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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 parts 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
  • Cruise on the meandering Li River & admire the essence of Guilin landscape
  • Appreciate the beauty of the West Lake and experience tea culture in Hangzhou
  • Visit the classical gardens in Suzhou & discover the ancient water town of Tongli
From $2769 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
Upon landing at Beijing Capital International Airport, our professional tour guide will meet you outside the customs and transfer you to a well-arranged hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to either have a nap or explore the city in advance.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
Today's private Beijing tour will start with Tiananmen Square, which is the largest city square in the world located on the traditional central axis of Beijing City. Later, our guide will take you to visit the famous Forbidden City, also known as Gugong in Chinese. It mainly protects and exhibits the relics, collections and books during Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911 AD). In addition, a visit to Jingshan Park is also available on a clear day if your want to have a panoramic view of the Forbidden City.

Afterwards, the guide will lead you to a nice local restaurant to taste the authentic Chinese food. This a la carte lunch valued at CNY150.00 per person is included in our price. In the afternoon, we will proceed to the Temple of Heaven. It is the place that the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshiped the gods and prayed for the good harvests. At last, we will send you back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Sacred Way, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
After breakfast, we'll head for Mutianyu Great Wall to continue this private Beijing tour. You will appreciate the beautiful scenery with the round way cable car. This section retains the original appearance of the Great Wall. Unique to other sections, it has very dense watchtowers. Among them, there are three watchtowers combined into one unit, which called Zhengguan Tower. Lunch is on your own, and our guide is willing to give you some suggestions if you need.

Later, the guide will accompany you to visit the Sacred Way. Afterwards, the driver will drive you back to the downtown. En route, you can appreciate the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) at a distance.

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)
Local people's life
Local people's life
Today's private Beijing tour will begin with the Summer Palace. It primarily worked as the residence and garden of emperors in Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD). It is the largest and most completed royal garden in China, built after the pattern of gardens in south China. Later, the guide will lead you to visit Hutongs by rickshaw. After that, we will send you to take a high speed train to Xi'an. Upon arrival, our Xi'an guide will transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Provincial History Museum, Great Mosque. (B)
Your private Xi'an tour will start with the Terracotta Army this morning. You can see many life-sized pottery warriors, horses and chariots there. Observing carefully, you will find every warrior is wearing different expressions, and you can also tell apart their status from their dress. Lunch is not arranged for you today, and our guide is ready to give you some suggestions if needed.

In the afternoon, we will have a deep exploration in Shaanxi History Museum, where you can have a brief understanding of the Chinese history through the collections. Afterwards, we will take you to visit the Great Mosque built in the Chinese classic architecture style. Then the guide will take you to stroll around the Muslim Quarter nearby, where you can taste the delicious local snacks and buy some souvenirs for your families and friends.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xi'an - Guilin
Xi'an City Wall, Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, 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 to the City Wall, which has around 1,400-year history. Then we'll visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a very quiet place. You can see many stone statues like Buddha, lion and horse in the temple. Notably, there is a huge bell carved with inscription worth your attention.

After that, you will have a local family visit and enjoy an a la carte lunch there to taste the authentic home cooked Chinese dishes. Later, our driver will take you to the airport to catch the flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, the guide will pick you up at the arrival hall and proceed 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)
Our guide will take you to visit Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces in Longsheng today. The terraces winding like the belts from the mountain foot to the top, is quite grand with dense plants. We'll also take the chance to have a close visit to the nearby villages of Zhuang Minority People with ethnic clothing. Besides, 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 willingness. 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, the guide will take you to cruise down the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo, which is absolutely a highlight of your Guilin private tour. During this cruise, you can appreciate the stunning sceneries like deep lakes, dangerous shoals, rapid water and grand waterfalls. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, we will prepare a short trip to the countryside and visit a local villager's home where you can experience their lifestyle. You will stay overnight in Yanshuo.

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, so we kindly suggest you have a hearty breakfast at the hotel this morning.

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

Later, the driver will send you to the airport for the flight to Hangzhou. Upon landing, you will be warmly greeted and transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 10 Hangzhou
Meijiawu Tea Village, Dim sum lunch, West Lake, Red Carp Pond. (B+L)
West Lake
West Lake
Meijiawu Tea Village will be the first destination of your private Hangzhou tour. Upon arrival in the village, the tea farmer will take you to a tea plantation to pick the tea leaves. You can also visit the tea farmer's house and enjoy the local tea ceremony there. Lunch is well arranged in the Chenghuang Pavilion, where you can enjoy a unique lunch-snacks banquet and a traditional Chinese music performance as well.

In the afternoon, the guide will accompany you to the West Lake. You can take a boat 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, Dim sum lunch
Day 11 Hangzhou - Suzhou
Lingyin Temple, Six Harmonies Pagoda, A 1.5-hour high speed train to Suzhou, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
After breakfast, the guide will take you to visit Lingyin Temple, which is the earliest 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 the total height of around 60 meters (197 feet) has 13 layers looking from outside, and each layer is decorated with several windows. There are 104 iron bells hanging on the angles of the tower cornices. However, you will find only 7 layers inside the tower.

After that, our guide will send you to the railway station for a high speed train to Suzhou. Upon arrival, our Suzhou guide 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 with the Master of Nets Garden, a typical Suzhou classic garden. Although only covering an area of over 5,300 square meters (1.32 acres), it shows great origina1ity 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 Tongli Water Town to enjoy the charming scenery of the flowing stream under the bridge and taste delicious food. Then the guide will take you back to your hotel in Suzhou.

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

When you finish visiting the museum, we will send you to the railway station to catch a high speed train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, our guide will transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 14 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
Today, we'll start your private Shanghai tour with Shanghai Museum, which holds more than 120,000 collections. Bronze pottery wares, Chinese Calligraphies and paints 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 sceneries in Yu Garden.

Later, we will arrange an a la carte lunch which values CNY150.00 per person included in our price for you. Then, you will be accompanied by the guide to the Bund to enjoy the different building styles and take a cruise tour 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 for relaxing.

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, and our guide will escort you to the airport for a 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
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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$3529 $3105$3179 $2797$2739 $2410
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$3119 $2744$2769 $2436$2319 $2040
  • 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 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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