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Historical Beijing, Ancient Xian and Poetic Guilin

Activity Level: Easy

Best Season: September, October and November

The route offers you an opportunity to discover the alluring fascination of the two ancient capitals, witness the great changes for the 2008 Olympic Games, appreciate China's profound culture as well as enjoy the breathtaking landscape when cruising along the crystal-clear LijiangRiver. The tour is a blend of the cultural and natural offerings of the country.

Day 01 Arrive Beijing (L, D)
Arrive Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel. After a short rest, you will be given a briefing on Chinese customs when cycle in China as well as the traffic regulations. Then ride your bicycle to Tian'anmen Square – the largest downtown square in the world and watch the flag-lowering ceremony. Cycle to restaurant to have a welcome dinner of Peking Duck.

Day 02 Beijing (B, L, D)
Ride to the 800-year-old Marco Polo Bridge, then continue on to the Fragrant Hill, visit the Reclining Buddha before returning to Beijing

Day 03 Beijing (B, L, D)
Ride to and visit the Forbidden City, cycle between the red wall of the city and the moat. Afternoon visit to the Hutong – an area of narrow Lanes and traditional homes typical of early Beijing – shuttling between the beautiful RearLake and traditional quadrangle.

Day 04 Beijing (B, L, D)
Cycle to and visit the Temple of Heaven in early morning, where you may see not only the Temple but also many local Beijingers doing Tai-chi in the park. Then cycle to Shi-Cha-Hai, have your dinner in one of the local restaurant near there.

Day 05 Beijing to Huang-ya-guan Great Wall (B, L, D)
Cycle through the countryside, stop at local villages from GoldenSeaLake to Huang-ya-guan, stay overnight at the Huang-ya-guan Guesthouse.

Day 06 Huang-ya-guan to Beijing (B, L, D)
Cycle to Tai-ping-zhai along the Great Wall, After lunch, travel by coach to Beijing, stay overnight in Beijing.

Day 07 Depart Beijing (B, L, D)
Ride along the canal to the Summer Palace, enjoy a free afternoon and board overnight train to Xi'an.

Day 08 Arrive Xi'an (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. A highlight of cycling tour is today's riding on the Ancient City Wall of Xi'an.The wall was built 600 years ago, 14 km in length. Then visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. End the day with a traditional Dumpling Banquet whilst enjoying the color and music of the Tang Dance Show.

Day 09 Xi'an (B, L, D)
A highlight is a visit to the amazing archeological relics of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses by coach. Included is a full circle movie presentation which provides the historical perspective for what you will see in the main exhibition halls where excavation and restoration work is still going on. Later visit the 6,000 years old remains of the Banpo Village.

Day 10 Xi'an to Guilin (B, L, D)
Visit the Bell Tower and Forest of Steles Museum with its extraordinary collection of ancient stone "books" by coach. Fly to Guilin to have the chance to view the natural beauty of limestone mountains and rivers with unique rurality. Stay overnight in Guilin.

Day 11 Guilin to Longsheng (B, L, D)
Coach to Ping'an village of Longsheng Autonomous County of Multi-minorities. Northwest to Guilin, LongshengAutonomousCounty lives many different ethnic minority groups such as Zhuang, Yao, Miao and Dong etc. In recent years, this county has gradually become a popular destination for photographic enthusiasts and people who are interested in minority culture. On this tour you will not only enjoy the wonderful view of terraced rice paddies, lush bamboo groves and small villages on the hillside along the way, but also be amazed by the rich culture of the Zhuang and Yao people. Longji, which means "Dragon's Backbone", is our today's destination. When climbing to the top of it and looking down on the nearby terraced rice fields, you will have the feeling that you are standing on the dragon's back as the terraced rice paddies look like the shining scales of the dragon. Stay overnight at Ping'an Guesthouse (best available)

Day 12 Longshen to Guilin (B, L, D)
Return to Guilin by coach, coach tour to Reed Flute Cave, Pearl Museum and Elephant Trunk Hill. Stay overnight in Guilin.

Day13 Guilin to Daxu back to Guilin (B, L, D)
Cycle from downtown Guilin to Ancient Town of Daxu, visit Daxu and cycle back. Optional foot massage to ease those tired feet. Optional cultural show of minorities in the night. Stay overnight in Guilin.

Day 14 Li River Cruise (B, L, D)
Cruise the unique Li River, twisting and turning through incredibly beautiful scenery, disembark at the old town of Yangshuo. Stay 2 nights in Yangshuo

Day 14 Yangshuo (B, L, D)
Today you will experience an interesting and enjoyable cycling tour by taking the picturesque country road. Along the way, you will see the Yulong River, rice paddies, lush bamboo groves and people working in the fields. Pay a visit to a local farmer's home en route. Optional tour to the Open Air Show with 2km water surface as stage and 12 peaks as background.

Day 15 Yangshuo to Guilin and departure (B)
Drive back from Yangshuo to Guilin in the morning, PM flight to HK.



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