Classic Wonders

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

The most popular destinations in China with all the highlights — all in 11 days of private touring, your way!

Discover ancient imperial Beijing, hike the greatest wall in the world, and pay your respects to the Terracotta warriors in Xi’an. Then you will have the chance to enjoy the Li River cruise between the most incredible karst mountains in all Asia. Finish this comprehensive China journey at the electric skyline of modern Shanghai.

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

  • Comfort Trip
  • Discovery Trip
  • Essential Trip
Highlights for Comfort Style
  • Warm up with our exclusive, in-depth Forbidden City journey with our expert in history and architecture
  • Admire a less-crowed part of the Great Wall by combining effort-saving cable car rides and moderate hiking
  • Have a silent conversation with the Terracotta Warriors in Xian
  • Experience minority people’s life at the incredible Longji rice terrace fields
  • Cycle through Yangshuo's stunning countryside
  • Explore the modern and traditional Shanghai lifestyle
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. 

The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
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.

The 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: 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.

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

Hotel: Wyndham Grand Xian South (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 and Big 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.

Good to know

China Highlights gives a helping hand to charity and build a good relationship with Xi’an Hui Ling Service Station for Intellectual Disabilities (NGO) that is near the Muslin Quarter. If you would like to know NGO in China, we are happy to arrange a visit there 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.

muslin street Muslin Food at Muslim Quater
Day 7 Enjoy Longji Terraced Fields and Meet Yao Minority

Hotel: Sheraton Guilin (Elegant Room)

Breakfast & Lunch

Wake up in birds singing 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. Discovery the place 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 terraced fields Longji Terraced Fields
Day 8Guilin to Yangshuo on Li River Cruise and Cycling

Hotel: Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel (Deluxe Room)
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.

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.

li river Li River
Day 9Cooking Class in Yangshuo and Meet Local people in Ancient Town

Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World (Superior 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’. Immerse yourself into the authentic Chinese culture (Chinese medicine, handcrafts….) and Traditional Lifestyle . Get a real experience with local Daxu Families. The English-speaking local scholar accompany you to discover its’ glory and ordinary people’s life by visiting some local family and talked with the 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.

people in daxu ancient town Meet a Local Doctor 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 Bund to 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 Bund The Bund
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.

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Highlights for Discovery Style
  • Follow our professional hiking guide who spend 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
  • Join in Chinese cooking class and experience culture shock at the local food market
  • Cycle through Yangshuo's stunning countryside and say hello to water buffalos
  • Explore the modern and traditional Shanghai lifestyle
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 and 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 your guide of what there is to see and what to 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.

The Jinshanling Great Wall The 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.

The Temple of Heaven The Temple of Heaven
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’.Following China Highlights social projects support, optionally we offer the chance to interest customers to add a visit to the Hui Ling Service Station for Intellectual Disabilities (NGO) to see their handcraft workshop and have some interaction with them.

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!

big goose pagoda The Big Goose Pagoda
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.

Daxu ancient townDaxu 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 Bund to 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.

Shanghai Shanghai
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.

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

The essential style tour package secures you a safe booking of domestic air tickets and hotels to make a worry-free connection in each city. It includes private round-way transfers between airport or railway station to hotels, highlights day tours in Beijing and Xi’an with accompany of 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 Highlights 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. ”

The Mutianyu Great Wall The Mutianyu 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 Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Hutongs. You can get between these sites conveniently using public transport like subway, bus or taxi.

The Temple of Heaven The Temple of Heaven for your free time choice
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 private 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.

The Li River Explore the Li River in your free time in Yangshuo
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.

The Li Bund Walk around the Bund in your free time
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 (Chongqing to Yichang or vice versa)
  • Chengdu: add 2–3 days — visit a Panda research center, the Giant Buddha, and Mt. Emei
  • Suzhou and Hangzhou: add 2–3 days — visit scenic gardens, West Lake, and water towns
  • Hong Kong: add 2–3 days — visit Victoria Peak, Disneyland, and day tour Macau

Shorten the tour:

If you have only one week, and it is your first time to China, we suggest leaving Shanghai or Guilin for another time. Shanghai is suited to lovers of modernity, and is easily connected with your international flight; while Guilin is a good choice for scenery lovers, and Guangzhou or Hong Kong offer international flights, just one hour's flight away.

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
  • Xi'an — Tang Dynasty Cultural Show plus Dumpling Banquet
  • Yangshuo — Impression Third Sister Liu Night Show on the Li River (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.