When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:59 p.m. on Day 1
Your flight must depart no earlier than: 12:00 a.m. on Day 14

Itinerary

 

Day 1Beijing

Arrive at any time.

 

 
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

 
Jade Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2Beijing

Step back in time with a visit to the Great Wall. Opt to check out the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

The Chinese capital, Beijing, is one of the world's most impressive and vibrant cities. Spend a day at the Great Wall, a monumental feat of engineering intended to protect China from the northern barbarians. 

 

 
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
Mutianyu3h

Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.

Optional Activities - Day 2

Beijing Acrobatics Performance
Beijing
42USD per person

Enjoy an evening of spectacular acrobatics performed by some of China’s most talented performers and athletes. This unforgettable spectacle features Chinese-style tricks, like plate-spinning, contortion, foot-juggling, and a host of circus-style acrobatics, too.

 
Beijing Opera
Beijing
120-180CNY per person

Enjoy this form of traditional Chinese theatre that combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance, and acrobatics. Dating back to the late 18th century, this form was extremely popular in the Qing Dynasty court and has come to be regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China.

 
Tiananmen Square
Beijing

Explore one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Great Hall of the People. 

 
Kung Fu Show - Beijing
Beijing
42USD per person

Follow the tale of a young boy on his journey to becoming a kung fu master through six gripping scenes told through traditional Chinese art and live modern dance. (Don’t worry; there are subtitles above the stage). Developed by some of China’s top stage directors and designers, the performance showcases the skills of its talented cast, most of whom are just 17 years old.

 
Forbidden City Visit
Beijing
60CNY per person

Check out the iconic Forbidden City in the heart of Beijing! For 500 years the palace was only accessible to the emperors’ attendants and officials by invitation only. Visit sights like the Clock Exhibition Hall, wander through the Three Great Halls or stand in the shade of the cypress trees in the Imperial Garden. 

 
Hutong Cycling Tour
Beijing2h-4h
50-100CNY per person

Roll through the ancient alleyways and lanes typical of Beijing. This old area of the city is rapidly diminishing as modernization takes over, but taking to the streets by bike is the perfect way to explore the neighbourhood. See daily life in these old lanes while cycling by.

Accommodation

 
Jade Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 3Beijing/Xi’an

Enjoy free time in Beijing before an overnight train to Xi'an.

 

Train is our main mode of transport in China and it's a great way to travel.

 
Basic overnight train (beds)
Beijing – Xi’an13h

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

 
Carte Blanche
BeijingFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Beijing, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like shopping at the Silk Market, visiting the Summer Palace, and taking a hutong tour. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 3

Tiananmen Square
Beijing

Explore one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Great Hall of the People. 

 
Temple of Heaven
Beijing
15-34CNY per person

Explore the stunning Temple of Heaven, which was built during the rule of the Ming dynasty. Learn more about the history and significance of this place, often referred to as the symbol of Beijing.

 
Summer Palace
Beijing
30-60CNY per person

This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of palaces, lakes, and gardens in Beijing and is absolutely stunning. Its main components are Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, which is 60m (200 feet) high and has many buildings on it. Kunming Lake is actually man made, and measures 2.2sq km (1.4 sq mi).

 
Forbidden City Visit
Beijing
60CNY per person

Check out the iconic Forbidden City in the heart of Beijing! For 500 years the palace was only accessible to the emperors’ attendants and officials by invitation only. Visit sights like the Clock Exhibition Hall, wander through the Three Great Halls or stand in the shade of the cypress trees in the Imperial Garden. 

 
Hutong Cycling Tour
Beijing2h-4h
50-100CNY per person

Roll through the ancient alleyways and lanes typical of Beijing. This old area of the city is rapidly diminishing as modernization takes over, but taking to the streets by bike is the perfect way to explore the neighbourhood. See daily life in these old lanes while cycling by.

Day 4Xi’an

Enjoy an orientation walk through the Muslim Quarter, then opt to visit the Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls, or practice tai chi with the locals.

Opt to tour the lovely and unusual Great Mosque (a wonderfully serene place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city), great souvenir stalls, and enjoy some of the best street food in China. The remaining city walls are a great place to watch the sunset or join the locals for ballroom dancing or tai chi in the early morning.

Opt to take a day trip to the Terracotta Warriors, situated a short drive out of town (approximately 1 hr).

 
Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk
Xi’an1h

Enjoy a walk around Xi'an’s Muslim Quarter with our CEO, and be introduced to favourite streets, artists, chefs or food stalls in the quarter. Each CEO offers a unique perspective. Get a better feel for the district and have plenty of time to roam around on your own, shopping and eating along the way.

Optional Activities - Day 4

The Great Mosque
Xi’an
25CNY per person

Discover this hidden oasis behind the markets of the Muslim Quarter. Learn about the Great Mosque's centuries-old history, and explore the temples and gardens to see how Chinese and Islamic architecture came together in this place of worship.

 
Terracotta Warriors Visit
Xi’an
164CNY per person

Visit the site of the Terracotta Warriors, an archaeological treasure where approximately 8,000 soldiers and hundreds of horses stand on guard in three excavated pits in an on-site museum. Learn how the underground warriors were discovered (by accident) in 1974, and why Emperor Qin Shihuang commissioned the statues to serve as his army in the afterlife.

 
Cycling Xi'an City Walls
Xi’an1h-2h
40-80CNY per person

Rent a bike and cycle the Xi’an city walls. The walls – built for protection in the Tang Dynasty and expanded in the Ming dynasty –are a great way to absorb local history. Hop off where you like and admire the views as you pedal along the 12m (39 ft) wide wall, which takes about 2 hrs to cycle along. 

 
Big Goose Pagoda Visit
Xi’an
50CNY per person

Head to the outskirts of the city to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a beautiful, brick Buddhist temple. Check out the Music Fountain Square at the base of the leaning pagoda at night to see an amazing light show. 

 
Defachang Dumpling Banquet
Xi’an
105CNY per person

Dumpling banquets are a great way to experience the traditional Northern Chinese cuisine. Have a delicious meal trying all the different dumpling flavours. 

Accommodation

 
Jinjiang zhixing Xi'an (or similar)
Hotel

Day 5Xi’an/Suzhou

Enjoy free time to explore Xi'an, then take an overnight train to Suzhou.

 

 
Free Time
Xi’an14h-16hFull Day

Get out and explore Xi'an.

 
Basic overnight train (beds)
Xi’an – Suzhou

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

Optional Activities - Day 5

Terracotta Warriors Visit
Xi’an
164CNY per person

Visit the site of the Terracotta Warriors, an archaeological treasure where approximately 8,000 soldiers and hundreds of horses stand on guard in three excavated pits in an on-site museum. Learn how the underground warriors were discovered (by accident) in 1974, and why Emperor Qin Shihuang commissioned the statues to serve as his army in the afterlife.

 
Cycling Xi'an City Walls
Xi’an1h-2h
40-80CNY per person

Rent a bike and cycle the Xi’an city walls. The walls – built for protection in the Tang Dynasty and expanded in the Ming dynasty –are a great way to absorb local history. Hop off where you like and admire the views as you pedal along the 12m (39 ft) wide wall, which takes about 2 hrs to cycle along. 

Day 6Suzhou

Visit Suzhou, the "Venice of the East." Opt to explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens. In the evening, let loose like the locals with a karaoke session in a private room for the group; this is sure to be a memorable night!

 

 
Free Time
SuzhouFull Day

Get out and explore historic Suzhou and its beautiful garden.

 
Big Night Out: Private Karaoke Session
 

Release your inner rock star and let loose like the locals with a karaoke session in a private room for the group. Everyone will have a turn to sing a song as a solo, duet, or group. Sing your heart out!

Optional Activities - Day 6

Master of the Nets Garden Tour
Suzhou
40CNY per person

Tour through the serene classical garden and UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Accommodation

 
Suzhou Overseas Chinese Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 7Suzhou/Shanghai

See the city on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore this metropolis on your own. 

Shanghai is the most modern of Chinese cities. Go shopping on the famous Nanjing Road or stroll along the Bund district with its many riverside historical buildings.

 
Bullet train
Suzhou – Shanghai2hMorning

Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

 
Orientation Walk of the Bund
Shanghai1h

Take a stroll along the Bund, a main road that follows the Huangpu River, with our CEO. This is a great opportunity to get a layout of the city and figure out what you want to explore next.

 
Free Time
ShanghaiAfternoon

Get out and explore bustling Shanghai.

Optional Activities - Day 7

Shanghai Acrobatic Performance
Shanghai
42USD per person

Enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show with tumbling, balancing and plate-spinning. There are amazing contortionists and high-wire walkers— truly not to be missed!

 
Yuyuan Gardens
Shanghai
45CNY per person

Explore this tranquil, 400-year-old, five-acre garden. Climb to the top of the Rockery to see the greenery from above. Check out the Jade Rock and watch the swarms of goldfish swim around in the ponds. With multiple pavilions and halls there’s plenty to see. Depending on when you visit there may be flower shows or tea ceremonies in the area. Opt to visit the bustling bazaar located outside the gardens and hone your bargaining skills. 

Accommodation

 
Astronautic Hotel (Yuhang Hotel) (or similar)
Hotel

Day 8Shanghai

Enjoy free time in this bustling city.

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

 
Carte Blanche
ShanghaiFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Shanghai, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting the Shanghai Museum, wandering around the Yuyuan Gardens, and taking in a traditional Chinese acrobats show. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 8

Yuyuan Gardens
Shanghai
45CNY per person

Explore this tranquil, 400-year-old, five-acre garden. Climb to the top of the Rockery to see the greenery from above. Check out the Jade Rock and watch the swarms of goldfish swim around in the ponds. With multiple pavilions and halls there’s plenty to see. Depending on when you visit there may be flower shows or tea ceremonies in the area. Opt to visit the bustling bazaar located outside the gardens and hone your bargaining skills. 

 
Shanghai Museum
Shanghai
Free

Visit Shanghai Museum, home to a world-class collection of ancient Chinese art. Tour individual galleries devoted to such items as sculpture, bronze, ceramics, jade, coins, Ming and Qing Dynasty furniture, paintings, and calligraphy. Stop at the gift shop on your way out.

 
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
 

You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

 
Shanghai Acrobatic Performance
Shanghai
42USD per person

Enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show with tumbling, balancing and plate-spinning. There are amazing contortionists and high-wire walkers— truly not to be missed!

 
Oriental Pearl Tower
Shanghai
220CNY per person

The Oriental Pearl Tower is an iconic building of Shanghai. Check out the city view from the highest sightseeing level of 350 m!

Accommodation

 
Phoenix Hostel (or similar)
Hostel

Day 9Shanghai

After some free time, board an overnight train to Guilin.

 

 
Free Time
ShanghaiHalf Day

Get out and explore China's biggest city.

 
Basic overnight train (beds)
Shanghai – Guilin19h30m

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

Optional Activities - Day 9

Oriental Pearl Tower
Shanghai
220CNY per person

The Oriental Pearl Tower is an iconic building of Shanghai. Check out the city view from the highest sightseeing level of 350 m!

 
Yuyuan Gardens
Shanghai
45CNY per person

Explore this tranquil, 400-year-old, five-acre garden. Climb to the top of the Rockery to see the greenery from above. Check out the Jade Rock and watch the swarms of goldfish swim around in the ponds. With multiple pavilions and halls there’s plenty to see. Depending on when you visit there may be flower shows or tea ceremonies in the area. Opt to visit the bustling bazaar located outside the gardens and hone your bargaining skills. 

 
Shanghai Museum
Shanghai
Free

Visit Shanghai Museum, home to a world-class collection of ancient Chinese art. Tour individual galleries devoted to such items as sculpture, bronze, ceramics, jade, coins, Ming and Qing Dynasty furniture, paintings, and calligraphy. Stop at the gift shop on your way out.

 
Shanghai Acrobatic Performance
Shanghai
42USD per person

Enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show with tumbling, balancing and plate-spinning. There are amazing contortionists and high-wire walkers— truly not to be missed!

Day 10Guilin/Yangshuo

Continue on to Yangshuo and enjoy some free time.

Arrive in Guilin by train and transfer to the nearby village of Yangshuo, nestled among the limestone karsts jutting out of the Li River. One of the most scenic regions of China, this beautiful backpacker town is a haven for activities, cultural immersion, and relaxing at cafés.

The Li River and the limestone karst mountains interspersed with picturesque riverside villages and markets make this area perhaps the best known scenic attraction in the region.

 
Private Vehicle
Guilin – Yangshuo1h30m-2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Free Time
YangshuoHalf Day

Discover scenic Yangshuo.

Optional Activities - Day 10

Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo
Yangshuo
39USD per person

Calling all foodies! Get an inside look at real Chinese food with a tour of the Yangshuo market to learn about the ingredients used in the Yangshuo area. Afterward, learn to cook Chinese food in a traditional Chinese farmhouse in the beautiful countryside just outside Yangshuo. After the cooking class you can sit down and enjoy the delicious dishes you have prepared. 

Accommodation

 
Didu Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 11Yangshuo

Explore Yangshuo with a free day. Opt for a tai chi lesson, a cooking class, or try your hand at calligraphy.

 

 
Carte Blanche
YangshuoFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Yangshuo, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like taking a tai chi lesson, indulging in a traditional massage, and checking out the Li River Light Show. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 11

Yangshuo Tai Chi Lesson
Yangshuo
80-150CNY per person

Learn how to do Tai Chi, the local exercise regimen. Practice in any park around sunrise, and be sure to have company from locals.

 
Calligraphy Yangshuo
Yangshuo
80-150CNY per person

Watch and learn how to do calligraphy, a traditional form of writing Chinese characters using a brush and ink. See how calligraphers have evolved a richly varied tradition of calligraphic styles, which have been handed down from generation to generation. 

 
Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo
Yangshuo
39USD per person

Calling all foodies! Get an inside look at real Chinese food with a tour of the Yangshuo market to learn about the ingredients used in the Yangshuo area. Afterward, learn to cook Chinese food in a traditional Chinese farmhouse in the beautiful countryside just outside Yangshuo. After the cooking class you can sit down and enjoy the delicious dishes you have prepared. 

 
Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour
Yangshuo4h-5h10km
300CNY per person

Follow the guide and cycle over the flat(ish) landscape past rice paddies, local farmers, and water buffalo. Marvel at the limestone karsts and hear the legends of how they came to be. 

 
Chinese Language Lesson
 
80-150CNY per person

Enjoy a lesson in basic Mandarin and practice what you've learned with the locals.

 
Impressions Light Show (Liu San Jie)
Yangshuo
200-400CNY per person

Take in the Light and Sound Show (Liu San Jie), a 1-hr performance that showcases the ethnic diversity of the region and tells the story of 'Third Sister Liu'. See more than 500 singers and dancers, many of whom are local farmers, perform on and around the beautiful Li River against the backdrop of the incredibly illuminated karst mountains. The show usually takes place at 8pm, and is located at the confluence of the Li and Yulong rivers on the outskirts of Yangshuo.

 

 
Moon Hill Entrance and Hike
Yangshuo
20CNY per person

Enjoy a hike up to Moon Hill, one of Yangshuo's most popular attractions. This karst hill has a huge hole through the middle that's shaped like the moon, hence its name. The views of the surrounding countryside from the hill are spectacular -- it's worth the climb!

Accommodation

 
Didu Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 12Yangshuo

Explore Yangshuo with a free day. Opt for a tai chi lesson, a cooking class, or a calligraphy lesson.

 

 
Carte Blanche
YangshuoFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Yangshuo, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like taking a tai chi lesson, indulging in a traditional massage, and checking out the Li River Light Show. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 12

Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo
Yangshuo
39USD per person

Calling all foodies! Get an inside look at real Chinese food with a tour of the Yangshuo market to learn about the ingredients used in the Yangshuo area. Afterward, learn to cook Chinese food in a traditional Chinese farmhouse in the beautiful countryside just outside Yangshuo. After the cooking class you can sit down and enjoy the delicious dishes you have prepared. 

 
Yangshuo Tai Chi Lesson
Yangshuo
80-150CNY per person

Learn how to do Tai Chi, the local exercise regimen. Practice in any park around sunrise, and be sure to have company from locals.

 
Calligraphy Yangshuo
Yangshuo
80-150CNY per person

Watch and learn how to do calligraphy, a traditional form of writing Chinese characters using a brush and ink. See how calligraphers have evolved a richly varied tradition of calligraphic styles, which have been handed down from generation to generation. 

 
Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour
Yangshuo4h-5h10km
300CNY per person

Follow the guide and cycle over the flat(ish) landscape past rice paddies, local farmers, and water buffalo. Marvel at the limestone karsts and hear the legends of how they came to be. 

 
Chinese Language Lesson
 
80-150CNY per person

Enjoy a lesson in basic Mandarin and practice what you've learned with the locals.

 
Impressions Light Show (Liu San Jie)
Yangshuo
200-400CNY per person

Take in the Light and Sound Show (Liu San Jie), a 1-hr performance that showcases the ethnic diversity of the region and tells the story of 'Third Sister Liu'. See more than 500 singers and dancers, many of whom are local farmers, perform on and around the beautiful Li River against the backdrop of the incredibly illuminated karst mountains. The show usually takes place at 8pm, and is located at the confluence of the Li and Yulong rivers on the outskirts of Yangshuo.

 

 
Moon Hill Entrance and Hike
Yangshuo
20CNY per person

Enjoy a hike up to Moon Hill, one of Yangshuo's most popular attractions. This karst hill has a huge hole through the middle that's shaped like the moon, hence its name. The views of the surrounding countryside from the hill are spectacular -- it's worth the climb!

Accommodation

 
Didu Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 13Yangshuo/Hong Kong

Travel to bustling Hong Kong via Guilin.

 

 
Private Vehicle
Yangshuo – Guilin1h30m-2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Local train
Guilin – Shenzhen3h15m-4h

Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

 
Border Crossing (China - Hong Kong)
Luohu – Hong Kong

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 
Metro
Hong Kong1h

Get around underground via public transit.

Optional Activities - Day 13

The Symphony of Lights - Victoria Harbour
Hong Kong
Free

A Symphony of Lights is a daily (20:00-20:14) light and sound show in Hong Kong. It is the world's largest permanent light and sound show according to Guinness World Records.Take a stroll to the harbour for amazing view of the light show!

 
Temple Street Night Market
Hong Kong
Free

Temple Street Night Market in Kowloon is a fantastic place to sample some local food. Explore the area, search for the perfect place to eat, and chow down.

Accommodation

 
West Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 14Hong Kong

Depart at any time.

 

 
Departure Day
 

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

 

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