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15-Day Scenic China and Rice Terraces

Tour route: Shanghai - Huangshan - Hangzhou - Guilin - Xi’an - Beijing

  • Tour code: ODY-CN-016
  • 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
Welcome to Shanghai! After landing, you will meet your private tour guide outside the arrival hall, holding a welcoming board with your name and Odynovo logo. On the way from the airport to the hotel, the guide will take time to give you an overview of this gigantic metropolis.
Day 2: Shanghai
The city tour starts with an in-depth exploration along the Bund, which will show you a great epitome of old Shanghai in the 1920s to 1930s. While in it, you will be also treated with an heritage tour inside the historical Peace Hotel. Later on, continue to Shanghai Museum to learn more about the city and China's past. After that, head to Yu Garden to enjoy the delicate traditional Chinese garden, followed by a silk workshop. Finish the day tour with a panorama of this modern metropolis from the glorious Shanghai Tower.
Day 3: Shanghai - Huangshan
After breakfast, ride a high-speed train from Shanghai to Huangshan (about 4.5 hours). On arrival, your local tour guide will pick you up and escort you to visit Hongcun, a picturesque and undisturbed village that perfectly embodies local people's daily life and their traditional dwelling architectures. After the tour, return to the city for hotel check-in.
Day 4: Huangshan - Mt. Huangshan
Today, you’ll visit the Mt. Huangshan (the Yellow Mountain). Take the Yungu cable car up to the mountain firstly, and then walk along the stone steps to check in at your summit hotel. After a short break, you could follow your tour guide to enjoy the fabulous scenery of Beihai area.
Day 5: Huangshan - Hangzhou

Get up early in the morning to catch the magical sunrise, and then back to the hotel to have breakfast. Afterwards, proceed to discover the incredible beauty of the West Sea Area through a walking tour. The walking hours in the scenic area will be subject to your physical strength. 

After the tour, take the cable car down the mountain, and then head to the railway station for the high-speed train to Hangzhou. On arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 6: Hangzhou
The Highlight of today is to visit the poetic and romantic West Lake. Your tour guide will accompany you to enjoy its relaxing charm by walking and boating. Tree-lined walkways, impeccably placed bench, parks and gardens, temples and pagodas, all of these provide the visitors a great view of classical beauty of China. The next stop is the Lingyin Temple - an old functional temple where you can see lots of followers and monks in it. Besides, you will also visit the Dragon Well Tea Plantation and a traditional Chinese Medicine Drugstore.
Day 7: Hangzhou - Guilin
Free morning to refresh yourself in this beautiful city. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Guilin. On arrival, your local tour guide will meet you and accompany you to your hotel in the downtown.
Day 8: Guilin - Longsheng - Guilin
Today's excursion is to Longji Ping'an Village where you can not only enjoy the stunning view of the terraced rice paddies but also marvel at the ethnic minorities' cultures in this area. As the vehicles can only reach the foot of the mountain, you should walk 30-40 minutes to the village. Sedan chair (made of bamboo) is available with extra charges if you need. There are some decent restaurants available in the village, where you can have a short break either before or after hiking up again until to the observation platform. Finish the tour in the late afternoon and then get back to Guilin.
Day 9: Guilin - Yangshuo
After breakfast, you should check out of hotel and then drive about 50 minutes to Zhujiang Wharf to take the Li River Cruise. During the 4 hours' cruise, you will utterly immerse in the picturesque pastoral views along the river. Lunch will be served on the boat. After arriving, get through the West Street and then be transferred to your hotel for check-in. In the late afternoon, take a countryside tour by either bicycle or car.
Day 10: Yangshuo - Guilin - Xi'an
Start the day with a leisurely breakfast at your hotel and then drive about 1.5 hours back to Guilin. Before flying to Xi'an, pay a visit to the Reed Flute Cave and a pearl store nearby. On arrival, be met and taken to the hotel in downtown, which may take you about one hour on road.
Day 11: Xi'an
Today is for you to remove the mystery veil of Emperor Qinshihuang's underground army - the Terracotta Warriors. You will be surprised by the thousands of vivid clay statues in life size and astounded by the stories of this emperor. After that, make a stopover at the Xi'an Art Ceramics Factory. Later, drive about 1 hour back to the city to visit the Ancient City Wall and Muslim Street.
Day 12: Xi'an - Beijing

Fly to Beijing today, and have a detour to Hanyang Tomb on the way to the Xi'an airport. Distinguishing with the Terracotta Warriors, it will present you the court life and production of ordinary people in Han Dynasty about 2,000 years ago. When you arrive in Beijing, your personal tour guide will meet you and escort you to the hotel.

Day 13: Beijing
The exploration of Beijing will start from Tiananmen Square to the imposing Forbidden City, the power center of old China since 600 years ago. While in the Forbidden City, an in-depth heritage walk will be arranged for you instead of the classic tour that only focuses on the three main halls on the axial line. After it, continue to visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperor visited every year to beg for heavy crop of next year in ancient time.
Day 14: Beijing
It is great to finish your China trip with a memorable tour to the less crowded but the grandiose Mutianyu Great Wall. Usually, you will take about 2 hours on road, 2 to 2.5 hours on the touring with cable car up and down. After that, continue to visit the Sacred Road. As a part of the Ming Tombs complex, it will provide you some interesting historical sites as well evoking you a sense of the past. Finally, have a quick stop at a jade gallery on the way back to the city.
Day 15: Beijing, Departure
Time to back home! Today, you will be free before the tour guide picks you up and transfers 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
HuangshanHuangshan baiyun hotel standar hotel star Tianhai scenery district Huangshan,Anhui China Beihai Hotel comfortable hotel star Huangshan scenic area
HangzhouHangzhou Hotel comfortable hotel star No.546 YanAn Road Hangzhou, China,310006 Zhejiang Grand Hotel comfortable hotel star 595 Yan'an Road, Xiacheng District, Hanghzou China Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale - Hangzhou deluxe hotel star No.555 Fengqi Road.Xiacheng District.Hangzhou.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
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

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.

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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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