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  • Forbidden City
  • Li River
  • The Bund
  • The Terracotta Army and Horses
  • Badaling Great Wall
  • Bell Tower
  • Elephant Trunk Hill
  • Oriental Pearl TV Tower
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Reed Flute Cave
  • Summer Palace
  • Yuyuan Garden
  • Ancient City Wall
  • Jade Buddha Temple
  • The Temple of Heaven
  • Fubo (wave-subduing) Hill
  • Nanjing Road
  • Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium)
  • Hutong Tours in Rickshaw
  • Ming Tombs
  • National Swimming Centre('The Water Cube') Beijing
  • Shanghai Museum
  • The Sacred Way
  • Tiananmen Square

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10 Days China Fantastic Highlights Tour

Tour Code: CCT02
Tour Duration: 10 Days
Destination: Beijing, Guilin, Shanghai, Xi'an, Yangshuo
Tour overview: This Classic tour takes you to some of China’s most exciting places. You can discover the imperial majesty of Beijing in its famous Forbidden City and Great Wall. In Xian, you can see the incredible Terracotta Warriors. Guilin’s world famous scenery will take your breath away. In Yangshuo, you can explore boutiques and cafés catering to your every wish. Shanghai is an incredible cosmopolitan metropolis where Eastern and Western cultures blend beautifully, in a way like nowhere else on Earth.

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10 Days China Fantastic Highlights Tour 10 Days China Fantastic Highlights Tour 10 Days China Fantastic Highlights Tour 10 Days China Fantastic Highlights Tour

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Beijing Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
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Day 2 Beijing Full day visit Tiananmen Square Forbidden City The Temple of Heaven Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
B,L
Day 3 Beijing Full day visit Badaling Great Wall Ming Tombs The Sacred Way . On the way back to hotel, you will be driven to visit the main 2008 Beijing Olympic venues, take an exterior visit of both the Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium) National Swimming Centre('The Water Cube') Beijing ,feel free to take some photos of the stadiums. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
B,L
Day 4 Beijing/Xi'an In the morning, visit Summer Palace Hutong Tours in Rickshaw ,Then be transferred to airport for flight to Xian, arrive in Xian, be met and transferred to hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Hotel Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square Mercure on Renmin Square Xian Ibis Xian
B,L
Day 5 Xi'an Full day visit The Terracotta Army and Horses Big Wild Goose Pagoda Bell Tower Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Hotel Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square Mercure on Renmin Square Xian Ibis Xian
B,L
Day 6 Xi'an/Guilin In the morning, visit the Ancient City Wall Then be transferred to airport for flight to Guilin. Arrive in Guilin, be met and visit Reed Flute Cave Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sheraton Guilin Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel GuiLin Eva Inn Hotel
B,L
Day 7 Guilin Full day tour for Li River Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sheraton Guilin Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel GuiLin Eva Inn Hotel
B,L
Day 8 Guilin/Shanghai Visit Fubo (wave-subduing) Hill Elephant Trunk Hill ,Then be transferred to airport for flight to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, be met and visit The Bund Nanjing Road Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
B,L
Day 9 Shanghai Full day visit Shanghai Museum Jade Buddha Temple Oriental Pearl TV Tower Yuyuan Garden Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
B,L
Day 10 Shanghai Free at leisure till be transferred to airport for your flight departure. Details... B
Season Tour Class Group Size Single Room
Supplement
1pax 2-5pax 6-9pax
Peak Season 3*(Tourist Class) $2253 $1616 $1412 $308
4*(Deluxe Class) $2631 $1805 $1601 $497
5*(First Class) $3161 $2070 $1866 $762
1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Include

A. Entrance fees:To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
C. Private Transfers: Among airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the private air conditioned vehicle.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
I. Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclude

A. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
E. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
F. Single Room Supplement.
G. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
H. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.

Day 1 Arrival Beijing

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Upon your arrival you will be greeted by our local guide and then transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car. For the rest of the day you will enjoy some leisure time.

Day 2 Beijing ( B, L )

Beijing ( B, L )

Sightseeing: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

This morning our tour will begin with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, which was completed in 1420, and expanded over the years by two Qing Dynasty Emperors. It was the place where the Emperor came every winter solstice to worship heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest. With the three blue-tiled cone-shaped roofs, a unique wooden and blue-tiled structure built without a nail, it has become a worldwide symbol of Beijing.

After lunch, we will go on our city tour to visit Tiananmen Square, the symbolical heart of China and gathering place for the masses. It is the biggest public square in the world, which can hold one million people.

From here we will walk across the Golden River Bridge to visit the Forbidden City and experience the ancient Emperor's daily life. For 5 centuries Chinese emperors carried out their administration here. With almost 10,000 rooms, it was the centre of the Ming and Qing dynasties, a massive complex of palaces, pavilions, courtyards and gardens where 24 emperors used to live. Forbidden City was the largest palace in the world, and in the past it was indeed a forbidden place for commoners. Your tour here will include private access to the Emperor's palace.

Day 3 Beijing ( B, L )

Beijing ( B, L )

Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Sacred Way

After experiencing the royal lifestyle, today we will be transferred to the surrounding countryside of Beijing and visit the Badaling Great Wall, the pride of China and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Whereas Genghis Khan contemplated it as a military obstacle, Richard Nixon described it as one of humankind's greatest achievements. You will be able to climb and walk one of the best preserved sections of the 2,000 years old ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountain views. Bring a jacket and layer- although it is breezy, the climbing is tough. So be in a good shape!

In the afternoon we will visit the legendary Ming Tombs, which are situated at the foot of Heavenly Longevity Mountain, Changping, northwest of Beijing. Since there are 13 Ming emperors buried there, this place was called the 13 Ming Tombs. You will walk along the Sacred Way, a road guarded by stone statues on both sides, as the ancient emperors did to hold a memorial ceremony for their ancestors. In addition, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors.

On the way back to hotel, you will be driven to visit the main 2008 Beijing Olympic venues, take an exterior visit of both the, Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium), National Swimming Centre('The Water Cube'),feel free to take some photos of the stadiums.

Day 4 Beijing/ Xian ( B, L )

Beijing/ Xian ( B, L )

Transfer via: Flight arranged by us
Sightseeing: Hutongs, Summer Palace

We will experience a unique Hutong tour by taking a rickshaw this morning. Hutongs are a kind of ancient city alley or lane and are very typical for Beijing. Most of them can be found close to the Forbidden City, and many were built during the three dynasties of Yuan, Ming and Qing. Today, the Hutong is a living museum of Beijing history showing the traditional lifestyle of Beijing people.

We will continue by visiting the Summer Palace. Equally famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is called 'Yiheyuan' (Garden of Nurtured Harmony) in Chinese. Until nowadays, it is the best preserved and the largest imperial garden in China. You will regret it if you leave Beijing without having visited this grand imperial garden.

Later that day you will take the flight to Xi’an. After your arrival there, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our local guide.

Day 5 Xian ( B, L )

Xian ( B, L )

Sightseeing: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell Tower

Today you will experience the highlights of Xi’an. After breakfast, you will depart you’re your hotel. You will visit the amazing 2000-year-old Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World, the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Over 2,200 years ago, the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, ordered the construction of a vast army of Terra-cotta warriors in search of immortality. After his early death they were buried with him to protect his empire.

Another highlight today is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated in the south of Xian city, it is one of the main constructions in the famous Buddhist temple-Da-Ci-En Temple. There, the well-known Buddhist Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his collection of classic Buddhist artifacts brought from India in Tang Dynasty. Now it is the Landmark of Xian.

Then we will go on to visit the Bell Tower, which is the best-preserved and best-known one among many. The Bell Tower was built in 1384. In early mornings of ancient times it had the mission of ringing the bell and giving the correct time to the whole city, hence called "The Bell Tower". With magnificent carved beams and painted rafters, this classical building is truly elegant.

Day 6 Xi'an / Guilin (B, L)

Xi'an / Guilin (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight arranged by us
Sightseeing: Ancient City Wall, Reed Flute Cave

In the morning we will visit the Ancient City Wall. You will experience a half-hour's hike along the Ancient City Wall. You will experience a half-hour's hike along the Ancient City Wall. It is the largest and best preserved present city wall in ancient China and is probably the best military battlement in the world. If you want to, you can rent a bicycle for a ride on top of the spectacular city wall. The wall was built in the Tang dynasty (618 -907) and enlarged in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

Then you will take the flight to Guilin. After you arrived in Guilin, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our local guide.

In the afternoon we will visit Reed Flute Cave, which is a vast and very impressive cave system, and one of the most important sights of Guilin. Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts", you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites and learn how they formed.

Day 7 Guilin / Yangshuo / Guilin (B, L)

Guilin / Yangshuo / Guilin (B, L)

Sightseeing: Li River Cruise, West Street

Guilin is famous for its picturesque scenery, and the best way to see it is from the deck of Li River Cruise ships. In the morning you will depart from your hotel and be transferred to the Zhujiang Pier (about 1 hour drive) for a 4.5 hours wonderful cruise. You will enjoy the unique mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank.

In the afternoon you will disembark at the old town Yangshuo. Having a history of more than 1,400 years, West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo. You will have some time to explore the old town’s lovely attractions and will be transferred back to Guilin city in the evening.

Day 8 Guilin / Shanghai (B, L)

Guilin / Shanghai (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight arranged by us
Sightseeing: Fubo (wave-subduing) Hill, Elephant Trunk Hill

This morning we will begin with visiting the Fubo Hill. You will see lots of rock stone carvings & Buddha statues from since Tang Dynasty. If you climb to the summit, you will have a wonderful bird's-eye view of Guilin city.

We’ll continue to visit Elephant Trunk Hill. Located at the conjunction of the Li River & the Peach Blossom River, the whole hill looks very much like a giant elephant with a long trunk drinking out of the river; it is the symbol of Guilin city.

Then you will take the flight to Shanghai. Arriving in Shanghai, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our local guide. Together, you will take a walk to the famous Nanjing Road and the Bund. They are among the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai and therefore a must-see when visiting Shanghai.

Day 9 Shanghai (B, L)

Shanghai (B, L)

Sightseeing: Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl Tower, Yuyuan Garden

Today we will start the day with a visit of Shanghai Museum which is the biggest museum of China. It incorporates a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics and is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy.

Then we head to the Jade Buddha Temple. The old-time and classical architectural style makes the temple unique and inimitable in this modern city. Both, the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with whole white jade. If you're lucky, you can watch the monks serving a ceremony in a side room.

After lunch, we will visit the Oriental Pearl Tower, the highest TV Tower in Asia, which creates a picture of 'twin dragons playing with pearls'. The entire scene is a photographic jewel that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors all year-round.

Then we will take a relaxing walk to the lovely Yuyuan Garden, a beautiful garden in the south of the Yangtze River. Wandering through it, you will find pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards as well as many other natural features.

Day 10 Departure Shanghai (B)

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Today will be free for your own purposes, until our guide will escort you to the airport for your next destination.

Comment on our service from Thomas Anthony Lucker, USA

It was great and the guide was tremendous!

Hi Sandy,


It was great and the guide was tremendous.  I had a great time in Kaifeng. I think we have another tour coming up quickly on the 26th to Luoyang.  :)  


Tom

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Comment on our service from Robert William Miller, USA

It was a good trip.  The sites were very interesting and unique.

It was a good trip.  The sites were very interesting and unique.   The Dazu museum was very interesting since did not know there were so many of the grottoes in China and other countries as well. We didn’t take lunch but asked rather to see another grotto.  Would recommend going to the small grotto and then the larger one and then museum in that order.

Rob Miller

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Comment on our service from Wolfgang Ernst Kasper, Australia
I want to to thank you again for your good services. Everything worked out as expected ––or better! Getting the gaotie tickets was easy, and the two excursions were most enjoyable.

Dear Sandy,

now that we have returned home after a marvellous trip through China, I want to to thank you again for your good services.

Everything worked out as expected –– or better! Getting the gaotie tickets was easy, and the two excursions were most enjoyable. In particular, the guide at Huangshan – I called her ciao Xue (Little Snow) – was attentive and intelligent, great company!


After the hike up and down on Huangshan, we felt great: we can still do that at our age in the high seventies!


Hakka Country


Finally, it was a pleasant surprise to get your call. That was unexpected, but much appreciated.

Keep selling China to the world!

Best wishes

Wolfgang


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Comment on our service from Martin McMulkin, UK

You had the best price and you have provided us with a really good service in the past. I am sure to contact you in the future whenever we plan trips around China.

Hello Sandy,


Please find the answers below.


1. What do you think of our guide service?

The guide was really good. Gave us interesting information about the places but did not talk too much.


2. What do you think of our driver service?

The driver was very good, we felt safe. The only problem was that the seats in the van could not be adjusted and so I had to stay in the reclined position, this was OK because most of the journeys were quite short.


3. Which meal makes you memorable? Please name the reason why you like or dislike it?

The lunch buffet at the hotel on the mountain was the best. Breakfast was good everywhere. It was difficult to find food we all liked for dinner, in Huangshan City.


4. Could you please advise why you choose us to be your tour operator for your holiday?

You had the best price and you have provided us with a really good service in the past.


5. Which part of sightseeing was the most memorable for you?

Walking on the trails up Huangshan.


Thank you again Sandy. I will do the review for Trip Advisor.

I am sure to contact you in the future whenever we plan trips around China.

Best Regards

Martin


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Comment on our service from Bernadette Ernecq, France

It is not the price, basically because you offered a tour AT OUR PACE/COMFORT! Of course we'll contact you again ... btw we've shared to friends our tour program with your contact information!

Dear Sandy,


Good afternoon to you too!


Hereafter are my answers :  


1. What do you think of our guide service?  

Your guide services really helped us a lot! Even if neither my husband nor my grand daughter could understand English. At the beginning I translated but in the long run, I gave up! But for all other needs Holly was just wonderfully perfect, if I may say!


2. What do you think of our driver service?

He managed to get us where we were supposed to be, on time & in good shape!


3. Which meal makes you memorable? Please name the reason why you like or dislike it?

No meals were included in our tour, which was just perfect. With the heat and fatigue, there were times we just either drunk or ate ice cream for our lunch ... and the driver & Holly managed by themselves.


4. Could you please advise why you choose us to be your tour operator for your holiday?  

It is not the price, basically because you offered a tour AT OUR PACE/COMFORT!


5. Which part of sightseeing was the most memorable for you?

Really hard to choose as each site was unique. If we're obliged to choose, we choose SIMATAI GREAT WALL as this trip was planned just to see the GREAT WALL OF CHINA!


6. Your more tour experience to share with other travelers.

It was regretable to have done this tour in Aug, when it's terribly hot to the point of discomfort ... had to abandon some parts of the tour as it has become unbearable. We won't turn down another opportunity to come visit but at another season! And of course we'll contact you again ... btw we've shared to friends our tour program with your contact information!


Kindly say hello to Holly ... We wanted to call her on our return trip ( delayed 33 hours in MNL so we had to catch the next available flight for Paris. We were offered the night at a hotel, but outside the airport premises. By the time we got our papers by 19H30, our luggages being registered directly to Paris, and our take off was at 02H00), we decided not to bother her ... we were afraid to miss our flight!


Many thanks again


Best regards,


Bernadette, Philippe & Ilia


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Comment on our service from Sue O'Malley, Australia

I am so pleased we had a chance to stay in the other location as we were able to see and learn so much.


Dear Sandy,


Thank you so much for your help today.  We were very efficiently taken to the correct hotel.


I am so pleased we had a chance to stay in the other location as we were able to see and learn so much.


I cannot praise our guide Jason enough. He was so knowledgeable, kind and fun. He was still helping today when Lisa left money in the safe at the other hotel. It has been a fantastic trip.


Thank you so much,  


Sue O'Malley


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