12 Days Essence of China Tour

Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong

Tour Code: TAT-China-04

Tour Type: Private Tour

Price from: US$2142 Free Inquiry

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  • Visit 5 most popular cities in China
  • One of the best sellers, popular among our clients
  • An awesome private tour with reasonable price
  • Fine-designed itinerary Includes hand-picked scenic spots will make you an impressive holiday

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Day 1Arrival Beijing

Transfer to hotel

Meals: No Meals
Recommended Hotel: Citadines Ritan Service Apartment or similar★★★★

Upon arrival in Beijing, you will meet our guide who is waiting at the exit of the capital airport. Then you will be transferred to hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Beijing City View
Beijing City View

Day 2Beijing

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Temple of Heaven, Panjiayuan Antique Market

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:  Citadines Ritan Service Apartment or similar ★★★★

Today we will have a classic but amazing Beijing city tour. With the hotel pick-up, we will drive to Tian'anmen Square. It is regarded as the largest public square in the world. After a short stop , we will walk through the Tiananmen Gate and step into the Forbidden City. It is today's highlight. Forbidden city was the royal palace of Ming and Qing dynasties. It is now the largest and most completely-preserved ancient imperial palace in the world. After around 2 hours exploration the palace, we will walk to Jingshan Park, which is just beside the Forbidden City. Climb up to the top of Coal Hill, you will have a very beautiful panoramic view of the Forbidden City.

Lunch is arranged at an authentic Chinese restaurant enroute. In the afternoon, we will go to visit Temple of Heaven. It is used to pray for a good harvest by the emperors. It is the existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven in China. Before transferring to hotel, shopping hour at Panjiayuan Antique Market and a tea store.  If you like Chinese food or would like to have a try, Peking roast duck is recommended to you as a local speiciality.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City

Day 3Beijing

Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, the exterior of Bird Nest and Water Cube

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Citadines Ritan Service Apartment or similar ★★★★

One day exciting Great Wall tour. In the morning, the local tour guide will pick you up from the hotel lobby. Drive out of downtown for about 2 hours to Mutianyu Great Wall. This great wall is more popular among foreign visitors. We will spend more than 2 hours on the great wall. You will have enough time to hike along the wall. Tourists can choose to take a round-way cable car for up and down the wall (optional).

Lunch is offered at a local restaurant at the foot of the mountain. Have a break and drive back to downtown. After a stop at a jade store, we will visit the 2008 Beijing Olympic Park, having an exterior view and photo stop at Bird Nest and Water Cube.  Tour ends by dropping off at your hotel. A traditional Chinese foot massage is recommended after a hike (optional).

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 4Beijing - Xi'an

Hutong Tour by rickshaw, Summer Palace, Departure to Xian by high speed train

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Somerset Xindicheng Xian similar ★★★★

After a leisure hotel breakfast, our local guide will pick you up and help you with the hotel check-out. Then move to explore Beijing's local lifestyle by taking a rickshaw to visit the Beijing Hutong area, which can not be missed also. Then we will visit the Summer Palace, the best-preserved imperial garden in China. Lunch will be arranged on the way to Beijing Xi Railway Station (West Railway Station). Take a 5-hour high-speed train to Xi'an, the 2nd stop of this trip, another must-go destination in China as a historic and cultural city. The local guide is waiting for you at the Xian Beijing Railway Station (North Railway Station) and picks you up at the hotel.

Beijing Hutong
Beijing Hutong

Day 5Xi'an

Terracotta Warriors, Tangbo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Somerset Xindicheng Xian or similar ★★★★

It is an exciting day today to explore this ancient city. Firstly we will drive from downtown for 1.5 hours to Terracotta Warriors this morning. It is the highlight of today as an important archaeological wonder in the world. We will arrange you to take a shuttle bus in the scenic area to make you a worry-free trip. Then we will visit a potter figurine factory. You have a chance to learn how a pottery figurine is worked out. A Chinese lunch is arranged at a nearby restaurant. In the afternoon, we will drive back. To experience more Chinese culture, Tang Bo Art Museum is definitely a good place, where you not only have a brief history and examples of Chinese art but also practice writing a couple of Chinese characters or Chinese painting. Then we will move to the Bell Tower area and have a walk around Muslim Quarter before transfer back to the hotel. Tang Dynasty Show is highly recommended as an optional night activity.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 6Xi'an - Shanghai

Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square, Hanyang Mausoleum, Fly to Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund or similar ★★★★

After a leisure breakfast, we will check out from the hotel this morning. Our local guide will lead you to experience a leisure city tour before departure. Ancient City Wall is another highlight in Xi'an. It witnesses the development of this old city. It represents one of the oldest and best-preserved city walls in China. Bicycle and sightseeing car are optional ways to visit the wall. Then we will move to Big Wild Goose Pagoda and see it from Yanta North Plaza. A typical Xian lunch is arranged before driving to the airport. Before boarding the flight, we will visit the Hanyang Mausoleum, which is the largest museum with the largest floor space in China. Upon arriving at Shanghai, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Day 7Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple, the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Old Street, The Bund

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund or similar ★★★★

Shanghai, the metropolis of China, compared to the 2 historical and cultural cities, shows you the modern aspect of China. Local guide picks you up from the hotel lobby, firstly go to visit Jade Buddha Temple. it is famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, and said to weigh 1, 000 kg. Then we will have a stop at the silk museum before lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit a Chinese typical garden downtown. That is the Yuyuan Garden. Enjoy your shopping time at the nearby Shanghai Old Street and Nanjing Road. It is a good time to choose some special souvenirs before departure from China. Then we will have a leisure walk along the Bund, from which you will also have a view of the skyscrapers on the opposite of Huangpu River, like the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, etc. We will drop you off after the tour. Shanghai Acrobatic Show is famous so it is highly recommended as an optional night activity if you are interested in it.

Shanghai City View
Shanghai City View

Day 8Shanghai - Guilin

Fly to Guilin, Reed Flute Cave

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: Guilin Bravo Hotel or similar ★★★★

Free day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for flight to Guilin. Your Guilin tour guide will wait for you at the airport. In the afternoon, visit Reed Flute Cave which is a famous scenic spot offering a magic fairyland of stalactites, stalagmites in fantastic shapes and colors. On the way back to hotel, a shopping stop at pearl store.

Reed Flute Cave
Reed Flute Cave

Day 9Guilin

Li River Cruise, West Street, Yangshuo countryside

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Guilin Bravo Hotel or similar ★★★★

Take a leisure trip with us today. In the morning, our local tour guide will pick you up from the hotel lobby and transfer you to the river cruise pier. We will check in a luxury cruise boat and start the great Li River cruise at 09:30. You will enjoy the fairy-tale scenery along the Li River to Yangshuo. You will feel you are just walking in a beautiful traditional Chinese painting. When arriving at Yangshuo, we will walk through the West Street or take a sightseeing car to the parking lot directly. It is a amazing to take a Yangshuo countryside tour before we will drive you back to your hotel in Guilin. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Yangshuo Countryside
Yangshuo Countryside

Day 10Guilin - Hong Kong

Elephant Trunk Hill, Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park, Take high speed train to Hongkong

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Harbour Plaza Metropolis Hotel or similar ★★★★

We will have a leisure morning tour before departure. In the morning, the local guide will show you to visit Start to the morning tour to visit Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin. Walk to Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park next to Shahu Lake, which is famous for the golden and silver twin pagodas. Lunch is arranged at a local restaurant. Drive from the expressway to Guilin West Railway Station for a 3-hour high-speed train ride to Hong Kong in the afternoon. Your Hong Kong driver-guide will wait for you at the station and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill

Day 11Hong Kong

The Victoria Peak, Stanley Street, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Gem Factory Outlet

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: Harbour Plaza Metropolis Hotel or similar ★★★★

Today, enjoy your half-day city tour (SIC join-in basis, 4.5 hours ) to Victoria Peak - will give you the best angle to capture exceptional video footage while you are moving to the 373 meters hill top. And then, move to the Aberdeen (excluding sampan) - home to hundreds of people living on fishing junks. Finally go to visit Stanley Street and the largest jewelry factory in Hong Kong. After the tour, you can enjoy your own free exploration in this city.

Victoria Harbor
Victoria Harbor

Day 12Departure Hong Kong

Transfer to airport

Meals: Breakfast

Pack-up & check-out. Free day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for return flight. Your pick-up time will be reconfirmed by our tour guide beforehand according to your departure flight timing. Anyway, shopping spree before leaving for the airport

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Price Includes

  • Internal flight or train as specified
  • Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
  • Private licensed English speaking guide and driver service
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
  • All attraction entrance fees as specified
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • International air tickets or train tickets for arrival and departure
  • Gratuities to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
  • Visa Fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours, meals, activities and services
  • Comprehensive travel insurance

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