Best of China 12 Days

If you would like to experience the best of China, this trip is tailored especially for you.

The trip begins in Beijing with the tour of Tiananmen Square and world famous Great Wall. Take a high speed train  to Xian, the land of the Terracotta Warriors, then to Chengdu, famously known as a Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda Dujiangyan Base. Continue to  in Guilin, a small city in southern China with most beautiful natural view, one of the must see places in China. These places will let you experience and see the highlights of this magnificent country!

From Guilin, you will take a flight to Shanghai, one of the top mega cities in the world where you will end the trip.

 
 
 
 
  • Day 01 Arrive Beijing, transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02 Beijing; Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Back Lakes and Nanluoguxiang Alley
  • Day 03 Beijing; Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, The exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube
  • Day 04 Temple of Heaven, Old Beijing Hutong. Train Beijing-Xian
  • Day 05 Xian;Terracotta Warriors, Tang Bo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter
  • Day 06 Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square, Hanyang Tomb. Xian-Chengdu
  • Day 07 Chengdu; the Giant Panda Dujiangyan Base, & Jiezi Ancient Town
  • Day 08 Chengdu Sichuan Cuisine Museum, Renmin Park
  • Day 09 Chengdu-Guilin; Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill
  • Day 10 Guilin -Yangshuo -Shanghai
  • Day 11 Shanghai; Shikumen, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Lujiazui CBD, Shanghai Tower
  • Day 12 Shanghai- U.S. or an extention
 

Day 01 Arrive Beijing, transfer to hotel.

Your journey will begin in Beijing, one of the most mysterious cities in the world. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your tour guide at Beijing international airport and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, free at leisure and have a good sleep to get over the jet lag. Over the next several days, you’ll explore this ancient city which is also the political and cultural heart of China. Get ready for that. 

Overnight in Beijing. 

Day 02 Beijing; Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Back Lakes and Nanluoguxiang Alley

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

You will be met by our guide at the hotel lobby. Start to explore the historical city of Beijing. 
First, you will reach the Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Walk through the square and visit today’s highlight of Forbidden City , the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Hike to Jingshan Park, which gives you a nice panoramic view of the Forbidden City at the top of Coal Hill. 

Lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, en route to experience the authentic Chinese food. 

Drive to Back Lakes (Houhai), the marvelous place to discover the history of Beijing City and the endless charm. Walk into Nanluoguxiang Alley which is one of the most famous Hutong districts in Beijing and mix of history, fashion and Souvenir Boutique. Then we will have stop at a tea house before coming back to hotel.

You are free to ask your guide for suggestion for evening activities, such as the night show and place to have Peking duck dinner. 

Overnight in Beijing.

Day 03 Beijing; Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, The exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

After breakfast, drive to  the Mutianyu Great Wall, the most popular section of the Great Wall among among the visitors. Upon arrival, you can choose to hike on the Great Wall, or take cable car up and roam around. 

Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant nearby The Great Wall. 

Have a stop at a jade store on the way on your way back to Beijing. After that, enjoy orientation walk in Olympic Park and visit the exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube, the amazing architectures, which was built for Beijing Olympic Games. 

In the evening, we would recommend you take a traditional Chinese foot massage, or have fun at Sanlitun Bar Street. 

Overnight in Beijing.

Day 04 Temple of Heaven, Old Beijing Hutong. Train Beijing-Xian

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

You will be met at the hotel lobby and enjoy half day leisure tour before leaving Beijing. Visit Temple of Heaven, which is the masterpiece of ancient times and China's existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven. You could also see lots of local residents doing exercises in the square and full of vigor. After that, step into the pure Hutong nearby and enjoy the local Beijing surroundings. 

Lunch at a local popular restaurant, atmosphere might be loud but enjoy the tasty food. 

After lunch, transfer to the train station for the 5 hours train to Xian. Your Xi'an tour guide will meet you at the train station and help you to transfer to the hotel. 

Overnight in Xian.

Day 05 Xian;Terracotta Warriors, Tang Bo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

You will be met at the hotel lobby and start today’s tour for the Ancient city. 
Drive to Terracotta Warriors and explore one of the world's most important archeological sites, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. Shuttle bus will be arranged for your convenience. Then you will have a chance to visit pottery figurine factory, where you can learn how to make a pottery figurine. 

A Chinese Lunch will be arranged nearby the scenic area of Terracotta Warriors. 

Afternoon visit Tang Bo Art Museum, where gives you brief history and examples of Chinese art. The calligraphy lesson will be arranged and you will be taught how to write a couple of Chinese characters. After that, visit the Bell tower which is the largest bell tower in structure and shape and the best-preserved one in China. Continue to visit Muslim Quarter and enjoy your shopping time there. 

Back to the hotel. Tonight, we recommend you watch the Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner at your own cost. 

Overnight in Xian.

Day 06 Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square, Hanyang Tomb. Xian-Chengdu

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

Morning  visit the Ancient City Wall, which represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Bicycle or sightseeing car will be arranged on the wall to tour around. After that, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It’s the landmark building of Xian and symbol of China ancient capital and you will also have chance to watch the North plaza fountain show. 

 After lunch, drive to Xian North Railway Station, and take a 4 hours high speed train to Chengdu. Your tour guide will wait for you at the station and help you to transfer to the hotel. 

Overnight in Chengdu.

Day 07 Chengdu; the Giant Panda Dujiangyan Base, & Jiezi Ancient Town

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

After breakfast, meet your guide at the lobby and drive to Panda Research Center in Dujiangyan Base. where you can have close encounter with a group of lovely pandas. It is also the only place that welcomes the tourists to experience volunteer program while taking care of the giant panda and feeding them. You will also have chance to hug the giant panda there. 

Lunch at a local popular restaurant where you may try Sichuan food. 

After lunch, visit Jiezi Ancient Town, which has of one thousand year history. The town is mainly composed of three parts: The Street, Guang Yan Temple and Fengqishan Forest Park. Enjoy walking on the bluestone road and explore this ancient town leisurely. 

Back to hotel. This evening we recommend you the Sichuan Opera or walk around Kuanzhai Alley in the evening. 

Overnight in Chengdu.

Day 08 Chengdu Sichuan Cuisine Museum, Renmin Park

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

Morning drive to Chengdu Sichuan Cuisine Museum. You will have a journey of cultural exploration, including tasting of local popular snacks, sightseeing for cultural relics, walking through Old Sichuan restaurant alley. 

You will also have opportunity to learn cooking class to three typical Sichuan dishes: Panda Steamed Dumplings, Kung Pao Chicken and Mapo Tofu. Enjoy the meal you have cooked together with the family. 

Enjoy leisure time in Sichuan tea house. Resting in a bamboo chair and desk, sipping a cup of covered-bowl tea and playing mahjong, you will feel like a real local here. After that, visit  Renmin Park, where you can meet the local residents and give them applause for their singing and dancing. 

Stroll around Jinli Old Street before returning to hotel.

Overnight in Chengdu.

Day 09 Chengdu-Guilin; Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

In the early morning, our guide will pick you up from hotel and help you with the check-out. Then you take the morning flight from Chengdu to Guilin, a small city in southern China with most beautiful natural view of China. The Guilin local guide will pick you up from airport.

On the way to hotel, visit Reed Flute Cave, which is a famous scenic spot offering a magic fairyland of stalactites, stalagmites in fantastic shapes and colors. Then transfer to hotel for check in before lunch at a local Chinese restaurant.

After a break at noon time, drive to Elephant Trunk Hill, the badge of Guilin city. The hill looks exactly like a huge elephant stretching its trunk drinking water of the Li River. Then have a leisure walk along the Shanhu Lake and Ronghu Lake. 

Overnight in Guilin.

Day 10 Guilin -Yangshuo -Shanghai

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

Meet your guide in the morning and drive to  Li River on Cruise.  Enjoy Li River Cruise tour with buffet lunch on board. Deluxe cruise will be arranged with decent facility and good service. Savor the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. You can go on the sundeck or just sit and enjoy the picturesque scenery from the window. After disembarking, walk through the West Street or take sightseeing car to the parking lot. 

You will have biking tour in Yangshuo countryside, if you like to and riding at Yulong river side leisurely and enjoy the clear river and several surrounding hills.
 
Then drive to Guilin airport to take a night flight for Shanghai. The local Shanghai guide will meet you at the airport in  and transfer you to hotel.

Overnight in Shanghai. 

Day 11 Shanghai; Shikumen, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Lujiazui CBD, Shanghai Tower

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

Morning explore the New and Old Shanghai. Walk into the Shikumen, the old alley with old buildings,  a blend of Western and Chinese traditional culture, where the local residents still live there. Enjoy orientation walk on the Bund which was a foreign trade center from the late 19th century. Then continue a visit to Yuyuan Garden, a traditional Chinese garden in Shanghai downtown. 

Lunch at a local popular restaurant with the assistant of your guide. 

In the afternoon, visit Jade Buddha Temple and have a stop at silk museum. Continue to Lujiazui CBD new area and enjoy your leisure time on the Riverside Promenade. Have a cup of coffee and take a short break. At the end,  visit Shanghai Tower which is the city skyline and Shanghai tallest building. Enjoy your Top of Shanghai journey and panoramic view of Shanghai city. 

This evening we recommend you watch the ERA Acrobatic Show, which is one of the most popular evening entertainments in Shanghai. 

Overnight in Shanghai.

Day 12 Shanghai- U.S. or an extention

MEAL: Breakfast

At an appointed time, transfer to airport and fly back to U.S. or extend your trip to trip to other parts of Asia.