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12-Day Guilin, Chengdu, Leshan, Luoyang, Xian, Huashan and Beijing Tour

China Natural Beauty and Panda Tour

Begin your adventure in the picturesque Guilin, known for its stunning limestone karst peaks. Visit the beloved pandas in Chengdu, marvel at the colossal Leshan Giant Buddha, and explore the ancient city of Luoyang. Continue to the majestic Terracotta Warriors in Xian, hike the breathtaking Huashan Mountain, and discover the cultural treasures of Beijing. Immerse yourself in the rich history and natural beauty of these iconic destinations.

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Tour 'Wow' Points

Find the Hidden Halls in the Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Explore a Top-Ranked Section of the Great Wall

walking on the Great Wall

Make a Mini warrior with a Local Artisan Family

Make a Mini warrior

Witness the Famous Shaolin Temple and Shaolin Kungfu

Shaolin Temple

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Itinerary Quick Look

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.

DAY 1 Guilin Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Guilin. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

DAY 2 Guilin | The Li River Cruise

Yangshuo Countryside Visit: Immerse yourself in the picturesque countryside of Yangshuo, renowned for its stunning scenery with peculiar hills that seem to touch the sky. Experience breathtaking views of karst peaks, rice fields, crystal-clear waters, and lush green bamboo. Your knowledgeable guide will accompany you on a countryside tour, showcasing the beauty of the rice paddies and mountains. This approximately 1.5-hour trip involves a cycling distance of 10-12 km. If biking isn't your preference, you have the option to explore the area on an electrombile or by hiking, without any additional cost.

Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo: Embark on an unforgettable experience with a scenic cruise along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo, spanning approximately 4 hours. Every bend of the river reveals stunning sights, from spectacular limestone peaks to graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and water buffaloes leisurely cooling off in the river. You may even catch a glimpse of fishermen aboard narrow bamboo rafts or the famous fishing cormorants. Departure points vary based on the river's water level throughout the year. Our selected cruise features a medium-sized 4-star boat, accommodating around 80 passengers. Enjoy a buffet or semi-buffet lunch onboard, as we strive to provide you with the best experience available.

DAY 3 Chengdu| The Panda Breeding and Research Center

Embark on an unforgettable journey in Chengdu with our one-day tour. Start by visiting the Panda Breeding and Research Center, where you'll witness the highly successful breeding program amidst bamboo groves. Explore the panda museum to learn more about these fascinating animals. Afterwards, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Jinli Old Street, sampling local snacks and discovering traditional architecture.

Don't miss the chance to visit the iconic "I Am Here" Panda Sculpture, a massive art installation that has become a trendy landmark. Indulge in the unique experience of Panda Post, where you can purchase panda-themed items and even mail a postcard to your future self.

End your day with a sizzling culinary adventure by trying the famous Sichuan Hotpot. Let your taste buds be tantalized by the numbingly spicy flavors of this traditional Chengdu cuisine. Our knowledgeable guide will be there every step of the way, ensuring you make the most of your trip. Prepare for an enchanting journey filled with giant pandas, cultural delights, and unforgettable experiences.

DAY 4 Chengdu to Leshan | The Century Victoria Cruise

Leshan Giant Buddha Cruise: Embark on a cruise to witness the awe-inspiring Leshan Giant Buddha. Located on Lingyun Mountain, where the Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River converge, it is the largest stone-carved sitting Buddhist statue in the world. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Giant Buddha from the comfort of the boat.

Leshan Giant Buddha Visit: Explore the majestic Leshan Giant Buddha, situated to the east of Leshan City, in Sichuan Province. This remarkable stone-carved sitting Buddha is the largest of its kind worldwide.

Leshan Food Tour: Indulge in the flavors of Leshan with a delightful food tour. Renowned for its top-notch Sichuan cuisine, Leshan offers a variety of local snacks for you to savor. Rather than sitting down for a formal lunch, take a leisurely stroll through the streets, experiencing a delightful food-hunting adventure. Sample delectable dishes such as pot chicken with Sichuan spices, shaomai, crispy Leshan beef hamburger, roast duck with sweet and crispy skin, and tofu pudding.

DAY 5 Leshan to Jiaozuo | The Yuntai Mountains

Located in Jiaozuo County, Henan Province, the Yuntai Mountains are a scenic area with a diverse range of attractions. Explore Quanbao Gap, Gap Waterfalls, Hong Danxia, Ovary Lake, Wan Shan Temple, and other peaks, forming a picturesque landscape. This region also boasts Asia's largest waterfall and carries historical significance with Taoist sites and cultural inscriptions. Discover the natural beauty and rich heritage of Yuntai Mountains, just a short drive from Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan Province.

DAY 6 Luoyang to Dengfeng | Shaolin Temple

One-Day Shaolin Temple Tour: Start your day with a hotel pickup by your guide and driver, and embark on a journey to the renowned Shaolin Temple. Located in the Songshan Mountains, approximately 100 km southeast of Luoyang and 90 km southwest of Zhengzhou in Henan Province, this temple carries legend, mystery, and is closely associated with martial arts and kungfu. Not only is Shaolin Temple famous for its long history and role in Chinese Buddhism, but it is also renowned for its martial arts or Wushu. Explore the temple and witness the Shaolin Kungfu Show, a fascinating display of skill and tradition. Lunch will be provided before returning to your hotel.

Shaolin Temple and Pagoda Forest (including Shaolin Kungfu Show): Discover the mystical Shaolin Temple, nestled in the Songshan Mountains, playing a significant role in Chinese Buddhism with a rich history and connection to martial arts and kungfu. Witness the renowned Shaolin Kungfu Show, performed at the temple's theater multiple times a day. Arriving early is recommended due to limited seating capacity.

Ancient Songyang Academy: Located at the foot of Taishi Mountain, just 3 kilometers north of Dengfeng town, the Ancient Songyang Academy was a prominent Song Dynasty institution. With over 10,000 square meters of area, more than 100 rooms, and a stele corridor featuring over 70 inscriptions, this academy holds historical significance. En route to Songyang Academy and Junji Mountain, you will encounter various scenic spots.

DAY 7 Luoyang to Xi'an | The Terracotta Warriors and Horses

Terracotta Warriors and Horses: Marvel at the astonishing Terracotta Warriors and Horses, discovered accidentally in 1974. This vast army, consisting of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses, and chariots, has protected Emperor Qin's tomb since 210 BC. Explore the three excavated pits and visit the museum showcasing the history of this incredible site. Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring a camera (no flash photography allowed).

Learn How to Make Terracotta Warriors from Local Artisans: Visit a family workshop in the countryside and learn the ancient art of creating Terracotta Warriors. Discover the techniques used to make these life-sized sculptures and gain insights into the intricate process. Engage with local artisans to understand the challenges and significance behind this remarkable craftsmanship.

DAY 8 Xi'an to Huashan| The Huashan Mountain

Huashan Mountain: Discover the famous and precipitous Huashan Mountain near Huayin city in Shaanxi Province. It is approximately a 2½-hour drive from the city and is renowned as one of China's Five Mountains. Huashan features five peaks, including the south peak at 2160.5m above sea level. Our itinerary includes a cable car ride to the north peak, followed by a thrilling 2-hour trek along the scenic Canglongling range. Capture the essence of Huashan before descending via cable car. Enjoy approximately 2 hours of free time for trekking, and your guide will be waiting at the cable car station. The cable car ride provides amazing views of the surrounding landscape.

Cable Car on Mt. Huashan (round trip): Experience the beauty of Mount Huashan through a round trip cable car ride. Take in the mesmerizing scenery as you ascend and descend, adding an extra touch of awe to your journey.

DAY 9 Beijing | The Forbidden City

Explore the Forbidden City: Located in the heart of Beijing, the Forbidden City served as the imperial residence for 24 emperors during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. This magnificent complex is the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial architecture in the world. Marvel at the grand square, halls, and gates, as well as the intricate gardens, courtyards, and living quarters. The Forbidden City houses both permanent and temporary exhibitions, offering a glimpse into the treasures of ancient China. Expect about 2 hours of moderate walking (2 kilometers). Please note that starting from April 1st, 2013, the Imperial Palace is closed every Monday afternoon.

Visit Jingshan Park: Once a part of the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park underwent changes in the 1900s. Portions of the park were demolished to make way for a road, resulting in the loss of several gates and buildings between the park and the palace's rear entrance. However, the hill within Jingshan Park was created using earth excavated to construct the palace moat. On a clear day, climb the hill for breathtaking views of the Forbidden City and Beijing. It's a perfect spot to capture spectacular panoramic vistas.

DAY 10 Beijing | The Temple of Heaven and Mutianyu Great Wall

Visit the Temple of Heaven: Built in 1420 during the Ming dynasty, the Temple of Heaven is a complex of Taoist buildings where emperors held annual ceremonies to pray for good harvests. The temple's park is lively, especially in the morning when local elderly people gather to sing, exercise, and practice tai chi. Covering 273 hectares in the southern part of central Beijing, you'll explore the park for about 1-1.5 hours (1.5 kilometers) with an easy-grade walk.

Explore the Mutianyu Great Wall: The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is highly rated on TripAdvisor for its picturesque scenery and beautifully-restored architecture. It is particularly popular among families due to its child-friendly facilities and multiple visiting options. Located about 1.5 hours' drive from downtown Beijing, this section offers a fully restored 2.5-kilometer stretch.

To save time, we arrange a round-trip cable car ride for you instead of climbing the stairs (which takes about 40 minutes). Once on the Wall, you'll have free time to walk around and take in the stunning views. We recommend hiking the "golden route" between the 14th and 23rd watchtowers, recognized as the most beautiful and interesting section by avid hikers. The hike typically takes approximately 2 hours. Afterward, descend and take a bus back to our vehicle.

Tips: If visiting the Mutianyu section, we recommend using walking sticks, especially for those with weaker legs or balance, as it can be helpful on some parts of the wall.

DAY 11 Beijing | Hutong Tour and Summer Palace

Take a Hutong Tour in Xicheng District: Explore the historical maze of Hutong, a network of old alleyways with traditional single-story courtyard houses. Hop on a rickshaw for a ride through the narrow alleys and visit a local family. Then, take a walk on the Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge) and discover the unique thresholds of the courtyards. It's a fascinating glimpse into Beijing's traditional neighborhoods.

Learn to Apply Facial Makeup for Peking Opera: Experience the art of applying facial makeup for Chinese traditional opera. This intricate art form showcases exquisite patterns of vibrant colors and delicate lines, achieved through brush painting and hand techniques. Under the guidance of an expert teacher, try your hand at applying makeup to a mask, and even choose the makeup for your favorite character. It's a truly immersive cultural experience.

Discover the Summer Palace with Boat Ride and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony: Located about 9 miles (15 kilometers) from downtown Beijing, the Summer Palace is China's largest and best-preserved royal park. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural landscapes and cultural wonders that have earned it the title of 'The Museum of Royal Gardens'. Explore the park on foot for approximately 2 kilometers (2 hours). Please note that certain areas, such as Longevity Hill and the opera recital area, may require an additional fee for entry.

Tips: Keep in mind that specific areas within the Summer Palace, such as Longevity Hill and the opera recital area, may require an additional payment for entry.

DAY 12 Beijing Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Beijing Capital Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

Tour Price

FromUS3,000 p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

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