Great Wall, Beijing

China Delights

L-102: 11 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any part 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 Museum
  • 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
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Our guide will meet you outside Customs of the airport after you retrieve your luggage and clear Customs, and then transfer you to the hotel by a private car. The rest of the day is free for you to have a good rest and get prepared for your 11 days China tour package.
Day 2 Beijing
Temple of Heaven
In the morning, your 11 days China tour will start with a 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 giving glimpses of imperial architecture and thousands of precious cultural relics.

To avoid the cheap touristy restaurants as 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 where you will taste authentic Chinese food.

After lunch, you will 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. Then, you will have a Hutong tour to experience the original Beijing culture by taking a special rickshaw ride through the various Hutong alleys and to know about the old capital's manners and customs.

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)
Our clients on the Great Wall
Today your private visit will begin from the splendid Mutianyu Great Wall. As one of the most popular sections of the China Great Wall, Mutianyu, like 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 a round-trip cable car for you. You can also tell the guide to change it to the chairlift up and toboggan down if you like. Make your own arrangements for lunch today. Our guide will help you find a proper restaurant upon your request.

Returning downtown, we will drive by the Bird's Nest (National Stadium), the venue of the 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 there to wander around.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by Flight
Summer Palace, Yonghe Temple, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Our consultant Emily with her guests
This morning, you will firstly visit the Summer Palace, which is an outstanding combination of Chinese classical landscape design and natural beauty. After that, you will visit the Yonghe Temple, the best preserved lamasery in Beijing. It has a unique architectural style, integrating Han, Manchu, Mongolian and Tibetan cultures.

In the afternoon, you will take a flight to Xi'an and our local guide will be waiting for you outside the baggage claim area of the airport and transfer you to your downtown hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army Museum, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, City Wall. (B+L)
Terracotta Army Museum
In the morning, visit the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Terracotta Army Museum . 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.

Afterwards, you will have a local family visit and an 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 authentic home cooked dishes. We also offer Chinese food cooking class to our valued guests for free in the family visit. If feel interested, you may learn to cook Chinese dishes from the hostess.

After lunch, you will visit the City Wall, one of the best-preserved City Walls in China. Stroll around on the wall, and you will have a bird's eye view of the old city. Cycling on the wall is quite an exciting experience, you can have a try.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 6 Xi'an to Guilin by Flight
Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Great Mosque, Muslim Street, Hanyangling Museum, Fly to Guilin, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
A local free market
Continue the tour in Xi'an before you take your flight to Guilin today. After breakfast, you will go to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which is one of the most important structures of ancient Chang'an in the Tang Dynasty and now a famous landmark in the city. After that, visit the Great Mosque. It was built in the year of 742 AD with a similar architectural style as 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 foods as well as interesting souvenirs.

In the afternoon, visit the Hanyangling Museum on the way to the airport. One highlight of the visit was the underground museum, where the relics and ruins remain in their original condition without any movement. You can note the ancient burial customs very closely. 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 city on your own this evening.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 7 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside tour, Drive back to Guilin. (B+L)
Li River cruise
Enduring memories are created today as you cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. The length of the Li River is about 50 miles, and you can see picturesque scenery all the way during your cruise journey. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, we will 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, we will transfer you back to Guilin in the late afternoon.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
 Friendly 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.
Day 8 Guilin to Shanghai by Flight
Reed Flute Cave, Seven Stars Park, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Today's China itinerary 11 days starts from 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 Stars 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 appropriate information on arrival.

When finishing all the attractions in the city, you will take a flight to Shanghai and our local guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in downtown area.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte farewell lunch, Huangpu River cruise and the Bund, Tianzifang Cultural Street. (B+L)
The Bund
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 art relics, especially for the exhibition of bronze wares, porcelain wares, calligraphy and paintings. After learning about history, you will learn about ancient Chinese gardening - visiting one of the most famous gardens south of the Yangtze River, Yu Garden. We will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy and famous local restaurant, which offers tasty Shanghai and Cantonese cuisines.

In the afternoon, we will transfer you to the Bund area, where you will take a one-hour cruise on the Huangpu River. On the banks of the river as you go, you will find almost all the major attractions of Shanghai, symbolizing the past, present and future of the city. After the cruise, you will visit the Bund area and then explore Tianzifang old street.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 10 Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai
Shanghai-Suzhou transfer, Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou Museum, Tongli Water Town, Drive back to Shanghai. (B)
Our clients at the Yu Garden of Shanghai
You will take a side trip to the beautiful Suzhou and traditional water town today. After a 2-hour transfer by our comfortable air-conditioned car, you will arrive at the Humble Administrator's Garden. The garden is centered on water, surrounded by hills and rivers, beautifully decorated halls, luxuriant flowers and trees. Walking in the garden, you can enjoy the scenery along the way while listening to the guide to explain the exquisite design of the garden. Next, you will visit Suzhou Museum before we drive you to Tongli Water Town.

You might have heard of many water towns in the southeast region of China, and you will not be disappointed by Tongli if you can see only one of them. Tongli water town is famed for its various bridges, lots of buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties, and associated with many celebrities and scholars. The cultural sites, relics, legacies of more than 400 years are still well maintained there. You can see ancient houses, courtyards and gardens everywhere while walking in the town. After that, we will drive you back to your hotel in Shanghai.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 11 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Your private guide and driver 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: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$3179 $2861$2879 $2591$2529 $2276
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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$2809 $2528$2509 $2258$2169 $1952
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part 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
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    4.756 Reviews
    The Grady Family
    USA
    Posted on March 14, 2020
    Our trip was amazing and we couldn't be more happier with our experience and booking with TravelChinaGuide.com. When we arrived in Beijing, we were then greeted by our guide and driver. Our guide was amazing and very knowledgeable. He provided us with a cell phone in case of emergency and was very good with our young children. The transportation and driver was excellent. The van was big, clean, and the a/c was nice especially with the cold weather. In Xian we were greeted by a new driver and guide. She was friendly but her English was so so. Due to the language bearer a lot of our questions during the excursions could not be answered but it was still an amazing trip. The transportation was smaller in Beijing so all 4 of us were cramped in the backseat but we made it work. Once arrive in Guilin we were greeted by another new guide. The boat cruise on Li River was an amazing experience. We enjoyed the gorgeous mountains very much. Huangpu River cruise is also a fantastic experience. We saw many magnificent building on the banks. In any case, we spent 11 great days in China with our professional guides and experienced drivers and saw many amazing architectures that we can't see in USA. It was truly an amazing experience. Highly praise to Travel China's service. ... More
    Winston
    UK
    Posted on March 09, 2020
    Generally, we were very satisfied with the tour arrangements, with the guide Tracy in Xian was superb! li in Guilin was also very good, as was Kitty in Beijing and Fan Fan in Shanghai. We were duly impressed with their command of the English language and knowledge of the Chinese culture and history. With respect to the meals, on the whole most of the meals were average. We were impressed with the first meal in Beijing and the first lunch in Shanghai; the dumpling dinner in Xian on our first night stay was excellent, as was our meal (on our own) in shanghai at lu bo lang in the old town which Fan Fan recommended. The hotel accommodations were satisfactory, with the exception of the ShangriLa in Guilin which although rated a 5-star, should have been rated more as 3-4 star. We particularly enjoyed the hotels in Xian and Shanghai. We were very pleased with the touring arrangements; what really impressed us the most and what we truly enjoyed were the guides in the cities - they were excellent. We particularly enjoyed Tracy and Li, in their improvising and sharing with us sites off the beaten path as time permitted, and their desire to show us what we were interested in. ... More
    Bill Kerwin
    USA
    Posted on January 16, 2020
    We would recommend TravelChina to others. Having you take care of all the planning details allowed us to focus on just having fun and enjoy China's beauty.
    All of our worries disappeared the moment Kitty, our Beijing guide, greeted us at the airport. For the following three days, she and our driver showed us the many fascinating sites around Beijing including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace.
    We then flew to Xian, and at the last day in Xian, we choose to travel to Huashan. The rock formations and canyons were incredible. The views were somewhat similar to Yosemite National Park in the United States. It's hard to describe in words the true beauty of the Mountain. The trails and bridges were also amazing. We must have climbed 10,000 stairs. All of the trails were made of stone. The individuals who built the trails were artist making them look like logs to match the natural environment. Unfortunately, there was a slight mix up at Guilin airport, when our guide, Jenny, accidentally picked up another couple instead of us. However another guide helped us out and we got to our hotel that evening safely. The following morning everything was cleared up and we were on our way. Jenny was very knowledgeable and her English was excellent. We enjoyed her company very much. The hotel was less desirable than the other hotels that we stayed at but, the incredible scenery definitely made up for it. Thank you so much for all of your help. We had an unforgettable holiday.
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    Michael
    USA
    Posted on January 11, 2020
    I would highly recommend this tour company in China. From the start, Vera Yu answered every question and responded to questions every time in a prompt manner. The hotel she selected for us were outstanding, with high marks for the Wyndham Grand Xi'an South-an incredible property that if we had known, we would have stayed there an extra couple days just to explore. A great experience overall!
    Peter Soohoo
    Canada
    Posted on January 01, 2020
    First of all I have to thank you for allowing us to choose this extensive and interesting tour. I downloaded every scrap of information relevant to our itinerary that eventually filled a binder, our personalized guide book. We were not disappointed. China is so big and we managed to see such a variety. We feel lucky to have had the chance to go to Guilin, it was one of the highlights of our trip. And thank you for all your helpful e-mail messages.
    John D
    Canada
    Posted on December 28, 2019
    Overall I was very happy with the trip! I wrote this feedback just to tell you that how excellent your work is. I liked all of the places we went to and it is hard to pick a favorite. Thank you again and we will definitely use your service again for our future trip.
    Bob
    USA
    Posted on December 24, 2019
    TCG.com helped us to organize a fantastic China trip to Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo & Shanghai. In each city the guides did an exceptional work. It is almost difficult to single one guide out as particularly outstanding. In Xian, Jacky shone as he helped us manage our overweight luggage: as there was only one check-in line, we waited 45 minutes, and Jacky thought it was ridiculous and let the gate agent know that we were all very upset; the gate agent felt guilty and let us go through without paying extra for the overweight luggage (we had already bought too many souvenirs I think!). The three of us laughed a lot at the incident and at Jacky's wonderful way of asserting himself for our benefit. Unfortunately, due to my wife's brief illness, Oscar in Guilin especially stands out: this does not mean that the other guides would not have been just as helpful, but circumstances gave Oscar a chance to rise to the occasion. When we asked the hotel to call a doctor, Oscar joined us to help translate and to accompany us to the hospital nearby: the doctor herself was superb and thorough; at one point, she said that it would take a couple of hours to get the results of the blood test, so she sent us back to the hotel to rest and promised to call Oscar on his cell phone as soon as she had the results. Oscar stayed in the hotel lobby waiting, we went upstairs; as after two hours Oscar had not heard anything, he went back on his own, to the hospital and got what we needed. What a professional way to approach his role as guide... he was more a guardian angel than a guide, and it was very reassuring to be able to count on him. By the way, my wife discomfort abated very quickly thanks to the prescription the doctor provided, and the rest of our trip went on perfectly. Finally, again, Oscar showed his ability to negociate and be helpful to increase our enjoyment: I had seen and liked the China knot that I had see in several places during the holidays and thought that I would like to buy one; on the morning cruise on the Li River, the ship had a large red knot hanging in the ship pilot's area. Oscar asked if I would like it, I said yes, and he offered to ask the pilot for it; his negotiations were very successful, and the knot now hangs at the entrance of my house in the United States! A big thanks to all of the guides we had! ... More
    Lana Dalton
    United States
    Posted on December 23, 2019
    Meals: The breakfasts were all fine as there was plenty to choose from. To be honest, we did not enjoy the lunches except for one that we were able to customize due to our guide. I think it is because we are Westerners and not used to Chinese food and the preparation fried and with oil. They served HUGE amounts of food and we ended up wasting much of it. I think it would be better to allow the customer to order the same of dishes from the menu, but if they could STEAM instead of fry or use so much oil, that would be better. Also, we’re not used to the parts of the animals Chinese people eat, that we don't eat. But the service was always excellent, restaurants clean, but we just didn’t eat much of the food except tofu, vegetables, rice and eggs. They should also ask if we like it spicy or mild. This is cultural, not a fault. But for Westerners, it would be good to send to restaurants that also serve Western food, fresh salads, steamed things and bread/butter (like the breakfasts.)

    Guides: Nick: Nice and funny. Very flexible in changes to itinerary. Knowledgeable. Dependable. Mostly confined to answering questions. Excellent English. (Driver’s car was fine, can’t remember it too well.) Tony: Really great and engaging us from the start. Constantly talked to us, informed us, not rushed us, very knowledgeable, we LOVED him. Excellent English. (Our favorite-tell him.) Ellen: Really great, kind, flexible, caring, excellent English. Pre-arranged a vegetarian lunch that we asked for with steamed vegetables. Informed us that sometimes Chinese people don’t know how to prepare foods Western style; so no surprises. Very organized and knowledgeable. (Driver’s car was EXCELLENT, tons of leg room, super clean, smelled good.) Lily: was of course, most excellent.

    Perfect hotel with gym/pool/excellent food and rooms well-appointed.
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    Vladislav Jakubec
    Czech
    Posted on December 17, 2019
    We have been in China for the fourth times using TCG every time and we like China. We hope to do so again in the future.
    Janet Perry
    United Kingdom
    Posted on December 14, 2019
    A belated thank you to Linda for her excellent arrangements on our recent China trip. Everything worked efficiently and the guides and drivers were always waiting for us at the airports. We were particularly impressed the way Linda handled the last minute changes when our outgoing flight was cancelled. We were very happy to be a group of 2 and were able to do everything at our own speed. With the benefit of hindsight we would have done a few things differently. We should have used the hotel you originally suggested in Shanghai. Although the Peace Hotel we booked on our own has an excellent location it is old and worn out and the staff do not seem happy in their work. We enjoyed Guilin very much and our free time in Yangshou. The guide there Jesse was excellent - his English was probably the best of all the guides we used - although all of them had a good command of the language, and he was particularly helpful. This was absolutely stunning - Guilin was one of the highlights of the holiday. The girl guides we had were all charming and friendly and we talked to them about all sorts of things - life in China and in England. We were pleased to meet Linda in Xian and enjoyed the dumpling banquet. We would certainly recommend TravelChinaGuide without reserve. ... More
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