“I cannot thank you enough for organizing such a fabulous tour of China. It was outstanding in all aspects: luxury hotels and restaurants, interesting itinerary to see both the ancient monuments, and wonderful guides. I shall always remember this trip, and thank you for making it memorable.” ~ Past traveler, M. Parsons.
11 Days Classic China with Guilin is a breathtaking journey to explore one of the most beautiful scenic cities in China. Travel to the capital city of Beijing, the ancient capital of Xian, the beautiful Guilin with cruise along the picturesque UNESCO-listed Li River and China’s modern and largest city, Shanghai. Visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including one of the grandest archeological excavations, the Terra Cotta Warriors, and an opportunity to explore the Forbidden City and climb the monumental Great Wall of China. From Guilin City to Yangshuo County is like an artist’s masterpiece. The landscape is decorated with startling hills, steep cliffs, fantastic caves and farming villages, and is lined with bamboo.
Check-in at airport. Fly to Beijing. Cross the international dateline.
Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Meet your experienced local guide, and transfer to hotel for check in.
Beijing (B,L,D). Morning, join in the fun at Temple of Heaven Park, where locals go to meet friends, and enjoy their hobbies. You will see many interesting local activities and how Chinese seniors spend time in a healthy way. Continue to explore the Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; you will find the example of classical Ming period architecture. Before lunch, attend a pearl workshop learning how to purchase good quality freshwater pearls from the largest producer. Continue visit the largest square in the world – Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, where the last emperor resided; it is the largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world with nearly 1,000 rooms in over 800 buildings. Tonight enjoy a famous Peking Duck dinner.
Beijing (B,L). Full day visit the Great Wall, the 4,000-mile long and 2,000 years old construction is said to be the only man-made structure visible from the moon. Learn about different category of Jade from the Jade Carving workshop. Jade is the Imperial Jewelry for the Chinese. Explore the Old Beijing, Hutong by the rickshaw ride through the ancient alleys. Visit a local family to experience their daily life. Evening, enjoy dinner at your own leisure.
Beijing to Xi’an (B,L,D). Fly to Xian, an ancient capital of China with over 3,000 years of history and eastern departure point of the Silk Road. Today’s highlight is a visit to a Senior center where you will meet other active seniors, join their activities in handicraft class or dance together. This is a great experience of building friendship. Finish the day with a relaxing reception at your hotel.
Xi’an (B,L). Explore the Eighth Wonder of the World, Terra Cotta Warriors Museum to see the excavation site with more than 8,000 life-size army created during the Qin Dynasty. Taste the dumpling lunch, a Shanxi specialty. You will see the dumplings made in various animal shapes. Afternoon, take a jog on the City Wall, the most well preserved ancient military system in the world. Stop at the Wild Goose Pagoda before returning to hotel.
Xi’an to Guilin (B,D). Fly to Guilin, one of the best scenic cities in the world. Begin your journey with an Elephant Trunk Hill. Enjoy dinner with the local cuisine. Guilin features a Cantonese style cuisine.
Guilin to Shanghai (B,L). Full day excursion on a Li River Cruise. Li River is the soul of Guilin scenery. Along the river stand mainly karst hills which only found in Guilin. Enjoy lunch on board. Disembark in Yangshuo and explore the famous West Street, the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. Over the last 20-some years, West Street has become a meeting place for eastern and western cultures, and the biggest ‘foreign language center’ in China. This evening, fly to the beautiful Shanghai, which also known as the “Paris of the East.”
Shanghai (B,L,D). Explore the past, present and future of Shanghai by walking along the Bund. Attend a silk weaving workshop to learn about production of silk. Visit the classic garden, Yuyuan Garden and the busy Old Town Bazaar. Drive along the former French Concession District. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner to recapture the unforgettable memories followed by a world famous acrobatic show.
Shanghai(B). Full day free at leisure or join an optional full day excursion to Suzhou, ‘Venice of the East’; it is also known as the Garden City of China.
Shanghai to home (B). Fly to home.
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* Tour cost is based on sharing double occupancy and includes airport departure tax & fuel surcharge.
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