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107: 13 Days Private Shanghai - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Chengdu - Xian - Beijing
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 - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Giant Pandas
  • Cruise on the meandering Li River & admire the essence of Guilin landscape
  • Have a once in a life chance to get close to the incredibly cute treasure - Pandas
  • Walk into a local Chinese family, interact & dine with the hosts in their home
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Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Welcome to Shanghai! Our guide will be waiting to greet you at the exit of the Arrival Hall. Then you will be escorted to our well-chosen hotel. For the rest of the day, you may have a good rest to get over the travel fatigue or venture out to the surrounding area a bit on your own.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and Tianzifang Art street. (B+L)
Huangpu River cruise
Today we highlight our tour with one of China's four best museums, Shanghai Museum, whose main exhibitions are precious ancient bronzes, porcelain and ceramic wares, calligraphy and Chinese paintings. Then we proceed to Yuyuan Garden. The fine design and complicated layout of the pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters in this classic garden are all worth visiting. 

After having an a la carte welcome lunch (CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fine local restaurant, we will take a cruise on the Huangpu River, the main river of Shanghai. On the river banks, there are a number of old and new buildings, by which you can chart the city's rapid development. We finish the day's program by exploring the Bund area and an old cultural street - Tianzifang.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Shanghai - Guilin
Free time in the morning. Fly to Guilin. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
The morning is reserved for your individual activities. If you stay at our luxury series hotel, you can walk to the nearby Yuyuan market, where there are shops in photogenic old style buildings offering plentiful food selections and souvenirs. If you stay at our standard series hotel, the nearby subway gets you to more places of interests. Our guide and driver will get you to the airport for an early afternoon flight to Guilin, where another local guide will pick you up for your trip to the hotel as soon as you have collected your baggage.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Guilin
Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill. (B)
Our clients visiting the Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin
We'll start the day with touring the Reed Flute Cave, where you see many stunning stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations. We then proceed to the  Seven Star Park, where elegant hills, clear water, fantastic caves, grotesque rocks and ingenious architectures are well integrated. You can consult your guide on where to get a good lunch. Next we visit the unique Elephant Trunk Hill - a popular sightseeing spot more than 1000 years. Our last stop is Fubo Hill, where in addition to charming scenery we see numerous historical items and stone carvings.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Guilin - Yangshuo
Li River cruise to Yangshuo. Countryside trip in Yangshuo. (B+L)
This morning we board a cruise along the scenic Li River for Yangshuo. Upon arrival, we take a drive to take in the farmland, clear water and elegant mountains around Yangshuo. We stop by a villager's home for a glimpse of farmers' life style. And back at the hotel in Yangshuo you may take your time strolling in this famous town.

Tips: Unfortunately the lunch served on the cruise is simple Chinese box lunch, which is not up to the standard that TravelChinaGuide would like. So we recommend you take a hearty breakfast at the hotel in the morning.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Yangshuo - Guilin - Chengdu
Yangshuo to Guilin airport transfer. Fly to Chengdu. Free time in the afternoon. (B)
Yangshuo countryside scene
An arranged transport will take you from Yangshuo to Guilin Airport for your flight to Chengdu, the breeding grounds of the adorable giant pandas. Our local guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to have a rest at the hotel or look around the city on your own.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 7 Chengdu
Giant Panda Breeding Base, Jinsha Site Museum, Broad and Narrow Alleys. (B)
Two pandas munching on bamboos
The morning excursion focuses on Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, which features verdant bamboos, bright flowers, fresh air, a natural hill and beautiful view to create the best possible environment for the pandas' rearing and breeding. Here you could find many pandas playing, feeding on bamboos, or climbing trees. Lunch is not included today, but our guide is ready to help you find somewhere better to have it if you need. In the early afternoon, we proceed to Jinsha Site Museum, which exhibits many precious and mysterious artefacts probably as much as 3000 years old. Finishing with the museum, we then go for a stroll in the Broad and Narrow Alleys. Traditional buildings, various shops, tea houses, eateries and street performers enhance it as a tourist area.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 8 Chengdu - Xian
A high-speed train to Xian. Train station to hotel transfer.  Provincial History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (B)
Our travel consultants with their clients
A morning high-speed train will take you to Xian, a cradle of Chinese civilization. The train journey takes around 4 hours. On your arriving, our local guide will meet you at the North Railway station and settle you at your hotel. After the formalities, we will visit Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, where we could see thousands of rare historic treasures covering the spectrum of Chinese history. Then we move on to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a brick Tang Dynasty structure, circa 7th century AD, to house the Buddhist scriptures and statues from India.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Xian
Terracotta Warriors Museum, A local family visit with lunch, City Wall, Great Mosque. (B+L)
Terracotta Warrior Museum, Xian
Photo by our client Mr. Thomas Alan Horner
The whole morning will be spent on the world's eighth wonder, featured in  Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. As the annex of Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum, the lifelike warriors and horses are believed to be the sentinels of Qin Shihuang. The Bronze Chariots and Horses excavated here are considered the most exquisite bronze ware in the world. Around noon, we will dine a home-cooked a la carte (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a local family home. After lunch, we head to the Xian City Wall, which still stands around the old city. Our last stop today is the tranquil Great Mosque, which is among the oldest and largest. It still is the focal point of religious activities.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 10 Xian - Beijing
A high-speed train to Beijing. Temple of Heaven. (B)
This morning you will travel by a high-speed train to Beijing, the last destination of yoru 13 days China itinerary. The train journey takes around 5.5 hours. The local guide expects you at the station and takes you to the hotel. Our afternoon visit covers the Temple of Heaven - the imperial temple for the emperors to worship the Gods of the Heaven during the Ming and Qing dynasties. And the roofs here are all covered with blue glazed tiles, reflecting great solemnity and serenity.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 11 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Summer Palace. (B+L)
Badaling Great Wall, Beijing
The first stop of your private Beijing tour is Tiananmen Square, the world's largest. Built 600 years ago, the T-shaped Tiananmen Square is an important venue for ceremonies of national prominence. Across the square, we will reach the Forbidden City, the royal palace from 14th to 20th century. The major colour themes of the palace are yellow and vermilion representing imperial power. We will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a superb restaurant. Then our royal tour leads to the Summer Palace, the most significant royal park, displaying the outstanding gardening landscape.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 12 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Bird's Nest (drive by), Hutong visit. (B)
This morning we will visit Badaling Great Wall. Initially set up as a fortification, it is a historic landmark in testimony of people's never ending struggles. Lunch today is not included. Our guide is happy to recommend you a good restaurant. On the way back to downtown, we will drive by and make a stop at the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium), so that you can have photo opportunities. We then continue to visit the Old Hutong Alleys on rickshaws to experience a throwback to the old centuries.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 13 Departure from Beijing
Bid farewell at the airport. Thank you for travelling with us. (B)
Your 13 days private China tour package is coming to an end. Our guide will collect you in the hotel lobby at the appointed time and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. We wish you a pleasant journey home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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10% off - book 60 days in advance, 5% off - book 30 days in advance
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2869 $2582$2589 $2330$2259 $2033
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2569 $2312$2289 $2060$1959 $1763
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
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Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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