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12 Days China Signature Tour

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( Great Wall, Forbidden City - Terracotta Warriors - Li River - Yangshuo Cycling - West Lake - The Bund )
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Tour Code: CTG-7

Tour Description

Perfectly combining Chinese famous historical sites with breathtaking landscapes, this tour will take you to discover all lures of China. See the past glories of China's Ancient Emperors at incredible Forbidden City, Great Wall and the amazing Entombed Warriors. And then experience the awesome beauty of Guilin's Li River and Hangzhou's West Lake. And end your trip in China's most exciting city, Shanghai.

Just immerse yourself in this perfect blend of China human landscapes and natural sceneries.

One-stop service, incl. tour guide, hotels, meals, transportation, attraction admissions and insurance, etc.

Caring, experienced local guide & driver will be of great help to ensure your safety and comfort on the way.

Day 1 Arrive in Beijing : Pick-up and Check-in
Today's Activities May you have a good journey to Beijing, and our guide will meet you outside the customs of Beijing Airport after you clear the customs, and then transfer you to the downtown hotel. The rest of the day is flexible for your will, have a rest or take a walk near the hotel.
Day 2 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities After having breakfast at hotel, you will visit the Tiananmen Square this morning to start your Beijing tour. Strolling round the large square is very enjoyable where you will see Beijing with ancient and modern elements, then walk north to the Forbidden City. As the largest and best-preserved imperial palace in China, it vividly indulges us with a whole impression of the royal life. Later you will appreciate Chinese featured royal park - Summer Palace, which boasts of typical Chinese architecture and splendid landscape.
Highlights
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Summer Palace Dragon Statue          
Tiananmen Square Tranquil Forbidden City Summer Palace Renshou Hall          
Day 3 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )

Today's Activities

After breakfast at hotel, you will go to the most famous tomb of Ming Tombs - Changling, it is the largest in scale and is completely preserved, inhumed the fourth emperor of Ming Dynasty. Also you will visit the Sacred Road of the tombs, which was originally built to lead to the Changling mausoleum. Then you will have an excursion to the Mutianyu Great Wall, and you can take cable car to see this vital section of the world famous China Great Wall, Mutianyu has a storied history of over 1400 years, can trace back to Northern Qi Dynasty (550-570). Later While driving back to downtown Beijing, you will stop by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatics), to view the unique constructions and take some photos.
Highlights
Changling of Ming Tombs          
Changling Tomb Entrance Mutianyu Great Wall Mutianyu Cable Car          
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by train
Today's Activities This day you can visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Emperor of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship heaven and pray for good harvests. After that, you will explore Beijing Hutong by rickshaw to know more about the life and culture of ordinary Beijing people. This visit can provide you with a distinctive travelling experience compared to other attraction. Later of this day, you will be transfered to the train station of Beijing to catch a overnight train to Xi'an. A comfortable soft-sleeper will help you to have a sound sleep. Truly you will enjoy the unique experience to take a train in China.
Highlights
Temple of Heaven Beijing Hutong South Luogu Lane          
Temple of Heaven Entrance Beijing Classic Hutongs Hutong Tourist Area          
Day 5 Xi'an ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities The tourist guide of Xi'an will picked you up at the arrival hall of Xi'an train station, then take you to have a local breakfast. Now, you will head for the world-famous Terracotta Warriors to start wonderful Xi'an tour, maybe you have seen them many times on TV or magazines before, but it's a total different experienc to see them with your own eyes. Also with a sidetrip to Mausoleum of the Qin Emperor, who owned this awesome underground kingdom, you would know more about the first dynasty of China - Qin dynasty. Later you will return to downtown for seeing the Great Mosque of Xi'an, where still hold prayer services each day; With several minutes' walk to Muslim Quarter, you can buy some interesting sourviners and taste various delicious local snacks. Optionally visit: Tang Dynasty Show.
Highlights
Xian Terracotta Warriors Xian Terracotta Warriors Great Mosque Muslim Quarter        
Terracotta Warriors Terracotta Exhibition Great Mosque Muslim Quarter        
Day 6 Xi'an - Guilin ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by air
Today's Activities Deeply explore Xi'an in many fields by seeing Shaanxi Historical Museum this morning, where you can get more knowledge about Chinese national treasures and other precious cultural relics. Later you will step on Xi'an Ancient City Wall. As the best-preserved old city wall in China, you can take beautiful views of Xi'an city, and even optionally cycling on the wall is available for you. At last, tour guide will take you to airport. With less than 2 hour's fly to Guilin, you will be pick-up at airport and transferred to hotel.
Highlights
Exhibits in Museum Ancient City Wall          
Ancient Chime Bells Tang Pottery Figurines Cycling on Ancient City Wall          
Day 7 Guilin ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities This day you will totally immersed yourself in the splendid sceneries of Guilin. Firstly, 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.
Then you will enjoy fresh air and beautiful sceneries at Seven Star Park, where boasts green hills, crystal water, fantastic caves and beautiful rocks. Afterwards let’s steer to another element that matters a lot to Guilin landscape, karst caves. One of masterpieces is without doubt the Reed Flute Cave. You just can’t believe those stone curtains, pillars, stalagmites could ever flicker into a color-capricious palace.
Highlights
guilin sceneries seven star park reed flute cave          
Beautiful Guilin Sceneries Seven Star Park Hill Peak Reed Flute Cave          
Day 8 Guilin -Yangshuo ( 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? In the morning, you will cruise down to Yangshuo County from Guilin, 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. And you will stay at Yangshuo Hotel for night.
Highlights
Li River Li River cruise West Street          
Sunrise Scene on Li River Li River Cruise Flourishing West Street          
Day 9 Yangshuo - Hangzhou ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by air

Today's Activities

In the early morning of this day, you will go and hold the idyllic life and scenery in your arms through a Yangshuo 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”. At the end, you will return to Guilin for the flight to Hangzhou.
Highlights
Yangshuo Countryside Yangshuo Countryside Moon Hill          
Yangshuo Countryside Yangshuo Early Morning Yangshuo Moon Hill          
Day 10 Hangzhou ( Breakfast, Lunch )

Today's Activities

Open your day in Hangzhou city with an exuberant stroll along the Hefang Street, a unique pedestrian shopping street showcasing a variety of Chinese crafts like paper-cutting and hand-made dough figurines. You can also feast on different local featured snacks - roasted walnuts, dragon-whisker candy, etc.
Afterwards your Hangzhou tour will surely not forget the West Lake (Xi Hu)! West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, a new site recognized by UNESCO in June 2011, comprises the West Lake and hills arounds it. This elegant scenic spot has long been an attractive and inspiring beauty since the 9th century ever. Take in the refined landscapes with a boat tour on the serene lake, while learning the romantic love story Legend of the White Snake; you'll never be disappointed!
Then a visit to Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda), a masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture that built to calm the tidal waters of Qiantang River and aid in navigation. Later you will take a side trip to Meijiawu Tea Village, where you could know more about tea-making process and Chinese tea culture.
Highlights
Hefang Street West Lake Six Harmonies Pagoda          
Hefang Street Hangzhou West Lake Six Harmonies Pagoda          
Day 11 Hangzhou - Shanghai ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by High-Speed Train

Today's Activities

After having breakfast in the hotel, you will head for the train station and take the High-Speed Train to Shanghai, and it only takes 49 mins. Later you will be picked up at airport and transferred to downtown hotel for a rest and leaving luggages.
Now you will start to visit the biggest city of China - Shanghai, which definitely offers many lures. Begin from Yuyuan Garden and Yuyuan Market, you will appreciate Chinese garden construction and know more about Shanghai local people. Then with a stroll from Nanjing Road to the Bund, you will be impressed by Modern Shanghai amazingly compared with Xi'an. Later you can view the whole city at the highest floor of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and know about the development of Shanghai with a following visit to Shanghai Municipal History Museum at the pedestal of the tower. At night, Shanghai Acrobats Show can be optionally appreciated.
Highlights
High-Speed Train The bund Shanghai Municipal History Museum          
High-Speed Train The Bund Nightview Municipal History Museum          
Day 12 Depart Shanghai
Today's Activities This is the last day of your tour, you can have free activity in Shanghai, go on shopping or have a rest, and later the tour guide will take you to airport for your flight to next destination. We believe you will love China and keep forever memories about China in your whole life.
Package Prices & Details
Your Group Size Deluxe Class Superior Class Tourist Class
1 person $4293 / $3773 $3471 / $3165 $3025 / $2873
2 - 5 persons $2801 / $2496 $2355 / $2204 $2132/ $2046
6 - 9 persons $2522 / $2219 $1991 / $1841 $1769/ $1682
single room supplyment $913 / $693 $570 / $452 $425 / $344
The price in Red stands for High Season (Apr.1 - Nov.30), and Black for Low Season (Dec.1 - Mar.31).
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches. Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Train, Flight Tickets: all listed in itineraries; Hotels: accommodation in mentioned cities;
Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver
Vehicle: a 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.
Hotel in Beijing
Crowne Plaza Hotel 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
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
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.
Hotel in Xian
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 Xian
Grand New World Hotel Xian
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 Xian
City Hotel Xian
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 Hangzhou
Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake
Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake is located on the banks of the city's famous West Lake, and close to the central business district. The hotel features 200 elegantly furnished rooms, 2 restaurants, 1 bar, an indoor swimming pool, spa, fitness center and beauty salon. The executive lounge offers panoramic views of West Lake.
Lakeview Hotel Hangzhou
The 4-star Lakeview Hotel is only 3 minutse' walk from West Lake and 8 km from Lin Yin Temple. The hotel offers well-appointed rooms and facilities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre, beauty salon and foot massage. Lakeview Restaurant serves meals with beautiful lake view, while Food Street offers garden views and local dishes. Daily breakfast is available at Solmer Western Restaurant.
Lily Hotel Hangzhou
Lily Hotel Hangzhou enjoys a pleasant surroundings with Hangzhou's top landmark West Lake some 15 minutes walking distance away. And it's just 3km from the city centre, 5km from train station and 30km from airport. The 180 guest rooms are well furnished with a host of modern amenities to ensure the comfort of guests.
Hotel in Shanghai
Howard Johnson Plaza 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.
Hengsheng 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
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.

Overview

- Breakfasts offered by hotels: just start your happy tour after having breakfast in the morning, especially for deluxe class, buffet breakfast is available;
- It supplys lunch according to different classes of tour, such as deluxe in city-famous restaurants and tourist in popular tourist restaurants;
- Dinner option is open to you, you could find your favorite place to eat, or take our recommendations.

We promises no worries about the dining quality, plus flexible choices that you can have depending on your preference. If having any special requestment, just tell our trip advisor directly. In all, we aim to satisfy your tongue and stomach with our recommendation as follows:


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

Hangzhou

Hangzhou dishes are best representative of Zhejiang cuisine, one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of China. Hangzhou dishes are noted for its elaborate preparations, sophisticated way of cooking and its most refreshing taste.
-- Dongpo Pork: A little fatty but not oily. Named after Su Dongpo, a famous man of letters of Song Dynasty.
-- West Lake Sour Fish: featuring tender fish meat with sweet and sour sauce.
-- Shrimp Meat with Longjing Tea: Sliced meat and crispy rice with fragrance of Longjing Tea

Dongpo Pork Shrimp Meat with Longjing Tea

Shanghai

We say little about the dining in Shanghai, since Shanghai is regarded as a delicious kingdom, where you can taste everything almost. 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

Comments

Dear Sara, Thank you for your assistant. We have a great experience during our travel in Beijing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. You have all best Tour Guide, Stephen, Cristal, and Jenifer. The best tour guide you have is Stephen. He is really a nice person and know a lot about China history. He is also very helpfull during the travel when our daugther feel not to well. He is trying hard to find the suitable medicine for her.
Thank you and we will sure recommend your company to our friends.

Customer: Anton Prawira

Destinations: Beijing - Hangzhou - Shanghai

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Dear HRC, We are extremely happy that we decided to travel to beautiful China. We had a wonderful & amazing experience of a lifetime in traveling to Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin & Hongkong from the 22nd July 2011 to 4th August 2011.
And we want to thank Ms Nancy from HRC Worldwide Hotel & Travel Service who has made it possible. She cleared all our doubts through number of e-mails and answered all our queries gave us an itinerary to the minutest detail which made our holiday in China something to remember as long as we live. The complete planning of our trip was done by her and everything she arranged with utmost care and for our comfort. 

Customer: Austin Soans

Destinations: Beijing - Xi’an - Shanghai - Guilin - Hong Kong

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