China Delights from Shanghai

SG29: 12 Days Small Group Tour to Shanghai - Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 1-18 persons, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed limousine
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
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
  • Enjoy a la carte meals, Kung Fu Show, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance
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Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Welcome to China, an oriental country with long and glorious history and full of modern dynamics. Upon your arrival in Shanghai, our guide is ready to meet you at the exit of the airport, holding a welcome board with your name on it. We then drive you to check in at the hotel and remain the rest time of the day free.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Century Park Shanghai
Day 2 Shanghai - Beijing
Hotel-railway station transfer, A 4.5-hour high speed train to Beijing, Pick-up service. (B)
Our group in the Forbidden City, Beijing
The group you will join in is scheduled to begin and end in Shanghai. We have arranged the sightseeing of Shanghai when you come back on the eleventh day, so today you will take the high-speed train heading for Beijing first. The train journey is around 4.5 hours and it runs about every 20 minutes from 07:00 to 19:00. The ideal one we would like to book for you leaves at 10:00 and arrives in Beijing at 15:00, but if you have other preferred time of leaving, or if you prefer to take flight instead, come to your travel consultant please. The transfers between your hotel and the train station in both Shanghai and Beijing are included. After we assist you to check in at the hotel in Beijing, you will be free for the rest time of the day. Take a good sleep tonight and your exciting China group tours from Shanghai officially starts from tomorrow. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 3 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch with Peking Duck, Temple of Heaven, Chinese Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Great Wall, Beijing
In the morning, meet your guide and the other group members at the hotel lobby. Let's go for our first highlight of this trip, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Covering an area of 440 thousand square meters, Tiananmen Square is regarded as the heart of the city. After taking some pictures on the square, we walk into the Forbidden City, a grand Royal Palace for Ming and Qing dynasties. Besides the large scale and unique wooden structure of this ancient architectural complex, the more interesting part of this would be the historical and mysterious stories and legends about the imperial life that you will hear from your guide.

After that, have an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a decent local restaurant to taste the real Chinese food including the roasted Peking Duck. 

The afternoon time is to visit the Temple of Heaven, a massive outdoor park filled with beautiful green space and temples. In the evening, you will enjoy a wonderful Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Day 4 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Today's highlight is surely the marvelous Great Wall, which is two hours away from your hotel. The section of Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the best-preserved sections of the wall, surrounded by the breathtaking natural scenery. A round way cable car is included in your trip. As there is no good restaurant close to the wall, we leave the lunch on your own and you may have some fast food nearby with the recommendation of your guide.

On the way back to Beijing, you will have a chance to admire the magnificent building of the Olympic Bird's Nest. The tour today will be completed after enjoying some free time at an authentic local market.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 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 travel consultant with her clients
After breakfast, you will pack your luggage and check out the hotel. On our last day tour in Beijing, we first come to the Summer Palace, the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. And then have a rickshaw tour along the old Hutong alleys. Chinese Paper Cutting experience is arranged for you to know more about China's popular traditional folk art. 

The lunch is in a la carte style and you have an allowance of CNY150 per person to order food as you like.

Later in the day, we drive you to the airport and see you off for your flight to Xi'an. After two hours flight journey, you will land in Xi'an where your new guide is expecting you with a warm welcome. We transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 6 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 Army, Xi'an
Now comes to our highlight visit in Xi'an, the Terracotta Army, which is regarded as the eighth miracle in the world. This underground army was built by the first Emperor Qin Shi Huang to protect him in his afterlife. The craftsmanship of the terracotta warriors is outstanding and it is amazing that each warrior has its own attire and expression. After that, we drive back to the downtown city.

Lunch today is specially arranged in a local family and the delicious food is made by the hospitable hostess. Visit her house and you will get to know the local people's life in China. Also you will have a chance to learn how to cook Chinese food with the host for free. 

After lunch, we will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xi'an Museum. This evening, the special Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will be scheduled for you.

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.
Day 7 Xi'an
Observe local life in the park, One-hour Tai Chi practice, Xi'an City Wall, A la carte lunch, Provincial History Museum, Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter. (B+L)
Continue your visit to the ancient City Wall. Before ascending the wall, you will walk around the City Wall Park to experience local people's daily life and also have a chance to practice Tai Chi for one hour with the master. If you like to have more fun, why not try cycling on the City Wall? The bike can be rent on the spot at your expense.

An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) is arranged for your group at a fancy local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, you will visit the Provincial History Museum and then come to the Great Mosque. Spend your remaining time at the famous Muslim bazaar, where you can get a good opportunity to shopping small souvenirs or gifts. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 8 Xi'an - Guilin
Fly to Guilin, Airport-hotel transfer, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill. (B)
Li River Cruise, Guilin
In the morning, bid farewell to your guide in Xi'an after we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Guilin. The flight takes about two hours. Then you will meet your Guilin local guide at the airport exit after you fetch back your luggage. Not like Beijing and Xi'an where you learn much about China's history and culture, Guilin is a beautiful city in southern part with marvelous landscape. 

After arrival, we will firstly visit the Reed Flute Cave and the Elephant Trunk Hill, and then transfer to the hotel for a good rest.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 9 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, West Street, Countryside tour, Drive back to Guilin. (B+L)
Yangshuo countryside
Today you will enjoy a visual feast with continuous green hills and clear waters when you cruise along Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. Lunch on the boat is the basic Chinese lunch box so you are suggested to have a big breakfast at the hotel in the morning. 

After 4 to 5 hours on the boat, you will disembark at Yangshuo at around 14:00. Walk along the famous West Street before having a wonderful countryside trip to appreciate the beautiful rural scenery in Yangshuo. Pay a short visit to a local villager's home. After that, we will transfer you back to Guilin.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Guilin - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer, Relax during the rest of the day. (B)
After breakfast, we transfer you to the airport to take flight to Shanghai. You will be greeted by your local guide upon arrival and escorted to the hotel. Then the rest of the time is free for you to have a rest at the hotel or discover this modern and prosperous city on your own.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Century Park Shanghai
Day 11 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
In the morning, our guide is ready to pick you up after you have breakfast. Today you will visit Shanghai Museum to see more of China's cultural relics. Then visit the Yu Garden which represents the classical private gardens in southern area. The surrounding traditional bazaar is also an interesting place for a visit.

An a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a famed local restaurant. 

Following the morning activities, you will visit the quiet Former French Concession area. Then come to the Bund, where you will have a one hour cruise tour along the Huangpu River. At the end of the day, our guide will transfer you back to the hotel and bid farewell to you.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 12 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Today you will travel to the airport for your flight by yourself. You may book a taxi with the hotel reception beforehand. There are two airports in Shanghai. Please check and make sure you get to the correct one that your flight may depart. Wish you a nice journey home!

If you would like to stay longer for a private extension trip, please come to your travel consultant to discuss more. We wish you have had a wonderful time with us in China. Thank you!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
12% off - book by Dec 31, 2018; 10% off - book in January, 2019
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan. 2019Jan 04(Fri) Jan 15(Tue) $1669 $1468$509
Jan 18(Fri) Jan 29(Tue) $1669 $1468$509
Feb. 2019Feb 23(Sat) Mar 06(Wed) $1669 $1468$509
Mar. 2019Mar 04(Mon) Mar 15(Fri) $1719 $1512$559
Mar 11(Mon) Mar 22(Fri) $1719 $1512$559
Mar 25(Mon) Apr 05(Fri) $1849 $1627$589
Apr. 2019Apr 03(Wed) Apr 14(Sun) $1959 $1723$619
Apr 10(Wed) Apr 21(Sun) $1959 $1723$619
Apr 17(Wed) Apr 28(Sun) $1959 $1723$619
Apr 24(Wed) May 05(Sun) $1959 $1723$619
May. 2019May 08(Wed) May 19(Sun) $1959 $1723$619
May 15(Wed) May 26(Sun) $1959 $1723$619
May 22(Wed) Jun 02(Sun) $1959 $1723$619
May 29(Wed) Jun 09(Sun) $1929 $1697$589
Jun. 2019Jun 05(Wed) Jun 16(Sun) $1929 $1697$589
Jun 12(Wed) Jun 23(Sun) $1929 $1697$589
Jun 19(Wed) Jun 30(Sun) $1929 $1697$589
Jun 26(Wed) Jul 07(Sun) $1959 $1723$579
Jul. 2019Jul 03(Wed) Jul 14(Sun) $1979 $1741$569
Jul 10(Wed) Jul 21(Sun) $1979 $1741$569
Jul 17(Wed) Jul 28(Sun) $1979 $1741$569
Jul 24(Wed) Aug 04(Sun) $1979 $1741$569
Jul 31(Wed) Aug 11(Sun) $1979 $1741$569
Aug. 2019Aug 07(Wed) Aug 18(Sun) $1979 $1741$569
Aug 14(Wed) Aug 25(Sun) $1979 $1741$569
Aug 21(Wed) Sep 01(Sun) $1979 $1741$569
Aug 28(Wed) Sep 08(Sun) $1979 $1741$609
Sep. 2019Sep 04(Wed) Sep 15(Sun) $1999 $1759$629
Sep 11(Wed) Sep 22(Sun) $1999 $1759$629
Sep 18(Wed) Sep 29(Sun) $1999 $1759$629
Oct. 2019Oct 02(Wed) Oct 13(Sun) $1999 $1759$629
Oct 09(Wed) Oct 20(Sun) $1999 $1759$629
Oct 16(Wed) Oct 27(Sun) $1999 $1759$629
Oct 23(Wed) Nov 03(Sun) $1929 $1697$629
Oct 30(Wed) Nov 10(Sun) $1799 $1583$619
Nov. 2019Nov 06(Wed) Nov 17(Sun) $1799 $1583$619
Nov 20(Wed) Dec 01(Sun) $1729 $1521$549
Dec. 2019Dec 07(Sat) Dec 18(Wed) $1679 $1477$519
Dec 21(Sat) Jan 01(Wed) $1679 $1477$519
Jan. 2020Jan 04(Sat) Jan 15(Wed) $1679 $1477$519
Feb. 2020Feb 12(Wed) Feb 23(Sun) $1679 $1477$519
Mar. 2020Mar 04(Wed) Mar 15(Sun) $1699 $1495$539
Mar 11(Wed) Mar 22(Sun) $1699 $1495$539
Mar 25(Wed) Apr 05(Sun) $1719 $1512$539

Remark: The prices in red reflect 12% discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Early Bird Savings: 5% off, book 30 days in advance
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Dec. 2018Dec 07(Fri) Dec 18(Tue) $1479$529
Dec 21(Fri) Jan 01(Tue) $1479$529

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
  • 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
  • Customer Reviews
  • Questions & Answers
    4.52 Reivews
    United States
    Posted on November 15, 2018
    We enjoyed the trip tremendously. The sights of the Li River in Guilin were simply breathtaking, and our guide did an excellent job of finding additional activities to keep us busy when we moved through some of the sites faster than he expected. Echo, our guide in Xian, showed us that there were many interesting things to see in addition to the Terracotta Army. She was an extremely good guide and her fondness for Xian and for meeting with travelers from all over the world was evident. The only drawbacks I note are those made by many others. The guides were very hesitant to depart in any way from the schedule, even when we would indicate that we were willing to skip a planned stop to spend additional time at another and that we didn't expect a refund. Second, some of the food were bland and there was far too much of it!

    Should I ever return to China, I will certainly use their services again.
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    Edward P
    United States
    Posted on October 28, 2018
    This group tour was very memorable and the Tang Dynasty Dance Show was excellent! Our guide, Carol in Xian, was professional and helpful. We would recommend their services to anyone.
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