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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • xperience the different landscapes of China and visit all of them at once.
  • Visit Beijing's mysterious village and hike the wild Great Wall. Play niche Beijing
  • Shanghai highlight and Zhou Zhuang Water Village, Boating on Waterways
  • Zhaoxing Dong village, family visit, Li River Cruise, Kayaking, bamboo rafting. Travel all over Guangxi
  • Enjoy the coastal holiday in Sanya

This tour will take you from the north of China all the way to the southern tip! Experience the different landscapes of China and visit all of them at once.

Away from the usual Beijing route, this time we visit an ancient village in Beijing which name is Cuan dixia, to see the village hidden in the mountains. Walk on the Shixia Guan wild Great Wall to experience the historical atmosphere and culture.

After climbing the Great Wall, we came to China's most fashionable city Shanghai! Experience the glamour of modern cities, enjoy the tranquility of Shanghai gardens.  Visit Zhou Zhuang Water Village, Boating on Waterways.

Zhaoxing Dong village, experience the minority culture, family visit, folk handicraft Tie-dye,3hrs hike to a small village, "Grand Song” performance of Dong. Guilin and Yangshuo area for its picturesque scenery-rice terrace, Karst landscape, authentic minority culture and villages, Li River Cruise, cycling 1.5hrs in the countryside to taste local people’s life. Chinese cooking lesson, Kayaking and bamboo rafting.

  • The last stop is Sanya for a seaside holiday, visit YaNoDa Tropical Forest Park, LI & MAO culture village, Full day sailing and diving project at Yalong Bay.



Brief Itinerary

  • Arrive in Beijing
  • Beijing-Cuandixia village-Shixiaguan (BLD)
  • Shiaxiaguan-Yangbiancheng-Dayingpan Great Wall- Shanghai(BL, by train)
  • Shanghai-Suzhou-Zhouzhuang-Shanghai (BL)
  • Shanghai Highlights -Guilin (BL, by air)
  • Guilin-Zhaoxing(by train, 56mins ride, BLD)
  • Zhaoxing-Longsheng((by train, 56mins ride, BLD)
  • Longsheng –Guilin (5km, 2hrs hiking, BL)
  • Guilin-Yangshuo (BL)
  • Yangshuo (BL)
  • Yangshuo -Sanya (BL, by air)
  • Sanya-Yanuoda-Sanya (BL)
  • Sanya (BL)
  • Sanya departure (B)
 

Map & Itinerary

Holiday Itinerary

  • ARRIVAL BEIJING

    Arrival Beijing airport, you will be met at Beijing International Airport by our guide and transferred to a hotel in central Beijing. Today, you will have an opportunity to rest and recover from the long flight.

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel

  • BEIJING CUANDIXAI VILLAGE-SHIXIAGUAN

    This morning, our guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel, then take 2-2.5hrs drive to Cuandixia village. Cuandixia Village was built in the Ming dynasty and has about 400 year history. It was preserved almost in the original state. The village has about 70 courtyards with 500 rooms which were built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)- style courtyard houses owned by the 70 families living here are making most of the highlights of this charming village that travelers can have the chance to visit at just a few hours from Beijing city. The village is also holding the name of the Potala Palace in Beijing due to its unique construction style. Chuandixia village is "a cultural pearl of ancient villages" bursting with ancient dwellings, colorful customs and friendly people: a mingle that is attracting millions of tourists, photography amateurs and painters every year. Chuandixia the authentic is making its visitors walking through a historical corridor where there is no hint of all the modernity of the nearby sprawling city.


    • Accommodation Shiguang Great Wall Boutique Hostel

    • Distance driving: Beijing-Cuandixia village 100km; Cuandixia village-Shixiaguan 100km

    • Meals BLD

    • Time driving: Beijing-Cuandixia village 2hrs; Cuandixia village-Shixiaguan 2hrs

  • SHIXAIGUAN-YANGBIANCHENG-DAYINGPAN -SHANGHAI

    This is a great hike combine the best preserved Great Wall with fantastic mountain views and the countryside field with tiny villages. Located in the mountain near Miaogang village, Yangbian Great Wall is also called the Miaogang Great Wall. We will start the hike from Miaogang village. Get out of the village we will climb slowly along the abandoned country road up the mountain to the Yangbian Great Wall. Compared to the Great Wall around Beijing, Yangbian is comparatively “wild.” It was built using stones and rocks in irregular shapes from the mountainside. After hundreds of years though, some parts of the Wall are broken, by both the weather and people who needed stones to build houses. We have time to take in the intriguing rock formations of the wall before trekking to view a huge dilapidated water gate. We stop for some lunch before continuing in the afternoon trekking through canyons and then up the country field until we arrive at a very small village called “Dayingpan”. Here we have a chance to meet some of the local villagers before trekking down the mountain to meet our bus.

    Drive back to Beijing South railway station, take a high speed train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and have a rest.

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel

    • Distance hiking: Yangbianchegn-Dayingpan 7km; driving: Dayingpan-Beijing 105km

    • Meals BL

    • Time hiking: Yangbianchegn-Dayingpan 3.5-4hrs; driving: Dayingpan-Beijing 2.5hrs

  • SHANGHAI-SUZHOU-ZHOUZHUANG-SHANGHAI

    After breakfast, take 1.5hrs drive from Shanghai the famous garden city - Suzhou. You’ll first visit Lingering Garden, one of the four most famous classic gardens in China. The sophisticated layout of the garden will surely offer you scene of beauty and refreshment at every turn. The three rockeries at the rear part of the garden is worthwhile your special attention.  Then go to Panmen Gate. The grand gate is part of the ancient city wall (built in 514 B.C.) and received restoration in 1351 (during Yuan Dynasty). 
    After lunch, drive to Zhou Zhuang Water Village. Well known for its beautiful natural environment and  simple architecture, this city has remained remarkably well-preserved for over 900 years. The majority of the town's residences were built during the Ming and Qing dynasties; nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved-brick archways from those periods are still in use! Travel by boat through the city’s waterways and past classic  Zhouzhuang dwellings before return to Shanghai.


    • Accommodation 4 star hotel

    • Meals BL

  • SHANGHAI -GUILIN

    After breakfast, check out the hotel, then drive to visit Yu Garden, Oriental Pearl Tower, and the Bund.

    Yu Garden is one of the most famous gardens in China and is national heritage listed. It was built in 1559 and extended in 1577. Each section of the garden is separated by curved white walls crowned with the head and body of a dragon on them. It's named after the original owner.

    The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is unquestionably an icon of Pudong’s renaissance. Looming through the mist, like a reproduction of a classical Chinese ink painting of landscape, stands Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Its soaring height of 468 meters boldly characterizes the Lujiazui cityscape.

    The Bund: Also called the Zhongshan Road, is a Famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. It was the Centre of Shanghai’s politics, economy and culture hundreds of years ago, consulates of most countries and many banks, bus nesses and newspaper offices were settled there.

    At the end of visit, drive to Shanghai Pudong Airport, take a flight to Guilin.
    • Accommodation 4 star hotel

    • Meals BL

  • GUILIN-ZHAOXING

    After breakfast, directly transfer to Guilin Bei Railway Station. Take a bullet train to Zhaoxing Dong village.

    Train information: D2804    Guilin-Congjiang   09:52am-10:55am

    Surrounded by the high mountains, Zhaoxing is one of the largest Dong villages in the region, with more than 700 households and a population of 4000. The Dong can be recognized by their turbans (for men), and pleated skirts (for women). They are also best-known for their architecture, particularly their drum towers, and wind and rain bridges (Feng Yuqiao), which are pavilions for sheltering people during bad weather.

    Walk around Zhaoxing Dong Village and have a family visit in a local house. Then learn a traditional folk handicraft -Tie-dye with local people.

    After a late lunch, do a 3hrs hike to one of the small villages nearby for their special celebration activities if there are.


    • Accommodation Local Boutique Guesthouse

    • Meals BLD

  • ZHAOXING-LONGSHENG

    Morning: After breakfast, transfer to Congjiang railway station, and take a bullet train back to Guilin. 
    Train information: D2803    Congjiang-Guilin   09:39am-10:27am
    Upon arrival, take 1.5~2hrs drive to witness one of the most beautiful terraces in China, Longji Terraces and have an excursion there for ethnic minority culture.
    As soon as you get to the entrance of Longji, change the local shuttle bus for another 30 minutes uphill to Longji Ancient Zhuang Village, then start your hiking to Pingan Zhuang Village where your hotel is located. This hike route is quite non-touristy, during which you will enjoy the picturesque and peaceful rural life, and view the rice terraces from different angles and take a look at how farmers do their farm work. The hiking distance is around 4 kilometers with some small ups and downs, the ascent is about 60 meters, and you may need one hour to cover it. After check in the hotel in Pingan Village, if time permits, we can hike on the cobbled paths built among terraces to catch the best landscape.



    • Accommodation 4 star hotel

    • Meals BL

  • LONGSHENG –GUILIN

    Enjoy the sunrise view of Longji Rice Terrace Field. After breakfast, start to do a 2 hours hike from Ping'an via the rice terraces to a local Zhuang village, transfer to your van or bus. Then drive 2 hours to Guilin, visit Fubo Hill. In the evening, follow your guide and take a 1.5 hours' leisure walk along the city's ancient water system – this ancient water system was built by the locals 800 years ago and was served as moat before.

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel

    • Meals BL

  • GUILIN-YANGSHUO

    After breakfast, meet your guide at your hotel lobby and drive 50-60 minutes to the Mopanshan Pier for a 4-hour's cruise on Li River, with lunch aboard. You will enjoy the beautiful mountains, verdant fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank. Get off at Yangshuo - famous for its spectacular view of hills and rivers. 
    In the afternoon, take an easy bike ride in the countryside for about 1.5 hours if you want. Throw yourself into the stunning countryside views and relaxed atmosphere. Be enthralled by the patches of paddy fields nestling under green hills and near the mirror-like river, with farmers cultivate the soil with their water buffalos. 



    • Accommodation 4 star hotel

    • Meals BLD

  • YANGSHUO –GUILIN

    In the morning, we arrange a Chinese cooking class, which lasts for about 3 hours. It begins with going to the local food market to buy ingredients for your cooking class. Then cook 2 or 3 popular Chinese dishes under the guidance of an English-speaking tutor, and the taste fruits of your labor at the end.
    After lunch, transfer to the Li river side to do a very special experience –Kayaking. Floating down the river you are surrounded by the true rural riverside lifestyle of Yangshuo. The fishermen sit maintaining their nets, farmers let their water buffalo bask in the sun and enjoy the water while they slumber in the shade of a nearby bamboo tree. 
    In the afternoon, relax yourself on the narrow Bamboo Rafts bathing in the sun. The 1.5 hours’ rafting on Yulong River will give a fascinating insight into life in rural China.

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel

    • Meals BL

  • YANGSHUO-SANYA

    After breakfast, take a short drive to Xionggongshan Hill. When you climb up to the top of Xianggongshan Hill for about 20 minutes, overlook and find the hills standing orderly, clear Lijiang River meandering through the hills. The light, clouds, sunrise, pink clouds here attracts numerous photographers and photography enthusiasts. Therefore, it is one of the best place to enjoy the best view of Li River. 
    After visit, transfer to Guilin Liangjiang Airport to take a flight to Sanya. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and free in the evening.

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel

    • Meals B

  • SANYA-YANODA-SANYA

    After breakfast, transfer to Binlanggu (Areca Valley) Li & Miao Cultural Heritage Park, which is located in Baoting, about 30 km northeast of the city center of Sanya. We will first visit the Cultural Heritage Village to get better acquainted with the history of the Li & Miao ethnic groups from the traditional houses, exhibitions of their music instrument, the Brocade Treasure of Dragon-patterned Quilts and Tattoo Designs of their different kinds of Speaking Dialects. Look at the old ladies with tattoo on their face and probably the body doing live performance of craftsmanship of Spinning, Dyeing, Weaving and Embroidery. There is a magnificent show of the local Li & Miao life, named Charm of the Li and Miao Culture Live Show (about an hour), most dancers are the local villagers, even old grandmas over 70 years old. Try the famous traditional "Long Street Banquet" for lunch, which is one of Medicated Food in Yunnan, good for health.
    After lunch, drive to Yanoda (Baoting Li and Miao Autonomous County) is the only tropical rainforest located at 18N in China. It is the best of five tropical rainforest attractions in Hainan. The Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Tourism Zone mainly comprises the three scenic areas of the Rainforest Valley, Dream Valley, and Sandao Valley. Here you can see a virgin tropical rainforest ecosystem and experience the traditional culture of the Li and Miao peoples. The area contains a variety of other attractions such as high zip-lines and rope slides, so guests can enjoy thrilling amusement activities in the primeval setting.
    At the end of visit, drive back to the hotel.

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel

    • Meals BL

  • SANYA

    Full day sailing and diving project at Yalong Bay.
    After breakfast, you will be amazed at one of two most beautiful roads in Hainan that can make you never forget, Yalongwan (Yalong Bay) Road, when driving to our Sailing School in Yalong Bay. Your professional instructors with  years of experience in sail training will teach you how to sail with the right amount of hands-on experience. Basic Dinghy Classes have a maximum of five students and one instructor per boat (Omega). While there will sometimes be less, there will never be more. The instructors are able to accommodate beginners just learning to sail a dinghy, or to students interested learning few more advanced skills. Then the students themselves will have an option to change another self-operation dinghy with only two students per boat (Topaz), and operate in the Yalong Bay, in the waters surrounding the Sanya Virgin Islands if it is possible. The training is a rich blend of technical skill, confidence building, and common sense coupled with a spirit of adventure and romance.
    After lunch, take a short drive for the place for scuba diving and snorkeling. Sanya has superb, naturel diving conditions. Its uncontaminated water keeps a temperature of between 19℃ to 26 ℃ all year round. Divers can admire colorful coral several meters under water and can see sea anemones and sea cucumbers more than 20 meters deep.


    • Accommodation 4 star hotel

    • Meals BL

  • SANYA

    Leisure time in Sanya till our guide pick you up from the hotel, transfer to the airport to take a flight back home..

    • Meals B

 

This price includes

1.      Entrance Fees: to scenic spots as listed in the itinerary

2.      All the activities fee mentioned in the itinerary: Li River Cruise (3*), Kayaking, bamboo rafting, horseback riding in Yangshuo, Sailing and diving in Sanya.

3.      Private Transfers: Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing during the trip by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver.

4.      Meals: All meals as indicated in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)

5.      Guide: as outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available

6.      Hotel: hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin-bed. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast

7.      Internal flights
** Day 05/08 Nov    Flight from Shanghai to Guilin (based on economy class);

** Day 11/14 Nov    Flight from Guilin to Sanya (based on economy class);

8.      Trains
** Day 03/06 Nov   High speed train from Beijing to Shanghai (based on 2nd class);

** Day 06/09 Nov   High speed train from Guilin to Zhaoxing (based on 2nd class);

** Day 11/14 Nov   High speed train from Zhaoxing to Guilin (based on 2nd class);

9.      Arrangements: the tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges

10.    Travel Agency Liability insurance


The price does not include

1.      International airfare or train tickets to enter or leave China

2.      China entry visa fees

3.      Excess baggage charges

4.      The medicine for the sickness or accident while on the way

5.      Personal expenses: expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary

6.      Meals: any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary

7.      Single room supplement

8.      Please notice that the price will be much higher during the festival of Labors’ Day, National Day, spring festival

9.      Tips to tour guide and driver (recommended USD10-15/guest/day).

10.    Tourist accident insurance. NB - you are strongly suggested to buy travel and health insurance before you start out from your home country.

 

Holiday Information

Enough films and batteries, Sun-cream with the protection index of 40-60, sunglasses with a sun protection factor of 15, the lip creams and balms with SPF rating, towel, toothpaste, electric torch, Snack foods.

Cloth that you bring must be warm enough and can be removed easy enough according to the weather, including Jacket, hat, Cotton underwear, Socks, Long-sleeve Shirts, T-shirts and Pants (Shorts are not appropriate at any time while hiking), comfortable shoes, rain gear (long rain coat is better).

In addition to the normal medications for traveling, just like the Aspirin and medicine for diarrhea, siriasis,sunstroke and carsickness.

US$ is acceptable only in a very limited range, e.g. tips. However, for convenience, Chinese currency is the best choice. If you want to change US$ to Chinese currency in the tour, you can change it in the Hotel you stay or in the Bank of China. You could draw cash only from Bank of China in the big city, the ATM there doesn't always work properly and the bank is not easy to find. Please bring some cash at hand to use.

a) Eating is an important part of your China experience. Generally breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. China Highlights recommends local Chinese restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice — Western food can be found in most large cities.

b) We have tried to arrange various food in different cities. But you may still think the food is simple and not as delicious as in the big cities especially while trekking in the mountains and villages. If you have any priority of the food (eg. If you are vegetarian or you are allergic to MSG, peanut oil, fish and peanut, etc) please inform us early, we will try to alternate the food accordingly. At the same time please prepare some of your favorite snacks and substitution food in case of need.

c) Meals in the home stays will be different from the cities but clean, which leave you a good chance to experience the ethnic minority culture. We will pack a breakfast for you of cold cereal, milk, toast, fruit, and jam for the home stay. d) It is very important to drink a lot of water and eat enough fruit in your tour especially while trekking in the mountains and villages. You are advised not to drink tap water.

Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).

In some remote areas, sometimes shower maybe not available in the home stay. A married couple is not allowed to share a room in the Miao's home-stay due to the local customs.

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected — though not compulsory — and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service.

We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles.

It is a must before going, please provide us the confirmation of insurance company when sign up.

In some provinces with many minorities (like Guizhou, Guangxi, Tibet, Xinjiang and etc.), the customs and habits of local people are different from place to place. The local guide will inform you what should care. Respect the local customs and religions. The people are very kind and hospitable. You can feel free to talk with them. But there are some rulers you should go by! 
a. Do not photo them without getting the permit, please show the respect to them! 
b. Don't talk the sensitive topics like the political and the religion matters!

When you sign up for the trekking tour, you acknowledge that there are risks involved in trekking in high altitude and confirm that you are fully aware of and accept these risks. It is customer's responsibility to determine whether the tour he/she choose is suited to his/her physical condition. Customers are responsible for the cost of any medicines or medical care they may require during the trip for any reason. Please make sure you have adequate personal medical insurance to meet any medical emergency which might arise. In some cases, if you need medical care during the tour, you may be required to pay for it at the time it is rendered and seek reimbursement from your insurer after you return home. Please check with your medical insurer for details. In the event of a medical emergency, we will make every effort to assist you in obtaining necessary care. Also, please tell us in writing if you suffer from any allergies or other physical conditions which might affect you during the tour (if you hasn't tell us in writing before going, you are supposed to be healthy enough to take the tour). Finally, please check with your doctor to find out what inoculation may be recommended for the areas you will be visiting. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary inoculations. We reserve the right to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, or to decline to retain any person, if such person's physical condition, mental well-being or behavior interferes with the operation of the tour. There will be no refund in such cases.

 
 
 
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