China on a Shoestring—Beijing to Hong Kong
Day 1 Beijing
As fellow group members will be arriving throughout the day there are no planed activities until the group meeting at 6PM, followed by dinner. On arrival please check the notice board in the hotel entrance for details of the time and place of the meeting.
Day 2-4 Beijing
China’s capital is a city on a grand scale - vast expanses of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall – and a city of incredible sights, shopping, food and entertainment.The back-street hutongs, packed full of local shops and restaurants are a world away from the imperial splendors, but also part of this energetic city. On the morning of Day 2 we will take a bus out to the Great Wall of China where you'll have free time to walk along the wall. After an orientation walk, Day 3 will be open for free exploration of this amazing city. *Please note: if you have pre-booked the China Cultural Theme Pack your CEO will inform you when you will see each show throughout your tour: Shaolin Kung Fu Show (Beijing), Acrobat Performance (Shanghai) and the Li River Light Show (Yangshuo). In the evening of Day 4, we will board an overnight train to Shanghai (approximately 16.5hrs). Train is your main mode of transport in China and a great way to travel.
Day 5-7 Shanghai
Shanghai is China’s largest and most dynamic city where new sky scrapers clash with the traditional architecture of the Bund. Arrive at noon and take a stroll along the Bund, with its spectacular array of art deco-style buildings or go across the river where you can take in the sights of Pudong - a modern financial centre - with its amazing skyscrapers. Explore the busy Yu Yuan Bazaar, the French Concession, or shop 'til you drop in China's hippest stores! There is enough to see in the impressive Shanghai Museum to spend half, if not a whole, day exploring; it houses one of the best collections of Chinese bronze and artwork. Visit the museum or take in the acrobatics. On Day 7, take an overnight train to Xi'an (approximately 18hrs).
Day 8-10 Xi'an
This ancient city, the capital of China for many years is home to one of The Middle Kingdom's greatest archaeological treasures – the Terracotta Warriors - and some of the best market food in the country. Spend almost two full days exploring the active Muslim Quarter and its serene Great Mosque as well as the exotic local street food stalls and the majestic Ming Dynasty City Wall. On Day 10, free time to explore Xi'an this morning. Take a day train this afternoon to Yichang (approx 14hrs), stopping to transfer in Wuhan.
Day 11-12 Yichang/Three Gorges dam & Xiling Gorge (1L)
Yichang has a very local feel, with great backstreets and alleyways with quaint tea houses and temples for exploring. It is renowned for its tea and fruit, all of which can be see on the street stalls. There is a great local food market where people can find prickly ash, hot pepper and chili powder, which are amongst the ingredients that add a local flavour to most dishes. Both an inspiration to generations of painters and poets and a source of international controversy, the Three Gorges remains one of the world’s natural scenic wonders while the massive Three Gorges Dam is an incredible feat of modern technology. Board a boat on the morning of Day 11 and cruise along the Yangtze River to view both the Xiling Gorge and the Three Gorges Dam. On Day 12, we disembark from Yichang on a fast train to Wuchang, where we transfer to an overnight train to Gullin (approximately 17hrs). We then transfer to a local public bus for the 1½ hour journey to the small country town of Yangshuo.
Day 13-16 Yangshuo
Discover the village life surrounding the spectacular karst hills, river scenery and green paddy fields in one of China's best known scenic spots. Arrive in Guilin in the early morning and transfer to a local public bus for the 1½ hour journey to the small country town of Yangshuo. The Li River and the limestone karst mountains interspersed with picturesque riverside villages and markets make this area perhaps the best known scenic attraction in China. On Day 16, take an afternoon bus to Guilin train station for the overnight train to Shenzhen. After a 2-3hrs border cross, transfer to the KCR train and continue to the vibrant city of Hong Kong.
Day 17 Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the world’s most fascinating, vibrant and impressively situated cities - it boasts a unbeatable array of cultural sights, shopping, fabulous restaurants and atmosphere galore. Cross the border into Hong Kong, visit Victoria Harbour and enjoy a free afternoon to explore this exotic city.
Day 18 Hong Kong
Depart at any time.