CLASSIC CHINA

HONG KONG ● GUILIN ● YANGSHUO ● CHENGDU ● XIAN ● BEIJING

TOUR OVERVIEW

DURATION, PRICE, TOUR TYPE & DEPARTURES

7 nights from UK £ 1,720 / US $ 2,410 per person*

*Price based on 2 people travelling. These prices are based on 2021 rates and are here to give guidance. Final quotes vary by date, exchange rates and are subject to availability.

PRIVATE TOUR - NOT A GROUP TOUR - CAN BE TAILORED 

SEASON - YEAR ROUND STARTING ANY DAY

TOUR CODE : TS-C-EW-04

MAP & DESTINATIONS

THE STOPS VISITED ON THIS TOUR

🇨🇳 HONG KONG - 2 nights

Fantastically located and cosmopolitan city distinct from the rest of China.

🇨🇳 GUILIN & YANGSHUO - 2 nights

Long popular home to some of China’s most famous and iconic scenery.

🇨🇳 CHENGDU - 1 night

Famous as the place to see Giant Pandas but offers much more besides.

🇨🇳 XIAN - 2 nights

China’s Tang Dynasty Capital & home to the extraordinary Terra Cotta Army.

🇨🇳 BEIJING

This trip finishes on arrival in China's stunning capital of Beijing.

Note: This tour is designed to be booked in conjunction with our Trans-Siberian tours which already include accommodation, tours and transfers in Beijing. If booking this tour on its own we can add in the full Beijing section to this trip.

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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAILY DESCRIPTIONS OF ACTIVITIES, MEALS & OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION

DAY 1 - HONG KONG

ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG WITH TIME TO RELAX AT THE HOTEL AFTER YOUR FLIGHT

Welcome to Hong Kong! This former British colony is still very distinct from Mainland China with one of the world’s most impressive skylines, superb food, world class shopping and tranquil islands dotted with timeless temples and fishing harbours. We will be greeting you at the airport from where you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax from the long flight or start to explore the city with the help of your personalised Trip Guidebook we send you before the trip. The area around your centrally located hotel is perfect for a walk.

MEALS: None Today.

OVERNIGHT: Salisbury YMCA ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 2 - HONG KONG

FREE DAY TO EXPLORE HONG KONG’S MANY & VARIED ATTRACTIONS

A full day in Hong Kong to explore this fabulous city, famous Victoria harbour, the Peak, outlying islands such as Lamma and Lantau, vibrant markets and fantastic entertainment scene. Shopping and food are world class and if you still have any energy left by the end of the day the nightlife is some of the most varied and vibrant in Asia.

If you are looking for something a bit quieter and you didn’t make it to one of the outlying islands yesterday this could be an ideal way to spend today. All of them have good hiking options and delicious seafood with frequent ferry services departing from the piers on Hong Kong Island’s Central district.

In short you will have plenty to keep you occupied!

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

OVERNIGHT: Salisbury YMCA ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 3 - YANGSHUO

BULLET TRAIN ON TO GUILIN WITH A TRANSFER DIRECT TO BEAUTIFUL YANGSHUO

Free time until a transfer to West Kowloon station for a bullet train to Guilin - the train tickets will have been delivered to your accommodation in Hong Kong. Pass through the traditional scenery of south central China, a lush land of villages and farms once north if industrial Guangzhou.

Afternoon arrival in Guilin with a transfer direct to your hotel in Yangshuo, a relaxed town about 1 hour from Guilin and surrounded by some of China’s best scenery. Free time to relax for the rest of today.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

OVERNIGHT: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 4 - YANGSHUO

CONTINUE TO EXPLORE THE DELIGHTS OF THIS SPECIAL PART OF CHINA

Today is free day in Yangshuo to explore the town and it’s beautiful surrounding countryside. A wide range of local tours and activities can easily be booked locally through the hotel. Such activities include cycle tours, rafting trips, cookery, Tai Chi or calligraphy classes or you can do as so many do here - just relax and take in all the scenery from the terrace of your hotel or the many cafes and restaurants in the town itself.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

OVERNIGHT: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

DAY 5 - CHENGDU

FLIGHT ON TO CHENGDU IN SOUTH WEST CHINA

Free time until a transfer to Guilin airport for a flight on to Chengdu, capital of mountainous and spicy Sichuan province and the place to come and see Giant Pandas. Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

The rest of today is free to start exploring Chengdu with the area around your hotel being full of interest. Alternatively, this characterful hotel’s courtyard is an ideal place to relax.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

OVERNIGHT: Buddhazen Hotel ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 6 - XIAN

THE WORLD FAMOUS RESEARCH BASE FOR GIANT PANDA BREEDING & BULLET TRAIN ON TO XIAN

Today we visit Chengdu’s famous Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding which has over 60 pandas and is considered the best place in the world to see these endangered icons of China in well laid out enclosures.

After the tour a transfer on to the station for a bullet train to Xian, the once golden city of Emperors, soldiers, arts, culture and the capital of the prosperous Tang Dynasty. Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

The rest of today is free to start exploring this giant of Chinese history with the help of your trip Guidebook. Alternatively, this comfortable hotel is an ideal place to relax.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

OVERNIGHT: Atour Nanmen Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 7 - XIAN

THE TERRA COTTA ARMY, BIG WILD GOOSE PAGODA, CITY WALLS & MUSLIM QUARTER

Today visit one of China’s most extraordinary sights, the Terra Cotta Army built by China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang in 246 BC. Several thousand of the life-sized soldiers are on display and, with no two soldiers looking alike, make for a truly impressive spectacle.

We also visit a relic of the Tang Dynasty, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, home to some of the most famous Buddhist scriptures in China. It is possible to climb the pagoda - you will need to buy a ticket locally if you wish to do this - for views over Xian. Continue to the 14 km Ming Dynasty City Walls which are up to 18 meters thick at the base and 12 meters in height. It is possible to hire bicycles and ride some sections of the wall - local rental payment required.

Finish the day with a wander through Xian’s vibrant Muslim quarter, including a visit to the Great Mosque, unusually built entirely in the Chinese architectural style. This area is an excellent place to souvenir shop.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

OVERNIGHT: Atour Nanmen Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 8 - XIAN TO BEIJING

BULLET TRAIN ON TO BEIJING TO START YOUR TRANS-SIBERIAN ITINERARY

After breakfast transfer to the station to catch a bullet train on to Beijing. Afternoon arrival in China’s cultural and political capital with its extraordinary blend of ancient and modern sights.

Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel as per day one of your Trans-Siberian itinerary.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

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