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SG03: 14 Days Small Group Tour to Beijing Xian Guilin Chongqing Yangtze River Cruise Yichang Shanghai
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Day01 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
Day02 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven, Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Day03 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, a jade factory, Sacred Way, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Day04 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, a pearl store, A la carte lunch, Hutong visit. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day05 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, a pottery-making factory, A local family visit, Home-cooked lunch, Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Day06 Xian
City Wall, Provincial History Museum, A la carte lunch, Great Mosque, Free time at the Muslim Bazzar. (B+L)
Day07 Xian - Guilin
Fly to Guilin and airport-hotel transfer. Reed Flute Cave, a sea water pearl store. (B)

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day08 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside trip. Yangshuo-Guilin transfer. Elephant Trunk Hill. (B+L)
Day09 Guilin - Chongqing
Fly to Chongqing and airport pick-up. Liberation Monuments, Panda House, Ciqikou ancient town. Yangtze Cruise starts at about 22:00. (B)

Cruises: President No. 8 with balcony
Day10 Shibaozhai
An excursion to Shibaozhai, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
Day11 Badong - Xiling Gorge - Sandouping
Yangtze Three Gogres with an excursion to Shennong Stream. (B+L+D)
Day12 Yichang - Shanghai
Three Gorges Dam, Disembark the cruise. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)

Accommodation: Pullman Shanghai Jing An
Day13 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, a silk shop, A la carte lunch, the Bund, Nanjing Road, an art and cultural street. (B+L)
Day14 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement. A pleasant trip home! (B)
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Day01 Arrival in Beijing
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.

Meals included: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
Day02 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall
Photo by our client Mr. Max Leslie McFadzen
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. Lunch is served at a celebrated restaurant with an a la carte menu (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price). 

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 lunch
Day03 Beijing
Our group at the Temple of Heaven
We suggest you have a full breakfast this morning, as we will drive from downtown to climb the wondrous Great Wall at Badaling. 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. A jade factory is scheduled later. 

Then you are going to visit the Sacred Way that was linking all the tombs in the cemetery. At the conclusion of today's trip, you will have a chance to take photos of the 2008 Olympic Games Bird's Nest Stadium when passing by.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Day04 Beijing - Xian
Terracotta Army
This will be an exciting morning as you visit the scenic Summer Palace and go to a pearl store. 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. Later, you will have an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price).
 
After lunch, a visit to the old Hutongs follows. Then you are off to the next destination - Xian. 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
Day05 Xian
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 Warriors and Horses Museum and a pottery-making factory. 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 & Xian 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
Tips: Since the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will be closed in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we do not calculate the price of the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during this period. Clients will enjoy a free night by themselves.
Day06 Xian
Li River cruise, Guilin
Morning visit to the well-preserved ancient City Wall and the Provincial History Museum are arranged today. You may wish to take an optional cycle ride on the wall (bike rental fee is your responsibility). 

After an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price), a visit to the Great Mosque will be your adventure for the afternoon. It is noted for its unique architecture that perfectly combines traditional Chinese and Islamic styles. Around the mosque is the largest Moslem community, 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
Day07 Xian - Guilin
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 a sea water pearl store.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day08 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
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, you will enjoy the amazing rural scenery as we drive along the surrounding country roads. En route, you will be invited to visit a villager's home. After that, we will transfer you back to Guilin and visit Elephant Trunk Hill.

Tips: As the cruise company offers lunch box 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 included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day09 Guilin - Chongqing
Take a morning flight to Chongqing. Upon your arrival, our local guide will meet you at the airport and take you to visit the Liberation Monuments, the Panda House in Chongqing Zoo, and Ciqikou Ancient Town time permitting. After that you will board the President Series cruise ship for a three-night stay. It sets sail at 22:00, when your relaxing Yangtze cruise begins. Today's lunch and dinner are not included.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Cruises: President No. 8 with balcony
Day10 Shibaozhai
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
Day11 Badong - Xiling Gorge - Sandouping
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. This evening, the ship will travel through the Five Level Ship Lock, a magnificent building project of the Three Gorges.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day12 Yichang - Shanghai
This morning, the onshore excursion will take you to visit the stunning Three Gorges Dam site, which plays an important flood control role. Then take your time to check out. Our local guide will meet you on board and take you to have lunch. Then 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: Pullman Shanghai Jing An
Day13 Shanghai
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 Yuyuan Garden and a silk shop. 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 Shanghai dishes. 

Then continue your visit to the Bund, Nanjing Road and an ancient street to get a feel of both old and modern Shanghai in the afternoon. After that, 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 lunch
Day14 Departure from Shanghai
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 doest 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
We are never beaten on price and quality! Should another operator offer an identical itinerary at lower cost please contact our Sales Director and we will match it.
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  • 2018 Prices
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons! Currency Converter
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Apr. 2017Apr 01(Sat) Apr 14(Fri) $2359$829Full
May. 2017May 04(Thu) May 17(Wed) $2389$819Full
Jun. 2017Jun 01(Thu) Jun 14(Wed) $2259$699Full
Jul. 2017Jul 06(Thu) Jul 19(Wed) $2299$699Full
Aug. 2017Aug 03(Thu) Aug 16(Wed) $2309$709Full
Sep. 2017Sep 07(Thu) Sep 20(Wed) $2409$819Full
Oct. 2017Oct 05(Thu) Oct 18(Wed) $2409$819
Oct 12(Thu) Oct 25(Wed) $2409$819
Oct 19(Thu) Nov 01(Wed) $2409$819
Oct 26(Thu) Nov 08(Wed) $2239$749
Nov. 2017Nov 02(Thu) Nov 15(Wed) $2129$739
Nov 09(Thu) Nov 22(Wed) $2129$739
Nov 16(Thu) Nov 29(Wed) $2099$699
Mar. 2018Mar 31(Sat) Apr 13(Fri) $2549 $2243$899

Remarks: The prices in red reflect 10% discount if you book a 2017 China tour 30 days in advance.

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
  • 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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Book a 2018 China tour before Dec. 31, 2017, and you will enjoy a guaranteed discount of 12% off the tour price.