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12-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai

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Splendid Beauty & Pandas

Except the classical must-see cities, additional sightseeing in Chengdu and Guilin would enrich your lifetime China tour experience by an up-close encounter with the adorable giant pandas, a leisurely Li River cruise to take in karst landscapes and a bike trip in Yangshuo to absorb the picturesque countryside scenery.

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Tour Highlights
  • Meet the most adorable animals of giant pandas at Chengdu Panda Base.
  • Indulge in the unique landscape of Guilin and bike around the amazing Yangshuo countryside.
  • Hike the quieter Mutianyu Great Wall and visit the Forbidden City including hidden palaces.
  • Take a rickshaw ride to explore old Hutong area and learn to paint a facial mask of Peking Opera at a traditional courtyard.
  • See the glorious past and modern atmosphere of Shanghai at the Bund and French Consession.

Splendid Beauty & Pandas

12-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai

Code:P06
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$2497
Tour Highlights
  • Meet the most adorable animals of giant pandas at Chengdu Panda Base.
  • Indulge in the unique landscape of Guilin and bike around the amazing Yangshuo countryside.
  • Hike the quieter Mutianyu Great Wall and visit the Forbidden City including hidden palaces.
  • Take a rickshaw ride to explore old Hutong area and learn to paint a facial mask of Peking Opera at a traditional courtyard.
  • See the glorious past and modern atmosphere of Shanghai at the Bund and French Consession.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Beijing
Airport pick up and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free for exploration on your own.
Luxury: Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel Superior: Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

Welcome to China! Upon landing, your local guide will be waiting for you at the arrival lobby of Beijing airport for your pick-up service. Then transfer you to the hotel for a rest to recover from jet lag.

Day 2
Beijing
Marvel at Tianmen Square and the Forbidden City. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Hutongs and learn to paint a facial mask of Peking Opera at a traditional courtyard.
Breakfast

Take morning excursions to the iconic Tiananmen Square and century-old Forbidden City, the most significant landmarks of Beijing. As the former royal residence for five centuries, Forbidden City also stores numerous national treasures showcasing profound history, culture and glory of the palace. Stroll through the palatial halls and courtyards to uncover the mysterious royal court life.

Then go deep into Beijing local's residence to explore the age-old Hutongs by taking a rickshaw ride. Drop by a quaint courtyard to learn the facial mask painting of Peking Opera, and take the finished one home as a gift.

Forbidden City
Early autumn of Forbidden City
Day 3
Beijing
Hike on the Mutianyu Great Wall. Stopover at the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Admire the imperial garden of Summer Palace.
Breakfast

Your today's adventure would be highlighted by a memorable hiking experience on the mighty Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the best-preserved sections but with fewer crowds. A round-trip cable car is arranged for an easier access to the top, so that you could get more time for leisure roaming on the wall.

Afterwards, on the way back to downtown Beijing, have a stopover at the symbolic structures of Bird's Nest and Water Cube.

Then, drive to the imperial garden Summer Palace. Stroll along the peaceful Kunming Lake, and take in the picturesque scenery of gardens, halls, and pavilions.

Day 4
Beijing-Xi'an by High Speed Train
Visit the Temple of Heaven and see the lively local life. Hop aboard a highspeed train to Xi'an.
Breakfast
Luxury: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel Superior: Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

Savor the peaceful Temple of Heaven where emperors used to hold praying ceremonies for good harvests and prosperous life of civilians. Today, a highlighted scene here is the local seniors' morning exercise by traditional activities like Taichi, diabolo playing, shuttle cock kicking, sword dancing, etc.

Afterwards, you will be taken to the railway station to catch a 4.5-hour high-speed train to China's another great ancient capital Xi'an. Upon arrival, meet your friendly Xi'an guide and check into your hotel.

Temple of Heaven
Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest at Temple of Heaven
Day 5
Xi'an
Appreciate the Terracotta Army and the City Wall. Visit the Great Mosque and enjoy some free time shopping in the bustling Muslim Quarter.
Breakfast

About one-hour drive from the downtown area, you will get to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. The magnificent underground military museum boasts over 8,000 life-sized pottery warriors arrayed in 3 pits to protect Shihuang Emperor (the first emperor of China) in his afterlife. A mystery you may not know is that these vivid figures were multi-colored when they were just excavated, but the paint soon vanished because of oxidation. Check out the legend that each soldier distinguishes themselves from others by different facial expressions, hair styles and uniforms.

Then drive back to downtown to visit the largest and best-preserved City Wall for a walk or a cycling around.

Afterwards, pay a visit to the famous local Muslim Quarter and the ancient Great Mosque built in traditional Chinese style. Then enjoy some free time at the bustling bazaar before getting back to your hotel.

Terracotta Army
Overlooking the battle formation of Pit.1 in Terracotta Army Museum
Day 6
Xi'an-Chengdu by High Speed Train
Discover the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and visit Shaanxi History Museum. Take a highspeed train to Chengdu and get ready to see the lovely giant pandas.
Breakfast
Luxury: Sofitel Chengdu Taihe Superior: Dorsett Grand Chengdu Hotel

After breakfast, you will be taken to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the most iconic landmark of Xian with a far-reaching history that could be dated back to 652 AD. It was built to store and preserve the Buddhist scriptures brought from India by Monk Xuanzang.

Then approach to the nearby Shaanxi History Museum where over 37, 000 historic relics and treasures are on display to demonstrate the rich history of the ancient capital Xian.

Afterwards, take a high-speed train to Chengdu and get ready to meet China’s star mammals. Your Chengdu tour guide will warmly greet you upon you arrive.

Day 7
Chengdu
Encounter the adorable pandas at the Chengdu Panda Base. Enjoy the leisurely atmosphere at Jinli Old Street and relax in the lively Wangjiang Park like locals do.
Breakfast

Today, you will visit the lovely giant pandas at Chengdu Panda Base in the morning. In their enclosures, you could see the adorable pandas nibbling bamboos, playing on the treetop or roaming at their small wonderland.

Then move to the Jinli Old Street where you will be inspired by the varieties of Chengdu snacks. You may dive into a tea house to enjoy a cup of tea, which is the most popular leisure activity of Chengdu locals.

Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing walk through the lush bamboo groves in Wangjiang Park that can best present Chengdu's leisure life from Mahjong lounges, ear-cleaning vendors and Taichi exercises.

Chengdu Research and Breeding Center of Giant Panda
Come on, buddy! These are super!
Day 8
Chengdu-Guilin by Flight
Take a morning flight to Guilin. View the city's iconic Elephant Trunk Hill and the Reed Flute Cave.
Breakfast
Luxury: Sheraton Guilin Hotel Superior: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

Take a morning flight to Guilin, a poetic city with Chinese essential natural wonders. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill that is naturally formed like an elephant dipping water from Li River.

Then drive to the Reed Flute Cave to venture into the dreamlike limestone palace and be astounded by the numbers and shapes of stalactite with different-colored lights decorated, forming a spectacular picture.

Day 9
Guilin-Yangshuo by Li River Cruise
Relax on the Li River Cruise in the picturesque karst scenery. Bike around the countryside in Yangshuo and soak up the enchanting rural views.
Breakfast, Lunch
Luxury: Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel Superior: Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel

After breakfast, you are going to take a wonderful Li River cruise to Yangshuo, and the 4-hour drifting journey presents you picturesque karst landscapes. Various grotesque hills are unfolded in front of you, and you may come across some water buffalos showering in shallow water, find out the famous spot on Chinese money 20 Yuan note or challenge your imagination figuring out the peculiar mountains.

Upon arrival in Yangshuo, bike around the rural village with your guide and experience the fascinating countryside view and authentic rural life.

countryside in Yangshuo
Beautiful countryside in Yangshuo
Day 10
Yangshuo-Guilin by Private Vehicle, Guilin-Shanghai by Flight
Join a cooking class. Enjoy the Yulong River Bamboo Rafting. Fly to Shanghai.
Breakfast
Luxury: Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai Superior: Central Hotel Shanghai

Today starts with an exciting cooking class. Go to a market to purchase vegetables, meat and other ingredients required. When everything is ready, learn from your chef to cook several Chinese cuisines. Then taste them and exchange your tips with others. This firsthand experience helps you enrich your knowledge of Chinese culture. The activity lasts about 4 hours.

Then enjoy the Yulong River Bamboo Rafting. As a tributary of Li River, Yulong River is known for its primeval, pure natural landscape. Sitting on a bamboo raft that floats slowly on the river, you are so close to this nature of poetic beauty. Touch the cool and refreshing water; watch fishes roaming about, lush trees swaying with soft breezes, ancient bridges in different shapes; and look far for the sight of vast green fields, villages, boundless mountains, etc.

Afterwards, your guide will transfer you to the airport for a flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you would be escorted from the airport to your hotel by our private vehicle. 

Day 11
Shanghai
Full day exploration of Shanghai essence to the Yu Garden, Nanjing Road and the Bund. Get a bird's eye view of the city from the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center. Appreciate Xintiandi and visit the Jade Buddha Temple.
Breakfast

Visit a traditional Chinese garden hidden in the urban bustle, the Yu Garden, and enjoy its beautiful layout and artistic design where you will learn about the philosophy of Chinese people's life.

Then take a walk along the bustling Nanjing Road and stroll at the Bund to embrace the skyscraper complex that is granted World Architecture Museum.

Afterwards, follow your guide to ascend the top of Shanghai World Financial Center to get a bird's view of Shanghai, which may offer you a new look of modern China.

Move to Xintiandi (New World of Shanghai) to have a glimpse of the time-honored Shikumen constructions, and drive to the peaceful Jade Buddha Temple to view the famous Reclining Jade Buddha statues brought back from Burma in AD1882.

the Bund
Fascinating night view on the Bund
Day 12
Depart from Shanghai
See-off at the airport for your international departure flight.
Breakfast

Your wonderful China trip concludes here and you will be escorted to the airport for your departure flight. Wish you a nice journey home.

Accommodations
BeijingXianChengduGuilinYangshuoShanghai
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.
Chengdu
Luxury

Sofitel Chengdu Taihe

15 Binjiang Middle Road, Jinjiang, Chengdu, China
As the Accor Group member, the hotel perfectly fuses French style and Sichuan local Style. The hotel's central location allows easy access to the city's stylish fashion centers and malls.
Superior

Dorsett Grand Chengdu Hotel

No.168, West Yulong Street, Qingyang, Chengdu, China
Next to Chengdu's famous pedestrian shopping street Chunxi Road, the hotel features with its standard service, nice breakfasts well as various exotic cuisines in its on-site restaurants.
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.

Chengdu

Sofitel Chengdu Taihe

15 Binjiang Middle Road, Jinjiang, Chengdu, China
As the Accor Group member, the hotel perfectly fuses French style and Sichuan local Style. The hotel's central location allows easy access to the city's stylish fashion centers and malls.

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.

Chengdu

Dorsett Grand Chengdu Hotel

No.168, West Yulong Street, Qingyang, Chengdu, China
Next to Chengdu's famous pedestrian shopping street Chunxi Road, the hotel features with its standard service, nice breakfasts well as various exotic cuisines in its on-site restaurants.

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.
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from US$2497
  • The price above is for one person based on a group of 2 adults sharing one room of 4 star hotels. It is subject to change according to your traveling season, number of travelers, hotel class, etc.
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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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