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10 -12 Days Best of Ancient China Package

If this is your first visit to China and your time allowance is about 2 weeks and you are interested in ancient Chinese culture, landscapes and modern China, then this is the right itinerary for you. You will explore the Forbidden City, Tianmanmen Square, the Temple of Heaven and more. You will stay at The Commune Hotel by the Great Wall located at the foot of Badaling Great Wall section. You will fly to Xi’an, the ancient capital of 13 dynasties and the starting point of the Silk Road and once the largest city in the world. Here, visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum and highlights of Xian. Then visit Guilin, regarded as the natural and most beautiful city in China, with picturesque karst mountains rising from tranquil rivers and rice paddies. The last stop is Shanghai, China’s most dynamic city and a must see.

China Tour Itinerary (suggested 10 - 12 days): Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Shanghai

Beijing Xian Guilin and Shanghai Tour

Beijing ( 4-6 Nights ) - the ancient capitals of 7 dynasties

Day 1: Arrive Beijing, be greeted by your personal guide and driver and be transferred to your hotel, have a welcome dinner and a Beijing itinerary briefing. Stay in a luxury five star hotel or similar luxury hotels near Wangfujing Street, or boutique hotels in the Chinese style.

Day 2: A Tai chi class by a personal master at Temple of Heaven to start your day, then drive about 1 hour to visit the Sacred Road. Afterwards head for Badaling Great Wall which takes about half an hour. Stay overnight in the Commune Hotel by the Great Wall and explore the wall and enjoy a sunset if the weather permits and a starry, starry night that cannot be seen in the crowded city.

  • Tips: you can choose to visit Mutianyu Great Wall, the section which is less touched and more original, about 2.5 hours driving one way. The drive to Badaling Great Wall takes about 1.5 hours one way.

Day 3: Get up early before the sunrise, enjoy the spectacular Great Wall at Badaling Section and do some short hiking on the old bricks before it becomes crowded. After a shower in your hotel, be driven back to check in your hotel near Wangfujing Street, continue to do a leisure tour to the Hutong lanes by rickshaw. Enjoy a Peking Roasted Duck dinner and Kung Fu show in the evening.

Beijing Xian Guilin and Shanghai Tour

Day 4: Morning tour to the Tiananmen Square, the largest square in Asia, and visit the Forbidden City in about 2 hours by foot, as well as Jingshan Park where you can have a bird’s eye view of it. Explore the Summer Palace and take a cruise on the lake in the afternoon. Enjoy a Peking Opera in the evening.

  • A lot of walking is involved today because the selected sites are huge and no vehicles are allowed. Expect rough blue bricked pavements inside The Forbidden City. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Use the hotel bathroom before the day tour starts, try to avoid public toilets. Our selected restaurants are equipped with clean flushed or squat toilets.
  • Shopping is an optional but not compulsory, you can skip it as you wish.

Day 5: Explore the weekend Panjiayuan Antique Market, after lunch visit the Bird's Nest and Water Cube, transfer to airport for a flight to Xian.

  • Flexible Meals: breakfast included in the hotel, fine local restaurants for lunch or dinner upon your request

Hotels recommended: Beijing luxury hotels - Aman at Summer Palace, St. Regis, Fairmont, Peninsula, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing or similar; Boutique hotels – Hotel G Beijing, The Opposite House, Han’s Royal Garden, Cote Cour Boutique Hotel, Red wall Garden Courtyard Hotel or similar

Beijing Xian Guilin and Shanghai Tour

Xian (1-3 Nights) - the ancient capital of the 13 Dynasties

Day 1: Arrive at Xian Xianyang International Airport and be met and transferred to your hotel in Xian. Stay overnight in a luxury hotel in the old city in Xian, easy to explore Muslim Street by foot. Have a welcome dinner and Xian itinerary briefing.

Day 2: Up-close visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, lunch at a fine local restaurant nearby; enjoy an Ancient City Wall tour for about 2 hours biking or 40 minutes open air electric golf car, explore the GAO’s Family and enjoy watching a Puppet Show there. Have a dumpling dinner and enjoy the Tang Dynasty Show in the evening.

Beijing Xian Guilin and Shanghai Tour

Day 3: Explore the Big Goose Pagoda and the square, followed by the Historical Museum including the Murals in the morning.

  • Flexible Meals: breakfast included in the hotel, fine local restaurants for lunch or dinner upon your request

Hotels recommended: luxury hotels - Shangri-La Hotel, Hilton Xi’an, Sofitel Xi’an Remin Square, Grand Mercure Xi’an on Renmin Square or similar; Boutique hotels – Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian, Tang Dynasty Art Garden Hotel or similar

Beijing Xian Guilin and Shanghai Tour

Guilin Area (1-4 nights) - natural, Villages & Minority

Day 1: After lunch, take an flight to Guilin; be met and escorted to your hotel, stay overnight in either the Sheraton or Shangri La. Have a welcome dinner and a Guilin itinerary briefing.

Hotels in Guilin recommended: Shangri La Guilin (luxury five rated but about 10 minutes driving away from the downtown), Sheraton Hotel (five star rated, old but good location in downtown) ; Bravo Hotel (4 star rated, nice location in downtown); travel with kids can choose Med Club (kids can enjoy the facilities and surroundings but 40 minutes driving from the downtown)

  • Tips: The Sheraton hotel has the best location and it is easy to explore downtown on foot. The Shangri La hotel is about 20 minutes far away from downtown by taxi.
Beijing Xian Guilin and Shanghai Tour

Day 2: Explore the Reed Flute Cave in the morning, drive to the Dragon’s Back Bone (Longji), and enjoy a sunset of the terraced fields and smoking villages. Enjoy a quite night by staying in Li-An Lodge, the best boutique hotel there. Have your dinner at a local restaurant or in the hotel.

Hotel in Dragon’s Back Bone recommended: Li-An Lodge (luxury boutique five rated, nice located in PingAn Village, only several rooms), Longji One Hotel (boutique hotel, only several rooms, nice location in PingAn Village) or Star Wish Resort (standard boutique, fair price, nice hotel in PingAn Village)

  • The hotel is located inside the scenic area, a public bus is arranged to take all tourists from the gate up the mountain, the ride on hilly roads lasts for about 10 minutes. Then you will need to walk with your guide to get to the hotel in the mountain, it takes about another 10-20 minutes. The baggage will be carried by local farmers (fee is included in quotation).
  • Hotels in Longsheng County are usually built with wood, wood floors and walls don’t promise soundproof functions.
  • Mind your step as there are hundreds upwards steps from the parking lot to your hotel; you can pay for a sedan if you want to experience it and you can pay for your luggage if you want to hire a porter; bring some anti-mosquitoes bite medicines.

Day 3: A short excursion from Pingan Village to the Ancient Zhuang Ethnic Minority Village in the morning, which will take about 1.5 hours one way, explore the old village and trek back, drive back to your hotel in Guilin, visit the Huangluo Yao ethnic minority village en route, stay overnight in Guilin.

Beijing Xian Guilin and Shanghai Tour

Day 4: Take a 4 hours cruise on a big boat from Guilin to Yangshuo, disembark in Xingping ancient town, forget about having lunch on board, instead be met and lead to a village besides the Li River and enjoy a local lunch at a farm. Explore the Fishing Village and the ancient town in the afternoon, drive to Banyang Tree Hotel in the ancient town of Fuli; staying in the hotel offers you close contact with the Li River.

Day 5: Explore the Fuli local market and old streets in the morning and drive to Yangshuo. You can do the Yangshuo countryside tour by taking an open air electric golf car. You can visit the Yangshuo Park and climb the hill to have an overview of the town, visit a local family and explore the West Street in the late afternoon. Then enjoy the Impression Sister Liu and drive back to Banyang Tree Hotel in the evening.

Day 6: Drive to Xianggong Mountain (a form of address for one's husband), located besides the Li River; try some kumquat en route if it is in season, climb about 15 minutes up to the top andenjoy a breathtaking view of the Li River, the villages and the small hills and clouds. You will lunch there and drive to Guilin airport for a flight to Shanghai.

  • Flexible Meals: breakfast included in the hotel, fine local restaurants for lunch or dinner upon your request
Beijing Xian Guilin and Shanghai Tour

Shanghai (1-3 nights) - historical, water towns & metropolis

Day 1: Arrive at Shanghai airport, be met and transferred to your hotel for a Shanghai itinerary briefing. Dinner is your arrangement. Stay overnight in a luxury five star hotel in Shanghai.

Day 2: Visit Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum in the morning. Then after a fine lunch in a local restaurant, tour to French Concession and take an amazing overview of the Pudong area atop the Shanghai World Financial Center; enjoy an evening Huangpu River cruise.

Beijing Xian Guilin and Shanghai Tour

Day 3: Drive to the Ancient Water Village Xitang whose buildings are set along the banks of the canals, which serve as the main transportation thoroughfares in the older parts of town; take a sampan cruise to experience the old transport. Lunch there, drive back to Shanghai in the late afternoon. Enjoy an acrobatic show in the evening.

Day 4: Take a Maglev train to the airport and the logistics will be taken care of by us. Service ends.

  • Flexible Meals: breakfast included in the hotel, fine local restaurants for lunch or dinner upon your request

Hotels in Shanghai: luxury hotels - Hyatt on the Bund, The Langham Yangtze Shanghai, Fairmont Peace, Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, Peninsula or similar; Boutique hotels – URBN Shanghai, Casa Serena Boutique Hotel, Cachet Boutique or similar

Beijing Xian Guilin and Shanghai Tour

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