China Guilin Tour
Guilin, is a city in southern China, known for its of karst topography and its stunning landscapes. In Guilin's downtown, two major lakes, Banyan Lake (Rong Hu) and Cedar Lake (Shan Hu), offer scenic boat trips to view pagodas, bridges, and centuries-old banyan trees. The Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is the central attraction to the city. Outside Guilin, the Reed Flute Cave, filled with stalactites and stalagmites, illuminated with coloured lights.
Begin with a comprehensive tour of Beijing. Highlights include the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City in Beijing. In Xi’an, visit the Terra Cotta Army Warriors and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Guilin, located on the banks of the Lijiang River, is renowned for its gorgeous krast rock formations. In the south, Yangshuo, offers trekking, biking and rafting down the Yulong River. In Shanghai, visit its famous water town of Zhujiajiao and walk down its historic riverfront, the Bund.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY EXPLORATION OF CHINA’S SCENIC TOWNS…
And, explore Xian, Guilin and Yangshuo.
As a first time traveller to China, it is best to focus on two of China’s greatest cities – Beijing and Shanghai – plus a few days in the scenic town of Guilin and Yangshuo. Explore the cities and rural regions with your own private guide and driver. Tour museums and Imperial buildings, visit traditional villages and art galleries and stay in hotels of your choice.
We begin the tour in Beijing, China’s ancient capital. With your private guide and driver, tour imperial masterpieces such as the Ming Tombs, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and take a day’s excursion to the Great Wall of China.
Dine on traditional specialties at favourite family-run restaurants, and enjoy dining in Beijing’s most acclaimed restaurants. Visit markets specializing in artefacts, silk and pearls and if desired, explore the new art gallery districts that showcase the city’s burgeoning contemporary art scene. Then fly to Xian to see its famous Terracotta Army.
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.
Continue to Shanghai and experience the unbridled energy of China’s most stylish and modern city. During private touring, learn about Shanghai’s history through the architecture of the Bund, the French Concession, Pudong and other districts. Tour some of China’s best museums, including the Shanghai Museum.
Your guide will also take you to Shanghai’s old town to sample dumplings and sweets, and have tea at the city’s oldest teahouse. Also visit the neighbourhoods filled with art galleries, design shops and stylish new restaurants.
China Guilin Tour
The best of China cities, Shanghai, X’ian, Guilin, Yangshou and Beijing, all wrapped up in a nice 12-day package.
Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai
(12 Days. Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Beijing You will be received at the Beijing Airport by our representative. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel for 3 nights stay. The rest of your day will be scheduled depending on your arrival time and how tired you feel.
Peninsula Beijing Hotel (Nil)
Day 2 – Tour
Beijing We drive outside Beijing, to one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section. Built over 2,000 years ago, the Great Wall stretches 5,000 kilometres from Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Take time to walk along the wall and capture the scenery on camera.
Then visit the Ming Tombs, also known as the “13 Tombs”, burial site of 13 of the 17 Ming Dynasty emperors. The best part of the Ming Tombs is the road there. Walk along the Sacred Path leading to the necropolis and Giant Tortoises, with bizarre, mythical stone monsters standing guard. Return to Beijing in the mid-afternoon.
Peninsula Beijing Hotel (B, L)
Day 3 – Tour
Beijing Take a tour of Tiananmen Square, a site of historic significance for the advent of communism in China. Aside from the tragic events here over the last 50 years, Tiananmen is truly a people's square, alive with local kite fliers and wide-eyed tourists. Then visit the impressive Forbidden City, the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties. See the great palace architecture and its treasures and your private guide will tell you the anecdotes about the imperial family and the court. Also visit the sacred and architecturally unique Temple of Heaven that has come to symbolise Beijing. Peninsula Beijing Hotel (B)
Day 4 – Tour
Beijing Today we visit the sacred and architecturally unique Temple of Heaven that has come to symbolise Beijing. Then continue to the magnificent grounds of the Summer Palace. Once a retreat for emperors to escape the scorching summer heat of Beijing, it was restored in the 19th century and now the park is a favourite among tourists.
Peninsula Beijing Hotel (B)
Day 5 – Transfer & Tour
Xi’an Take an early morning transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Xi’an. The city of X’ian is known for the Terra Cotta Army Warriors, the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. About 6,000 life size terracotta warriors and horses arranged in battle formations are the star features at the museum.
After lunch, drive back to the city and visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Located in the Da Ci'en Temple, it is the best-preserved Buddhist temple complex of the Tang dynasty and the city’s most distinctive and outstanding landmark.
Grand Mercure on Renmen Square Xi’an (B)
Day 6 – Transfer & Tour
Guilin Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Guilin. Guilin has long been one of the world's most famous travel destinations. Located on the banks of the Lijiang River, it is renowned for its gorgeous mountains, clear waters and bizarre rock formations. Famed for the "the finest scenery under heaven", Guilin has attracted poets and artists for thousands of years, who are inspired by the karst formations and the unsurpassed beauty of the Lijiang River. Enjoy a relaxing reflexology foot massage at the Chinese Medicine Institute before taking a night walking tour of Guilin.
Shangri-la Guilin Hotel (B)
Day 7 – Tour
Guilin Take a full day tour to visit the highlights of Guilin. We start with a visit to the Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin city. The hill, when seen at dusk, appears like a large elephant drinking from the river. Later visit Fubo Hill, Seven-Star Park and Reed Flute Cave, the largest known examples of typical karst cones.
Shangri-la Guilin Hotel (B)
Day 8 – Tour
Yangshuo The highlight of this place is a cruise on the Li River between Guilin to Yangshou, called the “hundred mile art gallery”. Travelling down the Li River, you will feel as if you are in a completely different part of the world. As Bill Clinton said on visiting the Lijiang River, “It is more vivid and genuine than I thought before. Nowhere is like Guilin. It makes me think of the traditional Chinese paintings."
Yangshuo Resort Hotel (B, Buffet lunch on cruise boat)
Day 9 – Transfer & Tour
Shanghai Take an early morning flight to Shanghai. Meet and greet on arrival then transfer to your hotel. After some rest, take a walking tour along the historic riverfront, known as the Bund, set on the banks of the Huang Pau River, which separates old Shanghai from the new area of Pudong. Stroll down buzzing Nanjing Road with views of the Pearl TV Tower. Visit the Old Chinese Quarter to wander through the Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar.
Pudong Shangri-la Hotel (B)
Day 10 – Tour
Shanghai We head out of Shanghai today to the traditional water canal town of Zhujiajiao, dating back as far as the Ming and Qing dynasties. Visit a local Taoist temple and the Yuanjin Monastery and spend time browsing through the quaint shops of the winding streets. Return to Shanghai this afternoon where the rest of the day is yours.
Pudong Shangri-la Hotel (B)
Day 11 – Tour
Shanghai This morning enjoy a walking tour of the old back streets and the quaint markets and shops of the Chinese Old Quarter. Visit the local bird and flower market, the Dongtai Lu antique street and the Shikumen Museum in the old French Concession area. This evening, enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant after a memorable journey through a remarkable country.
Pudong Shangri-la Hotel (B)
Day 12 – Tour
Shanghai Today you will be transferred to Shanghai Airport for your onward flight.
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.