Essence of China
Renowned as the words most populous country, China offers plethora of holidaying options to visitors. Besides excellent sightseeing opportunities, China holidays provide a chance to experience the unique culture and traditions of the vast country. Most international holiday packages include the capital city Beijing, which is home to the Great Wall of China and many other tourist spots. Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Nanjing are the famous cities you can cover on China tour packages.
Upon arriving at Beijing airport, you will be met & greeted at the airport and transferred to the hotel, allowing you the first chance to see and experience China.
Beijing City Tour
Beijing is the capital city of China, with population of 17.4 million. We embark for a full day tour which begins at the Tian An Men Square, noted as the largest public square in the world with its monuments and buildings situated around the square’s perimeter. Thereafter we will visit the Forbidden City, Pearl Factory and Summer Palace whilst enjoying a walk along Lake Kunming. Dinner is served with a fabulous Peking Duck Banquet.
Today, you’ll visit the Great Wall (Chang Cheng), after that, you will stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of Jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as ‘Yu’, and it has a history in China of at least four thousands years. The rest of the day will be free at leisure.
Beijing to Xian
This morning you’ll board a plane and fly to Xi’an, a famous historical and cultural city in China. Upon arrival, visit the Ancient City Wall of Xian, constructed in 1370 during the Ming Dynasty to completely enclose the city as protection against invaders. Your dinner tonight will be the feast of the Imperial Dumpling Banquet, followed by the splendid Tang Dynasty Stage Show.
Xian to Guilin
The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses have been called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Nearly 8,000 life- size terra cotta soldiers and horses were buried about 2000 years ago to protect the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, in his afterlife. You will visit Terra Cotta Army replication factory and back to the city. Then fly to Guilin in the late afternoon.
A leisurely four-hour cruise down the Lijiang River from Guilin to Yangshuo begins the day. Enjoy the picturesque landscape, surrounded by the hills and bamboo that have inspired many artists over the centuries. Upon arriving at Yangshuo, you’ll then have the afternoon to explore on your own by either renting a bike or taking a walk around West Street, a 1,400-year-old street paved with marble. Explore some of the diverse and charming stores and shops around the area. Later afternoon drive back to Guilin.
Guilin to Shanghai
Visit the incredible Elephant Trunk Hill awaits you at the junction of the Peach Blossom and Li Rivers, then visit Organic Tea Farm or Saltwater pearl Factory. Then take a flight to Shanghai and check in at the luxurious hotel upon arrival.
Today’s portion of the tour will take you into Shanghai, China’s financial center. Take some time to explore the commercial aspects of Old Street, Nanjing Road, and the Lujiazui Financial Area before checking out the 120,000 art exhibits in the Shanghai Museum. Visit a Silk factory where you can doing some shopping. Stroll around the Bund, the waterfront of Shanghai, and alongside the Huangpu River.
Free day at leisure.
Depart from Shanghai
The tour comes to an end today, and it’s time to pack up all your belongings, mementos, and special memories as you get ready to return home. An optional extension tour can also be arranged upon your request.