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S-102: 10 Days Private Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed car
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Take a Li River cruise down to Yangshuo & admire the essence of Guilin landscape
  • Walk into a local family, learn to cook Chinese food & dine with the hosts in their home
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
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Local people playing cards in Xi'an City Wall ParkRural people's lifeFantastic Li River cruise, GuilinYu Garden
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Our guide will meet you outside the customs of the airport after you retrieve your luggage and clear the customs, and then transfer you to the hotel in downtown area. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city. 

Beijing is a historic city full of cultural sites and refined scenery. Four days are definitely not enough for you to explore it all. If you arrive early in the day, you could take a taxi to the newly renovated Qianmen Street on your own. Along the street you will see Qing Dynasty-style buildings, sample traditional local snacks, explore antique stores and maybe even see an old city's cultural performance. Many old brands like Quanjude roast duck, Guanghe theatre and tea inns can be found here. It is a good place for you to enjoy the culture of this old capital.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Great Wall of China
The first day's private sightseeing visits of your 10 days China itinerary cover the grand Tiananmen Square, the majestic Forbidden City and the sacred Temple of Heaven. All of them are the symbolic tourist attractions of the city. Tiananmen Square is regarded as the heart of the great nation which records the indomitable revolutionary spirit and the undaunted heroic spirit of the nation. Displaying incomparable ancient buildings in front of you, the subsequent exploration in the Forbidden City will allow you to have a deep insight into China's profound history. Your luxurious a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be specially served at a noted restaurant with tasty food, which will be quite a different experience during the journey.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Temple of Heaven
After breakfast, you will visit the astonishing Mutianyu Great Wall by taking the round-trip cable car for the whole morning. No visitor can help feeling the excitement of witnessing the majesty and grandeur of the undulating walls. Lunch is not provided today. You may ask your guide to give you some suggestions about the good restaurants nearby. On the way back to downtown, we will drive by the Bird's Nest and stop over there for a while so that you can take some photos for this significant building. After that, proceed to a featured local market to relax yourself. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, A 4.5-hour high speed train to Xi'an, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
Your private Beijing tour will come to an end after visiting the well-preserved Summer Palace and taking a Hutong rickshaw tour. Then head to Xi'an by a high speed train and our private transfer will take you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Provincial History Museum, Great Mosque. (B)
Local people playing cards in Xi'an City Wall Park
Local people playing cards in Xi'an City Wall Park
Your Xian travel starts from the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It was discovered by the local farmers while digging a well in 1974. This accidental discovery made the eighth wonder worldwide famous. Nearly eight thousand pieces of soldiers have been renovated to date. The excavation includes warriors, horses, chariot, bronze, swords, spears, halberts and many others. You will arrange lunch on your own today. Our guide will recommend you some nice restaurants upon your request.

In the afternoon, visit the Provincial History Museum and the time-honored Great Mosque. Then extend your journey to the lively Muslim Street, where you can take a leisurely walk or purchase some fancy gifts for your families or friends.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xi'an - Guilin
Xi'an City Wall, Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Fly to Guilin, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Terracotta Army
This morning our guide will escort you to the well-kept ancient City Wall. If you are capable of riding bicycles, we suggest you rent a bicycle to ride around on the wall. It is surely a memorable and exciting experience. Afterwards, our guide will show you Xian Museum and another ancient landmark of the Tang Dynasty, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. The precious exhibits in the museum will tell you the glory of this ancient capital city. As part of the museum, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Jianfu Temple was listed as the national major cultural relic preservation site by State Council in 1961. This Tang Dynasty Pagoda always leaves visitors a sense of pretty, exquisite and graceful. 

Around noon, we will invite you to a local Chinese family to have an a la carte home cooked lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price). The hosts are very friendly and hospitable. You can visit their home and talk with them about Chinese people's daily life. This is a good opportunity for you to get close touch with the local people. Besides, if feel interested, you will also have a chance to learn to cook your favorite Chinese dishes with the host. After that, you will take a flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival, our local guide will expect you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside tour, Drive back to Guilin. (B+L)
Rural people's life
Rural people's life
Enduring memories are created today as you cruise down Li River to Yangshuo. The 83 kilometers river course to Yangshuo is like a green ribbon flanked by numerous verdant hills. The odd peaks standing along the river course reflect on the crystal-clear water, creating a splendid landscape painting. Fields and gardens strew at random on the bank, which brings you the reminiscence of idyllic lifestyle depicted in ancient Chinese poetries. The cruise lasts around 4 hours and reaches terminal Yangshuo at about 14:00. Upon arrival at Yangshuo, we will transfer you to the countryside of Yangshuo and visit a local villager's home to experience the farmer's lifestyle there along the way. It is a better way to enjoy the pastoral scenery of Yangshuo. Finally, we will transfer you back to Guilin.

Tips: The lunch served on the cruise today is simple Chinese box lunch. It cannot be up to your taste and also fails to meet the serving standard of TravelChinaGuide, so we kindly suggest you have a hearty breakfast at the hotel this morning.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Guilin - Shanghai
Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Fantastic Li River cruise, Guilin
Fantastic Li River cruise, Guilin
Your included sightseeing today is to visit the brilliant Reed Flute Cave - the Palace of Natural Arts, the Seven Star Park and the Elephant Trunk Hill, the emblem of the city. Then you will take a flight to Shanghai and our private transfer will take you to the hotel.

In the next one or two days, you can plan a self-service visit to the newly renovated recreational district, the Xin Tian Di (New World, New Heaven and Earth), if you have plenty of time. It is not far from your hotel, so taking taxi is quite convenient. Xin Tian Di area was restored from the old Shikumen neighborhood, a type of tenement found only in old Shanghai. Now these old stone buildings are reconstructed into boutiques, clubs and restaurants. The Wu Li Xiang House, meaning Open House, is the best kept old style local house in Xin Tian Di area. If you are interested, we suggest you visit it by yourself after dinner. Xin Tian Di also assembles the various local foods and it is easy for you to find a restaurant or café to sample your dinner there.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte farewell lunch, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise, a cultural street. (B+L)
Yu Garden
Yu Garden
Photo by our client Mr. Cobelli Franco
In the morning, you will visit Shanghai Museum and the Yu Garden. An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be arranged for you at a well-known local restaurant, which offers veritable Shanghai and Cantonese cuisines. After enjoying the terrific lunch, you will take a short cruise trip on Huangpu River, the mother river of the city. Along two sides of the river, you will witness city's past through many European buildings on the west and marvel at city's modernity and rapid development on the east. Then you will have some free time to explore the Bund area. Afterwards, you will visit an old street in the city. Have some free time and take a leisurely walk there. Dinner is arranged on your own.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 10 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off, A pleasant trip home! (B)
We will see you off at the airport today. We wish you have a pleasant journey home and thank you for choosing our 10 days guided tour of China. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsStandard HotelsBudget Hotels
BeijingPentahotel Beijing Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel
XianHoliday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda Days Inn City Centre Xi'an
GuilinGrand Link Hotel Hotel Universal
ShanghaiOcean Hotel Shanghai Golden River-view Hotel
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Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2209 $1988$1979 $1781$1689 $1520
Tour Prices with Budget Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2109 $1898$1869 $1682$1589 $1430
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect the current discount.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • 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
Why Travel With Us
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    4.89 Reviews
    Erik Knive
    Canada
    Posted on February 20, 2019
    Thank you Selina for a wonderful trip and assistance in making the arrangements. We were very happy with everything and would like to pass on our appreciation to Selina and our guides. We will be in touch for our next trip to China.
    Cynthia R
    Usa
    Posted on February 06, 2019
    TCG has done a wonderful job, and we both appreciate all the efforts that each of the guides and drivers showed us, making our trip exciting and educational... and of course, a wonderful experience...

    At first, in Beijing, Rose wanted to give us "western" food... but we came to see all of China, and experience its foods, people, and custom... , and we are very happy that she, and all the other guides took us to local restaurants, representing the local foods and people of cities we visited! I can't fully express how wonderful this trip was, and how much the staff made each area wonderful and unique. Each of the guides went away above our expectations to help us in learning about the local people and areas of each city... This was very special to us as we felt like we were visiting old friends... not just taking a tour... Each time we left a city, we felt as if we were leaving a new friend behind... All the hotels were great, and we were treated with the highest levels of courtesy that I have ever experienced... I do travel much for my job, and even though business travel and vacation travel are different, both I and my wife had wonderful experiences, and felt welcomed by not only the guilds, but also the Chinese people. We very much appreciated that we could make alterations on the tour as needed, such as changing as destinations, or events. This really impressed us, because our guides were able to make decisions that made our visit most enjoyable...

    Once again, this was a wonderful vacation, and we thank all the people involved to help make this wonderful gift and life changing experience! We will be back!!!... 10 days just was not enough time to see as much as we wanted... and we really want to come back... My husband even talked about moving to China!
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    Barbara
    Australia
    Posted on January 27, 2019
    I would like to congratulate the Travel China Guide Service for its attention to detail and the provision of excellent, well informed and friendly guides at each of our four locations. The Private Tour fully met our expectations. We have already mentioned the company to a number of our friends.
    Clarissa
    United States
    Posted on January 13, 2019
    We are back from the trip to our very busy lives of demanding jobs and raising two young boys :0. In general, we liked all of the meals that were prearranged. Particularly the ones with a set menu, as I think they have figured out what "Westerners" like to eat. At the times when we needed to order ourselves, it would have been helpful if the guides had been able to provide us some good suggestions, as we didn't always know what we should try. But it was nice that we could try several things, so even if we didn't like one of them, we had plenty to eat.

    The drivers were all very professional and accommodating.

    All of the guides were very nice. Our guide in Guilin, Shirley, was OUTSTANDING! She is very personable, knowledgeable, helpful, and we really enjoyed our time with her and exploring Guilin and Yangshuo. That was our favorite part of the trip. We wish we could have spent more time there. The tour company is very fortunate to have someone of her talent and expertise working with! We have several friends who would like to visit China. I will definitely tell them to contact Travel China Guide, and will make sure they ask for Shirley to be their guide in Guilin. We got very spoiled with Shirley, who has many more years of experience and was so exceptional!

    Thanks for arranging our special and memorable vacation. When our boys are a bit older, we will plan to visit again!
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    Kwok
    United States
    Posted on January 04, 2019
    John is an excellent and superior guide who showed great knowledge of all aspects of history and modern life. We like his friendliness and openness. The bike ride through the countryside was the best part of this trip - giving us an experience of both incredible scenery and a look at present farmer lifestyle. Overall this has been extremely good and this is the best travel agency anywhere. The value is the best and the quality is top.
    George & Shirley Bekey
    USA
    Posted on December 31, 2018
    In general, we were VERY PLEASED with the services. The guides met us at the airports, they were friendly, the drivers were helpful, and schedule of itinerary was very interesting. We do have some specific comments:

    1. Regarding the guides: Angel (the guide in Guilin) was truly outstanding. She was very helpful. Her English was excellent so we appreciated a chance to discuss with her some of the details of our journey, the historical background, etc. She helped us with checking our baggage, in the hotel, etc. We truly appreciated Angel and we hope to convey our compliments to her.

    2. The drivers: The best and most thoughtful driver was Mr. Yen in Xian.

    3. The food: In general, the meals were quite good. Our favorite meals were the Dumpling banquet in Xian and the Farewell lunch in Shanghai. TCG warned us about the food on the Li River boat, but we found it quite good, with great variety and good flavors.

    4. The hotels: The hotels were good. The Sofitel was rated as 4 star, but its facilities and service were as good as many 5 star hotels.

    5. The most outstanding parts of the tour (for us) were the Terracotta Warriors, the Li River trip, the visit to the farmer's house, the Shanghai Museum, and the Confucius Temple.

    We will be happy to recommend travelchinaguide to our friends.
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    Gary & Susan
    Australia
    Posted on December 23, 2018
    Sue (my wife) and I enjoyed our China trip very much. It was a pleasure for me to show her China so she could understand my liking for the country. I also enjoyed revisiting many familiar places (it's amazing how you see things from a different perspective second time around) and visiting many new ones.

    Our guides in each city were great. Thanks to Elaine (Shanghai), Nancy (Beijing), Carol (Xi'an), Scarlett (Guilin/Yangshuo), for a job well done. They are all knowledgeable, friendly, reliable, punctual, kind, and they even helped me with my Hanyu (Mandarin) practice! The water provided free of charge was appreciated too.

    Thanks too for the aid and assistance of the various drivers.
    Xiexie nin!

    The food was good and all the hotels we stayed in were great.

    I will be back in China next year to work again and will certainly use this excellent company in the future when I travel on holidays. I recommend TravelChinaGuide to everybody who has the wish and desire to see the beautiful and unique country of China.
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    Carlos Cobo
    Mexico
    Posted on December 15, 2018
    We just returning home. I want to send my thanks for all. The places, the pick up hours, the guides, the hotel reservations, the airline reservastions also the climate, be sure that we are going to recommend this agency.

    For the best meal, we choose in Xian that served in the department of one person.
    The Xian guide was the best one, but all are very professional.
    The journey was memorable: The visit to the Forbidden City
    The visit to the Great Wall
    The visit of the Summer Palace
    The wall in Xian
    Of course the visit of the Terracotta soldiers
    The travel in the Li River in Guilin for me was the best
    The trip on Bike
    Shanghai in between the English and French city and just in front the modern city

    Many thanks from our family and the family of my brother.
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    Evans
    Posted on December 02, 2018
    So far everything had been great and Angela has done an outstanding job in helping me plan this whole trip.. I had a lot of questions and I was picky about my trip and she made it all fit together. I have not taken my trip yet, but so far everything had gone as planned.
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