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Tour Details

Join 3 weeks 18 days China tour package to XiAn, Guilin, Yangshuo, Chengdu, Chongqing, Zhangjiajie, you will explore a splendid China in-depth.

Departure & Return Location

Beijing Capital Airport/Shanghai Airport

Price Includes

  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Meals as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board

Price Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers

Day 1Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer

Your private guide will meet you at the arrival hall of Beijing Capital Airport. After a short greeting, the guide and driver will transfer you to check in at the hotel.

After check-in, free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available

Day 2Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)

In the morning, we will guide you to the Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, which are full of China's history. While enjoying the remarkable architecture, our guide will also tell you the related stories. At noon, you will enjoy an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, a large park with a complex of ancient religious buildings. It was the place for emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped the Gods of Heaven. There you could also see many senior locals dancing, singing, playing cards or doing exercise. It is interesting to watch the local people enjoying their spare time.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 3Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)

Round off your morning with an excursion to Mutianyu, a popular section of China Great Wall. The round-trip cable car is contained. Today's lunch is not included. You can have a fast food around the site or ask for your guide's advice. Before transferring you to the hotel, we will pass by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) so that you can take photos, and then stop to visit a local market for a while.

Meals: breakfast

Day 4Summer Palace, Hutong visit, A high speed train to Xian. Railway station pick-up. (B)

Having spent a challenging day, we will arrange a leisure tour to the Summer Palace this morning. It used to be the summer resort of imperial family during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), mainly consisting of Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill. After that, you will be guided to take a walk along old hutong alleys to have a glimpse of authentic Beijingers' life.

Your private Beijing tour will end at this point. Our guide and driver will escort you to Beijing West Railway Station to take a high speed train to Xian. You will meet our Xian guide when you get out of the train station and then be transferred to the hotel.

Meals: breakfast

Day 5Terracotta Warriors, Provincial History Museum, City Wall. (B)

This morning, our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel and escort you to the Terracotta Army Museum. It is the funeral object of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259 - 210 BC) including more than 8,000 life-sized pottery soldiers and over 100 chariots. You will definitely feel stunned because the facial shape, expression, and posture of these figures are diverse from each other.

At noon, have a lunch at a restaurant outside the museum on your own, and then you will be transferred to Shaanxi History Museum. Over 370,000 rare relics dated from the Prehistoric Times 1.7 million years ago to 1840 are displayed in the three main exhibition halls. The next destination of today's Xian tour is the City Wall, which is the best-preserved ancient wall of China with a history of over 600 years.

Meals: breakfast

Day 6Fly to Guilin. Airport-hotel transfer. Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill. (B)

After breakfast, we will escort you to the airport for a morning flight to Guilin. You will be met by another professional guide and transferred to check in at the hotel. Then you are going to see the Reed Flute Cave and the Elephant Trunk Hill in the afternoon. Driving westwards for about six kilometers in the northwest suburb of Guilin, you will see a very absorbing tourist resort named Reed Flute Cave. The cave boasts abundant karst formations, such as stone columns, stalactites and stalagmites. Elephant Trunk Hill is a good place for enjoying the cool in summer and appreciating the river scenery. If you are interested, you can climb the hill to appreciate the Li River view from the top.

Meals: breakfast

Day 7Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside trip. (B+L)

Cruise along the Li River is a delightful experience for travelers who want to explore the natural beauty of the northeastern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. This morning, we will transfer you to the pier to take a cruise tour from Guilin down to Yangshuo. The picturesque landscape along the way is indeed a feast to the eye. When you arrive at Yangshuo at around 14:00, we will transfer you to the hotel for checking in and then drive you to the countryside to enjoy the natural rural sceneries. A brief visit to a local farmer's house is specially arranged for you on the way. After that, you will be transferred back to Guilin.

Tips: Here we would like to remind you the lunch on the cruise is not that good. It is the simple box lunch provided by the cruise company. We can only say it is edible but far from delicious. We suggest you have a big breakfast at the hotel this morning.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 8Fly to Chengdu. Airport-hotel transfer. Free time in the afternoon. (B)

Today, you will head for the next city of this 16-day private China tour, Chengdu. After breakfast, our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport and help you board the plane. After landing, you will be greeted at the airport and then be escorted to the hotel.

The rest of the day is free for your own arrangement. You may have a lunch at a nearby restaurant and then take a taxi to the People's Park to immerse in locals' life.

Meals: breakfast

Day 9Giant Panda Breeding Base, Broad and Narrow Alleys, Jinsha Site Museum. (B)

A journey to Chengdu is not complete without seeing the lovely giant pandas, so a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is arranged at the beginning of this Chengdu guided tour. After having a close contact with these adorable animals, you will be taken to the Wide and Narrow Alley to experience traditional Chengdu lifestyle. There are brimmed with distinctive restaurants and you can feast your stomach with authentic local cuisines there. Our guide can give you some recommendations if needed.

In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to the Jinsha Site Museum with the company of our guide. The museum was built on the ruins of the capital city of the Kingdom Shu back in the 12th century BC. A large number of ivories, gold articles, and jade wares were unearthed there, including the most prominent Gold Foil of the Sun God Bird.

Meals: breakfast

Day 10Free time in the morning, A 2-hour bullet train to Chongqing, Railway station pick-up, Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)

There is no arranged activity this morning. You can have a good rest at the hotel or explore the city a bit more on your own. In the afternoon, our guide will escort you to the railway station for your onward train to Chongqing. Upon arrival, our local guide will pick you up at the railway station and transfer you to the port. Board the five-star cruise ship there to start the following Yangtze River cruise.

Meals: breakfast

Day 11Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Shibaozhai, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)

After breakfast, the cruise guide will brief you on the cruise itinerary and then you can stand on the deck and look around the rolling steep cliffs while drifting through deep gorges. In the afternoon, you will disembark and be led to visit Shibaozhai. At night, there will be a welcome party onboard and the staff will put on fantastic performances.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream. (B+L+D)

Today's Yangtze River cruise will be highlighted by the superb view of the Three Gorges which consists of Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, and Xiling Gorge. You will change to a smaller motorized ferry on the border of Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge and take a 3-4 hours' cruise to Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13Disembark the cruise, Three Gorges Dam. Soft sleeper train to Zhangjiajie. Train station to hotel transfer. (B)

The last excursion arranged by the cruise ship is to see the Three Gorges Dam. It is the largest hydropower project in the world, showing visitors the culture of engineering and water conservancy. Standing on the top of the Tanziling, tourists will have a panoramic view of the dam. Before that, you should pack your luggage and check out the ship. After the excursion, our local guide will pick you up at the Three Gorges Dam and transfer you to the East Station to take a soft sleeper train to Zhangjiajie in around 5 hours. Again, your local guide will wait for you at the railway station and assist you to check in at the hotel.

Meals: breakfast

Day 14Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, Golden Whip Stream, Ten-mile gallery. (B+L)

This morning, you will take the Bailong Elevator to Yuanjiajie Scenic Area. This area is dominated by the limestone pillars topped by trees, which provided the inspiration for the Hallelujah Mountains in the film 'Avatar'. Then the guide will accompany you to take a battery car to Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve. After that, you will visit the Jinbian Stream (Golden Whip Stream) by walking along the stream and find the beauty of this quiet area. Then, you will take a small train to visit the Ten-mile gallery.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 15Xibu Street, Tian Men Mountain, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)

In the morning, you may choose to relax at your hotel or follow our guide to the pedestrian street – Xibu Street for a walk. Then we will continue our visit to the Tianmen Mountain. Taking the world’s longest cableway to the top of the mountain will be a unique experience of your Zhangjiajie tour. If you are fond of adventure, then the hanging Glass Skywalk built against the steep cliffs should not be missed. Afterwards, take a flight to Shanghai. Upon your arrival, our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 16Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, an ancient cultural street. (B+L)

Your private Shanghai tour will be started at Shanghai Museum, where you can learn more about the civilized culture of ancient China. Then move on to the Yuyuan Garden. It is one of the best preserved Chinese gardens in Shanghai. Its pavilions, rockeries, pools, and flowers make it a place of peace and leisure in bustling city.

After enjoying an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a highly-reputed local restaurant, you will go to the Bund area and take a one-hour cruise tour down the Huangpu River. It is a good way to visit Shanghai and experience the old Shanghai flavor. The western historical buildings along the two banks are splendid view for visitors. Our guide will leave you some free time to stroll around the Bund area leisurely after cruise and then take you to visit an old street - Tianzifang before driving back to the hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 17Zhujiajiao Water Town, Shanghai World Financial Center. (B)

Around Shanghai city, there is a number of beautiful water towns interspersed with crisscrossing water lanes. This morning, you are scheduled to one of the famous water towns, Zhujiajiao. It is quite pleasant to walk through the many cobblestoned alleyways and to see the 36 bridges that grace the old canals. Lunch is arranged on your own.

In the afternoon, you will visit the 492 meters high Shanghai World Financial Center. You will go up to the 100th floor, which provides exquisite views of the city below, and the city's skyline. You can walk around the platform and in each direction the view is different and nice.

Meals: breakfast

Day 18Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)

Our guide and driver will come and get you at the appointed time, and then transfer you to the airport.

Meals: breakfast

Destinations Luxury Hotels Standard Hotels
Beijing Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
Xian Crowne Plaza Xi'an Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
Guilin Shangri-La Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel
Chengdu Grand Hyatt Chengdu Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Yangtze River New Century Cruises with balcony President No.7/No.8 with balcony
Zhangjiajie Pullman Zhangjiajie Hotel Pullman Zhangjiajie Hotel
Shanghai Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai

Note: the hotel listed just for reference