10-Day Great China Tour of Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Shanghai
Speaking of traveling to China, Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai are definitely at the top of travelers’ wish lists. This 10 days China tour will lead you to explore the top attractions in the four cities such as Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, Li River, Longji Terraces, Yuyuan Garden and Water Town. You will be mesmerized by China’s rich culture, splendid history and amazing natural scenery. Just pick this tour to create your memorable China holiday.
Ming Tomb, Mutianyu Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Sumer Palace, Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall, Great Mosque, Muslim Street, Li River, Yangshuo West Street, Longji Terraces, Shanghai Museum, People Square, Yuyuan Garden, Nanjing Road, Bund, Zhujiajiao Water Town
Welcome to Beijing! Upon your arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport, your driver will greet you at the exit of arrival hall by holding a name sign and transfer you to your Beijing downtown hotel. Before getting off the plane, please double check your belongings to ensure you have collet all your staff. The rest of the day is for your own arrangement. If you need any suggestions on your free time, we will be very happy to help you.
Accommodation: Beijing local 3* hotel
Day 2 Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall & Underground Palace Private Tour (B+L)
Attractions: Ming Tomb, Mutianyu Great Wall
After breakfast, your guide and driver will greet you at your hotel lobby. First we will drive to visit the Ming Tomb and see the underground palace of Dingling (one of the 13 Ming Dynasty Imperial Mausoleums). Dingling is the tomb of Emperor Shenzong, Zhuyijun, who reigned the nation for 48 years as the longest-serving monarch among all Ming emperors.
After a Chinese-style lunch, we will drive to Mutianyu Great Wall for about 1 hour. It would be a good chance to see the urban and suburban scenery of Chinese capital. Mutianyu Great Wall is the most scenic part of Chinese Great Wall. It was built in the early Ming Dynasty at 1368 and stretches for 5400 meters. 90 percent of the Mutianyu is covered by vegetation. So in each season this part of the Great Wall will treat visitors with its unique scenery. If hiking is too much for you, cable car is available and optional. During today’s tour you will also stop by Jade Carving Factory to learn about Chinese jade culture and appreciate some exquisite jade artworks. After all the activities, you will be transferred back to your downtown hotel.
Accommodation: Beijing local 3* hotel
Day 3 Beijing City Highlights and Departure to Xian by Overnight Train (B+L)
Attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Sumer Palace
Today you will follow your guide to explore Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Sumer Palace, and take overnight train to Xian. Please pack your belongings in advance. Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby in the morning and start the tour with Tiananmen Square, the heart and symbol of Beijing and the largest city square in the world. The spacious square has been used for many public celebrations, ceremonies, and demonstrations for over a hundred years. Next you will pay a visit to Forbidden City, one of the largest and most completely preserved palace complex built of wood. It functioned as the imperial palace in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1912). 24 emperors of the two dynasties once lived here.
After lunch, we will go to Temple of Heaven. Located at southern part of Beijing, it served as a complex of sacrificial building where emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties prayed for peace and harvest. Today’s last scenic site will be Summer Palace. It is located at the west skirt of Beijing and covers an area of 290 hectares. During the Qianlong Era of the Qing Dynasty, the Summer Palace was built by imitating the layout of the West Lake in Hangzhou. Now it is the largest and most completely preserved imperial garden in China. Today you will also stop by Chinese Herb Medicine Market to learn about traditional Chinese pharmacy and meet many kinds of herb medicine. After the whole day tour, your guide and driver will escort you to the train station for the overnight train to Xian (Z19/20:40-08:31). You will spend the night on the train.
Day 4 Xian Arrival and Terracotta Warriors Tour (L)
Attractions: Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda
When your train arrives in Xian in the morning, your guide will wait for you at the exit of the train station by holding a name sign. After you meet the guide and driver, you can have a breakfast (on your own cost) before starting for the Terracotta Warriors. Known as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Terracotta Warriors slept under the ground for 2,200 years before the accidental discovery by local farmers who were digging wells. The life-size terracotta warriors differ from one another in clothing, hairstyle, posture and facial expression. Since its opening to public in 1979, it attracts millions of people from all over the world each year and has become one of the things that represent China throughout the world.
After a Chinese style lunch, we will drive back to Xian downtown to visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. It was built to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and travelers Xuanzang in the Tang Dynasty. At the end of the tour, your guide and driver will take you to downtown hotel to have a good rest.
Accommodation: Xian local 3* hotel
Day 5 Private Xian Day Tour and Flight to Guilin (B+L)
Attractions: Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall, Great Mosque, Muslim Street
Meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby after breakfast. Today’s first stop is Small Wild Goose Pagoda, the twin of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Both the two pagodas are important witnesses for the history of Great Tang Dynasty. Same as the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Small Wild Goose Pagoda was also built to store the Buddhist scriptures brought from Ancient India by the master monk Xuanzang. Different from the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Small Wild Goose Pagoda attracts visitors with its special charms of keeping quiet and peaceful in the bustling downtown area and has precious value on architecture and Chinese garden aesthetics. Then you will move on to the Ancient City Wall, a military defensive system in old times. You can optionally ride a bike on the top of City Wall and enjoy the amazing view of the entire area inside the City Wall. After having fun on the City Wall, you will have a walk on Bell Tower & Drum Tower Square, a landmark building in Xian. Next visit Great Mosque, a main Islam place for religious activities in Xian. Different from the mosques in Arabic, the mosque here in Xian possesses much Chinese traditional style in both its design and artistic outlook. The last stop is the famous Muslim Street, which is a paradise for food lovers where you will find all kinds of delicious local snacks such as Biang Biang Noodle, Roujiamo (Chinese Hamburger), and Yangrou Paomo (Mutton and Bread Pieces in Soup).
After the tour ends, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival in Guilin, your driver will greet you at the exit of arrival hall by holding a board with your name and transfer you to Guilin downtown hotel.
Accommodation: Guilin local 3* hotel
Day 6 Guilin Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Private Day Tour (B+L)
Attractions: Li River, Yangshuo West Street
Today is about the cruise on the beautiful Li River and old Yangshuo West Street. It’s an enjoyable journey for both your eyes and souls.
When the river flows through Guilin city, it not only cuts out the ordered and special river way but also forms skin texture of this city, which endows Guilin with its unique characteristic: soft, clean, bright and active. Taking the cruise on the Li River, you will admire the picturesque scenery of this land with a harmonious combination of the green hills, rivers, lakes and fields. But its beauty is not like a still painting, it’s alive when vivid – brisk bamboo rafts leaving wrinkles on the water and cormorants hovering under the working fishermen…
Your guide will uncover the hidden history and culture behind the natural screen before you during your cruise. You will learn from the local expert about how the city formed and developed and how local people manage their life along the famous Li River.
After 4.5-hour cruise, you will embark at Yangshuo. Follow our guide to visit the famous local West Street where you will find local crafts and snacks gathering. Listen to the guide’s introduction to explore the place better. Finally, go back to your hotel.
Accommodation: Guilin local 3* hotel
Day 7 Longji Terrace & Minority Village Day Tour and Departure to Shanghai by flight (B+L)
Attractions: Longji Terraces
It would be hardly complete without a visit to the impressive Rice Terraces if you travel to Guilin. Rice Terraces is an incredible work with amazing combination of ancient Chinese wisdom and local geographic conditions.
In the morning, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby. After about 2 hours’ drive, you will arrive at Longji Terraces Scenic Area. You will first enjoy a Long Hair Show performed by Yao Minority women in Huangluo village which was awarded “World’s Longest Hair Village” by Guinness World Records. The women here are famous for long and shiny hair, and you may not believe that they only cut their hair once upon turning 18. Then after lunch, you will move on to the highlight of the day, the Terraces. On the way, you will have another special experience as the coach winds its way on the hilly roads with the steering wheel well controlled in the hands of the experienced driver. You will marvel at the beautiful scenery alongside and meanwhile awe at the driver’s skill. The Terraces has been managed by the local Zhuang Minority people for thousands of years, hence today’s large-scale rice fields with the stilted buildings inset. You will be definitely stunned by the rolling terraces especially when you look down from the top. There are cable cars available on your own cost if the hiking is too much for you.
After a joyous day at this fantastic place, you will go to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. When you arrive in Shanghai, your driver will greet you at the exit of arrival hall by holding a board with your name and transfer you to Shanghai downtown hotel.
Accommodation: Shanghai local 3* hotel
Day 8 Shanghai Best Private Day Tour (B+L)
Attractions: Shanghai Museum, People Square, Yuyuan Garden, Nanjing Road, Bund
Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in the morning after breakfast and transfer you to Shanghai Museum. The museum houses millions of collections and especially features bronze wares, porcelain works, paintings and calligraphy works. Then you will stroll on People Square to have a glimpse of the daily life of the locals. The square now is most famous for its match-making corner where parents try to seek partners for their children. After lunch, you will move on to Yuyuan Garden. It is a famous classical garden which was originally built by the owner as a place for his parents to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age. Next you will visit former French Concession, a perfect place to learn the history of Shanghai from 1849 to 1943. Then wander around Nanjing Road to see traditional department stores and optionally try some authentic Shanghai snacks. The last stop is the Bund. You will admire buildings of various styles, enjoy the beautiful Huangpu River, and listen to your guide explaining its history. After a leisure walk at the Bund, the guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel.
Accommodation: Shanghai local 3* hotel
Day 9 Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town Half Day Tour (B+L)
Attractions: Zhujiajiao Water Town
You’ll be free to relax in the morning before exploring Zhujiajiao Water Town in the afternoon. Meet your guide and driver in your hotel lobby at around 12:00 pm. After lunch, drive to the ancient Zhujiajiao Water Town. You will stroll along the old-time town while listening to the guide’s introduction about its history. The town could be dated back to even 1,700 years ago, as early as the time of Three Kingdoms. In the Song and Yuan Dynasties, the village grew into a town and got the name “Zhujiacun Village”. The appearance of the town we see today was left from the Ming Dynasty. Nowadays the ancient town is best known for its bridges, old streets, and gardens built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The highlight things to see here are: Fangsheng Bridge, Baoguo Temple, Town God’s Temple, and Zhuxi Garden. Capture snapshots of charming alleyways and ancient stone houses. You can also take the optional boat cruise here if you are interested. After the tour ends, we will transfer you back to your downtown hotel.
Accommodation: Shanghai local 3* hotel
Day 10 Shanghai Departure (B)
You will say farewell to Shanghai today. Your driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight (usually 4 hours in advance for international flight and 3 hours for domestic flight). Our service will end here. Wish you a pleasant journey!
Tour Price Per Person
Book the tour with deposit for flight tickets booking ($=USD)
July and August is in the peak season for this tour when it would apply the high season. Chinese public holiday such as Chinese National Holiday would applys much higher price and you are don’t suggested to do the tour during these period.
Beijing-Xian overnight soft sleeper (4 berths in one cabin)
Xian-Guilin and Guilin-Shanghai economy class flights
2 nights Beijing hotel, 1 night Xian hotel, 2 nights Guilin hotel and 3 nights Shanghai hotel (3 star economy hotels including breakfast)
All admission fees (except for the optional activities)
Comfortable transfers in air-conditioned vehicles with experienced driver
Professional and friendly English-speaking tour guide
8 Chinese style lunches
Fuels, tolls and parking charges
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Arrival flight/train on the first day and departure flight/train on the last day
Guide service on the flight/train
All personal expenses and additional hotel services
Our expert consultant will have your booking confirmed in 12 hours. We accept the last-minute booking for most of time even if time is pressing. After your booking is confirmed, we will send you a confirmation email which includes the agreed detailed itinerary with prices.
A small amount of deposit will be charged in advance via PayPal for tour booking (Deposit for tours excluding train/flight/hotel: USD50-USD200; deposit for tours including train/flight: your travel consultant will advise according to group size and itinerary). Balance is acceptable via PayPal at least 3 days ahead of the tour or with cash paid to the tour guide on the tour. Both RMB and hard currency are acceptable.
Our Tour Guide
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The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.
Always makes you feel safe and comfortable is the main goal of our service. The vehicles we use are all air-conditioned and kept in good safety and sanitary condition. The drivers we use are all licensed driver with many years driving experience. More attentive, we offer you a free baby seatservice if you travel with your baby.
Our Driver and Vehicle
The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.
Food is an important part of Chinese culture. China fits for all budgets. Hotels booked by us include breakfasts. Lunches are arranged at restaurants which are popular among the real locals with good environment (You might be a little worried about using washrooms in China, please rest assured that all restaurants have western style washroom). Dinners are mostly left for yourself to allow you more freedom on your own discovery to local food or having some familiar hometown food.
If you are vegetarian, Muslim, or allergic to any kind of food, please feel free to tell your travel consultant in advance. We will help arrange proper restaurant or food to meet your needs.