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Classic China

SG03: 14 Days Small Group Tour of 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
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, where the guide in Shanghai will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
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
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Apr 25(Thu) May 08(Wed) $2489$879
May 09(Thu) May 22(Wed) $2459$839
May 16(Thu) May 29(Wed) $2459$839
May 23(Thu) Jun 05(Wed) $2459 $2336$839
May 30(Thu) Jun 12(Wed) $2369 $2250$759
Jun 06(Thu) Jun 19(Wed) $2369 $2250$759
Jun 13(Thu) Jun 26(Wed) $2369 $2250$759
Jun 20(Thu) Jul 03(Wed) $2369 $2250$759
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 10(Wed) $2369 $2132$759
Jul 04(Thu) Jul 17(Wed) $2409 $2168$759
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 24(Wed) $2409 $2168$759
Jul 18(Thu) Jul 31(Wed) $2409 $2168$759
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 07(Wed) $2409 $2168$759
Aug 01(Thu) Aug 14(Wed) $2409 $2168$759
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 21(Wed) $2409 $2168$759
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 28(Wed) $2409 $2168$759
Aug 22(Thu) Sep 04(Wed) $2409 $2168$759
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 11(Wed) $2489 $2240$869
Sep 05(Thu) Sep 18(Wed) $2469 $2222$859
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 25(Wed) $2469 $2222$859
Sep 19(Thu) Oct 02(Wed) $2469 $2222$859
Oct 03(Thu) Oct 16(Wed) $2469 $2222$859
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 23(Wed) $2469 $2222$859
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 30(Wed) $2469 $2222$859
Oct 24(Thu) Nov 06(Wed) $2419 $2177$809
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 13(Wed) $2269 $2042$799
Nov 07(Thu) Nov 20(Wed) $2299 $2069$839

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 
Mar 31(Tue) Apr 13(Mon) $2369 $2132$819
Apr 05(Sun) Apr 18(Sat) $2469 $2222$789
Apr 12(Sun) Apr 25(Sat) $2469 $2222$789
Apr 19(Sun) May 02(Sat) $2469 $2222$789
Apr 26(Sun) May 09(Sat) $2529 $2276$839
May 03(Sun) May 16(Sat) $2529 $2276$839
May 10(Sun) May 23(Sat) $2529 $2276$839
May 17(Sun) May 30(Sat) $2529 $2276$839
May 24(Sun) Jun 06(Sat) $2529 $2276$839
May 31(Sun) Jun 13(Sat) $2449 $2204$759
Jun 07(Sun) Jun 20(Sat) $2449 $2204$759
Jun 14(Sun) Jun 27(Sat) $2449 $2204$759
Jun 21(Sun) Jul 04(Sat) $2449 $2204$759
Jun 28(Sun) Jul 11(Sat) $2449 $2204$759
Jul 05(Sun) Jul 18(Sat) $2479 $2231$759
Jul 12(Sun) Jul 25(Sat) $2479 $2231$759
Jul 19(Sun) Aug 01(Sat) $2479 $2231$759
Jul 26(Sun) Aug 08(Sat) $2479 $2231$759
Aug 02(Sun) Aug 15(Sat) $2479 $2231$759
Aug 09(Sun) Aug 22(Sat) $2479 $2231$759
Aug 16(Sun) Aug 29(Sat) $2479 $2231$759
Aug 30(Sun) Sep 12(Sat) $2529 $2276$839
Sep 06(Sun) Sep 19(Sat) $2549 $2294$859
Sep 13(Sun) Sep 26(Sat) $2549 $2294$859
Sep 20(Sun) Oct 03(Sat) $2549 $2294$859
Oct 04(Sun) Oct 17(Sat) $2549 $2294$859
Oct 11(Sun) Oct 24(Sat) $2549 $2294$859
Oct 18(Sun) Oct 31(Sat) $2549 $2294$859
Oct 25(Sun) Nov 07(Sat) $2489 $2240$809
Nov 01(Sun) Nov 14(Sat) $2339 $2105$799
Nov 08(Sun) Nov 21(Sat) $2339 $2105$799
Nov 15(Sun) Nov 28(Sat) $2339 $2105$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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    4.817 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
    Gary Gevisser
    Posted on April 19, 2019
    It is good to have an intelligent, honest and knowledgeable guide and to tap it off Selina in Beijing was mindful of every of our little needs. (And she has a beautiful smile!) We also appreicate the bottled water in the car. We enjoyed the show at the Tang Dynasty Palace most. Other parts of our trip were good as well. I must mention that I made many friends in my group from other countries. It was fantastic!
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    South Africa
    Posted on April 19, 2019
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    Rebecca Hutson
    United States
    Posted on April 11, 2019
    Abbey has answered every email question promtply. We are looking forward to our trip soon.
    Mavis Greer
    United States
    Posted on February 22, 2019
    Our trip to China was wonderful. We think travelchinaguide did a very good job! Everything went very well. All our guides were great, and the places we visited were fantastic. The Great Wall and cycling on the Xian City Wall were interesting, and the trip down the Yangtze will never be forgotten. The cruise down the river was much more than we expected, and we would recommend it highly. We really appreciate our travel consultant Linda did for us and her efficient and courteous email correspondence during the preparations. We gladly let other people know that they should use Travel China Guide for their China trip! Again, thank you for arranging a great trip! ... More
    Mary Mulyk
    Posted on January 31, 2019
    We were very satisfied with our 16 day China tour at the end of October 2018. Our travel consultant Selina Wu was excellent - she answered all our questions promptly and gave us detailed information on an optional private tour of Tongli watertown outside Shanghai at the end of our trip. Throughout the trip the choices of restaurants for lunch were great and the food was delicious. Accommodations, tour arrangements, guides, vehicles used were all very good.The extensive air travel,trains and Yangtze river cruise ran smoothly and there wasn't any trouble with local guides bringing us to these places and picking us up. The only glitch was a very long train ride that was substituted for the air flight to Shanghai. We loved the shows that were booked for us and the personal touches -like lunch prepared by a local and held in her house in Xian and a walk through a local village near Guilin which added to an authentic Chinese experience.
    We definitely recommend going to China with Travel China Guide.
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    Alexandra Luca
    Posted on January 06, 2019
    Me, together with my family (my wife and my 6 years old little girl) went in the itinerary of "Classic China" in August 2018. We visited - Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang, Shanghai with all sights from the mentioned cities. Before starting we were afraid about the rainy weather, being monsoon season, but we were extremely lucky as only 1 day of 16 were with drizzle.

    I can start saying that the tour paid off all the money as the accommodation, meals and sightseeings were perfect and flawless. We didn’t have any default in tour timing and we succeeded to accomplish all. Everything was really 5 stars.

    I would like to thank you also to Ruby and Selina for their customer excellence skills and the way they managed my tons of emails to them. The local guides were very professional, skilled and supportive. The local vans were clean and the drivers supportive. The food was great with a very good mixture. We really enjoyed the experience.
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    Posted on December 25, 2018
    I would recommend Travel China Guide Tours, because the services were excellent. Our guide in Beijing was very knowledgeable, also a kind person in every way, alwalys trying to help. Also, Mr. Win the driver was a polite and safe driver.

    In Xian, we were very pleased to have Roger as our guide. He was knowledgeable, very pleasant, helpful and always on time. Mr. Feng, the driver was a very polite man, and did a good job by driving us safely from one place to another.
    Marcelo F
    Posted on December 17, 2018
    Well, in relation to the vacation, we are very satisfied, in the whole was very good. And we will comment some aspects separately.

    The places of the itinerary. Very good and interesting most of them, maybe more days in Beijing could be better to visit a lot of places that the city has to visit. Shanghai is an amazing city and really deserves more days to visit it. The other cities and times were ok. Punctuality and reception/ attention for in and out. Excellent, we never have to wait, the guides and drivers very punctual.

    Hotels. Excellent in general, very good hotels, good breakfast, facilities, good location.

    Guides and drivers. Excellent, very kind and polite and nice. No problem at all with English in spite that we are not native English speakers, we always understand perfectly everything.

    Cruise along the Yantze. Very good, in spite the cabin were a bit little, the ship in general was quite comfortable, very good meals, service, very clean, etc.

    Restaurants, in general were rather good, the only one meal in Guilin was bad.

    For the entertainment shows, all were excellent

    In general we think it was an excellent trip and with a very good price in relation the services that were offered. We will definitely travel with this agency again.
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    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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