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 $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
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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2769 $2492$2519 $2267$2229 $2006
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2449 $2204$2209 $1988$1909 $1718
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% 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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    4.826 Reviews
    Steve & Shei
    Posted on August 12, 2019
    TCG provided excellent service throughout our stay. We loved our Guides! Linda, Roger, Ricky, and Tony were wonderful guides. Their attitudes, language, and knowledge were wonderful. We enjoyed the hospitality, and conversations. Roger had a great sense of Western humor, and enjoyed his stories. Ricky always made sure that we were comfortable. Linda demonstrated concern for our safety and offered many tips while in China. Tony allowed us to visit the Pearl Tower in Shanghai, which was not on our itinerary...a suggestion made by us that should be considered by future guests of TravelChinaGuide. We thought the restaurant selections and food availability was great. Our special request of no seafood was met. The food was plentiful...often more than we Americans are used to eating. We very much enjoyed the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show menu, we also think that the home cooked meal prepared by Mrs. Stong in Xian was delicious, and a highlight of our trip. Probably our favorite place was our last night in Shanghai, when we ordered off the a la carte menu at Shanghai Chic suggested by guide Tony because the restaurant listed in our itinerary was under remodeling construction. The drivers were kind, courteous, and timely. The cars were clean, and they offered us water. The hotels were what we expected, and prefer to stay at all over the world. Services and breakfast were good. No issues. Perfect choices! Highly recommend, favorite was Renaissance Shanghai Yuyuan Hotel. Thank you for our wonderful trip to China! ... More
    Posted on August 05, 2019
    All of the arrangements were handled in a very efficient manner. All our guides did a great job. We would like to give special acknowledgment to Sandy. Upon his suggestion we used our free day in Guilin to visit the minority villages and terraced fields of Longji. The day was a wonderful experience! We felt as though we had experienced something truly unique to China. I should also mention that William was able to arrange the "gondola" style boat in Suzhou that I had inquired. It was a much better experience than the motor boat tour of the Grand Canal. We will definitely recommend Travel China Guide to our friends and family. ... More
    Ben Victor
    Posted on July 25, 2019
    I think your firm and its employees did a great job. This was a vacation I will remember for my lifetime. Thanks.
    Magne Roald
    Posted on July 19, 2019
    First of all thanks to TCG for arranging all the practical aspects of the whole visit with very short notice and for answering our questions promptly.

    The meals were really good and showed different sides of the Chinese cuisine, quite different from our western Chinese restaurants. They have done a good selection of restaurants, with friendly service. Two meals stand out as special; the Tang Dinner show and the family lunch in Xian.

    All four guides, Tina (Beijing), Lilly (Xian), Jay (Guilin) and Cindy in Shanghai were friendly and helpful. Easy to communicate with and with good English language. All guides were very knowledgeable and professional in presenting the facts about each attraction. Since this was a private tour, we also got opportunity to talk about everyday life in China and social and economical conditions for people. We found this very interesting.

    The hotels and breakfasts were excellent. Hotel service and room cleanliness also very good. The drivers were helpful and the cars clean.

    We certainly would recommend TCG to anyone planning a visit to China!
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    Posted on July 08, 2019
    We did have a great time, and were very happy with your services.
    Carolyn Horn
    United States
    Posted on July 03, 2019
    We were very impressed with all the guide's knowledge and willingness in letting us set our own pace.

    In Beijing, Brian couldn't have been a better guide. He was so personable and immediately put us at ease. When my daughter wanted to buy some local candy for her children back home, he took us to a local place and helped us decipher what everything was. The driver was amazing! We were shocked by all the traffic and it only took ten minutes for us to realize we were in capable hands. The Forbidden City was amazing. Hotel was excellent, meeting all our needs and delicious buffets. Our lunches in Beijing were of the highest quality and Brian was extremely helpful is assisting us in our food choices. There was more than enough food.

    In Xian, Tracy was our guide and we found her very knowledgeable as well as an absolutely delightful person. She saw to our every need. Our flight was delayed so we arrived at the hotel late. We had an electrical problem in our bathroom. We finally requested another room, which was granted. Hopefully the hotel will look further into their obvious electrical problems. We were amazed by the Terracotta Warriors and loved the lunch with the local family. Again, the driver was very good.

    Guilin was beautiful and Alice, our guide, and our driver, went out of their way to get us tickets for a NIGHTTIME cruise within a few hours of our arrival. We were so very grateful because this was something we had heard about and wanted to do. The DAYTIME cruise down the Li River was something we will not forget. The scenery was magnificent. The visit to the local villager's home was fascinating and memorable. On Day 9 we experienced our first rainy day, but that didn't slow us down too much. The caves and Seven Star Park were worth it. Lunch was in a lovely restaurant and the food was good, but the Western food was not as good as all the Chinese food we had been eating in the previous days! The hotel was fantastic as were the views.

    Colin, our guide in Shanghai, was very knowledgeable and friendly. Loved the museum and the Yuyuan Garden. Our a la carte lunch was absolutely delicious. All of our drivers were safe and courteous. The vehicles were clean and water was always available.

    In closing, we had a great time in China thanks to our excellent guides and drivers.
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    Suzie E
    Posted on June 21, 2019
    All of the guides (and the drivers) were very friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. Kevin in Beijing set the pattern for our holiday, setting a high standard to compare everyone against and none of our guides disappointed us in any way. Well done to Kevin, Lola, Samantha and last of all- Leo-a great sense of humor (he made us laugh a lot), and extensive knowledge of Shanghai and its surrounds. We would like to go back to Shanghai in a couple of years and see more. We would certainly recommend TravelChinaGuide and also this tour to anyone. ... More
    Jane Guerra
    United States
    Posted on June 10, 2019
    All of my questions have been answered in a timely manner. I was frustrated at first because all of her responses went to junk mail and I kept forgetting to look in there. I haven't hear form her in quite some time and am beginning to wonder about airport pick-up arrangements. Other than that, she has been great!
    Abhijit Gole, Leena Gole
    Posted on June 08, 2019
    We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed all four locations Beijing, Xian, Guilin & Shanghai. Thanks for all the good arrangements & warm regards.
    Heather & Christina
    New Zealand
    Posted on June 06, 2019
    About our tour to these 4 cities, I was impressed by all the guides, especially Julie and Susan. Julie was fun to be around and very knowledgeable. Susan was so sweet and kind and also a wealth of knowledge. We didn't have anything to worry about as our guides took great care of us. The drivers were all nice too and although they didn't speak much English, we got along well and they helped navigate the busy streets in China. We appreciated meeting Linda (our trip organizer) in Xian, it was a nice gesture. Also, thanks for working with us in the booking process. She was very patient as we tried to figure out our itinerary. Any points of criticism? I would say that some of the guides connected with us better than others and so I would suggest that the guides are instructed to become friends with those they work with. It is not always about just being professional but becoming part of our family if only for a brief time. Have the guides walk with the clients more instead of ahead of them. Also, it is OK to give clients a little time to be alone in certain areas and as appropriate, such as shopping or other such things. Thanks again. ... More
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