Easy: All nights in hotels or lodges, with any challenging physical activities optional. Easy walks, and comfortable driving distances over paved or moderate dirt roads.
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Day 1. Beijing (D)
Upon arrival to Beijing airport, we will meet our guide, and drive to our 4* hotel. After check-in we continue to Wangfujing Street and it's night food market, followed by a traditional Chinese dinner. Overnight at 4* hotel.
Day 2. Beijing (B,D)
After breakfast, we will head to Tiananmen Square. After exploring the great square, we will continue to the Forbidden City, from which the Chinese Emperors have ruled the vast territories of China. Formerly the exclusive domain of the imperial family and its servants, The Forbidden City was off limits for ordinary citizens. From there will continue to Houhai Park, where we will enjoy some free time by the lake. There you can choose from a variety of restaurants for a casual lunch on your own. After the lunch break, we will hop on a rickshaw for a tour through an ancient Chinese Hutong. In the evening we will enjoy a dinner of authentic Beijing Roasted Duck. Overnight in 4* hotel
Day 3. Beijing/ X’ian (B,D)
We will start the day with a visit to the Sacred Road, where the Emperors of the Ming Dynasty are buried. The phrase Sacred Road refers to the road that will lead their spirits from earth to heaven, and it is guarded by figures of mythological animals, soldiers, and mandarins. From the sacred road we will continue to the monument which is probably most identified with China. The Great Wall of China was constructed over a period of hundreds of years, by numerous emperors, in order to stem raids and attacks from steppe nomads from the north and west into China's agricultural lands and settlements. We will climb up on the wall, and enjoy its breathtaking views. After lunch, we will continue to the Summer Palace, which was built during the 12th century by the Jin Dynasty. In the evening we will watch a traditional Chinese acrobatics show before catching a flight to X’ian, where we transfer to our hotel. Overnight at 4* hotel.
Day 4. X’ian (B,D)
When the first emperor of China was about to die, he ordered that his entire army should be slaughtered, and buried with him in order to follow him into his next life. It was only at the last minute that his advisors were able to convince him to build an army from terra cotta figures, to represent his army in the afterlife. We will visit this amazing site, which was discovered in 1974 when two farmers plowing their fields were amazed to find some of the relics. From there we will continue to the Huaqing hot springs, which was an imperial retreat area. Then we will head back to the city, to visit the wild goose pagoda. In the evening we will enjoy a concert whose form dates back to the Tang Dynasty, together with a traditional Dumpling Banquet. Overnight in 4* hotel.
Day 5. X’ian/ Guilin (B,L)
We will begin the day with a visit to the provincial history museum, which exhibits among other things the findings of the pre-historic settlement that was discovered just out of present days X’ian. From there we will walk on the X’ian city wall, which was considered the most sophisticated line of protection for the city during medieval times. In the afternoon we will enjoy some time walking around the Muslim quarter and its colorful bazaar, including a visit to the great mosque. In the early evening we will take a flight to Guilin. Overnight at 4* hotel.
Day 6. Guilin/ Yangshuo (B,L)
Today we take a boat ride along the Li (Crystal) River, which is considered one of the world’s most beautiful boat rides, with views of the typical landscapes of the Guilin region, and traditional Chinese villages on the river bank. Upon arrival to Yangshuo, we will take a short tour to the famous Moon Hill and the Big Banyan Tree. For those who are interested, in the evening you will have the option of watching a water puppet show. Overnight in a local hotel. (Hotels in Yangshuo are not rated)
Day 7. Yangshuo/ Guilin (B,D)
The area of Yangshuo is well known for the beautiful traditional Chinese villages which are scattered around it. Today we will explore with a battery car, to learn about the Chinese rural way of life. From there we will continue back to Guilin, and will visit the Elephant Trunk Hill, which probably more than anything has turned into the trademark of Guilin, and the Reed Flute Cave. Overnight at 4* hotel.
Day 8. Guilin/ Longsheng/ Guilin/ Beijing (B,L)
What can be more Chinese than rice? Today we will drive to Longsheng, at the heart of the “minority land” of China. Here we will climb to the top of the amazing Dragon Ridge rice terraces, to enjoy from there the marvelous view from this complex system of terraces the locals have carved into the mountains. From there we will continue to a Yao village. The Yao people are known for their women, who never cut their hair. In the afternoon we will head back to Guilin to catch our flight back to Beijing.
Day 9. Beijing (B,L)
At early morning, we will drive to one of the world’s biggest gyms. Every morning, at the grounds of the Temple of Heaven, thousands of people of all ages gather for their morning exercises. We will go for a stroll through the crowds of people who practice Tai Chi, and othrs just enjoying their morning leisure time. This is an excellent opportunity to have a close insight into Chinese culture as practiced on a day to day basis. From there we will continue to experience something not to be missed by anyone traveling to Beijing - shopping! We'll go do some power-shopping at the pearl market and other markets if time permits, and from there we will continue to the airport, where we say goodbye to our departing guests.