11-Day Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai Tour

Overview

Combine four of China most popular destinations to experience a blend of ancient and modern, history and nature, local life and minority customs. The tour presents it all.

Highlights

  • Tiananmen Square
  • The Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace
  • The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car)
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Exterior visit of Beijing Olympic Stadiums(Bird's Nest and Water Cube)
  • Hutong Tour in Xicheng District
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • The Terracotta Warriors and Horses
  • Shaanxi History Museum
  • Xian City Wall with Bicycle
  • Minority village and Longsheng Terraced Field
  • Li River Cruise
  • Explore Yangshuo Countryside by eBike
  • Yuyuan Garden
  • The Bund
  • Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Tour Details

Day 1Beijing Arrival

Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore. Dinner is at your arrangement. Our guide can give you suggestions.

  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town   |  Sunworld Hotel Beijing   |  Red Wall Hotel Beijing 
Day 2Beijing
Summer Palace

Summer Palace

Your memorable Beijing tour starts today. You will first visit the world's largest city square – Tiananmen Square, surrounded by many of China's most important buildings.The Imperial complex – the Forbidden City is next. It is well preserved and consists of thousands of halls, gates, gardens, courtyards, quarters and pavilions and provides a fascinating look at Chinese imperial life. Lunch is at a great local restaurant nearby-Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant. Continue your tour to visit the Summer Palace in the afternoon. The Summer Palace is the largest imperial garden still in existence and blends classical Chinese landscape design and natural beauty. A visit to a pearl store is included.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Beijing Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town   |  Sunworld Hotel Beijing   |  Red Wall Hotel Beijing 
Day 3Beijing
The Mutianyu Great Wall

The Mutianyu Great Wall

After breakfast as we will climb the Great Wall. You will visit Mutianyu section which is less-crowded than the Badaling section, but there is no sacrifice in views. A cable car is available to help visitors up and down. Lunch is at a local restaurant-Xin Shuang Quan, not far away from Mutianyu Great Wall. You will also have the chance to see how high quality Chinese Cloisonne is made at a Cloisonne Factory. Drive back to city and you will visit the Temple of Heaven. Different from the Forbidden City it is mainly in red and yellow which represents the supreme power of royal family, the buildings at the Temple of Heaven are red and blue because it was the place where the Emperors prayed for a good harvest each year.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town   |  Sunworld Hotel Beijing   |  Red Wall Hotel Beijing 
Day 4Beijing to Xian by Flight.
Hutong Tour in Rickshaw

Hutong Tour in Rickshaw

This morning, you will visit a Hutong area. Hutongs the old courtyard houses where locals still live. Hop on a rickshaw to ride through the narrow alleys. A family visit is included and you can get an insight into the layout of a typical courtyard and local resident's life. You also have the chance to learn Chinese paper cut. Lunch is at a great local restaurant. In the afternoon, we head to Beijing Olympic Green to see the venues where Beijing Olympic were held. Bid farewell to Beijing and board on your flight to Xi’an which is a 1 hour and 40 minutes flight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Courtyard 7 Restaurant
  • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian   |  Grand Noble Hotel    |  Xian Skytel Hotel 
Day 5Xian
Terra Cotta Warriors

Terra Cotta Warriors

Today's tour starts with the Eighth Wonder of the World – the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. The museum has 3 pits with thousands of soldiers, archers, horses and chariots in full battle array; each one has a unique appearance. Lunch is at a great local restaurant. Visit a Pottery Factory and you will have the opportunity to see the manufacturing process for copies of the Terra Cotta Warriors and horses. You can also try to make one by hand. Then we drive back to city to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The pagoda is a Buddhist site and houses great Buddhist statues, murals and materials.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant(Qinling Branch)
  • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian   |  Grand Noble Hotel    |  Xian Skytel Hotel 
Day 6Xian to Guilin by Flight.

Today, our first stop is Shaanxi History Museum. It houses over 370,000 historical relics and is regarded one of the best museums in China. Then ride a bicycle on the City Wall which is the only complete ancient city wall in China. After lunch in a local restaurant your Xian tour ends, and the guide will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Guilin.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Qianzhou Restaurant (Xiao Yanta Branch)
  • Hotels: Sheraton Guilin   |  Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel   |  Guilin Osmanthus Hotel 
Day 7Guilin

Today, we will drive 2 hours to Longsheng which is famous for its Terraced Rice fields and the ethnic group culture and customs. Zhuang and Yao minority people who live in Longsheng have cultivated the Terraced Field since the Yuan Dynasty and make good use of the fields by using a fascinating irrigation system. The fields wind from foot of the mountain to the summit. Each season of the year provides a different yet spectacular display. Lunch is arranged in a local restaurant. Then visit the Zhuang and Yao minority villages which feature traditional wooden house built without using nails.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Longji Ping'an Restaurant
  • Hotels: Sheraton Guilin   |  Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel   |  Guilin Osmanthus Hotel 
Day 8Yangshuo
Li River Cruise

Li River Cruise

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Zhujiang pier to board the Li River to Yangshuo. The 83 kilometers Li River course winds like a green ribbon, through hills, verdant bamboo forests and local villages. A simple lunch is provided by the cruise company on board. You will arrive in Yangshuo in the early afternoon and after checking into your hotel go to a Chinese Cookery Class. Your cookery class starts at a local market where you could choose the ingredients. Under teacher’s instructions, you could learn how to cook a Chinese dish from the chopping, to seasoning and then cooking. Dinner is at your arrangements. West Street is full of restaurants featuring different flavors waiting for you to explore.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Hotels: Green Lotus Hotel    |  Yangshuo Mountain Retreat   |  Yangshuo Aiyuan Hotel 
Day 9Guilin to Shanghai by Flight.
Yangshuo Countryside

Yangshuo Countryside

Today's plan is a bike ride around Yangshuo's local villages to enjoy the natural scenery and experience the local lifestyle. A family visit is included. After lunch in a local restaurant, the guide will escort you to Guilin airport and you will fly to the next city – Shanghai.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at cafe Del Moon
  • Hotels: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World   |  SSAW Boutique Hotel The Bund   |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 
Day 10Shanghai
The Bund

The Bund

Today is a full day visit to Shanghai's highlights and our first stop is ancient Yuyuan Garden which is Southern Chinese classic garden design. The scale is smaller than the royal summer palace in Beijing, however, the design and the architecture is quaint and elegant. Stroll along the Bund for a view of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower which the symbol of Shanghai. Then go to the top of the tower and the whole city stand before you. Lunch is at a great local restaurant which features Shanghai local dishes, south China dishes and dim sum. South China is rich in silk and you will have the chance to visit a silk workshop. Then continue our visit to Shanghai's old alleys which are called as "Nongtang". Visit local people's house and get an insight into the life of Shanghainese. Make you own arrangements for dinner. Take a stroll along Nanjing Road, it an exciting place to shop or just observe.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Old Shanghai Restaurant
  • Hotels: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World   |  SSAW Boutique Hotel The Bund   |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 
Day 11Shanghai Departure

We pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport to board on your flight. Your China tour ends but we look forward to serving you again.

  • Meals: Breakfast

What's Included & Excluded

  • Flights & Transfers in mainland China
  • Entrance fees to the scenic spots as listedin the itinerary
  • Centrally located hotels with daily western& Chinese buffet breakfasts
  • Authentic Chinese lunch at approve localrestaurants
  • Private air-conditioned car or vanaccording to your own group number with a local driver
  • Private English-Speaking Guide
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel Fees (If the flightsare included)
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes
  • Luggage Transfers

What's Not Included

  • Singile room supplement
  • International airfare or train tickets to enter or leave China
  • China Entry Visa Fees
  • Any Attractions/Activities/Shows not Listed in the Tour Itinerary

Good to Know

  • This is a private tour. The local private English-speaking guide and the private car will serve your own group only.
  • When on the tour, your tour guide and the driver can shorten or lengthen your time as your energy levels permitted.
  • Once you make an inquiry, you will get the specific reply from one of our travel advisors within 24 hours without service fee.
  • You can ask the travel advisor to tailor-make your own Guilin or even China trip based on this itinerary.
  • We can also arrange tours in other Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an and add them to this itinerary.
  • You will stop at a shop but absolutely no forced shopping.

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