m). Walk through the verdant woods to explore hidden old buildings left by the old Hong Kong. Also ascend to the observation deck to sweep the magnificent Hong Kong skyline and tranquil harbor views.

Continue to take a trip to Repulse Bay. Known as the Hawaii of Orient, the Repulse Bay is the most beautiful sand beach with long coastline, soft sand, clean water and appropriate temperature. After the leisure break in Repulse Bay, proceed to the Stanley Market. Browse fancy petty commodities in various little stores, or just order a cup of coffee or beer at the seaside café or pub, a great way to spend time away from the maddening crowds.

In the afternoon, your tour guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to Guilin (about 1.5 hours). Be pick up at the airport by your tour guide, then transferred to check in your hotel in downtown.

Optional Train Transfer: You can make transfer at Shenzhen North Railway Station or Guangzhou South Railway Station where you can take fast high speed bullet trains to Guilin(about 2.5~3hrs).

  • Victoria Peak Tram Take the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak
  • Stanley market Stanley Market

Day 3 Guilin - Yangshuo (B, L)

As the declaration in Chinese textbook” Guilin’s landscape is the best under heaven”, today you will explore this best landscape starting with a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the Li River to the Yangshuo Town. Along the 84-kilometer cruise, dazzling scenery will overwhelm your eyes like a vast endless Chinese painting of winding river, green limestone karst mountains, fascinating countryside views.

After about 4 hours’ cruise, disembark in Yangshuo Town, and check in your hotel. Take a short break, immerse yourself into the stunning countryside views and relaxed atmosphere and be enthralled by the patches of paddy fields nestling under green hills and near the mirror-like river, with farmers cultivating the soil with their water buffalos.

This evening is for you to walk leisurely on the ancient West Street to experience how the western culture and Chinese culture perfectly and peacefully coexist here. Whether you want to enjoy a cup of drink in bar, taste some local food, or just experience the relaxing atmosphere, you get it here.

Optional activity: watch the splendid evening performance of Impression Liu Sanjie with the Li River itself as the stage, which was directed by famous director – Zhang Yimou (usually performs for an hour between around 19:45 and 22:20).

  • Beautiful Sunset View of Li River Beautiful Sunset View of Li River
  • Unbelievable Yangshuo Unbelievably Beautiful Yangshuo

Day 4 Yangshuo to Longsheng (B, L)

In the morning, you’ll drive about 150 km (about 4 hours) to witness one of the most beautiful terraces in China - Longji Terraces in Longsheng County. There are several featured ethnic villages located along the road of which most famous is the Huanglong Village whose women often wash their long hairs (over 1.5 meters) in the river.

You will arrive at Pingan Village and check in. After some rest, start to explore the breathtaking views of terraces. From Pingan, you can hike on the cobbled paths built among terraces to catch the best landscape. Climb up to the great lookouts at Seven Stars with Moon and Nine Dragons and Five Tigers from which you can get superlative views of terraces and villages. Hike half day around, then back to Pingan for dinner and accommodation. 

  • Longjin Rice Terrace Longjin Rice Terrace

Day 5 Longsheng - Flight to Chengdu (B, L)

Wake up in the fresh air of peaceful morning, you may forget where you are. Enjoy the magnificent sunrise which is quite amazing. The rest time is on your own to have fun around - you can take some leisure walking around, or go to communicate with local people and experience ethnic culture in the villages. If you are a shutterbug, of course it is the wonderful time in this perfect place to take some beautiful photos. 

Lastly, drive about 2 hours to Guilin Airport to catch your flight to Chengdu. You will arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport after 2 hours' flying, and then be picked by your tour guide and transfferred to your downtown hotel.

  • Green Longji Rice Terrace (June ~ August) Green Longji Rice Terrace (June ~ August)

Day 6 Chengdu (B, L)

This morning you will make a memorable visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.  This facility is not only the most important panda scientific research center in the world, but also the home for more than 100 Giant Pandas. You will walk at leisure through the bamboo-framed paths and closely observe giant pandas of different ages eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling, and climbing trees. Be sure to not miss the chance to watch female pandas nursing their cubs in the nursery rooms! There is also a very informative Panda Museum where you can learn more scientific facts about Giant Pandas. Following the visit to this Panda base, you will be taken to a hidden spiritual Buddhist temple in hustling downtown Chengdu, Wenshu Temple, where you will marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architecture, soak in the reverent atmosphere, and wander on the temple’s peaceful paths. 

Chengdu is famous throughout China for its relaxing and leisurely pace and lifestyle, which will be demonstrated by a visit to the City’s Renmin Park. Sit down, order a pot of Chinese tea, have a casual chat with your friends and watch locals indulging themselves in different kinds of folk entertainment – napping, playing mahjong, disco dancing, and giving neck massages! Next will be an impressive visit to the famous Jinli Old Street. Time will steal away as you quietly walk on the lively streets full of delicious local snacks, delicate artifacts, interesting folk shows, and other activities.

Optional activity: In the evening, watch a wonderful performance at the Sichuan Opera which includes folk opera, face changing, fire spitting, rolling lights, and other delightful entertainment. (usually starts at 8pm and last 1.5 hours)

  • Lovely Pandas in Chengdu Lovely Pandas in Chengdu
  • Wenshu Temple Wenshu Temple
  • Jinli Old Street Jinli Old Street

Day 7 Chengdu - Flight to Xian (B, L)

After breakfast, take a meaningful visit to Jinsha Site Museum. Constructed on the Jinsha ruin site which reveals the unique bronze civilization of the mysterious ancient Shu Kingdom (approximately 2900 – 3200 years ago), Jinsha Site Museum conserves the original expansive site for sacrifice as well as numerous ivory tusks and gold artifacts, including the symbol of China Culture Heritage – the Gold Sun and Immortal Bird.

The rest of today is free until you get escorted to catch a flight to Xian (about 1.5hrs). Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by local tour guide, and transferred to your hotel in downtown.

  • Gold Mask in Jisha Relic Museum Gold Mask in Jisha Relic Museum

Day 8 Xian (B, L)

After breakfast, drive about 40km to discover one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world – the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife. Over 8,000 life-size warriors, horses and chariots, buried in 3 pits for more than 2,000 years until uncovered by a local farmer in 1974, form an ancient military army with complete battle units of infantry, cavalry, etc. Standing in front of these figures, one can’t help being amazed not only by the ambition of Emperor Qin Shihuang but also by the fabulous artistic skills of ancient Chinese artisans.

After lunch, return back to Xian take a wonderful stroll on the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Enjoy panoramic views of modern Xian while you leisurely examine this well-maintained city wall which is 12 meters high and 18 meters wide with a total circuit of nearly 14 kilometers. This visit is followed by a relaxing wander around bustling and lively Muslim Quarter, a place where you can try different local snacks and explore Muslim culture.

Optional activities: 1) Take a relaxing cycling on the Ancient City Wall; 2) Enjoy a wonderful Tang Palace Dance Show (usually from 8pm to 9pm) after a hearty dumpling dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Witness the countless Terracotta Warriors Witness the countless Terracotta Warriors
  • Muslim Snack Street Muslim Community

Day 9 Xian & Train to Beijing (B, L)

After breakfast, head to Da Cien Temple, a famous Buddhist sutra translation site during the Tang Dynasty. Big Wild Goose Pagoda is the most famous building in the temple. The pagoda, rising to a height of 64.5 meters, was built by the famous Buddhist master Xuanzang to preserve classic scriptures he bought back from India during the early Tang Dynasty. Xuanzang was the prototype character for Tang Seng in the famous Chinese novel “Journey to the West”. (Note: It costs an extra 30 RMB if you want to climb up the Big Wild Goose Pagoda)

Next is an educational visit to the Shaanxi History Museum where you can ramble in the modern exhibition halls to appreciate historic relics such as porcelains, paintings, and currencies dating from the Zhou to the Tang dynastic periods (1100BC to 907 AD).

The rest of today is free until you get escorted to take a high speed train to Beijing (about 4.5hrs), the capital city of China. You will be welcomed by local tour guide at airport, then be escorted to check in your downtown hotel.

  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Xian Shaanxi History Museum To Explore the Spectacular Heritages of Ancient China

Day 10 Beijing Great Wall Tour (B, L)

After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square, now the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern side of the square was the site where Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Stepping into the Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s five most important palaces – the Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. Pass through various doorways in this magnificent structure to admire the beautiful and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow-glazed tile roofs, white marble bases and splendid colorful paintings.

Leave the city, and drive about 70km to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Great Wall. Visit the Mutianyu, a less crowded yet well-preserved segment of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty. It will more than live up to all of your expectations! You can take a cable car or an enjoyable 40 minute walk to set your feet on the historic Great Wall. Then climb up its rising towers to enjoy scenic views of the wall as it wriggles along mountain ridges and you take brag-worthy photos. Lastly, drive back to Beijing City.

Optional activities: 1) You can watch a wonderful Kungfu Show in the Red Theater (Hong Ju Chang) which usually starts at 19:30; 2) Enjoy the classic Chinese art performance of Beijing Opera at Liyuan Theater between 19:30-21:00. 

  • Beijing Fobidden City Forbidden City
  • Tiananmen Square Tiananmen Square
  • Mutianyu Great Wall Green Mutianyu Great Wall during Summer Days

Day 11 Beijing Departure (B, L)

After breakfast, drive to the imperial site of the Temple of Heaven. Originally a site used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for good harvests, it is now a bustling place where locals take part in traditional activities such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, and others.

Then get back to the central city to hop on a rickshaw to experience the Beijing Hutongs – small alleys made by neighboring quadrangle dwellings. Shuttle among different Hutongs to get a feel of the old Beijing life style, visit various antique shops and small boutiques, and truly feel the historical changes of Beijing. After the Hutong visit, go to enjoy a farewell lunch of the most authentic Peking Roast Duck at Quanjude Restaurant.

Your China tour is now about to end. Drive to the airport to catch your flight to your next destination or back home.

  • Temple of Heaven in Beijing Temple of Heaven
  • Hutong Family Hutong
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