17-Nights China Discovery: Xian, Beijing, Shanghai, Yangtze River, Guilin, Yangshuo, and Hong Kong
Explore ancient tombs and iconic pagodas in Xian before traveling to Beijing by high-speed rail, where you will visit the largest public square in the world. Then, experience the bright lights and futuristic skyline of Shanghai. Once you've had your fill of city living, sail through stunning gorges before transferring to Guilin where you will delight in spectacular limestone karst scenery before ending in fascinating Hong Kong.
- Private Driver & Guides + Arrival Meet & Greet
- All Private Ground Transfers & Domestic Air
- 2 Nights Xian
- Terracotta Warriors Tour + Lunch
- Xian Old City Wall & Muslim Quarter Tour
- Big Wild Goose Pagoda Tour + Dumpling Lunch
- High-Speed Rail Xian to Beijing
- 3 Nights Beijing
- Temple of Heaven Martial Arts & Dance Visit
- Old Beijing Noodles Lunch
- Beijing City Tour
- Markets Tour + Peking Duck Dinner
- The Great Wall Mutianyu Tour + Lunch
- Rickshaw Hutong Alleys Tour + Local Family Visit
- Summer Palace Tour + Lunch
- High-Speed Rail Beijing to Shanghai
- 3 Nights Shanghai
- Shanghai Old Town & Yuyuan Garden Tour + Lunch
- Shanghai Museum Visit
- French Concession Tour
- Acrobatic Show
- Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour + Boat Ride
- 4 Nights Yangtze River Cruise
- Li River Cruise to Yangshuo
- 1 Night Guilin
- 1 Night Yangshuo
- Countryside Biking & Rafting Tour
- 3 Nights Hong Kong
- Private Hong Kong Tour + Aberdeen Village
- Daily Breakfast
17 nights from $5645 per person
Supplier: Avanti Destinations
Beijing is the country's economic, cultural and transportation center as well as a famous historical capital of China. Located in northwest North China Plain, Beijing is the second largest city in China with a population of more than 11 million and is ideal to visit all year. There are numerous museums and libraries with the largest collection of books in the country. It also serves as a center for science and technology. It is a hub of communications, with good railroad and air links with all parts of China and with major cities of the world, thus facilitating the rapid development of tourism as an important industry in Beijing. Beijing is an ancient city with a long cultural history. The four feudal dynasties--Jin, Yuan, Ming, and Qing had all set up their capital here and it became a most concentrated place of the country's scenic spots and historical sites. The best known are the Palace Museum, the Summer Palace, the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven. Beijing aims to develop into a modern international metropolis..
Shanghai is a teeming metropolis of 11 million, bustling with energy, towering skyscrapers, art deco buildings, honking traffic, and shopping crowds. Once here, visitors will find Eastern ways abound: Tai Chi along the Bund, the serenity of exquisite ponds and gardens, and an endless flotilla of sampans edging along the Huangpu River. Explore Shanghai old and new: the busy bazaars and alleyways of the Old Town, Yu Garden, Wuxingting Tea House, Long Hua Temple and more.
Xi'an - with five million inhabitants and capital of Shaanxi Province - is one of the more pleasant of Chinese cities, more prosperous than any other city in inland China except Chengdu, with streets full of Japanese cars, stores flooded with temptations, and stylish locals in new discos. It's far richer than the surrounding area, a fact which becomes clear after a bus ride into surrounding plains. The city is also a primer in Chinese history, as between 1000 BC and 1000 AD it served as imperial capital for eleven dynasties. Find a wealth of important sites and relics hereabouts: Neolithic Banpo, the Terracotta Army of the Qin emperor, the Han and Tang imperial tombs, and in the city itself, the Goose Pagodas of the Tang, the Bell and Drum towers and Ming city walls, as well as two museums holding a treasury of relics from the most glamorous parts of Chinese history. The city is very popular with foreign residents, and many come to study, as the colleges are regarded as some of the best places to learn Chinese.
Guilin is known for its enticing and unique scenery. Chinese often refer to it as the world's most beautiful scenery, and its beauty can be acknowledged after a tranquil trip down the Lijiang. Over centuries many poets and painters have been drawn here and have praised the beauty of Guilin in their works. Du Fu,a very famous poet of Tang Dynasty so said of its climate: "When it is scorchingly hot everywhere in the Five Ridges, only Guilin has temperate weather." Guilin offers travelers a number of interesting sights.
As Asia’s premier gateway to China and Southeast Asia, Hong Kong offers a great travel experience. Visitors will find everything from hiking, horse racing and sailing to internationally renowned art galleries and lively art festivals. Some of the best hotels, dining and shopping in the world are found in this metropolis. Hong Kong is one of the world’s great cities and a delightful realm of natural wonders and serene rural villages. With its wealth of cultural attractions, Hong Kong invites exploration and inspires interest to even the most experienced traveler. Sights include Museum of History – which houses a collection of archaeological finds and historic photographs providing an introduction to Hong Kong’s history. Cultural Center is the city’s newest performing arts venue. The Space Museum’s dome, where Omnimax shows and astronomy exhibits are featured, is nearby. Adjacent is the Museum of Art. Stanley Market is an open-air market for browsing and finding bargains in fashions, leather, porcelain, and linens. Jade Market is a specialty market featuring 450 stalls with jade items.
The Yangtze is the longest Asian river, about 3,400 mi long. It rises in the Kunlun Mountains in Qinghai (Tsinghai) Province, and flows to its mouth in the East China Sea, about 14 miles north of Shanghai. Ocean-going vessels may navigate the river to Hankou, a distance of almost 600 miles from the sea. For about 200 miles inland from its mouth, the river is virtually at sea level. The delta flows through Jiangsu Province, largely a deltaic plain consisting of silt deposited by the Yangtze and one of the chief rice-growing areas of China.
Relax and enjoy your day as you cruise along the river and take in the magnificent scenery.
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