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Tour Type : Private Tour

Best Season :All seasons

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Vicky Wen
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Ancient capitals, Beijing and Xi'an reveal their gracefulness while Chengdu and Shanghai for leisure moments and Guilin for a scenic insight.


  • Visit key historical attractions in Beijing such as the Forbidden City
  • Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the Great Mosque
  • See cute Chinese Giant Pandas in pandas' hometown
  • an essential journey in Guilin including the Li River Cruise
  • Visit the Bund and Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing Arrival
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Beijing)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

Welcome to China! As you arrive in Beijing, you will feel warm welcome by your Beijing tour guide and driver. You will be escorted to hotel for check-in. Free time afterwards.

Day 2 Beijing
  • Activities: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Summer Palace
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Courtyard 7 Restaurant
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

Good day for early risers: morning firstly go people-watching on the biggest public square that is Tian'anmen Square. Enter the Forbidden City, following history's footsteps. Also known as Gugong Museum or Royal Palace Museum, here you will visit Hall of Mental Cultivation, Hall of Supreme Harmony, Palace of Heavenly Purity and Royal Garden. Pay a short visit to a time-honored pearl store before lunch at Courtyard 7 Restaurant.

Sitting in comfort, a rickshaw will weave our way in the Hutong passing Houhai area. Here, you will make a stop at a local house, a greeting and chitchat come in order.


- Smart Tips:

  • Many tour groups enter the Forbidden City from the South Gate, with China Travel, you will do in from the North Gate to avoid the crowds.
  • Courtyard 7 Restaurant is located inside Hutong, a typical Siheyuan restaurant serving authentic Beijing food.
  • To kill the night, try Houhai Bar Street with bars and cafes of all sizes and styles.
  • Day 3 Beijing
    • Activities: Temple of Heaven, The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Shahe Cloisonne Factory
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel


    Last night's good sleep gets a full charge for your tour to the Great Wall at Mutianyu Section. Among all the sections, Mutianyu is noted for better views and less crowds. You will enjoy a one-way cable car life at this section. On the way back, take an exciting sild-way ride downhill. Have lunch in a farmhouse restaurant before get back to downtown Beijing.

    Stop by a cloisonné factory before your time is dedicated to the Temple of Heaven, where Chinese emperors used to offer God their best fruits and prayers.


    - Smart Tips:


  • No.3 restaurant of TripAdvisor's recommendation, Haidilao Hot Pot has its way to spice up your Beijing trip. Within 30min by a cab from the Temple of Heaven. ( Note: Transfer and meal are on your own exspense.)


  • Day 4 Beijing to Overnight Train by Train No. Z19 (Beijing Xi (west) Railway Station - Xi'an Railway Station) Dep 20:43 - Arr 07:58
    • Activities: Free time, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Stay on train


    Today you will have a whole free day in Beijing before the train departuring at 8:00pm. Refer to our suggested activities as follow.


    - Smart Tips:

  • Beijing Zoo is an all-time favorite for both kids and adults.
  • 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.
  • A boat trip on Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace is essential for a relaxing China holiday. Or a less-crowded choice, go to the Old Summer Palace near it.
  • If you like kicking, we'd suggest a splendid Kungfu Show at Red Theatre. Ask your guide's help for booking and direction.
  • Day 5 Xian
    • Activities: Train station Transfer (Xian), Ancient City Wall, The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, 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  |  Grand Noble Hotel  4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel


    Arrive in Xi'an in the morning, your tour guide will take you to some simple breakfast and help you check in. Later, 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, waiting is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the biggest and most important Buddhism temples in China.

    Day 6 Xian to Chengdu by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Muslim Quarters, Great Mosque, Ancient City Wall, Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Chengdu)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Qianzhou Restaurant (Xiao Yanta Branch)
    • Hotels: Sofitel Wanda Chengdu 5-star hotel  |  Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu 4-star hotel  |  Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel  3-star hotel

    You will greet Xi'an's morning at the Ancient City Wall. Later, take a free walk in the Muslim Quarter, jammed up with local snack vendors. Have lunch in a local restaurant.

    Near the Muslim Quarter, we will visit the Great Mosque. Later, a flight will take you to Chengdu. Check in upon arrival.

    Day 7 Chengdu
    • Activities: Wu Hou Temple, Chengdu Kuan-zhai Lane, Half Day Panda Breed Reserve Tour, , Chengdu Shu Embroidery Co.
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Chengdu Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant
    • Hotels: Sofitel Wanda Chengdu 5-star hotel  |  Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu 4-star hotel  |  Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel  3-star hotel


    The morning will be spent with your cute friends: pandas at the Panda Center. Have lunch in a traditional Sichuan restaurant.

    Chengdu is all about leisure hours. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a relaxing walk in the shady temple of Wuhou Temple. Later, get into the old lanes, Kuanzhai Lane, and experience some real life. Stop by a silk factory.

    Day 8 Chengdu to Guilin by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Chengdu), Airport Transfer (Guilin), Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Calligraphy & Painting shop (Guangxi Normal University Art 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

    In the morning, a flight will take you to Guilin. 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 the beautiful campus of Guangxi Normal University, also the Mansion of Prince Jingjiang, where you can climb up the Solitary Beauty Peak. (* Note: Depending on your physical condition, Fubo Hill is an alternative.)


    - 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.
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    Day 9 Yangshuo
    • Activities: Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, Yangshuo Countryside Cycling
    • 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, here follows a cycling experience in the countryside.

    - 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.
  • Free time ideas: Got whole night for Yangshuo, gotta check out West Street! Bars, cafes and clubs, you won't be bored!
  • Day 10 Guilin to Shanghai by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Yangshuo to Guilin, Airport Transfer (Guilin), Airport Transfer (Shanghai)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    Greet Yangshuo's bright morning. Your Guilin tour guide will take you to Guilin airport for flight to Shanghai. Your Shanghai tour guide will escort you and help you check in at the hotel. Afterwards, you will have some free time in Shanghai.

    - Smart Tips:

  • Free time ideas: People Square caters to bascially all you need: dinning, touring, entertainment and shopping.
  • Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Art Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Shangahi are all in People Square, closed on Mondays. An exterior visit is also nice.
  • Day 11 Shanghai
    • Activities: Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum), The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Canton Palace Restaurant
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    Destinations & activities: Oriental Pearl TV Tower (with Shanghai History Museum inside), Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Nanjing Road, a silk factory

    Oriental Pearl TV Tower is our first stop. Inside the tower, Shanghai History Museum offers an informative visit with its waxwork display.Have lunch in a famous  restaurant.

    Then will visit Yuyuan Garden, a classical private garden in the style of Southern China. It is located right in the hustle and bustle of the Temple of City God. Stop at Jiangnan Silk Factory to learn how silk is made. Take a walk along the Bund. Nanjing Road with shops ranging from street-style chic to high-end brands is our last stop for today.

    Day 12 Shanghai Departure
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    You will be transferred from your Shanghai hotel to the city’s international airport (Shanghai Pudong International Airport) in time for your flight home.

    Prices (Go Solo Private Tour)

    $ USD
    Apr.1- Nov.31 Deluxe Class Superior 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.

    from US $2,109 p/p

    Price details

    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.