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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 $2209 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
Early Bird Savings on 2020 Tours
12% off - book by Jan 31, 2020; 10% off - book by Feb 29, 2020
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2759 $2427$2519 $2216$2229 $1961
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2449 $2155$2209 $1943$1909 $1679
  • 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
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    4.854 Reviews
    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
    John A Nesbit
    USA
    Posted on December 05, 2019
    We had a good tour with tcg. Their guides were exceptional. We highly commend Stephanie (Guilin). Even though Guilin doesn't have the vast amount of history to cover, her lively personality was a huge plus--perfectly matching the scenic area. When we had extra time on the last day because of a late flight, she took extra time to get to know us and vice-versa; so that was an extra memorable bonus. The food selections were adequate overall, and the locations were sanitary. Neither of us suffered from sickness, so that was a real plus. (We appreciated the bottled water supplies) Way too much food was given, however. We were just two people, but for a number of meals there was enough easily feed 4 or 5 people, so too much went to waste. We also found the food in Beijing especially to be bland (even when requesting spicier food), but that may just be the nature of the cuisine there. A notable exception in Beijing was the breakfast buffet at the hotel--the best we had for the entire trip. The restaurant that we went to on our own in Xian was pretty good--it was one recommended by our guide Lily. A few more experiences like that would have been cool. But the best restaurant experience was in Guilin. It was so good that we were glad to be able to return there for a second time. Would highly recommend that one to anyone visiting this city!
    All drivers were courteous, quiet, and performed their duties well. The cars were all clean. They did fantastic job in arrange this tour. Thanks.
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    Shannon Lowrey
    America
    Posted on December 02, 2019
    Many thanks for all of your help in planning this China tour. The hotels were excellent. The only one we had a few concerns about was in Guilin as we had read quite a number of negative reviews before leaving home, but in reality the rooms were comfortable and the staff very accommodating. Your choices of restaurants throughout China proved well thought out; the food was incredibly good! As for the cities/tours/tour guides: we were met at the airport in every place without a problem, and all transportation met our needs well. The sites we visited were scheduled with thought and sufficient time. Although there was a switch in the places we would visit in Beijing made without our knowledge, Tina noted our disappointment and made sure that we still were able to get to the Summer Palace, even though it was quite a fast visit; this is why we like private tours. The Peking show was amazing, and we loved sitting right up in front! Enjoying Xian was a bit frustrating as neither the guide nor driver wanted to take us to the Muslim quarter to spend any free time (this was the only place where your staff was less than accommodating). We did get to the Terra Cotta Warriors early enough to beat the crowds, which always makes for a better visit. The Tang dynasty show was a bit of a disappointment in that we sat in the very back and could not see through the people sitting at the table in front of us. The manager noticed this, and without our asking, found us another table in the back that had a better view. We will need to schedule more time in Guilin the next time we visit China, as we found this city wonderful. The highlight was the trip down the Li River, with the beautiful, misty mountains along the banks. And Yangshuo was simply a delight! Once the majority of tourists went back to Guilin by bus in the afternoon, we enjoyed wandering around that lively town and eating dinner in one of the many sidewalk cafes. We walked to the Banyan Tree (2 hours) and loved seeing the farmers in the myriad paddies along the way. A testament to the people living there: trekking back to Yangshuo a family picked us up and drove us to the center of town, smiling and nodding at us throughout the trip. Our final few days in Shanghai (Jimmy was our favorite of all the tour guides) ended a spectacular two week tour!
    We would certainly recommend TravelChinaGuide to anyone who wants to make the most out of a trip to China.
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