China Delights

L-102: 11 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
  • Have a leisurely walk or an exciting bicycle ride on the time-honored City Wall of Xi'an
  • Fantastic cruise tour on the Li River from Guilin to rural Yangshuo
  • Experience the Bund, classical garden, modern and old in contrast in Shanghai
From $2129 per person Free Inquiry
Temple of HeavenGreat WallFamily visitA local free marketTerracotta ArmyOur clients are learning to make dumplings in the family visitLi River cruiseYu GardenThe Bund, Shanghai
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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 Capital Airport after you retrieve your luggage and clear the customs, and then transfer you to the hotel with a private van. The rest of the day is free for you to have a good rest and get prepared for your 11 days China tour package.  

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
In the morning, your 11 days China tour will start with visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. As the largest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square has seen the country's development in the past 500 years and become an important venue for most of the national ceremonies. Walking through the square, you will come to the largest and best-preserved imperial palace complex - the Forbidden City. With 590 years of history, the Forbidden City will bring you back to the prosperous Ming and Qing dynasties by showing thousands of imperial architecture and precious culture relics.

To avoid the cheap tourist restaurant as the most are doing now, we will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local Cantonese restaurant to taste the authentic Chinese food. Usually our a la carte meal price is three to four times higher than that of the eateries arranged by other agencies and our food quality is surely incomparable. After lunch, visit the Temple of Heaven, which is the imperial altar for the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties to worship the god of heaven.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Great Wall
Great Wall
Photo by our client Mr. Barry Nichols
Today your private visit will begin with the splendid Mutianyu Great Wall. As one of the most popular sections of the Great Wall, Mutianyu, likes a soaring dragon stretches along the mountain ranges. You will be deeply impressed by the wandering walls, spectacular passes and towers, and splendid mountain scenery. We will arrange the round-way cable car for you. For lunch today, we would leave it on your side. Our guide will help you to find a proper restaurant upon your request.

On the way back to downtown, drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium), the venue of 2008 Olympic Games. You will see the full view of the huge 'nest' at a distance. Take this chance to add one memorable photo in your album. Afterwards, we will head to a local market and leave you some free time to wander around.

Meals: American breakfast
 Friendly Tips

The round-trip cable car fare at Mutianyu Great Wall is included in this tour price. We can also arrange for you to take the chairlift up and toboggan down the wall. Please contact your travel consultant if you are interested.
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace with boat ride on Kunming Lake, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, 798 Art Zone, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Family visit
Our consultant Emily with her guests
This morning, you will firstly visit the existing largest imperial garden - the Summer Palace, which is an outstanding combination of Chinese classical landscape design and natural beauty. Here, we will arrange a special Kunming Lake boat cruise for you. Then, you will have a Hutong tour to experience the original Beijing culture by taking a special rickshaw riding through the various Hutongs and to know about old capital's manners and customs. After visiting the 798 Art Zone, you will take a flight to Xi'an and our guide will be waiting for you outside the baggage claim area of the airport and transfer you to the downtown hotel.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Provincial History Museum. (B)
A local free market
A local free market
In the morning, visit the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Terracotta Army. You will not only be attracted by the life-sized warrior figures and horses, each of which has distinct facial expressions and positions, but also be astonished by various kinds of ancient weapons which reflect the highly advanced technology in weapon-making 2,200 years ago. We do not offer lunch today. You will arrange it on you own and get some suggestions from your guide upon request.

Then, visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda - the well-preserved 1,300-year-old Buddhist pagoda of Tang Dynasty. Just a few minutes' drive from the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, you will come to the next stop - Provincial History Museum, which exhibits over 370,000 historical relics and is regarded as 'the best museum in the country'.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 6 Xi'an
Xi'an City Wall, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Great Mosque. (B+L)
Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army
Photo by our clients Mr. Douglas Howes & Ms. Patricia Howes
A morning visit to City Wall, one of the best-preserved existing City Walls, to stroll around on the wall and you will have a bird's eye view of the city. You will then have a local family visit and a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be arranged in the home of the family that you visit, to taste the authentic home cooked dishes. We also offer Chinese food cooking class to our valued guests for free in our family visit. If feel interested, you may learn to cook Chinese dishes with the hostess.

After lunch, visit the Great Mosque which was built in the year of 742 AD with a similar architecture style of Chinese temples. On your way to the mosque, you will walk across the famous snack street - Muslim Street, where you may find many delicious local snacks as well as interesting souvenirs.

Meals: American breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Xi'an - Guilin
Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, Fly to Guilin, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Our clients are learning to make dumplings in the family visit
Our clients are learning to make dumplings in the family visit
In the morning, before heading to the airport, you will visit Xi'an Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Xi'an Museum was opened to the public in 2007. It is well known for its cultural treasures displayed at the exhibition hall, the ancient pagoda of the Tang Dynasty, the morning bell chimes of the pagoda and the beautiful garden landscape. As a part of the museum, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the most important architecture of ancient Chang'an in the Tang Dynasty and now is a famous historic site in the city. Then take a flight to Guilin and we will transfer you to the hotel. Your luxury series hotel is located on the bank of the Li River, and you can stroll along the bank and enjoy the picturesque scene of the city.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 8 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside tour, Drive back to Guilin. (B+L)
Li River cruise
Li River cruise
Photo by our client Ms. Janice Johnson
Enduring memories are created today as you cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. The length of Li River is about 50 miles, and you can see picturesque scenery all the way during your cruise. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, take you to the countryside to enjoy the rural beauty of Yangshuo. You will also visit a local villager's home to experience the farmer's lifestyle there. After a whole day's excursion to Yangshuo, transfer back to Guilin in the late afternoon. 

Tips: The cruise lasts around 4 hours and reaches terminal Yangshuo at about 14:00. Lunch is available on board, but the basic Chinese box lunch may fail to meet with your approval. So we recommend you prepare for the cruise with a generous breakfast at the hotel.

Meals: American breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Guilin - Shanghai
Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Yu Garden
Our clients at the Yu Garden of Shanghai
Photo by our client Mr. John Harbottle
Today's China itinerary 11 days starts with one of the most famous attractions in the city, Reed Flute Cave, which is renowned for the varieties of stalactites, stalagmites, columns and lime-flowers which came into being about 700,000 years ago. Walking in the cave, you will also be impressed by the interesting names of the stalactites and stalagmites, such as Palace of Crystal, Dragon Pagoda and Flower & Fruit Mountain. Your next stop will be the Seven Star Park. Your city visit will end with the Elephant Trunk Hill. You must wonder how such a huge rock resembles an elephant drinking water on the riverside, and your guide will give you much information then. When finishing all the attractions in the city, you will take a flight to Shanghai and our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in downtown area.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 10 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte farewell lunch, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise, a cultural street. (B+L)
The Bund, Shanghai
The Bund, Shanghai
After breakfast, you will visit Shanghai Museum and the Yu Garden. As one of the four largest museums in China, Shanghai Museum is famous for its vast storage of 120,000 of art relics, especially for the exhibition of bronze wares, porcelain wares, calligraphy and paintings. After learning about history, you will learn about the ancient Chinese gardening - visiting one of the most famous gardens in south of the Yangtze River, Yuyuan Garden. We will serve you an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy and famous local restaurant, which offers authentic Shanghai and Cantonese cuisines.

In the afternoon, we will transfer you to the Bund area, where you take a short cruise on the Huangpu River. On the banks of the river scattered almost all the major attractions of Shanghai, which symbolize the past, present and future of the city. After the cruise, you will visit the Bund area and then explore an old street. 

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 11 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Your private guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to the airport so that you can board the flight back home loaded with pleasant memories of this 11 days guided tour of China.

Meals: American breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2669 $2348$2439 $2146$2149 $1891
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% 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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    4.935 Reviews
    Frieda & co
    Posted on October 06, 2019
    We are pleased to offer our reviews as following:

    Meals: Overall, the meals were of very good quality, as well as the environment and the service of the restaurants.
    Best experiences:
    1. Lunch in Xian on the first day, in the restaurant where we were sitting in a 'seperate' room. Our guide Judy helped us with the choice of the plates. After having lots of sweet & sour meals in Beijing, this was something different and it tasted delicious.
    2. First lunch in Beijing
    3. Peking Duck in Beijing
    Less good experience:
    - Dumpling dinner in Xian: The dumplings were a bit dried out according to us.
    - The meal on the boat (Guilin - Yangshuo) was not as bad as we expected... It was the quality you can expect on these occasions, but not bad at all.
    - Beijing: Similar dishes were coming back at the end of the trip .....
    - Xian & Guilin/Yangshuo: The guides were asking what we liked to eat and dishes were served based on our request. In Beijing, we were not offered the choice.

    - No disappointments in the guides! They were 4 complete different characters, which makes it interesting. Especially Luna was very supportive and asking all the time if we needed assistance, support.... If we had additional request, such as the evening show on the water in Yangshuo, she organised the tickets & transport.
    - They were all 4 very knowledgable and spoke very good English.
    - The knowledge of the guides was really exceptional, they could answer all questions

    Cars: Cars/busses were kept clean and good temperature, the driver provided more than enough water. They were always on time

    - Beijing: We liked this place because it gave the family some more room to sit together. Facility, rooms & breakfast was fine. We could leave our luggage on the last day and take a shower before we left for Xian
    - Xian/Guilin/Shanghai: Excellent hotel and breakfast outstanding
    -Yangshuo: Good hotel and breakfast good. We had noisy rooms and were offered immediately new rooms.

    Appreciation for the guides:
    Linda (Beijing): Apart from all the stories and knowledge on the visited places, Linda left us also with some inspirational thoughts on life, religion, ....
    Judy (Xian): was also very knowledgable and her English was really best-in-class!
    Luna: Was very supportive, taking care of all our requests. A very nice 'soft' character. And of course again very knowledgable.
    Mulan: Good also.

    Most memorable for us:
    - The visit to the rice fields! The scenery and walk through the fields was our best experience
    - The boat trip from Guilin to Yangshuo
    - The show on the water in Yangshuo: you should offer this as a standard in your program
    - Of course the Ti An Men square and forbidden city were also a great experience, but this is a bit as we expected.....
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    philip keighley
    Posted on September 30, 2019
    Our tour was tailor made and TravelChinaGuide managed to surprise us with interesting activities, for example the Dragon Boat ride across the lake at the Summer Palace and the rickshaw tour of the Hou Hai Hutong. We particularly enjoyed visiting the 3 sections of the Great Wall and we asked Linda to help us use the chair lift and toboggan slide at Mutianyu which she did. Linda got to know us quickly and very well especially with things like food and her recommendations in restaurants were always very suitable for us (we surprised her as we are not 'typical' English!). We enjoyed taking the soft sleeper train, thank you for arranging the tickets. Xi'an was a lovely day, we enjoyed visiting the museum and pagoda and we were delighted to watch the fountain show and our daughter played in the water. Guilin is so beautiful!!! TravelChinaGuide still managed to surprise us with little extras along the way. Thanks!!! ... More
    Stephen Chapman
    Posted on September 26, 2019
    We have just returned from a 13 day private tour of China booked through Travel China Guide. The whole process from developing our itinerary and booking with Abbey Chang to our friendly guides Christy, Tracey, Tony, Lily and Bonnie went without any problems. The whole tour was excellent and I would highly recommend TCG to anyone wanting to book a holiday in China.
    Susie Gamba
    Posted on September 11, 2019
    We were really impressed by the immediate response of your team. We booked with you for our tour in China. Our guide, Kitty, exhibits professionalism and thorough understanding of China's history. The information she gave us increases our understanding of China's history. Kitty is an excellent and knowledgeable guide. Her command of English is excellent. She is kind, accommodating, professional, yet friendly making our dealings with her easier and very relaxed. We hope your company will continue to use her service. The driver was courteous and he kept his car clean and very presentable. The restaurants where we were taken for lunch were excellent. We liked the food very much. The breakfast buffet was also good. We are very impressed with our accommodation. I am glad we asked for this hotel because the big room makes it easier on us especially since there were 3 of us in the same room. The breakfast at this hotel is good. The furniture in the room is contemporary and everything appears to be cleaned very well. We highly recommend this hotel for its spacious rooms and its convenient location which is close to the subway and also it is close to another building (88) which has restaurants and a grocery store. This is already my second time using your service, and I highly recommend your company to anyone. ... More
    Kirsten S Johnsen
    Posted on September 04, 2019
    What an experience! Our guides Brian in Beijing, Roger in Xi’an, Lee in Guilin & Tony in Shanghai were amazing! Brian's ability to talk on nearly any subject was enjoyable, we all relaxed immediately. Roger's knowledge and interest in history made the Xi'an museum one of the more interesting segments of the trip and allowed us to move through the museum at a good pace without feeling rushed. Lee's stories about his family during WW2 and the Japanese occupation made us appreciate more than just the landscape in Guilin/Yangshuo. Tony was patient and kept a good sense of humor in what was definitely the crankiest part of our trip as one of us began to get sick. He also kept us moving well through the Shanghai museum without making us feel rushed. A feat in itself because my family can spend an entire day in a museum without someone to move us along.
    One additional thing, Brian ate with us a number of times on the trip and we adored that (and the driver joined us once). My parents were both disappointed to find out that the other three guides weren't going to join us for meals. Roger, Lee and Tony all ate separately and we felt like we missed out a lot on additional conversation and knowledge that we could have obtained from the guides. It also allowed us to deal with the budget a little better. My family loves high quality food, however, none of us really eat a *lot*, so having an additional person at the table of our small group allowed us to get more variety and actually have a chance at finishing the meal. The food that we had in each place was good in general. However, we did not enjoy the 'Western meal' in Guilin. I was originally hesitant about that restaurant in the itinerary, but thought it would be interesting to show my parents what 'Chinese American' food was like. We ended up finding better examples of it in Shanghai. For that segment of the trip, I'd really recommend sticking to a local Chinese restaurant instead of Left Bank. Overall an interesting experience.
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    Ros Dunbar
    New Zealand
    Posted on August 29, 2019
    Thanks for everything, Abbey. I would like to thank you most sincerely for all the extra trouble you had for me to enjoy my days. At every place our guides were most helpful and at times I was not feeling well so I did not attend some of the shows and events planned. They were so accommodating. My guides and drivers were the very best and I really thank them. I will recommend your company to every person going to China from New Zealand. Your Company did an excellent job.
    Elena Mancha
    Posted on August 22, 2019
    Thank you so much for everything! Your organization was marvelous, we had a wonderful time and experience. Our guides were very helpful and taught us a lot about your country! We enjoyed every aspect of the journey and would love to take other ones with you in the future!
    Anita & Naomi
    Australia, UK
    Posted on August 19, 2019
    -All guides were extremely knowledgeable and were happy to answer any questions. They have excellent English and there was never a time where we couldn't understand them. All drivers and cars were nicer than expected.
    -The Hotels were good except that 3 out of the 4 we stayed in, didn't have a sufficient wall between the room and the bathroom. Meaning you could see into the bathroom from the bedroom. I was travelling with my sister so it was not a major deal but if I had been with a friend, I would not of been happy. Breakfasts were good.
    -I liked all meals that were provided. The environments/restaurants were clean and well presented. Service was great, no complaints from me. There was no meal that stood out from the rest.
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    Steve & Shei
    Posted on August 12, 2019
    TCG provided excellent service throughout our stay. We loved our Guides! Linda, Roger, Ricky, and Tony were wonderful guides. Their attitudes, language, and knowledge were wonderful. We enjoyed the hospitality, and conversations. Roger had a great sense of Western humor, and enjoyed his stories. Ricky always made sure that we were comfortable. Linda demonstrated concern for our safety and offered many tips while in China. Tony allowed us to visit the Pearl Tower in Shanghai, which was not on our itinerary...a suggestion made by us that should be considered by future guests of TravelChinaGuide. We thought the restaurant selections and food availability was great. Our special request of no seafood was met. The food was plentiful...often more than we Americans are used to eating. We very much enjoyed the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show menu, we also think that the home cooked meal prepared by Mrs. Stong in Xian was delicious, and a highlight of our trip. Probably our favorite place was our last night in Shanghai, when we ordered off the a la carte menu at Shanghai Chic suggested by guide Tony because the restaurant listed in our itinerary was under remodeling construction. The drivers were kind, courteous, and timely. The cars were clean, and they offered us water. The hotels were what we expected, and prefer to stay at all over the world. Services and breakfast were good. No issues. Perfect choices! Highly recommend, favorite was Renaissance Shanghai Yuyuan Hotel. Thank you for our wonderful trip to China! ... More
    Posted on August 09, 2019
    Thank you so much. Stephen and I had a really great time! Thanks again!
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