13-Day China Highlights Tours
Day by day itinerary
Tour Code: CCT23
Day 01: Arrival
Upon your arrival in Beijing, our professional tour guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to your hotel with air-conditioned private car.
Day 02 Beijing (BL)
After breakfast, visit the Great Wall, the Sacred Way and the Ming Tombs.
Great Wall: One of the true architectural wonders of the world. It was first built about 2500 years ago, during the period of the Warring States, and was extended and fortified by subsequent dynasties: Qin, Han and Ming, the Great Wall extends to more than 5,000 kilometers.
Sacred Way: A way lined with statues of dignitaries, as well as huge elephants, lions, camels and horses, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors.
Ming Tombs: 13 emperors of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) were buried here with their splendid treasures.
Day 03: Beijing (BLD)
Visit the Forbidden City, the Tian'anmen Square and the Temple of Heaven. Beijing Duck dinner is served in the evening.
Forbidden City: Built between 1406 and 1420, the Forbidden City was the palace of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties, a period extending over 500 years. The atmosphere created by the many temples, halls and courtyards - not to mention the colors of the tiles, roofs and painted wood - is unique, leaving you with a lasting impression of imperial China. The palace has over 9000 rooms.
Tian'anmen Square: The heart of urban Beijing and large enough to accommodate an assembly of one million people. It stands in front of the Forbidden City, at its north the Tiananmen Rostrum, from which imperial decrees were promulgated.
Temple of Heaven: a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world's great civilizations, and had a profound influence on architecture and planning in the Far East over many centuries.
Day 04: Beijing - Xi'an (BL)
Visit the Summer Palace. Take flight to Xi'an. Visit the Ancient City Wall.
Summer Palace: The best preserved and the second largest royal garden in China, with a history of over 800 years.
Ancient City Wall of Xi'an: One of the most important landmarks of the Xi'an city, the best preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defence system in China.
Day 05: Xi'an (BL)
Visit the Terror-cotta Warriors, the Banpo Ruins and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
Terra-cotta Warriors: The greatest archaeological findings of the 20th century, the army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin's tomb.
Banpo Ruins: This excavated site of a village dates back to 4500 BC and was discovered in 1953. The village during this period was called Yangshao and 45 houses, 6 pottery kilns, 200 storage pits, 250 adult's tombs and children's burial jars, 10,000 tools and utensils were unearthed. The distinct culture of these villagers was known as Yangshao culture.
Wild Goose Pagoda: One of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China, first built in 652 in the Tang Dynasty, the square, multistoreyed, brick structure is sixty-four meters high. On a high mound, it seems to rise into the sky.
Day 06: Xi'an - Guilin(BL)
Visit the Shaanxi historical Museum and the Great Mosque. Take flight to Guilin.
Shaanxi Historical Museum: The large-scale modern State-class museum, it has a collection of 370,000 pieces of historical relics, among which the most characteristic ones are the bronze wares of the Shang (C. 17th-11th Century B.C) and Zhou Dynasties (C.11th Century-256 B.C.), the pottery figures of different dynasties, the tomb frescoes, gold and silver utensils.
Great Mosque: Covering an area of 12,000 square meters, it is the best-known Islamic Mosque in Xi'an City. It was built in 742 A.D. The distribution of pavilions, halls, towers and platforms in the mosque is compact and exquisite, blending the traditional architectural styles of Islam and Han
Day 07: Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin(BL)
Morning drive 1 hour to Zhujiang Pier from your hotel, embarking the ship, cruise down the Li River 4 to 5 hours to Yangshuo. Enjoy the cruise on the mirrored waters of the Li River striking you with its poetic scenery of misty pinnacles, gentle green riverbanks and quiet river activities. Disembark the ship upon arrival at Yangshuo, then drive back to Guilin.
Day 08: Guilin - Kunming(BLD)
Visit the Reed Flute Cave, the Seven Star Park and the Elephant Trunk Hill. Take flight to Kunming.
Reed Flute Cave: Situated 3.2 miles northwest of the town, Reed Flute Cave is Guilin's largest and most impressive cave. This dripstone cave is 790 feet deep, and a visitor will walk for some 550 yards through a zigzagging sea of stalactites and stalagmites in dazzling colors.
Elephant Trunk Hill: Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan) is one of the Lijiang River's most famous sights. The hill is situated on the western bank of the Lijiang River, to the southeast of Guilin. It looks like an elephant, dipping its snout into the Lijiang River.
Seven Star Park: One of the best urban parks in China and has something for just about everyone.
Day 09: Kunming - Lijiang (BL)
After breakfast, drive 90 KM to Lunan county to visit the Stone Forest. In the afternoon, drive back to Kunming, and visit the Golden Temple. Take flight to Lijiang.
Stone Forest: A typical Karst landform, it is 350 square kilometers in area, groups of gray-black stone peaks, and stone pillars rise abruptly, pointing to the sky, like a very dense forest just as its name infers.
Golden Temple: A Daoist temple made of copper. The temple was at last founded in the year Wanli 30th of Ming Dynasty, 1602 A.D., it is the largest and heaviest copper temple in China weighing about 280 tons.
Day 10: Lijiang (BL)
Visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yunshang Spruce Meadow, Yufeng Temple, Ganhaizi Level Ground and Baisha Fresco.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: It's 4,000 meters above sea level, the highest peak Shanzidou, 5,569 meters high, together with the other 13 peaks which run 35 kilometers from the south to the north, look like a giant crystal jade dragon and thus get the name.
Baisha Fresco: It was made from 1385 to 1619, employing the eclectic artist energies of Chines Daoist , Tibetan and Naxi Buddhists and local dongba shamans. Yufeng Temple: Built in the last year of the Kangxi Period of the Qing dynasty, it is one of the five important Lamaist temples in Lijiang.
Day 11: Lijiang - Shanghai(BL)
Free day for you to explore the ancien town. You can visit the beautiful Jade Spring Park by yourselves. Take flight to Shanghai.
Lijiang Old Town: Built in the late Song dynasty (960-1279 A.D.) and the early Yuan dynasty (1206-1368 A.D.), Lijiang is a Historical and Cultural Heritage in China and it has been included in the World Cultural Heritage. Lijiang is also the center of the Naxi people, a relatively small minority group with a rich culture.
The Jade Spring Park: A beautiful park with elegant ancient Pavilions and Bridges
Day 12: Shanghai (BL)
Visit the Shanghai Museum, the Yuyuan Garden, the Yuyuan Market and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
Shanghai Museum: A museum of ancient Chinese art museum, was founded in 1952. With a collection of over 120,000 pieces of cultural relics in twelve categories, namely bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, jades, numismatics, furniture, seals, coins, sculptures, minority art and foreign art, Shanghai Museum is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics and paintings and calligraphy.
Yuyuan Garden: Yuyuan Garden is characteristic of the architectural style of the Ming dynasty. It is a private garden in the southeast of Shanghai, with a history of more than 400 years.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower: Like the Statue of Liberty in New York, Sydney Opera House and Eiffel Tower in Paris, Oriental Pearl TV Tower is Shanghai's symbolic architecture with a height of 468 meters.
Day 13: Departure (B)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to your next destination. Service Ends.
Quotation in USD per person
Flat Season-- Low travel season: December, January, February
High Season-- Flat travel season: March, June, July, August
A Sperior Class
Superior Class Hotel List
B Delux Class
1. The economy-class air charges of the domestic flight or soft sleeper/seat train charge between cities as specified in the itinerary.
2. The hotel accommodation is based on two persons sharing one standard twin room with private facilities in all relevant locations. If a single client requests a twin room alone, the single room supplement will be charged.
3. For the land tour in each city, daily American breakfast is served in the hotel, and Chinese lunch and/or dinner will be served with two cups of soft drink outside the hotel. All meal arrangements are served as the itinerary specifies.
4. Private transfers for you and your party as a group between airports, train stations, hotels and all sightseeing spots. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.
5. One private English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you on all normal sightseeing tours in each city.
6. Entrance fees to the tourist sites.
7. . China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin
1. The international or domestic air/train charge of arrival and departure.
2. Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, drink, telex, telephone calls or overweight baggage charges.
3. Charge of obtaining your visa to enter China.
4. Tips to Guide and driver.