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Chinese dishes are famous worldwide with diverse food culture in different regions; make it a popular destination for garment lovers. On this culinary trip, you can take splendid food culture in Beijing, then head to Xian to eat dumplings in varied shapes, and stroll through the tranquil water town and bustling Shanghai, shop in local market of Yangshuo and cooking some dishes, your breakfast in local restaurant in Guangzhou to experience local tea and dim sum and your last stop at Gourmet Paradise - Hong Kong to try the renowned dim sum.

Duration: 16 days & 15 nights

Destinations: Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Guangzhou - Hong Kong

Starting Point: Beijing

Ending Point: Hong Kong

Day
Be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel at downtown.

Lead a private escorted tour to Temple of Heaven, a complex of religious buildings, which was the site of the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest, now you can see the local Beijingers to do morning exercises here. Secondly, go to the Tiananmen Square, located at the heart of Beijing, is the world's largest city center square. Thirdly go to the Forbidden City, officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was constructed between 1406 and 1420 by the Ming emperor Zhu Di and witnessed the enthronement of 14 Ming and 10 Qing emperors over the following 505 years. Then at night, special and crisp Peking duck dinner is offered.

Meal: B, L, D

Private escorted tour to Mutianyu Great Wall by round-way cable car. Mutianyu, meaning 'Admire Fields Valley', is the longest fully-restored Great Wall section open to tourists and about 2.5 hours' drive from downtown Beijing. Next, have a pedicab tour to Hutong, namely Beijing's traditional alleyways, represents Beijing's origin, location or history. It is in these gray-tiled long lanes that families play, buy goods, gossip, and connect. A well-prepared Imperial dinner at Fangshan Restaurant is at night.

Meal: B, L, D

Visit the Summer Palace in the morning. The Chinese call it Yihe Yuan, and the landscaped gardens, temples, and pavilions were designed to achieve harmony with nature. It was listed on the World Heritage List by the UNESCO in 1998. After palace visit, take an afternoon flight to Xian. Be met and transfer to local restaurant to have a special learning course of making Chinese noodles, which is also an outstanding snack in Xian. At night, a fascinating Tang Dynasty show is included for you to appreciate its artistic values. 

Meal: B, L, D

In the morning, transfer to visit Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum not far away from the city--one of the top attractions in China, because of its historical significance and uniqueness. In the afternoon, visit the Bell Tower which originally built in Ming Dynasty and used to house the bells that were sounded every morning to announce the time to the ancient capital’s inhabitants. Then take a walk at the old quarters of the city to get close to the real life style of the local people. In the evening, a dumpling dinner at Defachang Restaurant is included.

Meal: B, L, D

Visit Old City Wall-- the most intact ancient Chinese wall in existence. It encircles and protects the ancient part of Xian City. The best way to appreciate the grandness of it is by biking around. If weather permits, a bike ride is available. Then transfer to take a mid-day flight to Shanghai. Be met and transfer to visit the Bund and Nanjing Road. These two are the must-see sights in brilliant Shanghai. The Bund is for modern and historical architecture seeing while Nanjing Road is for one-stop shopping experience. An optional acrobatic show at night with the collective of various kinds of feats. 

Meal: B, D

Half day tour to a nearby water town - Zhujiajiao to see the traditional life of Yangtze Delta--unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyards, this little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Then go back to downtown area and visit Yu Garden. It was inaugurated in the Ming dynasty and has a total area of 20,000 square meters with an exquisite layout and beautiful scenery. Later, free time for shopping in downtown. 

Meal: B, L, D

Take a mid-day flight to Guilin, be met and transfer to visit the Reed Flute Cave. The cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes. After the sight-seeing, dine at a famous local restaurant.

Meal: B, D

Take a leisurely Li River cruise, disembark at the beautiful small town famous for its Karst landscape--Yangshuo. At Yangshuo, you can have a free afternoon for your own exploration. The ideal way is wander around and go to tourist spots like Moon Hill, Big Banyan and so on. At night, the West Street is a must-go where shows lively nightlife with both Chinese and western style. 

Meal: B, L

In the morning, the day begins by biking (or taking a golf-car-like vehicle) to the countryside to see the stunning scenery, rice paddies, water buffalo and local farmer's life. Then your option to take a 1-hour bamboo rafting down Yulong River. Have lunch at a local restaurant to taste local food there. In the afternoon, the local chef will take you to the local market for shopping some ingredients for cooking, and learn to cook some local dishes in a village.

Meal: B, L, D

Drive back to Guilin, and have a walk around the Central Lake Park where there are man-made architecture and natural lakes of perfect combination. After lunch, you transfer to take an afternoon flight to the fast-developing city Guangzhou. Be met and transfer to hotel. Dine at a typical Cantonese restaurant. Not only eat crisp roast goose and some main dishes, but also some local desserts such as Shuang Pi Nai. 

Meal: B, L, D

Breakfast at a popular restaurant for morning tea and dim sum, followed by a visit to Family Chan Temple--the largest, best preserved, and best decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province. Then Qing Ping Market that has over 2000 stall along 1-km-long Qingping Lu and Ti Yun Lu in the north of Shamian Island. Later, a stroll at the Beijing Road for some shopping where you can not only have one-stop shopping chance, but also seeing some cultural sites. 

Meal: B, L

Today begins with visit to Xiguan Old Houses to appreciate its special architecture values. Then go to the Yue Xiu Park--the largest park in Guangzhou City with an area of 920,000 square meters. And there are luxuriant trees and colorful flowers inside it. After lunch, take high-speed train to Hong Kong. Be met and transfer to hotel.

Meal: B, L

Busy tour day begins with the Aberdeen Fishing Village, the largest town on Hong Kong Island outside the main urban area. Then go to Victoria Peak, a tram ride to give you the best angle to capture exceptional video footage while you are moving to the 373 meters hill top. At noon, lead you to Kingdom Restaurant to have Dim Sum lunch. After shopping at the typical Stanley Market, go to Repulse Bay which has clean water and big white sand beach for relaxation.

Meal: B, L

Today is free for your own exploration of the Gourmet Paradise of Asia. Hong Kong's cuisine is renowned for its exotic fusion of Eastern and Western flavors along with a wide variety of culinary delights. Its cultural blend, proximity to mainland China and reputation for quality have made Hong Kong the world's undisputed Gourmet Paradise. 

Meal: B

Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.

Meal: B

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What's included

  • Guide

    Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide.

  • Meals

    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Transport

    Private transfers airport/hotel/airport.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodations with daily breakfast.

  • Other

    Domestic flights and trains listed.
    Admission fees.

  • Visa

    Visa arrangement. Please consult the local Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General first for the tourist visa.

  • Other

    Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg).
    Personal expense.
    Any meals not specified as "B, L or D".
    Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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