Classic Wonders

11 Days Beijing – Xi'an – Guilin/Yangshuo – Shanghai Private Tour
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This 11-day suggested itinerary covers not only China's Golden Triangle cities – Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai – but also includes a classic wonder, Guilin, which keeps views of rural China as you will have imagined them to be.

It is a good reference for first-time visitors who have more than 10 days.

Taste the flavor of ancient imperial Beijing, step on the greatest wall in the world, and pay your respects to the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an. Then relax and enjoy the Li River cruise threading between the most incredible karst hills, and immerse yourself in Yangshuo's countryside views. Finish this comprehensive China journey beneath the electric skyline of modern Shanghai.

Highlights( Exclusive Experience)
  • Admire a less crowded part of the Great Wall by stepping on the world wonder
  • Discover more than the axis of the Forbidden City with your expert guide
  • Meet the Terracotta Warriors and learn how to make clay warriors from local craftsmen in their traditional cave dwellings
  • Taste oil tea with a minority tribe family at the Longji Terraced Fields
  • Explore an ancient town with a local scholar in Guilin and meet the old generation who are still living there
  • Enjoy the elegance of the Bund by entering old buildings that celebrities, such as Einstein, have stayed in
Suggested Itinerary Expand All
Day 1Beijing Arrival
Day 2Take an In-Depth View of the Forbidden City with a Local Expert
Day 3The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall and The Temple of Heaven
Day 4Visit the Summer Palace – Flight to Xi'an
Day 5Xi'an – the Iconic Terracotta Warriors and Traditional Cave Dwelling
Day 6Other Highlights of Xi'an and Flight to Guilin
Day 7Enjoy the Longji Terraced Fields and Discover a Minority Culture
Day 8Guilin to Yangshuo on the Li River Cruise and Cycling from Yangshuo
Day 9Discover an Ancient Town with a Local Scholar
Day 10Shanghai – Metropolis of East and West
Day 11Shanghai Depature
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 own discretion)
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast and service fee
  • Specified flights, trains, and cruise
What Our Customers Say
Visiting Daxu Ancient Town was a highlight for our family. We were hoping to meet authentic Chinese families on our trip and felt very privileged to have the opportunity to do it. Walking through the old town of Daxu, meeting the old generation who are living treasures and learning about their old Chinese lifestyle was especially memorable. Read more - Heather's Family from New Zealand
All arrangements made were excellent and there were absolutely no detours to souvenir opportunities. Guides and drivers were impeccable. Our 2 teenage daughters were kept interested and engaged by them, treated superbly. Have never done an organized tour before but this was just superb - a great company with great people doing a great job. This was not cheap but it was great value. Read more - Fergusson's Family from the UK
Our guide Jessica in Guilin was extremely proactive and accommodating with an impressive command of English. We preferred hiking at Longsheng, she walked for hours with us in the terraces and was always really nice to talk to. She really put our comfort first. Had all our info and studied us before we arrived. She knew our nationalities, our itinerary, etc (they have that information, but no-one else really cared to know about us). She gave many recommendations to us as we did Guilin and Yangshuo on our own, and even checked the rooms before we arrived to make sure they were ok. Bought tickets for a performance and saw us on her time to deliver them. Read more - Steven and Melania from the USA
We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our holiday ! All your arrangements were 100% and we did not experience even a single problem anywhere. - Chris & Nelshia from South Africa
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 2–4 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 would be at your own discretion. They are not included in the itinerary or tour price, so you would 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

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