18 Days Experience the Southwest Paradise of China

Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Shanghai

Traveler Reviews


Tour Code: TCT-Scenic-06

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

Enjoy the hisotrical and cultural sightseeing in Beijing and Xian, like Forbidden City and Terracotta Warriors.

Be amazed by the magnificent Great Wall in Beijing.

You will be impressed by the incredible natural beauty of Guilin and the amazing Yunnan.

 

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

Price from $ 2693

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Day 1Arrival Beijing
Transfer service to hotel

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

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China and one of the great travel destinations of the World, offers sights and cultural relics found no where else on Earth. Be met at the ansferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Beijing City View
Beijing City View

Day 2Beijing
Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven

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

Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tian'anmen Square, the World's largest urban square and the Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. You might easily imagine the vivid spectacle of a great sacrifice to the Heavens for a good harvest here.  Peking Opera is available for your optional night entertainment(on your own expense)

Beijing Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven

Day 3Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, Bird Nest, Water Cube

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

The star attraction of China is its Great Wall, a massive defensive structure built to keep intruders from entering the mainland. Today you will have the opportunity to traverse the ancient steps of Mutianyu Great Wall which is one of the best-preserved and most accessible sections. Then back to the city. Enroute we will have a photo stop at Bird Nest and Water Cube. Peking Roasted Duck will be a good choice as your optional dinner(on your own expense).

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 4Beijing - Xian
Hutong tour, Take high speed train to Xian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:New Century Hotel Xi'an ★★★★

In the morning, take a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw to visit the ancient lanes and alleyways of Beijing. This Hutong Tour will give you an insight into the lives of ordinary Chinese people and reveal their social culture in today's Beijing City. Be transferred to the train station for the flight to Xian in the afternoon.

Xian City View
Xian City View

Day 5Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall, Muslim Quarter

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:New Century Hotel Xi'an ★★★★

Enjoy your full day visit to the Terracotta Warriors, one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. And then, visit the massive Xian City Wall, which stretches round the old city. Xi'an was always a walled city, and today’s wall represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. After that, you could have a free time at Mulism Quarter for you to explore the local specialty and snacks. There is also the option to attend fantastic Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner(on your own expense).

Xian City Wall
Xian City Wall

Day 6Xian - Guilin
Shaanxi History Museum, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Fly to Guilin

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

Finish up your Xian tour by visiting the famous Shaanxi History Museum. After lunch, visit to Small Wild Goose Pagoda, where you could also have chance to visit Jianfu Temple as well as the local shadow play. Then you will be transferred to the airport to board a short flight to Guilin, a well-known scenic city in southwestern China.

Guilin City View
Guilin City View

Day 7Guilin
Longji Rice Terraces Scenic Area, Minority Village

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

It will be a quite different day today. Pick up from hotel lobby in the morning, drive for about 2 hours to visit the famous Longji Rice Terraces Scenic Area, enjoying the magnificent view created by the man-made power. You will also have chance to visit the local minority village and enjoy the local food which can be only seen in mountainous area. There are Zhuang and Yao people residing here. In the late afternoon, drive back to Guilin for overnight. Four Lake Night cruise can be your optional night activities which you could discuss and book with the local guide.

Longji Rice Terraces
Longji Rice Terraces

Day 8Guilin
Li River Cruise to Yangshuo, West Street, Countryside tour, Drive back to Guilin

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch box
Recommended Hotel:Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

In the morning you will be driven to the 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. The landscape from Guilin to Yangshuo is truly a masterpiece of nature. The crystal waters, straight-out-of-a-painting mountains, peaceful farm fields, hard-working-but- ever-smiling fishermen and wandering water buffaloes inspire poetic musings of Guilin’s charming life.  After disembarkation, have a walk along the famous West Street. In the late afternoon, take a bicycle riding to enjoy the beauty of Yangshuo countryside and Yulong River area before the transfer back to Guilin.

Li River Cruise
Li River Cruise

Day 9Guilin - Kunming
Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Fly to Kunming

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime ★★★★

Today before you flight to Kunming, you will have a short city tour to Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin City and then the colorful Reed Flute Cave, the showcase of distinctly-colored stalactites and stalagmites. After the tour, be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Kunming.

Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill

Day 10Kunming
Stone Forest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime ★★★★

Depart from your hotel in the morning, you will take a visit to the Stone Forest, created by ancient winds and water erosion over millions of years. The tall rocks seem to emanate from the ground in the manner of stalagmites, with many looking like trees made of stone, creating the illusion of a forest of stone. It has been known since the Ming Dynasty as the first wonder of the World. After the tour, you will be driven back to Kunming.

Stone Forest
Stone Forest

Day 11Kunming - Dali
Fly to Dali, Erhai Cruise, Three Pagoda, Xizhou Bai's Houses, Dali Ancient Town

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Gurong Hotel ★★★★

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for a short flight to Dali, the ancient political, economic and cultural center of Yunnan area. Upon arrival, you will first be transferred to the pier and take an Erhai Cruise for relaxing. Then in the afternoon, then visit Three Pagodas, the symbol of the history of Dali, and Xizhou Bai's Houses (Yan's Courtyard included) where you can see what the Bai people's houses like. Then drive back to check in hotel in ancient town and visit Dali Ancient Town, a gateway to the ancient Silk Road in Southwestern China.

Congsheng Three Pagodas
Congsheng Three Pagodas

Day 12Dali - Lijiang
Take train to Lijiang, Lijiang Ancient Town

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Lijiang Golden Path Hospitality Hotel ★★★★
Optional tours & activities in Dali: Half day tour to visit Mt. Cangshan; Riding a bicycle around Erhai Lake to enjoy the beautiful landscape; Or you can learn tea making with local people.

Free at leisure in the morning for you to explore Dali before departure. Then check out from hotel at noon time and take train (about 2 hours) from Dali to Lijiang. Our local guide will help you to check in at the station. Upon arriving at Lijiang, the local tour guide will pick you up and help you with hotel check-in.  You can choose to walk around in Lijiang Ancient Town , walking down the cobblestone streets over 700 years and see the Naxi way of life which chaned little over time.

Lijiang Old Town
Lijiang Ancient Town

Day 13Lijiang
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yufeng Temple, Baisha Mural

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Lijiang Golden Path Hospitality Hotel ★★★★

In the morning drive about half an hour to visit Jade Dragon Sown Mountain (cable car and green vans available in the scenic area). After lunch, visit Yufeng Temple, displaying a harmonious mix of architectural styles of Han Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism and local Naxi Dongba Religion. And then visit Baisha Mural in the ancient capital of Naxi Kingdom in Baisha village.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Day 14Lijiang - Shangri-La
Drive to Shangri-La (4 hours), The 1st Bend of Yangtze River, Tiger Leaping Gorge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Blossom Hill Inn Shangri-la ★★★★

In the morning, take another 4hours driving, the famous lost paradise Shangri-la is waiting for you, a place with stunning scenery, the azure sky and the hospitality of unsophisticated people. Enroute, we will have stop at Tiger Leap Gorge, which the upstream of Yangtze River. Besides, we will also view the 1st Bend of Yangtze River.

Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge

Day 15Shangri-La
Songzanlin Lamasery, Potatso National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Blossom Hill Inn Shangri-la ★★★★

Today, begin your exciting tour with a visit to Songzanlin Lamasery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, then visit Potatso National Park (green vans available in scenic area) after lunch. As China's first national park, it mainly consists of two lakes- Shudu and Bita, the distance between takes about half an hour's driving by green van.

Songzanlin Namasery
Songzanlin Namasery

Day 16Shangri-La - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai

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

Enjoy your own free time then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai and be transferred to the hotel to catch up on some rest.

Shanghai City View
Shanghai City View

Day 17Shanghai
Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower

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

A full day of sightseeing starts with Yuyuan Garden, a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then visit Chenghuangmiao Old Street and the Bund, Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade. After a local food lunch, Continue the trip to Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which is the most famous landmark of Shanghai. In the evening, the breathtaking Acrobatics Show is available for your optional night entertainment.

the Bund
the Bund

Day 18Departure Shanghai
Transfer service to airport

Meals: Breakfast

The vacation is over all too soon as you're transferred to the airport to board the homebound flight, bidding a fond farewell to China, and we know you'll be back.

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Tour Price (US$ per person)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $3393 $3624
6 ~ 9 pax $2693 $2924
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $3774 $4012
6 ~ 9 pax $3074 $3311
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $4179 $4628
6 ~ 9 pax $3478 $3928
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, 2021 to Feb 28, 2022, 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.

Traveler Reviews Feedbacks & Photos >>

5.0

santiwest

5.0

My teenage daughter and I had the most wonderful experience visiting China for 15 days during the month of June. It was our first trip to China and it was absolutely one of the best trips that we have ever done! We visited Shanghai-Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Yangshuo and also the Longji Rice Terraced Fields and a couple of small towns to experience the everyday chinese life. This was a private tour, so we had a few requests when it came to hotels and other choices and what made this tour SIMPLY PERFECT was the help of Joyce from TCT -A wonderful, extremely professional tour coordinator, Joyce was in permanent contact with us regarding every matter of our tour, also providing us with train and flight information, options of tours and giving us the absolutely best suggestions when it came to choose our itinerary and even if for personal reasons we had to completely change the itinerary at the last minute, she was really accommodating and helpful. Her customer service was impeccable and her willingness to help had no limits! Once we arrived there,we never felt alone as all tours guides were just wonderful (Johnny, Linda, and Annie are simply the best!!), they were always on time waiting for us on our arrival at the train station or airport, always on time to pick us up at the hotels, always willing to answer questions and giving us the best suggestions in each of the cities we visited. Not only they provide us with tour explanations, history and interesting facts of each of the places we visited, what we really appreciated is that all the tour guides helped us during our check in at the hotels and stayed with us during our departure from each of the cities, at the train station and airports, which made us feel really safe and cared for. On a scale of 1 to 10 if I have to rate TCT I will definitely give them a perfect 10!! This was a very special trip for me and my daughter and TCT made this the absolutely perfect experience. I will have not one bit of a doubt to recommend them and to use them again on a future trip to China!
snoopy10463

5.0

We booked our trip with Top China Travel a private tour and was amazing experience. We were 4 people , just ladies. It was very well organized, our Spanish guides in the different cities very good especially Leon in Xian, the best. They were very knowledgeable and took care of us. Every time we went to another city, they didn't leave us until the check-in at the different airports. Our agent Raylene did an excellent job, organizing our trip, she was on top of everything. Thanks Raylene for our unforgettable vacation.
Anirudh_Goyal

5.0

We just got back from a week long trip in China covering Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu with TCT. We did Hangzhou and Shanghai on our own. TCT was suggested by a friend since his friend had used them before. My wife and I found Tina from TCT to be excellent and very helpful and accommodative in organizing our trip - including helpful suggestions on where to eat etc. she even organized our inter city travel tickets - we flew on China Eastern. Our guides in Xi'an (Paul) and in Chengdu (Lin) were simply fantastic. Paul was extremely professional, knowledgable and helpful. His explanations and English were super and he has lived in the US before. Lin was extremely friendly, kind and helpful - we had a fantastic time with her. Her English was super and we had a lot of fun in the trip. Both Paul & Lin are extremely good and enthusiastic about what they do and anyone having them as guides are very lucky - they even helped us in ordering food and interacting with the locals and adjust our itinerary. In Beijing you need to have strong legs and our guide Grace surely had them. Grace is friendly and energetic. The ground transportation used was excellent and the drivers were safe and courteous. Overall a great experience and would definitely recommend TCT. We stayed in the Shangri-la chain of hotels throughout our trip and they were simply fantastic - excellent service, breakfast, locations and room - really felt like a home. Absolutely no regrets in our choices for Our China trip.
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!
Wilfred B

5.0

My wife and I planned our two-week tour of China with Maggie of TCT to include Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xi'an and Beijing. We found her to be incredibly prompt and helpful in responding to our emails and flexible in altering the preliminary itinerary to meet our needs. TCT's guides in each of the cities were competent, personable young professionals, well-informed and able to make every day an exciting and knowledge-quenching experience. Again, they were also flexible, caring and responsive to our needs. Overall, we had a fantastic vacation and compliment Maggie and TCT on their outstanding customer service and program quality.
PunkNelson

5.0

Great Hotel stay Very Nice Tour guides Convenient planned daily trips Average selection of restaurant for food though
Jeff D

5.0

I just returned for a wonderful China tour. I booked through TCT and Tracy was fantastic. My entire trip was amazing, I went to four cities, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu and Beijing. I had the private tours with private guides which I highly recommend. My guides, Chris, Lily, Fen and Neil were fantastic. Neil in Beijing was absolutely amazing! I am already thinking about a trip back.
travelover007

5.0

We found TCT through a random internet search when looking for a local Chinese travel agency to help us plan our 2-week trip to China. We had a basic idea of what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go and Janet (our efficient and friendly TCT agent) put together a great itinerary for us that started in Beijing and ended in Hong Kong. We corresponded with her exclusively over e-mail and her responses were always punctual and on-point. The itinerary was very reasonably priced and TCT was able to organize everything from local hotel stays, restaurant meals, airport transfers, internal train and plane tickets and excursions in each city (e.g. great wall, etc.) As well, we were a group of 4 (myself, my husband and our in-laws) and our tours and transfers were almost always exclusively private. The guides in each city were knowledgeable and spoke decent English. Overall, we were very satisfied with TCT's services. I would recommend TCT if you are looking for a reliable one-stop shop to organize your China travels from start to end.
Jay_L_Carpenter

5.0

The experiences, fantastic, as well brilliant, and phenomenal, these words—amongst so many others—describe, in-part, the truly unique, and special journey that 'Top China Travel' ('TCT') affords those fortunate enough to partake within their crafted adventures. From the beginning, and throughout, the quality in terms of service, to the locations themselves, and the opportunities afforded/provided (in terms of versatility, and optional/additional further experiences made available) was exceptional, and I have Bonnie Luo to thank for this, who was the Top China Travel representative involved within orchestrating/organising this. I was able to thank her in person, and I'm so very appreciative of this also, as her dedication, professionalism, and interest was outstanding. She excelled in being able to turn wants, into reality, and a recommendation to her in particular, as well 'Top China Travel' as a company, comes highly.
Rosemay N

5.0

Top China Travel, in Guilin, organized the transfer from Railway station, Hotel stay, and day trip - seat in coach( 6 persons , with an english speaking tour guide , for the day tour). It was well organized. Day tour included hotel pick up and drop-off, entrance fees, chinese lunch, and a folk custom show. The cable car ride - about 25 mins- was optional, but it was worth it, as reach top quicker , as can have a bird-eye view of the terraced fields, before walking down through the local village. walk- down -took about one hour. First time I booked Top China Travel, through the Internet, and am happy with the service.
Marco C

5.0

Outstanding - I would recommend them to anyone who wants a private china tour. We spent 15 days there and jump from place to place. The tour guides were great. always on time and did everything we wanted. They all spoke great english. They planned and booked everything for us. The company went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied with everything.
jeanettey54

5.0

Both my husband and me booked a 8 Days tour self designed, no shopping China tour with TCT in Nov 2018. Yocky is the best consultant that I have worked with. She is so responsive and patient with all my request from the planning stage to the end of the tour. I was so impressed with Yocky answering my message even at 6am in the morning due to flight delay. We are so thankful that she had always tried her best to help and take action with some unhappiness with hotels and other issues. Without hesitation, I would strongly recommend TCT to everyone interested to tour China.
Antonello Supino

5.0

We had a 12 day private tour in China mainland (Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, Guilin) terminating in HK. All went well, mostly thanks to Lily, our tour organizer who was always available and sorted out any little misunderstanding that happened along the route. Also she was very patient as for months spent time with me to customize the trip in every single particular, so that I could for example pick my preferred 5star hotels and book them directly, chose activities and food. Transportation was very good, modern and clean large vehicles. Also they arranged internal bullet trains and flights. We also went to optional night show in Beijing and to the night cruise in Guilin, both were great. All guides were experienced although a couple of them did not speak perfect English, but enough. I would recommend this tour operator.
jdivens2017

5.0

I recently visited China with my son and his friend. Janet Chan’s patience with us as we kept changing our minds on where to go and what to do was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to China. Starting in Chengdu we were met at the airport by Summer and the driver. They were on time and Summer was excellent with explanations and answered all our questions. She did not rush us and we had the time to see and take all the pictures we wanted. On To Xi’an . We were met at the airport by Lili and the driver. She was knowledgeable and very interesting. While visiting the Terracotta Soldiers she made sure that we had the best views and even helped us with finding the best prices for our souvenirs. She suggested we visit the wall and while there we saw the night time show. We also visited the People’s park ( a suggestion from Lili) and were amazed at all the activities there. We had decided to visit Pingyao on our own and really enjoyed walking around the city and even visited the underground castle. As we did not book any tours for this town our kind host at the hostel drove us to the castle and back. While there I lost my train ticket. We contacted Janet, and her agent, the driver and the train station were extremely helpful in helping me. When we arrived in Beijing the driver went out of his way to help me get the refund for my ticket and I will be forever grateful. We had only one issue through no fault of Top China Travel, with the guide the day we went to the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and The Temple of Heaven. We were picked up on time, we were rushed through the Forbidden City with little explanation. There was no time to visit or take pictures. We did have more time in the afternoon for the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace but I would have like more information about all three. Our last day was memorable . The Great Wall that Janet suggested was spectacular and I managed to walk to the tenth post. We had more than enough time to enjoy this experience. A short tour of Water Town after an excellent lunch was also included. Even though it took longer to reach our destination the spectacular views were so worth the bus ride and on the way we got to see the country side. We found the people of China most helpful, friendly and kind and it is a trip I will remember forever. I thank you, Janet for your help in making this amazing trip of a lifetime possible and being there when we needed help. Needless to say I would not hesitate to recommend Top China Travel to anyone. They are very professional and you get the feeling that they personally care that you have a great China experience. Janine
Maria Soledad R

5.0

After doing a long long internet research about the best itineraries and competitive prices for private tours, I decided to book with Top China Travel. My tour advisor was Lily, from Guilin. Always there to help me and accommodate my expectations and needs. I decided to visit Guilin, Yangshuo, Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang. My tour guides, Annie (Guilin) and Linda (Zhangjiajie) were outstanding; together with the drivers. I felt safe and very well looked after all the time. Unfortunately I had very bad luck with the weather, so the only thing I would encourage Top China Travel to do in the future is to advise on the weather and which are the best seasons or months to travel to each scenic spots. Anyway, I had a great time and because of weather conditions I could get some of the itineraries changed without much issues...LILY YOU WERE GREAT! The suggested hotels and restaurants were very good and exactly what I expected. MANY THANKS...I will keep the best memories from this trip. Maria (From Argentina)
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