The Southeast Tour October 2019
This itinerary offers a range of experiences in a compact tour, designed to better explore one region –the south-east –with efficient travel itinerary that captures the best cities modern and old, sites of historical and cultural significance, ethnic minority groups, beautiful ancient villages, breath taking scenic wonderlands, and a brief connection to Rewi Alley.
It will be a tour of local experiences, enjoying the tea culture, tasting the cuisine typical of the area. A reasonable level of walking fitness is required to participate in all the activities.
- Guangzhou City
- Fujian Province
- Jiangxi Province
- Zhejiang Province
Arrive Guangzhou, 7:00am. Relax. Visit Shamian Island, the European enclave during opium war, and Han dynasty museum. Evening -Pearl River cruise.Stay in Guangzhou.
Qing dynasty Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Sun Yatsen Memorial Hall, Traditional Chinese Medicine market. Late afternoon fly to Xiamen.
A leisurely day on Gulangyu island. Visit Nan Putuo temple, if time stroll the coastal promenade. Xiamen
Bus to Yongding coun-ty (3 hours) to see the Hakka roundhouses. Visit the Gaobei Tulou Cluster, Hongkeng, and Hakka Cultural Village. Stay in Yongding
Visit Nanxi Hakka Roundhouses. Afternoon drive (3 hours) to Changting.
Visit the very picturesque village of Dingwuling, where an old Gungho cooperative is still making woven articles for daily use. Back in Changting, visit Rewi Alley’s old lodgings and office (still a Gung Ho office) and stroll the old town for night views. Stay in Changting.
Bus to Wuyishan (6 hours). A light walk in the very picturesque Dahongpao valley of tea plantations. Evening view Zhang Yimou’s “Impressions of Dahongpao” show. Stay in Wuyishan.
Enjoy walking in the Wuyishan scenic area, up Tianyou Peak if able. Drift down the river on a bamboo raft. Wuyishan
Morning take bullet train to Nanchang. Afternoon a leisurely tour of some central city sites. Stay in Nanchang.
Tengwang Pavilion, Wuyi monument, Haihunhou exhibiton of Han dynasty artefacts and more. Nanchang.
Bus up to Lushan National Park (2.5 hours). Mount Lushan combines strikingly beautiful landscapes that have inspired countless artists with historic and cultural sites. This afternoon walk flower brocade path. Stay in Lushan.
A further day exploring the scenic paths and historic sites. Lushan
Bus to Jingdezhen (2.5 hours). Afternoon visit an old kiln to see the pottery being made, stroll Porcelain Street. Stay in Jingdezhen.
Visit Fuliang Ancient Government, then by bus (2.5 hours) to Wuyuan town, visit 800 year old Rainbow Bridge -‘the most beautiful covered bridge in China’. Stay in Wuyuan.
Spend a relaxing day exploring some of the villages in this area. Wuyuan
Visit Huangling area of Wuyuan then a bullet train to Hangzhou (2 hours 40 minutes). Stay in Hangzhou.
Enjoy the famous West Lake environs, cross the southern end of the Grand Canal, visit Grand Canal and adjacent Silk Museums. Hangzhou
Bus to Wuzhen water village (1.5 hours), glide the canals on a punt, walk the extensive canal-side paths and bridges on the Western side. Stay in Wuzhen.
Explore the East side, afternoon bus (2 hours) to Shanghai. In the evening,enjoy an acrobatic performance.
Shanghai, to be arranged (may include Fuxing Park, People’s Square and museum, city planning museum, up the Shanghai tower in Pudong, Yu gardens), or enjoy a free day shopping. The Bund at night. Shanghai
Depart for airport, arrive NZ. October 31
Experience the real China with Dave Bromwich.
Dave Bromwich has been designing and taking tours to China for more than a decade. His over 50 visits have taken him to every province and his knowledge of the country are clear in these specialty tours. Unlike many commercial tours currently available, Dave’s NZCFS quality tours provide depth, engagement, culture, scenic wonders, history and unforgettable experiences.
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