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Tour Type : Private Tour

Best Season :All seasons

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Vicky Wen
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Interesting experience comes in with China's major attractions: the Great Wall, Terracotta Army, Li River, the Bund and Hong Kong city views. Save a lot by traveling by train and a Yangtze River can be a highlight.


  • Taking all must-visit sites in each destination
  • Cable car ride at the Great Wall
  • Interesting visit in Hong Kong
  • Selective world-class Yangtze River Cruise

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

Today you will arrive in Beijing Capital International Airport, where your Beijing tour guide will pick you up. You will learn something briefly about Beijing on the way to hotel for check-in.

Day 2 Beijing
  • Activities: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Lama Temple, Lizexiang Pearl Store
  • 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

Without a doubt, the Forbidden City is the first gateway to approach to Beijingers' life. This morning, you can do some people-watching at the square before we get into the Forbidden City. The Palace of Heavenly Purity, Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Mental Cultivation and Royal Garden will be included.

Try some traditional Beijing noodle and visit a pearl store.

In the afternoon, you will visit a finest detailed and functioning temple: Lama Temple. Afterwards, you will have some solo adventure in the Hutongs around the Lama Temple.


- Smart Tips:

  • Heading east about 500m from the Lama Temple, you will get to Guozijian Hutong, where you can visit Guozijian, aka the Imperial College and Confucian Temple nearby. Guozijian Hutong itself is an interesting Hutong to visit, as well as Wudaoying Hutong, which is replete with artist cafes and old Siheyuan courtyard houses.
  • Kung Fu Show at Red Theatre creates a cinematic visual experience for you.
  • 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

    Enjoy your fresh coffee in the sunshine of Beijing. Later, you will visit the Temple of Heaven. Here, you will approach the beautiful Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests via the Danbi Bridge.

    Slightly farther than other sections of the Great Wall, Mutianyu Section is significantly less crowded. One can even see the desert of Mongolia in the distance during a clear day.

    At noon, a farm-house-style restaurant prepares a good meal for you. Later, pay a brief visit at a cloisonné factory to see how the clay turns into a bowl.

    Driving back downtown Beijing takes about 2 hours, relax en route. Have some free time in the city.


    - Smart Tips:

  • You will take a round-trip cable ride at the Great Wall, of course, you can change to hiking or cable ride downhill.
  • A foot massage or a body massage is needed if you want to relax after all the walking today. Ask your Beijing tour guide for direction.
  • You can get a nice insight of China's postmodern art at 798 Art Zone, where you can also find TimeoutBeijing's favorite art center Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA).
  • Day 4 Beijing to Overnight Train
    • Activities: Free time, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: On the Ship

    Beijing would be fun for your solo adventure. We have listed out things you might find interesting. Do remember, however, your Beijing tour guide will take you to the train station at the evening for the overnight train to Xi'an.


    - Smart Tips:

  • Take a boat trip on Kunming Lake in Summer Palace, which would be a good choice for a breezy day.
  • More than an exterior visit, you can get inside Beijing's new symbol:Bird's Nest. During summer, the water park in Water Cube gives your family a cool-off. Great discount booking with us.
  • Besides Wangfujing Mall, you can buy something very "Chinese" at Panjiayuan Antique Market or Liulichang Street.
  • Do try the Peking Duck before you leave Beijing, even for just one bite! Out of the numerous Peking Duck restaurants, we think Peking Duck Private Kitchen is an outstanding one with great value.
  • Day 5 Overnight Train to Xian
    • Activities: Train station Transfer (Xian), Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall, Forest of Stele Museum
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner
    • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel


    Your train will arrive in Xi'an at 8am. Get picked up by your Xi'an tour guide and have some simple breakfast after check-in.

    Waste no time, your Xi'an tour starts at the Forest of Steles Museum, where you can get a glance at Chinese calligraphy and carving art. Have lunch in a traditional Shaanxi-style restaurant.

    Back in the Tang Dynasty, Monk Xuan Zang took a long and painstaking journey to India for Buddhist scriptures. Nowadays, this part of history is kept at the famous temple of Xi'an: Ci'en Temple with Big Wild Goose Pagoda. When the sun is setting, you will be walking along the Ancient City Wall.


    Day 6 Xian to Overnight Train
    • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts center, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Xian)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner
    • Hotels: On the Ship

    One of the most remarkable features of the famous Terracotta Army is that, each of the over-7,000 soliders comes in different sizes and styles, including beards, hairstyles and facial expressions. It is like they are still guarding the tomb of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China. After a couple of hours at this incredible site, you will stop by an art center.

    After lunch, you will be free off your solo adventure.

    At the evening, your Xi'an tour guide will take you to the train station. An overnight train with comfortable sleeper seat will take you to Chongqing.


    - Smart Tips:

  • Get a great view of Xi'an city at the Ancient City Wall best time to visit is sunrise and sunset.
  • You can buy some food for tonight's train ride at the Muslim Quarter. Near the quarter, there is a mosque, Great Mosque, worthy a visit.
  • Day 7 Yangtze
    • Activities: Train station Transfer (Chongqing), Goose Neck Park, Ciqikou Old Town, Panda Room in Chongqing Zoo, Cruise pier Transfer (Chongqing), Board the ship between 19:00 and 22:00, and depart from Chongqing at 22:00. (Dinner is not included on the first evening.)
    • Meals: Lunch at Little Swan Hot Pot Restaurant (Renmin Road Branch)
    • Hotels: On the Ship

    The train arrives in Chongqing at around 10am.

    For only one day in Chongqing, you will visit the Panda Room in the Chongqing Zoo, where you can meet up the precious pandas. Later, have lunch in a traditional restaurant serving Sichuan cuisine.

    In the afternoon, visit Goose Neck Park, home to special plant species and you can get a bird's view of the entire city at the top of Liangjiang Pavilion. Later, get to the lovely small town at Ciqikou. An art gallery will be our last stop in Chongqing.

    At night, your Chongqing tour guide will escort you to the pier. Board on your Yangtze River cruise and enjoy the night!

    Day 8 Yangtze
    • Activities: Program: learn traditional Chinese tai chi, optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City in the morning, shore excursion to Shibaozhai in the afternoon, and in the evening the cruise welcome party
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: On the Ship


    Waking up in the wave sound of the Yangtze River, you will embrace the morning of nature. Today you will take a short visit to Shibaozhai. Shibaozhai, literally meaning Stone Treasure Fortress, and its riverside location is what allows the historic hill site much of its beauty. The sheer vertical cliffs below it stand more than 56 meters tall, thus creating much curiosity over the centuries. The red pavilion found there was first built in 1750 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and has since been restored. Inside, visitors can see many interesting artifacts since each of the 12 floors is dedicated to a famous general from the Three Kingdoms Period (220-265), a local scholar, or a known Chinese poet.


    - Smart Tips:

    Fengdu Ghost City is not included in our itinerary, but it's available to book after you get on the cruise. Cost will be your own exspense.

    Yangtze River

    Day 9 Yangtze
    • Activities: 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.
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: On the Ship


    On your spectacular Yangtze River cruise today, the first gorge of the day will be Qutang Gorge and then later pass through Wu Gorge. After lunch, you will have the chance to go on land to visit Shennong Stream, a tributary of the Yangtze River. It is a dramatic piece of natural beauty with water rushing past karst caves, vertical cliffs, numerous waterfalls, three-colored springs, an ancient plank path, and much more. As well, there is an option to visit the White Emperor City, also known as Baidi city (price not included).

    The crew will later put on a performance for your entertainment, and the vessel will sail through the 5-step ship locks, bringing you back to Yangtze.


    - Smart Tips:

    White Emperor City is an option upon your request. Please inform the crew if you'd visit it. Cost will be on your own.

    Day 10 Yichang to Shanghai by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Cruise pier Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Shanghai), Program: tai chi exercises, shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site, sail through the Eastern Xiling Gorges, and arrive at New Century Wharf in Yichang at 13:00
    • 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

    Today you will get to Yichang. Visit the imposing site of Three Gorges Dam.

    Later today, a domestic flight will take you to Shanghai. Check in upon arrival.

    Day 11 Shanghai
    • Activities: Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum), French concession region, Xintiandi, Tianzi Fang, 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

    Explore Shanghai in different angles. Today you will firstly walk down Shanghai's icon: The Bund. Later, get a bird's eye view at the top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Shanghai History Museum inside the tower. Have lunch in a nice restaurant serving authentic Shanghai food.

    Learn how the silk is processed in a famous silk store. Later, your Shanghai tour guide will walk you through the history and standing of the Former French Concession. Take a turn and enter Tianzifang and shopping paradise Xintiandi.


    - Smart Tips:

  • After a walk in the Former French Concession, you can go for dinner at Ding Tai Fung near Xintiandi.
  • Highly ranked as the No.4 attraction on Trip Advisor, ERA Time Acrobatic Show brings you an awesome night. Ask your Shanghai tour guide for ticket booking with great price.
  • As a memento from the good old days, Jazz Bar at Peace Hotel is a place to be after a free walk along The Bund.
  • Day 12 Shanghai to Guilin by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Free time, Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai), Airport Transfer (Guilin), Free time
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Sheraton Guilin 5-star hotel  |  Grand Link Hotel Guilin 4-star hotel  |  Guilin Osmanthus Hotel 3-star hotel

    Today you will have a free day in Shanghai. What do you want to do?

    Later, you will fly to Guilin. Check in upon arrival.


    - Smart Tips:

  • Good for all types of travlers as recommended by Trip Advisor, a side-car trip in Shanghai is a real adventure. Great discount booking with China travel.
  • Shanghai is also a paradise for shopping. Check out the malls and stores lining up the People's Square. Sweettooth must love the Hershey Chocolate World at Reffles Plaza.
  • Put on the outfit and go fight like a real fireman! If you are traveling with kids, they will have a blast at Eday Town.
  • Missing burritos back home? Near Shanghai World Financial Center, you can find a Blue Frog where your family can dine in an American hour.
  • Day 13 Yangshuo
    • Activities: Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, Yangshuo Countryside Cycling
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Green Lotus Hotel  5-star hotel  |  Elite Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Yangshuo Aiyuan Hotel 3-star hotel

    Today you will take a cruise down Li River to Yangshuo.

    Arrive in Yangshuo in the afternoon, check in upon arrival. Taking a cycling trip in the countryside, your Guilin tour guide will lead your way through the rice peddies, narrow country roads and humble villages. Later, you can take a free stroll along the West Street.


    - Smart Tips:

  • The cycling trip can be changed with a mini open bus ride depending on the weather or your needs.
  • You can watch a night show, Impression Sanjie Liu if you want to get out of the crowds at West Street. Your tour guide will help you get a great price.
  • Day 14 Guilin to Hong Kong by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Yangshuo to Guilin, Airport Transfer (Guilin), Airport Transfer (Hong Kong)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Harbour Grand Kowloon 5-star hotel  |  YMCA of Hong Kong 4-star hotel  |  Metropark Hotel Kowloon 3-star hotel

    Today your Guilin tour guide will take you to the airport. Fly to Hong Kong. Check in upon arrival.

    Day 15 Hong Kong
    • Activities: Half Day Hong Kong Island Orientation Drive
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Harbour Grand Kowloon 5-star hotel  |  YMCA of Hong Kong 4-star hotel  |  Metropark Hotel Kowloon 3-star hotel

    For the highlights in Hong Kong, you will visit Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen. Hong Kong is an amazing destination, you won't get bored during your free time.

    Day 16 Hong Kong to Departure City
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Hong Kong)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    Today your Hong Kong tour guide will escort you to the airport. Thanks for traveling with us. Hope to see you again soon!


    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 $3,179 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.