City tours

As most people arrive in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chengdu, Xiamen or other cities we offer tailormade city trips to make your arrival as enjoyable and easy as possible. We can arrange all kinds of hotels, transport & daytrips.

Shanghai: bright lights, bright city

Shanghai: bright lights, bright city

Shanghai can be an overwhelming city with its daily modern life and traces of old history. If you want to understand more about Shanghai and its people you have all the more reason to take one of our very interesting inside tours. Shanghai has some modern transport options like the highspeed train to Beijing or the Maglev to the airport, a great experience for speed fans. Highlight tour Beijing and Shanghai Day 1 transfer from Beijing airport Day 2 Beijing: visit the Great Wall and Summerpalace with guide and car Day 3 Beijing: guided trip with metro, bus, bicycle taxi to visit the Forbidden city, Tiananmen sqare & the Temple of Heaven. At the end of the afternoon a transfer to the trainstation for an evening train to Shanghai (softsleepers) Day 4 arrival in Shanghai: transfer from trainstation to hotel/ a 2 hour walking tour with guide Day 5 transfer to Shanghai airport Price 2 people- 5575 Chinese RMB per person, 4 people- 4590 RMB per person Including: hotels incl BF, 2 private daytrips with guide in Beijing, walking tour in Shanghai with guide, transfers according to program Excluding: entrance fees, meals, optional, tips for guide/ driver Optional hotel in Shanghai: choose a beautiful small upmarket boutique hotel in a lovely old house, located in the former French consession area Shanghai walking tour through authentic neigbourhoods with guide (2 hours) Go back in time to discover the history of the old lanes and get a glimpse of the authentic atmosphere of former Shanghai. Meet elderly residents and interesting characters, learn their stories of the streets and neighbourhoods and of China in the past century. By visiting some of the oldest and soon disappearing backstreets in Shanghai, you will get a true feeling of the city development in Shanghai and the local life. Experience the local food market and try some interesting Chinese streetfood. Shanghai’s highlights Shanghai can easily be reached by taxi or subway but for people with limited time and who want to see it all we offer a private Shanghai highlight day tour which includes the Jade Buddha temple, People square, Shanghai museum, Yuyuan garden, Shanghai old street, the Bund and the former French concession area with colonial houses. The tour ends in Tainzifang, Shanghai’s Soho: originally a typical factory lane in the 1950s but now a centre for interior design, visual arts and industrial arts. Shanghai’s Jewish ghetto From 1850 to 1950, waves of Jewish immigrants, from India, Russia and Germany had a significant impact on the economy and development of Shanghai. Inspiring numerous books and documentaries, the Shanghai ghetto was an area of approximately a square mile. Walk the streets of the former Jewish neighbourhoods and have a chat with the local people who have spent most of their life time in that area. Wild Swans in Shanghai Discover Shanghai’s own Wild Swans stories, hidden in the city’s small streets. Meet the descendants of once rich families still living in former family residences and hear their interesting but often nightmarish stories. Funeral museum During this tour you can find out everything about Chinese funeral customs and hear amazing stories. This is an exclusive offer as you can only get into this mysterious museum by not-easy-to-get appointment. A funeral expert guide will make sure this will be a truly unique experience. Poster museum An interesting place displaying a wide variety of Chinese posters through the years Other trips Hangzhou and Suzhou, Xiamen, Beijing & Xi’an, Chengdu Yunnan 7 days South China 14 days Family/ Expat trips Trekking in Yunnan Guizhou 5-12 days Tibet West china/...

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Beijing and Xi’an highlights 5 days

Beijing and Xi’an highlights 5 days

The Great wall near Beijing and Xi’an’s Terracotta army are silent witnesses of ancient times ruled by emperors. Nowadays Beijing and Xi’an are modern cities dominated by busy traffic and modern shopping malls. However, a glimpse of past times can be seen in the green parks with men walking their birds cages and daily life in the back streets. Highlight tour Beijing and Xi’an Day 1 transfer from Beijing airport. The hotel in Beijing is a renovated former family residence built in Qing style, located in a hutong. Day 2 Beijing: visit the Great wall and Summerpalace by private car and/or public transport, with (or without) guide Day 3 Beijing: guided trip with metro, bus and bicycle taxi to visit the Forbidden city, Tiananmen sqare and the Temple of heaven. In the afternoon a transfer to trainstation for the evening train to Xi’an (softsleepers) Day 4 Xi’an: Car (no guide) to terracotta army in the morning, free afternoon Day 5: Transfer to Xi’an airport Price 2 people – 5300 Chinese RMB per person, 4 people- 3900 RMB per person Including: hotels including breakfast, 2 private daytrips with guide in Beijing, transfers according to program Excluding: entrance fees, meals, optional tours, tips for guide/driver. Special interest tours in Beijing Bike through the hutongs and experience daily life of families who have been living there since generations Discover Beijing by night and bike along the wonderfully lit up Forbidden city, Tiananmen square and other bright streets. End the tour with a snack at the Wangfujing nightmarket. Walk through the hutongs and visit temples on the way Art district 798, visit the former factories now transformed into artist’s workspaces, galleries and hip restaurants. During the walk you’ll hear more about 798’s history and the development of Chinese modern art. Join a tea ceremony Have a calligraphy class Other trips Shanghai or Hangzhou or Xiamen Yunnan 7 days South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Tibet West china/...

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Chengdu: Buddhas, art and pandas

Chengdu: Buddhas, art and pandas

Chengduis the home of the pandas, teahouses and temples. If you spend a day or two you can see it all. The best time to see the pandas is during feeding time in the mornings. After this visit you can drive to Leshan to admire the 71 m high Buddha. You can climb the many steps and/or can see the full view from the river. From Leshan it’s another hour to Emeishan, the Buddhist mountain where still many Buddhist pilgrims go. These days it’s not necessary to climb all the 1000+ steps as busses and cable cars can take you to the many temples and the summit. If you want to, you can stay in a hotel right on the mountain top or in a monastery hotel at the foot of the mountain. Day 1 transfer from Chengdu airport to hotel. After check in in hotel: visit with car and guide, have lunch (own costs) & visit Wenshu temple and Green Ram temple. Day 2 visit with car and guide to pandas & Sanxingdui museum Day 3 car and guide to Leshan, on the road visit old village Huanglongxi Day 4 car and guide to Emeishan Day 5 drive back to Chengdu Price 2 people- 4090 Chinese RMB per person, 4 people- 2990 RMB per person. Included: hotels included breakfast, private daytrips with guide & transfers according to program, excursion bus at Emeishan. Excluded: entrance fees, meals, tips for guide & driver IDEA: you can extend this trip with a visit to Tagong, a small Tibetan village with an Buddhist monastery and horseriding on the rolling grasslands against the backdrop of snowy mountains. From Chengdu you can fly to Lijiang or Dali and make a beautiful trip to Yunnan. Special interest For silk and archaeology lovers we highly recommend the Brocade and silk museum with exquisite handmade silk pieces and Sangxingdui, the wonderful museum with the intriguing masks dating back to the 12th and 11th century B.C. Other trips China highlight trip Shanghai or Hangzhou,Xiamen, Beijing Yunnan 7 days South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Tibet West china/...

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Xiamen: the round houses of the Hakka

Xiamen: the round houses of the Hakka

Xiamen is one of China’s gateways and is a metropolitan city on the coast. The oldest part of Xiamen is around the harbour area. The closeby island Gulangyu is well worth a visit with its colonial houses, beautiful boutique hotels and green winding lanes. Highly recommended comes a visit to the round earth houses built by the Hakka people. In Chinese they are called ‘tulou’. Tulou are large enclosed rectangular or circular buildings with a very thick weight supporting earth wall. They are three to five storeys high and can house up to 80 families. The Hakka round houses earth buildings usually have only one main gate and the top level have gun holes for defense against intruders. The Hakka round houses are a few hours drive away from Xiamen so you can do it as a daytrip but for a more in depth experience you better stay overnight, for example in an earthen round house tulou hotel. Special interest You can take a boat from Xiamen to the Taiwanese island of Jinmen (the old ‘Formosa’), where some of the beautiful old colonial houses have been rebuilt into boutique hotels. From Jinmen it’s a short flight to Taiwan. Other trips China highlight trip Shanghai or Hangzhou, Chengdu Beijing Yunnan 7 days South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Tibet West china/...

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Hangzhou and Suzhou

Hangzhou and Suzhou

Hangzhou was described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and elegant city in the world’. Nowadays Hangzhou is a bustling city. Relative peace can be found at West lake and the Lingyin (Soul’s Retreat) Temple, a beautiful Buddhist monastery. The temple also features a large number of grottoes and religious rock carvings. Besides that Hangzhou is a good place to go to a tea plantation and taste some of the famous Dragon well tea. Both Xiamen and Hangzhou can be reached from Amsterdam by direct flights run by KLM. Suzhou is a city with historical significance and beautiful landscape gardens, the most famous being the Humble Administrator’s Garden, listed as a UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage Site. Suzhou is a ‘water town’ filled with canals and bridges. Life around the canals still shows you glimpses of a very old lifestyle. Suzhou, the historic silk capital of China also offers an excellent chance to see for yourself how the world famous Chinese silk is produced in a silk factory. Other interesting things to do are visiting the Tiger Hill and the Suzhou Museum. Suzhou can be reached easily by train or car from Shanghai. Other trips China highlight trip Chengdu Beijing and Xi’an Yunnan 7 days South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Tibet West china/...

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