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Amazing Landscapes of China: Beijing to Shanghai

Duration
13 Days
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US$ 5,008

On this 11 day journey through China the focus would be on the amazing landscapes of this wonderful ancient country. The stops include ancient towns of Taiyuan City and Pingyao Ancient Town before heading to the Guilin, which includes a cruise on the Li River. Your journey then continues onward to Longsheng to view the Red Flute caves, Hangzhou to visit West Lake plus a full day to Yi County that includes a UNESCO World Heritage site visit of the Xidi village. The trip winds down in the yellow mountains and finishes in Shanghai.


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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,008

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Day 1

Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival at Beijing, transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Remainder of the day is free at leisure.

Duration1 Night
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Holiday Inn Express Dongzhimen

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    Holiday Inn Express Dongzhimen



    You will enjoy all the convenience of a city centre location when you choose Holiday Inn Express Beijing Dongzhimen. Beijing Capital International Airport is 30 minutes away and historic Beijing is also within easy reach.

    You will enjoy all the convenience of a city centre location when you choose Holiday Inn Express Beijing Dongzhimen. Beijing Capital International Airport is 30 minutes away and historic Beijing is also within easy reach.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Guest Laundry
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 2

Beijing to Taiyuan to Pingyao

Transfer to morning flight flying to Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi Province. It is reputed as a colorful and glorious Taiyuan City since the ancient time.

Upon arrival Taiyuan, visit the Jinci Temple, an ancient ancestral temple, was founded about 1400 years ago, resulting in a variety of architectural styles. The Hall of the Holy Mother, the most famous building at Jinci, completed in 1032 and with carved wooden dragons coiled around the eight pillars that support its upward-curving double-eave roof.

After lunch at local restaurant, drive to Pingyao (approx. 1.5 hours driving) and transfer to hotel for check-in. Dinner is at hotel.

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Duration2 Nights
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Kylin Grand Hotel

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    Kylin Grand Hotel



    Well-positioned in Pingyao, The Kylin Grand Hotel Pingyao is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Jinzhong. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to ...

    Well-positioned in Pingyao, The Kylin Grand Hotel Pingyao is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Jinzhong. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

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Day 3

Pingyao

Enjoy a full exploration to Pingyao Ancient Town which had been emerged gradually along with the city wall during the Zhou Dynasty in 11th century - 256 BC. It is the only ancient town in China completely reserved as it was hundreds of years ago without any modern architecture, but only the narrow street flanking with Chinese shops in old style and the road plated with the original stone. Pingyao still retains its city layout from the Ming and Qing dynasties, conforming to a typical Ba Gua pattern.

Have a local lunch and dinner in the ancient town.

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Day 4

Pingyao to Taiyuan to Guilin

Drive back to Taiyuan, en route visit the Chang Family Compound. Built over several generations by a wealthy merchant family to house the many branches of this successful clan, the Chang Family Compound it is a splendid group of constructions of northern folk houses in Qing Dynasty. Strolling in the compound, you can easily figure out the living area of this big family consisting of the grey streets, stone roads, decorated archways, quadrangles and stages. Although the owners are gone and only the empty buildings remain, you can still be blessed in this place with a feel for the history and the culture.

Transfer to airport for flight flying to Guilin. Upon arrival at Guilin, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Remainder of the day is free at leisure with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Days Hotel Guilin

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    Days Hotel Guilin



    Guilin Days Inn Hotel offers hotel. Free private parking is available on site. Guilin Railway Station is 5.9 km from Guilin Days Inn Hotel. Guilin North Railway Station is a 14-minute drive away. Guilin Liangjiang International Airport is 29 km from the hotel. Each room ...

    Guilin Days Inn Hotel offers hotel. Free private parking is available on site.

    Guilin Railway Station is 5.9 km from Guilin Days Inn Hotel. Guilin North Railway Station is a 14-minute drive away. Guilin Liangjiang International Airport is 29 km from the hotel.

    Each room in Guilin Days Inn Hotel is fitted with a TV and an electric kettle. Some unit features a laptop. Free toiletries, slippers and a hairdryer can be found in the private bathroom.

    The front desk can help with luggage storage and concierge service. Meeting facilities are provided for business travellers' convenience. Guests can enjoy meals in the on-site restaurant.

    Qixing is a great choice for travellers interested in mountains, food and nature.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Babysitting Services
    • Bike Rental
    • Business Centre
    • Car Rental Service
    • Concierge
    • Cribs
    • Daily Housekeeping
    • Dry-cleaning service
    • Elevator
    • Events planning service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Flat Screen TV's
    • Gift Shop
    • Grocery Shopping Service
    • Hairdryers
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant

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Day 5

Guilin

Start the morning cruise down the lovely Li River and appreciate the unfurling of this ethereal landscape painting with new vistas at each turn. The peaceful limpid water and otherworldly limestone Karst formations that were at the bottom of the sea hundreds of millions of years ago come together to form unforgettable panoramas. Lunch is served onboard.

Disembark in Yangshuo, where the most stunning scenes of the river vie for attention. Visit the local villages and rice paddies, walking through the famous West Street.

Drive back to Guilin and evening is free at leisure with dinner on own.

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Day 6

Guilin to Longsheng

Start the morning to visit Reed Flute Caves, also known as "the Palace of Natural Arts", is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin's most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. Then drive to Longsheng (approx. 1.5 hours driving). Upon arrival at Longsheng, transfer to hotel for check in. Afternoon guided walking on top of the Mountain to view the rice terraces, where you will find the villages are surrounded by the stunning paddy terraces built in the hillsides. It is really an unique scenery.

Have a lunch at local restaurant and dinner at hotel.

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Duration1 Night
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Ping An Hotel

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    Ping An Hotel



    Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a sun terrace, the hotel offers accommodation in Longsheng. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. A flat-screen TV is provided. There are shops at the property. You can play billiards at this hostel, and car hire is available. The ...

    Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a sun terrace, the hotel offers accommodation in Longsheng. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. A flat-screen TV is provided. There are shops at the property. You can play billiards at this hostel, and car hire is available. The nearest airport is Guilin Liangjiang International Airport, 65 km from the hotel.

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Day 7

Longsheng to Guilin to Hangzhou

Morning continue the exploration on top of the Mountain. The Rice Terraces in Longji village show a picture of great momentum and imposing beauty, being reputed as having no match in the world. With a history of more than 700 years, the area is still being used for growing premium quality rice by Yao and Zhuang villagers. The rice terraces are built into the hillsides and look like great steps cut into the slopes as they wind around the mountainsides. This ingenious construction makes best use of the scarce arable land and water resources in the mountainous area.

After lunch at local restaurant, drive back to Guilin Airport (approx. 1 hour driving) for flight to Hangzhou

Arrive Hangzhou, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Reminder of the day is free with leisure with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Best Western Hotel Hangzhou

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    Best Western Hotel Hangzhou



    Best Western Hangzhou Meiyuan hotel is centrally located in Hangzhou, close to many local attractions and easy access to West Lake, Wulinmen Business Center and several Chinese government buildings. Hotel hosts 198 well-appointed guest rooms and suites. Each room features a refrigerator, cable satellite television ...

    Best Western Hangzhou Meiyuan hotel is centrally located in Hangzhou, close to many local attractions and easy access to West Lake, Wulinmen Business Center and several Chinese government buildings. Hotel hosts 198 well-appointed guest rooms and suites. Each room features a refrigerator, cable satellite television with HBO and Internet access. Hotel amenities include a complimentary full breakfast, fitness center, a cocktail lounge, mini-golf practice green, foreign currency exchange and a meeting room to accommodate up to 280 people. Guests traveling on business will find a variety of amenities to conduct business on the road such as conference facilities, secretarial services and computer access. Guests will be less than one and a half kilometers from the Zhejiang Natural Museum, the Cuiyuan Movie World and the Dragon Sports and Tour Center. The Xi'xi National Wetlands Park is situated just a short distance from the hotel.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Security
    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Barber/ Beauty Shop
    • Car Rental Available
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Fitness Centre
    • Foreign Currency Exchange
    • Free Parking
    • Laundry Service
    • Medical Services
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Newspapers
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 8

Hangzhou

Morning visit the Gushan Hill, got this name because it is surrounded by water, standing solitarily in West Lake, it is the lowest summit, compared to other hills around West Lake, but it is also the biggest island in the lake, and the only natural island as well. Head to visit Guozhuang Park, the whole village covers an area of ten thousand square meters, manor by the Lake's scenery, with the West Lake landscape integration, known as "West Lake, the highest classical gardens."

Explore the West Lake with private sampan ride on the lake. It is a like a shining pearl inlaid on the vast land of China, reputed for beautiful scenery, a multitude of historical sites, brilliant cultural relics, and a profusion of native products. Drive to Dragon Well Tea Plantation, with its idyllic beauty, the tea farmer will take you to the mountain area and you will be impressed by the tea terraces of high and low hill-slops. Visiting the tea farmer's house, enjoying the local tea ceremony and have a lunch there.

Then continue visit Lingyin Monastery, one of the top ten most famous ancient Buddhist monasteries in China, also one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China, and contains numerous pagodas and Buddhist grottoes. Evening is free at leisure with dinner on own.

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Day 9

Hangzhou to Huangshan

Morning drive to Huangshan, check in at your hotel. Afternoon visit the Museum of Huizhou Folk Architecture and Ink Factory. Late afternoon exploration the Laojie Street. This street was built more than 1000 years ago and today has developed into a historic and commercial street which is 823-meter-long and 5-8 meter-wide. It is one of the best-kept old streets in China and was elected as one of "Ten Historic and Cultural Street of China" in 2009.

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Duration2 Nights
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Tiandu International Hotel

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    Tiandu International Hotel



    With easy access to the expressway, the Tiandu International Hotel (Tiandu Guoji Fandian) is about an hour drive from the Huang Shan scenic area. This Huang Shan hotel is decorated in a European style, with a variety of well-appointed rooms to cater to a variety ...

    With easy access to the expressway, the Tiandu International Hotel (Tiandu Guoji Fandian) is about an hour drive from the Huang Shan scenic area.

    This Huang Shan hotel is decorated in a European style, with a variety of well-appointed rooms to cater to a variety of tastes and budgets on offer with standard amenities.

    The hotel's restaurants serve local Anhui delicacies and Western cuisine. Guests can stop in the bar for a cocktail or grab a cup of coffee or tea and relax after a long day out and about.

    In addition, six function halls and conference rooms are at guests' disposal for conferences, training or other business and social activities.

    Leisure activities include massage, ballroom dancing, ping pong, karaoke and a sauna.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Concierge
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Coffee Bar
    • Elevator
    • Laundry
    • Lobby Bar
    • Luggage Storage
    • Restaurant

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Day 10

Huangshan

Full day excursion to visit Yi County. Spend the whole day visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Xidi Village. Situated in the rich green and sparkling waters of surrounding rice paddies, the village appears just as it did centuries ago. You can feel the authenticity of the rural life as you wander the stone lanes on pathways between towering vertical walls that at times narrow to shoulder width. Xidi Village dates to 900AD. Picturesquely ringed by hills, it is known as "a village in a Chinese painting."

And tour the quiet Pingshan Village with centuries old Huizhou architecture. This is one of oldest villages with the most historic buildings preserved. A Song dynasty temple (950AD) still stand close to exquisite family temples of Ming and Qing dynasties. A movie producer restored an ancient courtyard into a boutique inn with a trendy theme bar and cafe.

Continue to visit Hongcun Village, is an ancient village with a history of 400 to 500 years, the original residential style and features of the Ming and Qing Dynasties were preserved perfectly there. It was inscribed into the list of the World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. The village has a cattle-like plan, a stream passes by every door in the village like a cattle's gut, a semi-lunar pond looks like the cattle's stomach, and the four bridges over the stream from the cattle's feet. With marbled ground, black tiles, fresh red lanterns, elaborate woodcarvings and amazingly comprehensive water system, it is known as 'the folk imperial palaces'. It is an architectural miracle constructed by the ancient people in accordance with the bionics. Evening is free at leisure with dinner on own.

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Day 11

Huangshan

Today, transfer to Anhui's crown jewels, the incomparable Yellow Mountain, cable car up to the summit and check in at hotel. Because these mountain tops are often above cloud level they offer intriguing natural light effects as well as views of the clouds from above, including the famed Sea of Clouds phenomena. The staggering beauty of granite precipices emerging from fog banks has inspired Chinese artists for centuries. Walk forty minutes to your hotel and check into modest, yet adequate rooms. Vistas of amazing beauty lie a few minutes from the hotel. Every direction offers a unique view as can be gathered from the scenic names of the Nine Dragons, Daoist Priest, Ox Nose, and Hunchback. Choose between short strolls on nearby paths or longer hikes along the summit ridge.

Have the lunch and dinner at hotel.

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Duration1 Night
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Beihai Hotel Huangshan

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    Huangshan's Beihai Hotel (Beihai Binguan) is a popular 4-star hotel extremely well located for those wishing to watch the sun set or rise from the mountain's Eastern step. This Huangshan hotel has standard rooms and suites that come equipped with all the standard up-to-date amenities. ...

    Huangshan's Beihai Hotel (Beihai Binguan) is a popular 4-star hotel extremely well located for those wishing to watch the sun set or rise from the mountain's Eastern step.

    This Huangshan hotel has standard rooms and suites that come equipped with all the standard up-to-date amenities.

    For dining, guests will find both Chinese and Western cuisines on the menu. Those who like to socialize can grab a drink at the bar.

    Additional facilities at the hotel include meeting facilities, business center, gym, steam bath, currency exchange and a beauty salon.

    For 50 years, the Beihai Hotel has received more than 100 parties and national leaders like Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Yang Shangkun, Li Peng, Zhu Rongji, Li Ruihuan, Annan, Tai Crowned Princess, Shao Yifu, Lao She and more.

    Facilities

    • Beauty Salon
    • Clinic
    • Coffee Bar
    • Karaoke Lounge
    • Luggage Storage
    • Restaurant
    • Wine Bar

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Day 12

Huangshan to Shanghai

Continue walking tour of Yellow Mountain. After lunch cable car down and visit the Chengkan Village in She County. The village is famous for its well-preserved and amazingly designed residential architecture of Ming Dynasty. Streams flowing through, eight mountains circle around, the ancient village integrated the featured Hui style houses (white wall and gray tiles) with green hills and clear streams, making a perfectly natural and man-made patterns of Eight Trigramkan.

Dinner at a local restaurant before flying back to Shanghai in the evening. Arrive Shanghai, transfer to your hotel for check-in.

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Ambassador Hotel

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    Ambassador Hotel



    Ambassador Hotel Shanghai is located in the Caojiadu commercial zone where Changning and Putuo Districts meet, enjoying convenient transportation. The hotel is close to Jing'an Temple and Zhongshan Park. It's a 15-minute drive from the hotel to Shanghai Railway Station, 20-minute drive to Hongqiao Transportation ...

    Ambassador Hotel Shanghai is located in the Caojiadu commercial zone where Changning and Putuo Districts meet, enjoying convenient transportation. The hotel is close to Jing'an Temple and Zhongshan Park. It's a 15-minute drive from the hotel to Shanghai Railway Station, 20-minute drive to Hongqiao Transportation Hub, and 50-minute drive to Pudong Airport. It is surrounded by a variety of shopping, entertainment and recreation destinations, including Yueda 889 Plaza, King 88, and Fanghui Plaza, etc., all of which are the preferred choice by elite business travelers.

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    • Business Centre
    • Child Friendly
    • Free WiFi

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Day 13

Depart Shanghai

Departure transfer for your onward flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 12 nights' accommodations in either moderate, first class or deluxe hotels
  • All transportation as per itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Touring in each city as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide in each city
  • Local airfare for Beijing/Taiyuan/Guilin/Hangzhou & Huangshan/Shanghai as per the itinerary.
  • Food and drinks as per itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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