China: Land of contrasts (3 Weeks)
Day 1-3 Beijing
Return to eras gone by in an ancient city where the Ming and Qing dynasties rose and fell. The Forbidden City complex was once their palace; exploring its hundreds of buildings will give you a sense of their grandeur and power. Outside, the vast expanse of Tiananmen Square is a reminder of the importance of modern China on the global stage.
Transfers to Xian 11h34m2h00m15h14m
Day 4-6 Xian
Recapture days gone by in this historic Chinese city. It’s best known for the Terracotta Warriors, uncovered by accident in the countryside outside the city and now a must-see for any visitor to Xian. It’s the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, who ruled in the 3rd Century BC.
Transfers to Lijiang 20h52m2h20m
Day 7-8 Lijiang
Wander the cobbled streets of Lijiang’s old town. The city’s the home of the Naxi and other ethnic minorities and was developed during the Song dynasty. Its peaceful canals and central market square make this a popular destination with travellers.
Transfers to Lixia District Jinan 30h00m3h00m47h00m
Day 9-10 Lixia District Jinan
Explore Jinan, known as “Spring City” after the natural springs that can be found here. There are many attractions here that will ensure any visit is an enjoyable one: the Simen Stone pagoda and a section of the famous Great Wall are just two of them. The Lixia district contains some of the city’s best hotels such as the Sofitel.
Transfers to Kunming 27h00m3h00m39h00m
Day 11-12 Kunming
Haggle in the markets of the capital of Yunnan Province in Southern China. There’s plenty to see here, from the busy Flower and Bird Market to more serene attractions like the city’ sdaguian Park and Green Lake.
Transfers to Guilin 11h39m1h30m21h49m
Day 13-14 Guilin
Sail down the Cedar and Banyan Lakes and see the twin pagodas, called the Sun and Moon, lit up in spectacular display at night. The dramatic karst scenery of this limestone landscape is sure to leave a lasting impression on any visitor.
Transfers to Yangshuo 1h15m
Day 15-16 Yangshuo
Enjoy the outdoors amidst dramatic mountainous scenery where you can cruise on the Li River and hike trails up to Green Lotus Peak. The cormorant fishermen of Yangshuo have been practising their methods for centuries.
Transfers to Longji 2h23m
Day 17-18 Longji
Witness the incredible Dragon’s backbone Rice Terraces of Longji, which were first cultivated in the 13th Century during the Yuan Dynasty but weren’t completed until 1911. They are testament to the skill and tenacity of the local people and are marvelous in any season.
Transfers to Hong Kong 1h30m