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112: 21 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Zhangjiajie - Xi'an - Chengdu - Guilin - Longsheng - Yangshuo - Guilin - Hangzhou - Suzhou - Zhouzhuang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 20 western buffet breakfasts, 12 lunches with some being a la carte style
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Giant Pandas
  • See the Avatar floating mountains in Zhangjiajie & experience the No.1 glass bridge
  • Take a Li River cruise down to Yangshuo & admire the essence of Guilin landscape
  • Visit the classical gardens in Suzhou & discover the No.1 water town of Zhouzhuang
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Our guide will meet you outside the customs at Beijing Airport and transfer you to the hotel to register. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city at leisure. Taking photos to record various landscape and people's lifestyles during your visit makes a memorable photo tour of a lifetime.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Our clients at the Forbidden City
Our clients at the Forbidden City
This morning, you will start this 21 days China tour with a visit to the Tiananmen Square, the world's largest urban city square. Then walk through the Golden Water Bridge to enter the Forbidden City, the best-preserved also largest imperial architecture complex in the world. To avoid having lunch at the tourist eateries arranged by most agencies, we will offer you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a noted local restaurant, where you can taste the authentic Chinese food. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven, one of the most delicate and beautiful existing ancient royal site where the Emperor appealed to the Heavens for a bountiful year.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Today, you will take an excursion to the Great Wall, an ancient military defensive project which meanders over a vast portion of the country. The section you will visit is the Great Wall at Mutianyu, which is one of the best-preserved and most developed among the existing ones. You will use the round-way cable car up and down the wall. We do not offer lunch today. You can ask for some suggestions from your guide. On the way back to downtown, you will pass by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). Our driver will make a stop for you to view this magnificent edifice at close quarters. Then proceed to the last destination, a featured local market for a short visit.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Zhangjiajie
Summer Palace, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, A la carte lunch, Fly to Zhangjiajie, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
This morning, you will first visit an imperial garden, the Summer Palace. As a royal garden, the Summer Palace has absorbed some best parts of the traditional architecture and presented various gardening styles. To experience old Beijing history and special culture, you will be delighted by the Hutong tour. Around noon, an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be prepared for you at a reputable local restaurant. Then you will take the flight to Zhangajiajie, where our local guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to register in the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 5 Zhangjiajie
Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, Tianzi Mountain, Golden Whip Stream, Ten-mile Gallery. (B+L)
Zhangjiajie Forest Park
Zhangjiajie Forest Park
Today we will spend the whole day exploring the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. First, we will take the Bailong Elevator to Yuanjiajie Scenic Area in which the most-known attraction is the Hallelujah Mountain, also called Southern Sky Column - one of the shooting locations in the movie Avatar. Then we will take a battery car to the Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve to admire the peak clusters in different postures. Afterwards, we will head to the Golden Whip Stream. It flows through Golden Whip Rock, hence the name. The last site you will visit today is the Ten-mile Gallery. Here you will experience a small train ride while enjoying the stunning sceneries around.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Zhangjiajie
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, Experience glass bridge, Baofeng Lake. (B+L)
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge
After breakfast, we will take you to visit the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. It is an exciting moment to challenge the world's highest and longest Glass Bridge. The whole bridge is covered by transparent glasses with the length of 430 meters (1,411 feet) and the height of 300 meters (984 feet). Later, a pleasant boat trip on the Baofeng Lake is arranged for you to relax and rest.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Zhangjiajie - Xi'an
Xibu Street, Tian Men Mountain, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
In the morning, you may choose to relax at your hotel or follow our guide to the pedestrian street - Xibu Street for a walk. Then we will continue our visit to the Tianmen Mountain. Taking the world’s longest cableway to the top of the mountain will be a unique experience of your Zhangjiajie tour. If you are fond of adventure, then the hanging Glass Skywalk built against the steep cliffs should not be missed. Afterwards, take a flight to Xi’an, the next destination of your China itinerary 3 weeks. Upon your arrival, our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Provincial History Museum. (B)
Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army
Explore the Terracotta Army. Here, you will see the life-figured terracotta warriors arranged in a big, orderly arrayed combat formation, seem ready to set out anytime. Today's lunch is arranged on your own. The sightseeing this afternoon will take you to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi History Museum. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a brick pagoda in the shape of a square pyramid, built for collecting Buddhism materials taken from India. Shaanxi History Museum is a comprehensive museum exhibiting almost all aspects of human life from primitive ages to the year of 1840.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Xi'an - Chengdu
Xi'an City Wall, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Great Mosque, A 4-hour high-speed train to Chengdu, Train station to hotel transfer. (B+L)
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the City Wall to get a bird's-eye view of the city. Then, pay a visit to a local Chinese family and a home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be specially served for you in the home of the family to taste the authentic home-made dishes. Your visit continues to the Great Mosque, one of the oldest and most renowned mosques in China, and its nearby Moslem bazaar. Board a high-speed train to Chengdu for around 4 hours. Upon your arrival, our local guide will pick you up on time and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 10 Chengdu - Leshan - Chengdu
Leshan Giant Buddha. (B+L)
Today, you will travel to Leshan by our private car to appreciate the Leshan Giant Buddha, the biggest Buddha carving in the world. We will arrange a short boat trip for you to have a full view of the Buddha. Besides, you can also climb the mountain to view this huge statue from different angles. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the hotel in Chengdu.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Chengdu - Guilin
Giant Panda Base, Broad and Narrow Alleys, Jinsha Site Museum, Fly to Guilin, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Lovely pandas
Lovely pandas
The sightseeing today starts with Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, where you can appreciate the lovely giant pandas in real life. After that, you will have a stroll on Broad and Narrow Alleys of Chengdu, a place to experience the local folk customs. Last stop will be the Jinsha Site Museum, where you are able to appreciate abundant exquisite artifacts and have an insight into the ecological environment, life style and the sacrifice rite of Jinsha. Now the museum is not only the landmark reflecting the profound historical culture of the city, but also an important center showing the Shu culture dated from more than 3000 years ago. Then our guide will escort you to the airport for your onward flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, our local guide in Guilin will meet you and transfer you to check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 12 Guilin - Longsheng - Guilin
Guilin-Longsheng transfer. Rice Terraces, Villages of Zhuang Minority. Drive back to Guilin. (B)
After breakfast, we will leave for Longsheng for an excursion to the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces. Looking from the viewing platforms, you will see the rice terraces are distributed orderly over the mountains in different gestures, like ribbons falling from the sky. We will leave you enough time to marvel at the spectacular scene of the terraces. Then, pay a visit to the village of Zhuang minority to get a sense of the Chinese ethnic people's life. After that, we will drive you back to the hotel in Guilin.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 13 Guilin - Yangshuo
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, West Street, Countryside trip. (B+L)
Li River Cruise
Li River Cruise
Enduring memories will be created today as you cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. During the cruise, you can appreciate the magnificent hills mirrored in the aquamarine water, buffaloes grazing along the banks and local peasants rowing a small boat or fishing raft along the river. After the cruise arrives in Yangshuo, you will take a leisurely stroll along the famous West Street. Then a short trip to the countryside will be arranged for you to enjoy the natural and rural beauty there. You will also visit a local villager's home to experience the farmers' lifestyle in this small town. Late in the afternoon, we will transfer you to the hotel in Yangshuo.

Tips: As the cruise company offers box lunch on the ship. It may fail to meet with your approval. TravelChinaGuide is aware of the shortcomings and suggests you prepare for the cruise with a generous breakfast at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 14 Yangshuo
Full day is free for your independent exploration with our suggestions. (B)
Rural life in Yangshuo
Rural life in Yangshuo
There is no schedule today and you will have free time to tour around Yangshuo on your own. Yangshuo is well-known for its idyllic rural landscapes and cycling is the most popular way to get around among travelers. You are suggested to rent a bike and visit the Moon Hill and Big Banyan Tree, drift along the Yulong River on a bamboo raft or do some X-sports like rock climbing. In the evening, you may enjoy a natural landscape performance - "Impression of Sanjie Liu", which is a folktale of Sanjie Liu performed on Li River.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 15 Yangshuo - Guilin - Hangzhou
Drive to Guilin Airport, Fly to Hangzhou, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
This morning is still free at your own arrangement. You can make use of the time to further explore this beautiful county or just sit in a sidewalk café to spend a leisurely morning. Our guide will pick you up at the appointed time and then transfer you to the Guilin airport for an afternoon flight to Hangzhou. When you arrive in Hangzhou, our local guide will welcome you at the airport and escort you to register in the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 16 Hangzhou
Meijiawu Tea Village, Lingyin Temple, West Lake, Red Carp Pond, Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum. (B+L)
West Lake
West Lake
The first stop of your 21 days China tour in Hangzhou is the Meijiawu Tea Village. With tea farmer's help, you can try your hand at picking up tea leaves and taste the authentic Longjing Tea. Next, we will proceed to visit the Lingyin Temple (Temple of Soul's Retreat). Concealed among peaks and forests, the 1,700-year old temple is one of the top ten Zen Buddhism temples. As the landmark of Hangzhou, West Lake is renowned for the beautiful landscape and historical sites. In the afternoon, you will enjoy the picturesque scenery of the lake on a sightseeing boat, and at the same time, your guide will tell you the stories and legends about the lake. Then you will visit attractions near the lake, including the Red Carp Pond and Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 17 Hangzhou - Suzhou
A 1.5-hour high-speed train to Suzhou, Train station to hotel transfer, Tiger Hill, Garden of the Master of the Nets, Humble Administrator's Garden. (B+L)
Today your private 3-week tour itinerary extends to Suzhou by a high speed train in around 1.5 hours. Our Suzhou guide will meet you at the railway station and take you to the hotel. Following is a visit to the Tiger Hill, where a number of historical sites are located, among which the Tiger Hill Pagoda is the landmark of Suzhou city. Then, visit two most famous classical gardens in Suzhou, the Garden of the Master of the Nets and the Humble Administrator's Garden.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 18 Suzhou - Zhouzhuang - Shanghai
Zhouzhuang Water Town, Drive to Shanghai. (B+L)
Water town
Water town
We will drive you to Zhouzhuang today, which truly merits its name as a water town in embrace of lakes. The local residences, unique traditions and people's lifestyle are well preserved in the township; hence comes the reputation of 'Number One Water Town of the Nation'. In the town, you will visit the Shen House, which was the private property of the descendant of Shen Wansan, once the number one millionaire of south region 600 years ago. Then we will drive you to Shanghai and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 19 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte farewell lunch, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise, a cultural street. (B+L)
The Bund Shanghai
The Bund Shanghai
Your 21 days China tour in Shanghai starts from Shanghai Museum, which boasts numerous ancient artworks. Next stop is the classical Yu Garden specializing in delicate design, quiet atmosphere and elegant scenery. At noon, you will enjoy a palatable a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a popular local restaurant. After lunch we will transfer you to the Bund area to take a short cruise on the mother river of the city, Huangpu River. Along this river, the best part of city landscape has gathered and you will see a typical urban city view during the cruise. You will have some free time to explore the Bund area, where more than 20 buildings of different eras, countries and styles stand and then visit an old street.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 20 Shanghai
Full day is free for your independent exploration with our suggestions. (B)
Today is left free for you to explore this modern city in-depth. As one of the most popular travel destinations, Shanghai still has more to offer. You can ascend the Oriental Pearl Tower, a cultural landmark, to know about the Shanghai's vicissitude and get a bird’s eye view of the city on the glass sightseeing floor; do some shopping at the bustling Nanjing Road or admire the precious cultural relics at the Jade Buddha Temple. If there are children in your group, you may also spend the whole day at Shanghai Disneyland Park.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 21 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Your 3 weeks China tour ends today. Our guide will transfer you to the airport and see you off there. We wish you a pleasant journey home and thank you for choosing us.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
ZhangjiajiePullman Zhangjiajie Hotel Pullman Zhangjiajie Hotel
XianWyndham Grand Xian South Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
ChengduGrand Hyatt Chengdu Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
GuilinShangri-La Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel
YangshuoGreen Lotus Hotel New Century Hotel
HangzhouSofitel Hangzhou Westlake Zhongwei Sunny Hotel
SuzhouMercure Hotel (Suzhou Railway Station) Mercure Hotel (Suzhou Railway Station)
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
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