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10 Days China History & Landscape Tour

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Experience a journey through the heart of China, where every step reveals a blend of profound history and breathtaking natural beauty. Embark on an unforgettable adventure starting from the vibrant cityscape of Hong Kong to the tranquil landscapes of Guilin, the ancient wonders of Xian, and the majestic grandeur of Beijing.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Explore iconic landmarks such as Victoria Peak for panoramic views, and dive into the vibrant street markets to savor local delicacies;
  • Cruise down the Li River, where every bend reveals a new breathtaking vista straight out of traditional Chinese paintings. Explore the ancient town of Yangshuo, nestled amidst rice paddies and karst peaks, and witness rural life unchanged for centuries;
  • Step back in time in Xian, the ancient capital of China and home to the legendary Terracotta Warriors. Marvel at this army of thousands of life-sized clay soldiers, each with unique facial expressions and details, guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang;
  • Stand in awe at the Great Wall, an engineering marvel snaking through mountains and valleys, offering unparalleled views of the countryside. Explore the Forbidden City, a sprawling imperial palace complex where emperors once ruled over China’s vast empire.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
from $1,593
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Hong Kong / Guilin / Xian / Beijing
Travel Length:
10 Days and 9 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-CHLT-10
Group Size:
You & Your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want
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Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~2 Arrival & Hong Kong Tour

Arrive at Hong Kong, then explore Hong Kong's famous attractions on your own, such as Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay, Stanley Market, etc.

Day 3~5 Guilin Tour & Flight to Xian

Then take a high speed train to Guilin. One full day to cruise the Li River, and enjoy leisure life at Yangshuo Town. Before taking flight to Xian, explore the Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave.

Day 6~7 Xian Tour & High Speed Train to Beijing

2 days in Xian to visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Grand Tang Dynasty Ever Bright City, leisurely walk on the Ancient City Wall and visit Xian Museum. Then take a high speed train to Beijing.

Day 8~10 Beijing Tour & Departure

Two full days and a half day sightseeing covering the grand Tiananmen Square, historical Forbidden City, spectacular Temple of Heaven, manmade wonder Great Wall of China, royal park Summer Palace, traditional Hutong, etc.

Full Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Hong Kong Arrival

Ni Hao! Welcome to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, the Pearl of the Orient. The rest of today after arrival 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.

Evening Ideas: In this evening, take a walk through Temple Street Night Market which is the livest night market in Hong Kong. Whether you’re a fan of shopping or not, Temple Street is one place you will find everything from souvenirs to tiny trinkets and from clothes to footwear, bags and more. Browse different kinds of commodities and if you like, stop to sit and enjoy some delicious snacks. After the tour, get back to your hotel by yourselves.

  • Hong Kong Star Ferry Hong Kong Star Ferry
  • Temple Street Night Market Temple Street Night Market

Day 2 Explore Hong Kong on Your Own

Hong Kong's tourism industry is very developed. Foreign travellers can explore Hong Kong independently and easily. Below is recommended Hong Kong day trip itinerary.

Firstly, you will climb to the highest point of Hong Kong - Victoria Peak(552m) via the famous Peak Tram which has operated for more than 112 years as one of the world oldest funicular railways. 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. Get down from the peak, then go to visit Aberdeen Fishing Village where you will get an impressive insight of an old traditional fishing village to view the rows of old Junks and Sampans. 

Continue to take a trip to the Stanley Market. Browse fancy petty commodities in various little stores and enjoy the fun of bargaining, 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. (If you are interested in the beautiful sand beach with long coastline, soft sand and clean water, you can visit Repulse Bay instead of Stanley Market.)

In this afternoon, pay a visit to Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple. This Taoist temple is dedicated to a deified healer named Wong Tai Sin and it is said that when he was 15 an immortal taught Wong how to make a herbal potion that could cure all illness. This temple is famed for the many prayers answered “What you request is what you get” via a practice called kau chim. Enjoy the sincere atmosphere of praying and kau chim for good fortune. Later, move your steps to Nan Lian Garden, an elegant Tang-style garden featuring a golden pagoda, a koi pond and a collection of bizarre rocks sourced from all over China. Enjoy your time in the beautiful Chi Lin Nunnery located close to the garden. Built in the style of Tang Dynasty, this Buddhist complex is a serene place with lotus ponds, bonsai tea plants, bougainvillea and silent nuns delivering offerings fruit and rice to Buddha or chanting behind intricately carved screens.

In the late evening, enjoy a light walk along Avenue of Stars situated on the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade right on the waterfront of Victoria Harbor. Admire stunning views of the Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong Island with its numerous skyscrapers. If time allows, catch the chance to watch “A Symphony of Lights” that is held every night at 20:00.

  • Victoria Peak Tram Take the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak
  • Aberdeen Fishing Village Aberdeen Fishing Village
  • Victoria Harbor Amazing Night View Victoria Harbor Amazing Night View
  • Wong Tai Sin Temple Wong Tai Sin Temple
  • Stanley Market on Hong Kong Island Stanley Market on Hong Kong Island

Day 3 Hong Kong to Guilin

Today, you will leave Hong Kong for Guilin on your own. You can take a bullet train from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to Guilin West, which takes only about 3 hours. Or, you can take a flight from Hong Kong International Airport to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport, which is not available all year around.

Upon arrival at Guilin railway station/airport, your local tour guide and driver will meet you, and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to have fun on your own.

Transferring Notes: Since there are very few trains between Hong Kong and Guilin, you can also transfer first to Guangzhou South Station or Shenzhen North Station by Hong Kong bullet train and then travel to Guilin by another bullet train, which is relatively cheaper than flight travel, but takes about 3-3.5 hours to arrive in Guilin City.

Evening Ideas: You can take a leisure walk around the famous city water system - Two Rivers and Four Lakes for the amazing night views.

  • Two Rivers and Four Lakes, Guilin Guilin Two Rivers and Four Lakes, Photo by China Discovery in October, 2018

Day 4 Guilin ( 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 from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo Town. Along the 84-kilometer cruise, dazzling scenery overwhelms 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, throw yourself into the stunning countryside views and relaxed atmosphere. 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 witness 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).

  • Skip's Group from USA - Moon Hill, Ten-mile Gallery, Yangshuo, Guilin Skip's Group from USA Enjoyed Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery Panorama from Moon Hill in 2018
  • Mona from Germany - Li River View from Xianggong Hill, Yangshuo, Guilin Li River View at Xianggong Hill, Taken by Mona from Germany in November, 2021
  • West Street at Night, Yangshuo, Guilin Yangshuo West Street at Night, Photo by China Discovery in October 2018

Day 5 Guilin & Flight to Xian ( B, L )

After breakfast, transfer back to Guilin in a comfortable vehicle (1.5~2hrs). Then take a visit to the symbol of Guilin landscape - Elephant Trunk Hill. A giant rock hill vividly shapes like an elephant which is drinking water. Besides, there are many historical sites here for you to explore, such as stone carving, Buddhist temple, relic exhibition, etc. Then, drive about 7 kilometers to next attraction - Reed Flute Cave, a majestic underground palace with sparkling different colors. The magical Mother Nature condenses millions years of natural efforts to form the incredible stalactite, stalagmite, stone shield and stone waterfall of different sizes and shapes.

Lastly, your tour guide will take you to airport to catch your flight to Xian (about 2hrs). Be met at the airport and transferred to your downtown hotel inXian.

  • Chusi's family from USA - Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin Chusi's Family from USA Visited Elephant Trunk Hill in June, 2018
  • Gerhard from Germany - Reed Flute Cave, Guilin Gerhard from Germany visited Reed Flute Cave in August, 2019

Day 6 Xian ( B, L )

After breakfast, drive about 40 km 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. (Before the Terracotta Warriors Museum visit, you will have a rare opportunity to make a miniature Terracotta Warrior on your own under the instruction of a local potter.)

After lunch, return to Xian to visit Da Cien Temple, a famous Buddhist sutra translation site during the Tang Dynasty. Giant 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). After (or before) visiting the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, you will be provided a free experience of& trying on the Hanfu which is the solemn costume of the emperors and their families, the ministers and the noble in the ancient dynasties of China. Seize this rare opportunity to take some photos to record this unique memory!

This evening you will be offered an interesting visit to Grand Tang Dynasty Ever Bright City which is a great place to walk, enjoy amazing nightscape and recall the prosperity and glory of the mighty Tang Dynasty most importantly. Seeing this area at night is totally different than during the day as the lighting is marvelous yet tastefully done.

Optional activity: Enjoy a wonderful Tang Palace Dance Show (usually from 8pm to 9pm) after (or without) a hearty dumpling dinner.

  • Our guests get viewed by the countless Terracotta Warriors Our guests get viewed by the countless Terracotta Warriors
  • Terracotta Warriors-202310-Victoria from South Africa-CD-HA-107570 Victoria from South Africa visited Terracotta Warriors in 2023
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda - Our Customer Myra Our Customers visited Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Dazzling Grand Tang Dynasty Ever Bright City lovely night views Dazzling Grand Tang Dynasty Ever Bright City lovely night views

Day 7 Xian & Train to Beijing ( B, L )

After breakfast, start today's tour with an educational visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi’an Museum to learn a lot about the history and culture about the ancient city of Xi’an. They are together located in a clean and beautiful park. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is rather smaller and 55 years younger than its “sister” - the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. Built during 707 to 709 AD, the pagoda is 43.4 meters tall with 13 tiers (originally 15 tiers), looking like a very tall rectangular pyramid. An interesting fact about the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is that the pagoda has survived nearly 70 earthquakes, and now still standing firm and sturdy. You can walk around to appreciate the beautiful design and take photos of the pagoda. Then you will go to visit Xi’an Museum which is only several minutes’ walking from the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. This museum has more than 130,000 pieces of jade relics, seals, paintings, porcelains, Buddhist statues, stone carvings and many other precious relics.

Later, go to spend a leisure time on the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Just like the merchants and envoys on the Silk Road thousands of years ago, you will enter the interior of the city walls through the Hanguang Gate. There you will visit a mini museum to see the real Tang Dynasty city wall ruins from over 1400 years ago, including gateways, cross-sections of the wall, and the remains of water channels. After the museum visit, get up to the city wall to enjoy a leisure stroll and pleasant panoramic views of modern Xian. Rent a bike (extra cost: 45RMB) to enjoy a relaxing cycling on the Wall is strongly recommended. The cycling routes and duration are flexible. Feel free to discuss with your tour guide. Leave the City Wall, then go to wander leisurely around the bustling and lively Muslim Quarter, a place where you can try different local snacks and explore Muslim culture.

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.

  • Riding on Ancient City Wall - Our Guests from USA Our guests enjoyed riding on the Ancient City Wall, Xian
  • Visit bustly Muslim Quarter in day time Visit bustly Muslim Quarter in day time
  • Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Day 8 Beijing ( 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.

After lunch, drive to the outskirts of Beijing to spend an enjoyable time in the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors while feasting your eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colorful paintings in the Long Corridor.

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.

  • Summer Palace Shot by Our Guest Nguyen Summer Palace Shot by Our Guest Nguyen
  • Linda's Family - Forbidden City Linda's family visited the Forbidden City with China Disocvery
  • Tiananmen Square Family Tour with China Discovery Tiananmen Square Family Tour with China Discovery

Day 9 Beijing ( B, L )

After breakfast, 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’ll take a cable car to ascend the Great Wall, then hike the most beautiful and interesting part of Mutianyu. It's a wonderful experience to climb up its rising towers to enjoy scenic views and take brag-worthy photos of the wall wriggling along mountain ridges. After the exciting time, descend Mutianyu Great Wall by cable car. (Note: If energy permits, you can hike up or down which takes about 40 minutes to climb steps. Please tell your likes to your travel consultant.)

Continue your trip to Ding Tomb, the mausoleum of a 13th century emperor of the Ming Dynasty. Follow your tour guide to observe its geomantic arrangement as well as visit the underground palace for a closer observation. Then drive back to Beijing City and take a short stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to view its famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube from the outside.

Optional activity: After the whole day’s tour, treat yourself a great dinner to taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude.

  • Mutianyu Great Wall - Sara's Family from Australia Sara's family from Australia visited Mutianyu Great Wall in December 2023
  • Taylor's Family - Water Cube Taylor's family from USA visited Water Cube with China Discovery
  • Rod - Dingling Tomb, Ming Tombs Dingling Tomb Photographed by Our Customer Rod

Day 10 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, truly feel the historical changes of Beijing, also pay a visit to a local family’s home in the traditional Hutongs.

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

  • Hutong Shot by Our Customer Taylor Hutong Shot by Our Customer Taylor
  • Temple of Heaven in Beijing Shot by Our Customer Temple of Heaven in Beijing Shot by Our Customer
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