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S-102: 10 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
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
 Friendly Tips

This tour includes the round-way cable car fees at Mutianyu Great Wall. However, if you are interested in taking the chairlift up and toboggan down the wall, we can also arrange that for you.
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace with boat ride on Kunming Lake, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, A 4.5-hour high speed train to Xi'an, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
Your private 10 days China tour package in Beijing will come to an end after visiting the well-preserved Summer Palace where a Kunming Lake boat ride is included 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 China tour. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
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  • 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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    4.840 Reviews
    Anne McCo
    Posted on November 13, 2019
    Overall, I could not imagine a better experience in traveling. The two of us chose to tour China privately with an English speaking guide. We've been on group tours; cruises; and independently, but this was by far the most amazing way to travel. When we travel with other English speaking people we all end up talking to each other about our lives, etc. While this is enjoyable, I realized this time that traveling alone together left us with much more of an "emersion experience" into the culture, cuisine, language and landscape of the country. It was phenomenal in every way. I would absolutely recommend Tcg team. I am an obsessive researcher and after many options we considered I am glad we chose this one. I anyone is looking for the most authentic way to travel in a country in just 2 weeks, this is it! ... More
    Karen and Bill
    Posted on November 09, 2019
    My husband and I were both very impressed with all arrangements on our 2 week tour of China. The guides were nearly all really helpful and knowledgeable, and made everything run smoothly - not easy when there were so many planes and trains involved. Thanks particularly to LJ in Guilin who arranged for some ginger tea to be made by the hotel when my husband was ill. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and have come home feeling we have a much better understanding of this huge and fascinating country. ... More
    John A Harbottle
    United Kingdom
    Posted on November 03, 2019
    We enjoyed all the meals we were served during the whole of our journey, and appreciated the rich variety offered. It is therefore difficult to select any single meal over any other. We will never forget the opportunity to try 'Hot Pot', nor the delicious Yak meat. The meals at Guilin were tasty, we enjoyed the Shanghai & Cantonese food, and the chance to try some of the spicy dishes. Overall it was the wide variety which we really appreciated as there were only a few dishes repeated during the whole of our journey.

    All the guides were courteous and hardworking and were always available for our needs, including giving a contact number in case of emergency. The guides all had a good command of English but were also keen to improve their phraseology. Pronunciation allowed for normal conversation and was rarely a problem once one had tuned in to the accent with which they had learned English. We were always impressed with the extent of their knowledge about their local area, and the historical background. This was conveyed in an informative & manageable way for us hearing it for the first time, and information was repeated as appropriate during our visits to places & in response to our questions.

    We were impressed with the driving abilities and safety shown by all the drivers, and their courtesy of opening doors and stowing our luggage. The cars were always clean both inside and out which made it pleasant for us. Even the new driver was seen to be quickly learning his duties.
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    Posted on October 27, 2019
    Now that we are back in Europe, my wife and I would like to say how much we both enjoyed our China tour. The organisation was excellent, the visits were unforgettable and everything ran according to plan. Our holiday was a perfect mix of good hotels and food, the discovery of a completely new culture, breathtaking scenery and a faultless service from Travel China Guide.
    Braulio Reyes
    Posted on October 23, 2019
    Overall comments:

    Meals in Beijing: Excellent restaurants and dishes selection by our guide (Tina), she always asks us what we would like to eat before to order and she gives us some advices.
    Meals in Xian: Good restaurants and dishes selection by our guide (Carol), she asks us what we would like to eat before to order.
    Meals in Guilin: First day lunch: was on the Li river cruise, wasn't really good and I would recommend to the next tourist going on that boat to bring something extra for them to eat because the food runs out very quickly.
    Second day lunch: good restaurant and dishes selection by our guide, he asks us what we would like to eat before to order. The low point was the non existing separation between smoking and no smoking areas.
    Meals in Shanghai: Lunches (first and second days), food was Okay, Fist day Dinner: good food, nice restaurant, the bad was that there was no separation between smoking and no smoking.
    For the western public some of the “little spicy” food could still been too spicy.
    A low point in general in the selected restaurants was that they didn't have separated areas for smoking and non smoking, and some days was very disgusting to have to eat with someone smoking just next to you, this was specially bad in Xian (second day lunch) and Shanghai (first day lunch and dinner).

    Could be a good idea if each guide could provide the tourists, particularly on the private tours with some additional information like tourist maps of the city and recommendations for some additional attractions where to go on our free time (or free days), for instance in Xian we went to a very nice water show at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and this wasn't a recommendation from our guide, instead was a recommendation from another tourists that we met in a restaurant.

    Our guides from Beijing, Xian and Guilin were very kind with us, very professionals, and with an excellent attitude. Our Guides: Tina in Beijing, Carol in Xian and Jeff in Guilin who when even further that his role as tour guide and he show us where to buy some stuff and actually he went with us to translate and make it easier for us.

    Memorable moments: of course the astonishing Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors, fantastic moment. The fantastic shows in Beijing (Kung Fu Show), Xian (Tang Dynasty Dance) and Shanghai (Acrobatic Show) are definitely a MUST GO if you are in China. A memorable moment was definitely the visit to a local family in Guilin where our guest resulted to be old men over 70 years of age, former Kung Fu master, a really nice person, a great moment.

    There are some little details mentioned on my previous comments where you must put some extra attention to ensure the guest satisfaction but in general the experience was Excellent. Thanks.
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    United States
    Posted on October 20, 2019
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    The hotels were all very nice with good hygiene. It was important for me to have Internet access and that was available. I liked having a good breakfast each morning with several choices. The hotels in Beijing and Shanghai were helpful in answering questions and arranging taxis. I liked the hotel in Beijing but considering the taxi situation in Beijing which both the guide and the hotel told me about it was not so convenient for getting around on the day I had free in Beijing.
    The meals/food were good and the atmosphere in the restaurants was pleasant. The entertainment at lunch was also interesting and enjoyable. The guides helped with the selection of food. Many Americans drink beverages with meals and having water available at meals could be considered. I liked having a good breakfast with several choices to start the day.
    The first driver in Beijing had an exceptionally good service attitude and also the Beijing guide had a very good service attitude. All drivers and cars were good.
    The guides were knowledgeable and offered much information about China, the culture, practices, history and the visited sites as well as answering any questions. It was an advantage of your tour/service to be able to ask my questions directly about China, its history, current practices, etc. The guides had very good English and were easy to understand. The guides were very open about sharing information about China, Chinese culture, and history. The guide in Beijing provided suggestions about things to do in my free time and other sights I wanted to visit. Also the day I left Beijing there were many flight delays and cancellations. The guide in Beijing managed to get me a seat on the only scheduled outgoing flight to Xian. The guides were patient and understanding with me as a senior citizen and sometimes being slow.
    Also, since there was a problem with flights from Beijing to Xian and I took a different flight than originally scheduled, it was necessary to call the 24-hour number when I reached Xian as the guide was not yet at the meeting/waiting point. The 24-hour number worked and I was able to connect with the Xian guide in a few minutes. Having the 24-hour contact number is a good safety net for any issues that might come up during the tour ... it is a big plus for your tours. Thumbs up!
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    Posted on October 12, 2019
    I would like to comment on our recent tour experience with some constructive comments.
    1. MEALS
    The meals in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai were remarkably superb and exceeded our expectations. In Guilin the lunch on the first day up on the mountain on the way to the rice terraces was ordinary but adequate and we know that it is due to the limited ability of the restaurant to do much more given its severe location. In Yangshuo our guide at dinner time was resourceful in directing us to an excellent restaurant where the local cuisine fully satisfied our interest and craving for regional menus as we traversed various provinces. However, the lunch on our last day in Guilin was disappointing in that somehow, our guide was advised we were supposed to be provided with a western meal, in which we had no interest and we were then provided with a Chinese lunch that we would describe as a collection of "tourist" style dishes normally served to American or European visitors. Certainly it was not local Chinese food. Was there one outstanding meal? From the first meal in Beijing we knew we were going to have something special and it is so difficult to pick one. However, our grand children enjoyed the Peking Duck as we all did. Most of the lunches provided were very satisfying so that we only had to order something small from room service for our dinners. Overall your policy of a la carte menus is a big winner and your choice of restaurants in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai were excellent. We feel that you could do better in selecting menus and restaurants in Guilin and Guangzhou.
    2. GUIDES
    Our guide in Beijing, Kevin, was excellent and knowledgeable and had a great rapport with our young children. His culinary tastes were absolutely uncanny and suited our palates fully. In Xian Tracy was absolutely charming and accommodating to all our needs and interests. The food here was great. Her command of English was by far the best of all the guides provided. This probably enabled her to convey her knowledge that much easier. Tracy was number one! In Shanghai Linda was not nearly as good as Tracy but we spent a lot of time on our own and fortunately did not have to interact with her as much. Perhaps her knowledge about Shanghai could be expanded and its highlights and special features communicated more effectively to visitors. In Guilin and Yangshuo our guide Chai was very pleasant and knowledgeable. We would rate him tied for second or a close third after Tracy and Kevin only because his English was not as good but very acceptable. We went on extensive and demanding excursions with him but he always maintained good humor and responded to our questions, needs and gave good advice. In Guangzhou our guide played a minor role in our activities but when we had extra time available prior to departure he failed to respond by taking us to other sites we inquired about.
    The drivers were all courteous and their vehicles satisfactory. The single exception was the mini van in Guangzhou which was too small with insufficient seating and baggage space.
    But overall you did a good job. We look forward to visiting China again using your agency to make the arrangements.
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    Ken Wang
    Posted on October 03, 2019
    The tour was amazing. The communication with the tour company’s representative Wendy was very fast, she catered to all our questions and helped us pick the perfect trip for us. We had experienced guides in every location and got to see all the highlights in the 3 cities we visited. We even had the opportunity to meet Wendy during our stop in Xi’an. Would highly recommend booking through China travel guide.
    Posted on September 20, 2019
    Thanks for a great trip! Everything is good. The only improvement for service I can think of is to provide a way for the guides to get information about the customers ahead of time. As we are younger than many travelers in China (around 30 years old), the guides were surprised when we would want to walk to places to get a better look (for example, up to the north peak of Mt. Huashan). The guides were always willing to adapt, but providing some basic information to them ahead of time, such as the age and activity levels of the tour participants, could be really helpful. ... More
    Posted on September 18, 2019
    Our visit was fantastic, thank you very much for organizing it for us. It was exactly what we hoped it would be. We enjoyed all of the meals arranged for us. The one meal we would recommend would be the lunch on Day Two including the Beijing Roast Duck. Candy was our Beijing guide and she was welcoming, friendly, had excellent English and excellent knowledge. Judy was our Xi'an guide; she also had excellent English and knowledge. Samantha in Guilin and Ryan in Shanghai also did a good job. Candy offered lots of information and was happy to repeat for my young daughter and answered all our questions thoroughly. She was exceptionally helpful, she made our tour extra special, she was especially good with our daughter. My daughter was keen to try her Mandarin and Candy encouraged her, helping her with speaking and writing. Our drivers were very friendly (language was no barrier - we could not speak each other's language but it did not matter!), always with a big smile and particularly helped our daughter in and out of the car. Cars were comfortable, clean and drivers always made sure we took our water with us when we left the car for a visit. We felt confident and safe. We only had them arrange our hotel in Beijing - the service and room hygiene was good but overall the hotel was 'average'. The breakfast was basic. There was not a good range of fresh fruit and they often ran out of things and we had to ask for more to be replaced. The juice was not fresh and most of the food was not warm. The Chinese pancakes and wonton station were good. To finish, all our tour were a good experience except for the buffet breakfast in hotel. ... More
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