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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Traveling in China by train can be an adventure. You will find yourself lost in China's profound history and culture as well as sublime natural landscape in this 13-day China tour.


  • Guilin - Hong Kong flight included
  • Train safari throughout the country
  • West Lake and Suzhou-style gardens within easy reach from Shanghai
  • Close-up to common Chinese family's daily life

Tour Itinerary

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.

  • Activities: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Treasure Houses, Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District
  • 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 Tian'anmen Square 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. Also, you can get a peek of the luxurious life of the royal court at the Treasure House.

Try some traditional Beijing noodle and visit a pearl store.

In the afternoon, a local family living inside a Hutong will be expecting your visit.


- Smart Tips:

  • Kung Fu Show at Red Theatre creates a cinematic visual experience for you.
  • Recommended by City Weekend, a night with cocktails at Clen Classic is a right choice for people who appreciate finer things in life.
  • DAY
    • 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

    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. Later, visit the Temple of Heaven. Here, you will approach the beautiful Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests via the Danbi Bridge.


    - Smart Tips:

  • You will take a cable ride uphill and slide way downhill, of course, you can change to hiking or cable ride downhill if you prefer something less exciting.
  • 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).
  • Mutianyu

    Overnight Train to Xian by Train No. Z19 (Beijing Xi West Railway Station - Xian Railway Station) Dep 20:43 - Arr 07:58
    • Activities: Train station Transfer (Xian), Free time
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: No

    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
    • Activities: Train station Transfer (Xian), Ancient City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, Fountain Square of Wild Goose Pagoda
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Qianzhou Restaurant (Xiao Yanta Branch)
    • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    Upon your arrival in Xi'an, your Xi'an tour guide will escort you to hotel for check in. After some simple breakfast, you can refresh up and take a short break.

    Here comes the first site of today: Shaanxi History Museum, where you will learn the profound history of Xi'an. Have lunch after the visit.

    There is a square behind the famous Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Later today, you will take a free walk around, why not snap some great photos of the pagoda?


    - Smart Tips:

  • Heading out for dinner? The Muslim Quarter offers numerous great choices: noodle, pancake, snack, doner kebab and anything you can think about. Afterwards, there is a local market back the quarter you can visit.
  • Shaanxi History Museum

    Xian to Overnight Train by Train No. Z94/Z91 (Xian Railway Station - Shanghai Railway Station) Dep 17:08 - Arr 07:42
    • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts center, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Xian)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant(Qinling Branch)
    • Hotels: No


    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 Shanghai.


    - 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.
  • Terracotta Army

    • Activities: Train station Transfer (Shanghai), The Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum), French concession region, Tianzi Fang, Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Seagull Palace
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    Arrive in Shanghai in the morning, your Shanghai tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for check-in. You will have some simple breakfast.

    Today's tour aims at getting to know Shanghai from its past and present. Firstly, you will walk along The Bund and take a ferry crossing the Huangpu River. Later, you will visit the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Shanghai History Museum. Have lunch in a traditional Shanghai restaurant.

    The Former French Concession holds the memories of yesterdays and is meant to offer you serendipitous discoveries. Later, get to Tianzifang near the Former French Concession, a lovely enclave with artistic shops and boutiques. A silk store will be our last stop for today.


    - Smart Tips:

  • ERA Time Acrobatic Show is a wonderful way to kill the night.
  • Jimi Kee Noodles in Shaanxi Nan Lu, gives you a flavor of Hong Kong even when you are wandering in Shanghai.
  • DAY
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Shanghai to Suzhou, Humble Administrators Garden, Rickshaw ride, Panmen Gate, Suzhou Embrodidery Institution
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Shuixianglou Restaurant
    • Hotels: Pan Pacific Suzhou 5-star hotel  |  Garden Hotel 3-star hotel  |  Gusu Hotel 3-star hotel

    This morning, your Shanghai tour guide will escort you all the way to Suzhou. The comfortable ride takes about 1 hour in no traffic jam. Check in upon arrival.

    As we arrive in Suzhou, one of the most beautiful Suzhou-style gardens will open up to you: Humble Administrator's Garden. The old garden dates back to the 16th century and now holds flower and bonsai exhibitions occasionally. Have lunch in a local restaurant.

    After lunch, a rickshaw ride through the city would be quite relaxing. Later, get to the Panmen Gate, which is not literally a gate but more of a a small fortress that was used to seal off the canel to control the boats entering the city.

    Back in Shanghai, you already knew how the silk is processed. Now at an embroidery institute in Suzhou, you can see artists hand-stitching beautiful art works.

    Suzhou to Hangzhou by Train No. G7385 (Suzhou Railway Station - Hangzhou Railway Station) Dep 15:04 - Arr 16:51
    • Activities: Free time, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Suzhou), Train station Transfer (Hangzhou)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Sofitel Westlake Hangzhou 5-star hotel  |  Haihua Hotel Hangzhou 4-star hotel  |  Enjoyor Hotel 3-star hotel


    Suzhou is also an amazing destination for free exploration. Here's what we suggest for your solo adventure before the train heading to Hangzhou.

    The high speed train leaves for Hangzhou at 16:30, your Suzhou tour guide will take you to the train station. Enjoy the speed!


    - Smart Tips:

  • Take a trip to the Tiger Hill and you can visit the Yunyan Temple and the Sutra Library inside.
  • Hanshan Temple would be considered as a feature off the beaten track, where you can walk in the echoing boom of the bells.
  • We can arrange a boat trip on the Grand Canal. However, it's also feasible on your own. Find a nice place for lunch: La Marina Restaurant & Lounge, recommended by Trip Advisor.
  • Tiger Hill

    • Activities: The West Lake(including cruise and visit of the Island in the lake), Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Viewing Fish at Hua Resort Huagang Huagang, Lingyin Temple
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Zhang Sheng Ji Restaurant
    • Hotels: Sofitel Westlake Hangzhou 5-star hotel  |  Haihua Hotel Hangzhou 4-star hotel  |  Enjoyor Hotel 3-star hotel


    Known as Heaven on Earth, Hangzhou has its reputation well-earned. Today you will take a boat trip in West Lake and visit the island. A stream flowsinto the West Lake at the foot of Huajia Mountain and flowers and leaves would fall into the water, thus the name Flower Harbor. Here you can watch countless carp swimming and fighting for food. Have lunch in a traditional Hangzhou restaurant.

    Later, pay a visit to Meijiawu Tea Plantation and try some tea at the tea shop. Later, you will visit one of the most important Buddhist temples in China: Lingyin Temple and Feilai Peak.


    - Smart Tips:

  • The memory of West Lake still lingers, tonight you can watch an excellent show Impression West Lake. Your Hangzhou tour guide can help you book the ticket.
  • DAY
    Hangzhou to Guilin by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Hangzhou), Airport Transfer (Guilin), Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, 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

    Today you will fly to Guilin, another picturesque destination for this China tour. Check in upon arrival.

    After a break, 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 a gallery.

    In the afternoon, you will have some free time in Guilin.


    - Smart Tips:

  • The formerly known Zhongshang Night Market has moved to Xicheng Street; it is where you can find all kinds of souvenirs or a simple saunter after dinner.
  • Fine restaurants and cafes can be found on the Zhengyang Pedestrian Street, including Rosemary and Left Bank. A bite at Shangshui Food Street can make you feel really fit in with the locals.
  • DAY
    • 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


    Waking up in the first sunlight, you will enjoy a breezy morning in Guilin.

    Take a 4-hour cruise on the Li River, seeing how the landscape changes along the way. Have simple lunch on the cruise.

    Get to Yangshuo in the afternoon. Check in hotel upon arrival. Your Guilin tour guide will lead your way around the amazing countryside by bike. As laid-back as the vilages are, a cycling trip through the rice peddies, narrow country roads and local markets.


    - Smart Tips:

  • At night, you can wander along the West Street and find a bar to kill the night.
  • A nightshow is on at the stage of springing up limestone and rolling mountain along the Li River, that is the famous Impression Sanjie Liu, which seemingly is the only fun-night option in the open air outside the town.
  • Fisherman on Li River

    Guilin to Hong Kong by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Yangshuo to Guilin, Airport Transfer (Guilin)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: No

    Today is the last day of your China tour. Your Guilin tour guide will take you to the airport, commencing to Hong Kong.


    - Smart Tips:

  • This China tour doesn't included any schedul in Hong Kong. However, you can book airport transfer, hotels or even short trips in Hong Kong with China Travel.
  • 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.
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    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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