Riches of China

13 Days Beijing – Xi'an – Guilin/Yangshuo – Hangzhou - Suzhou – Shanghai Private Tour

There is a Chinese saying goes: In heaven there is paradise, on earth there are Suzhou and Hangzhou. This 13-day private tour includes the popular Chinese classic wonders and the highlights in Suzhou and Hangzhou.

Enjoy the deep-rooted cultural and historical sites in Beijing and Xi’an, relax at breathtaking karst scenery in Guilin and Yangshuo, taste the exquisite life style by wondering in beautiful gardens, along the West Lake and water town in Suzhou and Hangzhou. Immerse into the rich and diverse China. 

You can have the same destinations in three different travel styles. Which one fits your needs?

Map of Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Hangzhou- Suzhou-Shanghai
  • Comfort Trip
  • Discovery Trip
  • Essential Trip
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Highlights for Comfort Style
  • Enjoy the less-crowded part of the Great Wall by combining moderate hiking and effort-saving cable car
  • Explore the mystical Forbidden City leaded by our expert guide in history and architecture
  • Experience minority people’s life at the incredible Longji rice terrace fields and cycle through Yangshuo's stunning countryside
  • Capture the unique Fengshui pictures on a boat ride in the West Lake of Hangzhou
  • Lingering in the best representative of Chinese classical gardens: Suzhou
  • Discover the modern and traditional Shanghai lifestyle
  • Suggested Itinerary
    Day 1 Beijing Arrival

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

    Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel
    After your flight lands at Beijing airport, you will be met by your tour guide at the arrival hall, and will transfer you to your hotel by private car and driver. They will assist you with your luggage, hotel check-in, and ensure your trip in Beijing will go smoothly and worry-free.

    Exploring Beijing
    We leave rest of the day free for you to recover from your long-distance flight. If you are up to it, you can stretch your legs and explore what is nearby your hotel. Feel free to ask your tour guide for recommendations of what is around.

    Day 2 Beyond the Ordinary, Visit the Forbidden City with a Local Expert

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

    Usually people spend 2 hours in the Forbidden City and walk along the central axis which is the same with the crowds. To give a much better experience, China Highlights 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 The Forbidden City
    Day 3 The Temple of Heaven and the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall

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

    Early Bird at 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, such as Tai Chi, playing shuttlecock, ball-room dance. Everybody have smiles and enjoy the life. What a nice picture!

    The Great Wall of Mutianyu
    This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is 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 toboggan. 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 More Highlights of Beijing and Flight to Xi’an

    Hotel: Wyndham Grand Xian South (Superior Room) (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015)
    Breakfast & Lunch

    Enjoy a full day visiting classic highlights of Beijing – the Summer Palace and 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.

    The Summer Palace The Summer Palace
    Day 5 Xi'an – the Hometown of the Terracotta Warriors

    Hotel: Wyndham Grand Xian South (Superior Room)
    Breakfast & Lunch

    Today we will take you to see the famous Terracotta Warriors buried more than 2,200 years ago. A must visit while in Xi’an. After lunch at a popular local restaurant, we will head back to the city. There you can walk on the Ancient City Wall, or if you prefer, we can rent a bike and cycle along the city wall for a good view of the city.

    Did you know …
    The First Emperor, who unified China 2,200 years ago, Emperor Qin, is where China got its name, ordered the creation of this army!

    Good to know 
    In the evening, you can walk around your hotel to see the Bell Tower which is lit up at night or enjoy a Tang Dynasty Dancing and Singing Show.

    The Terracotta Army The Terracotta Army
    Day 6 Xi'an Highlights Tour – Flight to Guilin

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

    Xi’an, a place of significant importance in history with many historical sites and relics. Get to know more of this city’s splendid history with a visit to Shaanxi History Museum. Nearby, we will also see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of China’s most famous Buddhist pagodas built during the Tang Dynasty. Jiaozi or dumplings are a staple food in North China, therefore we will arrange a small dumpling making class for you to experience local culture. Then visit the Muslim Quarter, walk around the many stalls and sample some of their local delicacies.  

    Flight to Guilin and Private Transfer to Hotel
    Transfer to Xi’an airport for your evening flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, your Guilin tour guide will meet you at the airport, with a private car and driver to transfer you to your hotel.


    Big Goose Pagoda The Big Goose Pagoda
    Day 7 Enjoy Unique Longji Terraced Fields and Meet Yao Minority

    Hotel: Sheraton Guilin (Elegant Room)
    Breakfast & Lunch

    If you are an early bird, you are suggested to walk along the Li River bank where just outside of the Sheraton Hotel in the morning. Your guide and driver are ready to escort you to the Longji Terraced Fields that are built into the hillsides, and look like great chains or ribbons as they wind round the contours in tiered bands. Beautiful when the sun reflects in the water of the paddy fields and glowing with yellow ears when the harvest is ripe, Longji (Dragon's Back) is a feast for the eyes.

     

    Yao minority live there for generations in wooden house. Yao women have long black hair but their never use shampoo, they have their own mysterious method to keep hair clean and shinning, even for ladies who are over 50 years. To find the answer, discovery there with your guide.

    It takes about 2.5 hours drive from Guilin to Ping’an Village of Longji. After the day tour, you will get back to hotel in Guilin.

    Longji Rice Fields Longji Rice Terraces
    Day 8 Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo

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

    One Day Karst Scenery Tour
    Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of karst mountains, bamboo groves, buffaloes bathing in the river during summer and the sound of children swimming along the river banks. The boat will pass the scenery that printed on the Chinese 20 Yuan bank note. The trip along the Li River is a must. You will have a Chinese buffet lunch on the boat. To ensure a better quality of food, we also prepare western lunch box for you which include sandwich, French Pastry, salad.

    Arrive at Yangshuo at about 13:30, walk through the West Street, your guide help you check-in at hotel. Take a short break and start the cycling along the Yulong River.

    Good to Know
    As the evening is free, our suggestion for you is to see the Impression San Liu Jie Show that is performed on the Li River with the karst mountains as a background. Ask your tour guide if you need help to get tickets.

    Li River Cruise The Li River Cruise
    Day 9 Cooking Class in Yangshuo and Daxu Ancient Town

    Hotel: Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake (Deluxe Room) (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015)
    Breakfast & Lunch

    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, and then cook 2 or 3 popular Chinese dishes with guidance of a tutor, and taste fruits of your labor in the end.

    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 Hangzhou. Upon arrival, meet your Hangzhou guide at the arrival hall, and transfer to your hotel for check-in.

    The Bund Yangshuo Cooking Class
    Day 10 Hangzhou Highlights and HSR to Suzhou

    Hotel: Pan Pacific Suzhou (Deluxe Room) (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015)
    Breakfast & Lunch

    Wake up with birds singing, Hangzhou is a pleasant city with both modern elements and leisure flavor. Only walking distance, you reach the West Lake that has an area of 5.6 square kilometers (2.2 square miles) and is the symbol of the city and is a place of tranquility. Then visit to the Linyin Temple which is one of the most important and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China, it boasts plenty of pagodas and Buddhist grottoes. In the afternoon, climb to the Six Harmonies Pagoda to take a birds’ eye view of the city.  

    Catch HSR at night to Suzhou at about 19:50 and arrive at your sweet hotel at about 21:50.

    west lake The West Lake
    Day 11 Suzhou – Garden and Tongli Ancient Water Town

    Hotel: Pan Pacific Suzhou (Deluxe Room)
    Breakfast & Lunch

    Suzhou Landscape Garden – The Soul of the City
    Enjoy a peaceful walk through the Humble Administrator’s Garden that is the best representative of Chinese classical gardens, constructed in the Ming dynasty, which focuses on a central pond with pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers located nearby.

    You will then head to the Tongli Water Town to get a glimpse of the lives of the locals. Relax on a wooden boat as you are winding through waterways and under many stone bridges. We will make a stop for you to enjoy Chinese tea and lunch at a tea house along on the water bank.

    the Humble  Administrator’s Garden The Humble Administrator's Garden
    Day 12 Suzhou to Shanghai – a Unique Fashion of East and West / Colonial Architecture and Modernistic Buildings

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

    After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to leave the garden city and head to China’s metropolis city – Shanghai. The HSR only takes about 30 minutes!

    Shanghai's colonial legacy combined with Chinese culture has created a unique fusion of East and West, and ancient architecture to modernistic buildings. You will visit the Yuyuan Garden, located in the center of Shanghai’s old city! The garden built during the Ming Dynasty. From there, you will head to Oriental Pearl TV Tower, where you can get a magnificent view of the city’s ever-changing modern skyline. 

    Take a look at Shikumen which means "Stone Warehouse Gate", is a traditional Shanghainese architectural style building combining Western and Chinese elements that first appeared in the 1860s. 

    Then relax at the Bund to look at the high buildings on the other bank of the River.

    Did you know …
    At the height of their popularity, there were 9000 shikumen-style buildings in Shanghai, comprising 60% of the total housing of the city, but today the proportion is much lower as most Shanghainese live in large apartment buildings.

    the bund The Bund
    Day 13 Shanghai Departure

    Transfer directly to Shanghai Pudong International Airport for your departure flight. Your guide will accompany you till the point of security check and wave goodbye.

Highlights for Discovery Style
  • Enjoy lifetime hiking experience with professional hiking guide who spends 200 days on the Great Wall per year
  • On our exclusive in-depth Forbidden City journey you'll discover more, without the hassle of other groups
  • Immerse yourself in the mystery of the Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an
  • Visit Daxu Ancient Town to touch the real life of ordinary people
  • Cycle through Yangshuo's stunning countryside and say hello to water buffalos
  • Taste the exquisiteness of Suzhou and Hangzhou before we explore the modern Shanghai
  • Suggested Itinerary

    Discover riches of China within 13 days to explore Beijing and Xi’an with long history, enjoy picturesque city in Guilin and Yangshuo, and appreciate exquisite and pleasant city in Suzhou and Hangzhou.

    Day 1 Beijing Arrival

    Hotel: Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel (Standard Room)

    Your tour guide will welcome you at the arrival hall and you will be taken to the reserved hotel by private car and driver. He/she will assist you with your luggage and hotel check-in, and ensure everything is in order.

    Exploring Beijing
    We leave rest of the day free for you to relax or explore. Feel free to ask for recommendations from your guide on dining or where to explore nearby the hotel.

    Day 2 Lifetime Hiking on the Great Wall

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

    Hike from Jinshanling to Simatai West
    Compared with Jiankou to Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, the section of Jinshanling to Simatai West is suitable for most hiking fans with less steepness but includes all aspects of the Great Wall, such as panoramic views with wild and ruined walls, and watch towers along the way. Get your camera ready capture the beautiful scenery along the wall and over the wall.

    Good to Know
    The hike takes 3 or 4 hours. If you feel the hike is a bit long, or you are not into hiking, tell your guide any time, and we will just go at your pace. This does not affect the price of your tour.

    Jinshanling Great Wall The Jinshanling Section of the Great Wall
    Day 3 See the Forbidden City in a Different But Smart Way

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

    Usually people spend 2 hours in the Forbidden City and walk along the central axis which is the same with the crowds. To give a much better experience, China Highlights 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.

    The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
    Day 4 More Highlights of Beijing and Night Train to Xi’an

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

    Continue to visit highlights of Beijing in the day time. The Forbidden City is the place where emperors handle political issues and living in, while the Summer Palace is the place that royal family spent their vacation. The breath-taking man-made scenery give you more information about the ancient time. The Temple of Heaven is also a part of emperors’ life. It was the place that emperors went to worship heaven for good harvests.

    Then we transfer to traditional hutongs where local cultures of generations have been inheriting.

    Private Transfer from Railway Station to Hotel
    The train will arrive into Xi’an around 8:00 in the morning. Meet your tour guide at the train station, and you will be transferred to your hotel by private car and driver. Have breakfast and freshen up at the hotel. When you feel ready, start today’s tour to the iconic sight of Xi’an.

    Good to Know
    The Ancient City Wall offers a great view of the city while you take a stroll. We can substitute with cycling on the wall, if you like.

    Summer Palace The Summer Palace

    Day 5 Xi’an, the Ancient Capital

    Hotel: Xi’an Grand Noble Hotel (Superior Room)
    Breakfast & Lunch

    Private Transfer from Railway Station to Hotel
    The train will arrive into Xi’an around 8:00 in the morning. Meet your tour guide at the train station, and you will be transferred to your hotel by private car and driver. Have breakfast and freshen up at the hotel. When you feel ready, start today’s tour to the iconic sight of Xi’an.

    Guided Tour to the Terracotta Warriors
    Your guide’s introduction will unveil for you the mystery and magnificence of this incredible underground army from thousands of years ago. At lunch, order dishes with the help of your guide at a popular Chinese restaurant, and return to Xi’an city area to visit the Ancient City Wall. 

    Good to Know
    The Ancient City Wall offers a great view of the city while you take a stroll. We can substitute with cycling on the wall, if you like.

    The Terracotta Army The Terracotta Army
    Day 6 Discovery More of Xi’an and Flight to Guilin

    Hotel: Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel (Standard Room)
    Breakfast & Lunch

    You have a full day to see more of Xi’an, visit the Shaanxi History Museum to learn more about the once ancient capital, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and also explore the Muslim Quarter to try some of the local delicacies, weave your way around the many stalls and see the old ancient Mosque.

    Xi’an to Guilin Flight
    Transfer on time to catch the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, your local tour guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel by private car and driver.

    the Muslim Quarter The Muslim Quarter
    Day 7 Guilin – Yangshuo Li River Cruise

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

    Natural Scenery Tour
    Get on board and enjoy the Li River cruise that takes about 4 hours. Just sit and relax or go to the dock to take pictures of the stunning views. Use your imagination to recognize pictographic shapes of hills with the guide’s introduction. Arrive at Yangshuo at about 13:30.
    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!

    Good to know
    Impression Liu Sanjie is an excellent night show 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.

    Li River The Li River
    Day 8 A Free Day in Yangshuo

    Hotel: Yangshuo Aiyuan Hotel
    Breakfast

    Thet time is yours to explore at your own pace! You can continue to enjoy more of this beautiful countryside, by lingering on the West Street, having a cup of coffee or doing something energetic liking climbing, rafting.

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

    Day 9 Yangshuo – Guilin - Hangzhou

    Hotel: Haihua Hotel Hangzhou (Standard Room)
    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 afternoon or at night you will be transferred to Guilin airport for your flight to Hangzhou. Upon arrival your guide and driver will meet you to take you to your hotel by private car.

    Yangshuo Cooking Class Yangshuo Cooking Class
    Day 10 Day Tour of Hangzhou Highlights and HSR to Suzhou

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Jasmine Suzhou (Superior Room)
    Breakfast & Lunch

    Wake up with birds singing, Hangzhou is a pleasant city with both modern elements and leisure flavor. Only walking distance, you reach the West Lake that has an area of 5.6 square kilometers (2.2 square miles) and is the symbol of the city and is a place of tranquility. Then visit to the Linyin Temple which is one of the most important and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China, it boasts plenty of pagodas and Buddhist grottoes. In the afternoon, climb to the Six Harmonies Pagoda to take a birds’ eye view of the city. 

    Catch HSR at night to Suzhou at about 19:50 and arrive at your sweet hotel at about 21:50.

    The West Lake The West Lake
    Day 11 Garden and Water Town in Suzhou

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Jasmine Suzhou (Superior Room)
    Breakfast & Lunch

    Suzhou Landscape Garden – The Soul of the City
    Enjoy a peaceful walk through the Humble Administrator’s Garden that is the best representative of Chinese classical gardens, constructed in the Ming dynasty, which focuses on a central pond with pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers located nearby.

    You will then head to the Tongli Water Town to get a glimpse of the lives of the locals. Relax on a wooden boat as you are winding through waterways and under many stone bridges. We will make a stop for you to enjoy Chinese tea and lunch at a tea house along on the water bank.

    Did you know :
    Suzhou is often dubbed the "Venice of the East" or "Venice of China".

    the Humble  Administrator’s Garden The Humble Administrator’s Garden
    Day 12 Suzhou to Shanghai and Shanghai Highlights

    Hotel: The Bund Hotel Shanghai (Superior Room)
    Breakfast & Lunch

    After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to leave the garden city and head to China’s metropolis city – Shanghai. The HSR only takes about 30 minutes!

    Shanghai's colonial legacy combined with Chinese culture has created a unique fusion of East and West, and ancient architecture to modernistic buildings. You will visit the Yuyuan Garden, located in the center of Shanghai’s old city! The garden built during the Ming Dynasty. From there, you will head to Oriental Pearl TV Tower, where you can get a magnificent view of the city’s ever-changing modern skyline. 

    Take a look at Shikumen which means "Stone Warehouse Gate", is a traditional Shanghainese architectural style building combining Western and Chinese elements that first appeared in the 1860s. 

    Then relax at the Bund to look at the high buildings on the other bank of the River.

    the Bund The Bund
    Day 13 Shanghai Departure

    Breakfast

    Today your guide, car and driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you directly to Shanghai Pudong International Airport for your departure flight. The guide will accompany you to the point of security check and see you off.

     

    • 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
  • Feast your eyes by visiting the Fobidden City and the Mutianyu Great Wall in one day
  • Enjoy a day tour of Xi'an's iconic Terracotta Warriors
  • Try some adventures on your own, but with the backup of our awarded customer support
  • Worry-free pick-up service in each city
  • Experience fast high-speed railway
  • Have all your required transport and hotel bookings coordinated professionally for you
Suggested Itinerary

Enjoy the combination of free days and essential arrangements in each city. Experience different culture both in the north and south of China. The tour package secures you a safe booking of domestic air tickets and hotels to make a worry-free connection in each city.

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Hotel: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Standard Room)

Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel
Upon arrival, your local tour guide, driver and car will be ready waiting to pick you up, and transfer to your hotel. The guide will assist you with luggage and hotel check-in, and ensure everything is in order at your hotel room.

Exploring Beijing 
The rest of the day is left free for your own arrangement – rest, relax or explore. Feel free to seek ideas or recommendations from your guide during your transfer.

Day 2 Main Treasures of Beijing

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

Today you take a small group tour with maximum 6 people in a group. Guide contact you one day before departure and pick you up from hotel lobby. We already book the tickets online so no need to queue in line and waste time, “Skip the line at amazing the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace Museum). Walk the Tian’anmen Square with insider’s eyesight in the morning. In the afternoon, your guide and driver escort you to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, avoid crow in the morning to enjoy 2-hour Great Wall Hiking with round-way cable car. You also have free portable Wi-Fi anytime and anywhere. This is a smartly-timing arrangement with absolutely no shop visiting. Good faith with money back guarantee. ”

Jinshanling Great Wall The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall
Day 3 A Free Day in Beijing

Hotel: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Standard Room)
Breakfast

A full free day for you to discover the city. If you like historical sites, we recommend visit to the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven; if you prefer see something local, walking around Hutongs, food market or Wangfujin snack street.

Day 4 Beijing & Overnight Train for Xi'an

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

Beijing – DIY Free Day 
You have daytime to explore the city at your own pace and your own way. Public transport is convenient, getting you between essential highlights of the city, and recommended ones are some free things to do, such as visiting to 798 Art District, Houhai area, Nanluoguxiang.

Overnight Train for Xi’an 
Get prepare for the overnight train from Beijing to Xi’an. You are suggested to prepare some water and snacks. Your driver and guide will offer the transfer service. We have booked for you soft sleeper tickets on the train Z19 (20:43-07:58) to ensure your comfort – maximum 4 people in one compartment. 

Day 5 Xi'an - The Terracotta Warriors

Hotel: Xi’an Skytel Hotel (Standard Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Private Transfer from Train Station to Hotel
The train is expected to arrive in Xi’an around 8 in the morning. Your private tour guide, driver and car will be ready waiting for you and transfer to your hotel. After breakfast at the hotel and you have freshened up, start today’s tour when you are ready.

The Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour
The iconic sight of Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors buried underground for thousands of years unveils in front of you, with the introduction from your tour guide. After lunch at a popular Chinese restaurant, return to the city to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (best place for a view over the city) and the Muslim Quarter (great for food and souvenir hunting).

Good to Know
The square in front of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is beautifully lit up at night with a musical fountain, making it great stroll in the evening.

The Terracotta Army The Terracotta Army
Day 6 Xi'an – Guilin – Yangshuo

Hotel: Yangshuo Giggling Tree Guesthouse (Standard Room) (Rank No. 2 of B﹠B Inn in Yangshuo on Tripadvisor)
Breakfast

Today you’ll have some free time where you can explore the city center of Xi’an. You can head to the ancient City Wall, and hire bikes to cycle on the Wall, before heading to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Transport from hotel to airport in Xi’an is included.

Private Transfer from Guilin Airport to Yangshuo Hotel
Upon arrival in Guilin, your English-speaking driver guide will be waiting for you at the airport, and transfer you directly to your cozy hotel in Yangshuo.

Good to Know
The next 3 days will be your own arrangement, which gives you full flexibility for your Yangshuo holiday. Feel free to ask for ideas from your tour guide while you’re on your way to the hotel.  The journey from Guilin Airport to Yangshou is approximately 2.5 hours.

Day 7 Yangshuo Free Day

Hotel: Yangshuo Giggling Tree Guesthouse (Standard Room)
Breakfast

Today, you can relax at your hotel courtyard, or head to West Street in town, or enjoy some outdoor activities like hiring a bike and cycle around the countryside, bamboo rafting or rock climbing. For the curious who wants to learn more about Chinese culture, art and craft, you can attend a cooking class, Chinese painting, calligraphy and tai-chi.

Good to Know
Impression Liu Sanjie is an excellent night show set on the beautiful Li River, created by the famous Chinese director, Zhang Yimou. This is highly recommended for a spare evening.

Yulong River The Yulong River, Yangshuo
Day 8 Yangshuo Free Day

Hotel: Yangshuo Giggling Tree Guesthouse (Standard Room)
Breakfast

If you haven’t already, you can explore more of the countryside, by heading out to get a local bus to Yangdi. From there, you can take a bamboo motorized raft along the Li River, famous for its beautiful scenery and then arriving to a small ancient town, Xing Ping.  Spend an afternoon strolling through this small town, watch the cormorant fishing, or if you’re still feeling energetic, you can climb Laozhai Mountain, to get a spectacular view overlooking the countryside.

Head back to Yangshuo by local bus to be back in time for dinner at your guesthouse or just hang out in town to enjoy the nightlife!

Good to know:
Try the local beer fish, a Yangshuo specialty!
Day 9 Yangshuo – Guilin - Hangzhou

Hotel: Enjoyor Hotel (Standard Room)
Breakfast

Enjoy free morning time in Yangshuo and wrapping up your Yangshuo holiday in the afternoon or at night, your driver guide escorts you to the Guilin airport to get flight to Hangzhou.

Upon arrival at Hangzhou, your private guide, driver and private car will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel which is near the West Lake. While in the car, please feel free to ask your guide for recommendations of sites and local eateries to try out!

The West Street The West Street
Day 10 Hangzhou Highlights DIY and HSR to Suzhou

Hotel: Garden Hotel (Business Room)
Breakfast

Wake up in the morning and have a nice stroll along the West Lake, this is your own free day in the green city. The Linyin Temple and the Six Harmonies Pagoda are recommended. If you would like to buy some souvenir, Qinghefang Pedestrian Street is a good choice. If you like tea, visit to a tea plantation is also a wise decision.

The West Lake The West Lake
Day 11 Free Day in Suzhou
Humble Administrator's Garden The Humble Administrator's Garden
Day 12 Suzhou to Shanghai

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

Bullet Train from Suzhou to Shanghai
Hotel to railway station transfer is arranged for you. It is about 30 minutes from Suzhou to Shanghai by bullet train. Upon arrival, your local tour guide, car and driver will meet you.

You’re on your own to explore at your pace and leisure. Shanghai, a fast developing metropolis city where East meet West! Check out these attractions that you don’t want to miss – the famous landmark The Bund, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl TV Tower giving you a bird’s eye view of the city, and if you like history, or visit the Shanghai History Museum.

Good to know:
There are many ways to explore Shanghai’s streets and landmarks.  Take the metro which can connect you to many places, a fast and efficient way to explore the city.  You may also like to try out the side-car tours to get an overview of the city, cycle or walk around at your leisure and explore some of the architectural colonial buildings, a stark contrast to the modern high rises that are forever changing Shanghai’s skylines.

The Bund The Bund
Day 13 Shanghai Departure

Breakfast

As your China tour comes to the end, your guide and driver take you head onto Shanghai Pudong International Airport for your departure flight.

  • 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.
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 (Chongqing to Yichang or vice versa)
  • Chengdu: usually add 2–4 days —visit a Panda research center, the Giant Buddha, Mt. Emei, Panda Keeper Program and Jiuzhaigou natural scenery. Choose your favorite.
  • Hong Kong: add 2–3 days — visit Victoria Peak, Disneyland, and day tour Macau

Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong are China's major entry cities.

Optional Activities

It must be clearly understood that enjoying these extras is your own decision. They are not included in the itinerary or tour price, so you will need to pay separately. The ticket price depends on seating. Ask your guide to book tickets if you want to see any of the following.

  • Beijing — Legend of Kungfu Show
  • Xi'an — Tang Dynasty Cultural Show plus Dumpling Banquet
  • Yangshuo — Impression Third Sister Liu Night Show on the Li River (outdoor)
  • Hangzhou —Impression the West Lake (outdoor)
  • Shanghai — Chinese Acrobats Show

Useful Information for Traveling in China

What’s the difference between 3, 4, and 5 -star hotels?
We usually arrange centrally-located and Western-standard hotels. Five-star hotels 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 quality facilities, but not as luxurious as five-star hotels. Three-star hotels meet the needs of most Westerners, but breakfasts have less choice.

We also recommend some courtyard hotels or Chinese-style hotels with local features and architecture. These hotels have a good ranking, or positive feedback from our customers, and TripAdvisor.

Usually hotels in big cities, small cities, and rural areas are a bit different, even if they have the same star level. We try to use the best available hotel in each place.

What are 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, two on each side. The bunks are wider and more comfortable than hard sleepers, with decent bedding. 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 and D high-speed trains are recommended. G trains are the fastest trains in China, with a speed of 250 km/h to 400 km/h, and their prices are highest.

Currency Exchange

As currency exchange rates in China fluctuate, we suggest you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. In 2015 the yuan (NCY or RMB) has been around 6.2 USD (6.1–6.3 USD), and the HKD (Hong Kong Dollar) has been more stable around 7.75 USD (7.74–7.77 USD). There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Master card, but these are limited to cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers checks 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 the 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 (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service.

Food

Eating is an important part of your China experience. Generally breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. China Highlights recommend local Chinese restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice — Western food can be found in most large cities.

If you are vegetarian or you are looking for e.g. halal food, please feel free to inform your travel advisor, who can arrange a restaurant to fit your needs.

Vehicle

We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. 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.