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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Your way, your time, your space, your experience and little bit of our help. Get on a China road trip from Beijing to Shanghai, passing Mountain Taishan,scenice Yangzhou, Wuxi and Suzhou..Our tour guide will be your company all the way.

Highlights

  • Cars in good condition and the driver is you
  • Car types including Santana Passat Buick and JAC Refine
  • Our experienced guide will be with you all the way
  • We handle all the paperwork for your trouble-free road trip
  • All the key sites with culture and historic insights
  • Comfortable hotels in each destination

Tour Itinerary

DAY
1
Beijing Arrival
  • Activities: Airport/Train Station/Port to Hotel Transfer,Summer Palace
  • 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



No matter you are an Expat who's been living in Beijing for years or a first-time comer at your arrival, Beijing will definitely be a different place once you gear up your car.

Today you will pick up your car and meet up your tour guide who will be by your side during the following days.

 

- Smart Tips:

  • Please note: Travelers are required to apply for Chinese driving license with their own driving license and passport. The process will take about 2 weeks including applying,medical examination, test and road test. It will be wise to book the tour at least 30 days ahead of time. For more details, please contact us for more details.
  • Car types: We offer 4 types of cars for this road trip adventure : Volkswagen Santana for 2-3 people, Volkswagen Passat for 2-3 people, JAC Refine for 4-5 people and Buick GL8 for 4-5 people. Tour price varies based on the type of cars and hotel class. Inform your preference in details.
  • No hotel will be arranged if you are an Expat living in Beijing. Please inform your travel advisor.
  • DAY
    2
    Beijing
    • Activities: Summer Palace
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    

    This morning, you will drive in the city to the vast public square Tian'anmen Sqaure. Later, your tour guide will lead your way into the symbol of ancient Beijing: Forbidden City. To understand the profound history and impact of the royal palace, a tour guide is neccessary.

    After lunch, you will drive to Xicheng district, here we will open the door of the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, where is also the birth place of China's last emperor Pu Yi. Later, relax at the back of rickshaw as the driver rides you into the narrow Hutong, where you will witness the daily culture of ordinary Chinese people. Stop by a local family for a chitchat.

    - Smart Tips:

  • This tour doesn't include meals but we will be happy to offer you some tips.
  • See how the chef handles your food in an open kitchen, fun dining experience at Trip Advisor's No.1 recommendation Black Sesame Kitchen (3 Heizhima Hutong, Dong Cheng District | Nanluoguxiang, Beijing).
  • Chinese BBQ gets its own flavor at Kaorou Ji, 14 Qian Hai Dong Yan, Xicheng District, Beijing.
  • Try some Yunnan food in a light and fresh taste at Dali Courtyard, no, you don't have to fly to Dali, it's all in 67 Xiaojingchang Hutong,Dongcheng District, Beijing.
  • Tian\'anmen Square

    DAY
    3
    Beijing
    • Activities: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District, Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    

    If you wake up early enough, you can catch locals doing exercises, Tai Chi and sword dancing at the Temple of Heaven. Your tour guide will introduce the history and significant impact of the temple. Later, have lunch in a nearby restaurant.

    After lunch, you will drive to the Great Wall at Mutianyu Great Wall. Take in superb views at this famous section by a round-trip cable car ride. Later, you will get back to downtown Beijing.

    We will head to Tianjin tomorrow, so make sure you get good sleep tonight.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • The driving time: Downtown Beijing - Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall 2 hours for one-way.
  • As the winner of Best New Restaurants, an event on the Expat website Timeout Beijing, TRB, Temple Restaurant Beijing has its name well-earned by serving tasty and nice-looking French food. Dine it in at 23 Shatan Houjie, (off Wusi Dajie at the end of the lane), Dongcheng district, Beijing.
  • Got idea for dinner? How about a Peking Duck fest? Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant (Jinbao Place, No.88 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing), Peking Duck Private Kitchen (2015 Vantone Center, 6A Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang district, Beijing) and Lunar 8 (No.8 Yong An Dong Li Jianguomenwai Street Chaoyang District, Beijing) are what we recommend.
  • DAY
    4
    Tianjin
    • Activities: Mutianyu Cable Car(round trip), The Mutianyu Great Wall, Temple of Heaven
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Sheraton Tianjin Hotel 5-star hotel  |  Sea View Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Tianjin Ocean Hotel 3-star hotel

    This morning, you will drive to Tianjin, an old city filled up with cultural interest.

    Check in hotel upon arrival. Later, you will visit Shi Family's Courtyard. Nearby, there is Yangliuqing Painting Studio, widely known for the interesting New Year pictures featuring with chubby babies and colorful animals and plants. Here you can see how the artists work their magic.

    After lunch on your own arrangement, you will walk freely along the Ancient Culture Street. Later, you will visit the Porcelain House, which is decorated inside and outside with over 4,000 pieces of porcelain, 400 some marble stones and tons of crystal and agate.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • The driving time: Downtown Beijing - Tianjin 3 hours one way.
  • Find Garden Restaurant at No.130 Cheng Dou Dao to sample the best Tianjin cuisine. For a western taste, you can check out Aulare - Urban Latin Restaurant at Binshui Xi Dao, Magnetic Plaza, A4, Floor 2. Nankai District, Tianjin.
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    DAY
    5
    Jinan
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Beijing to Tianjin, Shi Family Courtyard, Yangliuqing Painting Studio, China House
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Sofitel Silver Plaza 5-star hotel  |  Guidu Hotel - Jinan 4-star hotel  |  Jinmma Hotel Jinan 3-star hotel

    This morning, you will drive to Jinan, the provincial capital of Shandong Province.

    Check in upon arrival. For a relaxing visit, you will take a boat trip in Daming Lake and visit the famous Baotu Spring, crystal spring pumping up from the ground.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • The driving time: Tianjin - Jinan 5 hours one way.
  • Kingfisher Court at No.19 Shan Da Nan Lu, Jing Ya Dong serves authentic Shandong food at a reasonable price. Get an Italian bite at Biscotti Italian Restaurant (2nd Floor of Sofitel Jinan Silver Plaza, No.66 Luoyuan Avenue).
  • jinan

    DAY
    6
    Mount Tai
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Tianjin to Jinan, Baotu Spring Park, Daming Lake, Cruise Daminghu Lake
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: No

    This morning, you will drive to Tai'an, where the impressive Mountain Tai is located. You will take a cable car up the mountain for jaw-dropping views.

    Have a night to relax from the driving.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • The driving time: Jinan - Tai'an 2 hours one way.

     

  • DAY
    7
    Qufu
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Jinan to Mount Tai, Mount Tai Tourist Attraction, Cable Car(round trip)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: My Hotel 3-star hotel  |  My Hotel 3-star hotel  |  My Hotel 3-star hotel

    

    This morning, you will drive to Qufu. You may haven't heard of Qufu, but you must hear of Confucius, who is a great educationalist and philosopher having profound impact in Chinese culture.

    Check in upon arrival. After a short break, you will visit Confucius Temple, Confucian Masion and Confucian Family Graveyard.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • The driving time: Tai'an - Qufu 1 hour one way.
  • DAY
    8
    Xuzhou
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Mount Tai to Qufu, Confucius Temple, Confucian family graveyard, Confucian Mansion
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Jiali International Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Jiali International Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Jiali International Hotel 4-star hotel

    

    This morning, you will drive to Xuzhou.

    Most of the time, Xuzhou is just a stopover on the way to Shanghai. But today, you will unfold Xuzhou's interesting culture at Terracotta Army of the Han Dynasty

    and Xuzhou Museum.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • The driving time: Qufu - Xuzhou 2 hours one way.
  • Xuzhou Museum

    DAY
    9
    Yangzhou
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Qufu to Xuzhou, Xuzhou Museum, Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Han Dynasty
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Family of Yangzhou International Hotel 3-star hotel  |  Family of Yangzhou International Hotel 3-star hotel  |  Family of Yangzhou International Hotel 3-star hotel

    

    This morning, you will drive to Yangzhou.

    Yangzhou has its reputation for intoxicating landscape and elegant gardens. Today you will visit Slender West Lake and Geyuan Garden.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • The driving time: Xuzhou to Yangzhou 4 hours one way.
  • DAY
    10
    Wuxi
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Xuzhou to Yangzhou, Shou Xi Hu (Slender West Lake), Geyuan Garden
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Sheraton Wuxi Binhu Hotel  5-star hotel  |  Wuxi Grand Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Wuxi Grand Hotel 4-star hotel

    This morning, you will drive to Wuxi.

    Check in upon arrival and take a short break. Later, you will get on Turtle Head Island. Later, visit the famous Lingshan Giant Buddha.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • The driving time: Yangzhuo to Wuxi 2 hours one way.
  • Lingshan Grand Buddha

    DAY
    11
    Suzhou
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Yangzhou to Wuxi, Turtle Head Island,
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Pan Pacific Suzhou 5-star hotel  |  Holiday Inn Jasmine Suzhou 4-star hotel  |  Garden Hotel 3-star hotel

    This morning, you will drive to Suzhou. The drive will take one hour. 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. Later, step into a smaller but still exquisite enough garden: Lingering Garden.

    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.

    

    DAY
    12
    Shanghai
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Wuxi to Suzhou, Humble Administrators Garden, Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Rickshaw ride
    • 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

    

    This morning, drive to Shanghai. Arrive within 2 hours.

    Check in upon arrival.Today you will first walk along The Bund. A ferry gets you to the other side of the river, where you will visit Shanghai's landmark: Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Shanghai History Museum.

    In the afternoon, you will visit the famous Yuyuan Garden. Afterwards, feel the romance along the Former French Concession.

     

    - 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
    13
    Shanghai Departure
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Suzhou to Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum), French concession region
    • Meals: Breakfast

    

    The 13-day road trip has a perfect ending today.

    Your tour guide will escort you to the airport. Thanks for taking this adventure with China Travel. Hope to see you soon again!

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • If you need help book the flights, please let us know.
  • 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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    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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