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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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  • 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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  • Questions & Answers
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    4.831 Reviews
    Kristina
    Spain
    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
    Helue Daniela Lujan
    Mexico
    Posted on September 07, 2019
    -All guides were very good! They all answered questions and offered a lot of interesting information about the city we were in. They all had great attitudes and did a great job. We especially enjoyed our time with Carol-Xian and Chin/Kin-Guilin, they are very nice and all their knowledge and commentaries improve their trip a lot and make the experience better. They are very good at explaining and have great attitudes. We also enjoyed very much the information about Beijing life that our guide Tina taught us and we enjoyed the Water Town a lot, shopping, the acrobatic show and visiting Shanghai with Sherry.
    -We enjoyed all of the meals a lot! We thought all of the restaurants were really good! This method of having a budget and allowing the party to choose everything a la carte is fantastic because it lets you pick out stuff you like/ and want to try. We especially enjoyed the restaurants which had more Chinese decorations. We really liked the restaurant they took us to after visiting the Forbidden City. The environment and the service of the restaurants were very good.
    -The cars were kept clean always. I think that some of the vans had a smaller luggage space so on the way back/to from the airport we had to have some luggage in the front with us. This was only a bit uncomfortable on the trip to/from the airport, in the city trip it was okay. The drivers all had a good attitude and were helpful.
    -All hotels were very nice; their installations were very clean and new. The best breakfast was at the hotel in Beijing. The worst breakfast was at the hotel in Shanghai. The breakfast room was dirty, nobody paid attention to you. The best room was at the hotel in Shanghai, since we were three people they had to accommodate a cot, in this hotel they gave us a bigger room, it was perfect, this was the best hotel room.
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    Rodger and Alex Beougher
    USA
    Posted on August 25, 2019
    Everything ran perfectly smoothly. The guides were all well spoken and informed about their country and city. The driver in Beijing (Mr. Lee) was an incredible driver and navigated the city expertly. In Xi'an our guide Lily's experience as a Chinese history teacher was invaluable. She answered all our questions and gave an interesting history of the terra-cotta soldiers. All the hotels were excellent and the breakfast buffets were first class. We particularly enjoyed the omelet bar. Our meals out were all very nice but our favorite meal was in Xi'an with Mrs. Shur in her home. The surprise visit from Kelly Wang in Xi'an was most enjoyable and the gift was very much appreciated. We only wish she had stayed and joined us for dinner. Over all we were extremely pleased with their service and the country. ... More
    Jessye
    USA
    Posted on August 22, 2019
    Thank you, Wendy, for your patience in dealing with us.
    Les Swain
    Australia
    Posted on August 15, 2019
    Thank you Kelly for your contribution to a very successful vacation! Here is my comment after two weeks reflection on the total package.

    BEIJING
    We were very impressed with Beijing, clean, energetic, safe and having good transport systems. Beijing people were helpful. There were plenty of good natural attractions to keep a tourist occupied. It is a good city for a tourist. The hotel have great safe location, excellent buffet breakfast, large clean room, helpful staff and good bed. The supermarket is close by and the cafe restaurant is also very good. The food was excellent from the Peking duck, the great selection of vegetable to the spicy beef and pork buns. Our driver in Beijing was always smiling and opening doors. He is a very safe skilled driver, always in the best location for pickup and drop off at the correct time, top driver. Car was always clean and tidy, with good design vehicle for 4 tourists and lots of room easy to enter and exit. There was lots of water always available. JOHN - our guide is amazing. He was knowledgeable, kind, always calm and caring with great English. He split his time between the group for personal discussions always organized. He was courteous, at all times did that little extra to make the tour perfect, pre organized tickets so that we did not need wait even on the busiest days. He found out our likes and dislikes in food and often pre ordered - he is the best.

    XIAN
    Hotel in Xian had good breakfast room, excellent service, and good size bedroom. There were no really long drives but in City traffic and we felt very safe with our driver. He was always on time. Car was always clean and tidy, with good design vehicle for 4 tourists and lots of room easy to enter and exit, although entry on one side but no problem and water always available.
    The guide had good knowledge especially regarding the warriors and had good English.

    SHANGHAI
    We loved this city, which is easy to get around and has good shopping. The Bund at night was a photographers dream. We loved the great architecture in the old City and Bund area. Our hotel in Shanghai had good location - near supermarket. The breakfast room was good, hotel staff were very helpful. Dinner at night was very good with excellent service and good quality. We enjoyed it very much. We had a good driver in Shanghai. We always felt safe picked us up from Acrobat and returned to the hotel. He also helped us with luggage.

    GUILIN and YANGSHUO
    Guilin is a lively clean city. We enjoyed the markets and shopping street. We especially enjoyed walking in Yangshuo and its good nightlife and cafe area. Guilin Bravo is fair with good location, rooms were good size. Green Lotus in Yangshuo had good reception, pool and breakfast areas. Room was a good location with balcony. Good safe driver. It was a difficult drive from Yangshou to Guilin but our driver handled it well, always ready, always assisted with luggage. Plenty of water supplied. Our guide Jasmin was very good. On the river cruise was always near. She gave us very good suggestions and organized our tour very well. It was like having a friend on holiday. Members of another tour group commented on how attentive and caring she was.

    We received a perfect service from this company and will be willing to recommend them to friends and colleagues.
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    Daniel Sanchez
    Brazil
    Posted on August 12, 2019
    1. The food and the restaurants were good, although we would have preferred more noodles..... The food and the place of the first restaurant in Xian, was not entirely to our liking, especially where, as we were away from everyone. Recommend the restaurant the day we went to see the warriors of Xian.
    2. Regarding the guides, were all fine. Although more comfortable with who we went with Emi, Guilin. We have no complaints about the language, knowledge, etc., as all struggled to make himself understood, as our English is basic.
    3. The drivers were very friendly and the vehicles were clean.
    4. The hotels were very good, with a breakfast buffet which had variety of food to choose from. The hotel and service were exceptional clean. We had a problem Beijing hotel room, which smelled so bad and we changed it without any kind of problem.
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    Julian
    Spain
    Posted on August 06, 2019
    Over all, our experience was excellent. Everything worked as we had anticipated, flights and trains on time and guides very good.
    Christine Doherty
    Australia
    Posted on July 30, 2019
    We are back from a 10 days itinerary of Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai. We found all our guides very knowledgeable and helpful and friendly. They offered us information about all the places that we visited. I would like to single Brian Ma out as he was very kind and helpful. Also we enjoyed our car in Beijing Mr. Yung was very polite in a nice clean comfortable car. We enjoyed the meals very much and they arranged some lovely restaurants for us. The only small criticism is that we found we were overwhelmed with the food choices and amount of food served as we couldn't possibly eat it all. The restaurant we enjoyed the most was the restaurant in Guilin, the meals were smaller and much tastier. We really enjoyed our car and driver in Beijing the best as the other cars we had in the other cities were vans, they weren't as comfortable and easy to enter and exit from them. A small complaint, the driver in Xian smoked in the car when we weren't in it but it still contained smoke smell when we entered the vehicle again. I must also compliment the driver in shanghai as he was very helpful in assisting us to receive prescription glasses at a reasonable price. We found all the hotels to be very comfortable and clean. The only breakfast that we weren't happy with was shanghai there was very few western choices for breakfast. All the other hotels had exceptional choices for breakfast. In general, this trip was very enjoyable and guides were professional without exception. ... More
    George
    Posted on July 23, 2019
    Thanks for your planning. We had a great time.
    GRAHAM BENNETT
    UK
    Posted on July 14, 2019
    The tour we took during Jun 13 - Jun 23 was enjoyable and will be in our memories forever. All guides were helpful as were the drivers. We found Linda in Beijing was particularly good at helping all the members to gel. Tracy was a fun character but somewhat more detached, however, she was never unprofessional and her English was very good. Our guide in Guilin was a lovely young man but compared to the others, his English was the less strong. Miko in Shanghai was very helpful, patient and willing to put herself out for us. She also had excellent command of English. In all restaurant situations, I was particularly glad of the guides because my special diet meant that I needed someone to explain to restaurant staff my specific requirements. In all cases, they did their best to ensure I had food that was both vegetarian and gluten free but vegetarianism appears to be poorly understood in China and often vegetables come with bits of meat or cooked in a meat/fish sauce. However, I know that this is not their responsibility to change! We may be in touch again next year as our son plans to spend another year in China from September. ... More
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