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Catch some of the China highlights with this tour package: The two cities Guangzhou and Shanghai with both traditional and modern tales; Guilin features its Most-Excellent-Under-Heaven sceneries and Yangshuo offers a pastoral countryside landscapes with a energetic bicycle ride; while the Yangtze River Cruise takes you through gorges and cliffs to feel the pulse of China.

Explore both traditional & modern features of Guangzhou and Shanghai

Sail through China's longest river - Yangtze River

Relax among the beautiful sceneries at Guilin and Yangshuo

Day 1 Arrive in Guangzhou: Pick-up & Hotel Check-in
Today's Activities Welcome to China! Upon your arrival in Guangzhou, our local tour guide will pick you up at the airport and help you check in the reserved hotel. Today is free for your own activities, whether taking a good rest at the hotel, or have a first peek of the city by yourself.

Things You Can Try (Not Included in Package): Go shopping at Beijing Road, Tee Mall, etc.
Day 2 Guangzhou (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities Greeted by a nice breakfast at the hotel and start your Guangzhou tour. Today is all Guangzhou essence:

First stop is the Yuexiu Park, where you can find the locals doing exercises and meet the emblem of the city - the Five-Ram Statue. Then move to Museum of Nanyue King, the oldest and largest king's tomb with the most funerary object in South Chiina. Followed up Chen Clan Academy - wood carvings, stone carvings, clay carvings - figures, animals, plants, story scenes... a great deal of elaborate artworks to feast your eyes.

After lunch you will tour the serene Litchi Bay, where a full sense of old Canton is displayed in front of you - Xiguan Mansions, Qilou (Arcade Buildings), Above-the-River Theater and a great deal of exquisite Cantonese-style artworks. And then you can enjoy your shopping hours at Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street. Have fun with your shopping!

The evening is even more fabulous! Take a Pearl River Night Cruise and feel free among the charming night views of the city. You can see modern skyscrapers, old residences and distinguished bridges along the voyage. The cruise takes about 1 hour and Buffet Dinner is included.
Highlights
Litchi Bay Xiguan Mansions Museum of Nanyue King Pearl River Night Cruise          
Xiguan Mansions
Litchi Bay
Jade-suit
Museum of Nanyue King
Pearl River Night Cruise          
Day 3 Guangzhou - Guilin (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities After breakfast at the hotel, you will be escorted to the airport for a flight to Guilin, a picturesque city with serene natural scenery. Local guide will pick you up and take you to the hotel.

Elephant Trunk Hill will be your first visit. It's one of the city landmarks and looks interestingly just like an elephant drinking water. The following Reed Flute Cave is a fantastic banquet for your eyes with all kinds of bizarre-shaped natural stones arts.

Things You Can Try (Not Included in Package): Enjoy the evening night view of the Two Rivers and Four Lakes Scenic Area.
Highlights
Elephant Trunk Hill Reed Flute Cave Reed Flute Cave          
Elephant Trunk Hill Reed Flute Cave Reed Flute Cave          
Day 4 Guilin - Yangshuo (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Li River is always topping the must-sees in Guilin, and you will never want to miss a cruise ride along it. After breakfast you will head for Zhujiang Dock, where you start the Li River Cruise at around 09:30am. The voyage takes about 4 hours, with beautiful landscapes all around you and a tasty local lunch prepared on board for you.

At the end of the Li River Cruise, you will reach Yangshuo, best known for its countryside landscape and the so-called "Foreigners' Street" West Street. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the local bustling life by yourself. There are a great number of bars, local snacks and handicrafts ready for you. The night will spent in a Yangshuo hotel.

Things You Can Try (Not Included in Package): Live Musical Night Show Impression Liu Sanjie, directed by famous Zhang Yimou and naturally staged on the Li River.
Highlights
Li River Cruise Yangshuo West Street Yangshuo West Street          
Li River Cruise Yangshuo West Street Yangshuo West Street          
Day 5 Yangshuo - Guilin - Chongqing / Cruise Ship Boarding (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities Refresh with a bicycle ride around the Yangshuo countryside and get relaxed with the pastoral sceneries.

Later of the day the driver and guide will send you to Guilin airport for a flight to Chongqing. Local guide will meet you at the airport and take you to Chaotianmen Dock for boarding the Yangtze River Cruise ship.
Highlights
Yangshuo Bicycling Yangshuo Bicycling Boarding at Chongqing          
Yangshuo Bicycling Yangshuo Bicycling Boarding at Chongqing          
Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities Start your voyage on the mighty Yangtze River! Morning exercise or learning Tai Chi is a good way to refresh your day. Enjoy the splendid sceneries of the Yangtze River and take a shore excursion to the Fengdu Ghost City to explore a special Chinese culture - the Underwolrd ghost culture.

Various free activities including welcoming banquet and dancing shows will also be held on the ship for your entertainment. (Different cruise will have different activities, e.g. Fashion Show, Music Salon, etc.)
Highlights
Yangtze River Cruise Morning Tai Chi Onboard Fengdu Ghost City          
Yangtze River Cruise Morning Tai Chi Onboard

Fengdu Ghost City

         
Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities Passing through the breathtaking gorges, steep precipices, tumbling rapids... This is what a Yangtze River Cruise wil cheer you. What's more, a boat tour to the Shennong Stream or the Lesser Three Gorges will add to your fun. (Depending on different cruise itinerary.)
Highlights
Shennong Stream Lesser Three Gorges Onboard Activity          
Shennong Stream Lesser Three Gorges Onboard Activity - Face Changing of Sichuan Opera          
Day 8 Arrival in Yichang - Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities On the last day of the Yangtze River Cruise you will visit the majestic Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric power project in the world.

Later the ship will reach Yichang Port, and you will be transferred to the airport for a flight heading to Shanghai. Local tour guide will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel for a rest.
Highlights
Three Gorges Dam Shiplock Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam          
Three Gorges Dam Shiplock Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam          
Day 9 Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Start your energetic Shanghai Tour with the over 400-year-old Yuyuan Garden, an elegant place reputed as "An Architectural Miracle in the Region South of Yangtze River". Its neighboring Yuyuan Market is a wonderful local bazaar specializing in traditional Chinese artcrafts.

The Bund is without doubt a must-see for a Shanghai Tour, where you can enjoy a wide view across the Huangpu River, and explore a contrast of the old and new Shanghai on the two sides. The Oriental Pearl Tower, landmark of the city, grants you a bird's eye view of Shanghai from height. You will also have time enjoying shopping at the prosperous Nanjing Road.

Things You Can Try (Not Included in Package): Enjoy a Shanghai Acrobatics Show in the evening.
Highlights
Yuyuan Garden The Bund Yuyuan Garden          
Yuyuan Garden The Bund Oriental Pearl Tower          
Day 10 Shanghai / Departure(Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Today you will visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, where you can learn about the city from its past, present and future vision.

Later of the day, the tour guide will take you to the airport for your flight to next destination. Nice trip & wonderful memory back home!
Highlights
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center          
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center          
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 3 dinners Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Flight Tickets: Guangzhou - Guilin, Guilin - Chongqing, Yichang - Shanghai; Yangtze River Cruise Ticket Hotels: Accommodation in Guangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai and on the Yangtze River Cruise ship
Tour Guide: Local experienced English-speaking guides Car Driver: Experienced licensed drivers
Vehicle: Private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Luggage Transfers: A hand for your heavy luggage;
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Guangzhou
Ramada Plaza Guangzhou
Ramada Plaza Guangzhou is a 5-star hotel in Guangzhou and a favorite choice among travelers worldwide. The Ramada Plaza Hotel is known for its superior accommodations, spectacular views, spacious rooms and unparalleled service. The hotel consists of 326 beautifully appointed guestrooms and parlor suites with wireless Internet access, plasma TV, mini-bar, in-house broadband Internet access, Satellite TV and safe deposit box.
President Hotel Guangzhou
Newly renovated, President Hotel is a comfortable downtown hotel with super location with easy access to Pazhou Complex, airport and shopping centers: about 15 minutes by car to the Canton Fair Pazhou Complex and 10 minutes to Guangzhou East Railway Station (Guangzhou-Kowloon Railway Station). The hotel has 230 rooms, all of which are cozy, comfortable, and elegantly decorated.
Colorful Days Hotel Guangzhou
A simple and clean hotel with low budget, located in the city center within 5mins' walking distance to bus & metro station. Near bar street and exotic restaurants .
Hotels in Guilin
Sheraton Guilin Hotel
Sheraton Guilin Hotel
First opened in 1988 and renovated in 2008, Sheraton Guilin Hotel is ideally located on the west bank of Li River within minutes' walk from the Elephant Trunk Hill and Fubo Hill. It's about 2km from the Railway Station and 30km from the Guilin International Airport.
The Guilin Bravo Hotel
The Guilin Bravo Hotel
Guilin Bravo Hotel (Holiday lnn Guilin) is located in the city center besides the Banyan Lake Park. 28km from Guilin Liangjiang International Airport and 3 km from Guilin Railway Station.
Hotel Universal Guilin
Hotel Universal Guilin
Hotel Universal Guilin is situated on the bank of Li River, within walking distance to the local market, shopping area and tourist hot spots, It houses 222 tastefully decorated guest rooms, and provides a comprehensive range of facilities and services.
Hotels in Yangshuo
Green Lotus Hotel
Green Lotus Hotel
Located at the foot of the Green Lotus Peak in Yangshuo, where bears the famous saying, "Guilin's Landscape tops those elsewhere, while Yangshuo's landscape tops that of Guilin", and on the bank of the Li River, Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel is a top luxury hotel integrating the natural beauty of mountains and rivers and the local minority peoples' architectural feature.
New Century Hotel
New Century Hotel
New Century Hotel Yangshuo is a 4-star hotel centrally located in downtown Yangshuo. It is adjacent to the well-known Yangshuo West Street and the beautiful Yangshuo Park.
New West Street Hotel
New West Street Hotel
Located on the center square of Yangshuo, Guilin, the New West Street Hotel has elegant environment, convenient traffic and faces Yangshuo Park with beautiful scenery. It's only 3 minutes from the world famous foreign street - the West Street.
Yangtze River Cruises
Victoria Series Cruises
As the only American cruise line currently sailing on Yangtze River, Victoria Cruises is a leading fleet line for over 12 years along the River and through its magnificent Three Gorges. Designed for maximum comfort, flexibility and maneuverability, and with their special double-bottom hulls, the Victoria Cruises epitomize safe and smooth navigation on Yangtze River's spectacular twists and turns.
President Series Cruises
President Yangtze Series ships are some of the most luxury sailing on Yangtze River. The company's dedication to high quality service and their state of the art equipment make President Series one of the best fleets on the Yangtze River.
New Century Series Cruises
New Century Cruises on the Yangtze River is a deluxe fleet including 4 super 5-star ships. Sailing on modern, comfortable vessels with state-of-the-art amenities and spacious public areas is surely an enjoyable ride along the Yangtze River.
CSC Changjiang Series Cruises
Divided into two series: Yangtze Premier Cruise Series and Yangtze Classic Cruise Series, the CSC fleet with its professional service team aims at providing guests with an unmatched and high-quality voyage along the Yangtze River.
Hotels in Shanghai
Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai
The hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Shanghai, 2 minutes from Nanjing Road, People Square and the Bund. It offers easy access to the city's most important business, cultural and entertainment hubs.
The elegantly designed and tastefully decorated rooms provide you with an experience of exceptional luxury and comfort.
Grand Mercure Zhongya Hotel
Grand Mercure Zhongya Hotel Shanghai is an international 4-star business & leisure hotel located next to Shanghai Railway Station. The hotel is within 2 minutes walking from Shanghai Railway Station and entrance of Shanghai Metro Line 1, 3 and 4. The famous attraction nearby is Jade Buddha Temple.
Holiday Inn Express Zhabei Shanghai
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai is a 3-star business hotel. The hotel enjoys much transportation convenience. It's within walking distance to the Shanghai Metro Line 3 and Line 4 Shanghai Circus World Station. Moreover, it's merely 1.5 km from Shanghai Railway Station and 20 km from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.

Meals in the Package

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 3 dinners.

-- Breakfasts are offered by the hotels
-- Lunches are arranged according to different classes of tour
-- Dinners are arranged for the Pearl River Cruise and Yangtze River Cruise. Others are for your own arrangement

We promise worry-free dining quality, plus flexible choices regarding your preference. Any special requestment please tell our trip advisors directly. Other recommendations are as follow:

Guangzhou

Guangzhou is honored as "the paradise of food" in China. Cantonese food is served everywhere in the city. It is one of the eight cuisines in China. Other cuisines like Sichuan Cuisine, Hunan cuisine, Shandong Cuisine can also easily be found in Guangzhou.
-- Cantonese Cuisine:Comparing with other Chinese cuisines, Guangzhou dishes use few thick spicy dressings in order to keep from masking the original taste of the food.
-- Some representative dishes are Roast Suckling Pig, Wenchang Braised Chicken, Salt roasted chicken, and Kylin Weever.

Kylin Weever Shrimp Dumplings

Guilin & Yangshuo

Guilin's tasty dishes are also well-known except its charming landscapes. Traditional cuisines include Duck Stewed with Ginkgo Seeds, Lipu Taro Pork, Stewed Clams and Chicken, Lohan Boiled Chicked, and Fried Chicken with Water Chestnut. An abundance of special snacks are also offered throughout the city, like the famous Guilin Rice Noodles.

Chinese Dumpling Dinner Yangshuo Beer Fish

Shanghai

Shanghai is regarded as a kingdom of delicacies, where you can taste almost everything. Here we strongly suggest you take M on The Bund into consideration.
M on the Bund Shanghai
-- Dedicated to creating a dining experience as exciting, as sophisticated, as delectable as Shanghai itself
-- “One of the top 20 restaurants in Asia” (Miele Guide, 2009-2010)
-- “Best Global Cuisine” (City Weekend Readers’ Choice Awards, 2010)
-- “M on the Bund: Most Popular Restaurant in Shanghai” (Zaqat Survey Shanghai, 2008)

Shanghai M on The Bund Restaurant Brandboard of M on the Bund
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Hi Sara,

Thank you very much for your kind email.

Indeed we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to China and came back with very fond and delightful memories of the trip.

We were very impressed with the quality of service provided by China Tour Guide. With military precision your English speaking Tour Guides and private car drivers were aavailable at each and every airport and cruise embark and disembark points, holding our names in their hands. They helped us at the airports by getting us boarding cards and at tourist sites by organising tickets etc.

The Guides spoke good English which helped us understand the cultural, modern and historic significance of the site seen by us. Tony and his driver mate in Xian impressed us the most with their exceptional customer service and assistance and Tony's knowledge and English fluency about Xian.

Victoria Selina Cruise trip was the highlight of our tour and we will never forget that amazing experience of cruising through Yangtzhe river and seeing the masterpiece of engineering architecture called Three Gorges Dam and its five stage ship lock system. Our friends in Sydney are very excited and impressed to know about our trip itinerary and the quality of service provided by you and are tempted to make plans to see China.

I do use facebook, but from privacy point of view do not join public sites. But surely I have your details and will provide to any one who would like to see China through your company. You have my full reference in this regard.

Once again, thank you very much for your great service. I am glad I chose you as my Trip Advisor. It was sure pleasure to deal with you. Well done!

Cheers

Customer:Ms. Kirpalani

Destinations: Beijing - Xi'an - Yangtze River - Shanghai - Beijing

Related Tour: 11 Days China Explorer & Cruise

Hi Sara!

Thank you for everything! We had a wonderful time in your 'Beautiful China'. I am sending a few pictures from our stay in Hangzhou and Suzhou. That's me with Daniel in Hangzhou at the Ling Yin Buddhist Temple site, the Impression West Lake Show:-) and Suzhou photos of Sebastian and me at the beautiful and serene Lingering Garden. I wish I could have met you during our trip but I feel that I know you.

The coordination and efficiency of China Tour Guide was excellent. The local guides were prompt and took care of us from start to finish. We didn't experience any problems with the China Tour Guide travel plans. Our only problem was with Air China and our luggage. Our bags were delayed in Beijing and didn't connect with us on our flight to Shanghai. We had to spend our first 2 days in the same clothes we wore on the flight from NY and we were hot. Our bags arrived before we left Shanghai so it all turned out okay.

Here are a few comments about the services you provided: Tour guides and drivers were excellent! All tour guides were very knowledgeable about their locations. We loved meeting people, our tour guides, from the cities we toured.

Hangzhou--Daniel was exceptional, really smart and sweet. Restaurant for lunch wasn't very good and we ordered extra food from the menu. Dinner restaurant was better since we were allowed to order from the menu. Hotel (West Lake Golden Plaza) was nice but the location was not convenient and took a long time in traffic.

Suzhou--Mike was extremely knowledgeable and taught us a lot about Suzhou. We had lunch at the silk factory and didn't enjoy the food. We ate in a separate room and Mike helped us order but the restaurant staff wasn't very friendly or helpful.

The train transportation went smoothly and it was a pleasant experience to ride with local people. The most important thing is that we visited the main attractions which was the purpose of our trip. My favorites were the Ling Yin Buddhist Temple park, the Impression West Lake Show and the Lingering Garden.

It's nice to have friends in China now. I am on facebook and have visited your account. I added a LIKE and viewed the beautiful photos. I'm not sure how to add you as a friend on the company account but will try to send you a friend request. I will definitely recommend your services to my friends who plan to visit China.

Thank you again!

Customer:Ms. Cunningham

Destinations: Beijing - Xi'an

Related Tour: 6 Days Beijing - Xi'an Essence Tour by High Speed Train

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