Oriental Discovery

SG16: 11 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Hong Kong
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 & 4-star hotels
Meals: 10 western buffet breakfasts, 5 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
  • Cruise on the meandering Li River & admire the essence of Guilin landscape
  • Feel the vibrant atmosphere & explore bustling markets in Hong Kong
  • Enjoy a la carte meals, Kung Fu Show, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance performance
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Our guide will meet you as you pass through the customs upon your arrival at Beijing Airport, and then our driver will transfer you to the hotel and help you check in. You can have a good rest to prepare for the exploration next day or to orient yourself to the city on your own.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
After breakfast, you will start the day with a visit to Tiananmen Square. Following our guide across the square, you reach the entrance of the imperial palace - the Forbidden City. This Chinese imperial palace was home to emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties, so you will see symbols of the royal family everywhere in the buildings, such as carved dragons, statues of lions and divine creatures, red walls and golden roofs. 

Around noon, we will treat you to an a la carte welcome lunch with Peking duck (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at an elegant Chinese restaurant off the regular tourist beat. 

After lunch, you will visit the imperial altar of the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Temple of Heaven, where emperors renewed their divine rights to rule through sacrificial offers to the gods. Tonight, a lively Chinese Kong Fu Show is waiting for you at the Red Theatre.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
Today, we will set off early to visit Mutianyu Great Wall. Dated back to the Ming Dynasty, the Great Wall had seen many military actions in defense of the empire. You will take cable car reaching the wall and see the grandeur in miles of walls sprawling along the tops of mountain ridges. At this moment, we dole out red wine for a group toasting to memorize the joy of travel. After enjoying the amazing views, you will take cable car descending from the wall. 

We will skip lunch for lack of choice local fare. We would rather suggest that you have a generous breakfast and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. 

Then, we will drive back to the urban area and leave you some free time in a featured local market before driving back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Our guests visiting the Mutianyu Great Wall
Our guests visiting the Mutianyu 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)
In the morning, proceed to the Summer Palace, the former royal garden of the Qing Dynasty. In the garden, you will see Kunming Lake, Wanshou Hill, the long Seventeen-Arch Bridge, and Suzhou Market Street. Then we will have a brief stop near the Olympic National Stadium (Bird's Nest) to take photos with the tourist icon.

After an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy restaurant with delicious food and great atmosphere, we will retrace the unique Beijing Hutong culture by riding a rickshaw through the old Hutong alleys, taking in the oldest grey brick of courtyard residence and lifestyles of local families and experiencing Chinese Paper Cutting. 

Later you are going to catch a flight for Xi'an, where our local guide will meet and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Explore the Summer Palace, the best-preserved royal garden in China
Explore the Summer Palace, the best-preserved royal garden in China
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)
Your first destination today is the Terracotta Army. The life-size clay figures, probably fashioned after individual live models, frozen in time, and arranged in battle order; even the expressions on the horses are individualized. You can also see the delicate Bronze Chariot and Horses, and bronze vessels and weapons. 

Around noon, we will serve you a home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a local family home. It is a good occasion for you to join in our cooking class and learn from the hosts if you are interested in Chinese cuisine. You can also acquaint yourself with domestic issues when talking with your hosts. 

After lunch, visit Xi'an Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. The brick pagoda is a miracle built in the Tang Dynasty that is so well preserved after 1,300 years. Later you will be entertained by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show when partaking of the famous Dumpling Dinner.

Meals: 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.
Marvel at the 2200-year-old Terracotta Warriors
Marvel at the 2200-year-old Terracotta Warriors
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)
You will spend the whole morning around the City Wall area. First, our guide will take you to the City Wall Park. It is a place full of life and vigor since a lot of locals, especially elders come here doing morning exercises, dancing, and singing local opera. You might want to join in the Tai Chi practice to experience the authentic slow movement art. Then follow the guide to go up the City Wall. Due to the sheer size of the wall, it is better to take a bike ride on the top of it (The bike rental is an out of pocket expense). You can stop to take photos of the beautiful city views.

Around noon, you will dine a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local restaurant, and then get down to Shaanxi History Museum which features a huge collection. There, you will learn much about Chinese history and culture. Next, you will proceed to the Muslim Quarter and also visit the Great Mosque. Built in 742 during the Tang Dynasty, the mosque is the earliest Muslim house of worship in Xi'an.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Cycling on the Xi'an City Wall
Cycling on the Xi'an City Wall
Our group learning Tai Chi with locals
Our group learning Tai Chi with locals
Day 7 Xi'an - Guilin
Fly to Guilin, Airport-hotel transfer, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill. (B)
You will check out of Xi'an hotel and catch a morning flight to Guilin. Our guide will greet you in the airport and transfer you to the hotel in downtown. 

Have a short rest and start your travel in the picturesque Guilin. First you will see the Reed Flute Cave, a karst cave boasting varies shapes of stalactites and stalagmites. Then followed by the Elephant Trunk Hill. As the name suggests, it features a huge rock elephant-like with a long trunk. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Guilin Grand Bravo Hotel
Day 8 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, West Street, Countryside tour, Drive back to Guilin. (B+L)
Fresh from a hotel breakfast you will embark on your Li River Cruise. You will be mesmerized by clear waters and grotesque peaks along the river. You are well advised to have a big breakfast in the hotel rather than having the box lunch with plain food onboard the boat. 

Disembark at Yangshuo and walk through the West Street, and then you will be driven along country roads and take in the fresh and clean rural scenery in Yangshuo. A scheduled stop is at a local farmer's house. Finally, we will bring you back to Guilin city. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Appreciate the stunning landscape of Li River
Appreciate the stunning landscape of Li River
Day 9 Guilin - Hong Kong
A 3-hour high speed train to Hong Kong. We recommend taking a taxi by yourself from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to the hotel at about 10 minutes. (B)
You have the whole morning to explore Guilin city on your own. In the afternoon, our guide will transfer you to Guilin West Railway Station to take a 3-hour high speed train to Hong Kong. Your escorted tour ends when you leave Guilin. 

Upon arrival at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, you should go to the 4-star Regal Kowloon Hotel we booked for you by yourself. You can walk for about 5 minutes to Austin Station and take West Rail Line to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station. Then get out of the station from Exit P2 and walk for about 10 minutes to reach the hotel. If you take a taxi directly, the ride takes around 10 minutes and costs HK$35 or so.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Regal Kowloon Hotel
Day 10 Hong Kong
Full day is free for your independent exploration with our suggestions. (B)
The hotel room comes with breakfast. You have the whole day to explore the vibrant Hong Kong on your own. You could walk westward for about 370 meters (0.2 miles) to Tsim Sha Tsui Mody Road Station. Take the KMB Bus No.8, 28, 8A or 5C for two stops to Tsim Sha Tsui Pier Station. Walk to the Star Ferry Prier to take the iconic Star Ferry to Central. Not far from the pier, at the bus terminus on the Exchange Square, you could take bus 6, 6A, 6X, 60, and 260 to Stanley, where you will be interested in the colorful Stanley Market and having lunch at an elegant restaurant.

After lunch, take CityBus No. 6 and get off at Bowen Road, Stubbs Road Station, from where the Bus No. 15 will take you up to the Victoria Peak. It is the best place to have a panoramic view of Hong Kong Island. Finally, you could go back to Central by bus and take a Star ferry back to the Victoria Harbor in time to watch the wonderful A Symphony of Lights at 20:00.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Visit the Victoria Peak, the highest place of Hong Kong Island
Visit the Victoria Peak, the highest place of Hong Kong Island
Day 11 Departure from Hong Kong
Please check out before 12:00. We recommend taking a taxi or the airport shuttle bus from hotel to the airport by yourself, A pleasant trip home! (B)
After breakfast, check out the hotel and take the airport shuttle bus or bus A21 to the airport for your homeward flight. Should you plan to stay longer in Hong Kong, we are there to assist you with the hotel bookings.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Aug 06(Thu)Aug 16(Sun)$1899$729
Aug 13(Thu)Aug 23(Sun)$1899$729
Aug 20(Thu)Aug 30(Sun)$1899$729
Aug 27(Thu)Sep 06(Sun)$1919$749
Sep 03(Thu)Sep 13(Sun)$1909$779
Sep 10(Thu)Sep 20(Sun)$1909$779
Sep 17(Thu)Sep 27(Sun)$1909$779
Sep 24(Thu)Oct 04(Sun)$1909$779
Oct 08(Thu)Oct 18(Sun)$1999$889
Oct 15(Thu)Oct 25(Sun)$1999$889
Oct 22(Thu)Nov 01(Sun)$1999$889
Oct 29(Thu)Nov 08(Sun)$1849$879
Nov 05(Thu)Nov 15(Sun)$1849$879
Nov 12(Thu)Nov 22(Sun)$1729$749
Nov 19(Thu)Nov 29(Sun)$1659$689
Dec 09(Wed)Dec 19(Sat)$1639$669
Dec 23(Wed)Jan 02(Sat)$1719$749
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan 09(Sat)Jan 19(Tue)$1529$609
Feb 20(Sat)Mar 02(Tue)$1529$609
Mar 04(Thu)Mar 14(Sun)$1549$629
Mar 11(Thu)Mar 21(Sun)$1549$629
Mar 25(Thu)Apr 04(Sun)$1649$669
Apr 01(Thu)Apr 11(Sun)$1769$709
Apr 08(Thu)Apr 18(Sun)$1769$709
Apr 15(Thu)Apr 25(Sun)$1769$709
Apr 22(Thu)May 02(Sun)$1769$709
May 06(Thu)May 16(Sun)$1769$709
May 13(Thu)May 23(Sun)$1769$709
May 20(Thu)May 30(Sun)$1769$709
May 27(Thu)Jun 06(Sun)$1759$689
Jun 03(Thu)Jun 13(Sun)$1749$679
Jun 10(Thu)Jun 20(Sun)$1749$679
Jun 17(Thu)Jun 27(Sun)$1749$679
Jun 24(Thu)Jul 04(Sun)$1749$679
Jul 01(Thu)Jul 11(Sun)$1779$679
Jul 08(Thu)Jul 18(Sun)$1779$679
Jul 15(Thu)Jul 25(Sun)$1779$679
Jul 22(Thu)Aug 01(Sun)$1779$679
Jul 29(Thu)Aug 08(Sun)$1779$679
Aug 05(Thu)Aug 15(Sun)$1779$679
Aug 12(Thu)Aug 22(Sun)$1779$679
Aug 19(Thu)Aug 29(Sun)$1779$679
Aug 26(Thu)Sep 05(Sun)$1799$699
Sep 02(Thu)Sep 12(Sun)$1789$729
Sep 09(Thu)Sep 19(Sun)$1789$729
Sep 16(Thu)Sep 26(Sun)$1789$729
Sep 23(Thu)Oct 03(Sun)$1789$729
Oct 07(Thu)Oct 17(Sun)$1879$829
Oct 14(Thu)Oct 24(Sun)$1879$829
Oct 21(Thu)Oct 31(Sun)$1879$829
Oct 28(Thu)Nov 07(Sun)$1729$819
Nov 04(Thu)Nov 14(Sun)$1729$819
Nov 11(Thu)Nov 21(Sun)$1619$699
Nov 20(Sat)Nov 30(Tue)$1559$649
Dec 04(Sat)Dec 14(Tue)$1539$629
Dec 23(Thu)Jan 02(Sun)$1609$699
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fare
  • 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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    Surjit Kapoor
    Posted on February 13, 2019
    Selina was very good, handled all our questions and issues very well. Has done an excellent job so far.
    United States
    Posted on December 05, 2018
    Thanks for all the arrangements made by TCG. All the guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and spoke English well. The transportation was great, we loved the buses. Everything was clean and comfortable, and the drivers were very friendly. We all really loved Echo. We got along with her really really well, and felt that she made our trip to Xian really wonderful. She was very spontaneous and flexible, and knew exactly what would best for our group. She was willing to make changes to the schedule, and she went out of her way to make sure we were always comfortable and happy. I really appreciated that. Overall, we really really enjoyed our trip in China, and TCG made our trip go extremely smoothly, which made my life a lot easier! Thanks for everything. I plan to recommend their service to anyone I know who is interested in traveling in China. ... More
    Posted on November 25, 2018
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    Lotte V
    United States
    Posted on November 20, 2018
    First of all, let me say that the whole journey was a wonderful experience and certainly excellent value for money. The guides overall were very knowledgeable and did generally go out of their way to help my companion who had some mobility problems. David in Beijing and Jessie in Guilin stand out as exceptional. They were personable and seemed really to care about us. My friend was going to forgo the walk to the Great Wall, but David came back and personally escorted her at a slow pace so she would not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. Service above and beyond the call of duty!

    Meals were all excellent! Even the one on the Li River cruise boat which was supposed to be not up to standard. The guides asked us for any special requests (there were 9 vegetarians in our group) and ordered a wide variety of dishes that everyone enjoyed. The a la carte meal was confusing and we ended up with far too much food, some of which wasn't what we had thought it was on the menu. Just having the guide order would have been better. The hotels were first-rate and the drivers and buses were excellent.
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