Essence of China
- Summary: Beijing and Xi'an are ancient Chinese capitals which have rich history over thousand years and many historical site to discover. Guilin is famous for its picturesque scenery while Shanghai is said to be the modern China. By taking this tour, you will have a brief understanding about this oriental country.
- Destinations: Beijing-Xi'an-Guilin-Shanghai
- Duration: 11 Days
- Price from: US$ 1889
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- Learn Dumpling Making in a local restaurant.
- Exploring Shanghai's elegant, tree-lined French Concession by foot or in a vintage sidecar
- Escape from the big city in the backpacker heaven of Yangshuo
Day 1 Arrive in Beijing
On arrival in Beijing, China's capital, you will be greeted by our local English speaking tour guidre at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of day is free for you to have some rest or wander around the hotel.
Day 2 Beijing, royal life discovery to Forbidden City, Hutong rickshaw ride with local family visit
In the morning, visit Ti’ananmen Square. Explore the imposing Forbidden City, where emperors ruled for 500 years. After lunch, explore the narrow and clean Hutongs by taking a rickshaw in Xicheng District. Weave your way through Beijing's ancient, interwoven hutong alleys. Take a family visit in the Hutong to have a glance at the life of the local people. If you like, we could arrange a lunch with the local family where you can taste the most authentic Beijing cuisine or even learn to make dumplings by yourself!
Day 3 Beijing: Great Wall adventure with Temple of Heaven
This morning, you will be led to the vast Temple of Heaven, a venue for ancient emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties to pray for good harvest and worship heaven. It is a historical park filled with religious buildings where locals gather to dance, sing, play chess, or amble around. Then, transferred to Mutianyu Great Wall built to protect China's heartland from invaders about 2 hours driving and take the round-way cable car to admire the magnificent view of the snaking Wall.
Day 4 Beijing to Xian
Take the fast bullet train to Xi’an which takes about 6 hours. You will be transferred to the train station in Beijing. After arriving at Xi’an, your private guide and chauffer will wait for you and take you to the hotel. The rest of the day is for your own activities.
Day 5 Xi’an: Terra Cotta Warriors& Ancient City Wall
In the morning, visit the magnificent archaeological discovery, The Terracotta Warriors, representing the army that triumphed over other Chinese armies, being the decisive factor in forming a united China in ancient times. Then you will be transferred back to town. Gaze into the heart of Xi'an as you set out along the city's ancient city wall, impressed by biking on the Wall and seeing the classic red lanterns that tell you the history of the Wall. The wall has Stunning views at night, like a shining golden necklace that doctorates the whole city.
Experience Xi'an with more than just your eyes by sampling some of Xi'an's famous dumplings.
Day 6 Xi’an to Guilin: History discovery at Shaanxi Provincial Museum and Muslim Quarter
Morning tour to Shaanxi Provincial Museumdemonstrates paintings, bronzes, handcrafts, cloisonné, ancient coins and so onwhich show you a brief view of the history of this ancient capital. Visit Muslim Quarterwhich is the main living hood of the Muslims in Xi’an where you can find all kinds of local foods, souvenirs, etc. Learn about Xi'an's 1,300 year old Muslim community by visiting the Great Mosque
Then drive to the airport and see you off for Guilin.
Day 7 Guilin: Li River Cruise to Yangshuo
In the morning, Embark on the world renowned Li River Cruise. Li River, considered by many to be the most beautiful river in China. The 70KM river journey to Yangshou will show you the fascinating landscape of natural beauty of the crags and bamboo rafts. Lunch will be served on the boat. Sightseeing and free shopping in Yangshuo. In the evening, if you are interested you can enjoy the optional night show of Impression of Liu Sanjie choreographed by the mastermind behind the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, in a natural amphitheater.
Day 8 Yangshuo: countryside biking& cooking class
This morning, Bike or hike through Yangshuo's enchanting scenery, with Karst Mountains and mist swirling around you to enjoy some of the most fascinating scenery like the Ten-Mile-Gallery, Moon Hill and the Big Banyan Tree. Optional: learn how to cook like a local in a cooking lesson; Or partake in an ink painting lesson. Drive back to Guilin after lunch.
Day 9 Guilin to Shanghai: Guilin city highlights
In the morning, you will be escorted to visit the Reed Flute Cave, enjoy the brilliant stalagmite and limestone formed million years ago with the fascinating lights. Continue our tour to Fubo Hill to have a picturesque bird view of this beautiful city. Transfer to the airport and fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.
Day 10 Shanghai: history& modern
In the morning, tour to the Shanghai Museum to know about the history and development of this charming city. After lunch, visit the boutique and typical traditional Chinese garden, Yu Garden. Continue to Shanghai Old town where you can find the old alleys and local people and get to know their daily life. Afterward, visit the famous Bund which is the city symbol of Shanghai represented the modernization way back to the 19th century. The visit Nanjing Road, it is the most famous shopping area in Shanghai where you can find almost anything you want from the high-end luxuries to the cheap little things.
Day 11 Depart Shanghai
Experience a snapshot of local life by walking around Fuxing Park, a meeting spot for fitness dancers and taichi enthusiasts. Transfer to the airport for the flight home or your next destination and see you off.
* Hotel Accommodation: All accommodations, based on double-occupancy and including breakfast, service charge, and government tax
* Entrance Fees: All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
* Meals: All meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water
* Private Transfers: Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing, by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above). And in-transport refreshments
* Guide: Professional English speaking guide service or other specified language at extra costs
* Train ticket: fast speed train from Beijing to Xi'an
* Domestic flights& related taxes: flights from Xi'an to Guilin and Guilin to Shanghai