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SG10: 9 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Tour Type: Small Group of maximum 6 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights at good 5-star hotels
Meals: 8 western buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 dumpling dinner

Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Take a Li River cruise down to Yangshuo & admire the essence of Guilin landscape
  • Meet a local Chinese family, interact & taste delicious home-cooked Chinese food
  • Enjoy a la carte meals, Kung Fu Show, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance performance
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Upon your arrival at the capital airport, your local guide will greet you outside the Customs of the airport, and then a comfortable transfer will take you to the reserved hotel for a good rest. The remaining time today is left free for you to recover your energy after the long flight.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, you will meet other group members for the coming trip at the hotel lobby. The first stop of your 9 days China tour package is the world famous Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world. Chairman Mao's Mausoleum, Great Hall of the People, the Monument to the People's Heroes are all located there. Chinese people consider it to be the heart of our nation and a place of pilgrimage. Next highlight is the Forbidden City where you can sense the vicissitudes of our once feudal country. You will have a glimpse of the luxurious royal life from the splendid palaces, delicate decorations and precious cultural relics.

You will enjoy an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a superb local restaurant, which also serves the famous Peking Roast Duck.

After lunch, continue history appreciation at the Temple of Heaven. The highlight of the evening will be a brilliant Chinese Kung Fu Show presented at the Red Theater.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Take a walk around the solemn Tiananmen Square
Take a walk around the solemn Tiananmen Square
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
The highlight of today's trip is a visit to the Great Wall. The part we will visit is Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the winding wall. It used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. To keep your strength up for a bit hiking on the wall, we arrange the round-trip cable car for you. Since the food offered in the nearby restaurants was not well spoken of by our former clients, we would advise you have some fast food around the site.

In the afternoon, we drive back to the city. You will have some time to explore a nice local market.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Our happy guests on the Mutianyu Great Wall
Our happy guests on the Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by Flight
Summer Palace, Olympic Bird's Nest, A la carte lunch, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
This morning's excursion will first cover the Summer Palace, the largest existing royal garden in China. Constructed over 200 years ago, it is famous for the magnificent buildings and charming landscape. After that, we will pass by the Olympic National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, and have a short stay to take photos of this wonderful building.

You will be entertained with an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a noted local restaurant.

Then you will spend some time experiencing the old Beijing history and special culture in the old Hutongs. A folk artist in Hutong will teach you to do Chinese Paper Cutting. It will be quite an interesting experience. Later, an afternoon flight will take you to the second destination of your 9 days China itinerary, Xi'an. Landing in Xi'an, your local guide and driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Rickshaw tour in Hutongs
Rickshaw tour in Hutongs
Chinese countryside people celebrating the festival
Chinese countryside people celebrating the festival
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)
After a lavish breakfast at the hotel, we will take you to the Terracotta Army, the amazing underground project built more than 2,200 years ago. Then we have a local family visit with a home cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price). It is quite special and exciting that you come to a foreign country, learn how to cook the local food and dine with the local people in their family. 

In the afternoon, continue appreciating the city's long history by visiting the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum. The pagoda is a part of the exquisite Buddhist architectural heritage of the Tang Dynasty. Although its size is not as big as the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, it has a quiet environment and more elegant scenery. Your evening will be enlightened by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show while partaking of the traditional food, 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.
Marvel at the 2200-year-old Terracotta Warriors
Marvel at the 2200-year-old Terracotta Warriors
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)
The first stop today is the City Wall Park, where many local people are singing, dancing, chatting, playing chess, playing instruments and etc. It is the best place to see the local life. Following the local people and our Tai Chi Master, you will have a Tai Chi practice in the park. Then, you will go on a visit to the well-preserved City Wall. It's very popular among visitors to cycle on the top for a whole circle to have an overall perspective of the city. You may have a try. If you are not skillful in riding a bike, the electric car is also available. The rent will be on your own.

After an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price), you will be transferred to Shaanxi History Museum, the symbol of Chinese long history and rich culture. Later a visit to the Great Mosque is scheduled. For those who love collecting souvenirs and gifts for families and friends, the Muslim bazaar around the mosque is a wonderful place to go. It is a famous snack street in Xi'an. Don't miss it if you are a foodie. The most famous food is crumbled flatbread in mutton stew (Yangrou Paomo). Cooked together with the steamed buns, there are also vermicelli, fresh garlic shoots and several large slices of marinated mutton.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Locals are dancing in the City Wall Park
Locals are dancing in the City Wall Park
Seek for the local food at Muslim bazaar
Seek for the local food at Muslim bazaar
Day 7 Xi'an to Guilin by Flight
Fly to Guilin, Airport-hotel transfer, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill. (B)
Continue your Beijing Xi'an Guilin tour to Guilin today. You will take a morning flight and the local guide will welcome you at Guilin airport and transfer you to check in at the hotel. Later in the day, you will be taken to visit the Reed Flute Cave, a spectacular world of stalagmites, stalactites, stone pillars and stone flowers created by carbonate deposits, and the Elephant Trunk Hill, the emblem of Guilin city. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Guilin Grand Bravo Hotel
Enjoy a cruise tour on the Li River
Enjoy a cruise tour on the Li River
Day 8 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, West Street, Countryside tour, Drive back to Guilin. (B+L)
Today you will have a chance to appreciate the supernatural landscape by cruising on the Li River. Li River scenic area is the largest and most beautiful karst landscape in China. The cruise will depart from Guilin at 09:00 and arrive at Yangshuo at about 14:00. The box lunch provided by the cruise company today may not meet your expectation, so we suggest you have a good breakfast at the hotel. 

Yangshuo is an essential representative of the charming landscape. West Street is regarded as the beating heart of Yangshuo. When you arrive at Yangshuo, your guide will take you to West Street for a leisurely stroll. Then you will be driven in the countryside area to enjoy the rural scenery. On the way, you will visit a local peasant's home. After that, get back to Guilin by car.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Experience a rural life in Yangshuo
Experience a rural life in Yangshuo
Day 9 Departure from Guilin
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 onward journey! (B)
Your Beijing Xi'an Guilin tour draws to an end. Today you will make your own way from hotel to the airport and board your onward flight. From Guilin, you can make travel plans to the Dragon Ridge Terrace in Longsheng, or just stay in Yangshuo for more days to immerse yourself into a relaxing countryside life. Also, taking a bullet train or a flight to Hong Kong is doable. We wish you a nice trip home.

If you need us to arrange the departure air tickets or a subsequent travel, we will be glad to assist you.

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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10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
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Jun 03(Fri)Jun 11(Sat)$1869 $1682$479
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Nov 20(Sun)Nov 28(Mon)$1689 $1520$449
Dec 04(Sun)Dec 12(Mon)$1669 $1502$429
Dec 23(Fri)Dec 31(Sat)$1669 $1502$429
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • 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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