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China - a country waiting to be explored by the independent traveler. It has dramatic natural scenery with flowing and twisting rivers such as the Yangtse river with its three gorges and the calm Li river with limestone pinnacles that sprout along its banks at Yangshuo (Guilin district). Its monuments are built on an extravagant scale such as The Tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang and the adjacent underground vault containing the army of terracotta warriors near Xian, the forbidden city in Beijing covering 720,000 square metres and, of course, The Great Wall of China.
Travel on the Chinese Railways gives a unique insight into the way of life and a great way to view the country's scenic beauty.

Important sights in the main cities are listed below.
City/Areas Major Sights Including Nearby Excursions.
Beijing

The Great Wall of China at Badaling, Ming Tombs, Summer Palace, The Forbidden City, Tianmen Square and Gate, The Temple of Heaven, The Lama Temple.

Xian

The Tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang and the adjacent army of terracotta warriors in 3 underground vaults, the bell tower, Big Goose Pagoda, Little Goose Pagoda, Banpo Neolithic Village.

Yangshuo A town in guilin district known for the limestone pinnacles that sprout alongside the li river, Boat Trip from Guilin to Yanshuo or vice versa. a cycling trip covering Moon Hill and viewing the scenery from the top is a memorable experience.

Yangtse River Cruise

The Yangtse river is an incredible natural wonder stretching from Shanghai in North East right up to Chongking in the centre of China, with the three gorges being one of the main highlights. A cruise along the Yangtse river from Shanghai - Chongking would take at least a week. For most of our customers this would constitute approx. one third of the total time spent in China. Hence, the cruise from Wuhan to Chongqing is an ideal answer to those who wish to view the three gorges. Those who wish to cover the three gorges in a short space of time might wish to consider the catamaran ride from Yichang - Yichang. This can be done as a day trip.
The trip commences in Yichang, gateway to the Upper Yangtse River. It is approx. 4 - 5 hours by car or coach from Wuhan. Wuhan is well connected to Beijing, Xian & Guilin by train. Yichang is a city known as the gateway for the cruise along the Upper Yangtse River and the three gorges (XILING GORGE - the longest at 80 km, WUXIA GORGE - the most interesting at 40 km in length and peaks on either side of the river rising to about 900 metres in height, QUTANG GORGE- the shortest at 8 km in length but with the most fast flowing section of the river).
Shanghai The Bund, Shanghai Museum, Sun Yatsen's Residence, Jade Buddha Temple, Hangzhou, The garden and canal city of Suzhou.
Kunming This city in the Yunnan province is most notable for its tribal people. It also boasts of the Stone Forest. near Kunming.
Dali This is a place of great natural beauty with lakes and mountain range. A place of pure relaxation and admire the views.

We consider our customers as independent travelers . By aiding travelers in the form of rail, hotel and cruise bookings travelers can maintain a degree of independence and remove minor irritants such as queueing at rail stations and searching for hotels when they arrive at a destination. The rest of the items such as arranging internal sightseeing trips, guides, meals by themselves make it an all-round experience.
We have put together two simple itineraries in china. They are listed below:-


BEIJING STOPOVER: Arrival transfer from Beijing airport to hotel for three night's stay at hotel plus full day excursion to the Great Wall & the Ming tombs.
Prices on Request.
XIAN ADD-ON: Overnight train from Beijing - Xian and back plus 2 night's stay in hotel.
Prices on Request.

RAIL/HOTEL COMBINATIONS Click on the links below to get the itinerary in more detail.





Rail + Hotel Itineraries in China

For those who wish to see Beijing, Xian & the 3 gorges of the Yangtse river the arrangements below is ideal.

A Taste of China Plus The Mighty Yangtse River.


NO ITINERARY NO. OF
NIGHTS
01 BEIJING. Arrival transfer to hotel for 2 night's stay. two (01,02)
02 BEIJING.  
03 BEIJING - Xian. Overnight train to xian.  
04 XIAN. Arrive in xian by train. two (04,05)
05 XIAN.  
06 XIAN - YICHANG. Overnight train to Yichang.  
07 YICHANG. Free day at yichang to wander around before joining the vessel for special two night's Weekender Cruise along the mighty yangtse river with its 3 gorges. Overnight stay is in 2 berth cabins with private facilities. two (07,08)
08 YANGTSE RIVER CRUISE. View the gorges from the vessel. Stay on a full board basis including shore excursions.  
09 YANGTSE/YICHANG - BEIJING. The cruise concludes at Yichang. Then catch overnight train to Beijing.  
10 BEIJING. Arrive in Beijing for 2 night's stay. two (10,11)
11 BEIJING.  
12 BEIJING. Check out of hotel. Trip concludes.  

Note: There are some changes in the programme due to the cruise schedules. Please do recheck these at the time of bookings.

Prices on Request.


Cost Includes: arrival transfer from Beijing airport to hotel; train bookings by hard sleeper for overnight journeys from Beijing - Xian - Yichang - Beijing; hotel accommodation on a twin share room only basis inclusive of local taxes; Yangtse River Weekender Cruise for 2 nights on a full board basis inclusive of shore excursions.
Cost Excludes: transfers to and from railway stations at Beijing, Xian and Yichang; sightseeing at the destinations; entrance & camera fees at monuments.






China Sampler


NO. ITINERARY NO. OF
NIGHTS
01 BEIJING. Arrival transfer to hotel for 2 night's stay. two (01,02)
02 BEIJING.  
03 BEIJING - XIAN. Overnight train to Xian.  
04 XIAN. Arrive in Xian by train. two (04,05)
05 XIAN - GUILIN. Overnight train to guilin.  
06 XIAN.  
07 GUILIN. On arrival proceed by road to Yangshuo (cost of bus not included two (07,08)
08 Yangshuo.  
09 GUILIN - SHANGHAI.  
10 SHANGHAI. two (10,11)
11 SHANGHAI.  
12 SHANGHAI - BEIJING. Overnight train to Beijing  
13 BEIJING. Arrive in Bejing for 2 night's stay two (13,14)
14 BEIJING.  
14 BEIJING. Check out of hotel. Trip concludes.  
The above trip can start on any day.

Note: There are some changes in the programme due to the train schedules. Please do recheck these at the time of bookings.

Prices on Request


Cost Includes: arrival transfer from Beijing airport to hotel; train bookings by hard sleeper for overnight journeys from Beijing - Xian - Yichang - Beijing; hotel accommodation on a twin share room only basis inclusive of local taxes.
Cost Excludes: transfers to and from railway stations at Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai; sightseeing at the destinations; entrance & camera fees at monuments.





China Taster plus Yunan Province & Vietnam. Start at Beijing and conclude in Hanoi.


DAY NO ITINERARY
01 SAT Beijing. arr transfer from airport to hotel. 3 night's stay at beijing.
04 TUE Beijing - xian: 1712 - 0645 *.
05 WED Xian. arr xian at 0645. 2 nights at hotels.
07 FRI Xian - chengdu. 1416 - 0620 *.
08 SAT Chengdu. arr chengdu 0620. overnight stay at hotel.
09 SUN Chengdu - Kunming: 1414 - 1027 *.
10 MON Kunming. arr Kuming at 1027. overnight stay.
11 TUE Kunming -Xiaguan(dali): 2235 - 0645 *.
12 WED arr:Xiaguan at 0645. road to Dali (cost not included). spend 3 nights.
15 SAT Xiaguan(Dali) - Kunming: 2202 - 0619 *.
16 SUN arr: Kuming 0619. No hotel provided. Kunming - Hanoi: 1600 - 2015 *.
17 MON arr Hanoi 2015.Trip concludes on arrival.
*: means following day arrival.
Prices on Request.
Note: There are some changes in the programme due to the train schedules. Please do recheck these at the time of bookings.
Cost includes: arrival transfer from beijing airport to hotel; hotel accommodation on a twin share room only basis at hotels at the destinations; train travel between the destinations as mentioned above using hard sleepers.
Cost excludes: transfers to and from railway station; hotel accommodation in Hanoi; sightseeing at destinations in China; entrance & camera fees at monuments; flights to the country and back.

For those who wish to book hotels at hanoi, we are able to book the same. For details and prices please contact us.

To make the above trip work, you would require an open jaw return flight from london - beijing and hanoi - london. this is possible with various carriers. prices do vary depending upon the season.





China Sampler plus the Mighty Yangtse river & Hong Kong.Trip starts in shanghai and concludes in Hong Kong.


Day No. Itinerary
01 MON arr transfer to hotel in shanghai. 2 nights stay at hotel.
03 WED shanghai - beijing: 1808 - 0808 *.
04 THU arr beijing 0808. 3 nights stay at hotel.
07 SUN beijing - xian: t41 1712 - 0645 *.
08 MON arr xian 0645. two night's stay.
10 WED xian - wuhan: overnight train to wuhan 2043 - 1226 *.
11 THU arr wuhan 1226. overnight stay at hotel.
12 FRI wuhan - yichang. coach to yichang. then start weekender cruise from yichang - fengjie - yichang on the yangtse river with the three gorges.
14 SUN yichang - wuhan - guilin. coach to wuhan. overnight train to guilin. 2311 - 1021*.
15 MON guilin. road to yangshuo (cost not included). 2 night's stay at yangshuo.
17 WED guilin - guangzhou: 1815 - 0735 *.
18 THU arr guangzhou . spend 1 night at garden hotel.
19 FRI turbojet to hong kong. trip concludes on arrival in hong kong.
*:means following day arrival.
Note: There are some changes in the programme due to the train schedules. Please do recheck these at the time of bookings.
Prices on Request
Cost includes: arrival transfer from shanghai airport to hotel; hotel accommodation on a twin share room only basis at hotels; weekender cruise from yichang - fengjie - yichang on a full board basis; coach tickets from wuhan - yichang - wuhan; train travel between the destinations as mentioned above using hard sleepers.
Cost excludes: transfers to and from railway station; hotel accommodation in hong kong; sightseeing at destinations in china; entrance & camera fees at monuments; flights to the country and back.
For those who wish to book hotels at hong kong, please contact us for details and prices.


To make the above trip work, you would require an open jaw return flight from london - shanghai and hong kong - london. this is possible with various carriers. prices do vary depending upon the season.

Note: All products in the website are being reviewed in view of the current pandemic on account of the coronavirus. At this point (i.e. when the website was being updated in late Dec 2020 / early Jan 2021), we regret that we are unable to recommend travel from the UK to the majority of the countries in Asia that we deal with. We are hoping that the situation will improve (not only for the anxiously waiting travellers and the tour operators in the UK but also for the thousands of people connected with the travel trade who are more than just associates for us.). When and how quickly travel is likely to resume is unknown to us with the earliest time likely to be in the autumn of 2021. Many of the products may need to be changed at the early stages for the safety of the travellers and the locals at these countries.



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