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13 Days China Essence Tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 13 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 16 people
Destination(s): China  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Sightseeing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1499 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2081 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. You are greeted by your guide at the airport outside the luggage claim area with your name displayed and then transferred to the four-star Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel or similar.

Day 2: Beijing
Morning program takes you to Tian’an Men Square and the Forbidden City, the residence of Chinese emperors for more than 500 years. Afternoon sightseeing features the Temple of Heaven, where emperors once prayed for good harvests. If time permits, you will pay a short visit to the Olympic Stadium. Includes: (B, L).

Day 3: Beijing
The highlight today is to conquer the Badaling Great Wall, a symbol of the Chinese ancient civilization and to the Dingling, one of the Ming Tombs, the burial grounds for the 13 Ming Dynasty emperors and the Sacred Way. Drive back to city and go for some shopping at the famous Silk Markets. Includes: (B, L).

Day 4: Beijing
Today you will have a chance to experience the real life of local Beijing residents on a tour to the Hutongs by rickshaw. Beijing Hutongs are regarded as the last embodiment of old Beijing’s spirit. Walking along the back street of Hutongs and meeting people there will leave you a different understanding of China. Following is a visit to the Summer Palace, a summer resort for Empress Dowager Ci Xi. The rest of day is free at your leisure. Or you can choose some ready-made programs from our option menu to enrich your stay in Beijing. Includes: (B, L).

Day 5: Beijing/Xian
Free at your own arrangement. You may spend the day shopping or just walking around to get a better understanding of Beijing and its people. Or you can take some suggested activities from our ready-made option menu to enrich your stay in Beijing. In the late afternoon, fly to the ancient city of Xian. Meet and check into the four-star Aurum International Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).

Day 6: Xian
A full day tour recalls the glories of ancient Xian as you visit the burial site of an incredible army of 8000 lifelike Terra-cotta soldiers. After lunch drive back to the city and visit the Bell Tower in the very heart of Xian City. Following is the Great Mosque at the Muslim square. This Mosque is only one in China that perfectly combines the Muslim customs and Chinese culture, and features like a unique garden. Includes: (B, L).

Day 7: Xian
Provincial Historic Museum. After lunch enjoy a leisure stroll on the top of the Ancient City Wall, the best preserved in the world, followed by a wander on the famous Shuyuanmen Culture Street to appreciate the delicate traditional art crafts. The remainder of the day is free at your own pace, or you can choose some suggested programs from our ready-made option menu to make your Xian tour more memorable. Includes: (B, L).

Day 8: Xian/ Guilin
In the morning fly to the mystical city of Guilin. With its thousands of limestone outcroppings, Guilin has inspired generations of silk scroll painters. Check into the four-star Guilin Park Hotel or similar. The city tour features the Reed Flute Caves where spectacular stalactites and stalagmites and the mirror lake dazzle visitors, followed is the Elephant Trunk Hill. Includes: (B, L).

Day 9: Guilin
Spend the day aboard a scenic Li River Cruise through the mist-shrouded limestone mountains, passing picturesque farms and fishing villages. Your cruise disembarks at the charming small Yangshuo Town. After a leisure stroll on the West Street, proceed to visit the Big Banyan Tree Park and the Moon Hill. Includes: (B, L).

Day 10: Guilin/Shanghai
After breakfast in the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, the commercial center of China. Meet your guide and proceed to visit the fabulous Yu Garden at the Old Quarter. Following is a leisure stroll at the famous waterfront Bund and Nanjing Road at the shopping center. Check into the four-star Shanghai Hotel or similar. Includes: (B, L).

Day 11: Shanghai
Take a city tour to visit the city's major attractions and get a general understanding of this city. First you will visit the Shanghai Museum, one of the best in China, to learn the history of this city, then to see its modern development plan at the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum. After lunch you will have the chance to get a bird’s view of the whole Pudong new area on top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Includes: (B, L).

Day 12: Shanghai
Free day at your own arrangement. You may spend the day shopping or just walking around to get a better understanding of Shanghai. Or you can take some suggested activities from our ready-made option menu to enrich your stay in Shanghai. Includes: (B).

Day 13: Shanghai
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Includes: (B).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
1. Hotel accommodations with daily Western / American Buffet breakfast. The hotel accommodation is based on two persons sharing one twin room with private facilities.
2. Chinese lunches or dinners with multi-soft drinks specified on the itinerary.
3. Special meal arrangement or entertainment mentioned on the schedule
4. Tour escort services provided by English-speaking guides in each sightseeing cities.
5. Air-conditioned coach or private van served along the trip.
6. The economy-class airfare of the domestic flight or soft sleeper/seat train charge between cities in the itinerary.
7. Entrance fee for all of the sightseeing spots listed on the itinerary.
8. Escorted Trip Leader for Small Group Tours.
9. The government tax and the city construction fee inside China within the tour where applicable.
10. China Insurance.