China Delights

L-102: 11 Days Private Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai
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 - 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 $1969 per person Free Inquiry
Great WallTemple of HeavenFamily 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)
Great Wall
Great Wall
Photo by our client Mr. Barry Nichols
In the morning, you will visit 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)
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
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
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, 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. 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 excursion 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
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2839 $2555$2589 $2330$2289 $2060
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2519 $2267$2269 $2042$1969 $1772
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect the current 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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    4.910 Reviews
    Jennifer Slack
    United States
    Posted on April 05, 2019
    I want to thank Abbey for a fabulous experience visiting this country. I had misgivings beforehand, but would now very much like to come back! Our guide service made visiting the country possible and pleasurable!

    Sometimes there was too much food, often actually. But when asked, that was adjusted for us. My favorite meal was the one in the home we visited in Xi'an. I would recommend that meal to anyone! Most of the restaurants were very good. I didn't care for the our first lunch in Beijing, although I don't recall the name of the restaurant.

    For the guide service, Excellent, excellent, excellent!! There isn't much more to say that! The knowledge of our guides was remarkable. Their willingness to answer any questions we had was admirable. These people were working very very hard on our behalf. There was absolutely nothing disappointing about them. All our guides had excellent English. Candy in Beijing has a better English vocabulary than most Americans! We were incredibly impressed. We were always very comfortable speaking with our guides. In fact I had no idea that the guides would be so knowledgeable; they exceeded expectations. If you come to Beijing, do not hesitate to ask Candy as your guide.
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    William Smith
    Posted on March 24, 2019
    All of the guides spoke adequate English, and most were eager to learn new words, proper pronounciations, and differences in pronounciation between words as used by British or American guests. Although some of the vehicles were better than others, all were quite adequate. The vans were excellent, and all of the drivers were responsible, helpful, and courteous. The air conditioning was wonderful. We would like especially to complement Lee in Guilin. She did an excellent job, and went beyond just doing her job. We enjoyed her company. She is a young woman who really knows how to go a step beyond to make her guests welcome, comfortable, and meet their needs. Little things that were not necessary, we found her constantly doing. ie. Not only supplying us with two bottles of water a day, but being concerned if they were not cold! We'd give her the award for being the best guide of the trip. Maggie in Xi’an also did an excellent job, and met our plane, even as it was five hours late from Beijing. Being met in a strange city at 11:30 at night was most welcome, and eased our concerns upon our very late arrival. Her comment was bright and cheery, "That is my job!" Our guide, Ryan in Shanghai was extremely knowledgeable and we felt well taken care of there also.

    We would certainly recommend this company and our guides to our friends. It will never be wrong to go with them!
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    Janet C
    United States
    Posted on February 18, 2019
    Your helpful and knowledgeable staff made our trip to China very successful. We now had a wonderful experience to remember.
    Posted on January 31, 2019
    "Long Long" in Shanghai informed us that we were her first "seniors" and that she felt slightly apprehensive. Her charm, enthusiasm and warmth set the scene for the remainder of our visit. Nancy in Beijing, Peggy in Xi'an and William in Guilin kept up the high standard.

    Peter very much appreciated the kindness of the organisation in providing the "birthday cake" to highlight a most memorable night and dinner in Xi'an. A very special thanks to Peggy for her work behind the scenes in the training of "the Choir" to sing Happy Birthday in English. We feel happy with our trip. ... More
    Nathan Rob
    Posted on January 21, 2019
    Thank you all for an amazing China trip. See my comments below:

    I have had Peking duck in many places, but the lunch in Beijing and that Peking Duck was the most wonderful gastronomical experience, will never forget it. All of our guides were knowledgeable about their cities, with an attentive working attitude and easy to communicate.

    Marcus in Beijing- Marcus has a great attitude, he is attentive, very knowledgeable and my group all talked about the great kind spirit he has. There was something about his manner that endeared him to the 4 of us. He was attentive, ready to please us, and gave us great advice.

    Lily in Xian- she is so intelligent smart and well read. She was sharing information with us that she had read in books, newspapers etc. Things not strictly about the tour, legends, current events, she shared with us. She had a very wide English vocabulary as well. She had a lovely calm spirit.

    Jack in Guilin- a great sense of humor, also very smart and attentive. He had obviously read and researched about our country - Jamaica before we got there and showed a lot of interest in us and our country too, which is great for building relationships with clients.

    June- in Shanghai- we had for just one day, but was so helpful.

    Thanks, this was a fantastic experience! We have traveled the world and your efficiency and guides are the best we have ever had.
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    Lucy Silver
    Posted on January 09, 2019
    My husband and I just returned from our vacation and we had a great time thanks to TCG. They are truly a first-class operation. Our guides were knowledgeable, attentive, intelligent and interesting people. They were always prompt and tried to ensure the experience was enjoyable. Our drivers also did a great job. The hotel selections were good and the meals were great. We really enjoyed the visits to Kaifeng and Luoyang which were off the usual tourist beaten path. I consider this company to be a good value for the cost. I would be glad to serve as a reference for any future customers. Thanks!! ... More
    Pamela Sanders
    United States
    Posted on December 28, 2018
    I want to thank TravelChinaGuide for the amazing work they did preparing for our journey of China. In a private tour with a group of 40 traveling together i was worried about the many details required for our large group. They pulled this off flawlessly. We thoroughly enjoyed our visits of Beijing, Xian, Guilin, and Shanghai.

    Their expert planning arranged for us of seeing all of the major historical and cultural sites in clean modern coaches with outstanding drivers. We never waited in lines as our two guides worked together to keep us moving while handling all of the logistics behind the scenes. The hotels were all first class as well as the outstanding meals they arranged for us. Two of our highlights were the Shanghai Acrobat and the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show.

    Our staff appreciated the ability to make changes throughout the day when we wanted a little more time at one location or less at another. Our guides were so willing to adjust to meet our needs in each city.

    If we could change one thing it would have been to add a third day in Guilin. We thoroughly enjoyed this relaxed and beautiful region of China.

    We have a wonderful lifetime memory due to the excellent services. Many thanks to our guides and amazing drivers who made us so welcome in beautiful China. I would recommend TCG to any group traveling to China.

    Pamela Sanders
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    Anne E Moran
    Posted on December 13, 2018
    Thanks for a wonderful journey! Our guide and driver were wonderful. They were very courteous and seemed to want to make our stay enjoyable. The guide seemed to know how much activities to provide. You will definitely enjoy this trip.
    Posted on December 04, 2018
    This "Personalised" tour is really "Personalised". If not for the consultant Linda’s excellent service and the superb tour guide Tony in Beijing, the whole tour with our seven months old daughter would have not been so easy.

    We also enjoyed Xian very much. Chen was a great guide and our activities were excellent. She was prompt and knowledgable. Our guide Jessie in Guilin was very good. Her English was excellent! She was flexible with our time and allowed us to explore at our own pace. We had a problem with our camera during our stay, and Jessie helped us find a shop and save our pictures. We are very appreciated!!

    TravelChinaGuide was wonderful. Thanks a lot and hope to find another tour with them in the near future.
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    Posted on November 23, 2018
    Barbara and I wish to thank TCG for making our recent vacation of China such a successful journey. All the activities organized by TCG - from setting up the Itinerary prior to travelling; meeting and drop off at the airports in Beijing, Xian Guilin, Shanghai; and the help given by the Guides - were carried out to a high standard and everything worked out smoothly and seamlessly. In particular, we would like to make a special thanks to the Guides and Drivers - Anna and Mr. Wong in Beijing, Carol and Mr. Hang in Xian and Helen, Mr. Cheng in Guilin and Ocean and Mr. Zhang in Shanghai. The Guides provided good information and explanations; and all the drivers drove safely and carefully in some demanding conditions.

    We fitted in a lot in 11 days, all made possible by the good planning and organization of TCG. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and thank TCG for the experience and helping us to understand a little better the nature of China and its heritage and the friendly people. We still have a lot more to see and will be in contact again when we make our next trip. We will of course recommend TCG to our friends and colleagues who may plan to travel to China at some time.

    Again thanks a lot and keep up the good work! Best wishes, Philip and Barbara.
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