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S-102: 10 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any part 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
  • Visit a local family home, learn to cook Chinese food & enjoy home-cooked dishes
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Our guide will welcome you outside the arrival hall of the airport after you retrieve your luggage and clear Customs, and then arrange a private drive to the hotel in the downtown area. Check into the hotel with the guide's assistance. The rest of the day is on your own to recover and relax. 

With a history of over 3,000 years, Beijing is well known for its abundant historical and cultural relics. Four days are definitely not enough for you to explore it all, but could cover the highlights. If you arrive earlier in the day and are still energetic, you could take a taxi to the newly renovated Qianmen Street, where you will see Qing Dynasty-style buildings, taste traditional local foods, explore antique stores and maybe even see a cultural performance. Many old brands like Quanjude roast duck, Guanghe theatre and tea inns can be found there. It is a good place to experience the traditional culture of this capital city.

Day 2 Beijing
Great Wall of China
Your first day's private sightseeing tours of this 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 this city. The 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 enable you to have a deep insight into China's profound history. It is the largest ancient palace complex in the world and also the place that 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties lived in. It is a great heritage for all humans and full of mystery. 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 be driven to the suburb for around 1.5 hours to visit the astonishing Mutianyu Great Wall. No visitor can help feeling the excitement of witnessing the majesty and grandeur of the undulating walls. To avoid 500 mountain steps, we have included a round-way cable car for you, while, if you are interested in taking a chairlift up and a toboggan down, we will adjust accordingly.

Lunch is not included today, but your guide will offer suggestions on restaurants nearby. Return to the city in the afternoon. En route, we will drive by the Bird's Nest, the 2008 Beijing Olympic venue, and stop over there for you to take photos of this significant building. Afterwards, we proceed to a featured local market to explore and relax.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by High Speed Train
Summer Palace, 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 and taking a Hutong rickshaw tour in the morning.

The Summer Palace is the largest and best preserved royal garden in the world. The whole garden mainly consists of the Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake, ingeniously linked by the Long Corridor, seven hundred twenty-eight meters (796.2 yards) in length. While walking along the corridor, you might appreciate the exquisite paintings on the beams and enjoy the melodious music.

Afterwards, we will drive you to the railway station, where you will experience a high speed train to Xi'an. Usually the train journey takes around 5 hours, you can take breaks and enjoy the countryside scenery along the way. On arriving, you will be picked up by the guide in Xi'an and transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Provincial History Museum, Great Mosque. (B)
Terracotta Army
Your Xi'an tour 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 excavations include warriors, horses, chariot, bronze, swords, spears, halberts and many others. You will have lunch on your own today. Our guide will show you some restaurants around the site and assist you with the menu.

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. More than that, you can taste various local foods there, such as the Crumbled Unleavened Bread in Mutton Stew, a Chinese hamburger (pancake with beef), and the roast beef or mutton. Even if you are a vegetarian, you can find something to try. It is a good place for your dinner.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xi'an to Guilin by Flight
Xi'an City Wall, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Fly to Guilin, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Xi’an City Wall Park
This morning, our guide will escort you to the well-preserved ancient City Wall. If you are able to ride a bicycle, we suggest you rent one to ride around on the wall. It is surely a memorable and exciting experience. Afterwards, the guide will take you to visit another ancient landmark of the Tang Dynasty, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which was listed as the national major cultural relic preservation site by State Council in 1961. This Tang Dynasty Pagoda always leaves visitors with a sense of pretty, exquisite and graceful. 

Around noon, we will invite you to visit a local Chinese family and 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, and if interested, you can also 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 in Guilin will collect you at the airport and escort 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
Enduring memories are created today as you cruise down the 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.

The cruise lasts around 4 hours and reaches terminal Yangshuo at about 14:00. Upon your arrival, we will transfer you to the countryside area to enjoy the pastoral scenery of Yangshuo. You will also visit a local villager's home to experience the farmer's lifestyle there. Finally, we will transfer you back to Guilin.

Tips: The lunch served on the cruise today is a simple Chinese box lunch. It is below 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 to Shanghai by Flight
Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Fantastic Li River cruise, Guilin
Your included sightseeing today is to visit the brilliant Reed Flute Cave - the Palace of Natural Arts. This cave contains a large number of exquisitely carved stalagmites and stalactites, just like a magnificent underground palace. Then, proceed to visit the Seven Star Park and the Elephant Trunk Hill.

In the afternoon, you will take a flight to Shanghai. Our private guide and driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte farewell lunch, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise, Tianzifang Cultural Street. (B+L)
Yu Garden
In the morning, you will visit the 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 serves veritable Shanghai and Cantonese cuisines.

After enjoying a terrific lunch, you will take a short cruise trip on the Huangpu River, the mother river of Shanghai. Along two sides of the river, you will witness the city's past through many European buildings on the west and marvel at the city's modernity and rapid development on the east. Then you will have some free time to explore the Bund area. Located by the Huangpu River, the Bund is about 1.5 kilometers long and is a symbolic attraction of Shanghai. Lastly, you will visit the Tianzifang cultural street. Have some free time and take a leisurely walk there.

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 a pleasant journey home and thank you for having chosen our 10 days China tour.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2319 $2087$2069 $1862$1779 $1601
Tour Prices with Economy Hotels
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$2189 $1970$1949 $1754$1659 $1493
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part 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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    4.852 Reviews
    Jeff Bellinger
    United States
    Posted on March 14, 2020
    Below are some comments about our trip:

    Our trip to China was 10 days to Beijing – Xian – Guilin & Yangshuo - Shanghai. We love Chinese food, they were to our tastes. Our guides took us to wonderful restaurants with excellent food and service. Our guides possessed a perfect working attitude and very conscientious towards our family. They had excellent knowledge of all the places we visited. The drivers did not speak English, but that was never a problem. Our guides told elegant, interesting stories that kept us all entertained. The drivers were excellent and patient. They waited for us several times while we took some time to shop or to find a bathroom for the kids. The van was clean, with beautiful dust free windows! (Everything was dusty in Beijing but not our van!) It was the perfect vehicle for our family. Here I want to give a special mention to our Shanghai guide Christine who became like a sister to us in the few short days of our trip. She treated us like her family. We cried when she sent us off at the airport. China was our second stop in 2 week trip around the world and it was also our most favorite destination thanks to Christine. She has an excellent knowledge of everything that we saw. She kept us moving and even helped out with our kids. It is evident that Christine loves what she does! We highly recommend Christine and the other guides to anyone visiting China, especially families with children. Our hotels were superior! We rarely stay in a place so nice even here in the US. The restaurants were incredible! The staff bent over backwards to make sure our connecting rooms were perfect. There was not one disappointing minute during our trip! Thank you for the most unforgettable memories of beautiful China! ... More
    Wilhelm Reuvers
    Posted on March 06, 2020
    In the first place I am satisfied with the tour.

    My comment:

    Guide: The guides are very good. Our Guilin guide Jennifer's English is exceptional good. It is always a surprise to find your guide on the airport. Using the name plate is a good system. They did help with the check in at the hotel. That makes it very easy. The appointment in the morning next day was perfect in time. Our guides did tell about the history and fact of the sites. Here it is always to find the right balance between enough information and too much information. I think they all did do this very well. We were very lucky to have very nice and sunny days. The meals were all arranged in respectable restaurants. My only comment is lunch. I prefer to have the lunch together with the guide and the driver. I don't have any problem to pay the lunch for them. It is a pity that there was not a program in Guilin in the evening. Something like in Beijing with the Chinese Kung Fu show. But maybe is Guilin too small for these things. The guides were on time in the hotel and organised the check out for me. At the airport they did the check in for me. That is very easy. After that we say goodbye.

    Driver: The drivers were very correct, especially the one in Beijing. He had a pleasant way to drive. Completely different from the drivers I know from Shanghai. He was always in time. No comment at all.

    Hotel: The hotels are good standard hotels. The rooms are nice and clean. My only comment is that there is no one who speaks English in the hotel in Guilin. I don't have a problem with it, because I use my Global Translating App on my phone. But it is more easy when somebody speaks the language.
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    Posted on January 31, 2020
    I'd like to comment on my ten day tour to China.

    My private trip with travelguide China started in Beijing when the representative Kelly delivered my visa and tickets. She was on-time, friendly and gave good advice about various aspects of the trip, setting my mind at ease.

    In each city, my friendly guides greeted me at the airports and Xi'an railway station, and took me on a quick city visit, before settling me into my hotel. The hotels I stayed in were comfortable and had many facilities, as well as very delicious Chinese & western buffet breakfast.

    Each morning, my guides would greet me in the lobby, then take me around on day trips, to show me the highlights of each city. Actually, my guides were the highlights, since they treated me warmly and told me many interesting things about Chinese culture. By the end of the trip, I treated them as friends.

    My overall impression is that China is a very colorful and interesting country, with warm and friendly people. Among the 4 cites I went, I love Guilin mostly which is surrounded by beautiful and green countryside. I would say that taking your holiday to China is a trip of a lifetime, except that I enjoyed it so much and therefore intend to take some more trips with in the future. I really recommend this travel company.
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    Keith Splinter
    Posted on January 06, 2020
    Thank you so much for such a memorable and wonderful trip!
    Mike Sisson
    New Zealand
    Posted on January 03, 2020
    Overall, the tour was very good. The hotels were very nice and the breakfasts were very good. Our best meal was the lunch at a restaurant along the road by the river in Guilin. Excellent food. Overall the food was good, even the food on the Li river cruise boat was very satisfying and tasty. We were pleasantly surprised after your warning. The guides were good, very flexible and informative. Fubo Hill and the Reed Flute cave were the best Guilin attractions. The guide took us on a bicycle ride in Yangshuo which was great. We had very nice weather. So the second day in Yangshuo we rented bikes and a local guide and went out again. This was even better because the local guide knew more about this area. The Tang Dynasty show in Xian was excellent! The transportations were very good. Everything was well-arranged and on time. The guides took care of everything and it all went very smoothly. We had a good time and we hope we can travel to China on vacation again sometime. ... More
    Posted on January 02, 2020
    In Beijing:
    John the guide was at the airport to pick us up. Hotel is fine even if we did not have much time to spend there... the next morning wake up was 5:30! Ok with us!!! Hotel served breakfast even if it was very early, room ok.

    In Xian:
    Hotel good standard also for breakfast, with good buffet. Handy location. Our guide Carol the best of the tour. Very good English, very well prepared, very helpful, very professional and reactive. Thanks to her we were able to change our programme so fast as one of us was sick. Even if we do regret to have missed Pinyao we had a very good and interesting time in Xian. Restaurants good, just passable the dinner at the dancing performance, very touristic not really our style. The best bus driver of the tour, professional, kind, we really liked him. Also the other drivers along the tour have been professional... but he has been our beloved one.

    In Guilin & Yangshuo:
    Li was there to meet us at the airport and took us to lunch (at our expenses). One of the best guides of the tour! Kind, prepared very sociable, very good English, very funny! Thanks to Li we really had a good time there.

    In Shanghai:
    Hotel good standard also for breakfast, with good buffet. In center town very nice for evening stroll the hotel location is perfect. The Guide one of the best we had during the trip. Very good English, kind, helpful at all times. We also asked to visit the museum in town which is really very very interesting, and she took us there and explained everything to us, very professional. Shame for the rainy weather...

    In general all the staff working in hotels and restaurants visited were all very professional, kind, courteous, helpful... always trying their best to communicate... in fact this is China, all the people are so friendly it's just great!!!
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    Posted on December 24, 2019
    Here is a collection of our thoughts good and bad about the trip.
    - Terracotta warriors were amazing and the highlight of the trip. Pictures were allowed contrary to what some of the guide books say.
    - The guides and drivers were very professional and knowledgeable. Their English skills were first rate.
    - If your concerned about not getting enough or good food on this trip, you will be surprised how much and how good the food is.
    - The hotels were all very nice, with western amenities and great western breakfast. The Yangshuo hotel was the one exception, as it could use a little updating (which may have been ongoing while we visited).
    -The Tang Dynasty Shows food wasnt the best, and I know we discussed over e-mail changing to another restaurant, but somehow some it didnt work out that way. The food at the show wasnt horrible, but it definitely wasnt on the same level as the other food provided.
    -The Beijing schedule can be a little taxing. Our trips visit to Beijing may have changed somewhat because of some protests going on in Tiananmen square the day we visited. The guide did a great job of handling that aspect, but the schedule was a little crazy. I would suggest next time the following order Tiananmen Sq, Forbidden City, Temple Of Heaven, Lunch, then Summer Palace, Dinner and finally the Kung Fu show.
    -I would suggest possibly reducing the number of palace and museum visits. I dont know what to add (see below for one suggestion) but by the end of 10 days we had seen enough palaces and museums.
    -Once possible suggestion to add to the trip would be somehow to experience more everyday Chinese life. I dont know how to do that, the hutong tour is one possibility. - I would suggest adding the Maglev train in Shanghai to the itinerary (we asked the guide to take us and we paid the extra), it was cool.
    - Anyone else taking this trip, you may want to consider adding a free day to Shanghai, we would have liked more time to explore on our own in Shanghai. Make sure to consider the hotel advice above if you add the day.
    - We really liked the 2 days in Yangshuo where we were without a guide. We had a good time, and were happy to be on our own for a bit.
    - For other travelers, definitely rent the bikes in Yangshuo and visit the Banyan tree and Moon hill, it was fun, and riding on the roads wasnt as bad as you imagine when you first see Chinese traffic.
    - Lastly take a lot of memory for your camera or an iPod to copy pictures too. We took a LOT of pictures.
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    Malasundari O.
    United States
    Posted on December 09, 2019
    It was PERFECT. We have brought back many memories of China. We have also learnt a lot of the culture of China with which we were not at all familiar. Many thanks for an excellent visit so far and I am SURE it is going to continue.
    Mary R. Healy
    Posted on December 04, 2019
    I travelled to Beijing to begin my journey, the reservations were in fact made. The trip was great and the guides more than pleasant. John in Beijing was warm, engaging and delightful. He gave the tour schpiel, and much local history and flavor as well. He was a great storyteller and I enjoyed my days with him and the driver Mr. Zheng. John went above and beyond in assisting me in obtaining a visa for Vietnam, and Mr. Zheng was courteous and pleasant. Roger in Xian was different, and also thoroughly enjoyable. His approach was cerebral and he knew exactly every spot where I should stand for the best view of the best photo. I certainly enjoyed our discussions about a whole range of subjects. Mr. Yang, the driver, was fantastic. Kate met me there in Guilin, and was a sweetheart. She went above and beyond as well, even taking my dirty clothes home to launder as there was not a three day gap to get them done through a service. The level of English of the guides was good, even though each had varying approaches to talking with an American. I would ocassionally question a word or a phrase, but never felt we couldn't communicate. They were able to back up when I said I didn't understand, and we got along great. I hope I was able to help a little bit with the quirky English phrases, a few new words, and I appreciated their curiosity about my viewpoint. We had some weighty discussions and some deep explorations of culture that I thoroughly enjoyed. I thank you for an enjoyable China trip. ... More
    Nathan Mai
    Posted on November 22, 2019
    We were very happy with our experience. We had very specific needs for our trip, because we had certain days we needed to travel and we had to go to my wife's home town and we were traveling with our whole family, including a young child. You were great about adjusting the itinerary to suit us. There is no way at all we could have seen and done so much in such a short time without your help, and it was incredibly relaxing to have you taking care of everything and to have our own driver/guide in each city. It simply could not have gone smoother, and the price was quite reasonable for what we received. When we go back to China I would not hesitate to use travelChinaguide again. ... More
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