11 Days Highlight China Budget Tour

Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai

Traveler Reviews


Tour Code: TCT-Budget-03

Tour Type: Budget Tour

Tour Highlights:

It is a good choice for those who wanna experience the most classic landscapes of China in a short time and at a compared substantial price.

You will tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai, the 4 main destinations in this budget China tour.

From majestic Great Wall, to solemn Terracotta Warriors, from clear Li River, to multi-cultural the Bund are all in this trip.

 

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.

Price from $ 1194

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Day 1Arrival Beijing
Private transfer service to hotel


Meals: No Meals
Recommended Hotel: Citadines Ritan Service Apartment ★★★★

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, your local guide will be meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel by private vehicle. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

The Turret of Forbidden City
The Turret of Forbidden City

Day 2Beijing
One day group tour: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Citadines Ritan Service Apartment ★★★★
Note: Depart every day except Monday

Today, enjoy your full day Seat-in-Coach Tour (Bus Tour) that covers the most popular sites in Beijing city. The guide will pick you up from the hotel in the city center of Beijing, then start the tour by the 1st stop - the north part of Tian'anmen Square--- the biggest city center square in the world, where you can see the Tian'anmen Rostrum, the symbol of new China. Then we will walk forward to Forbidden City, which was the Imperial Palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties and, it is one of the largest, and certainly the most completely restored, ancient architectural complex in the world.  On the way to Temple of Heaven, you will have a chance to visit the Chinese traditional medicine culture. And then visit the magnificent Temple of Heaven . A Chinese lunch is arranged at the local restaurant en route and  a short visit to a pearl free market not missed. Then move to the largest ancient preserved garden in China and a former summer retreat for Emperors--- Summer Palace. The visit takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Transferred back to your hotels.

Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven

Day 3Beijing
One day group tour: Ming Tombs (Dingling), Mutianyu Great Wall

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Citadines Ritan Service Apartment ★★★★

You will take a Seat-in-Coach Tour (Bus Tour) to visit the must-see place in Beijing today. That is the Great Wall. The group tour guide will pick travelers from hotel to hotel between 07:00-08:00 each, then drive to the Great Wall. En route, the group will have a stop at Ming Tombs (Dingling). Dingling is the underground mausoleum of Emperor Wan Li. The Underground Palace Halls, a labyrinth palace building, were the first royal tomb excavated in accordance with plan in China. The visit at Ming Tombs finishes at about 11:00. Then we will drive to have a Chinese traditional lunch. We will have a stop (about 45 minutes) to have a shrot visit of Jade Carving Factory.
In the afternoon, we will start the visit at Mutianyu Great Wall , which has the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall. It is known for its beautiful surroundings--- dense woods and rich pastures changing colors with the seasons of a year. Cable car is available at Mutianyu Great Wall as an option (excluding from the price). After tour, we will return to the downtown of Beijing. Then you will have a chance to enjoy the Chinese traditional Tea Ceremony. The tour is finished at about 18:00 by a drop-off at your hotel.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 4Beijing - Xian
Take high speed train to Xian, Free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: New Century Hotel Xian ★★★★

You will have a leisure morning in the morning, then be transferred to the train station for your High-speed train to Xian, where our guide is waiting for you at the exit of North Train Station. The guide will transfer you to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Xian Muslim Street
Xian City View---Muslim Street

Day 5Xian
One day private tour: Terracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square, Tangbo Folk Art Museum

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: New Century Hotel Xian ★★★★

You will have a full day to take a private tour to visit the world wonder --- Terracotta Warriors of 6,000 terra-cotta soldiers standing in battle formation guard the tomb of the very first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. After that drive back to downtown, where you will have trip along Xi'an City Wall. You can choose to explore it on foot or by riding a bicycle(optional on your own expense). Then have a photo stop at Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square. You will also have a chance to visit Tangbo Folk Art Museum where tourist can learn Chinese caligraphy or painting.  You can also choose to enjoy Tang Dynasty Show with dinner as an optional activity to book with your local guide. Or you can also choose to explore the Muslim Quarter by yourself at night.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 6Xian - Guilin
Fly to Guilin, Free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport by private vehicle to board a flight to Guilin. Guilin is where TCT locate. Our guide will wait at the airport and pick you up, then transfer you to check in the hotel in the city center. Then you will have a leisure time to explore Guilin by yourself. You could choose to walk around the lake area in the city center or book a Night cruise of Four Lakes to enjoy the amazing night view of the waters, hills and the city view of Guilin.

City View of Guilin
Guilin City View

Day 7Guilin
One day group tour: Li River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast,  Chinese Lunch box on board
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

Join a Group tour to enjoy the charming natural view along Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. In the morning, your local guide will pick you up from your hotel in center of the city at an appointed time, then  you will be driven by a van or coach to the pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours, Chinese lunch box served on board). Savour the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. After disembarkation, You could choose to have a walk along the famous West Street by yourself and have a seat at a bar or cafe in the street to kill your time in Yangshuo before meeting the group and catch the coach back to Guilin. Or you could choose to book an optional tour with the guide and explore Yangshuo with the guide in the afternoon ( optional tour fee is on your own expense).
When you meet the group, then drive back to Guilin. You will mostly be dropped off at your hotel in the city center or the nearby place at about 18:00--18:30. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Li River Cruise
Li River Cruise

Day 8Guilin
One day group tour: Longji Rice Terraces, Minority Village

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

Take a budget Guilin day tour by joining in a group to visit Longji Terraces Fields. In the morning, the local tour guide will pick you up from the hotel in the city center at an appointed time. The group tour bus/van will bring to Longji Terraces Fields Scenic Area. It takes about 2.5 hour by driving in mountains. Upon arriving at the entrance, you may need to trek for a while to minority village, surrounded by the magnificent terraces fields which are built on the hillside. A Chinese lunch is arranged at a local restaurant in the village and you have free time to explore around and take pictures. In the late afternoon, we will drive back to Guilin downtown. You will be dropped off at your hotel in the city center or the nearby place.

Longji Terrace Fields
Longji Terrace Fields

Day 9Guilin - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, Free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund ★★★★

Free at leisure before transfer to airport to catch a flight for Shanghai, which is the largest city and financial center of China. It is also the last stop of your China tour. Upon arriveing in Shanghai, you will be picked up b y our local tour guide and transferred to hotel for a rest.

Shanghai City View
Shanghai City View

Day 10Shanghai
One day group tour: Yu Garden,Confucius Temple, the Bund, Pearl Center, Xintiandi & Former French Concession, Jade Buddha Temple, Silk Museum, People’s Square, Shanghai Museum

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund ★★★★

Be picked up at the hotel lobby at about 08:00 in the morning(from centrally located hotels), then start the by visit drive to visit Yuyuan Garden to enjoy the beauty of a traditional Chinese classic garden first. Then then move to Confucius Temple.  The next stop is the Bund, one of the must-see spots in Shanghai,  from which you could see the Oriental Pearl TV Tower just on the opposite of Huangpu River.

A Chinese lunch is arranged at local restaurant. our group move to visit Jade Buddha Temple and Silk Museum. Before a trip to Shanghai People Square, we will have a short stop at a fresh pearl store (30 minutes). At the square, we will have a visit to Shanghai Museum (audio guide is available as an option on your own expense), a large museum of ancient Chinese art in Shanghai. After a leisure strolling at the Old French Concession, you will be dropped off at your hotel  about 17:30.

the Bund
the Bund

Day 11Departure Shanghai
Private transfer service to airport

Meals: Breakfast

Feel at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for flight to next destination.

Service Ends

Tour Price (US$ per person)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $1357 $1496
6 ~ 9 pax $1194 $1332
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $1613 $1761
6 ~ 9 pax $1449 $1597
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $1810 $2152
6 ~ 9 pax $1646 $1988
Price includes:
♦ Private airport(railway station)-hotel transfer
♦ Domestic airfare or train fare if the tour has
♦ Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis
♦ Sharing transfer service during Sit-in-coach tours
♦ English-speaking guide service
♦ Entrance fee to attractions listed in the itinerary
♦ Meals as specified in the itinerary
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, 2020 to Feb 28,2021, 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 Yangtse 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

Traveler Reviews Feedbacks & Photos >>

5.0

lucian1939

5.0

Wonderful time in Beijing Cian and Shanghai for a ten day period. Covered the Great Wall in Beijing, Terracotta Warriors in Cian and the Bund in Shanghai. Also visited the Silk Factory, Muslim Street, French area and a Cultural Show (which was great and should not be missed) and also a Private Garden. The Tour Guides and Drivers went to great lengths to make us visit as memorable as possible and attending to us round the clock.
Donmac_10

5.0

A educational tour through the history of the Silk Road, well organised by Janet Chan who was very helpful and easy to communicate with. It is an extensive tour covering great distance-the western border of China - near Afghanistan. There were different tour guides in each area and all were great and some were excellent, Abdul, Shir and Vicky were standouts! as there was little or no English spoken in the western provinces it was necessary to have a guide to explain the sights as well as organise travel and hotel arrangements-also were great in recommending and taking us to great local restaurants. as we are experienced and usually individual travellers we had to suggest that we wanted to see the local areas and sights/people, guides were happy to do so especially in Kashgar where we changed to itinerary from the lake trip to spend time in the markets, teahouses etc -well worth doing as Kashgar and the Uygur people were a highlight of the trip. The tour involved 3 rail, 4 flights and numerous private vehicle trips-all went smoothly although we were not met at one rail station and had to make our own way to the hotel-normally not an issue but at this town there was no-one to speak english so was not a smooth transition. Highlights were off course the big tourist spots of the Beijing , Xian and the incredible terracotta warriors, the Magao grottoes , Labrang Monastery,and the very colourful Zhangye Dana Landform Geological Park, and Dunhuang. We extend our tour spending extra days in Shanghai where we didn't have guides and could be free to get to art galleries etc and then went to Guilin and Yanshuo which were a wonderful and greener change from the western provinces. We were pleased to meet Janet in Guilin. Overall it was a great trip and covered the Silk Road and the rich history that it encompassed, i would suggest less time spent in Urumqi and more tome in Kashgar -there was no need to visa two lakes (we went to the Sacred lake in Urumqi but on reflection would not have that included in the tour. We highly recommend Janet and Top China Travel, but be aware they are a company that has shopping included in Beijing and Xian !
tonirxxx

5.0

I would highly recommend TCT to anyone. We did a 2 week private (Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Chengdu & Shanghai) tour with them and from the moment we arrived we felt like we were part of the family. Every guide was attentive, informative and an absolute pleasant to travel with. Special thanks to Rebecca for organising our itinerary and also a special mention to Tony, our guide in Beijing.
Jennifer B

5.0

I enjoyed my trip to China thanks to my tour guides; Angela in Beijing and Waiting in Shanghai. Both of them were incredibly knowledgeable about their particular cities and were able to answer any questions I had. I wouldn't have taken so many great pictures if it weren't for my tour guides and them advising me on great picture moments. With both Angela and Waiting, it felt like I was touring China with good friends; which was great since I went on this trip solo. I will definitely book with TCT next time I visit China. Thank you for making my first vacation abroad memorable.
spenceralain1201

5.0

We had a fantastic 6 day trip. The guide and driver were very friendly and kind to us. Everything was well organised, Yangshuo is definitely the highlights of Guilin. We hope we could spend longer time there. We did everything fun, Bamboo rafting on Yulong River, Xingping Old Town.The cycling was amazing , we really enjoyed the ride in stunning the scenery. Guilin is also a nice city with nature, we climbed the Diecai hill to see the whole city. Very impressive. Good job, good arrangement.
oja1

5.0

Vicky Lu of TCT was great! She always replied to my emails quickly and fully answered all our questions, which we found really helpful and efficient. She took the time to understand what we liked and wanted to do, and our budget, and designed an amazing 2 week holiday with private tours of 3 fantastic places: Zhangjiajie (absolutely amazing!!!!), Guilin (beautiful and fun) and Xi'an (Terracotta Warriors are an absolute MUST, plus cycling on the Ancient Wall into the evening, and the thrill of Mt Huashan). It was all so easy, no fuss and no wasted time, with friendly English-speaking guides waiting for us on arrival and smoothing the way for hotel check-ins, getting tickets, and entries to the parks and attractions. It was all professional and just right, no rushing us on, no shopping/factory stops, no bus-loads of people to always be waiting on, etc... The TCT tour was professionally organised and was excellent. From chatting with other travellers at brekky and seeing the masses of local and overseas tourists at all the attractions, without our TCT guides we would have spent a HUGE amount of time getting there, getting tickets and lining up for everything, and spending crazy amounts of time communicating through phone translation apps (generally there are very few English speakers). We reckon that with our TCT guides we got AT LEAST twice as much time everywhere we wanted to be, with private drivers taking us straight from place to place with no waiting, the guides getting us in everywhere with minimal delays, and taking us straight to nice nearby restaurants for good lunches (included in the tour price), giving us maximum quality time enjoying ourselves in nice places. So we can totally recommend TCT and Vicky Lu.. great job, reliable, no hassles, and thanks very much for an exceptional China tour Vicky!!
waderer63

5.0

After days of walking around visiting different places in China we came to Guilin. It is such a picturesque town! Top China Travel lived up to its name-their arrangement was really top class! Raylene at TopChina was wonderful-right from chalking out our entire itinerary, making changes as we wanted, booking flights/trains/hotels/transport...everything was smooth as the famed china silk! Our guide in Guilin was well informed & friendly & we had a very relaxing day on the Li river cruise.The scenery is amazing, the food on the boat is pretty good & we spent the afternoon strolling around Yangshuo. Very happy with all the arrangements!
bp1234_12

5.0

Very satisfied with my recent Beijing>XIAN> Shanghai tour with Top China Travel. I wanted to have the services of a tour to navigate China given the language and short visit. From the inception Joyce my tour coordinator was very helpful and responded promptly to my many questions and clarifications. All aspects of the tour and options were very well explained and communicated. Guides were very knowledgeable and communicated with no issues in English. They were prompt, informative, helpful and Jolly which made the experience more pleasant. All aspects of the trips including internal train and flights were well planned and orchestrated so there was never any concerns and confusion at the sites and going on to the next destination. Guides were also helpful in suggesting venues for Dinner and currency exchanges, souvenir shops etc. Special call out to Ocean in Beijing who really goes all out to ensure you have an enjoyable and positive experience. Being an avid traveller, I can certainly recommend Top China Travel.
Ricardotrip

5.0

We had a fantastic trip around China. TCT arranged every thing for us and every thing work out prefectly. The guides in Beijing, Datong, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai were all very friendly, helpfull and recieved us very well. Every one in the group were very pleased with the trip, they just loved the mixture of City, history, and country side. Next year we maybe would like to do a trip to Hunan, Yunnan or Chengdu. Thanks for every thing, and a special thanks for Janet.
Natasha J

5.0

I can't recommend this company enough!!I started talking to Yocky via the chat system on their website, as we wanted to do a 2.5 week trip around China. Our itinerary was:Shenzhen-Beijing-Xian-Kunming-Dongchuan-Chengdu-Guilin-SanyaHere's how things went:1) She was instant in her replies and responded to subsequent emails within the hour (and trust me, I sent A LOT of emails). She was always so thorough and efficient.2) She made us a tailor made trip that covered everything we wanted, including some slightly more off the beaten track attractions.3) She helped us keep to our budget and suggested reasonable things we could cut out when things were too expensive (not something many companies would do as they are trying to make a quick buck).4) She listened to all of our requests for things such as early morning flights, vegetarian food, and readjusting itineraries.5) All our drivers and guides were EXCELLENT; they were prompt, kind, spoke excellent English and had a wealth of knowledge about all the sites we saw. All the cars on our private tours were nice and comfortable and had water.6) Despite asking for 3* hotels, all 7 hotels we stayed in seemed like 4* to us and all included breakfast.7) With such a large and complicated trip there were bound to be a few hiccups (e.g. there was a marathon in Xian one day which meant a lot of roads were closed, so we couldn't access sites). Yocky was in touch with us the entire time and helped us rearrange our plans quickly and ordered complimentary tickets to a show to make up for the inconvenience.We were so nervous about our first trip to China as we speak no mandarin and are strict vegetarian but honestly this was one of the best trips of our life; this company made it so easy for us and I really can't imagine having been able to do it myself any better!
rr201410

5.0

We book a China Tour through TCT. We received great assistance during the planning phase when our trip advisor (Rebecca) gave as details of all the visits, shows and transportation between cities and was very attentive to our demands. The tour was great, run according to the script and we want to send our words of thanks and appreciations for the efforts, knowledge, flexibility and punctuality to our guides: Lily (1) in Beijing, Lily (2) in Xian, Jane in Guilin, David in Chongqing, Helen in Yichang, Ryan in Shanghai. Many thanks to TCT for the great tour of China.
Geonannie

5.0

Top China Travel is the the tops! I booked an 21 day tour of China for my husband and I and from the very first contact with Lily Lui I was totally impressed. We communicated via e-mail and Lily was very quick and helpful with her responses. Because this was not our first trip to China, I wanted an itinerary that was different from the norm. Lily's recommendations were top notch. The hotels she used were top shelf as we requested. Our guides and drivers were fantastic. What impressed me the most was that when we were in China, Lily called to speak to me and make sure everything was going well. When I ran into some issues due to altitude sickness, I contacted her and she had the itinerary changes done and finalized within an hour. This was a private tour with guide and driver and I honestly can say there was not one thing I wished we had done differently. Thanks to Top China Travel and Lily our trip to China was perfect. I will definitely be contacting Lily when we return to China for yet another visit.
FromRichmondVA

5.0

Almost every Guilin hotel can provide something like this tour, including a bus return with a couple of pleasant stops. The basic set up is hotel pickup, transport to a boat loading area, a flotilla of those boats going down the river, and then some time in Yangshuo. But be careful about the return. It is often an add on item for an additional cost, and the connection in Yangshuo can be a bit dicey if your boat happens to be going behind schedule. So book through your hotel and take a phone so you can contact the tour guide if you need to. But you might also want to stay overnight in Yangshuo. That's probably what I would do if I had it to do over.
tannedbabe

5.0

We (party of 4) have only positive reviews for our recent Beijing tour (sept 28 to oct 2, 2017) with Top China Travel. We read other travellers' review before choosing top china travel and they were accurate as our trip was seamless, no hiccups and Linda our english tour guide made sure we got to see as much as we could in those 5 days. Linda met us at the airport without a glitch and took us to Howard Johnson paragon, checked us in and made sure we got everything we needed for the evening. The next day Linda arrived promptly at the hotel to start our tour. Linda made sure we understood when she was explaining the history of all the sites. She knows a lot of historical information, quoting dates and names of emperors, etc. For our lunches she made sure she ordered the spicy food we enjoyed tremendously. When we were leaving Linda came inside the airport to make sure we went to the right counter to check in. Our hats off to the driver Mr. Zhao who was always on time in picking us up at all locations, despite the heavy traffic and some impatient drivers on the road. We had a very positive experience with Top china travel and highly recommend them to all travelers..
William C

5.0

This company has assisted me greatly for more than 3 years. The staff.especiaaly Maggie.are very helpful.prompt innovative. I highly recommend this company for all traval. Hotels.tours.airline tickets.
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