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Tour Overview

Zhangjiajie and Guilin are two of China’s natural wonders. Zhangjiajie is known for its unique mountain peaks and dense forests, resembling a fairyland on Earth. While, Guilin is famous for its picturesque landscapes, with the Li River flowing through it, creating stunning countryside scenery, especially in places like Yangshuo.

This incredible private tour of China, led by professional guides, takes you to the natural wonders and cultural highlights of China’s Golden Triangle city. You’ll explore landmarks like the Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, and the Bund and hike along the Great Wall in Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai. And also you will dive into the breathtaking scenery of Zhangjiajie to witness the floating mountains of Avatar; Visit Guilin, cruise along the Li River, and experience a relaxing bike ride in picturesque Yangshuo.

Travel destinations: Beijing, Xi’an, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai
Suitable for: First-timers, Nature Lovers, Family
Tour type: Private

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore the awe-inspiring Forbidden City, follow in the footsteps of the emperor, and immerse yourself in China’s imperial history.
2. Take a hike along the Great Wall to witness its grandeur.
3. Marvel at the magnificent Terracotta warriors and even make a mini one.
4. Cruise down the picturesque Li River, surrounded by towering karst peaks and charming villages.
5. Experience the thrill of walking on the world’s longest and highest glass bridge at Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon.
6. Ascend Tianzi Mountain and be enchanted by the ethereal landscape that inspired the floating mountains in Avatar.
7. Discover the vibrant Shanghai with stunning views from the historic Bund to Shanghai Tower.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Beijing, the capital city of China! Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and then transferred to your hotel. Take some time to rest and adjust to the new surroundings.

    Free time ideas: Feel free to inquire with your tour guide for helpful suggestions on how to enjoy your leisure time, tailored to your schedule and interests.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: Penta Hotel Beijing

  2. Your China tour of Beijing starts with visiting the Temple of Heaven, a magnificent royal architectural complex where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties held ancient ceremonies. You will be amazed by the stunning architecture and learn about the cultural significance of the site. Continue walking to Tian'anmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world. Listen to the stories of historical events and appreciate the iconic buildings around the square, including the Monument to the People's Heroes and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall.

    Tiananmen Square Beijing
    Tiananmen Square

    Next, enter the Forbidden City, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the imperial palace of China for over 500 years. You can explore magnificent halls, intricate courtyards, and beautiful gardens to gain a deeper understanding of China's imperial history.

    In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the charm of Beijing's Hutongs. These narrow alleyways lined with traditional courtyard houses offer a glimpse into the city's rich cultural heritage. Optionally, take a rickshaw tour of the Hutongs to discover hidden gems and interact with the residents. You can even participate in a dumpling-making activity in a local home to learn more about the Beijinger lifestyle (optional).

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Penta Hotel Beijing

    Beijing-Hutongs
    Beijing Hutong rickshaw ride

  3. Today, you will embark on an unforgettable journey to the Great Wall of China. Two options:

    Hike 5 kilometers from Jinshanling to Simatai West Great Wall. Along the way, you can enjoy the undulating mountains, ancient enemy buildings, and relics of the Great Wall. This hiking route is moderately difficult and suitable for most tourists.

    Jinshanling Great Wall Hike Beijing
    Jinshanling Great Wall Hike

    Have a relaxing walk along the Mutianyu Great Wall. Mutianyu is the longest stretch of the Great Wall in Beijing, featuring over 20 watchtowers, with a total length of 5.4 kilometers. You can take a stroll through the meticulously restored pathway, absorbing the breathtaking views that surround you. Or, choose a round-trip cable car ride to conserve energy while still savoring the awe-inspiring landscapes. Elevate your experience and make the most of this iconic landmark with a blend of tranquility and adventure.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Penta Hotel Beijing

    Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall
    Mutianyu Great Wall

  4. In the morning, we head to visit the Summer Palace, one of the famous classical gardens in China, which combines landscape gardens and Buddhist culture. You can walk along the long corridor and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lake and mountains. The garden boasts many ancient buildings and cultural relics, such as Longevity Hill and the Seventeen-Arch Bridge, offering rich experiences. Opt for a boat ride on Kunming Lake for added enjoyment.

    In the afternoon, take a bullet train to Xi'an, an ancient capital of China. Enjoy the high-speed journey and marvel at the changing landscapes outside your window.

    Upon arrival in Xi'an, settle into your new accommodation and have the evening at leisure.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South

    Beijing Summer Palace
    Summer Palace

  5. One of the highlights of the Xian day tour of China is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in the world. Follow your expert guide to delve into the three pits housing thousands of life-sized terracotta soldiers, horses, and chariots, each with unique facial expressions and intricate craftsmanship. For a hands-on experience, you can even create your mini terracotta warrior under the expert guidance of a skilled craftsman.

    Xian Make a Terracotta Warrior
    Make a Mini Terracotta Warrior

    After lunch, continue your exploration of Xi'an with a visit to the Ancient City Wall, one of the largest and most well-preserved city walls in China. You can take a leisure walk or rent a bike to go around the wall and enjoy panoramic views of the city.

    Optional: If you are a food enthusiast, don't miss the opportunity to visit a local family and learn how to make dumplings, which is a traditional Chinese cuisine. Get hands-on experience and savor the flavors of homemade dumplings.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South

  6. Today is your last day in Xi'an. In the morning, your guide will take you to visit the Shaanxi History Museum, which houses a large collection of precious relics, including pottery, jade, bronzes, paintings, and calligraphy, showing the rich history and culture of Shaanxi. The museum is an important window into the history and culture of China. Next, explore the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a well-preserved ancient Buddhist pagoda. You can ascend the pagoda for panoramic views of the city and discover its cultural and religious importance.

    Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda
    Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    In the afternoon, head to a renowned culinary and cultural district, Muslim Quarter, which showcases a variety of authentic Shaanxi snacks and distinctive cuisines. You will indulge in delicious dishes such as "yang rou pao mo" (Mutton and Bread Pieces in Soup), "liang pi" (cold noodles), and "rou jia mo" (Chinese hamburger).

    After that, your guide will escort you to the airport to take a flight to Zhangjiajie, a city renowned for its stunning natural landscapes and the floating mountains in the movie "Avatar."

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Pullman Zhangjiajie

  7. After breakfast, your China nature tour begins by discovering the awe-inspiring beauty of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. You will be guided to take a cable car up Tianzi Mountain, named after the "Son of Heaven."

    Tianzi Mountain enjoys the reputation as an "enlarged bonsai, diminished fairyland." Here, you will not only encounter magnificent mountains and beautiful waters but also experience the simplicity of local customs. Relish the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, deep valleys, and astonishing rock formations.

    Zhangjiajie Tianzi Mountain
    Zhangjiajie Tianzi Mountain

    After a simple lunch on the mountain, head to visit the Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, known for its towering sandstone pillars that inspired the famous "Hallelujah Mountains" in the movie "Avatar." Walk across the narrow bridge suspended between two cliffs and marvel at the breathtaking vistas.

    Optionally, to save energy, you can choose to take the Bailong Elevator (the world's highest outdoor sightseeing elevator) down Tianzi Mountain (at an additional cost). Descend comfortably while enjoying the picturesque scenery.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Pullman Zhangjiajie

  8. After breakfast, your guide will take you to Tianmen Mountain, known for its karst topography formed through strong erosion and dissolution. Upon arrival, you'll take a cable car directly to the pristine aerial garden at the top of Tianmen Mountain. The cable car spans 7,455 meters, making it the world's longest high-altitude passenger cableway, with a one-way travel time of 28 minutes. Tianmen Mountain Cableway is one of the "Four Wonders" of the Tianmen Mountain scenic area, offering spectacular views of natural landscapes along the way. Then, you'll visit Tianmen Cave, where you can challenge yourself to climb the 999 steps.

    After the visit, head to the last attraction in Zhangjiajie - Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, where you can walk on the thrilling Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, the world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge. Experience the adrenaline rush as you admire the spectacular views of the canyon beneath your feet.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Pullman Zhangjiajie

    Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
    Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

  9. Say goodbye to Zhangjiajie and take a bullet train to Changsha Railway Station, enjoying the high-speed journey through picturesque landscapes.

    From Changsha Airport, fly to Guilin, a city known for its stunning Karst landscapes and picturesque Li River. Consider trying the renowned rice noodles and taking a stroll along Binjiang Road as recommended pastimes for your free time.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

  10. Your Guilin tour in China begins at Reed Flute Cave, acclaimed as the "Palace of Natural Arts," where you'll witness a plethora of intricate and translucent stalactites, stalagmites, stone columns, and stone flowers. The entire cave resembles a grand and magnificent underground palace crafted from gems, coral, and jade.

    Guilin Reed Flute Cave
    Reed Flute Cave

    Following that, you'll head to Elephant Trunk Hill, named for its resemblance to a giant elephant drinking water from the river. This iconic site has been a famous tourist destination since the Tang and Song dynasties, boasting a history of over 1000 years. You can capture memorable photos and learn about local legends associated with this landmark.

    Finally, visit Daxu Ancient Town, a charming ancient town nestled along the banks of the Li River. You will stroll through narrow streets, admire well-preserved traditional architecture, and immerse yourself in the nostalgic atmosphere of this historic town.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

  11. After breakfast, board a cruise ship for a delightful 4-hour journey along the Li River. As the boat glides along, towering green hills and tranquil blue waters create a moving landscape of an ancient Chinese painting. Along the way, you'll experience the serenity and magnificence of the Li River while listening to the professional guide narrate the legendary stories of the land. The Li River cruise is a feast for both the eyes and ears, providing a sense of immersion in a natural scroll of mountains and rivers.

    Guilin Li River Cruise
    Guilin Li River Cruise

    Around noon, you'll arrive in Yangshuo, where you can explore this charming town at your own pace. You have the option to engage in various activities such as a Chinese cooking class, rock climbing, or agricultural experiences to enhance your cultural immersion.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

  12. Today, you'll immerse yourself in the picturesque countryside of Yangshuo. Enjoy a delightful countryside cycling experience along the Yulong River, often referred to as the "Little Li River." Cycle through scenic landscapes, passing by emerald rice paddies, limestone Karst hills, and local villages. After the cycling tour, take a bamboo raft to leisurely float down the Yulong River, surrounded by the serene natural beauty of the region.

    Yangshuo Countryside Cycling Guests
    Yangshuo Countryside Cycling in July, 2023

    In the afternoon, you will be transferred to take a flight to Shanghai, a bustling metropolis blending traditional and modern elements. Upon landing at Shanghai, your guide will greet you at the airport exit and accompany you to your downtown hotel. After completing the check-in process at the hotel, you'll have some leisure time.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Sunrise On The Bund

  13. After breakfast, we will start our private China tour in Shanghai from the Bund. Situated along the Huangpu River, the Bund features over 50 distinct classical buildings, representing important historical landmarks and iconic architecture of modern and contemporary China. Gain insights into its fascinating history and appreciate the architectural beauty of the buildings lining the street. Next, ascend one of the world's tallest skyscrapers, the Shanghai Tower, to marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views of the city. You'll be amazed by the impressive skyline, gaining a new perspective on Shanghai's urban landscape.

    Shanghai the Bund
    The Bund

    Following lunch, indulge in a customized afternoon experience. Your guide will be delighted to arrange activities tailored to your preferences, such as shopping, exploring Shanghai's fashion scene, or any other options you may desire.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Sunrise On The Bund

  14. It's time to say goodbye to your 14-day Beijing Xian Zhangjiajie Guilin Shanghai tour. After breakfast, your guide will accompany you to Shanghai Airport for your flight to your next destination. Thank you for choosing China Xian Tour and hope to see you again for your next China trip with us!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $3069 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

 

Price Includes

  • 13 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;
  • Second-class train tickets and economic-class flights mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • 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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