Megacities and villages of China. Pandas, mountains and rice terraces

Price
$2079
+ flight to Hong Kong and back home
Duration
15 days

What you get

China
Megacities, villages and mountains
Transportation
During the entire trip
Guiding
Professional tour leader guide
Tickets
To all attractions
Accommodation
14 nights
Physical grade
Level 1 (elementary) out of 5

Megacities and villages of China. Pandas, mountains and rice terraces

The largest skyscrapers and scenic rice plantations. Life of mountain tribes and super modern casinos. Slums and districts of expensive villas with pools. Looks like a surreal picture. This is what China is about! 

  • Ride a tram to the top of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong to look at the endless skyscrapers 
  • Learn the rules of blackjack and other games in the largest casinos of Macau
  • Try a hundred years old tea at the largest tea market in the world in Guangzhou 
  • Ride traditional bamboo boats on the picturesque Li River between karst rocks
  • Observe funny pandas in their natural habitat at the Chengdu Nature Reserve
  • Look into the tranquil face of the 71-meter tall Buddha statue in Leshan

Trip code
CNDN

Departures

2020
Price
Book
06 May, Wed 20 May, Wed
$ 2079

Day 1

Hong Kong Chungking mansion Light show on Victoria Harbour Night life on Temple Street

We arrive in Hong Kong and check into the Chungking mansion hotel in the city center. This iconic building was just another residential place, but for the last decades most of the apartments were converted into family-run hotels and cafes. In the corridors and elevators you can meet people of all colors and nationalities. In Chungking mansion, many famous films were shot, for example, “Chungking mansion” by Wong Kar-wai. This place is very colorful!

We walk on Victoria Harbour, the bustling seafront area. Hong Kong Island with its endless skyscrapers is just across the strait, on the neighboring island of Hong Kong. And right under our feet is the Avenue of Stars of Hong Kong Cinema. We will definitely find the stars of the main characters - Jackie Chan and John Woo and see the famous light show. For dinner we go to Temple Street, one of the bustling night areas of the city. Shops, bars, fruits, all kinds of restaurants - everything is here!

Day 2

Tai O fishing village Big Buddha Ngong Ping 360 cable car Dim sum restaurant

In the morning we take a ferry to Lantau Island and then take a bus to the fishing village of Tai O. Here you will not find a single building above two floors, and the views here are as if the village is in some place distant from civilization. Locals still live in wooden houses on stilts above the sea. In recent years, only air conditioners, motor boats and satellite dishes have been added. We ride boats in the village, and then explore the narrow streets of the mainland part of the village. For lunch we will enjoy fresh grilled seafood, snails in soy sauce and the signature cold drink of hibiscus flowers.

A bus takes us to the other side of Lantau, where the symbol of Hong Kong is located - a huge 34 meters tall bronze Buddha statue.  We will walk the stairs to the foot of the statue, with the monastery behind it. We get down by the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. The views that we will see from our glass cabin are breathtaking! For example, have you ever seen airplanes scurrying around the airport from above? Or did you feel like a bird, watching the huge ships sailing along the strait? The spiers of skyscrapers are approaching us, and right under our feet are rocks and trees. Incredible! 

In the evening we visit the famous dim sum steam kitchen restaurant. It is known as the most affordable restaurant with a Michelin star in the world. They know us well here!

Day 3

Business district of Hong Kong Peak Victoria Wong Tai Sin temple and Nan Lian garden

In the morning we take a ferry to the business district on the island of Hong Kong - the very area of endless skyscrapers. Here are the offices of all the leading companies in the world. We pass by the skyscraper to the funicular, which has been working here for more than 120 years. It will take us to Victoria Peak. From this top a beautiful view of the whole city opens! We get down on a double-decker bus, watching the richest area of the city - huge villas with swimming pools and gardens, and bright Ferrari and Lamborghini parked. We go to the most famous antique market on the street Cat street. 

It's time to visit the main temples of the city. Let's start with the Wong Tai Sin Temple. Here we will watch the prayers of the parishioners. They love to bring unusual offerings to this temple — meat, lard, and vodka. For the curious, near the temple there is a whole street of fortune tellers. Playing cards, crystal balls, lines on the palms, reading faces and calculating numbers - you choose the way to know the future! 

In the evening we go for a walk in the garden next to the Nan Lian Monastery. It is quite small, but here every inch of land is thought out to the smallest detail - lakes with goldfish, stones, neatly trimmed trees and bushes. It seems that you are not in the center of a huge metropolis, but in the forest! At least, until you lift your head up to the sheer walls of the huge houses of the nearest sleeping districts.

Day 4

Portugese architecture of Macau Casinos

In the morning we take a high-speed ferry to Macau (approximately 1 hour on the way). We check into the hotel and go for a walk in the city center. We begin with the main square and the ruins of St. Paul`s. Previously, it was the main cathedral of this Portuguese colony, but in 1835 a fire almost destroyed it. Only the façade remained, which the government decided to preserve. A very unusual sight! 

We enjoy local cuisine. Yes, it is very clear that Macau was part of the Portuguese empire. Try the most delicate egg tarts. Locals line up in front of the bakeries to get the freshest ones. You will it by the scent! 

Of course, we will visit the famous Macau casinos. After all, we are in the gaming capital of the world! Observe gambling Chinese and foreigners, learn the rules of the most simple games. Interested? Try your luck here! Who knows?..

Day 5 - 6

Guangzhou Canton Tower The biggest tea market in the world Shamian island

In the morning we leave for Guangzhou by train (approximately 2 hours on the way). We check into the hotel in the center and begin with discovering local contrasts. We squeeze through the narrow streets between the tall buildings, literally closing the sky. This is what the local slums look like. Just a few hundred meters - and we walk out on a large street with chic boutiques. 

We take an elevator to the observing deck of Canton Tower, with a height of 600 meters. This is the second tallest tower in the world! The view of the city and the Pearl River, which meanders between skyscrapers and residential areas, is wonderful! We go down and walk on the river front, and then head to the largest tea market in the world. Where else can one try an oolong which is a 100-year-old? Puerh, black teas and the most unusual teas from all corners of China are here.

In the evening we go to the island of Shamian. The Chinese leased it to France and Britain in the 19th century. This is how a little Europe appeared on this plot of land - street cafes, bicycles, English bridges and public gardens. It is quiet and there is no transport at all. Great place for quiet evening walks!

Day 7 - 10

Villages of Xingping and Fuli Riding boats on the Li river Longsheng rice terraces

In the morning we leave for Yangshuo by train (2 hours on the way), and then we go to the village of Xingping nearby. These are not just stunningly beautiful places - in China they are officially considered the most beautiful in the country! Local landscapes are even depicted on the back of a 20 yuan note. You can also recognize these places by the paintings of the most famous Chinese artists.

We ride bamboo boats on the picturesque Li river. We walk on the narrow streets of the villages, watching the unhurried life of the locals. We walk along the rice fields, where boys fish. We walk through the bright bazaar of the village of Fuli, where representatives of the brightest national minorities of southern China come from remote villages. Yes, the Chinese hinterland has its own unique charm! 

In the morning, we leave for Longsheng by bus (approximately 3 hours on the way) and check into a hotel. Take a look around - we are among the famous rice terraces on the slopes of the mountains! The local Yao people laid them in the mountains 650 years ago and still grow rice there. We walk on the terraces, and see unusual wooden houses. Here they add oil and spices to their tea and bake rice with vegetables and tofu in bamboo. Yao women never cut their hair and knot it on their foreheards. 

On the last day we take the speed train to Chengdu (approximately 7 hours on the way) and check into a hotel there.

Day 11 - 12

Chengdu Sichuan opera The biggest mall in the world Pandas in the wild

Time to get acquainted with the famous Sichuan cuisine! We will try Kung Pao chicken with peanuts and rice wine, veal with soy sprouts, and tender eggplants. All dishes here contain a lot of garlic and the so-called Sichuan pepper. This seasoning is the husk around the seeds of the tree from the citrus family. 

We go to the largest shopping mall in the world - New Century Global Center. Here on an area of 1 million 700 thousand square meters there is an artificial beach with sand, an Olympic-sized skating rink, a Mediterranean village and even a pirate ship! Say nothing of shops and hotels!  

In the evening we head to the traditional Sichuan opera. It differs from the usual Chinese opera because of its abundance of national music tradtional for this region. This will be an unforgettable evening! 

In the morning we go to the Wolong Panda Research Center Panda Reserve. More than 150 giant pandas live here! We will watch them eat, play and also learn a lot about their characters and preferences. No wonder there cuties have become the symbol of China! In the evening we take the train to Emeishan (1 hour on the way) and check into a hotel at the foot of the mountain.

Day 13 - 15

Emeishan holy mountain Giant Buddha in Leshan

In the morning, we take a cable car to the sacred mountain Emeishan. This is one of the four sacred mountains of Buddhists, because it is believed that the great saint, the bodhisattva Samantabhadra, achieved enlightenment at this peak. In his honor on the mountain there used to be hundreds of temples, to which not only Chinese from all over the country, but also many Buddhists from other countries made pilgrimages. Unfortunately, now only some of them have been restored, the rest have been greatly affected by the Chinese Communists so-called Cultural Revolution.

We will visit the temple with a large statue of Samantabhadra riding an elephant. It was built in the 9th century!

Next morning we go to Leshan. This place boasts the most famous statue of Buddha in the whole of China. This 71 meters tall statue was carved out of the red rock. Just think - this masterpiece was created in the 8th century! Peer into the tranquil face of the Buddha. You can try to understand Buddhism by reading the sacred sutras and speaking with monks, but you can only feel this religion- philosophy at such moments! We will ride a boat on the river, watching the rocks and local fishermen, and then return to Chengdu, fly to Hong Kong and from there back home.

Tour leader

Olga Dashyvets
tour leader

Подходит ли вам это путешествие?

This trip is of easy physical grade. It includes long walks in the cities, villages and parks. We will travel by bus and train (trips lasting up to 7 hours), take a ferry, ride on bamboo boats on the river Li. Accommodation in double/twin rooms in tourist class hotels and guesthouses. All will have their own bathroom with hot water and wi fi internet.

Стоимость путешествия включает:

  1. Flight from Chengdu to Hong Kong;
  2. All transportation during the trip, including trains, buses, city transport and taxis;
  3. Accommodation throughout the trip;
  4. Entrance tickets to all attractions along the route;
  5. Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Hong Kong and back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best flights);
  2. Food ($15-25 per person per day);
  3. Insurance (mandatory);
  4. Visa to China.

Visa

Citizens of almost all countries need a visa to enter China.

The visa should be obtained in the Chinese embassy in the country of residence before the trip.

We provide free visa advice for clients.

Additional options

3g mobile internet in China
Price: + $30
Prepaid local sim card (no international calls) with 2GB internet package

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