China Natural Wonders Discovery

China Natural Wonders Discovery

14 Days Beijing – Xi'an – Zhangjiajie - Guilin/Yangshuo – Shanghai Private Tour

Tailor Make Your Tour:
  • Your Schedule
  • Your Interests
  • Your Hotel Tastes
 
From US$3,489 p/p

Based on 2 persons & 4-star hotels for reference

This 14-day natural wonders discovery tour covers the most important historical destinations and extraordinary scenery destinations in China. Discovery with fun. The advantage with comfort!

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.

Highlights

  • Find the hidden halls in the Forbidden City.
  • Hike along the most photogenic section of the Great Wall.
  • Meet the Terracotta Army and make a mini terracotta warrior with a local family.
  • Challenge yourself on the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge.
  • Go cycling in the most beautiful countryside of Yangshuo.
  • Experience the charm of old Shanghai during an in-depth Bund visit.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1Beijing Arrival

When your flight has landed, your tour guide will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall of the airport. He/she will greet you with a smile and a nameplate. You will be transferred to your hotel by a private van and driver.

Tips to Tailor-Make Your Tour

  • Worried about jet lag? You may start the tour with a relaxing free day to adjust.
  • If you are feeling energetic, we can fill your first day with activities you enjoy.

Hotel options:
Penta Hotel Beijing (4-star)
Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (5-star)

Day 2The Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City

breakfast and lunch

Start your journey at the Temple of Heaven, which was the place where emperors prayed for a good harvest. Interact with the locals and join them to experience their healthy lifestyle. Lunch is served in a popular local restaurant with authentic local food. Your guide will help you to order the dishes you like.

Walk through Tian'anmen Square to explore the mysterious Forbidden City, which has fewer visitors in the afternoon. Being the largest imperial palace in the world, it consists of 980 buildings. While most tour groups only visit the six halls on the central axis, your private guide will take you to go deeper into the hidden halls for a fuller understanding of the history and to avoid the tour groups.

Tips to Tailor-Make Your Tour

Do you want to discover more about the lifestyle of Beijingers? Take a rickshaw tour through the hutongs, make dumplings in a local family's home, or experience a local market — let us know what you would like to do on the form to the right.

The hidden hall of the Forbidden CityThe hidden hall of the Forbidden City
The Temple of HeavenThe Temple of Heaven
Day 3Hiking the Great Wall

breakfast and lunch

Freshen up in the morning and get ready for a 5-kilometer hike along the most recommended hiking route: from Jinshanling to Simatai West.

This section has breathtaking views and offers stunning photo opportunities in different seasons. There are over 15 watchtowers in various styles and in good condition. As this section is half restored, you can see the unrepaired ancient watchtowers and broken sections as well as the restored section of the wall during the hike.

Tips to Tailor-Make Your Tour

  • For a unique experience, a visit to Simatai – the only Great Wall section that's lit up and open at night – is highly recommended.
  • If you prefer just to take a relaxing walk along the Great Wall, we can arrange a visit to the Mutianyu section with a round-trip cable car for you.
Great WallThe Great Wall
Day 4The Summer Palace and a High-Speed Train to Xi'an

breakfast & lunch

Walk around the tranquil Summer Palace at a leisurely pace, and enjoy the 300-year-old royal garden. Take a pleasant boat ride on the lake and have a stroll in the long corridors to view the exquisite paintings on the ceilings. Immerse yourself in traditional Chinese architecture.

Enjoy lunch and race towards Xi'an on a high-speed train, which is a good way to experience the technological development of China.

Hotel options:
Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an (4-star)
Wyndham Grand Xi'an South (5-star)

The Summer PalaceThe Summer Palace
The High-speed TrainThe High-speed Train
Day 5The Terracotta Army and a Traditional Cave Dwelling

breakfast & lunch

The Terracotta Army, with each figure being unique, has guarded Emperor Qin Shi Huang's tomb since 210 BC. Admire the vividness of the warriors and listen to their stories spanning over 2,000 years.

Then discover a local craftsman's cave dwelling and learn how to make clay warriors with your own hands.

After lunch, return to the city area and visit the 600-year-old ancient city wall. Cycling along the wall provides a good view of the city. You may also walk or take a golf cart on it.

Tips to Tailor-Make Your Tour

Xi'an is a good destination for tasting Chinese dumplings. If you are a food lover, we can arrange a local family visit to learn how to make dumplings, or we can arrange for you to enjoy a dumpling banquet.

The Terracotta ArmyThe Terracotta Army
Make Clay WarriorsMake Clay Warriors
Day 6Xi'an City Highlights and a Flight to Zhangjiajie

breakfast & lunch

Discover more ancient history at Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda, then head to the Muslim Quarter and wander through the alleys to taste the local Muslim cuisine.

Transfer to the airport for your evening flight to Zhangjiajie. Upon arrival, meet your guide in the arrivals hall for your transfer to a Zhangjiajie city hotel.<

Hotel options:
Pullman Zhangjiajie (5-star)

Big Wild Goose PagodaThe Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Day 7Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

breakfast & lunch

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is located in Wulingyuan Scenic Area, and Tianzi Mountain and Yuanjiajie are the most classic sights.

Take the cable car up Tianzi Mountain and look through the glass walkway to see spiky sandstone peaks below your feet.

After a simple lunch on the mountain, visit Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, which was the inspiration for the Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar.

Tips to Tailor-Make Your Tour

To save some energy, you can descend Tianzi Mountain by taking the cable car or taking the Bailong Elevator, a glass elevator built on the side of a cliff, which only takes 2 minutes. If you are interested in either of these, just let us know.

The Hallelujah MountainsThe Hallelujah Mountains
Day 8Tianmen Mountain and the Grand Canyon with a Glass Bridge

breakfast and lunch

You will take the world's longest cable car to the top of Tianmen Mountain, taking about 30 minutes. During the tour, you will enjoy the unique natural scenery of spiky peaks. Feel your heart beat when you walk across the glass walkway and are then driven down the curvy mountain road known as the 99 Bends.

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is a recently developed natural wonderland. It incorporates mountains, streams, caves, cliffs, and forests. The world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge is located in this area. Walking along this glass bridge at 300 meters above ground level will be one of the coolest experiences of your tour.

The Glasswalk in ZhangjiajieThe Glasswalk in Zhangjiajie
Day 9Zhangjiajie to Changsha to Guilin

breakfast and lunch

Bullet train from Zhangjiajie to Changsha Railway Station. Take a taxi to Changsha South Railway Station to take a bullet train. After 3½ hours, your tour guide in Guilin will be ready to meet you.

Enjoy great access to central Guilin from your hotel — the Lijiang Waterfall Hotel has a very central location. It is beside the Two Rivers and Four Lakes scenic area and has a great view of the Sun and Moon Twin Pagodas. Zhengyang Pedestrian Street is also next to the hotel, so it's very convenient for you to walk around and explore.

Hotel options:
Lijiang Waterfall Hotel (4-star)
Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin (5-star)

Day 10Guilin City Highlights and Daxu Old Town

breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Guilin is famous for its picturesque scenery. Be amazed by its two landmarks in the city, Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill.

Reed Flute Cave, also known as “the Palace of Natural Arts”, is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting. As the symbol of Guilin, Elephant Trunk Hill got its name because its shape resembles an elephant using its trunk to drink from the Li River.

After lunch, travel back in time when you visit Daxu Old Town, where lots of craftsmen and businessmen used to live. Let's knock on the local people's doors and discover their lasting stories.

The Elephant Trunk HillThe Elephant Trunk Hill
The Daxu Old TownThe Daxu Old Town
Day 11A Li River Cruise and Idyllic Yangshuo

breakfast and lunch

Karst hills, graceful bamboo groves, and cormorants — the stunning view of the Li River is the essence of Guilin. While most tour groups only use a 3-star cruise, we will arrange a 4-star cruise (the highest level with better facilities and a buffet lunch) to ensure you have the best experience of the river's charm.

The cruise arrives in Yangshuo at noon. After you've checked in, it's time to explore the most beautiful countryside.

Choose whichever type of transport you prefer, whether it's a private car, bicycle, or moped. This is a good opportunity to meet the local people and interact with them.

Hotel options:
Yangshuo Mountain Retreat (4-star)
Yangshuo Ancient Garden Boutique Hotel (5-star)

YangshuoThe Li River
Day 12Relaxing Free Time and a Flight to Shanghai

breakfast

Yangshuo offers a relaxing atmosphere. Taking a free morning to do nothing but relax surrounded by natural scenery is a good idea after traveling for 11 days.

In the afternoon, head to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport for your flight to the modern city of Shanghai.

Tips to Tailor-Make Your Tour

If you prefer to enrich your day, Yangshuo provides various activities: bamboo rafting, a cooking class, a tai chi lesson, a farming experience, and even rock climbing.

Tell us what you want to try in the form on the right, so that we can include it for you.

Hotel options:
Sunrise On The Bund (4-star)
Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai (5-star)

Day 13Shanghai Highlights with Bund Discovery

breakfast

Do more than just take one or two selfies on the Bund. Travel back in time to the golden age of the Bund in the 1920s during our In-Depth Bund Culture Discovery Tour.

Go into some of the old Bund buildings and listen to their stories. See the room that Albert Einstein stayed in.

Enjoy lunch and ascend the tallest building in China (the highest outside of Dubai) — Shanghai Tower. There, you will not only enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai but will also see the development of China.

Half-Day Customized Icing-on-the-Cake Experience

After traveling in China for around 10 days, you might want to do something different at the end of your tour. Do you want to have some relaxation time? Do you have any unfulfilled trip wishes? In the magic city of Shanghai, your private guide will make your wishes come true!

Whether you want to relax, experience fashion, appreciate art, explore folk customs, or shop; from having fun in fancy bar to exploring an art center, trying nail beauty, testing your popularity in the marriage market, or just buying some lovely gifts, we will make it happen. Just tell us what you’re interested in.

If you don’t know what you want, just let your guide make the arrangements. You will not be disappointed!

The Buildings on the BundThe Buildings on the Bund
Day 14Shanghai Departure

breakfast

Your tour guide, driver, and van will pick you up from your hotel for your airport transfer and flight. Your guide will accompany and assist you as far as the security check and will then wave goodbye.

Our Service Includes:

  • One-to-one consultancy with our travel expert
  • Versatile and knowledgeable local guides
  • Your own chauffeur and comfortable vehicle
  • Hand-picked hotels to suit your preferences
  • Hotel buffet breakfasts and local restaurant lunches
  • Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
  • The booking of internal transportation per your preferences
  • A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling

Trip Notes

Every element of the tour above can be tailored. Feel free to tell us your ideas and we will be happy to make adjustments for you.

1. Extend the Tour

2. Accommodation

Various types of accommodation are available, including famous 5-star hotel chains, 4-star hotels in the best locations, good value 3-star hotels, or boutique hotels that reflect the style of the region.

Whatever your accommodation preferences are, our travel experts will seek out and find the perfect one for you.

3. Transportation

China is a huge country, so to make your travel experience more efficient, we usually arrange flights to connect to your destinations.

China's high-speed rail network is a fast-paced way to travel. We recommend taking high-speed trains for journeys of less than 6 hours to interested customers — please tell us if you are one of them.

4. Meals

Lunches at popular local restaurants are included for you so you can taste authentic Chinese food. Your guide will assist you with ordering the dishes.

Vegetarian, halal, kosher, Indian, or gluten-free — all your dietary requirements can be taken care of by our experienced private guides. Let us know if you have any of these dietary requirements during your booking.

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