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13-Day China Vacation with Shandong

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

  • Tour code: ODY-CN-032
  • 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
When your flight lands in Beijing, the capital of China, your local guide will greet you and escort you to the hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of the day taking a short exploration on your own.
Day 2: Beijing, Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
In the morning, start your today’s tour from Tiananmen Square, and then marvel at the traditional Chinese palatial architecture in the Forbidden City. After that, stop for lunch and then pay a visit to a pearl store. Finally, a leisure walking tour in the hutongs will bring you to the daily life of old Beijingers. Before returning to the hotel, enjoy painting facial make-up of Peking Opera on a paper mask.
Day 3: Beijing, Temple of Heaven & Great Wall
Head southeast for a tour of the Temple of Heaven. It is a good place where you will see an imperial complex of religious buildings as well as the locals doing morning exercise. After a 1.5-hour drive, you will reach the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section, including round-trip cable car). This fortification snakes into the distance with lush forest on both sides.
Day 4: High-Speed Train to Jinan, City Highlights
Head to the railway station for your high-speed train to Jinan City (about 2 hours). Upon your arrival, you will be met and escorted to your hotel. After checking into the hotel, you could have a relaxing sightseeing through the city with Daming Lake, Furong Street and Baotu Spring.
Day 5: Drive to Tai'an, Mt. Tai
As a mountain of great historical and cultural significance, Mount Tai has been the most important place of worship for at least 3,000 years in Chinese history. Today, you will drive about 1.5 hours from Jinan to Tai'an City for a tour of Dai Temple and this holy mountain with Puzhao Temple and Bixia Temple. You can take a cable car up to the top of the mountain for a panoramic view of the surrounding area.
Day 6: Drive to Qufu and Return, Confucius' Hometown
After breakfast, you will drive about 1.5 hours to Qufu City, which is the birthplace of Confucius. In Qufu, you will visit the Family Kong's Mansion, which was the residence of the direct descendants of Confucius; the Temple of Confucius, a place used to worship Confucius; and the Cemetery of Confucius, where Confucius himself and many of his disciples and descendants were buried after death. After the tour, drive back to Tai’an.
Day 7: High-Speed Train to Xi'an, Calligraphy Class
In the early morning, get to the railway station for high-speed train to Xi'an (about 5 hours). Upon arrival, your local guide will welcome you and escort you to the hotel. After checking into the hotel, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and take a calligraphy class there.
Day 8: Xi’an, Terracotta Warriors & City Wall
The Terracotta Warriors is an attraction that must see in Xi’an. These life-sized warriors have different uniforms, hairstyles and faces. After that, go back to the city for a tour of the Ancient City Wall.
Day 9: Xi’an, Family Visit & Muslim Street, Flight to Guilin

Visiting a local family is the best way to experience the authentic local life. Following the host, do some homely dishes such as dumplings, and noodles. You will also have a chance to buy some materials at a bustling market and enter the local Mahjong House to see the amusement in their leisure time. 

Continue to the Muslim Street, which is an intersecting street that is full of Muslim cultural atmosphere. Enjoy the shadow puppet show at Gao's Courtyard before flying to Guilin. Upon arrival, be met and escorted to your hotel.

Day 10: Guilin, Li River Cruise

After breakfast, you will be driven to the pier (40 to 50 minutes’ drive) to embark on a leisurely Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. As the boast sails downstream, enjoy the spectacular karst landscapes and immerse yourself in the picturesque pastoral views along the river.

After the cruise, transfer to your hotel in Yangshuo. Check in and take a break at the hotel. Later, continue on to a leisurely countryside tour either by bike or car at your pleasure. If you'd like more activities tonight, we'd heartily recommend an optional open-air show of Impression Sanjie Liu.

Day 11: Guilin, Reed Flute Cave, Fly to Shanghai

Today, your guide will drive you back to Guilin for a city tour, including the Elephant Trunk Hill, South China Sea Pearl Museum and the Reed Flute Cave. As a natural limestone cave decorating with multicolored lighting, the Reed Flute Cave is known as “the Palace of Natural Arts”.

After the tour, go to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. On arrival, be picked up and transferred to your hotel.

Day 12: Shanghai, City Highlights

After breakfast, spend about 1 hour walking along the off-the-beaten Shanghai Urban Area to feel the unique charm of this prosperous city. 

Later, enter the attractive Yu Garden to experience a sense of peace and harmony. Continue your tour to the Yuyuan Market and then stop at the Jiangnan Silk Workshop. Ascend to the 100th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center, from where you will get the skyline of Shanghai. The last stop today is the Bund, which shows you buildings of various architectural styles.In the evening, we highly recommend you to see the famous acrobatic show, which will provide you visual feast.

Day 13: Shanghai, Departure
Free time for you to prepare to back home. When you are ready, the guide and driver will escort you to the airport for your flight departing from 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
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 Vacation with Shandong

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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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