Panoramic View of China

405: 15 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Hongkong
Tour Type: Private Tour, any part of the itinerary can be customized, except for Yangtze cruise tour
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 14 western buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches with some being a la carte style, 2 dinners
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Li River Cruise
  • Visit a local family home, learn to cook Chinese food & dine with the hosts in their home
  • Savor the majestic beauty of the Yangtze Three Gorges & see the amazing Dam Project
  • Experience the Bund, classical garden, modern and old in contrast in Shanghai
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Welcome to China! Our guide will greet you outside the Arrival Hall of the airport after you go through Customs and retrieve your luggage. A comfortable private drive will take you to the hotel for a three-night stay. Relax for the remainder of the day to recover from jet leg.
Day 2 Beijing
Our clients at the Tiananmen Square
After breakfast, your 15 days China tour starts from the largest city square in the world, the Tiananmen Square. Have a short stroll on the square and then we walk northward to the Forbidden City. As the world's largest imperial palace complex, the 590-year-old Forbidden City presents you with splendid imperial buildings and a large collection of historical items. We will stay here for around 2 hours.

As it is our practice to avoid the cheap tourist restaurants, you will enjoy an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a noted local restaurant to taste authentic Chinese food.

Your visit continues to the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. Built in 1420, it was the imperial altar where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshiped Heaven for good harvests. The most attractive sites are the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the Echo Wall. Then, you will enjoy a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs, which will be a memorable experience. Here you will feel the special Beijing culture and history by visiting the famous Shichahai Lake, classic Silver Ingot Bridge, dazzling Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street, ancient Bell tower or Drum tower and a Hutong courtyard house.

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
Today's visit starts with an excursion to one of the greatest world heritage sites, the Great Wall at Mutianyu, which is one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall and features solidity, majesty and strategic importance. A round-trip cable car will be arranged for you to go up and down the mountain, and you can also choose to take a chairlift up and a toboggan down. Today's lunch is on your own. Our guide will be pleased to offer you some suggestions.

In the afternoon, when passing by the Bird's Nest (the Olympic National Stadium) on the way back to downtown Beijing, you will have a stopover to take some photos of this huge nest from a distance. A popular local market will be your last stop today.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by High Speed Train
Summer Palace, A high speed train to Xi'an. Railway station pick-up. (B)
On your last day in Beijing, we will take a morning tour to visit the largest royal garden, the Summer Palace, where you will see traditional Chinese garden architecture merged into the natural landscape of hills, woods and lakes in the most harmonious way. Lunch is not included today, but your guide is glad to provide suggestions.

In the afternoon, you will head for Xi'an, the second destination of your 15 days China tour package by a high speed train. Our local guide will meet you and accompany you to check in at the hotel when you arrive.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Bazaar. (B)
Terracotta army
In the morning, you will visit the Terracotta Army Museum, which is famed as the eighth wonder of the world. It is one of the highlights of your China itinerary 15 days. As an underground army served to protect the mausoleum of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China about 2,200 years ago, the clay warriors and horses with distinct facial expressions and positions were arranged orderly in rectangular battle formations. The Bronze Chariots and Horses and weapons excavated here are also amazing parts of the museum. Have lunch on your own and our guide is ready to give you advice or help if you need.

Then, get back to downtown Xi'an and visit the symbols of the city, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It is a 64.5-meter (211 feet) high square cone-shaped tower, which was built 1,300 years ago to house the Buddhist statues, relics and scriptures from India. Finally, you will have some spare time to explore local food and hunt for souvenirs in the Muslim Street before returning to your hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xi'an to Chongqing by Flight
City Wall Park, City Wall, Fly to Chongqing, Airport pick-up, Ciqikou Village, Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)
Local people's life
Today's visit starts from another landmark of this ancient capital, the City Wall. Surrounding the wall is a large and beautiful park where you can see many local people are doing morning exercises, running, dancing, practising Taichi, playing table tennis, etc. You may even join them if you are interested. While on the City Wall, you can either walk or rent a bicycle to ride around on the wall to discover the history and modern beauty of the city.

In the afternoon, you will proceed to Chongqing by flight, where our local guide will provide you with comfortable transfer service. If time allows, you will visit the Ciqikou Village which is a very famous old town in Chongqing. Here you will find many well preserved architecture of Ming and Qing dynasties, craft shops and snack stores. Enjoy your dinner here at your own expense as it is not provided on the cruise ship tonight. After that, we will transfer you to the pier and your memorable Yangtze River cruise tour will begin after you board the comfortable ship.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Shibaozhai or Shuangguishan National Forest Park, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
Wake up and open the door of your balcony, and a magnificent view of Yangtze River will impress you immediately. Take a hearty buffet breakfast, and then be ready for your pleasant cruise journey. The river guide will give you a brief introduction to the cruise and the schedules beforehand, so you know how to enjoy your time on the cruise ship. Relax on the deck and enjoy the picturesque scenery of clear water and grotesque hills and peaks along the river, or join various cultural activities onboard for free.

Today you will have an initial onshore excursion to the legendary Shibaozhai with a history of over 400 years if you take New Century cruise or the Shuangguishan National Forest Park if you take President Cruise ship. The Captain's Welcome Party will be held tonight.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream. (B+L+D)
Shennong Stream pea-boat floating
The highlight of your cruise experience comes today - you will appreciate the unique scenery of the Three Gorges, which is composed of Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, and Xiling Gorge. As you sail on to the border between Wu and Xiling gorges, you will disembark and take an interesting junk adventure along the Shennong Stream, where you will sit on the special local sampan and enjoy the breath-taking scenery of rip currents, lofty peaks and mountains, gorgeous Karst caves, beautiful waterfalls and many historical relics. Moreover, the boat trackers' beautiful folk songs will accompany you on the way. The adventure lasts about 3 to 4 hours. Or, you will have a motorized ferry excursion to the Shennv Stream according to the arrangement of different cruise companies. When you embark again, the ship will sail into the Xiling Gorge, which is the longest and most impressive one among the three.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Yichang to Shanghai by High Speed Train
Disembark the cruise ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour high speed train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
In the morning, you will check out of the ship and disembark for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, the largest water project in the world. Standing on the gigantic dam, you will not only enjoy the grand view of the river, but also have a bird's eye view of the beautiful scenery around the dam.

Afterwards, the cruise company will drive you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city and our local guide will be waiting for you there. Then you will be escorted to the railway station and head for Shanghai by a 7.5-hour high speed train. Your local guide in Shanghai will meet you at the railway station and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 10 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, An a la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, an ancient cultural street. (B+L)
The remarkable Bund
Your private day tour starts from one of the best museums in China, the Shanghai Museum, which is renowned for the large collections of historical items, such as bronze ware, chinaware, Chinese paintings and calligraphy works. Then continue to the famous Yu Garden, which is a traditional Chinese garden with delicate buildings, exquisite layout and beautiful landscape. 

Around noon, you will have a sumptuous a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price). After lunch, proceed your 15 days China tour to the Bund area, and take a Huangpu River cruise for one hour, enjoying the different scenes on the two banks of the river: the skyscrapers on the east bank and old-style western buildings on the west. After that, you will enjoy some free time at the Bund area and then visit an impressive Tianzifang art street.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 11 Shanghai to Guilin by Flight
Free time in the morning. Fly to Guilin. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
No escorted sightseeing is scheduled in the morning today so you can explore the city on your own. You may take a taxi to the newly rising Xin Tian Di (New World area) where the buildings perfectly combine both classical Chinese and western styles. The pubs and cafes there are very popular with local residents as well as foreign travelers. People at Xin Tian Di can almost speak some English, so basic communications will not be a problem.

In the afternoon, you will head to Guilin by air. Our local guide will greet you with comfortable airport-hotel transfer service and help you check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 12 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside trip. Yangshuo-Guilin transfer. (B+L)
Li River cruise
Your 15 days China tour package in Guilin starts with the essential Li River Cruise. As you cruise down to Yangshuo, you will see the splendid scenery of peaceful river and elegant hills all the way. The cruise lasts around 4.5 hours and reaches terminal Yangshuo at about 14:00. The cruise company offers box lunch on the ship but 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.

Upon arrival, you will be driven along the country road to enjoy the natural beauty of Yangshuo, and pay a visit to a peasant family to learn about the local farmers' life. After the sightseeing in Yangshuo, you will return to Guilin by our private car.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Guilin to Hong Kong by High Speed Train
Reed Flute Cave. A 3.5-hour high speed train to Hong Kong. Railway station-hotel transfer in Hong Kong is on your own arrangement. (B)
Today you will visit the famous attraction in the city area, the Reed Flute Cave, which is well-known for the exquisite stalagmites and stalactites with interesting names.

Then your guide will see you off for a 3.5-hour's high speed train to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, you will head to the reserved hotel by yourself. If you stay in the Regal Kowloon Hotel, you can take 10 minutes' walk to the Austin Station of West Rail Line and then take MTR to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station. After that, walk for around 10 minutes to get to the hotel. Or you may take a taxi directly, with the cost of around HK$30. If you stay at the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, the hotel provides free shuttle bus service. You may contact the hotel and book in advance.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 14 Hong Kong
Free time for the day. (B)
Our clients in Hong Kong
The full day is free for you to explore the city on your own. We only reserve the hotel accommodation with daily breakfast for you in Hong Kong. Hereunder are our suggestions for your exploration: In the morning, you can have a half-day Hong Kong Island trip. Take a bus or taxi to get to the Victoria Peak. The Repulse Bay, Aberdeen and Stanley Market are all the must-sees in this great metropolis. Finally you will come to the pier to take the Star Ferry to Kowloon and then walk along the waterfront back to your hotel. If feel interested, you could visit the Victoria Harbor to watch a wonderful Symphony of Lights at 20:00. If you travel with children, the Disneyland should not be missed in your family tour.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 15 Departure from Hong Kong
Take a shuttle bus or a taxi to the airport. A pleasant trip home! (B)
Your 15 days China tour comes to an end today. You will head to the airport for your return flight by yourself. Please consult the hotel bellboy about where to take the limousine to the airport, or you can take free bus K3 to Kowloon station, from where you could transfer to the Airport Express directly. We wish you a pleasant journey home! 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$3789 $3410$3539 $3185$3209 $2888
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$3409 $3068$3159 $2843$2819 $2537
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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