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Schwartz's 16 Days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Guilin and Hong kong Tour Package

Schwartz's 16 Days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Guilin and Hongkong Tour Packages

Trip of a Lifetime

My husband and I had always wanted to go to China but I do not like group tours. I went online and researched several tour groups and I must say "We hit the jackpot!". I found Nora Zheng with China Culture Tour and she truly planned the trip of a lifetime for us. She was readily available before the trip to answer all of our questions and she demonstrated enormous flexibility in working out our itinerary. She kept in touch with us daily while we were in China (Wechat) and had lunch and spent the afternoon with us while we were in Guilin. Even though she was on Holiday, she took the time to join us.

We began our journey in Beijing where we were met by our guide, Jin, a truly extraordinary young man! He is knowledgeable, articulate, kind and caring. We developed an instant love for him and the city of Beijing. Due to weather concerns he altered our itinerary to make sure we could safely experience the wonders of Beijing. Our safety and enjoyment were always paramount to him. After planned outings he took us on several local shopping excursions, one of which was the Silk Road Market and he stayed with us long after his time of departure for the day. He arranged for our cab trip back to our hotel. We shared stories about our families and our life experiences. Our visit to the Great Wall and The Forbidden City were all that we had hoped they would be and more. We took a rickshaw ride through a historic hutong which was an amazing ancient village right in the middle of modern fabulous architecture in downtown Beijing. Jin rode a bicycle right along the side of us. He took us to the train station where we boarded the Bullet train and he stayed with us until we were comfortably seated with our luggage safely secured. After a bittersweet good bye we were on our way to Xi'an. The Bullet train was awesome. It was spotlessly clean, extremely comfortable and an enjoyable ride. We could see the country side along the way. We actually found it more enjoyable and comfortable than flying. It was definitely an easier journey.

We were met in Xi'an by Summer, a beautiful, extremely knowledgeable and charming young woman. Again, instant love! Her knowledge about the terracotta warriors, one of the highlights of our trip, was exceptional. What an amazing site - made even more vivid by all of Summer's expertise. After completing our tour of the warriors, we went to a nearby teahouse for lunch. We were educated about "all things tea". Summer was a super barterer and made sure that we were never taken advantage of with our purchases. Another highlight of our trip was visiting Madam Hou's home where we learned how to make dumplings, after which we ate a delicious lunch prepared by Madam Hou. Even though we had no common language, we shared stories and photos of our families. There were five cell phones in the room, all actively taking photos and sharing pictures. What an incredible experience! Summer was so much fun to be with that we wanted to take her with us on the rest of our trip. Our sadness at leaving her was ameliorated in the person of our next guide, Ben.

Ben was our guide in Chengdu. He was a caring, charming and extremely knowledgeable young man. His love of the pandas was contagious. His knowledge of Chinese history was extensive and his enjoyment of sharing it with us was quite evident. We spent time in the People's Park where we saw groups of people practicing Tai Chi, others doing exercise routines and/or dancing lessons. One really interesting observation we made was parents of young single adults advertising the attributes of their unmarried children who were seeking matrimony. Very interesting! Our final event before leaving Chengdu was being educated on the joys and PAIN of a Hotpot meal. Emphasis on hot, but what fun. We ended up with a delightful lunch and the pleasure of Ben's company. We had become accustomed to being escorted to the airport, going through customs and security. Ben did not fail us in that regard.

Off we went to our next destination, Shanghai, a beautiful modern city with a population of a mere 32,000,000 people. The Yuan Gardens were spectacular. The Bund, with its collection of 1930s buildings was reminiscent of New York City.

Our next destination was Guilin, one of the most unexpected pleasures of our trip. Words can't describe our affection for our guide, Linda. She took us to unexpected and unplanned sites which made our visit there even more enjoyable. Our visit to the Reed Flute Cave was enjoyable. After visiting the cave we met Nora, our tour coordinator in person. She joined us for lunch and then we were off to visit an organic tea research center where we learned about tea growing. Another highlight of our trip, not in our original plan, was a visit to Asian Town, a centuries old fishing village with one main street lined with stalls selling food and goods to the locals. Linda introduced us to an aged fisherman who lived in a house his family had occupied for over 200 years. He gave us a tour of the house and as we were leaving he calligraphed a note to us wishing us a safe and happy trip. Our time spent with the old gentleman was very special.

The next morning we cruised the Li River, being exposed to some of the most breathtaking natural scenery we have ever seen, gorgeous mountain peaks. We reached our destination, YangShuo, 3 hours later. We made our way to the YangShuo Mountain Retreat situated on a mountain stream with mountains on the horizon. What a treat! Our final excursion in YangShuo was a visit to a local market, not a grocery store, which was an amazing an educational experience. We went through the meat market, sometimes with eyes only partially opened. We, along with our cooking instructor and another couple made our purchases and proceeded to the cooking where we prepared and enjoyed a delicious lunch. Rest assured our family will be sampling some of our new recipes. We drove directly from YangShuo to the airport. Sadly, we had to leave Linda behind. She promised to visit us if/when she visits her friend who lives in Tennessee.

Our flight to Hong Kong was uneventful - the BEST kind of flight. What an amazing city! The weather was rainy and it was quite foggy but that did not interfere with our enjoyment of the city and all of the temptations that a shopping trip entailed.

Though this review is long, it only touches on some of the exciting and extraordinary experiences we had. The hotels were beautiful. The food was delicious. The restaurants that Nora planned gave us an opportunity to sample the different cuisines of China. Nora and our guides made this a trip we will never forget. We were ready to adopt five new grandchildren, four of our guides and Nora! I can say without equivocation that this is the way to visit China, and Nora and her team are the crew to plan it.

Schwartz's 16 Days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Guilin and Hongkong Tour Package

Day 1 Wed 11/Apr/2018: Arrival at Beijing: AC Fl 29 at 02:10PM, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Beijing
Accommodation: Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing 4* (Deluxe Room-31sqm)
Add: 97 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China

Day 2 Thu 12/Apr/2018: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Forbidden City with Treasure House, Tiananmen Square, Jingshan Park, Summer Palace with Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Chongxue Shanzhuang Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 3 Fri 13/Apr/2018: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Mutianyu Great Wall, Round Ways Cable Car on Mutianyu Great Wall
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 4 Sat 14/Apr/2018: Beijing to Xi'an by Train: G87 (14:00 - 18:25) (First Class)
China Culture Tour: Temple of Heaven, Panjiayuan Weekend Market, Private transfer to the train station in Beijing; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Xi'an.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Jindingxuan Dim Sum Restaurant with a La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square 4* (Superior Room-31sqm)
Add: No.319 Dongxin Street, Xincheng District, Xi'an 710004, China

Day 5 Sun 15/Apr/2018: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Shadow Play and Puppet Show in Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Street
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Baiweizheng Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Schwartz's 16 Days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Guilin and Hongkong Tour Packages

Day 6 Mon 16/Apr/2018: Xi'an to Chengdu by train: D1943 (16:15-20:33) (First Class)
China Culture Tour: Xian City Wall, Dumpling making with a local family, Private transfer to the train station in Xi'an; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Chengdu.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Tibet Hotel 4* (Deluxe Room-38sqm)
Add: No. 10 Renmin North Road, Jinniu District, Chengdu 610081, China

Day 7 Tue 17/Apr/2018: Chengdu
China Culture Tour: Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center, Jinli Ancient Street, Wuhou Ancestral Hall
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Schwartz's 16 Days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Guilin and Hongkong Tour Packages

Day 8 Wed 18/Apr/2018: Chengdu to Shanghai by Flight: Air China CA4501 (16:25 - 19:05) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: People's Park, Local Tea House, Wenshu Temple, Private transfer to the airport in Chengdu; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Shanghai.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Chongqing Liuyishou Hotpot with a La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Central Hotel Shanghai 4* (Superior Room-32sqm)
Add: No.555 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai 200001
Surroundings: Nanjing Road

Day 9 Thu 19/Apr/2018: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: Fuxing Park, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai City God Temple, Jinmao Tower (Top Floor View), The Bund
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Gengyuelou Restaurant with A La Carte Menu

Day 10 Fri 20/Apr/2018: Shanghai to Guilin by Flight: Shanghai Airlines FM9377 (15:55 - 18:35) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Half free day on your arrangement in Shanghai, Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Shanghai; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Guilin.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel 4*Lake View Room-33sqm)
Add: 14 South Ronghu Road Guilin, Guangxi, China

Day 11 Sat 21/Apr/2018: Guilin
China Culture Tour: Daxu Ancient Town, Folded Brocade Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Relaxing walk along the Shanhu Lake and Banyan Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Mc Found Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Schwartz's 16 Days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Guilin and Hongkong Tour Packages

Day 12 Sun 22/Apr/2018: Guilin
China Culture Tour: Li River Deluxe Boat Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo; West Street, Yangshuo picturesque countryside tour by private transfer.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Hotel 4* (River View Family Room)
Add: Wang Gong Shan Jiao, Feng Lou Cun Wei, Gaotian Zhen, Yangshuo, Guilin, China

Day 13 Mon 23/Apr/2018: Private transfer: Yangshuo to Guilin (65km, 1.5 hours one way), Guilin to Hong Kong by Flight: Dragonair KA703 (16:30 - 18:00) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Cooking Class in Yangshuo, Private transfer from Yangshuo to Guilin airport (1.5 hours); Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Hong Kong.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Metropark Hotel Kowloon 4*(Superior Room-23sqm)
Add: 75 Waterloo Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Day 14 Tue 24/Apr/2018: Hong Kong
China Culture Tour: Half Day Private Tour to Hong Kong Island (Victoria Peak with one-way Peak Tram, Aberdeen with sampan ride, and Repulse Bay or Stanley Market)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Wed 25/Apr/2018: Hong Kong
China Culture Tour: A free day on your arrangement in Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16 Thu 26/Apr/2018: Departure Hong Kong: AC Fl 8 at 07:35PM, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast
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