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12 Days China Discovery

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Tour Code: CTG-10

Tour Description

What would you discover if there are limited 12 days for you? For sure go discover the biggest attractions on vast China land. The tour considerately arranges the most valuable spots, fill your every day bulks of striking exploration and terrific discovery! You’ll wonder at the ancient architectural wonders, melt into the lovely natural world through river cruise or bay sunbathing and feel astonished at the development of these cities from their museum and exhibition center.

Find out how gorgeous the ancient Mutianyu Great Wall can get by exciting cable car ride

Select your favorite antique from dazzling historical treasures in Shannxi Historical Museum

Explore tranquil scene and idyllic lifestyle when having fun cycling in Yangshuo countryside

Appreciate walls of Western architectural art at the Bund after shopping carnival at Nanjing Road

Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Today's Activities After the airport pickup, you’ll spend your first Beijing night at the hotel we arrange to dispel all the on-flight fatique. You can prepare yourself well for the upcoming thrilling tour in Beijing while savoring the tranquil night outside the balcony.
Wangfujing Pedestrian Street Wangfujing Pedestrian Street Wangfujing Pedestrian Street          
Wangfujing Pedestrian Street Wangfujing Snack Street Wangfujing Snack Street          
Day 2 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities What is entitled to be displayed as the most important façade of a city? Surely it is those buildings that represent the essence and dignity of the city. Every picture book about Beijing always puts Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City and Summer Palace into the first page. That is the reason why the three attractions also top your playbill of Beijing tour.

Watching the grant city wall of Tian'anmen Square, golden throne at the Supreme Harmony Hall of the Forbidden City, the unbelievable paintings that adorn the whole 728-meter-long corridor in Summer Palace, you just can’t find anything stronger than these right before your eyes.
Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City Summer Palace          
Tian'anmen Square Creature Sculpture
Forbidden City
Kunming Lake cruise
Summer Palace
Day 3 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Today’s activities pull enthusiastic climbing of the Great Wall and solemn visiting of emperor’s tombs together.

Via roundtrip cable car you can feast on the gorgeous watchtowers of Mutianyu Great Wall. Moreover, the challenging course of climbing up will make you feel like a brave warrior who defends his country.

Changling of Ming Tombs, on the other way round, shows you the holy power of ancient Chinese emperor. Even walking along the Sacred Road, you can still find the royal grandeur when fixing your eyes on the fabulous array of stone creatures.
Mutianyu Great Wall Changing of Ming Tombs Sacred Road          
Mutianyu Great Wall Changling of Ming Tombs Animal Sculptures
Sacred Road
Day 4 Beijing-Xi’an (Breakfast, lunch)transfer by air
Today's Activities Temple of Heaven, in the eyes of Chinese people, serves as the paramount grant church. However, Temple of Heaven has proved time-honored Chinese worship of Heaven. Even the emperor had to pray for Heaven’s bless. So the tour of the temple gets you close to what Chinese believe in and the profound Oriental architectural philosophy.

OK, time to kiss Beijing goodbye and leave for another historic capital city Xi’an. We pick you up and transfer you to the hotel after your flight arrives in Xi’an. You don’t know what presents Xi’an is going to greet you in the following days, but they won’t let you down.
Temple of Heaven Temple of Heaven Temple of Heaven          
Prayer Hall
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven Body exercise
Temple of Heaven
Day 5 Xi’an (Breakfast, lunch)
Today's Activities An old saying tells us that seeing is believing, which definitely goes for Terracotta Warriors. When you finally meet these stunning sculptures, all the words fail you. The army of Terracotta Warriors around Emperor Qinshihuang tomb is the most expressive. So have fun appreciating the glorious eighth wonders in the world.

The following spots, Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter, are to show you a broad-minded Xi’an when it was the capital of Tang Dynasty. Harmonious relationship among different peoples helped bring the establishment of Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter. There Muslim culture and the culture of the North Central Plains blend into each other. By the way, it’s quite fun to taste the snacks at Muslim Quarter.
Terra Cotta Warriors Great Mosque Muslim Quarter          
Terracotta Warriors Praying Hall
Great Mosque
Muslim Quarter
Day 6 Xi’an-Shanghai (Breakfast, lunch)transfer by air
Today's Activities Old City Wall of Xi’an brings a sharp contrast of the ancient and the modern to you. Unlike Tian’anmen Square, the Ancient City Wall is more of a magical time corridor. The time-honored bricks and watchtowers can pull your thoughts back to thousands of years ago when Xi’an started to win over travelers around the world as the biggest international metropolis then.

To intensely feel the history-rich Xi’an, you must go to Shaanxi History Museum. Every antique displayed there, ranging from the eroded bamboo stroll to the well-kept glaze ceramic (Tangsancai), is able to provide strong statement of the glittering ancient civilization that adorned the city.

In the late afternoon you’ll end your exciting tour of Xi’an. Another totally different tour is coming when your flight reaches Shanghai. Have a good rest at the hotel and dream a wonderful dream about brand-new Shanghai.
Old City Wall Old City Wall Shaanxi History Museum          
Ancient City Wall Ancient City Wall Painted Honor Guards
Shaanxi History Museum
Day 7 Shanghai (Breakfast, lunch)
Today's Activities Yuyuan Garden is the splendid profile of Shanghai whilst Nanjing Road and the Bund, as you know, are the spectacular façade. After having a good view at the sophisticated layout and exquisite craftsmanship of Yuyuan Garden, you would march along with the crazy shopping troop that parade on the Nanjing Road, then look up at the gorgeous European toned skyscrapers that light up the Bund. The breathtaking silhouettes just fail all your words!

The last stop today, Shanghai World Financial Center, opens you to the stunning panorama of Shanghai city with offering a 474-meter-high sightseeing platform. Your affection for Shanghai will also skyrocket to the summit!
Nanjing Road the Bund Yuyuan Garden          
Nanjing Road SPD bank tower
the Bund
Yuyuan Garden          
Day 8 Shanghai - Guilin (Breakfast)transfer by air
Today's Activities You must want to know the legendary growth of Shanghai after visiting so many spectacular attractions, the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center is right to fit your curiosity. Groups of sand tables show you the unknown fishing village Shanghai once was hundreds of years ago and the world-famous metropolis nowadays. The 360 Deg. Experience Hall within the center gives you more wonderful experience, don’t ever miss it.

In the afternoon you’ll board the flight to Guilin and say goodbye to the ever-merry Shanghai. What highlights will await you? Tomorrow will present the answer.
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center          
City Blocks Show
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center
Old Garden Show
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center
360 Deg. Experience Hall
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center
Day 9 Guilin (Breakfast, lunch)
Today's Activities Who can ever miss Li River cruise since working out the plan of having a good view of the picturesque Guilin landscape? Cruising down to Yangshuo County from Guilin puts you into a moving stroll of Chinese ink painting on which there are towering array of Karst mountains, crystal-clear rivers and streams, shades of clouds and fogs, idyllic countryside life on both banks.

The Li River sends you a glittering pearl, West Street of Yangshuo at the end of the cruise. You can hardly imagine the existence of such a perfect melting pot of traditional Chinese culture and Western character. Besides, the whole West Street is a shopper wonderland. Just go and have fun shopping there.
Li River Li River West Street          
Sunrise Scene
Li River
Li River
West Street          
Day 10 Guilin - Hong Kong (Breakfast, lunch)transfer by air
Today's Activities Yesterday’s Li River cruise gives you a far view of Yangshuo countryside. OK, go and hold the idyllic life and scenery in your arms through a Yangshuo country cycling excursion. Perhaps you would wish to be one part of the beautiful painting of the countryside as you feast on the towering limestone hills, unpolluted streams and ponds, tranquil huts and lovely cattle.

Yangshuo prepares another pretty spot for you to appreciate the standout works of nature at sunset, Moon Hill. The hill takes on a look of crescent moon whatever angles you view it when climbing up along the “Appreciating Moon Path”.

So far your Guilin playbill is completed and you’re headed for Hong Kong by flight. Wave serene Guilin goodbye and ready to bump into the dazzling Hong Kong!
Yangshuo Countryside Yangshuo Countryside Moon Hill          
Picturesque Yangshuo Countryside Scenery Fishman and His cormorant Moon Hill          
Day 11 Hong Kong (Breakfast)
Today's Activities Victoria Peak is the best bird’s view point of Hong Kong the way like Shanghai World Financial Center, the vantage point of Shanghai. The car ride will take you up at the peak and your eyes will be engaged with the overview of prosperous Hong Kong city, including Victoria Harbor.

All the heat will be dispelled when you reach Repulse Bay. Looking into its delicate golden sand beach, sapphire-blue sea water and pervasive romantic tone, you’ll understand why it’s entitled to the favorite scene of bulks of well-known Hong Kong movies.

Then let Aberdeen take you back to the old fishing village Hong Kong once was more than 100 years ago, traditional lifestyle is well maintained here and attracting legends spread every corner, besides, Aberdeen presents you the most delicious seafood with scores of floating restaurants. Are you ready to gobble the cuisine?

After touring the classic Hong Kong attractions, you’ll spend the latter half of the day as you prefer. Visiting economic shopping streets, tasting local snacks and try other add-on activities are all recommended.
Victoria Peak Repulse Bay Aberdeen          
Prosperous City View
Victoria Peak
Repulse Bay Sampan ride
Day 12 Hong Kong - Departure
Today's Activities OK, looking back to the 11 days during which you mark a lovely semi circle on the landscape of China, you’ll treat the tour an ever-glittering memory. We see you off at Hong Kong airport and hope for your next tour!
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 10 breakfasts and 8 lunches Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Flight Ticket: Beijing - Xi'an, Xi'an - Shanghai, Shanghai - Guilin, Guilin - Hong Kong Hotels: Accommodation in Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Guilin and Hong Kong
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 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.
Hotels in Hong Kong
Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel
Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel is situated by the waterfront overlooking Victoria Harbour on the doorstep of Star Ferry, right in the heart of the commercial, shopping and entertainment district of Hong Kong. The hotel was designed for the pleasure and comfort of the modern business and holiday traveler and offers a wide range of elegant, superbly furnished, spacious rooms and suites.
Golden Mile Holiday Inn Hongkong
Golden Mile Holiday Inn Hongkong is the winner of the 2002 Hong Kong Tourism Board Tourism Services Award. The hotel Enjoys a central location in the heart of Hong Kong's commercial and business district – Tsim Sha Tsui, guests are in close proximity to the shopping area of Kowloon.
Imperial Hotel Hong Kong
The Imperial Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Tsimshatsui - Hong Kong’s premier retail, cultural and leisure district. Surrounded by numerous tourist attractions, shopping arcades, fine restaurants and fabulous night entertainment.

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, 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 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'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 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

Hong Kong

Hong Kong may well be considered the lap of luxury for the gourmet and the gourmand alike. Look no further than Causeway Bay, Lan Kwai Fong, Soho and Stanley, and wander the winding streets of Kowloon for a taste of traditional Chinese and local Cantonese cuisine. Sea food is great in Hong Kong and you should not miss it. Tanks of live seafood like fish, lobster, prawns, crab, geoduck, clams, scallops, oysters vie for attention.

Various Hong Kong Dim Sum Various sea food in a street restaurant of Lei Yue Mun
Your Add On:


Hello Choury,

Thanks for your note and interest.

Arthur, Chi (driver) and your agency have been very nice with my situation, which i thank all of you from my heart. I have felt much better today and could walk slowly with less pain.

The Tour: so far, very well. Will keep you informed and given what we have received in Beijing, i hope the standards are as good in the rest of the cities. And with people with same concept of hospitality and warmth, too.

Will keep in touch.

Customer:Ms. Alhach

Destinations: Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Shanghai-Suzhou-Shanghai-Hong Kong

Related Tour: 12 Days China Discovery, 9 Days Essential China Tour

Dear Sara,

Nice to hear from you! I really appreciated your phone call at the hotel. I still don't know what precipitated it, but we were happy to have your help with our disappointing room. [The heat was remedied by installing an additional room key to keep the fan running in our absence.]

At this time, we don't see another trip to China in our future, but we tell everyone what a great time we had both with your agency, your country, and China's advancement in tourism. We are so grateful that your government has made China's long history and beautiful natural treasures available for the enjoyment of the rest of the world. And we have good reports of the wonderful Chinese people we've met.

Tony, our guide in Xian, is commended for meeting our last minute whim that turned out to be the unexpected delight of the visit to the Huaqing Hot Springs show "The Song of Everlasting Sorrow". Wow! I'm glad I wasn't dissuaded when I was told there wasn't enough to do in Xian to warrant a whole week's visit. We mentioned that we would've also liked to see the Xian Bell Tower performance, and even tour inside the China Post.

Thank you again.

Customer:Ms. Danan

Destinations: Beijing - Xi'an – Guilin - Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai

Related Tour: 12 Days China Signature Tour, 9 Days Essential China Tour

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