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Replete with cultural stimulation, this journey will take you to the bustling cities of Shanghai and Beijing and a few remote villages between them. Take a deep breath at the top of the Great Wall before cruising along the Li River a few days later. Explore pagodas and museums; learn a bit of calligraphy and shop to your heart's content. 

Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Beijing

Explore age-old dynasties and modern life...

• Arrive in the city centre to meet your local guide
• Visit Tiananmen Square and ride a rickshaw in Hutong
• Paddle on Shichahai, 'the lake of ten temples'

Holiday Inn Express (Beijing)

Day 2: Beijing's Majestic Outskirts

Experience the legacy of past kingdoms...
• Climb the Great Wall, stretching over 3,000 miles
• Walk the spirit ways towards famed burial places
• At their end, see tombs of Ming's great emperors​

Holiday Inn Express (Beijing)

Day 3: Centres of Religion and Politics

Study high class art, culture, and power...

• Visit the Taoist chambers of the Temple of Heaven
• Take on the Forbidden City, now a museum
• Free time to explore the city

Holiday Inn Express (Beijing)

Day 4: Ancient Xi’an

Embrace Chinese art and history firsthand...

• Take the express train to Xi'an to meet your guide
• Learn calligraphy at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda
• View Shaanxi History Museum's vast collection

Chang'an - Xi’an
Skytel (Xi'an)

Day 5: A Taste of Xi'an's Heritage

Explore three thousand years of culture...

• See the Terracotta army of Shi Huangdi's tomb
• Tour the Great Mosque and the Muslim quarter
• Board the sleeper train to Shanghai 

Skytel (Xi'an)

Day 6: A Garden Made for a Minister

Walk through a 500 year old garden, still upkept...

• Arrive, meet your guide, and explore the city centre
• Relax in the prestigious Yuyuan Gardens
• Free time for the rest of the day

hôtel rayfont xuhui (Shanghai)

Day 7: Tongli and Suzhou

Venture through riverside villages and gardens...

• Boat trip in Tongli, the 'Venice of the East'
• Head to Suzhou, to see the Retreat & Reflection Garden
• Visit the Master of Nets Garden and a local silk factory

hôtel rayfont xuhui (Shanghai)

Day 8: Shanghai: Classic vs Cosmopolitan

Embrace Shanghai's centre and verdant outskirts...

• Navigate Bund, Shanghai’s answer to Wall Street
• Ferry over Huangpu River and walk through Pudong
• Explore the French Concession and Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Municipality
hôtel rayfont xuhui (Shanghai)

Day 9: A Day in Guilin

Explore hills and caverns moulded over centuries...

• Transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin
• Meet your local guide, then transfer to the city
• Visit Fubo, and the magnificent stalactites of Reed Flute Cave

Guilin Universal (Guilin)

Day 10: Lonji's Rice Terraces

View the beautiful countryside from above...

• Drive on to Longsheng to visit the Longji Rice Terraces
• Stroll through villages to meet the locals
• Drive back to Guiliin (2-hour drive)

Guilin Universal (Guilin)

Day 11: Li River Cruise

Recline and relax as you sail through mountains...

• Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo
• Look out for gorgeous karst peaks at river bends
• Visit a local market and bicycle around the town 

Hotel lijiang (Yangshuo)

Day 12: The Exuberant City of Guangzhou

Navigate China's major southern port...

• Fly into Guangzhou and meet your local guide
• Visit Chen Clan Academy, and Beijing Road, the shopping district
• Tour Shamian Island and explore the Qingping Market

Rosedale (Guangzhou)

Day 13: Hydrofoil to Hong Kong

Cruise on a hydrofoil as the trip wines down...

• Take a hydrofoil to Hong Kong
• Leisure time for the rest of the afternoon
• Enjoy your final night eating at one of

Hong Kong
Harbour Plaza North Point (Hong Kong)

Day 14: Departure from Hong Kong

Preserve the memories...

• Explore the city and find memorable souvenirs
• Transfer to the airport for your flight home
• We hope you've had an amazing trip

Hong Kong

BeijingChang'an - Xi’anTongliSuzhouShanghai MunicipalityGuilinGuilinLongshengLongjiYangshuoGuangzhouHong Kong

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £1,790 / 14 days
Excluding international flights
For 2For 4Single supplement
April, May, September, October, November 1-14£1,790£1,640£340
March, June, July, August, November 15-30£1,750£1,610£330
January, February, December£1,710£1,000£320

Included in price:

  • Entrance Fees: To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary
  • Private Transfers: transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots with sightseeing during the trip with private air conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • Guide: As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available
  • Hotel: Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast
  • Transportation: train express in second class seat from Beijing to Xi’an, night train on soft sleeper from Xi’an to Shanghai, flight from Shanghai to Guilin, from Guilin to Guangzhou (economy class), Hydrofoil from Guangzhou to Hong Kong
  • Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges

Not included in price:

  • International airfare or train tickets to enter or leave China
  • China entry visa fees
  • Airport construction fee and fuel surcharge: 35 GBP/adult, 13 GBP/child (2-11 ans)
  • Excess Baggage Charges : Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carry on baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary
  • Meals: Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement
  • Please notice that the price will be much higher during the festival of Labors’ Day, National Day, Spring Festival, and Canton Fair (15th April – 5th May, 15th October – 4th November)
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