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SG22: 12 Days Small Group Tour to Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Kunming - Lijiang
Tour Type: Small Group of 2-18 persons, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed limousine
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Try biking on the Ming Dynasty City Wall of Xian, or tour by electric car
  • Fantastic cruise tour on the Li River from Guilin to rural Yangshuo
  • Feel the unique minority folk customs in Kunming & Lijiang, Yunnan
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Your guide will be waiting to meet you at the Arrivals Hall of the airport once you have passed through passport control and baggage reclaim. You will be escorted to your hotel and as the remainder of the day is free, you can either relax or get prepared for the 12 days guided tour of China.

Meals included: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven, Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Our guests toasting on the Great Wall
After breakfast at the hotel, you will start the escorted China tour with a visit to the famous Tiananmen Square. It is the world's grandest public square and can accommodate one million people. With a history of more than 500 years, it has witnessed the vicissitudes of ancient dynasties and the country's development of modern times. After a brief stroll around the square, we take the short walk to the magnificent Forbidden City. It is one of the famous "World's Five Palaces" and covers an area of 720 thousand square meters with more than 8000 halls and rooms. Visiting the Forbidden City, you will definitely be awed by the splendor of this incomparable masterpiece. 

Around noon, rather than use the cheap tourist restaurants favored by most travel agencies, we will take you for an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a well-known, high quality local restaurant, where you will enjoy real Chinese dishes. 

The journey continues with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, the royal altar of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was here that the emperor who was regarded as the "Son of Heaven" worshiped and prayed for heaven's blessing. In the evening, an exciting Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater will conclude your day.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Temple of Heaven, Beijing
The morning excursion will take you to the Great Wall at Badaling, one of the greatest man-made projects in the world. Set among cliffs and steep terrain, the Badaling Great Wall was an important military pass and a barrier to protect the capital, Beijing, during the Ming dynasty. Followed is a visit to a jade factory.

It is an effort to climb up the wall and the tourist restaurants there provide poor meals, which are not up to our service standard, so we suggest you have a generous breakfast at the hotel this morning and have some fast food for lunch by yourself.
 
Then, you will proceed to the Sacred Way. Finally, on the way back to the downtown area, you will pass by the Bird's Nest with a photo stop.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, A la carte lunch, Hutong visit. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
A traditinal Chinese herbal medicine shop
Your visit today starts with the Summer Palace and a pearl store later. Occupying 300 hectares, it is the largest and most beautiful royal garden of the country and is also known as "The Museum of the Imperial Garden". 

Around noon, we will take you to an elegant local restaurant for your a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price). 

In the afternoon, you will have a special rickshaw tour of a Hutong to explore the ancient alleys and courtyards of traditional Beijing. After that, you will take a flight to Xian, where your local English-speaking guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel with an experienced driver.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, A local family visit, Home-cooked lunch, Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Terracotta Army
Today we spend the whole morning at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum to see the lifelike statues that stood guard over the tomb of the First Emperor, now acknowledged as a wonder of the world. The Terracotta Army is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Then we go to a pottery-making factory. 

Around noon, you will be served a home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at the house of a local family. This will offer you a chance to meet with the local residents and is an event that is always very popular with our guests. 

Afterwards, you will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xian Museum. The graceful Small Wild Goose pagoda has endured for more than a thousand years. In the Museum, you will see displays of precious relics, illustrating the history, culture and glory of this ancient capital city. Tonight, you will have the famous Dumpling Dinner while enjoying the fantastic Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

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

Clients visiting in December, January, February and March will arrange the dinner and evening activity on their own for this day, since the theater will not be open at that time.
Day 6 Xian
City Wall, Provincial History Museum, A la carte lunch, Great Mosque, Free time at the Muslim Bazzar. (B+L)
Happy Li River Cruise
You will visit another famous attraction, the ancient City Wall. Situated in the central part of the city, Xian City Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty based on the design of the imperial city of the Tang period. Built for defense of the city, the wall is wider than it is high which gives it great stability. If you are interested, you may also ride a bike on the wall. The bike rental charge is not included. Then you will pay a visit to the Shaanxi History Museum

An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) is reserved for you at a top local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, you will move on to visit the famous and age-old Great Mosque. It is one of largest of the four Islamic mosques in our country and features Ming and Qing dynasty architecture.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 7 Xian - Guilin
Fly to Guilin. Airport-hotel transfer. Reed Flute Cave. (B)
This morning you will board a flight to Guilin. Our excellent guide will greet you at the airport and drive you to the hotel for a 2-night stay. Today's itinerary includes the Reed Flute Cave. The Reed Flute Cave is full of surprises as you walk through the 500 meters or so surrounded by stalagmites and stalactites. These natural formations have a variety of shapes resembling flowers, trees and animals. 

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 8 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside trip. Yangshuo-Guilin transfer. Elephant Trunk Hill. (B+L)
Pupils in the countryside of Yangshuo
Guilin is a very popular tourist venue due to its unique and elegant scenery that is best viewed from the Li River. Today we will give you the chance to enjoy the Li River scenery by cruising down to Yangshuo. The amazing landscape unfolds as you pass along the Li River just like a three dimensional Chinese ink wash painting in full color.

We suggest you have a larger breakfast at the hotel since the box lunch on the cruise cannot be up to your taste. It also fails to meet our serving standard.

After you disembark at Yangshuo, we will drive you along country roads to enjoy the beauty of a small village. Differing from the bustling city, the pastoral and picturesque rural scenery around Yangshuo is quite pleasant and makes you feel comfortably relaxed. A villager's home visit will be arranged on the way and you will get to know more about the local farmers' life. Then we will transfer you back to Guilin and visit the Elephant Trunk Hill

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Guilin - Kunming
Free time in the morning. Fly to Kunming. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
A distinctive local market in Yunnan
This morning is free on your own. Your hotel is ideally sited in both Ronghu Lake and Shanhu Lake scenic area. So you can wander beside the lakes and see a different aspect of this spellbinding city. When lunch time approaches, you may dine at one of the delicate local eateries, which we believe will ensure you a pleasant experience. In the afternoon, we will transfer you to the airport and help you board the flight to Kunming. Another friendly guide will meet you in Kunming and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Jinjiang Hotel
Day 10 Kunming - Lijiang
Stone Forest. Fly to Lijiang. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
The only visit in Kunming we have arranged for you is to the notable Stone Forest. It is a cluster of black and grey limestone, a kind of karst landform, looking like a forest made of stone. Then take flight to Lijiang. A local guide will greet and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts
Day 11 Lijiang
Baisha Village, an embroidery shop, a local Naxi family, Baisha Murals, Old Town of Shuhe, Tea-Horse Road Musuem, Lijiang Old Town. (B+L)
A serene morning in Lijiang Old Town
Lijiang, a characteristic old town, differs from other ancient towns due to its ethnic Naxi People, with their profound history and unique architecture. It will definitely appeal to those who like various canals with crystal mountain water running through an old town, where ladies and girls are dressed in traditional clothes, and there are brown wooden houses with grey tiled roofs. 

Today we will take you to experience this charming town by visiting the Baisha Village, Baisha embroidery shop, a local Naxi family, Baisha Murals, the Old Town of Shuhe and Tea-Horse Road Musuem. In the afternoon, walk along the cobbled streets and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Square Street of Lijiang Old Town.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Departure from Lijiang
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement. A pleasant onward trip! (B)
Your 12 days China itinerary ends today. After breakfast, check out of the hotel and make your own arrangements for a taxi to the airport. Lijang airport is about 27 kilometers away from the hotel and it will take at least 40 minutes to drive there. Please ensure you leave in good time according to your flight schedule. If you want an extended trip, please contact us directly.

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 in advance, 5% off - book 30 days in advance
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jul. 2018Jul 05(Thu) Jul 16(Mon) $1989$449
Jul 12(Thu) Jul 23(Mon) $1989$449
Jul 19(Thu) Jul 30(Mon) $1989$449
Jul 26(Thu) Aug 06(Mon) $1989$449
Aug. 2018Aug 02(Thu) Aug 13(Mon) $1999$459
Aug 09(Thu) Aug 20(Mon) $1999$459
Aug 16(Thu) Aug 27(Mon) $1999$459
Aug 30(Thu) Sep 10(Mon) $1999 $1899$509
Sep. 2018Sep 06(Thu) Sep 17(Mon) $1999 $1899$509
Sep 13(Thu) Sep 24(Mon) $1999 $1899$509
Sep 20(Thu) Oct 01(Mon) $1999 $1899$509
Oct. 2018Oct 04(Thu) Oct 15(Mon) $1999 $1799$509
Oct 11(Thu) Oct 22(Mon) $1999 $1799$509
Oct 18(Thu) Oct 29(Mon) $1999 $1799$509
Oct 25(Thu) Nov 05(Mon) $1969 $1772$499
Nov. 2018Nov 01(Thu) Nov 12(Mon) $1839 $1655$469
Nov 08(Thu) Nov 19(Mon) $1839 $1655$469
Nov 15(Thu) Nov 26(Mon) $1789 $1610$439
Dec. 2018Dec 08(Sat) Dec 19(Wed) $1739 $1565$429
Dec 22(Sat) Jan 02(Tue) $1739 $1565$429

Remarks: 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 in advance, 5% off - book 30 days in advance
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan. 2019Jan 05(Sat) Jan 16(Wed) $1799 $1619$419
Jan 19(Sat) Jan 30(Wed) $1799 $1619$419
Feb. 2019Feb 24(Sun) Mar 07(Thu) $1799 $1619$419
Mar. 2019Mar 05(Tue) Mar 16(Sat) $1829 $1646$459
Mar 12(Tue) Mar 23(Sat) $1829 $1646$459
Mar 26(Tue) Apr 06(Sat) $1949 $1754$489
Apr. 2019Apr 04(Thu) Apr 15(Mon) $2059 $1853$519
Apr 11(Thu) Apr 22(Mon) $2059 $1853$519
Apr 18(Thu) Apr 29(Mon) $2059 $1853$519
Apr 25(Thu) May 06(Mon) $2059 $1853$519
May. 2019May 09(Thu) May 20(Mon) $2059 $1853$519
May 16(Thu) May 27(Mon) $2059 $1853$519
May 23(Thu) Jun 03(Mon) $2059 $1853$519
May 30(Thu) Jun 10(Mon) $2029 $1826$489
Jun. 2019Jun 06(Thu) Jun 17(Mon) $2029 $1826$489
Jun 13(Thu) Jun 24(Mon) $2029 $1826$489
Jun 20(Thu) Jul 01(Mon) $2029 $1826$489
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 08(Mon) $2029 $1826$489
Jul. 2019Jul 04(Thu) Jul 15(Mon) $2059 $1853$489
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 22(Mon) $2059 $1853$489
Jul 18(Thu) Jul 29(Mon) $2059 $1853$489
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 05(Mon) $2059 $1853$489
Aug. 2019Aug 01(Thu) Aug 12(Mon) $2059 $1853$489
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 19(Mon) $2059 $1853$489
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 26(Mon) $2059 $1853$489
Aug 22(Thu) Sep 02(Mon) $2059 $1853$489
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 09(Mon) $2059 $1853$519
Sep. 2019Sep 05(Thu) Sep 16(Mon) $2069 $1862$539
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 23(Mon) $2069 $1862$539
Sep 19(Thu) Sep 30(Mon) $2069 $1862$539
Oct. 2019Oct 03(Thu) Oct 14(Mon) $2069 $1862$539
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 21(Mon) $2069 $1862$539
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 28(Mon) $2069 $1862$539
Oct 24(Thu) Nov 04(Mon) $2049 $1844$539
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 11(Mon) $1909 $1718$519
Nov. 2019Nov 07(Thu) Nov 18(Mon) $1909 $1718$519
Nov 21(Thu) Dec 02(Mon) $1849 $1664$449
Dec. 2019Dec 08(Sun) Dec 19(Thu) $1809 $1628$429
Dec 22(Sun) Jan 02(Thu) $1809 $1628$429
Jan. 2020Jan 05(Sun) Jan 16(Thu) $1809 $1628$429
Feb. 2020Feb 13(Thu) Feb 24(Mon) $1809 $1628$429
Mar. 2020Mar 05(Thu) Mar 16(Mon) $1829 $1646$459
Mar 12(Thu) Mar 23(Mon) $1829 $1646$459
Mar 26(Thu) Apr 06(Mon) $1919 $1727$459
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
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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