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Best of China

  • 12 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GAACBC

From cosmopolitan cities to ancient capitals and surreal rural scenery, China's stunning diversity offers adventurous visitors to the Middle Kingdom a chance to explore both its modern allure and ancient past. A rapidly changing country, now is the time to discover its cultural and historical diversity-and do it with a bit of style! Our experienced CEO will lead the way and eliminate the hassle so you're free to explore China's urban and rural highlights.

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Day 1 Beijing (1D)

Arrive at any time, arrival transfer included. Enjoy a first taste of Chinese cuisine with a Beijing duck welcome dinner.

Arrive at any time. An arrival transfer is included. As group members will arrive at different times there are no arranged activities on Day 1 until our group meeting at 6 pm. Please see the notice board in the hotel foyer for details of this meeting. The meeting will be followed by an included group dinner featuring the local specialty Beijing Duck.

Day 2-4 Beijing (3B)

Visit the highlights of Beijing including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Also explore some of Beijing's traditional alleyways and backstreets known as hutongs. On Day 4, catch an overnight train to Xi'an.

On the morning of Day 2 a private bus will take you to a section of the Great Wall of China located about 2 hours from Beijing. One of the greatest structures ever built by humans, the Great Wall was constructed in stages over 2000 years and stretches 6000 kilometres westwards from the Sea to western China. The section we visit is called Mutianyu and is one of the best preserved Ming Dynasty sections reachable from Beijing. Arriving at the wall we'll be able to walk up and explore a stretch by foot while taking in views as it winds along the mountain ridges. On the Day 3 and 4 we'll discover Tiananmen Square and inside the walls of the Emperor's Palace - the Forbidden City. We'll also explore the unique Temple of Heaven with it's exciting parks surroundings and find opportunity for a walking tour featuring some of Beijing's traditional alleyways and backstreets known as hutongs. Late Day 4 we travel by overnight train to Xi'an (approx 12hrs) in soft sleeper compartments - 4 beds to a compartment with closing doors.

Day 5-6 Xi'an (2B,1L)

Explore Xi'an like the locals with a bike ride along the ancient city walls, this evening visit the Muslim Quarter and local markets. On Day 6, visit the famed Terracotta Warriors museum and then have lunch in the local farming village where these pricele

Arrive in the ancient Chinese capital and traditional silk road terminus Xi'an. Explore Xi'an like the locals with a bike ride along the ancient city walls, this evening visit the Muslim Quarter and local markets. The centre of Xi'an is enclosed by an enormous city wall - the top is a great place to ride a bike during a day or to view the setting sun in the evening. At night, head out to the Muslim Quarter for some of the best street food in China - the spicy beef and lamb kebabs are always a favourite. On day 6 we visit the famous Terracotta Warriors, built over 2000 years ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, approximately 1 hour from town. Over 6000 life-size warriors have been discovered. Spend half a day exploring this archaeological wonder.

Day 7-8 Guilin/Yangshuo (2B,1D)

Fly to Guilin and enjoy a sunset cruise on the Li River, continue to the quaint town of Yangshuo. On Day 8 take a rural cycling trip passing rice paddy fields and limestone karst mountains. Later try preparing local cuisine at a cooking school and enjoy o

On Day 7 we fly from Xi'an to China's lush southwest to experience the rural culture lush and unique limestone karst scenery of the Yangshuo area. Arriving from Guilin airport into Yangshuo town there will be opportunity to wander the shop and cafe lined streets or relax with a drink before enjoying an evening sunset cruise on the world famous Li River. Day 8 we embark on a day of cycle based rural discovery venturing from Yangshuo out to the Dragon River area to take in the montage of rural scenes, stunning topographical backdrop. Later try our hands at preparing local cuisine at a cooking school in a local village and enjoy the results for dinner. Returning to Yangshuo with an evening free you may choose to relax, or experience some of Yangshuo's vibrant nightlife.

Day 9 Yue Luo Wan Village (1B,1D)

Today visit a traditional Chinese village and immerse yourself in the local culture with an overnight stay in a small guesthouse.

Today we visit a traditional chinese village and emerge ourselves into local culture with an overnight in a guest house.

Day 10-11 Shanghai (2B)

Fly to Shanghai and take an orientation walk along the Bund area. Option to visit the Shanghai Museum and Yuyuan Gardens.

In a great day of contrasts we awake overlooking the rural countryside and finish the day in the heart of China's bustling metropolis, Shanghai. Cosmopolitan Shanghai is a mesmerizing array of old and new from the 19th century Asian infused Victorian and early 20th century Art Deco to the bold 21st century futuresque skyline additions. Day 11 we will discover some of the rich diversity of the city core through a walking orientation including the one-time international settlement area, old Shanghai and French Concession with opportunity to take in the view of modern Pudong from the Bund - Shanghai's waterfront strip. Free time will be available for individual exploration such as a visit into Yuyuan Gardens or Shanghai Museum.

Day 12 Shanghai (1B)

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Superior
  • Physical Demands: There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

What's included?

Arrival transfer. Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Visit Beijing’s traditional hutongs. Excursion to the Great Wall. Xian Muslim quarter orientation walk. Cycle along the Xi’an city walls. Terracotta Warriors tour and a lunch at the local village where they were uncovered. Li River boat ride. Bicycle ride trough the countryside with village visits. Cooking class and dinner in Yangshuo. Explore Yue Luo Wan rura ...

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