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12 Day itinerary in Hong Kong, Asia

Essence of China from Hong Kong to Beijing

In these 12 days, we will take you to discover China's earliest and most westernized city – Hong Kong, the ever-shifting and most futuristic metropolis of Shanghai, the laid-back and hospitable hometown of adorable pandas - Chengdu, the 2,000 years old Xi’an that is home to the legendary Terracotta ... Read More

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Overview

Physical Difficulty

Easy
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Recommended Age

Everyone

Operated in

English

GUIDANCE

Tour Guide, Driver

starting point

Hong Kong

trip type

Private

trip attributes

Visit markets

Meet local people

Indigenous culture

Historic & cultural landmarks

Classic Sights

Start

Night

End

Highlights

1

The colonial Bund and the traditional Yu Garden

2

Adorable pandas and an authentic tea experience

3

The legendary Terracotta Warriors and bustling Muslim Street

4

The splendid Forbidden City and majestic Great Wall

Itinerary

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Day 1

place Arrival in Hong Kong

Welcome to Hong Kong, the earliest westernized city in China. Meet your professional guide at the airport. During the an-hour private transfer to your hotel, he/she will give you a brief instruction of the city.

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • Mid-Range: Hong Kong
Day 2

place Free Day in Hong Kong

It is a free day to explore metropolitan Hong Kong at your pace. Stroll around the Kowloon area, sating your gastronomic or shopping desires or taking in the beauty of the Victoria Harbor; take a taxi or the well-developed subway to Hong Kong Island for a relaxing walk along the Garden Road abounded with culturally significant buildings.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Mid-Range: Hong Kong
Day 3

place Fly to Shanghai

Continue your exploration in the morning. In the afternoon, take a shuttle bus or taxi to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. On arrival, be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Puxi, the city's historic center.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Mid-Range: Shanghai
Day 4

place Shanghai City Tour

Discover China's most futuristic metropolis from the time-honored Bund to contrast the colonial trading buildings on the west bank of the Huangpu River and the futuristic skyscrapers on the east. Then, browse the myriad's historical gems and marvel at the millenarian Chinese civilization in Shanghai Museum. Visit the 400-years old Yu Garden to understand the aesthetic perspective of traditional Chinese architects. Stroll through the adjacent Shanghai Old Street and then move on to the Jade Buddha Temple to glimpse into local people's religious life. Before returning to the hotel, you can visit a silk workshop to see how plain cocoons become brilliant silk.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:

  • Mid-Range: Shanghai
Day 5

place Fly to Chengdu

Have a leisurely morning on your own, walking around the People's Park, immersing yourself at Moca Shanghai or Shanghai Grand Theatre, or having a cup of café at the Former French Concession. In the afternoon, the driver will transfer you to the airport for your onward journey to Chengdu. Arrive after 3.5 hours, meet your guide, and head to your hotel.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Mid-Range: Chengdu
Day 6

place Chengdu City Tour and Pandas

Meet adorable pandas this morning at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. This cute creature is usually more active from 8 am to 10 am, so an early starting is needed to provide you more chances to watch them enjoying their breakfast and gamboling around. In the afternoon, wander around the Wenshu Temple, a peaceful monastery with picturesque surroundings, and have a cup of tea, like the locals usually do in their spare time. Then, explore the bustling Jinli Old Street in search of exotic souvenirs or sample local flavors.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:

  • Mid-Range: Chengdu
Day 7

place Bullet train to Xi'an & Xi'an City Tour

After breakfast, take a speedy train to Xi'an. Arrival in about four hours, be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Following a short break at the hotel is the city tour starting from the Drum Tower, where you will have chances to enjoy ancient Chinese folk music. Next, explore Muslim Street lined with shops selling exotic delicacies, snacks, and souvenirs, and visit Gao's Courtyard showcasing the traditional layouts and furnishings of a wealthy family in the old times.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:

  • Mid-Range: Xi'an
Day 8

place Xi'an Terracotta Warriors & City Wall

Meet the Terracotta Warriors today to marvel at the mighty army of Qing Shi Huang, the first emperor who unified ancient China in 221BC. These life-sized clay soldiers guarded the tomb of Qing Shi Huang for over 2,000 years before being discovered in 1974. Then, drive about one hour back to the city, and have a short stop at a jade store before visiting the 600 years old City Wall downtown.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:

  • Mid-Range: Xi'an
Day 9

place Bullet Train to Beijing

Proceed to Beijing with a 5 to 6 hours train. After arrival, the local tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax, exploring Wangfujing Street or strolling in the peaceful Beihai Park nearby.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Mid-Range: Beijing
Day 10

place Beijing City Tour with the Forbidden City

Get acquainted with the capital city from Tiananmen Square, the political center and symbolic of China. Nearby, the Forbidden City is an architectural wonder full of traditional Chinese halls, courtyards, gardens, and temples. Walk out from the Gate of Divine Prowess, get across a street, and climb up to the top of Jingshan Park to capture spectacular panoramas of the ancient royal complex. Finally, roam through local hutongs to see the old houses and learn about the daily lives of old Beijingers.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:

  • Mid-Range: Beijing
Day 11

place The Great Wall & Temple of Heaven

Focus the day on the legendary Great Wall, the Mutianyu section two hours away from the urban center. There, a cable car will take you up and save you a lot of energy for more hikes on it to enjoy the majestic views of the rolling mountains stretching away with the winding walls. Afterward, return to the city to visit the Temple of Heaven, where the feudal emperors annually worshiped Heaven and prayed for a good harvest. Today, it is a public place for the locals enjoying their retired life.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:

  • Mid-Range: Beijing
Day 12

place Departure

Time to say goodbye. Pack up your luggage and happy memories and meet your guide at the appointed time for the private transfer to the airport.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

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  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai
  • Chengdu
  • Xi'an
  • Beijing

Meals expand_less

  • Breakfast (11)
  • Lunch (6)

Transport expand_less

  • Flights: Hong Kong-Shanghai, Shanghai-Chengdu. Trains: Chengdu-Xi'an, Xi'an–Beijing

Activities expand_less

  • Sightseeing as outlined in the Itinerary will be escorted with English-speaking guide and driver in
  • Private Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Hotels based on two persons sharing one room. Single room is applicable with extra fee.

Not Included expand_less

  • International flight on the arrival and departure days.
  • Visa Fees.
  • Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Optional activities and others not mentioned.

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