8 Days Beijing-Shanghai-Guilin Highlights Tour
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8 Days Beijing-Shanghai-Guilin Highlights Tour
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Trip Overview:This is a short tour to Beijing, Shanghai and Guilin, which covers the most of China´s "Must sees", such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City. By visiting Shanghai, you will see the modern China. You will also see the picturesque landscape of Guilin and Yangshuo. Come to discover China with us just in one week!
Day 01 Beijing (Meals: -/-/- )

Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. To be met at the airport then transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the first day.

Day 02 Beijing (Meals: B/L/- )

Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall / Ming Tombs / Spirit Way

You will depart from your hotel after breakfast to the Great Wall part at Badaling. This construction is one of the most remarkable feats of mankind. It was built over 2,000 years ago and in Badaling it is still in a very good shape. That part of the wall has such a good strategic location that it got never be attacked.

After lunch you will visit ancient Ming Tomb constructions. Passing down the Spirit Way, an alley lined with statues of dignitaries as well as different holy animals, you will come to the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors. You will visit one of the biggest tombs

Day 03 Beijing-Shanghai (Meals: B/L/-)

Sightseeing: Beijing-Tiananmen Square / Forbidden City / Temple of Heaven

Depart from your hotel in the morning to have city tours to visit Tiananmen Square, the symbolical heart of China and gathering place for the masses. It is the biggest public square in the world, which can hold one million people. Have a free walk there, imagining the great historic events of the 20th century that took place there. You will also see legendary landmarks including the Great Hall of the People and the towering 125 foot granite obelisk, Monument to the People s Heroes, honoring those who died in revolution.

After your lunch the tour goes on with a visit of the Temple of Heaven. The Temple area is larger then the Forbidden City and the world known Hall of Harvest Sacrifices, is nowadays the symbol of Beijing. It is officially said that this building is the perfection of Chinese architecture.

Free at leisure in the evening. Free at leisure until to be transferred to the railway station late in the evening for your train Z21 (departing from Beijing at 19:00, arriving Shanghai 06:58 next morning) to Shanghai.

Overnight on the train this evening (soft sleepers).

Day 04 Arrive in Shanghai (Meals: B/L/-)

Sightseeing: Visit The Bund /Yu Garden / Jade Buddha Temple

Arrive at Shanghai in the morning. To be met & transferred to your hotel. Then depart from your hotel to visit the Bund. Have a stroll along the waterfront to experience the smells, sights and sounds of the old "Wall Street" in Shanghai. Banks, trading houses, residences, hotels and clubs all had a view of bustling Huangpu River traffic as they shared in the city s rising and falling fortunes.

Then walk along the famous shopping street-Nanjing Road. It is said that shopping in Shanghai is the most varied and rewarding in China. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Yu Garden. This delightfully restored labyrinth of tiny specialty shops, and tea and snack houses centered around a Ming-dynasty Mandarin Suzhou-style garden is a fascinating spot to people-watch over a pot of tea, to shop for unique souvenirs and to get a feel for Old Shanghai. It is well worth a meander through the Yu Garden, which has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools and flora, all connected by corridors and passageways.

Follow with the Jade Buddha Temple. Built in 1911, it is the most famous and one of the most active Buddhist temples in Shanghai. Named for its two bejeweled white jade Buddhas, one is a 1,000kg, 1.9 meter-high figure carved from Burmese jade brought to China in 1882, and the other is smaller reclining Buddha; the temple receives thousands of visitors and worshipers daily. Although Chinese New Year and the Buddha s birthday are the most popular times to visit the temple for the faithful, it is possible to witness ceremonies at other times.

Free at leisure in the evening.

Day 05 Shanghai (Meals: B/L/-)

Sightseeing: Full day private tours to Shanghai Museum / Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower

You will departure from your hotel in the morning and begin the day tour with a visit of the Shanghai Museum. As a museum of ancient Chinese art, the Shanghai Museum holds a collection of 120,000 precious artworks. Its rich and high quality collection of ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy is known for its value all over the world. The present Shanghai Museum is with its eleven galleries and three special temporary exhibition halls the biggest Museum in China.

After lunch you will visit the highest TV Tower in Asia, the Oriental Pearl. It is the best place to have a bird s-eye view of Shanghai and its impressive ultra modern buildings. With its unique and amazing design, it has become the new symbol of Shanghai known all over the world.

Free at leisure in the evening.

Day 06 Shanghai Guilin (Meals: B/L/- )

Sightseeing: Guilin-Reed Flute Cave / Elephant Trunk Hill / Fubo Hill /

Be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Be met at the airport then start your tour to visit the Elephant Trunk Hill. Located on the west bank of the Li River by a small branch called Peach Blossom River, the hill resembles a huge elephant standing on the bank of the river, sucking up water with its long trunk. The trunk is particularly striking and lifelike when viewed from either nearby or afar. A circular foot cave called Shui Yue Dong (Moon-In-the Water Cave) separates the trunk and the body. A 3-story Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D) brick pagoda rises from the top of hill. Then visit Fubo Hill, which is famous for its picturesque shape and beautiful caves. Located in the northeastern part of the city, it stands by the Li River, with half of its eastern foot submerged in water. It is known for its Tang and Song Dynasty Buddhist carvings in the foot cave named Returned Pearl Cave, all accessible by steps leading up and down the east and west side.

Finally visit Reed Flute Cave. A ten-minute drive (half hour bike ride) from downtown, the cave is one of the largest known examples of what each tropical Karst cone conceals within it. The script writers and set designers for Star Trek would have a field day in this cavernous underground stalactite/stalagmite maze-style theater. The dripping water is rich and the dripstones vary in shape and size, displaying a wonderful cave world. This cave was called "The Art Gallery of Mother Nature." Colored fluorescent lights cast shadows and illuminate shapes of imaginary animals, fruits and vegetables, completing the unworldly effect.

Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 07 Guilin- Yangshuo (Meals: B/L/- )

Sightseeing: Full day Li River Cruise to Yangshuo
Depart from your hotel in the morning. The Li River is by far the main reason to visit Guilin. Double-decker and triple-decker river boats weigh anchor from a pier at Zhujiang, about 40 minutes from Guilin by bus, and meander through the sleepy countryside offer a relaxing way to enjoy the superlative river scenery and life along its banks. In contrast to the burgeoning cities of the north, it is quiet here; the rural scenery is magnificent. You will enjoy the picturesque mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalo and cows wandering around on both sides of the river bank.

After about 4.5 hours, the one-thousand-year-old town of Yangshuo, the disembarking point, comes into sight. It is well worth browsing around this quaint town and its environs. Explore the old town after check-in your hotel.

Enjoy the ancient town on your own in the evening.

Day 08 Depart Guilin for next city (Meals: B/-/- )

Free at leisure until to be transferred to the airport for next destination.

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