15 days China impression tour to Hong Kong
Have this remarkable China cultural tour to experience the essence of Chinese attractions. Learn about the fascinating landscape design of ancient architectures with stops in Suzhou and Hangzhou. Balanced with centuires of Chinese culture as you cruise along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo to view the breathtaking natural scenery. Your China tour ends at Hong Kong, and more await you to discover.
Welcome to Beijing, the capital city of China and the start of your 8 city tour. Beijing is well respected as an ancient city that is rich with key historical events, contributed significantly to the cultural and economic growth of China along with countless scenic spots. Including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Great Wall, just to name a few. Upon arrival at Beijing, your local guide will greet you at the airport and help you settle in at the hotel. The rest of today is yours to take a break or just walk around the city.
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Today focus on the long and meaning history of imperial China and the last emperor that ever occupied the Forbidden City. Lets start at Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world, over 100 years ago it was the home to 1,000's of concubines, advisors and servants to the Chinese royal family. Today as your first sightseeing stop it place where countless historical events have taken place and the center of this massive metropolis.
Proceed north as dignitaries would and cross 1 of the 7 bridges into the magnificent Forbidden City, as your Beijing guide will explain each bridge and gate had a unique audience they where built for. Don't think you get the center gate. This imperial palace complex was home to 24 Chinese emperors who lived during Ming and Qing Dynasties. As a result of the being the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures, the Forbidden City was declared a UNESCO site in 1987. Pay attention to all the small details within this master piece, none of them are by coincidence.
In the afternoon, head to the Temple of Heaven and take a visit in the holy imperial temple where emperors once prayed for a good harvest and offer sacrifices to the God of Heaven every winter solstice. Temple of Heaven is well known for its unique and magnificent triple-gabled circular temples.When finished wonder within the beautify park before heading off to a Kong Fu dinner show.
Today you will go to the unparalleled Great Wall, there truly is nothing else like it in the world. As a Chinese saying goes, "He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man", and the Great Wall is a sight not to be missed. After breakfast, take a 2.5 hours' drive to the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall, where upon walking up or riding the cable car you will enjoy 2 to 3 hours to wonder along the wall. No matter if a clear summer day, leaves or autumn or snow of winter witnessing the breathtaking scenery of the wall as it winds across the terrain is an amazing emotional experience.
In the afternoon, as driving back to Beijing stop at the Ming Tombs, the final resting place of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. You will be intoxicated by the fascinating designs, detailed constructions and careful selection of building materials. Luckily today three tombs have been opened up to the public and all are under careful protection of tomb raiders. You will visit Changling, which is regarded as the largest and best preserved of all 13 tombs.
Then on your way back to Beijing, stop at the iconic Olympic Green and take a glimpse of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. In the evening, you can choose to savor the world famous Beijing roast duck or another local specialty for dinner.
Start tour today by visiting Summer Palace, located about 20 km. (12 mi.) northwest of Beijing City and is mixed in now with the massive capital. It is one of the four classic gardens, as well as a World Heritage Site of China. The main features of the Summer Palace include Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, both massive features created by human hands. The Summer Palace like most palaces in China is divided into three parts that include: Living quarters for the royal family and staff, Grand meeting rooms for political affairs, and religious buildings.
The most famous structures of the Summer Palace is the Painting Walkway, with over 14,000 tradition Chinese painting along the wooden beams and cross beams it is the longest of its kind any where in the world.
After lunch, head to Shichahai Area of West City to explore the Hutong culture of old Beijing. While riding around the alleyways of Shichahai in a rickshaw your guide will tell you the interesting culture and history of old Beijing. Afterwards, drive to the train station and take the evening train to Xi'an, the journey will take about 11 hours.
From one great capital to another, arrive in Xi'an this morning for your second of ancient capital of China tour. Be greeted by your local guide and assisted to the hotel; the morning is left free to allow time to wash up from the train ride. Your Xi'an tour begins after lunch.
Start by putting a little history under you belt by heading to the Shaanxi History Museum and take a visit to the largest state museum in China, which houses over 300,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, bronze, gold, well you get the idea. Don't expect to see it all but we will certainly show you the best. In addition be impressed by the museums architecture built in traditional Tang Dynasty style.
After visiting the museum, take a walk along the Xi'an City Wall, which is the largest and best preserved city wall in China. The existing part of the city wall was built in 1370 during Ming Dynasty, which are 12 m. (40 ft.) high, up to 18 m. (60 ft.) thick at the base. Now that is a wall! The wall forms a perimeter over 14 km. (9 mi.) in length. Then head to Shuyuan Men, an ancient street which presents the lifestyle in Tang Dynasty. During the dinner time, you will enjoy a Tang Dynasty Show.
The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, is another must-see attraction in China, it is also considered to be the eighth wonder in world. After breakfast, take a short 30 minutes drive to the Terracotta Warriors which is located in the northeast of Xi'an. It's a form of funerary art buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor in China. Take a glimpse of the three pits with more than 10,000 lively clay warriors and horses, which was used to protect the emperor's mausoleum and help him rule in the afterlife.
After lunch, drive back to Xi'an and take a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built to hold the Buddhist sutras brought back from Indian during Tang Dynasty. The pagoda currently stands at a height of 64 m. (210 ft.) tall and from the top it offers panoramic views over modern day Xi'an.
Afterwards, explore the Chinese Muslim culture of Xi'an with a visit to Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque. The Great Mosque is a unique blend of Chinese and Islamic architecture. Depart for Shanghai in the late afternoon flight.
Today you will visit several iconic attractions in Shanghai. First in the morning, head to Yu Garden, a famous and ancient garden which was founded during Ming Dynasty by a rich government officer. Next door to Yu Garden is a lively market where you can see many antiques and souvenirs for sale.
Your next sightseeing stop is the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, a museum where you will learn about the scale plan of future Shanghai. Then head to Shanghai World Financial center and take a glimpse of the third tallest building in world. Afterwards, take a walk along Nanjing Road and witness the breathtaking scenery of the Bund.
In the evening, enjoy an optional Shanghai acrobatic show, and then return to your hotel.
In the morning, drive to Suzhou, a city which was declared as one of the most beautiful in China by Marco Polo. Your first attraction in Suzhou is the Humble Administrator's Garden. It is considered to be the largest and most impressive of all gardens in Southern China. There's also a small museum that explains Chinese landscape gardening concepts.
Afterwards, take a cruise on the Grand Canal, the longest artificial river in the world. Then visit your second classical garden of Suzhou with at the Lingering Garden located about 3 km. (2 mi.) west of the city. Along with Humble Administrator's Garden, this ancient garden was also recorded by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The last attraction to visit today is No. 1 Silk Factory, which houses a number of fascinating exhibitions that detail the history of Suzhou's 4,000 year-old silk industry. Spend the night in relaxing Suzhou and sip tea by one of the many canals as you observe the local life style.
After breakfast, head to another garden in Suzhou, Garden of the Master of Nets. It probably is the smallest garden in Suzhou, however, the layout of the garden is quite fascinating and metaphysical. The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills for synthesizing art, nature, and architecture.
Afterwards drive to Tongli water town, an ancient town which has over 1,000 years' history. The town is famous for a system of canals and featured by water, bridges and ancient architectures. Taking a cruise on the canals for witnessing the breathtaking scenery of Tongli will be arranged. Walking on the small alleys to discover this ancient town and pay a visit to the Museum of Ancient Sexual Culture to learn about the ancient sexual culture in China.
Late afternoon, drive back to Suzhou for the bullet train to Hangzhou.
Welcome to Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province, today is packed. There is lots to do and you will do it all! If you prefer WindhorseTour can easily add an extra day at your request. So lets talk the details of what a visit to Hanzhou includes. A visit to world famous West Lake, the Six Harmonies Pagoda, Linyin Temple and explore an active Chinese Tea Plantation.
In the morning, head to Lingyin Temple, a famous monastery in the Jiangnan region which was founded 1,700 years ago. After, head to West Lake located in western Hangzhou, for centuries, West Lake has influenced poets and painters throughout the ages for its natural beauty and historical relics.
The afternoon includes visiting the Six Harmonies Pagoda. This tower is located at the foot of Yuelun Hill and faces the Qiantang River. When built people believed it could calm the high tides of Qiantang River. An added bonus is there is an exhibition which features models of other ancient Chinese pagodas and illustrates the variety of different designs.
Relax after this packed day in the fields of the Meijiawu Tea Plantation and Tea Shop to learn about the tea culture of Hangzhou. Then drive to the airport for the flight to Guilin in the evening.
In the morning, drive to the dock in Guilin and enjoy a pleasant cruise along Li River to Yangshuo. This section of the river was chosen for its' natural beauty and appearance as a Chinese classical ink painting with lush green hills, crystal clear water and vibrant bamboo forests. All reflected in the river as you slowly float down river.
As the 4 hour trip passes you buy keep your camera in hand along with your eyes and ears open. Learn about the stunning Karst landscape and the legends behind each and every peak. The blue sky and peaceful environment will make you you wish the cruise would never end.
Upon arrival at Yangshuo, enjoy a 2 to 3 hours bicycle ride into the countryside of Yangshuo. Including a visit to a local farmer's house to see the local life of Chinese peasants. If you prefer not to ride a bicycle, just let us know and we can prepare an alternative for you.
Start the day with time to explore Yangshuo on your own or rest in your hotel for a late checkout. Then take a private car back to Guilin in early afternoon. Stop as you like at many of the scenic vantage points.
Upon arrival in Guilin head to visit Reed Flute Cave, a natural limestone cave which has over 180 million years history. See a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes, immerse yourself in the exceptional workmanship of nature.
Afterwards, head to the landmark of Guilin, Elephant Trunk Hill, which is a hill with its appearance looks like an elephant drinking water. Then take a visit to Pear Culture Shop, learn about the production process of pearl and the differences between real and fake pearls.
Depart today from mainland China for your last destination Hong Kong. Once arrived in Hong Kong check in to your hotel and have the rest of the day to explore. You will have your selection of which island you stay at and a WindhorseTour Travel Advisor will assist in the selection. You can easily ask your local guide for suggestions on where to go and what to see.
After breakfast, head to the Victoria Peak, the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island, to enjoy a panoramic view of the city below. Then drive to Repulse Bay in the south coast of Hong Kong island, a picturesque residential area.
Next venture to lively Stanley Market, which is a traditional old open-air market in Hong Kong, jammed with many little shops selling Chinese souvenirs, clothing, toys, paintings almost anything you want. Last stop of the morning and a great place to have lunch is Aberdeen Fish Village.
In the afternoon, have half a day free to explore Hong Kong, go shopping or just walk around the city.
Drive to the airport ready for your departure, the Hong Kong airport is one of the largest airport hubs in Asia and can easily help you reach any destination. Wish you have a pleasant journey home.