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10-Day Authentic China Explorer

Tour route: Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Shanghai

  • Tour code: ODY-CN-088
  • 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: Beijing, Arrival
Upon your arrival at the Beijing airport, your private guide and driver will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and recover from jet lag.
Day 2: The Forbidden City

Today’s tour begins with a visit to 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 Hutongs, where you will have a leisurely walk into the local Beijingers’ daily life. What’s more, you can try your hands to paint a facial make-up of Peking Opera on a paper model and visit a cricket trainer and listen to his story about cricket fighting.

Day 3: The Great Wall
No Beijing tour is complete without a visit to the Great Wall. Today, you will see it. After breakfast, we will drive about 1.5 hours to visit the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section with cable car up and down). Walking on the venerable ramparts, you will be amazed by the unbelievable constructions and appealing landscapes around it. After that, continue to visit Jade Gallery and the Sacred Road.
Day 4: Temple of Heaven, Beijing - Xi’an

Today, you will spend the morning at the Temple of Heaven, a truly perfect site full of history and architecture wonder combined with local atmosphere. There, you can see and even take part in Tai Chi morning exercise with the locals. 

In the afternoon, go to railway station for high-speed train to Xi’an. The train will arrive in Xi’an after about five hours, a local tour guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 5: Terracotta Warriors

The highlight of today is the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors. You will have enough time to marvel at the grand array with thousands of lifelike clay soldiers, horses and chariots in life size. Visit Xi’an Art Ceramic Factory afterwards and then go back to the city and take a calligraphy class at the historical Small Wild Goose Pagoda.

In the evening, you are recommended to enjoy the optional Tang Dynasty Show if you are interested in Chinese traditional musical and clothes.

Day 6: Experience Local Life, Xi’an - Guilin

Today you will have a chance to visit a local family and learn how to make dumplings, stretch noodles, and some other homely dishes. If time permits, you can go to the market with the host, and also visit the local Mahjong House to feel the Chinese leisure life. 

After lunch, continue to visit the Muslim Street and enjoy shadow puppet show at Gao's Courtyard before your guide escorts you to the airport your flight to Guilin, the most scenic city in China. Upon your arrival, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.

Day 7: Li River Cruise, Yangshuo

After breakfast, get ready for a leisurely Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. You will be driven to the pier (40-50 minutes’ drive) to embark on the cruise. While sailing on the crystal-clear water, you will be offered views of peculiar rock formations and lush greenery. As you're enjoying the breeze on the deck, spot water buffaloes and pass by local villages. After the cruise, transfer to your hotel in Yangshuo. Later, take a countryside tour by bicycle or by a car at your pleasure to feel the laid-back ambiance of Yangshuo.

If you'd like more activities in Yangshuo, an optional show of Impression Liu Sanjie is heartily recommended.

Day 8: Reed Flute Cave, Fly to Shanghai
After breakfast, back to Guilin to visit Elephant Trunk Hill - the symbol of Guilin city, South China Sea Pearl Museum and Reed Flute Cave, and then go to airport for flight to Shanghai. On arrival, be picked up and transferred to your hotel.
Day 9: City Exploration

Discover Shanghai like a local as you walk along the off-the-beaten-track 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. Finally, finish the tour with a relaxing strolling on the Bund.

In the evening, you can to do some further exploration on your own or choose to see the famous acrobatic show which will provide you visual feast.

Day 10: Shanghai, Departure
Time for you to get back home. After you are ready, the guide and driver will escort you to airport for departing flight.

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

There is no doubt that 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
BeijingHoward Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing comfortable hotel star 18A Jianguomen Nei Avenue, Beijing 100005,China 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
XianMercure Xian On Renmin Square comfortable hotel star No.319 Dongxin Street, Xincheng District, Xi'an 710004, 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 Wyndham Grand deluxe hotel star No. 208 Ci'en East Road, Qujiang New District, Xian, Shaanxi Province, 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 Banyan Tree Yangshuo deluxe hotel star No. 168 Zhengdong Street, Fuli Town, Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi
GuilinGuilin Park Hotel comfortable hotel star 1, Luosi Hill, Guilin, Guangxi, China 541001 Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel Guilin comfortable hotel star No. 8 Binjiang Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin, Guangxi, 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 Sunrise On The Bund comfortable hotel star No. 168, Gaoyang Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai, China Hyatt On The Bund deluxe hotel star 199 Huangpu Road,Shanghai Peoples Republic of China 200080

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.

Reviews on: Authentic China Explorer

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Rating: May 28th, 2017
Travel Consultant: Reinself Wei
I had never heard of China Odyssey Tours until I googled them on the internet and with some nervousness made an initial enquiry with them. Reinself Wei replied to my email and from that moment on I knew this was the agency I wanted to deal with. Thank you Reinself Wei for being our agent. We cannot fault your service. You have given us great service which has been professional, efficient, knowledgeable, prompt and without problems. You have answered all of our questions promptly and given us advice regarding our trip to China. We would definitely book through you and your company again. Thank you very much. Christine and Suzanne
Rating: May 28th, 2017
Travel Consultant: Wendy Wan
WOW! So glad we booked with Odessey Tours, had great tour guides and great hotels! Thank You
Rating: May 27th, 2017
Thanks to our amazing tour planner Alex Quan of China Odyssey Tours we had an amazing tour of 7 cities in China over 16 days. The guides have perfect English and were attentive to everything we needed, ensuring we were happy with our hotel rooms and that we made it onto the trains and planes, and they explained so much about how China operates and what it is like to live in this hugely populated country. I learned so much, and enjoyed every single tour. They gave us choices along the way, and would make extra stops for specific requests. I did not think we needed this much assistance, as I have traveled several times to Asia, but because so few Chinese people speak English, we appreciated dining suggestions and assistance with finding authentic souvenirs. We chose 5 star hotels, even requested a view of the Bund in Shanghai, and we loved every place we stayed. It was a great 4 person tour. Alex was very quick to respond to each and every email. I would recommend Odyssey Tours to anyone. I have never seen such first class service from start to finish. No surprise there are all these amazing reviews. Thank You.
Rating: May 27th, 2017
Travel Consultant: Tom Zhou
Tom Zhou has been putting together our itinerary for China and Hong Kong for next year and to date, I cannot fault anything he has done. His attention to detail and service has been excellent. Really looking forward to the trip that Tom has planned for us.
Rating: May 27th, 2017
Travel Consultant: Leila Deng
We booked our 15 day personalised tour through Leila of China Odessey Tours. Found company on internet so was a little worried if the trip would be ok. Reviewed company on TripAdvisor and the like and seemed to have very good reviews. Our trip was awesome and the company was very obliging. Leila was great to deal with as where all guides and drivers. We highly recommend this company! Thankyou!
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