Classic option from NZ$3960* PP
Trip code: CHP-C-15 |
Group size: Max 16, Avg 12
START Shanghai, Guilin, Yangshuo, Chengdu, Xian, Terracotta Warriors, Great Wall, Beijing FINISH
Witness the incredible panorama of China, from unfathomable human feats such as the Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall, to breathtaking natural vistas of rural scenery in Guilin and Yangshuo. The cities of China are thrilling, with Beijing offering fascinating insights into history and culture and Shanghai seemingly rising up around you. Spend a morning at the captivating Giant Panda Research & Breeding Base, and visit an intriguing hilltribe area. The timeless beauty surrounding you will amaze.
DAYS 1-3: SHANGHAI
On arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your hotel. A walk along the Bund, a remnant of Shanghai’s days as a trading port, reveals an impressive collection of Art Deco buildings. Find peace in the serene Yu Garden and immerse yourself in the lively back streets of the Chinese Quarter. Marvel at the spectacle of the famed Shanghai acrobats in action.
Hotel: Rendezvous Merry Hotel Shanghai
DAYS 4-5: GUILIN & LONGSHENG
A morning flight brings you to charming Guilin. Climb the stone steps to the top of Fubo Hill for panoramic views across rooftops and limestone mountains. At the local Traditional Chinese Medicine Centre, learn about acupuncture, reflexology and herbal medicine. Travel to Longsheng to experience a White Yao village and admire the spectacular rice terraces known as the Dragon’s Backbone.
Hotel: Guilin Universal
DAYS 6-7: YANGSHUO
Float gently along the Li River, absorbing the region’s renowned limestone karst scenery and traditional rural scenes, to charming Yangshuo. Wander the cobbled streets and cycle into the pretty countryside. There is free time to visit the local markets and perhaps take in an evening show.
Hotel: Yangshuo New Century Hotel
DAYS 8-11: CHENGDU & XIAN
Travel back to Guillin for your flight to Chengdu. Meet with the splendid creatures at the Giant Panda Research & Breeding Base, and then unwind in the peaceful gardens of Dufu’s Cottage, a famed poet from the Tang Dynasty. Soak up local life as you relax in a teahouse in bustling People’s Park. After your flight to Xian, the bustling streets of the Muslim Quarter offer up a wealth of distractions before a visit to the Big Goose Pagoda. In the evening you have the chance to indulge in a sumptuous dumpling banquet. An early stroll through the City Park is a great local experience, followed by the spectacular scene of countless life-size Terracotta Warriors. Board your overnight train and race through the night towards bustling Beijing.
Hotels: Tianfu Sunshine, Meihua Golden Tang Hotel, Overnight train
DAYS 12-15: BEIJING
Traverse the expanse of Tiananmen Square and then walk to the marvellous Forbidden City. Discover one of the few remaining backstreets, or hutongs, in Beijing when you enter a local home for lunch followed by a rickshaw ride. View the famous Drum Tower and enjoy the chance to feast on Peking Duck along with free time to explore the Wangfujing Night Markets. A short trip to Mutianyu brings you to the incredible Great Wall of China. Further exploration includes a visit to the Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace. On your last day, enjoy free time before your departure transfer.
Hotels: Novotel Xinqiao
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