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Best of China and Guilin Group Tour

11-Day, Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai, Group Tour (CTGP-2)

Best of China and Guilin Group Tour
Best of China and Guilin Group Tour
The Great Wall
The Great Wall on the rolling mountain ridge.
Dumpling-making Class
Take some time to learn how to make dumplings
Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army
Tian'anmen Square
Tian'anmen Square in Beijing.
The Bund
Ox in the Bund of Shanghai.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day
1
Beijing Arrival (International Flight not Inlcuded)
Activities: Airport pick-up and transfer
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Beijing 4-star hotel (or Same Class)
Meals: None
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Beijing is a usual choice for start city of China tours. When you land in Beijing, our Beijing tour guide will escort you from the airport to hotel for check-in.

Smart Tips:

  • Out of over 4,800 hotels in Beijing, Holiday Inn Express Beijing is selected for your China tour because of its good reviews on Trip Advisor, hopefully it will bring you a nice stay in Beijing.
  • This tour doesn't include international flights, however, please contact us if you need help booking the flights.
Day
2
Beijing
Activities: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong visit and a pearl store
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch
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Slept well last night? A fresh coffee gives you a bright start. Today, you will firstly walk on Tian'anmen Square, which leads our way into the Forbidden City. Here, you will tour the Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Mental Cultivation, Palace of Heavenly Purity and Royal Garden. Lunch will be served at a nice restaurant.

How many stories are written on the walls of the Hutong? This afternoon, take a rickshaw ride to find them out! We will also stop by a pearl store at the end of today's tour.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

Forbidden CityForbidden City
Beijing's HutongBeijing's Hutong
Hutong ToyHutong Toy

Smart Tips:

  • Find an easy bite at Black Sesame Kitchen, where you can see how your meal is prepared in an open kitchen. (* Note: Transfer and dinner will be on your own arrangement and expense.)
Day
3
Beijing
Activities: Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall and a cloisonne factory
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch
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Temple of Heaven used to be an important religious site for the royal family and today we will take a tour of it.

For the rest of today, you will take in amazing views at the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall. Visit a cloisonne factory before going back.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

The Great WallThe Great Wall
Temple of HeavenTemple of Heaven

Smart Tips:

  • Tired after the trip to the Great Wall? A traditional massage will wash away your fatigue. Check out our recommendation at "Solo Adventure" tag. And our Beijing tour guide sure has some great tips, too!
  • Eat like a king, or at least, eat like Chairman Mao. Mao's former private chef now runs the famous restaurant Mao's Family Restaurant, featuring spicy Hunan cuisine and other local flavor.
  • In a hot summer night, you can book a ticket to the Water Park of the Water Cube, perfect cool time for young travelers and families with kids.
Day
4
Beijing to Xi'an (Flight MU2116 1800 - 2000 for Reference)
Activities: Summer Palace, Bird's Nest, Water Cube and airport transfer
Hotel: Xi'an Garden Hotel 4-star hotel (or Same Class)
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch
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Feel the morning breeze at the royal garden: Summer Palace. Take an exterior walk outside Bird's Nest and Water Cube.Have simple local cuisine for lunch.

You will take an afternoon flight to Xi'an. Before that, just enjoy some free time shopping in town. Arrive in Xi'an after a couple of hours and check-in. The night is free for your leisure.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

Summer PalaceSummer Palace
Water CubeWater Cube
Day
5
Xi'an
Activities: Terracotta Army, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and an art center
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch
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Known all over the world, the Terracotta Army is a wonderful site to learn about the first emperor of China and his never-come-true ambition for immortality. Stop by an art center before lunch.

Be back to the city, and we will visit the important Buddhism temple at Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Terracotta ArmyTerracotta Army
Big Wild Goose PagodaBig Wild Goose Pagoda

Smart Tips:

  • One-way drive to the Terracotta Army site takes 1 hour by car.
  • Shaanxi cuisine's speaker is rich-flavored noodles, why don't you give it a try at First Noodle Under the Sun? Find info on our Solo Adventure tag.
Day
6
Xi'an to Guilin (Flight CA1225 1825 - 2005 for Reference)
Activities: Shaanxi History Museum, Ancient City Wall and dumpling class
Hotel: Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel 5-star hotel (or Same Class)
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch
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The Ancient City Wall is one of the oldest ancient defense systems in China and now it's the landmark of Xi'an. This morning you will take a walk on the wall, viewing Xi'an city. We will walk among the locals at the Muslim Quarter.

How about dumplings for lunch? Learn to make dumplings at a traditional dumpling restaurant and have lunch here.

An afternoon flight takes you to Guilin. Check in upon arrival.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

Ancient City WallAncient City Wall
DumplingsLearn to Make Dumplings
Muslim QuarterTry Some Local Food at Muslim Quarter

Smart Tips:

  • The 5-star hotel Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel wins for great location. Get around the hotel after check-in, you can go on a food hunt at Shangshui Food Street. Walking along Binjiang Road by the side of Li River is another relaxing option.
Day
7
Guilin
Activities: Reed Flute Cave, Fubo Hill, Elephant Trunk Hill and a calligraphy & painting shop
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch
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God blesses Guilin with amazing landscape, today you will marvel at the spectacle of Reed Flute Cave and relax up at the riverside park of Fubo Hill. Have lunch and go appreciate the art works of the young artists at a calligraphy & painting shop on a campus.

The big elephant is drinking straight from the Li River, that is Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin's postcard icon. Later, you will be free to explore Guilin.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

Reed Flute CaveReed Flute Cave
Fubo HillFubo Hill
Elephant Trunk HillElephant Trunk Hill

Smart Tips:

  • Although night markets tend to be always the same, Xiangshan Night Market in Guilin is still worthy a look-see. Find the address on our tag.
  • You can find a cute little pizza house by Binjiang Road called Pizza Papa. Freshly squeezed mango juice is an all-time favorite.
Day
8
Guilin to Yangshuo
Activities: Li River Cruise and cycling around Yangshuo countryside
Hotel: Elite Garden Hotel 4-star hotel (or Same Class)
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch
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After breakfast, you will get on a cruise boat to cruise down Li River all the way to Yangshuo. Have lunch on the boat and check in upon arrival in Yangshuo.

Take a break and later you will go cycling around the countryside of Yangshuo. Our local tour guide will lead the journey and you will have a chance to visit a local family on the way. Get back to Yangshuo town and be at leisure. Why not kick back in a bar of West Street?

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

Fisherman at Li RiverLi River
Cycling in YangshuoCycling in Yangshuo
Yangshuo CountrysideYangshuo Countryside

Smart Tips:

  • We will set off to the pier at 8am, which takes 45minutes by car. Li River Cruise takes about 4 hours to get to Yangshuo. Lunch on the boat is quiet simple. We suggest you bring some snack or fruits.
  • Yangshuo Beer Fish is made of just-caught carp and beer, enjoy this amazingly-scented dish! Many restaurnts claim they're the most authentic, why not try out Meijie Beer Fish? Info is on our tag.
  • Book a nightshow, Impression Sanjie Liu with our local tour guide and make the night wonderful to remember.
Day
9
Guilin to Shanghai (Flight MU5382 1430 - 1635 for Reference)
Activities: Free time in Yangshuo, transfer to the airport
Hotel: New World Mayfair Hotel Shanghai 5-star hotel (or Same Class)
Meals: Breakfast
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Have a free morning in Yangshuo. At noon, we will drive to the airport for the onward flight to Shanghai.

Our Shanghai tour guide will pick you up and escort you to hotel. Free time afterwards.

Smart Tips:

  • Get around People's Square, don't miss Hershey's Chocolate World if you are a sweettooth, go shopping at NOVO and find yourself something trendy.
Day
10
Shanghai
Activities: The Bund,Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, French Concession, Xintiandi and a silk store
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch
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The Bund is our first stop for today. The riverfront pavement has witnessed Shanghai's changes over the years. Other highlights for today's Shanghai tour include: Oreintal Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, French Concession and Xintiandi.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

Oriental Pearl TV TowerOriental Pearl TV Tower
The BundThe Bund
Yuyuan GardenYuyuan Garden

Smart Tips:

  • Try out Shanghainess cuisine and Cantonese Dim Sum at Ding Tai Fung Restaurant.
  • Interesting acrobatic show EAR Time Acrobatic Show gives you a wow night. Our Shanghai tour guide will help you book the tickets.
  • How about a night cruise along Huangpu River? It must be a romantic choice if you are traveling with your significant one.
Day
11
Shangahi Departure (International Flight not Included)
Activities: Free time in Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast
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Good time flies fast. Today, you will go to the airport for departure flight. Please note: Hotel to airport transfer will be on your own arrangement. If you need the transfer service, the price is approximately 40 USD per person based on a group of 2-3 persons.

Smart Tips:

  • Take a side-trip to Zhujiajiao Ancient Town if time allows.
  • Wander about Shanghai before departure. Go check out Dongtai Road Antique Market or go to service at Shanghai Community Church if you have a free Sunday.
  • You can exntend your trip from Shanghai to Hangzhou, Suzhou, Guilin, Chengdu, Lhasa and other cities in China. Please let us know what we can do for you.

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Solo Adventure

Mao's Family Restaurant

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Eat like a king, or..at least like Chairman Mao!

The former lead chef, Dong Linfa of Chairman Mao at Zhongnanhai (China's government headquarters) is now leading the whole crew to creat out a menu that both brings out the essence of Mao's hometown cuisine and fits everybody's flavor. Must try: Roast duck with pineapple, Mao's red-braised pork, deep fried shrimp in sweet and sour sauce and wonton soup with crab roe.

Address:No.16-1, Lianhuachi Dong Road, Xicheng District, Beijing

Price: 20 - 30 USD / Person

Tips: 1. Ask your Beijing tour guide for direction 2.Most of the food is spicy.

 

Massage / Spa in Beijing

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After a day of touring, you must feel tired. A traditional Chinese massage will rejuvenate you in a breezy Beijing night. Here's the list of our recommendations.

Massage center & address:

1.I Spa: offering oil massage, Thai massage, Chinese massage, foot massage and spa. (6F, Kaiyuan Mingdu Hotel, Caishikou Street, Xicheng District, Beijing. Tel: +86-010-63527157)

2.Oriental Taipan: high-class setting with high-standard service, offering traditional Chinese massage and western-style aromatherapy. (NO.1 Xindong Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Tel: +86-010-85322177)

 

 

Shangshui Local Snack Street

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Durain cake from Thailand, Xiaolongbao (steamed bread) from Shanghai, spicy and sour noodle from Chongqing, milk tea from Taiwan...can you believe you are in Guilin now? Shangshui Local Snack Street right down Zhengyang Pedestrian is where you can find almost all the famous snacks around the country and even aboard.

Price: CNY 10 - 50 / Person

Address: South corner down Zhengyang Pedestrian, Guilin

 

Pizza Papa

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Decorated in green and brown, the cute little pizza house Pizza Papa is acuatlly popular among the locals and foreign travelers. Tropica flavor Hawaii Pizza with pineapple, Seafood Pizza with shrimp,Smashed Potato with Cheese and one fresh mago juice can make up a good meal for only 10 USD / Person.

Price: USD 10 - 20 / Person

Address: No.17 Binjiang Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Tel: +86 0773-2858757 (Phone order and delievery available)

 

Xiangshan Night Market

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Xiangshan Night Market is a 600-meter long street lined up with over 380 stalls in Guilin. A good place to kill off a free night.

Address: Wumei Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Transportation: Bus. No.16, 99, 100

Tips:1. Keep an eye on your stuff while strolling. 2.The prices are variable, shop around by all means.

 

Meijie Beer Fish Restaurant

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Meijie Beer Fish Restaurant wins a lot of hearts by its location and more importantly, authentic taste. The fish is done with fresh beer and deep-cooked tomatoes, enlightened with a garnish of parsley and pepper. Get a table facing the street, you can see how locals bargain and choose their own fish before it's cooked.

Price: USD 25 - 30 / Person

Address: E-101 Sunshine 100 Guihua Road, Yangshuo County, Guilin

Tips: Some of the dishes might be spicy so please claim your preference ahead of time.

 

ERA Legend of Time Acrobatic Show

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ERA Legend of Time Acrobatic Show in Shanghai has created a wonderful night for many travelers from all over the world. The show is a perfect mixture of China's traditional acrobatic art and modern state-of-art stage technique.

Price: CNY 120 - 580 / Person depending on the seat

Address: No.2266, Gonghe Xin Road, Zhabei District, Shanghai

Transportation: 1. Subway Route 1 to Shanghai Circus World at Exit 3; 2. Bus:95、46、253、912、916、114、893、210.

Tel: +86 021-66525468

Tips:1. Subway is the fastest way to get there; 2.You can ask your Shanghai tour guide for booking with great discount

 

Shopping at Novo

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Novo, meaning Novo Concept, has its philosophy of blending fashion, design and technology together.The store has literally everything and boasts for its full collection of Nike shoes and low prices. Find this trendy store at Raffles City on People Square and Zhengda Plaza, Shanghai.

Address: No.290, Raffles City, Xizang Zhong Road, Shanghai

 

Ding Tai Fung Restaurant

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As one of the most popular restaurants recommended by Trip Advisor, Ding Tai Fung Restaurant doesn't have to sell itself. Xiaolongbao (steamed bread), Xiajiao (shrimp dumplings), noodle soup and other dim sum provide you a nice dining experience after a walk at the Former French Concession or Yuyuan Garden.

Price: CNY 80 - 200 / Person

Address: 1. Xintiandi Branch: 2F, House 6, South Block Xintiandi, Lane 123, Xinye Rd, Shanghai; 2.Yuyuan Garden Branch: 2001, F2, Yulong Fang, No.168, Fangbang Zhong Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

 

 

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  • Shared English-speaking guide and driver.
  • Hotels listed in the itinerary.
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  • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
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