Another Brick in the Wall
Hoon from Shanghai across the Great Wall and on to the Terracotta Warriors in Xian. Have a gander at a panda in Chengdu, swing by chilled out Yangshuo and finish up in Honkers (Hong Kong for the uninitiated).
From Peking duck to fried pork dumplings, a Chinese feed is one of life’s pleasures. Please note: rooster blood, duck tongues and scorpions on sticks are optional.
Day 1 - ShanghaiFor your obligatory Apple, Gucci and Nike knock-offs head to Shanghai's Fake Market. Hey, at least they're being honest. Phonetically the address sounds like: "Nan jing she loo woo by bah shih how." Handy if you're getting a cab.Day 1Arrive as early as you can and explore Shanghai under your own steam. You'll need to do this today because we head off for Beijing tomorrowPre-departure briefing with your tour guide in the early evening (approx. 6 pm)Optional ActivitiesShanghai Jinmao Tower - 120CNYShanghai Pearl Tower - 100CNY
Day 2-4 - Beijing & Great WallTo say Beijing is crowed might be the understatement of the century. You could squeeze the entire population of Australia into Beijing alone. That's around 20 million people for those playing at home.Catch a high-speed train to BeijingExplore the Forbidden CityTake a walk along the Great WallSurvey the spectacular surrounding countryside from the wall - the surrounding views are amazingEnjoy ample free time to explore the many other sights of Beijing, such as the Summer Palace or the Temple of HeavenCatch six-berth hard-class sleeper train to XianIncluded ActivitiesForbidden CityGreat Wall MutianyuOptional ActivitiesBeijing Acrobats - 200CNYBeijing Opera - 200CNYBeijing - Shaolin Monks Kungfu Show - 200CNY
Day 5-6 - XianArrive in Xian, pop in and pick out your favourite Terracotta Warrior (there are about 1800 to choose from). Your dumpling tour of China begins when you hit the Muslim Quarter for some of the city's best.Arrive in Xian, the capital of Shaanxi provinceExplore the awesome army of Terracotta WarriorsEnjoy free time to wander around this historical cityPerhaps swing by the Muslim Quarter - a fascinating place to visitWhy not cycle along the top of the ancient city walls or climb the Bell TowerEmbark on a six-berth hard-class sleeper train to ChengduIncluded ActivitiesTerracotta WarriorsOptional ActivitiesXi'an Big Wild Goose Pagoda - 80CNY
Day 7-8 - ChengduGet up close to the pandas at Chengdu's Giant Panda Breeding Reseach Base. It's impossible not to feel a bit of small man syndrome at Dafo, the world's largest Buddha statue.Arrive in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, a province famous for its spicy foodFor dinner, why not try the local delicacy - Sichuan hotpotVisit Leshan on a day trip, situated on the shores of the Min RiverView the Giant Buddha (Dafo), located at the convergence of the Dadu and Min riversDrive out to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base and seize a rare chance to glimpse this cute and cuddly iconIncluded ActivitiesLeshan Giant BuddhaPanda Breeding CentreOptional ActivitiesChengdu Sichuan Opera - 200CNY
Day 9-11 - YangshuoGoogle "chilled out cities in China" and Yangshuo will be at the top of the list. Unless you've spelled 'cities' with a 'k', in which case you're probably looking at pictures of cats wearing sunnies.Fly to Guilin and travel by bus to YangshuoExplore the Yangshuo region on bicycle and by foot - a photographer's paradiseHire bikes for half a day and ride past the limestone outcrops that jut up from the surrounding paddy fieldsStop in the villages and mingle with the localsHike up the famous Moon Hill and view the surrounding countrysidePlenty of free time to relax in the many cafes and restaurants that line Xi Jie (West Street), or shop for a bargain in the marketplaceReturn to Guilin and catch an overnight train to ShenzhenIncluded ActivitiesMoon HillYangshuo Cycling TourOptional ActivitiesYangshuo River Light Show - 250CNYYangshuo Cooking School - 150CNY
Day 12-13 - Hong KongPoke around the night market, get lost in the backstreets (but not too lost) and eat at tiny hole-in-the-wall places. If you're down at Victoria Harbour about 8pm and miss the huge fireworks show then you're just not paying attention.Take in the views whilst sailing along Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour on a Ferry.Perhaps take in the spectacular Sound and Light Show on the skyscrapers of Hong Kong IslandWhy not wander through the Stanley MarketPerhaps head out to enjoy some of the many bars and nightclubs around townThe trip ends on Day 13 morning in Hong Kong. You can depart at any time
What to Know
- • Gecko’s expert English-speaking Chinese tour guide throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites.• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Beijing Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors in Xian, Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base, Leshan's Giant Buddha, Cycling in Yangshuo.• Walk the Great Wall at Mutianyu.• Free time to explore Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong.• High-speed train from Shanghai to Beijing.• Flight from Chengdu to Guilin.• Overnight trains from Beijing to Xian, Xian to Chengdu and Guilin to Shenzhen. Accommodation in six-berth, air-conditioned cabins.
- International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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