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SG03: 14 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 1-18 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights at nice 5-star hotels, 3 nights on Yangtze River cruise
Meals: 13 western buffet breakfasts, 8 lunches with some being a la carte style, 3 dinners
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Fantastic cruise tour on the Li River from Guilin to rural Yangshuo
  • Unwind with a Yangtze River cruise tour & see the Three Gorges
  • Enjoy a la carte meals, Kung Fu Show, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance performance
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Arrive at any time, Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
When you arrive in Beijing today, your two weeks China group tour officially begins. Once you have claimed your luggage and cleared customs, you will find our guide waiting for you in the airport arrivals area, holding a welcome sign bearing your name. The driver will drive you to the hotel and help you register for three nights. The rest of the day is for your own use.
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)
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Commence your visit to Tiananmen Square and then to the Forbidden City, the home of emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Nowadays, it houses the palace museum with numerous imperial treasures. Every detail of the palace tells its visitors a story of ancient royal life. 

A welcome lunch is served at a celebrated restaurant with an a la carte menu (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price). Enjoy authentic Chinese food and the most popular Peking Roast Duck. 

In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, which used to be the altar where emperors worshiped heaven and prayed for a good harvest. Later, the highlight of the evening will be a brilliant Chinese Kung Fu Show performed at the Red Theatre.

Meals included: 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)
Our group at the Temple of Heaven
We suggest you have a hearty breakfast this morning, as we will drive from downtown to visit the wondrous Great Wall at Mutianyu. The round-trip cable car will be arranged. Restaurants in the mountain area are of low quality and do not meet our service standard, so we suggest you have some fast food for lunch. Our guide will offer you suggestions.

Then we drive back to the downtown Beijing. En route, we will have a stopover at the Olympic National Stadium, also the Bird's Nest, so that you can appreciate the unique building and take nice photos. Afterwards, you will explore a popular local market and enjoy a relaxing time.

Meals included: 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)
Terracotta Army
This will be an exciting morning as you visit the scenic Summer Palace. Based on Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, its design embodies the solemnity and grace of a royal garden that incorporates the joy of nature, which is also a monument to classical Chinese architecture. Then a visit to the old Hutongs follows. You will explore the traditional Hutong alleys by taking a rickshaw and attend a Chinese folk art activity to make paper cuttings.  

You will have an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a nice local restaurant. 
In the afternoon, you are off to the next destination of your two week China tour - Xi'an. Our local guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for a three-night stay.

Meals included: 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)
Our clients learning to make dumpling at a local family house
The morning escorted tour is scheduled with a visit to the well-known Terracotta Army. It might be difficult for you to imagine the surprising moment when you see the great army of strong life-sized terracotta warriors assembled in their thousands to protect the tomb of the first Emperor Qin. Then we will transfer you back to the city and have an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) cooked by the host at a local family's home

The afternoon will be spent visiting the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xi'an Museum. A splendid evening is in store when you are entertained by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show while enjoying a famous Chinese dumpling dinner.

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

Since the theater is usually not open in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we will not arrange the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during the periods. Clients will enjoy free time to relax.
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)
Li River cruise, Guilin
Traveling is not just for sightseeing, it is also a journey to experience the life and different cultures. Today's tour will begin with a leisurely walk in an encircled City Wall Park. It is a park where many local people like to do morning exercises, have all kinds of entertainments or just spend their leisure time chatting. If feel interested, you may join them for fun. Still in the park, we will invite a Tai Chi Master to teach you some basic skills of practicing Tai Chi, a traditional form of physical exercise and a unique Chinese cultural symbol. After that, you will ascend the well-preserved ancient City Wall. You may wish to take a cycle ride on the wall. The bike rental fee is at your expense. 

After an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price), continue to visit the Provincial History Museum and the Great Mosque in the afternoon. Around the mosque is the largest Moslem community and bazaar, where you will see Islamic customs, intertwining alleyways, and countless Moslem snack shops. Finally, we transfer you back to the hotel. 

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 7 Xi'an - Guilin
Fly to Guilin, Airport-hotel transfer, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill. (B)
Today, you will board a flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival, our local guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for a two-night stay. Then you will visit the Reed Flute Cave and the Elephant Trunk Hill.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 8 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, West Street, Countryside tour, Drive back to Guilin. (B+L)
Welcome Party on the Yangtze Cruise
Today will be a memorable experience of your 2 week trip to China as you cruise down the beautiful Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. The river, with its calm sparkling water, is the essence of the city's landscape and reputed as the "Hundred Mile Gallery". After docking at Yangshuo in about 4.5 hours, you will walk through the well-known West Street. Then you will enjoy the amazing rural scenery as we drive along the surrounding country roads of Yangshuo. En route, you will be invited to visit a villager's home. After that, we will transfer you back to Guilin.

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

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Guilin - Chongqing
A 5-hour bullet train to Chongqing, Jiefangbei CBD, Ci Qi Kou Ancient Village, Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)
Take a morning bullet train for around 5 hours to Chongqing. Upon your arrival, our local guide will meet you at Chongqing West Railway Station and take you to explore Jiefangbei CBD and Ci Qi Kou Ancient Village. After that you will board the President cruise ship for a three-night stay. It sets sail at 22:00, when your relaxing Yangtze cruise journey begins. Today's lunch and dinner are on your own arrangement.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Cruises: President No. 8 with balcony
Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Shibaozhai, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
Our clients enjoying the charming scenery along the Yangtze River
You will gain some knowledge of the cruise ship and its activities schedule through the river guide's morning presentation. In the early afternoon, an onshore excursion is arranged when the ship anchors at Shibaozhai. Don't be surprised when you see some new buildings standing along certain sections of the river banks. They are purpose-built dwellings for those farmers who once led a hard life in the hills before the Three Gorges Project was constructed. In the evening, you will be invited to attend the Welcome Party hosted by the Captain.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennong Stream. (B+L+D)
Sampan adventure along the Shennong Stream
Today the ship will sail through the most splendid part of the Three Gorges. The first is the Qutang Gorge, which is only eight kilometers long but encompasses the most dangerous part. Then the ship will sail into a deep and attractive part, Wu Gorge. An excursion between three and four hours long along the Shennong Stream by sampan is arranged for you today. Afterwards, the ship will continue to sail into heavily-shoaled Xiling Gorge.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Yichang - Shanghai
Disembark the cruise ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
This morning, the onshore excursion will take you to visit the stunning Three Gorges Dam site, which plays an important flood control role. Before that, you should pack your luggage and check out. After finishing the excursion, the cruise ship company will drive you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Our local guide will meet you there and then escort you to the railway station for a 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai, the last stop of your two week trip to China. The guide in Shanghai will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai - the former Crowne Plaza
Day 13 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)
Shanghai Bund
Today we will show you the most important commercial and financial hub in China. The first destination is Shanghai Museum. There are all kinds of collections, and some rarities even command world-wide attention. Next let's turn to the Yu Garden, a bright pearl of the south classical gardens. The pavilions, terraces, towers, ponds and rockeries inside the garden are laid out finely, which shows originality in providing wide views in a small confined space. Surrounding the garden is a lively local bazaar. You may wish to enjoy some free time there. 

The farewell a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a well-reputed restaurant featuring delicate Shanghai cuisine. 

After lunch, we come to explore the Former French Concession, the most prosperous area in old Shanghai. Then we travel to the Bund, where you will have a one-hour cruise tour on Huangpu River. With the completion of the trip, our guide and driver will transfer you back to the hotel and bid farewell in the lobby.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 14 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)
Your 2 weeks guided tours of China draws to a close today. You need to head to the airport for your homebound flight by yourself as your trip does not include this transfer service. We suggest you book a taxi or the airport shuttle bus at the hotel concierge desk the day before your departure. We wish you a happy flight back home and hope we can serve you again in the future.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 11(Wed) $2429$839
Sep 05(Thu) Sep 18(Wed) $2409$829
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 25(Wed) $2409$829
Sep 19(Thu) Oct 02(Wed) $2409$829
Oct 03(Thu) Oct 16(Wed) $2429 $2307$829
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 23(Wed) $2429 $2307$829
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 30(Wed) $2429 $2307$829
Oct 24(Thu) Nov 06(Wed) $2379 $2141$779
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 13(Wed) $2239 $2015$769
Nov 07(Thu) Nov 20(Wed) $2269 $2042$809

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Apr 02(Thu) Apr 15(Wed) $2409 $2168$809
Apr 09(Thu) Apr 22(Wed) $2409 $2168$809
Apr 16(Thu) Apr 29(Wed) $2409 $2168$809
Apr 23(Thu) May 06(Wed) $2459 $2213$859
May 07(Thu) May 20(Wed) $2459 $2213$859
May 14(Thu) May 27(Wed) $2459 $2213$859
May 21(Thu) Jun 03(Wed) $2459 $2213$859
May 28(Thu) Jun 10(Wed) $2389 $2150$789
Jun 04(Thu) Jun 17(Wed) $2379 $2141$779
Jun 11(Thu) Jun 24(Wed) $2379 $2141$779
Jun 18(Thu) Jul 01(Wed) $2379 $2141$779
Jun 25(Thu) Jul 08(Wed) $2379 $2141$779
Jul 02(Thu) Jul 15(Wed) $2419 $2177$779
Jul 09(Thu) Jul 22(Wed) $2419 $2177$779
Jul 16(Thu) Jul 29(Wed) $2419 $2177$779
Jul 23(Thu) Aug 05(Wed) $2419 $2177$779
Jul 30(Thu) Aug 12(Wed) $2419 $2177$779
Aug 06(Thu) Aug 19(Wed) $2419 $2177$779
Aug 13(Thu) Aug 26(Wed) $2419 $2177$779
Aug 20(Thu) Sep 02(Wed) $2419 $2177$779
Aug 27(Thu) Sep 09(Wed) $2479 $2231$839
Sep 03(Thu) Sep 16(Wed) $2479 $2231$879
Sep 10(Thu) Sep 23(Wed) $2479 $2231$879
Sep 17(Thu) Sep 30(Wed) $2479 $2231$879
Sep 24(Thu) Oct 07(Wed) $2479 $2231$879
Oct 08(Thu) Oct 21(Wed) $2479 $2231$879
Oct 15(Thu) Oct 28(Wed) $2479 $2231$879
Oct 22(Thu) Nov 04(Wed) $2479 $2231$879
Oct 29(Thu) Nov 11(Wed) $2279 $2051$819
Nov 05(Thu) Nov 18(Wed) $2279 $2051$819
Nov 12(Thu) Nov 25(Wed) $2259 $2033$799

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
  • 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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    4.834 Reviews
    Posted on April 21, 2019
    From the planning stages and inquiries to the final details while on tour, Travel China Guide provided excellent and prompt service. On tour the guides were all extremely capable, friendly and attentive. Every detail of our trip fell in to place perfectly on time and in order. We were more than very pleased with the quality of accommodation and the food and restaurants chosen were amazingly good.We saw so much more than we had expected to. The "no shopping tour" lived up to its name, although we inevitably had to walk through many markets to or from attractions, which is what China is all about anyway, in fact it was frustrating at times not to be able to stop and look.An excellent tour and company. ... More
    Posted on August 12, 2019
    We have only just returned to the UK, having spent some time in Hong Kong after our tour. I must say that my wife and I were very happy with Travel China guide's organization of the trip and allowing us to join the group from Xian as we had already booked a trip of Beijing with a different travel company. Thank you to TCG for the excellent vacation.
    Trudy Wheatley
    United States
    Posted on August 07, 2019
    My husband and I were very happy with our journey.

    The guides were exceptional - especially Linda (Beijing) and Jackie (Xi'an). We spent the most time with them and they were very knowledgeable and helpful. The itineraries we went on were great and the day was well planned out. LOVED walking on the Great Wall and seeing the Terracotta Warriors. We even enjoyed the evening shows.

    It was great to be met at each airport on time with a friendly guide and fantastic bus service. The buses were always clean and the drivers were courteous. Thanks for the water each day!

    The hotels were excellent and the restaurants also. We really enjoyed all our meals, especially eating with the family in Xi'an. The only slight disappointment was the cruise ship - it certainly didn't deserve 5 stars but it was still very nice and the staff was very nice and helpful. We really loved the gorges and visiting the dam, but especially the pea boats down the Shennong gorge.

    Joe & I feel that we definitely got more than our money's worth. We had a fabulous 14 days with TCG and would recommend them to all our family and friends.
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    Kaley Greer
    Posted on August 01, 2019
    The trip was perfectly organized to enable a first-time visitor get a good overview of the country and its culture. Thank you.
    Posted on July 30, 2019
    Thank you so much for your help with our wonderful vacation! Everything was just perfect.
    Posted on July 21, 2019
    Hereunder is my note of this tour:

    The diversity of the group (nationalities) made the group interesting, as there was more to share that only the tour. I think this group blended very good and found agreement on all issues discussed and decided in the interest of the group. The time was proposed by the guide and was most of the times accepted by 100% of the group. All meals were good; it was varied, with vegetables, seafood and meat. There was always plenty of food and great fresh fruit for dessert. All restaurants were nice, clean and fast in their service. The day we visited the Terracotta Warriors, we had a lovely family lunch, which was a good full lunch, which happens late depending of the time we return from the trip to see the warriors and then later in the afternoon we rushed to the theater and the dumpling dinner, I think is too much food for 1 day. I love dumplings but I couldn't eat as we had had the late lunch! I would have likened to hear more history about Beijing. Driving to the Great Wall I consider was a good time to hear a summary of the Chinese Civilization, as I understand the history of China is gigantic it can be hard to try and cut it down to a one hour recollection. I like to know more and inside the bus is easier to hear and concentrate in what the tour guide is telling. All in all we had a great time and learned a lot. ... More
    Prabhash Narayan
    New Zealand
    Posted on July 14, 2019
    Thanks for your great help in making such a wonderful tour plan for us. A small area to improve. As my wife was/is vegetarian it would have been great when making the booking for the domestic flights you could advise the airline that the passenger requires vegetarian food. It would be a good idea to add dinner in Chongqing after visiting the market (village) and before boarding the cruise boat. The lunch on the plane from Xian to Chongqing was just a small sandwich and the dinner on the boat in the first night was average. However, I will certainly recommend this tour to anyone visiting to China. ... More
    Posted on July 13, 2019
    I must compliment you on the quality of your guides, service and food. Everything was fabulous :)
    James Elkjer
    Posted on June 30, 2019
    Wendy, thank you and your company for the best vacation in my life!!! Guides were all very good. The most charming was John in Beijing. I especially enjoyed Lychee in Chongqing but the time was short. Trazi in Xian was totally competent but seemed more driven but in all very very good. The lady Ginger in Yichang was probably the most knowledgeable but again the time was short. The lady Yoyo in Shanghai was wonderful! You have in all a great team and they do a wonderful job.
    Posted on June 21, 2019
    The tour was exceptionally well-organized and informative, and all the stops were wonderful.
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