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11-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai

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This tour offers a great chance to appreciate China's natural beauty and rural landscapes, learn about the energies of the cities as well as many historic wonders including the must-see World Heritage Sites. You will visit the Longji Terraced Fields in Guilin and admire the hard work of local minorities who tried their hardest to survive on the mountainous areas. Another highlight of this tour is local life experiences including Hutong exploration and facial mask painting in Beijing, shadow puppet making in Xi'an plus a visit to Shanghai's traditional Shikumen residence of 1920s.

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Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Discover less crowded Mutianyu Great Wall with amazing natural sceneries.
  • Unveil the imperial life in Forbidden City in hidden palaces.
  • Be amazed at over 8,000 life sized Terracotta Soldiers and dsicover the hidden Hanyang Tombs.
  • Learn to make the 2000-year-old traditional art of shadow puppet.
  • Hike through the breathtaking Longji Rice Terraces and admire the minority villages.
  • Enjoy the Li River Cruise and bike around the picturesque rural village in Yangshuo.
  • Enjoy the packed modern skylines and aged colonial buildings at the Bund.
  • Visit the traditional Shikumen residence exhibiting life in 1920s in the French Concession.

Nature of China

11-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai

Code:P03
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$2039
Tour Highlights
  • Discover less crowded Mutianyu Great Wall with amazing natural sceneries.
  • Unveil the imperial life in Forbidden City in hidden palaces.
  • Be amazed at over 8,000 life sized Terracotta Soldiers and dsicover the hidden Hanyang Tombs.
  • Learn to make the 2000-year-old traditional art of shadow puppet.
  • Hike through the breathtaking Longji Rice Terraces and admire the minority villages.
  • Enjoy the Li River Cruise and bike around the picturesque rural village in Yangshuo.
  • Enjoy the packed modern skylines and aged colonial buildings at the Bund.
  • Visit the traditional Shikumen residence exhibiting life in 1920s in the French Concession.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Beijing
Airport pick-up and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy your free time to explore the city on your own.
Luxury: Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel Superior: Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

Welcome to China! Upon your arrival, your friendly tour guide holding the welcome sign with your name will greet you at the arrival hall. Then you will be transferred to your hotel and have a rest to recover from jet lag. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city or the neighborhood of the hotel on your own.

Day 2
Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Enjoy a rickshaw ride to explore Hutongs and learn the facial mask painting at a traditional courtyard.
Breakfast

After a night's sound sleep, get refreshed for today's exploration. You will first take a leisurely walk through the Tiananmen Square to get to the Forbidden City, the largest collection of wooden palace preserved today. As the imperial palace for both Ming and Qing Dynasty, Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors and witnessed the rises and falls of the two dynasties from the year 1420 to 1912. Take a guided walk to explore different Palace buildings to learn about the ancient imperial life and constructional arts. Especially, follow your insider guide of ElysianTour to visit some palaces ordinary groups do not cover for a more in-depth discovery of Forbidden City.

Then take a rickshaw ride into the small alleys to explore the Hutongs where demonstrate local Beijingers' traditional life. Learn to paint a facial mask in the famous Peking Opera, which makes a memorable souvenir and unforgettable experience. Afterwards, transfer back to your hotel.

Forbidden Citythe Meridian Gate of Forbidden City
HutongLearn to paint a facial mask
Day 3
Beijing
Discover the quieter Mutianyu Great Wall with round way cable car. Have a photo stop at the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. At last, visit the imperial garden of Summer Palace.
Breakfast

Today, your tour will begin with the less crowded Mutianyu Great Wall. Snaking around on top of the mountains for over 13,000 miles, the Great Wall successfully stopped nomadic groups' invasion and protected central Chinese states and empires. Mutianyu Great Wall is the longest part extant today that is preserved in very good condition. A Round-trip Cable Car is included to make your exploration easier and to save more time for your hiking on the wall.

Afterwards, drive back to the city and have a stopover to the Bird's Nest and Water Cube to shoot some great photos of Beijing's new iconic structures.

Then, drive to the imperial garden Summer Palace and stroll along the peaceful lake, taking in the picturesque scenery of gardens, halls, and pavilions harmoniously arranged.


Enjoy a peaceful reading on Mutianyu Great Wall away from the bustling city
Day 4
Beijing-Xi'an by High Speed Train
Marvel at the Temple of Heaven and see the lively local life. Take a high speed train to Xi'an.
Breakfast
Luxury: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel Superior: Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

Visit the Temple of Heaven in the morning, soak up the beautiful architectures where emperors used to hold ceremonies, praying for good harvest and luck for next year. Encounter the locals gathering here for morning exercises, a lively scene of local life. You are more than welcome to join these friendly local people to exercise together.

Afterwards, you will be taken to the railway station to take a 4.5-hour high-speed train to travel to Xian, another ancient capital of China. Upon arrival, meet your friendly Xian guide and get back to your hotel.

Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Day 5
Xi'an
See the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army, walk the most complete City Wall, visit the ancient Great Mosque and enjoy some free time shopping in the Muslim Bazaar.
Breakfast

Today's first stop is the Eighth Wonder of the World Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum about 1-hour drive from downtown area. Be amazed by the warriors' sizes, unique faces, distinctive facial expressions, hair styles, figures as well as uniforms, that were vividly made to protect the emperor in his afterlife. Remember the First Emperor of China who asked to connect the separate defensive walls into the complete Great Wall? He is also the emperor these life-sized underground army were built to protect.

Then drive back to the city to visit the best-preserved and most complete City Wall. Follow your guide to take a stroll on top and have an overview of this old capital. Shoot some photos of the great architecture from the best angles or cycle around the wall if you like.

Afterwards, drive to the famous local bazaar Muslim Quarter and admire the ancient Great Mosque built in traditional Chinese style built about 1,000 years ago. Enjoy some free time and have some bargained shopping before getting back to your hotel.

Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum
Courageous vanguards standing solid and straight in Pit 1 at Terracotta Army Museum
Day 6
Xi'an-Guilin by Flight
See the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and learn the traditional craftsmanship of making shadow puppet followed by the truly hidden gem Hanyangling Mausoleum. Fly to Guilin.
Breakfast
Luxury: Sheraton Guilin Hotel Superior: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

After breakfast, approach to the famous Small Wild Goose Pagoda built in the 8th century and learn about its architectural miracle. Then follow the master to learn the famous local shadow puppet, an old craftsmanship with a history of over 2,000 years.

On the way to the airport, visit the Hanyang Tombs (Hanyangling Mausoleum), tomb of Emperor Jingdi, a truly hidden gem definitely worth your time to discover the glory of the grand Han Dynasty (BC206-AD221). You will marvel atop a glass walkway and see the naked terra-cotta miniatures without arms of the concubines, maids and eunuchs together with hundreds of clay animals of different sizes.

Afterwards, fly to China's beautiful scenic city, Guilin. Upon arrival, your Guilin tour guide will warmly greet you and then take you to hotel.

Shadow Puppet Making: Supported by a local NGO, the chance of learning to make a shadow puppet allows more and more people around the world to learn about the traditional art.

Small Wild Goose PagodaSmall Wild Goose Pagoda in winter
Shadow PuppetMake a shadow puppet
Day 7
Guilin
Appreciate the fascinating views while hiking through Longji Terraced Fields.
Breakfast

Savor unique vistas of the breathtaking Longji Terraced Fields (Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces) with changing views in different seasons popular for scenic, adventure and photographic travel. Follow your guide to hike along the slopes and delight in the captivating scenery of the enchanting paddy fields. Enjoy the encounters with the local minorities in traditional costumes and appreciate their wooden stilt houses built along the way. Afterwards, sit back and drive back to Guilin.

Longji Terraced Field
Day 8
Guilin-Yangshuo by Cruise
Take the Li River Cruise to Yangshuo and enjoy a bike tour around the rural villages. Check in to the hotel in Yangshuo.
Breakfast, Lunch
Luxury: Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel Superior: Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel

This morning, you will take a 4-hour Li River Cruise to get to Yangshuo, a wonderful chance to take in the fascinating karst landscapes of Guilin. During the peaceful journey, you will be like traveling in a masterpiece of a traditional long scroll painting, seeing various grotesque karst pinnacles that bring challenges to your imagination, some water buffalos showering or wandering in shallow water or fishermen fishing with their cormorants.

Upon arrival in Yangshuo, start your bike adventure around the rural village with your guide and absorb the enchanting rural views. Make some stops at the interesting or breathtaking spots and snap some photos.

Night activity: The famous cultural show Impression Liusanjie performed with natural mountain and river as stage is recommended for a wonderful night.

Day 9
Yangshuo-Guilin by Private Vehicle, Guilin-Shanghai by Flight
Discover the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave. Then fly to Shanghai.
Breakfast
Luxury: Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai Superior: Central Hotel Shanghai

This morning, you will drive back to Guilin from Yangshuo and travel to the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill, which is naturally shaped like an elephant drinking water at the bank of Li River.

Then drive to Reed Flute Cave with a history of 700,000 years and be amazed at numerous stalactites in various shapes decorated by different-colored lights. Your tour in this astonishing natural scenic city concludes here and you will fly to Shanghai.

Reed Flute CaveReed Flute Cave
Elephant Trunk HillElephant Trunk Hill
Day 10
Shanghai
Soak up the essence of Shanghai and visit the Yu Garden, Nanjing Road, the Bund, Shanghai World Financial Center and Xintiandi. Admire the traditional Shikumen residence to see old Shanghai life in 1920s.
Breakfast

Visit the essence of traditional Chinese garden -- Yu Garden and enjoy the beautiful layout which presents the philosophy of Chinese people's life.

Then head to the bustling Nanjing Road and the Bund which is granted as the World Architecture Museum.

Proceed to Shanghai World Financial Center to get a bird's view of Shanghai from the top and see the modern side of China.

Continue your visit to Xintiandi (New World of Shanghai) to appreciate Shanghai's traditional Shikumen constructions, whose narrow lanes are full of charming and fashionable shops, bars and restaurants today. Follow your guide and discover the old Shanghai life in Inside Shanghai, a traditional Shikumen residence of 1920s.

Yu GardenYu Garden
Inside ShanghaiTraditional Shikumen residence of 1920s
Day 11
Depart from Shanghai
Transer to the airport. Have a nice journey home!
Breakfast

Farewell to China! Your memorable China trip ends and your guide and driver will escort you to the airport for your departure flight. Have a nice journey home!

Accommodations
BeijingXianGuilinYangshuoShanghai
Beijing
Luxury

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel

No.36, North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng enjoys perfect location in the new CBD area with various on-site restaurants catering to different tastes plus easy access to all places.
Superior

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.
Xian
Luxury

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.
Superior

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.
Guilin
Luxury

Sheraton Guilin Hotel

15 Bin Jiang Road, 541001 Guilin, Guangxi, China
Newly maintained rooms in 2017 and centrally located, Sheraton Guilin Hotel as a member of Starwood Group ensures great service and breakfasts. Next to the scenic city's pedestrianized Zhengyang Street, guests could easily go for a walk during free time.
Superior

Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

No.1 Shanhu North Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin, China
Boasting Guinness Record of the waterfall from the building top, the hotel with nice and comfortable rooms is close to the city's new iconic Sun & Moon Pagodas celebrated for magnificent night view, very easy for self-exploration.
Yangshuo
Luxury

Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel

No.1 Guanlian Road, Yangshuo West Street, Yangshuo, China
The only 5-star hotel in Yangshuo offers standard service and nice breakfasts. Travelers could enjoy a relaxing and fun night exploring West Street at night that is only 10-minute walk from the hotel.
Superior

Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel

No.1 Guanlian Road, Yangshuo West Street, Yangshuo, China
The only 5-star hotel in Yangshuo offers standard service and nice breakfasts. Travelers could enjoy a relaxing and fun night exploring West Street at night that is only 10-minute walk from the hotel.
Shanghai
Luxury

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

1. Jinling East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
The hotel is located right on the bund with artistic design merged modern Shanghai with Art Deco of 1930s. The hotel is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts with excellent service, amazing views and great breakfasts.
Superior

Central Hotel Shanghai

No.555 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
Located in the heart of the city, Central Hotel Shanghai featuring traditional Shanghai style rooms, good facilities and nice breakfasts is next to the Nanjing Road and 5-minute walk to the Bund.
Luxury
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Beijing

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel

No.36, North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng enjoys perfect location in the new CBD area with various on-site restaurants catering to different tastes plus easy access to all places.

Xian

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.

Guilin

Sheraton Guilin Hotel

15 Bin Jiang Road, 541001 Guilin, Guangxi, China
Newly maintained rooms in 2017 and centrally located, Sheraton Guilin Hotel as a member of Starwood Group ensures great service and breakfasts. Next to the scenic city's pedestrianized Zhengyang Street, guests could easily go for a walk during free time.

Yangshuo

Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel

No.1 Guanlian Road, Yangshuo West Street, Yangshuo, China
The only 5-star hotel in Yangshuo offers standard service and nice breakfasts. Travelers could enjoy a relaxing and fun night exploring West Street at night that is only 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Shanghai

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

1. Jinling East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
The hotel is located right on the bund with artistic design merged modern Shanghai with Art Deco of 1930s. The hotel is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts with excellent service, amazing views and great breakfasts.
Superior
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Beijing

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.

Xian

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.

Guilin

Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

No.1 Shanhu North Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin, China
Boasting Guinness Record of the waterfall from the building top, the hotel with nice and comfortable rooms is close to the city's new iconic Sun & Moon Pagodas celebrated for magnificent night view, very easy for self-exploration.

Yangshuo

Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel

No.1 Guanlian Road, Yangshuo West Street, Yangshuo, China
The only 5-star hotel in Yangshuo offers standard service and nice breakfasts. Travelers could enjoy a relaxing and fun night exploring West Street at night that is only 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Shanghai

Central Hotel Shanghai

No.555 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
Located in the heart of the city, Central Hotel Shanghai featuring traditional Shanghai style rooms, good facilities and nice breakfasts is next to the Nanjing Road and 5-minute walk to the Bund.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
High Season( MAR - NOV ) US$2292 US$2663
Low Season( DEC - FEB ) US$2039 US$2478
  • Prices above are based on 2 persons sharing one room of Superior/Luxury Class Hotels. Please enquire to get a better rate if there are more than 2 travelers in your group.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
This tour could be tailored to your own unique trip based on your travel needs, interests, preferred hotels and budget. We recommend you give us as detailed travel information as possible so we can reply with a more thorough tour proposal that better suits your travel needs.
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