China Cities & Nature
Hangzhou, is the capital of China’s Zhejiang Province, in the eastern part of the country. Located on the lower reaches of the Qiantang River, Hangzhou is known for its enchanting natural scenery and rich cultural heritage. Its West Lake has been a great source of inspiration for artists, poets and philosophers throughout Chinese history. In its south, Leifeng Pagoda, 5-storey high, on Sunset Hill, dominates a grand view over the lake.
Begin with a comprehensive tour of Beijing. Visit historical masterpieces such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and lesser-known temples. One day visit the lesser touristy section of the Great Wall of China. The ancient city of Hangzhou, is known for its West Lake, Buddhist Pagodas and beautiful natural landscapes. In Shanghai, Ming Dynasty gardens, nearby water towns and cruise down the Huangpu river. The tour concludes in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most attractive and exciting cities.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY CHINA CITIES TOUR…
And, visit Hangzhou, known as a “Heaven on Earth”.
This tour features the highlights of China to include Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, The tour includes Hangzhou, a famous ancient city known for beautiful natural landscapes, also known as a “Heaven on Earth”.
Begin in Beijing, world-renowned for historical and cultural magnificence. With your private guide, visit the fabulous ancient buildings, religious temples and imperial masterpieces such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and lesser-known temples.
Travel by rickshaw or opt to bicycle down the narrow hutongs (lanes) of a traditional residential neighbourhood. Spend one day hiking along a less-touristy section of the Great Wall of China. Stay at China’s top luxury properties and dine on traditional specialties at favourite family-run restaurants.
Next to Hangzhou, an ancient city known for beautiful natural landscapes. En route, stop in Xitang, a picture-perfect water town of narrow canals and traditional architecture. Since ancient times, it has been known as a “Heaven on Earth” and thus become a final destination for holiday makers. Enjoy private touring around beautiful West Lake, local tea plantations, Buddhist caves and other cultural highlights.
Continue by private car to Shanghai, China’s most stylish and modern city. During private touring see the city highlights, visit Shanghai’s old town and stop for tea and dumplings the city’s oldest teahouse. Also visit up-and-coming neighbourhoods filled with art galleries, design shops and stylish new restaurants.
One day, visit the classic Ming Dynasty gardens that we’ve chosen as our favourites or take an excursion to Suzhou or another nearby water town to cruise canals lined with Ming Dynasty homes.
The tour concludes in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most attractive and exciting cities. During touring with your expert private guide, ride the Peak Tram to the top of Hong Kong Island, dine on dim sum at teahouses, explore local markets to learn about traditional Chinese medicine and unusual food products, and ride in a traditional sampan boat across Aberdeen Harbour.
China Cities and Nature
This tour includes China's three cities; Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong with a tour of Hangzhou, an ancient cultural city known as a “Heaven on Earth”.
(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Beijing & Great Wall, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong
Day 1 – Arrive
Beijing Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Beijing Full-day private city tour.
Tickets to Peking Opera performance, including transfers.
Day 3 – Tour
Great Wall Private excursion to the Great Wall.
Day 4 – Transfer
Hangzhou Private morning tour of the Summer Palace or arts districts.
Private transfer to airport for flight.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 5 – Tour
Hangzhou Full-day private tour, including boat ride on West Lake.
Evening tickets to Impression West Lake, including transfers.
Day 6 – Transfer
Shanghai Private transfer to Shanghai for 3 nights, with touring en route.
Private introductory city tour on arrival.
Day 7 – Tour
Shanghai Full-day private city tour.
Day 8 – Tour
Shanghai Half-day private city tour.
Day 9 – Transfer
Hong Kong Private transfer to airport for flight to Hong Kong.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Day 10 – Tour
Hong Kong Full-day private city touring.
Day 11 – Tour
Hong Kong Half-day private city tour.
Day 12 – Depart
Hong Kong Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
Getting There 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.
When to go The best time to visit China is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings. Local Beijingers describe this short season as tiāngāo qìshuǎng (literally ‘the sky is high and the air is fresh’).
The second-best time is spring, late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.
Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Chinese territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate.