Hong Kong to Yangshuo
Start the bustle Hong Kong to explore the city with a full day, then move to Guanzghou to enjoy the wonderful Cantonese culture. Afterwards transfer to Yangshuo to indulge into the picturesque river and mountain view. It is a best chance to explore Southern China in short time.
D1. Arrival Hong Kong
You can arrive in Hong Kong any time. 6.30pm, our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby to brief the trip. At 8 pm, walk to the Victoria harbor to enjoy the light show.
Overnight in Hong Kong
D2. Hong Kong-Guangzhou
Day trip in Hong Kong including the star avenue, Victoria Peak, Mangkok. At 6 pm to catch train to Guangzhou.
Overnight in Guangzhou
City tour in Guangzhou. Visit Tomb Museum of Nanyue King, Academy of Clan Chen, Shamian Island, view the Canton Tower. Lunch is yummy dim sum
Overnight in Guangzhou
D 4. Guangzhou— Guilin—Yangshuo
Transfer to Guangzhou South Railway station to catch a bullet train to Guilin(3 hours). Upon arrival, transfer to Yangshuo. Take a cruise this afternoon on the picturesque Ri Liver. Visit the West Street in the evening where you can purchase different souvenirs.
Overnight in Yangshuo
D 5. Yangshuo
Bike ride to countryside, bamboo rafting on the Yulong River. Climb up Moonhill before the lunch at local farmer house.
Ride back home after lunch.
Free time this afternoon, optional calligraphy, Kung Fu class or cooking class.
Overnight in Yangshuo
D6. Guilin-- home
Transfer to airport where to catch flight to Guangzhou or Beijing, Hong Kong back to home. Trip concludes.
Population: 7 million
Province: Hong Kong Special Administrative
Hong Kong is one of two Special Administrative Regions (SARs) of the People's Republic of China (PRC), the other being Macau. A city-state situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. With a land mass of 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Hong Kong's population is 95 percent ethnic Chinese and 5 percent from other groups.
According to historical records, people have inhabited small villages around Hong Kong since the Song Dynasty (960-1279). They produced incense sticks, which were then shipped from a nearby harbor, hence the village gained its name Xianggang.
Hong Kong was a part of Guangdong Province until the Opium War of 1842, when it was ceded to Great Britain as a colony. Upon Hong Kong's return to China on July 1, 1997 it became a Special Administrative Region (SAR). Originally described as a 'barren rock', it is now a world-leading financial, trading and business center, as well as a
shopper’s paradise. Hong Kong is geographically and administratively divided into three main regions: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. The New Territories
also includes 235 outlying islands. Victoria Harbour is between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon; continually being narrowed by land reclamation. 96 percent of the population is Chinese with English and Cantonese as official languages. Hong Kong is also the world’s busiest container port, one of the world's four largest gold markets and has Asia's 3 biggest stock market. Yet not far away from all the lights of Kowloon and high rises of HK Island, you can still find tranquil fishing villages and beautiful scenic walks.
The name "Hong Kong" is an approximate phonetic rendering of the pronunciation of the spoken Cantonese or Hakka name, meaning "fragrant harbour". In 1842, the Treaty of Nanking was signed, and the name Hong Kong was first recorded on official documents to encompass the entirety of the island.
Hong Kong is frequently described as a place where "East meets West", reflecting the culture's mix of the territory's Chinese roots with influences from its time as a British colony. Hong Kong balances a modernised way of life with traditional Chinese practices.
Though it is situated just south of the Tropic of Cancer, Hong Kong has a humid subtropical climate. Summer is hot and humid with occasional showers and thunderstorms, and warm air coming from the southwest. Summer is when typhoons are most likely, sometimes resulting in flooding or landslides. Winters are mild and usually start sunny, becoming cloudier towards February; the occasional cold front brings strong, cooling winds from the north. The most temperate seasons are spring, which can be changeable, and autumn, which is generally sunny and dry.
Currency Exchange 兑换
There are numerous exchange places all over HK and all banks provide exchange facilities, although most charge HKD50 commission. Virtually all ATM’s accept visa, MasterCard etc.
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout HK – most stores charge a service fee for credit card transactions.
Pacific Coffee Houses can be found all around Hong Kong and has free internet access.
You can make international calls from the hotel or buy an IP card. English instructions on the back.
Post Office 邮局:
The closest post office is on Nathan Rd, half way between Jordan and Yaumatei MTR stations. The GPO is just west of the Star Ferry Terminal HK side.
Take the Star Ferry between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon
HK is one of the easiest cities to get around.
The easiest and quickest way to get around. Well signed and announcements also in English.
Taxis are relatively expensive, but they are available everywhere.
Hong Kong buses, although crowded, are one of the best ways to see the city. They are well marked.
Hong Kong Attractions:
It's the best place from which to admire the lights of this Oriental Pearl. Peak Tower with its famous wok-like architecture stands at the exit of Peak Tram. The amazing Ripley's Believe It or Not! The exciting Peak Explorer Motion Simulator, and relaxing terraces and restaurants are among the favorite stops at this entertainment center. Another favorite attraction is the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum with figures of celebrities including local movie star Jackie Chan. Additionally, on the northern hillside of the Peak, you can see the Zoological and Botanical Garden. It still remains a must in Hong Kong. There is also a wonderful, upscale Asian restaurant at the top called the Peak Café. Bring your camera and tri-pod to get a photo of the city lights. Shuttle bus from Star Ferry (HK) to the Peak Tram terminal, bus 15 or 15A from Star Ferry or a taxi (good value for 4 people).
Museum of History历史博物馆
A modern and well-presented display of relics. Also contains a model of a C19 street scene
Lei Cheng Uk Museum李郑屋博物馆
Near the Chang Shan Wan MTR stop (exit A2) on Tonkin Street. Built over a Han dynasty tomb, which was discovered when workers in 1955, The museum gives a unique look at an older side of Hong Kong’s history.
Yuen Po Street Bird Garden园圃街雀鸟花园
In case you are in the market for a pet bird or grasshopper. Near the intersection of Prince Edward Rd. W. & Yuen Po Street (a few minutes’ walk from the Prince Edward MTR stop). Aside from buying and selling pets, this garden is popular for older men to take their pet birds (locked in tiny cages) for fresh air and to gossip or play chess.
Enjoy the open-bar hospitality at Hong Kong harbour, get onboard to a very unique cruise offering wonderful HK symphony of lights night shows. Here's your virtual guide to secure a perfect view spot and how to get there.
Situated between the Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong, Victoria Bay is the largest harbour in China and the third in the world, following San Francisco of the United States and Re de Janeiro in Brazil. The Harbour bustles with all manner of watercraft – from the historic Star Ferries to cruise liners, cargo ships, and wooden fishing vessels day and night.
Hong Kong Disneyland:迪斯尼乐园
Located on the Lantau Island, the Disneyland Resort is a must-see because of its special attractions and the inimitable sense of Chinese culture. Come here, you can find the golden past and the glorious future! Accompanied by Mickey Mouse and other Disney friends, you start a fantastic and magical journey.
Lantau Island: 大屿山
Lantau Island is one of the most remote and scenic areas of Hong Kong. See the dramatic Ngong Ping plateau at 460 meters above sea level where monks settled in the early part of the 20th century to establish Po Lin Monastery. Few statues anywhere in the world have such a powerful pull on the imagination as the Giant Buddha gazing serenely on the Po Lin Monastery from its hillside site at Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. Enjoy a vegetarian lunch served by the monks before visiting Cheung Sha Beach, ShekPik Reservoir and Tai O Fishing village.
The Giant Buddha天坛大佛
The Giant Buddha is the world's tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha. The Statue sits serenely atop Ngong Ping plateau in the middle of wonderful mountain scenery of Lantau Island. The majestic figure of the seated Buddha (or Tian Tan) is 34 meters high, was cast in China and took 10 years to complete. Weighing 220 tons, it was unveiled in 1993. Also, visit the Wisdom Path, an outdoor replica of the centuries-old Heart Sutra, one of the world's best known prayers that is reserved by Confucians, Buddhists and Taoist alike. The Sutra is displayed in wooden pillars placed in the form of infinite figure that symbolize the immeasurable splendor and infinity.
Tsim Sha Tsui尖沙咀
Nathan Road (the Golden Mile) runs from the tip of Kowloon Peninsula through the heart of TST. Its shops contain every conceivable product from shoes to cameras, tailors to books and VCDs.
Yau MaTei & Mong Kok油麻地&旺角
Continue north along Nathan Road for a glimpse of traditional HK urban life (and its most densely populated). The side streets here house a wonderful array of markets specializing in plants, jade, fish, shoes….
Temple Street Night market庙街夜市
Cheap gear, clothes, CD’s, and kitschy trinkets (not to mention street food and fortune telling)
Mongkok Computer Center旺角电脑中心
Famous for software bargains, but much of the software is pirated and technically illegal to bring home.
The Jade Market玉器市场
Kansu and Battery Roads is a great place to bargain for jade of varying quality, as well as other kinds of jewelry and “antique” knick-knacks.
Home to the business and financial world, it is also a major
shopping district and boasts many excellent restaurants
Ubiquitous Chinese trinkets or cheap Western brand-name clothing. A quick escape from the rush the city, located on the south side of Hong Kong Island. Home to expats and wealthy locals; often crowded with day-trippers from town, it seems far from Hong Kong until you step into the Bazaar.
Travelers are advised to read the Trip Notes before your China tours.
Visas - A China visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China. Please view our web page for detailed information about China Visa: http://silkroadtrips.com/260.html
Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. Please provide us with:
• Insurance company
• Policy number
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You may check our webpage for more detailed information as below.
Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years.
Luggage - We suggest you to take one main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Don’t overload yourself, because you have to carry your own baggage.
Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
Accommodation - Each tour lists the hotel standard, you can check it before your booking, The hotels are selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range differently from tour to tour. In some remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities. Please note that there is no international classification system for hotels, and differences and quality do exist between the European Countries and China, though it is marked 4 or 5 star hotel.
In bigger cities and large towns the standard is similar although on a lesser scale. In small towns or villages where tourism is less prevalent, the hotels we use are smaller and facilities are more limited, though we generally stay in the best place in town. Rooms will still be en suite but rooms can be basic. Plumbing and electricity supplies can be somewhat erratic and although the welcome is warm, service levels may be less efficient than you may be used to.
Booking a Single Room – Silkroadtrips are pleased to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Kindly note our single supplement do not include sharing cabins on the overnight trains or cruises. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
Aboard the overnight sleeper train, berths are usually in 1st class ‘soft sleeper’ lockable compartments for 4 which have 2 sets of bunks with clean bedding provided. WC and washbasins are provided for shared use at the end of each carriage. Hot meals and snacks are sold to your berth on all overnight journeys. In times of large demand we may have to travel in 2nd class ‘hard sleeper’ which consists of sectioned off compartments for 6,leading off an open plan carriage.
Bullet trains are getting popular, it is very modern with a high velocity of 300km per hour. There are western toilets, dinning car on the bullet trains, and normally for short distance running 1—8 hours.
You can check in 20 kg baggage and carry 5kg hand bag with you while boarding a flight in China. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.
Eating is always an important part of the tours. Each tour of Silkroadtrips has listed the included meals, please check it on-line. Our professional guide will always arrange the meals at clean local restaurants to taste different food with different budget approximately from CNY20 to CNY200 per person per meal. Please check our webpage for Chinese Cuisine as below.
Tipping - If you're happy with the services provided then a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. Tipping is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across China and other Asian countries. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Tipping is not common practice at restaurants in China or Tibet.
Tour guides: Throughout your tour you may at times have local guides or national guide. We suggest CNY10-15 per person per day for guides.
Porters: In some hotels a porter may offer to carry your bag to your room. We suggest CNY5 per bag for porters.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest that you tip only those more involved with the group (for example those that help you with your bags etc). CNY5-10 per person per day is generally appropriate.
Optional Extras - Our standard tours are planned to be as fully inclusive as possible. However, from time-to-time you may be suggested to join optional tours/sightseeing in addition to the standard sightseeing planned for that city. Such options are at an additional cost, with prices ranging from 20-200 CNY per person. If you do not wish to take part in any optional extras, you will have the option of enjoying some free time at leisure or to return to the hotel.
Personal Expenses - Kindly check the inclusions for your tour, you will need to take some extra money to cover drinks, laundry and souvenirs, plus any additional sightseeing that may be offered to you. Based on the advice of previous customers an approximate amount of $250 per week should be sufficient; however for those that can’t resist a bargain, consider allocating a higher amount.
Electricity Supply & Plugs
China operates on a 220V and uses a combination of US/European and Chinese style plugs in most hotel rooms. You can buy an international adaptor before the tour