|Purpose:||Discovery - Culture - History|
|No. of days:||10 days - 9 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Beijing - Guilin|
|Other cities:||Great Wall (Badaling) - Chengdu - Wangshuo|
The Tour includes:
Price does not include:
Hotels in your Tour:
Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking
Day 1: Beijing
Upon arrival at the Beijing airport, please proceed to the luggage area to claim your checked bags. Our local representative will assist you to board deluxe air-conditioned vehicle waiting outside the terminal building and transfer you to your hotel.
Beijing, the capital of China, lies just south of the rim of the Central Asian Steppes and is separated from the Gobi Desert by a green chain of mountains, over which The Great Wall runs. Modern Beijing lies on the site of countless human settlements that date back half a million years. Homo Erectus Pekinensis, better known as Peking Man, was discovered just outside the city in 1929. It is China's second largest city in terms of population and the largest in administrative territory. The name Beijing - or Northern Capital - is a modern term by Chinese standards. It first became a capital in the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), but it experienced its first phase of grandiose city planning in the Yuan Dynasty under the rule of the Mongol emperor, Kublai Khan, who made the city his winter capital in the late 13th century. Little of it remains in today's Beijing. Most of what the visitor sees today dates from either the Ming or later Qing dynasties. Huge concrete tower blocks have mushroomed and construction sites are everywhere. Bicycles are still the main mode of transportation but taxis, cars, and buses jam the city streets.
Day 2: Beijing, Great Wall of China (Badaling), Beijing
The Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure in the world. In fact, the length of all Chinese defense walls built over the last 2000 years is approximately 31,000 miles, while the Earth’s circumference is less than 25,000 miles! Badaling was the first section of the Wall to be open to tourists in 1957. It is the best-preserved section of the Wall, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and has an average altitude of over 1000 meters (3282 feet). Once a military stronghold, its steep slopes and winding nature made it very difficult for enemy armies to cross. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant including one soft drink or non-alcoholic beverage. Continue the day with a rickshaw tour of the Hutongs. The word “hutong” refers to the narrow network of lanes created by closely built quadrangular homes. Once the primary architectural feature of China’s capital city, hutongs now make up only a small fraction of Beijing, having been replaced by high-rise buildings in recent years. Recapture the feeling of Beijing’s past from the wooden seat of a traditional rickshaw, and visit a local family’s courtyard home along the way. Before the end of the day participate in a Changquan Kung Fu Class (2 hours). "Changquan" literally means "Long Fist". It is a broad term for traditional Northern Chinese martial arts. Long Fist was established in the 10th century by Zhao Kuangyin, founding Emperor of the Song Dynasty. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Beijing. [B/L]
Day 3: Beijing
Start the day with a visit to Tiananmen Square. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the sheer size of one of the world’s largest public squares, measuring 440,000 square meters (around 109 acres). As you walk from the southernmost part of the square all the way down its length, you will pass several monuments, including the mausoleum that houses Chairman Mao’s remains. The northern gate of the square features a portrait of the PRC’s founding father, and is also the gate through which you will enter the Forbidden City (closed on Mondays). The Forbidden City was completed in 1,420, and was home to 24 emperors, the last of which left Beijing in 1924. The entire imperial complex is reputed to have 9,999 rooms, which at its peak housed up to 10,000 people, including the imperial family, 3,000 eunuchs, as well as maids and concubines. Discover for yourself why the 170 acres were forbidden to common people as you stroll through what is arguably the best-preserved example of classical Chinese architecture in the world. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant including one soft drink or non-alcoholic beverage. In the afternoon visit the Temple of Heaven. This tranquil park is often a favorite stop for visitors to Beijing, as it provides them with an authentic look into local life in this city. On any given day, it is possible to see enthusiastic groups of Beijingers practicing Tai Chi (Martial Arts), playing traditional instruments, or singing Peking Opera. The grounds consist of a sequence of buildings and altars set in beautiful groves of cypress trees. Learn more about the fascinating history behind this massive, circular structure and see local life unfold before your eyes in this very special visit to the Temple of Heaven. [B/L]
 Palace Museum Porcelain Collection
The Palace Museum’s Chinese porcelain collection is one of the finest in the world. Located in the Wenhua Hall in the Forbidden City, the collection covers a floor space of 1,770 square kilometers. Over four hundred of the most remarkable antiques have been selected from nearly 350,000 pieces, spanning thousands of years from the Neolithic Age to modern times.
Please note: Entrance tickets for porcelain collection cost 50 CNY ($8 USD) payable locally
Day 4: Beijing, Chengdu
Enjoy the morning at leisure before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival in Chengdu, you will be greeted by your local tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to rest and relax and have dinner on your own. Overnight in Chengdu. [B]
Day 5: Chengdu
Start the day with a visit to the Giant Panda Research Center. The national animal of China is also one of the most endangered animal species in the world. There is nowhere better on earth to see these special creatures than at the research center in Chengdu. The center closely mimics the giant panda’s natural habitat and covers a vast area. Meander through the winding pathways and catch the bears at sleep and at play. If you’re lucky, a baby panda or two will just have been born, and you can visit them in the panda nursery! Optional: Hug a panda for a great photo op! This activity is not always available, and is at your own cost.
 Panda Volunteer Experience Hug a panda for a great photo op! This activity is not always available, and is at your own cost. (Subject to Availability)
Get up close and personal with China’s most revered and endangered species: the Giant Panda. You will have the opportunity to interact with these amazing creatures by feeding them, preparing their lunches, and cleaning their cages. Note: Detailed description of panda volunteering itinerary will be provided upon guests’ booking of the itinerary.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant including one soft drink or non-alcoholic beverage. Then you’ll be transferred back to your hotel with the rest of the day free to continue discovering the city and having dinner on your own. Overnight in Chengdu. [B/L]
Day 6: Chengdu
Today, you will visit the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine, the only in the world dedicated to the culture and history of a local cuisine. Exhibits range from antique utensils to models of dishes to a small farm with livestock. For many guests, the highlight is the outdoor courtyard holding hundreds of large clay pots for fermenting chili bean sauce, one of the defining features of Sichuan cuisine. Then continue to a local Wet Market, a type of fresh food market commonly found in Asian countries. The term "wet market" comes from the extensive use of water in the markets. The water keeps fruits and vegetables fresh, keeps fish and shellfish alive, and is also used to wash the floors every day. Wet market products are only stored for short periods of time and are always expected to be especially fresh. This type of market is the only place where one can still purchase live animals such as poultry, fish and reptiles out in the open. After the market visit, enjoy a hands-on experience learning how to make tangyuan (glutinous rice balls) and vegetarian dumplings. Continue to Jinli Pedestrian Street that once was the commercial heart of the ancient Sichuan kingdom, and has been fully restored to the traditional style of the region. Here, you can sample local delicacies and bargain for local arts and crafts, or simply sit at a café and people watch along this picturesque, bustling, and cheerful street.
Transfer back to your hotel with the rest of the day free to relax and enjoy dinner on your own. Overnight in Chengdu. [B/L]
Day 7: Chengdu, Guilin
Enjoy the morning free before transferring to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon arrival in Guilin, you will be greeted by your local tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to start discovering the city and have dinner on your own. Overnight in Guilin. [B]
Day 8: Guilin, Yangshuo
Get packed, enjoy breakfast and board the boat for a cruise along the Li River that will bring you to Yangshuo, a ride that is truly an unforgettable experience. Every bend in the river brings a new and even more beautiful sight into view. Many of the karst formations are, with a little imagination, reminiscent of animals or objects, and bear names like Elephant Trunk Hill, Sword Cut Cliff, Reclining Flower Hill, and many others. Along the way, you will also see graceful groves of bamboo, farmers tending to their rice paddies, and lumbering water buffalos pulling carts or cooling off in the river. There will be an opportunity to disembark at a small village, where you will have the chance to visit a local family’s home. Enjoy a buffet lunch on board the cruise and take off some calories with a biking tour of the city. The best way to see the breathtaking scenery of Yangshuo is by bike. Rice paddies, centuries-old farmhouses, limestone karst formations, orchards, and of course the stunning mountains serve as your backdrop as you ride along narrow country roads and the banks of the beautiful Li River. Lush bamboo groves grow rampant along the banks of the river, and impossibly steep limestone karst frames the horizon as you pedal by. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Yangshuo. [B/L]
Day 9: Yangshuo, Dazhai, Yangshuo
Located nearly 62 miles north of Guilin, in a remote mountainous region, Dazhai is inhabited by an ethnic minority group called the Red Yao. Spend the morning touring the village and meeting the locals, who may invite you into their homes to have a look around and taste their homemade rice wine. Be careful—it’s strong! Be sure to bring your camera to capture the beautiful wooden homes and colorful attire of the local people.
Local women do not cut their hair until they are eighteen, so you will see hair that is at least one yard and sometimes up to 6 feet long. The women who have yet to give birth cover their hair with cloth, and those who have given birth wear it down and uncovered. The women’s hair is particularly remarkable because of the special mixture they use to clean it, which is made from the water of fermented rice, pomelo peel and tea-tree oil. The women of the Red Yao are easy to identify from their embroidered pink jackets and black folded skirts.
For lunch, try the simple cuisine of Dazhai village and converse with your hosts through the aid of your guide. Hear about life in this remote mountainous village as you dig into the sticky rice and other delicacies. If your trip happens to fall during the month of June, you may have an opportunity to visit the village during the local Cloth Drying Festival, one of the two most important festivals to the people here, and used as an occasion for family reunions. Food, ducks, wine, and other gifts are exchanged amongst the villagers. During the day, all of the beautiful embroidered cloths of the village are dried in the sun on bamboo poles. Villagers make and eat sticky rice, perform traditional song and dance routines, and in the evening, they build large bonfires to convene around. Note: Festival supplement will be quoted separately; please inquire for details. [B/L]
Day 10: Yangshuo, Guilin, USA
Enjoy the free morning before transferring to the Guilin airport (2.5 hours away from Yangshuo) for your flight back home. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch
|16 Nov '17-Mar '18||$3,589||$5,399||$3,569|
|16 Nov '17-Mar '18||$3,635||$5,485||$3,595|
|Apr-May '17, Sep-15Nov '17||$3,659||$5,549||$3,619|
|Apr-May '17, Sep-15Nov '17||$3,909||$6,035||$3,829|
|Chinese New Year '18||Call for quote|
Prices are per person and may change without notice
Tour Code: CN02PEK17DA
Option  Panda Volunteer Experience:
The price for “Picture holding a panda” is CNY 2200 (Approx. USD 367)/Guest/Picture. Our guests can pay either to DA or locally. If paid to DA, a 10% handling fee will be added for covering bank service charge and tax. But the price is subject to change without prior notice as it is decided by local government.
Cost for Panda Volunteer Experience should be paid to DA in advance as we have to implement the reservation with a deposit.