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Li River The Terracotta Army and Horses Forbidden City Badaling Great Wall Bell Tower Big Wild Goose Pagoda Summer Palace The Temple of Heaven Tiananmen Square Ming Tombs Hutong Tours in Rickshaw The Sacred Way Lhama Monastery(YongHeGong)
  • Li River
  • The Terracotta Army and Horses
  • Forbidden City
  • Badaling Great Wall
  • Bell Tower
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Summer Palace
  • The Temple of Heaven
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Ming Tombs
  • Hutong Tours in Rickshaw
  • The Sacred Way
  • Lhama Monastery(YongHeGong)

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12 Days Classic China Budget Tour with Cultural Heritage and Natural Wonders

Tour Code: CBT02
Tour Duration: 12 Days
Destination: Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai
Tour overview: Amazing thousand-year-old  historic heritages in the ancient imperial cities of Beijing and Xi'an, pictureque natural lanscapes in Guilin and Yangshuo, prosperousness and fashion in Shanghai, enjoy all of these by taking this China budget tour!
Tour Price: 2-5 pax (Tourist Class) : USD1445 per person

  • Tour Summary
  • Day by Day Itinerary

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
1 Beijing Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel by a private air-conditioned car. The rest of the day will be free for you to recover from the jet lag or explore the city by yourself. Details... /
2 Beijing Visit The Temple of Heaven in the morning. After lunch, visit Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City . Details... B
3 Beijing In the morning, visit Badaling Great Wall ; in the afternoon,visit Ming Tombs and The Sacred Way . Details... B
4 Beijing/Xi'an This morning take a Hutong Tours in Rickshaw , then visit Summer Palace and Lhama Monastery(YongHeGong) .In the evening, be transferred to railway station to take overnight soft sleeper train to Xi'an. Details... B
5 Xi'an Arrive in Xian in the morning, your local guide will greet you at the exit of the railway station and transfer you to the hotel. After breakfast, visit The Terracotta Army and Horses , Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Bell Tower . Details... B
6 Xi'an You will have a free day today to explore Xi'an. You could refer to Xi'an Day Trip on our website to choose your favourite tour schedule. Details... B
7 Xi'an/Guilin Today you will finish the Xi'an tour and go to the airport to take your flight from Xi'an to Guilin on your own. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sheraton Guilin Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel GuiLin Eva Inn Hotel
B
8 Guilin/Yangshuo/Guilin Begin the Li River Cruise in the morning, disembark in Yangshuo in about 14:00pm and be free to wander around the town. In the late afternoon, take a bus go back to Guilin on your own. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sheraton Guilin Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel GuiLin Eva Inn Hotel
B,L
9 Guilin/Shanghai Free time in the morning and go to the airport for your flight to Shanghai on your own in late afternoon. Upon arrival at the Shanghai airport, take a taxi to the reserved hotel in Shanghai and handle the check-in procedure on your own. Details... B
10 Shanghai Today is a free day is for you to explore this international metropolis by yourself. Details... B
11 Shanghai One more free day for you in Shanghai so that you could savor the international metropolis flavor further. You could refer to Shanghai Day Trip on our website to choose your favourite tour schedule. Details... B
12 Shanghai Today you will check out the hotel and arrange the way to airport to board the flight leave Shanghai by yourself. Details... B
Season Tour Class Group Size Single Room
Supplement
1pax 2-5pax 6-9pax
Low Season 3* (Tourist Class) $1445
Peak Season 3* (Tourist Class) $1445
Shoulder Season 3* (Tourist Class) $1445
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

You will be greeted by our local guide upon your arrival in Beijing and then be transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car.  We will leave the rest of the first day free for you to recover from the jet lag or explore the city by yourself.

Day 2 Beijing (B)

Sightseeing: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

We start today's highlights with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, The temple of Heaven was 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 go on our city tours 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 walk across the Golden River Bridge to visit the Forbidden City and experience ancient Emperor's daily life. Forbidden City was the largest palace in the world, and it was indeed a forbidden place limited to commoners for 500 year in the past. Your tour here will include private access to the Emperor's palace.

Day 3 Beijing (B)

Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Sacred Way

After experience of the royal lifestyle, today we will spend about 1.5 hours to be transferred outside the city to the surrounding countryside for a visit to 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 saw it as one of humankind's greatest achievements. You will be able to climb and walk the 2,000 years old ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountain views.

This afternoon we will visit the legendary Ming Tombs, The Ming Tombs are situated at the foot of Heavenly Longevity Mountain, northwest of Beijing. Since there are 13Ming emperors buried there, there are also called the 13 Ming Tombs. Passing though the Sacred Way, a road guarded on both sides with stone statues by which the ancient emperors went to hold a memorial ceremony for the ancestors, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors.

Day 4 Beijing / Xi'an (B)

Transfer via: Overnight Train (soft sleeper) –on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Summer Palace, Yonghe Lamasery,

We experience an unique Hutong tour by taking rickshaw this morning. Hutongs are a kind of ancient city alley or lane that is typical in Beijing. Most of them are found around 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 continue to visit the Summer Palace. Equally famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is called 'Yiheyuan' (Garden of Nurtured Harmony) in Chinese. It is up to now the best preserved and the largest imperial gardens in China. You may regret it if you come to Beijing without visiting this grand imperial garden.

Also, we will have a visit to Yonghe Lamasery. The YongHe Palace (Yonghe Gong) is Beijing's biggest Lama temple and is globally renowned.

In the evening, you will be transferred to railway station to take overnight soft sleeper train to Xi'an. Please note that four berths (two upper and two lower) are held in each compartment in the soft sleeper carriages. If you are reluctant to share with the strangers, you need to pay for the extra charge of the left berths except the one you occupied.

Day 5 Xi'an (B)

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

Arrive in Xi'an in the morning, your local guide will greet you at the exit of the railway station and transfer you to the hotel. Depart from your hotel after breakfast. 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 in search of immortality, ordered the construction of a vast army of Terra-cotta warriors and buried with him to protect his empire after his early death.

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

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

Day 6 Xi'an (B)

You will have a free day today and we do not arrange anything for you except for the hotel with breakfast. For your free time in Xi'an, you may explore the downtown area. The Bell Tower - the center of this historical city is just 5 minutes walking to the north of your hotel. Nearby you will find the Islamic Flavor Street and the Drum Tower. Please click Xi'an day trip for referrence.

Day 7 Xi'an / Guilin (B)

Transfer via: Flight –on our arrangement

Today you will finish the Xi'an tour and fly to Guilin. You can take a shuttle bus (CNY 26, the bus stop is quite near to your hotel) or a taxi (about CNY150) to the airport and board the flight to Guilin by yourself. Upon arrival, your local guide will pick you up at Guilin airport and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is for you to have a stroll in this scenic city by yourself.

Day 8 Guilin / Yangshuo / Guilin (B, L)

Sightseeing: Li River Cruise

Guilin is famous for its picturesque scenery, and the best way to see it is from the deck of Li River Cruise ships. We suggest a big breakfast at your hotel since the lunch on the Li River Cruise is not up to the normal standard. Be transferred to the Zhujiang Pier (about 1 hour drive) for a 4.5 hours wonderful cruise.

The following Li River cruise tour and a half-day Yangshuo trip will be handled on your own. 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 around 14:00pm. Then, you can wander around the famous West Street, which 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. Also, you could rent a bicycle or an electric car to tour around the countryside, which is not far away from the town and usually it will take one and a half hour. You will enjoy the wonderful rural scenery.

In the late afternoon, it's about time to go back to Guilin. You could go to the bus station to purchase the bus ticket (CNY15 per person) and then take the bus back to Guilin (it will take around 1.5 hours). Upon arrival, it's easy for you to take a taxi to the hotel in Guilin by yourself.

Day 9 Guilin / Shanghai (B)

Transfer via: Flight –on our arrangement

Today is a free day for you to explore the Guilin city. The highlight scenic spots of Guilin could be easily accessed by yourself. It is advised to visit the Reed Flute Cave which is located in the Guangming Hill, northwestern of Guilin city. 40 minutes' lingering in the amazing nature-formed sights under the spotlights is worthwhile. No.3 or No. 58 bus could take you there. The rest of the day can be spent on the Seven Star Park and the Elephant Trunk Hill, or you can refer to the Guilin Day Trip on our website for more information.

Late in the afternoon, take a shuttle bus or a taxi to the airport and board the flight to Shanghai by yourself. Upon arrival at the Shanghai airport, take a taxi to the reserved hotel in Shanghai and handle the check-in procedure on your own.

Day 10 Shanghai (B)

Today is a free day is for you to explore this international metropolis by yourself. It is advised to walk around the famous Shanghai Bund and see the towering buildings scattered near and far, a perfect mixture of the eastern and western cultures. Visit the symbolistic scenic spots as Shanghai museum, Yuyuan Garden Take a boat tour on the Huangpu River and have a great view of the Pudong district on your own. The boat usually runs from the Zhongshan Dong Lu (East Zhongshan Road) to the Wusongkou dock every one hour in the day time.

Day 11 Shanghai (B)

One more free day for you in Shanghai so that you could savor the international metropolis flavor further. You could refer to Shanghai Day Trip to choose your favourite tour schedule.

Day 12 Shanghai Departure (B)

Transfer via: Flight –on your own arrangement

On the last day, please check out the hotel and arrange the way to airport for your flight by yourself. There are two airports in Shanghai, one is Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and the other is Shanghai Pudong Airport. The taxi fare to the Shanghai Hongqiao airport is around CNY80 and the fare to Shanghai Pudong airport is around CNY200. Your leisurable China tour ends.

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