China with Hong Kong
China has one of the most beautiful landscapes and the world is still mesmerised by its history and culture. This incredible journey from Hong Kong to Shanghai and Beijing... through some of the country’s most prosperous regions, to places such as Guilin and Yangshuo will delve into its culture. You will explore the Yangtze gorge on a cruise and see the cutest of all animals; the Pandas.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: IN HONG KONG AND THEN CRUISING THE YANGTZE GORGE.
The tour begins in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most attractive and exciting cities, with a spectacular skyline, beautiful harbours and beaches, superb restaurants, bustling markets and much more. Set among beautiful natural surroundings it has all the benefits of a thriving and vibrant commercial centre alongside an abundance of reminders of its historic past. Take a scenic drive along the beautiful coastline, stopping for lunch at an acclaimed beachfront restaurant. Dine on dim sum at teahouses, and enjoy reservations at one of Hong Kong’s most exclusive restaurants—a showcase of fine Cantonese food, art and design.
Next, fly to Guilin, famed for its beautiful landscape of limestone mountains. Take a boat cruise on the Li River and view the passing picturesque scenery punctuated with bizarrely shaped pinnacles, rice paddies, sprays of bamboo lining up the riverbanks, fishermen with their cormorants and buffaloes bathing in the sun. From Yangshuo, take a rickshaw tour along the back roads of this picturesque region, exploring local villages with your private guide and driver.
See the Giant Pandas in Chongqing Zoo surrounded by mountains. Then cruise on the Yangtze River and appreciate some of the most inspiring scenery. The mighty Yangtze is the longest river in China and a cradle of ancient Chinese civilization.
During private touring, learn about Shanghai’s history through the architecture of the Bund and its museums. Visit up-and-coming neighbourhoods filled with art galleries, design shops and stylish new restaurants. And explore the old town to sample local specialities and take a walk down its narrow longtangs to experience its soul.
The tour wraps up in Beijing, the ancient capital of China. With your private guide and driver, explore its tourism attractions; parks, architectural treasures and exquisite temples - and, of course, visit the Great Wall of China.
Max your Awim
Chinese people celebrate a lot of festivals each year. Most of these festivals take place on important dates in the Chinese lunar calendar. It is important to know which festivals to avoid, like the Chinese New Year when travel is difficult and which ones to attend, like the Dragon Boat and Shanghai Tea festivals held in May-June. Other festivals include the Shanghai Film festival in mid-Jun and the Shoton Festival, one of the most popular traditional festivals in Tibet held in the month of August.
One More Thing
We make no extra charge for festival add-ons or minor changes to hotels at the beginning or at the end of the existing itinerary. If you wish to customise this itinerary then please let us know your interests.
Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.