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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: individual 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: chey0116

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Leo Huang
My friends and I had the privilege of having Nina and Mr Liu as our guide and driver, respectively for our 2 day visit in Xi’an. Although it was raining for the entire time in Xi’an, Nina was fabulous. With her excellent English skills, she was a wonderful teacher in the history and significance of the Chinese dynasties, Emperors – which certainly assisted with my understanding of the Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an’s Ancient City Walls and the Huaqing Hotsprings. All of which were breath taking to see.

Although it rained throughout our time in Xi’an, this certainly did not dampen our visit. Mr Liu provided a couple of us with spare umbrellas. We experienced a minor mechanical with the car at one stage, but Mr Liu and Nina were very calm and acted on this issue very promptly. They organised taxis to get us to our next destination at the Huaqing hotsprings and by the time we finished our visit there, Mr Liu was already back happily greeting us, with the car issue being completely resolved.

Both Nina and Mr Liu were very hospitable, which attributed to making my time in Xi’an a very memorable one. It is now, one of my favourite places in China!! Thank you both for your warmth, for looking after us and catering to our needs.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Nina and Mr Liu to anyone wishing to explore Xi’an. They make a fantastic team! I’m sure anyone who is lucky to have them as their guide and driver, will have as wonderful, a time as I have, in such a beautiful city, filled with friendly people and rich in history, culture and magnificent architecture.

Keep up the marvellous work! Kind regards, Y Cheng Australia
Rating: September 24th, 2014

Clients: NeilPatrick01

From: Canada

Travel Consultant:
Leo Huang
First off, arranging our one-day tour to the Great Wall was made quite easy, and China Odyssey (Leo Huang) was quite flexible when it came to determining where we wanted to hike. Initially we had requested to hike the length from Jinshanling to Simatai; one week before the trip we were notified by Leo of a closure between these two areas so we ended up changing the hike to the Jiankou to Mutianyu length. If this check was not made in advance of the day of the tour our hike would have been limited and we would not have enjoyed ourselves as much as we did.

Howard was the individual from China Odyssey that ultimately accompanied us on our hike. The hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu included a hike up a mountain side from a small village to a watch tower, then along approximately an 8 km length of the Great Wall to Mutianyu. Howard was excellent in setting a good pace for our hike and giving us all the time we needed to take photographs along the way. The hike itself was breathtaking and thanks to Howard and the arrangements made by Leo, this trip was the biggest highlight of our entire trip to China. Howard also shared lunch and dinner with us; he was very pleasant to have with us and a great sense of humor to boot. I would definitely have Odyssey Tours help us out again in the future if we ever come back for another vacation in China. It is travelling made easy and in the end made our experience in China that much better.
Rating: September 23rd, 2014

Clients: Roshlynn

Travel Consultant:
Sadie Li
My aunt and I travelled to China this past March 2014. Let me first start by acknowledging Sadie. From the preparation of our trip months prior she was always there to answer every question we had, and had planned everything out accordingly. She was very accommodating with everything and never once did she fail to let us down with communication regardless of the miles and miles that separated us from planning out our perfect vacation. We chose to do the 14-day china tour with panda tour. What was great was that she worked with us with wanting to do the trip our way. Instead of ending in Beijing she worked with us to do the standard trip the other way around. We started off in Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Yangshuo, Longsheng Town-Yangshuo, Guilin,Suzhou, then Shanghai versus the one itinerary you see on the website. This was great! I saw everything that was on the itinerary and had great tour guides that were very respectful, knowledgeable, and have become more than tour guides but have become friends that I hope to re-unite with one day again. They were all so personable, not just the tour guides but the drivers as well. Each hotel that was promised of being 4 stars or above met up to its standards and what’s great about these tours is that they make sure that breakfast is included in the hotels they book you in. They also are well organized with planning domestic flights to get you from city to city. Never once did I feel as if I was unsecure or unsatisfied.

What I can say is that this company comes together as a whole and makes your tour one you will never forget. I already have another trip in place next year and I am using the same company (Indochina odyssey tours, they do South East Asian tours). I e-mailed Sadie and she led me to Wanda who will be taking care of my upcoming trip. I have no doubts that Wanda will do just as great of a job as Sadie. They both work together, and because of Sadie’s great customer service my first trip around I trust her with whoever she says to handle my future trips with.

Side note: Sadie knew that I was going as a graduation present from my aunt because I graduated grad school. When we got to Guilin we were fortunate to meet her and the management in that location. She had gotten me a pearl necklace as a graduation gift! She and two of her supervisors took my aunt and I to a wonderful lunch. Unexpected of this, I knew right then and there that Sadie was not only my tour operator but she had become a friend despite the miles apart that would separate us after the tour. I hope to one day go back to China and re-unite with everybody I had met during my trip.

Travelling is truly the only thing you buy that makes you richer, thank you China Odyssey Tour for making my tour in China a memorable one and for blessing me with the presence of those who work for your company.
Rating: September 23rd, 2014

Clients: Anh T

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Leo Huang
Thank you China Odyssey for a well organised 8 day tour of Shanghai - Xian - Beijing.
Our group of 4 had a great time and it was nice to have such wonderful tour guides to show us around and explain the history. Shanghai we had Apple and she was so sweet and caring.
In Xian, we had Nina Yan and our driver Mr Liu were both so wonderful, we couldn't ask for better, they were both such nice people and really enjoyed their work. In Beijing, we had Peter and he was so passionate about the history and had great recommendations on food etc.

Thank you again especially to Nina!
Rating: September 23rd, 2014

Clients: Janice T

Travel Consultant:
Alex Quan
We spent 10 days in China with China Odyssey. The guides and drivers were wonderful, always there on time or early and took very good care of us. Believe me, you need an experienced driver in China! And they all had vans for the 2 of us and our luggage which made traveling much easier. Alex even called me on our first stop in Beijing to ask if everything was going well. He made it quite easy to plan our trip and he and the guides were very flexible. We are now quite spoiled. Everything was very professionally done and more than advertised. While planning the trip Alex was responsive in answering my many questions. We liked Carla, John and Barbara the best as we spent the most time with them but they were all great. Each one accompanied us into the airport and saw us through security. Even though airport agents spoke English, we couldn't understand them nor they us! It was so convenient and nice to have a local guide along. There was nothing they wouldn't do for us. Barbara even took some pictures for me and sent them them by email when my camera battery died. This company was much more that we ever expected all the way from the planning, hotels, guides, drivers, choice of sites, professionalism and everything else down to the last detail! We couldn't recommend them more.
Rating: September 22nd, 2014
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Reviewed September 24, 2014

My friends and I had the privilege of having Nina and Mr Liu as our guide and driver, respectively for our 2 day visit in Xi??n. Although it was raining for the entire time in Xi??n, Nina was fabulous. With her excellent English skills, she was a wonderful teacher in the history and significance of...

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