Country
China
Duration
17 Days/16 Nights
Travel Type
Escorted Tour
 

BEIJING

Beijing is one of “The Four Great Ancient Capitals of China”. In the city, there are countless scenic spots and historical sites, featuring historic figures and cultural heritage. The city boasts historical sites such as the Forbidden City, one of the Five Most Beautiful Royal Palaces in the World; the Temple of Heaven, where the Emperors worship the Heaven, Beihai Park and the Summer Palace, which were imperial retreats, as well as sections of the Great Wall at Badaling, Mutianyu, and Simatai, and Prince Gong Mansion, the world’s largest Siheyuan (courtyard house).

NANJING

Nanjing is an important origin of Chinese civilization as one of “The Four Great Ancient Capitals of China” and a National Famous Historical and Cultural City. Being a powerhouse of science and education, the city has long been prioritizing culture and education, winning honors such as “National Center of Culture” and “Best Institution of Education in Southeast China”.

SHANGHAI

Shanghai is a diverse city—the old alleys in the old part of town, the century-old European-style buildings along the Bund, gardens filled with memories around Chenghuang, skyscrapers of all kinds in Lujiazui—a melting pot of different elements that forges the city’s unique charm. Numerous attractions and delicacies create a travel culture exclusive to Shanghai, and make it a magical place of never-ending attraction for food lovers, travellers, and those who love to party.

XI’AN

Identified by UNESCO as a Famous World Ancient City in 1981, Xi’an is China’s best tourism destination and one of the county’s National Civilized Cities. Cultural relics spread over six locations have been listed as two World Cultural Heritage sites, including the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Daming Palace National Heritage Park (Tang Dynasty), Weiyang Palace Relics (Han Dynasty) and Xingjiao Temple Pagoda.

CHENGDU

Most tourist attractions in Chengdu are found in Qingyang District and Wuhou District: Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage, Qingyang Temple, Wenshu Monastery, Kuan Zhai Alley and the Jinsha Site are all in Qingyang District, and Zhuge Liang Memorial Hall and Jinli Ancient Street are in Wuhou District.
There are also many sites in the suburbs of Chengdu that you will not want to miss, such as Huanglongxi Ancient Town in Shuangliu County and Luodai Ancient Town in Longquanyi District, all amazing destinations to experience the breathtaking scenery and folk culture of Sichuan villages.

GUANGZHOU

A long history of more than 2,000 years has earned the city a classification as a National Famous Historical and Cultural City. Known as the “Millennium Trade Capital”, Guangzhou was the first port opened to foreign trade in China, and marks a starting point of the Maritime Silk Road. With a great number of foreign residents, this trade gateway is also dubbed the “Capital of the Third World”.
Guangzhou is also known as the “City of Flowers” with a mild climate and green trees all year round. A unique natural environment and distinctive Cantonese flavor makes Guangzhou a popular tourist destination.

THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA – Walk along China’s Iconic Ancient Wonder

The Great Wall is the military defense project in ancient China, mainly distributed in 15 Chinese provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, i.e. Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, Henan, Qinghai, Ningxia and Xinjiang. Where there is the Great Wall, there are profound imprints of the Chinese history. Here exist the Palace Museum, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Terracotta Army and Jiayu Pass, to name just a few. Tracing the Great Wall and one will finally enter the hinterland of China; standing atop the Great Wall and one will be transported to the battle scenes of millennia ago, and envisage the up and downs of Chinese history unfolding.

THE YELLOW RIVER – Come Face to Face with the Mother River

The Yellow River is the second-longest river in China and the sixth in the world with an estimated length of 5,464 km. The river basin was the primary birthplace of Chinese civilization and is thus known as the “Mother River”. Originating in the Bayan Har Mountains on the Qinghai-Xizang Plateau in Western China’s Qinghai Province, it flows eastward through Qinghai, Sichuan, Gansu, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan and Shandong, before emptying into the Bohai Sea. The river course is dotted with renowned scenic areas including the Baotu Spring, Qufu Ming Dynasty Ancient City and Mount Tai.

Inclusions

16-night accommodation
30 meals: 17 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 2 dinners
Travel by bus with English-speaking guide
Arrival and departure shared transfers
Excursion: Great Wall of China Mutianyu section in Beijing, Dujiangyan, Quingcheng Shan Mountain and ancient city of Jiezi in Chengdu, Reed Flute Cave
Boat: Boat Ride in Tongli, Boat trip in Longmen, Boat trip in Quingcheng Shan Mountain in Chengdu, Cruise on the river Li
City tour in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and Guangzhou
Evening Transfer: Wangfujing street, Old City in Luoyang
Ferry: Huangpu River in Shanghai
Funicular: Great Wall of China in Beijing, Quingcheng Shan Mountain in Chengdu
High Speed Train: Beijing – Nanjing, Shanghai – Luoyang, Chengdu – Congjiang
Ticket admissions:
– Great Wall of China Mutianyu
– Temple of Heaven, foot massage, Tai Chi class in Beijing
– The Sun Yatsen Mausoleum and Lingu Temple in Nanjing
– Garden of the humble administrator in Suzhou
– Yuyuan Garden and demonstration of the Tea ceremony in Shanghai
– White Horse Temple in Luoyang
– Buddhist caves of Longmen in Longmen
– Baoulon Temple
– Guo Museum in Sanmexia
– Terracota Army Museum
– Small Wild Goose Pagoda
– Chinese calligraphy course
– Mosque in Xian
– Show of traditional instrument playing in Drum Tower (not always guaranteed) in Xian
– Traditional irrigation system in Dujiangyan
– Sacred Mountain of Quingcheng Shan in Chengdu
– Basha Miao village
– Village Zhaoxing Dong Ethnic
– Village Guangxiao Dong ethnic
– Wind Bridge in Chengyang
– Rice paddies in Longsheng
– Reed Flute Cave
– Ancient City Huangyao in Huangyao
– House of the Chen Clan in Guangzhou

Exclusions

International airfare – Beverages – Gratuities to guides, drivers, and hotel staff – Optional excursions – Personal expenses – City tax and visa fees when applicable – Travel insurances – All other items not mentioned in the inclusions

1

DAY 1 BEIJING

Welcome to China. Transfer to the hotel. Early in the evening, to familiarise ourselves with the city, we provide a transfer to Wangfujing street, a pedestrian and commercial street full of life with many shops and restaurants. Dinner included and return to hotel.

Meals : Dinner

Accommodation : Beijing for 3 nights

2

DAY 2 BEIJING

Today’s program includes an excursion to visit the GREAT WALL OF CHINA (Mutianyu section), a spectacular architectural work. Its history covers more than 2000 years. The day will include a cable car ride up and down to one of the most scenic areas. Returning to Beijing, we will stop in the 798th district, with its contemporary art located in an old military factory. We will also visit the TEMPLE OF HEAVEN, one of the country’s largest sacred complexes and a World Heritage Site. Before returning to the hotel, and as a way to rest from this intense day, we will enjoy a foot massage and we will take a Tai Chi class. We will bid farewell to Beijing with a lacquered duck dinner included.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

3

DAY 3 BEIJING

An exciting day awaits us. We will discover the Chinese capital’s main points of interest. We will have a full day visit in which we will visit some of the main avenues in the city. The Great Chinese Imperial Palace, better known as “The Forbidden City”, the most majestic architectural complex in China from where 24 emperors ruled for almost 500 years. We will also have the opportunity to visit Jingshan Park where the Coal Hill is located, one of the best preserved imperial gardens in Beijing. We ascend to the top of the hill to have the best views (if the day is clear) on the Forbidden City. We will walk through the immense Tiananmen Square one of the largest squares in the world, and from them, we will appreciate the Great National Theater, Beijing Opera House. Lunch is included. Today, we will also visit the SUMMER PALACE, the Imperial House of the Qing Dynasty with its beautiful gardens and lakes. In the afternoon we include a tricycle ride through the traditional neighborhood of Beijing, known as Hutong. In this area we can see the typical lifestyle of these popular neighborhood, visit typical shops and even a traditional house, a Siheyuan, with all its lounges around a courtyard. Return to the hotel and overnight.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

4

DAY 4 BEIJING - NANJING

After breakfast, we go to the train station, where we take one of the extremely modern high-speed train in China. At 300 km/hour, in less than 4 hours we cover almost 1.000 km and will arrive in NANJING, a city of eight million people and considered by many to be the most pleasant in China. We will be amazed by the activity and commercial life of this modern metropolis. We will visit the Purple Mountain, where we will look round the SUN YATSEN mausoleum and the picturesque Lingu Temple. Free time later on.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Nanjing for 1 night

5

DAY 5 NANJING - SUZHOU - TONGLI - SHANGHAI

We leave for SUZHOU, which has wonderful gardens that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This city was the main silk producer in the world, and was always associated with beauty and elegance. We include entrance tickets to the garden of the humble administrator. We will have free time to stroll along the very picturesque Pingjian road. Lunch is included. After that we go to TONGLI, a charming lake town with its small houses next to the canals and their gondolas. We included a nice boat ride. Continue on to SHANGHAI.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Shanghai for 2 nights

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DAY 6 SHANGHAI

In the morning, our trip includes a visit round this impressive city. We will know the area of Pudong, located across the Huangpu River, is now the financial district, with its skyscrapers as the Pearl Tower. We include a ferry crossing of the Shanghai River which will give us great views of the two parts of the city. We will stroll the Old City and the Yuyuan Garden, a private garden that was built during the Ming Dynasty. We will enjoy a demonstration of the Tea ceremony, traditional drink that plays an important cultural role in China. We will pass by one of the most fashionable neighborhoods of the capital, Xintiandi. Lunch included. Then, visit Tianzifang, a former residential area known for its narrow, labyrinthine traditional streets with its small craft shops and art galleries. We finish the visit along the Bund with its old buildings that remind us of the influence of European trade.
Free afternoon. If you wish, you can enjoy a boat trip to see Shanghai at night, it will be an unforgettable experience.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

7

DAY 7 SHANGHAI - LUOYANG

Transfer to the station. We take the high-speed train (a train is expected to leave at 07.17 h), and in a little over five hours, through many sections of pretty countryside, we cover the 1,000 km to LUOYANG. Lunch included. We see the impressive Buddhist caves of LONGMEN over more than a kilometer of the rocky walls of the river, where they sculpted more than 100,000 images of Buddha. We will include a boat trip. After this, transfer to the ancient city, where we cross its impressive wall and can enjoy the great traditional activity and its lit up streets.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Luoyang for 1 night

8

DAY 8 LUOYANG - WHITE HORSE MONASTERY - SANMEXIA - XIAN

In the early hours, on the outskirts of Luoyang, we visit the WHITE HORSE BUDDHIST MONASTERY, a huge monastery and place of study where Buddhists from all countries of the world. We continue our route to SANMEXIA. In this historic city we will see the Yellow River and the Baoulon temple with its tall pagoda and we will visit one of the best museums in China: the Guo museum with the funeral carriages of the former state of guo. Lunch included. We continue eastwards, passing the foot of Mount Hua, a holy mountain. XIAN, arrival at the end of the afternoon.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Xian for 2 nights

9

DAY 9 XIAN

We have arrived in the fascinating city where the silk route originated. First thing in the morning, we will go to see the TERRACOTA ARMY, with its thousands of life-size clay soldiers that were found underground. We return to XIAN, where we will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda where we will enjoy a brief Chinese calligraphy course. Later, we go across through the walled centre. We will cross the Muslim quarter and we will enter the mosque, where we will be able to see the multiple cultures and religions that have left their mark on this country. Our tour will also include entry tickets to the Drum Tower where we will enjoy a short show of traditional instrument playing. Free time.

Meals : Breakfast

10

DAY 10 XIAN - CHENGDU

We leave Xian in a very modern high-speed train, and in just over three hours we cover the 700 km that separate us from CHENGDU. On arrival we will go to the Panda Bear research and breeding centre, a reserve where 120 giant pandas and 76 red pandas live. Lunch included. In the afternoon we will take a stroll through the People’s Park, with its small lake, the local people doing Taichi, and its tea houses.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Chengdu for 2 nights

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DAY 11 CHENGDU - DUJIANGYAN - QINGCHENG SHAN - JIEZI - CHENGDU

Today we include full-day tour of Sichuan Province, with its pleasant landscapes and traditional villages. In DUJIANGYAN we see the traditional irrigation system, which has been working for more than 2000 years and is a world heritage site. QUINGCHENG SHAN, “mountain of the green city” is a Taoist holy mountain. Its paths through the forests show us caves, pavilions and centuries-old wooden temples, lunch included. Finally, we will visit the ancient city of JIEZI with its alleys with over a thousand years of history. Return to CHENGDU.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

12

DAY 12 CHENGDU - MIAO VILLAGE - ZHAOXING

We start the day by getting up very early as we will travel by train (our train leaves at 7.38 hrs), and cover almost a thousand kilometres in just over five and a half hours (picnic lunch on the train). On arrival in Congjiang, we are in a magnificent and unknown area of China inhabited by ethnic minorities. We see the BASHA MIAO Village in the forest, with its wooden houses. This is the only ethnic group authorized to carry firearms, as they were traditional bear hunters. We continue to ZHAOXING, the most important town of the Dong minority, a beautiful place with its more than 800 traditional homes; many say that it is the most beautiful town in China.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Zhaoxing for 1 night

13

DAY 13 ZHAOXING - GUANGXIAO - CHENGYANG - LONGSHENG - GUILIN

Today you will do one of the most beautiful and exciting stages of your trip. GUANGXIAO, among amazing villages of the Dong ethnic group with its beautiful wooden architecture, this charming town frozen in time is little visited by international tourism; we will see its suspension bridge, the drum tower and the opera house. We also stop at CHENGYANG, with its magnificent “wind and rain bridge”. Lunch included. In LONGSHENG we will go to the LONJI rice fields, a World Heritage Site. A small bus will take us to the viewpoints and you can walk down a sector along paths between rice paddies and wonderful scenery. After that we continue to GUILIN. Arrival at the end of the afternoon.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Guilin for 2 nights

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DAY 14 GUILIN

A full day in GUILIN, one of the most popular cities in China with a very pleasant atmosphere on the banks of its lake, next to the river Li, and with its busy shopping streets in the centre. We include a visit to the Cane Flutes Grotto, a magnificent cave in which there are numerous fantastically shaped stalactites and stalagmites lit up in beautiful colors, creating a spectacular world in the bowels of the earth. Afternoon free, we recommend you visit the Jingjiang Palace, the “miniature forbidden city”.

Meals : Breakfast

15

DAY 15 GUILIN - CRUISE ON THE LI RIVER - YANGSHUO - HUANGYAO - GUANGZHOU

We will leave Guilin by boat and take a cruise on the Li river. The countryside is spectacular with its green mountains, the villages on the banks, the amazing rocks and its mountain peaks in amazing shapes. Lunch included. We come to YANGSHUO, a very lively tourist city. A stroll before continuing through central China to the rural HUANGYAO; this ancient city is magnificently preserved with its small streets, old buildings, temples. The life and activity of its inhabitants will also take us to another time. Time for a stroll. We continue on our way to GUANGZHOU. Arrival at the end of the day.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Guangzhou for 2 nights

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DAY 16 GUANGZHOU

Guangzhou, we include a two-hour tour of this thriving metropolis of southern China; we will walk along Shangiaxju Street with its traditional market, see the House of the Chen Clan from the end of the 19th century and we will explore the riverside area. Free time and lunch included.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

17

DAY 17 DEPARTURE

After breakfast at hotel, check out and time at leisure until it is time for your transfer to the airport.

Meals : Breakfast

HOTEL OPTIONS OR SIMILAR

Price based on one of the following accommodation or similar. Final assigned hotels will be confirmed 7-10 days before arrival in each city.

Beijing

Mercure Beijing Downtown 4*

Nanjing

Novotel Nanjing Central 4*
Hilton Nanjing Riverside 5*

Shanghai

Sky Shanghai 5*
Mercure Shanghai Century Park 4*
Novotel Shanghai Atlantis 4*

Luoyang

Ramada By Wyndham Downtown 4*

Xian

Novotel Xian Scpg 4*

Chengdu

Dorsett Chengdu 5*

Zhaoxing

Zhaoxing Huarui Hotel 4*

Guilin

Hotel Sheraton 5*

Guangzhou

Landmark Hotel Canton 4*

Rates in CA$, per person, starting from, in double occupancy 

Land Package
Departures Single
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Tour starts in Beijing on specified Sunday from January 2024 to March 2025 
April 07, 21, 2024
May 05, 19, 2024
June 02, 16, 30, 2024
September 08, 22, 2024
October 06, 13, 27, 2024

7719 6350

March 24, 2024
July 14, 28, 2024
August 11, 25, 2024
November 10, 2024

8089 6225
January 14, 28, 2024
February 11, 25, 2024
March 10, 2024
November 24, 2024
December 08, 22, 2024
January 05, 19, 2025
February 02, 16, 2025
March 02, 16, 2025
8095 6260

ID: 26993

Guaranteed departure with minimum 2 pax – ask our reservation staff to verify if a departure is confirmed for a solo traveler.
Group size between 2 and 40 pax.
Multilingual: max 2 languages per coach – each language has their own tour guide.

**Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment. Prices include the contribution of customers to the Compensation Fund for clients of Quebec travel agents.

Golden Triangle and South of China – Detailed itinerary
Golden Triangle and South of China – Detailed itinerary