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Rickshaw riding in old Hutongs, Beijing
Accommodation Suggestion: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Dongzhimen
When you get out of the palace, please have lunch nearby, and then take a taxi to the well-known Prince Gong's Mansion, an old courtyard among quaint Hutongs. The taxi fee is around CNY15. After the visit, you may take a rickshaw either to the Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street to have some local snacks, or to the Shichahai Bar Street to relax with a drink. Finally, take a taxi back to your hotel with a fare of CNY20.
Mutianyu Great Wall
After visiting the Great Wall, take the same route back to Dongzhimen, hop onto a taxi back to your hotel and find a nearby restaurant for dinner.
Chinese Kung Fu Show
After lunch, you may take subway line 5 from Beixinqiao Station to Tiantan Dongmen Station. Leave from Exit A2 and enter the Temple of Heaven from its east gate. You'll have a leisure afternoon strolling around. Still get out from the east gate and walk east for 1,000 yards; turn north into Xingfu Street and walk for about 5 minutes, you will see the Red Theater on your right hand side, where you can enjoy fabulous Chinese Kung Fu show. There are two performances at 17:15 and 19:30 daily. After viewing the wonderful show, take a taxi to your hotel at a cost of CNY30.
The train journey is around 5 hours and you will spend the dinner time on the train. You can either pack some snacks before departure or have a meal in the dining carriage, which is in the middle of the train. Upon arrival at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, please find the way to your own booked hotel. We suggest you the Shanghai Fish Inn Bund, located between Tiantong Road and East Nanjing Road subway stations. You can take subway line 2 or 10 at Hongqiao Railway Station and get off at East Nanjing Road; leave from Exit 5 and go northwards for 340 yards to find the hotel on your left.
Accommodation Suggestion: Shanghai Fish Inn Bund
Huangpu River, Shanghai
After that, you may have lunch around the People's Square or walk north to Nanjing Road to try some local snacks. Then take subway line 2 from East Nanjing Road to Lujiazui. Leave from Exit 6 and you will immediately see the towering Jin Mao Tower, together with Shanghai World Financial Center and Shanghai Tower, in front of you. It's a wonderful experience to climb up to the 88th floor of Jin Mao Tower to have a bird's eye view of the cosmopolitan city in all directions.
Coming down from the tower, you may walk south along Middle Yincheng Road for 480 yards to find the ferry port. You can take a ferry there to cruise through Huangpu River. You will disembark at the Bund, where you can view exotic buildings clusters and beautiful night scenes of Shanghai. When your visit is over, please get to the northern end of the Bund and walk westwards along East Beijing Road for 700 yards to your hotel.
The train ride takes about 6 hours, and you will pass the supper time on board. Don't worry, there are fast food provided at supper time, and there are also snacks and drinks sold on the train. In the early evening, you will arrive at the North Railway Station of the ancient city, Xi'an. Located at the city proper, the Grand Soluxe International Hotel near the Xi'an Railway Station is recommended, where you can have easy access to attractions. The subway line 2 can be taken from the North Railway Station to North Street Station, and then change to line 1 to Wulukou Station. Take the Exit D and keep walking north straight for 400 yards, you will find the hotel on your right side. Alternatively, you can take a taxi to the hotel directly at a cost of about CNY50 if travelling with big luggage at night.
Accommodation Suggestion: Grand Soluxe International Hotel Xi'an
Our clients visiting Terracotta Army Museum
After a short break in the hotel, go across the road to take bus no. 201 to the Bell Tower (Zhonglou). After alighted, you may take photos of the wonderful Bell Tower and then, head west towards the Drum Tower, behind which is the well-known Muslim Quarter. If you are not that tired after the shopping and dining in the Muslim Quarter, you can get back to the Bell Tower again. The tower will be lit at night. It should be a good choice to enjoy the splendid nightscape before getting back to the hotel by taxi.
A free vegetable market by the City Wall
Starting from your hotel, you may go across the road to take bus 5 or 30. Get off at Cuihua Road and the Shaanxi History Museum is a few yards west of you. You may queue up for a free ticket with your passport to enter the museum, or buy a ticket of the Special Exhibition Hall at a cost of CNY20 to avoid waiting in the long line.
When you get out of the museum, have lunch in a nearby restaurant and then continue your excursion to the Yongning Gate of the City Wall. Take bus no. 26 in front of the museum to Nanmen, then walk north to find the ticket office at the Yongning Gate. Climb up to the top of the wall; you will have an overall view of the city by bike, battery car, or on foot.
After strolling around for 1.5 hours, get down from either Yongning Gate or Heping Gate and then take a taxi to Shaanxi Song and Dance Theater at a cost of CNY9, where the Dumpling Banquet and music and dance performances of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) are presented.
When today's tour is over, you may take a taxi with a fare of CNY10 back to your hotel.
Upon arrival in Guilin, you are suggested to live in the Guilin Park Hotel, which is quite near the Folded Brocade Hill and Solitary Beauty Peak. You can take a taxi to the hotel directly and it charges around CNY120. You may also take an airport shuttle bus to the Civil Aviation Hotel first, and then hop onto a taxi to the hotel. The whole trip should cost CNY20+15.
After checking in, you may have some food in the hotel or a nearby restaurant, and then take a stroll around to enjoy the ravishing night view.
Accommodation Suggestion: Guilin Park Hotel
When you arrive at Yangshuo after 4~5 hours' river trip, you are advised to disembark from the Shuidongmen Dock near the Green Lotus Peak and walk south to reach the northern end of the West Street. The West Street is lined with western cafes, restaurants and hotels. You can have a meal in one of the restaurants to get your strength back after the long cruise. The enchanting countryside landscape of Yangshuo boasts to be the best in Guilin. Thus, we also advise you take a bicycle trip along the Ten-Mile Gallery to the Moon Hill, which is about 3 miles south from the West Street. The natural scenery along the way is very spectacular.
To make full use of the time, we suggest you go back to Guilin the same day by taking a long-distance bus at Yangshuo North Bus Station. The bus takes about 1.5 hours on the way and costs CNY25 per person. Upon arrival in Guilin, take a taxi back to your hotel with a fare of CNY10.
West Street in Yangshuo
After that, take Luo Bao Line to Luo Hu; leave from Exit A and you will see the Luo Hu Port the moment you get out of the subway station. The Luo Hu Port opens from 06:30 to 24:00 daily. If time permits, you may also get off at Hua Qiao Cheng subway station on your way to the Luo Hu Port and pay a visit to the Splendid China - Folk Culture Villages, which is only one stop away from the Window of the World.
Take East Rail Line from Luo Hu Port to Kowloon Tong; transfer to Kwun Tong Line and then change to Tseung Kwan O Line at Tiu Keng Leng Station; get out from Exit C of Tseung Kwan O Station after one stop to find the recommended Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon East.
Accommodation Suggestion: Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon East
Hong Kong is praised as the Shoppers' Paradise. Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the most popular shopping districts, brimming with modern malls, old stores, and restaurants. When you get out from the museum, you can walk southwest to enter a small lane and start your exploration in Tsim Sha Tsui.
After that, take subway Tsuen Wan Line from Tsui Sha Tsui Station to the Central and leave from exit K; then find the way to Central Star Ferry Pier or Hong Kong City Hall. Take the Bus No. 15 or Minibus Line 1 to the Victoria Peak, where you can have a full view of Hong Kong. There are also many scenic spots on the peak, including the Peak Tower, Peak Market, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Sky Terrace 428, and Sky Gallery. You are advised to have dinner on Victoria Peak and enjoy breathtaking and exclusive night views of the city at the same time.
Finally, take the bus back to Central Subway Station. Take Island Line there and transfer to Tsueng Kwan O Line at North Point Station; get off at Tsueng Kwan O Station and walk back to the hotel.
Hong Kong Disneyland
The night scene of Victoria Harbor is praised to be worth one hundred million dollars. This day's backpacking route will end at this wonderful site. The Symphony of Lights at Victoria Harbor starts at 20:00, so you'd better get there before that time. From the Country Park, please still take bus no. 9 to Shau Kei Wan and transfer to Island Line; get out from Exit A1 of Wan Chai Station and go east for about 140 yards; turn north onto Fleming Road and walk on for another 800 yards, you will get to the Victoria Harbor to enjoy the magnificent show and splendid night scenes.
Then walk back to Wan Chai Station and take Island Line to Quarry Bay; transfer to Tseung Kwan O Line back to your hotel.
After returning to the hotel, you may stroll around to enjoy your last night in Hong Kong.
Alternatively, you can extend your stay in Hong Kong. Visitors from many countries are allowed to stay in Hong Kong for a certain visa-free period. UK citizens are exempt from Hong Kong visa for 180 days; visitors from USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore and Malaysia have a 90-day visa free period; travelers from Thailand are exempt for 30 days; visitors from India and the Philippines have a visa-free period for visit not exceeding 14 days.
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