12 Days China Golden Essence Tour

Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong

Tour Code: TCT-Classic-07

Tour Type: Private Tour

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

Price from $ 2453

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Tour Feature

  Covering 5 most popular tourist destinations in China
  One of the best sellers in Top 10 China Tours
  Reasonable price, awesome private trip and service beyond your expectation
  Hand-picked scenic spots combined with fine-designed itinerary to make you an impressive holiday
 

What to Expect

Day Destination Highlights
01 Beijing Transfer service to hotel
02 Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Temple of Heaven, Panjiayuan Antique Market
03 Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, the exterior of Bird Nest and Water Cube
04 Beijing Xian Hutong Tour by rickshaw, Summer Palace
05 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Tang Bo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter
06 Xian Shanghai Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square, Hanyang Mausoleum
07 Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple,  the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Old Street, The Bund
08 Shanghai Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill, Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park
09 Guilin Yangshuo Li River, West Street, Silver Cave, Langzi Ancient Village
10  Guilin Hong Kong Yangshuo countryside, Yulong River
11 Hong Kong
The Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Gem Factory Outlet
12 Hong Kong Transfer service to airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Beijing

Meals: No Meals
Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. You will be greeted and met by TCT tour guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel, whenever your flight arrives in Beijing. After check-in, free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Beijing City View
Beijing City View
 

Day 2Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel:Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★
Sightseeing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Temple of Heaven, Panjiayuan Antique Market
 

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the historical city of Beijing.
[09:30-12:30] You will reach the Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Walk through the square and visit today’s highlight: Forbidden City , the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Hike to Jingshan Park, where gives a nice panoramic view of the Forbidden City at the top of Coal Hill.
[12:30-14:00] Lunch time at Shi Yuan Restaurant, Chinese local food, famous for the braised eggplant, vegetable ball, and diced chicken with walnuts in soya sauce.
[14:00-16:30] Visit Temple of Heaven, which was used to pray for harvest by the emperors. It is China's existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven. Shopping time at Panjiayuan Antique Market and Pearl Market.
[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night show or the Peking duck dinner with your guide and ask for suggestions.


Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
 

Day 3Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★
Sightseeing: Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, The exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube
 

[08:00-08:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Great Wall.
[08:30-12:30] Drive to Mutianyu Great Wall, which section is more popular among foreign visitors. Upon arrival, you can choose to hike on the Great Wall, or take cable car up and walk around.
[12:30-13:30] Lunch time at Xiaolongpu Restaurant, famous for the vegetable food, such as fried vegetables, dry-fried beans, sweet corn cake
[13:30-16:30] Drive back to Beijing city, while you can take a nap in the car. Visit the exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube, the amazing architectures that built for Beijing Olympic Games. After that you will experience Chinese tea at tea house.
[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night activities, such as foot massage, houhai night bars and Sanlitun bar street.


Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
 

Day 4Beijing Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★
Sightseeing: Beijing Hutong, Summer Palace
 

[09:30-10:00] You will have enough time to pack up and check out. Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and have half day leisure tour in Beijing.
[10:00-11:30] Drive to Drum Tower area for taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw , which is the way to know the Beijing local lifestyle.
[11:30-14:30] Drive to Summer Palace, which is the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. Boat ride on Kunming Lake is included. Lunch will be arranged at nearby restaurant, named Xiangyangtun, with opera stage inside.


After lunch, 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.
 

Summer Palace
Summer Palace
 

Day 5 Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★
Sightseeing:Terracotta Warriors, Tang Bo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter
 

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Ancient city.
[09:30-12:30] Drive to  Terracotta Warriors and explore one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. Shuttle bus will be arranged for your convenience.
[12:30-14:00] Lunch time at Lanchi Restaurant, professional for buffet and local food, such as dim sum, noodles and Chinese hamburger.
[14:00-17:00] Afternoon visit Tang Bo Art Museum, where gives you brief history and examples of Chinese art. The calligraphy lesson will be arranged and you will be taught how to write a couple of Chinese characters. Then visit the Bell tower, which is the largest bell tower in structure and shape and the best-preserved one in China. Continue to visit Muslim Quarter and enjoy your shopping time there.
[17:00-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night activities, such as Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner.


Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors
 

Day 6 Xian Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Sunrise On The Bund Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square, Hanyang Tomb

[09:30-10:00] You will have enough time to pack up and check out. Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and have one day leisure tour in Xian before leaving for Shanghai.
[10:00-12:30] Visit the Ancient City Wall, which represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Bicycle or sightseeing car will be arranged on the wall to go around. After that visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and you will have chance to watch the North plaza fountain show.
[12:30-16:30] Special lunch will be arranged as dumpling banquet at local restaurant. After lunch, drive to Xian airport, on the way visit the Hanyang Mausoleum, the largest museum with largest floor space in China.


Fly to Shanghai. Your Shanghai tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Xian City Wall
Xi'an City View
 

Day 7Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Sunrise on the Bund Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Jade Buddha Temple, the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden; Shanghai Old Street, The Bund
 

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Modern city of China.
[09:30-12:30] Visit Jade Buddha Temple, which is famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, which is said to weigh 1,000 kg.Then visit the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, while walking on Riverside Promenade Bingjiang Da Dao.
[12:30-13:30] Lunch time for the local special food, Dim Sum and Steamed Bun
[13:30-16:30] Visit Yuyuan Garden, which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown, shopping time at Shanghai Old Street and Nanjing Road which is the earliest commercial street in Shanghai, you could look for some special souvenirs and silk product there. After that, enjoy a leisure walk along the Bund, famous for groups of buildings known as "a Gallery of world architecture".
[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night Acrobatic Show, especially the ERA show, which is one of the most popular evening entertainments in Shanghai.


the Bund
The Bund
 

Day 8Shanghai Guilin

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Elephant Trunk Hill, Riyueshuangta Cultural Park

Free day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for flight to Guilin.

Fly to Guilin. Your Guilin tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.In the afternoon, visit Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin.Walk to Riyueshuangta Cultural Park next to Shahu Lake, which is famous for the golden and silver twin pagodas.

Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill
 

Day 9Guilin Yangshuo

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Green Lotus Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Li River, West Street, Silver Cave, Langzi Ancient Village
 

[08:00-08:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Li River on Cruise.
[09:30-14:00] Enjoy Li River Cruise tour with buffet lunch on board. Deluxe cruise will be arranged with decent facility and good service. Savor the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. You can go on the sundeck or just sit and appreciate the view from the picture windows. After disembarking, walk through the West Street or take sightseeing car to the parking lot. Check-in the hotel in Yangshuo and take a refreshment rest.
[14:30-17:00] Drive to Silver Cave, which is the typical karst cave that goes through 12 hills totally. It is worth a visit there. After that, discover the nearby Langzi Ancient Village, which is well preserved. Walk in the ancient architectural complex in Ming & Qing dynasty and also experience the life of local residents.
[17:00-17:30] Drive back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the Impression of Liu Sanjie or just hang out at West Street night bars.


Li River
Li River
 

Day 10Guilin Hong Kong

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Eaton Hotel Hong Kong ★★★★
Sightseeing: Yangshuo countryside, Yulong River
 

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Yangshuo countryside.
[09:30-13:00] Enjoy Yangshuo countryside leisure tour by bike or electromobile. We offer two options for your selection. This route covers the highlights of Yangshuo village, from Jima to Chaoyang about 15 km. lunch will be arranged at farmhouse courtyard nearby Yulong River. The meal is exactly the local dishes, such as beer fish; Yangshuo tianluonian; stewed pork with taros. After lunch, back to your hotel by bike and check-out.


Drive from the expressway to Guilin airport about 1.5 hours. Fly to Hong Kong in the afternoon. Your Hong Kong driver guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Yangshuo Biking Tour
Yangshuo Countryside Tour
 

Day 11Hong Kong

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Eaton Hotel Hong Kong ★★★★
Sightseeing:The Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Gem Factory Outlet

Today, enjoy your half day city tour (SIC join in basis, 4.5 hours ) 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.


Victoria Harbor
Victoria Harbour
 

Day 12Departure Hong Kong

Meals: Breakfast

Pack-up & check-out. Free day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for return flight. Your pick-up time will be reconfirmed by our tour guide beforehand according to your departure flight timing. Anyway, shopping spree before leaving for the airport

Service End

Day 1Arrival Beijing

Meals: No Meals
Accommodation: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★


Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. You will be greeted and met by TCT tour guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel, whenever your flight arrives in Beijing. After check-in, free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Beijing City View
Beijing City View
 

Day 2Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the historical city of Beijing.
Morning visit Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world;today’s highlight: Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Hike to Jingshan Park for a nice panoramic view of the Forbidden City at the top of Coal Hill.

After Lunch time at Shi Yuan Restaurant, visit Temple of Heaven, which was used to pray for harvest by the emperors. Shopping time at Panjiayuan Antique Market and Pearl Market before back to hotel.

Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
 

Day 3Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Great Wall.
Drive to Mutianyu Great Wall, which section is more popular among foreign visitors. Upon arrival, you can choose to hike on the Great Wall, or take cable car up and walk around.

After Lunch time at Xiaolongpu Restaurant, Drive back to Beijing city, while you can take a nap in the car. Visit the exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube, the amazing architectures that built for Beijing Olympic Games. Experience Chinese tea at tea house before back to hotel.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
 

Day 4Beijing Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★

Morning pick up from your hotel lobby, Drive to Drum Tower area for taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw, which is the way to know the Beijing local lifestyle. Continue visit to Summer Palace, which is the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China.
After lunch, be transferred to the airport for the 2 hours flight to Xian.

Summer Palace
Summer Palace
 

Day 5 Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★

Hotel pick up in the morning, then drive to  Terracotta Warriors and explore one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation.

After lunch time at Lanchi Restaurant, visit Tang Bo Art Museum, where gives you brief history and examples of Chinese art. Then visit the Bell tower, the largest bell tower in structure and shape and the best-preserved one in China. Continue to visit Muslim Quarter and enjoy your shopping time there.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors
 

Day 6 Xian Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Sunrise On The Bund Hotel ★★★★

Pick up and check out from hotel  and morning visit to the Ancient City Wall, which represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Thenvisit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at the North plaza.

After dumpling banquet lunch, drive to Xian airport. Visit the Hanyang Mausoleum on the way, the largest museum with largest floor space in China. Fly to Shanghai where the airport pick up service is arranged.

Xian City Wall
Xi'an City View
 

Day 7Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Sunrise on the Bund Hotel ★★★★

The city tour starts from hotel pick-up in the morning. Drive to visit Jade Buddha Temple, which is famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels.Then visit the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, while walking on Riverside Promenade Bingjiang Da Dao.

After lunch at local restaurant, Visit Yuyuan Garden, a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Shopping time at Shanghai Old Street and Nanjing Roa, the earliest commercial street in Shanghai. After that, enjoy a leisure walk along the Bund, famous for groups of buildings known as "a Gallery of world architecture".

the Bund
The Bund
 

Day 8Shanghai Guilin

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

Free day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for flight to Guilin.
In the afternoon, visit Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin.Walk to Riyueshuangta Cultural Park next to Shahu Lake, which is famous for the golden and silver twin pagodas.

Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill
 

Day 9Guilin Yangshuo

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Green Lotus Hotel ★★★★

Morning hotel pick-up, transfer to enjoy Li River Cruise tour with buffet lunch on board. Savor the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo.  After disembarking, walk through the West Street or take sightseeing car to the parking lot.

Drive to Silver Cave, which is the typical karst cave that goes through 12 hills totally. Then discover the nearby Langzi Ancient Village. Walk in the ancient architectural complex in Ming & Qing dynasty and experience the life of local residents.

Li River
Li River
 

Day 10Guilin Hong Kong

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Eaton Hotel Hong Kong ★★★★

Enjoy Yangshuo countryside leis ure tour by bike or electromobile in the morning. After a la carte lunch at farmhouse courtyard, hike on the Yulong footpath at Yulong riverside.
Drive to Guilin airport about 1.5 hours. Fly to Hong Kong in the afternoon. Your Hong Kong driver guide will wait for you at the airport  transfer you to the hotel.

Yangshuo Biking Tour
Yangshuo Biking Tour
 

Day 11Hong Kong

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Eaton Hotel Hong Kong ★★★★

Today, enjoy your half day city tour (SIC join in basis, 4.5 hours ) 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.


Victoria Harbor
Victoria Harbour
 

Day 12Departure Hong Kong

Meals: Breakfast

Free day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for return flight. Your pick-up time will be reconfirmed by our tour guide beforehand according to your departure flight timing. Anyway, shopping spree before leaving for the airport

Service End

Prices (per person in US$)

Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
2 ~ 5 pax $2771 $3049
6 ~ 9 pax $2453 $2731

Price includes:
  Domestic flight or high-speed train as specified
  Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
  Private licensed English-speaking guide and driver service
  Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
  All attraction entrance fees as specified
  Meals mentioned in the itinerary, Chinese local food
  China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

Price excludes:
  International Air tickets or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
  Tips to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
  China Entry Visa Fees
  Personal expenses
  Optional tours, meals, activities and services

Remarks:
※   Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2017 to Feb 28, 2018, 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

Optional Activities

City Local Specialties Nights Shows
Beijing Beijing Roasted DuckPeking Opera
Shanghai Xiao Long BaoAcrobatics Show
Guilin Rice NoodleCormorant Fishing Show
Yangshuo Yangshuo Beer FishImpression of Liusanjie

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