China Nature Discovery Tour
11 Days nature lovers tour to discover ancient history and architecture of China. Starting from Beijing, visit the monuments, history, museums, and watching traditional Chinese Kung Fu show. Exploring Xian history and culture and cruising on Li River at Guilin. Visit lovely Pandas at Chengdu which can only be found in China.
Day 1 – Arrival to Beijing, Airport Pickup – Hotel transfer
Welcome to the Greatest tour of China! On your first day, you will arrive in Beijing and meet our guide after reaching the arrival hall of the airport. Once welcomed by our guide, you will get some instructions and then head out to your hotel for check-in. You have any remaining time of the day for yourself, which is best to get some rest after the flight, as you need all your energy to see all the great things China has to offer.
Beijing Hotel: Mercure Wangshan Beijing (4 Star)
Day 2 – Tiananmen Square – Forbidden Square – Temple of Heaven (B, L)
You will have your full buffet of breakfast at the hotel and then we will go to see the largest square in the world. We will get to Tiananmen Square by car or van. Once we are there, you will learn about the events that have taken place in this location and hear a little about its history. Next, we will go to The Forbidden City that is the imperial palace of the Ming dynasty. The palace is very large and was forbidden for people to see, but now you have the opportunity to enjoy its magnificence. When this visit is finished, it is time for lunch in a Chinese restaurant to eat a Chinese dish of your own choice.
By the time we finish this visit, it will be time for lunch in a nice local Chinese restaurant. After our lovely lunch and in the afternoon, we will head to the Temple of Heaven. This temple is one of the largest and most important places of worship in Beijing, which is also unique in its architecture. We also have special plans for the evening. The lovers of culture will especially like this visit to a theater to watch a Chinese Kung Fu Show. Our plans are done for the day, you can return to the hotel with us or go exploring if you want.
Day 3 – The Great Wall of China (B, L)
You will start your day with a full buffet breakfast in the hotel and prepare to see one of the seven wonders of our world. Our first destination for the day is The Great Wall of China, but since the wall is very long, we have selected one of the most famous and at the same time, less crowded sections. We will take you to the Mutianyu Section and then hike up and then down the wall. You can also take a cable car to ascend and use a toboggan to climb down the wall which is optional and the price is not included in the tour. After this visit, it is time to have lunch and make a short stop at Jade Factory to see its craft. We can even go shopping if time allows. We will then take you to another great attraction of Beijing called the Summer Palace. This palace has several lakes, gardens, and buildings. It is also considered as one of the most beautiful parts of the city. Our plans for this day will end with a Tea Ceremony in a local tea house, which will help in better understanding the culture of Chinese people.
Day 4 – Hutongs of Beijing – Leaving for Xi’an (B)
You can have your last breakfast of Beijing in the hotel before we take you to one of the Hutongs of Beijing to walk in the older neighborhoods of the city. You can plan to have lunch during this visit or return to the hotel with your guide. In the afternoon the group will check-out from the hotel and then head to the airport to leave for Xian. Once in Xian, your guide will take you and the rest of your group to your new hotel to check-in and rest. If there is time you can explore a little, but it is better to rest and prepare for the next day.
Xi’an Hotel: Mercure Xi’an on Renmin Square (4 Star)
Day 5 – History and Culture of Xi’an (B, L)
Your first morning of Xian will begin with breakfast at the hotel. Then you will be taken to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and after it, a pottery-making factory. During these two visits, you learn about the crafts and pottery of the Qin dynasty and see some exotic pieces of Chinese culture. By the time this visit ends, it will be time for our lunch in a fine local Chinese restaurant, where we can try some of their Chinese dishes.
After lunch, we can head out to discover more about the temples of China. Your guide will take you to see Small Wild Goose pagoda. After seeing the temple and enjoying its unique architecture as well as its history, we will head to the Xi’an Museum. These two visits will take some time and a lot of energy, which is why we have arranged a dinner for you in one of the best local restaurants of Xian to have some of the famous Chines Dumplings. We will also be watching a Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show before returning to the hotel.
Since the dance show is closed in December, January, February, and March, passengers in these months will have a free evening instead.
Day 6 – Xian Fortifications and Muslims (B, L)
The first thing for today is the breakfast at the hotel and then a visit to the Xi’an City Wall. You saw the Great Wall of China, but now it is time to visit some of the other fortifications of China which are ancient but very well preserved. Since this site is very large, you can rent bicycles to enjoy this visit even more (the fee is not included in your tour price). After the wall, we will have lunch and go to learn about the Muslims of China during a visit to The Great Mosque of Xi’an. We will see this well-preserved place of worship of Muslims and then take a walk in Muslim Street to try some of their food and snacks or go shopping if possible.
Day 7 – Leaving Xian and Arriving in Guilin (B)
You will have breakfast first thing in the morning and check-out to leave for Guilin. You will fly to the city and your guide will take you to your first destination as soon as you meet in the arrival hall. The first place to see in Guilin is a famous cave called Reed Flute Cave which will be a great place for lovers of nature and the Earth. Our next destination is also a part of the Chinese environment known as the Elephant Trunk Hill. After these visits, your guide will take you to your hotel to check-in and get some rest.
Guilin Hotel: Guilin Grand Link Hotel (5 Star)
Day 8 – River Cruise and the Yangshuo (B, L)
We will begin the day with a full buffet breakfast at the hotel and go to the pier. From there, we will have a Cruise on Li River which will take us to Yangshuo. But while we are on the river, you can enjoy the nature along the river and have the boxed lunch we have prepared for you. Enjoy this relaxing moment while it lasts, because after about 4 hours we will reach Yangshuo and take a walk in Yangshou West Street. You will get a chance to see the life of locals and hear a little about their folk-lore while there, you will then be taken to the rural areas of Yangshuo by car before heading back to Guilin and your hotel.
Day 9 – Leaving Guilin to Chengdu (B)
You will have a full buffet breakfast at the hotel, which is the only planned meal of this day. After having your last breakfast in Xian, we will check-out from the hotel and catch our flight to Chengdu. This trip will not take long and while on the way, you can see the lovely environment around the path. You can also have tea or coffee to relax and enjoy the ride. When we arrive, your guide will take you to your new hotel for check-in. You have the rest of the day to yourself. You can go anywhere you want for lunch and dinner and even explore the city. Your guide is available to provide you with instructions and suggestions to some possible destinations. We also suggest visiting the Chunxi Road and Tianfu Square, since they are very close to the hotel and you can even take a walk to see them. Be sure to get some rest for your next day.
Chengdu Hotel: Mercure Chengdu Chunxi (4 Star)
Day 10 – Meeting Giant Pandas (B)
You will have your full buffet breakfast in the morning and then gather with the rest of your group to visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where you can see Giant Pandas, which can only be found on China. This base is one of the few environments that house these precious beasts and works to protect them as they are considered a national treasure of China.
Our next destination is no less exotic than any of our previous visits, as we will take you to the Jinsha Site Museum. A part of the Zhou Dynasty history, you will see their cultural relics from the past and also hear more about Chinese ancient beliefs. You will then accompany your guide to the Alleys of Chengdu to see their historic alleys called Kuan Xiangzi, Zhai Xiangzi, and Jing Xiangzi. These alleys may seem a small part of history, but that is not true as you will learn there is too much to learn about them during just one visit!
Day 11 – Departure from Chengdu (B)
On our last day, we will first have our last breakfast together and then we must check-out from the hotel to return home. You must mind the clock and be careful to catch your flight (if you are returning home and have a flight schedule). The best way to go to the airport is to ask your hotel to call you a taxi. If you have time and have an accurate timetable planned, you can also go exploring a little longer. In any case, we are ready to provide you with any information you require. We can also suggest several other tours which can start right after finishing this 9-day tour. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about this tour or any other available traveling plans. We wish you a memorable visit and hope you enjoy the Greatness of China!
Specification: China Nature Discovery Tour
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