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China Southern China Explorer

  • Off the beaten track
Begin your adventure in one of the worlds largest cities and explore some well-known and many unknown sites. After some days of city life - make your way into the more naturally beautiful region of China. Walk along Rice Terraces, visit tea plantations and test your taste buds in local eateries sure to impress even the most well-traveled foodies. We look forward to welcoming you to Southern China....

Begin your adventure in one of the worlds largest cities and explore some well-known and many unknown sites. After some days of city life - make your way into the more naturally beautiful region of China. Walk along Rice Terraces, visit tea plantations and test your taste buds in local eateries sure to impress even the most well-traveled foodies. We look forward to welcoming you to Southern China. 

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Tour itinerary includes
  • City
    City
  • Arts and crafts
    Arts and crafts
  • Countryside
    Countryside
  • Food and drink
    Food and drink
  • Local culture
    Local culture

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Shanghai arrival

Based on your flight, upon arrival in Shanghai, your driver will go to pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check in. The rest of days will be free by yourselves to explore around. 

Hotel: Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund

Visited:
Shanghai
Accommodation
Night at Hotel Narada Boutique Bund (Shanghai)

Day 2: Famous Yuyuan Garden

Start your day with the famous Yuyuan Garden, also called 'Eastern Garden', a typical classical Chinese garden.Then head to Shanghai Old Town and visit the Jade Buddha Temple. After that, you will see the Jinmao Tower which symbolizes Shanghai emerging into the 21st century and end your day by enjoying a cruise on Huangpu River.


Hotel: Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund

Visited:
Shanghai Yuyuan
Accommodation
Night at Hotel Narada Boutique Bund (Shanghai)

Day 3: Shanghai Museum

Today, you will go to visit Shanghai Museum which is a museum of ancient Chinese art, situated on the People's Square in the Huangpu District. You will stroll in the former French concession . After that, you will relax and walk along Nanjing Road. To end your day, enjoy a 3-hour Shanghai by night bicycle tour in the narrow streets of the Old Town all the way to the dazzling lights of the Bund. 


Hotel: Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund

Visited:
Shanghai
Accommodation
Night at Hotel Narada Boutique Bund (Shanghai)

Day 4: Shanghai - Guilin – Longji

Free till your driver comes to pick you up and transfer you to the airport to take your flight to Guilin Upon arrival head for the region of the Longji rice terraces, gathered around the village of Ping'an and Dazhai. After a 2 hour drive, reach by foot (~30 minutes walk) the village.

Night in the village in Ping'an Hotel.


2h00 drive. Altitude : 900m 

Visited:
Shanghai Guilin Longji Ping’an
Accommodation
Night at Long Ji Ping An (Ping’an)

Day 5: Small walk around the Longji Rice teraces

This morning go for a small walk around the Longji Rice teraces. Maybe you will meet the Yao women walking from another village and famous for their beautiful pink embroidered costumes, their heavy jewelry and their hairs sometimes touching the ground ! Then head to Yangshuo. On the way visit the Silver Cave 25km from Yangshuoand the famous Moon Hill.  Installation in your small hotel River Lodge outside on the river bank of the Li River.


Hotel: River Lodge.

Visited:
Ping’an Yangshuo
Accommodation
Night at River Lodge (Yangshuo)

Day 6: Visit the Seven Star Tea Plantation

This morning visit the Seven Star Tea Plantation with a beautiful setting surrounded by karst peaks. Then you will go for a small hike off the beaten track down to the village of Xingping. Continue your tour with a cruise on a motorised raft drifting along the most famous river stretch of the river that inspired the scenery on the 20RMB bank note. Visit the old streets of Xinping then drive back to Yangshuo. In the evening in option you can enjoy the "Liu San Jie" light show, based on a popular Chinese musical, directed by Chinese director Zhang Yimou.


Hotel: River Lodge.

Visited:
Yangshuo Xingping
Accommodation
Night at River Lodge (Yangshuo)

Day 7: Bike ride in the countryside

After breakfast, go for a bike ride in the countryside off the beaten track. Continue to the 400 years old Dragon Bridge (also called the Yulong Bridge). Back to Yangshuo and at the bigining of the afternoon transfert to Guilin airport for your flight to Xiamen.


Upon arrival, your driver will go to pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check in.


Hotel : Pullman hotel.

Visited:
Yangshuo Yulong River Guilin Xiamen
Accommodation
Pullman (Xiamen)

Day 8: Gulangyu Island

After breakfast, your driver and guide will go to pick you up and transfer you to visit Gulangyu Island, which is renowned for its delicate natural beauty, ancient relics and varied architectures.


Hotel : Pullman Hotel

Visited:
Xiamen Gulangyu
Accommodation
Pullman (Xiamen)

Day 9: Hakka Culture Museum

This morning, your guide and driver will transfer you from Xiamen to Fujian Tulou in Yongding Area. After lunch, take a walk in the tea plantation, plucking tea leaves or just walk in the tea fields. In the afternoon, you will go to Gaobei Tulou Cluster, Yongding County. You will visit the famous mud house in donuts form.


Your last stop is Hakka Culture Museum -- Jiqing Building, which is built in 1409, has a history about 600 years.


Hotel : Yuqinglou Family Hotel.

Accommodation
Yuqinglou  (Fujian)

Day 10: Visit "the Princess of Tulou Zhenfulou"

Get up early and go for a walk along the field path to see the beautiful idyllic views. Then you will visit Yantai Village, which is famous as one of the most beautiful Hakka village with terraced fields. You will also visit "the Princess of Tulou---- Zhenfulou" which was built by the local merchant-- Mr. Su in 1913. At the end of the day, you will be transferred back to Yuqinglou Hostel.


Hotel: Yuqinglou Family Hotel.

Visited:
Yongding
Accommodation
Yuqinglou  (Fujian)

Day 11: Discover the Peitian Ancient Village

This morning, you will be transfrerred to Liancheng. You will visit Peitian Ancient Village – the Forbidden City of the south.  Peitian Village is famous for its completely different architectural style. In the afternoon, you will go to Mount Guanzhai and at the  end of the day enjoy the hot spring at your hotel.


Hotel: Tianyi Hotspring Hotel.

Visited:
Liancheng Yongding
Accommodation
Tianyi Hot Sping (Liancheng)

Day 12: Flight to Shanghai

After breakfast, transfer back to Xiamen airport to take your flight to Shanghai.


Upon arrival , pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check in. ( no guide).


Hotel: Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund.

Accommodation
Night at Hotel Narada Boutique Bund (Shanghai)

Day 13: Shanghai departure

Free till your driver comes to pick you up and transfer you to the airport to take your flight back home.

Visited:
Shanghai

Shanghai Yuyuan Guilin Longji Ping’an Yangshuo Xingping Yulong River Xiamen Gulangyu Fujian Yongding Liancheng Shanghai

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $3,580 / 13 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax
Price Per Person  $3,580

Included in price:

  • Hotel accommodation mentioned above with breakfasts
  • Car and driver mentioned above
  • English speaking guide (except during airport transfers)
  • Entrance fees
  • Shanghai bicycle tour
  • Customization of this itinerary by the Local Agency in China

Not included in price:

  • Flights ( International or Domestic)
  • Meals
  • Tips to the driver and guide
  • Personal expense

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