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

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Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
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Modern & Ancient China

Soak up the essence of mainland China through the classic top destinations. Explore the rich history in ancient capitals of Beijing and Xi'an. Relax in the gorgeous natural view of Guilin followed by exploration of China's mega city Shanghai. Then finish your tour in the glamourous oriental pearl Hong Kong as the end of this leisurely 12-day trip.

Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Appreciate the prosperity of China's Wall Street the Bund and see old Shanghai's constructions in the French concession.
  • Admire the most prestigious historic wonders of Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the massive underground troop Terra-cotta Army.
  • Experience the scenic Guilin and authentic landscape of countryside in Yangshuo.
  • Immerse in the bustling atmosphere in Hong Kong and enjoy the magnificent high rises and the panoramic view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak.

Modern & Ancient China

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

Code:FS02
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$2126
Tour Highlights
  • Appreciate the prosperity of China's Wall Street the Bund and see old Shanghai's constructions in the French concession.
  • Admire the most prestigious historic wonders of Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the massive underground troop Terra-cotta Army.
  • Experience the scenic Guilin and authentic landscape of countryside in Yangshuo.
  • Immerse in the bustling atmosphere in Hong Kong and enjoy the magnificent high rises and the panoramic view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Shanghai
Airport pickup and hotel transfer. Free exploration of the neighborhood.
Luxury: Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai Superior: Central Hotel Shanghai

Welcome to China! When you land in the airport, your friendly tour guide will greet you in the arrival hall holding a sign with your name on it. Then, you will be transferred to your hotel and have a rest to recover from jet lag.

Day 2
Shanghai
Explore the Yu Garden, Nanjing Road and the Bund. Reach the top of Shanghai World Financial Center and enjoy a bird view. Stroll along Xintiandi and visit the Jade Buddha Temple.
Breakfast

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

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

Ascend Shanghai World Financial Center to get a bird’s 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 peaceful Jade Buddha Temple built in 1882, housing the famous Reclining Jade Buddha statue imported from Burma.

The Bund
Day 3
Shanghai-Beijing by High Speed Train
Enjoy the countryside view during the Shanghai-Beijing train travel.
Breakfast
Luxury: Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town Superior: Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

Your guide and driver will escort you to the train station for your high-speed train to Beijing and enjoy the countryside view along the journey. You will arrive in Beijing after 5 hours and your guide will meet you and transfer you back to your hotel. You can explore a bit on your own and enjoy a free afternoon in Beijing.

Day 4
Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Take a rickshaw ride in Hutongs. Paint a facial mask in Peking Opera at a traditional courtyard.
Breakfast

Today, you tour starts with a 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 rise and fall of the two dynasties from the year 1420 to 1912. Marvel at different halls and exquisite architectures of the Palace and travel back into the history of ancient China with your professional guide. Then explore 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. Then transfer back to your hotel.

Forbidden City
Early autumn of Forbidden City
Day 5
Beijing
Hike on the Mutianyu Great Wall. Have a stopover at the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Marvel at the Summer Palace.
Breakfast

Drive to Mutianyu Great Wall in the morning, the greatest defensive system built by ancient Chinese. Snaking around on the top of mountains, it 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 you to enjoy some hiking 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 and stroll along the peaceful lake, taking in the picturesque scenery of gardens, halls, and pavilions.

Day 6
Beijing-Xi'an by High Speed Train
Pay tribute to the Temple of Heaven.
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. Encounter the locals gathering together for morning exercise which is a highlighted scene here. 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 China's another ancient capital Xian. Upon arrival, meet your friendly Xian guide and get back to hotel.

Temple of Heaven
Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest at Temple of Heaven
Day 7
Xi'an
Admire the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Walk on the City Wall. Visit the Great Mosque and enjoy some free time at the Muslim Quarter.
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 seeing the vividly made clay figures owning distinctive facial expressions, hair styles, figures as well as uniforms, to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

Then drive back to the city to visit the largest and best-preserved City Wall and have an overview of this old capital. Follow your guide to take a stroll on top and shoot some photos of the great architecture from the best angle or cycle around a bit based on your preference.

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

Day 8
Xi'an-Guilin by Flight
Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an Museum and Hanyang Tombs.
Breakfast
Luxury: Sheraton Guilin Hotel Superior: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

Approach to the famous Small Wild Goose Pagoda built in 8th century and learn its architectural miracle.

Then move to Xi'an Museum and unveil the earlier history of China before 13th century from the treasures stored here.

On the way to the airport, visit Hanyang Tombs (Hanyangling Mausoleum), tomb of Emperor Jingdi. Marvel atop a glass walkway and appreciate the miniatures of terra-cotta figures of maids, eunuchs, animals and tools and learn the stories of grand Han Dynasty.

Afterwards, fly to Guilin. Your local guide will warmly greet you once you arrive and then take you to hotel for a good rest.

Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Day 9
Guilin
Cruise the Li Rive and bike around the village.
Breakfast, Lunch

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. 

Upon arrival in Yangshuo, bike around the rural village with your guide and absorb the fascinating view. Then, drive back to Guilin hotel after the trip.  

Day 10
Guilin-Hong Kong by High Speed Train
Savor the Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave.
Breakfast
Luxury: Royal Plaza Hotel Superior: Regal Kowloon Hotel

After breakfast at the hotel, 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.

Your tour in this astonishing natural scenic city ends here and you will take high speed train to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, your local guide will meet you and then take you to hotel.

Reed Flute Cave
Day 11
Hong Kong
Enjoy splendid view from Victoria Peak. Stroll in Stanley Market and Aberdeen Fishing Village.
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 Hongkong 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.

Day 12
Depart from Hong Kong
Transfer to the airport and have a nice journey home!
Breakfast

Farewell to Hong Kong and you will take SIC coach to the airport.

Accommodations
ShanghaiBeijingXianGuilinHong Kong
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.
Beijing
Luxury

Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

3 Sanfengbeili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Crowne Plaza Chaoyang U-Town enjoys perfect location in Chaoyang District with excellent service, great breakfasts and easy access for shopping and night life.
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.
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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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.

Beijing

Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

3 Sanfengbeili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Crowne Plaza Chaoyang U-Town enjoys perfect location in Chaoyang District with excellent service, great breakfasts and easy access for shopping and night life.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
High Season( MAR - NOV ) US$2338 US$3023
Low Season( DEC - FEB ) US$2126 US$2448
  • 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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  • Comfortable and air-conditioned private vehicles.
  • Exceptional and conveniently located hotels with non-smoking rooms available.
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