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Things to do in Northwest China

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Xi'an Terracotta Warriors Walking Tour with Transfer Options

1. Xi'an Terracotta Warriors Walking Tour with Transfer Options

The unexpected unearthing of the Terracotta Warriors, a hoard of legendary life-sized clay soldiers intended to fill an emperor’s elaborate mausoleum, is renowned as one of the world’s greatest archaeological events. On this 2.5-hour tour, experience the wonder of these ancient artifacts and gain a deep understanding from your expert tour guide about the First Emperor’s vision for his afterlife and his unification of China, which shaped the nation as it is known today.  If the transfer option was selected, you will be collected from your accommodation and driven to the Terracotta Warriors Museum in a comfortable air-conditioned coach, or you can choose to meet the tour guide at the museum. Your unforgettable tour begins in Pit 1 of the museum, which is the largest of the excavated pits and home to around 6,000 soldiers. Then, head to Pit 2 and 3, where the cavalry and infantry units and officers are located. The famous Bronze Chariot Pit, where two painted bronze chariots are on display, will not be forgotten.  Your expert tour guide will give you a comprehensive introduction to Imperial China’s distinctive approach to funerary art as well as the celebrated sculptures of their scale, both in terms of each individual sculpture’s height and of the group as a whole. If you select the lunch option, you will be treated to a traditional local style Chinese meal before being transferred back to your accommodation. 

From Kathmandu: 8-Day Tibetan Excursion Fly-In Drive-Out

2. From Kathmandu: 8-Day Tibetan Excursion Fly-In Drive-Out

Tibet Tour with Everest Base Camp is the most demanding and popular tour to Tibet, where you’ll be embarking on a journey on a 920 kilometers stretch of road, known as the Friendship Highway between Lhasa to Kathmandu. Tibet with Everest Base Camp Tour allows you on several detours to the highlights of the Tsang Province and natural exploration of the central part of the Tibetan Plateau surrounded by mountains of 5,500 meters of a forgotten world. Explore various settlements along the way towards the Tibet Everest Base Camp which offers a spectacular view of Mt. Everest from the southern side with other endless rows of mountains, get insight into the life and culture of the friendly Tibetan people, discover ancient monasteries, observe the sacred chanting of the monks, hiking along the tranquil shores of the Turquoise Lake Yamdrok Tso. This Tibet Tour with Everest Base Camp is designed as an opportunity to learn about various traditions and cultures of people along with natural wonders. Day 1: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650m) Get picked up from your hotel in Kathmandu and taken to the airport. Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and arrive at the Gonngar Airport. Transfer one hour to Lhasa and enjoy a full night's rest for acclimatization at a hotel. Day 2-3: Two days of sightseeing in Lhasa Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar, Drepung Monastery, and the Sera Monastery with a guide. Stay overnight at a hotel. Day 4: Lhasa - Gyantse (3,950m) - Shigatse Drive to Gyantse via Yamadroke Lake and the high passes, Kora LA (5,010m) and Kamba La (4,794m). After breakfast, enjoy some sightseeing in Gyantse with visits to Pholkor and Kumbum Monastery. In the evening, take a 1.5-hour scenic drive to Xigatse through the typical Tibetan countryside. Stay overnight at a hotel. Day 5: Shigatse - Xegar (4,200m) Wake up and head off to visit Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpu Monastery. Then drive to Xegar, crossing over Gyatchula, a pass of 5,200m. Settle in for an overnight at a hotel. Day 6: Xegar to Ronbuk (4,980m), 90 kilometers  Embark on a scenic drive to Ronbuk through the beautiful Tibetan countryside. Explore Ronbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, and enjoy an overnight at a guest house.   Day 7: Ronbuk - Everest Base Camp - Kerong Hike up to Everest Base Camp and explore the surrounding area. Travel back to Ronbuk and then drive to Kerong for overnight at a hotel. Day 8: Kerong to Kathmandu Head toward the Rasuwagadi border and, after necessary border formalities, drive to Kathmandu on the magical Friendship Highway to conclude the tour with hotel drop-off.

Guilin: Classic Private Full–Day Tour

3. Guilin: Classic Private Full–Day Tour

After hotel pick–up at 9:00 AM, visit Guilin Reed Flute Cave, known as the art palace of nature. See beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone flowers with various shapes, and how these all glisten in colorful lights.  After exploring the cave, transfer to Yangshuo and visit the Xianggong Hill. Climb the hill, located on the west bank of the Lijiang River between Huangbu Shoal and Nine-Horse Mural Hill. Your uphill climb is rewarded with a bird's eye view of the Lijiang River winding through countless peaks, ideal for scenery enthusiasts and photographers. Move on to Xingping to savor a delicious lunch, before you take small boat from Xingping to Nine Horses Hill. Head back to Xingping River Pier, and catch the Liusanjie show at Yangshuo. At the end of your tour, transfer to your hotel in Guilin or Yangshuo downtown around 10:30 PM.

From Beijing: Badaling Great Wall & Ming Tomb Full-Day Tour

4. From Beijing: Badaling Great Wall & Ming Tomb Full-Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel, located within the second ring road of Beijing, between 6:30 and 7:00 AM. On your way to the Great Wall, travel to the Ming Tombs 55 miles away from downtown requiring about an hour of driving. The thirteen Ming Tombs are the best-preserved Chinese imperial tombs with a 600-year history. The tour of the Ming Tombs takes about an hour and finishes up at 10:45. Before lunch at 11:30, you will have 45 minutes for a short visit to the Jade Gallery. Jade carving is an important and famous blend of the excellent skills in carving and Chinese traditional cultures. Have a traditional Chinese lunch at the restaurant inside the Jade Gallery. After lunch, travel to the entrance at Juyonguan of the Badaling Great Wall. There you will have 1.5-hours to hike and take in the appeal of this ancient location which is also where the first emperor of Beijing, Emperor Yongle, and his Empress Xu are buried. On the way back to your hotel, experience the Chinese tea ceremony and culture at a tea house and then transfer back to your hotel within Second Ring Road of Beijing.

Shanghai: Yu Garden and City God Temple Private Walking Tour

5. Shanghai: Yu Garden and City God Temple Private Walking Tour

Get an insider's perspective of the changing scene of Shanghai on a 3-hour guided walking tour that discovers old city sights as well as delicious street food. The tour begins with a visit to Yuyuan Garden, one of the finest private gardens in China, known for its classic landscape architecture. Wander down lively streets filled with local residents, sometimes still dressed in their pajamas. See tiny family-owned shops where you can rummage for bargain items. Then you'll visit the City God Temple, where local residents go to pray for good fortune and peace. The popularity of the temple led to many businesses being set up in the area, turning the surrounding streets into a busy traditional marketplace. Your guide can also take you on a stroll along the Yu Garden Old Street and to learn about the porcelain art, wooden crafts, and jewelry crafts in the bazaar. If you want to buy some souvenirs, feel free to ask your guide to bargain the best price for you.  Take the optional snack option so you will have a chance to try some Shanghai street food. Taste the famous Soup Dumplings (Xiaolongbao) and learn from the local guide about the flavor and consistency of the broth, the quality of the meat filling, and the texture of the dumplings' skin.

Shanghai Seven Treasure Town & Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour

6. Shanghai Seven Treasure Town & Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour

In the morning at 8:30 AM, our driver, and guide will pick you up at your Shanghai downtown hotel. The guide will contact you to reconfirm the pickup time again one day ahead of your travel date. Drive to Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, a water town with a history that can be traced back to the Three Kingdoms Period and best known for its bridges, old streets, and gardens built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. See the Fangsheng Bridge, Baoguo Temple, Town God's Temple, and Zhuxi Garden. Enjoy the option to take a boat ride along the river and appreciate the special view of this old water town. After lunch, head to Seven Treasure Town, located in the Shanghai suburbs. Built in Ming and Qing dynasties, this old town had been a local famous market place for trading goods like cloth, yarn, and vegetables. Learn about the town's rich commercial history and experience the cultural atmosphere. Transfer back to your downtown Shanghai hotel at around 5 PM.

Shanghai: City Lights and Huangpu River Cruise Night Tour

7. Shanghai: City Lights and Huangpu River Cruise Night Tour

First, you will stop at the Nanjing Road, where you will take a quick stroll. After that, you will take the evening cruise on the Huangpu River. On the cruise, you can see both sides of the river, Pu Dong and Pu Xi, which means “East River” and “West River”. Then, you will have the chance to walk along the Bund, which is known for its international architecture. Here, there are a lot of chic pubs and restaurants in old historic buildings. Afterwards, you will transfer to the Pudong side to enjoy the wonderful view of the newly developed commercial part of Shanghai city. Here, you can spend time on your own or continue back to your starting point.

Sanya: Private Nanshan Buddhism Culture Park Tour

8. Sanya: Private Nanshan Buddhism Culture Park Tour

In the morning at 9:00AM, your guide and driver will meet you in your hotel lobby, before transferring you directly to Nanshan Buddhism Park. Nanshan Buddhism Culture Park and Nanhai Guanyin Buddha are both windows to China's traditional Buddhism culture. The Felicity and Longevity Culture Park shines its light in the atmosphere of peace and harmony, and the Nanhai Cultural Customs Park highlights China's diverse social customs. Key features of the zone include the three-sided statue of Buddha, Buddhist temples and superior landscape and sea views. A new highlight of this area is the new 108-meter-high Nanhai Guanyin Buddha, which sits out on the sea. After exploring this extremely spiritual region, your tour will end at around 3:00PM, at which point your driver and guide will escort you back to your hotel.

Great Wall Hiking: Small Group

9. Great Wall Hiking: Small Group

your guide will meet you at 8am and then drive to Simatai West. You will start the hiking around 10:30am, and it will take about 3 hours to complete. A lunch at a local farmer’s restaurant will be organized after the hiking before returning to the city. This section offers arguably the finest hiking anywhere on the Great Wall. It is extremely photogenic, with over 15 watch-towers, and steep gradients that give constantly changing perspectives and wide, open views. There is fascinating variety in the watch-towers here. Some have two storeys, others three. Some have flat roofs, others rounded and others again are pitched with upturned eaves. This section of the wall is wild, ruined, preserved and original. On a clear day, it is difficult to fail to take good photographs here. 

Shanghai: Zhujiajiao UNESCO Water Town Afternoon Tour

10. Shanghai: Zhujiajiao UNESCO Water Town Afternoon Tour

You can either make your own way to the meeting point or be collected at your accommodation. Board the bus and leave Shanghai. Head to the oldest and most well-protected water village in China.  Located 16 miles west of downtown Shanghai, Zhujiajiao water village is 400 years old and is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Discover the picturesque canals and rivers and admire the large Dian Shan Lake. Take the opportunity to go shopping, take a stroll, and explore this beautiful village. Try some local street food and be amazed by the tastes. You can even practice your bargaining skills at the local shops. After spending three hours taking in the local culture, you will return to downtown Shanghai for approximately 6:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Northwest China

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Our tour guide Andy was very attentive and helpful, his English was excellent. The tour was perfectly organised, including assistance with fulfilling all the additional Covid19-related regulations The tour on the Li River is wonderful, Andy provided many interesting facts about the sights on the way, which we would have stayed unaware of as all information on the boat was only provided in Chinese. Altogether, a very enjoyable trip!

What a great afternoon experience with my guide! Given the covid influence, I wasn't sure whether tours still exist or not. It turned out to be one of my favorite day since moved to this city last year. A perfect balance between tea& dessert and walking through old concession neigbourhood. Different from my western taste, it surprised me a lot about locals' flavor. Highly recommend if you're into culture, food and local life.

We really enjoyed the tour, was picked at my hotel, went to the touristic place in a very comfortable car. We skipped lines to buy the tickets, and our guide Isaac was helping us in all the QR code and identity checks (quite useful for foreigners ;-) He explained us a lot about the historical context of the site, as well as how the side has been built, which was very interesting I really recommend this tour, thanks a lot !

Tom was an amazing tour guide who was flexible and wonderfully knowledgeable. He communicates so well both before and during the tour I learned so much from him about the local history and even the plans for the city in the future. Would definitely recommend you book his tour! (I travel extensively and he is one of the best most knowledgeable guides I’ve ever had!)

Tom is a great guide. Vast knowledge about history, but also gives interesting facts about Chinese lifestyle. I enjoyed every moment. Definitely will recommend.