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12-Day China Essences with Chengdu Pandas

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

  • Tour code: ODY-CN-005
  • Tour Style: Affordable Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour).
  • Price: From US$2479 2199/p (2pax with 4-star hotel)
  • 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.
  • Book date: Before July 31, 2018
  • Travel date: Nov 15, 2018 - Feb 28, 2019 (Except Feb 4 - Feb 10, 2019)
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Day 1: Beijing, Arrival
Upon your arrival at the Beijing airport, your local guide 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
Your tour guide will meet you and escort you to the Tiananmen Square, and then you could start the Forbidden City Heritage Walk Tour: besides the three main halls and palaces, your tour guide will show you more sites to help you get an in-depth knowing of the royal family. When getting out from the former royal palace, you will head to Jingshan Park and climb to the top of the hill for the best panoramic view of the Forbidden City. After that, end today’s tour with a visit to the Ancient Royal Observatory.
Day 3: The Great Wall
Today, you will feel the grandness of the Great Wall, another must-see site in Beijing. After breakfast, you will be driven about 1.5 hours to visit the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section with cable car up and down) and you can do some light hiking on the Great Wall to enjoy the majestic scenery. Later, pay a visit to a jade gallery and Chang Tomb before driving back to the downtown.
Day 4: The Temple of Heaven, High-Speed Train to Xi’an
After breakfast, you will visit the exquisite Temple of Heaven where you can join in the locals and play Tai Chi. Later, set off to railway station for high-speed train to Xi’an. When the train arrives after about 5 hours, your local guide in Xi’an will meet you and escort you to your hotel.
Day 5: The Terracotta Warriors
After visiting the Ancient City Wall in early morning, you will be driven about 1 hour to see the amazing Terracotta Warriors and the Art Ceramics Factory. Marvel at the Terracotta army made up of thousands of lifelike clay soldiers, horses and chariots in life size. After that, go back to the city to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and enjoy a relaxing stroll around the Great Tang All Day Mall.
Day 6: Muslim Community, High-Speed Train to Chengdu
After breakfast, you will visit Muslim Street and the Great Mosque firstly to get a general idea of the daily life of Chinese Muslim, and then enjoy a shadow puppet show at Gao's Courtyard before being escorted to railway station for your high-speed train to Chengdu. After arrival, local tour guide will welcome you and escort you to the hotel.
Day 7: Panda Base & Wenshu Temple

Today, you will enjoy this cheerful morning with cute pandas at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

In the afternoon, take a private Sichuan Cuisine Cooking Class for 3 dishes (around four to five hours)。 Firstly, meet up the food guide at appointed time, and then the guide will take you to explore a dazzling spice market to obtain all the necessary ingredients and spices you will use in the cooking class. Get the ingredients you need, and then walk through the back streets to a traditional Sichuan Courtyard where the cooking class will take place.

After arrival, have a short break while enjoying traditional Sichuan Gaiwan tea and learning about the tea culture. After refreshment, follow the professional chef to make processing of the ingredients till it gets well done.

Finally, enjoy your works as dinner, as well as a cup of local beer.

Day 8: Chengdu - Guilin, Reed Flute Cave
After breakfast, the guide and driver will send you to airport for flight to Guilin. On arrival, your personal guide in Guilin will pick you up. Before transferring you to the hotel, you will firstly visit the Reed Flute Cave and the Museum of South China Sea Pearl.
Day 9: Li River Cruise

This morning, you'll embark on a leisurely Li River cruise, which sails downstream from Guilin to Yangshuo. Along the way, you'll see the amazing karst hills, dense vegetation, local villagers, and water buffaloes. After embarkation in the early afternoon, transfer to your hotel in Yangshuo. Enjoy exploring Yangshuo on your own in the afternoon. If you'd like more activities tonight, an optional night show of Impression Sanjie Liu is heartily recommended.

Day 10: Fly to Shanghai

In the morning, you will have a countryside tour in Yangshuo by either bicycle or private van. 

After the tour, be transferred to airport for flight to Shanghai, the most cosmopolitan city in China. On arrival, your local tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 11: Shanghai City Highlights
Today, you will take a stroll on the Bund, and then move to the tranquil Yu Garden. In contrast, the adjacent Yuyuan Market is very lively. Continue your tour to Jade Buddha Temple, followed by a silk factory. After that, enjoy a relaxing walking through Jing'an Villa, Zhang Garden, and Wujiang Road. At the corner of Wujiang Road, you will have a chance to see how to make Xiaolongbao through the windows, and try local dim sum flavor.
Day 12: Shanghai, Departure
Time to say goodbye now. After you are ready, your guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to airport to fly home.

Price Inclusions:

1. Entrance feesmealsaccommodations and transportation listed in the itinerary.

2. Sightseeing & English-speaking guides as outlined in the itinerary.

3. Private transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in each city or area by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide as listed in the itinerary.

Price Exclusions:

1. Flightaccommodationsightseeingmeal not listed in the itinerary.

2. Visa fees.

3. Personal expenses such as room service, Internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.

4. Gratuities to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.

5. Excess baggage charges & travel insurance.

6. Optional activities and others not mentioned.

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
BeijingDays Inn Forbidden City Beijing standar hotel star 1 Nanwanzi Bystreet Nanheyan Street,Dongcheng District, Beijing P.R China (100006) 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
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
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 Marriott Shanghai City Centre deluxe hotel star 555 Xi Zang(Middle) Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200003, 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


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


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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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
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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.
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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.
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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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