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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
Explore the mejestic Forbidden City
Explore the mejestic Forbidden City
Our guests at the Temple of Heaven
Our guests at the Temple of Heaven
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
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. You will explore a popular local market and enjoy a relaxing time.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Have a great time hiking on the Great Wall
Have a great time hiking on the Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, Olympic Bird's Nest, A la carte lunch, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
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 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.

You will have an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a nice local restaurant. 

The afternoon trip will take you to visit the old Hutongs. You will explore the traditional Hutong alleys by taking a rickshaw and attend a Chinese folk art activity to make paper cuttings. After that, 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
Enjoy the beautiful scenery in the Summer Palace
Enjoy the beautiful scenery in the Summer Palace
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.
Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses
Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses
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)
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
Practice Tai Chi at the City Wall Park
Practice Tai Chi at the City Wall Park
Taste authentic local food at Muslim Quarter
Taste authentic local food at Muslim Quarter
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)
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
Appreciate the stunning landscape of Li River
Appreciate the stunning landscape of Li River
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
The President Cruises
The President Cruises
Standard cabin with balcony
Standard cabin with balcony
Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Shuangguishan National Forest Park, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
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 Shuangguishan National Forest Park. Facing the Yangtze River, Mount Shuanggui is a renowned site with the integration of both natural and cultural landscapes. It is covered by more than 500,000 species of trees and flowers, so called the back garden of Fengdu. Besides, the poems and inscriptions left by the ancient Chinese poets can be seen everywhere. 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)
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
Three Gorges Sightseeing
Three Gorges Sightseeing
Sampan adventure along the Shennong Stream
Sampan adventure along the Shennong Stream
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: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
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)
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
View the landmark buildings on the Bund
View the landmark buildings on the Bund
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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    4.864 Reviews
    Alexa Kerth
    Posted on December 03, 2019
    We did have a nice trip and we enjoyed it a lot. Thank you very much for all your organization and advices. We never had to wait for a guide, they were all in time. The hotels were also very convenient and clean, we can recommend all of them. We will definitely travel again to China since there are still many interesting parts left for visiting - maybe in 2020. Looking forward to using your agency again.
    Andrew Beadle
    South Africa
    Posted on November 27, 2019
    China was great and the arrangements by your team were absolutely the best. Our guides and drivers were spot on time and went out of their way to ensure we got the most out of our trip. Thanks also for taking the time to come and meet us personally during our stay in Xian. The standard of hotels and restaurants and the food was really good. The hotel in Beijing was perhaps too far away from the city center, but of course it is only a short taxi ride away. The food at this hotel was also not as good as all the other hotels but we then ate at Wangfujing and had great food there. We can recommend your services to others very highly. ... More
    Jeanette Grummett
    Australia
    Posted on November 22, 2019
    Sincere thanks to all the hardworking staff members who made our holiday so successful.

    Food: overall was superb, especially lunch at Guilin, meals at Shanghai and Beijing, lunch provided by family host in Xian were meals fit for royalty and were very suitable to our Western palates. A couple of meals whilst adequate were not up to a good standard and they were- meals on cruise - we were given very little choice.

    Tour Guide:
    Beijing - Linda, it was a pleasure to have her looking after us, she did a marvellous job. Our Rating 10 out of 10
    Xian - Celine displayed incredible knowledge, she worked very hard and was very thorough in everything she did. She is a great asset to your company. Our Rating 10 out of 10
    Guillin/Yangshou - Tom was a really nice person who had a good command of English, attended to our every need and went out of his way to make our stay very enjoyable. The bicycle tour at Yangshuo was our favourite part of our entire tour, followed closely by Li River cruise. Tom suggested we visit an evening cultural show at Yangshou which we agreed to and thoroughly enjoyed. Our Rating: 10 +++ out of 10
    Chongqing - Tour guide Sophie presented us with a lot of information, she has great language skills and she fitted a lot in, in a short amount of time.. We were very fascinated with our tour of the Porcelain Village. She is deserving of very high praise. Our Rating 10 out of 10
    Yangstze River Cruise - very professionally run and enjoyable. Eric was fantastic. Our Rating 10 out of 10
    Shanghai - Jimmy - a wonderful man who was excellent in every way, we really enjoyed his company and he was very thorough in looking after us. Our Rating 10 out of 10
    All of the guides were amazing people whom we highly recommend and would be very happy to have again if we return.

    Transport: Air, train, van, cruise ship - all first class. The van drivers were all highly skilled, courteous and professional.

    Hotels: All were of luxury standard. Guilin hotel was very good but not up to the standard of the other hotels. (Carpet dirty)

    Tour improvements:
    1. Provide details of plane flights and train tickets. We realise guides have this information but if there is a problem of some kind it would be good to know our details, even a copy of ticket if possible.
    2. Check to make sure that all meals are at places with good reputation for tourists.
    3. More precise information at pick up points. This is a worry for the traveller when they are not quite sure where they are going to meet, especially at train stations. Some met on the platform whilst others met at the exit. Another difficulty is knowing when to get off the train - some additional information would be helpful as the station signs are often written only in Chinese. Knowing the estimated time of arrival would also be helpful in recognizing when to get off.
    These are our main thoughts at this point of time. We thank you for a well-prepared tour.
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    Hunhold Karl
    Germany
    Posted on November 20, 2019
    As tour director I travel to many parts of the world. This time we choose TravelChina as an excellent way to discover China.
    Amanda
    Britain
    Posted on November 18, 2019
    This is our first time to China and this team did a great job on itinerary organization. Most of all, sightseeings along the yangtze river are simply fantastic. I had a leisure time during four days, since all my meals bar one were taken on the cruise ship I can only say that I enjoyed these meals very much. Both my guides in Yichang and Chongqing were conscientious. The drivers were helpful and the cars were very clean. The guides in other cities were also proficient. This tour was very well planned and everything went smoothly. ... More
    Ruth Kulczycki
    Canada
    Posted on November 15, 2019
    Most of the guides were very good. Some spent a little more time on their phones than needed. Hotels were excellent.
    Cruise was ok. A couple of places I would delete. ie silk street. Could be a little more diversified like taking us to a farm or factory rather than always taking us to historical places. Food was excellent. Maybe after a busy day give us a little more free time as the days were very busy.
    Akram
    India
    Posted on November 12, 2019
    We found your company just by chance when we were browsing the internet to find more information (using Google). We also joined the China Travel Community Forum and posted some questions which were always quickly answered by the members. We also read the mainly positive feedback on both your website and on Tripadvisor. After our first contact we were very impressed by your quick response to any message we sent. It appears that you operate a 24 hours system that means we get an answer regardless of the time of the day or night. There is no doubt that we will be very happy to recommend your company to anybody who is thinking of visiting your country. ... More
    Cheryl Horsey
    US
    Posted on November 11, 2019
    We absolutely loved our China trip. This travel company was amazing. The itinerary was comprehensive and I would not have traded any of the destinations. All of the meals were very good. Especially in Xian! Meals in Beijing was least favorite. Always way too much food, but excellent. Lily, who was our guide in Xian, we felt was exceptional. She was extremely knowledgeable about the history (of which there is a long one in Xian). She was very friendly and has a great personality. Her English is impeccable. We had a great time with her! Jing Jing was our guide in Guilin and we loved her as well. She was so charming and pleasant. Jing Jing celebrated my partner's birthday with us by having a birthday cake sent to the hotel (Thanks for this too) and we had a great conversation. Relaxed and comfortable. I will always remember this. Shirley was the guide in Yichang, she is very memorable for her warm and engaging personality. Also, for helping us with our banking there! The drivers and the cars were great. All of them. The cars were clean, and we always had bottled water. The drivers were very friendly and accommodating. They were excellent drivers. The next time we travel to China I will go with Travel China Guide. I have highly recommended it to all my friends who travel! Thank you for a memorable China trip. ... More
    Janaki Ranjani
    India
    Posted on November 09, 2019
    I want to thank this company very much for excellent arrangements. Everything was perfect.
    Yvonne Liz Trevino
    United States
    Posted on November 06, 2019
    I had a great China vacation thanks to the very well organized tour from TravelChinaGuide.com management, the knowledgeable tour guides, the nice drivers and the nice travel mates that I met during the tour (and that now are my friends!).
    I love culture so I would enjoy more time in the Shanghai Museum; in Beijing's Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace; and in Xian's Terracota Warriors and Horses Museum. I think also that some extra time for shopping souvenirs: I recommend time in the Muslim Market in Xian (The prices were good) and more time in the Yu Garden in Shanghai (we had 30 minutes) or the market under the subway station in Shanghai (close to the Science and Technology Museum). Maybe you can arrange an optional "evening" tour to the markets after all cultural things for the day are seen. People not interested in shopping can just stay in the hotel. I had that in other tours (To Egypt) and it worked very well. I would spend less time in the Three Gorges Dam Project place.
    I liked the restaurants visited in Xian and Shanghai. I liked the Dumplings Dinner but I know some people were not trilled. I also wanted "Diet Coke" or "healthy coke" since I have sugar problems and it was not very easy to find :(
    I think TravelChinaGuide.com provides great value for the price, and are always prompt to respond to any of your questions and inquiries. I highly recommend Travel China Guide to anyone thinking about visiting China for vacation.
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