Day 1 Beijing (1D) Arrive in Beijing at any time today as there are no planned activities. The group will meet at 6pm. Please check for a notice from your Tour Leader. Following the meeting, we head out into the city to eat some delicious Beijing delights with your new group. Our dinner tonight is the traditional specialty, as we enjoy some delicious Peking Duck.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Beijing (1B, 1L) Day 2 takes us exploring the Forbidden City and its corridors and buildings. Stand in the heart of Tiananmen square, and find out about the significance of these places to modern day Chinese. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven, which is a refuge for Chinese retirees who practice water calligraphy, tai chi, or walk pet crickets here. Tour the temple itself and learn the history of this intricate structure, historically used only twice a year.
Forbidden City Tour
Temple of Heaven
Day 3 Beijing (1B) Set out early for the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Spend the day wandering from tower to tower along this magnificent feat of construction.
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
Day 4 Beijing/Xi'an (1B) After a free morning in Beijing, board a comfortable overnight sleeper that arrives into Xi'an early the following morning.
Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-15.00 hours)
Day 5 Xi'an (1B, 1L) Arrive into Xi'an in the morning, and after taking time to refresh in the hotel, rent bikes and head out onto the city walls. Xi'an is surrounded by well-preserved walls, and because these are flat, its easy to cycle around them. After our trip, walk around the Muslim Quarter, packed with stalls and shops.
Cycling Xi'an City Walls
Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk
Day 6 Xi'an (1B, 1L) Visit the famous Terracotta Warriors, built over 2,000 yrs ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, approximately 1 hr from town. Over 6,000 life-size warriors have been discovered. Spend half a day exploring this archaeological wonder before we return to Xi'an for the evening.
Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour
Day 7 Xi'an/Chengdu (1B, 1L) Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is a city of almost 12 million people, which still manages to retain some of its older characteristics and traditions.
One of these traditions is the Sichuan Opera. The singing, comedy, puppetry, and incredible 'changing faces' act performed as part of the opera are a feast for the eyes.
Hotpot is a very local way to have a meal. We sit around a table with a pot built in the middle – the pot is divided into 2 halves (spicy vs. non-spicy usually). The restaurants flavoured soup is added and brought to a boil, then we can start adding our food in the pot to cook ( including vegetable, meat or fish). The table also offers various sorts of herbs, spices, oil etc so you can make your own soup to taste.
Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 8 Chengdu (1B, 1L, 1D) In the morning, visit the Giant Panda Breeding Center. In the afternoon, explore the historic town of Huanglongxi. The Qing dynasty buildings in the town have been preserved in their original style, and it retains the charm and style of years passed. Wandering around Huanglongxi can make you feel that you have gone back in time.
Giant Panda Breeding Center
Town of Huanglongxi Visit
Day 9 Chengdu/Yangshuo (1B) Enjoy a free morning in Chengdu before we fly to the city of Guilin. From the airport, transfer 2 hrs to the village town of Yangshuo. This will undoubtedly rate as one of your favorite spots in China. The scenery is spectacular, surrounded by limestone karsts with a river running through the rice fields.
Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 10 Yangshuo (1B) Enjoy a cruise along the Li River, which snakes its way through the region. The unique landscape, with karst peaks towering over the river and poking through the mist, makes for a beautiful ride. Along the way, keep a lookout for local fishermen, who use coromrants to catch fish.
We have included the services of a 2nd CEO here in Yangshuo to give parents and kids time to enjoy different activities. There will be something for all of you to talk about at the end of the day.
Li River Boat
Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour
Day 11 Yangshuo (1B) There is lots of free time in Yangshuo as there are a wide variety of activities that you and your family might want to do.
During free time visit a cooking school in a picturesque setting, do tai chi by the river, learn calligraphy and painting, shop in the local markets, walk along the river, swim, or just spend time soaking up the scenery in one of the many tempting cafes around town.
If you want a bit more active option, take a cycle ride through the fields with a local guide, and be rewarded by a delicious local lunch. Try beer fish, garlic fried water spinach, and stuffed aubergine!
Day 12 Yangshuo/Hong Kong (1B) Relax in Yangshuo before transferring to Guilin and across the border to Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, enjoy an orientation walk around town.
Border Crossing (China - Hong Kong)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Local train (3.50 hour(s))
Day 13 Hong Kong (1B) Take the Star Ferry across the water to climb Victoria Peak, and admire the spectacular views over the whole city. In the evening, head down to the harbour front to watch the incredible lightshow -- it illuminates the entire skyline of Kowloon.
Victoria Peak with Tram
Day 14 Hong Kong (1B) Depart at any time.