Oriental Elites Appreciation
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Accommodation Suggestion: Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel
Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing
There are not many restaurants near the Forbidden City, so you can have lunch near the Yonghe Lamasery. Walk across the street in front of the Gate of Divine Prowess and take a bus No. 124 to Fangjia Hutong. After getting off, walk backwards to enter Fangjia Hutong for 700 yards walking to its east end, and then turn north to Yonghegong Street for another 150 yards, you will reach the lamasery. Two hours is enough for you to take a meticulous tour inside.
After visiting the temple, you can take the subway line 2 from the Yonghegong station to Gulou Dajie station. Exit from G and stroll south along the Old Drum Tower Street to the end, you will see the Drum Tower at your left side. The famous South Gong and Drum Lane (Nanluogu Xiang) is on the East Drum Tower Street about 550 yards east of the tower. When you are wandering along the old lanes, you can also enjoy the local snacks in the featured restaurants and bars. For the way back, you can walk to the south end of the South Gong and Drum Lane to find Luoguxiang bus stop on the Di'anmen East Street, take a bus No. 60 to Nanyanhe stop and walk to your hotel. Alternatively, take a taxi back to the hotel with a fare of CNY 15.
When getting back to the city, you can pay a visit to the Temple of Heaven if time permits. Please note that the attractions in the Temple of Heaven are closed around 17:00. Take subway line 2 from Dongzhimen to Chongwenmen and connect line 5 to Tiantan Dongmen, the East Gate of Temple of Heaven. Finishing the whole day's trip, you can take subway line 5 from Tiantan Dongmen to Dongdan and then transfer to line 2 to Wangfujing and walk to the hotel.
You can walk to Wangfujing subway station, take line 1 to Xidan and change to line 4 to Beigongmen and exit from Exit D. Enter the Summer Palace from the North Gate and leave from the east gate. The visiting time is about 3 hours. After lunch in a nearby restaurant, walk back to Beigongmen station to take the subway line 4 to Haidian Huangzhuang, and change to line 10 to Beitucheng, where you can connect to line 8 to Olympic Green directly. Enter from the South Gate to get a close touch with the nature in this green park, and then walk south to the Olympic Center to visit the 2008 Olympic sites, Bird's Nest and Water Cube.
For the way back, please take a taxi to the hotel directly, and the fare is about CNY35. Retrieve your luggage and take a taxi to Beijing Railway Station at a cost of CNY15. Please note that you need to arrive at the railway station at least 1 hour prior to the train's departure time. There are many western and Chinese fast-food chains in the station hall, so we suggest that you have a simple supper there before boarding the train. We recommend you take the train leaving around 19:00 so that you will arrive in Shanghai in the next morning. The travel time is about 15 hours.
Accommodation: Overnight soft sleeper train
You can take the subway line 1 from the Railway Station to the People's Square station and exit from Exit 3. Many Chinese and western restaurants are nearby, so you can have lunch there, and then visit the Shanghai Museum near the Exit 1 across the way. After getting a better understanding about the past of Shanghai, you can take a subway line 2 from the People's Square to Lujiazui and exit from Exit 1 to visit the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, enjoying the modern and fashion side of this city. If you are interested, we strongly recommend taking the sightseeing elevator to the top of the tower and overlook the beautiful Huangpu River. Then, you can either travel through the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel to the west side of the river at a cost of CNY50 per person, or take the subway line 2 to Nanjing East Road, exit from Exit 7 and walk to the Bund. You can find some local food on the Nanjing East Road for today's dinner. Take subway line 2 to People's Square and line 1 to the Railway Station, and walk back to your hotel.
Accommodation Suggestion: Holiday Inn Express Zhabei
Cycling on Xian City Wall
After breakfast in the hotel, we suggest that you check out and the leave your baggage at the Shanghai Railway Station. Take the subway line 4 to Hailun Road, and then change to line 10 to Yuyuan Garden. The recommended visiting time in the garden is two hours. If you are interested in the old Shanghai and the local people's life, you can pay a visit the Qibao Old Town, which is about 1 hour from Yuyuan Garden by subway. Please take the subway line 10 to Laoximen, then change to line 8 to Lujiabang, and line 9 to Qibao station. Beside the old houses, roads, and bridges, you can also enjoy delicious local snacks there. Take subway line 8 to Xujiahui and change to line 1 to Shanghai Railway Station for the overnight train to Xian. You need to book the tickets in advance and collect it in the previous morning upon your arrival at the train station. Please note that you need to take the subway at least 2 hours before the train's departure time.
Accommodation: Overnight soft sleeper train
Take the tourist bus No. 5 back to Xian Railway Station. Please note that the last bus leaves the museum at 19:00. You will face the City Wall when getting off the bus at the railway station. After getting back your luggage, please find the way to your own booked hotel. The 3-star City Hotel is a fine choice, which is near the Bell Tower subway station, the West and South Streets. If you are lucky to get a taxi at the railway station, CNY10 is enough to transfer to the hotel. As a matter of fact that taxi is usually hardly available, so you are advised to take bus instead. Stroll about 500 yards to the west of the railway station, and there you can take the bus No. 229, 608 or 616 to Bell Tower station. Getting off the bus, walk backwards for 50 yards, you will find the hotel on the west. Check in and have a good rest.
Accommodation Suggestion: City Hotel
Guilin Li River Cruise
Return to the hotel to retrieve the luggage and then take a taxi to the Xian Airport with CNY 120. After two hours' flying, you will land at Guilin Airport. Please check into a local hotel you prefer. We recommend the 3-star Eva Inn Hotel located at the bund of the Lijiang River. Living there, you can enjoy an amazing view of the river. You can take a taxi to the hotel at a cost of about CNY120.
Accommodation Suggestion: Eva Inn Hotel
Accommodation: New Century Hotel
Or you can go back to Guilin in the morning. After leaving the heavy luggage at the hotel, you may visit Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, and Seven-Star Park. To reach Elephant Trunk Hill from your hotel, you can stroll south along the Binjiang Road for 15-20 minutes, you will see it. After appreciating the unique hill, take a taxi to Reed Flute Cave at a cost of CNY25, and there you can view the wonderful karst stalactites. Afterwards, take a taxi at a cost of about CNY25 to Seven-Star Park where you can enjoy the miniature of the local landscape. At the end of the visit, you are suggested to exit from the West Gate, and walk across the Jiefang Bridge and turn left to enter the Binjiang Road. Stroll south along the road for another 500 yards; you will get to the hotel.
Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong
Accommodation Suggestion: BP International House
You can take MTR to reach the park. From your hotel, you need to walk about 400 yards to Jordan Station and take Tsuen Wan Line. After 8 stops, you will get off at Lai King Station. Then take Tung Chung Line to Sunny Bay Station where you can change to Disney Resort Line to reach Disneyland. There are seven theme parks in the resort including American Main Street, Fantasy Land, Adventure Land, Tomorrow Land, etc. After the full-day experience, you can return to your hotel by subway.
Hong Kong Airport is one of busiest airport in the world, and the air routes operated by it connect over 150 international destinations, so we make Hong Kong the last stop to provide you an easy access to your home-bound flights. Wish you a nice journey!
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