Hidden China

  • 15 Days

  • China

  • Active pace

An enthralling experience of buzzing Shanghai boulevards, Beijing rickshaw rides and the historic landmarks of imperial dynasties. Stand on the Great Wall of China, peer down at the Terracotta Army of the first emperor and glimpse sedate rural life on the Longji Rice Terraces.

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New for 2018

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
All airport taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

of 15 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 07th October 2018

Meals included: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners

Overview

An enthralling experience of buzzing Shanghai boulevards, Beijing rickshaw rides and the historic landmarks of imperial dynasties. Stand on the Great Wall of China, peer down at the Terracotta Army of the first emperor and glimpse sedate rural life on the Longji Rice Terraces.

At a glance

  • Shanghai Stroll the colonial Bund and visit a local silk factory.
  • Zhouzhuang Explore this quaint water town outside of Shanghai.
  • Reed Flute Caves Explore the colourfully illuminated caves of stalagmites and stalactites.
  • Longji Rice Terraces Glimpse rural life on a walk through the rice fields.
  • Terracotta Warriors A mysterious army of figurines guarding the tomb of China’s first emperor.
  • Beijing Take a rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutongs before enjoying a calligraphy lesson.
  • Great Wall of China Stand on the ramparts of one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Arrive Shanghai

On arrival into Shanghai, be met by your local guide and transfer to your hotel for a three-night stay. The rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Shanghai

Start your morning with a walking tour of the leafy French Concessions area, admiring the European buildings and green boulevards. Next visit the tranquil Yu Garden before taking a stroll on the colonial Bund, juxtaposed with the ultramodern skyline of Pudong. Next visit a Silk Factory to learn how this fascinating material is made into many beautiful objects and this evening dine on delicious Shanghainese cuisine before taking a cruise on the Huangpu River.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Shanghai

Enjoy an excursion out of Shanghai today to the quaint water town of Zhouzhuang. Zhouzhuang is famous for its canals and has been referred to as the Venice of the East. Return to Shanghai this afternoon and take a ride on the superfast Maglev train, reaching speeds over 250mph. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Shanghai – Guilin

This morning, fly to Guilin. On arrival, visit the colourful Reed Flute Caves, home to multi-coloured stalagmites and stalactites. Next take a walk up Moon Hills for views of Guilin’s stunning scenery before visiting a Pearl Museum to learn about the South China Sea pearling industry.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Guilin

Take a full-day excursion to the scenic Longji Rice Terraces. The terraces are also known as the ‘Dragon’s Backbone’ due to the terraced rice fields resembling the scales of a dragon’s back. Take a walk through these delightful fields, passing local people and villages to glimpse China’s rural life. Return to Guilin this late afternoon.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Guilin

Take a half-day cruise down the languid Li River as you admire the karst limestone scenery iconic to the area. See cormorant fishermen and water buffalo as you relax on this spectacular cruise. On arrival into Yangshuo, enjoy some time at leisure to take part in some activities including walking, climbing and cycling. Return to Guilin this evening.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Guilin – Xian

After check out, fly to Xian, the ancient capital of China. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay. This evening dine on delicious Shui Jiao dumplings and watch a Tang Dynasty dancing show.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Xian

Today come face to face with China’s most enigmatic sight, the Terracotta Warriors, built to protect Emperor Qin in the afterlife. Afterwards, visit the Xian Arts and Ceramic Exhibition Centre to see life-sized models of the warriors being built. Next, take a guided walking tour of the Muslim Quarter and enjoy the delicious Muslim-Chinese cuisine on display.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Xian – Beijing

This morning, visit the Ancient City Wall before taking the super-fast bullet train to Beijing. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a four-night stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Beijing

Start your morning at the Lama Temple, the second largest Tibetan Buddhist temple in China, to learn about the importance of Buddhism in China’s history. Next take a rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutongs before enjoying a calligraphy lesson in the hutongs. Have lunch with a local family to learn more about the traditional life of the Beijing locals. This afternoon and evening, enjoy free time in the Houhai district, also known as the ‘Back Lakes’, home to a myriad of restaurants bars.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Beijing

Head out of the city today to the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall of China. Huanghuacheng is a very unique section of the wall, as it sits on the banks of a reservoir. Take a small boat ride to get to the parameters of the wall and enjoy some time climbing its steps to enjoy panoramic view over the spectacular scenery. Visit a Jade Museum before return to Beijing for a stroll through the grounds of the Summer Palace, holiday home of the Qing emperors. This evening watch a thrilling acrobatics show.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Beijing

Start your tour with a walk through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, Monument to the People’s Heroes and the People’s Hall. Continue into the magnificent Forbidden City, residence of the Ming and Qing emperors for over 500 years. Later visit the spiritual Temple of Heaven and join the locals at the Temple of Heaven Park in a game of Mahjong or some Tai Chi. This evening dine on succulent Peking Duck, a favourite of the Qing emperors.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Depart Beijing

After check out, transfer to the airport for your onward flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Shanghai: Regal Shanghai East Asia;
  • Guilin: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel;
  • Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture;
  • Beijing: Grand Gongda Jianguo.

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar standard.

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

Tipping is an expected element in China's tourism  industry. Customarily every passenger pays on arrival to the guide and then it is distributed appropriately between the local guides and drivers. As a guideline we recommend 5- 7 USD per person per day.

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