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Tour Overview

Embark on a family-friendly adventure through China’s captivating destinations. From exploring Beijing’s historical wonders like the Forbidden City and Hutongs, to experiencing the thrill of tobogganing down the Great Wall. Discover the fascinating Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, immerse in Guilin’s natural beauty, and marvel at Shanghai’s modernity. This itinerary combines educational experiences, interactive activities like making mini terracotta warriors and learning calligraphy, ensuring a memorable and engaging journey for the whole family.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore the iconic Forbidden City, stepping into the imperial world of emperors and admiring its grand palaces and intricate architecture.
2. Experience the thrill of tobogganing down Mutianyu Great Wall after riding a chairlift up, creating unforgettable memories.
3. Unlock the beauty and elegance of Chinese calligraphy as you try your hand at this traditional art form, guided by a skilled instructor and creating your own brush strokes on paper.
4. Stand in awe before the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses, witnessing the ancient army frozen in time.
5. Channel your creativity and craftsmanship as you make your own mini terracotta warrior, a hands-on experience that allows you to connect with ancient Chinese artistry.
6. Cruise along the breathtaking Li River, surrounded by karst mountains and picturesque landscapes that will leave you speechless.
7. Get a glimpse into rural life in Gaotian Village, working alongside locals on their farms or immersing yourself in other engaging activities.
8. Marvel at Shanghai’s modernity and history, from the charming Yu Garden to the vibrant Bund, topped off with panoramic views from Shanghai Tower.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival in Beijing, you will be warmly welcomed by our representative at the airport.

    They will assist you with the transfer to your hotel, ensuring a smooth start to your trip.

    Once you check in at the hotel, take some time to relax and recover from your journey. You can explore the nearby area at your own pace.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace

  2. Begin your day with a visit to Tian'anmen Square, one of the most iconic landmarks in Beijing and the world's largest public square. Learn about its historical and cultural significance as you stroll through the vast open space.

    Tiananmen Square Beijing
    Tiananmen Square

    Afterward, head to the magnificent Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum. Marvel at its grandeur as you explore its stunning palaces, halls, and courtyards that were once the exclusive domain of the Chinese emperors.

    Next, experience the charm of Beijing's traditional neighborhoods, known as Hutongs. Hop on a traditional rickshaw and be guided through the narrow alleyways, where you'll get a glimpse into the local way of life. Engage with the locals, visit a local family, and gain insights into their daily routines and traditions.

    Optional: If you're interested in Chinese calligraphy, we can arrange a visit to a local family where you can try your hand at this ancient art form. Learn the basic techniques and strokes under the guidance of an expert.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace

  3. Start your day with an invigorating Tai Chi class, led by a professional instructor. Discover the principles and movements of this ancient Chinese martial art, which promotes balance, flexibility, and inner harmony.

    Tai Chi Class
    Tai Chi Class

    Afterwards, visit the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of Ming Dynasty architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore its stunning temple complex, known for its iconic Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the Circular Mound Altar, where emperors once performed important rituals.

    In the afternoon, embark on an excursion to the Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the best-preserved sections of the wall. Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride up to the wall, where you'll have ample time to walk along its ancient ramparts and soak in the breathtaking views. For added fun, descend the wall on a toboggan ride, providing an exciting way to conclude your Great Wall adventure. However, if you prefer a round-trip cable car ride, we can arrange that as well.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace

  4. Explore the enchanting Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese landscape design and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through its beautiful gardens, pavilions, and temples, and admire the serene Kunming Lake. Learn about the history of the palace and the emperors who once enjoyed this retreat from the city.

    Beijing Summer Palace
    Summer Palace

    In the afternoon, board a comfortable bullet train from Beijing to Xi'an, which offers a fast and convenient way to travel between the two cities. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery as you speed toward your next destination.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: West Capital International Hotel

  5. Begin your day by walking along the ancient City Wall of Xi'an, one of the most well-preserved city walls in China. Enjoy panoramic views of the city as you stroll or rent a bicycle to explore its impressive fortifications.

    Next, delve into the world-renowned Terracotta Warriors and Horses, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Marvel at the life-sized terracotta sculptures of soldiers, horses, and chariots that were buried with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. You'll have the opportunity to learn about the history and excavation of this incredible site.

    For a unique experience, try your hand at making your own terracotta warrior under the guidance of a skilled craftsman. Create a miniature version to take home as a personalized souvenir, a truly memorable memento of your visit.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: West Capital International Hotel

    Make Mini Terracotta Army Xian
    Make Mini Terracotta Army

  6. Begin the day with a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an iconic Buddhist pagoda that dates back to the Tang Dynasty. Marvel at its intricate architecture and ascend the pagoda for panoramic views of the city.

    Next, explore the Shaanxi History Museum, which houses a vast collection of artifacts and relics spanning thousands of years of Chinese history. Admire ancient pottery, bronzes, sculptures, and exquisite artwork that offer insights into the region's rich cultural heritage.

    Exhibits in Shaanxi History Museum
    Exhibits in Shaanxi History Museum

    In the afternoon, take a flight from Xi'an to Guilin, a city renowned for its picturesque landscapes and natural beauty. Relax and prepare for the next leg of your journey.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

  7. Venture into the enchanting Reed Flute Cave, known as the "Palace of Natural Arts." Be mesmerized by the stunning stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations illuminated by multicolored lights, creating a magical underground spectacle.

    Immerse yourself in the art of Chinese landscape painting with pebbles from the Li River. Learn from a skilled artist who will guide you in creating your own unique artwork using this unconventional medium. Discover the techniques and symbolism behind traditional Chinese painting and take home a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

    Guilin Pebble Painting
    Chinese landscape painting with pebbles

    Visit Daxu Ancient Town, a well-preserved riverside town with a history dating back over 1,000 years. Wander through its narrow streets, admire the traditional architecture, and soak up the charming atmosphere.

    Optional: If you're interested in learning Chinese, we can arrange a private lesson where you'll learn some everyday expressions to enhance your language skills (additional cost).

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

  8. Embark on a memorable 4-hour Li River Cruise, considered one of the most scenic river journeys in the world. Admire the breathtaking beauty of the Karst mountains, lush greenery, and picturesque villages as you leisurely sail along the Li River. Capture stunning photographs and immerse yourself in the serenity of this natural wonder.

    Guilin Li River Cruise
    Guilin Li River Cruise

    After the cruise, visit a local family in Gaotian Village and gain firsthand experience of rural life in China. Observe how the locals carry out their farm work and get a glimpse into their daily routines. If you're up for it, you and your kids can roll up your sleeves and join them in their activities, such as planting or harvesting crops. Alternatively, you can choose from other options such as Chinese cooking classes, rock climbing, or painting.

    Return to the hotel and unwind by the swimming pool, taking in the peaceful surroundings and reflecting on the unique experiences of the day.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

  9. Enjoy a delightful countryside cycling experience, covering a distance of approximately 10 to 15 km. Explore the scenic countryside of Yangshuo, pedaling through charming villages, rice paddies, and alongside the Li River. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and tranquility of the region.

    Yangshuo Countryside Cycling

    In the afternoon, take a flight from Guilin to Shanghai, a bustling metropolis that blends modernity and tradition. Prepare to be captivated by the vibrant energy and dynamic atmosphere of this cosmopolitan city.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Sunrise On The Bund

  10. Begin your day by visiting Yu Garden, a classical Chinese garden that dates back to the Ming Dynasty. Stroll through its elegant pavilions, meandering pathways, and serene ponds. Admire the meticulously designed landscapes and discover the harmony between architecture and nature.

    Next, head to the Bund, a historic waterfront promenade that showcases a blend of architectural styles. Marvel at the grandeur of the colonial-era buildings on one side, while enjoying the panoramic views of the modern skyline across the Huangpu River.

    Shanghai the Bund
    The Bund

    Experience the breathtaking views from the Shanghai Tower, one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Ascend to the observation deck and take in the sprawling cityscape from above, witnessing Shanghai's impressive urban development.

    Enjoy a half-day customized experience according to your preferences. Whether you want to indulge in shopping at fashionable boutiques, explore local markets, or immerse yourself in Shanghai's vibrant art scene, your tour guide will be happy to arrange activities tailored to your interests.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Sunrise On The Bund

  11. After breakfast, your tour guide will assist you with the transfer to the Shanghai airport.

    Bid farewell to China as your memorable journey comes to an end, taking with you cherished memories of the diverse landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality experienced throughout your trip.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $2119 for an adult / $1599 for a child. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.


Price Includes

  • 10 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Private land transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flights to Beijing / off Shanghai;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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