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  • Zhujiajiao Water Town
  • The Humble Administrator's Garden
  • Mutianyu Great Wall

Classic China in 12 Days

1.  Wonderful world heritage sites in Beijing.

2.  China culture civilization discovery in Xian.

3.  Finest natural beauty and laid-back atmosphere in Guilin.

4.  Find the new look of China at cosmopolitan Shanghai.

5.  Enjoy the art and architectures of Chinese classic gardens in Suzhou city.

6.  Visit Zhujiajiao Water Town.

Tour Code : CT-12

Destinations : Beijing, Guilin, Shanghai, Suzhou, Xian, Yangshuo,

Duration :12 days

Travel Style :Private Tour ( Museum/ River Cruise/ Great Wall/ Water Town/ Garden/ Palace/ Countryside/ Ancient Architecture/ Terraces Fields/ )


Best travel season

Spring Summer Autumn Winter

From its bustling and exciting cities to its natural wonders and small towns, this classic 12 days takes you a memorable experience in China. Explore the historical cities – Beijing and Xian, and the many heritage sites they offer. Take in the spectacular natural beauty of Guilin and the laid-back atmosphere in this small city. Find out the ancient art of architecture and garden design in Suzhou.

Day by day

Day 1 Arrival at Beijing



Our English-speaking guide will greet you at airport/train station according to your landing time. Look for a sign of your name out of the luggage claim area (if not specific). Transfer to hotel and check in.

Day 2 Beijing- A day of Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park and Temple of Heaven


Breakfast, Lunch


After breakfast, depart to Tiananmen Square, the world's largest city square. We will have a brief stop here and photograph some national iconic structures including Monument to the People’s heroes, Great Hall of the People, Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, etc. Many visitors come very early for the spectacular flag-raising ceremony (not included in). To the north of the square is the South Gate of the Forbidden City where we will spend the next 2.5-3 hours. Forbidden City is 600 years old in 2020. It has the largest and best-preserved collections of ancient architectures with more than 900 rooms in the palace. Out of the Forbidden City from its north gate, we continue a short visit Jingshan Park right on the other side of the road. Located on the axis of the inner city, the park offers good panoramic view of Forbidden City and other historic sites like the Bell and Drum Tower, Beihai park, etc.

We have a long walk this morning. Refresh ourselves and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, head to the World Heritage Park- Temple of Heaven which was built for worship and pray for harvest. Architectures in the park are outstanding representatives of ancient Chinese art.

cité interdite summer palace Mutianyu Great Wall panorama de la cité interdite
Day 3 Beijing - Mutianyu Great Wall and Olympic Park


Breakfast, Lunch


“Not reach the Great Wall not a true man” is a common Chinese saying. The Great Wall visit is part of the highlights in Beijing. We meet at your hotel at 8:30am, and head northeast to Mutianyu Great Wall. This section of the wall ranks number one among all sections on TripAdvisor list with beautiful-restored architectures but less tourists. Round trip cable car is included to save energy and enjoy a fun walk on the top. On the way back, we drive passing the Olympic Park and photograph the new landmark of Bird Nest and Water Cube.

Day 4 Beijing to Xian with bullet train - Summer Palace, Hutong and departure transfer

Car & Train

Breakfast, Lunch


We start our city trip from Summer Palace, which is the best-preserved imperial garden in the world and the largest of its kind in existence of China. The garden is like an art gallery with over 3000 man-made pavilions, palaces, temples, bridges and corridors. It is too much to see in the two hours. Move on to Hutong, a type of traditional neighborhood, to touch the real life of common people. Then transfer to catch up the train in the afternoon.

Day 5 Xian - Terracotta Army, Pottery making experience and brief visit of Big Wild Goose Pagoda


Breakfast, Lunch


After breakfast, we meet at hotel lobby around 8:30am and visit the most popular site in Xian today. The Terracotta Army is large number of figures buried 2km in front of the Emperor Qinshihuang's Tomb in east of Xian. In 1979, local farmers discovered this site and surprised the whole world. Now in the museum, visitors can view 1,868 unearthed terracotta warriors and chariots that have been restored to their former glory as well as a digging site where the craftsman restoring the broken pieces. As part of the park, we will also pay a brief stop at Qinshihuang’s Tomb.


Lunch will be at cave house nearby. The traditional cave dwellings are rare to see in this area now. We can also experience pottery making here. With the instruction of potters working there, you can create your own Terracotta figures. It takes around 40 minutes from start to finish.


Later, we drive back to the city and have a brief stop at Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an important Buddhist structure of Xian city. If lucky, it is possible to see a music fountain show at the front square. 

Xian City Wall Terra-Cotta Warriors Muslim quarter Xian Great Mosque
Day 6 Xian to Guilin with late afternoon flight – City Wall, Muslim Street and Great Mosque

Car & Flight

Breakfast, Lunch


The morning hours, we will visit the city essentials starting from the City Wall. The 13.7 kilometers City Wall once was the fortification encircles the old Xian City. It is considered as a landmark of Xian and one of the top sights for visitors. When ascending to the top, you can have great view of the old inner city and the modern outer city.

Muslim Street is a must-see place in the center of the inner city. It consists of a couple of streets and home to more than 60 thousand Hui Minority people. The street is well known for diverse food, ancient architectures, traditional mosques and rich culture of Hui People.

We will also pay a visit to the Great Mosque, a perfect mixture of Islamic and Chinese architecture styles with seating for 1,000 worshipers (If you are more interested in the Gao Family Courtyard, we can change on request).

Transfer to the airport to catch up afternoon flight to Guilin City. Guilin guide will meet you on arrival and enjoy a private transfer to hotel.

Day 7 Guilin - Longji Rice Terraces Field


Breakfast, Lunch


After an early breakfast, we drive about 1.5 hour to Longji Scenic Area which covers several villages featuring terraces fields. Since Yuan Dynasty, people here began to construct the fields innovative on the mountains. Now, the existing paddy fields covers an area of 66 square kilometers. Local People still grows the rice and the whole rice terrace fields take on green color in Jun and August, and become yellow layer of rip rice in late Sep and Oct. And that was always considered as the most beautiful scenes. However, we are sure the fields are impressive at any time. The cascading terraces are astonishing when covered with snow in winter or filled with water in Spring.

We will spend 4-5 hours in Ping’an village to have home visit and take pictures of the typical wooden architectures. Continue a walk for about 20 minutes onto the top of the hill to have panoramic view of the Terraces Fields. Start the drive back around 3:30pm.

Day 8 Guilin – Yangshuo, Li River Cruise

Car & Cruise

Breakfast, Lunch


We start from hotel around 8:15am to Mopanshan cruise pier and board the newly decorated 3-star ship for a 4-5 hours journey on the Li River. Guide will accompany you for the whole journey, sharing you interesting legends of the hills, villages alongside, and helping to shot with the picturesque scenery.

We reach Yangshuo around 2pm. If weather permits, we will immerse in the countryside beauty along the Yulong River which is reputed as the “Little Li River” for its enchanting natural landscape of “Karst” mountains. The best way for the trip is biking, hiking or taking battery car as no private motor vehicles are allowed into the scenic area.
Evening hours is free on your own or enjoy an optional show – Impression Liu Sanjie.

Li River Cruise Li River Cruise hiking on longji rice terrace hiking on longji rice terrace
Day 9 Yangshuo – Shanghai (fly from Guilin)

Car & Flight

Breakfast, Lunch


Drive from Yangshuo to Guilin Airport for your morning flight to Shanghai. Shanghai guide will see you at the airport and start your journey in this busy cosmopolitan city.

The Bund, a landmark of Shanghai, refers to the western bank of Huangpu River in the city center. It is renowned as “museum of buildings” for the aged European style architectures lined along the Bank. The view over the river is also stunning with many skyscrapers in good shape. A leisure cruise on Pujiang provides great opportunities to photo the most picturesque parts of Shanghai.

To discover Shanghai’s history, local life and development, we would always recommend a stop at Xintiandi, a former Shikumen Alley. The whole street retains the characteristics of Shikumen houses - the antique walls and tiles. While inside the houses are international galleries, fashionable bars and cafes, boutiques and restaurants.

Transfer back to your hotel when tour end or you can stay at Xintiandi if the active nightlife is the right thing for you. Then manage your own way back to hotel with taxi.

Day 10 Shanghai - Zhujiajiao, The Shanghai World Financial Center


Breakfast, Lunch


Zhujiajiao is a 1700-year old water town located in the suburb of Shanghai city. The town has many well-preserved historical buildings, 36 bridges and numerous streams. Walk along the street, you will come across attractions such as rice shops, banks, pharmacy, a Qing dynasty post office and gardens. A relaxing cruise provides great opportunity to soak in the landscape of a real Chinese village.

We will also visit the Shanghai World Financial Center, a 492-meter high building facilitating an amazingly glass on the 100th floor. Many people come for a challenge and a panoramic view of Shanghai.

Day 11 Suzhou - Rickshaw ride, Humble Administrators Garden, Mingqing Street, Nets Master Garden


Breakfast, Lunch


Take a day excursion to Suzhou, a city with a history over 2,500 years and abundant historical sites. Most of them scatter around the old streets in the city center. Rickshaw ride is an interesting way to enjoy a look of local people's life, their food, delicacies, traditional arts and crafts.

To many people, the soul of the city is the renowned gardens. We will visit Humble Administrator's Garden which is the largest one in Suzhou and considered as the finest garden in southern China. It contains zigzagging bridges, numerous pavilions, connected ponds and islands, bamboo groves, plenty of bonsai, a teahouse and a museum which had good information on garden construction and comparison between Chinese, Asian & Western gardens.

Another stop is Nets Master Garden. It is the smallest of the Suzhou residential gardens and the most exquisite in design. It is very impressive that the designer used the small space but created the illusion of an area that is much greater than its actual size. 

Bund of Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town Master of the Nets Garden Suzhou Panmen Gate
Day 12 Depart Shanghai



Transfer to the airport/train station for your transport home.

Price Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Price Inclusions

    1. All sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

    2. Inter-city transport: high-speed train from Beijing to Xian, flight from Xian to Guilin, Guilin to Shanghai (airport tax is included).

    3.  Ground transfers with air-conditioned vehicle (car, minibus or coach depending on the size of your group).

    4.  10 Lunches at local restaurants with a cup of soft drink per meal.

    5.  11 nights hotel accommodations with breakfast (based on double occupancy).

    6.  Local English-speaking guide accompany you throughout each city.

    7.  Accident insurance during your travel.

  • Price Exclusions

    1.  Chinese visa.

    2.  Flight to and from China.

    3.  Tips to driver and tour guide.

    4.  Personal expenses.

Additional Info

Hotels (or similar) Suggested

Beijing: King Parkview Hotel Beijing 3*, Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel 4*, Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Beijing Wangfujing 5*

Xian: Gentlemen International Hotel 3*, Mercure Xi'an Downtown 4*, Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing 5*

Guilin: Hotel Universal Guilin3*, Guilin Bravo Hotel 4*, Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel 5*

Yangshuo: Starway hotel xinfuan 3*, Moondance Boutique Resort 4*, Green Lotus Hotel 5*

Shanghai: Holiday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai 3*, SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund 4*, Grand Central Hotel Shanghai 5*

Services You Can Expect

  1. Private tour, just your party only.

  2. No set date, you set the date your tour begins and ends (if possible, avoid the two crowded public holidays - National Day and Chinese New Year).

  3. Follow this well-designed sample tour, or request a tailor make based on your own preferences on hotels, travel pace, interests of sights, means of transport, etc.

  4. We begin with moderate hotels and adjust to your request.

  5. A little deposit to confirm the tour.

  6. Continuous customer support until you fly home.

Change and Cancellation Policy

  1. 15 days before commencement of services: 100% refund.

  2. 7 to 14 days before commencement of services: charge 10% of the tour price.

  3. 2 to 6 days before commencement of services: charge 50% of the tour price.

  4. Within 2 days of commencement of services or no-show travelers: charge 100% of the tour price.

  5. After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your willingness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

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