April 2020 / March 2021
Detailed day by day description
This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.
Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.
The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.
Arrival. Welcome to China! Transfer to the hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon.
09.00hrs.- In the morning, our trip i ncludes a visit round this impressive city. We will know the area of Pudong, located across the Huangpu River, is now the financial district, with its skyscrapers as the Pearl Tower. We will walk around the elevated walkways with a spectacular view of the modern towers and take a local ferry to cross the river to get a view of the scenery from the water and see the city life. We come to the Bund, with its 19th-century European style buildings. Then we will go to the Old City and the Yuyuan Garden, a private garden that was built during the Ming Dynasty. We will enjoy a demonstration of the Tea ceremony, traditional drink that plays an important cultural role in China. We will pass by one of the most fashionable neighborhoods of the capital, Xintiandi. Lunch included. Then, visit Tianzifang , a former residential area known for its narrow, labyrinthine traditional streets with its small craft shops and art galleries. We finish the visit along the Bund with its old buildings that remind us of the influence of European trade.
We finish the visit around 17:00 hrs..- You can return to the hotel with the bus or stay in the center (in this case, return to the hotel will be by your means. We always recommend you to bring the hotel card written in Chinese to explain to the taxi driver where do you want to go).
Distance travelled by high-speed train: 1020 km
Scenery: Plains, mountains, a variety of scenery seen from our comfortable train.
Note: The train timetable may be changed. Each passenger must carry their luggage on the trip.
05.30 hrs.- Departure from the hotel. Picnic type breakfast. Transfer to the railway station. We take one of the fantastic Chinese high-speed trains. The train is expected to leave at 07.17 hrs.- Enjoy your railway trip, scenery of inland China, large plains, rice paddies, mountainous areas and greenery.
12.59 hrs.- LUOYANG – LONGMEN - Arrival -. Lunch included. After this we will see the LONGMEN CAVES- . The impressive Buddhist caves over a kilometre long. In the rocky wall of the river, more than 100,000 images of Buddha were cut. We will walk along its base and visit the most spectacular of them, including a boat trip to see them from the water.
At around 17 hrs we go to our hotel and are transferred to the old city, going in through its impressive wall and where we can enjoy the great traditional activity and its lit up streets. We are shown the life of a small provincial capital of inland China. Return to the hotel.
Distance travelled: 410 KM
Scenery: Pleasant scenery. Spectacular at Mount Hua.
Notes: Wear comfortable footwear, above all for the climb up to Mount Hua. If you travel at times of high temperatures, we also recommend you take water with you when climbing in the cable car (cable cars do not have air-conditioning and the temperatures in the cabins can be very high). Sometimes due to the weather or excessive crowding (there is a maximum authorised number of visitors) we might not be able to climb Mount Hua, in which case we would visit Huaquing, with its beautiful gardens and 19th-century palace on our route to Xian).
08.00 hrs.- Luoyang – Departure -. In the outskirts of the city there is
08.45 hrs.- Buddhist temple of the WHITE HORSE. - We ask for great respect when visiting this place, which is not accustomed to receiving many tourists and where you will see the places where the monks live and the temples built in the style of the different countries where Buddhism is practised.
10.15 hrs.- White Horse Temple – Departure -. We travel towards the mountains. Lunch en route. -
14.15 hrs.- HUA SHAN , the tallest of the five sacred Taoist mountains. We will go up in the cable car (at certain times, there may be long waits or it might not even be possible to visit it due to excessive crowding), the scenery is spectacular and the atmosphere loaded with spirituality.
17.30 hrs.- Hua Shan – Departure -.
19.30 hrs.- XIAN – Arrival and accommodation -. We are in the fascinating city where the silk route began.
Total distance travelled: 105 km.
08.00hrs.- First thing in the morning, we will go to see the TERRACOTA ARMY, with its thousands of life size clay soldiers that were found underground. This fantastic archaeological site is less than an hour from the center of Xian.
12.30hrs.- Terracota Army. Departure.
13.00 hrs.- XIAN. We will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda where we will enjoy a brief Chinese calligraphy course. Later, we go across through the walled centre. We will cross the Muslim quarter there and we will enter the mosque, where we will be able to see the multiple cultures and religions that have left their mark on this country. Our tour will also include entry tickets to the Drum Tower where we will enjoy a short show of traditional instrument playing . Free time.- We will then take a walk through its Muslim quarter and enter the mosque, where we can think about how the different cultures and religions that have populated the scenery have left their mark.
At around 17:30 p.m. we finish our visit. You can return to the hotel or walk around on your own in the active historic center.
We leave xian in a very modern high-speed train, and in just over three hours we cover the 700 km that separate us from chengdu. on arrival we will go to the panda bear research and breeding centre, a reserve where 120 giant pandas and 76 red pandas live. lunch included. in the afternoon we will take a stroll through the people´s park, with its small lake, the local people doing taichi, and its tea houses.-
Today we include full-day tour of sichuan province, with its pleasant landscapes and traditional villages. in dujiangyan we see the traditional irrigation system, which has been working for more than 2000 years and is a world heritage site. quingcheng shan, “mountain of the green city” is a taoist holy mountain. its paths through the forests show us caves, pavilions and centuries-old wooden temples, lunch included. finally, we will visit the ancient city of jiezi with its alleys with over a thousand years of history. return to chengdu.
We will travel by train, we get up early (our train leaves at 7.38 hrs), and we have to do almost a thousand kilometres in just over five and a half hours amidst magnificent mountain scenery (picnic lunch on the train). on arrival in congjiang, we are in a magnificent and unknown area of china inhabited by ethnic minorities. we see the basha miao village in the forest, with its wooden houses. this is the only ethnic group authorised to carry firearms, as they were traditional bear hunters. we continue to zhaoxing, the most important town of the dong minority, a beautiful place with its more than 800 traditional homes; many say that it is the most beautiful town in china. accommodation.
Today you will do one of the most beautiful and exciting stages of your trip. guangxiao, among amazing villages of the dong ethnic group with its beautiful wooden architecture, this charming town frozen in time is little visited by international tourism; we will see its suspension bridge, the drum tower and the opera house. we also stop at chengyang, with its magnificent “wind and rain bridge”. lunch included. in longsheng we will go to the lonji rice fields, a world heritage site. a small bus will take us to the viewpoints and you can walk down a sector along paths between rice paddies and wonderful scenery. after that we continue to guilin -arrival at the end of the afternoon-
A full day in guilin, one of the most popular cities in china with a very pleasant atmosphere on the banks of its lake, next to the river li, and with its busy shopping streets in the centre. we include a visit to the cane flutes grotto, a magnificent cave in which there are numerous fantastically shaped stalactites and stalagmites lit up in beautiful colours, creating a spectacular world in the bowels of the earth. afternoon free, we recommend you visit the jingjiang palace, the “miniature forbidden city”. accommodation.
We will leave guilin by boat and take a cruise on the li river. the countryside is spectacular with its green mountains, the villages on the banks, the amazing rocks and its mountain peaks in amazing shapes. lunch included. we come to yangshuo, a very lively tourist city. a stroll before continuing through central china to the rural huangyao; this ancient city is magnificently preserved with its small streets, old buildings, temples. the life and activity of its inhabitants will also take us to another time. time for a stroll. we continue on our way to guangzhou -arrival at the end of the day-
After breakfast, end of our services.