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106: 12 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu - Guilin - 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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Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Beijing
As you walk through the customs of Beijing airport, our professional guide will wait for you there. Then he/she will lead you to a comfortable vehicle and escort you to the hotel. For the rest of the day, you could take a good rest before the China golden triangle tour really starts.
Day 2: Beijing
In the morning, we will have a leisurely walk at the world's biggest city square, Tiananmen Square. You could see the Monument to the People's Heroes, Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao, and Tiananmen Tower on the way. Then go through the tower to visit Forbidden City. The large imperial palace complex still maintains its former glory after almost 600 years. From those indoor furnishings, you will find out how the emperors and empresses lived in the past. There are also millions of valuable cultural relics to appreciate.

After that, we will go to a popular restaurant and enjoy a yummy a la carte welcome lunch there. Then we will continue our visit to Temple of Heaven. Mainly consisting of Circular Mound Altar, Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest and several palaces, it is the place that emperors of feudal dynasties used to hold annual ceremony of worshiping the heaven and praying for a bumper year.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch

  • Forbidden City Palace
    Tourists visiting Beijing Forbidden City
  • Tiantan Temple of Heaven
    Temple of Heaven and steps with dragon reliefs
Day 3: Beijing
Here comes another highlight of our golden triangle China tour, a famous section of Great Wall called Mutianyu. Not to mention the grandeur of the Great Wall itself, the natural scenery around it is breathtaking and varies with the seasons. To make your trip more comfortable, we will arrange a round-trip cable car for you to reach and leave the wall.

Lunch is not arranged today, but you can take some food with you in advance. Or you can dine in one of the nearby fast food restaurants and our guide will help you find the way.

After a short rest, we will go back to the downtown and stop at the Bird's Nest for the time being. You could have a look at this unique landmark from outside and take pictures there. Then spend some free time hanging out at a traditional market before going back.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

  • Great Wall Mutianyu Section
    Having a leisurely stroll on Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an
Today we will visit Summer Palace in the early morning. It is the last imperial garden in China and the most complete one till now. The ancient royal architectures and natural landscape, mainly including the Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, complement each other in a harmonious way. Later, we will take a rickshaw to tour Beijing Hutong, observing Hutong life and exploring its history as well as culture.

In the afternoon, the guide will transfer you to the railway station before you take the 4.5-hour bullet train to Xi'an, the second city of our China golden triangle tour. Upon your arrival, the local guide in Xi'an will greet you outside the railway station and send you to the hotel later.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

Day 5: Xi'an
Today we will have a wonderful morning at Terracotta Army. As you walk into the museum, you see thousands of lifelike terracotta warriors armed with ancient weapons, horses and bronze chariots standing in orderly arrays as if they were going to the war. Each terracotta soldier has their own character if you have a close look at their faces and manners.

In the afternoon, we will drive back to the downtown city to visit Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, a 7-storey Buddhist tower built in Tang dynasty (618 - 907) to store the Buddhist scriptures brought from ancient India. Then pay a visit to Shaanxi History Museum. The history of its collected relics can date back to one million years ago.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

  • Terracotta Warriors Xian China
    Lifelike warriors in the Terracotta Army
Day 6: Xi'an - Chengdu
In the morning, we will go sightseeing at Xi'an City Wall which is a glorious symbol of this ancient capital city. The main part of it was completed in Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). It is 12-14 meters (13-15 yards) wide and most tourists would like to a have a bike riding on it.

Around noon, you will be invited to a local family and taste some delicious home-cooked dishes for lunch. After that, we will visit Great Mosque, an ancient Muslim architecture with Chinese and Islamic architectural traditions.

Later, our Xi'an guide will send you to the railway station where you will take the 4-hour high speed train to Chengdu. Upon your arrival, our Chengdu guide will see you at the railway station and then transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch

  • City Wall Xian China
    Taking a photo on Xian City Wall
  • Great Mosque Xian
    Our guests visiting Great Mosque
Day 7: Chengdu
After breakfast, follow our professional guide to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. You will have an opportunity to see lovely pandas and their interesting family closely, getting to know their living environment and habits. Then we will head for the Broad and Narrow Alleys. After hundreds of years, it has developed into a famous cultural zone with antique streets, classical dwellings, featured restaurants and shops.

In the afternoon, we will continue our journey to Jinsha Site Museum. It shows the history and culture of this enchanting city. This site has unearthed the richest gold and jade wares and the most centralized ivory in the world.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

  • Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
    Lovely pandas in Chengdu Research Base
Day 8: Chengdu - Guilin
After breakfast, the Chengdu guide will send you to the airport and help you board the flight to Guilin. Our Guilin guide will pick you up at the airport arrival hall and lead you to visit Elephant Trunk Hill, a representative place of Guilin landscape. The hill looks like a huge elephant drinking water from Li River.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

Day 9: Guilin - Yangshuo
Today we will board the Li River cruise ship to appreciate the picturesque landscape along the river. As the ship sails to Yangshuo County, you will see gorgeous karst peaks under blue sky, clear water with flickering reflections and famers farming at vast fields.

When arrive at Yangshuo, we will drive to the countryside. The rural scenery of Yangshuo is amazing and peaceful. Then visit a local family there to experience rural life of the native villagers.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch

  • Li River Cruise Guilin Guangxi
    Karst landform on banks of Li River
  • Yangshuo Guilin
    Tourists talking with a local villager
Day 10: Yanghshuo
This morning, we will drive back to Guilin and visit Reed Flute Cave. The stalactites in different shapes are brilliant under colorful lights. Then we will go to Seven Star Park. It is like a miniature of Guilin landscape and you will see amazing peaks, caves, and many historical relics there.

In the afternoon, the guide will accompany you to the airport and help you fly to Shanghai. When you arrive at Shanghai, the local guide there will wait for you at the arrival hall and then escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

Day 11: Shanghai
The first stop in Shanghai will be Shanghai Museum, famous for its collection of ancient artworks like china wares, bronzes, calligraphies and paintings. Then we will go to Yu Garden to appreciate its elegant gardening landscape.

After the farewell lunch, we will stroll along the Bund. There are many classical and exotic buildings over there. Then board the Huangpu River cruise ship to see the vitality and prosperity of this international city. Before going back to hotel, we will go for a walk at an old cultural street.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch

  • Pudong Huangpu River
    Enjoying a cruise on Huangpu River
  • The Bund Taichi
    Local citizen exercising at the Bund
Day 12: Departure from Shanghai
At the end of our golden triangle China tour, the Shanghai guide will accompany you to the airport and bid farewell to you before you board the airplane flying home. Bon voyage!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong
Pentahotel Beijing
XianWyndham Grand Xian South
Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
ChengduGrand Hyatt Chengdu
Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
GuilinShangri-La Hotel
Guilin Bravo Hotel
YangshuoGreen Lotus Hotel
New Century Hotel
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel
Ocean Hotel Shanghai

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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$3119
$2807
$2829
$2546
$2489
$2240
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2739
$2465
$2449
$2204
$2109
$1898
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
What's Included
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
What's Excluded
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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