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106: 12 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu - 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
Meals: 11 western buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches with some being a la carte style
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Giant Pandas
  • Come to Chengdu, the hometown of Giant Pandas to visit and observe the cute creatures
  • Cruise on the meandering Li River & admire the essence of Guilin landscape
  • Walk into a local Chinese family, interact & dine with the hosts in their home
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Great Wall of ChinaTerracotta ArmyOur clients learning to make dumplings in Xi'an family visitGiant pandasLi River cruiseShanghai Bund
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Welcome to China! You will meet our guide after finishing the customs clearance at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). After a warm greeting, you will be given a comfortable ride to the hotel. Our guide will help you with the check-in procedure. The rest of the day is free for your own arrangement.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
Your 2-week private China tour will start with the Tiananmen Square this morning. While wandering on the square, our guide will tell your some historical events that happened here. Walk northwards across the Tiananmen Tower and we will arrive at the entrance of the Forbidden City. It was the royal palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 - 1911). You can definitely feel its solemnity while strolling among these crimson halls with shinning glaze-tiled roofs.

You will then be led to a renowned restaurant to have an a la carte lunch, which is valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price. Today's Beijing tour will round off with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, the largest remaining ancient sacrificial complex in China. You can get to know how the worship ceremony proceeded in the old times with the explanation of our guide.

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)
To most foreign visitors, it would be a pity not to climb up the Great Wall while in China. Today, you will be accompanied by our guide to conquer the Mutianyu Great Wall, whose unique scenery has attracted several foreign leaders and celebrities. It stretches along steep cliff edges into the distance with densely distributed watchtowers. To save your time, the round-way cable car will be scheduled. Lunch is not arranged by us. You may take some snack or have a simple meal in a nearby restaurant. Our guide is willing to recommend some restaurants to you.

On the way back to downtown, we will drive by the Bird's Nest and its outstanding appearance will definitely impress you. After that, you will be transferred to a bustling market where you can stroll around by yourself and bargain with the vendors like locals.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, A 4.5-hour high speed train to Xi'an, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army
In the afternoon, you will take a high speed train to the next destination of this 12-day China tour, Xi'an. We still have a whole morning exploring more of Beijing City.

After breakfast, our guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the Summer Palace. It was the resort for royal family to escape the heat of summer days and mainly consists of Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill. After experiencing the royal family's lifestyle, you will then be led to learn about the traditional lifestyle of ordinary people by visiting hutong alleys and gray-brick courtyards.

Your Beijing tour will come to an end at this point. You will then be transferred to Beijing West Railway Station to catch a high-speed train to Xi'an for around 4.5 hours. Our guide will be waiting for you at the exit. After a warm greeting, you will be escorted to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Provincial History Museum. (B)
Our clients learning to make dumplings in Xi'an family visit
Our clients learning to make dumplings in Xi'an family visit
Your private Xian tour will start with the Terracotta Army, which was buried together with the Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259 - 210 BC). You can see over 8,000 life-size pottery warriors and horses in complete battle formations including spearheads, flanks, main forces, and rearguards.

After getting out of the museum, you may have lunch by yourself at a nearby restaurant. Next we will head for the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda which was built in 652 for storing Buddhist scriptures. You will then be accompanied to appreciate ancient relics collected in Shaanxi History Museum. There are over 370,000 exhibits on display including bronze wares, pottery figures, gold and silver wares, and coins. You will have a vivid impression of these gorgeous relics with our guide's explanation.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xi'an - Chengdu
Xi'an City Wall, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Great Mosque, A 4-hour high-speed train to Chengdu, Train station to hotel transfer. (B+L)
A Xi'an tour will never to complete without hiking on the ancient City Wall. This morning, you will be guided to this great attraction to get around the old city of X'ian along the wall. Lunch will be arranged at a local family for you to have a taste of authentic home-cooked dishes. After that, you will be transferred to the Great Mosque. Unlike other mosques with white appearance and domes, it is actually a typical traditional Chinese-style building constructed with wood and gray bricks. You will also be given some free time to stroll around the nearby Muslim Quarter.

Arrive at the meeting point at the appointed time and then you will be escorted to the North Railway station for a high-speed train to Chengdu. After around 4 hours, you will reach Chengdu and our guide will meet you and take you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Chengdu
Giant Panda Base, Broad and Narrow Alleys, Jinsha Site Museum. (B)
Giant pandas
Giant pandas
Having a close contact with the lovely giant pandas should be on most visitors' to-do list when visiting Chengdu. Our Chengdu tour will immediately start with a visit to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. You will encounter these adorable pandas from time to time while walking inside thick bamboo forest.

After saying goodbye to the giant pandas, you will be taken to the Wide and Narrow Alley. It is a famous snack street in Chengdu and you can choose a restaurant to have lunch by yourself. You may ask our guide for some recommendation. Then you will be guided to Jinsha Site Museum to see the city ruins of the ancient Shu Kingdom during the 12th century BC - 7th century BC.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 8 Chengdu - Guilin
Fly to Guilin, Airport-hotel transfer, Elephant Trunk Hill. (B)
After breakfast, our guide will escort you to the airport and help you board the flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, our local guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to check in the hotel. After a short break, we will head for the first spot, Elephant Trunk Hill, which looks exactly like a giant elephant standing by the river.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Guilin - Yangshuo
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside tour. (B+L)
Li River cruise
Li River cruise
Today, we will take a four hours' cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. Our guide and driver will pick you up after breakfast and take you to the dock to get onboard. You will feel like being inside an endless landscape painting scroll of green hills and clear water. Lunch will be served onboard, but it may be not to your taste, so it is suggested you have a big breakfast or pack some favorable food.

Disembark in Yangshuo and you will be guided to the hotel for some rest. Afterwards, we will set out to enjoy the peaceful rural landscape of Yangshuo. We will also arrange a visit to a local villager's home to let you learn about locals' daily life.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai
Drive back to Guilin, Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Guilin to visit Reed Flute Cave and the Seven Stars Park. Both are famous for dazzling karst stalactites in various shapes. After that, have lunch in a nearby restaurant by yourself.

In the afternoon, you will be escorted to the airport to catch a flight to Shanghai. Upon landing, our local guide will pick you up at the airport and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 11 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte farewell lunch, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise, a cultural street. (B+L)
Shanghai Bund
Shanghai Bund
This morning, you will have a guided tour to Shanghai Museum and Yu Garden. Shanghai Museum is a palace of ancient artworks of China, housing bronze wares of Shaanxi, wooden and stone sculptures of Shanxi, bronze drums of Guangxi, porcelains of Jiangxi... Yuyuan is a classical private garden built over 400 years ago with exquisite pavilions, rockeries, ponds, and corridors dotted inside.

You will then be taken to a famous local restaurant to have an a la carte farewell lunch, which is valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price. After that, we will arrange you a Huangpu River cruise to have a distant view of the Bund and Lujiazui Financial District by the river. After disembarking, you will have some free time taking a walk along the Bund Area to closely feel its exotic charm. Then you will be led to a cultural block of Shanghai to spend some leisure time.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 12 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off, A pleasant trip home! (B)
This 12-day Private China tour will draw to an end today. Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your leaving flight. Wish you a nice journey home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Tour Prices with Luxury 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 & train fare
  • 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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    4.85 Reviews
    Thomas Butler
    Posted on November 08, 2019
    The best holiday in a long time.
    Everything went very smoothly the hotel's that were booked for us where top class, the travel arrangements by high speed rail and by air went without a hitch. The tour that Kelly our travel guide advised us hit all the major destinations in the 13 days that we had available such as Guilin, Chengdu, Xian and Shanghai. The tour guides where very knowledgeable and spoke good English and looked after us very well they also advised us as to what to see in the cities at night.
    The drivers used for bringing us around where pleasant and kept their car's very clean.
    I would have no hesitation in recommending Travel China Guide for organising a trip to China.
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    David Davisson
    Posted on October 09, 2019
    Our 15 day private tour of China exceeded our expectations. A major concern we had was my wife’s food allergies. All the guides on our tour were exceptionally helpful in assuring the restaurants and meals were compatible for my wife.

    We saw every major attraction we had been anticipating plus much more. The guides helped personalize our tour in each location and we were able to see many things beyond those listed in the itinerary.

    Every guide we had (Ruby, Brian, Jackie, Kiera, QiuyanLi and Cecilia) were professional, informative, organized and very helpful with all our needs. We learned much about China that we never knew.

    The accommodations and meals were superb and the travel was well coordinated between each city.

    Our contacts (Selina and Cindy) with the Travel China Guide office in Xi’an were very responsive and informative. Their advice for travelling in China was very helpful.

    I highly recommend a private tour with Travel China Guide to maximize your time in China and to provide comfortable accommodations and ease of travel.
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    Tilak and Thusitha Goonetilleke
    Posted on September 21, 2019
    Thank you Travel China for making our trip a memorable and successful tour. Service your team provided from the time we were picked us from the Airport and dropped us at the departure was excellent. All the hotels selected(Four Star) were very good. Breakfast provided by hotels had so many options. Guides were very professional and well educated on the historical and cultural information and helped us with all our requirements. We were provided clean and luxury vehicles with experienced drivers who were very professional and very kind. Travel China Guide team had organised for us to try various meals offered by local restaurants specific to that area which we really enjoyed. We take this opportunity thank Travel Consultant Selina Wu who organised our tour and all the Guides Kitty-Beijing, William-Shanghai, Susan-Guilin, Lola-Xian, Peter-Luoyang and Claire-Chengdu, who took good care of us during our tour in China. ... More
    Susan Stafford
    Posted on January 27, 2019
    We had a great experience in China. Linda (Beijing) was absolutely outstanding made us feel very welcome and was the one guide who stood out and we feel like we have made a friend she was extremely understanding even though we kept bombarding with questions. Bob (Chengdu) was a very charismatic character and loved being with him for our short stay here and was a pleasure to be with. Luna (Guilin) very bubbly and kept us well informed although as you can appreciate we did not spend much time with her. Michael (Shang Hai) very professional but slighly lacking in any real emotion felt a little robotic and didn't really appear to be that interested in our experiences lacking in empathy a little patronising at times. Lady in Xian, was very disappointing. We did not catch her name and the whole day was very very rushed and we felt that we were an inconvenience to her. Seemed quite disinterested and more concerned about various opportunities for us to spend money in the locations we visited. It seemed we were disrupting her routine and really had no interest in us and the museum visit she really gave the impression that she was trying to get round as quick as possible. Overall we had a fantastic time. ... More
    John Lay
    Posted on January 02, 2019
    We were highly delighted with all aspects of itinerary, guides, food and shows which Travelchinaguide organised for us personally.

    Food - We were a little concerned that we would be overwhelmed with chinese food being much the same each meal. This concern turned out to be completely unfounded as the variety and quality was always there. As for favourite meal, this would have to be the Beijing duck, Mrs. Lay tells everybody how delicious this was.

    Guides - All different with their own personalities but all friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. All of them spoke good English albeit "Americanised". I think we helped all of them expand their vocabulary. In short - All great.

    Charles in Guillin was particularly attentive, Mrs. L wanted to bring him home.

    Cars - All excellent, clean and comfortable.

    Drivers - Always smart, punctual and attentive and the quality of driving, especially in the City traffic, was superb.

    Thanks for everything.
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