Discover the highlights of China on this 12-day gay group trip. Beginning in Beijing, you’ll familiarise yourself with the traditions of China, from Tai Chi classes, local cuisine and historic landmarks like Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
The trip is a perfect balance of both historical and modern China, showcased in the wondrous nature and unique urban centres we’ll be travelling between. We’ll walk along a quiet section of the Great Wall of China, visit Xian and see the thousands of Terracotta Warriors, enjoy a tranquil river cruise upon the beautiful waters of Guilin, relax amongst the luscious green hills of Yangshuo and much, much more.
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- 17th April 2020 Friday
Group Trip Breakdown
Day 1: Arriving in Beijing
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. In the evening we’ll have a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Beijing
Our day begins at the Temple of Heaven park, where we’ll take a Tai Chi class. The tranquil park gives a great glimpse of local life in and is home to traditional architecture and beautiful groves of cypress trees.
In the afternoon we’ll visit Tiananmen Square. Measured at 440,000 square metres, this sprawling, urban centre is a monument to contemporary China, which includes the mausoleum that houses Chairmen Mao’s remains and our entrance to the Forbidden City. Discover the imperial complex, first completed in 1420, for yourself, strolling through the exquisite classical Chinese architecture.
Day 3: Beijing
In the morning, we will make our way to one of the greatest feats of human construction, the Great Wall of China. We’ll explore the much quieter Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, for a more intimate experience with the world’s longest man-made structure. The Mutianyu section is 2.5 Kilometers and allows you to walk for over an hour, visiting twenty-two watchtowers.
We will also take a cable car ride along the Great Wall, which will astound with breathtaking views aplenty. In the evening we’ll return to the Waldorf Astoria hotel.
Day 4: Beijing to Xian
We’ll start the day with a tranquil cruise at the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Although this could change with the weather). The Summer Palace is one of the largest and best-preserved imperial gardens in the world.
Enjoy a boat ride across the Kunming Lake before walking through the Long Corridor, a 728-metre hall, embellished with the art collection of Chinese Emperors.
In the afternoon we’ll board our train to Xian.
Day 5: Xian
Our day in Xian begins with a visit to the Terracotta Warriors. One of the greatest archaeological finds, these sculptures of soldiers, chariots and horses are a sight to behold. Rumoured to of taken over 100,000 men 38 years, you’ll be mesmerised by the sheer scale of craftsmanship.
In the afternoon we’ll walk along the city walls of Xi’an, some parts of which are dated back to the 2nd century BC, making these some of the oldest structures in all of China. Next, we’ll walk through the Muslim Quarter, a fascinating area of the city which has been an integral part of Xian’s community.
Day 6: Xian to Guilin
With an early start, we’ll transfer and fly to Guilin. The picturesque city of Guilin is located in the gorgeous southern Chinese landscape.
Upon arrival, a guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. You’ll have a chance to wind down after your travels before heading to the Reed Flute Cave. Home to a gallery of limestone cave formations, these natural sculptors are a sight to behold. Next, we’ll take a boat trip on along the Two-Rivers-Four-Lakes, the perfect viewpoint for Guilin’s mountain and water scenery.
Day 7: Guilin - Yangshuo
Leaving Guilin, you’ll experience the Li River Cruise up the Lijiang river. The river cruise will include indescribable scenery and a chance to disembark at a local visit to explore. We’ll continue on up to Yangshuo.
Yangshuo is known for it’s relaxing and friendly vibe, stunning scenery and good food. You’ll have time to shop at the “Biggest Market of the World” and explore the beautiful town along the Li River.
Day 8: Yangshua
Our morning in Yangshuo is jam-packed so you can make the most of your time here. We’ll be biking in the luscious countryside and bamboo rafting along the Li River.
In the afternoon, take a relaxing stroll through Fuli, a quaint village of cobbles and stone houses that dates back over 1000 years. We’ll explore the ancient streets and markets, rice wine factory and fan-craft workshops. Fuli is renowned for the hand-painted fan, with nearly a quarter of Fuli’s residents making traditional hand-painted fans. After our tour of Fuli, we’ll transfer you back to the hotel for an evening of leisure.
Day 9: Yangshuo - Shanghai
In the morning you’ll transfer to Guilin’s Airport and then fly to Shanghai Pudong. This multi-cultural metropolis is the largest industrial city in China. With a population of 18.7 million, Shanghai represents both modern and traditional Chinese features.
From its seaside fishing village to architecture leftover from the Yuan Dynasty, Shanghai is bubbling with a unique allure that you’ll get to explore over the next couple of days.
Day 10: Shanghai
In the morning, we’ll take a trip to the Shanghai museum to learn and familiarise ourselves with the city. Containing one of the finest collections of ancient Chinese antiques and art in the world, with over 120,000 priceless pieces in its collection, the Shanghai museum is an essential visit when in the city.
Next we’ll make our way to the Yuyan Garden and the old Bazaar. The garden is a place of peace in the heart of a bustling Shanghai. Just outside the garden’s gates is the Old Bazaar, the ideal place for striking a bargain or to connect with the locals.
Day 11: Shanghai
For our final day, we’ll visit the idyllic water town of Zhujiajiao. Built atop the crisscrossing waterways that run down from the Dianshan Lake, this town is a perfect spot for appreciating the varying architectural features of China. With an eclectic array of bridges to the stunning Ming and Qing dynasty era architecture of the town, Zhujiajiao is a feast for the eyes.
After our day tour, we’ll make our way back to the hotel. You’re final afternoon will be at your own leisure ahead of our farewell meal.
Day 12: Departure
You’re final moments in Shanghai will be yours to do as you wish before leaving for your departing flight.
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