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Immersive China: The Memorable Sights (11 Days)

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No visit to Beijing is complete without a stop at China’s best-preserved imperial palace. During this trip, you can enjoy exclusive access to the hidden halls in the Forbidden City.

As the sun sets, prepare for an adventure along the Great Wall, visiting the only section open at night.

Head south to Hainan Island, exploring its beautiful scenery and fascinating culture. Stop off at the Hainan Museum and explore the volcanic landscapes of Haikou’s Crater Park.

In Shanghai, don’t forget to listen to the amazing stories about the city’s Bund, one of the coolest places in town.



Day 1: Beijing Arrival

Arriving in Beijing by air, you’ll be met upon arrival by a private tour guide and transported to your hotel by private car.

Hotel Options: Penta Hotel Beijing **** / Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town *****

Day 2: The Temple of Heaven & The Forbidden City

Today you’ll get to see some of Beijing’s most iconic sights.

08:30 – Start your day with a visit to the Temple of Heaven. As the name suggests it is an outstanding complex of religious buildings, that symbolizes the relationship between earth and heaven. You will see city residents taking part in morning prayers and exercises.

Temple of Heaven

12:00 – After visiting the Temple, it’s time to eat at a local restaurant. If you’re unsure what to try, your local guide will help you.

14:00 – The afternoon is the best time to visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, as there are fewer visitors. You will be taken by your guide to the hidden halls of the imperial palace, coming face-to-face with rich history and heritage.

Forbidden City

17:00 – At the end of today’s sightseeing, you will be taken back to your hotel where you can enjoy a meal and get some well-earned rest.

Hotel Options: Penta Hotel Beijing **** / Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town *****

Day 3: Day and Night Tour of the Great Wall

08:30 – Kick off your daytime visit to the unforgettable Great Wall by heading for the Simatai section. Take a cable car up and the opportunity to walk down slowly around the lakeside, to fully appreciate the amazing views.

Great Wall

12:00 – Lunch at a local restaurant.

14:00 – Head to the Gubei Water Town, located at the foot of the Great Wall, and refresh yourself in a hot spring. And later in the day, as the light fades, head back to the Simatai section of the Wall to get a night perspective.

Gubei Water Town

19:00 – Enjoy a nice dinner at your hotel restaurant.

Hotel Options: William Edgar Hotel ***** / Beijing Water Town Hot Spring Resort *****

Day 4: The Summer Palace & High-Speed Train to Xi’an

08:30 – Nestled within marvelous gardens, the Summer Palace is yet another unmissable attraction in Beijing. Start your day exploring this masterpiece of Chinese monuments and indulge in its unique architecture.

Summer Palace

12:00 - Lunch at a local restaurant.

14:00 – After lunch, you’ll take the high-speed train to Xi'an, a journey of between 4.5 and 5 hours.

19:00 – You’ll be met by a local Xi'an guide and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel Options: Somerset Xindicheng Xi’an **** / Wyndham Grand Xi'an South *****

Day 5: The Terracotta Warriors & Traditional Cave Dwelling

08:30 – Start your day visiting the one and only Terracotta Army Museum, where you can absorb lots of fascinating history and even make your own mini terracotta warrior model!

Terracotta Warriors

12:00 - Lunch at a local restaurant.

14:00 – You have the afternoon to explore the city area, including from the wall which has been protecting it for 600 years.  

Ancient City Wall

19:00 – Time to return to your hotel and have dinner, before a good night’s sleep.

Hotel Options: Somerset Xindicheng Xi’an **** / Wyndham Grand Xi'an South *****

Day 6: Xi’an City Highlights & Flight to Haikou

08:30 – Head to the Shaanxi History Museum and to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda to learn more about Xi’an and China’s ancient history. Then it’s on to the Muslim Quarter.

Shaanxi History Museum

12:00 - Lunch at a local restaurant.

14:00 – Time to leave the city and head by plane for Haikou, the capital city of Hainan Island. You will be met upon your arrival in Haikou and taken to your accommodation.

Hotel Options: Marriot Hotel in Haikou***** / Novotel Haikou Xinbudao ****

Day 7: Hainan Museum & Temple of the Five Lords & Arcade Streets

You’ll wake up feeling the tropical vibes of Haikou.

After breakfast, you’ll start your day visiting the colossal Hainan Museum, packed full of interesting facts and artefacts.

Then, it’s onwards to the Temple of the Five Lords, built in memory of five famous historical figures residing in Hainan.

Temple of the Five Lords

After a stop for lunch, you can spend the afternoon exploring the Arcade Streets, where you’ll be able to see some amazing buildings, some with some very unique architecture.

Hotel Options: Marriot Hotel in Haikou ***** / Novotel Haikou Xinbudao ****

Day 8: Leiqiong Global Geo Park of China & Movie Town

08:30 – Start your second day in Haikou with a visit to the Leiqiong Global Geo Park of China. This national park boasts more than 40 volcanoes of Quaternary, with awesome landscapes waiting to be explored.

14:00 – After a delicious lunch, it’s time for the movies. Head to Haikou’s Movie Town, where you will feel like a star. It’s filled with buildings and streets, originally created as sets. It quickly became a visitor attraction.

Movie Town

Hotel Options: Marriot Hotel in Haikou ***** / Novotel Haikou Xinbudao ****

Day 9: Flight to Shanghai

It’s time to leave Haikou. Enjoy some free time before being transported to the airport.

You’re heading for Shanghai!

Hotel Options: Sunrise On The Bund **** / Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai *****

Day 10: Shanghai Highlights & Bund Discovery

Welcome to Shanghai!

08:30 – Start your first day in the city with a tour of some of the oldest, iconic buildings. A chance to pick up some interesting insights and knowledge. Did you know Albert Einstein was once in Shanghai? You’ll get to see the room where he stayed in the past.

12:00 – Enjoy a Shanghai lunch, before heading for the tallest building in China – the Shanghai Tower. You’ll enjoy some breathtaking, panoramic views of the city.

14:00 – The afternoon is free for you to explore all that Shanghai has to offer, whether that’s shopping, more sightseeing or dropping into an art gallery.

17:00 – Time to head to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Hotel Options Sunrise On The Bund **** / Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai *****

the Bund

Day 11 - Shanghai Departure

All good things must come to an end! Time for you to head home after your journey of discovery. You’ll be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport.