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12 Days Impression China Golden Route Tour

Destination:  

Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Hong Kong

Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: TCT-Classic-19
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$ 2499 2249 P/P
6-9 persons: US$ 2119 1908 P/P
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Shanghai-Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Hong Kong Tour

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

    Shanghai-Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Hong Kong Tour

  • Shanghai the Bund

    Shanghai the Bund

  • Our Clients in Shanghai Yuyuan Garden

    Our Clients in Shanghai Yuyuan Garden

  • The Vermillion Gate of Beijing Forbidden City

    The Vermillion Gate of Beijing Forbidden City

  • Our Clients travel to Beijing Great Wall

    Our Clients travel to Beijing Great Wall

  • Beijing Hutong Tour by Rickshaw

    Beijing Hutong Tour by Rickshaw

  • Xian Terracotta Warriors

    Xian Terracotta Warriors

  • Xian Small Wild Goose Pagoda Night View

    Xian Small Wild Goose Pagoda Night View

  • Guilin Li River

    Guilin Li River

  • Guilin Reel Flute Cave

    Guilin Reel Flute Cave

  • Our Clients on Li River Cruise

    Our Clients on Li River Cruise

  • Hong Kong Victoria Peak

    Hong Kong Victoria Peak

  • Hong Kong Night View

    Hong Kong Night View

Summary: This 11 days tour covers 5 of the most popular tourism cities of China, is an ideal choose for travelers who wanna take a glimpse of this grand country both on its culture and nature in a certain time. During the tour, you can also experience the new high speed train transfer. Start your exploration from Shanghai, a city walking between tradition and modernity. . Then the High Speed Train will lead you to the imperial city Beijing, you can focus on its grand city wall, palaces and temples. Then it comes the ancient Xian. There’s so many time-honored relics waiting for you, but never miss the Terracotta Warriors. Before heading to multi-culture Hong Kong, crystal clear Li River and magical Karst limestone hills of Guilin are calling you.

Tour Overview

Day Destination Highlights
01 Arrival Shanghai Be transferred to the hotel
02 Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Nanjing Road, The Bund
03 Shanghai - Beijing Shanghai Museum, Xintiandi, High-speed Train to Beijing
04 Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
05 Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park ( Bird Nest and Water Cube )
06 Beijing - Xian Hutong Tour by rickshaw, Summer Palace, High-speed Train to Xian
07 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall
08 Xian - Guilin Shaanxi History Museum, Hanyang Mausoleum, 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 Shanghai
Arrival Shanghai your start point of this China tour, you will be met at the airport and transferred to hotel to catch up on some rest after international fight.
Meals: No meal
Accommodation: In Shanghai
Tips: Besides coach transfer, we also can arrange meglev transfer service between Shanghai downtown and Shanghai Pudong Airport.  
Shanghai City View Shanghai Pudong Airport Travel to Shanghai
Shanghai City View Shanghai Pudong Airport Our Clients in Shanghai
Day 2
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. 
Yuyuan Garden Chenghuangmiao Old Street The Bund Shanghai
Yuyuan Garden Chenghuangmiao Old Street The Bund Shanghai
Day 3
Shanghai  Beijing
Today, enjoy your tour that start with a visit to Shanghai Museum (1 hour) - boasts 120,000 pieces of rare and precious cultural relics in 21 categories.. And then, you will have chance to walk on the Xintiandi (1 hour) - a car-free shopping, eating and entertainment area of Shanghai. When finish your lunch, be transferred to the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station for a 5.5 hours high-speed train to Beijing. Your Beijing tour guide will wait for you at the Beijing South Railway Station and help you to transfer to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing
Tips: Click Beijing-Shanghai High-speed Train Cars can see more detials about it 
Xintiandi Beijing Shanghai High Speed Train Beijing City View
Xintiandi Beijing Shanghai High Speed Train Beijing City View
Day 4
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 Peking Opera
Tiananmen Sqaure Forbidden City Peking Opera
Day 5
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 Beijing Peking Roast Duck
Day 6
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 the lunch in Beijing, be transferred to Beijing West Railway Station for a High Speed Train riding to Xi'an North Railway Station. 1216km only cost you about 5.5 - 6 hours (G train). Your Xian tour guide will wait for you at the railway station 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 China High Speed Train Xian City View
Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Tour China High Speed Train Xian City View
Day 7
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 8
Xian Guilin
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 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
Shaanxi History Museum Guilin Liangjiang Airport Guilin City View
Shaanxi History Museum Guilin Liangjiang Airport 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 Impression of Liu Sanjie
Li River Cruise Yangshuo West Street Impression of Liu Sanjie
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 (Half Day SIC Tour+Half Free Day)
Today, enjoy your half day city tour 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

Notes:
► The High Speed Train fare here is based on Second Class Seat which is the cheapest one. We also can help you to book higher level seats in more expensive prices. If you wanna try other seats, please kindly tell your tour operator, he/she will update the quotation for you.

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   3768 3391   4076 3668   4749 4274
2-5 persons 2499 2249 3077 2769 2653 2387 3385 3046 2989 2690 4058 3652
6-9 persons 2119 1908 2684 2416 2271 2044 2986 2688 2603 2343 3651 3286
10 persons & above 1846 1662 2341 2107 1957 1761 2562 2306 2302 2072 3252 2927
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   3846 3461   4187 3768   4967 4471
2-5 persons 2568 2312 3155 2840 2739 2465 3496 3146 3129 2816 4277 3849
6-9 persons 2189 1970 2762 2486 2357 2121 3097 2788 2743 2469 3870 3483
10 persons & above 1891 1702 2399 2159 2011 1810 2640 2376 2409 2168 3436 3092
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   4174 3757   4449 4004   5225 4703
2-5 persons 2748 2473 3483 3135 2885 2597 3758 3382 3273 2946 4535 4081
6-9 persons 2368 2132 3090 2781 2503 2253 3359 3023 2887 2599 4128 3715
10 persons & above 2076 1869 2739 2465 2164 1947 2914 2623 2556 2301 3700 3330

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   3768 3391   4076 3668   4749 4274
2-5 persons 2499 2249 3077 2769 2653 2387 3385 3046 2989 2690 4058 3652
6-9 persons 2119 1908 2684 2416 2271 2044 2986 2688 2603 2343 3651 3286
10 persons & above 1846 1662 2341 2107 1957 1761 2562 2306 2302 2072 3252 2927
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   3846 3461   4187 3768   4967 4471
2-5 persons 2568 2312 3155 2840 2739 2465 3496 3146 3129 2816 4277 3849
6-9 persons 2189 1970 2762 2486 2357 2121 3097 2788 2743 2469 3870 3483
10 persons & above 1891 1702 2399 2159 2011 1810 2640 2376 2409 2168 3436 3092
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   4174 3757   4449 4004   5225 4703
2-5 persons 2748 2473 3483 3135 2885 2597 3758 3382 3273 2946 4535 4081
6-9 persons 2368 2132 3090 2781 2503 2253 3359 3023 2887 2599 4128 3715
10 persons & above 2076 1869 2739 2465 2164 1947 2914 2623 2556 2301 3700 3330

Recommended Hotels:

City Economy Hotel ★★★ Comfortable Hotel ★★★★ Deluxe Hotel ★★★★★
Shanghai Kingtown Hotel Plaza ShanghaiCourtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi HotelHoward Johnson Plaza Hotel
Beijing Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of HeavenRoyal Phoenix Hotel BeijingCrowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U Town
Xian Skytel Hotel XianDays Hotel & Suites Xinxing XianSofitel on Renmin Square Xian
Guilin Guilin Osmanthus HotelGuilin Bravo HotelSheraton Guilin Hotel
Yangshuo Yangshuo Aiyuan HotelYangshuo New Century HotelYangshuo Green Lotus Hotel
Hong KongHarbour Plaza 8 DegreesMetropark Hotel Causeway Bay Hong KongMarco Polo Hong Kong Hotel

Optional Local Specialties & Night Shows:

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

Remarks:
Validity: Quotations above are valid between Mar 1, 2014 to Mar 1, 2015. Except for periods of Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
Exchange Rate: TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by the exchange rate
Guide Service: No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise.
Hotels Change: Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
Specific Requests: requirements of adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary should inform us in advance.
TCT Right to Interpret: TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control
 
Price includes:
Vehicle: Private vehicle transfer in the itinerary
Flights Tickets: Domestic flights of economic class in the itinerary.
Train Tickets: Domestic train tickets in the itinerary.
Accommodation: Two adults sharing one standard twin-bed room (or cabin on Yangtze cruise ship) listed in the itinerary.
*Solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed room/cabin of their own, single supplement rate (Sole Occupancy in above price table) is needed.
Driver & Guide: Licensed driver and English-speaking guide service based on the itinerary
Entrance fee: All entrance fees to scenic spots as shown in the itinerary
Dining: Meals as specified in the itinerary
Taxes: Airport taxes and fuel fees, Government taxes, etc.
Travel insurance: China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance, see insurance terms & conditions
 
Price excludes:
1. Round way International airfare or train tickets
2. Visa fee
3. Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman, etc.
4. Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, laundry, postage, communications and beverages.
5. Optional scenic spots, meals and shows in the itinerary
6. Any other changes caused by force majeure incidents or accidents beyond the control of TopChinaTravel
7. Any items not specified in the plan.

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