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13 Days
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The perfect China itinerary for the independent traveller. See Imperial Beijing, cosmopolitan Shanghai, historic Xian, scenic Guilin plus exciting Hong Kong. China’s must sees all in 13 days.


The perfect itinerary for the first time independent traveller to China. In two weeks, get to know this country by visiting some of the most important destinations each with its own wealth of attractions.

The capital, Imperial Beijing, is where one is immediately exposed to the colourful history that China is so proud of. Start in Tian An Men Square, the world’s largest public square after which enter the Imperial Palace complex also known as the Forbidden City and find yourself back in the days of former Dynasties. The Great Wall of China is something once seen, never to be forgotten. After a short walk on the wall, more history is revealed at the Ming Tombs, the burial grounds of former Emperors.

Fly next to the ancient capital of China, Xian, an old walled city. It is also home to the 6000 life size famous Terra Cotta Warriors who are now 2000 years old and a fairly recent archaeological discovery.

Guilin in sub tropical Southern China is one of the country’s most scenic cities with its riverside location. A cruise on the Li River takes you through a landscape which will simply amaze you. Pinnacles of rock tower above the banks of the river as you cruise through rice paddies and lush countryside.

Shanghai is something to behold and has been described as the city of the future with its contemporary infrastructure and architecture. Yet it still retains its old charm which can be seen strolling through neighborhoods.

The last stop is Hong Kong called the city of life as it never appears to sleep. A visit to Stanley Market allows you to do some inexpensive but serious shopping. Victoria Peak will give you a breathtaking panoramic view of Hong Kong’s harbour and Kowloon. There is also time to explore this vibrant metropolis and discover so much more.

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,971

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Day 1

Beijing Airport to Beijing Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing

Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing is a courtyard-style establishment, surrounded by thousand year old trees. The hotel has retained its old-world charm, but at the same time, merged it with contemporary architecture and designs. The hotel caters to both the business and leisure travellers, focusing on clean and comfortable accommodations while providing high-quality service and amenities at a competitive price.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing

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    Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing



    Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing is a courtyard-style establishment, surrounded by thousand year old trees. The hotel has retained its old-world charm, but at the same time, merged it with contemporary architecture and designs. The hotel caters to both the business and leisure travellers, focusing ...

    Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing is a courtyard-style establishment, surrounded by thousand year old trees. The hotel has retained its old-world charm, but at the same time, merged it with contemporary architecture and designs. The hotel caters to both the business and leisure travellers, focusing on clean and comfortable accommodations while providing high-quality service and amenities at a competitive price.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Full Day Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven with Lunch

Today, you will visit Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, whose acres of splendid 15th Century halls and pavilions graced with imperial treasures, now comprise the Palace Museum. You will also visit the beautiful Temple of Heaven, possibly the most popular symbol of China.
This afternoon, enjoy the Summer Palace, a complex of pavilions, temples, and galleries situated on an immense man-made lake.

Duration8 Hours
Day 3

Full Day Great Wall at Badaling and Ming Tomb with Lunch

Today you will visit the magnificent Badaling section of the Great Wall of China, located approximately one and a half hours northwest of Beijing. The Badaling section was built in 1505, along with a military outpost reflecting the location's strategic importance. This section is one of the best preserved and most visited areas of the Great Wall. Enjoy stunning views as you stroll along this seemingly endless piece of history, which winds its way far into the distance. After lunch, visit the Ming Tomb, one of 13 Imperial tombs from the Ming Dynasty, before returning to Beijing.

Duration9 Hours
Day 4

Beijing Hotel to Beijing Airport

Duration2 Hours

Xian Airport to Xian Hotel

Duration40 Minutes

Grand Mercure On Renmin Square

The Grand Mercure On Renmin Square is located inside the Ming Dynasty Wall of the ancient city of Xi'an, surrounded by quiet courtyards and elegant gardens, emanating the unique rich historical breath of the famous "cradle of Chinese civilization". 194 guest rooms and suites in spectacular style reflect 50 years of historical soul of the Renmin Building.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Grand Mercure On Renmin Square

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    Grand Mercure On Renmin Square



    The Grand Mercure On Renmin Square is located inside the Ming Dynasty Wall of the ancient city of Xi'an, surrounded by quiet courtyards and elegant gardens, emanating the unique rich historical breath of the famous "cradle of Chinese civilization". 194 guest rooms and suites in ...

    The Grand Mercure On Renmin Square is located inside the Ming Dynasty Wall of the ancient city of Xi'an, surrounded by quiet courtyards and elegant gardens, emanating the unique rich historical breath of the famous "cradle of Chinese civilization". 194 guest rooms and suites in spectacular style reflect 50 years of historical soul of the Renmin Building.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 5

Full Day Terra Cotta Warriors, Banpo Museum, Qinshuihuang Mausoleum and Art Ceramic Factory incl Lunch

This morning, visit the over one thousand life-sized Terracotta Warriors which have been standing guard by the tomb of Qin Shi Huang for 2,000 years. The individually-sculpted warriors may be the greatest archaeological find of the last century. After lunch, continue to the Banpo Museum and excavation site, a matriarchal society dating back 6000 years. Finally, make a stop at a ceramics and pottery workshop en-route back to your hotel in Xian.

Duration8 Hours
Day 6

Xian Hotel to Xian Airport

Duration2 Hours

Guilin Airport to Guilin Hotel

Duration40 Minutes

Universal Hotel Guilin

Universal Hotel Guilin is located in the city centre, set alongside the famous Li River, as well as hot tourist spots with shopping arcades within walking distance. There are 230 luxurious rooms with Chinese and Western restaurants, house doctor, beauty salon, massage, acupuncture treatment, gift shop, room service, cable television and satellite and all of the modern conveniences you would ever need or want.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Universal Hotel Guilin

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    Universal Hotel Guilin is located in the city centre, set alongside the famous Li River, as well as hot tourist spots with shopping arcades within walking distance. There are 230 luxurious rooms with Chinese and Western restaurants, house doctor, beauty salon, massage, acupuncture treatment, gift ...

    Universal Hotel Guilin is located in the city centre, set alongside the famous Li River, as well as hot tourist spots with shopping arcades within walking distance. There are 230 luxurious rooms with Chinese and Western restaurants, house doctor, beauty salon, massage, acupuncture treatment, gift shop, room service, cable television and satellite and all of the modern conveniences you would ever need or want.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Tennis

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Day 7

Li River Cruise with Lunch

Today, enjoy a cruise along the Li River with it's breathtaking vistas and jagged limestone peaks. Each bend of this clear river offers a surprise; water buffalo patrol the fields, peasants reap rice paddies, and school children and fisherman alike float by on bamboo rafts. Enjoy a pace of life far removed from the concrete metropolis. Lunch is included, and afterwards, explore the local shops and markets of Yangshuo on your own.

Duration6 Hours
Day 8

Guilin Hotel to Guilin Airport

Duration2 Hours

Shanghai Pu Dong Airport to City Hotels via Maglev Train

Duration0 Hours

Holiday Inn Vista

Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is in a strategic location, 10 minutes' drive from the city centre, with good transport links to the rest of Shanghai. Surf the web with complimentary wireless Internet in modernist Jing Lobby Lounge, amid sleek geometric sculptures and muted colours. Or simply unwind in the uncluttered surroundings of your air-conditioned guestroom. With our extensive meeting facilities, doing business at Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is a breeze. It's a short stroll to cafes in the trendy Suzhou Creek area and the tranquil Temple of the Jade Buddha. Hop in a taxi to reach the shops on popular Nanjing Road. Enjoy Western and Asian cuisine on the sunny terrace outside Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista's relaxed Inn Place Cafe. Chinese Wen Xuan Restaurant serves authentic local and Cantonese dishes.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Holiday Inn Vista

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    Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is in a strategic location, 10 minutes' drive from the city centre, with good transport links to the rest of Shanghai. Surf the web with complimentary wireless Internet in modernist Jing Lobby Lounge, amid sleek geometric sculptures and muted colours. Or ...

    Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is in a strategic location, 10 minutes' drive from the city centre, with good transport links to the rest of Shanghai. Surf the web with complimentary wireless Internet in modernist Jing Lobby Lounge, amid sleek geometric sculptures and muted colours. Or simply unwind in the uncluttered surroundings of your air-conditioned guestroom. With our extensive meeting facilities, doing business at Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is a breeze. It's a short stroll to cafes in the trendy Suzhou Creek area and the tranquil Temple of the Jade Buddha. Hop in a taxi to reach the shops on popular Nanjing Road. Enjoy Western and Asian cuisine on the sunny terrace outside Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista's relaxed Inn Place Cafe. Chinese Wen Xuan Restaurant serves authentic local and Cantonese dishes.

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    • Internet Access
    • Lounge
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking

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Day 9

Full Day Nanjing Road, The Bund, Yu Garden and Jade Buddha Temple with Lunch

On your first stop today, you will visit Nanjing Road, a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world. Next, visit the Yu Garden located at the heart of Old Town and considered one of the most lavish and finest Chinese gardens in the region.
Then it's onward to the Bund, also called the Zhongshan Road, a famous waterfront that has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. Located to the south of the Bund, the old Chinese city was a walled fishing town when the British arrived in 1843. Modern Shanghai grew up around it.
Finally, you will venture to the western part of Shanghai where there is a venerable and famous Buddhist temple, the Jade Buddha Temple. In 1882, an old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues, which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. The temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately, the jade Buddha statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. Lunch is included.

Duration8 Hours
Day 10

Shanghai City Hotels to Pu Dong Airport via Maglev Train

Duration0 Hours

Hong Kong International Airport to Hong Kong City Hotels

Duration1 Hour

BP International House

Located in the heart of the Kowloon Peninsula, the BP International is close to the lush, calming greens of Kowloon Park as well as the flourishing business district. From the moment you step into BP International, you'll be impressed by it's refreshingly modem design. Simple elegance combined with inspired artistry creates a spacious and comfortable environment where discerning guests will feel right at home. Equipped with modem facilities and dedicated staff, BP International will give guests a pleasant and memorable stay. Shopping and leisure opportunities are also found close to the hotel including, the Nathan Road, Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard, Harbour City on Canton Road and China City.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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BP International House

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    Located in the heart of the Kowloon Peninsula, the BP International is close to the lush, calming greens of Kowloon Park as well as the flourishing business district. From the moment you step into BP International, you'll be impressed by it's refreshingly modem design. Simple ...

    Located in the heart of the Kowloon Peninsula, the BP International is close to the lush, calming greens of Kowloon Park as well as the flourishing business district. From the moment you step into BP International, you'll be impressed by it's refreshingly modem design. Simple elegance combined with inspired artistry creates a spacious and comfortable environment where discerning guests will feel right at home. Equipped with modem facilities and dedicated staff, BP International will give guests a pleasant and memorable stay. Shopping and leisure opportunities are also found close to the hotel including, the Nathan Road, Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard, Harbour City on Canton Road and China City.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Mail and Postal Facilities

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Day 11

Half Day Hong Kong Island Tour

Whether you are visiting Hong Kong for the first time or returning after a long absence, this tour is an ideal orientation to Hong Kong Island. Start by riding the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak and enjoy the panoramic views of the harbour and city. Continue to Aberdeen Fishing Village, home of traditional peoples whose lifestyle has not changed much since the early days of their settlement in Hong Kong (optional sampan ride at additional cost). Visit the island's most popular beach, Repulse Bay Beach, and make a stop at an exquisite jewelry factory. Finish your tour of Hong Kong Island by visiting Stanley Market and taking a stroll through Stanley's charming seaside village bazaar.

Duration5 Hours
Day 12

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 13

Hong Kong City Hotels to Hong Kong International Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

12 nights hotel accommodation, transfers, sightseeing, English speaking guide, and meals as indicated

NOT INCLUDED:

International and domestic air fare, optional excursions, items of a personal nature such as laundry, dry cleaning, phone calls, drinks, cancellation and medical insurance, excess baggage charges, Government departure taxes and Chinese Visa.

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19 Feb 2018
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