12 Days of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Kunming - Lijiang

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12 Days of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Kunming - Lijiang


Day 1 Arrival in Beijing

Your guide will be waiting to meet you at the Arrival Hall of the airport once you pass through passport control and baggage reclaim. You will be escorted to your hotel and as the remainder of the day is free, you can either relax or get prepared for the 12 days guided tour of China. 

Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing  - the former Sheraton

Day 2 Beijing

After breakfast at the hotel, you will start the escorted China tour with a visit to the famous Tiananmen Square. It is the world's grandest public square and can accommodate one million people. With a history of more than 500 years, it has witnessed the vicissitudes of ancient dynasties and the country's development of modern times. After a brief stroll around the square, we take a short walk to the magnificent Forbidden City. It is one of the famous 'World's Five Palaces' and covers an area of 720 thousand square meters with more than 8,000 halls and rooms. Visiting the Forbidden City, you will definitely be awed by the splendor of this incomparable masterpiece. 

Around noon, rather than use the cheap tourist restaurants favored by most travel agencies, we will take you for an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a well-known, high-quality local restaurant, where you will enjoy real Chinese dishes and taste the Peking Roast Duck. 

The journey continues with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, the royal altar of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was here that the emperor who was regarded as the 'Son of Heaven' worshiped and prayed for heaven's blessing. In the evening, an exciting Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater will conclude your day.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch

Day 3 Beijing

The morning excursion will take you to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, one of the greatest man-made projects in the world. Set among cliffs and steep terrain, Mutianyu Great Wall was an important military pass and a barrier to protect the capital Beijing during the Ming Dynasty. We will arrange the cable car ride for you up and down from the mountain.

It is an effort to complete the wall visit and the tourist restaurants there provide poor meals, which are not up to our service standard, so we suggest you have a generous breakfast at the hotel this morning and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. Our guide will be glad to offer you some suggestions.

Finally, we will pay a visit to a vibrant local market in the downtown area.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an

Your visit today starts with the Summer Palace. Occupying 300 hectares, it is the largest and most beautiful royal garden of the country and is also known as 'The Museum of the Imperial Garden'. Then, we will pass by the Olympic National Stadium (Bird's Nest) with a photo stop.

Around noon, we will take you to an elegant local restaurant for your a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price). After lunch, you will have a special rickshaw tour in Hutong to explore the ancient alleys and courtyards of traditional Beijing. Besides, you will get a chance to learn the Chinese paper cutting during your Hutong visit.

Later in the afternoon, you will take a flight to Xi'an, where your local English-speaking guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel with an experienced driver.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel 

Day 5 Xi'an

Today we spend the whole morning at the Terracotta Army to see the lifelike statues that stood guard over the tomb of the First Emperor, now acknowledged as a wonder of the world. The Terracotta Army is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.

Around noon, you will be served a home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at the house of a local family. This will offer you an opportunity to meet with the local residents and learn to cook Chinese food with the hostess, which is an event that is always very popular among our guests. 

Afterwards, you will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum. The graceful Small Wild Goose pagoda has endured for more than a thousand years. In the museum, you will see displays of precious relics, illustrating the history, culture and glory of this ancient capital city. Tonight, you will have the famous Dumpling Dinner while enjoying the fantastic Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner

Day 6 Xi'an

The morning excursion will start with a visit to the City Wall Park, where you may have joy by experiencing local people's life and even joining them. Here we specially arrange a Tai Chi class for you to practice. Then we visit another famous attraction, the ancient City Wall. Situated in the central part of the city, Xi'an City Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty based on the design of the imperial city of the Tang period. Built for defense of the city, the wall is wider than its height which gives it great stability. If you are interested, you may also ride a bike on the wall. The bike rental charge is not included. An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) is reserved for you at a top local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to Shaanxi History Museum and the famous and age-old Great Mosque. It is one of largest of the four Islamic mosques in China and features Ming and Qing dynasty architecture. Around the mosque, there is a Muslim Street which is the most famous snack street of the city.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch

Day 7 Xi'an - Guilin

This morning you will board a flight to Guilin. Our excellent guide will greet you at the airport and drive you to the hotel for a 2-night stay. Today's itinerary includes the Reed Flute Cave and the Elephant Trunk Hill. The Reed Flute Cave is full of surprises as you walk through the 500 meters or so surrounded by stalagmites and stalactites. These natural formations have a variety of shapes resembling flowers, trees and animals. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel 

Day 8 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin

Guilin is a very popular tourist venue due to its unique and elegant scenery that is best viewed from the Li River. Today we will give you the chance to enjoy the Li River scenery by cruising down to Yangshuo. The amazing landscape unfolds as you pass along the Li River just like a three dimensional Chinese ink wash painting in full color.

After you disembark at Yangshuo in about 4.5 hours, we will take you to visit the West Street and then drive you along country roads to enjoy the beauty of a small village. Differing from the bustling city, the pastoral and picturesque rural scenery around Yangshuo is quite pleasant and makes you feel comfortably relaxed. A villager's home visit will be arranged on the way and you will get to know more about the local farmers' life. Finally, we will transfer you back to Guilin. 

Tips: We suggest you have a larger breakfast at the hotel since the box lunch on the cruise cannot be up to your taste. It also fails to meet our serving standard.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 Guilin - Kunming

This morning is free on your own. Your hotel ideally sits in both Ronghu Lake and Shanhu Lake scenic area. So you can wander beside the lakes and see a different aspect of this spellbinding city. When lunch time approaches, you may dine at one of the delicate local eateries, which we believe will ensure you a pleasant experience.

In the afternoon, we will transfer you to the railway station and help you board the high speed train to Kunming. The train ride takes around 5 hours. Another friendly guide will meet you in Kunming and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

Accommodation: Jinjiang Hotel 

Day 10 Kunming - Lijiang

The only visit in Kunming we have arranged for you is to the notable Stone Forest. It is a cluster of black and grey limestone, a kind of karst landform, looking like a forest made of stone. Then take a 3.5-hour bullet train to Lijiang. A local guide will greet and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts 

Day 11 Lijiang

Lijiang, a characteristic old town, differs from other ancient towns due to its ethnic Naxi People, with their profound history and unique architecture. It will definitely appeal to those who like various canals with crystal mountain water running through an old town, where ladies and girls are dressed in traditional clothes, and there are brown wooden houses with grey tiled roofs. 

Today we will take you to experience this charming town by visiting the Baisha Village, a local Naxi family, Baisha Murals, the Old Town of Shuhe and Tea-Horse Road Musuem. In the afternoon, walk along the cobbled streets and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Square Street of Lijiang Old Town.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 Departure from Lijiang

Your 12 days China itinerary ends today. After breakfast, check out of the hotel and make your own arrangement for a taxi to the airport. Lijiang airport is about 27 kilometers away from the hotel and it will take at least 40 minutes to drive there. Please ensure you leave in good time according to your flight schedule. If you want an extended trip, we will gladly assist.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

Tour Type: Small Group of 2-18 travelers, guaranteed departures

Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach

Accommodation: 11 nights, nice 5-star & 4-star hotels

Meals: 11 western buffet breakfasts, 7 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 dumpling dinner

Tour Highlights:

Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army

Try biking on the Ming Dynasty City Wall of Xi'an, or tour by electric car

Fantastic cruise tour on the Li River from Guilin to rural Yangshuo

Feel the unique minority folk customs in Kunming & Lijiang, Yunnan

Price Includes

Domestic airfares & train fares

Hotel accommodation with breakfasts

A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies

Professional English-speaking guides

Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles

Entrance fees to tourist sites

Tips or gratuities for hotel porters

Price Excludes

International airfares

Entry Visa fees

Personal expenses

Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers