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12 Days Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Zhangjiajie Tour

Written by Mike HoUpdated Apr. 10, 2024

Classic China History and Nature Tour

Experience the best of China with our 12 Days Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Zhangjiajie Tour. Embark on an unforgettable journey through the vibrant cities and breathtaking landscapes that define this remarkable nation. Explore the modernity and heritage of Shanghai and Beijing, visit iconic landmarks like the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors, and marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

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Tour 'Wow' Points

Find the Hidden Halls in the Forbidden City

the Forbidden City

Explore a Top-Ranked Section of the Great Wall

Jinshanling Great Wall

Have a Stunning View of the Hong Kong's Skyline from Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak

Marvel at the Famous Hallelujah Mountain in the Movie "Avatar"

Hallelujah Mountain

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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 Shanghai Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Shanghai. 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 Shanghai| The Bund and Yuyuan Garden

Start your day at Yuyuan Garden, a remarkable private garden dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere as you explore the classic Chinese architecture, tranquil ponds, and picturesque rockeries.

Wander through the adjacent bustling market, where you can sample local snacks, browse unique handicrafts, and shop for antiques and souvenirs. Indulge in a delightful lunch at one of the famous time-honored restaurants, savoring authentic Shanghai cuisine.

Shanghai the Bund

Embark on a leisurely stroll along the Bund, Shanghai's iconic waterfront promenade. Marvel at the splendid fusion of European and Oriental architecture as you pass by the well-preserved old buildings, providing a glimpse into the city's historical significance as a major trading center. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of The Bund with its futuristic developments, trendy restaurants, high-end shops, and chic bars.

Ascend to the observation deck of the Shanghai Tower, the world's second-tallest building. From the dizzying heights, take in breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline. Be astounded by the tower's architectural brilliance and its status as a premier Shanghai tourist highlight.

DAY 3 Beijing| The Forbidden City

Explore China's History Tian'anmen Square in Beijing is renowned as the world's largest city square, with cultural significance and iconic landmarks like the Forbidden City and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum surrounding it.

Beijing Forbidden City

Experience Chinese Culture In Beijing's Hutong, choose from three traditional Chinese experiences - Facial Makeup, Calligraphy, or Paper Cutting - for a 40-minute session. Kindly inform your guide in advance for a reservation.

Emperor's Tour Our 2.5-hour Emperor's Tour of the Forbidden City covers 12 carefully-selected spots, offering deep insights into its architecture, history, fengshui, and art. Discover fascinating stories of influential figures from two dynasties - diligent emperors, long-living empress dowagers, and exceptional concubines.

DAY 4 Beijing | Jinshanling Great Wall

Embark on an exhilarating journey along the Great Wall of China, hiking from the Jinshanling section to Simatai West. This moderate-level hike offers breathtaking views and stunning photo opportunities in every season. Witness over 15 well-preserved watchtowers, showcasing various styles and architectural marvels.

Jinshanling Great Wall

Departing from Beijing, our journey to Jinshanling takes about 2½ hours by car, or just 20 minutes from Gubeikou village if you prefer to stay there. With proper hiking shoes, water, and sun protection, you will be equipped to fully immerse yourself in this incredible adventure. Capture unforgettable memories, challenge yourself physically, and dive into the rich history that lies within the walls of this magnificent structure. Don't miss the opportunity to experience one of mankind's greatest architectural wonders firsthand.

DAY 5 Beijing | The Summer Palace

Explore the magnificent Summer Palace, China's largest and best-preserved royal park. Located 9 miles (15 kilometers) from downtown Beijing, it showcases breathtaking natural views and cultural attractions. Spend two hours (covering 2 kilometers) strolling through this esteemed site.

Tip: Some areas like Longevity Hill and the opera recital area require an additional fee.

Discover Beijing's historic Hutong alleyways in a one-hour tour. Hop on a rickshaw, meander through narrow lanes, visit a local family, and learn about the distinct courtyards' thresholds. Experience the charm of this vanishing cultural gem.

DAY 6 Beijing to Hong Kong | The Victoria Peak

Start your day with a visit to Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island. Take the Peak Tram for a stunning view of the city's skyline and harbor from the observation deck.

After descending from Victoria Peak, head to Central District, Hong Kong's financial hub. Explore the bustling streets, visit landmarks like the Bank of China Tower, and experience the city's vibrant atmosphere.

Enjoy a traditional dim sum lunch. Visit a local restaurant and indulge in a variety of steamed dumplings, buns, and other delicious bite-sized treats.

DAY 7 Hong Kong to Guangzhou | Guangzhou History Museum

Begin your tour by visiting a famous landmark in the city. This could be a historical site, iconic monument, or significant cultural spot. Take your time exploring the area, learning about its history, and capturing memorable photos.

Museum or Gallery: Afterward, visit a museum or art gallery to delve deeper into the city's culture. Choose one that interests you the most, whether it's history, art, science, or local traditions. Spend a couple of hours wandering through the exhibits and gaining newfound knowledge.

DAY 8 Zhangjiajie | The National Forest ParkOne

In Zhangjiajie, you will visit the National Forest Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the unique pillar-like formations shaped by erosion over time. Explore the park's vast forest-covered area, including Yuanjiajie, Yangjiajie, Jinbian Stream, and Wulongzhai. Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting nearby villages inhabited by Tujia, Bai, Miao, and Hui people. Please note that accommodations and meals in mountain areas like Zhangjiajie and Huangshan are simple. Adjust your expectations accordingly for the best experience. Get ready to be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

DAY 9 Zhangjiajie| The Grand Canyon with Glass Bridge

Today, our guide will lead you to visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, which is a stunning natural attraction that has recently been developed into a wonderland for visitors. It offers a combination of majestic mountains, flowing streams, intriguing caves, towering cliffs, and lush forests. One of the highlights of this scenic area is the world's longest and highest glass bridge. Imagine the thrill of walking on this bridge, suspended 300 meters above the ground! It's definitely an experience you wouldn't want to miss during your tour.

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

If walking on the glass bridge isn't your cup of tea, don't worry. We have an alternative route that allows you to still enjoy the attraction without stepping on the glass bridge. However, if you decide to take on the adventure, please note that for safety reasons, carrying a camera on the bridge is not allowed. You can, however, bring your cellphone or GoPro to capture those unforgettable moments.

DAY 10 Zhangjiajie | Tianmen Mountain

Visit the Tianmen Mountain, the awe-inspiring heart of Zhangjiajie! As the highest peak in the area, this majestic mountain offers unrivaled views of ancient trees, stunning karst formations, and scenic roads carved into cliff sides. Hop on the world's longest cable car ride, a thrilling 30-minute journey from the city center, and ascend to the mountain's summit.

Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain

At 1430 meters above ground, you'll find the renowned Tianmen Mountain Glass Walkway, a remarkable observation platform that extends from a sheer cliff. This narrow 1.6-meter-wide, 60-meter-long glass walkway offers brave souls not only breathtaking views of the mountains below but also the exhilaration of treading nervously above such heights. Some have even likened this experience to the famous 'skywalk' at the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA.

Don't miss the chance to explore this remarkable natural wonder in China. Savor the beauty and thrill of Tianmen Mountain, an experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

DAY 11 Zhangjiajie to Shanghai | Zhujiajiao Watertown

Explore Zhujiajiao Ancient Town: Sail through the captivating Zhujiajiao Ancient Town on a scenic river cruise, a brief but enchanting journey of 10-15 minutes. This fan-shaped water town boasts centuries of history, featuring stunning examples of Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture lining the lakes and 36 stone bridges. Highlights include Tongtianhe, an ancient pharmacy, the historic Post Office, Yuanjin Temple, and the serene Kezhi Garden. Immerse yourself in this charming destination that showcases China's rich heritage.

DAY 12 Shanghai Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Shanghai Pudong 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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