Listening Transcript for 1-3
Good morning everyone. My name’s Helen Lee and I’m going to describe the itinerary to you and tell you a little bit about what you’ll be seeing. It’s a fifteen-day tour which covers the main tourist spots and also goes down to Hong Kong as well, so it gives you a good introduction to China if you’ve never been there before.
Easter’s quite a good time to go; the weather’s getting a bit warmer than in the north of China. It’ll be quite pleasant in the south.. but really the
best times to go are May to June and then in the autumn, but obviously they’re the times when there are going to be more people around. But we start our tours going just before Easter.
You’ll be flying London to Beijing to start with and staying for three nights and doing the most famous places like the Forbidden City where the emperors used to live, the Summer Palace up in the west of the city, the Temple of Heaven, and just time to stroll around, have a look at the streets, go shopping, and so on.
You’ll have the experience of two guides with you, a national guide
who’ll stay with you all the way through the tour and a local Chinese
guide—both trained English speaking guides, so you’ll have the benefit
of their knowledge.
And then from Beijing we go by coach to a small city in the north called Chengde which is –or rather was—the summer resort of the emperors
very reminiscent of the Potola Palace in Lhasa. And on the way there we stop at a certain part of the Wall called Jin Shan Ling and have a picnic on the Wall—it’s slightly quieter than the other places on the Wall which tend to be paced with tourists, so this is nicer.
And then from Chengde we go back to Beijing and then connect with a flight to Xi’an which is the beginning of the Silk Road and is famous for the Terracotta Warriors that everybody’s heard about, and we will have
lunch at the Warriors and go on to the Banpo Neolithic Village, the Huaqing Hot Spring and other sightseeing spots.
Then we go down to Shanghai for one night, and a couple of hours on a train to Suzhou which is known as the Venice of the East because it’s a
canal city and it’s where a third of the silk is actually produced in China, so it’s quite an interesting place. And there’ll be a visit to a silk factory as
And then go back to Shanghai, another night there, and the following day go down to Guilin which is a very well-known city—more in the
countryside than other places you’ll be visiting… for its river, the Lijinag River, and its magnificent limestone formations along with the river bank. So there’ll be a river trip all the way down to the small town of Yangshuo where there’s an interesting market which sells wild animals, flowers and plants and herbal medicines, and then back up to Guilin afterwards. There’s also an optional excursion you can take in the evening to see cormorant fishermen at work –they have rafts and they have their own
private cormorant and the birds dive down and bring the fish up to the surface and it’s quite fascinating to see that. Ok, are there any questions so far?
Travel agent Yes, when do we get to go to HongKong?
Helen Well, we’re flying there the following day—it only takes an hour.
Your guide will actually leave you in Guilin, and in Hong Kong you’re
basically left to do your own thing—there’s no sightseeing included.
You’ll be staying at the Metropole Hotel which belongs to our group and you can book onto tours there. And then the final day, we fly by Cathy Pacific. So, by the end of the tour, hopefully you’ll have learnt a lot about