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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Four China signatures are inprinted in this 11-day China tour: Shanghai's prosperous present, Xi'an's historical charm, Guilin's dream-like scenery and Beijing's cultural fascination.

Highlights

  • All the key sites in every destination
  • Li River Cruise and cycling in the countryside
  • Enough free time for you to explore
  • Wisely selected hotels and restaurants

Tour Itinerary

DAY
1
Shanghai Arrival
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Shanghai)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

A smart choice to set Shanghai as the first destination for your China tour. Upon arrival, our China travel guide will meet you up at the airport. On the way to hotel, Shanghai will be introduced to you.

- Smart Tips:

  • For a night activity, Pujiang River Cruise is a nice way to get to know the city. Ticket available for booking.
  • DAY
    2
    Shanghai
    • Activities: Yuyuan Garden, City God Temple, Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum), French concession region, Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Home's Restaurant
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    

    This morning, you will visit Shanghai's landmark: Oriental Pearl TV Tower and visit Shanghai History Museum inside the tower. Later, take a free walk at Yuyuan Garden, which is what some people might call an escape from the bustling Shanghai, today you will linger in its beautiful setting and get to the nearby City God Temple. Have lunch in a restaurant serving Shanghainess cuisine.

    In the afternoon, you will get a chance to get under Shanghai's glamorous mask: a visit to the Former French Concession. Here, you will learn the history of the old lane. Our last stop is a silk factory.

    

    DAY
    3
    Shanghai
    • Activities: Zhujiajiao Water Town, Zhujiajiao Boat Ride
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    Although Shanghai is keeping up with the morden world, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. Here, you will visit Tongtianhe (an ancient pharmacy), the historic Post Office, Yanyitang Art Gallery, the Chenghuang Temple, Shanghai Handicraft Exhibition Hall, Shanghai Quanhua Art Gallery, Yuanjin Temple and Kezhi Garden. Enjoy the peaceful feeling here. Have lunch before heading back to Shanghai downtown.

    Have yourself some solo adventure in Shanghai.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • What to do in your free time? If you like excitment, a side-car motorcycle adventure is the key to a memorable day, recommended both by Trip Advisor and About.com.
  • Don't miss out a walk along The Bund or in the Former French Concession.
  • DAY
    4
    Shanghai to Guilin by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai), Airport Transfer (Guilin), Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Fubo Hill, Pearl Culture Shop
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at McFound Restaurant
    • Hotels: Sheraton Guilin 5-star hotel  |  Grand Link Hotel Guilin 4-star hotel  |  Guilin Osmanthus Hotel 3-star hotel

    A flight takes you to Guilin, check in upon arrival. Today you will visit Guilin's highlights: Reed Flute Cave, countless stalactite spring up from the earth or drop down from the ceiling of the cave, offering a stunning view. Later, get to the icon of Guilin: Elephant Trunk Hill. Have lunch after a visit to a gallery.

    In the afternoon, you will visit Fubo Hill, take a rest at the lovely pavilion.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Under Jiefang Bridge in downtown Guilin, you can make a relaxing sunset walk along the Li River.
  • Formerly known as Zhongshan Night Market, now is relocated in Xicheng pedestrian street, where you can find all kinds of stuff ranging from pearl necklace to sugar cane juice.
  • DAY
    5
    Yangshuo
    • Activities: Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, West Street of Yangshuo
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Green Lotus Hotel  5-star hotel  |  New Century Hotel  4-star hotel  |  Yangshuo Aiyuan Hotel 3-star hotel

    

    Unfolding Li River by a Li Rive Cruise down to Yangshuo County. Have simple Chinese lunch on board whilst the landscape changes along the way.

    You will get to Yangshuo in the afternoon. After check-in, your guide will take you to the famous West Street.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Impression Sanjie Liu is a highlight for night in Yangshuo, highly recommended by Trip Advisor. Your guide can get you a great price.
  • DAY
    6
    Guilin to Xian by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Yangshuo Countryside Cycling, Our guide and driver will escort you from Yangshuo to Guilin, Airport Transfer (Guilin), Airport Transfer (Xian)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Yuanshiren Restaurant
    • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    Today you will have some fun cycling around Yangshuo's scenic countryside. Have lunch in a nice restaurant at the West Street.

    In the afternoon, you will be taken to the airport for the ongoing flight to Xi'an. Meet up your Xi'an tour guide and check in hotel.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Cycling in Yangshuo is rated #5 of Things to Do's in Lonley Planet while CNNGo reader and photographer Darren LeBeuf set in its Zen atmosphere. With us, you will ride through the rice paddies and knock on a local house halfway.
  • DAY
    7
    Xian
    • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts center
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant(Qinling Branch)
    • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    After breakfast, you will visit the wonder of ancient China: Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Have lunch in a Sichuan restaurant nearby before a walk at a handicraft center.

    In the afternoon, you will be back to Xi'an downtown, and visit the Ancient City Wall, where you will learn the history of the city.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Also known as Folk Art Museum, Gao's Grand Courtyard offers more than historical ruins, shadow puppet show is one of the best in the country.
  • The Terracotta Warriors and Horses

    DAY
    8
    Xian to Beijing by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Free time, Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Holiday Inn Express Beijing Dongzhimen - Beijing 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    

    Today you will have some solo adventure in Xi'an. Later today, you will fly to Beijing. Check in upon arrival.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • If you are interested in China's local religions, you can make your way to the Muslim Quarter and nearby Great Mosque. Big Wild Goose Pagoda is an important Budhhism temple.
  • Ancient City Wall offers great view of Xi'an waking up from dreams at dawn.
  • DAY
    9
    Beijing
    • Activities: The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, Pearl Store
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Courtyard 7 Restaurant
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Holiday Inn Express Beijing Dongzhimen - Beijing 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    

    Embrace Beijing's morning along with thousands of locals on the Tian'anmen Square. Later, get into the Forbidden City. Also known as the Royal Palace Museum or Gugong Museum, here is the place to replay China's long royal history. Have lunch in a courtyard house restaurant.

    In the afternoon, you will visit the Summer Palace. Afterwards, have some solo adventure on your own.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • The Drum Tower still keeps drumming every hour from 9:30am to 4:30pm (except 12:30pm), 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am etc. Aside the drumming show, the tower offers great view of how everything in Beijing is aligned with the Forbidden City.
  • If you like kicking, we'd suggest a splendid Kungfu Show at Red Theatre. Ask your guide's help for booking and direction.
  • DAY
    10
    Beijing
    • Activities: The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Temple of Heaven
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Holiday Inn Express Beijing Dongzhimen - Beijing 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    In morning, we will drive walk around the famous Beijing tour site: Temple of Heaven. Later, drive up to the Great Wall at Mutianyu Section, where you will take a round-way cable car ride. Have lunch nearby.

    In the afternoon, you will have some free time in Beijing. Check out our list for your solo adventure.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Beijing Zoo is an all-time favorite for both kids and adults.
  • DAY
    11
    Beijing Departure
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    You will be transferred from your Beijing hotel to the airport in time for your flight home.

    Prices (Go Solo Private Tour)

    $ USD
    Apr.1- Nov.31 Superior Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class Single Room Supplement
    1 person -
    2-5 persons / /
    6-9 persons / /

    * The price may change during some festivals including the Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day (1st May), Mid Autumn Day and National Day (1st Oct.).

    * The price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

    What's Included & Excluded

    Price Inclusion

    • Entrance fees.
    • Meals listed in the itinerary.
    • Private transfers.
    • Private English-speaking guide and driver.
    • Hotels listed in the itinerary.
    • Service Charge & Taxes.
    • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    • Luggage Transfers.

    Price Exclusion

    • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    • China Entry Visa Fees.
    • Excess Baggage Charges.
    • Personal Expenses.
    • Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
    • Single Room Supplement.
    Vanessa Zheng

    Tailor-make a China tour based on your needs.

    Key sites in the three major cities Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai are all included in this 8-day China tour. Plus, No hidden fees and No tourist traps at all!

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    Tour Type : Private Tour

    Best Season :All seasons

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