Traditional Chinese junk
Double-decker trams in Hong Kong
Our non-stop flight to Hong Kong leaves San Francisco late tonight, as we fly across the Pacific Ocean and the International Date Line, enjoying the award winning services of Singapore Airlines.
Arriving in Hong Kong early in the morning and clearing customs & immigration, we will be met by our chauffeur for our private transfer to our hotel. Hong Kong's new airport is located on an island, and our journey into town involves crossing the world's longest suspension bridge - a spectacular sight. Our accommodations have been booked at the legendary Mandarin Oriental Hotel - not only is this a Hong Kong landmark, but it has also won several awards as being one of the best hotels in the world! The rest of the day is free for us to relax or explore Hong Kong on our own.
A special treat awaits us today - after breakfast, we join a small group of people (max. 12) for a spectacular tour of Hong Kong! We start off by an aerial tour on a helicopter - an absolutely fabulous experience as we fly over the city's skyline and the scenic south side of Hong Kong Island. After the helicopter ride, we will be transferred to Aberdeen Harbor for a leisurely Chinese lunch on a floating restaurant. Later, we go for a leisurely cruise along the southern coast of Hong Kong island, with her scenic beaches and secluded bays. After the boat docks at St. Stephen's Beach in Stanley, our guides will take us for a walking tour of this interesting area, visiting a Chinese temple, Murray House (an old colonial building) and of course the famous Stanley markets.
We have the day at leisure to explore this fascinating city on our own!
This morning we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Guilin in China. Arriving there in the late afternoon, we will be met and transferred to the Sheraton Hotel in Guilin.
One of the highlights of our trip today will be our scenic cruise on the Li Jiang River as we enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the majestic mountains (their peaks often covered with clouds & fog) rising from the riverbanks. The lush green vegetation and the mist create a magical atmosphere. The traffic on the river is also fascinating - from one-man bamboo rafts to large, traditional Chinese junks! We may also stop at fishing villages en route, just as President Clinton did when he visited the area. We enjoy a Chinese lunch on board and at the end of the cruise, we arrive in Yangshuo, a small town well known for its flea market. Later, we will be driven back to our hotel in Guilin.
The morning is free for us to explore Guilin and the surrounding area. In the afternoon, we will be taken to Guilin Airport for our flight back to Hong Kong, where we can transfer to our flight back to the US on Singapore Airlines. Crossing the international dateline again we arrive back in San Francisco on the same day.