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SG04: 16 Days Small Group Tour to Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 2-18 persons, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed limousine
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Giant Pandas
  • Fantastic cruise tour on the Li River from Guilin to rural Yangshuo
  • Have a once in a life chance to get close to the incredibly cute treasure -Pandas
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Upon arrival at Beijing Airport, please clear yourself through customs. Our English-speaking guide will meet you at the arrival hall, after which we will drive you to the hotel. Have a good rest to restore yourself for the following 16 days China tour. Or, you can take a short walk around on your own. 
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)
Forbidden City
Photo by our client Mr. James Dwight Elkjer
After breakfast, your guide will offer a brief introduction to the group. The morning excursions will be the famous Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. As a palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties, it has a mysterious aura. An a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a nicely decorated and noted local restaurant will follow allowing you to taste diversified Chinese food and Peking Roast Duck.

In the afternoon we will visit the Temple of Heaven, a delicate ancient architectural complex where emperors once offered sacrifices to the God of Heaven. Later, we'll lighten up the evening with an exciting Chinese Kung Fu Show 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)
Unique rickshaw riding in old Hutongs
No Beijing tour is complete without visiting the Great Wall. This morning, we will set off to the suburban Mutianyu Great Wall. The cable car will take you up and down since it is an energy-consuming climb. The most important thing for you is to enjoy walking on the wall and appreciate the amazing wonder.

The restaurants nearby offer poor meals that do not meet our service standard. We therefore suggest you have a sufficient breakfast at the hotel and have some fast food for lunch by yourself.

Get back to Beijing in the afternoon and have a photo stop in the Olympic sports venue, the National Stadium (also the Bird's Nest). The remaining time of the day will be arranged for you to explore a traditional local market. After that we will drive you back to the hotel.

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)
Chinese traditional needlework in a free market
For first-time visitors, the Summer Palace, a former imperial summer resort, is one venue you should not miss. It is the largest and best-preserved imperial garden as well as a world-famous tourist resort. The next stop is the Hutongs. It is fantastic to experience the area by rickshaw and get an insight into the old Beijing culture. You will also have a chance to try your hand at Chinese Paper Cutting.

A la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be scheduled at an elegant local restaurant.

After lunch, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Xi'an. Our professional guide will meet you outside the baggage claim area of the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

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)
Terracotta soldiers, Xi'an
We will visit the amazing Terracotta Army this morning to appreciate the undeniable excellent ancient craft works of the Qin dynasty. The site mostly has cheap tourist restaurants nearby, so we would like to drive you back to the city center to have a real home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a local family home. 

After lunch, a visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xi'an Museum is scheduled. Also a delicious dumpling dinner will be served tonight along with the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
 Friendly Tips

Clients visiting in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec need to arrange the dinner and evening activity on their own for this day, since the theater is usually not open at that time.
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 group at the South Gate of City Wall
Photo by our client Ms. Cornelia Nicoleta Popa
The City Wall Park is a good place to experience more of the local Xi'an lives, so today your first stop will be spending some leisure time in the park. We also have a special arrangement for you here. That is learning to practice Tai Chi with a master. Then ascend the ancient City Wall and have a panoramic view of the city while strolling on it. The brick road on top of the wall is broad and you can rent and ride bicycles for fun if you like.

Around noon, enjoy an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we continue to visit Shaanxi History Museum and the Great Mosque. On the Muslim Street where the mosque is located you will also find delicious Muslim food and interesting souvenirs.

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)
Countryside scenery in Yangshuo
Catch a morning flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival, our guide will meet you outside the baggage claim area. Your Guilin sightseeing starts with the famous Reed Flute Cave, which is a 240 meter karst cave that has various shapes of stalactites and stalagmites. Then we head to the Elephant Trunk Hill. The shape of the hill is just like a giant elephant boozing water from the river with its long trunk, hence got the name. After that, we will transfer you to the hotel.

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
Li River Cruise
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to the pier to appreciate the picturesque scenery of Li River by cruising down from Guilin to Yangshuo. As the lunch on the ship is the basic Chinese box lunch, it cannot be up to your taste, we suggest you have a big breakfast at the hotel this morning. 

Disembark at Yangshuo in about 4 hours, you will take a stroll on the famous West Street. Then we transfer you to enjoy the countryside scenes of rural Yangshuo. On the way, you also have a chance to visit a local peasant home and get a close touch with the country life. Finally, we drive you back to Guilin. 

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Guilin - Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu, Airport-hotel transfer, Relax during the rest of the day. (B)
After breakfast, catch a morning flight to Chengdu. Upon your arrival, our guide will be waiting for you outside the baggage claim area and transfer you to the hotel. We will leave you free time for lunch and rest for the remaining time of the day, and our guide is glad to offer advices of nice restaurants.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Day 10 Chengdu
Giant Panda Base, Broad and Narrow Alleys, Jinsha Site Museum, Leisure time at Renmin Park. (B)
Lovely pandas
Today we will have a pleasant date with China's national treasure giant pandas at the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The pandas are very active in the morning. You will sure be entertained when you see the cute and chubby panda bears eating bamboo shoots or playing with each other. Then, continue to the Broad and Narrow Alleys where old houses and alleys of the Qing Dynasty have been turned to tea houses, restaurants, shops and bars. Lunch is arranged on your own. You might try some local snacks in the alley or choose a courtyard restaurant to enjoy your lunch.

In the afternoon, visit Jinsha Site Museum, a significant relic of the ancient Shu civilization discovered in 2001. The Gold Sun God Bird unearthed from the site has been selected as the logo of China Cultural Heritages. After the museum, you will come to the most popular Renmin Park. Have a pot of tea there and live like a local.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Day 11 Chengdu - Chongqing
A 2-hour bullet train to Chongqing, Jiefangbei CBD, Ci Qi Kou Ancient Village, Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)
Our Travel Consultant Ruby with her clients
We remain the whole morning free for you. You can take time to explore this pleasant city further and have lunch by yourself. 

In the afternoon, our guide will drop you off at the railway station and help you board a bullet train to Chongqing. It is a two hours trip. Upon your arrival, our guide in Chongqing will meet you at the station. Explore Jiefangbei CBD and Ci Qi Kou Ancient Village, where you may have dinner by yourself. Tonight, you will board a 5-star Yangtze cruise ship, which sets sail at 21:30.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Cruises: Century Diamond with balcony
Day 12 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Shibaozhai, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
The ship arrives at Zhongxian at about 14:00. We will disembark and visit the Shibaozhai. The onshore visit will enable you to witness the majestic and delicate wooden tower along with the giant rock. The unique tower, first built in Wanli reign of Ming Dynasty, is regarded as a fairy land in Yangtze River. Re-embark and continue the cruise. This evening, you will be invited to join in the Captain's Welcome Party. Have fun!

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennv Stream. (B+L+D)
Our clients on the Yangtze River cruise
In the morning, the ship will reach Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. The cruise guide on-board is expected to make a formal presentation. Get your camera ready! After lunch, we will disembark to experience an interesting excursion to the Shennv Stream by boat which will add much joy to the marvelous day. It lasts 3 to 4 hours. Back to the ship and cruise down the western section of Xiling Gorge

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 Yichang - Shanghai
Three Gorges Dam, Disembark the cruise ship, Yichang Museum, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
The Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydro-electric project is your last excursion stop on Yangtze. Pack your belongings for disembarking before the visit. Afterwards, the cruise ship company will drive you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center and our local guide will meet you there. After lunch, visit Yichang Museum if time permits, then you will be taking a flight to your last scheduled destination, Shanghai. On landing in Shanghai airport, you will be met by the guide and transferred to the hotel.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Century Park Shanghai
Day 15 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 area
After breakfast, you will start your trip from Shanghai Museum, one of the top four museums in China. Then head to the ancient Yu Garden, where you can see traditional Chinese architecture, beautiful artificial hills and ponds. We will leave you some free time there to explore the surrounding Yu Bazaar. 

Around noon, you will enjoy an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a popular local restaurant. 

Your afternoon trip will begin with a walk in the Former French Concession. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the city's landmark site, the Bund, and take a one-hour cruise tour along the Huangpu River - the mother river of Shanghai. As the symbol and a microcosm of the city, the river has witnessed the glory, humiliation, despair and prosperity of Shanghai. After the whole day of sightseeing, our guide will transfer you back to the hotel and bid farewell to you.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 16 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Today you will check out of your hotel after breakfast, and find your own way to the airport according to your flight schedule. We will be of your assistance at any time you need. Wish you a nice journey home!

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
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 10(Wed) $2879 $2533$1159
Apr. 2019Apr 04(Thu) Apr 19(Fri) $2929 $2577$1149
Apr 11(Thu) Apr 26(Fri) $2929 $2577$1149
Apr 18(Thu) May 03(Fri) $2929 $2577$1149
Apr 25(Thu) May 10(Fri) $2939 $2586$1199
May. 2019May 09(Thu) May 24(Fri) $2929 $2577$1179
May 16(Thu) May 31(Fri) $2929 $2577$1179
May 23(Thu) Jun 07(Fri) $2929 $2577$1149
May 30(Thu) Jun 14(Fri) $2899 $2551$1109
Jun. 2019Jun 06(Thu) Jun 21(Fri) $2899 $2551$1109
Jun 13(Thu) Jun 28(Fri) $2929 $2577$1149
Jun 20(Thu) Jul 05(Fri) $2899 $2551$1109
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 12(Fri) $2899 $2551$1119
Jul. 2019Jul 04(Thu) Jul 19(Fri) $2929 $2577$1119
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 26(Fri) $2929 $2577$1119
Jul 18(Thu) Aug 02(Fri) $2929 $2577$1119
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 09(Fri) $2929 $2577$1119
Aug. 2019Aug 01(Thu) Aug 16(Fri) $2929 $2577$1119
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 23(Fri) $2929 $2577$1119
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 30(Fri) $2929 $2577$1119
Aug 22(Thu) Sep 06(Fri) $2959 $2603$1149
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 13(Fri) $2989 $2630$1219
Sep. 2019Sep 05(Thu) Sep 20(Fri) $2969 $2612$1209
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 27(Fri) $2969 $2612$1209
Sep 19(Thu) Oct 04(Fri) $2969 $2612$1209
Oct. 2019Oct 03(Thu) Oct 18(Fri) $2969 $2612$1209
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 25(Fri) $2969 $2612$1209
Oct 17(Thu) Nov 01(Fri) $2969 $2612$1209
Oct 24(Thu) Nov 08(Fri) $2939 $2586$1169
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 15(Fri) $2799 $2463$1159
Nov. 2019Nov 07(Thu) Nov 22(Fri) $2799 $2463$1159
Mar. 2020Mar 31(Tue) Apr 15(Wed) $2929 $2577$1119

Remark: The prices in red reflect 12% discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
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 15(Wed) $2929 $2577$1119
Apr. 2020Apr 05(Sun) Apr 20(Mon) $3009 $2647$1149
Apr 12(Sun) Apr 27(Mon) $3009 $2647$1149
Apr 19(Sun) May 04(Mon) $3009 $2647$1149
Apr 26(Sun) May 11(Mon) $3009 $2647$1179
May. 2020May 03(Sun) May 18(Mon) $3009 $2647$1179
May 10(Sun) May 25(Mon) $3009 $2647$1179
May 17(Sun) Jun 01(Mon) $3009 $2647$1179
May 24(Sun) Jun 08(Mon) $3009 $2647$1149
May 31(Sun) Jun 15(Mon) $2989 $2630$1109
Jun. 2020Jun 07(Sun) Jun 22(Mon) $2989 $2630$1109
Jun 14(Sun) Jun 29(Mon) $2989 $2630$1109
Jun 21(Sun) Jul 06(Mon) $2989 $2630$1109
Jun 28(Sun) Jul 13(Mon) $2989 $2630$1119
Jul. 2020Jul 05(Sun) Jul 20(Mon) $3019 $2656$1119
Jul 12(Sun) Jul 27(Mon) $3019 $2656$1119
Jul 19(Sun) Aug 03(Mon) $3019 $2656$1119
Jul 26(Sun) Aug 10(Mon) $3019 $2656$1119
Aug. 2020Aug 02(Sun) Aug 17(Mon) $3019 $2656$1119
Aug 09(Sun) Aug 24(Mon) $3019 $2656$1119
Aug 16(Sun) Aug 31(Mon) $3019 $2656$1119
Aug 30(Sun) Sep 14(Mon) $3049 $2683$1189
Sep. 2020Sep 06(Sun) Sep 21(Mon) $3059 $2691$1209
Sep 13(Sun) Sep 28(Mon) $3059 $2691$1209
Sep 20(Sun) Oct 05(Mon) $3059 $2691$1209
Oct. 2020Oct 04(Sun) Oct 19(Mon) $3059 $2691$1209
Oct 11(Sun) Oct 26(Mon) $3059 $2691$1209
Oct 18(Sun) Nov 02(Mon) $3059 $2691$1209
Oct 25(Sun) Nov 09(Mon) $3029 $2665$1169
Nov. 2020Nov 01(Sun) Nov 16(Mon) $2879 $2533$1159
Nov 08(Sun) Nov 23(Mon) $2879 $2533$1159
Nov 15(Sun) Nov 30(Mon) $2879 $2533$1159

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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    4.86 Reivews
    Posted on December 12, 2018
    Loved my trip to China with TravelChinaGuide. The guides in all the cities we visited were great and the drivers skilled. They were always there to collect us from airports or train stations so felt very safe. While booking the trip Selina Wu always answered our quires promptly and was very helpful. We had a a good mix of tours with time on our own to explore which was great. The cruise ship we were booked on needed a little refurbishing but food was good. We took a train to Shanghai which was a very long 8 hours and would like to have been given the option to take the fast train instead of the commuter train which stopped at every station. My only complaint on an otherwise fantastic trip. I would use this company again and would recommend to anyone. ... More
    United States
    Posted on December 08, 2018
    We were well informed of what to expect and we got exactly what we were told we would have. It was just like the best American tours! We loved everything that the tour brought to us! China was full of never ending surprises made all the time enjoyable by our excellent tour guides, and the drivers, too provided outstanding level of service!
    Deborah Gounder
    New Zealand
    Posted on November 26, 2018
    This was an amazing trip and so well planned. The guides were all fluent, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Many of our meals were included in the package and they were all amazing and different - we especially enjoyed the Sichuan food! We were able to see everything we wanted and saw things which were completely new to us.

    We would especially like to thank Linda in Beijing, Effie (Ping) in Guilin, Tracy in Chengdu and Kris in Shanghai for being so amazing with us!

    We would not hesitate to recommend this company as everything was amazing and I look forward to travelling with them in the near future.

    China is an amazing tourism destination and you will not be disappointed :-)
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    Richard A Stone
    New Zealand
    Posted on November 03, 2018
    What a holiday! It was fantastic. We did and saw so much on our stops, and have now returned home with many great memories. The Chinese meals arranged for us were just what we had hoped and wanted. All were different in their own way, some being spicy, some being sweet, and varying from area to area. We found it impossible to say that one was any better than the others. One suggestion - It would have been good if our guides could have sat down and eaten with us. Not only would this have been good socially, but we would have benefited from learning about what we were eating, and indeed how best to eat it (i.e. using chopsticks!).

    All our guides were great, with perhaps Echo not being quite as good as the rest. Their command of the English language was good, local knowledge very good, and attitude excellent in that they went out of their way to be flexible and accommodate the needs and preferences of our group. All our transport was absolutely fine, and congratulations must go to all the drivers for coping so well with the Chinese traffic!

    All in all, it was a great and memorable China holiday. We were in a smashing group, initially of 18 people, being 9 different nationalities. If there were any downsides, these were invariably outside the control of TravelChinaGuide, e.g. aggressive souvenir sellers in the spots, less comfortable accommodation on the cruise liner. Otherwise, all our China hotels were brilliant. Again, many thanks, and well done to TravelChinaGuide. It really was a wonderful China holiday, and we shall have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending their tours to all our friends.
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    Chris T
    Posted on November 02, 2018
    My wife and I would like to thank you all for a really marvelous holiday. In addition to your country and its people being fascinating, and our small party comprising ideal companions your organization was first class and your itineraries were very efficiently organized. To specifically comment on any particular aspect would be unfair as all of the holiday was brilliant and we thank you all at the company for your efforts which are greatly appreciated.
    Simon Crew
    Posted on October 26, 2018
    We would like to say how much all four of us enjoyed our journey with Travel China Guide Tours. We had a superb time and would recommend this company and of course China to our friends. We had never been on an organized arrangement in a group before, but we felt we would see far more of this country in the comparatively short time we had and indeed this was the case.

    We particularly enjoyed being in such a diverse group of nationalities. There were five different nationalities in our group of 15 and we all got on really well. All the staff in the company and indeed everyone we met were so friendly and helpful. We were very pleased with the standard and nature of the hotels we stayed in. The meals we had were superb. The only meal we found disappointing was the dumpling meal served after the show in Xian. The impression was that the dumplings had either not been cooked enough or had been kept inappropriately. I think our group as a whole would agree that the only disappointing day we had was after the Yangtze trip whilst waiting for our flight to Shanghai, which was delayed due to overbooking.

    All the guides we had were excellent, friendly and very informative. It would be difficult to pick one out. They all spoke excellent English and it was hard to believe they had to repeat everything to a new group every few days because they were so good-natured. All coaches were comfortable, cool and very clean with friendly and helpful drivers. We really appreciated the water, which was readily available each day too. It is truly a wonderful and memorable holiday.
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