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This is a tour where you’ll spend 12 full days experiencing all kinds of UTMOST on the miraculous land of China, say, the utmost history-rich cities, the max developed city, the extreme picturesque city and the paramount city to appreciate Chinese national treasures. You’ll feast your eyes on the ancient city walls, majestical imperial palaces, gardens and tombs, put yourself into a flowing panorama of incredible landscape, hold tight the dazzling night view of the most prosperous city from its famous skyscraper and feel astonished at one after another national symbols of China.

Climb your way through Badaling Great Wall, becoming a qualified hero by Chinese standard.

Marvel at the magnificent troop of Terracotta Warriors, learning about the way they are shaped.

Boat down the Li River, feasting on the towering limestone hills and gorgeous shadows in water.

Enjoy shopping fiesta on flourishing Nanjing Road, experiencing European elegance at the Bund.

Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Today's Activities After the airport pickup, you’ll spend your first Beijing night at the hotel to wipe out all the on-flight fatique. You can prepare yourself well for tomorrow's wonderful tour in Beijing while enjoying the gorgeous nightview around.
Day 2 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities The first thing for every traveler to do after arriving in Beijing is to have a good view of the façade of the city. Having been the capital city for ages, Beijing never falls short of magnificent halls and palaces. Therefore you need to probe into Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City and the royal garden Summer Palace without delay.

After observing the subtil embossment in the Tian’anmen ornamental columns, profound layout of Forbidden City, exquisite painting-dotted corridor in Summer Palace, you’ll feel overwhelmed with the majestical might, which even can be detected from the most commonplace bricks and pillars that make up these holy buildings.
Highlights
Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City Summer Palace          
City Wall of Tian'anmen Square Sophisticated Layout of the Forbidden City Late Autumn Scene in Summer Palace          
Day 3 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Beijing isn’t an aged city with bulks of stiffly standing halls, rather, it’s so buoyant even in the most historic buildings. Today we’ll look into the dynamic part of Beijing by climbing Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Road that leads to Changling of Ming Tombs.

You must take out all your energy and enthusiasm to make your way through the challenging Badaling Great Wall and you’ll get paid off when you finally reach the stone tablet that embosses one who hasn’t been to the Great Wall can’t be regarded a hero. After visiting Changling of Ming Tombs, the most majestical tomb of Emperor Zhu Di, the vivid mythological beasts that array along the Sacred Road will present so much of a cute tone that you’ll love them. What’s more, on the way back you’ll be passing the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. The state-of-the-art Olympic stadiums contrast sharply the ancient Great Wall and Changling. Even watching their exterior would fill your heart with much vigor.
Highlights
Badaling Great Wall Changing of Ming Tombs Sacred Road          
Climbing Badaling Great Wall Delicate Eave Carving of Changing Cute Sculptures Along Sacred Road          
Day 4 Beijing-Xi’an (Breakfast, lunch)transfer by air
Today's Activities Your awe and admiration will rise the moment you look up at the Temple of Heaven whose silhouette becomes so elegant while basking in the morning sun. Though the emperor who stood on the platform praying for the prosperity of his nation was gone, the deep Heaven worship has been well kept in the masses.

Then, enter Hutong to the beat of the rickshaw and you’ll have a delicate panorama of Hutong before your eyes. The innocently giggling kids, exquisitely decorated gate of quadrangles, delicious sugared plums are so amazing that you can’t draw your eyes away from them.

In the late afternoon you’ll leave Beijing for Xi’an by plane. We pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. Tomorrow when you wake up, you’ll receive more attractive gifts from Xi’an.
Highlights
Temple of Heaven Hutong Hutong          
Temple of Heaven Traditional House in Hutong Handicrafts sold in Hutong          
Day 5 Xi’an (Breakfast, lunch)
Today's Activities Terra Cotta Warriors are always topping the list of must-have Xi’an attractions. To appreciate these mighty sculptures that defend the tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang is not only a visual feast but a soul experience. You just can’t help marveling at the incredible craftsmanship! At the moment, wouldn’t you like to try learning the know-how of making Terracotta Warriors? Let’s go to the Xi'an Art Ceramics & Lacquer Factory and see the workers manufacture replicates one after another. You may as well buy your favorite replicate!

Next on the Old City Wall, you’ll find yourself on a time passage that dips into the modern world from one thousand years ago. Powerful array of men armed with armor of Warriors in Tang Dynasty would march past you, aged watchtowers and bricks being telling you the harsh years they have been through. You’ll have bigger fun strolling there!
Highlights
Terra Cotta Warriors Terra Cotta Warriors Old City Wall          
Strong Troops of Terra Cotta Warriors Replicas of Terra Cotta Warriors Ancient Bricks of the Old City Wall          
Day 6 Xi’an - Chengdu (Breakfast, lunch)transfer by air
Today's Activities Today you’ll look into the religious architectural art of Xi’an. Buddhism and Islam melt into Xi’an thousands of years ago with grant Buddha pagodas and magnificent mosques being built.

Small Wild Goose Pagoda is the delicate version of the larger-scale Big Wild Goose Pagoda. These two pagodas light up each other and reach an aesthetic balance.

Unlike Beijing that loves talking about its harsh imperial might, Xi’an shapes itself as a broad-minded city with the famous spots Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter. Visiting these two West-China toned spots among blocks of typical Central Plain buildings is interesting for sure.

In the late afternoon you’ll close the pages of Xi’an tour and turn to another chapter, Chengdu. We’ll pick you up at the airport and send you to the hotel. Tomorrow the bigger joy is there for you, just keep excited!
Highlights
Small Wild Goose Pagoda Great Mosque Muslim Quarter          
Sculpture near Small Wild Goose Pagoda Layers of Entrance in Great Mosque Various restaurants in Muslim Quarter          
Day 7 Chengdu (Breakfast, lunch)
Today's Activities Who can ever miss Giant Panda since in Chengdu? Let these extremely lovely creatures greet you and grant you good mood for a whole day at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base. You’ll have great fun watching panda parents and kids, panda lovers and panda clan playing so happily at the cozy base.

Wenshu Temple, the most exquisite and best preserved temple in Chengdu, seems to remind you of the Xi’an Great Mosque you visited before, yet Wenshu Temple is more of a valuable stock of Buddha sculptures than a holy religious site. You can have fun appreciating the sculpture art and the nice atmosphere at the temple.

Jinli Ancient Street is the first choice if you’re interested in Sichuan folklore. It gives access to the tasty Sichuan cuisine and amusing local custom just like what Hutong of Beijing shows you.
Highlights
Giant Panda Breeding Base Wenshu Temple Jinli Ancient Street          
Cute Pandas at Breeding Base Tranquil Atmospere in Wenshu Temple Brilliant Lanterns in Jinli Ancient Street          
Day 8 Chengdu–Guilin (Breakfast)transfer by air
Today's Activities You’ll have about three hours of free time before the flight takes you for the next destination Guilin. Chengdu offer lots of interesting add-on activities, for instance, watching puppet show drama or Sichuan Opera.These nice and interesting performances will add the last vibrant tone to your Chengdu memory.
Highlights
Chengdu Puppet Show Drama Sichuan Opera Sichuan Opera          
Musical Performer at Chengdu Puppet Show Drama Face Changing Performance in Sichuan Opera Rolling Light Fire Performance in Sichuan Opera          
Day 9 Guilin (Breakfast, lunch)
Today's Activities Leaning about the way the Guilin city gets encompassed by the web of streams and army of mountains is as interesting as merely appreciating the landscape of Guilin. Apart from the world-famous Li River, there is a Taohua(Peach Blossom) River along with four lakes, which flow together to form a spectacular water system, Two Rivers& Four Lakes. When boating around Two Rivers& Four Lakes Area, you’ll feel the whole Guilin take on a look of a merry water park.

Afterwards let’s steer to another element that matters a lot to Guilin landscape, karst caves& hills. The masterpieces are without doubt the Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill. You just can’t believe those stone curtains, pillars, stalagmites could ever flicker into a color-capricious palace. When the Elephant Trunk Hill baths in the splendid sunset, there is nothing better than getting close to the hill.
Highlights
Two Rivers& Four Lakes Reed Flute Cave Elephant Trunk Hill          
Cruise in Two Rivers& Four Lakes Park Magical View in Reed Flute Cave Crystal-clear River Around Elephant Trunk Hill          
Day 10 Guilin – Shanghai (Breakfast, lunch)transfer by air
Today's Activities Today’s tour is dreamlike as the Li River Cruise puts you onto a flowing scroll of a Chinese ink painting. The amazing mountain-interlaced-with-stream landscape of Guilin stretches itself gracefully before your eyes as the ship goes down to Yangshuo.

When the cruise is over, you don’t want to say goodbye to Guilin, right? Yet another fiesta is calling you from Shanghai. Several hours of flight will take you to Shanghai. Just wait to dip yourself into the new wonderland tomorrow!
Highlights
Li River Li River Li River          
Sunrise Scene Above Li River Towering Mountains Surrounded Li River Tranquil Country Life Along Li River          
Day 11 Shanghai (Breakfast, lunch)
Today's Activities Your tour of Shanghai begins from Yuyuan Garden, the backyard garden of Shanghai city. This is right the other way round with the from-hall-to-garden order of the Beijing tour.

Yuyuan Garden, with its strong characteristics of South-China garden, forms an amazing contrast with Summer Palace. You would find unambitious elegance rather than the imperial magnificence in those easy breezy pavilions, lotus ponds and winding corridors.

The real journey of thrill launches from the second spot Nanjing Road to the last Oriental Pearl Tower. Nanjing Road represents the permanent prosperity of the great Shanghai, whose array of shopping plazas appear as marveling as the towering army of Gothic skyscrapers at the Bund. Oriental Pearl Tower, last but not least, brings you to the summit where you can feast on the whole Shanghai and also the summit of your enthusiasm.
Highlights
Yuyuan Garden Nanjing Road The Bund          
Umbrellas in Yuyuan Night View in Nanjing Road Gothic Buildings in the Bund          
Day 12 Shanghai - Departure (Breakfast)
Today's Activities Have you ever realized that you’ve finished your 12-day-long tour in China and marked a gorgeous arc on the beautiful landscape? Now you’ll kiss China goodbye and board the flight at Shanghai airport. We wish you a thoroughly happy journey and your next visit!
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 11 breakfasts and 9 lunches Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Flight Tickets: Beijing - Xi'an, Xi'an - Chengdu, Chengdu - Guilin, Guilin - Shanghai Hotels: Accommodation in Beijing, Xi'an,Chengdu, Guilin and 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 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 Chengdu
Jinjiang Hotel Chengdu
Situated in the downtown area of Chengdu, Jinjiang Hotel has become the symbolic building of Chengdu with its long history, peculiar architectural style and irreplaceable importance. Occupying an area of over 50,000m2,Jinjiang Hotel enjoys unique geographical advantages and is only 1 km from Tianfu Square, 17 km from Shuangliu International Airport and 5 km from Chengdu Railway Station.
Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel
Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel, located at a flourishing business area in Chengdu Wuhou district with a superior location and convenient transportation. The hotel is 10mins away to the well-known Wuhou Temple by foot. 15mins away driving to Chengdu Int’l Convention & Exposition Centre, and a 20-min drive to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. The hotel, adhering to a sincere and warm attitude from “Minshan” brand, committed to offering a state-of-the-art service, entitled to a first-class business facilities
Minhang Hotel Chengdu
Minhang Hotel Chengdu is located in the city center. It is about 15 minutes drive from the railway station and 30 minutes drive from the airport. The hotel offers 180 elegantly decorated guestrooms, including standard rooms and suites and executive floors. All the hotel rooms are well facilitated with IDD telephone, Voice mail, Cable/satellite TV, Newspaper delivery, Minibar and much more.
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 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 )

Chengdu

Of the eight major culinary cuisines in China, Sichuan cuisine is perhaps the most popular throughout the country and across the world. It is recognized internationally for its zesty spices and deep flavor. In Chengdu, chili is as common at mealtime as rice is across the rest of China, with the food often arriving glistening under a layer of bright red chili oil. However, Sichuan cuisine boasts a variety of flavors and different methods of cooking, featuring hot, sweet, sour, salty, or tongue-numbing.

Malatang Meal Ma Po's Bean Curd


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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Destinations: Beijing –Xi’an – Guilin – Yangshuo – Chengdu - Shanghai

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Destinations: Beijing- Xi’an - Chengdu – Guilin – Longsheng - Yangshuo – Shanghai – Hong Kong

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