11 Days of Beijing - Xi'an - Zhangjiajie - Shanghai

2019-12-14 10:50:32

11 Days of Beijing - Xi'an - Zhangjiajie - Shanghai


Day 1 Arrival in Beijing

After your flight arrives at Beijing, and you have claimed your luggage and cleared customs, you will find our local guide at the exit. The driver will drive you to the hotel where you will check in. The rest of the day is free for you to arrange by yourself. 

Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing  - the former Sheraton

Day 2 Beijing

To start your China group tour, your guide will host a short pre-trip meeting at your hotel lobby this morning. This includes a final briefing and preparations for your trip. After that, your sightseeing trip will start. Your first stop will be Tiananmen Square. The majestic surrounding buildings, such as the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the Museum of the Chinese Revolution, along with Tiananmen Gate which was built in the Ming Dynasty constitute this majestic square, a spectacular city site. Next we will take you to explore the marvelous Forbidden City. Located in the city center, it is an excellent and unique masterpiece of ancient architecture that shows the wisdom and technical ingenuity of the ancient people. 

After the morning excursion, we will transfer you to a popular local restaurant for an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) where you will be able to order dishes at your own wish and the roasted Peking duck is highly recommended. 

Then extend your journey to the Temple of Heaven, which is the largest existing imperial altar in China. As well as enjoying the splendid architecture, you will also find local residents singing, dancing and reading in the park, which will offer you an opportunity to observe the ordinary people's life here. In the evening, a fabulous Chinese Kung Fu Performance will be arranged for you to round off the whole day's visit.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch

Day 3 Beijing

We believe that you have probably heard much about the Great Wall of China. Today you will come to the Mutianyu section and have a chance to witness, in person, this extraordinary project in human history. The round trip cable car is included. Standing on the wall and appreciating its snaking path along the mountain ridges will certainly bring you unique feelings.

We suggest you have a large breakfast, because you will have a whole day visit and the restaurants in the mountain area are not up to our standard. You may have some fast food for lunch around the site. 

Later we will drive back to the city and leave you some free time to explore a well-known local market.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an

After checking out of the hotel, our guide will pick you up and take you to visit the world famous Summer Palace. Built in 1750, it encompasses the elite of the Chinese traditional art of garden building. Artfully making use of the surrounding mountains and lakes, the Summer Palace not only represents a resplendent imperial garden, but also reflects the exquisite beauty of nature. Afterwards, we will pass the Olympic Bird's Nest and you will have a short stop nearby to take some photos.

Then, we will take you to an upscale local restaurant having fantastic food on offer with a la carte menu (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price). 

After lunch, you will take a Hutong visit. Hutong is an alleyway, which has a history as long as Beijing city. Courtyards with gray bricks in the narrow residential alleys will give you a great impression of old Beijing. We specially arrange you to experience Chinese Paper Cutting. Late in the afternoon, you will head for Xi'an by air. Upon your arrival, our guide will meet you and then drive you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel 

Day 5 Xi'an

The morning schedule will be your visit to the Terracotta Army, which is famous for its incredible art skill and its tremendous scale. In 1974, the army of terracotta warriors was discovered by local villagers when they were drilling a well. After a series of excavations by archeologists, this amazing hidden treasure was finally revealed to the world. This discovery not only made Chinese people proud of their forefathers, but amazed the whole world. 

To avoid the low-quality tourist food near the site, we take you to visit a local Chinese family home, where you will have lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) cooked by the host. 

After lunch, you are going to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, an ancient Buddhist tower, which was built more than 1,300 years ago and now still stands there elegantly. In this spot, you can also visit the newly built Xi'an Museum. This evening, you will taste a delicious Dumpling Dinner and appreciate the classic Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance.

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

Day 6 Xi'an - Zhangjiajie

You will spend the whole morning visiting the City Wall area. First you will see the local people doing their morning exercises in the City Wall Park and you can also take part in the Tai Chi Practice. Then you follow the guide ascending the City Wall, which is the fortification of Xi'an city, built in the Ming Dynasty, a real ancient ruin. Having fun on the wall is very easy. Just hire a bike, ride around the old city wall and laugh all the way and return the bike until you get exhausted. 

An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a very famous local restaurant.

Then you go on to the Provincial History Museum and the Great Mosque. After that, you have time to wander around the Muslim Quarter. There are a lot of interesting knickknacks and traditional local snacks for you to sample. Then our guide and driver will escort you to the airport and help you board the flight to Zhangjiajie. On arrival, you will be greeted and taken to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch

Accommodation: Pullman Zhangjiajie Hotel 

Day 7 Zhangjiajie

An exciting day in fantastic Zhangjiajie National Forest Park awaits you! Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, Golden Whip Stream and Ten-mile Gallery are main spots that you will explore today. The spectacular Bailong Sight-seeing Elevator in Yuanjiajie takes visitors rapidly up to the mountain top, where you get a magnificent vista. Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve is hailed as 'the Monarch of the Peak Forest', so you can imagine how magnificent it is. Golden Whip Stream, with overlapping peaks, rippling waters, verdant forests and tranquil valleys gives everyone an enjoyable experience. Making your way through the Ten-mile Gallery is like a journey across a huge scroll of scenic paintings.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch

Admire the natural landscape in Zhangjiajie Forest ParkAdmire the natural landscape in Zhangjiajie Forest Park

Day 8 Zhangjiajie

Today, our forest park exploration continues to the world's highest and longest glass bridge at Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. You will have a chance to challenge your courage. Later, you will take a boat excursion on the Baofeng Lake, which offers you a fresh air and you can capture a lot of beautiful photos.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 Zhangjiajie - Shanghai

Today we get the chance to take the world's longest cable car to ascend Tian Men Mountain. Our sightseeing ends in the afternoon, and then we set out for the airport for a flight to Shanghai. Our guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the reserved hotel for checking in.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai  - the former Crowne Plaza

Day 10 Shanghai

Shanghai Museum is a beautiful site with modern interior and exterior, and with excellent, well organized displays covering ancient Chinese bronze pieces, paintings, ceramics, ethnic minority arts and crafts, and even ancient Chinese currencies. After seeing so many antiques, we will transfer you to Yu Garden, a beautiful garden with a history of more than 400 years. Every bridge, hall, pavilion, pond, rockery in the garden has its own personality. Later, we will leave you some time at the nearby Yu bazaar. 

An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a popular local restaurant is followed. 

In the afternoon, you will be escorted to the Former French Concession, and then the Bund, where you will have a short cruise tour along the Huangpu River. Then take some free time to walk around the Bund and see the different style buildings along one side, and big or small boats traveling along the Huangpu River. It is a must to see this great view in Shanghai. Your amazing trip comes to an end when our guide and driver transfers you back hotel and bids you bon voyage.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch

Day 11 Departure from Shanghai

As it is the last day of your vacation, after having breakfast at the hotel you will need to prepare for your departure flight. You can take a taxi to Pudong airport and it takes about one hour driving. We wish you a safe journey home and we will be always happy to serve you again in the future.

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: 10 nights, nice 5-star hotels

Meals: 10 western buffet breakfasts, 8 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

See the floating mountains of Avatar in reality in Zhangjiajie Forest Park

Have an exciting walk on the world's highest and longest glass bridge

View the soaring city skylines and feel the pulse of modern Shanghai

Price Includes

Domestic airfares

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