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Highlights of China

(11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)

Beijing, Great Wall, Xi’an, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai, Suzhou

 

Centuries fall away as you climb the Great Wall, look down upon the Terra Cotta Warriors, and cruise the serene waters of the Li River. Voyage through China's must-see highlights with private guides at every stop.

 

Water buffalo work the farmland on the banks of the Li River, farmers harvest lush rice paddies, gorgeous children float past on school-bound rafts and fishermen capture their catch of the day. Back on land, a private tour will introduce you to the historic delights of Beijing, including remarkable Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Then it’s on to a mountainous stretch of the Great Wall of China, followed by the ancient city of Xi’an where the Terra Cotta Army stands at eternal attention. Finally, put a full stop on your experience in the 21st-century city of Shanghai.

 

With an emphasis on private guided tours, this trip serves up an immersive experience that spans rural village life, majestic natural vistas, stirring historic sites and modern city living. Experience old and new China at its absolute best, and collect memories that will last a lifetime.

 

 

Day 1: Welcome to Beijing

Fly to Beijing, CHINA

 

Welcome to China. Upon arrival at Beijing Airport, obtain your Chinese visa (please refer to your Special Program Note), and then clear Immigration and Customs.  After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely boutique hotel. Beijing, the capital of China, lies just south of the rim of the Central Asian Steppes and is separated from the Gobi Desert by a green chain of mountains, over which The Great Wall runs. Modern Beijing lies on the site of countless human settlements that date back half a million years. Homo erectus Pekinensis, better known as Peking man was discovered just outside the city in 1929. It is China’s second largest city in terms of population and the largest in administrative territory.

 

Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights in Beijing

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Park Plaza Wangfujing, Double Happiness Beijing, Red Wall Garden

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Fairmont Beijing, Waldorf Astoria Beijing, Peninsula Beijing

 

Day 2: Beijing

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Morning guided tour of Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City: This morning you will be picked up from the hotel and taken for a tour of Tiananmen Square where you will visit the mausoleum of Chairman Mao. Afterwards you will enter the Forbidden City which is the largest and most complete group of ancient buildings in China. Built in the 15th Century, the Imperial Palace was a forbidden area for 500 years before the revolution of 1911. It was home to two royal dynasties, the Ming and Qing emperors and it is from this palace that the emperors governed China, stepping out of its confines extremely rarely. Afterwards you will visit Jingshan Park where you can get a great view over the Imperial city and the rest of Beijing and then you will have lunch in a local restaurant.

 

Afternoon guided tour of the Summer Palace: This afternoon travel to the outskirts of Beijing to the Imperial Summer Palace. The original Summer Palace was laid out in the 12th Century and over the centuries was used by the emperors as their summer escape from the humidity of Beijing and the Forbidden City. The Palace is set in huge gardens on the large Kunming Lake. You will be taken around the palaces of the complex, including Empress Dowager's retreat, gardens and enjoy a boat ride on Kunming Lake.

 

Day 3: Beijing – Great Wall – Beijing

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Full day tour to The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu: Today is a full day tour to the Great Wall (Mutianyu) everybody who visits Peking wants to see the Great Wall and for good reason: it is one of the wonders of the world. As you stand on the top tower and look at the wall snaking its way across the tops of the mountains, close your eyes for a moment and see in your mind's eye the ancient armies locked in combat, and hear the whistle of arrows and the clang of striking swords. Explore this section of the Wall and take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

 

After lunch at the architecturally interesting Commune by the Wall you will visit the magnificent Ming Tombs and the Sacred Way before returning to the city. Later enjoy a performance of the Peking Opera.

 

Day 4: Beijing – Xian

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

This morning we visit the Temple of Heaven. The Temple of Heaven is enclosed with a long wall. The northern part within the wall is semicircular symbolizing the heavens and the southern part is square symbolizing the earth. The northern part is higher than the southern part. This design shows that the heaven is higher than the southern part. This design shows that the heaven is high and the earth is low and the design reflected an ancient Chinese thought of "The heaven is round and the earth is square". The temple and its surrounding altars, gates and park are a meeting place for the people of Beijing and it is possible to see the locals enjoying a game of chess or practicing the ancient art of Tai-Chi. Later return to downtown Beijing take a ‘cyclo' tour of the fascinating Hutongs, the small alleys and former courtyard houses of an Old Beijing. The Hutongs were mostly built during the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties, and are the narrow network of lanes created by closely built quadrangular homes. Adjoining the Hutongs is Prince Gong Palace. Within the confines of the palace walls are beautifully ornate and colorful buildings, ponds straddled by arched bridges and dotted with pagodas.

 

Enjoy a Beijing farewell lunch with the guide at the most famous brand, Quanjude roast duck restaurant. To see to believe, watch the exquisite skill of cutting of chief, taste crisp duck skin and learn how to eat it in a proper way. Yummy!

 

Later this afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Xian.

 

Fly Beijing to Xian on Air China CA1235, departing 17:15, arriving 19:25

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Welcome to Xian. Upon arrival at Xian Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely boutique hotel. Xian, the eternal city, records the great changes of the Chinese nation just like a living history book. Called Chang’an in ancient times, Xian is one of the birthplaces of the ancient civilization in the Yellow River Basin area of the country. During Xian’s 3,100 year development, 13 dynasties such as Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang placed their capitals here. So far, Xian enjoys equal fame with Athens, Cairo, and Rome as one of the four major ancient civilization capitals. Xian is the capital of Shaanxi province, located in the southern part of the GuanZhong Plain. With the Qinling Mountains to the north and the Weihe River to the south, it is in a favorable geographical location surrounded by water and hills. It has a semi-moist monsoon climate and there is a clear distinction between the four seasons.

 

Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 2 nights in Xian

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square, Wyndham Grand Xian

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Sofitel Legend Hotel, Shangri-La Hotel Xian

 

Day 5: Xian

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Morning excursion to the Terracotta Warriors: Today is the highlight of your visit to Xian as you visit the Terracotta Warrior Digs. In 1974 a peasant digging a well came upon what now stands as one of the main attractions in China and one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century. An army of thousands of life-sized warriors and their horses in battle formation, which were buried for 2,000 years, stand guard over the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi-Huang. The figures were buried with artefacts and weapons of the day and every figure differs in facial features and expressions. The dig is still in progress, as it is believed that the site is part of an even larger army still buried.

 

Afternoon tour of the Shaanxi Museum: After lunch in a local restaurant you will visit the Shaanxi Museum, established in 1952, and considered to be one of the best museums in China. Its exhibits date from prehistoric times through early dynastic China and up to the early 20th century, and many are from the local area. Included are terracotta horses and soldiers, Ming and Qing pottery, bronze cooking vessels from the Shang and Zhou dynasties (16th - 11th centuries B.C.) and tools and pottery from the Paleolithic and Neolithic ages.

 

Dumpling Dinner & Tang Dynasty Show: This evening you will enjoy a special dumpling dinner followed by a colourful performance of traditional music and dance from the Tang Dynasty era at the Shaanxi Grand Theatre.

 

Day 6: Xian – Guilin

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Morning visit the ancient city walls. In the centre of the walled city, the bell in the Bell Tower was sounded at dawn when the city gates were opened, and the drum or the nearby Drum Tower at dusk when the gates closed. The renovated Bell Tower dating from 1384 was moved to its present site in 1582 where it is now encircled by downtown's shopping and commercial centre and stands 118 foot high. Afterwards visit the beautiful mosque near the Drum Tower in Huajue Xiang. Then you’ll set off to visit the lesser known terracotta army. Road workers in the northern suburbs of Xian recently discovered the 2000 year old tomb of Han Yangling, and the site has now opened to tourists in its barely excavated state. Relics from the tomb reveal the cultural characteristics of imperial life from Han Dynasty as well as a miniature set of clay soldiers.

 

After the sightseeing, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Guilin.

 

Fly Xian to Guilin on Air China CA1225, departing 18:40, arriving 20:40

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Welcome to Guilin. Upon arrival at Guilin Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely boutique hotel. Located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin is considered to be the pearl of China’s thriving tourist industry on account of the natural beauty and historic treasures. Guilin is one of China's best known cities, famed for its beautiful landscape of Limestone Mountains, clear waters, caves and rocks. Standing lofty and firm, the hills in Guilin have risen up from ground, straight and high. It is enchanting to take a boat cruise on the river passing picturesque scenery punctuated with bizarrely - shaped pinnacles, sprays of bamboo lining up the riverbanks, fishers with their cormorants and buffaloes bathing in the sun. At the end of the cruise on Li River, the small city of Yangshuo is bustling of commercial activity, just to fall back to its sleepy pace after the ships have gone. One can then stay behind en appreciates the beauty of the landscape all around. Believe that each of these places and many other attractions will leave you with lasting memories.

 

Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 2 night in Guilin 

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Guilin Golden Hotel, Guilin Bravo Hotel

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Shangri-La Hotel Guilin

 

Day 7: Guilin – Yangshuo – Guilin

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

An early start for what will be the highlight of your visit to Guilin – a cruise down the Li River. Immediately as you set sail the scenery is imposing and over the next few hours you will be stunned by what nature can produce. Many of the hills and cliffs have names supposedly evocative of what they resemble though at times you may need some imagination! A very simple lunch is served onboard.

 

On arrival in Yangshuo you will have time to either wander round its small streets and browse in its numerous shops and stalls or sit back in one of its many cafes and watch the world pass you by. On the return to Guilin you will make a stop at a small village for some lovely countryside views.

 

Day 8: Guilin – Shanghai

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

This morning you will again head out into the countryside, today to visit Longsheng and the amazing terraced rice fields known as The Dragon’s Backbone, where the scenery is spectacular. In this area there are also a number of colorful indigenous tribal people that you will see and meet as you drive through the countryside.

 

A simple countryside lunch is offered and on the return to Guilin transfer to the Airport in time for your onward evening flight to Shanghai.

 

Fly Guilin to Shanghai on China Southern Airlines CZ3251, departing 16:30, arriving 18:50

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Welcome to Shanghai. Upon arrival at Shanghai Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely boutique hotel. Shanghai, Hu for short, is situated on the estuary of Yangtze River of China. It is the largest industrial city in China. Covering an area of 5,800 square kilometers (2,239 square miles), Shanghai has a population of 18.7 million, including 2 million floating population. Originally, Shanghai was a seaside fishing village and in time its gradual development led to it being granted County status on August 19th, 1291 during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Hence this day became the anniversary of the founding of Shanghai. Today’s Shanghai is a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. Bubbling Shanghai shows off every aspect of her unique glamour. Serving as the largest base of Chinese industrial technology, the important seaport and China’s largest commercial and financial center, shanghai draws the attention of the whole world.

 

Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 3 night in Shanghai 

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Les Suites Orient, Yangtze Boutique Hotel, Shanghai Marriot Hotel City Centre

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Fairmont Peace, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai, Peninsula Shanghai

 

Day 9: Shanghai

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Today you’ll explore Shanghai’s most famous waterfront Bund, lined with fine colonial buildings from its 1930s heyday when the city was occupied by European, American, and Japanese banks, trading houses, clubs consulates and hotels. These buildings have been restored as a showcase of the city. Next, continue to visit the historic and harmonious Yu Yuan Garden. Within the past turbulent century much of Shanghai's old quarters were destroyed; however what remains gives an interesting insight into Shanghai's past. For the Chinese, gardens were a microcosm in which the skillful gardener who had to combine the qualities of a painter, poet, architect and landscape gardener could construct his own world using minerals, plants and animals in a limited space. Although the Yu Yuan occupies less than two hectares it seems far larger and ingeniously mingles pavilions and corridors, small hills, lotus ponds teeming with goldfish, bridges, winding paths, trees and shrubs. Yu Yuan Garden date from the 16th century, after looking around the garden you will have time to visit the adjoining market or sip tea in the tea pavilion. Continue to the Jade Buddha Temple. Comparatively new (built in 1911), this temple, with its multiple courtyards and levels, is still in active use with dozens of monks in attendance. It is named after its two exquisite milk-white jade Buddhas brought back from Burma in the 19th century.

 

This afternoon, your China tour continues when you get a good introduction to Shanghai at the Shanghai Urban Planning Center showcasing the city's future urban development through detailed models and multimedia displays. Explore the center's exhibits on this historic port city's past, present and future, including a mock-up of 1930s Shanghai; a huge model of what the city might look like in 2020; a 360-degree, 3-D film and more. Then tour the Shanghai Museum, displaying 120,000 works of art and artifacts.

 

This evening enjoy a performance of Chinese Acrobatics show. The impressive acrobatic feats are hardly credible and are a result of early professional training, starting as young as six or seven. Most performers have a minimum of twenty years experience.

 

Day 10: Shanghai

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Today is a full day excursion by car to Suzhou. From the earliest time, Suzhou was known for its canals, which criss crossed the low lying land. Many of the canals have disappeared with the need to reclaim land for buildings. Visit the traditional water village of Zhouzhuang where you will see one of the town’s old merchant’s houses. Continue to Suzhou for lunch and this afternoon, explore Suzhou’s remarkable classical Chinese style gardens, which are on the United Nations’ World Heritage List and visits are planned to The Humble Administrator’s Garden and The Garden of the Master of the Nets before returning by road to Shanghai.

 

Day 11: Depart China

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Today enjoy time at leisure until you are transferred to the Shanghai airport in time for your flight to your next destination. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

 

 

Price guideline:

 

The above tour costs from $985*per person, based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room.

 

*Please note this price is subject to change at the time of booking, and depends on the date of travel and the availability of accommodation.

 

Our price includes (Private tour): 

• Accommodation base in a shared double or twin room throughout

Daily buffet breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges.

Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary.

Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.

Private sightseeing with local, English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.

Meals included as indicated as in program: B: breakfast, L: lunch & D: dinner.

Boat cruise as specified in the programmed.

Entrance fees according the above program.

Local bottled water while sightseeing and transfers.

VAT and all taxes and service charge.

 

The price does not include

International flight tickets and Visas

Any items of purely personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls

Personal, travel and health insurance

Early check in and late check out

Drinks during meals

Meals that are not specified

Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff

 

 

All of our itineraries can customized as you wish, add extra days, change a hotel, and see different sights. For information on this or our other tours please email us at: info@globaltravel-asia.com