Classic Wonders

11 Days Beijing  – Xi'an  – Guilin/Yangshuo  – Shanghai

The private 11-day tour includes the most popular destinations of China and the highlight attractions in each city. It covers major needs of first-time travelers to China.

If you are interested in history, attractions in Beijing, Xi’an tell you stories. If you love scenery, Guilin’s karst landform feasts your eyes. Shanghai draws a picture of brilliant future of China. You also get opportunity to touch the real life by communication with local people.

The same destinations but you can travel in different styles. On this trip, which travel style you would like to choose? Please check the list to see more difference among the three styles.

  • Comfort Trip
  • Discovery Trip
  • Essential Trip
Highlights for Comfort Style
  • Visit the Forbidden City with a local expert who is knowledgeable in history and architecture
  • Have a short stay at Xi 'an Hui Ling Service Station for Intellectual Disabilities to see more about Charity in China  
  • Join in a cooking class in Yangshuo and get the secret recipe
  • Discovery Daxu Ancient town with a local scholar to know ordinary people’s life
  • Take a glance of old Shanghai at Shikumen
Suggested Itinerary for Comfort Style
Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Superior Room)  (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015)

Whenever your international flight lands in Beijing, your tour guide will be ready to welcome you at the arrival hall, to transfer you to your hotel with a private car and driver. They will help you with luggage and hotel check-in, and ensure your trip in Beijing is worry-free.

Free Time for Exploration
We leave the rest of the day free for you to be on your own. You may need some time to relax and recover from the long-distance flight or possibly from jet-lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask your guide for recommendations for good dining or places to see.

Day 2 Take an In-depth View of the Forbidden City with a Local Expert

Hotel:Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Had a sound sleep last night and start the tour from the mysterious the Forbidden City. The expert escort you 5 hour in the emperors’ house and show you some interesting places you would never find by yourself in the Forbidden City and guide you away from the noisy parts and crush of other tour groups. What you can see no longer only empty rooms in the Forbidden City but also pictures of emperors, concubines and eunuchs in the expert's ipad, stories brings it to life.

In the afternoon, the expert accompany you to visit the Tian’anmen Square that is very close to the Forbidden City and have a easy climbing to the Jinshan Hill in Jinshan Park to take a birds’ eye view of the golden roofs, see it from a new angle.

Good to know
To ensure good timing, the local expert does the day tour once a day. So on this day, you have a small group tour with maximum of eight people. Interaction with the expert and group members add more fun. According to previous customers’ feedback, people who love history and family with kids who are over 7 years old are like the tour. 

Forbidden City Forbidden City Heritage Walk
Day 3 The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall

Hotel:Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Morning Exercise in the Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven was the place that emperors went to worship heaven for good harvests. Nowadays It becomes an ideal place that local people do morning exercises. To feel the life pace of beijinger.

The Mutianyu Section
This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a about 2.5 hours' drive from downtown Beijing. A cable-car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for about an hour to descend by chairlift or turbogen. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

Good to Know
If you prefer three hours hiking, just tell your travel advisor to change the arrangement according to your needs.

Mutianyu Great Wall The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall
Day 4 Visit the Summer Palace and Hutong in Beijing – Flight to Xi'an

Hotel:Sofitel on Renmin Square Xi’an (Superior Room) (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015)
Breakfast & Lunch

Enjoy a full day visiting classic highlights of Beijing – the Summer Palaceand Hutongs. Have a pleasant stroll at luxury garden of royal family. Different kinds of pavilions and long corridors give you full flavor of China. Then hop on a rickshaw and ride through the maze of Hutongs to see old Beijing neighborhoods, and chat with a local family. To make your hutong experience special, we stop at a private Chinese aged baijiu Museum in small alley. Thousands of baijiu in different bottles are shown to tell you Chinese baijiu history and culture. Try a small cup of baijiu, wow, strong!For lunch, order dishes with the help of your guide at a small restaurant hidden in the Hutong alley.

Evening Flight to Xi’an
Transfer to Beijing airport for late afternoon or evening flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, your Xi’an guide will be waiting for you at arrivals, and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.

Muslim Quarter Summer Palace
Day 5 Xi'an – the Iconic Terracotta Warriors

Hotel: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xi’an (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

In the morning, uncover the mystery of the underground army dated thousands of years ago at the Terracotta Warriors Museum and site. People are surprised by the magnificent man-made work piece. Stand there and have a silent conversation with these soldiers. After lunch at a popular Chinese restaurant, return to the city area and visit the ancient City Wall that has been guarding the inner city for 600 years.

Good to Know
Walking on the ancient City Wall provides a good view of the city. You can also rent a bike to cycle around the wall.

The Yuyuan Garden Terracotta Warriors
Day 6 Other Highlights of Xi'an and Flight to Guilin

Hotel: Sheraton Guilin (Elegant Room)  (Perfect location near the Li River)
Breakfast & Lunch

Discover more of Xi’an and China’s ancient history at the Shaanxi History Museum andBig Wild Goose Pagoda, then head to the Muslim Quarter and wander through the alley ways to explore and taste the local Muslin Cuisine, like Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb Soup, Jiasan Steamed Soup Dumplings. To know different aspects of China, your guide escorts you to visit Hui Ling Service Station for Intellectual Disabilities (NGO) to see their handcraft workshop and have some interaction with them.   

Flight to Guilin
Transfer to the airport for your evening flight to Guilin. Upon arrival at the airport, your Guilin guide will greet you at the arrival hall and transfer you to your hotel with private car and driver.

huiling Hui Ling Service Station for Intellectual Disabilities (NGO)
Day 7 Guilin to Yangshuo on Li River Cruise

Hotel:Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel (Deluxe Room) (Good Location)
Breakfast & Lunch

Enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Li River as your cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo which takes about four hours. Get your camera ready and record the unforgettable scenery and moments. You’ll reach Yangshuo wharf near the bustling West Street at noon about 13:30.


Biking in local villages
After check-in, you guide will choose a bike for you to start the biking tour in local villages. Meet people there and have a pleasant interact.

Li River Bamboo Rafting Bamboo Rafting on Li River
Day 8 Cooking Class and Leisure Time in Yangshuo

Hotel:Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

You have plenty of time to enjoy your Yangshuo holiday. For this day, we arrange a Chinese cooking class, which lasts for about 3 hours. It begins with going to the local food market to buy materials and ingredients for your cooking class, then cook 2 or 3 popular Chinese dishes with guidance of a tutor, and taste fruits of your labor in the end.

Good to Know
Impression Liu Sanjie is a quality outdoor performance highly recommended for your evening. Put together by famous Chinese director Zhang Yimou, the show is set on the Li River with karst peaks as backdrop, featuring magnificent folk music and dance. It is not included due to weather condition, ask your guide to check the availability on that day.

yangshuo cooking class Yangshuo Cooking Class
Day 9 Discovery Daxu Ancient Town and Catch Flight from Guilin to Shanghai

Hotel:Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World (Superior Room) (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015)
Breakfast & Lunch

Wrapping up your Yangshuo holiday, drive directly to Daxu Ancient Town that near Guilin. The high way is called one of the most beautiful roads in China because you can enjoy karst landform along the way. After one hour, you arrive at Daxu ancient town. Daxu means ‘big market’. It was an important ferry connecting Canton and Guilin thousand years ago. The English-speaking local scholar accompany you to discover its’ glory and ordinary people’s life by visiting some local family and talked with senior there.
In the afternoon or at night, head to the Guilin airport for your flight to Shanghai, a modern city. Upon arrival, meet your Shanghai guide at the arrival hall, and transfer to your hotel for check-in.

The Yuyuan Garden Meet a local in Daxu ancient town
Day 10 Shanghai – Metropolis of East and West

Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

China’s most prosperous city oozes vibes of both tradition and modernity. See the typical Shanghainese life at Shikumen, South China’s classical landscape garden at Yuyuan Garden, enjoy a bird’s eye view over Shanghai on the sightseeing deck of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and finally have a walk around the Bundto learn Shanghai history.

Good to Know
There are many evening shows in Shanghai, and the most recommended ones are acrobatics that are top level in China. Ask your tour guide to help you obtain tickets. It is optional.

The Yuyuan Garden The Yuyuan Garden
Day 11 Shanghai Departure

Meal:Breakfast
As your China trip comes to end, your tour guide, driver and car will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Shanghai Pudong International Airport for your departure flight home. The guide will assist you with flight check-in and luggage, and see you off at the point of security check.

  • Just let us know your travel style!
  • Guide vs. Free-time ratio / Hotel Style & Interests / Dates / People
  • We will then adapt this tour and create a unique quote based on your individual needs.
Free Quote
Highlights for Discovery Style
  • Visit the Forbidden City with a local expert who is knowledgeable in history and architecture
  • Have a short stay at Xi 'an Hui Ling Service Station for Intellectual Disabilities to see more about Charity in China
  • Join in a cooking class in Yangshuo and get the secret recipe
  • Discovery Daxu Ancient town with a local scholar to know ordinary people’s life
  • Take a glance of old Shanghai at Shikumen
Suggested Itinerary for Discovery Style

Have you been dreaming to visit China? From China's most famous historical sites to the stunningly beautiful Li River, experience classic wonders all in 11 days. The discovery style offers overnight soft sleeper train experience and one free day in Yangshuo.

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Hotel: Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Private Transfer to the Hotel
Your driver guide will meet you at the international arrival hall with your name board. It takes about 40 minutes to your hotel, just sit back and relax.

Relax or Explore the Area Nearby
We’ve left this afternoon or evening free for you to recover, relax or explore on your own.  You can ask hotel staff of what there is to see and do near your hotel.

Good to Know
Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel was the former residence of famous Chinese Peking opera artist Mr. Mei Lanfang. Only 10 minutes walking distance from Wangfujin, the travel and commercial center of Beijing. The hotel is the only one in Beijing built during the early period of Qing Dynasty.

Day 2 Hiking on the Great Wall

Hotel:Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

The Hike of a Lifetime
A fascinating day for the outdoor enthusiast! Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby after you’ve had breakfast and then we will travel out to the Great Wall, between Jinshanling and Simatai West. This section of the Great Wall covers some wilder parts, reinforced, partial restorations and full restorations, giving you the full flavor of the Great Wall.

Good to Know
The hiking route takes approximately 3 to 4 hours and offers you spectacular views. It's the photographers’ favorite.  If hiking is not your thing, or 3 hours of hiking sounds a little long, we will go at your pace, at your leisure and/or just cover one section of the wall.

Jinshanling Great Wall Jinshanling Section of the Great Wall
Day 3 Take an In-depth View of the Forbidden City with a Local Expert

Hotel:Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Had a sound sleep last night and start the tour from the mysterious the Forbidden City. The expert escort you 5 hour in the emperors’ house and show you some interesting places you would never find by yourself in the Forbidden City and guide you away from the noisy parts and crush of other tour groups. What you can see no longer only empty rooms in the Forbidden City but also pictures of emperors, concubines and eunuchs in the expert's ipad, stories brings it to life.

In the afternoon, the expert accompany you to visit the Tian’anmen Square that is very close to the Forbidden City and have a easy climbing to the Jinshan Hill in Jinshan Park to take a birds’ eye view of the golden roofs, see it from a new angle.

Good to know
To ensure good timing, the local expert does the day tour once a day. So on this day, you have a small group tour with maximum of eight people. Interaction with the expert and group members add more fun. According to previous customers’ feedback, people who love history and family with kids who are over 7 years old are like the tour.

forbidden city Forbidden City Heritage Walk
Day 4 Beijing Famous Attractions & Night Train to Xi'an

Hotel:Overnight Train (Soft Sleeper) Beijing to Xi’an
Breakfast & Lunch

Enjoy the day and explore this city through the eyes of the locals. Discover classic highlights of Beijing –the Temple of Heaven, Hutongs and the Summer Palace. Hop on a rickshaw and ride through the maze of Hutongs to see old Beijing neighborhoods, and chat with a local family. To make your hutong experience special, we stop at a private Chinese aged baijiu Museum in small alley. Thousands of baijiu in different bottles are shown to tell you Chinese baijiu history and culture. Try a small cup of baijiu, wow, strong! For lunch, select tasty dishes with the help of your guide at a small restaurant hidden in the Hutong alley.

Arrangements will be made to get you to the Beijing railway station to catch the train to Xi’an. Upon arrival, your Xi’an guide will be waiting for you and transfer you to your hotel.

Soft Sleeper to Xi’an
This evening offers an eye opening experience, riding the night train in the soft sleeper berth, up to 4 people in one compartment. Departing Beijing at night and arriving in Xi’an the following morning at approximately 8am.

Good to Know:
You may want to pack some snacks and take bottled water for your train journey.

Ride a Richshaw through Hutongs Ride a Richshaw through Hutongs
Day 5 Xi'an - The Terra-cotta Warriors

Hotel: Grand Noble Hotel
Breakfast & Lunch

Meet the soldiers of thousands years
You'll arrive into Xi’an at 8am where your guide will be waiting for you at the exit with your name on a board. A driver and private car will be ready and waiting to transfer you to the hotel or local restaurant to have breakfast. 

In the morning, uncover the mystery of the underground army dated thousands of years ago at the Terracotta Warriors Museum and see the sites where they were discovered. After lunch at a popular Chinese restaurant, return to city area and cycle or walk on the city’s ancient city wall, that once guarded the inner city for 600 years.

Good to Know
The Terracotta Warriors was discovered by two farmers in 1974. You may get to meet the farmers and have your photos taken with them.

The Terracotta Army The Terracotta Army
Day 6 Xi'an & Flight to Guilin

Hotel:Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
Breakfast & Lunch

Discover more of this ancient city by visiting the Shaanxi History Museum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarters where you can try some Muslim Food along the streets, such as ‘Biang Biang Noodles’.  Visit Then visit Hui Ling Service Station for Intellectual Disabilities (NGO)to see their handcraft workshop and have some interaction with them.  For lunch, try local food at a restaurant that is popular among local people.

Did you know …
That Xi’an was once the capital of China! 

Flight to Guilin
You’ll be taken to the airport for your evening flight to Guilin. Upon arrival at the airport, your Guilin guide will greet you at the arrival hall and transfer you to your hotel by private car and driver.

Good to Know
40 minute car ride from the Guilin airport to the Waterfall Hotel. The hotel is located next to the Sun and Moon Tower on a lake and the Li River.  If you are not tired, you can enjoy a pleasant stroll around the lake which is light up at night.   The hotel is also next to Pedestrian Street, where there are many local delicacies for you to try, like Guilin Rice Noodles!

huiling Hui Ling Service Station for Intellectual Disabilities (NGO)
Day 7 Guilin to Yangshuo

Hotel: Yangshuo Aiyuan Hotel  (Perfect location at the West Street)
Breakfast & Buffet Lunch on Boat

Discover the beauty of the Li River and Yangshuo
Get on board and enjoy the Li River cruise that takes about 3-4 hours. Just sit and relax or go to the dock to take pictures of the stunning views.

Another way is to take a motorized bamboo-raft. Drive to Yangdi by private car and take in the scenery of the beautiful karst mountains while on a motorized bamboo-raft along the Li River.  Feel free to ask the guide to stop the raft at any point where you can capture photos of the steep karst mountains!  You’ll arrive to a small ancient town, Xing Ping, walk around and relax in a small café or take a stroll through this quaint town before heading to Yangshuo.  

After check-in at hotel in Yangshuo, start your biking tour to local villages to meet people and have a nice interact with them.

Did you know …
During summer, you may see water buffaloes cooling in the river or you may hear laughter of children swimming along the shores, as you travel on the raft down the Li River.  You won’t be disappointed!

Cycling in Yangshuo Countryside Cycling in Yangshuo Countryside
Day 8 A Full Free Day

Hotel: Yangshuo Aiyuan Hotel
Breakfast

We’ve left the rest time for you to choose and discover at your own pace! You can continue to enjoy more of this beautiful countryside. You can stop and take photos that capture your interest.

If you are interested in more of Chinese culture and arts, then you can put your hand to learn the some Chinese Kung Fu or calligraphy, the choice is yours!

Good to Know
Suggestions for the evening optioanl: Impression Liu Sanjie is an excellent night show, with folk music, dancing, set on the beautiful Li River with the karst mountains as a backdrop, is highly recommended and not to be missed. Your guide can help you obtain tickets if you feel interested in the show.

Day 9 Yangshuo to Guilin & Flight to Shanghai

Hotel:The Bund Hotel Shanghai
Breakfast & Lunch

In the morning, start the day form Cooking class,  the teacher will guide you to a local food market before the class. English-speaking tutor demonstrate how to cook local dishes such as beer fish. You will get English recipe as well.

Wrapping up your Yangshuo holiday, you’ll be transferred directly to Daxu Ancient Town that near Guilin. The high way is called one of the most beautiful roads in China because you can enjoy karst landform along the way. After one hour, you arrive at Daxu ancient town. Daxu means ‘big market’. It was an important ferry connecting Canton and Guilin thousand years ago. The English-speaking local scholar accompany you to discover its’ glory and ordinary people’s life by visiting some local family and talked with senior there.

In the late afternoor or at night you will be transferred to Guilin airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival your Shanghai guide and driver will meet you to take you to your hotel by private car.

local resident in Daxu ancient town
Day 10 Shanghai – Metropolis of East and West

Hotel: The Bund Hotel Shanghai
Breakfast & Lunch

China’s most prosperous city oozes vibes of both tradition and modernity. See the typical Shanghainese life at Shikumen, South China’s classical landscape garden at Yuyuan Garden, enjoy a bird’s eye view over Shanghai on the sightseeing deck of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and finally have a walk around the Bundto learn Shanghai history

Good to Know
There are many evening shows in Shanghai as optional choice, the most recommended ones are acrobatics with top level in China. Ask your tour guide to help you obtain tickets.

Shikumen Shanghai Old Shanghai Furnishing Exhibitions at Shikumen
Day 11 Shanghai Departure

Meal: Breakfast
As your China trip comes to end, your tour guide, driver and car will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Shanghai Pudong International Airport for your departure flight home. The guide will be accompany you and assist with flight check-in and luggage, and then see you off at the point of security check.

  • Just let us know your travel style!
  • Guide vs. Free-time ratio / Hotel Style & Interests / Dates / People
  • We will then adapt this tour and create a unique quote based on your individual needs.
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Highlights for Essential Style
  • Have the Great Wall Hiking with professional hiking guide
  • Visit the Iconic Terracotta Warriors
  • Enjoy free time and try some adventure on your own
  • Worry-free pick-up service in each city
Suggested Itinerary for Essential Style

The essential style tour package includes comfortable private round-way transfers between airport or railway station to hotels are arranged in each city, the Great Wall hiking and visiting to the Terracotta Warriors are escorted by your guide and driver. Enjoy free time in Yangshuo and Shanghai. Save your time, so you do not need book everything from different suppliers. It is the style combine convenient and flexibility.

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Hotel:Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Standard Room)

Private Pick Up and Transfer to Hotel
When your flight arrives at Beijing airport, your driver guide will be waiting to greet you at the arrival hall and help with your luggage and transfer to hotel by private car. After check-in, the driver guide will help you ensure everything is in order at your hotel room.

Exploring Beijing
The rest of the day is all yours to relax or explore. Feel free to ask for insider ideas and recommendations from your travel advisor or hotel staff when you arrive in.

Day 2 Hiking on the Great Wall

Hotel:Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Standard Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

The Wilder Section from Jinshanling to Simatai West
It is not convenient to get to Jinshanling and Simatai using public transport, so today we arrange a guided tour with private car and driver to ensure a smooth and hassle-free exploration. This section of the great wall is only partly restored, offering breathtaking views with a relatively peaceful walk. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and get your camera ready to capture the magnificent panoramic views.

Good to Know
The hike takes 3 or 4 hours. Feel free to tell your guide any time if you prefer a hike for a shorter time and length.

Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking Hiking on Jinshanling Section of the Great Wall
Day 3 A Full Free Day in Beijing

Hotel:Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Standard Room)
Breakfast

Beijing – DIY Free Day
Today you will explore the city at your own way and pace. Classic highlights include the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Hutongs. You can get between these sites conveniently using public transport like subway, bus or taxi.

Day 4 Free Time in Beijing & Overnight Train to Xi'an

Hotel:Overnight Train (Soft Sleeper) Beijing to Xi’an
Breakfast

Beijing – DIY Free Daytime.
After visiting major attractions on the previous day, you are suggested to explore some special or leisure place like 798 Art District, Houhai, Nanluoguxiang.

Overnight Train for Xi’an
Get your own transport to the train station and board the overnight train heading for Xi’an. If you need transfer to railway station, please inform your travel advisor to add it. To ensure your comfort, we will book soft sleeper tickets on direct high speed train Z19 (20:43-07:58), maximum 4 people in one compartment. Make sure to arrive at the train station at least one hour before departure time, and you may want to pack some bottled water and snacks for your train ride.

Day 5 Xi'an – the Iconic Terracotta Warriors

Hotel:Grand New World Hotel Xian (Standard Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Your train is expected to arrive at Xi’an around 8:00 in the morning. You will be picked up at the station by your guide, driver and car and transfer to your hotel for breakfast. After you have freshened up and whenever you feel ready, start today’s tour to the Terracotta Warriors.

Unveil the Mystery of Underground Army
The Terracotta Warriors have been buried underground guarding the lavish Emperor Qin Shihuang for thousands of Years. With the introduction from your tour guide, you will get to know their history and stories. After lunch at a popular Chinese restaurant, get back to city area to visit the city symbol – Big Wild Goose Pagoda for a good view over the city, and hunt for souvenirs and specialty foods at Muslim Quarter.

The Terracotta Army The Terracotta Army
Day 6 Flight from Xi'an to Guilin – Yangshuo

Hotel:Yangshuo Giggling Tree Guesthouse (Standard Room) (Rank No.2 on Tripadvisor)
Breakfast

Today you’ll have plenty of free time to see more of Xi’an. You can hire a bike to cycle on the ancient city wall, or see some exquisite displays at Shaanxi History Museum. After that, you guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to Guilin.

Private Transfer from Guilin Airport to Hotel in Yangshuo
Upon landing at Guilin airport, meet your English-speaking driver guide at the arrival hall and transfer to your hotel in Yangshuo. The next three days will be on your own arrangements for your Yangshuo holiday, so feel free to seek travel ideas and recommendations from your driver guide during the three-hour transfer.

Day 7 Yangshuo Free Day

Hotel: Yangshuo Giggling Tree Guesthouse (Standard Room)
Breakfast

Relax at your hotel courtyard, or head to West Street in town for a drink, or enjoy some outdoor activities like biking in the countryside, rock climbing, and bamboo rafting on Yulong River. There are many classes in Yangshuo where you can learn something about Chinese culture and art, including calligraphy, Chinese cooking, Chinese painting and Kungfu.

Good to Know
Impression Liu Sanjie is a creation by famous Chinese director Zhang Yimou. Set on the Li River with karst peaks as the backdrop, this quality music and dance performance is highly recommended for a spare evening. Leave it for your optional choice, you can book the ticket at hotel or ask driver guide to help.

Day 8 Yangshuo Free Day

Hotel:Yangshuo Giggling Tree Guesthouse (Standard Room)
Breakfast

Keep enjoying your Yangshuo holiday. If you are interested in exploring more of the countryside, ride a local bus to Yangdi, and take a motorized bamboo raft to Xingping. This section is considered the most beautiful part of the Li River. Stroll in the small town of Xingping, and try the local beer fish, a Yangshuo specialty.

Day 9 Yangshuo – Guilin - Shanghai

Hotel:Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei (Superior Room)
Breakfast

Today wrap up your Yangshuo holiday, and driver guide arrange your transport from Yangshuo to Guilin airport for your flight to Shanghai. Allow 3 hours for the transport from your hotel to the airport.

Private Airport Pick-up and Transfer
After arriving at Shanghai airport, your local guide will welcome you at the arrival hall, and transfer to your hotel with private car and driver. While in the car, feel free to ask your guide for recommendations of attractions and dining places for your exploration the next day.

Day 10 Shanghai DIY Free Day

Hotel:Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei (Superior Room)
Breakfast

The convenient and efficient public transport in Shanghai will get you to attractions that you don’t want to miss – the Bund, Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, and you can get a bird’s eye view of the city at Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and if you like history, visit Shanghai History Museum at lower floors of the tower.

Day 11 Shanghai Departure

Meal: Breakfast
As your China Classic Wonders tour comes to the end, your guide arrange your transport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport for your departure flight. For international flights, it is suggested that you arrive at the airport at least 3 hours ahead of your flight departure time.

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What's Included
  • Entrance to attractions listed in the itinerary
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transfers between the airport or railway station, attractions, ports, and hotels
  • Private local English-speaking tour guide and driver service (except tips based on your willingness)
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast and service fee
  • Specified flights, trains, and Cruise
Trip Notes

Extension based on the tour

Extend the tour:

  • Yangtze River Cruise: add 4-5 days (from Chongqing to Yichang or vise versa)
  • Chengdu: add 2-3 days; visit Panda Research Center, the Giant Buddha, Mt. Emei
  • Suzhou and Hangzhou: add 2-3 days, visit gardens, the West Lake and water towns
  • Hong Kong: add 2-3 days, visit Victoria Peak, Disneyland and Macau day tour

Shorten the tour:
if you have only one week and it is your first time to China, we suggest delete Shanghai or Guilin. Shanghai is suit for modern lovers and easy connected with your international flight; while Guilin is a good choice for scenery lovers and can be connected with Hong Kong for international flight, just one hour distance.

Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong are major entry cities.

Optional Activities

It must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision, ticket price depends on different seats, so we suggest ask your guide to book tickets if you need.

  • Beijing - Legend of Kungfu Show
  • Xi’an - Tang Dynasty Cultural Show
  • Dumpling Banquet - Tang Dynasty Cultural Show plus Dumpling Banquet
  • Yangshuo - Impression Sanjie Liu Lights Show by Zhang Yimou (outdoor)
  • Shanghai - Chinese Acrobats Show

Useful Information for Traveling in China

What’s the difference of 3, 4, 5 star hotels
China Highlights usually arrange central location and western-standard hotels. Five-star hotel are usually palatial with huge lobbies and comfortable rooms, their standards not quite matching the best of Paris or New Year, but very close. Four-star hotels have adequate facility, but not as luxury as the five-star hotel. Three-star hotels meet the most needs of westerners, but breakfast have less choice.

We also recommend some courtyard hotel or typical Chinese hotel with local features and architecture. These hotels have good rank or positive feedback from our previous customers and Tripadvisor.

Usually the hotels in big city, small city and county are a bit different even though hotels have the same star level. We try to use the best valuable hotel in each place.

How about train conditions like in China?
A soft sleeper is recommended for overnight and long-distance travel. Each soft sleeper compartment is enclosed, and contains four bunks, with two on each side. The bunks are wider and more comfortable with decent beddings. Soft sleeper compartments may vary between trains. You may have both over-head storage and under-bed storage, or just under-bed storage.

For short distance train travel, G (Gaotie) and D (Dongche) series trains are recommended. They are both use CRH (China Railway High-Speed) railways. G trains are the fastest trains in China, with a speed reaching 250 km/h to 400 km/h, and the prices are the highest.

Money Exchange

As currency exchange rates in Asia fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com As of March 2015 the exchange rate for HONG KONG was 1 USD = 7.90 HKD (Hong Kong Dollar) and CHINA was 1 USD = 6.15 CNY (Chinese Yuan RMB). There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Master card but these are limited to major cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers cheque in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee.

Tipping

It is customary to tip service providers in travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3USD per person per day as guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service.

Food

Eating is an important part of your traveling in China. Generally breakfasts are included offered by hotels. China Highlights recommend local Chinese restaurants that popular among local people to have lunch. You can order dishes with the help of guide. We leave dinner for your own choice, you may miss western food.

If you are vegetarian or you are look for halal food, please feel free to inform your travel advisor who can arrange restaurant you need.

Vehicle

Comfortable sedan or van with air-condition are offered for you. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles.

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