Beijing to Hong Kong/ Shanghai: cities and nature 17 days

Chinese temple

If this is your first time to China we highly recommend this highlight trip which will take you from the north of China all the way down to the south. On your more than 5000 kilometers long trip you will not only see the famous sights like the Great Wall and the Terracotta army but you will also enjoy the magnificent mountain ranges of the south and its peaceful villages surrounded by ricefields.

Trip in days

Day 1

arrival in Beijing, transfer from airport to a courtyard hutong hotel

Day 2

Beijing: free day. You can go to the Forbidden city, Temple of Heaven, Lamatemple, Olympic sites, take a hutong tour, have a silk dress made etc. If you want a guide we can also arrange it for you.

optional evening shows: acrobat show, Kungfu, Beijing Opera

Day 3

Beijing: car and driver to the Great Wall and optional choice to go to the Summer palace

Day 4

train Beijing to Xi’an
Beijing: free day until evening train to Xi’an with soft sleepers and overnight in train

Day 5

Xi’an: after arrival by train you go with car and guide to the Terracotta army. The afternoon is free to explore Xi’an town: visit the Chinese muslim quarter, the walls, the Bell tower, a Taoist temple.

Day 6

flight Xi’an to Chengdu
in Xi’an free time until transfer to airport for flight to Chengdu, transfer to hotel

Day 7

Chengdu: with private car visit the panda breeding centre.

Optional tours: visit Wenshu monastery, have a Buddhist vegetarian lunch in the neigbourhood and drive on to Sanxingdui museum with a stunning collection of ancient golden masks.

Other trips from Chengdu: trip to the big Buddha in Leshan and mount Emei or a 4 days trip to Leshan and Tagong to Chinese & Tibetan Buddhas: Leshan & Tagong

Day 8

flight Chengdu to Lijiang
transfer to airport for flight to Lijiang, transfer to hotel and in Lijiang you have free time to explore the surroundings.

Day 9

Lijiang: spend half a day for a countryside trip with bikes and private car. This guided trip will take you around a lake to unspoilt non touristy Naxi villages (incl car, bikes, lunch,guide)

Day 10

private car to (no guide) to the authentic Bai village Shaxi and in the afternoon visit Shibaoshan monastery. You will arrive at the end of the afternoon in Shaxi.

Day 11

private car to (no guide) to Dali. Upon arrival in Dali you have free time to explore the surroundings.

Day 12

Dali daytrip: visit unspoilt villages & markets with the Yi and the Bai people
choice between a guided daytrip to the Yi people or do the Erhai lake boat & Bai people trip

Day 13

Dali to Kunming overland, flight Kunming to Guilin
public bus or private car (about 5 hrs ride) or flight (40 minutes) to Kunming airport for flight to Guilin. Upon arrival at Guilin airport a private car to Yangshuo (about 1 hour ride)

Day 14

Yangshuo: a bike trip in karstmountain landscape along the ricepaddies with guide

Day 15

Yangshuo: free day

Day 16

Yangshuo-train Guilin to Guangzhou- train or ferry to Hong Kong
Free time until transfer to trainstation for overnight train to Guangzhou. The next morning a transfer to either the trainstation for the train or to the harbour for a ferry to Hong Kong. You can arrange your own hotel in Hong Kong through one of the hotelbookings sites. It’s easy and convenient.

Day 17

arrival in Hong Kong

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