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November 2017 (12-day China Immersion Beijing - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze Three Gorges - Shanghai)

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South China ConnoisseurTour Name:         South China Connoisseur
Tour Code:          M13D208
Duration:            12 Days & 11 Nights
Destination:        Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo, Xiamen, Shanghai
Features:            This tour is specialized designed for all discerning travellers to explore and experience South China. Trip begins from Hong Kong, Asian's cosmopolitan city, then onwards to Guangzhou, China's first reformed cities since the opening up, then further to Guilin and Yangshuo, the most scenic city and countryside in China, then proceed to Xiamen to study its unique Tulou Earth Buildings, afterwards the journey takes to Mount Wuyi, the most beautiful and diverse mountain in South China, finally the tours ends in Shanghai, China's economic center.
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Trip Summary

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Dates & Prices

 Tour Dates

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 Tours & Services

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 Accommodation

Day01

 Hong Kong

Arrive at HongKong, you will be met and transfer to your hotel, free the rest of the day.  N/A

 Regal Kowloon Hotel

Day02

Hong Kong

Enjoy half day city tour to Aberdeen Village, Victoria Peak and Repulse Bay, free leisure in the afternoon. B

 Regal Kowloon Hotel

 Day03

 Hong Kong/ Guangzhou

Transfer to railway station to take train to Guangzhou. Arrive at Guangzhou, met with and driven to visit Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Chen Clan Temple, and Temple of Six Banyan Trees. B, L

 Ramada Pearl Hotel

  Day04

 Guangzhou

A day excursion to explore  Kaiping Watchtowers , Li Garden, and Chikan ancient town, driven back Guangzhou. B, L  Ramada Pearl Hotel

 Day05

 Guangzhou / Guilin

Take a flight to Guilin and visit Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave and Fubo (wave-subduing) Hill. B, L

 Guilin Bravo Hotel

 Day06

 Guilin - Yangshuo

Enjoy river cruise to Yangshuo along the Li River. B, L

New West Street Int'l Hotel

 Day07

 Yangshuo - Xiamen

Half day Yangshuo countryside tour, transfer back Guilin for flight to Xiamen. B, L Ramada Hotel Xiamen

 Day08

Xiamen

A full day excursion to visit Tulou Earth Buildings in Yongding. Transferred back Xiamen later of the day. B, L

Ramada Hotel Xiamen

 Day09

Xiamen / Mt.Wuyi

Xiamen tour includes Gulangyu (Isle of Blown Waves), watch Sunlight Rock, then view ShuZhuang Garden, Piano Museum, and South Putuo Temple. Fly to Wuyishan in the afternoon. B, L

Wuyi Mountain Villa

 Day10

 Mt.Wuyi

A full day tour on Mt.Wuyi. Visits and activities include Heavenly Tour Peak, Cloudy Nest and Special tea canyon, Fairy bath pool; then take a traditional bamboo raft for sightseeing on the wonderful Nine Twist Stream, take a look at Wuyi Palace, and the Ancient Song Street and the Spring Garden, driven back hotel. B, L

Wuyi Mountain Villa

  Day11

 Mt.Wuyi / Shanghai

Continue the tour on Mt.Wuyi. Visit the Roaring Tiger Rock and The biggest a Ray of sky in the world, Wind Tunnel and Immortal building. Then touring the Ancient YongLe Temple and Happy Buddha, Big Red Robe Tea Canyon, Nine Dragon Nest, and Water Curtain Cave, enjoy and tasting WuYi Rock tea and tea ceremony. Later of the day driven to airport and fly to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, meet with and transfer to hotel. B, L  The Bund Hotel
  Day12

 Shanghai

Full day visit Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden. B, L The Bund Hotel
  Day13

 Suzhou

One day excursion to Suzhou. Visit in Suzhou including Humble Administrators Garden, The Grand Canal By Boat, Tiger Hill and No.1 Silk Factory, transfer back Shanghai. B, L The Bund Hotel

 Day14

 Shanghai

Transferred to airport for your departure flight. Trip ends.  B  N/A

Day01 Arrival Hong Kong
Today you arrive in Hong Kong, Asia's international city. Greeted and received by your local guide and escorted to your hotel. The rest of day is at your own disposal.


Day02 Hong Kong (B)Hong Kong Townscape
Enjoy your buffet breakfast at your hotel. Then you will be met and enjoy a half day tour in Hong Kong that covers the Golden Bauhinia Plaza, Victoria Peak with one way tram ride, Repulse Bay which has a popular beach and large statues of Kwun Yum and Tin Hau, among other colorful statues on the waterfront to protect fishermen out at sea, and the Aberdeen Fishing Village is home to hundreds of fisher folks living on junks. You will also enjoy a sampan ride to get a close-up look at their unique way of life at Aberdeen. Driven back hotel and free the balance of day.


Day03 Hong Kong - Guangzhou (B, L)Chen Clan Temple Guizhou
This morning you will take a fast train to Guangzhou, on the Chinese Mainland. On your arrival you will meet with your local guide who will escort you to explore the city of Guangzhou. You will visit Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Chen Clan Temple, and Temple of Six Banyan Trees. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is a magnificent building in the shape of octagon and an important place for large scale meeting and performance. The hall was built in order to commemorate the contributions of Sun Zhongshan, the great predecessor of Chinese revolution for democracy. Chen Clan Temple is a fine piece of architecture of Cantonese style, composed of six courtyards, nine main halls, and nineteen buildings. It is considered as one of the four main cultural attractions in Guangdong Province in China with the three others being - the Ancestors' Temple in Foshan City, the former Residence of Sun Yat-sen in Zhongshan City and the Opium War Memorial Hall in Dongguan City. The Temple of Six Banyan Trees has a long history in Guangzhou and is an ancient monastery famous at home and abroad. There are majestic towers, dense trees, plenty of antiques and valuable heritage from those famous people in the history. It is one of the four Buddhism temple complexes in Guangzhou is an important unit for the preservation of antiques.


Day04 Guangzhou (B, L)Kaiping Watchtowers Guizhou
You will have a day excursion outside to visit Kaiping Watchtowers. Kaiping Diaolou and Villages, feature the Diaolou, multi-storied defensive village houses in Kaiping, Guangdong Province, which display a complex and flamboyant fusion of Chinese and Western structural and decorative forms. The earliest preserved villages were constructed in the 14th century, and the diaolous were initially built in the 16th century. Originally, the Diaolou of Kaiping was built to protect the residents against intrusion and forays by local bandits. In the 1920s and 1930s, Kaiping Diaolou reached its peak, with over 3,000 diaolous scattered around the whole Kaiping area. About 1,830 well-preserved diaolous remain. The Diaolou of Kaiping is made of stone, compressed earth, bricks or concrete. Despite the distinct differences in building materials, architectural styles and decorative forms, all of the diaolous share some common features. The windows and doors are very narrow and small. Watchtowers on the top floor, with embrasures in the four cardinal directions, provide excellent views of the surrounding area. Later of the day you will be transferred back your hotel in Guangzhou.


Day05 Guangzhou / Guilin (B, L)Reed Flute Cave Guilin
Take morning flight to Guilin. Arrive in Guilin, be met and visit Reed Flute Cave, visit Reed Flute Cave. Comprising different kinds of natural rock formations, Reed Flute Cave (Lu Di Yan) is the most important and sight worthy cave of Guilin vicinity for its length of 240 meters and its many stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes appealing to everyone's imagination. In addition, you will visit the Elephant Trunk Hill, located at the confluence of the Li River and Peach Blossom River in the south central area of Guilin City. It looks like a huge elephant stretching its trunk and drinking water, hence the name. Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol of Guilin and its limestone landscape. You will also visit Fubo Hill where you can see lots of rock stone carvings & Buddha statues since Tang Dynasty. Have a wonderful view to the city of you reach the hilltop. 

 
Day06 Guilin - Yangshuo (B, L)Li River Cruise Guilin to Yangshuo
Guilin is perhaps China's most scenic city. It is no doubt that the best way to enjoy its picturesque scenery is from a floating deck of a luxury cruise on the Li River. Your guide and driver will transfer you from your hotel to Zhujiang Pier to board your wonderful river cruise tour to Yangshuo. Li River, also known as Guishui River or Gui River, takes its source at Mao'er Mountain in Xing'an County, which lies to northeast Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Li River makes its way through Guilin and Yangshuo and merges into Xijiang River in Wuzhou. The mountains on the banks over 40 kilometers long between Guilin and Yangshuo display their extraordinary beauty as a result of the development of the limestone. More than 40,000 hills lie along the two sides of the river, covering a total length of more than 150 kilometers. With their astonishing resemblance to bamboo shoot, screen, elephant and camel, these mountains, together with green banyans and green bamboo as well as the cottages and fishing boats, contribute to form a scenery picture depicting a haven of peace dominated by green. After a 4.5 hours cruise on the river you will finally make disembarkation at Yangshuo where you can completely release stress and enjoy the leisure time.


Day07 Yangshuo - Guilin / Xiamen (B, L)Biking in Rustic Yangshuo
This morning you will have a bicycle tour to discover the rustic landscapes of Yangshuo (or take a bamboo rafting on the Yulong River). The tour lasts approx. 2hrs. After that you will be transferred to Guilin airport to take your flight to Xiamen. Arrive at Xiamen, be met and transferred to your hotel.


Day08 Xiamen (B, L)Earth Building Fujian
One day tour outside to discover the unique Earth Buildings (Tulou) in Yongding. Yong Ding Hakka Earth Buildings are scattered over the southern part of Longyan area in Fujian Province. A wonderful example of ancient Chinese architecture, the edifices are renowned for their history, unique grandiose style, and delicate layout. Yong Ding Hakka Earth Buildings were even praised by UNESCO as testament to "mythological mountain village architecture unmatched in the world". Later of the day you will be transferred back your hotel in Xiamen.


Day09 Xiamen / Wuyishan (B, L)Gulang Island Xiamen
Full day private tour to visit the Gulang Island, with laudatory title of "Island of the piano or maritime garden" watch Sunlight Rock (Cable fee should be paid by tourists), then view ShuZhuang Garden, Piano Museum, the south Putuotemple, South Putuo Temple is situated at the foot of Wulao Peak and lies on the southern end of Xiamen.  The temple was first built more than a thousand years ago during the Tang Dynasty and is famous throughout Fujian as a sacred place for Buddhism.  It is called South Putuo for its conformity to Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy) and Bodhisattva (Buddhist seeker of enlightenment) as well as its Bodhimandala (a place where a Bodhisattva has achieved "Buddha hood"). Later of the day you will take a flight to Wuyishan. Meet with your guide and transfer to hotel in Wuyishan.


Day10 Mt.Wuyi (B, L)Mt.Wuyi, WuYiShan,Fujian
Visits and activities on the mountain include Heavenly Tour Peak, Cloudy Nest and Special tea canyon, Fairy bath pool; then take a traditional bamboo raft for sightseeing on the wonderful Nine Twist Stream, take a look at Wuyi Palace, and the Ancient Song Street and the Spring GardenMt. Wuyi Holiday Area neighbors Mt. Wuyi Scenic Spot so is convenient for tourists living in the holiday resort to visit this beautiful mountain. The holiday area is about 8 kilometers (about 5 miles) from Wuyi Shan Airport and 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) from Wuyi Shan Railway Station and 11 kilometers (about 6.8 miles) to Wuyi Shan downtown area. In Wuyi Mountain, tourists can not only enjoy the beautiful scenery, but feel the profound culture. It was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999 as a place important to protect for cultural reasons and for the nature. The total area listed on the World Nature Heritage Site List is 999.75 square kilometers, making it the largest world natural heritage in China.


Day11 Wuyishan / Shanghai (B, L)WuYiShan,Fujian
Continue your tour on WuyiShan (Mt.Wuyi). Have a nice trip in the famous eight beautiful scene of The Roaring Tiger Rock and The biggest a Ray of sky in the world, Wind Tunnel and Immortal building. Then you will touring the Ancient YongLe Temple and Happy Buddha, Big Red Robe Tea Canyon, Nine Dragon Nest, and Water Curtain Cave, enjoy and tasting WuYi Rock tea and tea ceremony. Later of the day you will be driven to airport and fly to Shanghai, transferred to hotel in Shanghai.


Day12 Shanghai (B, L)The Bund Shanghai
You have a day guided trip to explore the city of Shanghai. You will visit the Jade Buddha Temple. As Shanghai's most popular temple with visitors, the Jade Buddha complex has an exceedingly short history, having been completed in 1918, but it exudes a powerful potion of thick incense, flashy decorations, and a dark, seedy atmosphere that makes it seem centuries older. After that you will proceed to the Shanghai Museum. The Shanghai Museum contains more than 112,000 Chinese cultural relics from the Old Stone Age to modern times, including bronze ware, calligraphy, paintings etc. Then you will continue to visit Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan garden is the most famous garden in south China and decorated with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. Later in the afternoon your guide will take you to the Oriental Pearl Tower where you may have a stunning skyline of the townscape Shanghai.


Day13 Suzhou tour (B, L)Humble Administrators Garden Suzhou
Transfer to Suzhou by your private vehicle and guide escort. It is shortly a less than 2hr drive from Shanghai. Upon arrival Suzhou, you will visit the Humble Administrator's Garden, the largest classical garden in Suzhou and one of the four famous gardens in China. The garden's scenery is focused on a central pond with various buildings of pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers located by the water or on hillocks in a natural, unsophisticated, and appropriate composition. The garden is most representative of Chinese classical gardens in the Ming Dynasty. It was laid out in 1513 by the censor, Wang Xiancheng, after his retirement from political life. Then you will take a cruise on the Grand Canal that ranks alongside the Great Wall of China as the country's greatest engineering achievement and it is the longest man-made waterway in the world. After that you will visit the Tiger Hill that has been the favorite place for poets, writers and painters in various times. The hill is moderate height but has large number of historical relics. The 1000- year- old leaning pagoda atop is looked upon as the landmark of Suzhou. Later of the day you will be transferred back your hotel in Shanghai.


Day14 Depart Shanghai (B)
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your China holiday.




Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
01).
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
08). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

 

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