Don't Forget your Chopsticks
Bad chopstick etiquette:
· Don’t stand chopsticks upright in a bowl of rice. It’s considered bad luck because it’s how a bowl of rice is offered to the spirit of a dead person.
· Never suck on your chopsticks.
· Refrain from using them as a hair accessory (even though it looks cute).
· Don’t use them like a spear when eating.
(Was China Encompassed)
Day 1-2 - Hong Kong
Each night there's a sound and light show on the skyscrapers of the city. Mix with locals on a ferry to Guangzhou and an overnight train to Guilin.
- A free day, but arrive early if possible - there's plenty to see in Hong Kong
- Pre-departure briefing with your tour guide in the early evening (approx. 6 pm)
- Perhaps take in the spectacular Sound and Light Show on the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island
- Head to Guangzhou (Canton) on a three-hour hydrofoil journey
- Take in the views whilst sailing out of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour
- Board an overnight six-berth hard-sleeper class train bound for Guilin
Day 3-5 - Yangshuo
Yangshuo is a really chilled out little town, and people come from all over China to chat with travellers and practice their English. Make new friends while you tuck into a plate of beer fish or a Vegemite sandwich on West Street (yes, you read right).
- Explore the Yangshuo region on bicycle and by foot - a photographer's paradise
- Hire bikes for half a day and ride past the limestone outcrops that jut up from the surrounding paddy fields
- Stop in the villages and mingle with the locals
- Hike up the famous Moon Hill and view the surrounding countryside
- Plenty of free time to relax in the many cafes and restaurants that line Xi Jie (West Street), or shop for a bargain in the marketplace
- Catch the overnight train to Wuhan
Day 6-9 - Yangtze River Cruise
Your favourite bit of this cruise might be the towering cliffs, spectacular sunsets or the famous Three Gorges. But let's be honest, it'll probably be the Karaoke Room on your boat.
- Travel to Yichang - the gateway city to the massive Three Gorges Dam
- Take a stroll along the banks of the Yangtze River and watch the sunset with the locals
- Embark on a riverboat trip
- Be surrounded by sheer cliff faces one minute and passing a thriving city or a deserted town the next
- Make the most of the boat's viewing platform, bar, shop and dining room
- Perhaps take one of the several on-shore excursions
- Disembark at Fengdu and drive to the bustling and hilly city of Chongqing and enjoy free time to explore
Day 10-12 - Chengdu - Giant Buddha
Get your stretchy pants out because this is the home of Sichuan food. See the world's largest Buddha statue in Leshan and meet China's most famous goths at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.
- Travel to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, a province famous for its spicy food
- For dinner, why not try the local delicacy - Sichuan hotpot
- Visit Leshan, situated on the shores of the Min River
- View the Giant Buddha (Dafo), located at the convergence of the Dadu and Min rivers
- Drive out to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base and seize a rare chance to glimpse this cute and cuddly icon
- Board a sleeper train bound for Xian
Day 13-14 - Xian - Terracotta Warriors
The 6000-strong Terracotta Army was built to guard the emperor's mausoleum. When he died his concubines, scribes, cooks and servants were all buried alive with him. The afterlife can be a lonely place.
- Arrive in Xian, the capital of Shaanxi province
- Explore the awesome army of Terracotta Warriors
- Enjoy free time to wander around this historical city
- Perhaps swing by the Muslim Quarter - a fascinating place to visit
- Why not cycle along the top of the ancient city walls or climb the Bell Tower
- Embark on the sleeper train to Beijing
Day 15-16 - Beijing - Great Wall
Eat up before you hit the Great Wall. You need something to walk off, right? Start with baozi (steamed buns), chuan'r (lamb kebabs) and jiucai bing (green onion pancake).
- Explore many of Beijing's main attractions
- After entering through an archway beyond Tiananmen Gate, spend the morning exploring The Forbidden City
- Take a walk along the Great Wall
- Survey the spectacular surrounding countryside from the Wall - the surrounding views are amazing
- Enjoy ample free time to discover the many other sights of Beijing, such as the Summer Palace or the Temple of Heaven
Day 17 - Qufu
In your head, you're pronouncing it "Koo Foo", aren't you? Wrong. It's Choo Foo. Confucius was born here, so try not to embarrass yourself by saying it wrong.
- Catch train to the birthplace of Confucius, Qufu
- Visit Confucius Temple, Confucius Family Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
Day 18-19 - Shanghai
The Bund, Art Deco buildings Yuyuan Gardens blah blah blah...dumplings!
- Train to in Shanghai, China’s largest city
- Take a stroll along the famous river waterfront known as The Bund
- Enjoy plenty of free time to visit any of the fascinating museums or the many shopping arcades
- Perhaps check out Shanghai's multitude of bars, restaurants and nightclubs
Day 20-21 - Hong Kong
Now that you're back in Hong Kong you can buy all that knock-off designer gear you were eyeing up on the first day.
- Hong Kong is still the world's capital for shopping, so spend some time doing just that
- Get tips from your tour leader for recommendations on how to best navigate Hong Kong
- The trip ends this morning in Beijing. 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.
• 2-night Yangtze River cruise through the Three Gorges. Accommodation in a twin-share cabin, with private facilities, on a tourist-class riverboat.
• Two days exploring Yangshuo on bicycle and by foot including Moon Hill and stops at local villages.
• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Giant Buddha (Dafo), Terracotta Warriors and Beijing.
• Visit to Chengdu’s Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.
• Walk on a remote section of the Great Wall.
• Free time to explore Hong Kong, Chongqing, Yangshuo, Xian and Beijing.
• Hydrofoil from Hong Kong to Guangzhou (Canton).
• Overnight trains from Guangzhou to Guilin, Guilin to Wuhan, Chengdu to Xian and Xian to Beijing. 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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Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
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Don't Forget your Chopsticks
David - , 20 Nov, 2009
It is worth doing this trip because it includes the major sights, but also the benefit of seeing the Yellow Mountains, a very beautiful area.