Terracotta Warriors

China Wonders

106: 12 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu - Guilin - 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
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
  • Travel to Chengdu, the hometown of giant pandas, to see the cute creatures in real life
  • Cruise on the meandering Li River & admire the essence of Guilin landscape
  • Meet a local Chinese family, interact & taste authentic home-cooked food
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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! After finishing the Customs clearance at the airport, you will see our guide is waiting for you outside. Then you will enjoy a comfortable drive to the hotel in downtown Beijing. Our guide will help you with the check-in procedure. The rest of the day is free for you to recover from the long-haul flight.
Day 2 Beijing
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
Your 2-week private China tour will start from the Tiananmen Square this morning. While wandering on this largest downtown square, you will get to know some historical events that happened here from the guide. Also you could take pictures of those iconic buildings around the square. Walk northwards through the Tiananmen Tower, we arrive at the entrance of the Forbidden City. It was the royal palace complex during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368- 1911). You can definitely feel its solemnity while strolling among these crimson halls with shining glaze-tiled roofs.

In the midday, our guide will take you to a renowned restaurant to have an a la carte lunch of authentic Chinese food, which is valued at CNY150.00 per person and has been 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 will get to know how the worship ceremony proceeded in the old times with the explanation of our guide. There is also a surrounding park in the Temple of Heaven, where you can see leisure life of the locals and even join them for fun.

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)
For most foreign visitors, climbing up the Great Wall is a must while in China. Today you will be accompanied by our guide to conquer the Mutianyu Great Wall, whose grand and breathtaking views have attracted many foreign leaders and celebrities. The wall stretches along steep cliff edges into the distance with densely distributed watchtowers. A round-trip cable car, or a chairlift up and a toboggan down, will be arranged. Enjoy some free climbing time on the wall and take good pictures. Today’s Lunch is on your own. You may take some snacks or have a simple meal in a nearby restaurant. Our guide is glad to assist.

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

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by High Speed Train
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
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the Summer Palace. It was the resort for the royal family to escape the heat of summer days and mainly consists of the Kunming Lake and the Longevity Hill. After experiencing the royal family's lifestyle, you will then be taken to visit the Hutong alleys and gray-brick houses, to learn about the traditional lifestyle of the ordinary people.

Your Beijing tour will come to an end at this point and you will head for the next destination of this 12-day China tour, Xi'an, on a high speed train for around 4.5 hours. Appreciate the countryside scenery along the way and take a good rest. Upon your arrival, our guide and driver in Xi’an are waiting for you at the exit of the station and escort you 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 Xi’an tour will start from 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 leaving the museum, you may have lunch by yourself at a nearby restaurant. Next we will head for the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. Built in 652, it was used to store the classic Buddhist scriptures brought back from India by the famous master Xuanzang during the early Tang Dynasty. You will then be accompanied to appreciate the ancient relics collected in the 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 to Chengdu by High Speed Train
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 be complete without hiking on the ancient City Wall. This morning, you will be guided to tour around the old city of Xi'an on the wall. 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.

Lunch will be arranged at  a local family home  for you to have a taste of authentic home-cooked dishes. Then our guide and driver will transfer you to the North Railway Station to take a high speed train to Chengdu. After around 4 hours train ride, you will reach Chengdu and the local guide and driver will meet you and take you to the hotel. Chengdu is the capital city of Sichuan Province. It has a long history and culture and is one of the ten historical ancient capitals in China.

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 the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where has been created to imitate the natural habitat for Giant Pandas. You will see adorable pandas in different enclosures while walking in the thick bamboo forest. They are eating, playing, or sleeping. What a real scene!

After saying goodbye to the giant pandas, you will be taken to the Wide and Narrow Alley. It is a complex cultural and business street with lots of restaurants, pubs, teahouses, and stores selling featured souvenirs. You may have your own lunch here and our guide will provide recommendations. Then you will be guided to the 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 to Guilin by Flight
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 your arrival, the local guide and driver in Guilin will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to check into the hotel. After a short break, we will head for the 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-hour cruise down the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. Our guide and driver will pick you up after breakfast and take you to the dock to get onboard. During the cruise journey, 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 we kindly suggest you have a big breakfast at the hotel this morning.

Disembarking in Yangshuo, you will be guided to the hotel for a short break. 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 the locals' daily life.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Yangshuo - Guilin, Guilin to Shanghai by Flight
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 the Reed Flute Cave, famous for dazzling karst stalactites in various shapes, and the Seven Stars Parka large and beautiful park in this city. After the morning sightseeing, you will take a break and have your own lunch.

In the afternoon, you will be escorted to the airport to catch a flight to Shanghai. In about 2.5 hours, our Shanghai guide and driver 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, Tianzifang Cultural Street. (B+L)
Shanghai Bund
Shanghai Bund
This morning, you will have a guided tour of Shanghai Museum and Yu Garden. Shanghai Museum is a palace of ancient artworks of China, housing bronze wares of Shaanxi Province, wooden and stone sculptures of Shanxi, bronze drums of Guangxi, porcelains of Jiangxi, etc. Yu Garden 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 has been included in our price.

In the afternoon, we will arrange for 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 to walk along the Bund Area to feel its exotic charm. Then you will be guided to a cultural block of Shanghai, namely Tianzifang, 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)
Your 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. If you prefer to experience the maglev train ride to Pudong Airport, we can also arrange it for you. Wish you a nice journey home!

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
$3099 $2789$2809 $2528$2459 $2213
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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$2719 $2447$2429 $2186$2089 $1880
  • 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 & 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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