Encompassing two spectacular cities, Beijing and Shanghai, and two truly fascinating regions of Shaanxi and Guangxi, this immersive tour allows travelers to experience the Great Wall of China, Forbidden Palace, the Terra Cotta Warriors, Li River (on a cruise) and Shanghai’s intricate ancient neighborhoods that stand alongside modern developments. Head down backstreets and meet locals at work, stopping to talk and watch how goods are made. While in Beijing we also explore the religious systems alive in China, visiting a number of temples and mosques.
Arrival in Beijing
Be welcomed by our local representative and be escorted to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Today with your private guide wander through the famous hutongs (narrows alleys of Beijing) near Houhai Lake, then have a glimpse of ancient Beijing by visiting the Drum Tower and the Bell Tower. In the evening, sample some local food at the Donghuamen Market.
Beijing – Xi’an (B)
In the morning visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
Then, travel to the train station for a night train journey in a soft sleeper cabin to Xi’an. Enjoy this very cultural experience!
Xi’an – Guilin (B)
Visit the tomb of Emperor Jing then head to the airport for your onward flight to Guilin. Meet with your guide in Guilin airport and transfer to your hotel.
Guilin – Yangshuo (B,L)
Transfer to the pier to begin the cruise on the Li River. Admire the picturesque hills and superb natural formations that inspired so many poets and painters. On arrival, pursue your own trek on a bike to explore the countryside made of rice paddies, water buffalo and small villages.
Yangshuo – Guilin – Shanghai (B)
Transfer to Guilin airport and onward flight to the modern city of Shanghai. While your luggage is directly transferred to your hotel, head towards Pudong district aboard the Maglev electro-magnetic train. Wander between the most famous buildings, then discover the Bund, explore Nanjing Road and conclude your visit at People’s Square.
Today visit the Urban Planning Exhibition Center, the Shanghai Museum, and end at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In the evening, don’t miss the Shanghai night skyline from the Bund.
Start your day from Fuxing Park to discover Chinese’s morning routine, then head to the French Concession. Continue to the old town, visit the Yu Garden, and finish your walk in the bazar. Conclude your day with a traditional Chinese massage (also called“acupressure”).
Free day at leisure.
Leaving Shanghai (B)
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
3* and 5* hotel options also available. Please ask one of our experts today.
Currency: Chinese Yuan (CNY)
Vaccinations: No compulsory. Please check with your GP.
Visa: Required for Irish Nationals. You can obtain a L tourism visa single or double entry in the Chinese embassy prior to departure, valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Fee is €40 for single entry and €60 for double entry.
Best time to Travel: The best time to visit most of China is usually during Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) as the temperatures are more comfortable. Try also to avoid the major public holidays as the tourist areas tend to get overcrowded (as during the first week of May or the first week of October).
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