Essential China with Guilin & Hong Kong

14 Day Package from Beijing to Hong Kong

Vacation Overview

Local Host

In each city

Meals

American breakfast daily; 5 lunches

Sightseeing & Activities

Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Transportation

Private airport transfers to/from all intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included

Itinerary

 

Day 1 ARRIVE IN BEIJING, CHINA

Welcome to China! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 BEIJING

This morning, enjoy a PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION to the Great Wall of China, which once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Walk along the wall and take in the stunning views of this mammoth fortress and the surrounding scenery. Return to Beijing and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

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Day 3 BEIJING

Begin your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING at TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. Next, stop at the FORBIDDEN CITY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest palace complex. Once the home of China’s great emperors, today it showcases ancient Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens, and displays of rare art and artifacts. The afternoon is at your leisure.

NOTE:
The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. In these instances, sightseeing on days 2 & 3 will be reversed.

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Day 4 BEIJING–XI’AN

Fly to Xi’an, an archaeological treasure trove in central China. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Day 5 XI’AN

Rare discoveries await on your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR of Xi’an. Start with a visit to the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. Afterward, visit the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef, and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Last stop is Xi’an’s ancient CITY WALL. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Day 6 XI’AN–GUILIN

Today, fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful areas.

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Day 7 GUILIN

Meet your Local Host for PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of Guilin’s highlights. Begin with a CRUISE on the tranquil Li River and be transported far from modern civilization. Mystical mountains surround you as you pass rice paddies, fishermen on bamboo rafts, and water buffalo grazing in the river. Afterward, visit a local TEA FARM for a hands-on demonstration of the tea-making process, followed by a tea ceremony. Return to Guilin, where the rest of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure.

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Day 8 GUILIN–SHANGHAI

Today, fly to Shanghai, China’s center of trade and industry.

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Day 9 SHANGHAI

Today, explore the highlights of Shanghai on a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR. First, visit the bustling YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Then, stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. For lunch, stop at a local restaurant featuring XIAOLONGBAO, Shanghai’s most famous dish. These tasty soup dumplings are handmade with at least 18 intricate folds to close the top. The broth is the star so, to avoid wasting a single drop, gently pick up the dumpling, dip in sauce, and transfer to a Chinese soup spoon. Next, make a small hole to release the steam and allow the broth to cool. After it cools, sip up the broth and then swallow the dumpling. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Day 10 SHANGHAI

This morning, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts at the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, featuring stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. Then, take a WALKING TOUR of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure—from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure.

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Day 11 SHANGHAI–HONG KONG

Today, fly to exciting Hong Kong.

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Day 12 HONG KONG

Your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING begins with a ride on the popular STAR FERRY from Kowloon Island to Hong Kong Island. On arrival, take a CABLE-CAR RIDE up Victoria Peak for panoramic vistas. Then, explore the old Sheung Wan neighborhood and visit the DRIED SEAFOOD MARKET. Savor a DIM SUM feast for lunch before traversing the Central District aboard the historic DOUBLE DECKER TRAM, commonly referred to as the “Ding Ding,” due to the sound of its bell. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Day 13 HONG KONG

Enjoy a full day to explore Hong Kong and the surrounding area on your own. Perhaps consider an excursion to see the Giant Buddha on Lantau Island, explore nearby Macau, visit the Temple Street night market, or take a sunset cruise on the harbor.

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Day 14 HONG KONG

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

Vacation Highlights

Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE