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Holiday Overview


  • Hightlight city tour of Beijing,Xi’an,Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai
  • Explore Hutong by experiencing rickshaw
  • Bicycle or sightseeing on the Xi'an city wall to go around
  • Enjoy the Sichuan Opera.
  • Experience local Hot Pot for lunch
  • Have a real chance to get intimate interaction with lovely panda
  • Relax yourself on the narrow Bamboo Rafts
This Cultural Expedition program is designed to give the family an opportunity to experience a different and interesting Chinese Culture and Outdoor Landscape in Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Beijing is already one of the World’s Great Cities! Although it has all the comforts and conveniences of a modern city, there are many “must-see” attractions which are still unique –the Summer Palace, the Temple of heaven, the intriguing hutongs, and of course Tiananmen Square and the not-to-be-missed Forbidden City. Then transfer to the most famous Chinese ancient capital city -Xi'an, enjoy a time-smart tour will all the highlights of Xi'an that combines the world-famous Terracotta Army with more of Xi'an's best sights in two days. Pass by Chengdu to visit the lovely panda, and to Guilin and Yangshuo to enjoy the beautiful Karst landforms. Our terminal is Shanghai, at there we will go visit the famous Yu Garden, The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jade Buddha Temple and the Bund. All of these will make you a wonderful experience of real China!

Brief Itinerary

  • Arrive in Beijing
  • Beijing Highlights (BLD)
  • Jiankou-Mutianyu Great Wall hike –Beijing (BL)
  • Beijing-Xi’an (BL, by train)
  • Xi’an (BLD)
  • Xi’an-Chengdu (by train, BLD)
  • Chengdu- Guilin (BL, by air)
  • Guilin-Yangshuo (BL)
  • Yangshuo-Guilin-Shanghai (BL, by air)
  • Shanghai Highlights (BL)
  • Shanghai Departure (B)

Map & Itinerary

Holiday Itinerary


    Arrival Beijing airport, you will be met at Beijing International Airport by our guide and transferred to a hotel in central Beijing. Today, you will have an opportunity to rest and recover from the long flight. 

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel in Beijing

    • Meals /


    This morning, we will first go to visit Summer Palace. Summer Palace located in a northwestern suburb of Beijing; it is an immense park containing some Chinese traditional architecture and arts. It was built and served as a royal garden during the Qing Dynasty. It exhibits the quintessence of the Chinese classical landscape gardening. The halls, the pavilions, the corridors, the pagodas, the bridges and the water were elaborately arranged. The long Corridor is one of the most exquisite structures in the garden. It is over 700 meters long and decorated with thousands of Chinese traditional paintings.

    In the afternoon, we will continue to visit Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world, then follow in the footsteps of emperors, court ministers and eunuchs and head south to the magnificent and colorful Forbidden City. Forbidden City Beijing, also called Imperial Palace Museum, is located in the very heart of Beijing. It remained the residence of the emperors for nearly five hundred years, from the 15th century to the early 20th century, and was the actual and symbolic seat of imperial power. Popularly known as the Forbidden City, it was built in the Ming Dynasty between the 4th and the 18th years of the Yongle period (1406 - 1420 AD). Many of the buildings of the Palace have been repaired and rebuilt, but their basic form and layout remain in their original state. Welcome Peking Duck dinner will be followed by that - the capital's most famous dish. Once imperial cuisine, now the legendary duck dish is served at restaurants around the world. Hike to Jingshan Park, where gives a nice panoramic view of the Forbidden City at the top of Coal Hill.

    In the late afternoon, enjoy a Hutong rickshaw tour. As the Forbidden City is the symbol of China's royal family, the Hutongs in Beijing show the real life of the common people. When you visit Hutong by rickshaw, you could really taste the life of common people in Beijing. Lotus Market, located in Houhai area, famous for old hutong and modern bars.

    This evening, traditional Peking duck dinner will be arranged, then we will have a chance to enjoy a traditional acrobatic show.

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel in Beijing

    • Meals Breakfast、lunch and dinner


    Your last trekking day is again great for photography! The Jiankou section of the Wall is known to be one of most beautiful part of the Wild Wall near Beijing, loved by photographers. After a half-hour climb upwards, through a gentle wooded area, we will clamber out onto a portion of the Wall not visited by tourists.

    After a simple breakfast, hike eastwards to Mutianyu Great Wall. The hike itself is quiet and beautiful - in about four hours of passing deserted sections of the Wall in its original state, we will get to the well-known restored section of the Wall - Mutianyu. What a difference between the tourist section and the original Wild Wall we have just seen!

    After a late lunch, drive to back to Beijing. Free in the evening.

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel in Beijing

    • Distance Beijing-Jiankou 93km/2hrs driving; Jiankou –Mutianyu 10km/4-5hrs hiking;

    • Meals Breakfast and lunch

  • BEIJING-XI’AN (BL, by train)

    In the early morning, after breakfast, we will go to see the local people doing their morning exercises. Then we will visit the Temple of Heaven. Temple of Heaven was the venue for the Ming and Qing emperors to offer sacrifices to the Heaven and pray for harvest. This temple was built in the 18th year during the reign of the Ming Emperor Yongle in 1420.

    At the end of visit, transfer to Beijing West Railway station, take a high speed train to Xian. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and have a rest. 

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel in Xi'an

    • Meals Breakfast and lunch


    After breakfast, we will drive to visit the magnificent Qin Terra-cotta Army with an extension to Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world: a life-size clay soldier poised for battle. Qin's tomb was built in about 2500 years ago and was filled with more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots and 520 horses as well as models of palaces, pavilions, fine vessels, precious stones and rarities. UNESCO listed it in 1987 as one of the world cultural heritages. In the afternoon, drive back to Xian city. Visit  and cycling along the Ancient City Wall, which represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls.

    Continue to visit the Great Mosque, and Muslim Quarter. 

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel in Xi'an

    • Meals Breakfast、lunch and dinner

  • XIAN - CHENGDU (B/L/D, by train)

    Breakfast served at hotel. Then transfer to Xian North Railway Station, take a high-speed train to Chengdu.

    Our local guide in Chengdu will pick you up from the exit of the Chengdu Railway station, transfer to Chengdu downtown. We will have local Hot Pot for lunch, and visit Wenshu Temple in the afternoon, where you can spend some time sitting in its tea house to enjoy a cup of tea and absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu.

    After dinner, attend the Sichuan Opera—a dazzling show performed with local instruments, hand shadows, candle storytelling, fire spitting, and face changing. Wandering around the local market and bar street Jinli, take local delicacies yourselves and enjoy the leisure life with local people.

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel in Chengdu

    • Meals Breakfast、lunch and dinner

  • CHENGDU –GUILIN (B/L, by air)

    In the morning, we will go to the Chengdu Research center of Panda Breeding to have a real chance to get intimate interaction with lovely panda.

    After lunch, Take a short drive to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha, the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world, carved into the side of Mount Lingyun.

    In the late afternoon, transfer to Chengdu Shuangliu Airport, take flight to Guilin.

    Our local guide in Guilin will pick you up at exit of the airport, transfer to the hotel, check in and have a rest. Free in the evening.

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel in Guilin

    • Meals Breakfast and lunch


    In the morning you will be driven to the Zhujiang Pier for the Li River Cruise with lunch served on board for about 4 hours. Enjoy the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. After arrival, you will bike onto the country roads through the paddy field and orchards surrounded by mountains. Then check-in hotel with help of your tour guide, you can have a walk along the famous West Street and enjoy the free leisure time there. 

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel in yangshuo

    • Meals Breakfast、lunch and dinner


    Try to get up early and relax yourself on the narrow Bamboo Rafts bathing in the sun. The 1.5 hours’ rafting on Yulong River will give a fascinating insight into life in rural China. After that, with a serene pastoral view along the way, driving around the countryside to enjoy the breathtaking views including the delicate Moon Hill and you may stop to take pictures on the way. Your countryside trip ends up with an interesting traditional lunch. Then be transferred back to Guilin, enjoy your relaxing city tour covering the Reed Flute Cave, the most famous limestone cave in this area and good example of the Karst Formation with distinctly-colored stalactites.

    After the tour, transfer to the airport for flight to Shanghai. Your guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest free time in the nice city. 

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel in shanghai

    • Meals Breakfast、lunch and dinner


    After breakfast, drive to visit Yu Garden, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jade Buddha Temple, Nanjing Road, the Bund.

    Yu Garden is one of the most famous gardens in China and is national heritage listed. It was built in 1559 and extended in 1577. Each section of the garden is separated by curved white walls crowned with the head and body of a dragon on them. It's named after the original owner.

    The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is unquestionably an icon of Pudong’s renaissance. Looming through the mist, like a reproduction of a classical Chinese ink painting of landscape, stands Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Its soaring height of 468 meters boldly characterizes the Lujiazui cityscape.

    Jade Buddha Temple, which is famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, which is said to weigh 1,000 kg

    The Bund: Also called the Zhongshan Road, is a Famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years.It was the centre of Shanghai’s politics, economy and culture hundreds of years ago, consulates of most countries and many banks, bus inesses and newspaper offices were settled there.

    • Accommodation 4 star hotel in shanghai

    • Meals Breakfast and lunch


    After breakfast, transfer to the airport and take the flight back home.

    *End of the tour*

    • Accommodation /

    • Meals Breakfast


The tour cost includes

●  Air-conditioned tour bus for land transfer service.

●  Meals daily as listed in the itinerary.

●  Service of English guide and experienced driver.

●  Scenic spots admission fee; Nature Reserve Protection fee and/ or camping permit fee (inside nature reserve) if required.

●  Accommodation: double-occupancy in 4 or 3 star hotel.

●  3 bottles of water for each person eachday.

●  Train: Beijing to Xi'an, Xi'an to Chengdu

●  Domestic flights: Chengdu to Guilin, Guilin to Shanghai 

The tour cost does not include

●  Meals in your free time or on the train/plane, Personal travel insurance, tips to tour guide and driver, international flights and related airport taxes, excess baggage charged by Airlines; The medicine for the sickness or accident while on the way, single supplement cost for those who wants to accommodate on a single basis, supplementary trips and services not mentioned, visa costs, any expenses on personal nature not listed above, the extra cost due to the unforeseen events.

Cancellation and Refund Policy for Tours Reservation

Cancellation in advance Cancellation penalty
More than 30 days No Cancellation Fee
30-10 days 50% of the full payment
9-0 days or no show 100% of the full payment

Holiday Information

Enough films and batteries, Sun-cream with the protection index of 40-60, sunglasses with a sun protection factor of 15, the lip creams and balms with SPF rating, towel, toothpaste, electric torch, Snack foods.Cloth that you bring must be warm enough and can be removed easy enough according to the weather, including Jacket, hat, Cotton underwear, Socks, Long-sleeve Shirts, T-shirts and Pants (Shorts are not appropriate at any time while hiking), comfortable shoes, rain gear (long rain coat is better).

In addition to the normal medications for traveling, just like the Aspirin and medicine for diarrhea, siriasissunstroke and carsickness.

US$ is acceptable only in a very limited range, e.g. tips. However, for convenience, Chinese currency is the best choice. If you want to change US$ to Chinese currency in the tour, you can change it in the Hotel you stay or in the Bank of China. You could draw cash only from Bank of China in the big city, the ATM there doesn't always work properly and the bank is not easy to find. Please bring some cash at hand to use.

a) Eating is an important part of your China experience. Generally breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. China Highlights recommends local Chinese restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice Western food can be found in most large cities.

b) We have tried to arrange various food in different cities. But you may still think the food is simple and not as delicious as in the big cities especially while trekking in the mountains and villages. If you have any priority of the food (eg. If you are vegetarian or you are allergic to MSG, peanut oil, fish and peanut, etc) please inform us early, we will try to alternate the food accordingly. At the same time please prepare some of your favorite snacks and substitution food in case of need.

c) Meals in the home stays will be different from the cities but clean, which leave you a good chance to experience the ethnic minority culture. We will pack a breakfast for you of cold cereal, milk, toast, fruit, and jam for the home stay. d) It is very important to drink a lot of water and eat enough fruit in your tour especially while trekking in the mountains and villages. You are advised not to drink tap water.

Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).

In some remote areas, sometimes shower maybe not available in the home stay. A married couple is not allowed to share a room in the Miao's home-stay due to the local customs.

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected though not compulsory and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service.

We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles.

It is a must before going, please provide us the confirmation of insurance company when sign up.

In some provinces with many minorities (like Guizhou, Guangxi, Tibet, Xinjiang and etc.), the customs and habits of local people are different from place to place. The local guide will inform you what should care. Respect the local customs and religions. The people are very kind and hospitable. You can feel free to talk with them. But there are some rulers you should go by!

a. Do not photo them without getting the permit, please show the respect to them!

b. Don't talk the sensitive topics like the political and the religion matters!

When you sign up for the trekking tour, you acknowledge that there are risks involved in trekking in high altitude and confirm that you are fully aware of and accept these risks. It is customer's responsibility to determine whether the tour he/she choose is suited to his/her physical condition. Customers are responsible for the cost of any medicines or medical care they may require during the trip for any reason. Please make sure you have adequate personal medical insurance to meet any medical emergency which might arise. In some cases, if you need medical care during the tour, you may be required to pay for it at the time it is rendered and seek reimbursement from your insurer after you return home. Please check with your medical insurer for details. In the event of a medical emergency, we will make every effort to assist you in obtaining necessary care. Also, please tell us in writing if you suffer from any allergies or other physical conditions which might affect you during the tour (if you hasn't tell us in writing before going, you are supposed to be healthy enough to take the tour). Finally, please check with your doctor to find out what inoculation may be recommended for the areas you will be visiting. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary inoculations. We reserve the right to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, or to decline to retain any person, if such person's physical condition, mental well-being or behavior interferes with the operation of the tour. There will be no refund in such cases.

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