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12-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong

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Fabulous Exploration of China

This is not only a classic route, but also a fabulous family trip. Explore China's long history by visiting the ancient capitals Beijing and Xian, experience the modern China in its most bustling city-Shanghai, and relax yourself in beautiful Guilin with specially arranged activities for your family. Then finish the trip in the glamorous oriental pearl Hong Kong.

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Tour Highlights
  • Hike the quieter and magnificent Mutianyu Great Wall.
  • Discover the Forbidden City including the hidden palaces other groups don't bring you to.
  • Learn about facial mask painting of Peking Opera in an old Hutong courtyard.
  • Be amazed at the full-sized Terra-cotta Army and learn to make a mini terracotta figurine.
  • Enjoy a local family visit and learn to make dumplings with the hospitable host.
  • Appreciate the prosperity of China's Wall Street around the Bund and see old Shanghai's constructions in the French concession.
  • Bike around the magnificent rural villages and enjoy the thrilling Yulong River bamboo rafting.
  • Immerse in the bustling atmosphere in Hong Kong.

Fabulous Exploration of China

12-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong

Code:FT04
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$2705
Tour Highlights
  • Hike the quieter and magnificent Mutianyu Great Wall.
  • Discover the Forbidden City including the hidden palaces other groups don't bring you to.
  • Learn about facial mask painting of Peking Opera in an old Hutong courtyard.
  • Be amazed at the full-sized Terra-cotta Army and learn to make a mini terracotta figurine.
  • Enjoy a local family visit and learn to make dumplings with the hospitable host.
  • Appreciate the prosperity of China's Wall Street around the Bund and see old Shanghai's constructions in the French concession.
  • Bike around the magnificent rural villages and enjoy the thrilling Yulong River bamboo rafting.
  • Immerse in the bustling atmosphere in Hong Kong.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Beijing
Arrival in Beijing, and airport – hotel transfer.
Luxury: Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel Superior: Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

Welcome to China! Upon your arrival, your friendly tour guide holding your name sign will greet you at the arrival hall, then transfer you to the hotel and have a rest to recover from jet lag.

Day 2
Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Explore Hutongs by rickshaw rides, and finish a facial mask painting work at a hutong courtyard. Enjoy a Kungfu Panda Show.
Breakfast

After a night's sound sleep, get refreshed for today's exploration. First, visit Tiananmen Square and then move to Forbidden City, the largest collection of wooden constructions preserved today. Housing over a million incomparable treasures, it is also known as Palace Museum. As imperial palace for both Ming and Qing Dynasty, Forbidden City witnessed the rises and falls of the two dynasties from the year 1420 to 1912. Walking through different halls and exquisite architectures of the Palace, travel back into the history of ancient China with your professional guide.  

Then get into traditional Hutongs where common people used to live. Take a rickshaw ride into the small alleys to explore ordinary people's houses and local life. Learn to paint a facial mask in the famous Peking Opera and learn the traditional art of Beijing. Bring this memorable souvenir home with you when you finish.

The last and exciting part of today is to enjoy the legendary Kungfu Panda which nicely combines Kungfu with China's star mammal giant pandas.

Day 3
Beijing
Conquer the Mutianyu Great Wall with round-trip cable car, snapshot the Bird's Nest & Water Cube on the way back to the city, and tour the Summer Palace.
Breakfast

Today, your tour will begin with the Mutianyu Great Wall, the extant longest part (54.km, 3.4mi) of the greatest defensive system built by ancient Chinese. Snaking around on top of the mountains with a total length of over 13,000 miles, the Great Wall successfully stopped nomadic groups and protected central Chinese states and empires. Round-trip Cable Car is included to make your exploration easier and to save more time for your hike on the wall.

Afterwards, drive back to the city and have a stopover to the iconic Bird's Nest and Water Cube to take some great photos.

Then, drive to the imperial garden Summer Palace. Stroll along the peaceful lake, taking in the picturesque scenery of gardens, halls, pavilions and get amazed by the scale of the Imperial Garden. 

Note: A toboggan to ascend down the Great Wall is available at Mutianyu section and enjoys great popularity among teenagers. Please let your travel consultant know you would like to try this experience. 

Bird Nest
Day 4
Beijing-Xi'an by High Speed Train
Stroll at the Temple of Heaven for insights into local life, and afterwards catch a highspeed train to Xian.
Breakfast
Luxury: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel Superior: Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

Visit Temple of Heaven in the morning. Soak up the beautiful architectures where emperors used to hold ceremonies praying for good harvest and peace for the whole nation. Encounter the locals gathering here for morning exercise and 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 another ancient capital of China Xian. Upon arrival, meet your friendly Xian guide and get back to hotel.

Day 5
Xi'an
Stand in awe of the Terracotta Army and make a miniature soldier figure at a nearby workshop. Bike around the ancient City Wall, and explore the Muslim Quarter & Great Mosque.
Breakfast

About 1-hour drive from the downtown area, you will get to Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. ‘Incredible' is the most frequently used word to describe the underground army after people see them, which will be proved while you get there. These clay figures were vividly made, each owning distinctive facial expression, hair style, figure as well as uniform, to protect the emperor in his afterlife. Both Great Wall and Terra-cotta Army were built by the order of the same emperor- Emperor Qin Shihuang (First Emperor), who actually created history of Chinese feudal society.

Afterwards, enjoy the opportunity to make a mini terra-cotta figure and you will further understand the impressive work done by ancient Chinese 2,000 years ago.

Then drive back to the city to visit the largest and best-preserved City Wall and have an overview of the old capital. Follow your guide to take a stroll on top and find some best angles to shoot nice photos of the great architecture or cycle around if you would like to.

Afterwards, drive to the bustling Muslim Quarter and the ancient Great Mosque built in traditional Chinese style and enjoy some free time in the famous bazaar.

The Bronze Chariots and Horses
Bronze chariots and horses with numerous gold and silver ornaments buried for next life of the emperor
Day 6
Xi'an-Shanghai by Flight
Wonder at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and learn to make dumplings at a local family. Fly to Shanghai.
Breakfast
Luxury: Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai Superior: Central Hotel Shanghai

After breakfast, approach to the famous Big Wild Goose Pagoda which was built for the great monk Xuanzang in Chinese history to store Buddha scriptures he took back from India. Learn about his story of travelling alone on foot for his strong will of learning and spreading Buddhism. The famous fictional novel based on his story Journey to West always told by your local guide always impress the little ones.

And then learn to make dumplings at a local family's home. The hospitable host will teach you how to make various shapes of dumplings and enjoy them for lunch after you finish.

Your Xian tour ends here and you will fly to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be met by your Shanghai tour guide and get back to your hotel.

Day 7
Shanghai
Visit the Yu Garden, stroll at Nanjing Road and the Bund, and ascend the Shanghai World Financial Center. Visit Xintiandi and have fun at Propaganda Poster Art Center.
Breakfast

Start today's tour with a visit to Yu Garden and enjoy the beautiful layout which also presents the philosophy of Chinese people's life.

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

Get on top of Shanghai World Financial Center to get a bird view of Shanghai, which may change your impression of China.

Continue to visit Xintiandi (New World of Shanghai) to see Shanghai's traditional Shikumen constructions.

At last, visit the Propaganda Poster Art Center to feel the passion and energy of people in 1960s.

Yu Garden
Zig zag bridge of Yu Garden
Day 8
Shanghai-Guilin by Flight
Catch a morning flight to Guilin. Admire the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill and the Reed Flute Cave.
Breakfast
Luxury: Sheraton Guilin Hotel Superior: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

Catch a morning flight to Guilin and upon arrival, travel to the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill, which was naturally shaped like an elephant drinking water at the bank of Li River.

Then drive to Reed Flute Cave. Venture into the cave and be amazed by the numbers and shapes of stalactite with different-colored lights decorated.

Day 9
Guilin-Yangshuo by Li River Cruise
Take a Li River Cruise to inhale the natural beauty of Karst landscape, and then cycle around the countryside of Yangshuo after disembarkation.
Breakfast, Lunch
Luxury: Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel Superior: Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel

This morning, you will take a 4-hour cruise on Li River to get to Yangshuo. Along the way, you will see various grotesque karst hills and probably water buffalos showering or wandering in shallow water. Children love it very much to tell the shapes of the karst pinnacles naturally formed after millions of years.

Upon arrival in Yangshuo, bike around the rural village with your guide and absorb the fascinating view. Stop anytime and anywhere you find interesting and worth snapping a photo.  

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

countryside in Yangshuo
Beautiful countryside in Yangshuo
Day 10
Yangshuo-Guilin by Private Vehicle, Guilin-Hong Kong by High Speed Train
Experience a thrilling bamboo rafting at Yulong River. Private vehicle transfer from Yangshuo to Guilin railway station for a high speed train to Hong Kong.
Breakfast
Luxury: Royal Plaza Hotel Superior: Regal Kowloon Hotel

Enjoy the exciting Bamboo rafting at Yulong River and absorb the countryside view as rafting downwards along the river.

Then, you will take high speed train to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, your local guide will meet you and then take you to hotel to have a good rest.

Day 11
Half Day Hong Kong Island Tour(Seat In Coach)
Visit the Victoria Park, Stanley Market and Aberdeen Fishing Village. Enjoy a free afternoon on your own.
Breakfast

A Seat-In-Coach tour of half day Hong Kong Island Tour is arranged for you. You will visit Victoria Peak to absorb the fascinating view of Hong Kong Island, Stanley Market and Aberdeen Fishing Village to see the fishermen's life, a contrast to Hong Kong's modern atmosphere, where you can take an optional Sampan Ride to get closer to experience the fishermen's life. Enjoy your free afternoon and explore Hong Kong on your own. 

Victoria Harbour of Hong Kong
Day 12
Depart from Hong Kong
Departure from Hong Kong, and shuttle bus transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

Your wonderful China trip concludes here and please take the prearranged shuttle bus we book for you to airport for your departure flight. 

Accommodations
BeijingXianShanghaiGuilinYangshuoHong Kong
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.
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.
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.
Hong Kong
Luxury

Royal Plaza Hotel

193 Prince Edward Road West, Hong Kong
Located in the central part of Kowloon Island, the hotel has spacious rooms compared to most of the hotels in Hong Kong with excellent facilities and service.
Superior

Regal Kowloon Hotel

71 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
The hotel is very close to the Victoria Harbor, Star Ferry and metro, easy for shopping, food and self-exploration.
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.

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.

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.

Hong Kong

Royal Plaza Hotel

193 Prince Edward Road West, Hong Kong
Located in the central part of Kowloon Island, the hotel has spacious rooms compared to most of the hotels in Hong Kong with excellent facilities and service.
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.

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.

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.

Hong Kong

Regal Kowloon Hotel

71 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
The hotel is very close to the Victoria Harbor, Star Ferry and metro, easy for shopping, food and self-exploration.
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from US$2705
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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
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