11 Days Colorful Autumn Tour Throughout North and South

  • Tour Code:CCT16
  • Tour Duration: 11 Days
  • Destination:Beijing, Guilin, Hong Kong, Longsheng, Xi'an, Yangshuo
  • Tour overview:One of the best times to visit China is during autumn. The leaves are in color, and the fields are being harvested. In this tour that takes you from Beijing, south to Hong Kong, you will get to see a side of China not often visited. In Beijing, you will marvel at the history that makes it one of the most popular destinations on Earth. In Xian, home to the Terracotta Warriors, you will see thousands of years of history, and the unique Peasant Paintings done by local farmers. In Guilin, you will slowly cruise past some of the most breathtaking scenery on Earth. In Longsheng, the terraced rice fields turns this into an area of almost mythic beauty, and in Hong Kong, you will see the unique culture of modern China.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Beijing

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Upon your arrival you will be greeted by our local guide and then transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car. For the rest of the day you will enjoy some leisure time.

Day 2 Beijing (B, L)

Sightseeing: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

This morning our tour will begin with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, which was completed in 1420, and expanded over the years by two Qing Dynasty Emperors. It was the place where the Emperor came every winter solstice to worship heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest. With the three blue-tiled cone-shaped roofs, a unique wooden and blue-tiled structure built without a nail, it has become a worldwide symbol of Beijing.

After lunch, we will go on our city tour to visit Tiananmen Square, the symbolical heart of China and gathering place for the masses. It is the biggest public square in the world, which can hold one million people.

From here we will walk across the Golden River Bridge to visit the Forbidden City and experience the ancient Emperor's daily life. For 5 centuries Chinese emperors carried out their administration here. With almost 10,000 rooms, it was the centre of the Ming and Qing dynasties, a massive complex of palaces, pavilions, courtyards and gardens where 24 emperors used to live. Forbidden City was the largest palace in the world, and in the past it was indeed a forbidden place for commoners. Your tour here will include private access to the Emperor's palace.

Day 3 Beijing (B, L)

Sightseeing: Mutianyu Great Wall with round-way cable car, Ming Tombs, Sacred Way

After experiencing the royal lifestyle, today we will be transferred to the surrounding countryside of Beijing and visit the Mutianyu Great Wall, the pride of China and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Whereas Genghis Khan contemplated it as a military obstacle, Richard Nixon described it as one of humankind's greatest achievements. You will be able to climb up and down with cable car and walk one of the best preserved sections of the 2,000 years old ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountain views. Bring a jacket and layer- although it is breezy.

At noon, you will enjoy a very special lunch at Mutianyu Schoolhouse Restaurant/Schoolhouse Canteen. You can check out the amazing glass blowing gallery studio, then tuck into some food at The Canteen. Enjoy a fresh air break at Mutianyu Great Wall!

After lunch, in the afternoon we will visit the legendary Ming Tombs, which are situated at the foot of Heavenly Longevity Mountain, Changping, northwest of Beijing. Since there are 13 Ming emperors buried there, this place was called the 13 Ming Tombs. You will walk along the Sacred Way, a road guarded by stone statues on both sides, as the ancient emperors did to hold a memorial ceremony for their ancestors.

On the way back to hotel, you will be driven to visit the main 2008 Beijing Olympic venues, take an exterior visit of both the, Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium), National Swimming Centre('The Water Cube'),feel free to take some photos of the stadiums.

Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Hutongs, Summer Palace, Bell Tower

We will experience a unique Hutong tour by taking a rickshaw this morning. Hutongs are a kind of ancient city alley or lane and are very typical for Beijing. Most of them can be found close to the Forbidden City, and many were built during the three dynasties of Yuan, Ming and Qing. Today, the Hutong is a living museum of Beijing history showing the traditional lifestyle of Beijing people.

We will continue by visiting the Summer Palace. Equally famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is called 'Yiheyuan' (Garden of Nurtured Harmony) in Chinese. Until nowadays, it is the best preserved and the largest imperial garden in China. You will regret it if you leave Beijing without having visited this grand imperial garden. Later that day you will take the flight to Xi’an. After your arrival there, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our local guide.

Then we will go on to visit the Bell Tower, which is the best-preserved and best-known one among many. The Bell Tower was built in 1384. In early mornings of ancient times it had the mission of ringing the bell and giving the correct time to the whole city, hence called "The Bell Tower". With magnificent carved beams and painted rafters, this classical building is truly elegant.

Day 5 Xi'an (B, L)

Sightseeing: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall.

Today you will experience the highlights of Xi’an. After breakfast, you will depart you’re your hotel. You will visit the amazing 2000-year-old Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World, the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Over 2,200 years ago, the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, ordered the construction of a vast army of Terra-cotta warriors in search of immortality. After his early death they were buried with him to protect his empire.

Another highlight today is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated in the south of Xian city, it is one of the main constructions in the famous Buddhist temple-Da-Ci-En Temple. There, the well-known Buddhist Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his collection of classic Buddhist artifacts brought from India in Tang Dynasty. Now it is the Landmark of Xian.

Then we will go on to visit the Ancient City Wall. You will experience a half-hour's hike along the Ancient City Wall. You will experience a half-hour's hike along the Ancient City Wall. It is the largest and best preserved present city wall in ancient China and is probably the best military battlement in the world. If you want to, you can rent a bicycle for a ride on top of the spectacular city wall. The wall was built in the Tang dynasty (618 -907) and enlarged in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

 

Day 6 Xi'an to Guilin (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Huxian Peasant Paintings, Shaanxi Provincial Museum

In the morning, drive to Huxian county. Huxian County situated in the southwest suburb, some 50 km from of Xi'an. With Qinling Mt. Ranges in its south and Weihe River in the north, it is a beautiful and fertile land with abundant output. The local farmers created their own favorite art form based on their daily life, as we call it. The feature of the local farmers' paintings is that they vividly depict aspects of daily life in the countryside, their work activities, lively festivals, special events, celebrations and colorful local costumes by using simple painting techniques.

Then visit the Shaanxi History Museum. It is a magnificent architectural complex in the Tang Dynasty style. The Museum possesses a treasure of 113,000 historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi, and it covers an area of 1,100 square meters for exhibition.

After the tour, you will take the flight to Guilin. After you arrived in Guilin, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our local guide.

Day 7 Guilin to Longsheng to Guilin (B, L)

Sightseeing: Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, Yao Ethnic Tribes, Zhuang Ethnic Tribes.

This morning, we will drive to Longsheng County which is featured with rich and elegant folk customs. We will take the country road and arrive at Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces which have been called “an absolute one under the heaven and the first one in the world”. The magnificent terraces look like silver belt in sprit, green wave in summer, golden tower in fall and dragon plays in water in winter.

In Yao and Zhuang Ethnic Tribes, you can close to the minority farmers, talk with them, even you can join them for rice harvest if possible.

Later you will be transferred back to Guilin city.

Day 8 Guilin to Yangshuo (B, L)

Sightseeing: Li River Cruise, West Street

Guilin is famous for its picturesque scenery, and the best way to see it is from the deck of Li River Cruise ships. In the morning you will depart from your hotel and be transferred to the Zhujiang Pier (about 1 hour drive) for a 4.5 hours wonderful cruise. You will enjoy the unique mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank.

In the afternoon you will disembark at the old town Yangshuo. Having a history of more than 1,400 years, West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo. You will have some time to explore the old town's lovely attractions.

Then you can take car or bike to the countryside. On the tour, you will have opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery of limestone hills, the rice paddy fields and pass through some captivating villages, you can also visit the local farmers and talk with them personally.

 

Day 9 Yangshuo to Guilin to Hong Kong (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill

In the morning, drive back to Guilin city. We will visit Reed Flute Cave, which is a vast and very impressive cave system, and one of the most important sights of Guilin. Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts", you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites and learn how they are formed.

We’ll continue to visit Elephant Trunk Hill. Located at the conjunction of the Li River & the Peach Blossom River, the whole hill looks very much like a giant elephant with a long trunk drinking out of the river; it is the symbol of Guilin city.

Afterwards you will take the flight to Hong Kong. Arriving in Hong Kong, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our local guide.

 

 

Day 10 Hong Kong (B)

Sightseeing: Aberdeen, Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay

Today we will start to explore Victoria Peak first. The Peak is Hong Kong’s number one tourist destination. It features the city's oldest mode transport, the 112-year old Peak Tram and Hong Kong's most unusual building and icon, The Peak Tower where you will find shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.

Then you will visit lovely Repulse Bay: Primarily an exclusive residential area, Repulse Bay has a relaxed, resort-like atmosphere. You will find statues of Kwun Yum and Tin Hau, both protectors of fishermen.

The tour will continue with a visit to the Aberdeen fishing village where you will enjoy a Sampan Ride on the harbor to get a close-up look at this unusual way of life.

For the rest of the day you will have leisure time to explore Hong Kong on your own.

 

 

 

Day 11 Hong Kong Departure (B)

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

You will have the last hours in Hong Kong for yourself until our guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

 

 

 

 

Tour Price

1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.