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Tour Overview

Duration: 12 Days
Tour Type: Small group
Departure: Everyday
Accommodation: Hotel included

Tour Itinerary

Day 1  Arrival in Beijing

We will be waiting to meet you at the Arrivals Hall of the airport once you have passed through passport control and baggage reclaim. You will be escorted to your hotel and as the remainder of the day is free, you can either relax or get prepared for the 12 days guided tour of China.

Meals included: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Sunworld Hotel or The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing  

Day 2  Beijing

After breakfast at the hotel, you will start the escorted China tour with a visit to the famous Tian'anmen Square. It is the world's grandest public square and can accommodate one million people. With a history of more than 500 years, it has witnessed the vicissitudes of ancient dynasties and the country's development of modern times. After a brief stroll around the square, we take the short walk to the magnificent Forbidden City. It is one of the famous "World's Five Palaces" and covers an area of 720 thousand square meters with more than 8000 halls and rooms. Visiting the Forbidden City, you will definitely be awed by the splendor of this incomparable masterpiece.

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Around noon, rather than use the cheap tourist restaurants favored by most travel agencies, we will take you for an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a well-known, high quality local restaurant, where you will enjoy real Chinese dishes.

The journey continues with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, the royal altar of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was here that the emperor who was regarded as the "Son of Heaven" worshiped and prayed for heaven's blessing. In the evening, an exciting Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater will conclude your day.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch

Day 3  Beijing

The morning excursion will take you to the Great Wall at Badaling, one of the greatest man-made projects in the world. Set among cliffs and steep terrain, the Badaling Great Wall was an important military pass and a barrier to protect the capital, Beijing, during the Ming dynasty. Followed is a visit to a jade factory.

It is an effort to climb up the wall and the tourist restaurants there provide poor meals, which are not up to our service standard, so we suggest you have a generous breakfast at the hotel this morning and have some fast food for lunch by yourself.

Then, you will proceed to the Sacred Way. Finally, on the way back to the downtown area, you will pass by the Bird's Nest with a photo stop.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast

Day 4  Beijing - Xian

Your visit today starts with the Summer Palace and a pearl store later. Occupying 300 hectares, it is the largest and most beautiful royal garden of the country and is also known as "The Museum of the Imperial Garden".

Around noon, we will take you to an elegant local restaurant for your a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price).

In the afternoon, you will have a special rickshaw tour of a Hutong to explore the ancient alleys and courtyards of traditional Beijing. After that, you will take a flight to Xian, where your local driver will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Ramada Bell Tower Hotel, Xian or Sheraton Hotel

Day 5  Xian

Today we spend the whole morning at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum to see the lifelike statues that stood guard over the tomb of the First Emperor, now acknowledged as a wonder of the world. The Terracotta Army is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Then we go to a pottery-making factory.

Around noon, you will be served a home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at the house of a local family. This will offer you a chance to meet with the local residents and is an event that is always very popular with our guests.

Afterwards, you will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xian Museum. The graceful Small Wild Goose pagoda has endured for more than a thousand years. In the Museum, you will see displays of precious relics, illustrating the history, culture and glory of this ancient capital city. Tonight, you will have the famous Dumpling Dinner while enjoying the fantastic Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner

Tips: Clients visiting in December, January, February and March will arrange the dinner and evening activity on their own for this day, since the theater will not be open at that time.

Day 6  Xian

You will visit another famous attraction, the ancient City Wall. Situated in the central part of the city, Xian City Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty based on the design of the imperial city of the Tang period. Built for defense of the city, the wall is wider than it is high which gives it great stability. If you are interested, you may also ride a bike on the wall. The bike rental charge is not included. Then you will pay a visit to the Shaanxi History Museum.

An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) is reserved for you at a top local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will move on to visit the famous and age-old Great Mosque. It is one of largest of the four Islamic mosques in our country and features Ming and Qing dynasty architecture.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch

Day 7  Xian - Guilin

This morning you will board a flight to Guilin. Meet you at the airport and drive you to the hotel for a 2-night stay. Today's itinerary includes the Reed Flute Cave. The Reed Flute Cave is full of surprises as you walk through the 500 meters or so surrounded by stalagmites and stalactites. These natural formations have a variety of shapes resembling flowers, trees and animals.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo hotel or Sheraton Hotel

Day 8  Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin

Guilin is a very popular tourist venue due to its unique and elegant scenery that is best viewed from the Li River. Today we will give you the chance to enjoy the Li River scenery by cruising down to Yangshuo. The amazing landscape unfolds as you pass along the Li River just like a three dimensional Chinese ink wash painting in full color.

We suggest you have a larger breakfast at the hotel since the lunch box on the cruise cannot be up to your taste. It also fails to meet our serving standard.

After you disembark at Yangshuo, we will drive you along country roads to enjoy the beauty of a small village. Differing from the bustling city, the pastoral and picturesque rural scenery around Yangshuo is quite pleasant and makes you feel comfortably relaxed. A villager's home visit will be arranged on the way and you will get to know more about the local farmers' life. Then we will transfer you back to Guilin and visit the Elephant Trunk Hill.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch

Day 9  Guilin - Kunming

This morning is free on your own. Your hotel is ideally sited in both Ronghu Lake and Shanhu Lake scenic area. So you can wander beside the lakes and see a different aspect of this spellbinding city. When lunch time approaches, you may dine at one of the delicate local eateries, which we believe will ensure you a pleasant experience. In the afternoon, we will transfer you to the airport and help you board the flight to Kunming. We will meet you in Kunming and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Jinjiang Hotel

Day 10  Kunming - Lijiang

The only visit in Kunming we have arranged for you is to the notable Stone Forest. It is a cluster of black and grey limestone, a kind of karst landform, looking like a forest made of stone. Then take flight to Lijiang. We will meet you at the arrival exit and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts

Day 11  Lijiang

Lijiang, a characteristic old town, differs from other ancient towns due to its ethnic Naxi People, with their profound history and unique architecture. It will definitely appeal to those who like various canals with crystal mountain water running through an old town, where ladies and girls are dressed in traditional clothes, and there are brown wooden houses with grey tiled roofs.

Today we will take you to experience this charming town by visiting the Baisha Village, Baisha embroidery shop, a local Naxi family, Baisha Murals, the Old Town of Shuhe and Tea-Horse Road Museum. In the afternoon, walk along the cobbled streets and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Square Street of Lijiang Old Town.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch

Day 12  Departure from Lijiang

Your 12 days China itinerary ends today. After breakfast, check out of the hotel and make your own arrangements for a taxi to the airport. Lijiang airport is about 27 kilometers away from the hotel and it will take at least 40 minutes to drive there. Please ensure you leave in good time according to your flight schedule. If you want an extended trip, please contact us directly.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast

Price Includes: Price Excludes:
Domestic airfares 
Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
 Lunches as itinerary specifies
Professional English-speaking guides
Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
Entrance fees to tourist sites
Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
International airfares
Entry Visa fees
Personal expenses
Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers

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Price for 2018

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Price for 2019

12% off – make full payment by Dec 31st, 2018; 10% off – make full payment by Jan 31st, 2019.

Seasons Regular price (USD) 12% off - book by Dec 31st, 2018 (USD) 10% off - book by Jan 31st, 2019 (USD)
 High Season (Apr,May,Jul,Aug,Sep,Oct) 2009 1767 1808
 Shoulder Season (Mar,Nov) 1789 1574 1610
 Summer Season (Jun) 1979 1741 1781
Low Season (Jan,Feb,Dec) 1749 1539 1574
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High Season, Mar,Apr,May,Jul,Aug,Sep,Oct : $1,908 (13,050CNY)
Low Season, Nov : $1,749 (11,962CNY)
Winter Season, Dec : $1,649 (11,282CNY)
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Payment Method: 30%~50% Deposit + 50%~70% Pay after arrival in China

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