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16-Day Small-Group Tour: Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Chengdu, Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise and Shanghai

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Day 1: Pick up from Beijing Airport

Pass By: Beijing International Airport Airport Transportation China, No. 168, Capital Airport Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing,China, Beijing 100026 China
Your professional local guide will meet you at Beijing Airport after reclaiming your luggage and clearing customs. The driver will take you to the hotel in a comfortable vehicle and help you with the check-in procedure. The rest of the day is left for you to have a good rest or to become familiar with our capital city on your own.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing (5 stars)

Day 2: Beijing City Tour

Stop At: Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), West Changan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China
Tiananmen Square is the biggest urban city square in the world.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Forbidden City-The Palace Museum, No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009 China
From the Tiananmen Square, you will enter the Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City to explore its fascinating halls and pavilions. Here, you will not only learn how the emperor handled political affairs and lived their lives, but appreciate numerous ancient art treasures.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Temple of Heaven, Tiantan Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100050 China
In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors worshipped the heavens in hopes of good harvests.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Red Theatre Beijing Kung Fu Show, No.44 Xingfu Street, Dongcheng District 50 Meters East of Tiantan Hotel, Beijing 100061 China
To round out a memorable start to your travel, we will arrange a lively and dramatic Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: A la carte lunch
Accommodation included: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing (5 stars)

Day 3: China Great Wall Tour

Stop At: Mutianyu Great Wall, Mutianyu Road, Huairou District, Beijing China
This morning we will take you to Mutianyu section to experience at first hand the wonder of the Great Wall. The round-trip cable car will be arranged. Standing on the wall and looking at it stretching up and down into boundless distance is an exciting experience and will leave you a life-long memory. To celebrate and commemorate this moment, we specially provide red wine for a group-toasting on the Great Wall.
Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Niaochao National Stadium, No.1 Guojia Tiyuchang South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing China
In the afternoon, on the way back you will have a photo stop at the Olympic National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest. After that, enjoy some free time to explore a popular local market.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing (5 stars)

Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an by plane

Stop At: Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), No.19 Xinjian Gongmen Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100080 China
The first stop of today's itinerary is the Summer Palace - the largest existing imperial garden with a graceful landscape and magnificent constructions.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Hutong Tour, No.9, Zhonglou, Dongcheng District No.9, Zhonglou, Dongcheng District, 100009, Beijing, Beijing 100009 China
Then a trip to the old Hutongs will conclude your memorable Beijing tour. Taking the local rickshaw and traveling along the narrow lanes, you will get a close touch with the original Beijing lifestyle and culture. You will also have a chance to try your hand at Chinese Paper Cutting.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: A la carte lunch
Accommodation included: Sheraton Hotel (5 stars)

Day 5: Terracotta Army Tour

Stop At: The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Qinling North Road, Lintong District, Xi'an 710600 China
The visit to the magnificent Terracotta Army will start your day's trip. In the museum, there are altogether three excavated pits exhibiting amazing warrior figures and Chinese ancient weapons.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Small Goose Pagoda, No.72 Youyi Road, Beilin District, Xi'an 710068 China
After having an a la carte lunch at a local family home, you will visit Xi'an Museum and then the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built about 1,300 years ago in the Tang Dynasty to store the Buddhist scriptures brought from ancient India.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tang Dynasty Show, 75 North Chang'an Road, Xi'an 710065 China
A splendid evening is in store when you will be entertained by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show while partaking of the famous Dumpling Dinner.

Friendly Tips: Since the theater is usually not open in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we will not arrange the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during the periods. Clients will enjoy free time to relax.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: A special home-cooked a la carte lunch will be served at a local home that you visit.

• Dinner: Dumpling dinner with the show
Accommodation included: Sheraton Hotel (5 stars)

Day 6: Xi'an City Tour

Stop At: Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), Zhongxin District, Xi'an 710001 China
The day begins with a leisure visit to the City Wall Park, where you can observe the day-to-day life of the locals. We also have a special arrangement for you here. That is to practice Tai Chi with the master. Tai Chi, a soft form of Chinese martial arts, is considered the quintessential Chinese culture. After that, you will pay a visit to the City Wall. It is the most complete existing urban fortification in China. Cycling on the ancient wall is an exciting experience that many people like to try (bike rental fee is not included). Afterwards, you will fly to Chongqing.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Shaanxi History Museum, 91 Xiaozai E Rd, Xi'an 710061 China
After lunch, continue to visit the Provincial History Museum, regarded as 'the pearl of ancient dynasties and house of Chinese treasures'.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Xi'an Mosque, Huajue Alley, Xincheng District, Xi'an 710043 China
The Great Mosque in Xi'an is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Muslim Quarter, West of Bell Drum Towers Square , Beilin District, Xi'an 710000 China
Around the mosque is the largest Moslem community and bazaar, where you will see Islamic customs, intertwining alleyways, and countless Moslem snack shops.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: A la carte lunch
Accommodation included: Sheraton Hotel (5 stars)

Day 7: Xi'an - Guilin by plane

Stop At: Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), 0773-2695075, Guilin 541001 China
It is a brilliant Karst cave, a must in Guilin.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan), Within Xiangbishan Park, Xiangshan District, Guilin 541004 China
The hill looks like a giant elephant drinking water from the river. It is a landmark of Guilin.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Sheraton Hotel Guilin (5 stars)

Day 8: Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo

Stop At: Li River, 33 Diecui Rd, Yangshuo Xian, Guilin Shi, China
Take a cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. Li River is the essence of landscape in this area, especially the section from Guilin to Yangshuo, which is reputed as 'A Hundred Miles Gallery'. The cruise ship will arrive at Yangshuo in about 4.5 hours.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: West Street, East Side of Li River, Yangshuo County 541900 China
After docking at Yangshuo, you will walk through the well-known West Street. Then you will enjoy the amazing rural scenery as we drive along the surrounding country roads of Yangshuo. En route, you will be invited to visit a villager's home. After that, we will transfer you back to Guilin.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: Box lunch on the cruise ship.

Accommodation included: Sheraton Hotel Guilin (5 stars)

Day 9: Guilin - Chengdu by plane

Stop At: Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL), Lingui Qu, Guilin Shi, Guangxi Zhuangzuzizhiqu, China, 541106
After breakfast, catch a morning flight to Chengdu.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Shuangliu, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Upon your arrival, our guide will be waiting for you outside the baggage claim area and transfer you to the hotel. We will leave you free time for lunch and rest for the remaining time of the day, and our guide is glad to offer advices of nice restaurants.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza (4 stars)

Day 10: Panda Tour

Stop At: Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), No.1375 Xiongmao Avenue the Outside Northern Third Ring Road, Chenghua District, Chengdu 610081 China
This morning, the guide will take you to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see the lovely creatures as they feed and play with each other.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Kuanzhai Alley, East of Tongren Road, west of Changshun Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu 610015 China
Broad and Narrow Alleys are narrow alleys with old courtyards, where you might also have your own lunch with the guide's suggestions.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Jinsha Site Museum, No.2 Jinsha Site Road, Chengxi, Chengdu 610091 China
Jinsha Site Museum is built to protect, study and display the archaeological finds of Jinsha Site, dating back to about 3,000 years ago.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Chengdu Renmin Park, No.12 Shaocheng Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu 610015 China
You will be transferred to a popular local venue, the Renmin Park. Have a tea break and experience the casual lifestyle of Chengdu people.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza (4 stars)

Day 11: Chengdu - Chongqing by a bullet train

Stop At: Chengdu East Railway Station East Square, China, Sichuan, Chengdu Shi, Chenghua Qu, Qionglaishan Rd, 邛崃山路
Today your guide will transfer you to the railway station to catch a 2-hour bullet train to Chongqing.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Jiefangbei Square, Junction of Mingzu Road, Mingquan Road and Zourong Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing 400000 China
Upon your arrival, our guide in Chongqing will meet you at the station and escort you to visit Jiefangbei CBD.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ciqikou (Porcelain Port), 14 km W of Chongqing, Chongqing 400030 China
After visiting Ci Qi Kou ancient village, we will take you to board the 5-star President No. 8 ship for a three-day Yangtze River cruise tour.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at Century Diamond cruise ship with balcony (5 stars)

Day 12: Yangtze River Cruise

Stop At: Shibaozhai (East Gate), China, Chongqing Shi, Zhongxian, 582 Xian Dao, 石宝镇印山街
In the morning, the river guide will give an introduction to the cruise schedule and the Yangtze River. At about 14:00, the ship will disembark at Zhongxian for an onshore excursion to Shibaozhai. After that, you will re-board the ship and the cruise will continue towards the splendid Three Gorges. This evening, the cruise staff will invite you to join the Captain's Welcome Party.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Century Diamond cruise ship with balcony (5 stars)

Day 13: Yangtze River Cruise

Stop At: Shennong Stream, North Shore of Wu Gorge, Badong County 442400 China
As the ship sails through Wu Gorge, you will change to a sampan to take a side trip along Shennong Stream for 3 to 4 hours. Shennong Stream features picturesque natural beauty, distinctive Tujia flavor, boat tracking culture and valued historical relics.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Century Diamond cruise ship with balcony (5 stars)

Day 14: Yichang - Shanghai by a bullet train

Stop At: Three Gorges Dam Project, Sandouping Town, Yiling District, Yichang 443134 China
After breakfast, you will disembark for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Before that, you should pack your luggage and complete check-out procedures. After finishing the excursion, the cruise ship company will drive you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Our local guide will meet you there and then see you off at Yichang East Railway Station for a bullet train to Shanghai.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai (5 stars)

Day 15: Shanghai City Trip

Stop At: Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), 201 Ren Min Da Dao, Shanghai China
This morning, you will visit one of the four largest museums in China, Shanghai Museum, which specializes in exhibiting art works from ancient times.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Yu Garden (Yuyuan), No.218 Anren Street, Huangpu District near Fuyou Road, Shanghai 200010 China
After that, explore Yu Garden and its nearby traditional bazaar. The symbol of the Garden is the Nine Zigzag Bridge built of granite and grass-white jade and the quaint, elegant mid-lake pavilion.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Former French Concession, Puxi Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000 China
In the afternoon, you will first discover the Former French Concession, a great place to learn the history and unique beauty of the city.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Huangpu River, Headstreams from Dianshan Lake, Zhujiajiao Town, Qingpu District, Shanghai 201700 China
Take a one-hour cruise along the Hungpu River.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Bund (Wai Tan), Zhongshan East 1st Road, Shanghai China
Have some free time on the Bund area. Upon returning to the hotel, our guide will see you into the lobby to say bon voyage.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: A la carte lunch
Accommodation included: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai (5 stars)

Day 16: Leave Shanghai

Stop At: Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), S1 Yingbin Expy, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China
After breakfast at the hotel, please find your own way to the airport for your homeward flight. Your 8 days China tour package is wane to the close with wonderful memories. We suggest you reserve a taxi at the hotel reception beforehand to avoid having to wait for a taxi outside. The trip to Pudong Airport (PVG) will take about one hour and cost around CNY150. Ensure you have at least an hour and a half drive if your flight leaves from Hongqiao Airport (SHA). The cost for the taxi there is about CNY200. Please check carefully from which airport your flight will depart. We wish you a smooth journey home.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Reviewed 23 November 2018

Kelly from China Travel Guide took care of everything prior to the arrival. We were group of 8 and folks were coming from different locations in US. We took the trip that included getting Tibet visa too. Entire trip was outstanding. She co-ordinated all pickups...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Cynthia W, Guest Relations Manager at 16-Day Small-Group Tour: Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Chengdu, Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise and Shanghai, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2018

Dear Sushant M, It is really a pleasure for us to read the review again regarding your Beijing tour with the company of our professional guide Maggie. We are glad to know that she has made your experience smoothly. Thanks for your recommendation and wish...More

Reviewed 14 November 2018

After having our travel arrangements cancelled by another company with very short notice (3 weeks before departure), we were lucky to find ChinaTravelGuide. We had an unforgettable experience in China and from the moment we contacted Selena all our arrangements were taken care of with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Cynthia W, Guest Relations Manager at 16-Day Small-Group Tour: Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Chengdu, Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise and Shanghai, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2018

Dear Joanne G, Thank you for sharing your tour review with us! It is a great joy to see that you had an amazing tour in China with us. From your words we learn that our consultant Selena’s enthusiasm and professionalism have made your itinerary...More

Reviewed 3 November 2018

Candy was a great tour guide. She was very informative and went the extra mile to make sure that we all enjoyed our visit. She even arranged a special surprise for two people who had birthdays during our tour. We were all happy to "Follow...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Cynthia W, Guest Relations Manager at 16-Day Small-Group Tour: Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Chengdu, Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise and Shanghai, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

Dear Judith T, We are happy to read your comments here and know that you have had an amazing time in Beijing with your guide Candy’s accompany. Thank you for your recommendation. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need any further help....More

Reviewed 1 November 2018

All 16 of us really enjoy the vibrant personality of our Beijing Local Tour Guide, Candy. She was outstanding, informative and a very caring person. Even after we returned home to Southern California, I could still hear her say, "follow Candy!!" Follow her we did,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Cynthia W, Guest Relations Manager at 16-Day Small-Group Tour: Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Chengdu, Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise and Shanghai, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Dear Matt J, You are so kind to post a 5-star review on Tripadvisor again. It is a great pleasure that you were satisfied with our tour service as well as our guide Candy in Beijing. Thanks for your recommendation and wish to meet you...More

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We took a private group tour with 8 adults - so it allowed us to customize where we wanted to spend more time and where less. The tour group TCG were very friendly and helpful. And accommodating. Some part of the tour... More
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