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  • Li River
  • The Terracotta Army and Horses
  • Badaling Great Wall
  • Oriental Pearl TV Tower
  • Wuhou Memorial Temple
  • Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
  • Yuyuan Garden
  • Jade Buddha Temple
  • Jinli Street
  • Banpo Museum
  • Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium)
  • Ming Tombs
  • National Swimming Centre('The Water Cube') Beijing
  • Shanghai Museum
  • The Sacred Way

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14 Days Beijing-Xi'an-Chengdu-Guilin-Yangshuo-Shanghai Tour

Tour Code: SGT05
Tour Duration: 14 Days
Destination: Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai, Xi'an, Yangshuo
Tour overview: Enjoy the best highlights in Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin and Shanghai and spend your free time discovering more wonderful sights on your own in this two weeks!

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14 Days Beijing-Xi'an-Chengdu-Guilin-Yangshuo-Shanghai Tour 14 Days Beijing-Xi'an-Chengdu-Guilin-Yangshuo-Shanghai Tour 14 Days Beijing-Xi'an-Chengdu-Guilin-Yangshuo-Shanghai Tour 14 Days Beijing-Xi'an-Chengdu-Guilin-Yangshuo-Shanghai 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 Badaling Great Wall , Ming Tombs and 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 3 Beijing/Xi'an Free day in Beijing. On your own arrangement to get to railway station to take overnight train to Xi'an. Details... B
Day 4 Xi'an Arrive in Xi'an in the morning, be met and transferred to your hotel to have breakfast, then spend a full day to see the Banpo Museum , The Terracotta Army and Horses . 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/Chengdu Free morning in Xi'an. Make your own way to the station for the mid-afternoon train to Chengdu. Details... B
Day 6 Chengdu Early morning arrival in Chengdu. Be met and transferred to your hotel, have a private city tour to visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding , Wuhou Memorial Temple and Jinli Street . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Green Land Hotel Chengdu Civil Aviation Hotel
B,L
Day 7 Chengdu/Guilin Free day in Chengdu. Make your own way to the airport for an evening flight to Guilin. With a transfer to your hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sheraton Guilin Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel GuiLin Eva Inn Hotel
B
Day 8 Guilin/Yangshuo Li River Cruise. Disembark at the old town Yangshuo in the afternoon. Making your own way to your hotel. Free time to explore this wonderfully laid back town. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Guilin Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel New Century Hotel Aiyuan Hotel
B,L
Day 9 Yangshuo A free day in Yangshuo to continue to explore the town and its surrounding countryside. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Guilin Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel New Century Hotel Aiyuan Hotel
B
Day 10 Yangshuo/Guilin/Shanghai Feel leisure in Yangshuo ancient town, and then you can take a taxi or local bus to the railway station for the sleeper train to Shanghai. Details... B
Day 11 Shanghai Full day on board the train with an early evening arrival in Shanghai with a transfer to your hotel in Shanghai. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
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Day 12 Shanghai After breakfast, full day tour for the Yuyuan Garden , Jade Buddha Temple , Shanghai Museum and Oriental Pearl TV Tower . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
B,L
Day 13 Shanghai Free day in Shanghai. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
B
Day 14 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
Low Season 3*(Tourist Class) $1939 $1306 $1138 $289
4*(Deluxe Class) $2252 $1460 $1286 $446
5*(First Class) $2839 $1746 $1578 $735
Peak Season 3*(Tourist Class) $1939 $1306 $1138 $289
4*(Deluxe Class) $2252 $1460 $1286 $446
5*(First Class) $2839 $1746 $1578 $735
Shoulder Season 3*(Tourist Class) $1939 $1306 $1138 $289
4*(Deluxe Class) $2252 $1460 $1286 $446
5*(First Class) $2839 $1746 $1578 $735
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 Beijing Arrival

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Upon your arrival in Beijing, 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: 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. Finally, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors and visit one of the spectacular tombs, indeed an underground palace.

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 3 Beijing / Xian (B)

Beijing / Xian (B)

Transfer via: Overnight train (soft sleeper class) on our arrangement

Today is a free day to see some of the downtown sights of Beijing such as the Forbidden city, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. Make your own way to the station for an early evening departure by overnight train to Xian in a comfortable soft sleeper class compartment.

Day 4 Xi'an (B, L)

Xi'an (B, L)

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

Arrive in Xi'an in the morning. Be met and transferred to your hotel with time for breakfast and a chance to freshen up before starting a full day tour.

You will visit the Banpo Museum, Banpo Neolithic Village Museum. The remains of this village, located just east of Xian and inhabited from about 4500 B.C. to 3750 B.C., were discovered in 1953.Inside the museum, there are the hall for the ruins, the hall for cultural relics, and the clay cave ruins. The Banpo Lady Statue o­n the rock in the garden pond bears a physical resemblance to the early Banpo people.

Then we will go on to 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. More than 7000 vivid figures in full battle array are formed for battle in several large pits.

Afterwards you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 5 Xi'an / Chengdu (B)

Xi'an / Chengdu (B)

Transfer via: Overnight train (soft sleeper class) on our arrangement     

Free morning in Xi'an to further explore such sights as the Drum Tower and Bell Tower or a trip to the Hanyangling Mausoleum. Make your own way to the station for an for a mid-afternoon train to Chengdu.

Day 6 Chengdu (B, L)

Chengdu (B, L)

Sightseeing: Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Base, Wuhou Memorial Temple, Jinli Street

Early morning arrival in Chengdu. Transfer to your hotel with breakfast and time to freshen up before a half day private tour.

We will visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Base, which was built to imitate the wild ecological environment of pandas. It covers a space of 92 acres, with a green coverage of 96 percent. The base created a perfect ecological environment for the living and breeding of pandas and other precious and rare wild animals. It breeds over 20 pandas and lesser pandas, black-necked cranes, white cranes and others.

And then you will visit the Wuhou Memorial Temple. The temple is dedicated to Zhuge Liang, the Martial Marquis of Shu in the Three Kingdoms. His outstanding intelligence place Zhuge Liang above all emperors, generals, and ministers in history.

Afterwards you will take a walk along Jinli Street which is particularly representative for this city. It is recorded that as already during Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC), Jinli Street was the most famous place for baldachin - a rich, ornate cloth. During Shu Kingdom (221-263) it was one of the busiest commercial streets. Hence, it is known as 'First Street of the Shu Kingdom'. In order to reclaim the street's prosperity of former days, it was restored with contributions from the Wuhou Memorial Temple and was opened to public in October of 2004.

Day 7 Chengdu /Guilin (B)

Chengdu /Guilin (B)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement

Free day in Chengdu, perhaps to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha in Leshan 2 hours away. Make your own way to the airport for an evening flight to Guilin. When you arrive in Guilin, you will be met by local English speaking guide and then be transferred to your hotel.

Day 8 Guilin / Yangshuo (B, L)

Guilin / Yangshuo (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. Depart from your hotel in the morning. 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. Disembark at the old town Yangshuo in the afternoon. Making your own way to your hotel. Free time to explore this wonderfully laid back town.

West Street
is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. You can have a short exploration to the old town's lovely attractions. Overnight in Yangshuo.

Day 9 Yangshuo (B)

Yangshuo (B)

A free day in Yangshuo to continue to explore the town and its surrounding countryside. A wide range of tours and activities can easily be booked locally. Overnight Yangshuo.

Day 10 Yangshuo /Guilin/ Shanghai (B)

Yangshuo /Guilin/ Shanghai (B)

Transfer via: Overnight train (soft sleeper class)  on our arrangement

Feel leisure in Yangshuo ancient town, and then you can take a taxi or local bus to the railway station for the sleeper train to Shanghai.

 

Day 11 On the Train to Shanghai

Full day on board the train with an early evening arrival in Shanghai with a transfer to your hotel and overnight.

Day 12 Shanghai (B, L)

Shanghai (B, L)

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

After breakfast, we will take a full day tour. First, visit 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.

Continue, with a visit of 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.

Then we will go on to the 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.

Afterwards we will head to 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.

Day 13 Shanghai

Shanghai

Free day in Shanghai for last minute shopping or sightseeing or perhaps a trip to the nearby water town of Suzhou.

Day 14 Shanghai Departure (B)

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Your time is your own, until our guide escorts you to the airport for your flight departure.

Comment on our service from Annette Esselborn, Germany

We had a wonderful day. The tour was well organized. We would also book it again with you. The tour guide was awesome! A big praise. She patiently answered all the questions, was funny, responded to the group. That was really great.

Hello Sandy,

 

Thank you for your request. We had a wonderful day, even though we experienced exactly the snow on the Chinese wall. The tour was well organized. We would also book it again with you.

 

The Ming Tombs were interesting, but of course the Great Wall of China was the highlight for us. And despite the snow, it was an experience. Somewhat hectic was the climb from lunch (by the way very, very delicious!) But I know that this was only due to the weather that day.

 

The tour guide was awesome! A big praise. She patiently answered all the questions, was funny, responded to the group. That was really great.

If I come back in 2 years with a group, we would like to book again the same tour (maybe without snow ....) with the same tour guide.

 

Our heartfelt thanks!

Viele Grüße

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Comment on our service from Nancy Tuksaudom,USA

Each and every city was thoroughly explored with the wonderful guides and drivers that you arranged for us.  We also enjoyed every hotel that you reserved for us. We especially enjoyed each guide, their knowledge, courtesy, and personality! We had a thoroughly wonderful time in China and thank you for all the work you did to plan it for us.  Should we ever visit China again, we will contact you to assist us!

 

Hi Sandie!

Thanks for your email! We are both doing fine and have happy memories of the time we spent touring China, thanks to you! 

We are home now (since early February) and planning our next trip in Mexico for April.

  

We totally enjoyed our time in China, despite the fact that it was cooler than we had planned for/expected. Each and every city was thoroughly explored with the wonderful guides and drivers that you arranged for us.  We also enjoyed every hotel that you reserved for us, as we did the flights, as well. The only semi-negative comment was that the Guilin hotel heat situation was sub-par. 

We especially enjoyed each guide, their knowledge, courtesy, and personality! They often showed us much more than we expected and worked very hard to make all connections efficiently, etc. 

  

I did complete feedback forms for each guide in each city. I hope that they forwarded them to you. They were likely to be more thorough than what I just wrote to you. 

The bottom line, though, was that we had a thoroughly wonderful time in China and thank you for all the work you did to plan it for us.  Should we ever visit China again, we will contact you to assist us! 

If you ever visit Seattle, Washington, please let me know and I/we will show you around our beautiful city and environs. 

Thanks again!  

Nancy and Pricha (Tuksaudom)

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Comment on our service from Gracie Chan, USA

We had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU! Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

 

Hello Sandy,

Hope you had a nice weekend. Thanks for being patient. Here's what we thought of the trip.

Overall, we had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU!

Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. It was great to have their help dealing with hotel checking-ins and transportation details. It was very convenient and helpful. Having to move in and out of hotels daily and trying to catch all those train on time are very stressful ~ A big "Thanks" for all their help.  

I want you to know that we consider Jackie Zhang (our guide for Zhangye & Dunhuang) to be the BEST of all the guides we encountered on this trip. She is enthusiastic, meticulous and extremely knowledgeable. You can tell that she enjoys her job tremendously!

         

My observation ~ Most "Foreign Visitors" don't always have a base knowledge of the history of the places they are visiting. A SHORT & CONCISE explanation is better than a long and winding narrative. It should not be assumed that one formula works for everyone. Some visitors are more knowledgeable than others and vice versa.

We enjoyed all the sights we visited on this trip tremendously. That said, there are some room for improvements.

The one disappointment for me was the visit to Qinghai Lake. It was too commercialized. It would have been so much better if we were able to stop by the lake area BEFORE the visitor center where it was much more pristine and unspoiled. After all, we are there to take it the natural beauty of the area after all.

Our guide and driver was most accommodating when we asked them to stop by the side of the road in order for us to photograph herds of YAK and sheep. It was the highlight of the trip for me! I am sure other visitors will feel the same way.

My suggestion ~ Maybe some sort of arrangements can be made with local farmers that owned land along the Qinghai lake for a short stop over in your future tours? This way, your visitors can have wonderful opportunities to photograph and experience the scenery and lifestyle of the local people.

My observation ~ In Turpan, the Turpan Museum would have been a BETTER choice than the visit to the Karez well system (Kan'erjing Museum). There is really nothing much to see here.  

The International Grand Bazaar was also a bit of a disappointment, it was too touristy. I think we would find it much more interesting if we have the opportunity to visit a local street market instead.

We rode a donkey cart at the Flaming Mountains. It was great fun! I think this should be included in the future and its a great way to help the local make some extra money too. You agree?

Hotels ~ We still prefer staying at International Brand hotels. We really liked the Sofitel Hotels (in Xian & Xining) and the Sheraton in Urumqi.  

We find the service and breakfast food selection available at the local brand hotels are still somewhat lacking compared to the International Brand hotels.

Food ~ We had some amazing and some mediocre food on this trip. The quality of the meal is inconsistent. I guess it depended a lot on your local tour coordinators?    

I hope our observations and honest suggestions are helpful to you. Please do not consider this is as criticism of our trip but as suggestions for improvements. We had lots of fun and we hope you'll be able to attract more visitors to your tour. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

I have attached the "corrected" photo and an extra one taken at the Flaming Mountains. You have our permission to include all three of the photos along with the following review to your website. I will write a review for TripAdvisor.com later.

Regards,

Gracie.


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Comment on our service from Sergey Shunailov, Russia

It is impossible to find any imperfection in the service. Nice guide with good English and nice driver. Thanks a lot. If I'll have free time in my next trip to China I'll use again only your company.

Dear Sandy,

Nice to hear from you. The one day Beijing tour was fine. It is impossible to find any imperfection in the service. Nice guide with good English and nice driver. Thanks a lot.

If I'll have free time in my next trip to China I'll use again only your company.

Best regards,

Sergey


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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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