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Pandas & Yangtze Cruise

SG04: 16 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 2-18 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & experienced driver with air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 12 nights at 5-star & 4-star hotels, 3 nights on Yangtze River cruise
Meals: 15 breakfasts, 8 lunches with some being a la carte style, 3 dinners
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
Arrive at any time, 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
A tour briefing, 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
Disembark the cruise ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
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. Then you will be taking a bullet train to your last scheduled destination, Shanghai. It is a 7.5 hours trip. On arriving at Shanghai railway station, you will be met by the guide and transferred to the hotel.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
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
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)
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
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jun 20(Thu) Jul 05(Fri) $2839$1089
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 12(Fri) $2849$1099
Jul 04(Thu) Jul 19(Fri) $2879$1099
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 26(Fri) $2879$1099
Jul 18(Thu) Aug 02(Fri) $2879 $2735$1099
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 09(Fri) $2879 $2735$1099
Aug 01(Thu) Aug 16(Fri) $2879 $2735$1099
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 23(Fri) $2879 $2735$1099
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 30(Fri) $2879 $2735$1099
Aug 22(Thu) Sep 06(Fri) $2909 $2618$1129
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 13(Fri) $2939 $2645$1199
Sep 05(Thu) Sep 20(Fri) $2919 $2627$1189
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 27(Fri) $2919 $2627$1189
Sep 19(Thu) Oct 04(Fri) $2919 $2627$1189
Oct 03(Thu) Oct 18(Fri) $2939 $2645$1189
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 25(Fri) $2939 $2645$1189
Oct 17(Thu) Nov 01(Fri) $2939 $2645$1189
Oct 24(Thu) Nov 08(Fri) $2909 $2618$1149
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 15(Fri) $2769 $2492$1139
Nov 07(Thu) Nov 22(Fri) $2769 $2492$1139

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Apr 02(Thu) Apr 17(Fri) $3069 $2762$1159
Apr 09(Thu) Apr 24(Fri) $3069 $2762$1159
Apr 16(Thu) May 01(Fri) $3069 $2762$1159
Apr 23(Thu) May 08(Fri) $3069 $2762$1199
May 07(Thu) May 22(Fri) $3069 $2762$1199
May 14(Thu) May 29(Fri) $3069 $2762$1199
May 21(Thu) Jun 05(Fri) $3069 $2762$1199
May 28(Thu) Jun 12(Fri) $3039 $2735$1119
Jun 04(Thu) Jun 19(Fri) $3039 $2735$1119
Jun 11(Thu) Jun 26(Fri) $3039 $2735$1119
Jun 18(Thu) Jul 03(Fri) $3039 $2735$1119
Jun 25(Thu) Jul 10(Fri) $3039 $2735$1129
Jul 02(Thu) Jul 17(Fri) $3069 $2762$1129
Jul 09(Thu) Jul 24(Fri) $3069 $2762$1129
Jul 16(Thu) Jul 31(Fri) $3069 $2762$1129
Jul 23(Thu) Aug 07(Fri) $3069 $2762$1129
Jul 30(Thu) Aug 14(Fri) $3069 $2762$1129
Aug 06(Thu) Aug 21(Fri) $3069 $2762$1129
Aug 13(Thu) Aug 28(Fri) $3069 $2762$1129
Aug 20(Thu) Sep 04(Fri) $3069 $2762$1129
Aug 27(Thu) Sep 11(Fri) $3109 $2798$1199
Sep 03(Thu) Sep 18(Fri) $3119 $2807$1229
Sep 10(Thu) Sep 25(Fri) $3119 $2807$1229
Sep 17(Thu) Oct 02(Fri) $3119 $2807$1229
Sep 24(Thu) Oct 09(Fri) $3119 $2807$1229
Oct 08(Thu) Oct 23(Fri) $3119 $2807$1229
Oct 15(Thu) Oct 30(Fri) $3119 $2807$1229
Oct 22(Thu) Nov 06(Fri) $3119 $2807$1229
Oct 29(Thu) Nov 13(Fri) $3079 $2771$1189
Nov 05(Thu) Nov 20(Fri) $2929 $2636$1179
Nov 12(Thu) Nov 27(Fri) $2929 $2636$1179

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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    4.918 Reviews
    Andrew P
    United Kingdom
    Posted on May 27, 2019
    An absolutely wonderful tour, expertly managed by Abbey from the very beginning and it was lovely to meet up with her in Xi'an. The whole 16 days were varied and included some unforgettable memories such as the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors and the Pandas. The local guides were unfailingly efficient, informative and very good company. They introduced us to many different and interesting experiences all of which were well thought through. We might have preferred a flight from Yichang to Shanghai rather than the 7.5 hrs on a bullet train, as good as that was. It meant that we arrived in Shanghai quite late at night but this was only a small quibble over an otherwise excellent trip. ... More
    Posted on May 22, 2019
    Now I am back at home!! After many days, I am taking care of cleaning house and spoiling my two dogs. I came back during the weekend because I stopped in Toronto for few days. And I'm very pleased with my tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Chengdu, Yangtze river and Shanghai. I will travel again with TCG if once again the life gives me the opportunity to go back.
    Michael FitzGerald
    United States
    Posted on May 20, 2019
    You have handled all of our preparations for our trip professionally. We are excited about the trip.
    Jordan Kolarov
    Czech, Slovakia
    Posted on May 11, 2019
    Selina, our guide in Beijing was remarkably helpful in organizing hospital care for our friend in the group, and later hotel for Ms. Anna and her husband, Peter after Anna's incident. It was very bad luck for them but everything is now OK. We all appreciated Selina and Travelchinaguide help after the incident.
    William Flowers
    Posted on May 03, 2019
    Looking forward to our tour our guide has been great so far,very informative and helpful. thanks Bill.
    Peter Bockmann
    Posted on May 03, 2019
    We would sincerely like to thank the Company for providing us with a very memorable tour. We commend this Company to attention to detail, providing an excellent itinerary, service above and beyond expectations, nice accommodation throughout, and a diversity of attractions for us to see. The costing were also value for money. The staff were excellent in their responses, prior to departure and post holiday. The trip was well organized and we came home more than satisfied with our holiday experiences. We will definitely use them again for our next visit. ... More
    Graham & Geraldine Spearman
    United Kingdom
    Posted on April 18, 2019
    Very impressed with the service we have received and in particular speedy responses to questions we have raised.

    We are looking forward to our tour and from the level of service received to date anticipate having a wonderful time.
    Dale Snyder
    United States
    Posted on April 12, 2019
    I have no real negative comments to make. As to the meals I found them unlike the Chinese meals here in the US. This was a little surprising but not in a bad way. Personally I like to try most different foods (I have eaten insects in Thailand). All of the meals were quite tasty and there was always lots. A minor criticism was that most of the time the rice was served just before the desert and most people would have liked it to have been served at the beginning of the meal. I believe it is an Asian and Western cultural difference. The only other slightly negative comment about the food was the Peking Duck. Most of our group found it to be greasy. I have eaten duck before and I had a similar dish after the tour in Shanghai which I feel was less greasy and actually presented better ( it was carved at the table). As far as one meal to recommend I have the opposite reaction. I have only one part of one meal not to recommend, that is the Peking duck.

    The guides were most interesting. If I had to pick a best one it would be the guide in Guilin (Rebecca) would be my choice. I felt comfortable from the very beginning with her. All the guides were conscientious and knowledgeable.

    The transportation was great. One of my worries about an escorted tour was not being able to be comfortable while riding. I am rather big (6' 2 at 280 pounds) and usually find leg room on buses to be lacking. The size of the tour allowed us all to take up two seats if we wanted. There were several buses which had enough room for my legs without having to take up two seats. The drivers were great with very good attitudes. I have driven some large vehicles in my day and I was impressed with the ease the drivers appeared to maneuver those large busses in tight spaces.

    I also must congratulate Linda personally. I had many questions before the trip which she skillfully answered. It was a very nice experience to be able to meet her in person.

    My overall comment is Thanks for a job well done and a memorable tour !!!
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    Douglas Saunders
    Posted on February 15, 2019
    We were extremely satisfied with the service we received from this organisation and staff. The hotels and cruise ship were excellent and the other activities first class. We would not hesitate to recommend this group tour to anyone travelling to China as we had a memorable experience
    Walter Wong
    Posted on January 23, 2019
    It was a wonderful China trip. We enjoyed it very much. All the guides were excellent. They were always on time, knowledgeable and eager to take care of what we need. They were dedicated and enjoyed what they are doing. It was extremely helpful when they assisted in our check-ins on every in-country flight. Candy, Lily, Lucy, Snow, Jerry and Jandy were all excellent and should be commended. Candy waited over 2 hours at the arrival area, Beijing airport, for our first group due to a lost baggage. Lily's personality and enthusiasm were delightful.

    All the drivers were excellent, courteous and professional at all times. They ably navigated through the traffic safely. The vehicles/vans were in excellent condition and bottled water was always available.

    Overall it was an unforgettable journey. We will highly recommend their service to all interested travelers.
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