The Beautiful China

The Beautiful China

A trip to China is always full of experiences and during this trip we visit some of China’s absolute gold nuggets! We experience the former Portuguese colony of Macau, known for its southern European influences and many casinos, the beautiful port city of Hong Kong with its modern architecture and metropolitan pulse, Guilin’s Sugarloaf Mountain and rural idyll, Xi’an’s astonishing terracotta army, the magnificent northern wall of the Great Wall of China lavish imperial splendor in the heart of the Chinese capital Beijing. Experience most of the best among all the fantastic that the Middle Kingdom has to offer!

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Day 1: Travel to Hong Kong
Flights to Hong Kong. Meals are included on board the long-haul flight.

Day 2: Hong Kong
We arrive in Hong Kong in the afternoon and go to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is then free and in the evening we gather for a welcome dinner. Overnight in Hong Kong. (Noon)

Day 3: Hong Kong
Today’s adventure begins with a ride on the 120-year-old funicular to the top of Victoria Peak. In clear weather you get a fantastic view of Hong Kong from here. The tour continues to the floating fishing village of Aberdeen where people still live aboard their dungeons. We take a walk to take a closer look at the boats and then have lunch at a large, floating restaurant. After lunch we continue to Stanley Market, known for its large selection of Chinese crafts. Overnight in Hong Kong. (Breakfast and lunch)

Day 4: Hong Kong-Macau-Hong Kong
After breakfast we take the fast ferry to Macao. During the tour, we stop at some places in the city’s historic center that are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We visit the A-Ma temple which dates back to the 15th century and is dedicated to the patron goddess of seafarers. We then continue to the beautiful ruins after St. The Church of Paul, reminiscent of the Portuguese influence when Portugal was a colonial power in Asia. We then visit Fortaleza de Monte, a fort built in the 17th century to protect the Portuguese clergy from pirates. We enjoy lunch consisting of both Chinese and Portuguese dishes at a local restaurant. Since Macao is known as the “Monte Carlo of the East”, we visit a casino before taking the afternoon ferry back to Hong Kong. Overnight in Hong Kong. (Breakfast and lunch)

Day 5: Hong Kong – Guilin
In the morning we take the express train to Guilin which takes about 3 hours. Overnight in Guilin. (Breakfast and dinner)

Day 6: Guilin – Yangshuo
Today we experience the fabulous beauty that surrounds the “Sugarloaf Mountains” in southern China. Bergen has for hundreds of years served as inspiration for Chinese artists and poets. From Guilin we travel by boat along the Lifloden through the beautiful landscape with its strange rock formations. Arriving in the small town of Yangshuo, we make an excursion to the southern Chinese countryside. We see typical rice plantations in the valleys between the mountains and get an insight into the everyday life of the Chinese farmer. In the evening, you can see a fantastic performance, directed by China’s most famous film director Zhang Yimou, where the beautiful mountain landscape forms a suggestive background (optional). Overnight in Yangshuo. (Breakfast and lunch)

Day 7: Yangshuo – Guilin – Xi’an
We leave Yangshuo in the morning and head back to Guilin. On the way we stop at Rörflöjtsgrottan and get to see the most fantastic rock formations. From Guilin we fly on to Xi’an. Overnight in Xi´an. (Breakfast and lunch)

Day 8: Xi’an
The ancient imperial city of Xi’an is located in central China. It was for a long time the starting point for the famous Silk Road. This is why people from all over the world gathered here. Many were Buddhists who built their temples, and we will visit the most famous, the Great Wild Goose Pagoda. Jade has been revered for thousands of years as a stone that brings happiness and success. We are going to visit a jade carving shop and maybe buy a small item to carry with us, just like most Chinese do. The whole afternoon is spent exploring and being enchanted by all the 8,000 terracotta soldiers and horses who stand as a perpetual guard over the first emperor of China’s tomb. In the evening we enjoy a banquet with jiaozi or dumplings, the typical Chinese dough balls with delicious fillings. Satisfied and satisfied, we can then enjoy an eye-catching song and dance performance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. Overnight in Xi´an. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 9: Xian – Beijing
In the morning we head out into the bustle of the city to climb the famous city wall. It stretches 14 km around the whole of central Xi’an, and we can walk, rent a bike or take an electric car to visit this impressive edifice. Then we check out from the hotel and drive to the train station to board the new and already famous express train which with an average speed of over 300 km / h takes us to Beijing in just 4.5 hours. Overnight in Beijing. (Breakfast)

Day 10: Beijing 
The first item on the day’s program is a cloisonne factory a bit outside the city, where this is typical of Beijing and China enamel crafts are produced. We then walk along the holy path, the path of the Spirits, along which the bodies of the emperors were carried on the way to the final rest in the Ming tombs. On our continued journey by bus up winding mountain roads, someone will suddenly exclaim: Look, there is the Great Wall of China! And of course it is so, the wall winds up and down the mountain sides here as part of the entire 6,000 kilometer long strange structure. Soon we will all stand on this wall and take pictures and let ourselves be photographed. Overnight in Beijing. (Breakfast and lunch)

Day 11: Beijing
Tiananmen Square is possibly the world’s most famous and famous square. At least that’s the biggest thing. We walk around here for a while and then continue to the Forbidden City. After wandering around the large imperial palace with all its historic buildings, we change the environment completely. Now we will see how the ordinary Chinese lived, and live. We are driven around in one of Beijing’s hutong areas with bicycle rickshaws and have lunch at the home of an ordinary family. In the afternoon we visit a specialty store for silk and get a brief introduction to the art of making silk from the silk shoe kings. The day is rounded off in grand style with an acrobatic performance that occasionally makes us hold our breath. Overnight in Beijing. (Breakfast and lunch)

Day 12: The Beijing
Emperor ruled the Forbidden City, but a few times a year he visited the Temple of Heaven to pray for his subjects for the coming year on behalf of his subjects. During the summer, the imperial family moved out to the so-called Summer Palace to escape the suffocating and confined environment of the Forbidden City. Today we will spend plenty of time visiting both of these places. At the end of the day, we pay a visit to a specialty store for freshwater pearls. Overnight in Beijing. (Breakfast and lunch)

Day 13: Beijing The
day is completely free for your own activities. The guide is happy to suggest additional activities and shopping opportunities. In the evening we have a Chinese banquet where we get to taste Peking duck, among other things. Overnight in Beijing. (Breakfast and dinner)

Day 14: Return from Beijing
Transfer to the airport for return to the destination. Meals are included on board the long-haul flight. (Breakfast)

The Beautiful China