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                                  China Delights

                                  L-102: 11 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai
                                  Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
                                  Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
                                  Tour Highlights:
                                  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
                                  • Have a leisurely walk or an exciting bicycle ride on the time-honored City Wall of Xi'an
                                  • Fantastic cruise tour on the Li River from Guilin to rural Yangshuo
                                  • Experience the Bund, classical garden, modern and old in contrast in Shanghai
                                  From $2339 per person Free Inquiry
                                  Temple of HeavenGreat WallFamily visitA local free marketTerracotta ArmyOur clients are learning to make dumplings in the family visitLi River cruiseYu GardenThe Bund, Shanghai
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                                  Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
                                  Our guide will meet you outside the customs of the Capital Airport after you retrieve your luggage and clear the customs, and then transfer you to the hotel with a private van. The rest of the day is free for you to have a good rest and get prepared for your 11 days China tour package.  

                                  Meals: No meals, advice freely available
                                  Day 2 Beijing
                                  Temple of Heaven
                                  Temple of Heaven
                                  In the morning, your 11 days China tour will start with visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. As the largest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square has seen the country's development in the past 500 years and become an important venue for most of the national ceremonies. Walking through the square, you will come to the largest and best-preserved imperial palace complex - the Forbidden City. With 590 years of history, the Forbidden City will bring you back to the prosperous Ming and Qing dynasties by showing thousands of imperial architecture and precious culture relics.

                                  To avoid the cheap tourist restaurant as the most are doing now, we will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local Cantonese restaurant to taste the authentic Chinese food. Usually our a la carte meal price is three to four times higher than that of the eateries arranged by other agencies and our food quality is surely incomparable. After lunch, visit the Temple of Heaven, which is the imperial altar for the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties to worship the god of heaven.

                                  Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
                                  Day 3 Beijing
                                  Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
                                  Great Wall
                                  Great Wall
                                  Photo by our client Mr. Barry Nichols
                                  Today your private visit will begin with the splendid Mutianyu Great Wall. As one of the most popular sections of the Great Wall, Mutianyu, likes a soaring dragon stretches along the mountain ranges. You will be deeply impressed by the wandering walls, spectacular passes and towers, and splendid mountain scenery. We will arrange the round-way cable car for you. For lunch today, we would leave it on your side. Our guide will help you to find a proper restaurant upon your request.

                                  On the way back to downtown, drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium), the venue of 2008 Olympic Games. You will see the full view of the huge 'nest' at a distance. Take this chance to add one memorable photo in your album. Afterwards, we will head to a local market and leave you some free time to wander around.

                                  Meals: American breakfast
                                   Friendly Tips

                                  The round-trip cable car fare at Mutianyu Great Wall is included in this tour price. We can also arrange for you to take the chairlift up and toboggan down the wall. Please contact your travel consultant if you are interested.
                                  Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
                                  Summer Palace with boat ride on Kunming Lake, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, 798 Art Zone, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
                                  Family visit
                                  Our consultant Emily with her guests
                                  This morning, you will firstly visit the existing largest imperial garden - the Summer Palace, which is an outstanding combination of Chinese classical landscape design and natural beauty. Here, we will arrange a special Kunming Lake boat cruise for you. Then, you will have a Hutong tour to experience the original Beijing culture by taking a special rickshaw riding through the various Hutongs and to know about old capital's manners and customs. After visiting the 798 Art Zone, you will take a flight to Xi'an and our guide will be waiting for you outside the baggage claim area of the airport and transfer you to the downtown hotel.

                                  Meals: American breakfast
                                  Day 5 Xi'an
                                  Terracotta Army, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Provincial History Museum. (B)
                                  A local free market
                                  A local free market
                                  In the morning, visit the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Terracotta Army. You will not only be attracted by the life-sized warrior figures and horses, each of which has distinct facial expressions and positions, but also be astonished by various kinds of ancient weapons which reflect the highly advanced technology in weapon-making 2,200 years ago. We do not offer lunch today. You will arrange it on you own and get some suggestions from your guide upon request.

                                  Then, visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda - the well-preserved 1,300-year-old Buddhist pagoda of Tang Dynasty. Just a few minutes' drive from the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, you will come to the next stop - Provincial History Museum, which exhibits over 370,000 historical relics and is regarded as 'the best museum in the country'.

                                  Meals: American breakfast
                                  Day 6 Xi'an
                                  Xi'an City Wall, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Great Mosque. (B+L)
                                  Terracotta Army
                                  Terracotta Army
                                  Photo by our clients Mr. Douglas Howes & Ms. Patricia Howes
                                  A morning visit to City Wall, one of the best-preserved existing City Walls, to stroll around on the wall and you will have a bird's eye view of the city. You will then have a local family visit and a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be arranged in the home of the family that you visit, to taste the authentic home cooked dishes. We also offer Chinese food cooking class to our valued guests for free in our family visit. If feel interested, you may learn to cook Chinese dishes with the hostess.

                                  After lunch, visit the Great Mosque which was built in the year of 742 AD with a similar architecture style of Chinese temples. On your way to the mosque, you will walk across the famous snack street - Muslim Street, where you may find many delicious local snacks as well as interesting souvenirs.

                                  Meals: American breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
                                  Day 7 Xi'an - Guilin
                                  Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, Fly to Guilin, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
                                  Our clients are learning to make dumplings in the family visit
                                  Our clients are learning to make dumplings in the family visit
                                  In the morning, before heading to the airport, you will visit Xi'an Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Xi'an Museum was opened to the public in 2007. It is well known for its cultural treasures displayed at the exhibition hall, the ancient pagoda of the Tang Dynasty, the morning bell chimes of the pagoda and the beautiful garden landscape. As a part of the museum, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the most important architecture of ancient Chang'an in the Tang Dynasty and now is a famous historic site in the city. Then take a flight to Guilin and we will transfer you to the hotel. Your luxury series hotel is located on the bank of the Li River, and you can stroll along the bank and enjoy the picturesque scene of the city.

                                  Meals: American breakfast
                                  Day 8 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
                                  Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside tour, Drive back to Guilin. (B+L)
                                  Li River cruise
                                  Li River cruise
                                  Photo by our client Ms. Janice Johnson
                                  Enduring memories are created today as you cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. The length of Li River is about 50 miles, and you can see picturesque scenery all the way during your cruise. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, take you to the countryside to enjoy the rural beauty of Yangshuo. You will also visit a local villager's home to experience the farmer's lifestyle there. After a whole day's excursion to Yangshuo, transfer back to Guilin in the late afternoon. 

                                  Tips: The cruise lasts around 4 hours and reaches terminal Yangshuo at about 14:00. Lunch is available on board, but the basic Chinese box lunch may fail to meet with your approval. So we recommend you prepare for the cruise with a generous breakfast at the hotel.

                                  Meals: American breakfast, Lunch
                                  Day 9 Guilin - Shanghai
                                  Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
                                  Yu Garden
                                  Our clients at the Yu Garden of Shanghai
                                  Photo by our client Mr. John Harbottle
                                  Today's China itinerary 11 days starts with one of the most famous attractions in the city, Reed Flute Cave, which is renowned for the varieties of stalactites, stalagmites, columns and lime-flowers which came into being about 700,000 years ago. Walking in the cave, you will also be impressed by the interesting names of the stalactites and stalagmites, such as Palace of Crystal, Dragon Pagoda and Flower & Fruit Mountain. Your next stop will be the Seven Star Park. Your city visit will end with the Elephant Trunk Hill. You must wonder how such a huge rock resembles an elephant drinking water on the riverside, and your guide will give you much information then. When finishing all the attractions in the city, you will take a flight to Shanghai and our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in downtown area.

                                  Meals: American breakfast
                                  Day 10 Shanghai
                                  Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte farewell lunch, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise, a cultural street. (B+L)
                                  The Bund, Shanghai
                                  The Bund, Shanghai
                                  After breakfast, you will visit Shanghai Museum and the Yu Garden. As one of the four largest museums in China, Shanghai Museum is famous for its vast storage of 120,000 of art relics, especially for the exhibition of bronze wares, porcelain wares, calligraphy and paintings. After learning about history, you will learn about the ancient Chinese gardening - visiting one of the most famous gardens in south of the Yangtze River, Yuyuan Garden. We will serve you an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy and famous local restaurant, which offers authentic Shanghai and Cantonese cuisines.

                                  In the afternoon, we will transfer you to the Bund area, where you take a short cruise on the Huangpu River. On the banks of the river scattered almost all the major attractions of Shanghai, which symbolize the past, present and future of the city. After the cruise, you will visit the Bund area and then explore an old street. 

                                  Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
                                  Day 11 Departure from Shanghai
                                  Hotel-airport transfer & see you off, A pleasant trip home! (B)
                                  Your private guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to the airport so that you can board the flight back home loaded with pleasant memories of this 11 days guided tour of China.

                                  Meals: American breakfast
                                  B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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                                  10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
                                  Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
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                                  Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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                                  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
                                  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
                                  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
                                  Price Includes
                                  • Domestic airfares
                                  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
                                  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
                                  • Private English-speaking guides
                                  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
                                  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
                                  Price Excludes
                                  • International airfares
                                  • Entry Visa fees
                                  • Personal expenses
                                  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
                                  Why Travel With Us
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                                    4.756 Reviews
                                    The Grady Family
                                    Posted on March 14, 2020
                                    Our trip was amazing and we couldn't be more happier with our experience and booking with When we arrived in Beijing, we were then greeted by our guide and driver. Our guide was amazing and very knowledgeable. He provided us with a cell phone in case of emergency and was very good with our young children. The transportation and driver was excellent. The van was big, clean, and the a/c was nice especially with the cold weather. In Xian we were greeted by a new driver and guide. She was friendly but her English was so so. Due to the language bearer a lot of our questions during the excursions could not be answered but it was still an amazing trip. The transportation was smaller in Beijing so all 4 of us were cramped in the backseat but we made it work. Once arrive in Guilin we were greeted by another new guide. The boat cruise on Li River was an amazing experience. We enjoyed the gorgeous mountains very much. Huangpu River cruise is also a fantastic experience. We saw many magnificent building on the banks. In any case, we spent 11 great days in China with our professional guides and experienced drivers and saw many amazing architectures that we can't see in USA. It was truly an amazing experience. Highly praise to Travel China's service. ... More
                                    Posted on March 09, 2020
                                    Generally, we were very satisfied with the tour arrangements, with the guide Tracy in Xian was superb! li in Guilin was also very good, as was Kitty in Beijing and Fan Fan in Shanghai. We were duly impressed with their command of the English language and knowledge of the Chinese culture and history. With respect to the meals, on the whole most of the meals were average. We were impressed with the first meal in Beijing and the first lunch in Shanghai; the dumpling dinner in Xian on our first night stay was excellent, as was our meal (on our own) in shanghai at lu bo lang in the old town which Fan Fan recommended. The hotel accommodations were satisfactory, with the exception of the ShangriLa in Guilin which although rated a 5-star, should have been rated more as 3-4 star. We particularly enjoyed the hotels in Xian and Shanghai. We were very pleased with the touring arrangements; what really impressed us the most and what we truly enjoyed were the guides in the cities - they were excellent. We particularly enjoyed Tracy and Li, in their improvising and sharing with us sites off the beaten path as time permitted, and their desire to show us what we were interested in. ... More
                                    Bill Kerwin
                                    Posted on January 16, 2020
                                    We would recommend TravelChina to others. Having you take care of all the planning details allowed us to focus on just having fun and enjoy China's beauty.
                                    All of our worries disappeared the moment Kitty, our Beijing guide, greeted us at the airport. For the following three days, she and our driver showed us the many fascinating sites around Beijing including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace.
                                    We then flew to Xian, and at the last day in Xian, we choose to travel to Huashan. The rock formations and canyons were incredible. The views were somewhat similar to Yosemite National Park in the United States. It's hard to describe in words the true beauty of the Mountain. The trails and bridges were also amazing. We must have climbed 10,000 stairs. All of the trails were made of stone. The individuals who built the trails were artist making them look like logs to match the natural environment. Unfortunately, there was a slight mix up at Guilin airport, when our guide, Jenny, accidentally picked up another couple instead of us. However another guide helped us out and we got to our hotel that evening safely. The following morning everything was cleared up and we were on our way. Jenny was very knowledgeable and her English was excellent. We enjoyed her company very much. The hotel was less desirable than the other hotels that we stayed at but, the incredible scenery definitely made up for it. Thank you so much for all of your help. We had an unforgettable holiday.
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                                    Posted on January 11, 2020
                                    I would highly recommend this tour company in China. From the start, Vera Yu answered every question and responded to questions every time in a prompt manner. The hotel she selected for us were outstanding, with high marks for the Wyndham Grand Xi'an South-an incredible property that if we had known, we would have stayed there an extra couple days just to explore. A great experience overall!
                                    Peter Soohoo
                                    Posted on January 01, 2020
                                    First of all I have to thank you for allowing us to choose this extensive and interesting tour. I downloaded every scrap of information relevant to our itinerary that eventually filled a binder, our personalized guide book. We were not disappointed. China is so big and we managed to see such a variety. We feel lucky to have had the chance to go to Guilin, it was one of the highlights of our trip. And thank you for all your helpful e-mail messages.
                                    John D
                                    Posted on December 28, 2019
                                    Overall I was very happy with the trip! I wrote this feedback just to tell you that how excellent your work is. I liked all of the places we went to and it is hard to pick a favorite. Thank you again and we will definitely use your service again for our future trip.
                                    Posted on December 24, 2019
                           helped us to organize a fantastic China trip to Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo & Shanghai. In each city the guides did an exceptional work. It is almost difficult to single one guide out as particularly outstanding. In Xian, Jacky shone as he helped us manage our overweight luggage: as there was only one check-in line, we waited 45 minutes, and Jacky thought it was ridiculous and let the gate agent know that we were all very upset; the gate agent felt guilty and let us go through without paying extra for the overweight luggage (we had already bought too many souvenirs I think!). The three of us laughed a lot at the incident and at Jacky's wonderful way of asserting himself for our benefit. Unfortunately, due to my wife's brief illness, Oscar in Guilin especially stands out: this does not mean that the other guides would not have been just as helpful, but circumstances gave Oscar a chance to rise to the occasion. When we asked the hotel to call a doctor, Oscar joined us to help translate and to accompany us to the hospital nearby: the doctor herself was superb and thorough; at one point, she said that it would take a couple of hours to get the results of the blood test, so she sent us back to the hotel to rest and promised to call Oscar on his cell phone as soon as she had the results. Oscar stayed in the hotel lobby waiting, we went upstairs; as after two hours Oscar had not heard anything, he went back on his own, to the hospital and got what we needed. What a professional way to approach his role as guide... he was more a guardian angel than a guide, and it was very reassuring to be able to count on him. By the way, my wife discomfort abated very quickly thanks to the prescription the doctor provided, and the rest of our trip went on perfectly. Finally, again, Oscar showed his ability to negociate and be helpful to increase our enjoyment: I had seen and liked the China knot that I had see in several places during the holidays and thought that I would like to buy one; on the morning cruise on the Li River, the ship had a large red knot hanging in the ship pilot's area. Oscar asked if I would like it, I said yes, and he offered to ask the pilot for it; his negotiations were very successful, and the knot now hangs at the entrance of my house in the United States! A big thanks to all of the guides we had! ... More
                                    Lana Dalton
                                    United States
                                    Posted on December 23, 2019
                                    Meals: The breakfasts were all fine as there was plenty to choose from. To be honest, we did not enjoy the lunches except for one that we were able to customize due to our guide. I think it is because we are Westerners and not used to Chinese food and the preparation fried and with oil. They served HUGE amounts of food and we ended up wasting much of it. I think it would be better to allow the customer to order the same of dishes from the menu, but if they could STEAM instead of fry or use so much oil, that would be better. Also, we’re not used to the parts of the animals Chinese people eat, that we don't eat. But the service was always excellent, restaurants clean, but we just didn’t eat much of the food except tofu, vegetables, rice and eggs. They should also ask if we like it spicy or mild. This is cultural, not a fault. But for Westerners, it would be good to send to restaurants that also serve Western food, fresh salads, steamed things and bread/butter (like the breakfasts.)

                                    Guides: Nick: Nice and funny. Very flexible in changes to itinerary. Knowledgeable. Dependable. Mostly confined to answering questions. Excellent English. (Driver’s car was fine, can’t remember it too well.) Tony: Really great and engaging us from the start. Constantly talked to us, informed us, not rushed us, very knowledgeable, we LOVED him. Excellent English. (Our favorite-tell him.) Ellen: Really great, kind, flexible, caring, excellent English. Pre-arranged a vegetarian lunch that we asked for with steamed vegetables. Informed us that sometimes Chinese people don’t know how to prepare foods Western style; so no surprises. Very organized and knowledgeable. (Driver’s car was EXCELLENT, tons of leg room, super clean, smelled good.) Lily: was of course, most excellent.

                                    Perfect hotel with gym/pool/excellent food and rooms well-appointed.
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                                    Vladislav Jakubec
                                    Posted on December 17, 2019
                                    We have been in China for the fourth times using TCG every time and we like China. We hope to do so again in the future.
                                    Janet Perry
                                    United Kingdom
                                    Posted on December 14, 2019
                                    A belated thank you to Linda for her excellent arrangements on our recent China trip. Everything worked efficiently and the guides and drivers were always waiting for us at the airports. We were particularly impressed the way Linda handled the last minute changes when our outgoing flight was cancelled. We were very happy to be a group of 2 and were able to do everything at our own speed. With the benefit of hindsight we would have done a few things differently. We should have used the hotel you originally suggested in Shanghai. Although the Peace Hotel we booked on our own has an excellent location it is old and worn out and the staff do not seem happy in their work. We enjoyed Guilin very much and our free time in Yangshou. The guide there Jesse was excellent - his English was probably the best of all the guides we used - although all of them had a good command of the language, and he was particularly helpful. This was absolutely stunning - Guilin was one of the highlights of the holiday. The girl guides we had were all charming and friendly and we talked to them about all sorts of things - life in China and in England. We were pleased to meet Linda in Xian and enjoyed the dumpling banquet. We would certainly recommend TravelChinaGuide without reserve. ... More
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