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Best of China Tour


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Overview

The goal of this trip is to provide you with the best places to visit in China's most visited cities- Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, and Shanghai. Visit the major highlights of each of these Chinese cities. From the largest square in the world, the mysterious forbidden city, Ming tombs, Temple of Heaven and of course the Great Wall in Beijing- the capital of China, then flying to see the famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses in Xian, go on a river cruise down the Li River and visit amazing caves in Guilin,  and then ending your journey in the industrial and financial capital- Shanghai.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrive in Beijing

    • Upon arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport, you will be greeted and then transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.

      Overnight at Penta Hotel
      Meals: None
  • Day 02 Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace

    • After breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide and begin your sightseeing tour of Beijing. The first stop of your full day tours is at the Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world (imagine 109 football fields)! Next you will visit the massive Forbidden City, which was built during 1405 – 1420 and was the seat of the emperors for almost 500 years. It now houses the Palace Museum and consists of endless halls, throne rooms, and palaces which are generally divided into political, living, and enjoyment area. It contains an extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. You will visit the Summer Palace, formed largely by water and favored by royal families in the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911 AD). The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water. Longevity Hill is about 60 meters (200 feet) high and has many buildings positioned in sequence. The front hill is rich with splendid halls and pavilions, while the back hill, in sharp contrast, is quiet with natural beauty. The central Kunming Lake covering 2.2 square kilometers was entirely man made and the excavated soil was used to build Longevity Hill. At the Summer Palace, one finds a variety of palaces, gardens, and other classical-style architectural structures.

      Overnight at Penta Hotel
      Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Day 03 Sightseeing day in Beijing, Visit the Great Wall, Ming Tombs, and Enjoy a Beijing Duck Dinner

    • Today you will get to see the only man-made construction visible from space – The Great Wall of China! In the afternoon you will visit the Ming Tombs (Changling). Its 7km "Sacred Way", also called the "Way of Spirit" is lined with statues of guardian animals and officials, with a front gate consisting of a three-arches, painted red, and called the "Great Red Gate". Tonight you can enjoy China’s No. 1 specialty, the Beijing roasted duck dinner at a local restaurant.

      Overnight at Penta Hotel
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Day 04 Visit the Temple of Heaven and Fly to Xian

    • In the morning, you will visit China’s largest temple and altar complex as well as the city’s symbol known as the Temple of Heaven. This complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. If time permits, you can go shopping at the Hongqiao Market or Silk Alley where you will not leave empty-handed. Take an afternoon flight to Xian, a city that served as China’s capital for more than 1,000 years. You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day you are free to pursue your own interests.

      Overnight Sunda Hotel
      Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Day 05 Visit the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the Great Mosque, and the Ancient City Wall

    • Another highlight of your trip will be the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum which are located in the city’s eastern suburb. It is considered to be the most significant archeological discovery of the 20th century. They were once buried underground for 2,000 years and were found during a local farmers’ sinking of a well, it is absolutely stunning to all viewers. They have unearthed approximately 8,000 figures discovering they all have unique faces after running them though a facial recognition software. It is estimated that there are 80,000 on site still buried under the city! You will first see the panoramic documentary film and then its visit the three main exhibition halls. Your afternoon tour includes the Great Mosque which is one of the four most famous mosques in China being the oldest and most renowned founded in 742 and also the Ancient City Wall which is the best preserved of its kind in China. You will get to enjoy the Tang Dynasty dinner show in the evening.

      Overnight Sunda Hotel
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Day 06 Visit Provincial Museum and Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and Fly to Guilin

    • After breakfast, you will visit the Provincial Museum which is one of the first modern museums displaying the history of the ancient Silk Road. After visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda that was built in the 7th century. The pagoda's many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Xuanzang. You will fly to Guilin in the afternoon and will have the rest of the day at your leisure.

      Overnight Bravo Hotel
      Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Day 07 Transfer from Guilin to Yangshuo on a Scenic River Cruise

    • Today you will go on a scenic 5-hour Li River cruise and visit Yangshuo. You will wind through the rising and falling hills and peaks cruising peacefully along the 83km long cruise. It will unfold a fine art gallery of natural scenic wonders before your eyes. Surrounded by green bamboo shoots, water buffaloes eating grass casually in the fields passing you by, and fisherman fishing or perhaps taking a nap on the bamboo rafts calmly drifting by.

      Overnight Bravo Hotel
      Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Day 08 Visit Fubo Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Seven Star Peak, and Fly to Shanghai

    • Today you will have a full day of tours beginning with Fubo Hill. On the southern slope of the Hill is Returned Pearl Cave, 1000 year-old Buddha images are etched into the wall of the cave and along with over 200 images of Buddha, most dating from the Song and Tang Dynasties. Next you will visit the unique Reed Flute Cave. It is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1,200 years. It is over 180 million years old. The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into melodious flutes. You will also visit the vivid Elephant Trunk Hill which got its name because it looks like an elephant drinking water. The last spot will be at the beautiful Seven Star Park which was named for its resemblance of the 'Big Dipper' of the sky. Here there are many caves, lush green hills, a zoo, and a beautiful flower bridge to name a few attractions. In the late afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.

      Overnight Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel
      Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Day 09 Visit the Bund, Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Garden and Bazaar, Shanghai Museum, and Enjoy an Acrobatic Show

    • Your tour in this flourishing city starts with the Bund which is Shanghai’s Wall Street. The Shanghai Bund has dozens of historical buildings, lining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks and trading houses from all over the world. You will continue on to the Jade Buddha Temple which was named after the two pieces of white jade statues imported from Burma by sea. Then you will visit the Yu Garden also known as the "Garden of Peace or Happiness" with its intricate design and complete with pavilions, lakes, bridges, and it's centerpiece being the exquisite Jade Rock. Next you will visit the Shanghai Museum which is a must-see featuring a collection of over 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings, seals, sculptures, minority art and foreign art. The Shanghai Museum houses several items of national importance, including one of three extant specimens of a "transparent" bronze mirror from the Han Dynasty. Later you will enjoy watching the world-class Acrobatic Show at the Grand Theatre.

      Overnight Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel
      Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Day 10 Depart Shanghai

    • After breakfast at hotel, you may have some free time for last minute shopping before being transferred to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

      Meals: Breakfast

Trip Info

Cost Includes

  • All transfers and sightseeing tours as per the itinerary with English speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Private car for transfer
  • Breakfast, Lunches, and Dinners as per itinerary
  • Twin share hotel accommodation(4* Hotels) as per the itinerary including daily breakfast
  • Economy class domestic air tickets Beijing – Xian – Guilin – Shanghai

Cost Does Not Include

  • Tips to local guides and drivers
  • Extra expenses or services not specified in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • International Airfare
  • Chinese Visa fee

Dates & Prices

Land Cost (Based on Twin Sharing)

  • US$ 2999 Per Person (Min 2 persons)
  • US$ 605 (Single Supplement)

*Economy class Domestic Flights Included Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Shanghai

*International Flights Not Included.


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