11 Days Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai
You’ll get your fist real taste of China on the transfer from Beijing International Airport. Your guide will accompany you to your luxurious accommodations.
Beijing (Including American breakfast, Lunch & lunch on the train)
Today you’ll begin your China sightseeing tour. The first stop is Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing. Then head for the magnificent Forbidden City, which stood as the imperial palace for China from the Ming Dynasty until the end of the Qing Dynasty, a period of 500 years. After lunch, see the elegant Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site with the largest imperial garden in the world, a favorite retreat for many of the emperors during the Qing Dynasty. In the evening, you will enjoy an authentic Peking Duck Banquet followed by Chinese Kung-Fu Show
Beijing (Including American breakfast & lunch)
Today you’ll see and perhaps climb the Great Wall of China, one of the country’s most famous tourist attractions and one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world. It runs about 5,500 miles through 150 different counties. You will then have a Seminar on Chinese Jade Culture at a local Jade Museum. Next you will visit the exquisite 15th century Temple of Heaven – to see the Imperial Ceiling of Heaven with its Echo Wall and the Nine-Dragon Cypress, more than 500 years old.
Beijing / Xian (Including American breakfast)
This morning you’ll have a Hutong Tour by rickshaw. Then transfer to the airport for a flight to Xian, an ancient capital of China and site of archaeological treasures. Rest of the day is free. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional Tang Dynasty Music & Dance Show (at your own expense – $39).
Xian (Including American breakfast & lunch)
According to UNESCO, the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the Eighth Wonder of the World. Today’s excursion will take you to modern China’s greatest archaeological discovery – The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, which silently guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor for over 2,200 years. Next, you’ll head to the Terracotta Replication Factory that actually re-made terracotta soldiers. Back to downtown and pay a visit to the Ancient City Wall of Xian, one of the world’s oldest, most complete fortified defenses.
Xian / Guilin (Including American breakfast & lunch)
Tour the Small Wild Goose Pagoda Park, Xian Museum, and Muslim Quarter, then fly to Guilin. Upon arrival, be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is on your own.
Guilin – Yangshuo – Guilin (Including American breakfast & lunch)
A leisurely four-hour Cruise down the Lijiang River from Guilin to Yangshuo begins the day. Enjoy the picturesque landscape, surrounded by the hills and bamboo that have inspired many artists over the centuries. This afternoon you’ll explore on your own by either renting a bike or taking a walk around Yangshuo’s West Street, a 1,400-year-old street paved with marble. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale ethnic performance over the Li River “Impression Liu San Jie” (at your own expense – $60).
Guilin / Shanghai (Including American breakfast & lunch)
Free morning, till your transfer to visit the mysterious Reed Flute Cave, a huge cave featuring a walk of about 500 meters, lined up by countless grotesque yet thrilling stalactite formations. Then, visit an Organic-Tea Research Institute (or the South-sea saltwater pearl Center) to experience the Chinese tea culture. Later fly to Shanghai.
Shanghai (Including American breakfast, Lunch & lunch on the train)
Today you’ll visit Yuyuan Garden and soak up the more commercial aspects on Old Street, Nanjing Road, the Bund. Visit a silk factory where you can do some shopping. Then step back in time at the Shanghai Museum with more than 120,000 art objects. In the evening, a farewell dinner of Shanghai Cuisine will be followed by a spectacular Acrobatic Show.
Shanghai (Including American breakfast)
Whole day is left free at leisure.
Shanghai to Hometown (Including American breakfast)
Today you’ll board your flight to return home. Your amazing China trip ends.
- 10 nights’ accommodations based on twin share with daily breakfast as per itinerary
- Knowledgeable tour guides (English-speaking or Spanish based on price)
- All transfers & Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Administration & Entrance fees as per itinerary
- Economy flight ticket of Beijing/Xian/Guilin/Shanghai with airport tax
- Chinese style lunch & Dinner as per itinerary
China Visa fee
Tips for Guide, driver & Hotel – total $10 per person each day
International flights to Beijing and from Shanghai