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SG02: 11 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - 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, nice 5-star hotels
Meals: 10 western buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 dumpling dinner
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Take a Li River cruise down to Yangshuo & admire the essence of Guilin landscape
  • View the soaring city skylines and feel the pulse of modern Shanghai
  • 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.
Welcome to join our Beijing Xi'an Guilin Shanghai tour! After reclaiming your luggage at Beijing airport, you will be met by your guide outside customs. He or she will be holding a sign with your name on it. You will then be escorted to the hotel. Now some free time for you to rest and recover from the plane ride. 
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)
At 08:30, a 30-minute tour briefing will be given in the hotel lobby and you will also get the opportunity to meet your traveling companions. Your guide will introduce the tour briefly and share some guidelines and tips for travelling in a group. You are welcomed to ask any questions regarding the trip.

Your first stop today is Tiananmen Square, from where you can walk to the Forbidden City. Upon arrival at the largest imperial palace, travelers are always impressed by the high red walls and large quantity of buildings with golden roofs.

You will enjoy an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a very nice restaurant giving you a taste of authentic Chinese food and Peking Roast Duck.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, which was where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped the Gods of Heaven. In the evening you will be entertained by a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.

Meals: 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)
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Please have a big breakfast at the hotel and prepare some snacks for lunch because today you will be visiting Mutianyu Great Wall, the most splendid and one of the best preserved sections of the Great Wall. You will take the round-trip cable car up and down from the wall. Most restaurants nearby are offering low quality tourist food which can't meet our standard, so lunch will be arranged on your own today. Our guide will be glad to assist. At the Great Wall area, there are many peddlers selling souvenirs, we suggest you keep away from those and do not respond to them if you have no interest in their goods, otherwise they may persist to talk to you. 

On the way to the downtown area, you will get to see the magnificent Olympic National Stadium (namely the Bird's Nest) at close quarters. Afterwards, enjoy some free time at a featured local market. 

Meals: 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)
Our group at the City Wall, Xi'an
Photo by our client Ms. Almerie Fourie
Before heading for the next city, you will get the opportunity to visit the elegant Summer Palace - the largest imperial garden in China and then enjoy a classic Hutong rickshaw tour which allows you to experience the traditional Hutong alleys of Beijing and its old culture. A particular arrangement here is to try your hand at Chinese Paper Cutting, one of China's most popular folk arts.  

An abundant a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) is served at an elegant local restaurant.

An afternoon flight will take you to the ancient city of Xi'an. Upon arrival, you will be driven to the hotel. Our guide will help you with the check-in procedure and introduce the hotel layout to you so that you will have a pleasant and enjoyable stay.

Meals: 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)
Local family visit
Our clients learning to make dumplings in Xi'an family visit
Today you will be driven to the suburb area to marvel at the powerful Qin Terracotta Army for the whole morning. It is one of the highlights of your 11 days China tour package. Then you will enjoy a home cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a local family that you will visit. You can also learn to cook Chinese dish with the host for free. Highly recommended by our former clients, it is a good opportunity for you to experience close contact with the local people and dine with them in the family environment. 

After lunch, continue your exploration to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xi'an Museum. Tonight, you will be invited to a traditional dumpling dinner and a splendid Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

Meals: 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)
Clients' comments on our service
After breakfast, we will first head to the City Wall Park, a popular venue for local people to relax and take part in various activities. It is the best place to experience the real life of the locals. We also arrange a Tai Chi practice for you in the park. You will learn some basic skills with the master. After that, we will visit the ancient City Wall, where you can take a leisurely walk or rent a bike to ride on the wall. The bike rental fee is at your expense. 

Around noon, we will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a well-known restaurant. 

In the afternoon, visit Shaanxi History Museum, known as 'the pearl of Xi'an, the treasury of China'. Thereafter, you will be taken to the Great Mosque, a nice place of serenity amid the bustling city. Surrounding the mosque is a lively Muslim bazaar, which is a good place to pick up souvenirs or gifts and taste local snacks.

Meals: 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)
A morning flight will take you to Guilin where you will meet your local guide at Guilin airport. A driver will then take you to the hotel. After checking in and a short rest, you will have a half day sightseeing trip to the Reed Flute Cave and the Elephant Trunk Hill.

Meals: 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
Enduring memories are created as you cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. Li River is the essence of landscape in this area, especially the section from Guilin to Yangshuo, which is reputed as 'A Hundred Miles Gallery'. The cruise ship will arrive at Yangshuo in about 4.5 hours. Disembark and then walk along the famous West Street. After that, you will be driven to the countryside of Yangshuo to soak up the amazing rural scenery. Along the way, you will pay a visit to a local villager's home, where you will see many scenes that can only be experienced in some old Chinese movies. Finally, you will be driven back to Guilin. 

Tips: Unfortunately the lunch on the cruise is the simple Chinese lunch box, which is not up to the standard that we would like. So we recommend you take a hearty breakfast at the hotel in the morning. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Guilin - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer, Relax during the rest of the day. (B)
Rural people's life
This morning we will transfer you to Guilin airport for your flight to Shanghai, the last stop of your Beijing Xi'an Guilin Shanghai tour. Upon arrival you will find your local guide is waiting for you outside the baggage claim area of the airport to take you to the hotel. The remainder of the day is left free for you.  

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai - the former Crowne Plaza
Day 10 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
Photo by our clients Frank and Hilde van Diest
Today's trip will start at Shanghai Museum which specializes in ancient art works of China, especially bronze ware, chinaware, calligraphies and paintings. Later, take a trip to the classical Yu Garden and its surrounding traditional bazaar.

Around noon, enjoy an a la carte farewell lunch of authentic Shanghai cuisine (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a well reputed restaurant. 

After lunch, you will have a walking tour in the Former French Concession to learn about Shanghai's colonial history. Then you will be guided to the Bund area and have a short cruise tour along the Huangpu River. Enjoy some free time on the Bund. Finally, our guide and driver will escort you back to the hotel and say goodbye to you.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 11 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)
After breakfast, you may check out the hotel and arrange the transfer to the airport by yourself. Please make sure from which airport your flight will depart before you leave as there are two airports in Shanghai, one is Pudong International Airport (PVG) and the other is Hongqiao Airport (SHA). We kindly suggest you reserve a taxi with the hotel bell desk beforehand to save time. Wish you a nice trip home! 

Also if you wish to stay on in China, please contact your travel consultant about an extension tour, we are pleased to arrange it for you. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
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  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
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    4.841 Reviews
    Orhideja Grupche & Bojancho Kralevski
    Posted on October 09, 2019
    Our group consisted of 7 people from three different nationalities, but we joined together immediately and developed a sense of camaradeiery that was great.
    -In Beijing, a lot of time was spent in traffic jams, so less time was available for the spots. I think that visit to the Great Wall should be moved to 3-4 p.m, when most of the people leave the wall, so one can get the impression of greatness there. It is not like that with hordes of people pushing around.
    -Xi'an was such a highlight of a trip. Such a lovely place, so rich in history and events. Historical places, so impressive. Perfect organization, I do not think that anything could be done better. And the Tang dynasty show was great.
    -Guilin, was not organized in a thoughtful way, but the Li river cruise and Yangshuo with the scenery and countryside were breathtaking. Visit to the farmhouse, memorable! The watershow I will never forget. And the location of the hotel and view on the hills and the valey can not get any better!
    -Visit to Shanghai was very well organized and executed. It was efficient yet not in a hassle. But I wish we had some more time in the city.

    Meals: Excellent. There was a slight drop in quality at the two breakfasts in the hotel in Xi'an, compared to everything else, but it really didn't matter. Service perfect, can not be better, staff helpful. The most impressive environment of the restaurants were in Beijing, absolutely impressive. It is difficult to choose one meal, I will suggest three:

    For dinning out - Tang dinner show
    For special occassions -Beijing duck lunch in Beijing
    For family getting together - lunch at Miss Shi's apartment

    -Linda: She was our first guide, on our arrival to China. Very polite, nice and fun, with her intent to interpret everything in a budist doctrine which was very interesting and offered a glimpse in a mental approach of Chinese people. But it was her duty to introduce us to the historical development of China, to stress Chinese historical milestones and achievements which she missed to do. She gave us information in regard to the visiting sites, but we did not know where to place it since we misses the consistency part.
    -Celine, full of knowledge, very nice, talkative, good guide in every sense of the word. Her English: good.
    -Frank, different from what you expect from guides, but very friendly and fun to be with. I enjoyed his company. His English o.k.
    -Charlie: he is probably the most efficient of all guides we had, with all the necessary knowledge, with all the helpful information and with answer to every question. Very experienced and prompt. He would have been the best guide if he wasn't distant and not very friendly, we felt like a burden to him. Best English, so far.
    -Drivers and car: nice, discrete, clean vehicles. One comment: It would have been nice touch if the water they were giving us on those hot, hot days was from hand fridge, not warm like tea.
    -Hotels: Superb!!!
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    United States
    Posted on October 08, 2019
    TravelChinaGuide is very professional and prompt in organizing our trip. We definitely have been praising and recommending their company to all our friends and family, as we show the photos and they see what a great time we had. It was so comforting to be in good hands and feel safe when we couldn't speak or read the language. We never would have been able to see and learn all that we did. Thanks a lot!
    Sharon Ann
    Posted on October 02, 2019
    We had a fabulous time in China and were highly pleased with the service of TCG.com. This company was very professional and reputable. We would not hesitate to book with them again! We always felt safe at any point in our stay. We felt comfortable wandering a short distance from all the hotels. The guides we had didn't let us out of their sight when we were with them during the day. Awesome 5 star hotels were arranged the whole trip! They did offer flexibility in the tour at night even though you were in a group tour. It was really unforgettable, we thank you so much. ... More
    Kelly Maree
    Posted on September 30, 2019
    1. Overall we thought our guides were excellent and really enjoyed spending time with them and getting to know them. Their English was really good and they all had positive attitudes.
    1.) Local knowledge of every guide was excellent and to our amazement there was hardly a question they could not answer.
    2.) Communication was never a problem; the standard of English was excellent.
    3.) Local knowledge was always very good.
    2. We have a great experience with all of the meals arranged for us, overall they were excellent. All the guides where helpful in providing a meal that both met our tastes and let us experience the local cuisine. As we are not fussy when it comes to food, we were easily pleased. If there were any dishes we would recommend it would be sweet and sour fish. However, the meal that sticks out the most for us was at the home and felt that we really got to experience the local cuisine.
    3. The drivers were all excellent, we always felt safe despite the hectic traffic and apparent lack of road rules! They always made an effort to interact and the vehicles were clean and well maintained.
    4. The hotels were excellent.
    Thank you for all the effort you put in, we had a truly amazing trip filled with memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
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    Posted on September 22, 2019
    The trip went extremely smooth from the time I started planning it & we returned back.
    Joyce Sniff
    United States
    Posted on September 09, 2019
    The level of service and attention we received were almost overwhelming. And I say that in a good way. All the meals were all really wonderful. Even the meal on the boat and the one with the show were good. The food in Xian was exceptionally good. Thanks. Our guide Helen was very assertive in offering information which took us a while to get used to since we have never had a guide before. It was just different for us but she was very knowledgeable. Roger in Xian was also very good and he too was knowledgeable. His information was a bit more casually presented which worked fine for us. They were both great. They were both very knowledgeable about the places we visited. Service and attitude was marvelous and the vehicles were exceptionally clean at all times. The breakfast in Guilin was a bit disappointing. In Beijing they were fine. The service and hygiene were great. Overall it was a great trip. ... More
    Posted on September 01, 2019
    I highly recommend TCG.com to anyone who is planning to go to China. They provided top of the line service at a very reasonable price.
    All the meals were excellent. Environment and service was very good at all the restaurants. Some places it was excellent & better than our expectations. We really enjoyed meals at those restaurants.
    All the hotels were very good & breakfast was very nice with lot of choice. Sheraton in Xian was the best and hotel in Shanghai was close 2nd best.
    All the guides were EXCELLENT. Their attitude was customer centric, so always ready to please us. They provided detailed historical information and also answered our questions. All four guides (Candy, Carol, Yvonne & John) were friendly, knowledgeable & ready to please us. They provided good service & performed better than our expectations. They were all very courteous & friendly. All of them made us comfortable from the start. Let me highlight exceptionally helpful things done by each one of them.
    a) Candy (Beijing) had to stay longer at the airport to pick up my parents. She didn't complain & was very helpful in sorting out the matter. Also, she helped us with my mom's wheel chair.
    b) Carol (Xian) was helpful in getting us a wheel chair for my mother at the airport at the time of check in even though it required standing in queue at multiple counters.
    c) Yvonne (Guilin & Yangshou) helped us in picking up some medicines and other items of personal need. Even though we had arrived late in the night, she walked with us around the hotel & helped us in getting what we were looking for.
    d) John (Shanghai) helped us in confirming our return flights even though it took a long time to work with the airline.
    We had an EXCELLENT trip and this will be a memorable trip for all of us.
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    Jo Walter
    Posted on August 28, 2019
    The arrangements went like clockwork. Most of the meals were very good. We really enjoyed the A la carte meal in Beijing. The Drivers were very skilled and experienced. The Driver also assisted us to get in and out of the vehicle (two of our group had knee problems) and were very courteous. And well organized. The cars were clean and comfortable. The hotels were all very acceptable. The hotels in Guilin and Shanghai were our favorites. Candy in Beijing, Michael in Guilin and Ping in Shanghai were all outstanding guides. Michael in particular was a very impressive young man. They all contributed a lot to our enjoyment during the trip and were very efficient and speak extremely good English. The Xian guide also good. If we come back to China we will certainly use your company again. ... More
    Dennis Preston
    Posted on August 27, 2019
    We all were very impressed with our visit and how well everything worked so efficiently and smoothly. All of the restaurants were exceptional - in food, atmosphere and service and added substantially to the experience. A very pleasant alternative to the usual poor, steam table restaurants catering to large tour groups. A major reason for choosing your outfit was the option of better restaurants and a la carte choices in a small group size. If I had to choose one (and that would be difficult) it would be the restaurant after we visited the Great Wall - beautiful interior, exceptional food, good entertainment and a happy local crowd really enjoying themselves. Thanks to Linda who recommended such a good place for meal. The guides were each wonderful in every aspect - could not have been better. They were friendly, fun, informative, efficient, courteous and helpful. Terrific. The cars and drivers were all fine. The hotels in Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin and Yangshuo were very comfortable and provided good breakfasts. The hotel in Shanghai was not so good. Service and breakfast were poor. The hotel was tired, not well maintained. Definitely a step below the others. You'd better change this hotel. All in all it was a great tour and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ... More
    Brian Wright
    Posted on August 18, 2019
    It was amazing seeing all the wonders and listening to the history of China.

    Beijing- we had Selina as our guide. She is very knowledgeable and gave us so much insight into the lives of people at present and in the past, Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace, Hutong and rickshaw rides etc. We thought she is the best guide we had in the whole of our trip. We watched the Kung Fu show which was good but would had loved to experience the Peking Opera instead. The food and hotel were good standard. Driver was very helpful and skillful negotiating the traffic.

    Xian - we had Jacky. He was very entertaining. We enjoyed the sights and Tang dance. Food was good. He let us have free time at market at the Muslim area. The home cook food was very interesting, seeing how people there live. The coach had tinted glass, so it was not so easy to look out at the wonderful sights. Hotel and driver were fine.

    Guilin - the plane journey was too early, so we were too tired to enjoy the cave. We love caves, Poor John could not get us to take up the extra activity going on the boat at night. The boat ride on the second day was great. We wanted to see Guilin's famous mountains. We had four hours of joy. Not sure if there is a boat trip later in the day, as John said, the fog/mist usually lifts in the afternoon, which would mean that we would have had a better view. The morning journey was a little too misty to fully admire the beautiful mountains. We would love to have a little more free time to buy things from the Yangshuo's market, we hurried past all the interesting stalls. John, however told us about night market near the hotel, we really loved it. The hotel in Guilin was a little tired and the room was very hot. Breakfast was in a separate dining room to the Chinese tourists. Wish we could join them to experience the local delicacies.

    Shanghai - we had Mico, she was very easy attentive although we had only 4 people. Shanghai is everything we thought it would be. She took us to the water village as the extra which was so interesting, and bought us some interesting food to try. The driver and hotel were good.

    If we were to go to China again, we will definitely use your company again.
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