China Train Odyssey

china train odysseyTour Highlights:
Beijng: the Great Wall, the Forbidden City
Qufu: Confucius temple
Taishan: Tai Mountain
NanJing: Ming Tomb (Xiaoling)
Suzhou: Net Master Garden
Hangzhou: West Lake
Huangshan: Yellow Mountain
Shanghai: the Bund
Dengfeng: Shaolin Temple
Luoyang: Longmen Grotto
Xian: Terra Cotta Warriors Museum

Beijing-Taishan-Nanjing-Suzhou-Hangzhou-Huangshan-Shanghai- Zhengzhou-Luoyang-Xian-Chengdu-Lijiang-Kunming-Guilin–Yangshuo-Shenzhen–Hong Kong (34days)

Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrive in Beijing

Morning arrival. Transfer to hotel and check in upon availability.

Day 2. Beijing (B, L)

BeijingTour Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and a tour on a pedicab (rickshaw) to the Hutongs (old residential areas of Beijing) with family visit.

Day 3. Beijing (B, L)

Visit Great Wall at Mutianyu section, a less visited part of the wall but greater than most other parts (with packed lunch).

Day 4. Beijing /Tai'an (B, L)

Visit Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and Beijing Urban Planning and Exhibition Center. Free evening for your own exploration.

Day 5. Taishan (B)

Free morning for your own exploration. Transfer to Beijing railway station and take an afternoon D train to Tai'an (4 hrs and 20 minutes). Be met at Tai'an rail station and transferred to your hotel.

Day 6. Taishan (B, L)

TaishanAfter breakfast go to Qufu to visit Confucius heritage (65km, 1hr) which includes residential quarters of Confucius family, Confucius temple (where people pay respect to Confucius around the world) and family burial ground (huge complex).

Day 7. Taishan (B, L)

Day tour of Tai Mt including chairlift.

Day 8. Taishan/Nanjing (B)

Free morning. Transfer to train station and head for Nanjing (4.5 hours). Be met and transfer to hotel.

Day 9. Nanjing (B, L)

NanjingVisit Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Confucius Temple, Zhonghua Gate and Qinhuai River.

Day 10. Nanjing/Suzhou (B, L)

Transfer to take a morning train to Suzhou, be met at the train station. Transfer to have lunch, and visit Net Master Garden, No. 1 Silk Factory.

Day 11. Suzhou/Hangzhou (B, L)

Suzhou/HangzhouVisit Old City Gate, Grand Canal by boat. After lunch, take train to Hangzhou. Be met and transfer to hotel.

Day 12. Hangzhou (B, L)

A cruise at West Lake, visit Lingyin Temple and Feilai Peak, Green Tea Plantation.

Day 13. Hangzhou/Huangshan (B, L, D)

Drive to Huangshan (about 3 hrs). After lunch, proceed to Yellow Mountain. Take a cable car up to the top. Stay on the mountain.

Day 14. Huangshan/Shanghai (B, L, D)

Visit the stunning landscape on Yellow Mountain, take the cable car down, and visit Hongcun Village, Tunxi old street. Transfer to take an overnight train to Shanghai.

Day 15. Shanghai (L)

ShanghaiBe met at the train station, and transfer to hotel. Visit Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, the Bund, Nanjing Road.

Day 16. Shanghai (B)

Free day for your own exploration.

Day 17. Shanghai - Zhengzhou (B)

Transfer to Shanghai railway station and take a morning D train to Zhengzhou. Be met and transfer to hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 18. Zhengzhou - Luoyang (B, L)

Drive to Dengfeng to visit Shaolin Temple, Forest Pagoda, proceed to Luoyang.

Day 19. Luoyang (B, L)

LuoyangVisit Longmen Grotto, White Horse Temple and Guanlin Temple.

Day 20. Luoyang – Xian (B)

Transfer to take a morning train to Xian (5 hours). Be met and transfer to visit Provincial Museum and old city quarters.

Day 21. Xian (B, L)

Visit Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Wild Goose Pagoda.

Day 22. Xian - Chengdu (B)

Xian - ChengduFree day. Take a late afternoon train to Chengdu.

Day 23. Chengdu (B)

Be met at the train station, transfer to hotel. Free afternoon for your own exploration.

Day 24. Chengdu – Lijiang (B, L)

After breakfast, Visit Panda Breeding and Research Center, and Jinsha Museum, People's Park. Transfer to airport in the afternoon and fly to Lijiang.

Day 25. Lijiang (B, L)

Visit old town of Lijiang, Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Museum, take a bike tour to Shuhe.

Day 26. Lijiang – Kunming (B)

Transfer to airport and fly to Kunming. Visit West Hill and Dragon Gate.

Day 27. Kunming – Guilin (B, L)

Drive to Stone Forest, and visit a minority village on the way. Then drive back to the train station and board the train to Guilin.

Day 28. Guilin - Yangshuo (L)

Guilin - YangshuoBe met at the train station, have lunch and transfer to stay at Yangshuo.

Day 29. Yangshuo (B, L)

Take a bike ride to the most beautiful countryside of Yangshuo and see the local farmer's life. Bamboo rafting down Yulong River. Lunch at the local restaurant. Free afternoon.

Day 30. Yangshuo (B)

Free morning. Transfer to Guilin and take a cable car up to the top of Yao Mount, and visit the local tea farm nearby. Then transfer to train station to head for Shenzhen.

Day 31. Shenzhen – Hong Kong

After getting off the train, you can cross the border to Hong Kong side, and check in the hotel on your own arrangement.

Day 32. Hong Kong (B)

Hong KongFree time.

Day 33. Hong Kong (B)

Free time.

Day 34. Hong Kong / Exit

Hong KongYour own arrangement to the airport and fly home.

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