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Classic China

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13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,621

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$ 2,621

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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 including Lunch

Pick up from hotel, walk through the Tian’an Men Square and head to the gate of the Forbidden City, the abiding symbol of imperial China. Truly one of the great achievements of civilization, its construction employed hundreds of thousands of workers between 1406 and 1420. Marvel at its expansive architecture, magnificent imperial gardens, and many museums of Chinese antiquities and treasures. Head to the Summer Palace, which is the best-kept existing royal garden in Beijing, a complex of pavilions, temples, and galleries set among beautifully landscaped grounds, situated on Kunming Lake. After a Chinese lunch at local restaurant, explore the Temple of Heaven, one of the finest creations of the Ming dynasty. This stunning architecture realizes the eternal Chinese desire to incarnate heaven in material form and represents the most advanced principles of mechanics and geometry of the time. Late afternoon, transfer back to hotel.

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, Emperor Qinshihuang Mausoleum, Banpo Museum and Art Ceramics Factory including Lunch

Pick up from hotel, today begins with a viewing of the extraordinary 2,300 year old terracotta warriors in the tomb of China's first emperor, Qinshihuang. The warriors still stand at the original site where farmers discovered them in 1974. After Chinese lunch at local restaurant, visit the Banpo Museum, as the first museum at the prehistoric site, it was built at the base of the excavations of the Banpo site and opened to the public formally in 1958. The Banpo Site is a typical Neolithic matriarchal community of the Yangshao Culture dating back about 6,000 years. After visit the Art Ceramics Factory, where you will have chance to learn how to make a pottery figure. Late afternoon, transfer back to hotel.

Duration8 Hours
Day 6

Xian Hotel to Xian Airport

Duration40 Minutes

Guilin Airport to Guilin Hotel

Duration40 Minutes

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 market are both within a 10 minute walk. There are 480 tastefully decorated guest rooms, lake view rooms and suites.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
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.

    Facilities

    • 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 7

Full Day Li River Cruise including Lunch

Pick up from hotel, be driven to pier for Li River Cruise. A double-decker river boat is waiting for you. The landscape from Guilin to Yangshuo is truly a masterpiece of nature. The crystal waters, straight-out-of-a-painting mountains, peaceful farm fields, hard-working-but- ever-smiling fishermen and wandering water buffaloes inspire poetic musings of Guilin's charming life. Under the blue sky, your river boat transports you in an unending daydream. After cruising for about four and a half hours, the one-thousand-year-old Yangshuo Town comes into sight. Yangshuo is a small oriental but Western-influenced town with a history of 1000 years. The West Street in the town earns its name since almost every one in West Street can speak fluent English and every restaurant or bar offers menus in several languages. After that, transfer back to Guilin.

Duration9 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 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 ...

    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.

    Facilities

    • 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 including Lunch

Pick up from hotel, start the day to visit the Nanjing Road, enjoys the reputation as China No. 1 commercial center. It was the earliest commercial street in Shanghai since the city opened to the outside world, stroll along and the Bund, a waterfront area in central, there is dozens of historical buildings, lining the Huangpu River. Head to visit the 400-year-old Yu Garden, Yuyuan Garden is a famous classical garden located in Anren Jie, Shanghai. The garden was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and after Chinese lunch at local restaurant, continue to the Jade Buddha Temple, it was built to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. Late afternoon, transfer back to hotel.

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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    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 ...

    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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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 12 nights' accommodation
  • Roundtrip airport to hotel transfers in each city
  • Full day Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven tour
  • Full Day Great Wall at Badaling and Ming Tomb
  • Full Day Terra Cotta Warriors, Banpo Museum, Qinshuihuang Mausoleum and Art Ceramic Factory
  • Half day Li River Cruise
  • Full Day Nanjing Road, The Bund, Yu Garden and Jade Buddha Temple tour
  • Half Day Hong Kong Island Tour
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated

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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3 Oct 2019
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