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Classic China Tour

116: 15 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Hangzhou - Suzhou - 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: 14 western buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches with some being a la carte style

Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army Museum
  • Cruise the meandering Li River & admire the essence of the Guilin landscape
  • Appreciate the beauty of the West Lake and experience tea culture in Hangzhou
  • Visit the classical gardens in Suzhou & explore the ancient water town of Tongli
From $2889 per person Free Inquiry
Tiananmen SquareLocal people's lifeTerracotta Army, Xi'anRural scenery in YangshuoWest LakeGarden of the Master of Nets, SuzhouThe Bund, Shanghai
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
When your flight lands in Beijing today, our professional tour guide and driver will meet you outside Customs of the airport and then transfer you to a well-arranged hotel. The rest of your day is free to either relax or explore the city on your own.
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
Today's private Beijing tour will start from the Tiananmen Square, which is the largest city square in the world located on the traditional central axis of the Beijing City. Later, our guide will take you to visit the famous Forbidden City, also known as Gugong in Chinese. The Forbidden City protects and exhibits the relics, collections and books from the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911 AD). In addition, a visit to the Jingshan Park is also available on a clear day, so you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Forbidden City.

Around noon, the guide will take you to a good local restaurant to taste authentic Chinese food. This a la carte lunch, valued at CNY150.00 per person, has been included in our price.

In the afternoon, we will proceed to visit the Temple of Heaven. It is the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshiped the God of Heaven and prayed for good harvests. Afterwards, the guide will take you to visit the Hutongs by rickshaw, to experience the real life of the local people.  Finally, we will transfer you back to your hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest, Panda House in Beijing Zoo. (B)
After breakfast, we'll head for the Mutianyu Great Wall to continue this private Beijing tour. You will appreciate the beautiful scenery with a round-trip cable car to the wall, or you can choose to take a chairlift up and an exciting toboggan down. This section has been restored to the original appearance of the Great Wall. Unlike other sections of the wall, Mutianyu has very closely-spaced watchtowers. Take your time and enjoy the amazing views!

Today's lunch is on your own, but our guide is glad to offer you some suggestions. On the way back to downtown Beijing, you will catch a glimpse of the the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). Afterwards, we will pay a visit to the adorable pandas in the Beijing Zoo. Return to the hotel for rest.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by High Speed Train
Summer Palace, A 4.5-hour high speed train to Xi'an, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
Local people's life
Local people's life
Today's private Beijing tour will begin from the Summer Palace, the residence and garden of the emperors during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD). It is the largest and most complete royal garden in China, built after the pattern of the great gardens of south China. After that, we will transfer you to the railway station to take a high speed train to Xi'an. Upon your arrival, our Xi'an guide and driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Xi'an City Wall, Great Mosque, Muslim Bazaar. (B)
Your private Xi'an tour will start from the Terracotta Army Museum this morning. You will see many ancient life-sized pottery warriors, horses and chariots here. In 1974, a local farmer dug a well and accidentally dug up a clay warrior's head. After the archaeological identification, he discovered the tomb of the emperor Qin Shi Huang which shocked the whole world. Observing carefully, you will find each warrior is wearing a unique expression, and you can also determine their rank from their dress. Lunch is on your own today, but our guide is ready to give you some suggestions.

In the afternoon, we will visit the City Wall, which has a 1,400-year history. Cycling on the wall is quite an exciting experience. If you want to try, the guide will help you rent the bike on the spot. Afterwards, we will take you to visit the Great Mosque built in the Chinese classic architecture style. Around the mosque is the lively Muslim Quarter, where you can taste delicious local snacks and buy some souvenirs for your family and friends.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xi'an to Guilin by Flight
Provincial History Museum, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Fly to Guilin, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
This morning, we will continue this Xi'an private tour with a trip to the Shaanxi History Museum, where you can get an understanding of Chinese history through the collections. Then we'll visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a very quiet place. You can see many stone statues in the forms of Buddhas, lions and horses in the temple. Notably, there is a huge bell carved with an inscription that is worth your attention.

Later, you will have a local family visit and enjoy an a la carte lunch there totaste authentic home cooked Chinese dishes. Afterwards, our guide and driver will take you to the airport to catch the flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival, the local guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Guilin - Longsheng - Guilin
Guilin-Longsheng transfer, Rice Terraces, Villages of Zhuang Minority, Drive back to Guilin. (B)
Today our guide will take you to visit the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces in Longsheng. The terraces, winding like belts from the mountain foot to the top, are impressive and densely packed with plants. It is a marvelous place to do some hiking, take beautiful pictures and get to know the local ethnic culture. We'll also have a chance to visit the nearby villages of the Zhuang Minority People and see their ethnic clothing. In addition, you can interact with the villagers to experience their customs. Today's lunch is on your own arrangement, and you can enjoy the local dishes as your like. Later, we will transfer you back to your hotel in Guilin.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 8 Guilin - Yangshuo
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside tour. (B+L)
Rural scenery in Yangshuo
Rural scenery in Yangshuo
This morning, our guide will take you to cruise down the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo, which will absolutely be the highlight of your Guilin private tour. During this cruise journey, you can appreciate the stunning scenery such as deep lakes, dangerous shoals, quick-flowing water and grand waterfalls. Upon your arrival at Yangshuo, we will arrange a trip to the countryside and visit a local villager's home where you can experience their lifestyle and enjoy a memorable time. In the evening, you can take a leisurely walk along the bustling West Street and feel the rhythm from the bars and cafes. Have a good night in Yangshuo.

Tip: The lunch served onboard today is simple Chinese box lunch, which may not be to your taste and also fails to meet the serving standard of TravelChinaGuide. We kindly suggest you have a hearty breakfast at the hotel this morning.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Guilin to Hangzhou by Flight
Drive back to Guilin, Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fly to Hangzhou, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
After breakfast, we will drive back to Guilin and continue your private Guilin tour to visit the Reed Flute Cave, the Seven Stars Park and the Elephant Trunk Hill. The Reed Flute Cave, praised as the "Art Palace of Nature" is famous for its charming stalactites in various shapes, including towers, forests, palaces and mountains. You can also enjoy some exquisite murals in this cave. As for the Elephant Trunk Hill, it has gained this name because the shape of the mountain looks like an elephant sucking water with its long trunk.

Later, our guide and driver will escort you to the airport for the flight to Hangzhou. Upon landing, you will be warmly greeted by the local guide and transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 10 Hangzhou
Meijiawu Tea Village, West Lake, Red Carp Pond. (B)
West Lake
West Lake
Meijiawu Tea Village will be the first destination of your private Hangzhou tour. When you arrive at the village, a tea farmer will take you to a tea plantation to pick tea leaves. You can also visit the tea farmer's house and enjoy the local tea ceremony there. Lunch is on your own arrangement.

In the afternoon, the guide will accompany you to the West Lake. You can take a boat trip to enjoy the pleasant scenery along the lake. We will not miss the Red Carp Pond, which has thousands of carps with gold tails and red scales.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 11 Hangzhou to Suzhou by High Speed Train
Lingyin Temple, Six Harmonies Pagoda, A 1.5-hour high speed train to Suzhou, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
After breakfast, our guide will take you to visit the Lingyin Temple, which is the oldest temple in the city, built about 1,700 years ago. Then we'll continue this Hangzhou private tour to the Six Harmonies Pagoda. This tower at a height of around 60 meters (197 feet) has 13 layers looking from the outside, and each layer is decorated with several windows. There are 104 iron bells hanging on the edges of the tower cornices. However, you will find only 7 layers inside the tower.

Afterwards, our guide will take you to the railway station for a high speed train to Suzhou. In about two hours, our Suzhou guide and driver will pick you up at the exit of the railway station and take you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 12 Suzhou - Tongli - Suzhou
Master of Nets Garden, Tongli Water Town. (B)
Garden of the Master of Nets, Suzhou
Garden of the Master of Nets, Suzhou
Your private Suzhou tour will start at the Master of the Nets Garden, a Suzhou classic garden. Although only covering an area of about 5,300 square meters (1.32 acres), it shows great originality in affording wide views in a small confined space through an ingenious layout of the pavilions, terraces, rockeries and ponds. Later, we'll proceed to the Tongli Water Town to enjoy the charming scenery of the flowing stream under the bridge and taste delicious local food. Then the guide will take you back to your hotel in Suzhou.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 13 Suzhou to Shanghai by High Speed Train
Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou Museum, A 30-minute high speed train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
Our guide will take you to visit the Humble Administrator's Garden this morning, which is praised as "One of the Four Most Famous Gardens" in China. Afterwards, the guide will take you to visit the nearby Suzhou Museum.

When you finish visiting the museum, we will take you to the railway station to catch a high speed train to Shanghai. In about 40 minutes, our guide and driver in Shanghai will meet you and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Relax for the rest of the day.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 14 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte farewell lunch, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise, Tianzifang Cultural Street. (B+L)
The Bund, Shanghai
The Bund, Shanghai
Today, we'll start your private Shanghai tour at the Shanghai Museum, which holds more than 120,000 collections. Bronze potteries, Chinese calligraphies and paintings are the most prestigious works in the museum. After that, the guide will take you to enjoy the exquisite pavilions, rockeries, and ponds combined with beautiful natural scenery in the Yu Garden. The garden fully embodies the design of the traditional Chinese architecture, which will impress you much more.

Later, we will arrange for you an a la carte lunch valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price. Then, you will be accompanied by the guide to the Bund to enjoy the international building styles and take a cruise on the Huangpu River. You will also have some free time to explore the Bund area on your own. Afterwards, we will continue this Shanghai private tour to Tianzifang, an ancient cultural street to enjoy some local foods and relax.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 15 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Your 2-week private China tour package will come to an end today. You are advised to take care of your own belongings for check-out procedures. Our guide and driver will then escort you to the airport for your homeward flight. Have a nice trip!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
XianWyndham Grand Xian South Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
GuilinShangri-La Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel
YangshuoGreen Lotus Hotel New Century Hotel
HangzhouSofitel Hangzhou Westlake Zhongwei Sunny Hotel
SuzhouMercure Hotel (Suzhou Railway Station) Mercure Hotel (Suzhou Railway Station)
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$3679 $3311$3309 $2978$2859 $2573
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$3249 $2924$2889 $2600$2419 $2177
  • 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 fares
  • 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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    4.01 Review
    Posted on November 26, 2018
    We spent 20 days in China across 5 different cities. Our agent Vera has been fantastic since day one, it’s painless to organsie our trip. Our tours have been great and hassle free due to professional drivers and tour guides. Particular shout out to Rainbow (our tour guide for Hangzhou) and Ryan (our tour guide for Shanghai). Rainbow is so caring and attending to details, we love our time at Hangzhou so much. Ryan is so knowledgeable, he can relate the information with other culture and make the experience personal. Just wish we can have the same experience for the other cities. ... More
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