A trip to China is bound to be an eventful one. China’s 5,000-year-old civilization is a great reason why. From the first emperor’s Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an to Beijing’s Forbidden City, which served as the imperial palace from the Ming dynasty until the end of the Qing dynasty to Beijing’s Summer Palace and of course, the Great Wall to Guilin to the lesser known Buddhist caves at Dunhuang, the great Taklamakan Desert and more just add to the charm. What are you waiting for? There is an incredible world waiting to be explored by you!
Arrive at Peking, err, Beijing. And since China can be tough to navigate with the language barrier, we will have our guide greet you right at the airport and make sure you are settled in for the night at your hotel.
Early birds get the best grub, in our case however, being early means less crowds. We start our day with Temple of Heaven Park, where you can see the local Chinese people doing morning exercises there, such as Tai-Chi, Peking opera singing, folk dancing. It's got a bit of Central Park feel to it with the sheer amount of local activity happening. Makes you feel like you are a part of something.
Then, walk through the Temple of Heaven, which is the largest ancient imperial worship architecture group in the world. This is where most of the Emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties prayed for peace and harvest. A moment here will do good for your soul.
Take a private transfer to Tian’anmen Square and stroll on the square, the largest public square in the world. See how most of the places you visit just by morning is the largest in the world, it doesn't stop. Chinese are known for their "larger than life" depictions. It just keeps getting better!
Then visit the Forbidden City which was the residence of Chinese emperors for more than 500 years.
This morning in Beijing will feature the Great Wall section in Badaling. In the afternoon, visit the Summer Palace, one of the China’s largest and best-preserved imperial gardens. (What did we say?!) And that's wrap for Beijing! We leave for Xian tomorrow.
It's a 6 hour bullet train ride to Xian. And we reach Xian and meet up with our local guide to be guided to your hotel.
A drive for about an hour takes you to the Lintong District where the Terra Cotta Warriors are residing at present.
The story is an interesting one, Chinese emperors weren't quite satisfied with the regions conquered in mortals lands, so they also prepped to conquer the land of Gods after they die. But why hurry the process or wait in the mean time. So they created a Terracotta Army to be taken with them after they die. They also had Terracotta livestock and what not. After all, the army and the emperors needs to be fed right.
That's the story. Moving on, All this was done 2200 years ago and there are more than 8000 life-size terra cotta figures of soldiers and horses excavated from this area.
We move our party to visit the Old City Wall, which is the best preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defense system in China.
While all this is a feast for sense, it's time for a real feast.
A stroll on the Muslim Street with its wide diversity of tastes and strong ethnic delicacies is a feast for our soul.
A quick stop at the Square of Bell Tower and Drum Tower will bring the day to a close. Rest, you have earned it.
Start your day with a visit to Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, the first huge state museum with modern facilities in China, and given the reputation of bright pearl of ancient city, treasure house of China. Then go to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated in the Da Cien Temple, about four kilometers from the urban center, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the famous Buddhist pagodas in China.
Rest of the day is free for you to explore the city by yourself. Go on, make new memories! We leave for Guilin tomorrow!
Let's fly to Guilin. Arrive at noon and meet with your local guide. We start our stay at the gorgeous Guilin with the Reed Flute Cave, one of the most extraordinary places in Guilin.
What's so special you ask? It's a naturally beautiful stalactites and stalagmites filled cave, where colored lights have now made the rock formations in this swan lake worth a truly dazzling experience.
Drive to Longsheng, where you can view the amazing Dragon Bone Terrace Fields scenery with picturesque villages scattered among it. Spend time visit the rice terraces there. The terraces look like great chains or ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the hill. Drive back to Guilin in late afternoon.
Spend the day aboard a scenic Li River cruise through the mist-shrouded limestone mountains, passing picturesque farms and fishing villages. Disembark in Yangshuo, a unique and incredible laid back town in China. Enjoy your time relax at the West Street in Yangshuo. It's lively and happening. But just outside the town, Outside of town is the best place to enjoy the surreal karst landscape. The best resorts and hotels are right alongside the beautiful lakes with sublime views. Stay overnight in Yangshuo.
Explore the countryside and then fly to Shanghai. Meet and greet with your guide and get settled in your hotel. Rest for the night, Shanghai is one pulsing city, you will need all your energy tomorrow!
Start with the Pudong district and arrive at Lujiazui Financial Zone, the most glamorous place in Shanghai.
Visit the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Surrounded by the Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and the Nanpu Bridge in the southwest, it creates a picture of twin dragons playing with pearls.
Next, head to the Yuyuan Garden, located in the center of Shanghai's Old City, which is a classic Chinese garden. Take time to explore the Old Town Market around the garden. Visit the Bund, which is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai.
After Bund, head to Nanjing Road Walking Street - the ultimate shopping street of Shanghai and one of the world's busiest shopping streets. If you are done with your shopping, head to Taikang Road 210 and Tianzifang, this is a special place where you see the true Chinese life. Close the day with some more shopping. Silk shop this time.
It's finally the day after your incredible trip to China. You head back home now. If you want to see more of China, all you have to do is ask!
Hotel standard twin/double room with daily breakfast.
2. Entrance fee to the scenic spots listed in the itinerary.
3. A private English speaking guide during the tour in each city.
4. Private transfer services between airport/railway station, hotel, scenic spots while sightseeing.
5. Second class tickets on the bullet train from Beijing to Xian.
1. All the air tickets (international & domestic).
2. All the lunches and dinners.
3. China Visa.
4. Cable car at Great Wall.
5. Gratuities to the guide, driver, hotel bell boy, etc.
6. Personal expenses.
7. Items that are not specified above.