Beijing – Four Points by Sheraton or similar
Xi`an – Sheraton Xi`an Hotel or similar
Chengdu – Crowne Plaza Chengdu Panda Garden or similar
Guilin – Sheraton Guilin or similar
Shanghai – Renaissance Shanghai Putuo or similar
Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to your luxury hotel. Have a good rest at the hotel.
The first full day in Beijing will start after breakfast with a visit to Tiananmen Square and the magnificent Forbidden City where you can see the treasures of the Imperial collection. After lunch, travel to the Summer Palace, the largest and best preserved imperial garden in China and declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. This evening, enjoy the Peking Duck dinner at Dadong Roast Duck, the best one in town.
The 500 years old Temple of Heaven will be your first stop. After that, drive to visit the Great Wall (Badaling Section). Stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of Jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as ‘Yu’, having a history in China of at least four thousand years. Then explore the Great Wall in the afternoon.
This morning you visit the exquisite 15th century Temple of Heaven – to see the Imperial Ceiling of Heaven with its Echo Wall and the Nine-Dragon Cypress, more than 500 years old. Then transfer to the airport for a flight to Xian. Xian – also known as Chang’an in the old days, was the starting point of the historic Silk Road.
According to UNESCO, the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the Eighth Wonder of the World. Today’s excursion will take you to modern China’s greatest archaeological discovery – The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, which silently guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor for over 2,200 years. Next, you’ll head to the Terracotta Replication Factory that actually re-made terracotta soldiers. Back to downtown and pay a visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda Park and Xian Museum.
Tour the Ancient City Wall of Xian, one of the World’s oldest, most complete fortified defenses, and Muslim Quarter, then fly to Chengdu. Upon arrival, be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is on your own.
After breakfast, drive to visit Leshan Giant Buddha by boat, which is the biggest sitting Buddha in the world. After lunch, stroll around the Kuanzhai Lane to enjoy the Sichuan local compounds in the style of late Qing Dynasty.
Chengdu is the hometown of pandas. This morning, drive to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, an optimal place to see the Giant Panda up close and not behind bars at a zoo. Here you’ll find it is a delightful experience to watch these cute pandas in their large open air enclosures. Then the guide will accompany you to Chengdu airport to take a flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, be met and transfer to visit the Elephant Trunk Hill.
A leisurely four-hour cruise down the Lijiang River from Guilin to Yangshuo begins the day. Enjoy the picturesque landscape, surrounded by the hills and bamboo that have inspired many artists over the centuries. Upon arriving at Yangshuo, you’ll then have the afternoon to explore on your own by either renting a bike or taking a walk around West Street, a 1,400-year-old street paved with marble. Explore some of the diverse and charming stores and shops around the area. Later afternoon, drive back to Guilin.
This morning, you will visit the incredible karsts Reed Flute Cave awaits for you, then visit Saltwater Pearl Factory before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, be met and transfer to check in at your hotel.
Today’s tour starts with a visit to Yuyuan Garden and the Yuyuan Market. Then, stroll around the Bund, you will also experience the bustling shopping district of Nanjing Road and a silk factory, where you can use your bargaining skills to acquire memento for this visit. Then you will spend some free time at Shanghai Museum, you can easily spend a few hours to examine its rich and high-quality collection of ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting, and calligraphy, with special exhibits and collection of 120,000 precious works of art, this museum has become one of the best in China.
After the breakfast, our tour guide will accompany you to the Shanghai airport, fly to your next destination city and your amazing Chinatour.com trip ends.