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China Wonders

106: 12 Days Private Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - Guilin - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed car
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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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
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
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
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 - Xian
Summer Palace, Hutong visit. A high-speed train to Xian. Railway station-hotel transfer. (B)
Terracotta Warriors
In the afternoon, you will take a high speed train to the next destination of this 12-day China tour, Xian. 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 Xian 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 Xian
Terracotta Warriors Museum, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Provincial History Museum. (B)
Our clients learning to make dumplings in Xian family visit
Your private Xian tour will start with the Terracotta Army Museum, 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 Xian - Chengdu
City Wall, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch, Great Mosque. A high-speed train to Chengdu. Train station to hotel transfer. (B+L)
A Xian 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 Xian 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 Breeding Base, Broad and Narrow Alleys, Jinsha Site Museum. (B)
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. 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 trip in Yangshuo. (B+L)
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
Yangshuo-Guilin transfer. Reed Flute Cave, Seven Stars 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 lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and a cultural street. (B+L)
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 nice journey 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
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2879 $2591$2609 $2348$2279 $2051
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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$2589 $2330$2319 $2087$1989 $1790
  • 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 & 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
Why Travel With Us
  • Customer Reviews
  • Questions & Answers
    5.01 Reivew
    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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