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12-Day China In-Depth Tour with Panda & Confucius Culture

Tour route: Shanghai - Chengdu - Xi’an - Jinan - Qufu - Tai’an - Beijing

  • Tour code: ODY-CN-050
  • 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: Arrival, Shanghai
When you arrive at the airport in Shanghai, your personal tour guide will be there to welcome you and then escort you to the hotel and help you check in. After that, you will have some free time to relax or explore around on your own.
Day 2: Shanghai, the Bund & Yu Garden
Start today’s tour with a relaxing stroll on the Bund, then visit Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden and the bustling Yuyuan Market outside the garden. After that, continue to Jade Buddha Temple and end the tour at a silk workshop, where you can learn how the small cocoons are transformed into elegant silk.
Day 3: Zhujiajiao Water Town, Fly to Chengdu
After breakfast, firstly head to Zhujiajiao to visit the well-preserved ancient town and enjoy the unique water features by boat, and then fly to Chengdu. On arrival, be picked up and transferred to the hotel by your tour guide.
Day 4: Panda Base & Jinli Old Street
Today, you will enjoy a cheerful morning with the cute pandas at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. In the afternoon, continue to visit Wenshu Temple and Jinli Old Street. While in Wenshu Temple, you can sit down in the tea house for a cup of traditional Chinese tea to take in the slow life of Chengdu.
Day 5: Fly to Xi’an, Hanyang Tomb & City Wall
After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for flight to Xi’an. On arrival, local tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to visit the Hanyang Tomb near the airport and the Ancient City Wall in the city center and then drive to the hotel for check-in.
Day 6: Terracotta Warriors & Muslim Street
You will be taken to the incredible Terracotta Warriors which are clay soldiers and horses of ancient China in life size and arrayed in battle forms. Later, visit a jade gallery, Muslim Street and Great Mosque in the city to get a general idea of Chinese Muslim’s daily life.
Day 7: Fly to Jinan, City Sightseeing
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Jinan. On arrival, local guide will meet you and escort you to the hotel. After checking in, you will have a relaxing sightseeing through the city with Daming Lake, Furong Street and Baotu Spring.
Day 8: Jinan - Qufu - Tai’an, Confucius’ Hometown
Drive 2 hour to Qufu City to visit Confucius’ birthplace. You will visit Family Kong's Mansion, the Temple of Confucius and the Cemetery of Confucius known as “San Kong”. They are symbols of Confucius Culture and you can date back to the history and formation of the unique culture in the world. Feel the strong and peaceful cultural atmosphere of Chinese classic philosophy. Continue to Tai'an City for overnight.
Day 9: Mt. Tai, Tai'an - Beijing

As a mountain of great historical and cultural significance, Mount Tai is associated with sunrise, birth, and renewal, so it is often regarded as the foremost one of the Five Great Mountains of China. It has been the most important place of worship for at least 3,000 years in Chinese history. Today, you will visit Dai Temple and this holy mountain including Puzhao Temple and Bixia Temple. You can take a cable car up to the top of the mountain and enjoy a great panoramic view of the surrounding area. 

After that, set off to the railway station for high-speed train to Beijing. On arrival, the local tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 10: Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
Today, you will go across the Tiananmen Square and then get to the Forbidden City with its exquisite architectures and histories. After getting out from the royal family's house, continue to its summer resort - the Summer Palace. At the end of the tour, you can pay a visit to a pearl store where you will find some beautiful and exquisite pearl jewelry.
Day 11: Temple of Heaven & Great Wall
Today’s tour will start from the Temple of Heaven where you can see and join in the locals to do morning exercise. After that, drive about 1.5 hours to get to Mutianyu section of Great Wall. You can take the round-way cable car up and down. Feel free to hike on the Great Wall and marvel at its grandness. On the way back to downtown, make a stopover outside the Olympic Bird Nest and Water Cube for a glance and take some photos.
Day 12: Beijing, Departure
Your China tour will finish today. Your tour guide and driver will pick you up at appointed time and transfer you to the airport for your flight departing from Beijing.

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
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
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
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
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

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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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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