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104: 11 Days of Beijing - Xian - Lijiang - Kunming - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin

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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 01 Arrival in Beijing
No meals
Holiday Inn Central Plaza - the best Holiday Inn Hotel in Beijing  

Our guide will meet you outside the customs of Beijing Airport after you retrieve your luggage and clear the customs, and then transfer you to hotel. The rest day is free.

Tips: If you arrive early and do not feel too tired, you may go to the indoor swimming pool or the gymnasium in the hotel to do some exercise. Both are free of charge for hotel guests. The swimming pool is open 24 hours. Some exercise can help to refresh you and to have a good night's rest, so that you are full of energy for the start of your tour.

Day 02 Beijing
Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Holiday Inn Central Plaza - the best Holiday Inn Hotel in Beijing  

Visit the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City this morning. Then an a la carte lunch is served at a very nice restaurant to taste the authentic Chinese food. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven. In the evening, you will enjoy a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at Red Theatre.

Day 03 Beijing
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Holiday Inn Central Plaza - the best Holiday Inn Hotel in Beijing  

Visit the Badaling Great Wall. To avoid having lunch at shopping site restaurants, you will be driven to have Sichuan food at a local popular restaurant. Visit the Sacred Way and the Ming Tomb in the afternoon. On the way back to downtown, drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). You will see its appearance at a distance.

Tips: 3-day scheduled itineraries can be found containing the highlights of Beijing. If you want to explore Beijing further, we suggest you make full use of your spare time to explore it on your own. If you are interested in Beijing's rich history and culture, we would like to recommend you visit the newly renovated Qianmen Street. The street has a long history of about 600 years (Ming dynasty) and was reopened to on August 7, 2008 after renovation. The street has kept its traditional architecture and 12 time-honored shops have returned to their original locations. Besides Quanjude Peking Roast Duck restaurant, the Dabei Photo Studio, Qinglinchun Tea Store, Changchuntang Medicine and Shangzhenge Art Gallery also make a welcome return.

Day 04 Beijing - Xian
Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Grand New World Hotel  

Visit the Summer Palace and have a Hutong tour. An a la carte lunch will be served to you at a decent restaurant. Take a flight to Xian and transfer to hotel.

Day 05 Xian
Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
Grand New World Hotel  

Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Your a la carte lunch is served at the best local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. This evening you will be entertained with Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance.

Day 06 Xian
Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Grand New World Hotel  

In the morning, visit the Shaanxi History Museum and a local family where you will have the a la carte lunch to taste the home-cooked dishes. In the afternoon, visit the City Wall.

Tips: Xian is not only famous for its long history and rich culture, but also for its delicious and flavorful food. There are two places in Xian best for sampling the local snacks. One is the Muslim street near the Great Mosque, while the other is the Wu-Yi (May 1st) Restaurant near the Bell Tower. The classical local specialties include the shredded pancakes in mutton and beef soup, various barbeques, Chinese hamburgers, stuffed buns (Baozi), dumplings and many more. We leave the dinner today for your own selection and you may take the chance to enjoy it. Please be cautious about hygienic conditions before eating in case of diarrhea. Perhaps cooked food may be better for you.

Day 07 Xian - Lijiang
Western buffet breakfast
WangFu Hotel  

Take an early morming flight to Lijiang and our tour guide will pick you up from the airport. Visit the Square Street of the Lijiang Old Town. As you walk through the old town, you will immediately get overwhelmed by small bridges, swift streams, cobbled streets and grey tiled roofs of the Residential Houses. It is an ancient legacy of Naxi people. Naxi women in all types of clothing and hair-dressingappeal to visitors enormously. The rest of the day is free for you.

Tips: Known as one of the four historic, well protected perfectly well in China's history, Lijiang old town is the only one which does not have the City Wall. Although it endured the proverbial baptism for centuries, the weather-beaten old town still shows its beauty to the world. The best time to visit is in the early morning before the shops open. This is a great time to take pictures of the spectacular surroundings. In the bustling daytime, many shops selling souvenirs are waiting for you to choose some gifts for your families. You can also have a cup of tea or coffee at the café - you might even meet other travelers here.

Day 08 Lijiang - Kunming
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Jinjiang Hotel  

Visit the Baisha Village and a local Naxi family, the Baisha Murals, the Rock Joseph's Former Residence in Yuhu Village. In the afternoon, take flight to Kunming and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 09 Kunming - Guilin
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Guilin Bravo Hotel - former Holiday Inn Hotel  

Visit the famous Stone Forest. And take an afternoon flight to Guilin and transfer you to the hotel.

Tips: Kunming is called a Spring City because of its nice weather all year long. It is also a clustering place of Chinese minorities with diversified cultures. Once you are in Kunming, you should not miss the local flavor food Over-bridge Rice Noodles (Guo Qiao Mi Xian) which is widely popular in every corner of China. It is noodles made from rice and cooked with meat and vegetables in light taste. It is the most welcomed food in Yunnan province and the stores selling that can be easily found anywhere in the street.

Day 10 Guilin - Yangshuo – Guilin
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Guilin Bravo Hotel - former Holiday Inn Hotel  

Enduring memories are created today as you cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, a short bicycle trip to the countryside will then be arranged. You will visit a local villager's home to experience the farmer's lifestyle there. Alternatively, we will transfer you there instead of taking bicycles. Transfer back to Guilin.

Tips: 1. Since the lunch on the Li River cruise can not meet your expectation, we suggest that you have enough breakfast at the hotel today.

2. Li River Cruise is the highlight of your tour in Guilin. Different sceneries are present in different seasons, but you are not recommended to take the cruise from December to February in the following year since Li River is in its dry period. While April is the rainy season in Guilin, rain gear is very necessary. After 3.5 - 4 hours cruise, you will finally reach Yangshuo. At the dock some aged farmers wear a bamboo hat and carry a shoulder pole with some cormorants standing on it. You may feel like taking a picture with them, but you need to pay for it. RMB5-10 Yuan is enough, just for aiding their living.

Day 11 Departure from Guilin
Western buffet breakfast, Western-style lunch
 

Visit the Reed Flute Cave, the Seven Star Park and the Elephant Trunk Hill. A western-style lunch will be served to you at a nice and decent local restaurant. See you off at the airport.

Season Group Size 2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers 10 travelers & above
High season
(Mar 1st-Nov 30th)
Double Occupancy $2461 $2044 $1797
Single Occupancy $2877 $2460 $2149
Shoulder season
(Dec 1st, 2012-Feb 28th, 2013)
Double Occupancy $2302 $1885 $1647
Single Occupancy $2624 $2207 $1883
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