Terracotta Army, Xian

Classic China Family Vacation

FT02: 11 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Family Tour, any part of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: Kids-friendly guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle

Tour Highlights:
  • Learn about China from all aspects: history, culture, natural scenery and modern cities
  • Rich experience activities will make your travel full of vitality
  • A professional family-friendly guide will take good care of all your family members
  • Flexible itinerary, can be completely customized to your needs
From $2209 per person Free Inquiry
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Welcome to the capital of China - Beijing! Your guide has been waiting for you at the airport and expecting to meet you. After picking you up, the guide will lead you to the parking lot and escort you to the hotel with the driver. Then he or she will help you with check-in. In the following free time of the day, you can spend at leisure on your own.
Day 2 Beijing
After breakfast, our China family vacation packages will start with the world's largest city square - Tiananmen Square. Then walk to the Forbidden City for a visit. Renowned as Top 1 of the Four Great Palaces in the World, Forbidden City is one of the world's largest and best-preserved ancient wooden architectures. As the imperial palace in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911), it covers an area of 72 hectares (178 acres) with more than 70 palaces and over 9,000 rooms. Besides, you can also see the abundant cultural relics there, including the paintings, ceramics, bronze wares, jade, clocks and so on. The lunch is an a la carte and you can taste the authentic Chinese dishes. The restaurant we choose for you also offers the delicious roasted dusk. If you want to have a try, please inform your guide to make a reservation in advance.

In the afternoon, we will take the rickshaw to go sightseeing in the hutongs. Also, we will visit a Beijing courtyard there and experience paper cutting, a traditional Chinese folk art. It is a kind of auspicious patterns used widely as decoration in Chinese people's daily life. You will see how to make it with only paper and scissors or gravers. Afterwards, proceed to the well-known snack street Nanluoguxiang. You can taste some unique local snacks under the recommendation of the guide. The cost will be paid by yourself. Ice-sugar Gourd is the favorite of old Beijingers. The sweet and sour taste is also deeply loved by children. How about buying one for your kid? After the tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Forbidden City, Beijing
Forbidden City
Beijing Hutong Tour
Hutong rickshaw tour
Day 3 Beijing
Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car. (B)
In the morning, we will go to visit the Temple of Heaven. The emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties offered sacrifices to the God of Heaven here. In 1998, it is listed as world cultural heritage site. Also as a public for the locals, Temple of Heaven has gathered many Tai Chi enthusiasts. You can join in them and feel the magic of Tai Chi. After that we will head to Mutianyu Great Wall. A round-trip cable car ride has been arranged for you. Chairlift for ascending and Toboggan for descending are also available. So you can enjoy a leisure hiking time on the Great Wall. What about starting a competition among the families to see who will reach the highest place first? 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by High Speed Train
Summer Palace, A 4.5-hour high speed train to Xi'an, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
The only scenic area we will visit today is the Summer Palace. It is the best-preserved royal garden in China. It has integrated the design techniques of classic garden in south China. In the afternoon, the guide will transfer you to take the high speed train to Xi'an, the next destination of your China family vacation packages. After arrival, the local guide in Xi'an will pick you up and lead you to the hotel for check-in.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Summer Palace, Beijing
Summer Palace, Beijing
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Experience traditional Chinese clothes. (B)
Today, we will head to the Terracotta Warrior Museum to appreciate the majestic life-sized underground army of Emperor Qinshihuang. There are three pits and Bronze Chariots and Horses Exhibition Hall waiting for you to explore. Pit 1 is the largest, Pit 2 is the essence gathering the most diverse warriors and Pit 3 is the commanding center of the whole army. Followed by is Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, a square brick pagoda built to store Buddhism scripts brought from ancient India. Here, you will have an experience to wear the traditional clothes of Han Nationality to stroll around. It's an interesting way to experience traditional Chinese culture. Remember to take some photos.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
 Friendly Tips

The night scenery of Giant Wild Goose Pagoda Square is quite charming, especially the music fountain show at the north square. If time permits and you are not tired after the itinerary, you can continue strolling around and go back to the hotel by taxi on your own.
Terracotta Warrior Museum
Terracotta warriors
Day 6 Xi'an to Guilin by Flight
Cycling on the City Wall, Supermarket tour, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Fly to Guilin, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
The first stop of today's tour is City Wall. We will tour it by bike or battery car. Afterwards, head to a supermarket to learn about the locals' life. Then pay a visit to a local family and enjoy a home-cooked lunch there. The hostess will treat you with delicious food and teach you how to make dumplings. After lunch, the guide will transfer you to the airport for a flight to Guilin. The guide in Guilin will be waiting for you at the airport and then escort you to the carefully-chosen hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
City Wall, Xi'an
Bicycle riding on the Xi'an City Wall
Day 7 Guilin - Yangshuo
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside trip. (B+L)
Li River is the essence of our China family vacation in Guilin. You will marvel at the splendid landscape along the way. In the early morning, you will be picked up from the hotel and led to the wharf. Then the guide will accompany you to enjoy a Li River cruise to Yangshuo while the driver will take your luggage to the wharf in Yangshuo and wait for you there. After about 4 hours, we will  meet our driver at Yangshuo and then go sightseeing the rural scenery by vehicle. The lunch is the simple Chinese box meal on the cruise.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
 Friendly Tips

The best way to appreciate the scenery in Yangshuo is to ride a bike. You can stop at any place as you like and enjoy the landscape around leisurely. If the weather and your energy permits, why not rent a bike to go sightseeing? When encountering the picturesque place, isn't it great to have a rest and take some photos? It will also be a lot of fun for your kids.
Li River, Guilin
Li River, Guilin
Day 8 Yangshuo
Free time for the day. (B)
Today, you can enjoy a free day. There are abundant activities you can take part in, such as drifting, rock climbing, learning calligraphy, painting or Tai Chi. If you are interested in it, consult your guide in advance.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Yangshuo rural scenery
Yangshuo rural scenery
Day 9 Guilin to Shanghai by Flight
Yangshuo-Guilin transfer, Reed Flute Cave. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
In the morning, we will drive back to Guilin and tour Reed Flute Cave. In the 240-meter-deep (787-feet-deep) karst cave, it is scattered with many white stalagmites, stone pillars, stone flowers, etc. Also, there are 77 mural paintings of different dynasties. Then, the guide will escort you to the airport for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will meet your Shanghai guide at the exit and head to the hotel then.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 10 Shanghai
Shanghai Tower, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, A la carte farewell lunch, Yu Garden, the Bund. (B+L)
In the China family vacation in Shanghai, we will first go to the city landmark Shanghai Tower. It is the highest building in China with 132 floors in total. Standing on the Top of Shanghai Observatory, you can overlook the city. The next stop is Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. With the theme of City, People, Environment and Development, it shows that how did the city develop into a modern metropolis from a small fishing village. The lunch is a la carte, so you can taste the dishes according to your interest.

In the afternoon, follow the guide to Yu Garden. In this classic Chinese garden, you will see about 40 ancient architectures including the Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Jade Rock, etc. Also, the orderly arranged ancient plants have shown the artistic style of gardens in Ming and Qing Dynasties. And thousands of cultural relics are exhibited there covering calligraphies, paintings, furniture, ceramics and so on. Finally, we are going to the Bund to see the architecture complex in completely different western styles and take a walk along Huangpu River. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Shanghai Bund
The Bund
Yu Garden, Shanghai
Yu Garden
Day 11 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A pleasant trip home! (B)
Today, you will be transferred to the airport or train station according to your schedule. Wish you a smooth journey.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2789 $2510$2529 $2276$2199 $1979
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2469 $2222$2209 $1988$1879 $1691
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Tour price for the child under 12 is upon request, we will quote for the age.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fare
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Shazza from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 12, 2019 11:45Reply
Can the Beijing Yikatong Card also be used in Shanghai?
Answers (2)
Answered by Julia from DENMARK | Jan. 14, 2019 19:04
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No, the card cannot be used in Shanghai.
Answered by shazza from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 16, 2019 23:50
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ok thank you for answering
Asked by Patricia D'Souza from UNITED STATES | Mar. 03, 2018 09:21Reply
I am travelling from Bangkok to Shenzhen to Beijing to Seattle. Do I need visa? Only in transit?
Hi, I am transiting between flights in China. Do I need Visa. My travel agent said to check. I am a US citizen.
Answers (1)
Answered by Winster from CANADA | Mar. 04, 2018 21:10
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Yes, a transit visa is needed for your case and it should be applied for in advance.
Asked by Frances Lim from PHILIPPINES | Oct. 12, 2017 11:41Reply
Buses from Shanghai PVG to hotel
Hi,

We will be staying at Blue Mountain Hostel The Bund. Are there buses available after 12MN?

Thanks!
Answers (3)
Answered by Wallace from NEW ZEALAND | Oct. 12, 2017 22:50
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Yes, you can take the Shuttle Bus Night Line to People’s Square, and then take a taxi to your hotel. Or you can walk north for 15 minutes and turn right to East Beijing Rd, walk east for 3 minutes, you will get to the hotel.
Answered by Frances from PHILIPPINES | Oct. 12, 2017 23:46
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Is there a schedule for the night shuttle bus?
Answered by Selina from CANADA | Oct. 18, 2017 20:16
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As I know, it’s available from 23:05 to the last flight with an interval of no more than 45 minutes.
Asked by Ricky Sung from SINGAPORE | Jul. 11, 2017 20:26Reply
Hi Guys, I have 3 questions to ask about subway station and hotel/apartment in Beijing.
1) May I know which substation is near the International Convention Centre(BICC)?
2) Do you have any hotels or apartment near BICC?
3) How is the weather in there for early month of November like? Need winter clothings?
Hear from you. Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Tina from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 11, 2017 22:14
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1. Is the International Convention Centre located at no.8 East Beichen Road, Chaoyang District? If yes, the Olympic Sports Center Subway Station may be the nearest one, which is about 800 meters from the convention centre.
2. Continental Grand Hotel is located at no.8, East Beichen Road, which is just beside the convention centre. Grand Skylight Catic Hotel is only about 260 meters from the convention center.
3. The temperature may be around 28F to 60F at that time. You are suggested to take some warm clothes with you.
Asked by Noel | Apr. 14, 2017 01:32Reply
My wife has a question about the visits to local families at Yangshuo and Xi'an.
She has read that it is customary to take a gift, is this correct and if so, what would you advise as suitable items.
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Apr. 14, 2017 01:37
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Actually there is no need for you to bring any gifts. But if you want to show your respect, you may bring some candy.
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