the Flavor of China

12 Days Beijing  – Xi'an  – Chengdu - Guilin - Hong Kong Cuisine Tour

Explore the most popular destinations in China to enjoy stunning natural scenery, historical sites, and savor local Chinese food in each city.

From famous traditional restaurants to local street food, this 12-day private tour offers you the opportunity to taste the different Chinese cuisines in the most important cities.

Learn the history of China in Beijing and Xi’an, and taste typical dishes served in northern China. Meet cute pandas and savor food in “the capital of gastronomy” — Chengdu. Enjoy breathtaking scenery in Guilin and Yangshuo, and try your hand in a cooking class.  

Whether you are a foodie, a mom who cooks for the family, or a person who would like to show off some cooking skills at a party, this arrangement offers you something beyond a tour.

Experience how China does “gourmet”. You can have the same destinations in three different travel styles: Comfort, Discover, or Essential . Which one fits your needs?

Map of Beijing-Xian-Chengdu-Guilin-Hong Kong
  • Comfort Trip
  • Discovery Trip
  • Essential Trip
Highlights for Comfort Style
  • Explore the mysterious Forbidden City and the majestic Great Wall in the daytime and dine on delectable Peking duck for dinner.
  • Admire the Terracotta Warriors, search out famous local snacks, and get a homemade dumpling recipe.
  • Experience two treasures of Chengdu: cute pandas and spicy, tongue-numbing cuisine.
  • Enjoy the picturesque karst landforms before we join the mouthwatering local Chinese cooking class in Yangshuo.
  • Discover modern Hong Kong Island, full of traditional Cantonese flavors and a cultural mix.
Suggested Itinerary for Comfort Style
Day 1 Arrive in Beijing

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

After a long journey on the airplane, you will finally arrive in Beijing. You will be met at the airport by your private guide and driver and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
The rest of the day is free for you to either rest or explore on your own around the hotel. Get ready for the next day.

Day 2 Beijing — The Lives of Emperors and Ordinary People

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

You will be picked up from your hotel by your guide and driver, and the day will start with two of the most famous sights in Beijing: Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The latter is a maze of beautiful courtyards, halls, and walkways, as sure to amaze visitors today as it was intended to hundreds of years ago. It is the perfect place to help you to understand the life of an emperor. Can you believe that there were over 200 dishes a day in an emperor’s menu? You will have lunch at a well-designed local restaurant in South Luogu Lane, serving both authentic old Beijing dishes and new, modern French dishes.

In the afternoon, ride on a rickshaw through the historic hutongs, a maze of historic alleyways with old single story traditional courtyard houses, and visit a local family to have a nice chat and to experience their lifestyle. To make your hutong experience special, we will stop at an old, private, baijiu (Chinese rice wine) museum in a small alley. Thousands of different bottles of baijiu  are displayed to highlight the Chinese baijiu history and culture.

Good to Know
Wangfujing Night Market is a good choice for local snacks. You are recommended to walk around there and find something different, such as a fried scorpion or starfish.

The Forbidden City
Day 3 Beijing — Great Wall and Beijing Roast Duck

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

Start with an experience of local life: wandering in the grounds and admiring the intricate decorations of the Temple of Heaven, which was visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1911) for annual ceremonies, when they focused on prayers for a good harvest. Join in with the locals as they do their morning exercises.

After that, visit the Great Wall. We will take you to the Mutianyu section, a less-crowded part, where a cable car ride avoids a very steep climb, and you can walk along the Wall and enjoy spectacular views.

Enjoy lunch nearby, at Xin Shuang Quan, which is famous for its rustic dishes, especially the various and delicious fish, including rainbow trout, sturgeon, and salmon. It has received good reviews in the local press and also with foreign travel bloggers.

In the evening you will taste the world-renowned Beijing roast duck in Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant, the perfect way to complete a classic Beijing day tour.

The Mutianyu Great Wall and roast duck
Day 4 Beijing — The Summer Palace (Flight to Xi’an)

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

The Summer Palace is where the emperors escaped the heat of Beijing, and it is as famous as the Forbidden City, and rightfully so. Cruising across the surrounding lake — Lake Kunming — is a lovely end to the visit.

Your private car will make a stop at the Beijing Olympic Stadiums (Bird's Nest and Water Cube) so that you can see them from the outside and take photos. A late afternoon or evening flight will take you to Xi'an which was the capital of China in the Tang Dynasty (618–907).

Muslim Quarter The Summer Palace
Day 5 Xi’an — Terracotta Warriors and Dumpling Dinner

Hotel: Wyndham Grand Xi’an South (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

The wonders continue with the Terracotta Warriors and Horses; many don’t know that each one is unique. An excellent museum and film give more insights, as will your private guide. If you would like to spend more time with the warriors and less in the museum, just let your guide know.

Back in the city, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a major Buddhist site consisting of a simple yet elegant brick pagoda. If you would like to climb to the top, you can get a nice view. Then head to the Ancient City Wall to cycle around the fortifications from ancient times.

After a busy day, visit a local family to learn how to make dumplings. Dumplings with meat and vegetable fillings are very popular in northern China. Your teacher will share some basic skills about dumpling making with you and then you can enjoy the fruits of your labor. You will be taken to dinner there and enjoy sampling from a banquet in order to learn about the different dishes and meanings behind some of them.

The Terracotta Warriors
Day 6 Xi’an — More Highlights and Discover Local Snacks (Fly to Chengdu)

Hotel: Chengdu Minyoun Royal Hotel (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Continue to explore more highlights of the city. The Shaanxi History Museum is said to record the history of China, and this museum is one of the nation's best. Four major galleries in large, Tang-style buildings house a vast and impressive collection, beautifully displayed.

Then you will visit the Great Mosque and the Muslim Quarter, where the descendants of the Silk Road traders live, making this an exotic addition to the day. It really opens up a side of Xi’an’s history that many travelers miss, being Xi’an’s link to the Silk Road. Now it is a paradise for people who seek local snacks. Your guide will invite you to try some food that you are interested in, such as steamed soup dumplings, a Chinese hamburger, and  pancake in mutton soup. After enjoying the historical sites and delicious food of Xi’an, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Chengdu.

Muslin Food at Muslim Quater
Day 7 Chengdu — Panda Center and Spicy Hot Pot

Hotel: Chengdu Minyoun Royal Hotel (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

See the cute baby pandas at the Panda Breeding and Research Center. Early morning, before 10am, is the most suitable time to see them as it is when the pandas come out to eat and play.

The Panda Breeding and Research Center has a donation program that allows you take pictures while holding a panda for one minute by donating 2,000 yuan (subject to change). Only 20 tourists are allowed to hold the pandas each day. If you want to hold a panda, please tell your travel advisor or tour guide in advance because you must book it at least one week in advance. This program is subject to the availability of pandas on that day. Please take enough Chinese cash, as payment by credit card is not accepted there.

Enjoy lunch at a local hot pot restaurant for authentic Sichuan cuisine in traditional Chinese-style surroundings. Use chopsticks and taste the instant boiled and sliced mutton — experience the delicious yet tongue-numbing flavor, just like a bee dancing on your tongue.

After lunch, take a stroll in Wangjiang Park, where the local people have tea and take a rest. It is easy to feel the slow pace of life in the city. A combination of the green bamboo and pavilions make it a nice place to relax.

Selling all the different types of snacks in Chengdu, Jinli Old Street is a must for foodies to walk around. This famous street is 550 meters long, and the street vendors also sell souvenirs.

giant panda and chengdu hot pot
Day 8Flight to Guilin

Hotel: Sheraton Guilin (Elegant Room)
Breakfast

Say goodbye to Chengdu and catch a flight to Guilin. The rest of the day is for you to relax after nearly one week of traveling around.

Good to Know
If you prefer a full schedule, you can do the Panda Keeper Program in Dujianyan Panda Valley, which is about 50 kilometers from downtown Chengdu, during the day, and take a flight to Guilin at night. Or, if you would prefer to see more of Guilin, you can catch a flight in the morning and take a half-day tour in Guilin. 

Within three minutes’ walking distance from the Sheraton Hotel, there is a food street called Shang Shui Jie where you can find various local snacks.

Day 9Guilin City Highlights and Daxu Ancient Town

Hotel: Sheraton Guilin (Elegant Room)
Breakfast & Lunch
 
After a sound sleep, you will continue by exploring Guilin. Relax in the park and take a picture of the symbol of Guilin City, Elephant Trunk Hill. Discover fabulous stalactites and stalagmites that formed millenniums ago in Reed Flute Cave.

Enjoy lunch at a local famous restaurant which serves both Chinese dishes and some Western ones. The chef of Yilu Restaurant has over 10 years’ experience in the Sheraton Hotel of Guilin.

In the afternoon head to Daxu Ancient Town, situated alongside the Li River, with buildings dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1911). It used to be a busy junction for water transportation between Guangdong (Canton) and Guangxi. Daxu means ‘big market’. Lots of craftsmen and businessmen lived there and started their businesses on a shoestring budget. With the development of road construction, its glory days have faded away, but the older generation still living there has bared witness to the old town. Let’s knock on their doors, to discover their lasting story of Daxu with a local scholar.

elephant hill and yilu restaurant
Day 10 Li River Cruise to Yangshuo and a Cooking Class

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

You will see stunning scenes on the Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, which lasts for about four hours. Use your imagination to enjoy the different shapes of the hills. Your boat will pass Xingping Town whose scenery is depicted on the 20 yuan note.

After check-in has been completed at the hotel in Yangshuo, get to grips with Chinese cookery in a class, starting with buying the ingredients from the local market and finishing with dinner, enjoying the fruits of your labor. Afterwards, you will be given the recipes so that you can try some out at home.

The Li River and cooking class
Day 11 Cycling in Yangshuo and Flight to Hong Kong

Hotel: Harbour Grand Kowloon (Garden-View Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Get up close and discover the scenery in Yangshuo by cycling in the countryside. Surrounded by the paddy fields and orchards, you will visit a local family and gain some insights into life in China’s countryside.

Have lunch at a Chinese restaurant to try the most famous dish —beer fish — that has spicy, delicious meat without any fishy smell and is very appetizing.

In the afternoon your guide and driver will escort you to the airport in Guilin to catch your flight. After just one hour by air, you will land in Hong Kong. Your guide and private car will transfer you to your hotel. Feel free to ask for advice about food and what to do in your free time.

Yangshuo Countryside Cycling Yangshuo Countryside Cycling
Day 12 Hong Kong Departure

Breakfast

Relax and recover from your long trip. Dim sum is one of the best choices of Cantonese food. We are happy to make a reservation for you at the top dim sum restaurant. It is easy to take a taxi there and enjoy the delicate food in a bamboo steamer on your own.

On the day our driver and guide will take you to the airport and help you to check-in. Happy landing home.

Hong Kong Local Snacks Hong Kong Local Snacks
  • Just let us know your travel style!
  • Guide vs. Free-time ratio / Hotel Style & Interests / Dates / People
  • We will then adapt this tour and create a unique quote based on your individual needs.
Free Quote
Highlights for Discovery Style
  • Enjoy Great Wall hiking from Jinshanling to Simatai West and forage snacks at Wangfujin night market in Beijing.
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, search out famous local food at Muslim Quarter and get home-made recipe of dumpling.
  • Say hello to cute pandas and taste spicy and tongue-numbing hot pot.
  • Explore the stunning karst topography before we join the mouth-watering local Chinese cooking class in Yangshuo.
  • Discover the modern Hong Kong Island and try the globally revered flavors of Cantonese cuisine.
Suggested Itinerary for Discovery Style

There is a saying goes: Chinese people eat everything in the sky except airplane, eat everything on the ground except tables. Is that true? The 12 days food tour includes all highlights in each city and tasting experience in popular local restaurants and lively food streets. Explore to China, to find answer of the saying.

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Hotel: Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Arrive in the first leg, Beijing. You will be met at the airport by your private English-speaking guide and friendly driver with smile and transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Free Time to Explore
The rest of the day is free for you to either take rest or explore on your own around hotel. Get ready for the next day.

Day 2 Beijing: The Forbidden City and Night Food Market

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

After breakfast in hotel, you will be met at lobby by our guide and driver, and the day starts with two of the most famous sights in Beijing: Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City that are located at central axis of the city with good Fengshui. The latter is a maze of beautiful courtyards, halls and walkways, as sure to amaze as it was intended to hundreds of years ago. Can you imagine that an emperor have over 200 dishes per meal.

In the afternoon, ride on a rickshaw through the historic hutongs, a maze of historic alleyways with old single storey traditional courtyard houses, and visit a local family to have a nice chat and touch the real life. 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. 

Wangfujin food market is a must on a foodie traveler’s to-see list. At night, you will join in a small group with a local guide to forage your favorite food and try something very special, such as fried scorpion, fried star-fish, stewed liver.

The forbidden city
Day 3 Lifetime Experience: The Great Wall Hiking

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

With less tourists and moderate challenge, the section from Jinshanling to Simatai West is an ideal part for hiking. 3-hour hiking offers breathtaking views, snaking along the ridge of the mountains, taking you through crumbling, ancient watch towers along the way. Your professional hiking expert guide will tell you history about the great fortification and best place for photography. You will not miss the highlights.

Good to Know
If you would like to try Peking Roast Duck, please feel free to ask your guide to make reservation at Quanjude.

Mutianyu Great Wall The Great Wall Hiking
Day 4 More Highlights of Beijing and Take Soft Sleeper Train to Xi’an

Hotel: Overnight Soft Sleeper Train
Breakfast & Lunch

Kicked off by an experience with local people: wondering in the grounds and admire the intricate decorations of the Temple of Heaven, which emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties visited for annual ceremonies, focused on prayer for a good harvest. Join in the local to do morning exercises.

Then we head to the Summer Palace where the emperors spend the hottest time in summer, and it’s as famous as the Forbidden City, and rightfully so. Cruising out onto the surrounding lake (Lake Kunming) is a lovely end to the visit.

Soft sleeper train at night will take you to Xi'an, the capital of China in Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.)

The Temple of Heaven The Temple of Heaven
Day 5 Xi’an: Terracotta Warriors and Dumpling Dinner

Hotel: Grand Noble Hotel (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

After a journey on train, you arrive at Xi’an. Your guide and driver meet you at exit you’re your name sign. Check-in at your hotel and fresh up with a breakfast. Then continue with visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses; many people don’t know that each one is unique. An excellent museum and film give more insights, as will your private guide. If you would like to spend more time with the warriors and less in the museum, just let your guide know.

Back in the city, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, A major Buddhist site, the simple, elegant brick Pagoda. If you would like to climb to the top, you can get a nice view. Then head to the Ancient City Wall to cycle around the fortifications in the ancient time.

After a busy day, we visit to a local family to learn how to make dumplings. Every step has its’ secret. Your teacher will share some basic skills of dumpling making and then enjoy the fruits of your labor. Have dinner with the family to feel as a part of them.

The Terracotta Army
Day 6 More Highlights and Discover Local Snacks at Muslim Quarter (Fly to Chengdu)

Hotel: Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

we are going to explore more highlights of the city. The Shaanxi History Museum is said to record the history of China, and this museum is one of the nation's best. Four major galleries in large, Tang-style buildings house a vast and impressive collection, beautifully displayed.

Then visit to the Great Mosque and the Muslim Quarter, where the descendants of Silk Road traders live, is an exotic addition to the day. It really opens up Xi’an to a side of its history many travelers can miss, Xi’an’s link to the Silk Road. Now it is a paradise for people who seek for local snacks. Your guide will invite you to try some food that you are interested in, such as steamed soup dumplings, Chinese hamburger, cruded pancake in mutton soup. 


After enjoy historical sites and delicious food of Xi’an, you will be taken to the airport for the flight to Chengdu.
muslim quarter
Day 7 Chengdu: Panda Research Center and Spicy Hot Pot

Hotel: Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Chengdu is the home town of Giant pandas. Meet the cute baby pandas in the Panda Breeding and Research Center and learn life habits of the treasure. Early morning before 10 am is the most suitable time, when the pandas come out to eat and play.

The Center has a donation program which allows you take pictures with holding a panda one minute by donating RMB 2,000 Yuan (for reference only). Only 20 tourists are allowed to hold pandas a day. If you want to hold a panda, please tell your travel advisor or tour guide in advance because you must book it at least one week in advance. This program is subject to the availability of pandas on that day. Please bring enough RMB cash as payment by credit card is not accepted there.

Hot pot is a must for people who travel to Chengdu. Have lunch at a well-selected hot pot restaurant for authentic Sichuan cuisine in traditional Chinese style decoration. Use chopsticks and taste instant boiled sliced mutton, try the tongue-numbing flavor, just like a bee dancing on your tongue, yummy!

After lunch, take a stroll in Wangjiang Park, where local people have tea and take a rest. It is easy to feel the life pace of the city. Green bamboo and pavilions make it as a nice place to relax.

Gathering all snacks of Chengdu, Jinli Old Street is a must for a foodie to walk around. With 550 meters long, the street vendors also sale souvenirs.

giant panda anc chengdu local food
Day 8 Flight from Chengdu to Guilin

Hotel: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel (Standard Room)
Breakfast

This day is for you to relax. If you like a full arrangement, you can do the panda-keeper program in Dujianyan where is about 50 km far away from Chengdu downtown on the day and take fight to Guilin at night. Or if you prefer see more in Guilin, you can catch a flight in the morning and take a half day tour in Guilin. 

Just within three minutes walking distance from Lijiang Waterfall Hotel, there is a food street called Shang Shui Jie where you can find various local flavors.

Day 9 Discover Guilin City and Daxu Ancient Town

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

Guilin is a place to slow down your pace. Relax in the park to take a picture at the symbol of Guilin city, Elephant Trunk Hill. Discover fabulous stalactites and stalagmites that formed millenniums ago in Reed Flute Cave.

Enjoy lunch at a special restaurant. As a popular choice of people in Guilin, it serves authentic local dishes, such as fresh fish braised with tofu, snails and organic vegetables. Located in Chuanshan Park, you can enjoy the beautiful park view when you taste the local flavor.

In the afternoon, let’s head to Daxu old town that along the Li River with some original buildings dating to the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1911). its’ glory days have faded away. But the older generation still living there is a witness to the old town. Let’s knock on their doors, to discover their lasting story of Daxu with a local scholar.

reed flute cave and riverside restaurant
Day 10 Li River Cruise to Yangshuo and Chinese Cooking Class

Hotel: Yangshuo Aiyuan Hotel (Cottage Panoramic Room)
Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

This day you get to see the stunning scenes on the Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo that lasts about four hours on board. Between spectacular limestone peaks you'll see graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river.  You may see fishermen gliding along on their narrow bamboo rafts, and if you're very lucky you might see one of the famous fishing cormorants.

After check-in at hotel in Yangshuo, get to grips with Chinese cookery in a class, starting with buying the ingredients from the local market and finishing with dinner enjoying the fruits of your labor. Afterwards you get the recipes so you can try some out at home and serve your family and friends.

li river and cooking class
Day 11 Biking Through Villages in Yangshuo and Flight to Hong Kong

Hotel: YMCA of Hong Kong (Standard Room) (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015)
Breakfast & Lunch

Get up close and discover the scenery in Yangshuo by cycling in the countryside. Surrounded by the paddy fields and orchards, we’ll visit a local family half way and glen some insights about life in China’s countryside.

Have lunch at a Chinese restaurant to try the most famous dish, beer fish that has spicy and delicious meat without any fishy smell and is very appetizing. 

In the afternoon, your guide and driver escort you to the airport in Guilin to catch flight. Just one hour by air, have happy landing in Hong Kong. Your guide and private car are is ready to transfer you to your hotel. Feel free to ask for food and free time advice.

li river and cooking class Yangshuo Countryside Cycling
Day 12 Depart Hong Kong

Breakfast

As an international travel destination, Hong Kong is a nice city to explore on your own. This day is for you to relax and recover from long trip. Dim sum is one of best choice among Cantonese food. Your guide is happy to make reservation for you at the top dim sum restaurant. It is easy to take taxi there and enjoy delicate food in bamboo steamer on your own.

Our driver and guide will take you to the airport and help you to check in to catch your flight home. Hope 12-day Chinese cuisine tour makes your trip memorable.  

li river and cooking class Hong Kong Local Food
  • Just let us know your travel style!
  • Guide vs. Free-time ratio / Hotel Style & Interests / Dates / People
  • We will then adapt this tour and create a unique quote based on your individual needs.
Free Quote
Highlights for Essential Style
  • Admire the Forbidden City and the Great Wall in day time and forage snacks at Wangfujin night food market in Beijing.
  • Meet the Terracotta Warriors, try some famous local food at Muslim Quarter.
  • Visit to Panda Research Center and taste spicy and tongue-numbing Sichuan food at Kuan-zhai Lane.
  • Enjoy the relax Li River Cruise and stunning views in Yangshuo villages.
  • Experience high-speed railway from Guilin to Shenzhen, DIY your time in Hong Kong and take opportunity to try dim sum.
Suggested Itinerary for Essential Style

The 12 days food tour covers highlights destinations of China and must-see sites in each city. It also leaves some free days at every leg for you to explore on your own. Food tasting experience makes the tour more interesting and memorable.

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Hotel: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Standard Room)

Arrive in Beijing. You will be met at the airport by your friendly driver with smile, then transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Free Time Idea
The rest of the day is free for you to either take rest or explore on your own around hotel. Get ready for the next day.

Day 2 Beijing Must-Sees and Wangfujing Night Food Market

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

On the day you will join in a small group tour (maximum 6 people) to visit the Forbidden City in the morning. We already made tickets reservation which ensures you get the ticket directly and without queue in line.


In the afternoon, we head to the Great Wall of Mutianyu Section where is known as less touristy part.

Wangfujin food market is a must on a foodie traveler’s to-see list. At night, join in another small group with a local expert guide to forage your favorite food and try something very special, such as fried scorpion, fried star-fish, stewed liver. Test your courage!

The Mutianyu Great Wall and beijing local food
Day 3 Free Day in Beijing

Hotel: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Standard Room)
Breakfast

Beijing is a combination of traditional and modern elements. The whole day is for you to discover the city on your own. You can do it in a local way by taking subway or public bus to more historical sites, such as the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace.

If you prefer leisure place, 798 Art District, Houhai Area or Nanluogu Lane are recommended.

Good to Know
If you would like to try Peking Roast Duck, please feel free to ask your guide to make reservation at Quanjude.

Free Time Suggestion to The Summer Palace Discover The Summer Palace By Yourself
Day 4 DIY Day Time in Beijing and Take Soft Sleeper Train to Xi’an

Hotel: Overnight Soft Sleeper Train
Breakfast

Continue explore the city on your own pace in the day time. If it is on weekend, Panjaiyuan Antique Market is a place to wonder around. Pick up some nice souvenirs and get to know local people’s life. 

Your guide and driver will send you to the railway station. Soft sleeper train at night will take you to Xi'an, the capital of China in Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.)

Day 5 Xi’an: Terracotta Warriors and Muslim Quarter

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

After a journey on train, you arrive at Xi’an. Your guide and driver meet you at exit you’re your name sign. Check-in at your hotel and fresh up with a breakfast. Then continue with visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses; many people don’t know that each one is unique. An excellent museum and film give more insights, as will your private guide. If you would like to spend more time with the warriors and less in the museum, just let your guide know.

Back in the city, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, A major Buddhist site, the simple, elegant brick Pagoda. If you would like to climb to the top, you can get a nice view.

Then visit to the Muslim Quarter, where the descendants of Silk Road traders live, is an exotic addition to the day. It really opens up Xi’an to a side of its history many travelers can miss, Xi’an’s link to the Silk Road. Now it is a paradise for people who seek for local snacks. Your guide will invite you to try some food that you are interested in, such as steamed soup dumplings, Chinese hamburger, cruded pancake in mutton soup. 

The Terracotta Army
Day 6 Free Day in Xi’an (Fly to Chengdu)

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Wuhou (Standard Room)
Breakfast

This day you are going to explore more highlights of the city on your own. The Shaanxi History Museum is recommended because it is said to record the history of China, and this museum is one of the nation's best. Four major galleries in large, Tang-style buildings house a vast and impressive collection, beautifully displayed. Biking on the Ancient City Wall is also a nice part of Xi’an tour.

After enjoy historical sites and delicious food of Xi’an, you will be taken to the airport for the flight to Chengdu.

Day 7 Day Tour in Chengdu: Panda Research Center and Kuan-Zhai Lane

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Wuhou (Standard Room)
Breakfast

Chengdu is the home town of Giant pandas. Meet the cute baby pandas in the Panda Breeding and Research Center and learn life habits of the treasure. Early morning before 10 am is the most suitable time, when the pandas come out to eat and play.
We will stop at Panda Post where you can find lots of cute post cards. Send them to your family or friends.

Gathering some snacks of Chengdu, Kuang-Zhai Lance is a place to see old Chengdu and experience the traditional lifestyle. It features Western foods and drinks, take-aways, coffee and art.

giant panda and local food
Day 8 Flight from Chengdu to Guilin

Hotel: Guilin Eva Inn (Standard Room)
Breakfast

This day is for you to relax. If you would like to get more in-depth view of Chengdu, you can do the panda-keeper program in Dujianyan where is about 50 km far away from Chengdu downtown on the day and take fight to Guilin at night. Or if you prefer see more in Guilin, you can catch a flight in the morning and walk around the picturesque city. 

Just within three minutes walking distance from Eva Inn Hotel, there is a food street called Shang Shui Jie where you can find various local flavors.

Day 9 Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Villages

Hotel: Yangshuo Aiyuan Hotel  (Standard Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

On the day you get to see the stunning scenes on the Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo that lasts about four hours on board. Between spectacular limestone peaks you'll see graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river.  You may see fishermen gliding along on their narrow bamboo rafts, and if you're very lucky you might see one of the famous fishing cormorants.

Have buffet lunch on board. Your also have opportunity to order some local flavor as extra. Such as fried small fishes, fried crab or shrimp that are from the Li River.

When you arrive at Yangshuo, your guide will meet you there and continue country side tour in villages along the Yulong River by car and visit a local family.

giant panda and local food The Li River Cruise
Day 10 Free Day in Yangshuo

Hotel: Yangshuo Aiyuan Hotel (Standard Room)
Breakfast

Yangshuo is a paradise for westerners due to lots of activities to do. Biking, Climbing, Cooking or just having a cup of office on the West Street. It is your choice.

You are recommended to try the most famous dish in Yangshuo, beer fish that has spicy and delicious meat without any fishy smell and is very appetizing.

Day 11 Take CRH to Shenzhen and Go through Customs to Hong Kong

Hotel: Metropark Hotel Kowloon (Standard Room)
Breakfast

On the day you can wake up late and get ready for the next city, Hong Kong. Your driver guide escorts you to the Guilin North Railway Station in Guilin to catch high-speed train to Shengzhen neighboring Hong Kong. After three hours, you reach Shenzhen North Railway Station. It is your arrangement to go through the custom to Hong Kong. The most convenient way is taking taxi that lasts about 35 minutes and cost about 80 RMB to get to Futian Checkpoint. Or you can take metro Line 4 Longhua Line, passing through 9 stops and get out from Exit B.

CRH to Shenzhen CRH to Shenzhen
Day 12 Depart Hong Kong

Breakfast

With good public transportation and facility, Hong Kong is a tourist-friendly place. Today is for you to relax and recover from long trip. Dim sum is one of best choice among Cantonese food. Your guide is happy to make reservation for you at the top dim sum restaurant. It is easy to take taxi there and enjoy delicate food in bamboo steamer on your own.

It is your arrangement to the airport and catch your international flight. Please get to the airport at least two hours before 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)
  • Suzhou and Hangzhou: add 2–3 days — visit scenic gardens, West Lake, and water towns
  • Shanghai: add 2 days -visit the Bund, the Yuyuan Garden, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Optional Activities

  • Beijing — Legend of Kungfu Show
  • Xi’an — Tang Dynasty Cultural Show or plus Dumpling Banquet
  • Chengdu —Sichuan Opera Includes Face-Changing
  • Yangshuo — Impression Third Sister Liu Night Show on the Li River (outdoor)

About Chinese Dishware

Usually a set of Chinese dishware includes a bowl, a plate, a spoon, a pair of chopsticks, a cup for tea and a cup for wine or juice. Plate is for taking bones which is different from western custom.

If you prefer western dishware, feel free to ask for knife and fork.

Chinese Dinning Etiquette

  • The seat facing the entrance is the seat of honor. The seats on the left hand side of the seat of honor are second. Seat of honor is reserved for reserved for the master of the banquet, elder member of a family or the guest with highest status.
  • Let older people eat first, or if you hear an elder say "let's eat", you can start to eat. You should not steal a march on the elders.
  • You should pick up your bowl with your thumb on the mouth of the bowl, first finger, middle finger the third finger supporting the bottom of the bowl and palm empty.
  • You should try to refill your bowl with rice yourself and take the initiative to fill the bowls of elders with rice and food from the dishes. If elders fill your bowl or add food to your bowl, you should express your thanks.

Rules and Conventions Relating to Chopsticks

Chopsticks represent wisdom of Chinese people. Chinese call them a pair of chopsticks rather than two strips of chopsticks, because when you use it, one should be moved and the other should be kept static, just like Yin and Yang.

  • Do not stick chopsticks vertically into your food when not using them, especially not into rice, as this will make Chinese people think of funerals. At funerals joss sticks (sticks of incense) are stuck into the rice that is put onto the ancestor altar.
  • Do not wave your chopsticks around in the air too much or play with them.
  • Do not stab or skewer food with your chopsticks. 

A Recommended Documentary about Chinese Cuisine

Produced by CCTV, the documentary, A Bite of China was released in 2012 and got positive response from all over China. It records various food in over 70 places and explain very well stories and culture behind. A Bite of China was released in 2014.

You can find the English version of the documentary on Youtube.com.

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.

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.