Beautifully manicured tea gardens cascading down the hillside. Futuristic buildings which stretch towards the sky. The panorama over the countryside from a battlement of the Great Wall. Superfast trains that swallow up great distances. Yaks browsing peaceably by mirror-like lakes. China, with its vast distances, multiple cultures and geographical diversity, is a land of startling contrasts. Cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin offer all the excitement of world-class shopping, stylish eateries and unique sightseeing experiences. But after a few days here, you may well agree that the countryside, the beaches and the mountains offer a truer, more intoxicating flavour of this country.
The seat of power in the most populous country in the world, Beijing’s energy is palpable. The neat, orderly streets are filled with the buzz of conversation and traffic. High-speed trains snake across the landscape, while ancient palaces and temples patiently observe the changing face of the city. Art and culture are showcased beautifully here, in the galleries that dot the city, and in the magnificent Opera House. Universities abound, with students converging upon Beijing every July. Spend a few days here. You will discover that the city casts a unique, timeless spell.
The beginning and end of the silk route, Xi’an is a city that soared in merit and fame in past centuries, and was tragically crushed by war in the 10th century. Today the largest metropolis in north-western China, its history lives on in the amazing spectacles of the Terracotta Warriors, the tomb of Emperor Jingdi and the Muslim Quarter. Once you begin unravelling the several historic and cultural layers of this city, you will find that exploration is its own reward.
Guilin seems to exist in a quiet world of its own making, due in some part to its unique topography. The landscape here is said to be unrivalled by any other part of this vast country. And no wonder. Four lakes, two rivers and the steeply rising karst mountains make for a visual treat. Popular with tourists, the town nevertheless has its quiet moments, in an evening cruise down the river or a visit to one of the emerald paddy villages. For those who seek excitement, the city offers river rafting, theme parks and several culinary adventures.
Tudor mansions. Futuristic skyscrapers. Neat Art Deco buildings. Shanghai’s architecture is beautifully demonstrative of the city’s spirit. Despite a history that has witnessed the influx of several nations, its people now live firmly in the present, with arms embracing the future. Here, you can party all night, shop for designer garb at glitzy malls, spend a serene hour in the ancient shade of a temple, and sample the fare at street food stalls; all in the span of half a day. Shanghai flaunts her roots with pride.
Entire empires come alive as history is revisited, in the cultural melting pot called China. Take a long walk on the Great Wall of China and explore the secrets of the ancient Ming Dynasty.
Arrive at Beijing airport where your guide will meet you and accompany you to your hotel. In the evening, you have the option of attending a Kung Fu Show where you can watch incredible stunts performed with swords. Overnight in Beijing.
After a hearty breakfast, visit the historic sites of Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, The Summer Palace, The Temple of Heaven and a cultured pearl factory. You have the option of spending the evening at the Peking Opera, a national treasure with a 200 year old history. Spend the night in Beijing.
Today, you will visit the Great Wall at Badaling. Built during the Ming Dynasty, this wall is a symbol of Chinese civilisation. Later, visit the sacred Ming Tombs where the remains of thirteen Ming emperors are buried; and the famous thrift marketplace, Yaxiu market.
Travel to the airport to catch your flight to Xi’an. Upon reaching, your guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Later, you will visit The Shanxi History Museum and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist monument built around 648 AD by Emperor Gaozong. Overnight in Xi’an.
After breakfast, visit the famous Terracotta Warriors where you can admire thousands of life-sized clay figures of warriors and horses. Later, you have the option of attending the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. Overnight in Xi’an.
After breakfast, catch a flight to Guilin, a city known for its unique scenery. Set amidst a landscape of mountains and lakes, its name translates to ‘Forest of Sweet Osmanthus’. Visit the Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave and admire the natural beauty of its stalactite and stalagmite formations. Overnight in Guilin.
Today, enjoy a cruise down the beautiful Li River and take in the breathtaking landscape of limestone and karst formations. Later, visit the small market town of Yangzhou and spend some time shopping in Yangzhou West Street Market. Overnight in Guilin.
After breakfast, catch the flight to Shanghai, where your guide will meet and escort you to your hotel. In the evening, you have the option of taking a cruise down the glittering waterways of Huangpu River. Spend the night in Shanghai..
Once breakfast is done, proceed to a full day tour of the Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, the Oriental Pearl Tower and China’s premier shopping street, Nanjing Road.
Today, board the Shanghai Maglev, a magnetic levitation train, to go to the airport where you will board your flight back home.
A kaleidoscope of mystique and revelation; China offers its tourists a doorway into an ancient civilisation. Discover lost stories and explore treasures long buried as you spend eleven enchanting days here.
Arrive at Beijing airport to be greeted by your guide. After checking into your hotel, you have the option of enjoying a Kung Fu show, where you can witness incredible feats by sword-wielding performers. Overnight in Beijing.
After breakfast, visit the landmarks of Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, The Summer Palace, The Temple of Heaven and a pearl factory. You have the option of spending the evening at the Peking Opera. Overnight in Beijing.
Spend the day sightseeing as you visit the legendary Great Wall at Badaling, the ancient Ming Tombs and the famous thrift marketplace, Yaxiu market.
Catch your flight to Xi’an from where your guide will take you to your hotel. Later, you will visit The Shanxi History Museum and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Overnight in Xi’an.
After breakfast, visit the famous Terracotta Warriors where you can admire the life-sized clay figures of thousands of warriors and horses. Later, you have the option of attending the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. Overnight in Xi’an.
After breakfast, board the express train to the city of Luoyang. Here you will meet your guide who will escort you to your hotel. Later, visit the White Horse Temple, where the Buddhist sutras were translated by Emperor Ming’s delegates. Overnight in Luoyang.
After breakfast, visit Longmen Grottoes and the birthplace of Chinese martial arts, Shaolin Temple, where you will be enthralled as you watch the Shaolin Kung Fu Show. Later, drive to Zhengzhou where you will spend the night.
After breakfast, fly to Hangzhou, where your guide will accompany you to your hotel. Later, enjoy a cruise on the scenic West Lake and then tour the Dragon Well green tea plantation. Overnight in Hangzhou.
Today, visit Ling Yin Temple which translates to ‘Temple of the Soul’s Retreat’. Next, take the bullet train to Shanghai, where you will spend the night. You have the option of going for a cruise on the Huangpu River in the evening. Overnight in Shanghai.
After breakfast, leave for a full day tour of the Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, the Oriental Pearl Tower and Nanjing Road. You have the option of watching the Acrobatic Show in the evening where you can admire the performances of skilled acrobats. Overnight in Shanghai.
Board the Shanghai Maglev, a magnetic levitation train to travel to the airport to catch your flight back home.