Highlights of China: Beijing, Xian and Guilin

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Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Comfort (4*)
11 days
From: $ 4,141 $ 376 / day
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Overview

Short Description

The Great Wall snaking over the horizon, impassive rows of Terracotta Warriors, sacred mountains, giant pandas munching bamboo… On a tailor-made holiday to China with Audley, you’ll see the highlights - and much more - your way. We’ll design your ideal trip with you, paying close attention to your interests, your travel style and your budget. Our China specialists know the country inside out and can lead you to experiences you won’t find in a guidebook.

Style Private guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Beijing
End City Shanghai

Itinerary

Day 1 : International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Beijing.

Day 2 : Beijing

Arriving in Beijing, you're met at the airport by your guide and driven to your hotel by private transfer. In the afternoon, explore the modernist expanse of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City with your guide. As you wander around the city's complex of ancient buildings, your guide will explain its fascinating architecture and how the emperors would have lived. You're driven back to your hotel at the end of your visit.

Day 3 : Beijing

Today explore the Temple of Heaven with your guide. This is an ancient Confucian-designed site in the middle of a tranquil park. We can arrange for you to get there early in order to see Beijing's older residents performing Tai chi. In the afternoon, visit the Summer Palace with your guide, walking around the lakes, gardens, walkways and quaint buildings of this expansive park. In the evening, try dining and strolling around the traditional backstreets of the Hutong district.

Day 4 : Beijing

Leave Beijing today to visit China's Great Wall. After a drive by private transfer, which typically lasts around two hours, you arrive at Jinshanling. This is a section of the wall that's a little further from the city, making it much quieter and less crowded.Your guide leads you on a four-hour circular walk along the wall and back through a green valley. The take your private transfer back to Beijing.

Day 5 : Xian

Today take a private transfer to Beijing West train station to catch the bullet train to Xian. The journey lasts around five and a half hours. On arrival in Xian you're met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Your guide then takes you for a walk around the city's Muslim Quarter, a frenetic but atmospheric corner of the city, packed with street food stalls.

Day 6 : Guilin

This morning, take a 40 minute private transfer to Xian's star attraction, the Terracotta Warriors. This 8,000-strong model army, created to protect Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife, was discovered by a local farmer in the 1970s. In the afternoon, take the two hour flight to Guilin. You'll have time to explore this southern city on arrival. We recommend visiting under your own steam the pretty lakeside Sun and Moon Pagodas, which are illuminated at night.

Day 7 : Yangshuo

This morning take a cruise down the River Li to the town of Yangshuo, sailing amid farmland, bamboo plains and towering limestone karst outcrops. You'll be part of a larger group of 120 people but your guide will accompany you. Arriving into Yangshuo at lunchtime, you're met by a private driver and taken to your hotel. You then have the afternoon free to explore the market stalls and cafes of this relaxed town.

Day 8 : Yangshuo

A day at leisure in Yangshuo. We suggest you explore the surrounding paddy fields and countryside by bicycle, go bamboo rafting, or take a local cookery class. In the evening, head to the banks of the Li to enjoy the Liu Sanjie lightshow illuminating the karst peaks, choreographed by the man responsible for directing the 2008 Beijing Olympics' opening ceremony.

Day 9 : Longji

You leave the town of Yangshuo this morning and head to the village of Longji via a three hour private transfer. The village is set around centuries-old rice terraces, and a visit here gives you a small taste of rural life in China. Go on a walk between villages with your guide, or take shorter walks to various viewing platforms over the terraces.

Day 10 : International return flight

This morning continue your explorations of the rice terraces with your guide, and learn about the area's Zhang minority culture. In the afternoon, catch a private transfer back to Guilin's airport that takes just over one and a half hours. From Guilin, take a one and a half hour flight to Hong Kong or Shanghai where you'll catch your onwards flight.

Day 11 : International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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