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China in 17 Days

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Beijing
Guilin
Li River
Shanghai
Xi'an
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In Beijing, explore the Forbidden City and walk on the mighty Great Wall. Head to eternal Xi'an, the heartland of the ancient dynasties, to admire the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. Find tranquillity in the untouched landscapes of Guilin and Yangshuo, on the Li River. Finally, let Shanghai amaze you with its mix of new and old, as you visit the highlights of the city.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Night on board

Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport, ready to board your flight* to Beijing. Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the enormous capital of China, famed for its ancient sites such as the iconic Forbidden City, and as being the gateway to some of the most visited portions of the Great Wall. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Beijing.

3rd Day: Beijing

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day exploring Beijing at your leisure, visiting the sights or delving into the fabulous cuisine. Alternatively, we recommend an optional excursion to the Temple of Heaven or to the Hutong district.* Overnight stay in Beijing. 

* Optional Temple of Heaven: Enjoy a tour of the fantastic Temple of Heaven, a religious complex where you could have the opportunity to watch the locals practising Tai Chi in the tranquil surroundings. 

* Optional Hutong Excursion: Visit the traditional Shichahai Hutong neighbourhood and take a rickshaw ride. Hutong refers to the narrow terraced streets made up of charming courtyard garden houses. You have the opportunity to enter a local home and enjoy a home-made dumpling lunch. Finally head to Lama Temple, with free time for shopping. 

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

4th Day: Beijing

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on an exciting excursion to the best-preserved section of the Great Wall of China. The Juyongguan section is the most visited part of the wall and is the best representation of the former splendour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of unimaginable length, the wall can be seen from space. On the way, admire the countryside and stop at an impressive Jade Workshop, where artisans work with this precious stone. Arrive at the Great Wall where you have a minimum of two-hours to learn about the history of the wall and enjoy walking on this ancient relic of the past. Lunch. Return to Beijing and stop at the Summer Palace, a former imperial garden from the Qing era. It is home to a vast array of palaces, landscaped gardens and sparkling lakes. Bask in the natural beauty of your surroundings. Return to your hotel. We recommend an optional Golden Mask Show, a beautiful cultural performance.* Overnight stay in Beijing.

Optional Golden Mask Show: Set in the era of the Golden Mask Dynasty, a legendary age in China, the story tells the story of a queen, who wears a golden mask, and creates a splendid dynasty. It is a fabulous insight into China's history and arts. 

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

5th Day: Beijing

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a tour of the most important sights of Beijing including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Olympic Park. Explore iconic Tiananmen Square, then head to the Forbidden City, an impressive palace complex and home to the former Imperial Chinese Palace for the years spanning from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. It is the world's most visited attraction and showcases immaculate Chinese design and architecture. Afterwards, visit a traditional Chinese Medicine Centre, for an insight into this ancient practice. Lunch. Finally, visit the famous Olympic Park, where you can admire the beautifully architected Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube Aquatics Centre. Transfer to the hotel. We recommend an optional Red Theater Kung Fu Show.* Overnight stay in Beijing.

Optional Red Theater Kung Fu Show: Admire the intricacies of this martial art as you enjoy a professional show.

Please note: the Forbidden City is closed on Mondays, so the order of the itinerary may be changed to accommodate this closure.

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

6th Day: Beijing - Xi'an

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the train station for an exciting Bullet Train journey to Xian. Arrive and check-in to the hotel. Afterwards, visit the South Gate Old City Wall, which is the most complete city wall to have survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Continue to visit the Muslim Quarter and enjoy some shopping time there. In the evening enjoy a delicious Dumpling Banquet for dinner. Overnight stay in Xi'an.

7th Day: Xi'an

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, discover one of China's most iconic sights as you enjoy a visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Approximately 8,000 sculpted figures were buried alongside Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, and today you can see this once in a lifetime sight for yourself. Each figure is impressively crafted and unique. Be blown away by the intricacy and the sheer number of the figures as you learn about their significance. Also visit the local Terracotta Factory and the Yanyuan Art Museum, to learn about the ancient art of Chinese Calligraphy, and even try it out for yourself. Afterwards, visit the Muslim Quarter and enjoy some shopping time there. Return to the hotel. We recommend an optional Tang Dynasty Show for an evening of entertainment.* Overnight stay in Xi'an.

* Optional Tang Dynasty Show at Shanxi Theater: Enjoy the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show with fabulous music and dancing from the era of the Tang Dynasty, China's golden age. The show is a unique way to get to know the historical culture of the ancient city of Xi'an.

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

8th Day: Xi'an

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a free day to explore Xi'an at your own pace. Be sure to dive into the local food scene and sample the delights of one of Xi'an's street food markets. Overnight stay in Xi'an.

9th Day: Xi’an - Guilin - Yangshuo

Early breakfast at the hotel. Early in the morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Guilin (6:30 a.m.), located in the south of China and famous for its stunning limestone hills, or karsts, and dramatic natural landscapes. Upon arrival, head to the Yangshuo region and enjoy a boat cruise on the Li River to admire the landscape which unfolds itself like a scroll of Chinese ink painting. Afterwards, head to the natural wonders of Moon Hill and the Big Banyan Tree which has survived the wind and rain over the centuries since it was planted nearly 1500 years ago. Walk along West Street and enjoy the bustling atmosphere. Return to the hotel and, in the evening, we recommend an optional Liusanjie Impression Show, performed in the landscape of the Li River.* Overnight stay in Yangshuo.

* Optional Liusanjie Impression Show: Admire the unbelievable beauty of the Li River at night as it is lit up in an Impression Light Show. The waters of the Li River set the stage and a dozen beautifully lit rock formations form a natural backdrop. 

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

10th Day: Guilin

Breakfast at the hotel. Explore unique Elephant Trunk Hill, a trunk shaped rock which extends into the river. Afterwards, visit a local Pearl Factory. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Guilin. We recommend an optional Four Lake Night Cruise with Cormorant Fishing Show*. Overnight stay in Guilin.

* Four Lake Night Cruise with Cormorant Fishing Show: Downtown Guilin lights up at night, and the best way to enjoy its beauty is to take a night cruise around the city’s Four Lakes scenic area. Enjoy panoramic views of the city’s multicoloured nighttime skyline and enjoy a Cormorant Fishing Show. 

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

11th Day: Guilin

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure, exploring the landscapes and lakes by boat or visiting the various pagodas. Overnight stay in Guilin.

12th Day: Guilin - Shanghai

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, the global financial hub which sits on China's central coast. Transfer to the hotel and after getting settled, take a walking tour of Nanjing Road and the Bund to get to know Shanghai's diverse neighbourhoods. Return to the hotel and, in the evening, you have the option to enjoy a Huangpu River Cruise.* Overnight stay in Shanghai.

Huangpu River Cruise: View the Shanghai's city skyline from the comfort of the river cruiser as you enjoy an evening of spectacular views.

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

13th Day: Shanghai

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, embark on a full-day visit of the highlights of Shanghai. Step back in time in the charming traditional Yu Garden, learn about the city's history at the Shanghai Museum, and explore the modern side of the city. Visit an authentic Silk Factory to discover how this coveted fabric is manufactured. Return to the hotel. We recommend an optional Acrobatic show this evening.* Overnight stay in Shanghai.

Optional Acrobatic Show: Experience one of the world's oldest performing arts as you are immersed in an evening of culture and entertainment. 

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

14th Day: Shanghai

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, shopping, exploring the city's sights or simply relaxing in one of the city parks. We recommend an optional complete full-day tour of Shanghai.* Overnight stay in Shanghai.

* Optional Shanghai Full day city tour: The tour will start with a train ride of Meglev train in Shanghai, the first and only commercial rail line of its type in the world. The train is the fastest one in the world with a top speed of 431 kilometres per hour, which is much faster than the Bullet Train in Japan. Then we will have an admission to the Observation Deck on the 88th Floor of Jinmao Tower where you will have the best view of the entire city of Shanghai. Next stop will be A.P Plaza. A.P. Plaza is Shanghai’s biggest market and is famous for “fake branded good”. Located underground, it has more than 1,000 stores where you can find purses, suitcases, watches, jewelries and much more. You will have 2 hours of shopping time to find many bargains you can ever imagine. Final stop will be Xintiandi Area. As a world-class restaurants, business, entertainment, culture, leisure walking Street, Shanghai Xintiandi in Shanghai is an historical and cultural character of the city.

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

15th Day: Shanghai

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, searching for bargains or souvenirs in one of the many shopping centres, strolling around the colonial Bund or sampling the diverse street food. Overnight stay in Shanghai.

16th Day: Shanghai - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.

17th Day: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

17 days trip including flights*

15 days and 14 nights in destination

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LON - PEK

2

LON - PEK

Beijing

3

Beijing

4

Beijing

5

Beijing

6

Xi'an

7

Xi'an

8

Xi'an

9

Yangshuo

10

Guilin

11

Guilin

12

Shanghai

13

Shanghai

14

Shanghai

15

Shanghai

16

PVG - LON

17

PVG - LON

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

Accommodation: 14 Nights

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Included activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
Included

Half-Day excursion to the Great Wall of China

Visit the fascinating Juyongguan Great Wall, the Jade Factory and the Olympic park.
Included activity for day 4
Included

Full-Day Beijing city tour

Enjoy a tour of the impressive Tiananmen Square, the splendid Forbidden City and the Summer Palace.
Included activity for day 5
Included

South Gate Old City Wall Visit

Visit the most complete city wall to have survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Continue to visit the Muslim Quarter and enjoy some shopping time.
Included activity for day 6
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Available Activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
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Optional

Half-Day Temple of Heaven Excursion

Enjoy a tour of the fantastic Temple of Heaven, a religious complex where you could have the opportunity to watch the locals practising Tai Chi in the tranquil surroundings.
Suggested activity for day 3
Optional

Half-Day Hutong Tour

Visit the traditional Shichahai Hutong neighbourhood and take a rickshaw ride, enter a local home and enjoy a home-made dumpling lunch and finally head to Lama Temple, with free time for shopping.
Suggested activity for day 3
Optional

Golden Mask Dynasty Show

Set in the Golden Mask Dynasty, a legendary age in China, the story tells the story of a queen, who wears a golden mask, and creates a splendid dynasty. It is a fabulous insight into China's history and arts.
Suggested activity for day 4
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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Beijing, Shanghai - UK/Ireland.
  • Domestic flights: Xi'an - Guilin - Shanghai. *
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  • Bullet Train from Beijing to Xi'an in a second class seat. **
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  • 14 nights accommodation in Superior and Luxury category hotels. ***
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  • 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner.
  • Transfers in an air conditioned vehicles. ****
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  • Visits and entrance fees with english speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary. *****
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Invitation letter for Chinese Visa.
  • ATOL Protection.

Not included

Visa (mandatory), entrances not mentioned on the itinerary, drinks, early check in, tips* and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Mandatory tips of 55 USD per person must be paid on arrival.

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

IMPORTANT: Maximum checked baggage limit on internal flights is 20kg.

** We cannot guarantee that you and your travel companions will be allocated seats together on the train. Some train journeys and flights can be early in the morning in order to successfully follow the schedule.

*** The hotels stated in the letter of invitation do not need to be definitive; the hotels will be confirmed between 45 and 30 days before departure.

**** The maximum waiting time for airport transfers will be 120 minutes.

***** You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

We recommend carrying cash in either the local currency or in US Dollars.

IMPORTANT: In order to receive your invitation letter for your Chinese Visa (mandatory) it is important that all of your details and names are given to Exoticca exactly as they appear your passport. Once you receive your invitation letter from us (approximately two months prior to departure) you will be required to make an appointment to go to the Chinese Embassy in person with your passport, a passport photo and invitation letter to apply for your Chinese Visa. You will also be required to make another appointment to return to the Chinese Embassy a second time to collect your Chinese Visa. For more information about your nearest Chinese Embassy, application form and appointment reservations please see: http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/visa/ The cost of a Chinese Visa is approximately £150.

MANDATORY: Please send copies of the passports of all passengers to customers@exoticca.com as soon as you have booked your trip in order for us to process your Chinese Visa Invitation Letter.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of six months validity.
  • Visa
    A visa is required to enter China. Issued by the embassy or consulate. Price approximately £200.
  • Currency
    Chinese Yuan.
  • Language
    Mandarin Chinese.
  • Electricity
    220 V. Adapter required.
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 08:00.
  • Other useful information
    Different signs, numbers and symbols.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://tourismchina-ca.com/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport. 

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.

Children: 2 - 11 years.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

 

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60 days before departure

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