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11 Days Soul of China Tour

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Have you ever pictured what China like in your mind? Take a tour to see what she really looks like! Ancient capitals Beijing & Xi'an will lead you into a journey through Time and back to the past dynasties. China's symbols - Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Terra Cotta Warriors...All are waiting for your visit. Beijing is also an international metropolis, and together with Shanghai, will show you a booming country with all elements of modernity.

Sandwiched in between is the peaceful Guilin with its wonderful and elegant natural sceneries. A cruise along the tranquil Li River with Karst featured mountains around you will surely free you from the hustle and bustle of social life.

Traveling back in Time to the past dynasties in Beijing & Xi'an

Pacing with modernity in the pulsing metropolises - Beijing & Shanghai

Indulging in the picturesque landscapes created by the Great Nature in Guilin

Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Today's Activities Arrive in the Capital of China - Beijing. Our local tour guide will pick you up at the airport or train station, and then send you to the hotel. The rest of the day is for your own arrangement, whether to get ride of tiredness from the flight/train, or to get some impression of the city by strolling among the streets nearby.
Day 2 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Start your tour with the must-sees of Beijing.

Tian'anmen Square, symbol of the nation, is the world's largest city square. If you are able to get up early in the morning, you can join in the Chinese National Flag raising ceremony and experience the solemnness of the ritual and the pride of the Chinese people.

Then you will immerse into the history in the imperial palace - the Forbidden City, which is one of the world's most beautiful architecture complexes and is the best-preserved collection of imperial architecture in China. The massive scale, majestic design and numerous historical antiques will surely win your "wow".

Another famous imperial complex is the Summer Palace, once serving as the summer getaway for the royal family. You can let yourself free in this splendid classical garden.
Highlights
Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City Summer Palace          
Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City Summer Palace          
Day 3 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Take a visit to the Temple of Heaven, a complex of Taoism where annual Heaven worship for good harvest was presented during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Explore the cosmic harmonies carried by the complex.

Of course you will not miss the Great Wall during your Beijing tour. Badaling Great Wall, the most popular section, snakes 3,741m (12,273ft) in length with an average height of 7.8m (25.6ft). Don't forget to wear a pair of good shoes for the walking.

On your way back to the hotel, you can have an exterior view of the modern-styled Olympic Stadiums Bird's Nest and Water Cube.
Highlights
Temple of Heaven Badaling Great Wall Water Cube          
Temple of Heaven Badaling Great Wall Water Cube          
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities At the heart and soul of Beijing, there is also a populace culture - Hutong Culture. Hop on a rickshaw through the narrow alleyways and deep courtyards is without doubt a wonderful way to explore the genuine local life. You can even take a visit to the family at the Hutong to have a closer touch with the locals, and make dumplings by yourself.

Enjoy your dumpling lunch and in the afternoon fly to Xi'an. The local tour guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel for checking in.
Highlights
Beijing Hutong Beijing Hutong Beijing Hutong          
Maoer Hutong Hutong Rickshaw Tour Painted Bottles in Hutong          
Day 5 Xi'an (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Meet with the legendary ancient arm force Terra Cotta Warriors (including the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor). This UNESCO World Cultural Heritage has a history of over 2,200 years, and is reputed as the eighth wonder of the ancient world.

Muslim culture is another highlight of Xi'an City. The Great Mosque, one of the largest and best preserved early mosques in China, shows you a special blend of Chinese elements and mosque architecutral style. The neighboring Muslim Quarter is the main gathering place of the local Muslim community, where various exotic shops and savory restaurants stand in lines for your visit.
Highlights
Xi'an Chariot Great Mosque Muslim Quarter          
Ancient Chariot Great Mosque Stone Road Muslim Quarter          
Day 6 Xi'an - Guilin (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities For an extensive view of China's over 5,000-year history, you should not miss the Shaanxi History Museum. The museum houses over 370,000 items including murals, paitings, pottery, coins and objects made of bronze, gold and silver.

The Bell Tower of Xi'an, a symbol of the city and one of the grandest of its kind in China, is also worth visiting. Then take a walk on the 600-year-old Ancient City Wall, another emblem of this ancient capital city. It's one of the largest well-preserved ancient military defensive systems in the world.

After the visit, you will be transferred to the airport heading for Guilin. The Guilin tour guide will pick you up and send you to the hotel for rest.
Highlights
Ancient Bells at Shaanxi History Museum Bell Tower City Wall          
Ancient Bells at Museum Xi'an Bell Tower City Wall with Red Lanterns          
Day 7 Guilin (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities One popular Chinese saying goes, "Guilin's scenery is the best among all under heaven." Reed Flute Cave, a marvelous vision that the great Nature creates, is a fascinating gallery of limestone cave formations. Elephant Trunk Hill, shaped like a huge elephant dipping its trunk into the Li River to quench its thirst, is a classic of Karst landscape and reputed as the symbol of Guilin.

Apart from the beautiful Karst landscape, you will also set on a journey to explore Guilin as a city with a time-honored history. The Ancient South Gate is a remnant of the old walled city of Guilin, with a history of over 1,300 years' history. The nearby Banyan Lake and Fir Lake are also on your visit-list.
Highlights
Reed Flute Cave Elephant Hill Ancient South Gate          
Amazing Reed Flute Cave Cute Elephant Trunk Hill Ancient South Gate at Night          
Day 8 Guilin (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Take a boat tour on the picturesque Li River today. Cruising down the river, you will encounter breathtaking views of fantastic peaks of all shapes and sizes, bamboo groves, and feel the breeze blowing past you and the cool water running through your fingers. It's more like a traditional Chinese painting.

The cruise will take you along a 54km stretch of the river from Zhujiang Dock to Yangshuo, which will take you about 4 hours. Yangshuo, a mecca for backpackers, is more like a vacation town with an exotic blend of Eastern and Western cultures. The best place to experience this special city is the West Street, an ancient street with a history of over 1,400 years. It welcomes countless guests from all over the world, thus winning a nickname as "Foreigners' Street".
Highlights
Guilin Li River Guilin Li River Yangshuo West Street          
Li River at Dusk Cormorant & Fishermen Busy Yangshuo West Street          
Day 9 Guilin - Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities Take a bicycle ride around the idyllic Yangshuo, passing the local villages, along the bamboo-lined rivers and paddy fields. It's really an ideal way to get closer to the local people and their daily lifes while enjoy the pastoral landscapes.

In the afternoon, you will be sent to the Guilin Airport and fly to Shanghai.
Highlights
Yangshuo Yangshuo Countryside Cycling Yangshuo Countryside          
Pastoral Yangshuo Countryside Cycling Countryside Cowherd          
Day 10 Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Cheer up with this vibrant city! Shanghai, as a dynamic metropolis in South China, welcomes you with both its traditional legacy and modernity.

You will first visit the "Architectural Miracle in the South Region of Yangtze River" - Yuyuan Garden, and its neighboring bazaar - Yuyuan Market, where you can feast your eyes with numerous Chinese arts and crafts in a lively atmosphere.

Your visit to Shanghai will not be complete if you miss Nanjing Road, Oriental Pearl Tower and the Bund. Nanjing Road is one of the most famous and busiest commercial and shopping streets in the world. All kinds of all-in-one shopping malls and savory restaurants line up on both sides, just like waiting for your inspection.

At the top of the world-renowned Oriental Pearl Tower, you can enjoy a bird's eye view of this vibrant city, whether in daytime or at night. It's also where the Shanghai Municipal History Museum lies.

Opposite the Oriental Pearl Tower is another landmark of Shanghai - The Bund, where you can take in the view of the most flourishing area of the city. Highly recommended for your dinner choices are restaurants on top of buildings there, where you can have the best view of the Bund.
Highlights
Yuyuan Garden Oriental Pearl Tower The Bund          
Yuyuan Garden Oriental Pearl Tower The Bund          
Day 11 Depart Shanghai (Breakfast)
Today's Activities You are free to arrange your own activities today, whether to shop for some souvenirs for your friends or just to prepare your package and have a rest at your hotel. Later our local guide will escort you to the airport or train station for your departure for next destination.
Package Prices & Details
Your Group Size Deluxe Class Superior Class Tourist Class
1 person $4045 / $3470 $3200 / $2884 $2927 / $2719
2 - 5 persons $2530 / $2214 $2089 / $1918 $1961 / $1851
6 - 9 persons $2194 / $1901 $1772 / $1608 $1645 / $1528
single room supplyment $893 / $635 $498 / $373 $385 / $312
The price in Red stands for High Season (Apr.01-Nov.30), and Black for Low Season (Dec.01-Mar.31).
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Flight Tickets Beijing - Xi'an, Xi'an - Guilin, Guilin - Shanghai Hotels: Accommodation in Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo & Shanghai
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 attractions/ tours/ meals and international flights - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Beijing
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing
Located in the golden business area of Wangfujing, the hotel only takes 10 minutes to Forbidden City and Dongfang Square.
With stylish guest rooms and newly renovated Crowne Plaza Club floor – Crowne Plaza Beijing has anticipated every need while providing easy access to business, commercial districts and historical landmarks.
Sunworld Hotel Beijing
Situated on the intersection of Wangfujing Avenue and Dengshikou Street, Sunworld Hotel Beijing is close to many famous historical and cultural landmarks, including the Forbidden City.
Guest rooms and suites are designed with a traditional and refined style. From servies to amenities, the hotel strives to make your stay a pleasant experience.
Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing
With its courtyard style, the hotel has retained its charm of the ancient time but as well merged in contemporary architecture and designs. The hotel is near the famous Tian'anmen Square and Wangfujing Business Street. It takes about 20 minutes from Capital International Airport (24km) and 5 minutes from Beijing Railway Station (3km). The hotel provides guests clean and comfortable service and amenities
Hotels in Xi'an
Sheraton Hotel Xi'an
Located near the 600-year-old City Wall and close to the city centre, Sheraton Hotel is just 35 minutes from Xi'an Xianyang International Airport.
With first-class amenities, facilities and family-friendly services, Sheraton Xi'an Hotel will make you feel at home.
Grand New World Hotel Xi'an
Located within the Ancient City Wall and styled in an extraordinary mix of tradition and modernity, the hotel is just 4km from the railway station and 45km from Xianyang International Airport. The large Parkson shopping centre is close by, while the Terracotta Warriors Museum is about 35km from the hotel.
The hotel provides a satisfying range of contemporary accommodation together with business services and recreational facilities.
City Hotel Xi'an
The hotel is located in the centre of Xi'an city and just near the well-known Bell Tower, Drum Tower and Ancient City Wall.
The hotel offers a total of 137 well-appointed guestrooms for guests' comfortable living space. The elegant and magnificent restaurants serve delicious flavor of many varieties.
Hotels in Guilin
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.
Guilin Bravo Hotel
Guilin Bravo Hotel is located in the city centre besides the Banyan Lake Park. It's 28km from Guilin Liangjiang International Airport and 3km from Guilin Railway Station.
The hotel Boasts 329 tastefully decorated guest rooms and suites and various facilities to meet the guests' different needs.
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. The tastefully decorated guest rooms and a wide range of facilities and services provide guests with a comfortable and joyful stay.
Hotels in Yangshuo
Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel
Located at the foot of the Green Lotus Peak in Yangshuo and on the bank of 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 West Street International Hotel
New West Street International Hotel is surrounded by mountains and rivers with convenient transportation. The hotel is furnished with 328 guest rooms, and has both Chinese and Western restaurants and other facilities. It's surely an ideal place for both leisure and business trip.
New West Street Hotel
Located on the centre square of Yangshuo, 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 "Foreigners' Street" - The West Street.
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.
Heng Sheng Peninsula International Hotel
Located in Hongkou District of Shanghai, Heng Sheng Peninsula International Hotel is surrounded by many famous attractions including the Bund, Oriental Pearl River TV Tower, and Nanjing Road.
With its comfortable rooms and complete services, the hotel tries all its best to make guests feel like at home.
Magnificent International Hotel
The hotel is located in the central heart of Shanghai – Xizang South Road and surrounded by the Bund, Xin Tian Di, Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum & Grand Theatre. Shopping streets like Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road are only within walking distance. The well-appointed guestrooms with a great number of amenities and facilities offer you an excellent stay with comfort and convenience.

Meals in the Package

-- Breakfasts are offered by the hotels
-- Lunches are arranged according to different classes of tour
-- Dinners 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:

Beijing

Beijing, being the Capital of China, boasts a good number of restaurants with Chinese featured cuisines. Different restaurants, like Great Northeast Restaurant, Gold Palace Restaurant and Tang Yuan Restaurant, lead you for a feast of Chinese classic cuisines.
-- Great Northeast Restaurant: featuring seafood, Sichuan food, Canton food, food of China Northeast Region
-- Gold Palace Restaurant: featuring Canton food, Sichuan food, Shandong food, Japanese & Korean food
-- Tang Yuan Restaurant: featuring Canton cuisine

Dining Hall of Great Northeast Restaurant Main Hall of Tang Yuan Restaurant

Xi’an

Xi'an features distinctive cuisines of China Northwest, such as various-shaped Chinese dumplings and other wheaten food. Muslim Quarter gathers lots of delicious local food like Rou Jia Mo and shish kebabs, etc.
(1) Here we highly recommend Chinese Dumpling Dinner, which also named Jiaozi, typically consist of a ground meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped into a thinly rolled piece of dough, which is then sealed by pressing the edges together or by crimping. As a must-try for visitors, it serves with Tang dynasty show. And it belongs to an [add on] item in the tour.
(2) Rou Jia Mo, also called Chinese Hamburger, is very similar to the Western hamburger essentially, but with different cooking method.

Chinese Dumpling Dinner Rou Jia Mo ( Chinese Hamburger )

Guilin

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.

Guilin Rice Noodles - Popular snack across the country 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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Hello Nancy,

I am having a wonderful trip! I truly appreciate all that you have arranged for me. THANK YOU!

Customer: Ms. Nichols

Destinations: Shanghai - Beijing

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Hi Sara and Choury,

Mother and Sister had a great time. I am copying my sister so she can share with your some memories and photos.

My mother had a great time with the school kids twice they wanted photos with her, maybe due to her age and size (pettit). I am attaching one photo.

Sara your tour guides are very professional and special people. Again thanks to you for the nice time that they had .

Customer: Mr. Rincones

Destinations: Beijing

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