I am planning a trip to China for our family in April. We will be visiting/traveling with my daughter who is teaching for the year in Shenzhen. Here is the trip as I envision it right now.
Arrive Hong Kong Monday evening 6 pm. Spend night there. Next day travel to Shenzhen. See daughter briefly.
Tuesday - travel via plane to Guilin at 8 pm. Hire driver to take us to hotel in Yangshuo. (daughter arrives Thursday or Friday)
Tues - Saturday in Yangshuo.
Saturday - travel to Xi'an via plane
Monday - daughter goes back to Shenzhen, we take sleeper train to Beijing, arrive Tues am.
Tues - Thur - Beijing
flight to Shenzhen Thursday night or Friday morning
Friday and Saturday- Shenzhen and Hong Kong
So far we have booked the roundtrip flight to Hong Kong.
My only concern right now is the travel connections. I want to wait until next year to book anything and take that time to see if there is anything else we want to do. Our daughter has already been to Beijing and seen the things that we will be doing but has not been to Yangshuo or Xi'an.
Would it makes sense to hire a company to just book the travel arrangments - planes and trains? I prefer to choose my own hotels and guides.