China travel map - China Speed Train Discovery Tour

Starting a discovery tour in China by rail travel from Beijing & Xi'an for historical wonders, stop over at Chengdu to experience its profound culture and meet giant pandas, explore the heaven-like Guilin and Yangshuo with cruise and cooking class, and travel to Guangzhou, a bustling city with many historical sites, spend the last few days in Hong Kong for great sightseeing. And you will visit popular scenic spots like the Great Wall, Forbidden CIty, Terracotta Army, Li River, Chen Family Temple, Victoria Peak...

Duration: 16 days & 15 nights

Destinations: Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guangzhou - Hong Kong

Starting Point: Beijing

Ending Point: Hong Kong

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Arrival in Beijing, you will be met at the airport or train station and transferred to hotel.

Private escorted tour to over 500-year-old Temple of Heaven. The Temple is basically a huge communication terminal which the Emperor used to communicate directly with Heaven, and it was included in the World Heritage List in 1998. Secondly, go to the Tiananmen Square, located at the heart of Beijing, is the world's largest city center square. Then enter the Forbidden City. It was nominated as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1987 and recognized as one of the most important five palaces in the world. At night, a delicious Peking duck dinner is prepared.

Meal: B, L, D

Temple of Heaven

Visit the Summer Palace this 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. If weather permits, enjoy boating at Kunming Lake. Next, take private escorted tour to Mutianyu Great Wall by round-way cable car. Mutianyu, meaning ‘Admiring Fields Valley’, is the longest fully-restored Great Wall section open to tourists and about 2.5 hours’ drive from downtown Beijing. 

Meal: B, L

Mutianyu Great Wall

China’s capital city Beijing is a city of contrasts which you can discover the magical cultural traditions at the hutong alleyways dating back to hundreds of years ago. Explore hutong on foot or sitting on a vintage rickshaw, witnessing local life at traditional courtyard houses. Sample more about the culture by taking a lesson to learn Chinese calligraphy. If you’re traveling with kids, how about learning paper cutting or painting Peking Opera mask? After that, board your high speed train trip to Xian (around 5 hours). 

Meal: B, L

Visit the most famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, one of the top attractions in China. It is so significant because the hundreds of detailed life-size models represent the army that triumphed over all other Chinese armies and who were the decisive factor in forming a united China. Make yourself a mini terracotta warrior with clay at a local cave house, and bring it home. Later, walk at the old city quarters not only to appreciate its unique architecture, but also get close to local people’s life.

Meal: B, L

Terracotta Army

Get in China’s longest and best preserved ancient city wall with the morning sunlight to view the past and amazing new development. You’re suggested to ride a bike on the mighty wall. Then visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which has a brick frame built around a hollow interior, and its square base and shape reflect the building style of other pagodas from the era of Tang Dynasty. Inside the park there is Xian Musuem to be explored, a less-visited one with a large collection of 130 000 historic artifacts. Also enjoy a shadow puppet show, a fun and artistic folk drama of ancient China (transfer to Gao’s Court yard House to watch the show on every Tuesday and winter season).development.

Meal: B, L

Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Transfer to the train station and head for Chengdu (4 hours) – one of the most charming cultural centers in China and the celebrated hometown of giant panda. Have a leisure stroll of Jinli Old Street, lined with traditional wooden and brick dwellings. It is said it was one of the oldest commercial streets in Chengdu dating to the 2th-century. Visit the Wenshu Temple, a garden-designed ancient shrine, to see people praying, burning incense, etc. before experience Chengdu’s unique tea culture at People’s Park or Kuanzhai Alleyways.

Meal: B, L

One important purpose of touring Chengdu is to join the panda volunteer program – being a caring panda keeper and doing something meaningful for this cute creature. You’ll learn knowledge and history of giant panda, and work with the staff to take care of them, making food, feeding them, cleaning the house… After the hard-working day, you will be issued a certificate confirming your effort.

Meal: B, L

Panda keeper in Chengdu

After breakfast, transfer to the railway station to take train to Guilin (6 hours). Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to Longji Rice Terraces. Check into your hotel, and catch the sunset, when the rice terraces, which extend from mountain top to feet, are enveloped a golden ray. Fall asleep with the calm serenity.

Meal: B, L

Longji Rice Terraces

Hike amidst the endless rice terraces to Longji Ancient Zhuang Village. The villagers who have been living here for generations create the amazing scene of terraced fields. Get to know their life, foods, customs, culture and dwellings. Drive to the downtown of Guilin, and visit Reed Flute Cave on the halfway of a hill. Inside the cave, you’re supposed to be marveled by various shapes of stalactites and stalagmites. 

Meal: B, L

Set sail with a cruise ship on Li River, one of the most beautiful rivers on Earth, featuring ever-changing karst scenery. If you happen to have a Chinese 20-yuan note, figure out the sight Illustrated on the note. Disembark in Yangshuo, a paradise in South China. Explore Yangshuo countryside on two wheels (if you don’t prefer the bike trip, your private vehicle is able available), to be embraced by intoxicating landscape: limestone peaks, farm lands, orchard, rivers… Visit a local family house if you wish. You’re encouraged to have a walk and drinks at the West Street at night. 

Meal: B, L

Li River

You’ve tried many Chinese dishes for the last days, and today, you’ll learn to cook the dishes yourself. But first of all, your guide will lead you to the bustling local market, to see what is for sale, breakfast, seasonal vegetables, fruits, various meat, nuts, tofu… When the food materials are prepared, start cooking! Enjoy the gastronomy delights for lunch. Perhaps take a nap surrounded by the beautiful surroundings and take the bullet train to Guangzhou (2.5 hours). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Meal: B, L

Start the day at Yuexiu Park, favored by local Guangzhou people who do morning exercise. Then pay a visit to Chen Family Temple, the largest, best preserved and decorated ancient architecture in Guangdong province. Next, visit the Xiguan Old Houses to appreciate its special architecture values. Later, wander around Qingping Market. It has over 2000 stall along 1-km-long Qingping Road to get close to local people's life, where is a gazetted historical area that serves as a tranquil reminder of the colonial European period. Board the speed train to Hong Kong (1 hour).

Meal: B

Chinese speed train

Your first stop is Victoria Peak. It combine shopping, restaurants, and entertainment and features the oldest mode transport, the 112-year old Peak Tram and Hong Kong 's most unusual building and icon, the Peak Tower. Secondly, pay a visit to Aberdeen. It was formerly a fishing village. People can have a glimpse of boat-dwellers at Aberdeen Bay. Repulse Bay is the third spot, a relaxing sandy beach with a strong characteristic of local culture. The rest of day is for your own exploration.

Meal: B

Hong Kong a fascinating city that blends with traditional Chinese culture and that of the West. It is the most diverse and exciting destinations in the world.

Meal: B

Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination. End of your 16 days China discovery tour by speed train.

Meal: B

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What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suite Your Preference

    In each place, we hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our China tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

  • Internal Transportation

    Based on your needs, we could make bookings of internal transportation, including domestic flights, inter-city trains, long-distance bus, etc.

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