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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Touch China's essential cultures and long history in Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai, immerse in Guilin's picturesque landscape. Traveling can be a good way to study.

Highlights

  • Classic China tour with classic destinations
  • Guilin's intoxicating natural charm
  • Learn Kungfu in a Kungfu school in Yangshuo
  • Exciting slide-way ride at the Great Wall and bamboo rafting in Li River

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! The old yet lively country waits for your passionate exploration!

Upon arrival, your Beijing tour guide will escort you to hotel for check-in. Take some time to rest and adjust yourself from jet lag.

 

- Smart Tips:

  • Better know about the directions before you head out in Beijing, your Beijing tour guide will give a hand.
  • DAY
    2
    Beijing
    • Activities: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Guozijian(Imperial College), Hutong Tour in Dongcheng District
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    Numerous motion pictures have been filmed of the bustling scenery on Tian'anmen Square, but today you will be a part of the set. Later, get into the world-famous Forbidden City. Here you will approach China's history in the Palace of Heavenly Purity, Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Mental Cultivation and Royal Garden.

    Have lunch before heading to Guozijian, aka Imperial College, learning how the school was like back in the Qing Dynasty. Later, traditional rickshaws will take you and your friends into Hutong, where the real life is vividly colorful. Visit a local family for chitchat and tea.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Kung Fu Show at Red Theatre creates a cinematic visual experience for you.
  • During summer, the water park in Water Cube gives your family a cool-off. Great discount booking with us.
  • Artful and chic, you will enjoy a night walk at the 798 Art District. Otherwise, hanging out with your gang at Houhai Bar Street would be nice, too.
  • Hutong Tour

    DAY
    3
    Beijing
    • Activities: Temple of Heaven, The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Shahe Cloisonne Factory
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    Temple of Heaven has an important stand in both China's history and culture. This morning, your Beijing tour guide will lead your way at this site before the drive to the Great Wall.

    There are several sections of the Great Wall and we select the most enjoyable one for your visit: Mutianyu Section. You will take an uphill cable car ride and an exciting slide-way ride downhill.

    Near the Great Wall, you will visit an interesting cloisonné factory to learn about the process.

    Drive back to downtown Beijing and relax.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Rub away fatigue, you can enjoy a traditional massage or spa for tonight. Your Beijing tour guide will be happy to give great tips.
  • If you want a taste of the famous Peking Duck, you shouldn't miss Peking Duck Private Kitchen.
  • 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: Free time, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: No

    You will have a free day in Beijing. What do you feel like doing?

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • We can arrange cooking class / cycling trip in Beijing, please let us know what we can do for you.
  • Love the giant pandas? Why don't you meet them up at Beijing Zoo ?
  • A great restaurant for groups, Haidilao Hot Pot Restaurant spices up your China holiday! Your Beijing tour guide will help you make a reservation for group dining.
  • Even though it might be a little bit old-school, but a boat trip or free stroll in the royal summer retreat -- the Summer Palace would be pleasant. For history buffs, the elegant ruins at the Old Summer Palace, aka Yuanmingyuan, can be quite mind-provoking.
  • A fan of quirky stuff? You can go shopping at Panjiayuan Market, a favorite spot for shopping and walking for many Trip Advisor reviewers.
  • Pack some snack for tonight's train ride. Since there's now shower on the train, it is nice to pack up some wet tissues for cleaning. Keep an eye on your stuff while you are on the train.
  • Hot Pot

    DAY
    5
    Xian
    • Activities: Train station Transfer (Xian), Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarters
    • 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 at around 9am. Check in hotel and have simple breakfast.

    Xi'an is affluent in cultures, an important part of which is the Muslim culture. Your Xi'an tour guide will lead your way at the Muslim Quarter, where you can see the Muslim work, dine, laugh, talk and live their vibrant live.

    Xi'an is also the origin of Buddhism in China. Big Wild Goose Pagoda in the Ci'en Temple. Climb up the pagoda and get a bird's view of Xi'an city. Today's tour ends here.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • You can go for a sunset walk along the Ancient City Wall.
  • Frankly, Xi'an is not made for night animals and lacks charm if you are into nightlife. However, you can always take a detour back to the Muslim Quarter for a yummy hunt. You can also find a night market nearby.
  • Go for a free walk on the Fountain Square behind the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, where movies will be projected on the music fountain and you can get a nice look of the pagoda.
  • Local snacks in Muslim Square

    DAY
    6
    Xian
    • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Free time, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts center
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    This morning, your Xi'an tour guide will escort your group to the wonderful site of the Terracotta Army. Spend a couple of hours to get your mind blew.

    Have lunch and visit the Imperial Art Center to admire the delicate art works.

    Get back to downtown Xi'an and go for your solo adventure.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • If you are amazed by Chinese calligraphy, you shouldn't miss out the Forest of Stone Steles Museum.
  • Want to try Karaok? Ask your Xi'an tour guide for tips!
  • Get stuffed at the famous noodle house, First Noodle Under the Sun, recommended by Trip Advisor.
  • Terracotta Army

    DAY
    7
    Xian to Guilin by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Guilin), Bamboo Raft from Yangdi to Xingping
    • 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 fly to Guilin, a scenic destination for your China holiday.

    Upon arrival, your Guilin tour guide will escort you all the way to Yangshuo. In Yangshuo, you will get on a traditional bamboo raft in the Li River. Play with the crystal-clear water and enjoy the views.

    Get back to Yangshuo main town and have lunch. Free time afterwards.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • You won't get bored or starved when you are walking along the West Street.
  • The night show, Impression Sanjie Liu won quiet a great reputation among travelers, why not try it out? Your Guilin tour guide will help you book the tickets with great discount.
  • Take Boat along Li Rvier

    DAY
    8
    Yangshuo
    • Activities: Kung Fu Experience in Yangshuo
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Green Lotus Hotel  5-star hotel  |  Elite Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Yangshuo Aiyuan Hotel 3-star hotel

    An exciting day for Kungfu frenzies! Today you will learn Chinese Kungfu in a Kungfu school in Yangshuo. The experienced master will tutor you with basic moves. Enjoy the kicking!

    Have lunch before a free afternoon on your own.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Beer Fish is a famous dish of Yangshuo. Find yourself a restaurant to try it out.
  • We can offer guided cycling trip in the nearby countryside, riding along the rice paddies and the humble villages before visiting a local family. Or you can rent one from the many rental shops near the West Street. You'd better take a map or keep the route in mind before heading out.
  • Taichi Learning

    DAY
    9
    Guilin
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Yangshuo to Guilin, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Free time
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Grand Link Hotel Guilin 4-star hotel  |  Guilin Osmanthus Hotel 3-star hotel

    In the morning, your Guilin tour guide will take you back to Guilin. Check in upon arrival.

    Today 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.

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

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Under Jiefang Bridge in downtown Guilin, you can make a relaxing sunset walk along the Li River.
  • Formerly known as Zhongshan Night Market, now is relocated in Xicheng pedestrian street, where you can find all kinds of stuff ranging from pearl necklace to sugar cane juice.
  • DAY
    10
    Guilin to Shanghai by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Guilin), Airport Transfer (Shanghai), Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum), The Bund, French concession region, Tianzi Fang, Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop
    • 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

    Take an early flight to Shanghai. Check in upon arrival.

    The Bund is our first stop. Later visit the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Inside the tower, Shanghai History Museum offers an informative visit with its wax work display.

    After lunch, your Shanghai tour guide will introduce the historical standing of the Former French Concession while walking the shady pavement. Get to the colorful world at Tianzifang. Visit a silk store to learn the process of silk.

    Oriental Pearl TV Tower

    DAY
    11
    Shanghai
    • Activities: Free time
    • 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

    There can be a lot of things to do in Shanghai for your solo adventure. Check out the list we offer.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Go for a treasure hunt in the Yuyuan Garden and its bazaar.
  • Visit the Chocolate Happy Land for a sweet day.
  • We can arrange a one-day trip to Suzhou or Hangzhou by high speed train, please let us know if you are interested.
  • Around the People Square, you can find malls, restaurants, museums, art centers and parks, enough to kill the day.
  • Trip Advisor recommends a vintage side-car drive for real adventurers. Great discount possible if booking with China Travel.
  • Shanghai

    DAY
    12
    Shanghai Departure
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    Today is the last day of your China student tour. Your Shanghai tour guide will escort you to the airport for departure flight. Thanks for traveling with us. Hope to see you guys again soon!

    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!

    Vernessa Zheng - Travel Advisor

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    Tour Type : Private Tour

    Best Season :Spring Summer Autumn Winter

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