16 Days China Southern Folk Residences & Wuyishan Explore Tour
Tour Code: CWHT06
Tour Duration: 16 Days
Destination: Guangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong, Macao, Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuyishan, Xiamen, Yangshuo
Tour overview: Chinese Ethnic Minority architecture and culture is truly unique and this tour focuses on them, as well as areas famous for their natural beauty, and some of the best sites China has to offer. A large number of the sites on this China tour are listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. You will see the blockhouses in Kaiping, the Hakka Tulou buildings, and so much more. See how some of China’s Ethnic Minority Groups have lived for centuries and how their architecture has been a big part in the forming of their cultures and traditions.
- Tour Summary
- Day by Day Itinerary
|Tour Dates||Destinations||Services Provided||Meals Included|
|Day 1||Hong Kong||
Arrive at HongKong, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, free at the rest of the day.
|Day 2||Hong Kong||
Half day tour to Victoria Peak Aberdeen Repulse Bay
|Day 3||Hong Kong/Macao/Hong Kong||
One day Macau tour for Ruins of St. Paul Historic Center of Macao
|Day 4||Hong Kong/Guangzhou||
After breakfast, you will be transferred to railway station to take train to Guangzhou. Arrive at Guangzhou, be met and transferred to your hotel. Visit to Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family Temple of Six Banyan Trees
This morning you will be met and drive to Kaiping. You will visit the famous Kaiping Watchtowers .You will also visit the Li Garden, In the afternoon, visit the Chikan ancient town and then drive back to Guangzhou.
Take morning flight to Guilin. Arrive in Guilin, be met and city tour to visit Elephant Trunk Hill Reed Flute Cave Fubo (wave-subduing) Hill
ull day tour to take the Li River and West Street
Yangshuo biking to The Moon Hill Big Banyan . Take afternoon flight to Xiamen. Arrive at Xiamen, be met & transferred to your hotel.
Early depart in the morning from Xiamen. Be transferred to Nanjing and visit Earth Buildings of Yongding/Fujian Tulou . Back to Xiamen late in the afternoon.
Full day private tour to visit the Gulangyu (Isle of Blown Waves) , watch Sunlight Rock,then view ShuZhuang Garden, Piano Museum, South Putuo Temple . In the evening, you will be transferred to airport and take flight to Wuyishan. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Full day private tours in the beautiful Mount Wuyi . Heavenly Tour Peak, Cloudy Nest and Special tea canyon, Fairy bath pool; Then take a traditional bamboo raft for sightseeing on the wonderful Nine Twist Stream, Take a look at WuYi Palace, the Ancient Song Street and the Spring Garden.
Have a tour in The Roaring Tiger Rock and The biggest a Ray of sky in the world, Wind Tunnel and Immortal building. Then Visiting the Ancient YongLe Temple and Happy Buddha, Big Red Robe Tea Canyon, Nine Dragon Nest, and Water Curtain Cave, enjoy and tasting WuYi Rock tea and tea ceremony. Be transferred to the airport for flight to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, be met and transferred to your hotel.
Full day visit Yuyuan Garden Shanghai Museum Oriental Pearl TV Tower The Bund Nanjing Road
Take morning train to Suzhou. Arrive in Suzhou, be met and visit Lingering Garden (Garden to linger in) The Garden of Master-of-the-Net
Visit Humble Administrator's Garden Lion Grove , then be transferred back to Shanghai by car.
|Day 16||Shanghai||Free at leisure till be transferred to airport for your flight departure. Details...||B|
Price Inclusions and Exclusions
Price IncludeA. Entrance fees：To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
C. Private Transfers: Among airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the private air conditioned vehicle.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
I. Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
Price ExcludeA. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
E. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
F. Single Room Supplement.
G. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
H. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.
Day 1 Hong Kong Arrival
Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement
After your Arrival in Hong Kong, you will be met by your local guide who will then transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the time to explore Hong Kong on your own.
Day 2 Hong Kong (B)
Sightseeing: Victoria Peak, Aberdeen, Repulse Bay
Today we will start to explore Victoria Peak first. The Peak is Hong Kong’s number one tourist destination. It features the city's oldest mode transport, the 112-year old Peak Tram and Hong Kong's most unusual building and icon, The Peak Tower where you will find shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.
Then you will visit lovely Repulse Bay: Primarily an exclusive residential area, Repulse Bay has a relaxed, resort-like atmosphere. You will find statues of Kwun Yum and Tin Hau, both protectors of fishermen.
The tour will continue with a visit to Aberdeen fishing village where you will enjoy a Sampan Ride on the harbor to get a close-up look at this unusual way of life.
For the rest of the day you will have leisure time to explore Hong Kong on your own.
Day 3 Hong Kong to Macau to Hong Kong (B, L)
Transfer via: Ferry on our arrangement
sightseeing: Na Tcha Temple, Old City Walls, Mount Fortress, Ruis of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church.
World Heritages Sites included Today: Historic Center of Macao
After breakfast, you will be picked up from hotel, transfer to Macau Ferry Terminal for departure to Macau.
Upon arrival, sightseeing tour begins with certain World Heritages including Na Tcha Temple, Section of the Old City Walls, Mount Fortress and the landmark of Macau - Ruins of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church. This Roman Catholic Church was built in 1602 and burned by fire in 1835. Miraculously, fine art of carvings and statues can be seen on the surviving facade.
Take Ferry back to HongKong in the afternoon.
Day 4 HongKong to Guangzhou (B, L)
Transfer via: Train on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, Temple of Six Banyan Trees
After breakfast, you will be transferred to railway station to take train to Guangzhou. Upon your arrival, you will be met by your local guide. Then you will start your sightseeing tour by visiting Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. It is a magnificent building in the shape of octagon and an important place for large scale meeting and performance. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall was built in order to commemorate the contributions of Sun Zhongshan, the great predecessor of Chinese revolution for democracy. It is a memorial construction donated by the people in Guangzhou and the overseas Chinese and is listed as one of the first class cultural relics in Guangdong Province.
Afterwards you will visit the Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family which is also called Chen Clan Academy. It is a place both for offering up sacrifices to ancestors and for study. Now the Chen Clan Ancestral Temple in Guangzhou City, the Ancestors' Temple in Foshan City, the former Residence of Sun Yat-sen in Zhongshan City and the Opium War Memorial Hall in Dongguan City are regarded as the four major cultural tourist sites in Guangdong Province.
Then you will head to the Temple of Six Banyan Trees. It has a long history in Guangzhou and is an ancient monastery famous at home and abroad. There are majestic towers, dense trees, plenty of antiques and valuable heritage from those famous people in the history. It is one of the four Buddhism temple complexes in Guangzhou is an important unit for the preservation of antiques.
Day 5 Guangzhou (B, L)
Sightseeing: Kaiping Diaolou, Li Garden, Chikan ancient town
World Heritages Sites included Today: Kaiping Watchtowers/Kaiping Diaolou and Villages
This morning you will be met and drive to Kaiping. You will visit the famous Kaiping Diaolou in Zili Village, the world's architecture heritage, the beautiful skyline of Kaiping is composed of many stand-alone diaolou in versatile styles and different heights. Kaiping blockhouses are a peculiar type of residential building in Kaiping region, Guangdong Province with combination of Chinese and western styles. They were built by returned overseas Chinese through blending western architectural type with traditional Chinese style. Kaiping City was frequently plagued by flood and poor public security in the past. For this reason, large quantities of local dwellers left their hometown for America and Canada to make a living since the late Qing Dynasty. The city is hereby widely known as "the Hometown of Overseas Chinese". There still exist over 1833 blockhouses (mainly of clay, blue brick and reinforced concrete type) in Chikan, Tangkou and other towns.
You will also visit the Li Garden, a wealthy family residential house at the early beginning of last century.
In the afternoon, visit the Chikan ancient town. Chikan is ancient town established during the Qing Dynasty under the governance of Emperor Shunzhi . with 350 years of history chikan evolved from a country market place into the business competition between the Guan and situ families . Memorial family libraries were built by each family and both libraries became landmarks of chikan.
After the tours, you will be driven back to Guangzhou.
Day 6 Guangzhou to Guilin (B, L)
Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Fubo(wave-subduing) Hill
Take morning flight to Guilin. Arrive in Guilin, be met have the city tour with the visit to Reed Flute Cave, which is a vast and very impressive cave system, and one of the most important sights of Guilin. Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts", you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites and learn how they are formed.
Then you will head to Elephant Trunk Hill. Located at the conjunction of the Li River & the Peach Blossom River, the whole hill looks very much like a giant elephant with a long trunk drinking out of the river; it is the symbol of Guilin city.
We’ll continue to visit Fubo Hill. You will see lots of rock stone carvings & Buddha statues from since Tang Dynasty. If you climb to the summit, you will have a wonderful bird's-eye view of Guilin city.
Day 7 Guilin to Yangshuo (B, L)
Sightseeing: Li River, West Street
Guilin is famous for its picturesque scenery, and the best way to see it is from the deck of Li River Cruise ships. In the morning you will depart from your hotel and be transferred to the Zhujiang Pier (about 1 hour drive) for a 4.5 hours wonderful cruise. You will enjoy the unique mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank.
In the afternoon you will disembark at the old town Yangshuo. Having a history of more than 1,400 years, West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo. You can enjoy to explore the old town’s lovely attractions.
Day 8 Yangshuo to Guilin to Xiamen (B, L)
Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Moon Mountain, Big Banyan Tree
This morning, your guide will help you hire bicycle and accompany you biking to Moon Mountain and Big Banyan Tree. Moon Mountain is located on the opposite bank to the Big Banyan Tree, 8.5 kilometers south of Yangshuo. It got the name due to the fact that, when looked at from different locations, it resembles the moon in different stages. The mountain also has another beautiful name- Immortal Mountain. Yangshuo Big Banyan Tree is located 7 kilometers away from the center of Yangshuo, and the old tree is 17 meters high and covers an area of over 1000 square meters. It is said that the banyan was planted in the Jin Dynasty, and has a history of over 1,300 years. Its age and towering beauty make this tree a must- see attraction in Yangshuo.
After biking, you will be transferred to Guilin airport and take afternoon flight to Xiamen. Arrive at Xiamen, be met & transferred to your hotel.
Day 9 Xiamen to Yongding to Xiamen (B, L)
Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Hakkas‘residential building "Tulou"
World Heritages Sites included Today: Earth Buildings of Yongding/Fujian Tulou
Early depart in the morning from Xiamen. Be transferred to Nanjing and visit Hakkasresidential building "Tulou". Yongding County is located in the southwest part of Fujian Province. The place is famous all around the world for its beautiful landscape, unique Hakka culture, and magnificent Tulou houses. In the 2200-odd-square-kilometer land of Yongding, there are more than twenty thousand Tulou houses distributed, among which, almost five thousand are large scale ones with more than three layers. These Tulou houses depend on natural village as units and integrate the blue sky, the vast ground and beautiful natural scenery into a whole. The whole sight of this is magnificent and breath-taking.
In the afternoon, you will be driven back to Xiamen.
Day 10 Xiamen to Wuyishan (B, L)
Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Gulang Island
Full day private tour to visit the Gulang Island, with laudatory title of "Island of the piano or maritime garden" watch Sunlight Rock(Cable fee should be paid by tourists),then view ShuZhuang Garden, Piano Museum, the south Putuotemple, South Putuo Temple is situated at the foot of Wulao Peak and lies on the southern end of Xiamen. The temple was first built more than a thousand years ago during the Tang Dynasty and is famous throughout Fujian as a sacred place for Buddhism. It is called South Putuo for its conformity to Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy) and Bodhisattva (Buddhist seeker of enlightenment) as well as its Bodhimandala (a place where a Bodhisattva has achieved "Buddha hood")
In the evening, you will be transferred to airport and take flight to Wuyishan. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 11 Wuyishan (B, L)
Sightseeing: Wuyi Mountai
World Heritages Sites included Today: Wuyi Mountain
Full day private tours in the beautiful WuYi Mountain: Heavenly Tour Peak, Cloudy Nest and Special tea canyon, Fairy bath pool; Then take a traditional bamboo raft for sightseeing on the wonderful Nine Twist Stream, Take a look at WuYi Palace, the Ancient Song Street and the Spring Garden.
Mt. Wuyi Holiday Area neighbors Mt. Wuyi Scenic Spot so is convenient for tourists living in the holiday resort to visit this beautiful mountain. The holiday area is about 8 kilometers (about 5 miles) from Wuyi Shan Airport and 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) from Wuyi Shan Railway Station and 11 kilometers (about 6.8 miles) to Wuyi Shan downtown area.
Day 12 Wuyishan to Shanghai (B, L)
Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Wuyi Mountain
Still a full day tour on Wuyi Mountain. Have a good tour in the famous eight beautiful scene of The Roaring Tiger Rock and The biggest a Ray of sky in the world, Wind Tunnel and Immortal building. Then Visiting the Ancient YongLe Temple and Happy Buddha, Big Red Robe Tea Canyon, Nine Dragon Nest, and Water Curtain Cave, enjoy and tasting WuYi Rock tea and tea ceremony.
Be transferred to the airport for flight to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 13 Shanghai (B, L)
Sightseeing: Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Museum, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund, Nanjing Road,
In the morning we will take a relaxing walk to the lovely Yuyuan Garden, a beautiful garden in the south of the Yangtze River. Wandering through it, you will find pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards as well as many other natural features.
Then we will visit Shanghai Museum which is the biggest museum of China. It incorporates a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics and is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy.
After lunch, we will visit the Oriental Pearl Tower, the highest TV Tower in Asia, which creates a picture of 'twin dragons playing with pearls'. The entire scene is a photographic jewel that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors all year-round.
Afterwards, you will take a walk to the famous Nanjing Road and the Bund. They are among the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai and therefore a must-see when visiting Shanghai
Day 14 Shanghai to Suzhou (B, L)
Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Lingering Garden, Garden of Master-of-the-nets
World Heritages Sites included Today: Suzhou Classical Gardens
After breakfast, you will be transferred to railway station to take morning train to Suzhou. Upon your arrival you will be met by your local guide. Then you will visit Lingering Garden. Occupying an area of 23,300 square meters (about 5.8 acres), the Lingering Garden is located outside Changmen Gate in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. Originally a classical private garden, it is one of the four most famous gardens in China, possessing typical Qing style, it is well-known for the exquisite beauty of its magnificent halls, and the various sizes, shapes, and colors of the buildings.
Then you will see Garden of the Master of the Nets, which is truly a masterpiece. The effective use of space is the most impressive thing about this garden. Rock arrangements and beautiful fish pools balance each other as do the house and garden sections. Take some time to walk around and let your sense calm down.
Day 15 Suzhou to Shanghai (B, L)
Transfer via: Private vehicle arranged by us
Sightseeing: Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lion Grove
In the morning you will head to Humble Administrator's Garden, the largest classical garden in Suzhou and one of the four most famous ones in China. Originally built in 1513 AD, the garden consists of three parts with different types buildings around streams and ponds.
Afterwards we will drive to Lion Grove, one of the four noted gardens in Suzhou. It was first built in 1342 in the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368).This small garden is truly exquisite in design, the rocking imaginative. Entering the garden the tourist will find stones in various interesting shapes. Look at them closely, they are lions: lying, sitting, slinking along, standing on hind legs, embracing a ball made of strips of silk. Some are linked with each other and others are not. Those who are not familiar with these caves may easily lose their way running into dead ends or walking in circles within the maze.
Later that day you will be transferred back to Shanghai by car.
Day 16 Shanghai Departure (B)
Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement
Today will be free for your own purposes, until our guide will escort you to the airport for your next destination.
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