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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Rivers in Jiuzhai Valley and Guilin, clouds at Yellow Mountain, slowly-going life in Hongcun and Tachuan,this 18-day package is tinted with autumn colors in 10 destinations of China.

Highlights

  • Key sites in 10 destinations with easy arrangement and guide
  • Beautiful autumn scenery in Jiuzhai Valley and Tachuan
  • Harvest season in Longji Rice Terrace Fields
  • West Lake and Yellow Mountain for a dream-like experience
  • Hotels and restaurants with great feedback

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  |  King Parkview Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

No matter how late your international flight arrives in Beijing, your Beijing tour guide will be waiting for you at the airport. On the way to your hotel, he / she will give you a brief introduction about the tour to come.

Sleep tight for the first night in China.

 

- Smart Tips:

  • We do have some edge booking international flights so please check with our travel advisors.
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  • DAY
    2
    Beijing
    • Activities: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District, Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, 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  |  King Parkview Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    Tian'anmen Square is an extensive open area in Beijing, adjacent to the Forbidden City. Inside the Forbidden City, you will visit the four cores: the Palace of Heavenly Purity, Hall of Mental Cultivation, Hall of Supreme Harmony and Royal Garden. Have lunch at a local restaurant.

    The most interesting fact about the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling is that China's last emperor Pu Yi once lived in a courtyard house in a Hutong but not the majestic Forbidden City. Afterwards, you will take a rickshaw Hutong ride and visit a local family.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • 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!
  • To eat like Chairman Mao, try out Mao's Family Restaurant, whose head chef used to be Mao's private cook.
  • Tiananmen Square

    DAY
    3
    Beijing
    • Activities: Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Cable Car(One way), 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  |  King Parkview Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    As your Beijing tour guide walks your way to the site, you can see many local folks take the holy site Temple of Heaven as an open-air playground for Taichi, Yangko and sword dancing.

    Next stop for today is the Great Wall at Mutianyu Section. A one-way cable car ride will take you uphill. You will soak up in the fall's colors while walking downhill. Later, stop by to see how the cloisonne ware comes out at a cloisonne factory before heading back.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Don't leave Beijing without a bite of the famous Peking Duck. You can ask your tour guide for tips and one of our best bets is Hua's Restaurant. Find more on our "Solo Adventure!" tag.
  • Temple of Heaven

    DAY
    4
    Beijing to Overnight Train by Train No. Z19 (Beijing Xi West Railway Station - Xian Railway Station) Dep 20:43 - Arr 07:58
    • Activities: Exterior visit of Beijing Olympic Stadiums(Bird's Nest and Water Cube), Summer Palace, 798 Art District, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Bai Shi Da Restaurant
    • Hotels: No

    See Beijing in her different aspects: Summer Palace for its royal grace, 798 Art Zone for a post-morden touch and finally the Bird's Nest and Water Cube for the country's new pride.

    Have the rest of today free for your solo adventure. Later tonight you will take an overnight train to Xi'an.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Eat like Chairman Mao? Yes, it's possible at Mao Family's Restaurant, lead by Mao's former chef. Info is on our tag.
  • In for a rock'n'roll night? Mao Live House is high on the pitch.
  • DAY
    5
    Xian
    • Activities: Train station Transfer (Xian), Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarters, Great Mosque, Drum tower
    • 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

    Arrive in Xi'an in the morning, check in upon arrival. After breakfast, you will visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda and get a splendid view of the city.

    After lunch, you will walk freely at the Muslim Quarter and visit the Great Mosque. At last, get on Drum Tower.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • For a night view of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, you can get to the Fountain Square. Ask your tour guide for more information.
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    DAY
    6
    Xian to Jiuzhaigou by China Eastern Airline MU2231 Dep 18:20 - Arr 19:25
    • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts center, Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Jiuzhaigou)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant(Qinling Branch)
    • Hotels: Sheraton Jiuzhaigou Resort 5-star hotel  |  Jiuzhai Resort Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Jiuzhai Resort Hotel 4-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 Ancient City Wall, one of the oldest milatry defense systems in China.

    Fly to Jiuzhai Valley. Check in upon arrival.

     

    DAY
    7
    Jiuzhaigou
    • Activities: Shuzheng Valley, Sight-seeing Public Vehicle in Jiuzhaigou Valley, Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area, Rize Valley, Zechawa Valley
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Sheraton Jiuzhaigou Resort 5-star hotel  |  Jiuzhai Resort Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Jiuzhai Resort Hotel 4-star hotel

    Jiuzhai Valley, or Jiuzhai Gou, literally meaning Nine Villages in a Valley, is world-known for its paradise-like landscape and exotic Tibetan lifestyle. Today you will visit the major parts of the valley including Shuzheng Valley, Rize Valley and Zachawa Valley.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • A friendly note: We don't recommend you dine at the restaurants in Jiuzhai Valley. There are some local restaurants or hotels where you can arrange your own meals. Our tour guide will offer some help.
  • Jiuzhai

    DAY
    8
    Jiuzhaigou to Chengdu by Sichuan Airlines 3U8606 Dep 15:40 - Arr 16:35
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Jiuzhaigou), Airport Transfer (Chengdu), Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area, Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Regal Master Hotel 5-star hotel  |  Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu 4-star hotel  |  Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel  3-star hotel

    Today you will visit the picturesque Huanglong Scenic Area. Let the colors collide!

    Later today, you will fly to Chengdu. Check in upon arrival.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • A friendly note: We don't recommend you dine at the restaurants in Huanglong Scenic Area and Jiuzhai Valley. Please bring some food with you during the trip. Dining by the beautiful lakeside of Jiuzhai Valley must be a special experience for your China holiday.
  • DAY
    9
    Chengdu to Guilin by Air China CA4323 Dep 20:15 - Arr 21:55
    • Activities: Half Day Panda Breed Reserve Tour, , Chengdu Kuan-zhai Lane, Wu Hou Temple, Hotel to airport Transfer (Chengdu), Airport Transfer (Guilin)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Long Chao Shou Snack
    • Hotels: Sheraton Guilin 5-star hotel  |  Grand Link Hotel Guilin 4-star hotel  |  Guilin Osmanthus 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.

    Tonight, a flight will take you to Guilin. Check in upon arrival.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • If you want to interact with the pandas, please request in advance. Extra cost might apply.
  • DAY
    10
    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, take an enjoyable cycling trip around the countryside in Yangshuo and visit a local family.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • The food on the cruise boat is just so so and taking some snack or drinks with you might get you better experience whilts crusing down in the beautiful scenery.
  • At night, you can book a night show Impression Sanjie Liu with your Guilin tour guide. A love story is retold at the natural setting of Yangshuo's mountains and waters.
  • Cycling Around Yangshuo County

    DAY
    11
    Guilin to Shanghai by Shanghai Airlines FM9332 (Guilin Liangjiang Airport - Shanghai pudong Airport T1) Dep 19:00 - Arr 21:05
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Yangshuo to Longsheng, Longji Ancient Zhuang Village, Airport Transfer (Guilin), Airport Transfer (Shanghai)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    After breakfast, we will be on the way to Longsheng.

    In Longsheng, you will walk on the mountain ridge to a less-traveled Zhuang village and its flowing rice terrace fields. Kids would wave Hello to you while walking in the humble village and you can see farmers busy with harvest. Have lunch with the amazing views outside the restaurant windows.

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

    - Smart Tips:

  • The drive to Longsheng from Yangshuo takes about 4 hours, 2 hours for it from Longsheng to Guilin airport
  • Zhuang Villiage

    DAY
    12
    Shanghai
    • Activities: Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum), The Bund, French concession region, Shikumen, Yuyuan Garden, 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

    After breakfast, you will walk on Shanghai's landmark: The Bund and get on the top of Oriental Pearl TV Tower. An interesting museum of wax work demonstrating Shanghai's history, Shanghai History Museum located inside the tower will be our next stop. Have lunch at a gracefully-decorated restaurant.

    In the afternoon, you will visit the Yuyuan Garden and the romantic Former French Concession. Later, visit an intriguing Shikumen are, where old buildings and narrow lanes keep the history and lifestyles alive.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Good place for dinner: Ding Tai Fung Restaurant for authentic Cantonese and Shanghainess dim sums.
  • DAY
    13
    Shanghai to Hangzhou by Train No. G7305 (Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station - Hangzhou Railway Station) Dep 09:00 - Arr 09:51
    • Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Shanghai), Train station Transfer (Hangzhou), The West Lake(including cruise and visit of the Island in the lake), Lingyin Temple, Hu Qingyu Hall Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine Museum, Qinghefang Pedestrian Street, Meijiawu Tea Plantation and Tea Shop
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Fine Day
    • Hotels: Sofitel Westlake Hangzhou 5-star hotel  |  Zhejiang Grand Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Lily Hotel Hangzhou 3-star hotel

    After breakfast, a high speed train takes you to Hangzhou. Check in upon arrival.

    Nothing feels better than the autumn breeze over West Lake. After a boat trip and a short visit in the nearby tea village, you will visit the famous Buddhism temple Lingyin Temple and its Feilai Peak.

    Have lunch before a free saunter at Qinghefang Pedestrian Street and visit Hu Qingyu Hall Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine Museum.

    - Smart Tips:

  • Even though night market is quite a common thing in many cities in China, it's still worthy a trip. Go and check out Wushan Night Market if you are in the mood.
  • DAY
    14
    Hangzhou to Huangshan by ExpressBus.
    • Activities: Free time, Hotel to bus station Transfer (Hangzhou), Express bus station transfer (Huangshan)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • 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

    Today you will have a free day in Hangzhou.

    Later today, a long distance coach will take you to Huangshan. Check in upon arrival.

    - Smart Tips:

  • The ride from Hangzhou to Huangshan takes about 3 hours.
  • For a Sunday special, join the people at worship in Hangzhou Si-cheng Church. Find its info on our tag.
  • DAY
    15
    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
    16
    Huangshan
    • Activities: Hongcun Village, Yungu Cable Car (up) and West Sea Grand Canyon, Tunxi Ancient Street
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Leigang villa
    • Hotels: Huazhong Guest House 3-star hotel  |  Huazhong Guest House 3-star hotel  |  Huazhong Guest House 3-star hotel

    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.

    Tonight, you will stay in a lovely inn near Hongcun Village.

    Hong Village

    DAY
    17
    Huangshan to Shanghai by Shanghai Airlines FM9266 (Huangshan Tunxi Airport - Shanghai Hongqiao Airport T2) Dep 22:40 - Arr 23:35
    • Activities: Tachuan Village, Xidi Village, Xidi Village, Shexian Tangyue Memorial Arches, Hotel to airport Transfer (Huangshan), Airport Transfer (Shanghai)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Jushan Tang
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    Fall in Tachuan Village is like a dream. This morning, you will soak in the beautiful fall colors in Tachuan Village. Later, visit Xidi Village and Bao Family Garden on the way back to hotel.

    Later at night, you will fly to Shanghai. Check in upon arrival and sleep tight!

    Tachuan Village

    DAY
    18
    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.
    Vanessa Zheng

    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 Autumn Winter

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