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14-Day China Tour with Panda

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

  • Tour code: Essential Tour-Vivid-05
  • 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 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

After breakfast, you will visit the Shanghai Museum, reputed as one of the China's first world-class modern museums with a collection of 120,000 precious works. Later, you will walk down the Bund along the Huangpu River and visit the Jade Buddha Temple, the Former French Section. Later you will enjon some free time at Xin Tian Di.

Optional show for tonight is Acrobatics Show which is awesome and amazing if you are interested in it.

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.

The optional recommendation for tonight is the Impression of Sanjie Liu which is a show combining with landscape and beautiful dancing performance.

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 to spend a cheerful morning with these lovely pandas, 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.

In the evening, you can choose to enjoy Sichuan Opera to admire the unique face changing skill in it.

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.

The famous Tang Dynasty Show can be a consideration as the night entertainment which can let you know more about ancient China.

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 - the world's largest palace complex with 9,999 buildings across 74 hectares. Proceed to explore the ancient Hutongs and walk through the Houhai Bar Street. 

Optional activity to recommend tonight is the thrilling Chinese Kung Fu Show which can let you get the charm of Chinese martial art.

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 Sofitel Chengdu Taihe deluxe hotel star 15 Binjiang Middle Road, Sichuan Province CHENGDU, 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
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

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: KenT

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Reinself Wei
We just came back from a ten day private tour with China Odyssey. The trip was fantastic. The trip was planned by Reinself Wei who made sure every detail was covered. I really can't say enough as well about our local guides in Beijing (Mr. Leo Huang) and in Shanghai (Ms. Portia Huang). Both were extremely insightful, intelligent and skilled in making our trip wonderful!!!
Rating: August 22nd, 2015

Clients: skidBeverlyHills

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Femando Shen
My family and I (we have 2 boys ages 10 and 13) planned a 6 week trip in China with the enormous help of China Odyssey Tours. Femando was my contact there and I must have sent him the most emails he has ever seen with questions, changes, you name it.
He was incredibly patient, helpful and immediately responsive. We had a guide in every location we went adn they all met us at the airport or train station. It was seemless. Our guide for Beijing was Lee. We were with Lee for 5 days and she was very easy to be around. Wonderful disposition and wanted to make sure we saw everything we wanted to see. Very accommodating with us and her English is superb. She could answer all the questions we asked of her since we love history and learning. She was great with my boys.
Rating: August 22nd, 2015

Clients: manchurian2015

Travel Consultant:
Maple Zheng
My wife and I have been in and out of China with groups or as individuals many times since 1979. This time we brought our son's family of 4 with us to let them see China for the first time. It was a success by the fact that they showed considerable interest and wanted to come back next year.
Our tour covered 4 cities: Shanghai-Hangzhou-Xian-Beijing. The tour was packed with activities and visits of spots and restaurants of our own choices. The tour guides managed well to meet our needs in a tight schedule with only two destinations skipped because of over-crowded situation or unbearable heat in the month of August in China. Overall, I’d say it was worth of our money to have a private tour with Odyssey.
The quality of service of Odyssey has been one of the best in the industry with my personal experience in the past 35 years. Their front desk staff was competent, quick and thorough to answer questions and solve problems. The tour guides performance varied in different cities with some under performed; but overall, they were competent and eager to help. Of particular among the guides to mention is Nancy in Xian who worked harder, thorough and efficient in conducting the tour. Our special thank to her.
If you are a seasoned traveler with deeper pocket and have a particular interest in China, a small private, specifically targeted tour is a way to go. Do your own research of where you want to visit and find a good company to work with. A cheap and big tour group can be an unpleasant experience especially in the hot months of July and August.
To tour China today is drastically different from the old days prior to the year of 2000. A western tourist today has to adjust to the overwhelming domestic tour crowd who come in big numbers and in some cases, the noise and crowd can be a nuisance.
Rating: August 21st, 2015

Clients: MargaretP

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Travel Consultant:
Tom Zhou
China Odyssey Tours designed and eight day private tour for us starting in Beijing, then to Xian and finally Guilin. Since it was August it was extremely hot and humid but our guides had thought of every possible way to keep us comfortable with chilled bottled water and fresh fruit. Ben Tian, in Beijing, was easy going and flexible and paced the tour according to our needs, finding ways to make things simpler when we needed to take a break. Crysal Ma, our guide, is a native of Xian and most enthusiastic and excited to show us the Terracotta Warriors and describe the impact their discovery has had on the area. We then went to Guilin for a boat trip to see the cliffs and mountains along the river. Our guide Henry was very well informed and amusing in his talks about the sights, even alerting us when to go on deck to get the best pictures so we could stay in the air conditioned part of the boat the rest of the time. We couldn't believe how lucky we were in choosing China Odyssey. Of course we had read the reviews which were very helpful. We felt very well taken care of and relaxed with our tour guides. We have recommended China Odyssey Tours to our friends and neighbors.
Rating: August 20th, 2015

Clients: codyb

From: Canada

Travel Consultant:
Miranda Zhang
Thank you China Odyssey, our tour guide Fei and driver Jiang for taking care of us during our visit to Guilin. The scenery in Guilin is beautiful and unique. We highly recommend The Li river cruise and we were lucky to see it in the mist and sunshine. Just like you said Fei, mystical and postcard perfect! We particularly enjoyed the stop at Mrs Li's house, a lovely and kind lady who generously let us take pictures in her home. The Reed Flute Cave is also very interesting. Thanks again Fei. PS we thoroughly enjoyed those mango smoothies!!
Rating: August 20th, 2015
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We are close to the end of a 20 day tour organised by China Odessy Tours of China and Cambodia.We visited Beijing,cruise on the Yangtzy,chengdu via bullet train,Xian and finishing in Shanghai.Then to Cambodia,Seam Reap and Phnom Penn.We would recommend the guides Donna in Chengdu, John in Xian and ...

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