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L-402: 15 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4 to 5-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: A mix choice of local cuisines and western-style food

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Day 1: Arrival in Beijing
When you arrive at the Beijing airport, our local guide and driver will greet you at the arrival hall and later escort you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to recover from jet lag.
Day 2: Beijing
At the beginning of the 15 days China tour, we will take a leisurely walk around the world’s largest city square - Tiananmen Square, and then proceed to visit the Forbidden City. The palaces, rich in exquisite ornaments, still look majestic and sublime after almost 600 years. Following the paths trodden by past imperial families, you can learn its history and culture in an interesting way.

After lunch, we will visit the Temple of Heaven, where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 - 1912) used to conduct the traditional ceremony of worshiping heaven every year.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch

Day 3: Beijing
Today we are going to visit Mutianyu Great Wall! Most parts of the wall were built on the edges of cliffs and perfectly embody the splendor of this ancient masterpiece. Also, it has breathtaking scenery that no other sections of Great Wall can match. We will take a round-trip cable car and save more energy to appreciate the quintessence of the wall.

The quality of most nearby restaurants cannot be guaranteed, so we do not offer lunch today. It is suggested you bring some food for lunch in advance or find a suitable fast food restaurant with the help of our guide.

In the afternoon, we will drive back to the city and stop at the Bird’s Nest for a while. You can have a look at it from the outside and take a few nice photos at this well-known landmark, then spend some time strolling around a traditional market.

Friendly Tips:
The fees for round-way cable car at Mutianyu Great Wall are included. However, if you are more interested in taking the chairlift up and luge sliding down, we can also arrange that for you.

Meals: American breakfast

  • Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking
    Mutianyu section of Great Wall winding over the montains
Day 4: Beijing - Xi’an
In the morning, we will appreciate the classical landscape of ancient imperial gardens at the Summer Palace. It is now the largest and most complete royal garden in China. Then we will explore the culture and history of Beijing Hutongs while observing local people’s life there by rickshaw.

Later we will go to 789 Art Zone, appreciating amazing artwork and taking some wonderful pictures there. After that, our guide will send you to the airport to take the flight to Xi’an. Our Xi’an guide will wait for you at the airport and accompany you to the hotel.

Meals: American breakfast

Day 5: Xi’an
The first destination in Xi’an will be the world-renowned Terracotta Warriors. Over 8,000 sculptures of ancient warriors, war horses and chariots together create a powerful underground army which has “protected” the mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang for over 2,200 years. The terracotta warriors are all life-sized and each of them looks different in countenance and manner.

Then we will go to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the earliest and largest brick tower built in pavilion style from the Tang dynasty (618 - 907). It is a sterling outcome of ancient Indian Buddhism coming to China and blending into Chinese culture. Then we explore the long and luminous history of Chinese civilization at the Shaanxi History Museum.

Meals: American breakfast

  • Terracotta Warriors Shaanxi
    Lifelike soldiers and horses in Terracotta Warriors
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
    Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Day 6: Xi’an
After breakfast, we will go to the Xi’an City Wall. It is now the largest and most complete ancient city wall existing in China. You can rent a bike and circle around the wall while sightseeing.

At noon, we will pay a visit to a local family and enjoy a tasty lunch cooked by them. You may also learn to cook a few dishes from the hosts.

Then we will spend some time visiting the Great Mosque, a typical temple that combines the architectural traditions of Muslim and ancient China. Then you will have some free time to hang out at the prosperous Muslim Bazaar.

Meals: American breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch

Day 7: Xi’an - Guilin
In the morning, we will go to the Xi’an Museum and visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. After that, our Xi’an guide and driver will send you to the airport before you fly to Guilin. Our local guide in Guilin will pick you up at the airport and then transfer you to the hotel. Take a good rest before continuing our 15 days China tour package.

Meals: American breakfast

Day 8: Guilin - Yangshuo
After breakfast, our guide will accompany you to take the Li River cruise. As the ship cruises down the river to Yangshuo County, you could see beautiful Karst peaks, clear green water with a brilliant reflection and peaceful country life on both banks.

When arriving at Yangshuo, have a short rest at the hotel and then follow the guide to the surrounding countryside. The natural scenery there is extremely beautiful. Besides, we will go to the house of a local farmer and experience their daily life there.

Meals: American breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Yanghsuo - Guilin
After breakfast, you are free to carry on the exploration of Yanghsuo. Take a turn down West Street, the oldest and most prosperous street in Yangshuo.

In the afternoon, we will drive back to Guilin to visit Reed Flute Cave, an amazing Karst cave filled with so many gorgeous stalactites, and then go to Seven Stars Park. It is the largest comprehensive park in Guilin where you can see beautiful mountains, caves, rivers, elegant ancient architecture and historical relics. Afterwards, we will see Elephant Trunk Hill, an interesting elephant-like mountain sitting aside the Li River.

Meals: American breakfast

  • Yanghsuo West Street
    Exlporing the Yanghshuo West Street
  • Elephant Trunk Hill
    Elephant Trunk Hill in Guilin
Day 10: Guilin - Chonqging
Today our Guilin guide will send you to the 5-hour bullet train to Chongqing. Our Chongqing guide will meet you at the railway station and lead you to Jiefangbei CBD, a popular spot with a Monument to the People’s Liberation and a busy pedestrian area. Then take some snacks at Ciqikou Old Town. At the end of today’s sightseeing, our guide will help you check in to your Yangtze River Cruise ship, which will set sail at around 21:30.

Meals: American breakfast

Day 11: Ghost City of Fengdu or Shuangguishan National Forest Park
Today there will be an onshore excursion to Ghost City of Fengdu. For tourists who board the President Cruises, your onshore excursion will lead you to Shuangguishan National Forest Park. Then get back to the ship and prepare for the welcome party held by the captain this evening.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Three Little Gorges or Shennong Stream
Today we will view Qutang Gorge which is steep and narrow, then winding and pretty Wu Gorge. During this time, we will have a boat excursion to the deep of Three Little Gorges or Shennong Stream. After that, you will return to the ship and continue the journey to Xiling Gorge.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Li River Guangxi
    Enjoying the scenery of Wu Gorge
  • Shennong Stream Hubei China
    Having an excursion on Shennong Stream
Day 13: Yichang - Shanghai
After breakfast, pack up your belongings and check out of the ship. Then get off the ship to visit the Three Gorges Dam. We will take a bus to the viewing platform where you can overlook the largest water-control electric power generation project in the world and splendid scenery around it. Later, the ship company will escort you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Our local guide will wait for you there and transfer you to the railway station before you board the 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai. The Shanghai guide will see you at the railway station and then send you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

Day 14: Shanghai
In the morning, we will appreciate the fine ancient artwork such as china wares, bronze wares, paintings and calligraphy at the Shanghai Museum. Then take a leisurely walk around the Yu Garden while enjoying its simple and elegant garden landscape. We will also have a stroll in the nearby Yuyuan Bazaar.

After lunch, we will cruise along Huangpu River for about an hour. We will also have some time in the Bund to see its classical and exotic building clusters. Then visit an antique street before going back to the hotel.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch

  • Building in the Bund
    Exotic buildings at the Bund
  • Huangpu River Shanghai
    Landmark buildings alongside Huangpu River
Day 15 Departure from Shanghai
At the end of our China itinerary 15 days, the local guide will accompany you to the airport and see you off there before you take the flight back home. Bon voyage!

Meals: American breakfast

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DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong
Pentahotel Beijing
XianCrowne Plaza Xi'an
Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
GuilinShangri-La Hotel
Guilin Bravo Hotel
YangshuoGreen Lotus Hotel
New Century Hotel
Yangtze RiverNew Century Cruises with balcony
President No.7/No.8 with balcony
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel
Ocean Hotel Shanghai

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  • Private English-speaking guides
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