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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$ 5,344

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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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Capital Hotel

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    Capital Hotel



    Capital Hotel is situated in the historic Dong Jiaominxiang and is within walking distance to many interesting monuments and scenic spots including the Forbidden City, Qianmen, Temple of Heaven, and Tiananmen Square. With subways and bus stops nearby, the hotel is easily accessible. Capital Hotel ...

    Capital Hotel is situated in the historic Dong Jiaominxiang and is within walking distance to many interesting monuments and scenic spots including the Forbidden City, Qianmen, Temple of Heaven, and Tiananmen Square. With subways and bus stops nearby, the hotel is easily accessible. Capital Hotel has modern furnishes while traditional in style. The decoration shows luxury and elegance. All the 591 guestrooms are contemporary in design, offering ultimate comfort and convenience.

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    • 24 Hour Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • 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.

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Duration2 Nights
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Yunjincheng Hotel

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    Yunjincheng Hotel



    The Pingyao Yunjincheng Hotel (Pingyao Yunjincheng Minsu Binguan) is located on West Avenue, adjacent to Ri Sheng Chang Draft Bank, Ancient City Wall and Mingqing Street attractions. Rooms of this Pingyao hotel are equipped with 24-hour hot water, air conditioners, TVs, phones and broadband Internet ...

    The Pingyao Yunjincheng Hotel (Pingyao Yunjincheng Minsu Binguan) is located on West Avenue, adjacent to Ri Sheng Chang Draft Bank, Ancient City Wall and Mingqing Street attractions.

    Rooms of this Pingyao hotel are equipped with 24-hour hot water, air conditioners, TVs, phones and broadband Internet access. Dining outlets include a Chinese restaurant and Western restaurant. The lobby bar features local cuisine.

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    • Coffee Shop/Cafe
    • Conference Room
    • Luggage Storage
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Wine Bar

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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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Guilin Bravo Hotel

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    Guilin Bravo Hotel



    The Guilin Bravo Hotel is located in city centre, and surrounded by some of the most popular shopping areas. The Guilin Bravo Hotel is one of the quintessential hotels in Guilin that is ideal for both business and leisure travellers. The city centre and night ...

    The Guilin Bravo Hotel is located in city centre, and surrounded by some of the most popular shopping areas. The Guilin Bravo Hotel is one of the quintessential hotels in Guilin that is ideal for both business and leisure travellers. The city centre and night market are both within a 10 minute walk. There are 480 tastefully decorated guest rooms, lake view rooms and suites.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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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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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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Dragon Hotel Hangzhou

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    Dragon Hotel Hangzhou



    The Dragon Hotel is on the doorstep of the stunning Baoshi (Jewel) Mountain, close to the historic and picturesque West Lake, with 35km away from the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport. One of the Best Business Hotels by the Golden Pillow in 2010, The Dragon is ...

    The Dragon Hotel is on the doorstep of the stunning Baoshi (Jewel) Mountain, close to the historic and picturesque West Lake, with 35km away from the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport. One of the Best Business Hotels by the Golden Pillow in 2010, The Dragon is the best choice for visitors from China and around the world.

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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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Huangshan International Hotel

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    Huangshan International Hotel



    The Huangshan International Hotel (Huangshan Guoji Dajiudian), located in Tunxi, is a five-star hotel just 4 kilometers from Huangshan Tunxi Airport and 2 kilometers from Huangshan Railway Station. Rooms in this Huangshan hotel are all equipped with air-conditioning, domestic and international long-distance phones, mini-bars and ...

    The Huangshan International Hotel (Huangshan Guoji Dajiudian), located in Tunxi, is a five-star hotel just 4 kilometers from Huangshan Tunxi Airport and 2 kilometers from Huangshan Railway Station.

    Rooms in this Huangshan hotel are all equipped with air-conditioning, domestic and international long-distance phones, mini-bars and internet access.

    Besides Western restaurant, the hotel has several Chinese restaurants that serve Anhui, Huaiyang and Cantonese cuisines. There is also a coffee shop and tea house.

    Business travelers may access several meeting rooms and a multi-function hall, while the business center provides basic secretarial services.

    For recreation, there is a ping pong room, massage, sauna and beauty salon.

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    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Child Friendly
    • Laundry Service
    • 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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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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The Bund Riverside Hotel

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    The Bund Riverside Hotel



    The Bund Riverside (Shanghai Xinxietong Guoji Dajiudian) occupies a prime location where the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek meet, close to Shanghai's famous Bund and the popular East Nanjing Road pedestrian street, the lively streets of Hongkou and the newly landscaped banks of the cleaned-up ...

    The Bund Riverside (Shanghai Xinxietong Guoji Dajiudian) occupies a prime location where the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek meet, close to Shanghai's famous Bund and the popular East Nanjing Road pedestrian street, the lively streets of Hongkou and the newly landscaped banks of the cleaned-up Suzhou Creek. People's Square is also within easy walking distance, and nearby Metro Line 2 (Nanjing East Road Station) and taxis provide easy access to the rest of the city.

    Facilities

    • Beauty Salon
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Room
    • Currency Exchange
    • Elevator
    • Executive Lounge
    • Lobby
    • Lodge
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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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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