7-Day Small Group China Tour Package: Beijing – Xi’an – Shanghai. Experience Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai’s beauty with a 7-day China small group tour! All-inclusive packages for the China tour include all flights and train rides!
Visit Beijing, Xian, Guilin, and Shanghai over the course of seven days. Both the automobile and the plane will be air-conditioned for your comfort. There are local guides waiting for you at each location who show you around the most important attractions in the area.
The Terracotta Army, Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Tian’anmen Square are just some of China’s most famous landmarks. Check out the local Muslim district in Xi’an, the Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, White Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund, and the Xintiandi neighborhood in Shanghai. You may see some spectacular karst mountains as you go from Guilin to Yangshuo on the Li River.
You’ll get a thorough history lesson from your nice and competent private guide. A private vehicle and English-speaking tour guide are included in the price of the tour. You can choose to complete your journey in Shanghai or return to Beijing at the conclusion of the journey. Booking a 4-star hotel with a daily breakfast is an option on this tour.
7-Day Small Group China Tour Package: Beijing – Xi’an – Shanghai
- Tiananmen Square.
- Forbidden City.
- Great Wall.
- Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
- Shanghai The Bund.
- Small Group Leisure Tour.
Day 1 – Beijing: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square-Forbidden City, Hutong (L)
Temple of Heaven
Your tour guide and driver will pick you up in the lobby of your Beijing hotel, heading directly to the Temple of Heaven
Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest
Temple of Heaven, where the Emperors in the Ming and Qing Dynasties worshipped the God of Heaven. Follow your tour guide to stroll around the park, in the morning you can see the local retired people doing all kinds of moving exercises. Feel free to join them if you want. Inside the Temple of Heaven, you will visit the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, the Hall of Imperial Zenith.
Walking via Danbi Bridge to Echo Wall and Circular Mount Alter.
Move on to Yuanqiutan. Learn how to talk with heaven, how the emperors worship the God of heaven in ancient times. Your tour guide will explain the related histories and stories along the way.
Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
Next, head to Tian’anmen Square – home to the Great Hall of the People, The Monument to the people’s heroes, Chairman Mao’s Memorial Hall, and Front Gate. Stroll around the square, and get to know the stories and histories about the buildings around the square.
Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
Pass through the South Gate-Meridian Gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 250-acre (101-ha.) complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions, and gardens that served as the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years.
Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)
Stroll around the courtyards and halls of the Forbidden City with your tour guide, and learn the histories and stories about this massive palace. You will visit these buildings inside the Forbidden City. Hall of Great Harmony where the emperor handles states affairs. Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Compete Harmony.
Palace of Heavenly Purity
Then continue to check out the living quarters in the palace: Hall of Union, Hall Heavenly Purity, and Hall of Earthly Tranquillity.
The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
Your tour of the Forbidden City will end at the Imperial Garden, then you will exit the Forbidden City from the North Gate.
Shichahai Scenic Resort
Move on to the Shichahai area, enjoy lunch in the local restaurant, then enjoy a leisure walk around Yandai Xie Street, Gulou East Street, and Nanluoguxiang Allay.
Stroll around the shops and hutongs around Nanluoguxiang allay. After the tour finished, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing. Admission Ticket Free Accommodation: Overnight 4 Star hotel in Beijing if you choose the option to include the hotel Meals: Lunch
Day 2 – Beijing: Great Wall of China-Olympic Park-Summer Palace (B, L)
Mutianyu Great Wall
Meet your tour guide in the lobby of your Beijing hotel, hop on your private air-conditioned vehicle, then head directly to Great Wall at Mutianyu Section. Your tour guide will explain the related histories and stories along the way, feel free to ask questions if you have. Upon arrival, follow your tour guide to take the cable car or ski lift up to the Great Wall, marvel at the surrounding area, hike up and down at different towers. You can decide how long you want to stay at the Great Wall.
Niaochao National Stadium
Enjoy a delicious lunch in the local village restaurant. Here, you will sit with the village people, and enjoy the cuisine from Northeast of China. On the way back to the city, you will drive past the Olympic Park to get a glimpse of amazing modern stadiums built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Then, continue to the Summer Palace, a well-preserved royal garden that’s renowned for its beautiful landscape and spectacular architecture, and is considered one of the most classical gardens in the world.
Hall of Benevolence and Longevity
Learn the stories about Empress Cixi with your tour guide here and check out her living quarters.
Long Corridor at the Summer Palace
Walk along the longest corridor in the world which is listed on the Guinness book of world record;
Qingyan Stone Boat
Then continue to the Marble Boat–a foreign-style superstructure that was supposed to be a symbol of stability of the Qing Dynasty. After the tour finished, you will be transferred to your hotel in Beijing.
Day 3 – Beijing – Xi’an-Big Goose Pagoda-City Wall-Muslim Quarter (B, L)
Capital Airport Residential District
Your driver will pick you up from the lobby of your Beijing hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for a 2-hour flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, your local guide will hold your name sign waiting at the exit of the Arrival hall. Then heading directly to Xi’an city.
Xi’an City Wall (Chongqing)
Once arrive at the city, you will visit the Xi’an City Wall. Reach the top of the centuries-old city wall, admire views of the city below. Ride a bike around the city wall if you want.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Continue to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was built to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and travelers Monk Xuanzang. Follow your tour guide to explore the area, get to know the history behind it.
Afterward, heading to Muslim Quarter, It is the hub of the Muslim community in Xi’an City, Follow your tour guide to stroll around the Muslim food and souvenir market. Try delicious local snacks if you want at your own cost. After the tour finished, you will be transferred to your hotel in Xi’an.
Day 4 – Xi’an: Terracotta Warriors Museum- Guilin (B, L)
The Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses
Your tour guide will pick you up in the lobby of your Xi’an hotel, then head directly to the Terracotta Warriors museum. Your tour guide will explain the related histories and stories along the way, feel free to ask questions if you have. Start with a visit to the world-famous Terracotta warriors museum which is known as “the Eighth Wonders of the World”. The museum is divided into three sections: No.1 Pit, No.2 Pit, and No. 3 Pit.
The original site was found by four local farmers while drilling a well in 1974 and now it has turned into the most important attraction in Xi’an. Stroll around the museum and get rich information from your tour guide.
After lunch in the local restaurant, you will be transferred to the airport for a 2-hour flight to Guilin. Your driver in Guilin will hold your name sign waiting at the exit of the arrival hall. You will be transferred to your hotel in Guilin.
Day 5 – Guilin: Cruise to Yangshuo (B, L)
Your private English-speaking guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel’s lobby at 8:00 am and you will be transferred to Zhujiang Pier, where you will embark and start the boat cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo County. The Li River Cruise is considered as the highlight of any visit to Guilin.
Gui Lin Zhujiang pier
Along the river, enjoy breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water, and picturesque pastoral countryside scenery. The river generally has three sections. Various attractions like peaks and villages along the river have interesting descriptive names, which calls for much of your imagination to see what it is like.
Listening to the tour guide’s legendary stories about the attractions is a delightful experience when you are appreciating the landscapes. Most are mystical fairy and love stories. The cruise usually takes around 3.5 to 4 hours, depending on the water condition.
Xingping Fishing Village
Li River takes a big turn at Xingping and is endowed with beautiful and poetic scenery. It has been reproduced in many Chinese landscape paintings. Even the newly-issued 20 RMB note has the scenery on its back. A photographer once said: ‘Shots from any perspective for this place turn to be impressive and stunning’. You will enjoy a simple lunch on the boat.
Arrive at Yangshuo at 1:30 pm, stroll around West Street with your tour guide, explore various shops, craft-works shops, painting and calligraphy stores, backpack shops, cafes, your tour guide will help you to negotiate price if you want to purchase any souvenir.
In the afternoon, you will explore the Ten-Mile Gallery in Yangshuo. Sauntering down a country road makes you feel like you are traveling in a painting. This is true of the Ten-Mile Gallery in Yangshuo County, a fairyland on earth. As the name implies, Ten-Mile Gallery is a picturesque road stretching from the Yangshuo town area to Moon Hill, endowed with rolling hills, endless fields, idyllic villages, and clear rivers on both sides.
Butterfly Spring Park
Along with Ten-Mile Gallery, there are a few famous sites you should not miss, such as Butterfly Spring Park. In the park, peculiar peaks, grotesque rocks, magnificent waterfalls, and bubbling springs can be found everywhere. A winding path meanders to the sightseeing terrace where you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Ten-Mile Gallery.
Big Banyan Tree
As the journey of Ten-Mile Gallery goes on, you will encounter a Big Banyan Tree, which is more than 1,400 years old. Follow your tour guide to stroll around, get to know the love story about Liusanjie, and see how new lovers come here to make wishes for their future.
Your last stop is Moon Hill, let your tour guide know if you want to stop to take photos. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Guilin.
Day 6 – Guilin City Highlights-Shanghai (B, L)
Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan)
Meet your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel, discuss the highlights and attractions you wish to see in Guilin City with your knowledgeable guide who will help you plan an itinerary according to your interests. Then, set off and explore. Typically, you will start from the Elephant Trunk Hill. Elephant Trunk Hill is the landmark of Guilin.
It has been a famous tourism destination since the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). The hill looks like a giant elephant drinking water from the river. Enjoy a vigorous walk to the top, visit the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) Puxian Tower which was built to worship Samantabahdra. Get to learn its history from your tour guide, then enjoy the panoramic views of the city, Li River, and surrounding scenery.
Continue to Yunfeng Temple-one of the famous ancient temples of Guilin. Which was the dwelling place of Monk Jianzhen, an eminent monk of the Tang Dynasty, crossing over to Japan six times to spread Buddhist doctrines and help regularize monks’ behavior. Stroll around the temple and the exhibition gallery on the second floor.
Continue to Guilin Fubo hill. Fubo Hill stands next to the Li River and rises abruptly out of the surrounding landscape, it is famous for both natural beauty and historic art. Follow your tour guide to explore the etchings of Buddha dating back to the Song and Tang Dynasties (618 – 1279) at Thousand-Buddha Cave and Pearl-Returning Cave. Admire the Sword-Testing Rock and get to know the legendary stories behind it.
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
Afterward, head to Reed Flute Cave. Over millions of years, dripping water has eroded the cave to create a special world of various stalactites, stone pillars, and rock formations. Explore important spots in the attraction such as Tower-shaped Pine, Crystal Palace, etc. Despite the fantastic natural scenery inside Reed Flute Cave, there are many writings on the wall. There are 77 travelogues and poems left, which are derived from the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Then, enjoy lunch in the local restaurant.
You will be transferred to the airport for a 2-hour flight to Shanghai. Your driver in Shanghai will hold your name sign waiting at the exit of the arrival hall. You will be transferred to your hotel in Shanghai.
Day 7 – Shanghai City Highlights (B, L)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
Meet your tour guide in the lobby of your Shanghai hotel, hop on your private air-conditioned vehicle, embark upon your customized tour of the city’s sights. Discuss the historical highlights and attractions you wish to see with your knowledgeable guide who will help you plan an itinerary according to your interests.
Then, set off and explore. Typically, you will start with the Shanghai Museum. The museum is divided into eleven galleries and three exhibition halls. With bronze ware, ceramics, and painting and calligraphy as its distinctive collections, the museum boasts 120,000 pieces of rare and precious cultural relics in 21 categories.
Jade Buddha Temple
Then, move on to Jade Buddha Temple. You will see the White Jade Buddhas which were brought here from Burma in the nineteenth century. Stroll around halls and courtyards in the temple with your tour guide, learn the history of the temple and Buddhism in China, see how the locals come to worship and burn incense.
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
Enjoy lunch in the local restaurant, then explore the Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan Garden is the largest ancient garden with Ming and Qing style architecture. Follow your tour guide to explore the garden, learn how to form a perfect garden. Then visit the Old City God Temple, where various of local snack shops and streets are scattered around.
Continue to the Bund, where you will see an amazing city skyline, including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai Tower, Shanghai Tower, and colonial buildings along the Huangpu River. Take a walk and stop for photos.
Former French Concession
Continue to explore the Former French Concession. Besides its historical and religious factors, Shanghai French Concession is also a fantastic place for spending leisure time. Follow your tour guide to wandering the narrow alleyways, dining and one of the million cafes or restaurants(at your own cost), or browsing through the endless art galleries and photographic studios.
Finally, finish your tour in the lively nightlife district of Xintiandi. As a window to the past and the future, to China and the world, Shanghai Xintiandi’s Shikumen attraction was created by converting residential blocks into a multifunctional dining, retail, and entertainment center flowing with restaurants, boutiques, cafes, and bars of an international standard.
Follow your tour guide and explore the area. If you have already visited some of those places above before and want to do something different. Please feel free to discuss with your tour guide where to go, you can choose these attractions or activities based on your interests: Shanghai Museum/ Pearl TV Tower/World financial center/Jinmao Tower After the tour, you can choose to end your tour in Shanghai or return Beijing.
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You will be provided a free transfer from airport to the local hotel. Our driver will wait for you by holding a name baord at the exit and send you to the hotel to check in. The rest of the day will be free for your own exploration.
We'll begin our amazing China tour package after breakfast as you meet your tour guide at a pre-confirmed time and head out on a fantastic Beijing tour.
Next, we're going to visit Changling, one of the Thirteen Ming Tombs. Changling is the tomb of Zhu Di and his Empress Xu, the 2nd Ming Dynasty Emperor. It is considered to be the greatest one in Beijing among the 13 Ming Tombs.
You will be escorted to Mutianyu Great Wall after a Chinese-style lunch, which is 73 km from Beijing city area and the drive will last around 1 hour. This will be a pleasant opportunity to see the Chinese capital's urban and suburban scenery. The most scenic portion of the Chinese Great Wall is the Mutianyu Great Wall. It was constructed in 1368 at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty and extends to 5400 meters.
The vegetation covers 90 percent of the Mutianyu. So this portion of the Great Wall will treat tourists with its unique scenery every season. The time to visit the Great Wall will be 2 hours or so. If hiking is too much for you, there's an optional cable car available. You will also stop at the Jade Carving Factory during today 's tour to learn about Chinese jade culture and enjoy some exquisite jade artworks. To learn about some history of tea drinking as well as the Chinese Tea Market and you might optionally try some kinds of the best Chinese tea. You will be moved back to your downtown hotel at about 5:00 pm, after all the events.
Depending on your own interest (you own cost / paid on site), Peking Duck dinner or Chinese Kung Fu Show is optional in the evening.
In the morning, our guide will meet you at a pre-confirmed time for the Yoru Beijing City Tour in the hotel lobby.
The first stop is Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest downtown square, and the site of New China's founding ceremony on Oct 1st, 1949. You will arrive at the entrance to the Forbidden City from here, which used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Forbidden City is listed among the top five palaces in the world as the world's largest and best-preserved structured wooden palace complex.
We will then pay a brief visit to the Silk Market and return to the Temple of Heaven. It's a place where emperors went to pray for heaven and pray for agricultural harvest on a set day every year. There are a few other buildings constructed surrounding the Temple of Heaven to prepare things required for worship and prayer.
You'll then enjoy lunch and pay a quick visit to the Pearl Store.
We'll continue the Summer Palace tour after that. In China, it is the largest current imperial garden. You will be escorted to the train station for the overnight train to Xian, finishing the tour here.
Our guide or driver will meet you at the train station upon your arrival, and then launch the group tour directly to the Terracotta Warriors Factory and the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
Renowned as the eighth wonder of the world, the Terracotta Warriors impress you with thousands of real-sized figures of troops, generals, and horses.
You'll go to the Banpo Museum after lunch. It's a tribal residential ruin dating back 6000 years. Here you will witness the principal tribe 's housing ruins, daily-use posts, production equipment, burial method, and art information.
You will be escorted back to the hotel after an all-day tour.
Dumpling dinner and the Tang Dynasty Show are optional in the evening depending on your own interest (you own on-site cost / paid).
Our tour guide will meet you in the hotel lobby in the morning, at a pre-confirmed time.
We will travel to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda to begin our day. The entire scenic area looks like an ancient Chinese garden, and next to the Pagoda, you will also have the chance to visit the Xian Museum.
We will then travel to the Large Wild Goose Pagoda to visit North Square. Walking along the square, you can find that all the buildings are designed in the style of Tang Dynasty architecture.
We'll go to the 600-year-old City Wall after lunch. It was established as a military defensive system in the Ming Dynasty, but today it circles around the inner city of Xian. You can rent a bicycle here and enjoy a scenic ride around the wall (own rate, optional).
The last stops are the Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, and the Muslim Quarter, where you can see the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower and enjoy a range of local snacks.
Finally, to catch a flight to Shanghai, you will be moved to Xian airport. By holding a sign with your name on it, our Shanghai driver will wait for you at the airport and then you will be dropped off at your hotel. Take a nice rest this evening.
Our local guide will be waiting for you in your hotel lobby in the morning, keeping a welcome board that says your name and beginning the tour.
We'll launch our Shanghai tour on Old Street in Shanghai, where you'll find a taste of Old Shanghai in the 1920s. You will come to Yuyuan Garden walking along the path, which was once a private garden of the Pan family and is open to the public after the establishment of a new China.
Next, you will be escorted to the Bund, where the best scenery of ancient and modern Shanghai can be seen.
We will visit one of Shanhgai's most charming areas after lunch, Tianzifang, a mix of ancient and modern architecture, food, art , and music.
The final stop would be the Old French Concession, which used to be one of Shanghai's two largest concessions.
You'll eventually be escorted back to the hotel.
It's open for recreation or last-minute shopping today. You can choose to do it at your own pace.
A free airport transfer including a local driver at the end of the trip.