You will fly directly to Hong Kong with Virgin Airlines, where you will spend 3 nights at the 5* hotel in a fantastic location. After your three nights in Hong Kong you fly directly to Beijing for 3 nightsbefore spending a further 3 nights in Shanghai.
A South East Asia Multi-centre holiday is fascinating. Few countries in the world can offer such a diverse range of culture, history, natural wonder, excitement and outright indulgence and relaxation.
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Highlight of the Night Tour, £78 per person - The tour first takes you to the world famous Temple Street Night Market, a great place for bargain hunting and rubbing shoulders with the locals.Hundreds of little stalls line this busy street. Carts bulge with goods from casual clothing to mobile phone and watches. If you're lucky, you'll encounter impromptu Chinese street opera performers and fortune tellers. After an hour visit, you'll hop on an open-top bus that will take you on a spectacular drive through neon-lit streets where you will see the towering skyscrapers glittering against night sky. You’ll then board a boat for a leisurely sunset cruise on Victoria Harbour with a gourmet dinner on board Harbour Cruise Bauhinia. The tour concludes with the Symphony of Lights show - awarded the world's 'Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show' by Guinness World Records. While having buffet on the cruise, you can see this magnificent show over the Victoria Harbour. The show combines interactive lights of 44 key buildings on both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
360 Lantau Island Explorer Tour, £79 per person - Enjoy a break from the frenetic pace of Hong Kong with an enchanting visit to Lantau Island, the celebrated Po Lin Monastary and the truly giant 26-metre high Bronze Buddha. Upon arrival in Lantau, you are met by a local guide and taken to the first stop on the tour. The Avenue of Stars honours those movie stars to have dedicated to themselves towards Hong Kong movie industry. Visitors can walk amongst the stars on the walk of fame. The avenue also features sculptures, movie industry milestones, and incredible views of Hong Kong's famous skyline and more. Continue to the Ngong Ping Cable Car which connects Tung Chung and Ngong Ping. The 5.7km cable car journey offers visitors spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of South China Sea, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau North Country Park and the Giant Buddha. Afterwards, you are taken to view Tai O fishing village. Known as the “Venice of the East“ Tai O was once the largest inhabited settlement on Lantau Island. The village's stilt houses on the waterfront offer a glimpse into Hong Kong's past and provide a striking contrast with the modern city. Continue to Po Lin Monastery, known as the 'Buddhist Kingdom in the South' and the most popular Buddhist temple in Hong Kong. Here you can view the largest outdoor bronze seated Buddha in the world, a truly awesome spectacle. Po Lin Monastery is famous for providing high quality Buddhist vegetarian cuisine in Hong Kong and you will be served a six-course traditional Chinese vegetarian lunch before you return to Hong Kong Island by ferry.
New Territories of Hong Kong, £50 per person - Your first stop is the Yuem Yuen Institute, which demonstrates the significance of contributions from Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist to the local society. Then it's out into the countryside, past banana plantations and up the tallest mountain in Hong Kong, Tai Mo Shan for a panoramic view of Hong Kong Island and across the border to Shenzhen in mainland China. Over the mountain lies a lush valley of orchards and vegetable farms. Afterwards, head down Tai Mo Shan, stopping at the old Fanling Walled Village belonging to a big family clan in the New Territories. Walk past the old village wall with gun holes in it, and a family ancestral hall where ancestor worship continues to be practised. Then head to Luk Keng Road, running parallel with the coastline of Mainland China. Enjoy views across the bay to mainland China and the small town of Sha Tan Kok. Also see a bird sanctuary where Chinese pond herons and night-herons nest. Next, it's a trip through the Plover Cove Country park, and on to the fishing village of Sam Mun Tsai to see how local fisherfolk breed fish in submerged cages. The tour concludes with a visit to Bride's Pool Falls before returning to Hong Kong.
Macau Day Trip with Lunch, £100 per person - Spend a day exploring Macau, the oldest European settlement in the Orient. Explore Macau's historic centre, the 31st designated UNESCO World Heritage site in China and also visit a Macau Casino. Sail across the sea from Hong Kong to Macau on a jetfoil or catamaran. The journey lasts around 60 minuts and brings you to the Monte Carlo of the Far East. Here the charm of Chinese and Portuguese heritages is embraced in an array of modernized architecture. Sightseeing begins with a drive along Guia Circuit where the Macau Grand Prix is held annually before you visit Macau's historic centre, the 31st designated UNESCO World Heritage site in China. See the 400 year old Na Tcha Temple, Old City Walls, Mount Fortress and the landmark of Macau – Ruins of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church. This Roman Catholic Church was built in 1602 and burned by fire in 1835. Miraculously, fine art of carvings and statues can be seen on the surviving facade. Walk down the picturesque cobblestone streets, past furniture shops to colourful Senado Square. The tour also takes you to the Macau Tower and stops at Porta do Cerco, the official land crossing point into China, for a glimpse of the Chinese Border Guards. The Tower was designed by Mr Gordon Moller, a New Zealand architect. It is 338 meters high and ranked the 11th highest in the world (an optional visit to the observation deck for a panoramic view of the city is available, payable locally). Lunch is enjoyed at a local restaurant in Fisherman's Wharf and you will also have the chance to try your luck at the gambling tables of the world famous casino in Macau before leaving the city in the late afternoon.
Disneyland Hong Kong with Transfers, £65 per person - Hong Kong Disneyland continues the tradition of Disneyland California and Walt Disney World, Florida with classic Disney attractions, Main Street USA, 3 theme lands, Sleeping Beauty castle and dazzling live entertainment – all in a delightful, magical setting. You can catch up with all your favourite Disney characters in person too: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Mulan and all their friends.
Hong Kong Horse Racing, £100 per person - The Hong Kong Chinese love to bet and consequently horse-racing is Hong Kong's biggest spectator sport and an exhilarating day or night out. The pageantry and excitement of world-class thoroughbred racing comes alive each season at The Hong Kong Jockey Club. Not only does it thrill most of Hong Kong's highly demanding residents by providing first-class entertainment, it is also a key sightseeing program for visiting dignitaries and tourists. International stars, local heroes and a formidable line up of professional talent bring the best of racing entertainment to the Happy Valley and Sha Tin Racecourses from September to July. There are about 80 meetings every year: on Wednesday evenings (at the Happy Valley Course) and most Saturdays and Sundays (at the Sha Tin Course) from early September to mid July.
Hong Kong Island Tour, £33 per person - Be amazed by this exciting City of Life with this half-day tour. The first visit of the day is Man Mo Temple.Built in 1847, the temple is dedicated to the gods, Man (Literature) and Mo (Martial Arts). The temple is notable for its many fine, well-polished brass and pewter incense burners. Continue to famous Victoria Peak, the thousand-foot-high “back of the dragon”. This is the best vantage point in Hong Kong, with panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Kowloon, towering skyscrapers and peaceful green hillsides. Getting to Victoria Peak is an unforgettable trip. There's nothing in the world like the Peak Tram. Pulled by steel cables, the tram climbs 373 metres. It's so steep that the buildings you pass look like they're leaning at a 45° angle! The coach then takes you to Stanley Market where you have time to hunt for bargains in the many market stalls that line the narrow lanes. From here you enjoy the coastal beauty of Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay before stopping at the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter for a fascinating close-up of the local fisher folk and their boat community. For a fascinating contrast to the jostle of junks and sampans, view the glamorous and glitzy floating restaurants. (An optional 20-minute sampan ride around the Aberdeen inner harbour provides a picturesque insight of the lives of boat people.) Finally you make a brief stop at a jewellery factory, where complimentary refreshments are served in its exclusive showroom.
Heritage Tour, £50 per person - You discover the roots of ancient beliefs when you visit the Man Mo Temple dedicated to the gods of Man (literature) and Mo (martial arts). You witness a beautiful tradition that stems from the enchanting Lam Tsue Wishing Tree, where wishes are written on red paper, tied onto an orange and tossed into the air. According to legend, wishes caught in the tree will come true. Step back into the mid-1800s as you enter Tai Fu Tai, the opulent residence built by a scholar in 1865 who was given the title of Tai Fu (Mandarin) by the Qing emperor. Lavish plaster mouldings and auspicious Chinese wood carvings adorn its regal interior. A photo stop will be made at the Lo Wai Walled Village, the first walled village built by the Tang clan. Nearby, lovers of fine architecture can find similar exquisite décor inside the Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall, built in honour of the Tang clan's founding ancestor.
Day by Day
Day 1 London – Hong Kong
Fly overnight direct from London with Virgin to Hong Kong.
Day 2 Hong Kong
Arrive in Hong Kong and join your transfer to you hotel where the rest of the day is free to relax and unwind after your long flight.
Day 3 Hong Kong
Today you’ll join either a morning or afternoon half day Hong Kong Island City Tour with Sampan Ride. Be amazed by this exciting City of Life with this half-day tour. The first visit of the day is Man Mo Temple. Built in 1847; the temple is dedicated to the gods, Man (Literature) and Mo (Martial Arts). The temple is notable for its many fine, well-polished brass and pewter incense burners. Continue to famous Victoria Peak, the thousand-foot-high “back of the dragon”. This is the best vantage point in Hong Kong, with panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Kowloon, towering skyscrapers and peaceful green hillsides. Getting to Victoria Peak is an unforgettable trip. There's nothing in the world like the Peak Tram. Pulled by steel cables, the tram climbs 373 metres. It's so steep that the buildings you pass look like they're leaning at a 45° angle!The coach then takes you to Stanley Market where you have time to hunt for bargains in the many market stalls that line the narrow lanes. From here you enjoy the coastal beauty of Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay before stopping at the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter for a fascinating close-up of the local fisher folk and their boat community. For a fascinating contrast to the jostle of junks and sampans, view the glamorous and glitzy floating restaurants. A 20-minute sampan ride around the Aberdeen inner harbour provides a picturesque insight of the lives of boat people. Finally you make a brief stop at a jewellery factory, where complimentary refreshments are served in its exclusive showroom.
Day 4 Hong Kong
Your final day in Hong Kong is for you to further explore this great city and all that Hong Kong has to offer.
Day 5 Hong Kong – Beijing
This morning you’ll be transferred to Hong Kong Airport to catch your flight to Beijing. Upon arrival join your transfer to your Beijing hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore or relax at your leisure.
Day 6 Beijing
Today will be spent on your Essential Beijing, Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square Tour. To start your culture tour of Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China, you will be picked up by an air conditioned coach with an English guide and taken to the first port of call, Tiananmen Square, located at the centre of Beijing. Here you will be able to visit the Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and the Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the people’s heroes. From here you will take a walk to the fantastic and mesmerizing Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex set in over 180 acres. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the great halls finding antiques and treasures along your way. Afterwards there is a short respite for lunch at a local restaurant. The best is then left till last, the Badaling section of the great wall. This is legendary as a piece of time and history throughout the world. This particular section of the wall is the most representative and preserved and you will have the chance to climb the wall and take in the glorious and breathtaking views. If you are a shop-a-holic at heart don’t worry as you will stop at the Longdi Jade Factory loved by tourists for its stunning bargains.
Day 7 Beijing
Your final day in Beijing is for you to further explore this great city and all that Beijing has to offer.
Day 8 Beijing – Shanghai
This morning you’ll be transferred to Beijing Airport to catch your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival join your transfer to your Shanghai hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore or relax at your leisure.
Day 9 Shanghai
Today will be spent on your Half Day City Tour of Shanghai. This tour will take you to the must- see sites of the city. Begin with a visit to the Bund, Shanghai's waterfront, well known for its grand display of colonial- era architecture, where you'll enjoy the wonderful view of both sides of the Huangpu River. Then you will head over to the Yuyuan Garden, a classic creation of the Ming Dynasty, and the Shanghai Old Street that had its origins in the Qing Dynasty. Drive around in the former French Concession and stop by the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Store. The last stop will be Xin Tian Di, a stylish nightlife district with many boutiques, pubs, and restaurants. You are free to have a couple of drinks at a venue of your choice, or head back to your hotel with the group.
Day 10 Shanghai
Your final day in Shanghai is for you to further explore this great city and all that Shanghai has to offer.
Day 11 Shanghai – London
Today you’ll be collected from your hotel and transferred back to Shanghai airport to catch your direct flight to London with Virgin Atlantic.
Arrive back in the UK after enjoying what was hopefully a fantastic holiday!