21 Days Enjoy the Scenic Yunnan and Mighty Yangtze

Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise, Yichang, Shanghai

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Tour Code: TCT-Scenic-09

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

This tour focuses on the incomparable beauty of Yunnan and Yangtze River.

This panoramic scenic tour also includes the royal-mannered Beijing, ancient Xian and picturesque Guilin

A visit to Yunnan, a colorful land with abundant cultural and natural resources.

End up the journey in Shanghai, this bustling commercial city of eastern China.

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November. p.s. October and early November are the most colorful months of Jiuzhaigou Valley.

Price from $ 2958

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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. Be met at the ansferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Beijing City Tour
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).

Forbidden City
Forbidden City

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 by richshaw, Take high speed train to Xian

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

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.

Beijing Hutong
Beijing Hutong

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

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

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)

Terracotta Warriors Xian
Terracotta Warriors

Day 6Xian - Guilin
Shaaxi 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.

Shaanxi History Museum
Collections of Shaanxi History Museum

Day 7Guilin
Longji Rice Terraces, Ping'an Zhuang 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 biking 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 Guilin
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
Green Lake Park, Flower & Bird Market, Stone Forest

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

Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and visit the Spring City. Enjoy morning leisure tour to Green Lake which is peaceful and a public park for local people. You will see musicians singing and playing and you can also take a paddle boat out and relax on the lake. After that, go directly to Flower and Bird Market, which is the biggest and most exciting market in Kunming where antiques, jewelry, and other handmade crafts can be found. This is a perfect place for entertainment and observing local lifestyle. After lunch, visit to The Stone Forest which is known as the First Wonder of the World and typical karst landform. The magnificent, strange and steep landscape of the Stone Forest creates countless labyrinthine vistas, all of which feature stones in various formations. Animals, plants, and even human figures can be found here.

Green Lake Park
Green Lake

Day 11Kunming - Dali
Bullet Train to Dali, Erhai Lake Cruise, Three Pagodas, Xizhou Bai's Houses, Dali Ancient Town

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

In the morning, you will be transferred to the railway station for a bullet train(about 2hrs) 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.

Three Pagodas Dali
Three Pagodas

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

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

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 Ancient 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 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

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.

Shangri-La Ancient Town
Shangri-La

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 Monastery
Songzanlin Monastery

Day 16Shangri-La - Chongqing
Fly to Chongqing, Check in Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: On Yangtze cruise boat

After breakfast, you will take a flight to Chongqing directly or via Kunming.  Upong arriving at Chongqing, you will start your enjoyable Yangtze River CruiseYangtze is the largest and longest river in China, surpassed only by the Nile of Africa and the Amazon of South America.

Chongqing City View
Chongqing City View

Day 17Yangtze River Cruise
Fengdu Ghost City (optional), Fengdu "Jade Emperor", FengYan SanGuo "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" Show(optional)

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch& Dinner
On Board: Victoria cruise ★★★★★

[06:30-08:30] Early Bird Coffee and Tea; Practice Tai Chi on board and Buffet breakfast.

[09:00-13:30] Shore excursion---Fengdu "Jade Emperor" is aranged in the morning. Or take additional shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City with extra cost. Buffet lunchis served on board.

[16:00-21:30] Late afternoon Captain's Welcome Reception with buffet dinner. In the evening, you can choose to take the additional Shore excursion---FengYan SanGuo "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" Show.

Fengdu Ghost City

Fengdu Ghost City
Day 18Yangtze River Cruise
White Emperor City (optional), Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Goddess Stream

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch& Dinner
On Board: Victoria cruise ★★★★★

[06:30-08:30] Early Bird Coffee and Tea; Practice Tai Chi on board and Buffet breakfast.

[07:30-10:15] Activities on board as you like. Or take Additional Shore excursion to White Emperor City with extra cost.

[10:45-13:00] Sailing through Qutang Gorge & Scenic cruising of Wu Gorge, buffet lunch is served on board.

[15:15-21:45] Shore excursion to Goddess Stream. Evening enjoy Captain's Farewell Banquet and the Crew cabaret.

Qutang Gorge
Qutang Gorge

Day 19Yichang - Shanghai
Three Gorges Dam Site, High speed train to Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: Sunrise On The Bund Hotel ★★★★

[06:00-07:45] Buffet breakfast

[07:45-10:45] Disembark at Maoping cruise terminal, Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site;

After the visiting, the local tour guide will pick you up and transfer to a good local restaurant to have a lunch before being transferred to train station to take high speed rail(about 7.5 hours) to Shanghai. Your Shanghai tour guide will wait for you at the station and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Three Gorge Dam
Three Gorge Dam

Day 20Shanghai
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 Shanghai
the Bund Shanghai

Day 21Departure 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 $3693 $3841
6 ~ 9 pax $2958 $3106
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $4081 $4263
6 ~ 9 pax $3346 $3528
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $4610 $5020
6 ~ 9 pax $3875 $4285
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, 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 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

fweinhappl

5.0

The professional service and arrangements exceeded our expectations. Although we travelled during Chinese autumn holiday and places were crowded, the tour was very pleasant and very well organized. As a Swiss living and working in China, I am very impressed by the diversity and beauty of this country. We have booked several tours with Top China Travel Guilin Tracy (Xi'an, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Huanlong, Zhangjiejie, Guilin) and everything went very smooth from the beginning to the end of our journey. The places we have visited were all super nice and people super friendly.
kelbel51

5.0

Getting too touristy but still really enjoyed. I guess everywhere I go will be tourist infested. I do wish this one could have held on to its authenticity a little more rather than having so many little shopping spots with people trying to sell you their "unique" "handmade" items (which i'm not sure I believe were). But it's also very nice to learn how rice is actually done -- way up here in the mountain. I enjoyed walking all around in the beautiful weather - up and down steps, out to other terraces, through the little enclave in the middle. I enjoyed seeing how very different peoples lives can be. I enjoyed that people still kept their clothing, their methods of doing some things.
Julie B

5.0

My sister and I were looking for an independent tour to China and Tibet and after writing to three different agencies with our proposed route and activities we decided to go with TCT travel. Why TCT? Daniel Mo, our contact person responded quickly to every email that we sent. He was both professional and friendly. An excellent travel agent! The planning was personal. If we didn’t like a proposed hotel or tour, he came up with something better. He made recommendations about sights worth seeing and places worth skipping. Nothing was too much to ask; he wanted us to be satisfied. The other two agencies were more inclined to offer standard hotels and tours. The bank transfers were efficient. There was no hassle with money. Our route: Beijing, Lhasa, Xian, Guilin-Yangshou, Shanghai, a total of 17 days in October. Seeing Tibet was to be the highlight of our trip. Daniel arranged the Tibet permit, a hotel in the center of Lhasa and a local Tibetan guide who was truly amazing. If you have the time and are not frightened off by the high altitude (you must take medicine), go to Tibet!! That being said, our entire China-Tibet trip was fantastic. We enjoyed everything that we did, all of our tours. The hotels had excellent locations (extremely important). Our guides were wonderful and did everything they could to make things run smoothly. They all met us at the airport(s) upon arrival and assisted us at departure. They accompanied us everywhere organizing and translating and of course supplying us with information at all of the tour sights. They ordered our lunches based on what we like to eat (my sister is a vegetarian). We were never herded around like a tour group. The approach was personal and flexible. All of our transportation was arranged perfectly by Daniel/TCT; flights, trains, vans, cars, boats, bicycles and rickshaws. We could not have asked for a better introduction to China and I would certainly recommend TCT to anyone who wishes to travel independently. From the planning phase to the actual execution; excellent!
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.
hahnss

5.0

During the last week in April and the beginning of May 2017, my wife and I toured southwestern parts of China - Guilin, Yangshuo, Xian, Zhangjiajie and Shanghai- in 8 days, starting from Hong Kong. The online booking process with Top China Travel ("TCT") went smoothly with a very knowledgeable and responsive (via e-mails) TCT sales representative, named Janet ("Dan Dan") Chan. It was a private tour with English-speaking guides in private vehicles and via air travels between cities (thus, a bit pricey). The guides all spoke excellent English and drivers were very helpful and courteous. The hotels and China domestic flights, arranged by TCT, were generally very good to excellent. The scenery in Guilin/Yanshuo and Zhangjiajie were breathtaking, although these popular tour destinations were very crowded, as expected. The foods were not as impressive as we expected, sometimes hampered by the language barrier in local Chinese restaurants. All in all, we enjoyed our trip very much, and can recommend TCT to our friends. Steve H.
Guide39633

5.0

Our 14-day tour went great. Our online agent, Yocky, was very responsive to all the questions I had before the trip. We were met and sent off at each airport, railroad, and bus ride by local tour guides of TCT who were prompt, friendly, knowledgeable, and professionals. Thorough in explaining each of the places we visited and gladly took our questions and responded. The hotels we were checked-in were 4 stars as expected, clean and centrally located, clean, and served a great buffet breakfast (included). The respective tour guides effectively managed the time and arranged lunch stops close by the sites we visited thus not wasting touring time. Overall experience was great. Great value for the price of the tour. If we decide to tour other sites in China in the future I will definitely use TCT again.
tkelly542

5.0

We just returned from a very busy 10 tour of China. Maggie was great to work with in planning our trip. Mary was at the airport to meet us in Shanghai and got our trip off to a wonderful start. She was an absolute joy to be around. Annie met us in Guilin. She was a fun bundle of energy and took us on the Li River Cruise. Lena picked us up in Xian. Lena was so sweet and thoughtful and really made sure we had a great time. Daniel met us in Beijing for the last leg of our trip. Daniel was super knowledgeable and fun to be with. He took us up the Great Wall and made lots of memories for us all. All four drivers were courteous and attentive. They made sure we had water and we never waited for a car. Fantastic service by all. The guides all spoke excellent English and really took the anxiety of the language barrier out of the trip. We had great experiences and would highly recommend Top China Travel!
zaheer12a

5.0

I took the boat cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. Lunch was included on board. The day of the trip it was raining, which I felt added something to the ambiance. There aren't any buildings along the way, it's pretty much all nature. I liked the experience personally, but I feel that the price was a little high. The food on board was decent as well, but drinks were outrageously expensive.
AgencyVanGogh

5.0

We have spent two days in Guilin and surroundings with a special interest group of geographers, visited the rice fields/terraces and local vilages, had a nice river cruise. The Tour Operator TCT organized several trips for us in the past all over China and all the service received from them were impeccable thanks to the meticulous work of Janet, our partner. A highly recommended and reliable partner in China for you!
Allessandr0

5.0

I am a tour leader from Italy and this was my first cooperation with Janet and how lucky we met her!! We followed the trip with her to remote areas in China including some ethnic group area in Guizhou province and Sanjiang, Longsheng and Guilin, we enjoyed completely throughout the whole trip and some arrangement even out of our surprise, like we went to Janet’s home to learn how to pack Chinese Ravioli, she invited a Taichi teacher and we had a 1 hour Taichi class inside her home community. Everything was fine and our group members are all like her very much. We strongly recommend Janet Chan (janet@topchinatravel.com) as your China trip consultant! She is so considerate and carefully planned each detail of our trip. Guizhou is a very interesting and primitive place for visiting, you should include in your China trip as well! Thank you Janet! You are very professional!!
World_lover4

5.0

TCT was very helpful in our Guilin trip. We are vegetarians and they made sure we were well fed. We had a private tour with TCT and my only regret was that I wish it had included a Li river cruise to Ghanshou. Make sure you ask for one instead of going by road.
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.
doronbron

5.0

We just came back from an eight days trip with Janet at TCT during March 2017. The trip was tailored to our needs as we were in Shanghai for 5 days before starting our trip. We visited Shanghai Xian and Beijing. The help and service received from Janet and TCT were outstanding. Our guides in Shanghai (Sarah) Xian (Cherry) and Beijing (Cathy) were excellent, they all knew the history and were very flexible. The guides were always on time and we had excellent drivers. We would highly recommend TCT and Janet on your next trip to China.
Tamar727

5.0

We enjoyed our trip very much. Wendy was great, both as a guide and as a person. We had an unfortunate fall accidant during the trip. Wendy and her managers from the office took excellent care of us, stayed with us in the hospital (where almost no one spoke english) and changed the tour plan accordingly. They were also very attentive to our dietary requests during lunch. I highly recommend TCT Guilin.
markingq

5.0

We took a private tour to Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang with TCT and here's my rating: Tour Advisor Lily - Excellent Tour Guide Summer - Excellent Driver - Excellent Sights, Hotel and Restaurants - Excellent It's value for money. Great service. Lily, Summer and the Driver went out of their way to provide an EXCELLENT service. We just booked another tour with TCT...
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