11 Days Golden Route Tour of China

Destination: Shanghai-Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Hong Kong
Duration: 11 Days
Tour Code: TGT-CH-Highlight-Stop
Tour Type:Private Tour
Price from: on request P/P

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    Tour Map

  • Shanghai the Bund

    Shanghai the Bund

  • Our Clients in Shanghai Yuyuan Garden

    Our Clients in Shanghai Yuyuan Garden

  • The Vermillion Gate of Beijing Forbidden City

    The Vermillion Gate of Beijing Forbidden City

  • Our Clients travel to Beijing Great Wall

    Our Clients travel to Beijing Great Wall

  • Beijing Hutong Tour by Rickshaw

    Beijing Hutong Tour by Rickshaw

  • Xian Qin Terracotta Army

    Xian Qin Terracotta Army

  • Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda Night View

    Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda Night View

  • Guilin Li River

    Guilin Li River

  • Guilin Reel Flute Cave

    Guilin Reel Flute Cave

Summary:

This 11 Days China Golden Route Tour covers 5 of the most popular tourism cities of China, is an ideal choose for travelers who wanna take a glimpse of this grand country both on its culture and nature in a certain time. During the tour, you can also experience the new high speed train transfer. Start your exploration from Shanghai, a city walking between tradition and modernity. Then the High Speed Train will lead you to the imperial city Beijing, you can focus on its grand city wall, palaces and temples. Then it comes the ancient Xian. There’s so many time-honored relics waiting for you, but never miss the Qin Terracotta Army. Before heading to multi-culture Hong Kong, crystal clear Li River and magical Karst limestone hills of Guilin are calling you.

  • Itinerary Overview
  • Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Shanghai
Activity: 
Pick up, airport-hotel transfer.
Meals: No meals
Accommodation: In Shanghai

Day 2

Shanghai
Activity: Tour to Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Towerthe Bund
Optional:
Acrobatics Show
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai

Day 3

Shanghai    Beijing
Activity:
Tour to Shanghai Museum, High Speed Train riding to Beijing  
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

Day 4

Beijing
Activity: Tour to Tian'anmen SquareForbidden City, Temple of Heaven
Optional:
Peking Opera
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

Day 5

Beijing
Activity: Tour to Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs (Changling Tomb)
Optional: Peking Roasted Duck is available for your optional dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

Day 6

Beijing  Xian
Activity: Hutong Tour by rickshaw, flight to Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian

Day 7

Xian
Activity: Tour to Qin Terracotta Army, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall
Optional: Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner as your optional night entertainment.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian

Day 8

Xian  Guilin
Activity:
Flight to Guilin, visit Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Guilin

Day 9

Guilin    Yangshuo    Guilin
Activity:
 Li River Cruise, arrival Yangshuo, visit West Street.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Guilin

Day 10

Guilin  Hong Kong
Activity:
Tour to Seven Stars Park, flight to Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Hong Kong

Day 11

Departure Hong Kong
Activity:
Hotel-airport transfer, departure
Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends

Note:
The High Speed Train fare here is based on hard-seat. The train also equips Soft-seat and Soft-sleeper with higher prices. If you wanna try other seats, please kindly tell your tour operator, he/she will update the quotation for you. The price will increase for some accordingly.

Day 1

Arrival Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai, Paris of the Oriental, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Meals: No meals
Accommodation: In Shanghai

Shanghai is a city unlike any other in China. It is the bustling economic heartbeat of China that enjoys all of the comforts and amenities of a fully modern metropolis. Shanghai today looks to regain its former position at the turn of 20th of being one of the largest financial centers in the world behind New York and London. It is a city that seamlessly blends East and West.

Day 2

Shanghai
Today, enjoy your full day city tour that start with the visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, then move to Yuyuan Garden, a Chinese classic garden in city downtown, and the nearby old street. Next have a bird-eye view of the city after ascending Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which is the third tallest TV and radio tower in the World. After the tour, you can take a nice walk along the Bund, Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade. Today if you are interested you can take an breathtaking Acrobatics Show as the optional activity.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai

Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV TowerToday you'll find a Buddhism shrine - Jade Buddha Temple, which is located in a crowd of Shanghai City. It was first built in 1882 in Jiangwan on the southern outskirts of Shanghai. In order to make it convenient for the adherents to visit, it was bodily moved to Shanghai City at the present sire in 1918. It is named for its two bejeweled white jade Buddha. It receives thousands of visitors and worshipers everyday while keeps its sanctity and charming. Carved from a whole piece of white jade, the sitting jade Buddha statue is translucent with a solemn expression, displaying the excellent skill and extraordinary art of Chinese people.

Yuyuan Garden has a lot of stories for it was severely damaged in the 19th century and was restored in 1961. This garden was first built in the 16th century by provincial governor, Pan Yunduan, in honor of his father who was the then government minister. It has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools, and flora that are all connected by corridors and passageways. The delicate design and exquisite layout of the whole garden reveals a strong impression of 'garden in the garden, whole in the part.

Completed in 1995 to a highly innovative design, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower has become a symbol of excellence in architecture and is a favourite sight for tourists in Shanghai. At 468 meters, it is the third tallest TV and radio tower in the World.

The tower is composed of the tower base with three batter posts, and three standing pillars, within which are elevators, holding 11 steel-structures creates the poetic conception as described in the old line "large and small pearls dropping onto a jade plate".

Then it comes to the Bund, the showcase with the old buildings of colonial-era leftover along Huangpu River. The renowned waterfront district is the city's most famous landmark. The word BUND is of Anglo-India origin meaning embankment on the waterfront. It is also the popular site to enjoy the night view of the city.

Shanghai offers colorful recreations with rich contents and creative form. Your night may be filled with an interactive old form of art known as the Acrobatics. Those professional performers have been trained of as early as age six or seven so that they can play so well and excellent. It definitely will be an unforgettable night in your memory.

Day 3

Shanghai    Beijing
In the morning, you will have a short visit to Shanghai Museum, then be transferred to the railway station for your 5.5hours High Speed Train riding to Beijing, the capital city of China. On arrival, your local guide will meet you at the railway station.  
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

Beijing-Shanghai High Speed TrainThe Shanghai Museum is a large museum of ancient Chinese art. Founded and first open to the public in 1952 and then moved into the former Zhonghui Building in Henan Road in 1959. In 1992, the Shanghai municipal government allocated to the museum a piece of land at the very center of the city, the People's Square, as its new site. This magnificent new Shanghai Museum was open in its entirety to public in 1996, with eleven galleries and three exhibition halls in a space of over 10,000 square meters. With bronze ware, ceramics, and painting and calligraphy as its distinctive collections, the museum boasts 120,000 pieces of rare and precious cultural relics in 21 categories.

Beijing, China's capital and one of the great travel destinations of the World, offers sights and cultural relics found no where else on Earth. The city has a character all its own; there are quadrangles, small alleys, tricycle, boiled mutton, roasted duck, arts and crafts, Peking Opera, The Great Wall, the 2008 Olympics venue and a vibrancy that is the distinctive flavor of Beijing.

Day 4

Beijing
Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tian'anmen Square, the World's largest urban square and the Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. Peking Opera is available for your optional night entertainment.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

Our Client Visit Temple of HeavenAs the biggest city center square in the world, Tian’anmen Square covering 44 hectares in the heart of Beijing. It is the place where history-changing events and ceremonies occurred. A few steps away, come to visit the Forbidden City, which was the Imperial Palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties and, it is one of the largest, and certainly the most completely restored, ancient architectural complex in the world. Walk in the footsteps of Emperors; come to the museum and see with your eyes, and feel with your hearts; you’ll begin understand what life in this richest of feudal realms was like for the Imperial Rulers, their concubines and their slaves.

After enjoying a delicious lunch, continue on to the Temple of Heaven. Departing from the Imperial vermilion and gold hues of the Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven is decorated in blue, the color of the Heavens. The perfect harmony between the architectural environment and nature can be felt here; you might easily imagine the vivid spectacle of a great sacrifice to the Heavens for a good harvest. The magnificent Hall of Prayer of Good Harvest is one of the most important and impressive building in China.

In the evening, we offer you an opportunity to enjoy an optional night entertainment Peking Opera. Expert performers convey powerful emotions to the audience through song, dance, facial make-up, exquisite masks and costume, skilled use of body language and sympathetically integrated musical accompaniment.

Day 5

Beijing
In the morning, your fist stop for sightseeing in Beijing is Badaling Great Wall, then driving to the nearby Ming Tombs (Changling Tomb), the once lavish burial chambers of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Peking Roasted Duck is available for your optional dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

Badaling Great WallJust 75km North-west of Beijing, along a smooth and comfortable highway is the Badaling Great Wall, which is one of the best-preserved and most accessible sections. The Great Wall is an internationally admired structure, symbolic of the cruelty of the ancient rulers, and the stoicism and determination of the Chinese people. The construction of the Great Wall began in the 5th century BC.

Then, you will have chance to visit the Ming Tombs which located in the northern suburbs of Beijing. Altogether there are thirteen tombs of Ming Dynasty Emperors from the period after the capital was moved from Nanjing to Beijing. You’ll visit the Changling Tomb, burial site of Emperor Yong Le, the biggest and first built at this historic site. The Lingsi Palace in Changling Tomb's second yard really deserves a visit. This is unique, a magnificent palace made of camphor wood. The ceiling is colorfully painted and supported by sixteen solid camphor posts. The floor is decorated with gold bricks.

For today’s optional dinner, how about taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck, as it is the best-known dish in Beijing. It is very tender and unforgettably delicious. You’ll visit a local restaurant to enjoy a full meal and learn the proper way to experience Peking Roasted Duck. From the whole roasted duck to the soup of duck bones, you'll enjoy a banquet made from every part of the duck. Moreover, the chef will demonstrate his skill of cutting the skin of the duck for your entertainment.

Day 6

Beijing  Xian
In the morning, take a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw to visit the ancient lanes and alleyways of Beijing. Be transferred to the airport for the flight to Xian in the afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian

Hutong Tour by rickshawIf exploring the Forbidden City has improved your understanding of the lifestyles of China’s ancient Imperial Court, then this Hutong Tour will give you an insight into the lives of ordinary Chinese people and reveal their social culture in today's Beijing City. The narrow streets of old Beijing are known as Hutongs. You’ll take a rickshaw tour along the Hutongs and see the 100-year-old houses, courtyards and a vanishing way of life in today’s Beijing.

Wonderful time always passes so quickly, in the afternoon, you have to take a flight to Xian, the city that steeped in history and still giving up secrets, is your gateway to ancient Chinese civilization. In its 3,100 recorded years of evolution, it has been home to 13 dynasties. Xi'an was also the end of civilization for those setting out on the famous Silk Road. Today's Xi'an is a vibrant, modern city, but surrounded by history, even underfoot! So there can be no underground railways due to the obligation to preserve the wealth of ancient treasure still awaiting discovery.


Day 7

Xian
Today, enjoy your full day visit to the Qin Terracotta Army, one of the world's most important archaeological finds with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation, and then to see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and the massive Xian City Wall. If you are interested, you can choose Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner as your optional night entertainment.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian

Xian City WallAs an ancient capital city to 13 dynasties, Xian has a rich recorded history, frequently enhanced by the evidence of new discoveries, like the 1974 unearthing of the fabulous Qin Terracotta Army, the long forgotten army created to guard Emperor Qin Shihuang's tomb. In accordance with ancient beliefs, this grand project was mounted at enormous cost by the cruel and tyrannical Emperor, only to be attacked, plundered, burnt and buried after his funeral by the peasants who’d labored under the whip to build it. Then, over two thousand years later, this “Eighth Wonder of the World” was rediscovered by farmers digging a well. The fine troops, horses and carriages in battle formation are a National ancient art treasure. Three excavation pits are now opened to the public and a fourth is nearing completion. You can, like US President Clinton, now gaze in wonder upon this historic site, listed by UNESCO in 1987 as a world cultural heritage.

The first landmark visitors will encounter in Xian is the ancient City Wall, which stretches round the old city. Xi'an was always a walled city, and today’s wall represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. The first city wall of Chang'an was begun in 194 BCE. The existing wall was started during the Ming Dynasty in 1370; it is massive, measuring 13.7 km in circumference, 12 m in height, and 15–18 m in thickness at the base. The South Gate and North Gate are the two main entrances to the inner city. The city itself is neatly arranged along the city wall. This impressive structure is just a precursor to the remarkable discoveries awaiting visitors to Xi’an.

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty and originally had five stories, although the structure was rebuilt in 704 during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian and its exterior brick facade renovated during the Ming Dynasty. One of the pagoda's many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and travelers Xuanzang. Now this well-preserved holy place for Buddhist has been the symbol of Xi'an.

Choose Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner as your night entertainment would be a good idea. You'll enjoy the sumptuous dinner while watching a fabulous dancing and singing performance of the Tang Dynasty. This is not only a performance of Chinese traditional dancing and singing, but a re-enactment of Chinese ancient ceremony and culture.

Day 8

Xian  Guilin
In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin. On arrival, you can visit the magnificent Reed Flute Cave, the showcase of distinctly-colored stalactites and stalagmites, and the Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin City. After that, be transferred to your hotel for check-in.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Guilin

Elephant Trunk HillGuilin is world-famous for its serene landscape, Karst limestone formations, mist-covered hills and bamboo groves. It is home to more than ten ethnic groups, including Han, Zhuang, Miao, Yao, Hui and Dong. On the way from the airport to your hotel, you will see dozens of pretty hills everywhere in the city of Guilin. It is a city of hills and green trees and boasts one of the most photographed areas of China.

Reed Flute Cave is named for the special reeds, used for making flute instruments that grow near the cave entrance. The caves are a feast for the eyes. The natural beauty of a profusion of stalactites and stalagmites, stele, stone pillars, stone curtains and stone flowers creating an infinite variety of extraordinary scenes, creatively illuminated, is bound to evoke gasps of admiration. It is fitting then, that Reed Flute Cave is commonly praised as Nature’s Grand Art Palace.

Return to the city center for the next tour attraction, pagoda-capped Elephant Trunk Hill, or Xiangbishan, the symbol of Guilin. Observed from a distance, you'll see an elephant-like form standing majestically at the confluence of the Li and Yang Rivers, with its trunk arching into the clear waters, a fantasy elephant eternally quenching a gargantuan thirst; lifelike in shape and energetic in posture.

Day 9

Guilin    Yangshuo    Guilin
In the morning you will be driven to the Pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours, lunch served on board). Savor the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. After disembarkation, have a leisure walk along the famous West Street.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Guilin

Our Clients take Li River Cruise In the morning, be driven to Pier for your Li River Cruise. A double-decker river boat is waiting for you. The landscape from Guilin to Yangshuo is truly a masterpiece of nature. The crystal waters, straight-out-of-a-painting mountains, peaceful farm fields, hard-working-but- ever-smiling fishermen and wandering water buffaloes inspire poetic musings of Guilin’s charming life. Under the blue sky, your river boat transports you in an unending daydream.

You will end up your cruise in Yangshuo, is a small oriental but Western-influenced town with a history of 1000 years. The West Street in the town earns its name since almost every one in West Street can speak fluent English and every restaurant or bar offers menus in several languages. You’ll feel no borders or distance here and will soon fall under the spell of this charismatic, welcoming small-town atmosphere. Moreover, West Street is flanked by fascinating little shops and vendor stands selling a broad variety of superior quality souvenirs, perfect gifts for friends and relatives. West Streets charms increase when night comes; countless bars, cafés and bistros open till midnight with dynamic music and live bands to ensure you can have a really memorable night with your new-found friends.

Day 10

Guilin  Hong Kong
In the morning, you will have a half day visit to Seven Stars Park -the biggest park. Be transferred to Hong Kong in the afternoon by air.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Hong Kong

Camel Peak in Seven Stars ParkSeven Star Park is another good example of Karst features. The park takes its name from Seven Star Hill which consists of seven peaks, whose layout allegedly resembles the constellation of Ursa Major. Flower Bridge, a 5-arch bridge at the entry to the park, is famous for its elegant style. It was originally built in the Song Dynasty and rebuilt in 1965. Viewed from the side, the arches and their reflections always create a full circle, and varying water levels appear to have no effect. The park is home to fascinating caves adorned with thousand-year-old cultural graffiti, calligraphy and inscriptions carved into the rocks by ancient poets and artists. You may also have chance to see the cute Giant Pandas in the small zoo!

Hong Kong is a bustling and vibrant destination boasting a rich blend of Chinese and European traditions. Visitors to this “Pearl of the Orient” will experience breathtaking views from Victoria Peak, the uniqueness of Aberdeen’s Floating Community, and the offerings at Stanley Market. It would be hard to find a more exiting city than Hong Kong. Set among beautiful natural surroundings it has all the benefits of a thriving and vibrant commercial center home to shopping like no place.


Day 11

Departure Hong Kong
Recognizing that Hong Kong is a destination that begs to be explored on your own, we have planned no activities before transfer you to the airport for board the flight to the next stop.
Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends

Note:
The High Speed Train fare here is based on hard-seat. The train also equips Soft-seat and Soft-sleeper with higher prices. If you wanna try other seats, please kindly tell your tour operator, he/she will update the quotation for you. The price will increase for some accordingly.

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):

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Remarks:
1. Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2016 to Feb 28, 2017, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events
2. TopGuilinTravel reserves the rights to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
3. No guide service from TopGuilinTravel on the flight and Yangtze River cruise
4. Recommended hotels are subject to be changed in actual booking
5. Any special requirements should be advised to us in advance
6. TopGuilinTravel reserves the rights of final explanation for any changes due to the reasons beyond our control
 
Price includes:
1. Private transfers between hotel, airport (railway station) and attractions
2. Domestic airfare or train fare based on economy class
3. English speaking guide service
4. Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
5. Admission for the attractions listed in the itinerary
6. Meals specified in the itinerary.
7. China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance, Insurance Terms & Conditions
 
Price excludes:
1. International transportation
2. Visa fee
3. Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman, etc
4. Personal expenses
5. Optional meals or activities mentioned in the itinerary
6. Services not mentioned 

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