Spotlights of Chinese Minorities

ST09: 13 Days China Tours from Copenhagen Denmark to Hong Kong  Xiamen Hakka Earth Castle - Xiamen Guilin Longsheng Yangshuo Guilin Shanghai
Day 1 Copenhagen - Hong Kong
Hong Kong, an international metropolis, is one of the best starting points for many foreign visitors come to China. If you want to arrange China tours from Copenhagen, Denmark to Hong Kong, you can take a connecting flight in several cities including Helsinki in Northern Europe and Moscow, Amsterdam, Paris, Zurich, Dusseldorf, as well as London in Europe. Below are the most recommended connecting flight information we would like to share with you.

You can take the Russian Airlines flight SU2659 1300/1625 from Copenhagen to Moscow, have a layover for 2h55m and then transit to the flight SU212 1920/0930+1 to Hong Kong. The total flying time including your waiting time at Moscow could be 14.5 hours. To transit in Helsinki, you can first take the Finnair flight AY664 1655/1925 from Copenhagen, have a layover for about 4.5 hours, and then board the connecting flight AY069 2350/1430+1. This option needs 15.5 hours in total. Or you may take the Scandinavia Airlines flight SK2551 0815/0940 to Amsterdam, have a layover for 3.5 hous there, and then transfer to the flight CX270 1310/0620+1. In this case, you will spend 16 hours for the air travel plus the layover. All the three options mentioned above are available every day based on the current flight schedule. For people who live in Arhus, Odense and Alborg, you can head to Copenhagen by train to continue your air travel.
Day 2 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
Accommodation: BP International Hotel
Day 3 Hong Kong
Victoria Peak, 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, which is the first highlight of your Hong Kong tour from Denmark. 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 4 Hong Kong - 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 high speed train from Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station 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
Accommodation: Xin An Hotel
Day 5 Xiamen - Nanjing - Yongding
Yongding Earth Tower, Xiamen
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
Accommodation: Earth Tower Home-stay
Day 6 Yongding - 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
Accommodation: Xin An Hotel
Day 7 Xiamen
Inside of Earth Tower
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
Day 8 Xiamen - Guilin
Gulangyu Island
The morning tour will take you to visit the Jimei Study Village, Former  Residence of Tan Kah Kee and Ao Yuan. Jimei Study Village was founded under  the auspices of an overseas Chinese, Mr. Tan Kah Kee in 1913. Now it has  become a famous university including the library, gymnasium, concert hall,  swimming pool and even sailing club. Here you can also visit the place where Mr. Tan Kah Kee once lived and Ao Yuan, a beautiful garden consists of corridor, Jimei Liberation Monument and the tomb of Mr. Tan. 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
Accommodation: Universal Hotel
Day 9 Guilin - Longsheng - Guilin
Longsheng Rice Terraces
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 bus will transfer you back to Guilin.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Guilin - Yangshuo
Li River Cruise, Guilin
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. 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. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, we will drive you around 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
Accommodation: New Century Hotel
Day 11 Yangshuo - Guilin - 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. 

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 Golden River-view Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Golden River-view Hotel
Day 12 Shanghai
Yuyuan Market, Shanghai
Your Shanghai tour from Denmark 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.

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 that, a fantastic acrobatic show will be the highlight of this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Shanghai - Copenhagen
Today your China tour from Denmark, North European draws to a close. Our guide will bid farewell to you at the airport for your homebound flight. There is one non-stop Scandinavia Airlines flight SK998 1320/1845 flying everyday from Shanghai to Copenhagen. The flying time of this flight is about 11.5 hours. Since Shanghai time is 6 hours ahead of Copenhagen time, you will back home the same day. We wish you a smooth trip home and hope to meet you on your next visit to China sometime in the future!

Meals: Breakfast
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Mick from UK | Mar. 18, 2017 05:18Reply
Longyan Bus Station to Hongkeng Village
What are the times of buses and is there a number for this service? Also what time is the earliest service for the return journey? Thanks for any information.
Answers (1)
Answered by Kerry | Mar. 21, 2017 00:55

There are two bus stations in Longyan, one is the old station at Renmin East Road of Longyan and the other is the new station. To get to the Hongkeng Village, you need to take bus from the old station. According to the search result online, the regualr bus from Longyan to Hongkeng is available about every one hour at a cost of CNY22 per person and the journey takes around two hours. You may also try to call 86-597-2291099 for more information and ask the time of the return journey when you get on the bus.
Asked by JJ from CANADA | Mar. 16, 2017 14:00Reply
15 hrs layover in Xiamen - what to do?
I have a 15-ish hr layover in Xiamen (6am-10pm), arriving at Xiamen airport. This is my first time in China. What should I visit? Can I use public transit to get to the main sites from the airport or is taxi preferable?

Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Teresa | Mar. 17, 2017 02:13

You should visit Gulangyu Island, South Putuo Temple and Hulishan Battery. Xiamen is not a big city. If you want to take taxi, CNY20-25 is enough within the downtown area. Public buses are also very convenient. There are also two sightseeing buses covering many famous tourist attractions in this city.
Asked by martin from NETHERLANDS | May. 26, 2016 05:38Reply
hello im martin

i have stopover in xiamen for 12 hours so what is there to do in xiamen. i thought of a hop on /off bus through the city and to nanputuo tempel.....any suggestions??
Answers (2)
Answered by Michel | May. 26, 2016 20:44

The time is enough for you to do a sightseeing in Xiamen. There is sightseeing bus that cover many famous tourist attractions in the city. You can take it from the airport and visit the South Putuo Temple afterwards.
Answered by from NETHERLANDS | May. 27, 2016 05:28

thnxs michel
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