Temple of Heaven, BeijingTemple of Heaven, Beijing

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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)
To start your China group tour, your guide will host a short pre-trip meeting at your hotel lobby this morning. This includes a final briefing and preparations for your trip. The group travel guidelines and tips will also be shared. After the pre-trip meeting, 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)
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)
Our clients learning to make dumpling at a local family house
Our clients learning to make dumpling at a local family house
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)
Li River cruise, Guilin
Li River cruise, Guilin
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)
Welcome Party on the Yangtze River
Welcome Party on the Yangtze River
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
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Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

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  • 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
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  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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    Grace Harris
    Posted on October 04, 2019
    It was a very enjoyable tour. The staff had offered a very attentive service right from booking the tour to the actual delivery of the holiday itself. It was great to have the chance to meet Wendy in Xian over lunch. I can imagine how hard she worked behind the scene co-coordinating all the bespoke tours TravelChinaGuide operate and to such high standard. We really appreciate Wendy's help.
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    Posted on October 03, 2019
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    Posted on September 30, 2019
    We had a fabulous trip and walked away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Chinese landscape, culture, people and food. People are super friendly and helpful, even with the language barrier. Travel China took such care of every detail that we never worried at any change over. Always felt safe. A great dollar value for this trip. You will walk a lot, learn/see a lot and eat a lot. A few tips for Canadians: WiFi does not work there with our phones so have a good roaming plan. Visa is good for the duration of your passport minus one year so, when all is booked, do not delay in the process as it is very intensive. Ladies, always have tissues and hand sanitizer for the washrooms and be ready to squat :) Remember, it is a different culture and acceptable behaviours are not the same as ours, especially at performances.
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    Having always been independent travellers, we had some hesitation in booking a conducted tour but our 14-day small group tour surpassed all our expectations. From the start of our booking with TravelChinaGuide we were impressed with their prompt, friendly, efficient and informative replies to our many e-mail enquiries. This concern for their guests continued throughout the trip - the guides and their drivers were punctual, the mood on the tour bus was always cheerful, instructions were given clearly, together with a feast of interesting commentary and anecdotes and they guided us quickly and expertly through crowds and long queues at the busier locations. Our visits to the main cities were interspersed with more personal experiences - three visits to Chinese homes, lessons in Chinese paper-cutting and calligraphy, delicious meals where we got to know our fellow-travellers better and helpful suggestions as to what to do when we had time to explore on our own. Our guides assisted with check-ins at airports and stations and we were always met by a guide on arrival in a new and untrue familiar city. With this superb organisation we were able to relax and enjoy an amazingly interesting and varied holiday with no anxiety or time pressure and had the fun of sharing it with a group of like-minded travellers. We came home with a store of amazing experiences, new friendships, a new interest in China and a dream to return some time in the future. We would without hesitation recommend a tour with TravelChinaGuide to our friends and family. ... More
    Posted on September 14, 2019
    As to the guides, All of them were excellent.

    As to meals: I preface by saying that I and two others requested vegetarian food. The very first meal in Beijing was more than excellent even for the vegetarians. There was plenty of food. It was beautifully prepared and tasted delicious. Unfortunately, besides the meal on the cruise which was also excellent and this one, the others were most disappointing. There was never again the possibility for us to order what we wanted. For the second meal in Beijing, the vegetarians were given a dish of tofu in addition to a few green vegetables on the common table and a bowl of rice. This was disappointing after the first meal, but at least we had what to eat. The third meal and the final "celebration meal" were the worst. Besides the same few uninteresting green vegetables on the common table there was virtually nothing for us to eat. If the first restaurant in Beijing could come up with such delicious food, then I'm sure that the others could do much better. The food on the cruise was plentiful and delicious even for us vegetarians.

    As to the drivers: They were always on time and the vehicles were kept very clean.

    As to the hotels: All the hotels were fine and the breakfasts were good. The best breakfast was at the hotel in Beijing where the coffee drinkers among us enjoyed really delicious coffee. All the hotel rooms were comfortable with the one in Xian being the most comfortable for me.
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    Posted on September 02, 2019
    We would like to offer our highest praise and said how good the guides' English skills were. What a marvelous day exploring the Great Wall in Beijing! We enjoyed having fellow travelers from around the world. We got on very well with them and enjoyed their camaraderie immensely. I can't recall too many other details at the moment but this tour was a great success to me.
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    Posted on August 21, 2019
    I traveled in a small-sized group over 2 weeks to Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai and Yangtze River. Guides, Our best guides were Linda and Tina. Linda in Beijing and Mr. Wong her driver were fantastic. Tactful in every way, so caring and yet professional. We were sorry to say Goodbye to them, in the chaos of Beijing airport!!! In Xian, Carol was not of the same calibre, very knowledgeable, but somewhat non communicative. She would have been better we felt in a large group situation. Tina in Guilin with her driver, an ex-military gentleman were a great team. They were accommodating and they could not have been more helpful. In Guilin we had a medical problem and Tina went out of her way to help us, she was just brilliant. Our thanks to her, and your company, who helped us in what could have been a difficult situation. We will always be indebted to Tina. Charlie in a half day in Chongqing showed us as much as time would allow and we enjoyed it very much. In Shanghai we met Miss Shoo. She was very knowledge and steered us from crowds. She helped us with local events and local travel. We enjoyed our time here. So much for our guides. The hotels were good on the whole although Shanghai was disappointing, only fast food at the railway station for local food and breakfast poor. Best hotel was at Guilin and Beijing. Your arrangements for trains, flights etc were excellent, always a guide waiting and transfers all smooth. Your eating arrangements were great, the best hotel lunch was at Xian. We would be happy to recommend your company to any prospective clients and talk to anyone who wishes to visit China using your company. ... More
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