14-Day Guilin, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang, Shanghai, Beijing Essence Tour


See China from south to north for an amazing experience in 14 days. Six most popular places are included and most must-see attractions are not missed out.

Tour Details

Day 1Hong Kong Arrival

Your guide and driver will pick you up in the arrival hall of the airport and ready to take you to the hotel. The rest of the day is for you to have a rest. The guide will be glad to offer information on spending free time.

  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Harbour Grand Kowloon   |  The Salisbury YMCA of Hong Kong Hotel   |  Metropark Hotel Kowloon 
Day 2Hong Kong

Start today's trip by visiting Aberdeen that noted for its characteristics of a traditional fishing village and seafood. Go to Repulse Bay which stands out from Hong Kong beaches and is known as Venice in the East. At last head over to Victoria Peak for a bird's-eye view of Victoria Harbor and Kowloon Peninsula. The night view is especially awesome.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Hotels: Harbour Grand Kowloon   |  The Salisbury YMCA of Hong Kong Hotel   |  Metropark Hotel Kowloon 
Day 3Hong Kong to Guilin by Flight.

Leave Hong Kong this morning and fly to Guilin. The Guilin guide will meet you outside the custom and ready to transfer you to the hotel with the driver. Your guide will be happy to give you ideas about discovering more in Guilin.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Hotels: Sheraton Guilin   |  Guilin Bravo Hotel    |  Guilin Osmanthus Hotel 
Day 4Guilin
Li River Cruise

Li River Cruise

Spend day 2 soaking up the natural beauty of Guilin by taking the Li River Cruise, the essence part of Li River. Your guide will meet you at the lobby to take you to Zhujiang Pier in the morning and the cruise will arrive in Yangshuo County after 4 hours. Along the Li River, the combination of hills with special shapes and crystal water makes a beautiful landscape. The deck on the cruise offers a good angle for photography. Lunch is included on the cruise. The guide and the driver will drive you back to the hotel in Guilin. Spare Time Choice: See Yangshuo scenery in a different way— biking on the country roads. Two hours would be enough to explore Yangshuo on wheels.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Hotels: Sheraton Guilin   |  Guilin Bravo Hotel    |  Guilin Osmanthus Hotel 
Day 5Guilin to Chongqing by Flight.

After a whole day of absorbing the fresh air of Li River and Yangshuo, today you will have an essence tour of Guilin city. First visit Reed Flute Cave that symbolizes Guilin Karst landform. Have lunch in Mcfound that famous for its wheaten food & northeast dish with western-style decoration. Then head down to Elephant Trunk Hill Park to see the landmark site of Guilin. Elephant Trunk Hill resembles a trunk sucking water from Li River. Visit a local Calligraphy & Painting Art Center to appreciate China’s culture in Chinese way. Finally go to mountain top of Fubo Hill to have a bird’s-eye view of Guilin City. End Guilin trip by taking flight to Chongqing. Your guide will transfer you to the airport and the Chongqing guide will be ready at the airport to pick you up.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at McFound Restaurant
  • Hotels: JW Marriott Hotel Chongqing   |  Eling Park Hotel   |  Lafei Royal Hotel - Chongqing 
Day 6Yangtze
Dazu Rock Carvings

Dazu Rock Carvings

An exploration of Dazu Grottoes is arranged today. They are located in Dazu County, which is 83 km to the west of Chongqing. The stone sculptures were carved during the Tang Dynasty(618-907)and the Song Dynasty, featuring the theme of Buddhist. Its counterpart in North China is Dunhuang Grottos. A lunch in Dazu Loquat Restaurant that notable for Sichuan food is included. After the sightseeing to Dazu, the guide will help you to board the Yangtze CruiseCH Victoria, a 4-star cruise. (Starts at 21:30)

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Dazu Loquat Restaurant
  • Hotels: On the Ship
Day 7Yangtze

--Shibaozhai, literally means Stone Treasure Fortress, Located in Zhong County, it was first built in Qing Dynasty in 1750. Shibaozhai is one historic site that will look much different in 2009. The wooden architecture stands on the riverside. It is built by catch upon a rectangular rock with sheer cliffs with a height of 56 meters and 12 stories. And every floor of the wooden structure contains interesting artifacts. Each of the 12 floors of Shibaozhai is dedicated to a famous general of the Three Kingdoms period (220-265AD), a local scholar or a renowned Chinese poet.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , dinner
  • Hotels: On the Ship
Day 8Yangtze

--Taichi exercise.
Passes through the 1st gorge--Qutang Gorge.
Passes through the 2cd gorge---Wu Gorge.
Shore excursion to Shennong Stream(1:30pm-5:30pm). You have the option of visiting White Emperor City(RMB260 per person).
Crew's Performance.
Sails through the 5-steps Ship locks.
Shennong Stream is another tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, crystal clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. The stream races past large and small karst caves, flocks of swallows, sheer cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls, three-colored springs, rapids, the ancient plank path, a suspended coffin in the cliff, groups of ancient tombs and marvelous karst formations.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , dinner
  • Hotels: On the Ship
Day 9Yichang to Shanghai by Flight.

--Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site. Arrive in Yichang at 1:00pm.
Three Gorges Dam, the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man and it has been a dream for several generations of Chinese people. The construction of the dam formally began in 1994. The body of the dam was completed in 2003, and the whole construction has been completed in 2009. It will be 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom.The tourists can get access to the top of the dam and enjoy different kinds of photo opportunities.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Hotels: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World   |  
Day 10Shanghai

Start today's sightseeing with a visit to Yuyuan Garden, a famouse and classical southern-style garden with over 400 years in the city. Then make your way to The Bund, featuring by 52 western-style buildings along the Huangpu River Bank. Have your lunch in Xin Lv Bo Lang Restaurant that specializes in Shanghai dishes. Go to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall to have a look at the development of this amazing city and ascend to the top of Shanghai World Financial Center(94F,97F,100F visiting are included) for a bird’s-eye view of Shanghai. Great to Experience The visit to Shanghai World Financial Center includes 94F, 97F and 100F to see Shanghai in different angles, which most tour providers offer less floors visiting.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Din Tai Fung
  • Hotels: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World   |  SSAW Boutique Hotel The Bund   |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 
Day 11Shanghai to Beijing by Flight.

Head over to the airport for taking the flight to Beijing in the morning with the escort of your guide and the driver. And you will see your Beijing guide at Beijing airport, whom will take you for lunch in Ba Guo Bu Yi that specializes in Sichuan food. After lunch have a relaxing visit to Summer Palace. As the biggest imperial garden in China, it is one of must-see Beijing attractions.

  • 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 12Beijing
Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Explore the largest city square in the world— Tiananmen Square and unlock the life of imperial families with a visit to Forbidden City. Have lunch in Courtyard 7 Restaurant located in Hutong area that features by French dishes. After lunch you will see the traditional Beijing culture when having a Hutong family visit. A stop to a local Pearl workshop will be arranged to learn to identify fake pearls. Great to experience 1. Courtyard 7 Restaurant is ranked #10 of 4306 on Trip Advisor; 2. The Hutong Family visit reveals the life of traditional Beijingers, instead of only casting a passing glance at it.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Yihe Spring Restaurant
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town   |  Sunworld Hotel Beijing   |  Red Wall Hotel Beijing 
Day 13Beijing

Trip to Temple of Heaven kicks off today's visiting. It is the place where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties supplicated God's blessings. People may also see how locals spend their spare time there. Have lunch in Xinshuangquan Restaurant with quiet environment near the Great Wall. Then head to the Mutianyu Great Wall by the cable car to have a taste of the splendid sights of one of the Seven Wonders in the World. Visit a local Cloisonne Factory to see how these beautiful articles are produced. Great to experience Mutianyu Great Wall is less-crowded with stunning scenery. A visit to Mutianyu section is a more enjoyable experience than that of the Badaling Great Wall that most agents offer.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town   |  Sunworld Hotel Beijing   |  Red Wall Hotel Beijing 
Day 14Beijing Departure

Your guide and the driver will be ready to get you to the airport for your homebound flight. The guide will also help you check in and take you to the right security gate.

  • 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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