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SG03: 14 Days Small Group Tour to Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 1-18 persons, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed limousine
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
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 guide and driver will take 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
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 – 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 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
Three Gorges Dam, Disembark the cruise ship, Yichang Museum, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
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 take you to have lunch. Visit Yichang Museum and a riverside Binjiang Park. Then you will board the flight to Shanghai, where the guide in Shanghai will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Century Park Shanghai
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
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement, 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
12% off - book by Dec 31, 2018; 10% off - book in January, 2019
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Mar. 2019Mar 26(Tue) Apr 08(Mon) $2259 $1987$729
Apr. 2019Apr 04(Thu) Apr 17(Wed) $2379 $2093$779
Apr 11(Thu) Apr 24(Wed) $2379 $2093$779
Apr 18(Thu) May 01(Wed) $2379 $2093$779
Apr 25(Thu) May 08(Wed) $2459 $2163$859
May. 2019May 09(Thu) May 22(Wed) $2429 $2137$819
May 16(Thu) May 29(Wed) $2429 $2137$819
May 23(Thu) Jun 05(Wed) $2429 $2137$819
May 30(Thu) Jun 12(Wed) $2349 $2067$749
Jun. 2019Jun 06(Thu) Jun 19(Wed) $2349 $2067$749
Jun 13(Thu) Jun 26(Wed) $2349 $2067$749
Jun 20(Thu) Jul 03(Wed) $2349 $2067$749
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 10(Wed) $2349 $2067$749
Jul. 2019Jul 04(Thu) Jul 17(Wed) $2379 $2093$749
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 24(Wed) $2379 $2093$749
Jul 18(Thu) Jul 31(Wed) $2379 $2093$749
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 07(Wed) $2379 $2093$749
Aug. 2019Aug 01(Thu) Aug 14(Wed) $2379 $2093$749
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 21(Wed) $2379 $2093$749
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 28(Wed) $2379 $2093$749
Aug 22(Thu) Sep 04(Wed) $2379 $2093$749
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 11(Wed) $2459 $2163$859
Sep. 2019Sep 05(Thu) Sep 18(Wed) $2449 $2155$839
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 25(Wed) $2449 $2155$839
Sep 19(Thu) Oct 02(Wed) $2449 $2155$839
Oct. 2019Oct 03(Thu) Oct 16(Wed) $2449 $2155$839
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 23(Wed) $2449 $2155$839
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 30(Wed) $2449 $2155$839
Oct 24(Thu) Nov 06(Wed) $2399 $2111$789
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 13(Wed) $2249 $1979$789
Nov. 2019Nov 07(Thu) Nov 20(Wed) $2279 $2005$819
Mar. 2020Mar 31(Tue) Apr 13(Mon) $2349 $2067$799

Remark: The prices in red reflect 12% discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
12% off - book by Dec 31, 2018; 10% off - book in January, 2019
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Mar. 2020Mar 31(Tue) Apr 13(Mon) $2349 $2067$799
Apr. 2020Apr 05(Sun) Apr 18(Sat) $2449 $2155$779
Apr 12(Sun) Apr 25(Sat) $2449 $2155$779
Apr 19(Sun) May 02(Sat) $2449 $2155$779
Apr 26(Sun) May 09(Sat) $2509 $2207$819
May. 2020May 03(Sun) May 16(Sat) $2509 $2207$819
May 10(Sun) May 23(Sat) $2509 $2207$819
May 17(Sun) May 30(Sat) $2509 $2207$819
May 24(Sun) Jun 06(Sat) $2509 $2207$819
May 31(Sun) Jun 13(Sat) $2419 $2128$749
Jun. 2020Jun 07(Sun) Jun 20(Sat) $2419 $2128$749
Jun 14(Sun) Jun 27(Sat) $2419 $2128$749
Jun 21(Sun) Jul 04(Sat) $2419 $2128$749
Jun 28(Sun) Jul 11(Sat) $2419 $2128$749
Jul. 2020Jul 05(Sun) Jul 18(Sat) $2459 $2163$749
Jul 12(Sun) Jul 25(Sat) $2459 $2163$749
Jul 19(Sun) Aug 01(Sat) $2459 $2163$749
Jul 26(Sun) Aug 08(Sat) $2459 $2163$749
Aug. 2020Aug 02(Sun) Aug 15(Sat) $2459 $2163$749
Aug 09(Sun) Aug 22(Sat) $2459 $2163$749
Aug 16(Sun) Aug 29(Sat) $2459 $2163$749
Aug 30(Sun) Sep 12(Sat) $2509 $2207$819
Sep. 2020Sep 06(Sun) Sep 19(Sat) $2519 $2216$839
Sep 13(Sun) Sep 26(Sat) $2519 $2216$839
Sep 20(Sun) Oct 03(Sat) $2519 $2216$839
Oct. 2020Oct 04(Sun) Oct 17(Sat) $2519 $2216$839
Oct 11(Sun) Oct 24(Sat) $2519 $2216$839
Oct 18(Sun) Oct 31(Sat) $2519 $2216$839
Oct 25(Sun) Nov 07(Sat) $2469 $2172$789
Nov. 2020Nov 01(Sun) Nov 14(Sat) $2319 $2040$789
Nov 08(Sun) Nov 21(Sat) $2319 $2040$789
Nov 15(Sun) Nov 28(Sat) $2319 $2040$789

Remark: The prices in red reflect 12% 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
Why Travel With Us
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    4.88 Reivews
    David Custer
    United States
    Posted on December 05, 2018
    Thank you for a very good time. It was good meeting our consultant Eileen in Xian. I could probably think real hard and come up with some minor complaint, but it would be very minor and probably unavoidable anyway. I think this is a very good organization. We had a very good time and please send our best regards to Candy, Echo, Tong, and Cynthia. They were especially nice.

    For all you considering booking a tour with TravelChinaGuide.com let me assure you that they are as good as can be expected. I had always wanted to see China but was not sure how to go about it. Previously I had done all my travel planning on my own. I have always been leery of package tours because of the high probability of having problems with at least one person in a large group situation. TravelChinaGuide.com promise of smaller groups, great lodging and non-tourist restaurants sold me. They lived up to those promises plus their guides and entertainment shows were all top notch. I can highly recommend the Beijing, Xi'an, Yangtze Rive cruise, and Shanghai tour.

    Hope to see up again in the future,
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    Posted on December 04, 2018
    We had a fantastic 14 day tour with Travel China Guide. All the tour guides were quite friendly and knowledgeable about the different cities we travelled to, i.e. Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangtze River Cruise and Shanghai. I only wished there had been at least 2 days allocated for Shanghai as I feel there's as much to see in Shanghai as there is in Beijing, albeit the cities are quite different in nature.

    All the hotels were 5* rated and we were quite satisfied with all of them. The places we were taken for lunch were first rate and if anything, the food was too plentiful sometimes. On our trip in Xian, we had a home cooked meal at a person's house and then that evening, we had a dumpling dinner at the Tang Dynasty Show. On this particular day, it felt like we had too much food and it would have been better to split those two meals on different days.

    Overall, the 14 day China tour was an excellent experience for my husband and I, particularly since this was his first time to China. We would highly recommend both Travel China Guide as a tour company and all its tour guides.

    Grace - Ottawa, Canada
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    William Niccum
    Posted on November 29, 2018
    First let us say that we thoroughly enjoyed our time. The time spent at each sightseeing spot was adequate considering all of the time constraints. The environment and service at all of the restaurants were excellent. My wife's favorite were the sauteed, black mushrooms that we had several times while in Beijing. I especially like a place called "Hot Pot Mamas". The guides were all knowledgeable and very eager to show us their area. Having a guide from the area that we were in was very helpful. They ensured that we made the best use of our time while we were with them. We were offered the feedback forms in each city. The buses were like new and spotlessly clean. The drivers were courteous and efficient. We have to mention Sara in Beijing. She was exceptional and set the tone for the rest of the tour. The hotels for this entire tour were fantastic!! There is nothing to complain about in a five star hotel. The rooms were great and I loved ALL the hot breakfast. My wife could enjoy the Asian style breakfast while I had my Western Omelets! Every day of this tour, we were seeing exciting new things. We were NEVER bored. The time was utilized perfectly in our opinion. We have taken many other guided tours over the years and can honestly say that this tour was among the best. Money wise, it was certainly the best value of them all. I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone who is considering a visit to China. Your company and your services are exceptional. ... More
    Jennifer and Christopher O'Neill
    Posted on November 26, 2018
    Our trip with Travel China Guide was wonderful from start to finish. Kelly Wang kept in constant contact through the booking process, and our guides on the journey Linda, Bella, Effie, Jacky and Daniel were fantastic. The accommodation was first class as was the included meals we had along the way. Everything ran very smoothly and on time. The guides met us at airports and train stations and stayed with us until we were all checked in at motels and airports, they really took any strain away from us with any language problems. We were very impressed with the whole process. The scenery, culture, history and the awesome progress China has made in the past 50 years is something special, we appreciated it all. ... More
    Anthony Simmonds
    Posted on November 13, 2018
    We really enjoyed our vacation which gave us a greater understanding and appreciation of China. We were very fortunate in that our group were all friendly and good mannered, although we were of nine different nationalities. The hotels were all excellent, and the staff very helpful. The meals were rather too much for us, and the amount of uneaten food was a concern to me. The breakfasts in the hotels were excellent, but a snack at lunch time and a larger meal in the evening would have been ample. Our guides were on the whole competent, considerate and friendly, informed us of any interesting details of history, geography, etc. of the areas we visited, and could answer any questions we had.

    In Beijing our guide John was very capable and knowledgeable, and we were very happy with his performance. In Xian our guide Lily was excellent. The meals were made more pleasant by her asking what we wanted to eat before she ordered, and she went out of her way to be helpful and make our stay in Xian enjoyable and comfortable. I highly recommend Lily. In Gullin and Yangshou our guide Julie was wonderful, so attentive and concerned for our comfort and enjoyment the whole time. A truly five star guide. In Chongqing we only spent a short time with our guide Jerry so it is difficult to fairly evaluate his capability. He did inform us as well as possible about the city, and we had a very nice meal there. It would have been nice to spend more time in Chongqing. On Yangtze cruise tour, Badong and the Shennong Stream was a particularly enjoyable day, made exceptionally so by our guide Ruby on the small junk. She was delightful. The tour of the Three Gorges Dam was very interesting and enjoyable. Finally, we arrived in Shanghai. Our guide was Susan. She was excellent, and went out of her way to make our stay in Shanghai comfortable and enjoyable. I highly recommend Susan.
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    Bob T
    United States
    Posted on November 07, 2018
    Very informative guides and plenty of places visited. The tours were very well-organized with top-quality guides. Candy truly enhanced tour experience in Beijing! Would use this company again and would recommend them.
    Posted on October 26, 2018
    We were very satisfied with the China Tour we did. I thought all the guides we had in the different places were very good, speaking very good English & they were all obviously very proud of their country. We were given a huge amount of excellent information about the country by the guides both historical & general facts which were very interesting & enriched our experience in China. The food & restaurants chosen for us were first class & we felt we'd put on so much weight when we left. I would have no hesitation in recommending this group tour to others. ... More
    Thomas V
    United States
    Posted on October 15, 2018
    This was a very enjoyable trip - the service to arrange trip was efficient & easy and answered our questions. Variety of trips and activities made a very memorable stay. Our guides & drivers in each city were friendly, courteous and knowledgeable.
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