12 Days China Essence Family Tour

Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai

Traveler Reviews


Tour Code: TCT-Family-05

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

 No shopping stops
 Culture Interaction with local family
 Cover the essence destination and wonders of China
 Explore deeply at easy pace & DIY experience
 Classes in Beijing Hutong and Xian cave dwelling
 Farming work in Guilin local farm land
 

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

Price from $ 1703

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Day 1Arrival Beijing
Transfer service to hotel

Meals: No Meal
Hotel: In Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be greeted by our local guide at the airport with TCT signboard. Then our guide will transfer you to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day for you to get over the jet lag.

Beijing Opera
Beijing Opera

Day 2Beijing
Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple Heaven, Facial makeup painting in Hutong

Meals: Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch
Hotel: In Beijing

Today we start to explore this city treasure by a visit to Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest city center square, the locality of numerous major political and historical events. It is the witness of Chinese development. It is only a walking distance from Tian'anmen Square to Forbidden City, the world's existing largest and most complete ancient wooden structure buildings. You will explore the glorious palace halls and gardens for more than 2 hours in Forbidden City, learning the legendary story of the emperors and how the royal family lived there. You will be stunned by the numerous old art treasures exhibited in halls. A la carte lunch is served at a local restaurant to have a taste of the authentic Chinese food at noon time and have a break at the restaurant.

In the afternoon, we will Temple of Heaven, the existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven and a place where the emperors prayed for a year of abundance. In the visit of Temple of Heaven, you will be astonished by the exquisite ancient Chinese architectures. Then we move to a less commercial Hutong nearby. A short walking (around 30mins) along the authentic Hutong will give you a deep impression of the local residents’ live. We stop to visit a local family to learn Facial Makeup Painting for Beijing Opera.

Tour ends by driving back to hotel. Please feel free to consult with your local guide about the evening activities in Beijing, such as the night shows of Beijing.

Good to know:
1. Besides facial makeup painting for Beijing Opera, activities also can be arranged In Hutong: Learn Chinese calligraphy and painting; Learn to make traditional handiworks like Chinese knot and Paper-cutting; See an acrobatic display by a Chinese yo-yo master, and learn to make dumplings/kites with a local family.

2. Besides exploring Hutong on foot, you may also try it by bicycle or richshaw. Whichever you prefer, please share with us. We will make it cater your real needs.

Hutong
Activities in Hutong

Day 3Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, exterior of Bird Nest and Water Cube

Meals: Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch
Hotel: In Beijing

It will be an exciting day today. In the morning, guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby. Today we will visit the must-visit spot in Beijing--- Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the famous sections of China Great Wall. It takes about 2 hours driving from the downtown of Beijing to Mutianyu Great Wall. Mutianyu Great Wall was first built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, making it older than the Badaling section. (*Cable car and slideway are available at Mutianyu Great Wall and included in our itinerary*)

A la carte lunch is arranged at a good restaurant at the foot of Mutianyu. When we drive back to Beijing, we will have a photo stop outside the Bird Nest and Water Cube, which were the famous sites constructed for 2008 Beijing Olympic.

The tour finishes by dropping off at your hotel. If you would like to try local specialty tonight, you could ask for some suggestion about Peking Roast Duck Restaurant.

Good to know:
1. With less commercial and crowds, Mutianyu Great Wall is available to take cable car up and down, or get up by cable car and down by a sled to slide down, which is an exciting option when the weather is nice.

2. Need more time on the Wall, no worries, just tell us when you book this tour, we could arrange a picnic lunch for your family on the Wall.

3. In summer, swimming in the Water Cube is a great choice to cool down and have fun with your beloved children.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 4Beijing-Xian
Summer Place, High speed train to Xian

Meals: Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch
Hotel: In Xian

In the morning, check out from hotel and start to visit the last spots in Beijing --- Summer Palace, the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. The Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake are regarded as the representative of Summer Palace. In the park, you could choose to take a boating trip on the lake, enjoying the beautiful royal garden view. Walk along the Long Corridor--- the longest corridor in the world, admiring the extremely rich and prestigious paintings on the beams of the corridor.

A la carte lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant on the way to Beijing West Railway Station to take high speed train (2nd class seat, duration: about 5-5.5 hours) from Beijing to Xi'an. TCT guide will wait at the exit of Xi'an train station with our signboard and transfer you to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the time.

Good to know:
Beijing zoo
with giant pandas is always attractive to friends no matter from oversea or China. If your family would like to visit giant pandas, please tell us. We could arrange it for you too.

Summer Palace
Summer Palace

Day 5Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Make pottery figurine, Ancient City Wall

Meals: Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch
Hotel: In Xian

Today we start to explore the ancient city by driving 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. After that you will have a chance to visit a local family and learn to make mini version of pottery figurine by your hands as gift to bring back home.

A Chinese Lunch will be arranged nearby the scenic area of Terracotta Warriors.

In the afternoon, we drive back to the city to 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. (We will visit the Bell Tower instead of the city wall if the weather does not permit.)

Good to Know:
1. Bike-riding on the ancient city wall
is only allowed for children above 10 years old or taller than 1.4 meters (4.6 feet). If your child is too young to ride a bike, you may have a relaxing walk instead or take a golf cart.

2. Shaanxi History Museum is a great place to watch vast collections of ancient cultural artifacts. If you family is fond of Chinese traditional culture, you might choose to visit it. Please notice it closes on Monday.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 6Xian-Guilin
Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Learn Chinese Calligraphy in Tang Bo Art Museum, Fly to Guilin

Meals: Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch
Hotel: In Shanghai

In the morning, we drive to visit the exterior of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and you will have chance to watch the North plaza fountain show. Then head to Tang Bo Art Museum, where gives you brief history and examples of Chinese art. The calligraphy lesson will be arranged and you will learn to write Chinese characters. You will also have chance to learn to make the traditional shadow play.

After lunch, we drive to Xian airport for the flight to Guilin. Your Guilin tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Shadow Play in Tang Bo Art Museum
Shadow Play

Day 7Guilin
Daxu ancient town, Fir Lake and Banyan Lake, Reed Flute Cave

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: In Guilin

In the morning we firstly drive to visit the Daxu Ancient Town with cobbled streets, Wanshou Bridge (Longevity Bridge), ancient buildings and the century-old docks since Ming Dynasty. Walk into the town, you might lucky to see some locals watering plants in their farmland, mostly are vegetables like water spinach, peanuts, carrots, celery, garlic…etc. Then walk back along the Li River, it feels like the outside commercial world disappears and never came here.

Drive back to the city, lunch will be arranged in Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel where you could enjoy a good view of our city mark-Elephant Trunk Hill.

After the enjoyable lunch, the attractive lakes-Fir Lake and Banyan Lake nearby should not be missed. We shall walk around them leisurely (about 0.5-1hr). After that, have a trip to Reed Flute Cave (1 hour) - the showcase of distinctly-colored stalactites and stalagmites.

Fir Lake
Fir Lake

Day 8Guilin
Li River Cruise, West Street, Farming work in Yangshuo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch-box on cruise
Hotel: In Yangshuo

In the morning you will be driven to the Zhujiang Pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours from Guilin to Yangshuo). Savour the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. After disembarkation, you can have a walk along the famous West Street and check in hotel nearby.

In the afternoon, we drive out of the downtown to visit a local farm family in Gaotian village. Follow them to farm in the land with your family together. Roll up your sleeves and trousers for ploughing, sowing, planting and harvesting, each one might be your life-time experience due to the season.

Tours ends by driving back to hotel in Yangshuo.

Good to know:
1. Not so much into farming work, no problem. Try bike-riding in countryside area or Take part into a painting class or Taichiquan course with a local master are also worthy your precious time in Yangshuo.

2. The night Show of Impression Liusanjie is highly recommended as an optional activity in Yangshuo if you are interested in. Feel free to ask our local guide in advance.

Li River Cruise
Li River Cruise

Day 9Guilin-Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, Transfer service between hotel and airport

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: In Shanghai

Today have a leisure morning and we drive to the airport in Guilin directly for the flight to Shanghai.

Good to know:
In the morning of Yangshuo, either countryside tour by bike or bamboo rafting in Yulong river, they both are great experience for your family. Feel free to tell us in advance. We could arrange that to cater your real needs.

Bike-riding in Yangshuo
Bike-riding in Yangshuo

Day 10Shanghai
Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai City History Museum, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Old Street, Nanjing Road

Meals: Breakfast, A la cart Chinese lunch
Hotel: In Shanghai

Today we start our day trip to the foot of The Oriental Pearl TV Tower to visit Shanghai City History Museum (The Former Shanghai Wax Museum), where you will know more about the history and development of Shanghai. Then take the elevator up to the 2nd ball of the TV tower, from which you will have a bird-eye view of Shanghai. Go on driving through Lujiazui, the finance & trade zone in Pudong of Shanghai, where you will find many skyscrapers. We will have a view of the modern skyline of Shanghai.

Then back to the Bund, admire the illuminated buildings lining the Huangpu River. From the Bund, you could see the landmark of Shanghai--- the Oriental Pearl TV Tower as well as other high-rise buildings, just on the opposite of Huangpu River. Enjoy a local lunch in a local restaurant nearby the bund.

After lunch, we continue to visit Yuyuan Garden which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then continue to explore the Shanghai Old Street and Nanjing Road nearby which is the earliest commercial street in Shanghai. Drive 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.

Good to know:
Revolving Restaurant Oriental Pearl Tower
is at the top of the Tower, soaring at 267 meters above Shanghai’s bustling streets. Enjoying a buffet lunch in this top revolving restaurant is an experience unlike any other, with its breathtaking views of the city in full vision beneath and all around you. If you like to try it, please tell us in advance. We could arrange it to suit your interest.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Day 11Shanghai
Free day on your own

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: In Shanghai

Enjoy a free day on your own arrangement.

Good to know:
1. Shanghai Disney Resort
is the first Disney Resort in mainland China. The resort will cover 963 acres in Pudong, Shanghai, approximately 3 times of the size of the Hong Kong Disneyland Park. Shanghai Disney Resort includes a theme park (Disneyland Park), two themed hotels (Toy Story Hotel & Shanghai Disneyland Hotel), shopping and dinning complex (Disneytown) and Wishing Star Park. Have a day trip in Disney Resort with your family might be a good leisure choice for your reference.

2. Plan a half day trip to the water town Zhujiajiao or Xitang; or plan a day trip to the famous city Hangzhou (1hrs) or Suzhou (0.5hrs) by high speed train from Shanghai. Please feel free to share with us your interest, we will work out the itinerary catering your real wants.

Day 12Departure Shanghai
Transfer service to airport

Meals: Breakfast

Free day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for return flight. We can arrange the Maglev train ride to Pudong airport if you are interested in, or we will drive you directly to the airport.

Service Ends

Tour Price (US$ per person)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $2203 $2400
6 ~ 9 pax $1703 $1900
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $2500 $2853
6 ~ 9 pax $1999 $2352
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

mikremedios

5.0

We had a family reunion of sorts in China. Ten of us started in Shanghai, and went through Xian to Beijing. Lily was fantastic (and patient) to work with as we spent months arranging the details. All transfers went perfectly, and all of our guides went the extra mile to make the trip really memorable. We had Vickie in Shanghai, Sally in Xian and Cathy in Beijing; all were outstanding. We were traveling with my 83 yr old mother in law who needed extra care in certain places and all guides made sure she was handled with the utmost care and respect. It was awesome to see! I would highly recommend this company, and would hire them again in a heartbeat. Thank you Lily and all our guides for a fantastic trip!
rae m

5.0

Just returned home to the US after a 6 day China Tour. TCT, our guide Cathy, drivers and Janet our tour organizer all exceeded our expectations. We especially appreciated the ability to shorten or lengthen our days as our energy levels permitted - this was truly a private tour experience.
glenlyndunham

5.0

Wow what can I say, This tour was awesome, Joyce from Top China Travel was amazing, she answered all our questions and organised everything for us including a birthday cake for one of our group. All our guides were friendly and knowledgeable and spoke good English, especially our guide in Beijing CC and also Sally in Xian they made our days. The Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors were some of the highlights enjoyed. The accommodation was of top standard. Overall a very pleasant and enjoyable experience. I would definitely recommend TCT to anyone who is wanting to do a tour of China. I will be using them again for our return trip.
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.
Leandri P

5.0

We did a private tour of Beijing and the Mutianyu portion of the Great Wall in October. The company seamlessly put together the tour for us (graciously making changes to accommodate our preferences) without any problems. All the staff I dealt with (Joyce as the organizer and Sisi as the tour guide) was absolutely fantastic. Very kind and knowledgeable people who goes out of their way to make suggestions to ensure the most amazing experience you could possibly have. I wholeheartedly recommend this company for anyone wanting to travel to China. Truly an amazing company!
dp0k0rny

5.0

We prepared for our stay in MAY 13 nights Tour in China. All local services have been arranged by TOP CHINA TRAVEL in direct cooperation with Janet Chan. We rcvd. all recommendations for program items and its arrangement, all needs were solved immediately, all replies also in the evening and very fast. Seen places: Peking, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Huangshan and Shanghai. All services booked perfectly, local guides with great assistance and service. Janet checked out the situation with our group all the time during stay in China. Great work, thank you.
Dennis L

5.0

We spent 3 days in Beijing and were so pleased with the tour including Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and The Great Wall
jpreichert

5.0

We hired TCT as a private guide as we traveled from Shanghai to Beijing with lots of stops in between. We had the most incredible time. Our tour guides and drivers were professional and amazing. Each tour guide treated us as if we were part of their family. They were always prompt and courteous. Most importantly, their knowledge kept us wanting to know more. We loved the traditions and cultures. We highly recommend the Impression shows, especially the one on West Lake. Our favorite over night arrangements was when we stayed at Courtyard 7 in the Hutong, in Beijing. It was nice being part of the culture. Thanks TCT for a most memorable trip.
Robin C

5.0

We wanted to do a short tour while stopping in Chengdu before flying to Kunming. We had used TCT very successfully before for a tour of Yunnan so they were our natural choice. As before the service we received was excellent. Daniel Mo, who was our email contact at the company was prompt and very efficient in his dealings. David our guide was knowledgeable and spoke very good English. The Old Chengdu Club hotel was excellent and our driver very steady! Trip arrangements were immaculate and the day trip to the Bifeng Panda reserve a sheer delight. I can happily recommend TCT
Shivwei

5.0

My husband is from USA and I am from Malaysia, we recently planned to have our lifetime honeymoon in Kunming, so I probed though website and the sale representative Janet Chan manifests her zealous assistance through this, her email provided all the details and even her enjoyable experiences traveling with her family, this in turns projected the values of life with our loved ones during the journey. Thank you very much Janet Chan, you have indeed done a great job through your services to provide useful information. May your company has more business to come. Wei lee
yunhoh212

5.0

I traveled Zhangjiajie with my wife. After finding TCT, I customized my travel with TCT. Vicky in TCT offered me a right plan that I was looking for. Travel guide, Victor was sincerely guided us and responded to our on-site requests. I left my earrings in the hotel and contacted Victor for it. With his help, Hotel sent it to me with one-day shipping and I received it safely. This made my travel more enjoyable with one more great memory. Zhangjiajie is must see place. I still remember breath-taking view. With kind people, it is more shiny.
hollihowe

5.0

From the moment we started planning this private tour trip our experience was very professional and accommodating. Our guides were first rate, the sites we saw were amazing and we are glad our guide in Beijing altered the days of our site seeing because of bad weather, so make sure we got to see everything we wanted. Saw many sites, had time to shop, and were not pressured into anything. We traveled with 7 family members ages 20 to 74 and there was something for everyone. Would highly recommend this tour company.
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.
Linda S

5.0

The scenes were amazing. The boat was air conditioned, food was mediocre. A four hour tour that didn't disappoint. A short walk to the hotel.
Neumannafn

5.0

We took a Li river tour into the mountains on our only day off. All I can say is do not miss this opportunity. The views are spectacular and you will even go past the scene on the back of the 20 yuan bill. Amazing!
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