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Amazing Landscapes of China: Beijing to Shanghai

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13 Days
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Embark on a journey through China to discover the mystical landscapes of this ancient land. Travelling from Beijing to Shanghai, you’ll explore Taiyuan City and Pingyao Ancient Town, cruise along the Li River in Guilin, venture into the Reed Flute Caves, explore the UNESCO-listed Xidi Village, and summit mighty Yellow Mountain, which sits above the clouds.


This 13-day Chinese vacation takes you across China from Beijing to Shanghai to experience its breathtaking landscape of rice paddies, karst rocks, and cloud-covered mountains. It includes moderate or first-class accommodations depending on preference, private tours, and is perfect for travellers who want to experience China’s natural landscape.

Your trip to China begins in Beijing, the nation’s capital and home to the Forbidden City. Take advantage of a day at leisure to see the Forbidden City and a few of Beijing’s other historical treasures, including the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. Then fly to Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi Province, where you’ll explore ancient Chinese sites like the 1,400-year-old Jinci Temple. Continue on to Pingyao, home to Pingyao Ancient Town, the best-preserved ancient town in all of China, which has existed for at least 2,800 years. Return to Taiyuan to visit the Chang Family Compound, a collection of northern folk houses dating back to the Qing Dynasty.

Fly to Guilin to explore a landscape of rice paddies, karst mountains, and flowing rivers that was immortalized in classical Chinese painting. Cruise down the Li River to experience the mystical landscape from the water before reaching Yuangshuo, where you’ll walk along famous West Street and admire another gorgeous landscape of rice paddies and karst rocks. While in Guilin, you’ll also venture into Reed Flute Cave to see a subterranean limestone landscape illuminated by coloured lights. Connect to Longsheng and climb the mountain to gaze down upon the cascading rice terraces that define the region. Spend a day atop the mountain and see the famous rice terraces of Longji Village before heading back to Guilin and connecting onward to Hangzhou.

In Hangzhou, you’ll climb Gushan Hill, ride a flat-bottomed sampan across the waters of West Lake, and visit Lingyin Monastery, one of the 10 most famous Buddhist monasteries in the nation. Continue along to Huangshan, set amidst a stunning range of jagged peaks. Explore the historic avenue of Laojie Street, which has been one of China’s best-preserved commercial streets for over 1,000 years, and learn about the region at the Museum of Huizhou Folk Architecture and Ink Factory. One day, you’ll head to the UNESCO-listed Xidi Village to journey through a landscape of rice paddies and green hills. It’s like walking through a classical Chinese painting come to life. You’ll also see the Song Dynasty temple in Pingshan Village and explore the bizarre city plan of Hongcun Village, which resembles the biological system of a cow.

The greatest highlight on your trip to Huangshan is Yellow Mountain, one of the nation’s most famous mountains. Ride the cable car to the summit and spend a night atop a sea of clouds. The next morning, head on a walking tour before descending and flying to Shanghai for the final leg of your Chinese vacation. In Shanghai, stroll along the Art Deco avenue of the Bund to admire the futuristic skyline of Pudong across the water. Be sure to try some local delicacies before heading to the airport to connect back home.

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,055

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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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New World Hotel Beijing

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    New World Hotel Beijing



    The New World Beijing Hotel is only a short stroll from the Temple of Heaven, and is conveniently located near important cultural sites such as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, as well as the popular Wangfujing shopping district. Designed to impress both business and ...

    The New World Beijing Hotel is only a short stroll from the Temple of Heaven, and is conveniently located near important cultural sites such as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, as well as the popular Wangfujing shopping district. Designed to impress both business and leisure travellers, the hotel provides tastefully appointed guestrooms and suites and has an extensive range of recreational and business facilities. The hotel features stylish contemporary design themes accentuated with distinctive Chinese elements.

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    • Air Conditioning
    • Business Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry Service
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Room Service

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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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Jing's Residence

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    Jing's Residence



    Nestled amongst dusty curio shops and bustling restaurants in the old walled city of Pingyao is the 19-room Jing's Residence, a small boutique hotel that is located in a nicely-renovated old mansion. The design of the hotel fits in harmoniously with the traditional surroundings of ...

    Nestled amongst dusty curio shops and bustling restaurants in the old walled city of Pingyao is the 19-room Jing's Residence, a small boutique hotel that is located in a nicely-renovated old mansion. The design of the hotel fits in harmoniously with the traditional surroundings of this ancient city.

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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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Shangri La Guilin

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    Shangri La Guilin



    The Shangri-La Hotel Guilin sets new standards for luxury and service, placing it among the best Guilin hotels in this remarkable city. Being a premier Guilin luxury hotel Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin provides guests with an assortment of living spaces brimming with luxurious amenities and breathtaking ...

    The Shangri-La Hotel Guilin sets new standards for luxury and service, placing it among the best Guilin hotels in this remarkable city. Being a premier Guilin luxury hotel Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin provides guests with an assortment of living spaces brimming with luxurious amenities and breathtaking views of the Li River. With the finest restaurants and bars in the city, dining at Shangri-La Hotel Guilin, is a culinary experience to savour.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna

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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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Li An Lodge

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    Li An Lodge



    Sitting on top of a mountain, bordering a local village and overlooking magnificent rice terraces, Li-An Lodge is an entirely wood structure implementing the Chinese traditional building technique of tongue and groove without a single nail. The lodge was created by Keren Su, a renowned ...

    Sitting on top of a mountain, bordering a local village and overlooking magnificent rice terraces, Li-An Lodge is an entirely wood structure implementing the Chinese traditional building technique of tongue and groove without a single nail. The lodge was created by Keren Su, a renowned photographer, painter and adventurous world traveler, who discovered this enchanted location during a photography trip in 1997. It took him 8 years to design and finish this one-of-a-kind lodge, where Chinese tradition meets modern luxury.

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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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Sofitel by West Lake Hangzhou

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    Sofitel by West Lake Hangzhou



    Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake is located on the banks of the city's famous West Lake, close to the central business district. The hotel features 200 elegantly furnished rooms. The executive lounge offers panoramic views of West Lake. Sofitel Westlake Hangzhou is centrally located just a stone's ...

    Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake is located on the banks of the city's famous West Lake, close to the central business district. The hotel features 200 elegantly furnished rooms. The executive lounge offers panoramic views of West Lake. Sofitel Westlake Hangzhou is centrally located just a stone's throw from Xihutiandi, a cluster of commercial and recreational outlets. The hotel is just a short ride from the central train station and close to the international airport.

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    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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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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Crowne Plaza Huangshan Taiping Lake

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    Crowne Plaza Huangshan Taiping Lake



    Crowne Plaza Huangshan Taiping Lake is The Place To Meet for work or holiday in your next visit to Huangshan. Be it for vacation or work; make Crowne Plaza Huangshan Taiping Lake your first choice for your next visit to Huangshan. This family-friendly Huangshan hotel ...

    Crowne Plaza Huangshan Taiping Lake is The Place To Meet for work or holiday in your next visit to Huangshan. Be it for vacation or work; make Crowne Plaza Huangshan Taiping Lake your first choice for your next visit to Huangshan. This family-friendly Huangshan hotel is located on a lake, 3.3 mi (5.3 km) from Taiping Lake, and within 32 mi (52 km) of the Pan's Ancestral House and Huacheng SI. Zhiyuan Temple and Chaji Ancient Buildings are also within 32 mi (52 km). All rooms provide free WiFi and free wired Internet, TVs with satellite channels, and conveniences like refrigerators and coffee makers. 24-hour room service, minibars, and free newspapers are among the other amenities available to guests.

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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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Xihai Hotel Huangshan

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    Xihai Hotel Huangshan



    The Xihai Hotel (Huangshan Xihai Fandian) is located on the foot of Danxia Peak, at the entrance of the Xihai Valley. A number of restaurants serve local Anhui dishes along with delicacies from other regions. Guests can also enjoy a drink at coffee shop or ...

    The Xihai Hotel (Huangshan Xihai Fandian) is located on the foot of Danxia Peak, at the entrance of the Xihai Valley.

    A number of restaurants serve local Anhui dishes along with delicacies from other regions. Guests can also enjoy a drink at coffee shop or bar.

    Meeting facilities and a business center are available at this Huang Shan hotel for those needed professional services.

    Guests in this Huang Shan hotel can go to the disco in their free time.

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    • 24 Hour Concierge
    • Conference Room
    • Elevator
    • Lobby Bar
    • Restaurant

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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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Duration1 Night
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Fairmont Peace Hotel

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    Fairmont Peace Hotel



    Proud, legendary and lavish, the luxury Fairmont Peace Hotel, overlooking Shanghai's Huangpu River, boasts a history that overshadows that of any other hotel in the Far East. With its origins dating back more than eight decades, this beloved landmark served as a glamorous playground for ...

    Proud, legendary and lavish, the luxury Fairmont Peace Hotel, overlooking Shanghai's Huangpu River, boasts a history that overshadows that of any other hotel in the Far East. With its origins dating back more than eight decades, this beloved landmark served as a glamorous playground for the elite of Shanghai, where every night was an extravagant gala event and veritable Parisian fashion show. Truly the social heart of Shanghai, the hotel has been the coveted site of the city's most exciting and opulent events: quite simply, the most desirable place to see and be seen. The restored Fairmont Peace Hotel ushers in a new era of elegance and comfort for discerning travellers to Shanghai. No matter what brings you to this landmark hotel on in Shanghai, your every need will be graciously met.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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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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