Yellow Mountain and Hong Kong Tour
15-Day China Private Tour: Beijing– Xi'an– Huangshan–Shanghai–Guilin–Hong Kong
Immerse yourself in ancient history as you visit iconic landmarks like the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors in Xian. Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of Huangshan, known as the Yellow Mountain, with its mystical peaks and ancient pine trees.
Experience the vibrant modernity of Shanghai and explore its futuristic skyline. Cruise along the Li River and witness the surreal karst landscape of Guilin. Finally, in Hong Kong, indulge in a fusion of cultures, culinary delights, and stunning city views. This comprehensive tour offers an unforgettable journey through China's most captivating destinations in just 15 days.
The itinerary below is only one possibility. Tips to tailor-make your trip are offered as inspiration. Send us details of your preferences and our travel experts will customize this trip to suit your interests, tastes, and budget.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Find the Hidden Halls in the Forbidden City
Make a Mini warrior with a Local Artisan Family
Enjoy a Peaceful Boat Ride Through Zhujiajiao Water Town
Explore the Awe-inspiring Li River in Guilin
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Olivia Tian, a sunshine tour guide!
In October, my friend Amy booked a tour with Chinahighlights, Olivia Tian was our guide in Beijing, she is such a sweet n happy person to be around, not only she gave us the best guide service, also very accommodating, alter the plan as per our interest, took us to very local shopping n food district. Above all, she takes awesome pics, very patient!! Thank you so much for such pleasant 5 days in BJ, look forward to see you when we are back in China, Olivia!!more
Dec 2023, Venture216019
One whole of a good experience !
Kevin was always making flexible arrangements for us making sure we meet our needs. Kevin also walked us to our desired restaurant daily making sure all are well before he left. Kudos to the whole team. Highly recommend ?more
Dec 2023, Cornelius C
China is Amazing Wonders that do not stop coming at you.Great country
Great job,Loved every minute of it,Ethan did an amazing job,True Ambassador of China,Just like the Chinese people,Friendly, dignified and hardworking,Very happy.China Highlights exceeded expectations and then some,I will never even think of travelling with another company.more
Dec 2023, Philip Sardar /Maps10321171537
Wonderful trip to Beijing and Xian
Had a great trip to bejing n xian. Our guide lily liu is so well versed in english and we have no worry here at all. We managed to dine in great halal restaurants though out our trip. Highly reccomended to all muslims travellers.more
Dec 2023, Efen Reyes
Great experience, highly recommended!
Additionally, she helped me with all my personal needs like getting a SIM card, finding an ATM, shopping, dining, checking in at the train station, hotel, suggested a couple additional very entertaining art events. Was also punctual and spoke good English.more
Nov 2023, Wayne S.
Excellent tour with Tom from China Highlights
We used China Highlights for the 3 days of our Beijing trip. Tom was a fantastic guide. Very knowledgable with excellent English. He was able to accommodate changes to our tour at short notice, allowing us to make the most of our limited time. Couldn’t recommend highly enoughmore
Nov 2023, Ross
Wow this tour was honestly the best tourI have ever taken! Our guide Simon Yao was simply superb! His English was excellent and he was very easy to talk to. He was personable and friendly but not overpowering or overbearing. Very knowledgeable about history. Thankfully the weather was good so we were not super hot !Finally at the wall we were amazed by it's beauty and grandeur. It really is something and pictures don't do it justice.more
Nov 2023, Annika M
Excellent two day visit to Great Wall
Our guide ‘Mark’ was incredible. So friendly, knowledgable and funny. The itinerary was perfect, we got to see two different parts of the Great Wall (one of which at night which was magical) and our hotel stay in Gubei was wonderful. Highly recommend to anybody visiting Beijingmore
Nov 2023, James_Wolstenholme
Great Experience from start to finish!
Jack was my guide and his local knowledge and English skills were fantastic. He was punctual, friendly and willing to flex as we went about our tour. Couldn’t recommend China Highlights more!more
Nov 2023, Scott Smith
Helen in Beijing - thanks for paying great attention to details, for your small surprises for the children every day, for selecting amazing restaurants, and leading wonderful walking tours. Your cheerfulness added to our enjoyment.more
Nov 2023, Kamila
Great day out with Mark, thanks China Highlights!
We did a 1 day private tour with China Highlights to see Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Communication was great throughout - from trip planning/booking with Roger and from our guide Mark who contacted us the day before to confirm meet up time/location. Avoided a lot of the queues and definitely learned quite a bit of history from our guide Mark…thanks again! No language barriers/issues…highly recommended.more
Nov 2023, ykeezy
China Three (3) Cities Tours
To the tour guides, Ethan, Jason and Tony, you guys have made my visit an awesome and memorable experience. All the tour guides spoke english and communicated very effectively. They are knowledgeable about all the sites visited including, Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, Panda Breeding and Research Center, Leshan Giant Buddha, Hallelujah Mountains, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and Glass Bridge, and Tianmen Mountain. The tour guides ensured I got the most out of my time I stayed in the various cities Beijing, Chengdu and Zhangjiajie.more
Nov 2023, Kadar
13 days in China
We booked a 13 day’s tour of China with China Highlights. Our travel advisor, Ms Leah Zhou organised an itinerary that suited what we wanted. She was really helpful and patient will all our needs. Leah helped us organised our 30th Wedding Anniversary Dinner and my 60th Birthday celebration?? in Beijing. For this to be possible, she had to liaise with our guide in Beijing. The flowers and cake were a real surprise. My husband and I, were really touched at the good service provided by China Highlights and Ms Leah Zhou. Thank you China Highlights and Ms Leah Zhou for your constant care of your customers. I will certainly recommend China Highlights to my friends.more
Nov 2023, Eda Adams
Perfect Beijing experience
Covering all major sights our exploration of Beijing and surroundings was flawless guided by Lily, along with her knowledgeable and balanced information on Chinas culture and history. In particular, Lily was able to adjust the tour according to personal preferences, e.g. focus on photography, as well as suggesting additional activities like an impressive authentic artistic show. I highly recommend China Highlights as China tour operator and Lily Liu as excellent guide regarding the Beijing area.more
Nov 2023, Perfect Beijing experience
Our first trip to Beijing
Our tour guide was Lucy Yubo. She was awesome. Very friendly, informative and passionate about her job. We really enjoyed her company and guidance.more
Nov 2023, Sreelatha Reddy
Anne and Bob’s tour of Beijing
We did the China Highlights tour of Beijing with our excellent guide Mark and his driver. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Beijing highlights including the Lama Temple, the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Lama Temple. The Summer Palace with the boat ride and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony were memorable also and the Mutianyu Great Wall was a highlight. We were impressed with Mark as a guide. He knew his history and he was kind and thoughtful. He took us to some excellent restaurants and we were introduced to some beautiful food. We enjoyed his company and will always remember him.more
Nov 2023, BendigoBob
Excellent end to end service
Helen is a positive, full of knowledge, experienced guide.She provided us an implacable service abd experience for 3 days .Highly recommendedmore
Nov 2023, Sariel Engel
Amazing Beijing Tour with Risa!
Risa gave us a wonderful tour of the city! She thoroughly explained the cultuaral importance of each exhibit while also educating us on the Chinese culture. Appreciated having this wonderful Beijing trip with Risa:)more
Nov 2023, Angelica M.
Amazing Beijing Tour With Risa!
We were very kindly received in Beijing by our tour guide Risa. She gave us a very thorough tour of the city and showed us wonderful places, while also explaining the important history/culture of China! Very beautiful city filled with many things to do and full of culture! This was very well planned and made it very easy for us to visit the city and foreigners:) Thank you Risa!more
Nov 2023, Angelica M
Do Beijing like a local
They organised my trip very quickly and efficiently. On the day, Anna was very friendly to me, my mum and my baby. Very accommodating to our needs. The car was immaculately clean and very comfortable. We visited everything we initially wanted and more. Also, Anna took us to the best meal we had in China. It makes a difference to have a local choosing the dishes!more
Nov 2023, Natali A
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Beijing. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.
Explore Beijing's vibrant heart at Tian'anmen Square, the largest city square in the center of Beijing. With its historical significance and symbolic importance to China, this square embodies national pride. Surrounded by noteworthy buildings like the Heavenly Gate and government institutions, the square is a sight to behold.
Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on our exclusive Emperor's Tour. Led by an expert guide, discover 12 carefully-selected spots within the palace, allowing you to delve into the intriguing stories of famous imperial figures from two dynasties. Uncover the architectural wonders, history, and art while immersing yourself in the grandeur of this iconic landmark.
Start your journey at the Temple of Heaven, a stunning complex of Taoist buildings dating back to the Ming dynasty. Visit during the morning to witness the vibrant park atmosphere as locals gather to sing, exercise, and practice tai chi. A leisurely walk of approximately 1-1½ hours through the park will immerse you in its beauty and serenity.
Next, we'll take you to the renowned Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, celebrated for its breathtaking scenery and well-preserved architecture. Our time-saving approach includes a comfortable round-trip cable car ride instead of climbing steps. Once atop the Wall, you'll have ample free time to explore and hike the captivating part known as the "golden route" between the 14th and 23rd watchtowers. The entire experience, including the hike and descent, typically takes around 2 hours.
Embark on a journey through Beijing's Olympic history with an exterior visit to the Bird's Nest and Water Cube stadiums. Marvel at these iconic structures, located in a vast 1215-hectare area that hosted the Beijing Olympics. Please note that the tour includes exploring the surrounding park, but does not include entry into the stadiums.
Next, immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring Summer Palace, one of China's largest and best-preserved imperial gardens. Discover the Garden of Virtue and Harmony, a magnificent three-story theater where famous opera singers once performed for the Empress Dowager. Experience the cultural significance and grandeur of this historic site.
Begin by exploring the Xi'an Ancient City Wall, one of the most well-preserved city defenses worldwide. Dating back to the 13th century, this magnificent structure offers panoramic views of the city. Walk, rent a bike, or an electric cart and traverse the full 14-kilometer circuit, immersing yourself in history.
Next, prepare to be amazed by the legendary Terracotta Warriors. Beyond the usual information found online, our tour unveils intriguing secrets and stories. Learn how craftsmen miraculously created over 8,000 life-sized warriors in just 11 years, discover their techniques to preserve the sculptures from weather damage, and unravel the mysteries behind the vibrant colors used. You'll even have a chance to visit a local cave dwelling, where a skilled craftsman will demonstrate traditional warrior-making techniques. Try your hand at creating your own miniature warrior with their guidance.
Visit the impressive Great Mosque, located in the vibrant Muslim quarter, just a stone's throw away from the city center. As one of China's largest Islamic mosques, it showcases a unique fusion of Chinese architecture and Islamic traditions. Marvel at the beautifully decorated courtyards aligned from east to west, facing Mecca. The mosque is an active place of worship for Hui descendants, known for their historic connection as Silk Road traders and travelers.
Next, immerse yourself in the serenity of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a significant Buddhist site situated within the picturesque Da Ci'en Temple grounds. This elegant brick pagoda, built in the 7th century, was constructed to house Buddhist materials brought back from India by Xuanzang (Tripitaka) after his legendary journey. Discover the temple complex's grand halls adorned with remarkable Buddhist statues and murals.
Conclude your tour with a visit to the lively Muslim Quarter, located just 100 meters west of the Bell Tower in downtown Xi'an. Wander along the 500-meter avenue paved with bluestones, where unique stalls, souvenir shops, cafés, and bars operated by Muslim vendors await. Explore this vibrant area, popular among both domestic and international tourists for its diverse offerings.
Explore the renowned Shaanxi History Museum, ranked among China's top 10 museums. Discover historical relics from the influential Han and Tang dynasties, as our knowledgeable guide highlights the impact of cultural exchanges with other regions. Experience firsthand how cultural exchange drives development, an influence that even today shapes China's "Belt and Road" initiative.
Afterward, delve into China's traditional national costume, Hanfu, at an ancient academy from the Ming and Qing dynasties. In just an hour, our guide will teach you the basics of Hanfu and give you the chance to dress up in this exquisite garb, offering a captivating glimpse into ancient culture.
Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Yellow Mountains, known as "the loveliest mountain in China." Marvel at the granite peaks, unique rock formations, and ancient trees amidst over 1,500 plant species.
On this private tour, your guide and driver will pick you up and take you to the South Gate of Huangshan Scenic area. Enjoy the magnificent scenery, including hot springs, waterfalls, and stunning vistas. Note that some attractions may be closed from December to March due to snow, but your guide will ensure you don't miss any other highlights.
Upon arriving at the south gate, take a shuttle bus to the Yungu Cable Car (20 minutes) for a scenic ascent at West Sea Grand Canyon. Your knowledgeable guide, with extensive mountain expertise, will customize the route for your preference.
For energetic hikers: Descend the cable car, walk 30 minutes to the hotel, passing by the Umbrella Pine and Black Tiger Pine. After a buffet lunch, embark on a thrilling three-hour hike in the West Sea Grand Canyon. If time allows, explore the Flying-over Rock and witness the sunset at Bright Top, with a 40-minute return to the hotel.
Experience the beauty of the Yellow Mountains with tailored routes for hikers of all levels. Discover stunning landscapes and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring natural wonders of this unforgettable destination.
Experience the charm of Zhujiajiao's ancient water town with a scenic river cruise and visits to top attractions like Tongtianhe, the historic Post Office, Yuanjin Temple, and Kezhi Garden.
Discover the captivating story of Shanghai's rise to the sky on the "Shanghai in Progress" tour. Explore the historic Bund, witness stunning architectural treasures, and stroll through local alleyways to catch a glimpse of everyday life. Enjoy Shanghai snacks at a Michelin-starred restaurant, cross the Huangpu River on a public ferry, and ascend the Shanghai Tower for a panoramic view of the city. The walking distance is 2.4km, with breaks to savor snacks.
Embark on a spectacular Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo aboard a 4-star boat. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery, including limestone peaks, bamboo groves, and farmers tending to rice paddies. Look out for water buffaloes, fishermen on bamboo rafts, and the occasional sighting of fishing cormorants. The cruise lasts about 4 hours on a medium-sized boat accommodating up to 80 passengers. Indulge in a buffet or semi-buffet lunch on the newly operated 4-star boat.
Capture stunning photos at Xianggong Hill, a fantastic viewpoint near Yangshuo. Witness the Li River curving around a bend and admire the magnificent Karst scenery. The ascent takes approximately 20 minutes, offering panoramic views.
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Yangshuo with a scenic Bamboo Rafting experience along the picturesque Yulong River. Enjoy breathtaking views of karst peaks, rice fields, and bamboo groves. The gentle current makes it suitable for all. Choose from different rafting durations arranged by your guide based on your preference and location. Please note age restrictions apply.
Embark on the "Be a Chinese Villager" tour to experience the authentic rural lifestyle. Spend time working in the fields alongside local villagers and immerse yourself in their daily activities. Journey through scenic villages, encounter rice paddies, and take a ferry to the vibrant Fuli market.
Visit the impressive Reed Flute Cave located just 5 kilometers northwest of Guilin city. Named after the reeds growing at its entrance, this is Guilin's largest and most breathtaking cave. With a length of 240 meters and a tour covering about 550 meters, you'll enter a magical world of awe-inspiring stalactites,
Discover the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill (40 minutes), located at the junction of Li River and Peach Blossom River in Guilin. Standing at 55 meters tall, this hill is Guilin's symbol, resembling an elephant drinking water from the Li River with its trunk. Explore the hill adorned with an array of caves and crowned by a charming small pagoda.
Experience the best of Hong Kong with a visit to Victoria Peak, a one-way Peak Tram ride, a charming sampan boat ride in Aberdeen, and your choice between Repulse Bay or Stanley Market.
Victoria Peak, the highest peak in Hong Kong, offers stunning city views. Ride the historic Peak Tram to the Peak Tower, where you can enjoy panoramic vistas and visit Madame Tussauds.
Explore the picturesque Aberdeen on a traditional sampan boat ride, immersing yourself in the local culture and scenic waterfront.
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- English speaking local guide
- Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
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Tour code: cht-cx-15