China Metropolis and Dreamland Tour

ST11: 8 Days China Tour from Zurich Switzerland to Beijing Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin Shanghai
  • Itinerary
Day 1 Switzerland - Beijing
To people live in Switzerland, traveling to China is quite convenient as the direct flights to Beijing are available from Zurich and Geneva. Swissair operates the direct flight from Zurich to Beijing. The flight number is LX196. By taking this flight, you will depart from Zurich at 13:20 and arrive in Beijing at 05:15 the next morning. The flying time is 9 hours and 55 minutes. If you start the China tours from Geneva, you can take CA862 2025/1250+1 from Air China to Beijing. This non-stop flight is scheduled to fly on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The flying time is nearly 10.5 hours.

Here we would like to mention that the normal check in time for most hotels in China is after 14:00. For those who arrive at Beijing at 05:15 by flight LX196, we will try our best to help you apply for the early check-in with the hotel. If it is not available, you may store your luggage at the reception desk of the hotel and walk around to get the first impression of the city by yourself.
Day 2 Beijing
Once your international flight lands in Beijing, our guide and driver will welcome you at the exit of the airport and escort you to the well-selected hotel. A brief introduction of the city and the following tour arrangements will be given en route. You can spend the rest of the day on your own.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel
Day 3 Beijing
Temple of Heaven, Beijing
Photo by our client Mr. Henry Allen Northington
Your memorable Beijing student tour from Switzerland will commence after breakfast today. The first destination is  Tiananmen Square, one of the must visit places for those who first come to China. Walking through the square, you will reach the Forbidden City where you can get an insight into Chinese history and culture, and appreciate the classical-style architecture of ancient time. Your visit will be extended to the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. It was a sacred altar for ancient emperors, and nowadays it is also an ideal place to learn local people's life as many retirees gather here to do physical exercise, dance, practice tai chi and other recreational activities.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing
Day 4 Beijing - Guilin
Today we will guide you to visit the Summer Palace and Badaling Great Wall. Summer Palace used to be the imperial garden for summer retreat with its beautiful environment and pleasant surroundings. It is worth to spend some time strolling around to enjoy the small details at your own pace. Climbing the Great Wall is another highlight of your Beijing travel. The spectacular views and scenery from the top are breathtaking and impressive. After that, you will head to Guilin by air and be transferred to the hotel upon arrival.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Universal
Day 5 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
A visit to Guilin is not complete without cruising on the Li River to Yangshuo. We will transfer you to the pier to board the ship and the rest of the activities are arranged by yourselves. The cruise tour lasts around 4.5 hours and you will arrive at Yangshuo at 13:30. Upon arrival, you are suggested to take an electric car to enjoy the stunning sceneries of the countryside. You may also drop by to visit one or two houses to learn how the local farmers live in the rural area of China. After the whole day visit, you will get back to Guilin by yourself.

Tips: As the cruise ship offers simple Chinese box lunch with plain food, we kindly suggest you have a good breakfast at the hotel this morning.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Universal
Day 6 Guilin - Shanghai
Yuyuan Market, Shanghai
We would leave the day free for your own arranged activities. You can make use of the day to visit the Reed Flute Cave, the Seven Star Park or the Elephant Trunk Hill as they are the major sites of Guilin city and easily accessible by taxi. Then, you will take a taxi to the airport for an afternoon flight to Shanghai and make your own way to the hotel that is booked by us. Shanghai is an international metropolis with convenient transportation. We will only reserve the hotel for you in advance and the other activities will be handled by yourself.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Golden River-view Hotel
Day 7 Shanghai
Full day is on your own arrangement. For your reference, we recommend you start the tour with visits to Shanghai Museum and Yuyuan Garden. It only takes around 20 minutes to the museum from your hotel by taxi. You can learn various things about China that can't be learned from books. The audio-guides are available with the rental fee of CNY20.00 net per person. Then take a leisurely stroll and a nice break in the classical Yuyuan Garden and explore the nearby Yuyuan market where you are able to find various local snacks or souvenirs. Then you can take a taxi to the Bund area, the top landmark of Shanghai. Walk along the Bund to appreciate the city's past, present and future, you will be amazed by the city's rapid development. If feel interested, you can also take a one-hour cruise on the Huangpu River to enjoy the beautiful night views of the Bund, which is highly commended by our former clients.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Golden River-view Hotel
Day 8 Shanghai - Switzerland
Your China tour from Switzerland comes to an end today. You will check out of the hotel before 12:00 and head to the airport to take your homebound flight by yourself.

There are two airports in Shanghai, one is Pudong International Airport and the other is Hongqiao International Airport. For travelers return to Zurich from Shanghai, you can go to Pudong Airport to take direct flight LX189 0930/1550. You will reach Zurich the same day after 12 hours and 20 minutes flying. If you travel from Shanghai to Geneva, the recommended way is to transfer to Hongqiao Airport for flight CA1590 0855/1110 to Beijing, wait for 2 hours and 20 minutes and then connect flight CA861 1330/1825 to Geneva. The whole journey lasts 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can choose to make the transit at Paris, Frankfurt, Munich or Zurich from Shanghai to Geneva. We wish you a pleasant journey!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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