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12 Days China Panda Tour

Destination:  

Shanghai-Guilin-Chengdu-Xian-Beijing

Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: TCT-Classic-10
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$ 2347 2230 P/P
6-9 persons: US$ 1883 1789 P/P
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Shanghai Guilin Chengdu Xian Beijing Tour

  • Shanghai Guilin Chengdu Xian Beijing Tour

    Shanghai Guilin Chengdu Xian Beijing Tour

  • Shanghai the Bund

    Shanghai the Bund

  • Shanghai Yuyuan Garden

    Shanghai Yuyuan Garden

  • Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill

    Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill

  •  Guilin Li River

    Guilin Li River

  • Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

    Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

  • Chengdu Wuhou Temple

    Chengdu Wuhou Temple

  • Xian Shaanxi History Museum

    Xian Shaanxi History Museum

  • Xian Terracotta Warriors

    Xian Terracotta Warriors

  • Xian City Wall

    Xian City Wall

  • Beijing Hutong

    Beijing Hutong

  • Beijing Forbidden City

    Beijing Forbidden City

  • Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall

    Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall

  • Beijing Temple of Heaven

    Beijing Temple of Heaven

Summary: This 12 day China tour of Shanghai Guilin Chengdu Xian Beijing, combines the nostalgic residence of the Xintiandi, the classic Yuyuan Garden with the timeless landscapes of the Li River in Guilin. We also spend some time in Sichuan Province, home to some of the country's spiciest cuisine, and the Giant Panda. In Sichuan's charming capital, Chengdu, we will mix with the locals in the People Park and visit the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Steep in historic and cultural Xian before heading to Beijing where your journey ends.

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 - Guilin Shanghai Urban Palnning Exhibition Hall, Xintiandi, Flight to Guilin
04 Guilin - Yangshuo Li River Cruise to Yangshuo, Yangshuo West Street
05 Yangshuo - Guilin - Chengdu Back to Guilin, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Flight to Chengdu
06 Chengdu
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, Jinli Old Street
07 Chengdu - Xian Flight to Xian, Hanyang Mausoleum, Shaanxi History Museum
08 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall
09 Xian - Beijing Flight to Beijing, Hutong Tour by rickshaw
10 Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
11 Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park ( Bird Nest and Water Cube )
12 Departure Beijing 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
Optional Night Activities: No

Derails in the itinerary:
► Shanghai Pudong airport - Shanghai downtown: 50km, 1.5 hours driving
    Shanghai Hongqiao airport - Shanghai downtown: 15km, 30min driving
► 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)

Details in the itinerary:
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 3
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
Optional Night Activities: No

Details in the itinerary:
► Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall is much more interesting than its dry name suggests. Exhibitions include models of planned and recent developments, as well as Shanghai history.
► Shanghai downtown - Shanghai Pudong airport: 50km, 1.5 hours driving
    Shanghai downtown - Shanghai Hongqiao airport: 15km, 30min driving
    Guilin airport - Guilin downtown: 30km, 45min driving
Shanghai Utban Planning Exhibition Xintiandi Shanghai Guilin City View
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Xintiandi Guilin City View
Day 4
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. After that, be transferred back to your hotel in Guilin for resting well.
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)

Details in the itinerary:
► Cruise depart time will be 9:00 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. in different seasons. Final departing time will be printed on your cruise tickets and your tour guide will tell you in advanced.
► Cruising time is generally 4 hours while it will be changed according to the water level situation. Lunch is served on the board.
► Sunscreen is needed in summer days on the cruise, You’ll benefit from listening to the commentary by the tour guide.
► Recommended things to do in Yangshuo: Yangshuo Countryside Biking Tour (renting a bike to cycle around Yangshuo, a lleisure way to see the countryside scenery there.)
► Guilin downtown – Zhujiang Pier: 26km, 45 min driving
Li River Cruise Yangshuo West Street Yangshuo Biking Tour
Li River Cruise Yangshuo West Street Yangshuo Biking Tour
Day 5
Yangshuo Guilin Chengdu
In the morning, after breakfast and then drive back to Guilin downtown.. You will arrive in Guilin city during the lunch time. Finish lunch and continue to visit Reed Flute Cave (1 hour) - offering a magic fairyland of stalactites, stalagmites, stone columns scenery. And then, the next stop will be the Elephant Trunk Hill (1 hour) - the landmark of Guilin. After that, say good bye to Guilin and have a 2.5 hours flight to Chengdu. Your Chengdu tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Chengdu
Optional Night Activities: No

Details in the itinerary:
► Guilin downtown - Guilin airport: 30km. 45min driving
    Chengdu Airport - Chengdu downtown: 20km, 50min driving
Reed Flute Cave Chengdu City View Travel to Chengdu
Reed Flute Cave Chengdu City View Our Clients in Chengdu
Day 6
Chengdu
Today, enjoy your interesting tour to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (2 - 3 hours) - a huge institution replicates the natural habitat of the giant panda . And then, back to town for your continue short trip to Thatched Cottage of Du Fu (1 hour) - the former residence of the famous Tang Dynasty poet, You could not miss a chance to Jinli Old Street (1 hour) - elegant style of the architectures tells you what Sichuan looks like during the Qing Dynasty. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Chengdu
Optional Night Activities: Sichuan Hot Pot (generally 1 hour)

Details in the itinerary:
► In Panda Base, besides visiting the gardens of different ages pandas, we also can arrange some close touch activities with this lovely China’s treasure:
Take photos with small panda (not included in the entrance ticket, need to pay extra expense)
Panda Base Volunteer Day Tour (it should be arranged in advance so that better to tell us when booking this tour)
► You can also choose Jinli Street as your night entertainment site, Sichuan Opera and Chengdu Tea Culture can be experienced there. (Tell us in advance and we can arrange for you)
► Chengdu downtown - Chengdu Panda Base: 20km. 50min driving
    Chengdu Panda Base - Thatched Cottage of Du Fu (Chengdu downtown area): 20km. 50 min driving
Chengdu Panda Base Thatched Cottage of Du Fu Jinli Old Street
Chengdu Panda Base Thatched Cottage of Du Fu Jinli Old Street
Day 7
Chengdu Xian
Today, after breakfast you will have a 1.5 flight to Xian, a city experiencing the full history of China in its entirety. Your Xian tour guide will wait for you at the airport. Before drive to the hotel, you will firstly have a visit to the  Hanyang Mausoleum (1 hour) - the multi-burial cemetery of Emperor Jing of Han and his queen. And then, drive to the downtown and visit the Shaanxi History Museum (2 hours) - one of the first huge state museums with modern facilities in China. After that, drive to your hotel and free of the rest time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xi’an
Optional Night Activities: No

Details in the itinerary:
►Chengdu downtown - Chengdu Airport: 20km, 50min driving
   Xi’an airport - Hanyang Mausoleum: 20km, 25min driving
   Hanyang Mausoleum - Shaanxi History Museum (Xi’an downtown area): 38km, 1 hour driving
Xian City View Hanyang Mausoleum Shaanxi History Museum
Xian City View Hanyang Mausoleum Shaanxi History Museum
Day 8
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)

Details in the itinerary:
► Terracotta Warriors Sightseeing including Army of Terracotta Warriors Museum (inlcuding Pit 1, Pit 2 and Pit 3 as well the exhibition hall of the chariots and horses), Tomb of Qin Shi Huang, etc. (Not fixed because some sites may be closed for renovating)
► Xi'an downtown - Terracotta Warriors: 38km, 1 hour driving
    Terracotta Warriors - Small Wild Goose Pagoda (Xi'an downtown area): 38km, 1 hour driving
Terracotta Warriors Small Wild Goose Pagoda Xian City Wall
Terracotta Warriors Small Wild Goose Pagoda Xian City Wall
Day 9
Xian    Beijing
Today after breakfast, drive you to the Xi'an airport for a 2 hours flight to Beijing, the capital city of China. Your Beijing tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to chek in the hotel. After that, 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. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing
Optional Night Activities: No

Details in the itinerary:
► About Beijing Hutong sightseeing details can be found on Beijing Hutong Tour Tips
► An alternative transporting method between Beijing and Xian is the high speed train which is in lower price but a little longer transporting duration, about 5.5 - 6 hours. Detailed information can be found in Beijing-Xian High-speed Train page.
Beijing Capital Airport Beijing City View Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Tour
Beijing Capital Airport Beijing City View Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Tour
Day 10
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)

Details in the itinerary:
► About Forbidden City sightseeing information can be found in Forbidden City Tour Tips  
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Temple of Heaven
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Temple of Heaven
Day 11
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

Detials in the itinerary:
► Click What to pack for Great Wall Trips to find some tips when climbing the Great Wall of China
► If you would like to have a tighter itinerary in this day, Xiushui Street (generally 1.5-2 hours) - known as the Leading Foreign Trade Market, can be added after your sightseeing of Bird Nest and Water Cube.
► Beijing downtown - Mutianyu Great Wall: 80km, 1.5 - 2 hours driving
    Mutianyu Great Wall - Bird Nest (Beijing downtown): 85km, 1.5 - 2 hours driving
Mutianyu Great Wall Bird Nest Peking Roast Duck
Mutianyu Great Wall Bird Nest Peking Roast Duck
Day 12
Departure Beijing
Bid China a fond farewell as this trip draws to a close. Be transferred to the airport for flight home.
Meals: Breakfast

Details in the itinerary:
► Beijing airport - Beijing downtown: 35 km, 50min driving
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   3522 3346   3749 3562   4416 4195
2-5 persons 2347 2230 2740 2603 2461 2338 2967 2819 2795 2655 3634 3453
6-9 persons 1883 1789 2276 2162 1997 1897 2503 2378 2330 2214 3170 3012
10 persons & above 1561 1483 1857 1764 1657 1574 2049 1946 1988 1888 2710 2574
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   3693 3508   3930 3734   4663 4430
2-5 persons 2475 2351 2911 2765 2594 2464 3148 2991 2960 2812 3882 3688
6-9 persons 2011 1910 2446 2324 2129 2023 2684 2550 2496 2371 3417 3246
10 persons & above 1669 1586 2031 1929 1754 1666 2200 2090 2111 2006 2915 2769
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   3790 3601   4131 3925   5061 4808
2-5 persons 2545 2418 3009 2858 2715 2580 3350 3182 3180 3021 4279 4065
6-9 persons 2081 1977 2544 2417 2251 2139 2885 2741 2716 2580 3815 3624
10 persons & above 1748 1661 2147 2040 1881 1787 2412 2291 2314 2199 3279 3115

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   3522 3346   3749 3562   4416 4195
2-5 persons 2347 2230 2740 2603 2461 2338 2967 2819 2795 2655 3634 3453
6-9 persons 1883 1789 2276 2162 1997 1897 2503 2378 2330 2214 3170 3012
10 persons & above 1561 1483 1857 1764 1657 1574 2049 1946 1988 1888 2710 2574
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   3693 3508   3930 3734   4663 4430
2-5 persons 2475 2351 2911 2765 2594 2464 3148 2991 2960 2812 3882 3688
6-9 persons 2011 1910 2446 2324 2129 2023 2684 2550 2496 2371 3417 3246
10 persons & above 1669 1586 2031 1929 1754 1666 2200 2090 2111 2006 2915 2769
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   3790 3601   4131 3925   5061 4808
2-5 persons 2545 2418 3009 2858 2715 2580 3350 3182 3180 3021 4279 4065
6-9 persons 2081 1977 2544 2417 2251 2139 2885 2741 2716 2580 3815 3624
10 persons & above 1748 1661 2147 2040 1881 1787 2412 2291 2314 2199 3279 3115

Recommended Hotels:

City Economy Hotel ★★★ Comfortable Hotel ★★★★ Deluxe Hotel ★★★★★
Shanghai Kingtown Hotel Plaza ShanghaiCourtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi HotelHoward Johnson Plaza Hotel
Guilin Guilin Osmanthus HotelGuilin Bravo HotelSheraton Guilin Hotel
Yangshuo Yangshuo Aiyuan HotelYangshuo New Century HotelYangshuo Green Lotus Hotel
ChengduChengdu Leeden HotelTianfu Sunshine HotelSofitel Wanda Chengdu
Xian Skytel Hotel XianDays Hotel & Suites Xinxing XianSofitel on Renmin Square Xian
Beijing Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of HeavenRoyal Phoenix Hotel BeijingCrowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U Town

Optional Local Specialties & Night Shows:

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

Remarks:
1. The prices quoted here are only valid from March 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015. TCT reserves the right to adjust the prices of any portion of the tour due to the reasons beyond our control without prior notice.
2. All quotation is in US dollar (per person), and based on the exchange rate between CNY and USD in effect at the time of publishing. It is subject to change.
3. The quotation on our website is also subject to change during some Chinese festivals, national holidays, fairs or events, when hotels may levy higher rates which will be advised on a case by case basis.
4. The availabilities of rooms, flights and etc. are subject to change until the actual booking is been made.
5. Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary needs should be subjected to reconfirm upon your arrival. We would put on your request to the Hotel.
 
Price includes:
1. Airport/railway station welcome and private transfers between airports/railway stations, hotels and sightseeing spots. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.
2. Domestic airfare of economic class or train ticket(s) as mentioned in the itinerary. Airport construction fee and fuel surcharge are included.
3. Accommodation (if include Yangtze cruiser) based on two adults sharing one standard twin-bed room (cabin); solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed room/cabin of their own are required to pay additional charge of single supplement rate (S.SUPP in above price table). A single room (cabin) is subject to availability based on prior request at an additional cost; if the recommended hotel is not available, it will be substituted by a similar one.
4. Driver and English-speaking guide service on normal sightseeing activities noted in the itinerary.
5. All entrance fees to scenic spots as shown in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by local tour guides based on the local circumstances which are beyond the control of TopChinaTravel. TCT will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible.
6. Meals as specified in the itinerary.
7. Government taxes.
 
Price excludes:
1. Round way International airfare or train tickets, unless otherwise noted.
2. Visa fee, passport application or renewal fee.
3. Any Meals not specified in the itinerary.
4. Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman, etc.
5. Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, laundry, postage, communications and beverages.
6. Optional meals and shows mentioned in the itinerary, which will be added up if the clients desire to take the activities.
7. Any extra cost caused by changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control of TopChinaTravel and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating the laws.
8. Any items not specified in the plan.

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