Fabulous China Beijing/Guangzhou 10D

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Tour Details

Group Size: 
6 --15 pax 

Travel Season: 
Year around

Accommodation: 
As per the itinerary  

Transport: 
Chartered car and public bus

Train:
Bullet train(second class)

Flights:
Shanghai-Xian-Guilin(Economy)

Meals:
9 Breakfasts and 7 lunches

Guide: 
English-speaking local guides

Entrance Fees:
Entrance for the sites stated


Payment

Fabulous China from Beijing to Guangzhou 10 Days
This 10-day tour will escort you from Beijing to Guangzhou including Shanghai, Xian and Yangshuo by bullet train and flight. You will travel to must-see sites in China with local guide including the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, Great Wall, Bund, Terra Cotta Army, Li River, Canton Tower and Pearl River. Please note the minimum number of the tour is 6 travelers, and we will refund you if we can not get 6 travelers 10 days before each departure. 

Itinerary
Day 1. Arrival Beijing
Welcome to China! Today is arrival day, upon arrival, our guide will meet you at arrival exit and transfer you hotel in Beijing. Enjoy your free time for the rest of the day.
Accommodate in 3-star hotel in Beijing
Meal: None

Day 2. Beijing
Today you will be transferred to Mutianyu Great Wall where you will climb up the Great Wall that was built 600 years ago. Afterwards you will be transferred back to your hotel. 
Accommodate in 3-star hotel, Beijing
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3. Beijing -- Shanghai by bullet train
Visit the Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square this morning before catching 5-hour bullet train  to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel in Shanghai.
Accommodate 3-star hotel in Shanghai 
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4. Shanghai
City explore in Shanghai by metro and taxi today, you will visit the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Xintiandi, etc.
Accommodate in 3- star hotel in Shanghai 
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5. Shanghai —- Xi’an by air
You will take an early flight from Shanghai to Xian. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide at arrival exit. Then you will explore Muslim Quarter and the Old City Wall this afternoon.
Accommodate 3- star hotel in Xi’an 
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6. Xian
Today you will take one-hour ride to the well-known Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. There are three pits in the museum where you will be impressed by the high-level art 2000 years ago.
Accommodate in 3-star hotel in Xian
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7. Xian -- Guilin – Yangshuo by air
This morning you will take 2-hour flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, you will me by your guide at arrival exit. Then you will take 1.5-hour ride to Yangshuo, a picturesque small town with stunning Li River and Karst mountains.
You can wander around West Street this evening.
Accommodate in 3-star hotel in Yangshuo 
Meal: Breakfast

Day 8. Yangshuo
Yangshuo is a wonderful place to view the stunning mountains and river. Today you can ride bike to the Yulong River or hike if you do not want biking, and take local boat on the picturesque Li River this afternoon.
Accommodate in 3-star hotel in Yangshuo 
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 09. Yangshuo -- Guangzhou
Take 2-hour bullet train from Yangshuo to Guangzhou, Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and start to visit the pretty city Guangzhou. You will visit the Academy of Clan Chen, the Shamian Island, and view the Canton Tower. Take a night cruise on the Pearl River to view the fantastic lights in the evening. Enjoy the farewell dinner. 
Accommodate in 3-star hotel in Guangzhou
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 10. Guangzhou
Today is departure day. You will be transferred to Guangzhou airport where the wonderful tour concludes.
Meal: Breakfast


Beijing北京
Province: Municipality of Beijing
Population: 20 million
Capital of the People'ss Republic of China for more than 800 of the last 3000 years. Beijing, formerly romanized as Peking, presumably originated from Guangdong dialect, is the capital of the People's Republic ofChina and one of the most populous cities in the world, with a population of 19,612,368 (in 2010). Beijing, from the Chinese characters (北) for north and (京) for capital, means literally the "Northern Capital".
The city was frequently expanded, destroyed and rebuilt by the 34 Emperors who ruled from here. Kublai Khan (1267-1293)totally rebuilt the city, renaming it Dadu or Great Capital; the Yongle Emperor spent 15 years surrounding the city with walls 12 meters high and 10 meters thick at the base. Expanding from its old confines within the nine gates of theInner City Beijing now covers around 50 square kilometers with Tiananmen Square still at the center and the hutongs (narrow alleyways) are quickly being replaced with highways as Beijing transforms once more in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games.
As China's second largest city by urban population after Shanghai, it is the country's political, cultural, and educational center, and home to the headquarters for most of China's largest state-owned companies. Beijing is a major transportation hub in the national highway, expressway, railway and high-speed rail network. Beijing's Capital International Airport is the second busiest in the world by passenger traffic.
Beijing has a rather dry, monsoon-influenced humid continental climate,characterized by hot, humid summers, and generally cold, windy, dry winters.Spring can bear witness to sandstorms blowing in from the Mongolian steppe,accompanied by rapidly warming, but generally dry, conditions. Autumn, like spring, sees little rain, but is crisp and short. The monthly daily average temperature in January is −3.7 °C (25.3 °F), while in July it is 26.2 °C(79.2 °F). Precipitation averages around 570 mm (22.4 in)annually, with the great majority of it falling in the summer months. 

Xi'an西安
Province: Shaanxi
Population: 3.2 million
Xi'an is the capital of the Shaanxi province,and a sub-provincial city in the People's Republic of China. One of the six ancient capitals of China, Xi'an served as the seat of 12 imperial dynasties over the last 2000 years.With more than 3,100 years of history, the city was known as Chang'an before the Ming Dynasty, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang. It was the starting point for the great trade caravans of the Silk Routes to Central Asia andEurope and the largest city in the world during theTangDynasty (618-907 AD). Rapid industrialization began in the 1950s with manufacturing of cotton textiles, electrical equipment, machinery and fertilizers. By the end of 2005, Xi'an had a pulation of 8.07 million.
Xi'an has a temperate, semi-arid climate influenced by the East Asian monsoon. The Wei River valley is characterised by hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. Spring and autumn are somewhat brief and dry. Xi'an receives most of its annual precipitation from August to late October in the form of rain. Snow occasionally falls in winter but rarely settles for long. Summer months also experience frequent but short thunderstorms. Monthly mean temperatures range from around the freezing mark in January to 26.6 °C(79.9 °F) in July, with an annual average of 13.7 °C (56.7 °F).
The two Chinese characters "西安" in the name Xi'an literally mean "Western Peace". Xi'an is abbreviated in Chinese to either Haoor Tang (唐). The former abbreviation is derived from the Zhou Dynasty name Haojing, whilst the latter comes from the name of the Tang Dynasty.

Guangzhou
Guangzhou, known historically as Canton,is the capital and largest city of Guangdong province, People's Republic of China. Located on the Pearl River, about 120 km (75 mi) north-northwest of Hong Kong and north-northeast of Macau, Guangzhou is a key national transportation hub and trading port. One of the five National Central Cities,it holds sub-provincial administrative status.
Guangzhou is the third largest Chinese city and southern China's largest city. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 12.78 million. 
Passport holders of 51 countries and regions including USA, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, etc. are granted a visa-free stay of up to 72 hours when taking an international transfer via Guangzhou Baiyun Airport. 

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
•    24 hour medical emergency contact number
•    The expiry date of the policy
You may check our webpage for more detailed information as below.
http://silkroadtrips.com/266.html
 
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.
 
Trains
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.
 
Air
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.

Food
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.
http://www.silkroadtrips.com/284.html
 
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