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Today we join up in the capital city of Beijing and begin rolling in the excitement of having 12-days of Chinese explorations lie ahead of us. Get cozy in our fancy hotel and perhaps do some DIY exploring before we get to know each other - no time like the present to begin getting cultured.
With another day filled with historical delights and jaw-dropping sites still here in the heart of Beijing, we will start to understand just how much this vast country has to brag about. A trip to the Great Wall, Ming Tombs & a Cloisonné Factory will fill our day, while local delicacies at the Wangfujing Night Markets will colour our night.
This captivating city will start revealing its depths today as ancient monuments are presented to us up close and personal. We will roam the world’s largest city square, visit the resting place of the founding father of the People's Republic of China, & tour the Forbidden City. The thriving Chinese artistic community of 798 Art Precinct will contrast the historical masterpieces with its modern galleries and trendy vibe.
Though we won't be spending another night in the capital, we've still got a few things to tick off our Bejing to-do list, not to mention some ME Time to do your own last bits of exploring. Roam the 1,700 stalls of the Silk Market (which offers way more than just silks), check out the Summer Palace, venture to the Temple of Heaven or just hang out at one of Beijing's many museum with a rickshaw ride in-between to really do it local. Tonight we kick on to Xi'an.
When in China, ride the overnight train - that's our go local motto. Sleep soundly knowing tomorrow a new city will be ours to uncover.
With a tasty Tang Dynasty dumpling dinner & show in our sights for this evening, we’ve got an equally incredible day lined up. Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Terracotta Army & the TangBo Art Museum, anyone? Oh hell yes. Our Local Guide will show us around the site of the Terracotta Army, discovered in 1974 by local farmers. Excavation projects since have unearthed three pits containing over 8,000 soldiers as well as chariots & horses. Our guide will give us an insider’s look at how the site was discovered, its historical significance & the effort that has gone into restoring the warriors. Back in the city, a ME Time dinner awaits. Sixteen dumpling variations is more than our foodie dreams could ever imagine.
Today we take to the ancient city walls of Xi'an on two wheels. Though cycling might seem like a casual affair, doing it in Xi'an will prove as exhilarating as the rickshaw ride we took in Beijing. Before we leg it to Shanghai on our included internal flight, we'll hit up the Great Mosque of Xi’an & its neighbouring Muslim community complete with bustling bazaar.
Prepare yourself for an extraordinary change of scenery as we take to the urban skylines of Shanghai. Needless to say taking it in from ground level isn't quite our style - we're heading straight to the 88th floor viewing level of Jin Mao Tower to see this city in all its glory. Once up here you can write a few postcards and send them off at the tower's post office - one of the highest in the world!
Wakey wakey travellers - it's our first full day in Shanghai and it promises to be an epic one. First up we're heading to Chenghuang Miao (City God Temple) where 3 temples, teahouses, shops and restaurants will keep us entertained. Shanghai's Silk Museum and riverside promenade of Bund are also ours to explore before some free time and the chance to see some acrobats in full swing.
After yesterday's jam-packed day of Shanghai goodness we will take a little down time this morning to catch a breath. Later we'll jump on a plane to the city of Guilin.
Once in Guilin it's straight to Yangshuo town, where we will be offered a unique look at traditional Chinese life surrounded by the beauty of limestone karsts. A city orientation and a free night to sip on Tsingtao or shop at the late night markets will settle us straight in.
With all the city time we've had of late, today's the perfect chance to soak up some of mother nature's beauty by roaming the nearby hills. Time your wanderings around lunch however, as we’ve got an optional Chinese cooking class lined up, including a trip to the local markets to pick up fresh produce. Nothing says authentic like skills picked up in the motherland.
Rise up and make the most of our final hours in the peaceful, pretty lands of China’s Guangxi region, maybe even catching sunrise on Li River. After lunch we'll be making tracks for HK.
After a train ride, we shall arrive at the East meets West blended island cluster of Hong Kong. Made up of a cluster of islands, this bustling European/Asian city seamlessly blends tradition and modern. One of the most densely populated cities in the world, it's almost impossible not to get pulled into the buzz of excitement that marks HK. Ease into the chaos by sampling obscure foods and shopping up a storm of Chinese knick-knacks at Temple Street Markets, or take in the views overlooking Victoria Peninsula.
It's our last full day of the trip, so time to make every minute count. Ride the tramcar to the top of Victoria Peak for epic skyline views, check out the floating fishing village of Aberdeen, marvel at the architecture and beaches of Repulse Bay, & hunt for knock offs at Stanley Market. Tonight you can choose to get involved in a farewell dinner & perhaps a spot of Hongkonese partying, or head to the Kawloon side of the city to catch the Symphony of Lights, HK's daily light extravaganza.
Okay Chinese revellers, our trip has come to a close. Though we knew this sad day was inevitable, it doesn't make saying goodbye any easier. Hug it out and go back to your corners of the world armed with a wealth of new knowledge, a stack of new pals and endless life-lasting memories.
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