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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Two major elements highlight your photography China tour: culturally-rich cities and beautiful mountains. We have professional photography tour guide to lead and support your journey and work.

Highlights

  • Famous mountains including Huashan Emei Leshan and Yellow Mountain
  • Key sites with insightful guiding
  • Your free time to explore through your camera
  • Selective hotels and restaurants

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! Your China photography tour starts at the capital: Beijing city. Upon arrival, your Beijing tour guide will escort you to hotel. Check in and adjust yourself from the jetlag.

 

- Smart Tips:

  • We don't arrange international flights in this tour package. However, if you need our help for booking, please contact us or check out our latest deal China Tours from USA.
  • DAY
    2
    Beijing
    • Activities: The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District, Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, Lizexiang Pearl Store
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Bai Shi Da Restaurant
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    A fresh coffee kicks a good start for your morning.

    Pack up your gear and today you will firstly visit Tian'anmen Square and then the Forbidden City.

    Have lunch in a traditional noolde house and we will get to the Former Residence of Soong Chin Ling, more widely known as the birthplace of China's last emperor Puyi. Get on a rickshaw and the rider will take you into Beijing's beating heart: Hutong. Following up is some quality time with a local family in the Hutong.

    Today you will also have a chance to learn how to spot fake pearls at a time-honored pearl store.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • The Corner Tower of the Forbidden City is always a favorite spot for photographers. Spend some time there if the time allows.
  • Today's tour ends up at the Hutong area near Houhai, where you can find a decent place to kick back and enjoy a brisk Beijing night.
  • It takes some nerve to dance in public. But moves don't matter if you got the passion - at least it's so for Chinese dance devotees. Go check out China's national hobby: Square Dance in Beijing!
  • Forbidden City

    DAY
    3
    Beijing
    • Activities: The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Temple of Heaven, 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

    In morning, we will first visit the holy site of Temple of Heaven, where Chinese emperors used to worship God with their sacrifices. Later, drive up to the Great Wall at Mutianyu Section, where you will take a cable car ride up the peak and walk along with your tour guide. Visit a local cloisonné store before lunch.

    In the afternoon, we will be back to the city. Free night for you to thrill.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Don't leave Beijing without a bite of the legendary Peking Duck. Dine like a royalcourt member at Hua's Restaurant.
  • Tired of today's walking and photo-taking? Let's rub it away with a traditional Chinese massage. Your Beijing tour guide sure knows some decent place.
  • If you want to carry on with excitment, a Kungfu Show will be the best bet. Ask your guide for ticket and direction or you can check on our "Solo Adventure!" tag.
  • Mutianyu Great Wall

    DAY
    4
    Beijing to Xian by China Eastern Airline MU2112 (Beijing Capital Airport T2 - Xian Xianyang Airport T3) Dep 15:05 - Arr 17:00
    • Activities: Summer Palace with boat ride and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony, Lama Temple, Exterior visit of Beijing Olympic Stadiums(Bird's Nest and Water Cube), Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing), Airport Transfer (Xian)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Beijing Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant
    • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    This morning, you will take a relaxing visit at Summer Palace. After a boat trip you will visit the Garden of Harmonious Virtue. Have lunch and following up is the less-visited yet vividly distinctive Yonghe Lama Temple. Have lunc in a restaurant that is famous among the locals.

    We will take a free walk outside the Bird's Nest and Water Cube before the onward flight to Xi'an.

    Check in upon arrival and have a free night in Xi'an.

    - Smart Tips:

  • Nightscape of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is just gorgeous viewed from the Fountain Square. Photo-taking here is rewarding! Take Bus. No 5, 19, 21, 23, 24, 27 or ask your Xi'an tour guide for direction.
  • The Summer Palace

    DAY
    5
    Xian
    • Activities: Huashan Mountain, Cable Car on Mt. Huashan(round way)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    Today you will spend a whole day at the famous Huashan Mountain. Not ideally safe to climb, you will take a cable car up the mountain ridge.

    Mount Hua is known for its sheer cliffs and plunging ravines and blessed with perfect angles for photographers and travelers alike.

    You will be back to Xi'an at the end of the day.

    Huashan Mountain

    DAY
    6
    Xian to Chengdu by China Eastern Airline MU2343 Dep 20:05 - Arr 21:20
    • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts center, Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Chengdu)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant(Qinling Branch)
    • Hotels: Sofitel Wanda Chengdu 5-star hotel  |  Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu 4-star hotel  |  Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel  3-star hotel

    Finally, you can get a good look at the world wonder: Terracotta Warriors and Horese. Over 8,000 clay warriors of different facial expressions, sizes and body postions were buried down the earth all for the first emperopr Qin Shihuang's wish of immortality.

    After lunch and a stop by an art center, you will be back to the city. Pay a visit at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and get some nice photos of the sunset on the Ancient City Wall.

    At night, you will take a flight to Chengdu. Check in and have a good night to rest.

    - Smart Tips:

  • The drive to the Terracotta Warriros and Horses takes about 1 and 1/2 hours depending on the traffic.
  • If you still have some free time to kill, you can try out the Muslim Quarter, where you can eat and take a slice of the daily life of the local folks.
  • Dumpling

    DAY
    7
    Chengdu
    • Activities: Panda Breeding and Research Center, Wu Hou Temple, Chengdu Kuan-zhai Lane
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Long Chao Shou Snack
    • Hotels: Sofitel Wanda Chengdu 5-star hotel  |  Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu 4-star hotel  |  Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel  3-star hotel

    This morning we will drive outside the city to the Panda Breeding and Research Center. These cute friends will make you smile all day!

    Drive back to downtown and have lunch. This afternoon, life is gonna get real: your will walk along the Kuanzhai Lane and experience some simple Chengdu life style. Later, you will check out the historical Wuhou Temple. Shu Brocade Institute and Factory will be our last stop for today.

    - Smart Tips:

  • If you want to interact with the pandas, please request in advance. Extra cost might apply.
  • For some leisure experience, try ear-picking after a cup of tea. You can find countless tea houses in Chengdu, and we recommend Heming Tea House, which is ranked #3 on Lonely Planet.
  • DAY
    8
    Emeishan
    • Activities: Emei Mountain, Our guide and driver will escort you from Chengdu to Emeishan, Baoguo monastery
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Hong Zhushan Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Hong Zhushan Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Hong Zhushan Hotel 4-star hotel

    This morning, we will drive to the famous Emnei Mountain.

    God blesses the mountain with sweeping cliffs, high reaching peaks and gushing waterfalls, making it an all-time favorite destination for photographers, hikers, climbers and travelers all over the world.

    You will also pay a viist at Baoguo Temple at the mountain. Stay overnight here.

    - Smart Tips:

  • The drive to Emei Mountain takes about 2 hours depending on the traffic.
  • Emei Mountain

    DAY
    9
    Chengdu to Hangzhou by Flight No. TV9811 Dep 17:40 - Arr 20:20
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Emeishan to Leshan, Leshan Giant Buddha, Cruise to have a overlook at Leshan Giant Buddha, Our guide and driver will escort you from Leshan to Chengdu, Airport Transfer (Chengdu), Airport Transfer (Hangzhou)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Sofitel Westlake Hangzhou 5-star hotel  |  Haihua Hotel Hangzhou 4-star hotel  |  Enjoyor Hotel 3-star hotel

    The Giant Buddha is a phenomenal masterpiece of manpower that turns the rocks into something people worship. Today you will take a boat trip down the river to get to this statue.

    After lunch, we will be driving to the airport in Chengdu and a flight will take you to the southern of China: Hangzhou.

    Check in upon arrival and sleep tight tonight!

    - Smart Tips:

  • The drive to Leshan Mountain takes about 1 hour depending on the traffic.
  • It takes about 2 hours in a good traffic to get to Chengdu from Leshan.
  • DAY
    10
    Hangzhou to Huangshan by ExpressBus.
    • Activities: The West Lake(including cruise and visit of the Island in the lake), Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu Tea Plantation and Tea Shop and Farmhouse Tea Shop, Express bus station transfer (Hangzhou), Express bus station transfer (Huangshan)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Huang Fan Er Restaurant
    • Hotels: Xiangming Hotel(in the city) 5-star hotel  |  Xinan Country Villa Hotel(in the city) 4-star hotel  |  Xinan Country Villa Hotel(in the city) 4-star hotel

    The biggest draw of Hangzhou must be the scenice West Lake. Today you will enjoy a pleasant boat tirp.

    Pay a visit at the famous Buddhist temple: Lingyin Temple and its Feilai Peak. Spend some time at a tea village before taking a coach to Huangshan.

    Your Huangshan tour guide will pick you up at the bus station and take you to hotel for check-in.

    - Smart Tips:

  • Your Hangzhou tour guide will help you get on the coach to Huangshan.
  • The coach takes 2 and 1/2 hours to get to Huangshan.
  • DAY
    11
    Huangshan
    • Activities: The Yellow Mountains, Yungu Cable Car (up) and West Sea Grand Canyon
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Xihai Hotel(in the mountains) 5-star hotel  |  Beihai Hotel Huangshan  4-star hotel  |  Beihai Hotel Huangshan  4-star hotel

    Today you will spend a whole day at Huangshan, aka Yellow Mountain. Have lunch in a restaurant on the top of the mountain.

    Legend has it that Huangdi, the famous Emperor from ancient times, used to live at Huangshan as a supernatural being. Doubtlessly, today you will unfold the legend by yourself.

    Yellow Mountain

    DAY
    12
    Huangshan to Shanghai by Shanghai Airlines FM9266 (Huangshan Tunxi Airport - Shanghai Hongqiao Airport T2) Dep 22:40 - Arr 23:35
    • Activities: Yungu Cable Car (up) and West Sea Grand Canyon, Hongcun Village, Tunxi Ancient Street, Hotel to airport Transfer (Huangshan), Airport Transfer (Shanghai)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Leigang villa
    • 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: Tunxi Old Street, Hongcun Village and transfer to the airport

    Firstly, you will take a free walk along the Tunxi Old Street, capturing some photos. Ever wonder what the life is like if living in Huangshan? Today you will pay a visit to Hongcun Village. Have lunch in a local restaurant.

    Later today, you will take a flight to Shanghai. Your Shanghai tour guide will escort you to hotel.

    Hongcun Village

    DAY
    13
    Shanghai
    • Activities: Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund, French concession region, 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

    Overlooking the Huangpu River and the Bund, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is absolutely Shanghai's pride and icon. Today you will be on the top of it, taking in a panoramic. Visit Shanghai History Museum, which is located inside the tower, with a great collection of wax work detailing the history of Shanghai. Take a walk along the Bund and go to have lunch at Home's Restaurant with its artisty atmosphere.

    After a stop at a local silk factory, visit Yuyuan Garden. Later,your Shanghai tour guide will take you on a romantic stroll at the Former French Concession and get to Tianzifang.

    - Smart Tips:

  • Enjoy the nightscape by the Bund at the jazz bar of the Peace Hotel.
  • After a walk at the Former French Concession, you can go to dinner at the famous dim sum restaurant Din Tai Fung Restaurant. Find its info on our tag or ask your Shanghai tour guide for direction.
  • Shanghai the Bund

    DAY
    14
    Shanghai Departure
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    You will be transferred 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 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 :Spring

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