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SG18: 13 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu - Guilin - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 2-18 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 12 nights, nice 5-star & 4-star hotels
Meals: 12 western buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 dumpling dinner
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Giant Pandas
  • Have a once in a life chance to get close to the incredibly cute treasure - Pandas
  • Cruise on the meandering Li River & admire the essence of Guilin landscape
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Arrive at any time, Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Once you reclaim your luggage and clear the customs, you will find our local guide welcoming you at the arrival hall of the airport and then be transferred by driver to check in at the hotel for three nights' stay. You can fill in the rest of the day having a good rest or walking around on your own.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
A tour briefing, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch with Peking Duck, Temple of Heaven, Chinese Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Tiananmen Square
Photo offered by our client Mr. Barry Nichols
This morning will be spent in the heart of Beijing. We will start our 13 days China tour in Beijing at Tiananmen Square. From there you could walk through the Golden Water Bridge directly to the Forbidden City. With the marvelous structural layout, exquisite decorations and valuable treasures, the imperial palace attracts travelers all over the world. 

Around noon, we will arrange a rich a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) for you at a decent local restaurant and we specially recommend the roasted Peking duck. 

Then continue to the Temple of Heaven, the royal temple for sacrifice in ancient time, nowadays, it is not only a tourist spot, but also a beautiful and large park for local people spending their leisure time, especially for those who have been retried to find amusement here. In the evening, a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre is scheduled for you.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch  
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Great Wall is one of the greatest architecture projects in human history. This morning, we will drive you to the Mutianyu section, where you will spend a couple of hours to enjoy the amazing scenery from the wall. The roundtrip cable car is included during your Great Wall tour. 

As it is in the mountain area, the meals offered by restaurants nearby are not good. In this case, we suggest you have a hearty breakfast at the hotel this morning and then have some fast food for lunch at noon by yourself. 

When we drive you back to the city, we will stop at the Olympic National Stadium for you to take pictures of the big Bird's Nest at a close distance. At the end of the day trip, we will leave you some free time at a featured local market.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, A la carte lunch, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer.  (B+L)
After finishing the check-out process, you will be escorted to visit the Summer Palace, which used to be the summer resort for royal families and emperors to deal with the various issues and have fun here during the hottest days of the year. Then we will take you to the old Hutong area, where narrow alleys are lined with ancient style residential houses, to get a taste of the traditional features of the city and experience the Chinese paper cutting.
Followed is an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a good local restaurant. 

Then you will take an afternoon flight to Xi'an, the second destination of your 13 days China tour package. Our local guide will await you on time at the airport and then accompany you to check in the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch  
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Xi'an City Wall
Bike riding on the City Wall
It is a full and interesting day. We will take you out of downtown to see the Terracotta Army, which is a huge project of three bury pits built by Emperor Qinshihuang, the first emperor who united the nation in ancient times. The life-sized terracotta army well represents his ambition even to be realized in the nether world. 

Then we move to a local family. The elaborately prepared a la carte dishes (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) coupled with the hosts' cordial hospitality will surely make your lunch unforgettable. Especially, learning Chinese dishes cooking recipes with the host would be a unique experience for your escorted China tour. 

After the family visit, you will proceed to the Xi'an Museum and then visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, an ancient Buddhist stupa with unique structure and elegant appearance. Tonight an exceptional performance is waiting for your attendance. It is the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show displaying the prosperity of the culture in the Tang Dynasty. Before the show, you will have a Dumpling dinner.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
 Friendly Tips

Clients visiting in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec need to arrange the dinner and evening activity on their own for this day, since the theater is usually not open at that time.
Day 6 Xi'an
Observe local life in the park, Tai Chi practice, Xi'an City Wall, A la carte lunch, Provincial History Museum, Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter. (B+L)
Learning to cook Chinese dishes
This morning, our guide will take you to see the locals doing morning exercises in the City Wall Park and arrange a Tai Chi Practice for you. And then you will climb up the ancient City Wall. Compassing the old city with a circuit of 13,700 meters, the square city wall is as thicker as 14 meters, so visitors could rent a bicycle and take a ride on the wall. The bike rental fee is at your expense. 

You will have a gratifying a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a fine local eatery.

After that, our guide will lead you to the treasure house of northwest China, the Provincial History Museum, which collects a large number of rare historical relics illustrating the achievements of different eras. A visit to the Great Mosque is scheduled for you later. You can have some free time strolling along the nearby bustling Muslim street.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch 
Day 7 Xi'an - Chengdu
A 4-hour high-speed train to Chengdu, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
Your guide will escort you to the railway station for a high-speed train to Chengdu. After around 4 hours, you will meet the local guide and get to the hotel. With all kinds of rich resources, Chengdu enjoys the reputation of being a 'Heavenly Land of Plenty'. And now Chengdu has become an ideal city for many young graduates. They would rather work and live here than go to big cities like Beijing and Shanghai. We would leave you free to know a bit about this city on your own in the afternoon. Your local guide will offer you some suggestions upon request.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Day 8 Chengdu
Giant Panda Base, Broad and Narrow Alleys, Jinsha Site Museum, Leisure time at Renmin Park. (B)
Giant pandas
Giant pandas
We all know that Chengdu is the home of pandas, so the first stop of this China itinerary 13 days in Chengdu is surely about pandas. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is not far from the city center, about half an hour's journey. But you still need to get up early today if you want to see pandas at their best. Usually the keepers will feed pandas at about 08:00 to 09:00. At this time, all pandas will come out to wait, and then they begin to eat and play. At about 11:00 pandas are full and most of them go to sleep. So according to our experiences the best time to visit the panda base is from 08:30 to 10:00 in the morning.

Then we head to the Broad and Narrow Alleys. Just take your time to stroll in the leisurely alleys. It is a very popular place not only for travelers also for locals. You can have lunch at one of the restaurants by yourself. Our guide will also give you more advice.

Next, we visit Jinsha Site Museum, which can trace back to about 3,000 years ago. There are many gold articles unearthed in the site, but the most highlight ones are the Gold Foil of Sun and Immortal Bird and the Gold Mask. After the history and culture appreciation, it's time for you to get relaxed at Renmin Park. You will know local's laid-back lifestyle when you sip in a tea house, see people gathering together playing Mahjong, dancing and singing. The most interesting is to see the matchmaking corner where parents advertise for their children.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Chengdu - Guilin
Fly to Guilin, Airport-hotel transfer, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill. (B)
Today you will fly to Guilin. Our guide will greet you at the airport and help you check in at the hotel. 

After that, our guide will accompany you to visit the Reed Flute Cave. Reputed as the 'Natural Art Palace', the Reed Flute Cave is mainly made up of stalactites, stalagmites, and stone pillars, which were naturally formed in different shapes and poses. Shined in different colors of lights, the cave is like a fairyland. Then turn to the Elephant Trunk Hill. You don't need to climb up the hill. It is just like a scenic park, but deserves a visit.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 10 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, West Street, Countryside tour, Drive back to Guilin. (B+L)
Our clients on Li River cruise
Our clients on Li River cruise
Your trip will never be complete if you come to Guilin but do not take a Li River cruise. Usually Li River refers to the section from Guilin to Yangshuo, which is also the best and the most splendid part. Our guide will also show you some famous spots that Li River boasts during the about four hours' journey.

Here we would like to remind you the lunch on the cruise is a simple box lunch, but we have no other choice since it is provided by the cruise company. We suggest you have a big breakfast at the hotel this morning.

When you arrive at Yangshuo and walk through the West Street, we will drive you to the countryside area to see rural sceneries, along with a local peasant's home. Late in the afternoon, it is time for us to get back to Guilin.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Guilin - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer, Relax during the rest of the day. (B)
A morning flight will take you to Shanghai today. When you arrive, our guide will greet you at Shanghai airport and escort you to check in at the hotel. You will have free afternoon leisure on your own arrangement.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai - the former Crowne Plaza
Day 12 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden and its traditional bazaar, A la carte farewell lunch, Former French Concession, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
The Bund
The Bund
After breakfast, you will start your Shanghai exploration from the famous Shanghai Museum, which houses a large amount of ancient Chinese art works. Then continue to visit the picturesque Yu Garden and explore its nearby traditional bazaar.

At noon, you will have an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a local popular restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the Former French Concession to feel the old Shanghai. Afterwards, move to the Bund area and have a one-hour Huangpu River cruise tour to feel the modern of the city. At the end of the day, our guide will take you back to the hotel and bid you bon voyage at the lobby.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 13 Departure from Shanghai
Please check out before 12:00. We recommend the most efficient and money-saving way - taking a taxi by yourself from hotel to the airport, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Our 13 days China tour comes to the end today. The hotel check out deadline is 12:00 at noon. Since clients will have different flight schedules to leave Shanghai, we do not include the airport see-off service today. You can charter a taxi to the airport, which is the most efficient and money-saving way. We wish you a smooth and pleasant journey!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
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Oct 24(Thu) Nov 05(Tue) $2209$669
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Nov 07(Thu) Nov 19(Tue) $2159$679
Nov 21(Thu) Dec 03(Tue) $2079 $1975$599
Dec 08(Sun) Dec 20(Fri) $2059 $1956$569
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Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
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Oct 08(Thu) Oct 20(Tue) $2339 $2058$729
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Nov 19(Thu) Dec 01(Tue) $2129 $1873$649
Dec 09(Wed) Dec 21(Mon) $2119 $1864$649
Dec 23(Wed) Jan 04(Mon) $2119 $1864$649

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fare
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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    5.03 Reviews
    South Africa
    Posted on December 05, 2018
    We had a wonderful time. Everything they planned for us exceeded our expectations. The hotels were all of excellent quality and our guides were friendly and informative. I will strongly recommend this company to anyone planning a trip to China and I hope that we can travel with them again in the near future ourselves. The only planning that I would have changed would have been to have allowed more free time (perhaps a half-day and evening in each city). We were on a tight timetable and wanted to see as much as possible but next time we will plan more time to explore on our own. Great trip overall and thank you very much for a great experience. ... More
    Heuberger R
    Posted on November 22, 2018
    Generally the tour was very interesting and impressive! Very good value for money. Organization was perfect. Never any delay! I was positively surprised about the excellent standard of the hotels. Food was good and plenty! Tourist guides were also very good. Last but not least, also thanks to my consultants Wendy and Kelly, the e-mail communication with them was always very enchanting and supportive in information in all respects. I will recommend TCG to my friends and see China together with this agency definitely again. ... More
    United States
    Posted on October 10, 2018
    We enjoyed our China tour very much: it was well planned and packed! We liked the fact that it was a small group also. During the whole tour, time distributed was adequate. We loved all the meals especially the Peking Duck on our second day and the home cooked lunch in Xian. All in all, the food was excellent. We think all the guides worked very hard to follow the tour program, spoke very good English and knew what they were talking about. We think all the drivers also worked hard. We want to extend special thanks to all of our guides: they were very responsive to our needs. We want to especially thank William for searching for the Chinese medicine for my husband's foot in Guilin as it helped us to resume our tours without missing many of the activities. We also appreciate Juliet, Echo and Lucy for making our trip enjoyable and informative. All the guides did an excellent job of selecting the proper dishes for our meals and solicited our input for some tour choices when we did not have sufficient time to cover all sites.

    Two things we would recommend:

    1. Have a little more free time in-between the tours; for shopping and/or using the hotel facilities.

    2. We would prefer all our lunches included within the tour to be pre-selected instead of having to order some meals ourselves.
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