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Our five nights at Guilin Ming Garden were great as well! It is certainly our favorite place in China. The apartment is remodeled, extremely clean and has a great view; having internet access is a nice touch and there is plenty of room for our entire family. After a long day of fun, it was relaxing to come home to delicious home cooked meals prepared by our nanny Mrs Huang.She made us feel right at home with her traditional Cantonese home cooked dinners: her normal dinner consist of soup, two meat dishes and two vegetable dishes; very much like the meals our Cantonese parents made for us when we were younger and the meals had brought back fond memories.
-Helen Lee

China Discovery Tour

This tour is ideal for first time China travelers since it aims to explore Beijing, Guilin, Xian and Hong Kong- the four "must-go" cities. Beijing's culture and history, Guilin's spectacular sceneries, Xian's breathtaking historical relics and Hong Kong's modernity will definitely fascinate you. Besides visiting different tourist attractions to learn more about Chinese history, you will have plenty of time to relax and shop. Be sure to check out different authentic Asian and European cuisines and purchase cheap bargains while in Hong Kong-the Shoppers' and Eaters' Paradise.

Tour Overview
Tour Code: CDT-14
Trip Duration: 13 days/12 nights
Click below for: Tour Price / Accommodations
Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Guangzhou, Hongkong
Departure Dates: Daily
Day 1 : USA/BEIJING
meals: n/a
Depart the United States today to begin your China Discovery Tour. Cross the International Date Line en route to China.
Day 2 : BEIJING
meals: n/a
Arrive in Beijing in the late afternoon. Your English-speaking tour guide and driver will meet you at the baggage claim area and provide a private transfer to your hotel. Have a restful evening (possibly enjoy some extra pampering at the hotel's spa or salon services!) and relax while you adjust to the time zone change.
Day 3 : BEIJING
meals: B/L
Begin your day with a tour at the Forbidden City. Listed as a world heritage site in 1987, the Forbidden City contains the largest group of intact palace structures in the world. The palace is 720,000 square meters in size and contains 9,999 rooms, numerous pavilions, gardens and courtyards. Then visit the Tiananmen Square. Noted as the largest city square in the world, the square was initially designed for political rallies and important gala events. Today the square is flanked by the Forbidden City in the north, the Great Hall of the People in the west, Mao TseTung's Mausoleum in the south and the Museum of Chinese Revolution and the Museum of Chinese History in the east. This afternoon, stop by at the major 2008 Olympic Venues including the National Stadiums - "Bird's Nest", the National Aquatics Center - "Watercube" on the way to the imperial gardens of the Summer Palace. The palace was originally built in 1750 and was rebuilt in 1886. Located in the western outskirts of the city, the Summer Palace is the leading classical garden in China and a UNESCO world heritage site.
Day 4 : BEIJING
meals: B/L
Visit the UNESCO world heritage site today. Begin your day with a tour at the MuTianYu section of the Great Wall. Constructed more than 2,000 years ago by China's first emperor, the ancient wall is the world's longest man-made structure at approximately 4,000 miles in length.
Day 5 : BEIJING/XIAN
meals: B/L/D
Explore the fascinating Hutong neighborhoods. Beijing's oldest Hutongs were constructed during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Your tour will take you through some of the best-preserved Hutong neighborhoods, which represented the history, culture and lifestyle of old Beijing. After a special homemade lunch at a local family residence in the Hutong Lane area, visit the Temple of Heaven which is China's largest temple and altar. It is often regarded as the most recognizable symbol of China. After dinner, get onboard your overnight train to Xian and relax.
Day 6 : XIAN
meals: L
Arrive Xian this morning and visit the breathtaking Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Discovered by several local farmers, the 2,000-year-old lifelike warriors are considered to be the Eighth World Wonder. Travel to Xian's ancient city wall this afternoon and enjoy the panoramic views of the city. Being the only city wall in China that remained intact, you can have some outdoor fun and family time when you stroll, exercise and ride bikes on the wall.
Day 7 : XIAN/GUILIN
meals: B/L/D
After breakfast, visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, which contains displays that could be dated back to the Prehistoric era through the Qing Dynasty. This afternoon, take your flight to Guilin.
Day 8 : GUILIN/YANGSHUO/GUILIN
meals: B/L/D
After breakfast, embark on a Li River scenic cruise and enjoy a delicious lunch onboard. The landscape of Guilin is noted as the most gorgeous in China, with sparkling clear waters and magnificent green hills; you will see fishermen fishing with their trained cormorant birds occasionally as well. Your children will be excited to watch water buffalos either grazing along the riverbanks or taking lazy afternoon swims. Visit the ShiWaiTaoYuan water garden on the way back to Guilin from Yangshuo.
Day 9 : GUILIN
meals: B/L/D
Begin your tour with a visit to the Reed Flute Caves (Ludi Yan). Enjoy the spectacular views of beautiful backdrops created by the cool atmosphere and colorful lighting displays inside the caves as you pass by many fanciful shapes (don't forget to look for the Monkey King). After lunch, visit the DuXiu Peak and Elephant Trunk Hill.
Day 10 : GUILIN/GUANGZHOU
meals: B/L
Take an early morning flight to Guangzhou. Visit the Chen Family Temple, which is built in 1890 by all families with the surname Chen that resided in the 72 counties of Guangdong Province. After lunch, visit Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall. The memorial hall is 47-meters high, has more than 12,000 square meters of floor space, and an auditorium with more than 4,700 seats. Continue on to the world's famous ancient Buddhist Liurong (Six Banyan Tree) Temple.
Day 11 : GUANGZHUO/HONG KONG
meals: B
This morning, your guide will send you to the railway station for your departure to Hong Kong. Your English-speaking guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel upon your arrival. Kick back, relax and adjust to your new surroundings.
Day 12 : HONG KONG
meals: n/a
This morning, take a half-day Hong Kong Island Motor coach tour and visit the Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Repulse Bay and the floating village of Aberdeen. Enjoy shopping and independent explorations throughout the afternoon. After such splendid explorations, enjoy an optional delicious buffet dinner cruise around Hong Kong Harbor at night.
Day 13 : HONG KONG/USA
meals: n/a
Transfer to the airport this morning for your international flight back to the United States.

REMARKS:

    B = Breakfast      L = Chinese Lunch                D = Chinese Dinner
    CA= Air China     CZ=China Southern Airline     MU=China Eastern Airlines
Tour Prices:
Valid: Apr 01, 2017 - Mar 31, 2018
1 Person 2-5 Persons 6-9 Persons 10 Persons Hotel Single Supplement
Standard Class $2399.00 Booking Tour $1799.00 Booking Tour $1599.00 Booking Tour / $300.00
Deluxe Class $2750.00 Booking Tour $1950.00 Booking Tour $1799.00 Booking Tour / $480.00
Superior Class $2850.00 Booking Tour $2050.00 Booking Tour $1850.00 Booking Tour / $530.00
Note: child price is 80% of adult price.


Accommodations:
City Standard Class Deluxe Class Superior Class
Beijing . Home Inn Rujia Tuanjie Lake Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing International Hotel
Xian . New Melody Hotel Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda Grand Metropark Hotel Xi'an
Guilin . Guilin Days Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel Grand Wing Guilin Bravo Hotel
Guangzhou . Home Inn Rujia Huanshi East Road Guangdong Victory Hotel Guangzhou China Hotel

Hotel Information:
Hotel Indoor Pool Outdoor Pool Gym Safe Box Refrigerator Hair Dryer Kitchen
Home Inn Rujia Tuanjie Lake             √
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New Melody Hotel         √   √   √
Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda   √     √   √   √   √
Grand Metropark Hotel Xi'an       √   √   √   √
Guilin Days Hotel         √   √   √
Guilin Bravo Hotel Grand Wing     √   √   √   √   √
Guilin Bravo Hotel   √     √   √   √   √
Home Inn Rujia Huanshi East Road             √
Guangdong Victory Hotel     √   √   √   √   √
Guangzhou China Hotel     √   √   √   √   √

Inclusions

  • Tour price includes hotel accommodations, sightseeing and meals as noted in the itinerary, intra-China airfare, private transfers and ground transportation, and the services of an English- speaking guide and driver.
  • Beijing/Xian,Guangzhou/Hong Kong train tickets.
  • All prices are quoted in US Dollars, and are subjected to change without notice. Please check at the time of reservation.
  • All prices are quoted per person, based on two travelers sharing a room (double occupancy). Single supplement applies for single travelers.

Exclusions

  • Passport or Chinese visa application fees.
  • Tips to guides and drivers.
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • International Airfare (Please contact our travel advisors for the consolidator rate of international air ticket).
  • Buffet dinner cruise around Hong Kong Harbor at night
  • Trip to Hong Kong on Day 11-13, which can be arranged by Lotus. Please feel free to contact us for price quote and suggestions.

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