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 $2159 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
$2699 $2375$2469 $2172$2179 $1917
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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    4.942 Reviews
    Herve Gentile
    United States
    Posted on November 09, 2019
    One of my best travel experiences ever. Everything was arranged perfectly. I took my wife and my teenager son and arranged for a private tour in several cities. We flew non-stop on business with Air China and must confess the food and the service was better than most airlines.
    The tour guides and drivers were amazing. The drivers were very skillful and the tour guides were quite erudite with good mastering of the english language which was better than expected. This trip changed our thoughts on China. Our other thought was why did we wait so long to visit China?...I am grateful to the plastic surgeons who invited me and therefore contributed to this unique experience. Both my family and I would highly recommend Travel China Guide.
    HG, Plastic Surgeon
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    Lori Kelman
    Posted on November 02, 2019
    Because we found you on the internet we were a little suspicious about the company - but when we got off the plane and Michael was right there holding a sign with our name on it we were thrilled. Michael was responsive to our needs and attentive - the only reason we give him a "good" rating rather than excellent is because Shanghai is the first city were visiting and we have nothing to compare to - he is Great! There was one place I wish we could have had more time at - the Shanghai Museum. We only had an hour and we could have easily spent 1.5-2 hours. We were grateful for all the help with getting on train and ordering in restaurants - we would have been anxious otherwise. Janet in Guilin was EXCELLENT! Her stories and historical explanations enlivened our visit the Elephant Trunk Hill and Li River. All drivers were GREAT! Not having to worry about directions or parking made our touring fast and efficient. The food was excellent - particularly lunch at a private room Acrobatic show was our kid's favorite thing. Hotels were "five stars" all the way. The breakfast buffet was superlative - the room was GREAT! ... More
    Dennis & Rose Giesbrecht
    Posted on October 27, 2019
    I am writing to express how much we enjoyed our China tour in May. We took the luxury 11 day tour starting in Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai. Our tour guides were courteous, pleasant and knowledgeable. Since we had a tour bus to ourselves, they were willing to adapt the tour to our requests. The bus was spacious, air conditioned and very clean. Each person was given 2 large bottles of water each day as we started on our tours. Had we not had the tour guides, we would have missed some very important historical and fascinating places to visit. All the events planned for us from the Peking duck dinner and kung fu show to the acrobatic show were highly entertaining. We especially enjoyed the river Li cruise with its picturesque and lush hills, bamboo trees and vegetation. People working in the rice fields and the water buffalo, all should be in the National Geographic Magazine. The weather cooperated every day making the tours that much more enjoyable. The Terracotta soldiers, the great wall of China, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City were fascinating. Such a trip into history!! Our accommodations were in five star hotels, luxurious hotels with all the amenities of home. Most of them within a short distance to the sights that we wanted to see. Our only complaint was that there was too much food. The restaurants chosen by the tour company had some of the best Chinese cuisine but there was too much food for us!!!! We had to cancel some of the dishes. The only thing that we would have enjoyed during the trip is a western meal once in a while otherwise. the tour far exceeded our expectations and we enjoyed China much more than we had anticipated. We would certainly recommend your tour to all our friends and anyone hoping to visit China in the near future. Booking this tour with your company took all anxiety away as everything was well planned from the tour guides picking us up at the airport to their taking us back to the airport at the end of the trip and making sure that we were checked in and knew where to go. Again, Thank you very much for a delightful 11 days in China.

    Dennis and Rose
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    Posted on October 27, 2019
    We has just finished our tour. Tracy was also very energetic. The idea of having lunch with a family was very good. The food there was excellent. The guide at Shanghai was very knowledgeable. (Sorry I forgot his name). He pleasantly surprised us by welcoming us in our language (Hindi). A special mention about food arrangement. We eat only vegetarian food (no meat, pork, beef, sea food). But our guides very well understood our requirement and arranged food accordingly. It was a memorable experience. Thank you for all the arrangements. ... More
    Viktor & Svetlana
    Posted on October 23, 2019
    Here is our assesment of the journey:

    Hotels: all hotels were very good, except in Shanghai, which was just fair. The very best was the Pan Pacific in Suzhou, where we really enjoyed not only excellent rooms but great location adjacent to a scenic area.
    Cars: all cars and drivers were good; cars were roomy for four of us.
    Meals: we mostly liked the meals arranged by the agency the best probably being Sichuan lunch in Beijing. It might be a good idea to explain to the western tourists at the very beginning of the tour the arrangement of meals in Chinese style restaurants as being larger dishes to be shared by several people opposite smaller personal portions in western style restaurants. We had to learn by experience.
    Guides: we have to congratulate you on excellent choice of guides. All of them were pleasant and concientious people. Language skills:
    Beijing "Candy": excellent language skills; excellent guide.
    Xian "Lily": the best guide we had. Very good language skills and great knowledge of history. She also helped us with nightly walk in Xian and found very good and cheep local restaurant the first night there.
    Guilin "Lee": she was very entusiastic with a lot of good stories to tell. Her English was correct grammatically but we struggled with her accent. We also really appreciated her help with dinner in local restaurant that she helped us to arrange.
    Shanghai “Tong”: excellent language skills. We would appreciate more initiative from her to fill time that we had due to cancellation of acrobatic show.
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    Posted on October 19, 2019
    First let me compliment you on the way that you organized our vacation--it was the trip of a lifetime and your guides’flexibility in dealing with us made us feel that the vacation was catered to our needs. Abbey was particularly good at realizing my special requests were to be carried out and she saw to it that they were--the train ride to Xian was very good. Kitty Beijing guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The Peking Duck restaurant in Beijing was excellent--we would also recommend My Humble House for unique atmosphere and food. The drivers in all three cities-Beijing/Xian and Guilin were all courteous and careful drivers--no worries with our transportation in their hands. Rita in Xian was knowledgeable and friendly--her English was very good. Judy met us at the airport in Guilin and helped us to upgrade the hotel room as I wanted a view for the two nites that we were staying and even though the hotel was sold out we were able to secure the best room in the hotel for an extra payment. We did find a restaurant in Yangshuo that gave us the best meal of the trip--even better than Jean Georges in Shanghai-- and of course at 1/20th the price. We had four vegetarian dishes/two quart bottles of beer/fried rice/ and green tea for ten dollars over a 2 hour lunch in a very nice setting. Transfers to and from airports went without any problems. We would highly recommend your services to anyone traveling to China. ... More
    Posted on October 13, 2019
    We want to thank you for planning a great itinerary. The entertainment in each city really added to the enjoyment. We will recommend travelchinaguide to our friends and will certainly use this company when we return to China.
    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.
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