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15-day tour to Shanghai, Huangshan, Guilin, Yangshuo, Chongqing, , Enshi, Zhangjiajie, Beijing

Written by Mike HoUpdated Apr. 10, 2024

China Natural Beauty Tour

Discover the wonders of China on our unforgettable 15-day tour. Immerse yourself in the vibrant cityscape of Shanghai, the mystique of Huangshan, and the breathtaking landscapes of Guilin and Yangshuo. Experience the rich culture and history of Chongqing, Enshi, Zhangjiajie, and Beijing. Marvel at the magnificent sights including the iconic Great Wall, serene Li River, and the mesmerizing karst formations. Indulge in authentic local cuisine and witness the charm of traditional Chinese arts.

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Tour 'Wow' Points

Find the Hidden Halls in the Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Explore the Famous Yellow Mountain in Huangshan

Yellow Mountain

Take a Cruise on the Awe-inspiring Li River in Guilin

Guilin landscape

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

Immerse yourself in the charm of the Huangpu River while strolling along the 1.5-kilometer-long embankment known as The Bund. On its western side, you'll find a captivating "architecture gallery" boasting 52 well-preserved old European style buildings. As night falls, witness the enchanting transformation of The Bund into a magical spectacle.

Shanghai the Bund

Step back in time as you visit Yuyuan Garden, situated in the heart of Shanghai's historic quarter. This beautiful garden was originally built as a private retreat in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty, showcasing authentic Chinese classic architecture and style. The expansive complex spans 2 hectares and features stunning rockeries, elegant pavilions, peaceful ponds, and charming corridors.

Shanghai Tower Rising majestically in the city skyline, the Shanghai Tower claims its place as the world's second-tallest building. Soaring 632 meters (2,073 feet) high, this architectural masterpiece is a must-visit attraction for any Shanghai traveler. Ascend to the top and marvel at the breathtaking views of the city below, which will leave you spellbound. The Shanghai Tower stands as an iconic symbol of the city's modernity and should not be missed during your visit.

DAY 3 Huangshan| The Yellow Mountain

Experience the breathtaking Huangshan mountain in southern Anhui Province. Known as "the loveliest mountain in China," it offers stunning granite peaks, unique rock formations, hot springs, waterfalls, and over 1,500 plant species. Your private tour includes convenient hotel pick-up as our knowledgeable guide and driver take you to the South Gate of Huangshan Scenic Area.

Yellow Mountains

Please note that certain areas may be closed from December to March due to snowy weather, but our guide will ensure you visit other highlights. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure surrounded by nature's beauty.

DAY 4 Huangshan | Hongcun Village

Embrace the beauty of the Yellow Mountains as you witness the breathtaking sunrise at Refreshing Terrace. After a satisfying breakfast, explore Lion Peak and its iconic attractions like the Dawn Pavilion and Stone Monkey Watching the Sea. Marvel at the unique pine trees along the route in the North Sea area and capture the panoramic view from Beginning-to-Believe Peak. Conclude your Yellow Mountains experience with a memorable Yungu Cable Car journey.

Next, venture to the charming Hongcun Village, an 800-year-old village nestled among the misty landscapes. Admire its picturesque moat, bridges, and the stunning half-moon pond. This UNESCO-listed village offers captivating streets, historical dwellings, and halls for you to explore.

Wrap up the day with a visit to Tunxi Ancient Street in the old city center. Wander through well-preserved rows of shops, soaking in the ambiance of a bygone era. Enjoy a leisurely stroll and keep an eye out for unique souvenirs.

DAY 5 Guilin | The Reed Flute Cave and Elpehant Trunk Hill

Explore the natural wonders of Guilin, starting with a visit to the captivating Reed Flute Cave. Just 5 kilometers northwest of the city, this impressive cave is named after the reeds that grow at its entrance and are used to make flutes. The 240-meter-long cave offers a mesmerizing tour of around 550 meters, showcasing a magical realm of colorful stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, curtains, and even formations resembling birds, plants, and animals. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through this enchanting wonderland, so be prepared for some steps and dim lighting.

Next, marvel at the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill situated at the meeting point of the Li River and Peach Blossom River. This 55-meter-high hill resembles an elephant drinking from the Li River, making it a symbolic sight of Guilin. Explore the hill's numerous caves and find a charming pagoda gracing its summit.

Delve into the rich folk culture of South China as you venture to Daxu Ancient Town, located 18 kilometers southeast of Guilin. Once a bustling hub for water transportation during the Ming and Qing dynasties, this town is characterized by its historic significance. Stroll through the narrow streets and discover traditional Chinese clinics, exquisite wooden carvings adorning old residential houses, and skilled craftsmen still practicing their traditional trades. Immerse yourself in the authentic charm of Daxu and gain insight into its vibrant past.

DAY 6 Guilin to Yangshuo | Li River Cruise

Enjoy an unforgettable Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo aboard a comfortable 4-star boat. Marvel at the stunning landscapes, including limestone peaks, bamboo groves, and traditional farming scenes. Look out for water buffaloes, fishermen on bamboo rafts, and the chance to spot fishing cormorants. Depart from various wharves, and savor a buffet or semi-buffet lunch on the boat.

Guilin landscape

Then, visit nearby Xianggong Hill for breathtaking views of the Li River's bend and mesmerizing karst scenery. Capture stunning photos, including stunning sunrise vistas.

DAY 7Yangshuo | Bamboo Rafting along Yulong River

Experience the beauty of Yangshuo with a mesmerizing Bamboo Rafting excursion along the scenic Yulong River. Revel in the breathtaking karst peaks, verdant rice fields, and tranquil waters. Choose from different rafting durations based on your preference and location. Please note age restrictions apply. Then, don't miss the opportunity to capture stunning sunset photos at Cuiping Five Fingers Mountain, just a short climb away. Embrace the natural wonders of Yangshuo on this unforgettable journey.

DAY 8 Chongqing| The Piba Mountain Park

Experience the mesmerizing night scenery of Chongqing, a city renowned for its stunning lights reminiscent of Chicago and Singapore. As dusk falls, the captivating glow illuminates this mountain city. Don't miss the must-visit attractions, including Piba Mountain Park, Eling Park, and the unique tree in Nan Mountain. Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of Chongqing's evening beauty.

DAY 9 Chongqing | Wansheng Heishan Valley Tourism Area

Start your day early and depart from Chongqing towards Wansheng Heishan Valley Tourism Area. Upon arrival, purchase your entrance tickets and take a scenic cable car ride up to the mountain summit, enjoying panoramic views of the valley. Explore the hiking trails that wind through the valley, discover the mesmerizing Heishan Waterfall, and capture beautiful photos.

DAY 10 Enshi | Tenglong Cave

Explore the fascinating Tenglong Cave, located just 6 kilometers outside the suburb of Lichuan City. This unique attraction offers a rare combination of a Dry Cave connected to a Water Cave, with the main cave leading to branch caves. This extraordinary geological formation is truly awe-inspiring and unlike anything you'll find elsewhere. Prepare to be amazed by the wonders of Tenglong Cave.

DAY 11 Enshi | The Grand Canyon

Depart early from Enshi city center to Enshi Grand Canyon. Explore the canyon, visiting attractions such as Seven Star Village and the Suspension Bridge. Experience the thrill of walking on the Glass Walkway. Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the scenic beauty of the canyon. Spend the day immersing yourself in the breathtaking landscapes. Witness the stunning sunset over the Enshi Grand Canyon.

DAY 12 Zhangjiajie | Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Explore the stunning Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan province, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its unique pillar-like formations. With over 90% forest coverage, the park is home to Yuanjiajie, Yangjiajie, Jinbian Stream, and Wulongzhai. Nearby villages offer glimpses into traditional Tujia, Bai, Miao, and Hui cultures.

Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain

Experience natural spectacles at Mt. Tianzishan, including misty clouds, stunning sunrises, moonlit nights, and snow-capped peaks. Take a cable car for panoramic views.

Ride the Bailong Sightseeing Elevator, the world's highest and fastest, for breathtaking views of the Sandstone Peak Forest. Plan your visit outside of peak hours to avoid long lines.

Visit Yuanjiajie, known for its captivating Hallelujah Mountain featured in the movie Avatar. Enjoy the famous 'First Bridge in the World' view and plan an afternoon visit for the best photography opportunities.

DAY 13Zhangjiajie | Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

Experience the natural wonderland of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, featuring mountains, streams, caves, cliffs, and forests. Don't miss the world's highest and longest glass bridge. Walk on the glass floor, 300 meters above the ground, for a thrilling experience. An alternative route is available for those who prefer not to walk on the glass bridge.

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

Explore Tianmen Mountain, the tallest peak in Zhangjiajie, known for its stunning ancient trees, karst hillocks, and scenic roads. Ride the world's longest cable car for breathtaking views. Walk on the 1430-meter-high glass walkway jutting out from a sheer cliff, offering clear views of the mountains below. Comparable to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, it's a thrilling experience not to be missed.

DAY 14 Beijing | Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace

Visit the picturesque Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, ranked as the top choice on TripAdvisor. Enjoy beautifully-restored architecture and stunning views. Take a chairlift for easy access to the Wall and walk through watchtowers. For a fun descent, try the toboggan ride suitable for all ages.

walking on the Great Wall

Explore the largest and best-preserved royal park in China, the Summer Palace. Located in northwest Beijing, it offers natural beauty, cultural significance, and panoramic views. Take a boat ride and visit the enchanting Garden of Virtue and Harmony.

DAY 15 Beijing Departure

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

Tour Price

FromUS3,750 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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