China Itinerary for A Friend

A Muslim friend asked me to make an itinerary for 10 days in China, enter/leave from Beijing. So, here is what I drafted for him.


Saturday – December 31, 2016

Arrive at Beijing, visit Niujie Mosque in the afternoon. It’s the oldest mosque in Beijing, originally built in 996 during the Liao Dynasty and was reconstructed and renovated in successive dynasties. The mosque has had three big renovations since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Located in the largest muslim community in Beijing, it takes an area of approximately 10,000 square meters. Its architecture is a blend of Islamic and Han Chinese cultural and architectural influences. Address: No.88 Niujie St, Xicheng District, Beijing.

Sunday – January 1, 2017

Stroll across the world’s grandest city central square, Tiananmen Square. With a history of more than 500 years, the square has witnessed many historical events and significant celebrations, such as the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the dignified military parade on National Day. Then you will enter the Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex, from its south gate. It is said that the palace has 9,999.5 rooms where the emperors and his family had once worked and lived. You can explore the Summer Palace in the afternoon. Once used as a luxurious royal garden by the Qing royalty, the delicate scenery and ingenious layout inside earned it great fame from both home and aboard.

Monday – January 2, 2017

Buy train ticket from Beijing West to Xian on (ETD 20:40/ETA 8:31).

Visit the Great Wall at Badaling section. Initially set up as a fortification more than 2,000 years ago, the Great Wall is an amazing product of diligence and intelligence of ancient Chinese people. On the way back to downtown, we will drive by the Bird’s Nest (Olympic National Stadium), where the 29th Beijing Olympic Games were held. You can take some photos of its external features. In the afternoon, explore the Temple of Heaven. Once a site where the emperors offered sacrifices to the heaven, it is even larger than the Forbidden City. Its main buildings progressing from south to north are the Circular Mound Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest.

Overnight train to Xian.

Tuesday – January 3, 2017

Morning excursion to the world’s largest underground martial museum, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. The significant underground terracotta army in battle formation is actually the accessory pit beside the first emperor’s mausoleum to guard his afterlife. The unearthed life-figured terracotta warriors and horses as well as the chariots and weapons exhibit the sovereign power and incomparable wealth of Emperor Qinshihuang 2,200 years ago. In the afternoon, visit the Shaanxi History Museum, which exhibits numerous cultural relics from one million years ago to the present. Then see the Xian Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. This is a 13-story brick pagoda in a shape of square pyramid, built in Tang Dynasty and used to collect the Buddhist materials brought from India. Here, you will also have an opportunity to appreciate a variety of valuable historical relics at the museum.

Wednesday – January 4, 2017

Visit the Xian City Wall, which is the largest and most integrated existing ancient city wall all over the country. Once acted as a huge and precisely designed military defense system, it is now a famous attraction. Enter from South Gate of City Wall, climbing up the wall, you can either walk or ride a bicycle on it. Then walk back to the city center area. The attractive Bell Tower and Drum Tower a few steps away can be your next stops. Also pay a visit to the Muslim street behind the Drum Tower. Muslim street is a residential zone of Hui people in this city. Strolling around the street, you will not only taste the delicious local flavors, but also get an insight into the religious tradition and living habits of Hui people.

Train from Xian to Guilin will be 26 hours 16 minutes refer to (ETD 19:08/ETA 21:24), you might want to get plane tickets to arrive earlier at Guilin, book it from

My suggestion: CA1225 (ETD 18:40/ETA 20:55). Fare was US$70 this morning when I wrote this itinerary, might change anytime.

Thursday – January 5, 2017

Guilin is a cultural city with a history of over 2,000 years.

Get morning cruise along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo, then have a stroll along the famous West Street. This is a vibrant place alive with cafes, pubs, restaurants and where many westerners gather. Then, you can take an electric car to travel around the villages of Yangshuo to enjoy the breathtaking countryside scenery. Today’s cruise experience along with the countryside trip will be one of the most memorable parts of your journey.

The earliest cruise is 9:00-14:00 (5 hours on boat), ticket must be purchased at leasr one day in advance (refer to and no cruise ship available from Yangshuo back to Guilin (must take 1.5 hours land trip by bus), then you might want to consider Merryland Theme Park ( as alternative to enjoy the whole day (opens 9:00-17:30).

Friday – January 6, 2017

Shalat Jum’at at Guilin Ancient Mosque, first built in Yuan Dynasty(1271-1368). It was rebuilt for many times after destroyed in wars. Now it covers an area of 984 square meters. The temple is a quadrangle courtyard. The Bunker building is in the center. The left and right side of the building are the teaching rooms. The main hall is in the back of the Bunker building. The temple was used as a school, which is a treasure place for teaching and educating. In addition the local Muslim people, many other Muslim people come to the Masque to do prayer. Address: 2 Minzu Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Walk around the Rongshan Lake, Ancient Southern Gate, Giant Banyan Tree, Jiuqu Bridge, Sun and Moon Pagoda.

Saturday – January 7, 2017

Morning flight from Guilin to Shanghai, ETD 10:50/ETA 13:05 (US$73 on

Enjoy Huangpu River cruise at the Bund wharf to appreciate the two representative profiles of the city along two sides of the river. It helps you understand the past, see the present and look into the future of this modern city. After that, have a stroll on the famous Nanjing Road in the neighborhood. Built in the colonial period in the 19th century, Nanjing Road has nowadays become one of the most famous shopping centers in the city as well as a popular destination. The well-known stores from home and abroad make it no less prosperous than any other famous business streets in the world.

Sunday – January 8, 2017

Visit Shanghai Museum, a huge museum that exhibits both ancient historical relics and modern artworks of the country, it is definitely worthy of your visit. Then you can proceed to the Yuyuan Garden by taxi (only takes 10 minutes at around CNY15). Yuyuan Garden is one of the representatives of south region classic gardens. The pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters in the garden all have unique Chinese gardening characteristics. There are many restaurants in its nearby streets, so you can have your lunch there with various choices. Afterwards, it may be best for you to walk to the Bund area, which is no more than 1000 meters away.

Monday – January 9, 2017

Book Shanghai-Beijing flight from, ETD 15:10/ETA 17:35 (should be enough time before flight to leave from Beijing ETD 20:00).

Visit Shanghai Tower ( It opens at 9AM, so better go there early to beat the crowd.

The Shanghai Tower is the world’s second-tallest building (after Burj Khalifa). It has 127 stories or 632 meters (2,073 feet) tall then becomes Shanghai’s premier tourist highlight. It has world’s highest observation deck (561 meters), world’s 2nd highest hotel, world’s fastest elevators.

Tourists can enjoy the view from the deck on the on the 121st, 122nd, and 123rd floor. The deck sits at 561 meters and is 6 meters higher than the Burj Khalifa’s deck (555 meters). The observation deck is 5 floors from the top.

The building dwarfs the Shanghai World Financial Center and the 88-story Jin Mao Tower next to it. It will be about 122 meters (400 feet) taller than Shanghai World Financial Center and the Taipei 101 too.

Mitsubishi built the world’s fastest elevators for the structure. They speed up and down at 65 kph (40 miles per hour). You may want to visit just for that experience before leave Shanghai.


Hong Kong – China – Macau (Expenses in January 2013 for 6D/5N)


Without shopping etc (only basic items), then budget for two:

Chinese Visa = 2 x Rp.540,000 = Rp.1,080,000

Return trips by Garuda Indonesia Airways = US$289.50 (adult) + US$274 (child) = US$563.50.
Bajay + bus = Rp.75,000.
Airport tax = Rp.300,000.
Octopus card = HK$200 (adult) + HK$170 (child) = HK$370.
Hostel = 5 nights x HK$290 = HK$1,450.
Dinner = HK$146 (halal menu at Ladies Market).

Journey of Enlightenment Package = HK$292 (
Disneyland entrance ticket = HK$375 (adult) + HK$275 (child) = HK$650.
Lunch = HK$145 (halal menu at Tahitian Terrace).

Train from Hung Hom to Guangzhou = HK$190 (adult) + HK$95 (child) = HK$285.
Guangzhou Metro from Guangzhou East to Ximenkou = 2 x RMB4.
Guangzhou Metro from Ximenkou to Zhujiang New Town = 2 x RMB4.
APM line to Chigang Pagoda = 2 x RMB2.
Guangzhou Metro from Chigang Pagoda to Taojin = 2 x RMB4.
Guangzhou Metro from Taojin to Guangzhou East Station Exit I = 2 x RMB3.
Shanshui Trends Hotel = RMB238 (one night).
Lunch, dinner = RMB55 (halal menu near Huaisheng Mosque) + RMB70 (Mango Bar) = RMB125.
Canton Tower E-Zone = 2 x RMB150 = RMB300.

Train from Guangzhou to Shenzhen = RMB79.50 (adult) + RMB39.50 (child) = RMB119.
Shenzen Metro to WOW = 2 x RMB5 = RMB10.
WOW entrance fee = RMB160 (adult) + RMB80 (child) = RMB240.
Shenzhen Metro from WOW to Shekou Port = 2 x RMB5 = RMB10.
Ferry to Macau = 2 x RMB180 = RMB360.
Bus from Ramal Dos Moros to Grand Lisboa = 2 x MOP3.50 = MOP7.
Taxi from Senado Square to Venetian Hotel = MOP59.
Turbojet from Macau to Hong Kong = MOP174 (adult) + MOP159 (child) = MOP333.
Dinner = HK$90 (halal menu at Chungking Mansions).

Ocean Park entrance tickets = HK$255 (adult) + HK$140 (child) = HK$395.
Lunch = HK$186 (halal menu at Bayview Restaurant).
Dinner = HK$69 (halal menu at Islamic Center Canteen, Wan Chai).

Victoria Peak 3-in1 Combo ( = HK$250 (adult) + HK$140 (child).
Airport Express = HK$100 (only paid for one adult because free of charge for kids during promo).


Taxi from Jakarta airport to home = Rp.130,000 (including toll and waiting fee).

Hong Kong – China – Macau (Travel Note)

Wednesday – January 23, 2013

6:50 AM – 9:50 AM = Took bajay to Gambir Station, then DAMRI bus to airport, check in, immigration, boarding.

9:50 AM – 3:50 PM = Flight from Jakarta to HKIA.

3:50 PM – 4:40 PM = Baggage claim, buy Octopus Card.

Octopus Card is a must in Hong Kong. The first thing to do after claimed our baggage was getting it from the counter in the arrival area. The card can be used to pay for bus/MTR/ferry ride also buy drink/snack from vending machines. Whenever travel with kids, just buy Octopus Child because the fare is half from adult.



4:40 PM – 7:15 PM = S1 Bus from airport to Tung Chung, shopping at Citygate Factory Outlet ( It was a great place to get branded items for less.


The Body Shop products: Usual price = HK$189 per piece, discount price = HK$99 for 2 pieces!


Crocs was on sale (,en_HK,sc.html) plus additional discount.


I bought a pair of nice boots from Aerosoles ( Really worth the price.


I wanted to buy this laptop!


7:15 PM – 8:15 PM = MTR to Nam Cheong, change line to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit J, then walked to Avenue of Stars, watched A Symphony of Lights (


8:10 PM – 9:00 PM = Walked from Avenue of Stars to Chungking Mansions, check in to hostel.

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM = MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Mongkok Station Exit E2, went to Toy Mart at CMTA Center (recommended on but Alif had no interest to purchase anything there), later walked to Ladies Market ( and bought fridge magnets, t-shirts etc.



10:00 PM – 10:40 PM = Dinner at Our Restaurant (nice Islamic ambiance, Iced tea = HK$5, iced apple tea = HK$18, chicken doner with salad and fried potato = HK$58, lamb sauted rice = HK$65.



10:40 PM – 11:00 PM = MTR from Mongkok Station to Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit E, back to hostel for night rest.

Thursday – January 24, 2013

7:50 AM – 8:00 AM = Ordered Disneyland and Ocean Park tickets at Shoestring Travel Ltd., Flat A, 4th floor Alpha House, 27-33 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon ( located right across Chungking Mansions, cheaper than published price on official websites.

8:00 AM  – 9:20 AM = Walked around, took pics of local people who were practicing Tai Chi at Kowloon Park (, also visited Kowloon Mosque ( while waiting for tickets from Shoestring Travel (they needed 30 minutes for printing etc).



9:20 AM – 10:05 AM = MTR from TST to Tung Chung, bought Journey of Enlightenment Package (pre-book via their website is highly recommended for shorter queue on special counter,

10:40 AM – 11:05 AM = Cable Car ride to Ngong Ping Village (


11:15 AM – 11:30 AM = Monkey’s Tale Theater (


11:30 AM – 11:45 AM = Walking with Buddha (, took a look on “leaves of wishes” on Bodhi Tree.



11:45 AM – 12:10 PM = Got around Ngong Ping Village, shopping.

12:10 PM – 1:15 PM = Return trip by Cable Car from Ngong Ping Village to Tung Chung, MTR to Sunny Bay, changed line to Disneyland.


1:15 PM – 8:35 PM = Disneyland (, enjoyed Autopia, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster, lunch at Tahitian Terrace, Fantasy Parade, Space Mountain, Slinky Dog Spin, RC Racer, photo op with Woody, Jungle River Cruise, Tarzan’s Tree House, Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars (6x ride until 7:40 PM!), Fireworks at 8:00 PM.











8:35 PM – 9:30 PM = MTR trip from Disneyland to Chungking Mansions.

Friday – January 25, 2013

7:55 AM – 8:40 AM = Left hostel, went to visit The Clock Tower (15 minutes walk from Chungking Mansions), MTR to Hung Hom.

8:40 AM – 9:20 AM = Arrived at Hung Hom, bought train tickets to Guangzhou East Station (, immigration procedure, boarding. Child fare was only half of adult fare. Note that Chinese visa should be applied in advance (no visa on arrival).


9:20 AM – 11:20 AM = Fast train from Hung Hom to Guangzhou East, very comfortable cabins with nice and clean restrooms on-board.



11:20 AM – 11:50 AM = Arrived at Guangzhou East, immigration, withdraw cash.

Don’t worry about local currency as long as you have saving card with MasterCard/Visa logo because can be used to withdraw cash anytime all over the country. Even better: They had option menu in Melayu language.


Why this kind of advertisement was almost everywhere?


11:50 AM – 12:35 PM = Checked in to Shanshui Trends Hotel.

12:35 PM – 12:50 PM = Metro Line 1 from Guangzhou East (fare lookup at

12:50 PM – 1:20 PM = Arrived at Ximenkou Station Exit B, turned right and walked into Haizhu Zhong Lu, turned left at the first intersection and walked into Guangta Lu, walked until find Masjid Huaisheng on the left side of the road. Address: No.56 Guangta Lu (


1:20 PM – 2:00 PM = Lunch at Nur Bostan Restaurant across Huaisheng Mosque (



2:00 PM – 3:20 PM = Shalat Zuhr, took pics.






The famous minaret was under restoration.


This well was built at the same time of the mosque (13 centuries ago) and still supplies water until now. Amazing!


3:20 PM – 3:30 PM = Walked from Guangta Lu to Wu Xian Guan.

This area was best to stay for Muslim traveler. There were lots of stores selling “halal” food/beverage, also Islamic outfit (prayer mat, head scarf etc). There were some mid-range hotels around Huaisheng Mosque e.g. Jiamei Hotel (No. 51 Guangta Lu), Bo Luo Hotel (No.37 Guangta Lu).



Shocking little boy! Why his mom let him did it on the street like that? :(

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM = Wu Xian Guan (



Three dimensional images of the five immortals.


Footprint of the magical creature…what a giant!


Can you see a little boy with red hat on that top floor? :D20

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM = Walked from Wu Xian Guan to Ximenkou Station, Metro to Zhujiang New Town.

China is heaven for cheap goods, these pairs of leggings were being sold in front of Metro Station entrance for only RMB10 (US$1.60) each! So, I bought two.

5:00 PM – 5:50 PM = Guangzhou Opera House (


There was Coco Chanel’s fashion exhibition (–2013-culture-chanel-at-the-guangzhou-opera-house.html).

5:50 PM – 7:40 PM = APM Line from Opera House to Canton Tower (, bought tickets to Zone E (2 x RMB150), watched sunset from 108th floor (428 m above ground level), enjoyed 25-minutes ride of Bubble Tram at 112th floor (454 m above ground floor).






From the backyard of Canton Tower, people can enjoy night view of the magnificent building also watch passing boats of Pearl River Cruise ( from the riverside.


7:40 PM – 8:30 PM = Metro from Chigang Pagoda to Taojin Station Exit B.

8:30 PM – 10:30 PM = CouchSurfing Meeting at Mango Bar.


Wonder why the restaurant had Indonesian menu?

10:30 PM – 11:00 PM = Metro back to Shanshui Trends Hotel.

Saturday -January 26, 2013

8:30 AM – 8:51 AM = Checked out from hotel, buy train ticket, boarding.

8:51 AM – 10:10 AM = Train from Guangzhou East to Louhu (

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM = Shenzhen Metro from Louhu to Shijiezhichuang Station Exit J.

11:00 AM – 1:45 PM = Window of The World (, get passport @RMB20, visited Temple of Emerald Buddha, Borobudur, Taj Mahal, Sydney Opera House, Pisa Tower, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Spinx, Mount Rushmore, Liberty, Christ The Redeemer, dinosaurs garden.















1:45 PM – 2:10 PM = Metro Line 3 to Shekou Port.

2:30 PM – 3:50 PM = Ferry to Macau.

3:50 PM – 4:40 PM = Arrival, immigration, took maps from tourist information center, money exchange (RMB175 = MOP216.10).

4:40 PM – 4:55 PM = Taxi from ferry terminal to Ramal Dos Moros.

4:55 PM – 5:55 PM = Visited Masjid Macau (





Had some cups of “bubur kacang ijo” with Indonesian ladies who worked as domestic helper in Macau and enjoyed their day off on that weekend by gathering at the mosque.

5:55 PM – 6:15 PM = Walked to main street, got bus no.2A to Lisboa Hotel.

6:15 PM – 7:50 PM = Senado Square, Ruins of Paul’s (





7:50 PM – 8:10 PM = Taxi to Venetian Hotel (MOP59).

8:10 PM – 9:00 PM = Got around Venetian Hotel, see the famous gondola ride (


9:00 PM – 9:40 PM = Walked cross the street from Venetian Hotel to City of Dreams, bought t-shirts and pins at Hard Rock Shop.

9:50 PM – 10:10 PM = Free shuttle bus to Macau Ferry Terminal.

10:30 PM – 11:30 PM = Ferry to Hong Kong.

11:30 PM – 1:00 AM = MTR from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui, dinner at Chungking Mansions.

Sunday – January 27, 2013

8:40 AM – 9:05 AM = Left from hostel after breakfast, MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central.

9:05 AM – 9:30 AM = Bus no.629 to Ocean Park.

9:30 AM – 6:30 PM = Ocean Park (






















6:30 PM – 7:50 PM = Back to hostel.

7:50 PM – 8:20 PM = MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai.

8:20 PM – 9:00 PM = Dinner at Islamic Center (




9:00 PM – 10:30 PM = Temple Street Night Market (,31489,1850110_1850124_1850397,00.html).

10:30 PM – 11:00 PM = MTR back to hostel.

Monday – January 28, 2013

6:00 AM – 7:00 AM = Trip from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hong Kong Central.

7:00 AM – 7:30 AM = Bought Airport Express tickets, city check-in (

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM = MTR from Central to Bauhinia Square, flag raising ceremony (


8:15 AM – 8:35 AM = Walked from Bauhinia Square to Wan Chai Pier, 10 minutes ferry ride to Tsim Sha Tsui.

8:35 AM – 9:25 AM = The Clock Tower (, Avenue of Stars (







9:25 AM – 9:50 AM = Walked back to hostel, bought mini helicopter at Chungking Mansions.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM = Checked out from hostel, MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hong Kong Central, left luggage at Hong Kong Station.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM = Walked from Hong Kong Central to Peak Tram Lower Terminus.

12:30 PM – 2:35 PM = Peak Tram, Sky Garden 428, bought t-shirt and pins at Hard Rock Shop, visited Madame Tussaud’s Museum (










2:35 PM – 4:45 PM = Walked from Peak Tram Lower Terminus to Hong Kong Central, took cabin baggages from left luggage counter (, trip to HKIA, checked-in, boarding.

4:45 PM – 9:00 PM = Flight back to Jakarta.

9:00 PM – 10:35 PM = Arrival, immigration clearance, baggage claim, taxi from airport to home.

Hong Kong – China – Macau (January 2013)

Wow wow wow…the best Indonesian airlines, Garuda (, announced their latest promo fare on Wednesday (July 4, 2012).

Was it too early to book tickets for my first trip in 2013? Well, not really.

Plus additional benefit from my BCA credit card (, it was very hard to resist. I’ve got the return tickets right away, basic fare = US$ 80 (one way). For return trips = US$ 160 + surcharge (US$ 114) + tax (US$ 15.50) = US$ 289.50 (could be cheaper with Tiger Airways or Air Asia…but Garuda’s fare already includes food/beverage, in-flight entertainment, 20 kg baggage allowance).

A very helpful travel guide (more images from