Classic Wonders

10 days Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin/Yangshuo – Shanghai Tour
Day 1-2 BeijingThe Great Wall Hiking Day 3-4 Xi'anThe Terracotta Army Day 5-7 Guilin/YangshuoLi River Cruise, Yangshuo Cycling
Day 8-10 ShanghaiThe Yuyuan Garden

The same destinations but you can travel in different ways. The list shows differences of the three travel styles. Please find detailed itinerary after the list.

Find Your Travel Style Car Fly or Train Free Time Hotel Food Guiding and Activity
China Highlights' most popular private tour. Our private guide, driver and car available at all times. You take the trip, we take the stress.
$2,799 The convenience and comfort of a private car
  • Flight from Beijing-Xi’an
  • Flight from Xi’an-Guilin
  • Flight from Guilin-Shanghai
Free evenings
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town
  • Sofitel on Renmin Square Xi'an
  • Sheraton Guilin
  • Green Lotus Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Lunch in local restaurant
  • Three-day tours in Beijing
  • Two-day tours in Xi'an
  • Three-day tour in Guilin/Yangshuo
  • One day tour in Shanghai
  • Guided every day
China Highlights' most popular private tour. Our private guide, driver and car available at all times. You take the trip, we take the stress.
$2,188 Mostly a private car but you will try local transport a few days
  • Train from Beijing-Xi'an
  • Flight from Xi’an-Guilin
  • Train from Guilin-Shanghai
Some free days
  • Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel
  • Grand Noble Hotel
  • Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
  • Yangshuo Snow Lion Riverside Resort
  • The Bund Hotel Shanghai
  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Lunch in local restaurant
  • Three-day tour in Beijing
  • Two-day tour in Xi'an
  • Three-day tour in Guilin/Yangshuo
  • One day tour in Shanghai
  • Guided most days
China Highlights' most popular private tour. Our private guide, driver and car available at all times. You take the trip, we take the stress.
$1,399 Only private arrival transfer in each city and essential day tours
  • Train from Beijing-Xi’an
  • Flight from Xi’an-Guilin
  • Flight from Guilin-Shanghai
Many free days in each city
  • Beijing Traditional View Hotel
  • Xi'an Skytel Hotel
  • The Giggling Tree
  • Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai
Breakfast included & Lunch included when possible
  • One day the Great Wall hiking tour
  • One day Xi'an highlights tour to the Terracotta Warriors and the Big Goose Pagoda
  • Only essential guiding
  • Comfort Trip
  • Discovery Trip
  • Essential Trip
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3 Travel Styles' Route
Map of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin/Yangshuo – Shanghai
What's Your Style? Each tour can be tailored.
Comfort Discovery Essential

Comfort Trip Summary

Day 1-2 In Beijing

Have a lifetime experience of the Great Wall hiking from Jingshanling to Simatai west. Professional hiking guide is happy to share you some stories since they have done the tour more than 400 times. 

ACCOM: HOTEL - 2 nights

Day 3-4 In Xi'an
Day 5-7 In Guilin/Yangshuo
Day 8-10 In Shanghai
Full Itinerary

Getting to learn Chinese history in Beijing and Xi’an, enjoy picturesque natural scenery in Guilin and Yangshuo, and feel prosperous future of China in Shanghai, all in 10 days.  

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

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

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.

Good to Know
We offer you free of charge a cell phone SIM card with 50 yuan prepaid fare. This allows you to use your own cell phone in China and to make some international calls back home to family and friends.

Day 2 Hike on Wilder Parts of the Great Wall

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

Hike of a Lifetime on the Great Wall
Start the day with a hike on the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai, a wilder section with fewer crowds. The walls here are only partly restored, providing unique views and magnificent scenery. The hike will take around 3-4 hours. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and get your camera ready to capture the beautiful scenery.

Good to Know
If you feel the hike maybe a bit long, or you are not into hiking, feel no stress to tell your guide any time. He/she will substitute with a leisurely stroll on the wall for a shorter time and length, which does not affect the price of tour.

Jinshanling Great Wall Jinshanling Section of the Great Wall
Day 3 Classic Highlights in Beijing – Flight to Xi'an

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

Enjoy a full day visiting classic highlights of Beijing – Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. Hop on a rickshaw and ride through the maze of Hutongs to see old Beijing neighborhoods, and chat with a local family. 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 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.

Day 4 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. 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.

Muslim Quarter Food stands at Muslim Quarter
Day 5 Xi'an to Guilin Flight

Hotel: Sheraton Guilin (Elegant Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Discover more of Xi’an and China’s ancient history at the Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Learn to make Chinese dumplings, a staple Northern China food, at a local household.

If you have time before you get your evening flight to Guilin, head to the Muslim Quarter and wander through the alley ways to explore and taste the local Hui Cuisine and visit the old Mosque.

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.

Day 6 Guilin to Yangshuo on Li River Cruise

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

Enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Li River as you cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. Get your camera ready and record the unforgettable scenery and moments. You’ll reach Yangshuo wharf near the bustling West Street at noon.

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 7 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 will 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 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.

Impression Liu Sanjie Impression Liu Sanjie
Day 8 Yangshuo – Guilin – Shanghai

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

Wrapping up your Yangshuo holiday, transfer directly to Guilin airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, meet your Shanghai guide at the arrival hall, and transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Day 9 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 Caoyang New Neighborhood and Shikumen, South China’s classical landscape garden at Yuyuan Garden, and finally enjoy a bird’s eye view over Shanghai on the sightseeing deck of Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

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.

The Yuyuan Garden The Yuyuan Garden
Day 10 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.

Tour Guides
Jessica Zhao

Guides picked for their personality

There are 'tour guides' and tour guides. We have spent years finding and developing the very best team in China. Our team is knowledgable, flexible and friendly, but rich in personality. So if you want history, facts, local inside tips or even to ask about their lives they are happy to share. Their goal is to be a lovely host, and to entice you back! Meet our excellent guides»

Tour Designer

Andy Beales - Product Director

I work in the head office with an international team from China, New Zealand, Germany, Britain, and American. Our goal is to create 'more than a tour' - tours we'd love to take ourself, we hope you do too.

  • 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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Tips: Prices for three travel styles are for your reference. It will be slightly changed due to peak season and low season. Your travel advisor will send you exact quotation according to your needs and traveling time.

Essential Trip Summary

Day 1-2 In Beijing

Only arrange private transfer to your hotel and one day the Great Wall hiking from Simatai to Jingshangling west.

ACCOM: Hotel - 2 nights

Day 3-4 In Xi'an
Day 5-7 In Guilin/Yangshuo
Day 8-10 In Shanghai
Full Itinerary

Comfortable private transfers from 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. Free time in Yangshuo and Shanghai. 

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Hotel: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Deluxe Room)

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

Day 2 Hiking on the Great Wall

Hotel: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Deluxe 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 Free Time in Beijing & Overnight Train to Xi'an

Hotel: Night Train (Soft Sleeper) Beijing to Xi’an
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 and Hutongs. You can get between these sites conveniently using public transport like subway, bus or taxi.

Overnight Train for Xi’an
Get your own transport to the train station and board the overnight train heading for Xi’an. 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.

The Forbidden City Palaces at the Forbidden City
Day 4 Xi'an – the Iconic Terracotta Warriors

Hotel: Xi’an Skytel Hotel (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 5 Xi'an – Guilin – Yangshuo

Hotel: Yangshuo Giggling Tree Guesthouse (Standard Room)
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, arrange your own transport to the airport for your flight to Guilin

Private Transfer from Guilin Airport to Hotel in Yangshuo
Upon landing at Guilin airport, meet your guide at the arrival hall and transfer to your hotel in Yangshuo with private car and driver. 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 guide during the transfer.

Day 6 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.

Li River Cruise Li River Cruise

Day 7 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.

The Giggling Tree Yangshuo Giggling Tree Guesthouse

Day 8 Yangshuo – Guilin - Shanghai

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

Today wrap up your Yangshuo holiday, and get your transport from Yangshuo to Guilin airport for your flight to Shanghai. Allow 3 hours for the transport from your hotel to the airport, and be sure to arrive at the airport one hour ahead of flight departure time.

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 9 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 Bund The Bund, Shanghai
Day 10 Shanghai Departure

Meal: Breakfast

As your China Classic Wonders tour comes to the end, get 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.

  • 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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