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Best of China: Exploring Beijing, Xian, Guilin & Li River, Shanghai, Suzhou - 11 Days (CN-05)

Group size
2-14 people
All year
11 days
Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Suzhou, Yangshuo
from $2,695
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Indeed, China's eastern coast is often synonymous with its bustling and vibrant cities, which leave a lasting impression on visitors. However, the country's allure extends beyond its urban landscapes, showcasing a wealth of natural beauty. This tour beautifully balances the excitement, retail therapy, cultural immersion, and buzz of China's mega-cities with a serene and quieter side, revealing the country's diverse facets.

From exploring the best cities to cruising on the majestic Li River and visiting the garden city of Suzhou, this tour offers a comprehensive and enriching experience that captures the essence of both urban dynamism and natural tranquility in China. It's a journey that allows you to witness the dynamic contrast that defines this vast and multifaceted nation.

IncludedServices included in the package price.
  • Domestic flights in China
  • Accommodation
  • Full board meals
  • High-speed day train
  • English – speaking guides
  • Guided tours & entrance fees
  • Airport & railway transfers
Not includedServices not included in the package price.
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Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Hutong Neighbourhood by Rickshaw Guided Tour
Upon your arrival, our driver will be at the ready to transfer you to the hotel. To kick off your exploration, we'll take a trip back in time with a visit to an old Beijing district via a rickshaw ride. This district is a 'Hutong' neighborhood situated by Shichahai Lake. Hutongs typically consist of narrow streets or alleys, and you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a guided rickshaw ride through these charming lanes, gaining insights into how locals lived many years ago. (D)
Day 2
Guided tour of Tiananmen Square
Guided tour of the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace
Summer Palace Guided Tour
Roast Duck Dinner
Tiananmen Square, in many ways the symbol of China's capital, is the fourth largest city square globally, covering an expansive 440,000 square meters. Take a moment to appreciate its size and grandeur, reflecting on the key events in modern Chinese history that have unfolded here, including the government troops intervening in the pro-democracy protests of 1989.

Next, your journey takes you to the famous Imperial Palace and the Forbidden City. Transformed into the Palace Museum, its rooms house over a million treasures, and your experienced guide will expertly direct you to the most intriguing pieces. Following this, explore the Summer Palace, offering a glimpse into Chinese landscape garden design. As the day concludes, indulge in a typical Beijing dinner, savoring the local flavors. (B,L,D)
Day 3
Guided Tour of the Badaling Great Wall
Visit to the Olympic Green
The Great Wall, a symbol of Chinese civilization and the most renowned tourist attraction in China, awaits your visit. Today, explore the Badaling section of the Great Wall, constructed during the Ming dynasty in the 16th century. Marvel at the grandeur and historical significance of this remarkable structure.

Following your visit to the Great Wall, your journey takes you to the site of the famous Olympic Green and Olympic Park from 2008. Witness iconic structures such as the 'Bird’s Nest' Beijing National Stadium, the Aquatics Centre known as the "Water Cube," the Green Hockey Field, and many other architectural marvels associated with the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the evening, treat yourself to one of Beijing's finest Acrobatic Shows, showcasing incredible feats and performances. (B,L,D)
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Day 4 – Beijing
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Morning bullet train to Xian: Beijing - Xian
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Xian City Tour
Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Dinner Show
Embark on a new adventure as you travel to Xian on the morning bullet train, covering an impressive 711 miles from Beijing to Xian in just 4 hours and 40 minutes. Your Xian city tour will introduce you to this captivating city, known as one of the four ancient capitals of China.

Explore key sights, including the Big Goose Pagoda, a seven-storey Buddhist temple, the Little Goose Pagoda, the City Wall (the most intact city wall in all of China), the Bell Tower (which signaled the city gates opening at dawn), and the Great Mosque, one of the earliest mosques built in China. Enjoy a local lunch, and in the evening, immerse yourself in the famous Tang Dynasty Singing and Dancing Show, featuring dances and songs adapted from Chinese folklore. (B,L,D)
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Day 5 – Xian
Visit the Terracotta Warriors
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Flight Xian - Guilin: Xian - Guilin
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
The highlight of your journey awaits as you visit one of China's most exciting tourist attractions-the Terracotta Army. Currently, three pits are open to the public, showcasing thousands of terracotta statues depicting warriors and horses that form the army of the First Chinese Emperor. This remarkable stone army is estimated to consist of over 8,000 soldiers, 520 horses, and 130 chariots. During your visit, you'll have the opportunity to closely examine the pits and ascend the burial mound of the emperor.

Your guide will provide detailed information about the sites and excavation works, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of this archaeological wonder. After your exploration, you will be transferred to catch your onward flight to Guilin, where you'll be met upon arrival. (B,L,D)
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Cruise along Li River
Day 6
Cruise Down the Li River to Yangshuo
Embark on a journey to discover another enchanting side of China today. A river cruise along the banks of the Li River awaits you, offering over five hours of breathtaking views of the karst peaks. Your guide will point out famous hills along the way, such as Elephant-Trunk Hill and Pagoda Hill, while sharing insights about the small towns you pass.

The cruise concludes in Yangshuo, a charming and picturesque town. Here, you have the option to hire a bike and explore the scenic surroundings or simply enjoy a cup of tea on West Street. In the afternoon, you'll transfer back to Guilin, reflecting on the natural beauty and tranquility experienced along the Li River. (B,L,D)
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Day 7 – Guilin
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Flight Guilin - Shanghai: Guilin - Shanghai
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Embark on a city tour around Guilin in the morning, exploring the highlights of this picturesque area. Visit the Seven Star Park, celebrated for its limestone cave, zoo, and the charming Flower Bridge. The tour continues with a stop at the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill, a natural rock formation resembling an elephant drinking water.

Next, visit Diecai Hill, a scenic hill along the river adorned with beautiful caves, pavilions, and stone carvings. After this delightful exploration, our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer you to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted and transferred to the hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 8
Shanghai Guided City Tour
Visit to Shanghai Museum
Shanghai, the largest and busiest city in China, awaits your exploration. Immerse yourself in its thrilling and fast-paced atmosphere as you visit its top sights. Begin at the People's Square, situated in the heart of the city, before delving into the treasures housed at the Shanghai Museum. The tour continues to the famous Bund, a mile-long riverside promenade adorned with examples of Baroque and Neo-Classical design. Soak up the vibrant energy of the city and capture memorable pictures along the river. (B,L,D)
Day 9
Guided Tour to Yu Garden & Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Today's tour encapsulates the essence of past, present, and future Shanghai. Begin your journey in old Shanghai, where you'll explore a serene garden nestled next to the City God Temple. Admire the examples of traditional Chinese gardens, featuring a rockery, a chamber of ten thousand flowers, multiple halls, ponds, pavilions, and towers.

Transition into the future with a visit to the striking Oriental Pearl TV Tower, boasting 11 spheres and an impressive 468-meter tower height. Explore its 15 viewing levels for panoramic perspectives of the city. Conclude the day's exploration on Nanjing Road, Shanghai's main shopping street, attracting over one million visitors daily. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and indulge in some retail therapy in this bustling city hub. (B,L,D)
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Suzhou - Shanghai
Day 10 – Shanghai
Transfer by car / minibus: Shanghai - Suzhou
Guided Day Trip to Suzhou
Transfer by car / minibus: Suzhou - Shanghai
Today brings a different flavor as you journey on to Suzhou, often referred to as the 'Eastern Venice' owing to its gardens and watery setting. Take your time to contemplate and soak in the atmosphere of tranquility and peace as you explore some of Suzhou's renowned gardens. These meticulously designed landscapes offer a unique glimpse into traditional Chinese garden artistry.

Continue your exploration with a boat trip on the Grand Canal, providing a different perspective of the city's charm. The tour concludes with a visit to a Silk Factory, offering an educational and hands-on experience to understand the intricate process of silk production. If time permits, consider a visit to one of Suzhou's Tea Houses to further immerse yourself in the local culture. In the evening, transfer back to Shanghai. (B,L,D)
Day 11
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and take you to the airport to catch your flight home. (B)
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Dates and prices
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Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in US dollars. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights. Alternatively we can quote for flights from any international airport.
  3. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
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