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14-Day China Tour with Panda

Tour route: China: Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai - Guilin - Chengdu - Xian - Beijing

  • Tour code: Essential Tour-Vivid-05
  • Tour Style: 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 Shanghai, Arrival

Upon your arrival at Shanghai, China's most cosmopolitan city, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or step out into this amazing city for an adventure on your own.

Day 2 Shanghai, City Tour
Today visit some of Shanghai's city highlights. Begin with the Shanghai Museum that houses lots of cultural and historical collections. Later, you will walk down the Bund along the Huangpu River and visit the bustling Nanjing Road. Next stop is the Jade Buddha Temple, before getting a bird's eye view of Shanghai from the Jinmao Tower. After that, enjoy some free time at Xintiandi.
Day 3 Shanghai-Suzhou, Suzhou Sightseeing
Today you will be met and transferred to Suzhou and have a one-day tour in this beautiful city. You will visit the quiet and famous Lingering Garden and the Pan Gate and cruise on the Grand Canal to see the old houses along the river and special life of local people. Later visit the No.1 Silk Factory to learn how the pure silk products are made from a small cocoon. After that, get back to Shanghai.
Day 4 Shanghai-Guilin, At Leisure

Free in the day until your local guide escort you to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival in Guilin, the most scenic city in China, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or step out into this dynamic city for a little adventure on your own.

Day 5 Guilin- Longsheng, Longji Terraced Fields
Today's excursion will bring you to Longsheng Autonomous County, where you'll see the magnificent and winding terraced fields, get close to Guilin's minority people and admire their colorful culture. After your tour of this breathtaking area, you will be driven back to Guilin (around 2-hour drive).
Day 6 Guilin-Yangshuo, Li River Cruise & West Street
After breakfast, you will be driven to Zhujiang Pier (40-minute drive) to start your boat cruise down the picturesque Li River, which is the highlight of any visit to Guilin, until you get to Yangshuo County. Along the river, you will be inspired by breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water and picturesque pastoral views of rice paddies and water buffaloes. Visitors feel they have stepped into a traditional Chinese painting. After checking into your hotel, you will be free to explore Yangshuo and its famous West Street.
Day 7 Elephant Trunk Hill & Reed Flute Cave, Guilin- Chengdu

Today, you will be driven back to Guilin (1.5-hour drive), where you will tour Elephant Trunk Hill, Pearl  Museum and the Reed Flute Cave before your guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Chengdu.

Upon arriving in Chengdu, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.

Day 8 Chengdu, Giant Pandas & City Highlights
On this day, you will visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, followed by a trip to the Wenshu Temple where you can spend some time sitting in its tea house enjoying a cup of traditional Chinese tea and absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu and Jinli Old Street.

Day 9 Chengdu-Xian, Xian City Tour

You will be free until your local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, your local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Then you will start to tour Xian starting with the Great Mosque and Muslim Street.

Day 10 Xian, Terracotta Warriors & City Highlights
You will visit the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors and the Xian Art Ceramics Factory in the morning. After lunch, you will visit the Ancient City Walls and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, also have a Calligraphy Class inside Small Wild Goose Pagoda.
Day 11 Xian-Beijing, Summer Palace

After breakfast, your guide will escorts you to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Upon your arrival in Beijing, be met and transferred to the Summer Palace (including a boat cruise). After that, go back to your hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure.

Day 12 Beijing, City Highlights Tour
In the morning, you will first visit the Temple of Heaven to be amazed by the grand and beautiful architecture and may see local people practicing Taichi there. Later visit the iconic Tiananmen Square and the the magnificent Forbidden City. Proceed to explore the ancient Hutongs and walk through the Houhai Bar Street. 
Day 13 Beijing, Great Wall Tour

Today you will have a full day tour to the amazing Great Wall of  Mutianyu section (incl. round trip cable car). And then visit the Chang Tomb and Jade Gallery.

Day 14 Beijing, Departure
You will be free until your guide escorts you to the airport for the flight to your next destination.

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
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
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
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
ChengduMinShan Lhasa Grand Hotel standar hotel star No 88, Northern Road of Xiaojia River, No 4 of the Southern Part of Yihaung Road, Chengdu, Sichuan Tianfu Sunshine Hotel comfortable hotel star No.2, Taisheng north Road, Chengdu, Sichuan, China Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel deluxe hotel star No. 15, Section 1, Ren Min Zhong Road,Chengdu,Sichuan
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
BeijingDong Fang Hotel Beijing standar hotel star No. 11 Wanming Road ,Xuanwu District, Beijing ,China P.C.100050 Beijing Penta Hotel comfortable hotel star 3-18 Chong Wen Wai Street,Chongwen District,Beijing 100062 PRC The Regent Beijing deluxe hotel star 99# Jinbao Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 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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Clients: pmpagh

Travel Consultant:
Femando Shen
My husband and I had a great tour with our guide, Donna, and our driver, Mr Lee. As with each city, our guide spoke English very well, and was very enthusiastic. She was courteous, always on time, and never rushed. As with each of our 5 guides on our trip, she was college educated, and seemed to have encyclopedic knowledge of the sites we visited. She also shared about her own background (as did our guides in other cities), which greatly enhanced our experience in China. Among the sites we visited, the Terra Cotta Warriors was most impressive, but we also enjoyed seeing the Hangyang Tomb on our day of arrival, the old city walls, Big and Small Wild Goose Pagodas, Bell Tower, Muslim Street, and other sites. Donna helped guide our food selections, to try local specialties at lunch, treated us to a couple of street foods in the Muslim Street Market, and made good recommendations for our free evenings, for restaurants or areas to walk to or visit. We would have liked to have time to rent bikes on our own and pedal around on the Ancient City Walls (a two hour trip, we were told), but the weather was very cold and air a bit smoggy during our free time, so we did not do this. Xian was a fascinating, historical city, and we felt the tour sites recommended by Fernando, when he helped us plan our trip, were excellent. In each of the 5 cities we visited on our 19 day tour, we were shown to 1-2 government run factories with a ten minute education about how the product was made, and opportunity (but no pressure) to shop. We didn't regularly make purchases at these, and the detours took 20-30 minutes max. We would not hesitate to recommend China Odyssey Tours (and all of our guides) for anyone wanting an excellent personalized tour in China.
Rating: March 8th, 2015

Clients: JeannetteT1957

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Reinself Wei
Without a doubt China Odyssey Tours was the best experience I had from Beijing with my Tour Guide Peter and then with Cathy in Xi'an who is the best ever and with Portia in Shanghai. They all made my experience wonderful. Cathy you are the best and I know we will be friends forever. China Odyssey Tours are very lucky to have all three of you working for them.
Rating: March 8th, 2015

Clients: pmpagh

Travel Consultant:
Femando Shen
We arrived in Guilin at the start of the Spring Festival, a very busy time of year with fire-crackers going off almost continuously, and were met by our guide William and our driver, Paul, who showed us a wonderful time over the next few days. William spoke excellent English and as a history major gave us great insight into the culture of the region. He shared his own family history and upbringing which added a special richness to our experience. We traveled here with our 23 year old son who was studying Mandarin and William went out of his way to speak to him in Mandarin and help him improve his language skills. Our driver Paul didn't speak much English but on the first day brought us a basket of fruit, dates, cookies, and an endless supply of bottled water along with a warm smile. Our first day took us on a long drive to Longsheng and the Terraced Rice Fields where we hiked for several hours and saw some spectacular scenery. Our boat trip on the Li River showed us some spectacular views of the unique mountains of the surrounding area, now a World Heritage site. We stayed 2 days in Yangshuo, toured a very crowded and quite colorful nearby market, bicycled through the countryside (a bit scary at times negotiating traffic) and visited a local family who welcomed us into their home and fed us treats. A bamboo raft ride was fun and gave us more opportunity to see the very picturesque landscape away from the crowds. The restaurants where we ate lunch at each day were outstanding and overall China Odyssey provided us an excellent experience.
Rating: March 8th, 2015

Clients: Sandra G

Travel Consultant:
Vincent Ruan
My wife and I just finished a 4 day, 3 night tour of Beijiing with Tracy our guide, Mr. Sun our driver, and Odyssey Tours. Both of them provided us with a great experience. Tracy was just a great tour guide. Not only was she a wealth of information, but she also made us feel like part of her family. She was always there when necessary; to help us check into our hotel after picking us up at the airport, to arranging for exciting and interesting evening activities, such as the Kung Fu show and the Peking Opera, to making dinner and lunch reservations, which always were memorable, to checking us in at the airport on our final day.
At each site that we visited, from Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City, to the Great Wall, to the Summer Palace, Tracy was able to provide us with the information and background to give us the insight and understanding to help us truly appreciate what we were visiting. Never once did we feel that we were being rushed or pressured to move on to our next attraction.
For the entire three days, Tracy was available to us for our every need. She was punctual, gracious, and equally important, a lot of fun to be with, which also helped to make our stay most enjoyable..
My wife and I could not have been more pleased with our complete experience in Beijiing, thanks to Tracy. When we return to Beijing, we certainly will make it our business to ask for Tracy again!! Thank you Tracy, Mr. Sun, and Vincent for making our trip the best.
Cary and Sandy
Rating: March 8th, 2015

Clients: pmpagh

Travel Consultant:
Femando Shen
Our tour guide, Danna, was very good for our Chengdu tour. The highlights sites were visiting the Leshan Buddha and seeing the pandas. We were visiting during the Spring Festival, and the crowds at the Leshan Buddha were large. Danna had no trouble getting us onto the boat ride, into good positions for taking photos. Danna had us get an early start to visit the panda station, so we were able to see the pandas in a leisurely fashion before it became crowded. She educated us about the city, temples, markets, and the agricultural products of this area. The rapeseed plants were flowering yellow in the fields, and strawberries were being harvested. Danna made sure to guide us in our lunch food choices, to try flavors of the area, and gave us a great recommendation for a sichuan hot pot restaurant for dinner (without her) calling to make reservations, to facilitate our eating there, (although they didn't usually allow reservations). Like each of our guides, Danna spoke English quite well, had a great deal of historical knowledge, shared about her own background, and was always punctual, and never rushed. We had our 23 year old son who has been studying Mandarin with us for this part of the trip too, and Danna would talk some with him in Mandarin to help with his learning. Our driver, Mr B, was outstanding. He drove carefully and we always felt safe, and he provided us with water bottles daily. We would not hesitate to recommend China Odyssey Tours, and would use them again, if we return to China.
Rating: March 8th, 2015
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bonnie l
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Informative and historical trip

Reviewed April 10, 2015

firstly fantastic tour guide, Tracy Liu from China odyssey. She wasn't just informative and knowledgeable, she went above and beyond her job as a tour guide, looking out for our comfort and our need. It is extremely important to us as we have young children ranging from 2 to 11. We never felt r...

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