China Adventure Journey

13-Day Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai

To appreciate the charm of the historical city of Beijing and enjoy the international metropolis Shanghai with exotic style and modernism.

Soak up the simple rural beauty of Yangshuo, the history of Xian, and the panda's hometown of Chengdu.

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Tour Itinerary

DAY 1 Beijing Arrival
  • Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, 5-star) / Sunworld Hotel Beijing (in the center of Beijing, 4-star) / Dongfang Hotel Beijing (3-star)
  • None

Your international flight will land in Beijing. Our Beijing tour guide will welcome you at the arrival hall, and then your driver will transfer you directly to your hotel with a private car.

Your guide will help you check-in at the hotel. Have a good rest to recover from jet lag and welcome to China!

Free time ideas

  • There are several small restaurants near your hotel. Noodles and mutton are very popular local food there. Please also feel free to ask for your tour guide’s recommendation for dinner.
airport pickup
Airport Pick-up
DAY 2 Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
  • Breakfast and lunch

The tour will start with visiting Tian'anmen Square for about 40 minutes which is the largest square in the world.

After that, we will go to the Forbidden City which was home to 24 emperors from 1368 to 1911 and is the largest and best preserved ancient imperial palace in the world.

We will head to the Temple of Heaven after our lunch in a local restaurant. Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties held ceremonies for praying good harvest there.

Evening Ideas

  • After dinner, you could walk around in the Houhai Lake area. A mix of serenity and vibrancy from the pubs at night. It is near to the siheyuan and hutong. Good to explore by walking, cycling, or rickshaw.
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City
DAY 3 Hike from The Gubeikou-Jinshanling Great Wall
  • Breakfast

Today is an exciting day. We will hike from The Gubeikou section Great wall to Jinshanling Great Wall.

These two sections of the Great Wall are fewer travelers and let us enjoy the natural sceneries along the road.

The whole journey is about 15km and takes about five hours. We will pass several watch towers and beacon towers, which only have foundation stones by weathering.

Tips: Lunch does not include today, bring something portable to eat for energy supplement during the hiking trip.

Good to know

  • Beijing Roat Duck is a must-try on the travel list. you could see the staff how they make art out of duck slices and showed how you should eat your duck.
Jinshanling Great Wall
DAY 4 Beijing to Xian by Train
  • Sofitel on Renmin Square (5-star) / Grand Noble Hotel (4-star) / Titan Times Hotel Xian (3-star).
  • Breakfast

Today is a free day for you until taking a train to Xi'an which will takes four and a half hours from Beijing to Xi'an.

Good to Know

  • If you need a break from the business, crowds, and - yes, thick air - Hutong is a great spot for some downtime. These narrow alleys offer an authentic glimpse of old Beijing.
beijing to xian
Beijing to Xi'an by Train
DAY 5 Shaanxi History Museum, The Terracotta Warriors and Horses
  • Breakfast and lunch

Start our Xi'an historic trip to visit Shaanxi History Museum. More than thirty thousand items on display in the museum record the vivid and long history of Shaanxi Province from prehistoric times to about Tang Dynasty.

Have lunch in a local restaurant to taste dumplings.

In the afternoon we will visit the wonder of ancient China: Terracotta Warriors and Horses.

Good to know

To customers who prefer not to ride a bike, we recommend walking round the wall or taking a scooter club drive round (for an extra fee).

Free-Time Ideas

  • Muslim Quarter is a place to visit for local delicacies and halal food. Walking down the street is an adventure. With crowds of people and the odd car and motorbike with trays of goods on board tooting and pushing through the crowds. You could go here at night by yourself.
Terracotta Warriors and Horses
Terracotta Warriors Museum
DAY 6 Xian to Chengdu by Train
  • Sofitel Chengdu Taihe (5-star) / Tibet Hotel Chengdu (4-star) / Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Wuhou (3-star)
  • Breakfast

Today is a free day for your own explore the charm of historical Xi'an. Take a train from Xian to Chengdu.

Free-day Ideas

  • You are suggested to meet Xi'an's morning at the Ancient City Wall. Walking or cycling around the walls gives a very good idea of the power and importance of the city which was once the capital of the Tang dynasty.
  • Local food taste. rou jia mo which is succulent grilled bread stuffed with minced pork.
DAY 7 Panda Breeding and Research Center,  Local Tea House in People's Park, Jinli Old Street (includes snack tasting experience)
  • Breakfast and lunch

The morning will be spent with your cute friends: pandas at the Panda Breeding and Research Center. Have lunch in a traditional Sichuan restaurant.

In the afternoon, you could enjoy a relaxing walk on Jinli Pedestrian Street, taste local snacks, lay back and have a cup of tea in a traditional teahouse in the People's Park.

Panda Breeding and Research Center
Panda Breeding and Research Center
DAY 8 Chengdu to Guilin by Flight
  • Breakfast

In the morning, we will fly from Chengdu to Guilin. Have a rest in the hotel and start your own mountain scenery journey with your discovery.

Free time ideas

  • Walking along the Banyan Lake and Cedar Lake see local retired people practice Tai chi and folk dancing or you may see a couple taking their wedding pictures.
  • Taste a Local snack called "Oil Tea" which you can see on lots of streets in the residential area.
DAY 9 Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo (by 4-star boat)
  • Breakfast and Lunch

Unfolding Li River by a Li River Cruise down to Yangshuo County. It will take about four and a half hours. Have simple Chinese lunch on board whilst the landscape changes along the way.

You will get to Yangshuo in the afternoon. After check-in, it's your time to explore this charming county.

Free time ideas

  • This afternoon, there is the option to explore independently or to take part in some river rafting on the Yulong River.
  • Got the whole night for Yangshuo, gotta check out West Street! Bars, cafes and clubs, you won't be bored!
Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo
Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo
DAY 10 Yangshuo Countryside Cycling, Yangshuo Chinese Cookery Class
  • Breakfast and Lunch

This morning, Cycling in Yangshuo is rated #5 on Things to Do's in Lonely Planet while CNNGo reader and photographer Darren LeBeuf is set in its Zen atmosphere.

we will enjoy Chinese Cookery Class in the afternoon. This class begins at the local market where ingredients for the dishes are chosen by students. Back at a covered, rooftop patio classroom, you have an opportunity to learn three dishes and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Evening Ideas

  • Night Show – Impression Sanjie Liu (1 hour 10 minutes): Directed by the famous Chinese director, Zhang Yimou, who was in charge of the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympic games and a lot of world-class movies, the show has a great set up and backdrop — 3 massive peaks which light up when the show is on.
Yangshuo Countryside Cycling
Yangshuo Countryside Tour
DAY 11 Guilin to Shanghai by Flight
  • Breakfast

Today you will fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai from Guilin.

DAY 12 Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum)
  • Breakfast and Lunch

Oriental Pearl TV Tower is our first stop. Inside the tower, Shanghai History Museum offers an informative visit with its waxwork display. Have lunch in a famous restaurant.

Then will visit Yuyuan Garden, a classical private garden in the style of Southern China. It is located right in the hustle and bustle of the Temple of City God. Take a walk along the Bund.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower
The Bund, Shanghai
DAY 13 Shanghai Departure
  • Breakfast

You will be transferred from your Shanghai hotel to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport in time for your flight home.

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