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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 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
Welcome to Beijing! On arrival, your private tour guide will meet you and put you at ease with warm smile and professional service. It will take about an hour from the airport to the downtown hotel. Along the way, your tour guide will give you a brief introduction of Beijing. After settling down at the hotel, enjoy some free time to recover from jet lag.
Day 2: Beijing
Departing from the hotel as planned, your private guide will take you to see Tiananmen Square, followed by the Forbidden City, which had been the seat of power from 1406 to 1912 for more than five hundred years. Your Forbidden City heritage tour includes the regular visit of three main palaces on the central axis, and the in-depth visit of some other places that most tourists don't go. Afterward, visit Jingshan Park and climb up to the artificial Coal Hill to enjoy the full view of the grand royal building complex of the Forbidden City.
Day 3: Beijing
You will visit the famous Great Wall today. To give you a better experience, we arrange the less crowded Great Wall at Mutianyu for you, which will take about 2 hours on road. The Great Wall here is quite steep, so a round-way cable car is included for you to get up and down easily and safely. On it, you can do some moderate hiking further up to enjoy the majestic landscape. Later on, visit Chang Ling Tomb and a jade store before going back to the city.
Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an
This morning you will visit the elegant Temple of Heaven where you can see how do local people enrich their daily lives after retirement and even follow a master to play Chinese Taichi with others. Have lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy Peking Roast Duck before taking a 5 to 6 hours' high-speed train to Xi'an. After arriving in the early evening, be picked up and transferred to your hotel.
Day 5: Xi'an
Today's highlight is the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors. You have enough time to marvel at the grand array with thousands of lifelike clay soldiers, horses and chariots in life-size. The interesting thing is that you will find that each statue of soldier is unique and they are all from the original image of Qin people. You can even know their different stories when you look at their faces. Later, stop at the Art Ceramics Factory and then drive back to the city. Before ending the day tour, you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and take a relaxing stroll around the Great Tang All Day Mall.
Day 6: Xi'an - Chengdu

Above the history, local people's daily life is also very attractive to visitors from all over the world. This morning, you will visit the 600 years old City Wall, explore the narrow bazaar streets in Muslim Quarter, get into a traditional Chinese folk house and enjoy a shadow puppet show there. By visiting these sites, you can understand the special characters of this region better.

In the afternoon, proceed to Chengdu by 4 hours' high-speed train. On arrival, be met and taken to your hotel.

Day 7: Chengdu

Chengdu is the hometown of Giant Pandas. When you are in Chengdu, you can't miss the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. From 8 am to 9 am is the most active time of pandas, so you'd better to start the tour a little earlier in the morning to ensure seeing more pandas to do exercise or have breakfast. 

In the afternoon, have the city tour to River Viewing Tower Park where you can get up Chongli Pavilion to get a better view of surrounding area, try a cup of local tea and join locals to play Chinese Mahjong.

Day 8: Chengdu - Guilin
After breakfast, the guide and driver will escort you to the airport for your flight to Guilin. On arrival, your personal guide in Guilin will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. En route, you will have a detour to the most famed and beautiful Karsts cave in south of China - Reed Flute Cave and a pearl store.
Day 9: Guilin - Yangshuo

The Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is no doubt the highlight of any tour to Guilin. Today, you will spend 4 hours riding the Li River boat from Zhujiang pier to Yangshuo town. The charming landscape along Li River will open your eyes.

After the cruise, be transferred to the hotel, have short break and then drive out of Yangshuo to visit a hand-painted fan workshop, where you can see and participate in the production process.

Day 10: Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai
As an old say goes like this in China: Guilin landscape tops those elsewhere, and Yangshuo landscape tops that of Guilin. The idyllic countryside of Yangshuo is the reason why so many visitors come here. If you're good at cycling, the best way for you is to enjoy the pastoral view formed by tranquil rice paddies, towering peaks, clear waters and small villages; if you are not good at cycling, your private driver and guide will show you around the countryside by van. Later on, take your flight to reach Shanghai after two hours.
Day 11: Shanghai
Today's tour starts from the Bund, covers Yu Garden, Yuyuan Market, Jade Buddha Temple, a silk workshop, and then ends with a relaxing walking through Jing'An Villa, Zhang Garden and Wujiang Road. By walking and talking with the citizens residing there, you can fully appreciate a vibrant, dynamic and complicated urban landscape. At the corner of Wujiang Road, you can also take a rest watching how to make Xiaolongbao through the windows, and try some local flavors.
Day 12: Shanghai, Departure
Time to say goodbye now. When you are ready, your guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your flight departing Shanghai.

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
ChengduTianfu Sunshine Hotel comfortable hotel star No.2, Taisheng north Road, Chengdu, Sichuan, China Tibet Hotel Chengdu deluxe hotel star NO.10 North Renmin Road, Chengdu, Sichuan Shangri-La Hotel deluxe hotel star 9 Binjiang Dong Road, Chengdu , ChinaChengdu 610021Sichuan, China
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


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.

Reviews on: China Essences with Chengdu Pandas

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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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