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Tour Overview

This classic trip to China will showcase incredible ancient wonders, unique natural scenery, and bustling international metropolises to you. The tour guides at each city are very professional and knowledgeable.

They will take you from the capital of China, Beijing, to visit the historic Xi’an (known as the ancient capital of the 13th Dynasty), as well as the idyllic Guilin and Yangshuo along the way. Highlights include the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors, the Lijiang River, the Bund, and many experience activities, such as the production of a mini Terracotta Warrior, a rural family visit in Yangshuo, Tang Song and Dance Show, and dumplings banquet. The destination of this China trip is Shanghai, where you can catch a glimpse of China’s modernization.

Travel destinations: Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai
Suitable for: First-timers, Family
Tour type: Group Tour

Highlights of this tour:

  • Follow in the footsteps of the emperors to explore the awe-inspiring Forbidden City.
  • Hike along the Mutianyu Great Wall to get a glimpse of its splendor.
  • Marvel at the magnificent life-size Terracotta Warriors and make your own miniature as a souvenir.
  • Cruise down the picturesque Li River to admire the towering karst peaks around you.
  • Visit a local family in Yangshuo countryside to learn more about real rural life in China.
  • Explore historic Shanghai from Yuyuan Garden to the Bund.
  • Enjoy a Huangpu River cruise to see the Shanghai skyline from a new perspective.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Beijing, the starting point of your 11-day China small group tour! Your driver will greet you at the exit of the arrival hall by holding a welcome sign and transfer to your Beijing downtown hotel. Before getting off the plane, please double-check your belongings to ensure you have collected all your stuff. 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.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  2. After breakfast, 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 visit the Forbidden City, one of the largest and most completely preserved palace complexes 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.

    Beijing Forbidden City
    Forbidden City

    In the afternoon, first visit the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple in Beijing - the Yonghe Temple or Lama Temple. It was the residence of the Yongzheng Emperor (1678-1735) and consisted mainly of three elaborate pagodas and over a thousand magnificent halls.

    After that, go to visit the Temple of Heaven. Located in the southern part of Beijing, it served as a complex of sacrificial buildings where emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties prayed for peace and harvest.

    In the evening, you can choose to enjoy Peking Opera at your own expense (optional). Peking Opera is one of China's national treasures and most of its plays are adapted from historical novels. You will get a glimpse of various aspects of ancient China. After the performance, we will transfer you back to your hotel.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

    Temple of Heaven Beijing
    Temple of Heaven Beijing

  3. For today’s China tour in Beijing, you will be transferred to enjoy a Great Wall hiking tour on Mutianyu Section. Built in the early Ming Dynasty in 1368 and stretching for 5,400 meters, it is the most scenic part of the Great Wall. 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.

    Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall
    Mutianyu Great Wall

    If pure hiking is too much for you, there are also options for cable car and toboggan to see the spectacular scenery from different angles (optional).

    On the way back to the downtown area, we will have an exterior visit to the marvelous Bird's Nest which was built for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Walking around the outside of the building to appreciate the unique design and take some pictures is recommended.

    In the late afternoon, you will experience a traditional rickshaw to Beijing's Hutongs. These narrow alleyways are lined with traditional courtyard houses. You can catch a glimpse into the city's cultural heritage. We will take you to visit a local family, and you can learn more about the Beijinger lifestyle.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  4. After breakfast, the tour guide will take you to visit the most popular exhibition hall at the Beijing Zoo - the Giant Panda Pavilion. There are a large number of bamboo forests and shrubs in the hall, providing a wild habitat for giant pandas. Afterwards, go to the Summer Palace, where you will enjoy the beautiful lake view, explore the exquisite long corridor, step on the elegant stone bridge, etc. Besides, you can take the option of a boat ride on the Kunming Lake (optional, at an additional cost).

    Summer Palace Boat Ride Beijing
    Summer Palace

    After the Beijing tour, you will be escorted to the railway station for a 5.5-hour high-speed train to Xi'an. Upon arrival, the local driver will pick you up at the exit gate and then transfer you to the selected hotel in downtown area. In the evening, you can wander around the bustling streets and taste local snacks on your own.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xi'an

  5. Today, we'll drive for 1 hour from the hotel to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Lintong District, the burial pit of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, which took 38 years to complete. Known as "one of the great discoveries in the history of archaeology in the twentieth century", the Terracotta Army is dubbed as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Here, you will see more than a thousand clay soldiers, each with their own distinctive look and demeanor. Learn the stories behind them from your knowledgeable guide.

    Xian Make a Terracotta Warrior
    Make a Mini Terracotta Warrior

    After a Chinese-style lunch, you will experience making a mini terracotta figure. It takes around 1 hour. After that, drive back to Xian downtown to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It was built to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Xuanzang in the Tang Dynasty.

    For dinner we will arrange a grand dumpling banquet for you, followed by a wonderful Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show. You will enjoy a magical journey through the ancient and prosperous Tang Dynasty of Chang'an (the ancient name of Xi'an).

    Warm Tip: From December to March, dumpling dinners and shows are usually not available. Therefore, you will need to organize your own dinner and evening activities for the day.

    Meal: Breakfast + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Xi'an

  6. In the morning, we will take you to the City Wall Park, which is the main recreational place for Xi'an locals. Here you will learn to practice Tai Chi with a professional master. Tone up your body and mind with some basic movements.

    Then, we will climb the Ancient City Wall of Xi'an. This a military defensive system in old times. Take a leisurely walk or you can optionally ride a bike on the top of the City Wall and enjoy the amazing view of the entire area inside the City Wall. Later, visit the Great Mosque, a complex of ancient Chinese temple buildings with the perfect combination of Chinese classical architecture and Islamic architectural style.

    Xian City Wall Bike Riding
    Bike Riding on the Xian City Wall

    Today's Xi'an tour will end with a cultural tour at the Xi'an Museum. You will see relics from various periods including bronze Buddha statues, stone carvings, tri-colored glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty, jade, paintings and calligraphy. Besides that, you can also see the historic Small Wild Goose Pagoda and ancient Chinese gardens. After all visits, your guide escort you back to your hotel.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xi'an

  7. After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to the airport for a morning flight to Guilin, a city enjoying the reputation of "the best landscape in the world". Upon arrival, you will be met by the local guide.

    Your Guilin tour begins at Reed Flute Cave, acclaimed as the "Palace of Natural Arts". You can see a lot 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.

    After that, head to visit the Elephant Trunk Hill. It is named after it looks like an elephant drinking water in the river with its trunk. Since the Tang (618-907) and Song dynasties (960-1279), this scenic spot has been a famous tourist destination. It has a history of thousands of years. After the guided half-day tour, you will be escorted to the selected downtown hotel for a good rest.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Guilin

    Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill
    Elephant Trunk Hill

  8. In the morning, meet your tour guide and then transfer to Mopanshan Dock of Li River to catch the cruise ship. We will board a 3-star cruise ship and the whole Li River cruise lasts about 4-4.5 hours. During the period, you will enjoy the picturesque scenery along the river.

    Li-River-Cruise Guilin
    Li River Cruise

    Friendly tips: It is suggested that you have a hearty breakfast at the hotel and bring some snacks, as only a simple box lunch is provided on board.

    At about 13:30, the cruise will end in Yanshuo. The local driver will pick you up at dock and transfer you to a must-go place in Yangshuo - West Street. Take a walk in this 1,400-year-old street to see lots of ancient style buildings, taste local people's life and try some local food if you like.

    Then, you have a special experience in the countryside of Yangshuo. We will visit a local family to learn more about real rural life in China. Visit their courtyards and see how their fields are cultivated. After the visit, we will drive back to Guilin for an overnight stay.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Guilin

  9. After breakfast, say good bye to Guilin and then your driver will escort you to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, one of the most prosperous cities in China. Upon your arrival, Shanghai local driver will be there to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel.

    The afternoon is your free time. You can stroll along Nanjing Road, see the traditional department stores and taste some authentic Shanghai snacks. As darkness falls, head to the Bund where the buildings are lit up, creating a beautiful night scene.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

  10. Your China tour in Shanghai starts at Shanghai Museum, which houses millions of collections and especially features bronze wares, porcelain works, paintings, and calligraphy works. Next, move on to Yuyuan Garden, a famous classical garden originally built by the owner as a place for his parents to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age.

    Shanghai Yu Garden
    Yu Garden

    After lunch, go to the Bund. You will admire buildings of various styles, enjoy the beautiful Huangpu River, and listen to your guide explaining its history. Then, you will have a relaxing cruise tour on the Huangpu River. It lasts about 1 hour. Last, you will be guided to Tianzifang, a vibrant arts and crafts neighborhood that evolved from the characteristic Shikumen. You can explore the narrow alleys lined with art galleries, quaint cafes, and boutiques. After the tour, drive you back to your hotel.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

    Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise
    Huangpu River Cruise

  11. Enjoy your leisurely morning until your driver escorts you to the airport for your flight to your next destination or home. It’s the end of your 11-day Beijing Xi'an Guilin Yangshuo Shanghai tour. Hope you had a good time with us and wish you all the best in the future.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price

Arrival Date Departure Date Twin Occupancy Single Supplement
Jul. 05
Jul. 19
Jul. 15
Jul. 29
USD 1690 USD 380
Aug. 02
Aug. 16
Aug. 12
Aug. 26
USD 1690 USD 380
Sept. 06
Sept. 13
Sept. 20
Sept. 16
Sept. 23
Sept. 30
USD 1690 USD 380
Oct. 11
Oct. 18
Oct. 25
Oct. 21
Oct. 28
Nov. 04
USD 1690 USD 380
Nov. 01
Nov. 15
Nov. 11
Nov. 25
USD 1580 USD 330
Dec. 06
Dec. 20
Dec. 16
Dec. 30
USD 1580 USD 330
Jan. 03
Jan. 17
Jan. 13
Jan. 27
USD 1580 USD 330
Feb. 07
Feb. 21
Feb. 17
Mar. 03
USD 1580 USD 330
Mar. 07
Mar. 21
Mar. 17
Mar. 31
USD 1580 USD 330
Apr. 04
Apr. 11
Apr. 18
Apr. 14
Apr. 21
Apr. 28
USD 1690 USD 380
May 09
May 16
May 23
May 19
May 26
Jun. 02
USD 1690 USD 380
Jun. 06
Jun. 13
Jun. 20
Jun. 16
Jun. 23
Jun. 30
USD 1690 USD 380

Price Includes

  • 10 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private 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 ticket: Beijing - Xian & economic-class flight tickets: Xian - Guilin - Shanghai;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

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