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Modern & Ancient Cities Of China
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Modern & Ancient Cities of China

12 days & 11 nights, Private Journey

Shanghai, Pingyao, Guilin, Longsheng, Hangzhou & Huangshan

Delve into the picturesque beauty of China and explore some destinations that are off the beaten path. From the ancient trading city of Pingyao, once the financial capital of China, to the tranquil riverside city of Guilin, which has been an inspiration to generations of artists, you'll experience a side of China many travelers miss. Along the way, discover the glorious terraced rice fields of Longsheng, the pristine West Lake of Hangzhou and the towering peak of Huangshan Mountain.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Shanghai

    Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel.

    The Peninsula Hotel - 1 Night
  • Day 2
    To Pingyao

    Head to the airport for your flight to Taiyuan, where you are greeted on arrival. En route to your hotel enjoy a visit the Jinci Temple and the Hall of the Holy Mother, build during the Song Dynasty. Admire the 3,000 year old Cypress tree that stands nearby.

    Jing's Residence at Ping Yao - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 3
    Pingyao

    This morning, explore the well-preserved Ming Dynasty walled town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site - from the ancient city walls to the Rishengchang Draft Bank, the first bank in China - and imagine yourself in the bustling atmosphere on Ming-Qing Street when Pingyao was the financial capital of China.

    Jing's Residence at Ping Yao (B)
  • Day 4
    To Guilin

    En route to the Taiyuan airport for your flight to Guilin, visit the Chang Family Compound, a perfect example of the extensive family compounds that existed in this part of China.

    Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin - 2 Nights (B, L)
  • Day 5
    Guilin

    Rise early this morning for the highlight of your visit to Guilin - a leisurely cruise down the Li River, an inspiration to artists and poets for centuries. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, spend some time wandering through the town and enjoy a gentle float down a tributary of the Li River on a traditional bamboo raft. Tonight, enjoy the spectacular Sanjie Liu performance, which uses the Li River as its backdrop.

    Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin (B, L)
  • Day 6
    To Longsheng

    Depart Guilin for the terraced rice fields known as The Dragon's Backbone in Longsheng. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and then meet with your guide who will take you to Dazhai Village and describe the meaning of the great ribbons of terraces that span for miles.

    Li-An Lodge (B, L)
  • Day 7
    To Hangzhou

    This morning take in the beauty of the Ping'an Terraces before heading to the Guilin airport in time for your flight to Hangzhou.

    Banyan Tree Hangzhou - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 8
    Hangzhou

    Visit the atmospheric Lingyin Temple where Buddhist monks still live and pray; the sanctuary is also home to one of the largest indoor Buddha statues in the world. Stop at the Tea Museum and enjoy a short cruise around charming West Lake.

    Banyan Tree Hangzhou (B, L)
  • Day 9
    To Huangshan

    Enjoy the scenic ride to Huangshan and start the afternoon with a walk along Tunxi Ancient Street, as you are transported back to a bygone era.

    Banyan Tree Huangshan - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 10
    Huangshan

    Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hongcun Village, home of the Wang Clan, which boasts some perfect examples of traditional Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture. Then take a relaxing cable car ride to the mountaintop top to admire the sweeping views.

    Savor the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the sweeping views.

    Banyan Tree Huangshan (B)
  • Day 11
    To Shanghai

    Early this morning, you will have the opportunity to see the stunning sunrise on Huangshan Mountain (weather permitting). The rest of today is at leisure to hike the local trails to Dispelling Cloud Pavilion and the Grand Canyon of the West Sea on your own. Later this afternoon, descend by cable car, and then fly back to Shanghai.

    The Peninsula Hotel - 1 Night (B, L)
  • Day 12
    Depart Shanghai

    Bid farewell to China this morning as you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

    (B)
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