Temple of Heaven, BeijingTemple of Heaven, Beijing

Charms of China

L06: 15 Days Private Shanghai - Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Hongkong
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed car
Accommodation: 5-star Luxury Hotels and Super Deluxe Hotels for your choice
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Giant Pandas
  • Cruise on the meandering Li River & admire the essence of Guilin landscape
  • Feel the vibrant atmosphere & explore bustling markets freely in Hong Kong
  • Watch Acrobatic Show, Kung Fu Show, Tang Dynasty Performance & Impression Sanjie Liu
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The BundOur clients at the Forbidden CityTemple of Heaven, BeijingTerracotta Army, XianCute pandasLi River CruiseYangshuo rural sceneryVictoria Peak
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Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Upon landing in Shanghai, our guide and driver will welcome you at the airport and then transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest at the hotel or take a walk around.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Shanghai
Shanghai World Financial Center, Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, A la carte lunch, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, Era Acrobatic Show. (B+L)
The Bund
The Bund
After breakfast, we will move to Lujiazui District, located on the eastern bank of Huangpu River, to take pictures of the World Financial Center and other skyscrapers. Then we will continue this luxury China tour package to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, where you can learn the development history of the city as well as its future plans. An a la carte lunch will be served at Xian Qiang Fang Restaurant.

The afternoon tour begins with the classical Yuyuan Garden which is adorned with exquisite pavilions, rockeries, ponds, corridors, and bridges. You will also be escorted to stroll around the surrounding prosperous bazaar. After that, we will head for the Bund Area on the western bank of Huangpu River to admire 52 exotic buildings constructed in the late 19th century. Then our guide will accompany you on a cruise along Huangpu River, and you can enjoy totally different skylines on the two banks.

Please have a dinner at a nearby restaurant on your own. At night, you will be escorted to watch the Era Acrobatic Show from A seat.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Shanghai - Beijing
Zhujiajiao Water Town. Fly to Beijing. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Today, we will set out for a comfortable ride to Zhujiajiao Water Town to experience traditional local lifestyle. With far-reaching history, Zhujiajiao is full of grand mansions and courtyards owning by wealthy merchants in the past times. Our guide will also walk you through some famous sites to appreciate their elaborately-designed layouts as well as fine carvings and paintings. At noon, you are free to select a restaurant in the town to enjoy local cuisines. Our guide is willing to offer you some recommendations if needed.

After that, you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, our local guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. After check-in, you may have dinner at a nearby restaurant on your own.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 4 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City including Treasure Galley and Clock & Watch Hall, A la carte lunch, Summer Palace with boat, Chinese Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Our clients at the Forbidden City
Our clients at the Forbidden City
We will start today's luxury Beijing tour with the Tiananmen Square, the national symbol of China, located in the heart of the city. Then we will head northwards to visit the Forbidden City, which served as the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 - 1911). You can easily imagine the luxury life of the royal family in the midst of grandiose crimson halls roofed with glazed tiles. You are also able to admire precious objects at Treasure Galley and Clock & Watch Hall inside.

An a la carte lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afterwards, our tour continues to the Summer Palace. As the recreational resort for royal family of the Qing Dynasty, it mainly consists of luxury halls and temples, Kunming Lake, and Longevity Hill. If weather permits, you will take a painted pleasure boat trip on Kunming Lake to admire the surrounding scenery.

Please have dinner on your own. Afterwards, our guide will escort you to enjoy a splendid Chinese Kung Fu Show from the seat with good views in the 5th-6th rows or 11th-12th row.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 5 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, Bird's Nest (drive by), Peking Duck Dinner. (B+D)
After a big breakfast, we will set out for a hiking tour of Mutianyu Great Wall. Without too much tourists, this section presents a gorgeous view of the Great Wall, which is also an ideal place for a leisure walk. To save your energy, we include the cable car ride for both ways.

You may have lunch at your preferred restaurant near the Great Wall. Then we will transfer back to downtown and stop by the Bird's Nest to take photos of its appearance from a distance. Tonight, you will taste the authentic Beijing roast duck at Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant.

Meals: American breakfast, Roast Duck Dinner
Day 6 Beijing - Xian
Temple of Heaven with one-hour Tai Chi class, Hutong tour, A la carte lunch, Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Temple of Heaven, Beijing
Temple of Heaven, Beijing
This morning, a one-hour Tai Chi class awaits you at the Temple of Heaven. You can get fully refreshed by learning Tai Chi movements from a professional master. After that, our guide will accompany you to stroll around the temple and explain traditional sacrificial rituals to you. Then a rickshaw tour of Hutong alleys is scheduled for you to immerse in the cultural atmosphere as well as local traditional lifestyle. Around noon, you will enjoy an a la carte lunch at a famous restaurant.

After that, our guide will escort you to the airport and help you check in for your flight to Xian. You will meet our Xian tour guide and driver upon landing. Then, a comfortable ride will take you to the hotel.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 7 Xian
Terracotta Army Museum, A la carte lunch, City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. (B+L+D)
A Xian tour is never complete without seeing the Terracotta Army Museum. Today, a morning car ride will take you to this marvelous site in suburb area. As the funeral object of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259 BC - 210 BC), it perfectly reproduces the complete military formation of Qin troops with more than 8,000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots lining orderly in the pits. After the visit, we will drive to the 5-star Huaqing Aegean International Hot Sprig Resort to have an a la carte lunch.

After returning to the city proper, our guide will accompany you to go sightseeing on the City Wall, which has been around for more than 600 years. Either ride a bike or take a battery car can provide you exciting visiting experience. A visit to the bustling Muslim Quarter is followed.

The Tang Dynasty Dinner Show awaits you at night, offering you not only gourmet imperial cuisines, but also fabulous singing and dancing performance of Tang.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch, Tang Dynasty dinner show
Day 8 Xian - Chengdu
Provincial History Museum, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch. High-speed train to Chengdu. Railway station-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Terracotta Army, Xian
Terracotta Army, Xian
After breakfast, our guide will accompany you to explore the Shaanxi History Museum, exhibiting precious relics unearthed throughout the province, from stone tools of the prehistoric periods to daily-used items before 1840. After that we will show you the Small Wild Goose Pagoda of the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907).

Then you will be escorted to visit a local family. The hospitable hostess will prepare a full table of delicious cuisines. Meanwhile, you can also learn to cook home-made Chinese food if interested.

This luxury Xian tour finishes here. After the lunch break, you will be transferred to Xian North Railway Station for a 4-hour high speed train ride to Chengdu. We will reserve first class seats for you. Upon arrival, our Chengdu guide will pick you up from the railway station and escort you to check in the hotel.

Meals: American breakfast, Home-cooked lunch
Day 9 Chengdu
Leshan Giant Buddha, Lunch at Laofangzi Restaurant, Drive back to the hotel and rest of the time is free. (B+L)
Today, we will have a morning excursion to Leshan Giant Buddha. With a height of 70 meters (230 feet), it is the world's largest stone statue of Maitreya in sitting posture inscribed on a cliff facing a river. Even one foot of the Buddha can hold more than 100 adults sitting around. Our guide will accompany you to climb uphill to have a close look at the Buddha statue. We will also take a boat trip on the river to take in the full view of the Buddha.

Lunch will be served at the famous Laofangzi Restaurant in Leshan. Then, a comfortable ride will take you back to the hotel in Chengdu. The remaining time of the day is free on your own arrangement.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
 
Day 10 Chengdu - Guilin
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, lunch at Da Miao Hotpot Restaurant, Wide and Narrow Alley with a tea house. Fly to Guilin. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Cute pandas
Cute pandas
After a hearty breakfast, we will set out for Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Over 100 cuddly giant pandas live carefree lives in bamboo grooves of the base. You would be amused by seeing them rolling on the ground, climbing trees and playing with each other. Newborn pink pandas and cubs with thin dark and white fur can also been seen there.

Then, our guide will escort you to Da Miao Hotpot Restaurant. There you will feast your stomach with the well-known hotpot, the most popular cuisine of Sichuan Province.

After lunch, our guide will accompany you on a walking tour of the historical block, Wide and Narrow Alley. We will also relax at a traditional tea house while sipping fragrant tea.

Later, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your onward flight to Guilin. Upon landing, please meet our local guide at the exit and then take a comfortable ride to the hotel. After settling, find a nearby restaurant to have dinner.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
 
Day 11 Guilin
Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, A la carte lunch at the White House Hotel, Seven Stars Park, Fubo Hill, Ronghu and Shanhu Lakes Scenic Area. (B+L)
Li River Cruise
Li River Cruise
Your deluxe Guilin tour will start with the Reed Flute Cave, which is filled with dazzling stalactites in various shapes, like pagodas, veils, forests, palaces and hills. After that comes a visit to Elephant Trunk Hill, which looks exactly like a giant elephant standing alongside the river. You will have an a la carte lunch at the White House Hotel Guilin, located in a grand mansion of the Republic of China era (1912 - 1949). Antique furniture and decorations are still well preserved there.

The afternoon tour leads you to the Seven Stars Park, a picturesque place consisting of hills, lawns, ponds, karst caves, as well as pavilions and temples. Then we will proceed to visit the Fubo Hill. After that, we will take a leisure walk in Ronghu and Shanhu Lakes Scenic Area. You are free to select a preferred restaurant to have dinner.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch 
Day 12 Guilin - Yangshuo
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside trip in Yangshuo. Impression Sanjie Liu. (B+L)
Yangshuo rural scenery
Yangshuo rural scenery
Today, our guide will accompany you on a cruise down the picturesque Li River. We will book the upper deck seats on the 4-star ship for you in advance. Along the way, you will witness numerous green hills continuously coming into sight. As the ship passing by, layers of ripples break their peaceful reflections casting on the emerald river. A buffet lunch will be served onboard. After disembarking in Yangshuo, you will be accompanied to take in the idyllic landscape there. Later, you are suggested to select a restaurant on the West Street for dinner.

The performance Impression Sanjie Liu staged on the Li River with rolling mountains as its backdrop will round off the day. At the end, you will be escorted to check in the hotel.

Meals: American breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Yangshuo - Guilin - Hong Kong
Free Morning. High-speed train to Hong Kong. Railway station-hotel transfer. (B)
You will have a free morning either to explore the rural landscape of Yangshuo or rest at the hotel. Then our guide will transfer you to the Guilin West Railway Station and help you board a high speed train to Hong Kong. The train journey takes around 3.5 hours. Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station and escorted to check in the luxury hotel located near the Victoria Harbor.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 14 Hong Kong
Victoria Peak, Aberdeen, Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui, Sky 100 Viewing Platform. Free afternoon. (B)
Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak
Our guide will greet you at the hotel lobby after breakfast. We will start off today's tour with a visit to the Victoria Peak. We will take the time-honored Peak Tram at the foot of the hill to reach the top. You will find the bowl-like Peak Tower after alighting. Climbing up to the rooftop, you are able to have a panoramic view of the whole Hong Kong City.

The next destination is Aberdeen where you can have a glimpse of local fishermen's life. Also, we will take a ferry across the sea to Tsim Sha Tsui Area. After disembarkation, you will be accompanied to take pictures of Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower built in 1915, and have a bird's-eye-view of the Victoria Harbor and Kowloon Area at the Sky 100 Viewing Platform.

You may choose a distinctive restaurant to have your lunch. Our guide is pleased to provide you some recommendation. The rest of the day is free for you to stroll around and do some shopping.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 15 Departure from Hong Kong
Hotel-airport transfer. (B)
This memorable 15 days China tour package ends today. After checking out the hotel, our guide will escort you to the airport and see you off. Bon voyage!

Meals: American breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsSuper Deluxe HotelsLuxury Hotels
ShanghaiThe Peninsula Hotel Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel
BeijingThe Peninsula Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong
Xian Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian Wyndham Grand Xian South
ChengduThe Temple House Sofitel Chengdu Taihe
GuilinShangri-La Hotel - river view roomShangri-La Hotel
YangshuoBanyan Tree Resort - Karst Discovery SuiteGreen Lotus Hotel
HongkongInterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong
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Tour Prices with Super Deluxe Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$6069 $5462$5619 $5057$5169 $4652
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$4679 $4211$4229 $3806$3779 $3401
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • 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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