Day 1: Arrive Beijing
Arrive at Beijing , China 's exciting and cultural heart. Your private guide and driver will meet you at airport and transfer to hotel. Rest day is free for jet-leg.
Day 2: Beijing B,L,D (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
The day begins at Tiananmen Square , the largest City Square in the world. From there you will enter the Forbidden City , a powerful maze of ancient palaces and courtyards from which the emperor ruled the land for 500 years. You will also see the Emperor's clock collection and the Qing Dynasty Jewellery, Robes and Relics collection ( which Westerners rarely see ).
After lunch at local Chinese restaurant, we will take you to the Temple of Heaven , where the emperors of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties prayed for good harvests. The temple is not only especially glamorous, it is an architectural wonder because not a single nail was used for its construction.
Then you will be taken to famous Silk Market ( clothes market ) or Hongqiao Market (pearl market), which are where the Beijingers shop. Here, you can find many incredible deals on things, if you know what you are looking for and you know how to bargain. Enjoy Chinese Kongfu or Peking Opera show after dinner.
Day 3: Beijing B,L,SD (special dinner)
Today's excursion to the Great Wall (Juyongguan section) of China promise to be a highlights of our travels. We'll have a chance to take a hike along one of the most beautiful sections and learn of its construction 2000 years ago, and examine first-hand one of the most scenic portions of its 3700 miles length. Visit the workshops of a cloisonne factory to see workers practice this unique art.
After lunch, we will visit Ming Tombs , including the Sacred Way and the Ding Ling Museum . You will be able to enter one of the tombs. In the Ding Ling Museum you can see artefacts and replicas from the tomb itself. The Peking Duck banquet will be arranged at famous Duck King Restaurant.
Day 4: Beijing B,L
This morning you will take trishaw into Hutong , which is an ancient city alley, to experience the life of the local people . Visit the old quadrangles inhabited by Beijing residents. Tour in the Prince Gong's Palace and have a cup of tea. You also have an opportunity to visit a local family and chat with local people . If you like you can learn how to make Jiaozi (Chinese traditional dumpling) and have lunch with local people.
After lunch,, we will visit the Summer Palace , a vast and beautiful landscape of elegant garden, lakes and pavilions. We'll admire the famous Marble Boat during the visit.
Day 5: Beijing/Lhasa B,L,D
Take flight to Lhasa and land in the "Roof of the world". Transfer to hotel and a complete rest for acclimatization in the afternoon.
Day 6: Lhasa B,L,D
Wonder through the a ncient Bakhor Market and gaze in the awe the Jolkhang Temple , that are full of timeless treasures and the highlight of today's tour is the extraordinary, exquisite and magnificent Potala Palace , which dates back to the 7th century and looms large over the city of Lhasa . Visit a Tibetan family . Three meals will be at hotel.
Day 7: Lhasa B,L,D
Today visit such wonders as the Norbulinka , the Dalai Lhama's summer Palace, Drepung, the largest monastery in the world, and Sera Monasteries famous for its antiquity. Also visit Tibetan Traditional Medicine Hospital and the Carpet Factory. Dinner will be at hotel.
Day 8: Lhasa/Xi'an B,L
Take flight to Xi'an , China 's former capital, and gateway to the legendary Silk Road , Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel. Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in the afternoon.
Day 9: Xi'an B,L,SD (special dinner)
Today's highlight is the most spectacular and important places in China : the Archaeological Museum with more than 6000 life-size terra-cotta warriors and horses excavated from the tomb of the first emperor of Qin Dynasty. On the way you will stop at a farm's village to find out how and where they have lived in China , where President Clinton had been to .
Then we will visit Chinese paper cutting.demonstration at Friendship Restaurant, where you will have lunch. Afternoon explore the bustling Muslim Quarter or seek serenity in the grounds of the Grand Mosque . Enjoy Tang Dynasty show with dumpling dinner in the evening..
Day 10: Xi'an/Guilin B,L
This morning, you will stroll along the South Gate , a lively pedestrian quarter where you'll see street artists demonstrating their wonderful skills. Sightseeing today features the ancient city wall and the Shanxi provincial museum . You also have an opportunity to ride bicycle at the top of the wall. Take afternoon flight to Guilin , whose romantic scenic beauty has inspired centuries of poets and painters. Meet and transfer to hotel.
Day 11: Guilin/Yangshuo B,L
The day begins with a half-day cruise on the meandering, crystalline waters of the Li River . This is one of the most beautiful areas in the whole world, showing the magnificent limestone mountains rising along the river bank. Buffet lunch will be on boat.
As the cruise ends, you will disembark in Yangshuo, a quaint village with a very nice street market . You are very close to the beautiful mountains and you can go into the countryside to see the beautiful vistas or wonder along the West Street and have a pot of tea in a sidewalk caf└ . Return Guilin after tour. Enjoy the Ethnic Songs and Dances at Lijiang Theatre in the evening.
Day 12: Guilin/HK B,L
Today's sightseeing tour covers such points as the Fubo Hill , the Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill , as its name implies, it is quite a remarkable example of the hand of nature upon the landscape. Lunch will be served at Tea Banquet Restaurant (local favor) . Take evening flight to HK. Meet and transfer to hotel.
Day 13: HK B
Today enjoy a half day morning tour of Hong Kong Island . You will visit Victoria Peak for a panoramic view of the city and Stanley Market , famous for bargain shopping. Return along the coast of Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay to Aberdeen , the floating village for fishermen. Finally, stop at a local jewellery factory near Aberdeen for a chance to look at the art and craftsmanship. Afternoon is free on your own.
Day 14: Leave HK B
Departure transfer to airport. Fly for home.