Day 1: Arrival, Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, your gateway city of this tour. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. Beijing, China's capital and a well-known tourist city of the world, offers sights and cultural relics found no where on earth. The city has its own individuality, that's the flavor of Beijing. The quadrangle, small alley, tricycle, boiled mutton, roast duck, Peking Opera, arts and crafts you can see, hear and feel them all only when you come to the city yourself. After a good rest in a comfortable hotel TCT recommended, you are ready for the incoming exciting tour with full energy.
Day 2: Beijing
Depart from hotel in the morning to visit Tian'anmen Square, the largest urban square and Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. Peking Opera is available for your optional night entertainment. As the biggest public square in the world, Tian'anmen Square conquers us with its grandeur at the first sight. It is the place where history-changing events and ceremonies took place. Then north entrance gate is the magnificent Gate of Tian'an, meaning Heavenly Peace in Chinese. Your first-day tour Will start from here. Then you are leaded to the Forbidden City, the imperial palace for 24 emperors during Ming and Qing Dynasties and the biggest ancient architecture complex in the world. It represents the splendor and lavishness of the Chinese Imperial Court and features elaborately-carved buildings, exquisitely-painted rooms, temples and gardens. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 3: Beijing
In the morning drive 75km to visit the Great Wall (Badaling Section) first and Ming Tombs (Changling Tomb), the once lavish burial chambers of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Peking Roasted Duck is available for your optional dinner.
The Great Wall (Badaling Section) is located in the suburb 75km northwest of Beijing. The highway from Beijing to the Great Wall is smooth and comfortable. The Great Wall is the symbol of China and the wisdom of Chinese people. It is very unbelievable that Chinese succeeded in building such a great architecture with simple tools in ancient time. The construction of the Great Wall began in the 5th century BC. The wall has a total length of 6,700km, traveling up and down over numerous mountains and valleys. Starting in the east at Shanhaiguan Pass, it cross Heibei Province, Beijing, Shanxi Province, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Shaanxi Province, and ending up in Jiayuguan at Gansu Province. It is said the Great Wall is the only man-made project which is visible from the moon. Badaling Section is one of the best preserved and most accessible parts with the essence of the whole Great Wall.
The Ming Tombs are located in the northern suburbs of Beijing, consisting of 13 tombs of the emperors of the Ming Dynasty after the capital was moved from Nanjing to Beijing. Now there are only two tombs, Changling and Dingling, open to the visitors. The Lingsi Palace in Changling Tomb's second yard as really deserves a visit. This is unique as it is the only huge palace made of camphor wood. The ceiling is colorfully painted and supported by sixteen solid camphor posts. The floor is decorated with gold bricks. Today's dinner should be a highlight of your tour if you desire to taste the most famous Peking Roasted Duck. From the whole roasted duck to the soup of duck tones, you'll enjoy a banquet of every part of duck. Moreover, the chef shows his skill of cutting the skin of duck on live. Not only your taste is fulfilled but also your eyes are entertained. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: Beijing - Guiyang
After half-day's Hutong Tour by rickshaw to visit the ancient lanes and alleyways of Beijing, and be transferred to the airport for the flight to Guiyang, then be transferred to the hotel to catch up on some rest for the expedition in Guizhou. Hutong Tour by pedicab Hutong reflects the life of ordinary Beijing residents and the history of the city as a whole. A Hutong is an old city lane unique in Beijing, where Hutongs run into the several thousand surrounding the Forbidden City, many were built during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. One kind of Hutong, usually referred to as the regular Hutong, was near the palace to the east and west and arranged in orderly fashion along the streets. Most of the resident of these Hutongs were imperial kinsmen and aristocrats. Another kind, the simple and crude Hutong, was mostly located far to the north and south of the palace. The residents were merchants and other ordinary people. The main buildings in the Hutong were almost all quadrangles, Siheyuan.
The big Siheyuan of the high-ranking officials and wealthy merchants were specially built with roof beams and pillars all beautifully carved and painted, each with a front yard and back yard. Hutongs, in fact, are passages formed by many closely arranged Siheyuans of different sizes. The specially built Siheyuan all face the south for better lighting, as a result, a lot of Hutongs run from east to west. Between the big Hutongs many small ones went north and south for convenient passage. About one and a half hour later, your plane will be landed at today's terminal. Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province, is located at the east of the Yunnan- Guizhou Plateau in the southwest of China. The city features low latitude, high elevation and diversified landforms. In the subtropical zone, Guiyang enjoys a warm and moist climate, which endowed the city with abundant biological resources. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Guiyang - Kaili
After breakfast drive to Kaili and visit Kaili Folk Museum and Matang Ge Village upon the arrival. In Kaili Folk MuseumThe distance between Guiyang and Kaili measures 400km. The road condition of our route might not be good, but the rare and pristine beauty of the area really deserve a visit. Besides, the accommodation along the way to Longsheng in Guangxi is simple. Kaili is the capital city of Qiandongnan Autonomous Prefecture of the Miao and Dong Ethnic Minorities in Guizhou province. It has a population of approximately 450,000, and the area is 1,306 square meter. A significant population of the Miao and Ge ethnic groups live in Kaili. As the home to minority groups, Kaili host more than 100 Miao festivals throughout the year. It is a popular destination for backpackers and others seeking to experience rural China.
Kaili Folk Museum has a collection of over ten thousand items of different ethnic groups in the area. It boasts an ideal place to view the ethnic culture at a glance. Later drive to visit Matang Ge Village which is nor far from Kaili. Ge people are a rarely known group with a population of 10,000 or so. What makes them so special are the unique costumes, the Ge girls' wearing which is similar in style and design to the clothes that ancient Chinese generals once wore. The wax-dyed kerchief looks like a general's helmet; their outer coat looks like armor; the silverware on their body takes the form of a sword, knife and hammer. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Kaili - Rongjiang
Depart Kaili and drive to Rongjiang in the morning and visit Langde Miao Village and Chejiang Drum Tower on the way. Stay overnight at Rongjiang. Miao girlsThe distance between Kaili and Rongjiang is about 400km. Visit another Miao village named Langde which is 30km away from Kaili City. The village here is featured by the long-shirt villagers and their house named Diao Jiao Lou. Supported by several wood pillars under the floor, this kind of house usually has two to four layers. The upper layer is for provision storage, middle people's living and the ground floor livestock. Seen from the long distance, the houses in the oily green trees are like the mirage. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Rongjiang - Zhaoxing
Proceed to Zhaoxing via Congjiang. Visit Biasha Miao Village on the way and Zhaoxing Dong Village upon arrival. Stay overnight at Zhaoxing. Exotic ethnic custom Morning set off the drive to Zhaoxing from Rongjiang, and the distance between is about 350km. Today's highlight should be Biasha Miao Village (5km from Congjiang) and you have the chance to find out by you own. The village is 7km from Congjiang County, and the most popular Miao village keeping the vast majority of its original character. The custom of drinking a bowl of mandatory rice wine has been remained among Miao villages. One of the distinguishing features of Miao's culture is that they pass down their history by embroidery for there is no available written language. The Miao woman, known for her fine embroidery skill, begin to make her ceremonial clothing since she has fully learnt the art. Lusheng, a kind of Chinese wind instrument, is highly developed by Miao.
Zhaoxing is famous for its Dong Villages which is the largest in China. Each village here has at least one drum tower, a wooden structure built without nails and can erect as tall as 30 meters. As the focal point of the whole town, it is the place villagers holding the special events and ceremonies such as the wedding and public meeting. Dong people has a long history as long as the Qing Dynasty. Because there is no written language, the song becomes a very important part in their daily life. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Zhaoxing - Sanjiang
Drive to Sanjiang Dong Autonomous Prefecture. Visit Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge and Drum Tower in Sanjiang after arrival. Stay overnight at Sanjiang. Chengyang Wind and Rain BridgeThe distance between Zhaoxing and Longsheng is about 330km. Today we'll bid a farewell to Guizhou Province and enter Guangxi. Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge (25km from Sanjiang) also called Yongji or Panlong Bridge, was built in 1916. It is a wood-and-stone architecture. It is 76 meters long and 3.7 meters wide with 5 stone piers covered by wooden board. On the bridge, there is a long corridor as rain shelter with long benches on both sides. Passengers can take a rest and shelter from rain. On the five piers, there are five four-floor Dong styled tower-like double-eave pavilions, which are covered with cyan tiles and white eaves. The whole bridge is in the shape of crescent and likes a golden phoenix spreading its wings before flying. The pavilion in the middle is hexagon and has a pyramidal roof. The pavilions on the two ends are like magnificent palaces with pyramidal roofs with gourd-shaped top.
The westernmost one has gable and hip roof. There are many Dong styled patterns on the corridors and eaves. Chengyang Bridge is not only full of Dong flavor in the shape, but also has superb craftsmanship in the structure. The whole bridge is connected by wooden tenons. It has a complicated structure without the smallest error. Meanwhile, it is beautiful and magnificent and demonstrates the high level of the Dongs' architectural design. In the middle of the bridge erects a marble tablet on which a poem of Guo Muoruo, the famous Chinese poet, was carved. The poem was composed when he was visiting the bridge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Sanjiang - Longsheng
Continue to drive to Longsheng and have a whole-day excursion of Longji Race Terrace and Ping'an Zhuang Village in Longji area. Stay overnight at Longji. Longji Race TerraceLongji area is filled with ranges of hills known for its amazing rice terraces that covered. With a history more than 700 years, the spot is not just an attraction nowadays but still being used for growing rice by Yao and Zhuang villagers. When it gets to the Entry, another 40 minutes' walking up will be involved. The rice terraces are much prettier after the raining, fog or while it has been harvested. So be patient when the weather is not so perfect. It will be a great thing to see how the villager to make the mountain arable. The Chinese lunch and dinner will be served at local restaurant and stay overnight in the hostel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Longsheng - Guilin
After breakfast drive to Guilin. Upon arrival be transferred to the hotel to catch up some rest. Landmark of Guilin, Elephant Trunk HillThe distance between Longsheng and Guilin is about 110km, which will take two and a half hours or so. Guilin is world-famous for its serene landscape, Karsts limestones formations, mist-covered hills and bamboo groves. Meanwhile it is the home to more than ten ethnic groups, such as Han, Zhuang, Miao, Yao, Hui and Dong. On the way from airport to your hotel, you see dozens of pretty hills everywhere in the city of Guilin. It is a city of hills and green trees and boasts one of the most photographed areas of China. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 11: Guilin
Depart from hotel in the morning and be transferred to the Pier for Li River Cruise(about 4 hours and the lunch will be served on board). Savor the fairy-tale scenery when sail down the meandering river to Yangshuo. Be transferred back to Guilin in the late afternoon. Optional Banquet of Rice Noodle and Longji Minority Show are available. Lyrical Yulong River of YangshuoA double-decker cruiser is waiting for your coming in the pier. The landscape from Guilin to Yangshuo is the masterpiece of nature. The Li River, the mother river of Guilin, belongs to the pearl River System, and is one of the inland rivers with the best water quality in China, as well as the representative of the landscapes of Guilin. The crystal water, picturesque mountains, peaceful farm field, hard-working fishmen and wondering water buffalos compose a poem of Guilin scenery and life.
The cruiser floating on the river makes you in an unreal dream. After about four hours' sailing, the one-thousand-year-old Yangshuo Town comes into sight. Then disembark and browse around this small oriental but western-influenced town. The West Street earns its name since almost everyone in West Street can speak fluent English and every restaurant or bar offer menus in several languages. You will feel no boarder and distance here and fall in love with the town at the first sight. Moreover, it is flanked by small shops and vendor stands selling different kinds of souvenirs, which are the best gifts for your friends and relatives. In the late afternoon, drive back to Guilin to finish today's fantasy tour.
Guilin Rice Noodles, which can be either in the shape of round or flat, are the most popular snack in Guilin. If you want to know Guilin's culture deeply, you are recommended to choose Banquet of Rice Noodle as your optional dinner. The thing that sets one dish apart from another is the soup, which is made of pork, steak, Lo Han Kuo, and other seasonings. Depending on different kinds of ingredients used in the soup, rice noodles can be divided into vegetable, three-fresh, original soup, spicy and sour, beef, and horse meat ones. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Guilin - Shanghai
Be transferred to the airport for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, be transferred tot he hotel. Huangpu River of ShanghaiAmong the big cities in China, Shanghai maintains the look of a Western metropolis. It is fascinating and sophisticated. The city started out in the 4th century as a fishing village and became a town till the middle of the 13th century. After the Opium War, Shanghai was gradually opened as a 'treaty port' in the mid year of the 19th century when it had been opened to the foreign trade and led to its partition into British, French and later Japanese concessions. From that time on, foreigners began to flood into this paradise for adventurers. Covering out their own sphere of influence, England, France, the US and Japan settled here by seizing their respective concessions which was known as the territory of each country. It was considered as the colonial period with number of the featured buildings and architectures of cosmopolitan by those owners of the concessions which made Shanghai as a fascinating mixture of East and West. Includes: (B).
Day 13: Shanghai
Depart from hotel in the morning to have a whole-day trip of Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, the Old Street, Oriental TV Tower and the Bund, Shanghai's famed waterfront promenade. Traditional Dim-sum Banquet and Acrobatics are available for your optional lunch and night entertainment. Adherent in Jade Buddha TempleToday you'll find a Buddhism shrine - Jade Buddha Temple, located in a crowd of Shanghai City. It was first built in 1882 in Jiangwan on the southern outskirts of Shanghai. In order to make it convenient for the adherents to visit, it was bodily moved to Shanghai City at the present sire in 1918. It is named for its two bejeweled white jade Buddha. It receives thousands of visitors and worshipers everyday while keeps its sanctity and charming. Carved from a whole piece of white jade, the sitting jade Buddha statue is translucent with a solemn expression, displaying the excellent skill and extraordinary art of Chinese people.
Yuyuan Garden has a lot of stories for it was severely damaged in the 19 th century and was restored in 1961. This garden was first built in the 16th century by provincial governor, Pan Yunduan, in honor of his father who was the then government minister. It has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools, and flora that are all connected by corridors and passageways. The delicate design and exquisite layout of the whole garden reveals a strong impression of 'garden in the garden, whole in the part.' Coming back from the nature, the shopping trip will begin in Nanjing Road which is starts at the Bund and runs westward, with People's Square in the middle. Renown for its bustling and modernization, Nanjing Road earns its reputation as the 'First Commercial Road in China', which is the good shopping heaven for your trip as the same as the Fifth Avenue in New York and Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Some of the traditional food and handicrafts of Shanghai can be found here. Then we comes to the Bund, the showcase with the old buildings of colonial-era leftover along Huangpu River. The renowned waterfront district is the city's most famous landmark.
The word Bund is of Anglo-India origin meaning embankment on the waterfront. It is also the popular site to enjoy the night view of the city. Standing at Pudong New Area at the east side of Huangpu River, Oriental TV Tower was completed on October 1, 1994. The tower has a height of 468 meters. With multi-functions of sightseeing, catering, shopping, amusement and accommodations, this tower has become the symbol of the city and a popular tourist attraction in Shanghai. Shanghai offers colorful recreations with rich contents and creative form. Your night may be filled with an interactive old form of art known as the Acrobatics. Those professional performers have been trained of as early as age six or seven so that they can play so well and excellent. It definitely will be an unforgettable night in your memory. Includes: (B).
Day 14: Departure, Shanghai. The day is free for leisure activities until we board the home bound International flight, bidding a fond a fare well to China. Includes: (B).
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