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Best of China: Exploring Beijing, Xian, Guilin & Li River, Shanghai, Suzhou - 11 Days (CN-05)

Group size
2-14 people
All year
11 days
Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Suzhou, Yangshuo
from £2,945
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Discover China's diverse facets beyond its bustling metropolises with our captivating tour. While the vibrant eastern coastal cities showcase the modern face of China, this journey takes you beyond the urban landscape. Experience the tranquility of natural beauty, offering a refreshing contrast to the excitement, retail therapy, and cultural immersion of mega-cities. Delve into the best of both worlds with visits to iconic cities, a serene cruise along the majestic Li River, and an exploration of the charming garden city of Suzhou.

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Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Hutong Neighbourhood by Rickshaw Guided Tour
Arrival and hotel transfer are facilitated by one of our drivers. We commence our journey by immersing ourselves in the historical charm of old Beijing, exploring a 'Hutong' neighborhood adjacent to Shichahai Lake via a rickshaw ride. Hutongs, characterized by their narrow streets or alleys, provide a glimpse into the traditional way of life. During this guided rickshaw excursion through the intricate pathways, you'll witness the bygone lifestyle of the local inhabitants from years past. (D)
Day 2
Guided Tour of Tiananmen Square
Guided Tour of the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace
Summer Palace Guided Tour
Roast Duck Dinner
Symbolising China's capital in numerous aspects, Tiananmen Square stands as the world's fourth-largest city square, spanning an impressive 440,000 square meters. Marvel at its vast expanse and grandeur, reflecting on the pivotal events that have shaped modern Chinese history, including the government's intervention against pro-democracy protesters in 1989. Following this, your journey continues to the renowned Imperial Palace, now the Palace Museum, housing over a million treasures within its rooms. Our seasoned guide will expertly direct you to the most captivating pieces. Subsequently, explore the Summer Palace, offering a glimpse into the artistry of Chinese landscape garden design. Conclude the day with an authentic Beijing dinner, immersing yourself in the local culinary delights. (B, L, D)
Day 3
Guided Tour of the Badaling Great Wall
Visit to the Olympic Green
A quintessential emblem of Chinese civilization, the Great Wall stands as the most renowned tourist attraction in China. Your exploration will lead you to the Badaling section, constructed during the Ming dynasty in the 16th century. Following this historical marvel, you'll proceed to the site of the iconic Olympic Green and Olympic Park from 2008. Admire architectural wonders such as the 'Bird's Nest' Beijing National Stadium, the Aquatics Centre known as the "Water Cube," the Green Hockey Field, and other notable structures. As the day unfolds, treat yourself to the spectacle of one of Beijing's premier Acrobatic Shows in the evening. (B, L, D)
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Day 4 – Beijing
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Morning bullet train to Xian: Beijing - Xian
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Xian City Tour
Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Dinner Show
Embarking on the next leg of your journey, you'll board the new morning bullet train from Beijing to Xian, covering a distance of 711 miles in just 4 hours and 40 minutes. Arriving in Xian, a city steeped in history as one of China's four ancient capitals, your city tour unfolds with visits to key landmarks. Explore the Big Goose Pagoda, a seven-story Buddhist temple, and the Little Goose Pagoda. Traverse the City Wall, witness the Bell Tower announcing the dawn and the opening of city gates, and explore the Great Mosque, among the earliest mosques erected in China. Indulge in a local lunch, and as the day concludes, experience the renowned Tang Dynasty Singing and Dancing Show, featuring performances inspired by Chinese folklore. (B, L, D)
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Day 5 – Xian
Visit the Terracotta Warriors
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Flight Xian - Guilin: Xian - Guilin
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Undoubtedly a highlight for many, the Terracotta Army stands as one of China's most thrilling tourist attractions. Currently, three pits are accessible to the public, revealing thousands of terracotta statues portraying warriors and horses, a remarkable depiction of the First Chinese Emperor's army. The stone army comprises over 8,000 soldiers, 520 horses, and 130 chariots. Explore the pits closely, and ascend the burial mound of the emperor for a comprehensive experience. Your knowledgeable guide will provide detailed insights into the sites and excavation works, addressing all your inquiries. Subsequently, you'll be transferred to catch your onward flight to Guilin, where you'll be warmly welcomed upon arrival. (B, L, D)
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Cruise along Li River
Day 6
Cruise Down the Li River to Yangshuo
Today offers a different perspective of China as you embark on a river cruise along the picturesque banks of the Li River. Over the course of five captivating hours, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the iconic karst peaks. Your guide will highlight notable landmarks such as Elephant-Trunk Hill and Pagoda Hill, while sharing intriguing anecdotes about the charming small towns you pass along the way. The cruise concludes in Yangshuo, a quaint and picturesque town. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the surroundings by renting a bike for exploration or simply savor a cup of tea on West Street. In the afternoon, the journey continues with a transfer back to Guilin. (B, L, D)
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Day 7 – Guilin
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Flight Guilin - Shanghai: Guilin - Shanghai
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Embark on a morning city tour of Guilin, beginning with a visit to Seven Star Park, celebrated for its limestone cave, zoo, and the picturesque Flower Bridge. Explore the natural beauty of Elephant Trunk Hill, whose unique formation resembles an elephant gracefully drinking water. Next, venture to Diecai Hill, an enchanting spot along the river adorned with beautiful caves, pavilions, and intricate stone carvings.

Following your exploration, our driver will await you in the hotel lobby. You'll be chauffeured to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, a warm welcome awaits, and you'll be smoothly transferred to your hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 8
Shanghai Guided City Tour
Visit to Shanghai Museum
Shanghai, the largest and most vibrant city in China, pulsates with energy and rapid-paced excitement. Your exploration of its top attractions begins at the iconic People's Square, situated in the city's heart. Delve into the rich cultural offerings at the Shanghai Museum and then proceed to the renowned Bund, a sprawling mile-long riverside promenade. Along this waterfront, marvel at the architectural grandeur featuring Baroque and Neo-Classical designs. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, capturing the essence of the city, and capture memorable moments with photographs along the river. (B, L, D)
Day 9
Guided Tour to Yu Garden & Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Today's tour encapsulates the essence of old, present, and future Shanghai. Begin your journey in old Shanghai with a visit to a serene garden adjacent to the City God Temple. Immerse yourself in the beauty of traditional Chinese gardens, featuring elements such as a rockery, a chamber of ten thousand flowers, multiple halls, ponds, pavilions, and towers.

Transition to the modern skyline with a visit to the striking Oriental Pearl TV Tower, boasting 11 spheres and a towering height of 468 meters, equipped with 15 viewing levels. From this vantage point, witness panoramic views of the city's evolving landscape.

Conclude the day at Nanjing Road, Shanghai's bustling main shopping street that magnetizes over a million visitors daily. Experience the vibrant energy of this commercial hub, where past and present seamlessly coexist. (B, L, D)
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Suzhou - Shanghai
Day 10 – Shanghai
Transfer by car / minibus: Shanghai - Suzhou
Guided Day Trip to Suzhou
Transfer by car / minibus: Suzhou - Shanghai
Experience a change of scenery today as you journey to Suzhou, often referred to as the 'Eastern Venice' owing to its enchanting gardens and watery landscapes. Take a leisurely pace to absorb the tranquility and peace that permeate the city. Explore some of Suzhou's renowned gardens, each a masterpiece of design and serenity.

Following your garden exploration, embark on a boat trip along the Grand Canal, gaining a unique perspective of the city from its waterways. Conclude your Suzhou tour with a visit to a Silk Factory, offering an educational and hands-on experience to learn about the intricate art of silk production.

If time allows, seize the opportunity to visit one of Suzhou's Tea Houses and further immerse yourself in the local culture. In the evening, transfer back to Shanghai, reflecting on the day's cultural richness. (B, L, D)
Day 11
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
As your journey comes to a close, our dedicated driver will be ready to meet you in the hotel lobby, He will then escort you to the airport, ensuring a smooth and comfortable transition for your flight back home. (B)
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Dates and prices
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29/06/2024 - 09/07/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
06/07/2024 - 16/07/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
13/07/2024 - 23/07/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
20/07/2024 - 30/07/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
27/07/2024 - 06/08/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
03/08/2024 - 13/08/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
10/08/2024 - 20/08/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
17/08/2024 - 27/08/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
24/08/2024 - 03/09/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
31/08/2024 - 10/09/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
07/09/2024 - 17/09/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
14/09/2024 - 24/09/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
21/09/2024 - 01/10/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
28/09/2024 - 08/10/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
12/10/2024 - 22/10/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
26/10/2024 - 05/11/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
09/11/2024 - 19/11/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
23/11/2024 - 03/12/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
07/12/2024 - 17/12/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
21/12/2024 - 31/12/2024 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now
28/12/2024 - 07/01/2025 £2,945 / £3,845 £395 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Including flight" is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
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