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12 Days China Golden Essence Tour

Destination:  

Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong

Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: TCT-Classic-07
Tour Ratings: Comfort    Culture    Natural Scenery
Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.
Price from
2-5 persons: US$ 2810 2529 P/P
6-9 persons: US$ 2472 2225 P/P
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Beijing-Xian-Shanghai-Guilin-Hong Kong Tour

  • Beijing-Xian-Shanghai-Guilin-Hong Kong Tour

    Beijing-Xian-Shanghai-Guilin-Hong Kong Tour

  • Beijing Forbidden City

    Beijing Forbidden City

  • Beijing Forbidden City

    Beijing Forbidden City

  • Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall

    Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall

  • Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall

    Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall

  • Shaanxi History Museum

    Shaanxi History Museum

  • Shaanxi History Museum

    Shaanxi History Museum

  • Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple

    Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple

  • Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill

    Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill

  • Guilin Reed Flute Cave

    Guilin Reed Flute Cave

  • Guilin Reed Flute Cave

    Guilin Reed Flute Cave

  • Guilin West Street

    Guilin West Street

  • Hong Kong Night View

    Hong Kong Night View

  • Aberdeen

    Aberdeen

Summary: Our China Essence Tour route is an ideal introduction to the ageless wonders of China and provides a memorable vacation. It includes the country's best-known cities and most famous sites, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, the Bund of Shanghai, and those magical Karst limestone hills of Guilin. These are the very things that the first time tourist comes to see. The route gives the traveler a good example of what China travel has to offer. From this basis, travel agents can begin to add excursions to other tourist cities such as Suzhou and Chengdu. Whether you are planning a basic tour to China, or a longer trek through the country, this route is the best to begin your exploration of China. To complete the experience, the “Heaven of Food and Shopping”, Hong Kong, offers the best opportunities for relaxation with luxury hotels, exquisite food, vibrant nightlife and fascinating and charming souvenirs to take home.

Tour cover the same destinations:
12 Days Shanghai-Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Hong Kong Tour
From $2013

Tour Overview

Day Destination Highlights
01 Arrival Beijing Be transferred to the hotel
02 Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
03 Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park ( Bird Nest and Water Cube )
04 Beijing - Xian Hutong Tour by rickshaw, Summer Palace, Flight to Xian
05 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall
06 Xian - Shanghai Shaanxi History Museum, Hanyang Mausoleum, Flight to Shanghai
07 Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Nanjing Road, The Bund
08 Shanghai - Guilin Shanghai Urban Palnning Exhibition Hall, Xintiandi, Flight to Guilin
09 Guilin - Yangshuo Li River Cruise to Yangshuo, Yangshuo West Street
10 Yangshuo - Guilin - Hong Kong Back to Guilin, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Flight to Hong Kong
11 Hong Kong
Victoria Peak, Aberdeen, Jewelry Factory, Half day free
12 Departure Hong Kong Be transferred to the airport

Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be met at the airport (Beijing Capital International Airport) by tour guide and transferred to your comfortable hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Meals: No meal
Accommodation: In Beijing
Beijing City View Beijing Capital Airport Travel to Beijing
Beijing City View Beijing Capital Airport Our Clients in Beijing
Day 2
Beijing
Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tiananmen Square (40min) - the World's largest urban square, and the Forbidden City (2.5 - 3 hours) - the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit the Temple of Heaven (1 hour) in the afternoon. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing
Optional Night Activities: Peking Opera 1.5 hours (daily 19:30)
► Tips: How to visit Forbidden City can be found in Forbidden City Tour Tips  
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Temple of Heaven
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Temple of Heaven
Day 3
Beijing
After breakfast, start to drive to visit the Mutianyu Great Wall (2 hours) - the section of the Great Wall which is more popular among foreign visitors. Have the lunch near the Mutianyu Great Wall, and then drive back to the downtown and have a short visit to see the exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube (about 1 hour) - the amazing architectures that built for Beijing Olympic Games. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing
Optional Night Activities: Peking Roasted Duck around 1 hour
► Tips:
1) Click What to pack for Great Wall Trips to find some tips when climbing the Great Wall of China
2) If you would like to have a tighter itinerary in this day,
Xiushui Street - known as the Leading Foreign Trade Market.
Mutianyu Great Wall Bird Nest Beijing Peking Roast Duck
Mutianyu Great Wall Bird Nest Peking Roast Duck
Day 4
Beijing  Xian
After breakfast, drive to Drum Tower area for taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw (Short route, 40 min) - the way to know the Beijing local lifestyle. And then, a visit to the Summer Palace (about 1.5 hour ) - the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. After you lunchi in Beijing, be transferred to the airport for the 2 hours flight to Xian. Your Xi'an tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian
► Tips:
1) About Beijing Hutong sightseeing details can be found on Beijing Hutong Tour Tips
2) An alternative transporting method is the high speed train. Detailed information can be found in Beijing-Xian High-speed Train page.
Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Tour Summer Palace Xian Airport
Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Tour Summer Palace Xian Airport
Day 5
Xian
Ample time will be provided for visits to Terracotta Warriors (2.5 - 3 hours) - one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. After lunch near the Terracotta Warriors area, drive back to the downtown for a visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda (1 hour) - the site of the old Han and Tang capital Chang'an. After that, continue to visit the Xian City Wall (1 hour) - represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian
Optional Night Activities: Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner 3.5 hours (daily 18:00 - 20:30 for dinner, 20:30 – 21:35 for Tang Dynasty Show)
► Tips: You can have a general idea after you read What is Terracotta Warriors page 
Terracotta Warriors Small Wild Goose Pagoda Xian City Wall
Terracotta Warriors Small Wild Goose Pagoda Xian City Wall
Day 6
Xian Shanghai
Finish the breakfast, and you will firstly to visit the Shaanxi History Museum (2 hours) - one of the first huge state museums with modern facilities in China. After lunch, continue to the Hanyang Mausoleum (1 hour) - the multi-burial cemetery of Emperor Jing of Han and his queen. Your Xi’an tour will be finished by connecting the 2 hours flight to Shanghai. Your Shanghai tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai
Shaanxi History Museum Hanyang Mausoleum Shanghai Night View
Shaanxi History Museum Hanyang Mausoleum Shanghai Night View
Day 7
Shanghai
A full day sightseeing starts with Jade Buddha Temple (1 hour) - famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, which is said to weigh 1,000 kg. And then, go to Yuyuan Garden (1 hour) - a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then visit the nearby Chenghuangmiao (Old Street)(1 hour). After lunch time, you will have an exterior tour of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower (30 min) - the most charming landmark of Shanghai. And then, go for shopping in Nanjing Road (1 hours generally) - the earliest commercial street in Shanghai, and have a leisure walk along the Bund (30 min) - famous as a group of building known as "a Gallery of world architecture". After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai
Optional Night Activities: Acrobatic Show about 2 hours (daily 19:30)
► Tips: Traditional Dim-sum Banquet in Yuyuan Garden is recommended as today’s lunch choice.
Jade Buddha Temple Yuyuan Garden The Bund Shanghai
Jade Buddha Temple Yuyuan Garden The Bund Shanghai
Day 8
Shanghai Guilin
Today is a relaxing day by firstly having a visit to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall (1 hour) - one of the world largest showcases of urban development. And them, a leisure walk on Xintiandi (1 hour) - a car-free shopping, eating and entertainment area of Shanghai. When finish your lunch, be finished by connecting the 2.5 hours flight to Guilin. Your Guilin tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Guilin
Shanghai Urben Planning Exhibition Hall Xintiandi Guilin City View
Shanghai Urben Planning Exhibition Hall Xintiandi Guilin City View
Day 9
Guilin  Yangshuo
In the morning you will be driven to the Zhujiang Pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours, lunch served on board). Savour the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. After disembarkation and 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Yangshuo
Optional Night Activities: Landscape Show Impression of Liu Sanjie 1 hour (daily around 20:00, time will be changed in different seasons)
► Tips
1) Click Li River Trip Tips to know more information about that
2) Recommended things to do in Yangshuo:
Yangshuo Countryside Biking Tour 
(renting a bike to cycle around Yangshuo, a leisure way to see the countryside scenery there.)
Li River Cruise Yangshuo West Street Yangshuo Biking Tour
Li River Cruise Yangshuo West Street Yangshuo Biking Tour
Day 10
Yangshuo  Guilin Hong Kong
After your breakfast, be transferred back to Guilin and you may arrive around the lunch time. Enjoy your lunch and then continue to visit the Elephant Trunk Hill (1 hour) – the symbol of Guilin. After that, have a trip to Reed Flute Cave (1 hour) - the showcase of distinctly-colored stalactites and stalagmites. And then, say good bye to Guilin and have a 1.5 hours flight to Hong Kong. Be transferred to your Hong Kong hotel from the airport with the help of your English speaking driver.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Hong Kong
Elephant Trunk Hill Reed Flute Cave Hong Kong City View
Elephant Trunk Hill Reed Flute Cave Hong Kong City View
Day 11
Hong Kong
Today, enjoy your half day city tour(SIC join in basis) to Victoria Peak - will give you the best angle to capture exceptional video footage while you are moving to the 373 meters hill top. And then, move to the Aberdeen (no sampan) - home to hundreds of people living on fishing junks. Finally go to visit the largest jewelry factory in Hong Kong. After the tour, you can enjoy your own free exploration in this city.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Hong Kong
► Tips: It is a half day group tour without lunch. Duration of the half day tour is about 4.5 hours
Victoria Peak Hong Kong Aberdeen Hong Kong Shopping in Hong Kong
Victoria Peak Aberdeen Shopping in Hong Kong
Day 12
Departure Hong Kong
Recognizing that Hong Kong is a destination that begs to be explored on your own, we have planned no activities before transfer you to the airport for board the flight to the next stop.
Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends

Note: Visiting time, transporting time, and duration of shows and meals in the itinerary are suggested and will be subject to change particular situations.

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):

  • JAN, FEB, DEC
  • MAR, JUN, JUL, AUG
  • APR, MAY, SEP, OCT, NOV
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   4268 3842   4430 3987   5132 4619
2-5 persons 2810 2529 3543 3189 2891 2602 3705 3335 3242 2918 4407 3967
6-9 persons 2472 2225 3191 2872 2550 2295 3348 3013 2897 2607 4042 3638
10 persons & above 2173 1956 2808 2527 2249 2024 2959 2664 2569 2312 3600 3240
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   4178 3760   4408 3967   5108 4597
2-5 persons 2823 2541 3453 3108 2938 2644 3683 3315 3288 2959 4383 3945
6-9 persons 2484 2236 3101 2791 2597 2337 3326 2993 2943 2648 4018 3616
10 persons & above 2142 1928 2688 2419 2238 2015 2881 2593 2561 2305 3526 3173
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   4524 4072   4824 4342   5626 5063
2-5 persons 3025 2722 3799 3419 3175 2857 4099 3689 3576 3218 4901 4411
6-9 persons 2686 2417 3447 3102 2833 2550 3741 3367 3230 2907 4535 4082
10 persons & above 2356 2121 3059 2754 2472 2225 3291 2962 2861 2575 4069 3663

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):

  • JAN, FEB, DEC
  • MAR, JUN, JUL, AUG
  • APR, MAY, SEP, OCT, NOV
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   4268 3842   4430 3987   5132 4619
2-5 persons 2810 2529 3543 3189 2891 2602 3705 3335 3242 2918 4407 3967
6-9 persons 2472 2225 3191 2872 2550 2295 3348 3013 2897 2607 4042 3638
10 persons & above 2173 1956 2808 2527 2249 2024 2959 2664 2569 2312 3600 3240
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   4178 3760   4408 3967   5108 4597
2-5 persons 2823 2541 3453 3108 2938 2644 3683 3315 3288 2959 4383 3945
6-9 persons 2484 2236 3101 2791 2597 2337 3326 2993 2943 2648 4018 3616
10 persons & above 2142 1928 2688 2419 2238 2015 2881 2593 2561 2305 3526 3173
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   4524 4072   4824 4342   5626 5063
2-5 persons 3025 2722 3799 3419 3175 2857 4099 3689 3576 3218 4901 4411
6-9 persons 2686 2417 3447 3102 2833 2550 3741 3367 3230 2907 4535 4082
10 persons & above 2356 2121 3059 2754 2472 2225 3291 2962 2861 2575 4069 3663

Recommended Hotels:

City Economy Hotel ★★★ Comfortable Hotel ★★★★ Deluxe Hotel ★★★★★
BeijingHoliday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven
Add: No.36 Nanwei Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100050, China
Royal Phoenix Hotel Beijing
Add: No 17 Qianliang Lane, Dongchenng Dist, Beijing, China 100006
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U Town
Add: 3 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
XianSkytel Hotel Xian
Add: No.32 South Main Street, Beilin District, Xi'an
Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing Xian
Add: No.189 Jinhua North Road, Xi’an
Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian
Add: 319 Dongxin Street, Xian, China, 710004
ShanghaiKingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai
Add: 126 Xinzha Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi Hotel
Add: No.338 Hengfeng Road, Shanghai
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Add: No. 88, Nanjing West Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
GuilinHotel Universal Guilin
Add: No. 1, Jiefang East Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin
Guilin Bravo Hotel
Add: 14 South Ronghu Road, Guilin
Sheraton Guilin Hotel
Add: No. 15, Bin Jiang Road, Guilin
YangshuoYangshuo Aiyuan Hotel
Add: 115 West Street,Yangshuo County, Guilin
Yangshuo New Century Hotel
Add: Side of Yangshuo Park, Pantao Road, Yangshuo, Guilin
Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel
Add: Yangshuo County, Guilin, lotus Road 1
Hong KongLuxe Manor Hotel
Add: 39 Kimberley road, Tsim Sha Tsui , Kowloon HK
Luxe Manor Hotel
Add: 39 Kimberley road, Tsim Sha Tsui , Kowloon HK
Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel
Add: 64 Mody Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kln, HK

Optional Local Specialties & Night Shows:

City Local Specialties Nights Shows
Beijing Beijing Roasted DuckSee the Peking Opera
Xian Dumpling BanquetTang Dynasty Show with Dinner
Shanghai Tea CeremonyAcrobatics Show
Guilin Rice Noodle BanquetSee the Cormorant Fishing Show
Yangshuo Yangshuo Beer FishImpression of Liusanjie

Price includes:
★ Private transfer between airport(railway station), hotel and attractions
English speaking guide service
★ Domestic airfare or train fare based on economy class
 Hotel accommodtion with daily breakfast
 Entrance fee to attractions listed in the itinerary
 Meals as itinerary specifies
 China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance,  insurance terms & conditions
 
Price excludes:
 International airfare
 Visa fee
 Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman, etc. 
 Personal expenses
Optional tours, meals, activities and services 

Remarks:
★ Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2015 to Feb 29, 2016, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
★ TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
★ No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise.
 Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
★ Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
 TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control

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