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10-Day Authentic China Explorer

Tour route: Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Shanghai

  • Tour code: BasicTour-Best-10C
  • Tour Style: Affordable Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour).
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date.
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Day 1: Welcome to Beijing, China
Upon your arrival at Beijing airport, your private guide is ready to greet you at the customs exit. Then you will be escorted to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to recover from jet lag or to ramble around on your own.
Day 2: Traditional Entertainment in the Hutong, Beijing
Today’s tour begins with a visit to the Tiananmen Square and the magnificent Forbidden City with its palace complex of 9,999 buildings across 74 hectares, surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter wall. In the afternoon, come across the old Beijing by entering into the Hutong, where you will have a leisurely walk into the local Beijingers’ daily life. Try your hands at painting a facial make-up of Peking Opera on a paper model and learn the stories about the crickets and grasshoppers fighting.
Day 3: Endless Great Wall, Beijing
No Beijing tour is complete without a visit to the Great Wall. Today you will tour the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section), the 8th Wonder of the World. Walking on the venerable ramparts, you will be amazed at the unbelievable constructions and appealing landscape that surrounds the Wall. Descending the Great Wall, you will stop by a Jade Gallery and then take a leisure stroll along the Sacred Road, a royal path noted for vivid stone statues and after life stories.
Day 4: Connecting with Beijingers
Today you will spend your morning at the Temple of Heaven, a truly perfect site full of history and architecture combined with local atmosphere. If you’re lucky you can do Tai Chi with a local expert. Afterward, drive to the train station for the speed train to Xian.Upon arriving, after checking in the hotel, the rest of day is yours to discover what this amazing city has to offer.
Day 5: Wonders of Terracotta Warriors, Xian
In the morning, you will venture outside the city, touring the wonders of Terracotta Warriors and Horses with over 6,000 painted life-size warriors and horses in battle-ranked formations and the Xian Art Ceramics Factory. In the afternoon, take a tour to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the Calligraphy Class.
Day 6: Be a Guest of a Local Family, Xian
After breakfast, you will set off to a welcoming local family for a truly unique experience of home-made dishes. If time permits, you can go to market with your host, and also visit the local Mahjong House to feel the Chinese senior life. After lunch, your guide will take you to the local Muslim Street and the Shadow Puppet Show at Gao’s Courtyard. Today ends with a flight to Guilin, the most scenic city in China, your guide will meet you there and escort you to your hotel.
Day 7: One of a Kind Countryside Experience, Yangshuo

It is a relaxing day begins with the Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. After checking in to your hotel, head outside of the county to discover the authentic rustic scenery by private vehicle or cycling (about 1-2 hours) along the country road, which is a fantastic way to meet locals and feel the countryside atmosphere.

Note: if you prefer, a highly recommendation is the not-to-miss landscape show Impression of Sanjie Liu as the night entertainment.

Day 8: City Tour of Guilin & Flight to Shanghai
On this day, you will be driven back to Guilin (1.5-hour drive) for a visit to the Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave and the Pearl Shop. After that, be escorted to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, your local guide will greet and pick you up to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or step out into this amazing city for an adventure on your own.
Day 9: Local Neighborhood Tour, Shanghai
Discover Shanghai like a local as you walk along the off-the-beaten Shanghai Urban Area (about 1 hour light walking) through the Maoming Road, Bugaoli old buildings and Fuxing Park, with stops to immerse yourself in the daily life of the Shanghai neighborhood.
Later take a stroll through the quiet Yu Garden and get a taste of Shanghai’s local life in the Yuyuan Market. Continue to the Jiangnan Silk Workshop and witness the skyline of Shanghai city on the 100th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center.
Day 10: Last Glance of Shanghai & Home Bound
After breakfast, you will walk down the Bund along the Huangpu River and appreciate the architectural gallery there. Move to Nanjing Road for a leisure stroll in this popular shopping area. After that, you will be escorted to the airport for onward flight home.

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around China will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

Standard Tour ClassComfortable Tour ClassDeluxe Tour Class
BeijingDong Fang Hotel Beijing standar hotel star No. 11 Wanming Road ,Xuanwu District, Beijing ,China P.C.100050 Beijing Novotel Peace Hotel comfortable hotel star 3 Jinyu lane, Wangfujing, Beijing, 100006, China The Regent Beijing deluxe hotel star 99# Jinbao Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
XianSkytel Xi'an (Formerly Prince International Hotel) standar hotel star No.32 South Main Street, Beilin District, Xi'an 710001, China Grand Noble Hotel Xian deluxe hotel star 334 Dong Da Jie(East Street), Xian City, Shaanxi Province, China No. 334 East Street, Xian City, Shaanxi, P.R.C. 710001 Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square deluxe hotel star No. 319 Dongxing Road, Xian, China, 710004
YangshuoYangshuo New Century Hotel Principle Building comfortable hotel star Near Yangshuo Park, Pantao Road, Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi P.R, China. Green Lotus Hotel deluxe hotel star No.1 Guanlian Road Yangshuo Guilin Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region China 541900
GuilinHotel Universal standar hotel star #1 JiefangDong Road, Guilin, Guangxi, China 541001 Guilin Bravo Hotel comfortable hotel star No.14 Ronghu South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin 541002, China Guilin Shangri-la Hotel deluxe hotel star 111 Huan Cheng Bei Er Lu, Guilin, Guangxi, 541004, China
ShanghaiGreenland Jiulong Hotel comfortable hotel star No.601 Liyang Road,Hongkou District, Shanghai 200080 China The Bund Hotel comfortable hotel star 525 Guangdong Road, Shanghai China The Westin Bund Center Shanghai deluxe hotel star No.88 Henan Middle Road, Bund Center, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002, China

We pick Hotels for You Based on:
Location:most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality:all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

 

Hotel criteria for each tour class

Hotel arrangement for Standard Tour Class

It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

Standar Hotel

 

Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in very rare cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience. 
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Comfortable Hotel

 

Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

Luxurious hotel with top-notch service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Deluxe Hotel

Meals

Normally China Odyssey Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, Chinese style, or a combination.

A la carte lunch

When plan your lunches, we consider the balance of food quality, dining environment and tour convenience. We provide a la carte lunch in a local restaurant whenever possible. A la carte meal will give you an opportunity to eat at local restaurant, follow local customs, and taste local dishes. The a la carte allowance would be adequate for a decent meal in our recommended local restaurants, but varies from different restaurants and different cities. However in some remote regions where it’s simply hard to find a non-tourist restaurant, the meal could be arranged at a local tourist restaurant or a local family.

Your own dinner choice

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in China. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All of our tour guides are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides in China who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed safe drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, your guide will stay at your side until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our travel guides in every destination are locals, who know the area well, they are very good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for taking your best photos.

When changing your itinerary is needed due to unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you have a wonderful experience.

Private Transportation

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most of your experience in China.

In every destination visited, your vehicle is air conditioned, clean, and expertly maintained. Your private driver is licensed, insured, and very experienced.

To maximize your comfort, we use vehicles with extra space for you and your luggage. Depending on how many are traveling together, we generally use sedans or mini vans (7 seats) for 4 people or less, large vans or small coaches (12-22 seats) for 5-12 people, medium coaches (33 – 37 seats) for 13 – 25 people, and large coaches (45 seats over) for more than 25 people.

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Everyone should go to China and see the terracotta warriors. But if you go, you want the best experience, and that is with China Odyssey Tours and their tour guide Cathy. My family of five went over Christmas, 2016. Cathy was such a blessing, she was fun, interesting, insightful and really catered to our individual family needs, and that is not always easy.

We saw the terracotta warriors, but Cathy made it much more than an exhibit. She made the experience come alive. We could almost see the workers placing the soldiers. It was my husband's bucket list and Cathy did not disappoint. Her commentary was exceptional. We will never forget the trip, Cathy made it special.
Rating: February 15th, 2017

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We are in the beginning stages of planning a tour to China. We found Odyssey Tours through reviews on Trip Advisor and we were introduced to Mr. Reinself Wei via email. Mr Reinself Wei has been very helpful in planning our trip, and he has been excellent to communicate with. We are very happy with all the planning and and look forward to our trip.
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Alex Quan has been amazing, helping us arrange our special celebratory trip to China for 2017. He has made it so easy, and has been so kind when I have asked SO MANY questions. Alex has met every change with a positive can-do attitude. We can't wait to begin our adventure. Thank you Alex, keep up the great work.
Rating: February 14th, 2017

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ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC TOUR COMPANY! PERFECT ITINERARY, TOURS AND SUPPORT!This review is long overdue.My family has traveled to all 50 U.S. States and nearly 40 countries. That said, we had never been to China. After searching for the perfect tour company and itinerary, I finally came across Odyssey Tours. My contact and the person that was intregal in insuring our 18-day tour of China was perfect was Alex Quan. Alex was very pleasant and helpful and worked with me to put together an itinerary that our family will never forget. Equally fabulous, similar but different Hong Kong and Shanghai followed by stunning and beautiful Guilin. The Giant Pandas of Chengdu, The Terracota Army of Xian, and the amazing history of Beijing with its' Great Wall, Forbidden City, Winter Palace and many other sites. These are obviously just the highlight sites however, there are way too many memorable and historic sites to list here. Everything went beautifully with our tours and tour guides. An amazing education and a trip our family with never forget. Thanks again to tour Coordinator Alex Quan along with our fantastic guides; William, Alice, J.J., David (our favorite), Kevin, Erin and Leo. They all did such a great job! We look forward to returning to spectacular China someday and when we do, we'll absolutely use China Odyssey Tours!Thanks again Alex Quan and Odyssey Tours!
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