12 Days Spotlights of Chinese Minorities

Tour Route: Hong Kong, Xiamen, Hakka Earth Castle, Xiamen, Guilin, Longsheng, Yangshuo, Guilin, Shanghai

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Day 1 Arrival in Hong Kong

On your landing in Hong Kong, our guide will be greeting you at the airport and transfer you to the 3 star BP International Hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to have a good rest. The hotel we booked for you is conveniently located in downtown area, so you can have a walk around and get familiar with the surroundings.

Meals: No meals
Day 2 Hong Kong

After breakfast in the hotel, your guide will pick you up and take you to join the peak tram to the famous Victoria Peak. It can feel rather strange when making the ascent in the tram as the buildings alongside appear to lean to one side and the illusion will tempt you to lean back in your seat in order to compensate. The peak is the highest point in Hong Kong, from where you can overlook the beautiful Victoria Harbor and the Kowloon Peninsula.

The afternoon tour will take you to the Repulse Bay, Aberdeen, and Stanley Market. The Repulse Bay is the most famous beach in Hong Kong, which has clean seawater and golden sand. Aberdeen is located at the southern end of Hong Kong Island, where local fishermen still live traditional life. If you are interested, you can board one of the fishing-boats for a short tour in the harbor. The cost is CNY 40 - 50 per person and you need to pay on the site. Stanley Market is one of the most bustling shopping areas in Hong Kong. You will find all kinds of interesting souvenirs, clothes, hats, silk clothes, and antiques. Most of the shopkeepers speak fluent English, so you can also enjoy the fun of bargaining.

Kindly Reminder: Today's lunch and dinner are not included in the itinerary. You will have free time in which to make your own arrangements for meals, but we still suggest that you have a hearty breakfast in the hotel and take some snacks for refreshment during the day.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 Hong Kong to Xiamen

This morning is free for you to explore the city. You can walk west along the Austin Road and turn left to Nathan Road to take the subway to Yau Ma Tei station. Leave the station from Exit C and walk to Temple Street, where you can do some shopping and pamper yourself with the local food. Then take the flight to the beautiful coastal city, Xiamen. Upon arrival, our guide will pick you up and, on the way to the 3-star Xin An Hotel, give you a brief introduction to the city and attractions you are going to visit. Have a good rest for the remainder of the day.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 4 Xiamen to Nanjing to Yongding

Today you will take a day trip to the earth towers in Nanjing and Yongding counties. Earth towers, or tu lou as they are called in Chinese, are the traditional residences of the Hakka in Fujian Province. Since the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279), the Hakkas have built circular castles with earth and rocks to protect themselves from wild animals and robbers. From a bird's eye view, the castles resemble UFOs. The Tianluo Earth Towers you are going to visit include one square, three circular, and one oval building. The Yuchang Earth Tower was built in 1368, being the oldest and largest in China. Although 600 years have passed since it was built, it stands firmly even though some of its pillars lean in different directions. You will also visit the Zhencheng and Chengqi earth towers in Yongding.

So that you may have a firsthand experience of the earth tower and the culture of Hakka, you will have a chance to stay overnight in an earth tower home tonight. However, you need to be prepared for the limited facilities on offer, as there are no private bathrooms or showers either. Should you not feel inclined to experience a night in an earth tower we can arrange for you to stay in a nearby hostel.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Day 5 Yongding to Xiamen

Breakfast will be arranged in a Chinese restaurant near the earth tower, so you are advised to take some snacks if you are not used to the local food. In the morning, you will visit the Earth Tower Cultural Village and Nanxi Earth Towers, where you will see various kinds of earth towers, such as triangular, square, hexagonal, and octagonal. Afterward, you will return to the Xin An Hotel in Xiamen.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Day 6 Xiamen

Visit the Gulangyu Island in the morning. Gulangyu Island is located at the southwest of Xiamen, facing the city across the Lujiang River, and is connected by regular ferries with the city. The island boasts a pleasant environment and beautiful buildings. Gulangyu is also known as the island of piano, as almost every family on the island owns a piano and there is a piano museum there as well. It is also the hometown of many famous musicians. During your visit, you can also have a taste of the local snacks. In the afternoon, continue to visit the Hulishan Battery. In this Qing-Dynasty (1644 - 1911) battery, you will see the world's largest cannon made in Germany and the smallest one made in Portugal.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Day 7 Xiamen to Guilin

The morning tour will take you to Xiamen University. Founded in 1921, the Xiamen University stands at the foot of South Putuo Mountain where it faces the beautiful beach, and is recognized as China's most beautiful campus. There you will also have a chance to communicate with the Chinese college students. The students of Xiamen University will show you around their campus and introduce the history of their university. Then they will invite you to join them in a basketball match. After lunch, take an afternoon flight to Guilin. On landing in Guilin, a local guide will transfer you to the 3 star Universal Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Day 8 Guilin to Longsheng to Guilin

You will have a full day trip to the minority village and rice terraces in Longsheng, which is about two hours' drive from Guilin City. The village is home to Miao people and the women will sing and dance for you in their special costumes. They will also show you a treasure, their very long hair. Women of the village wear long hair from when they are little girls and the average length is 1.7 meters (about 5.6 feet). To the Miao people, the long black hair is a mark of beauty.

After the village, you will continue to visit the famous Longsheng rice terraces. There was limited land for agriculture, so the local farmers started to create rice fields on the mountain sides from the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368). After 680 years, they have brought all the mountain slopes under cultivation and also have created a wonder of mankind. The highest terrace is 1,180 meters (3,871feet) while the lowest is 380 meters (1,246 feet). Standing on the mountain, you will see the terraces, tier upon tier, coiling around the mountains from the foothills to the peaks.

Afterward, the tourist car will transfer you back to Guilin.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Day 9 Guilin to Yangshuo

Guilin is famous for its picturesque landscape with beautiful hills through which the limpid river flows. This morning, you will immerse yourself in the charming scenery on the Li River cruise to Yangshuo. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, a special bicycle trip is arranged for you to enjoy the natural beauty along the country road. On the way, a local family is waiting for you, where you can communicate with the farmers and experience their life.

The night is free for you to wander along the famous West Street. Yangshuo attracts many tourists with its beautiful scenery. Many foreign visitors fell in love with this town as soon as they came here, so they settled down and opened bars, cafés and restaurants along the main street. Therefore, the locals call the street West Street, a street full of westerners. We have not arranged today's dinner so that you can explore the street on your own and have a taste of the local delicacies or western style meals.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch
Day 10 Yangshuo to Guilin to Shanghai

After breakfast, transfer to Guilin city and visit the Reed Flute Cave which is a karst cave boasting various shapes of stalactites and stalagmites. Then a visit to a sea water pearl factory follows, where you will learn some tips as to how to recognize real pearls. You will also have a chance to see the process of stringing pearls into beautiful decorations.

In the afternoon, you visit the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill. As a landmark attraction in Guilin, the elephant trunk hill is a huge rock resembling an elephant drinking water with its long trunk on the riverside. It will be a memorable experience to take photos in front of the huge elephant. Then climb 350 stairs to the top of Fubo Hill to have a bird's eye view of Guilin City. Tonight, an evening flight will transfer you to Shanghai. A local guide will pick up you upon your arrival and help you check in at the 3-star Holiday Inn Express hotel.


Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Day 11 Shanghai

Your Shanghai exploration begins with the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, where you can learn the history, current development, and future planning of this modern city. Then proceed to the Yuyuan Garden. As the most beautiful ancient garden in Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, constructed in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), is famous for its beautiful ponds, stone bridges and artificial hills, traditional Chinese buildings with painted pillars and carved beams, and Ming-Dynasty furniture. Your guide will also show you around the bustling Yuyuan Market where you can find delicious local snacks and souvenirs. Then visit a silk factory to see the process of making raw silk into beautiful silk fabric.

After lunch, continue your visit to the Bund. The guide will give you an introduction to the Bund and leave some free time for you to explore it. Standing on the Bund, you will see how the old buildings on the west bank are in striking contrast to the modern skyscrapers on the east bank of the Huangpu River. Another interesting contrast you will see today is in Tianzifang Art Zone, where old-style buildings meet with modern arts but make a perfect combination. After dinner, a fantastic acrobatic show will be the highlight of this evening.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Day 12 Shanghai /Exit

Today your guide bids farewell to you at the airport for your homebound flight. We wish you a smooth trip home and hope to meet your on your next visit to China sometime in the future!

Kindly note: Shanghai is a busy international port from where visitors, by direct or transit air routes, can reach about 170 international destinations including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Hawaii in USA, London in UK, Frankfurt and Munich in Germany, Melbourne, Keynes, and Sydney in Australia, Singapore, and Mexico City in Mexico. Moreover, in travel peak season, there will be more flights to hot destinations, such as Saipan Island, Ho Chi Minh City, Phuket, and Kuala Lumpur. We shall be delighted to arrange domestic train journeys or flights for your should you wish to extend your trip or make a transit to other cities in China.

Meals: Breakfast
Travel Period 2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers
Dec.1- Feb.28 US$2686 US$2403
Mar.1- Nov.30 US$2749 US$2434

1. The price is based on stay in China four star hotels. If you want to deduct, upgrade or downgrade the hotel, please indicate this while sending the inquiry.
2. You will enjoy more discounts if there is more people join the tour.
3. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Qingming Festival Holiday (Apr. 4 - 6, 2020 ), Labor's Day Holiday (May 1 - 3, 2020) ,Dragon Boat Festival Holiday (Jun. 25 - 27, 2020) and National Day Holiday (Oct 1- Oct 8, 2020).

1. Internal flights and/or train charge & taxes
2. Hotels with daily western & Chinese buffet breakfasts
3. Daily lunches and/or dinners at local finest restaurants
4. Excellent private guide & driver
5. Private clean and air-conditioned car or van
6. Entrance fees to all tourist sites
7. Two bottles of mineral water per person per day
8. Government taxes

1. The international or domestic air/train charge of arrival and departure.
2. Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, internet access, telephone calls, postal and fax services, bar, massage expenses or overweight baggage charges.

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It is flexible to change the duration, attractions, starting and ending cities according to your interests. Also the tour can be extended or shorten as your preference, just let your trip consultant know.
All of the tour packages exclude the international airfares. We suggest you can book it one your own. You can compare the price between OTAs (Expedia, Priceline, Sky scanner...) and the airlines. When you have a confirmed date, set alarm and compare it always.
As the China Visa, we cannot apply for you as we are an China inbound travel company. However, we can send you our invitation letter with our company's official seal to you after you booked the tour from us, which could assist you to get China Visa from China embassy easily. Usually, we suggest you to apply the visa about one month or one month and a half before your travel date.
For the breakfast, it is offered by the hotel you stay, usually Chinese and Western buffet breakfast. As for the lunch, we offer 80RMB per person for a standard Chinese meal at a nice tourist restaurant. If you want to order other kind of meals, such as vegetarian, Muslim meals, Indian Meals, please let your trip consultant know. Dinner usually will be left for you to choose the food you prefer. Our guide will help you to balance each meal such as your taboo, your preference and avoid repeated food. You have to pay for the extra cost if you want to take better or more. The meals on Yangtze Cruise are fixed Chinese and Western Buffet.
All the hotels can be replaced by your favorite ones or you can book your own hotels. And the hotel room we offered here usually is standard with twin beds. If you want to have king-size bed room or suite, please let your trip advisor know. Besides, all the accommodation are quoted on two persons sharing one room. The room supplement must be paid if you want to have a single room.
* Most hotels we offered in our tour package have WIFI in the lobby, and some of which have WIFI in hotel rooms. If you need the WIFI in your room, please make sure with your trip advisor.
We have non-shopping private tour and tour with carefully selected shops. For tour with shops, the price will be lower, and you will enter one or two shops in every tourist city. The shops could be jade, silk, pearl, Chinese tea etc., all of which have strong China's character and is worthy to buy. Each shop will take you around 45 minutes. We promise there is no compulsory consumption at all. You get the situation in your hands.
* Department stores, supermarkets, boutiques, hotel and restaurants in most cities of China do accept the credit card with the sigh of MasterCard, VISA and JCB. However, it does generate commission charge. Please check the regulations with your bank manager.
All domestic flight we offered is the economic class, which you can carry one hand-on luggage no more than 5 kg for free. The total of free registered luggage is no more than 20kg. Excess luggage will charge you some extra fees, be aware of that. The free registered luggage allowance in China domestic train is 20kg.
The insurance provided by us is called Travel Agencies' Liability Insurance, which covers accidents occurring during the activities arranged by travel agency. It does not cover mishaps or physical problems occurring outside the guided tour period or caused by clients themsevles, so we highly suggest you purchase the full coverage travel insurance from your country of origin.
For group of 1-4 passengers, recommend US$ 4-8 per tourist per day for guide, and US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide; for group of 5 and above, recommend US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide, and US$2-4 per tourist per day for driver. Besides, we highly recommend you to tip every day to encourage better service from them in the next coming days. However, if you have genuine reason not to tip, don't.
Usually, the deposit of tour package accounts for 30% of the total quotation, and the balance should be paid 30 days before your tour date. Payment methods we accept include Bank Transfer and PayPal, Credit Card and so on. More details you can check the Payment Guide page. Moreover, Children who are less than 12 y/o have their own discounts, please contact with your trip advisor.

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