11 Day Essential China
11 Day Essential China
The ideal tour for those visiting China for the first time, this 11 day trip kicks off in the busy capital city of Beijing before heading for the smaller cities of Xian and Guilin as you gain an insight into the history and heritage of the largest nation in Asia.
Tour highlights
  • Marvel at Tiananmen Square and walk through the Forbidden City during time in Beijing
  • Explore the Great Wall of China - with the possibility of taking a toboggan ride from the top!
  • Visit the magnificent Temple of Heaven
  • Admire the stunning Terracotta Warriors, which stand guard over the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang
  • Enjoy a cruise along the spectacular Li River
  • Investigate the streets of the Old City of Shanghai
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Day 1: Arrive Beijing
On arrival into Beijing, you’ll be transferred to your hotel close to the famous shopping area of Wangfujing for a three night stay, with the remainder of the day being spent at leisure.
  • Novotel Peace Hotel, or similar
Day 2: Full day Beijing tour
Spend a full day exploring some of the sights around the Chinese capital city with a sightseeing tour that will give you a taste of what the vast city has to offer. During the morning you’ll pay a visit to Tiananmen Square in the heart of the city, an area famed around the world for the iconic photo of a lone man standing in front of a column of tanks during the protests that took place back in 1989. You’ll then be able to walk through the Tiananmen Gate – also known as the Gate of Heavenly Peace – before paying a visit to the Forbidden City, which dates back to the 1400s and the time of the Ming Dynasty. After a traditional lunch, you’ll spend time visiting the small lanes and courtyards houses of Beijing, best known as the Hutongs. A traditional Peking Duck dinner will bring the curtain down on your day.
  • Novotel Peace Hotel, or similar (B,L,D)
Day 3: The Great Wall & Summer Palace
An early start will allow you to head out of central Beijing to visit the remote Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Surrounded by woodland and streams, the Mutianyu section is one of the most picturesque parts of the Great Wall. You’ll be able to ride by cable car onto the wall itself in order to explore, while the more adventurous can then ride back down by toboggan afterwards. After lunch, you’ll return to Beijing to pay a visit to the impressive Summer Palace, which is one of the nation’s World Heritage sites and is described as ‘a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design’.
  • Novotel Peace Hotel, or similar (B,L)
Day 4: Beijing – Xian
Your final day in Beijing begins with a visit to the impressive Temple of Heaven complex, which was built back in the 1400s and was the place where emperors would come to pray for successful harvests. Following lunch, you’ll head for the airport to take a flight to Xian for your overnight stay.
  • Grand Mercure Renmin Square, or similar (B,L)
Day 5: Terracotta Warriors
Today you’ll have the chance to visit arguably the main highlight of the area around Xian with a trip to marvel at the stunning Terracotta Warriors; a collection of sculptures depicting the army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang which stand guard over his tomb. Regarded as one of the most important archaeological excavations of the 20th century after being discovered by farmers digging in the 1970s, the Warriors are now a major draw for tourists keen to marvel at the terracotta army. You’ll then return to Xian to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Islamic Quarter and Grand Mosque before enjoying dinner with an accompanying Tang Dynasty dance performance.
  • Grand Mercure Renmin Square, or similar (B,L,D)
Days 6 & 7: Xian – Guilin & Li River
After time in the old city of Xian exploring the city walls and Bell Tower, you’ll take a flight to the scenic city of Guilin on the banks of the Li River. The following day, you’ll have chance to take a cruise on the water with lunch served on board before you have chance to discover some of the local highlights – including the dramatic former limestone cave that has now created a semicircular hole through Moon Hill. After time exploring the streets, cafes and markets in Yangshou, you’ll then return to Guilin.
  • Guilin Bravo, or similar (B,L)
Day 8: Guilin – Shanghai
Explore the area around Guilin, starting with a tour of the impressive stalagmites and stalactites to be found in the Reed Flute Caves – a huge network of caves that gained its name from the reeds that grow outside and have been used to create musical instruments. Following your trip, you’ll return to Guilin and head for the airport to take a flight to Shanghai.
  • Sofitel Hyland Shanghai Hotel, or similar (B,L)
Days 9 & 10: Shanghai & Zhouzhuang Water Village
A day exploring Shanghai awaits, including a visit to the beautiful Yu Yuan Gardens and the Jade Buddha to be found in the Yufu Temple. You’ll then explore the Old City of Shanghai before heading for the waterfront promenade known as the Bund later in the day. The following day will see you explore the Water Village at Zhouzhuang, where you’ll be able to cruise around the network of canals. On your return to Shanghai, you’ll be able to the huge shopping district of Nanjing Road as well as Xintiandi Bar Street.
  • Sofitel Hyland Shanghai Hotel (B,L)
Day 11: Depart Shanghai
Head for the airport in Shanghai where you’ll catch a flight to return home.
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All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
  • English-speaking local guide throughout
  • Accommodation in hotels as mentioned, or similar
  • Meals included as stated in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Transfers for arrival, departure and sightseeing programmes on private basis
  • All applicable main entrance fees
  • Domestic flights from Beijing to Xian, from Xian to Guilin and from Guilin to Shanghai in economy class (taxes included)
  • International flights in Tour Only prices
  • Airport taxes

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