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Itinerary Name: 8 Days Essence China Tour - Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo (Flight/Bullet Train between Cities)
Day 1
Arrival in Beijing
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Beijing

Your private driver and guide will be ready for you at the airport or railway station when you arrive in Beijing. Sit back in a comfortable, non-smoking car, leave the hassles to your guide, and enjoy a trouble-free transfer to your hotel. 

Day 2
Sightseeing in Beijing
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Beijing

Today, your tour in Beijing will began with strolling on Qianmen Street, an old Beijing style commercial street right to the south of Tiananmen Square.

 

 

Afterwards you will walk north to visit Tiananmen Square, the heart of China and the biggest square in the world.  Then walk through an underground tunnel to pass Chang An Road before The Tiananmen Rostrum to get into the Forbidden City Area, visit the Forbidden City (Palace Museum & Imperial Palace, UNESCO World Heritage) - the history and meanings of it will be unlocked by your guide. Glean the history out of a place where the guidebooks leave you short. It has served as the residence to 24 emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 AD - 1911 AD), but is now used as the Palace Museum. The Forbidden City has been the center of the highest authority for more than 500 years in China. With garden landscapes and an enormous architectural complex consisting of 9,000 chambers and halls containing furniture and works of art, it has become the historical landmark witnessing invaluable Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties. 

   

 

Afterwards you will get to the north back of the Forbidden City to explore the well-protected old Beijing zone to get an authentic taste of the style and features of Old Beijing. Taking a rickshaw to explore this charming world.

 

There you will visit an old Beijing family who’ve lived in the Hutongs for generations, offering unique insights from a local perspective. You will also have Lunch at their home, and photograph the old lanes and courtyard houses in the neighboring Hutongs area.

 

 

The last place to visit today is the Summer Palace (UNESCO World Heritage), an famous imperial garden with pavilions, vividly painted long corridors, temples, and a very large lake surrounded by hills. It was originally the imperial courts summer retreat, and still makes a nice place to escape the heat of the summer in Beijing. Strolling in the Garden, climbing the hill and enjoying the amazing view of the lake at the palace on top of the hill, for sure it is a location that will be the highlight for your photo album and also your memories because of its enchanting scenery.

 

We specially include the Foxiang Pavilion (means Buddha Fragrance Pavilion) - near the highest place in the central mountain where tourist can have a birds eye view of this giant charming garden although the extra charge should be paid for it (we included the fee in the quotation.) .

 

 

More Detail about the Forbiden City at Wikipeida: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_City

More detail about the Summer Palace at UNESCO World Heritage website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/880

Day 3
Sightseeing in Beijing, Beijing-Xian by Bullet Train
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Xian

In the morning, stroll with locals among the 6,000 ancient trees in the Temple of Heaven’s Grounds. Watch locals play chess, exercise, practice martial arts, and maybe play traditional instruments. 

 

The Temple of Heaven (UNESCO World Heritage) provided a place for emperors to pray to the most high God in heaven for a good harvest. The Round Altar, Echo Wall and Imperial Vault of Heaven are rated as the key sight in ChinaYou will cover these and more.

 

 

The last and also the highlight place of the tour in Beijing this time is the Great Wall at Badaling (UNESCO World Heritage). You’ll drive for around 40 km/2 hours to the north of Beijing into the mountains, walk and enjoy the fantastic view there.

    

 

Enjoy a fair well dinner in Beijing. Then drive to Beijing West Railway Station, say goodbye to your local guide in Beijing and take the bullet train to Xi’an. In around 4.5 hours, you will meet your local guide at Xian Railway Station and get to the hotel by private transfer.

 

More detail about the Temple of Heaven at UNESCO World Heritage website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/881

More detail about the Great Wall: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/438 

Day 4
Tour in Xian
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Xian

The tour in Xian will begin with the visit to one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors and Copper Carriage for the Emperor Qinshihuang (UNESCO World Heritage) which is around 40 km / 50 minutes drive to the east of Xian city.

 

 

In the afternoon, drive back to Xian city to visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda (UNESCO World Heritage) and Da Cien Temple (Temple of Great Maternal Grace) around it.  (You will get into the temple to have a close look at the pagoda, but do not include stepping up the pagoda.) The Pagoda was built in 652 AD, Chinese-style architecture combined with Buddhist historic statues, murals and scriptures, topped off by the best panoramic view over Xi’an.

 

 

The tour will then move on to yet more historical milestones in the form of the beautifully decorated Bell Tower and Drum Tower (to enjoy the out view for both of them), which mark the centre of the ancient capital with their garish colors and elegant architecture. Then you will walk on the well protected Muslim streets, the well protected Old Xian area.

 

 

More detail about Terracotta Warriors at UNESCO World Heritage website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/441

More detail about Giant Wild Goose Pagoda at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Wild_Goose_Pagoda  

Day 5
Tour in Xi’an, Xian to Guilin by Flight
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Guilin

In the morning, continue your tour in Xian with the visit to Shaanxi History Museum in Xi’an. This Museum is one of the 3 best museums in China (along with the Forbidden City and Shanghai Museum). It is a perfect overview of Chinese history and not to be missed.

 

 

After lunch, you will visit the City Wall, the most well-preserved, most complete oldest city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. It is rectangular in shape and has a total length of around 14 km. The wall encloses an area of about 14 square kilometres. The city wall measures 12 meters high, 15-18 meters wide at the base and 12-14 meters wide at the top. 

 

 

Afterwards, your private driver and guide will transfer you to the Xi’an Airport. What you need to do is to sit back and relax. 

 

Today ends with the included flight to Guilin and the Hotel in Guilin. Your private car, driver and guide handle all the transfer for you at each end. Say goodbye to your local guide in Xian. After around 1.5 hours flight, you will meet your private guide and driver in Guilin. Transfer to your hotel in downtown Guilin.

 

More about Xian City Wall at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortifications_of_Xi%27an
More detail about Shanxi History Museum at its official website: http://www.sxhm.com/

Day 6
One Day Longsheng Terrace Fields Tour
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Guilin

Be transferred to Longsheng County for around 110 km/2h30m drive in the morning, you will walk up on the spectacular Dragons Backbone Rice Terraces Fields, which have been carved from the mountains for hundreds of years and widely recognized as the best terrace field scene in China. 

 

 

In this Terrace Fields, you will pass some villages, the home to Zhuang and Yao minority people groups, featuring traditional architecture where no nails are used in construction. Their fabrics, language, folk songs, and warmth make a lasting impression. 

 

Coming back to Guilin in the evening, and at night, you can walk in the lake area in downtown Guilin to enjoy the spectacular night view with flood lights - long zigzag bridges, twin high pagodas, very charming gardens.

 

Day 7
Guilin to Yangshuo in Lijiang River Cruise & Silver Cave Tour in Yangshuo
Meal:Lunch on the Lijiang River Cruising Ship
Hotel:In Yangshuo

In the morning, you will be transferred to Zhujiang Wharf which is around 34km/50m to downtown Guilin to take the cruising ship to enjoy the world famous Lijiang River Cruising from Guilin to Yangshuo. Meanwhile, your luggage will be transferred to your hotel in Shangshuo County.

 

Relax on the famous Lijiang River Cruise to enjoy the wonderland along the River - the spectacular limestone peaks, graceful bamboo groves, crystal clear water and farmers tending rice paddies. Your destination today is Yangshuo, a small but picturesque town around 70 km to the south of Guilin. A buffet lunch is served on this four hour cruise (included in the quotation).

 

 

 

The ship will arrive at Yangshuo at around 2pm. In Yangshuo, you will drive into the charming countryside, via the "5 km Picturesque Landscape Corridor" to get to Silver Cave - the most beautiful big karst cave in Guilin area to explore its breathtaking beauty.

 

 

You will also enjoy the Moon Rock on the way between the Silver Cave and downtown Yangshuo.

 

Day 8
Tour in Yangshuo, Yangshuo to Guilin transfer and Leave Guilin by Flight
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:

Wake up naturally in the morning, Today starts as early or late as you desire in this pretty and cozy small town. 

 

In the afternoon, enjoy the Drifting on the fairyland like Yulong River!

 

 

Afterwards, you will be transferred to Guilin Airport (85km/1h15m), say goodbye to your local guide in Guilin and to take flight to leave Guilin.