Travel Destinations / China

Overview

China is a destination not easily compared to anywhere else on the planet – Colossal, dizzying and fiercely, endlessly foreign. Home to approximately one fifth of the human race, China variously dazzles, befuddles, frustrates and thrills. The key visitor attractions are renowned around the globe – think the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Terracotta Warriors – but on the ground it’s the sheer scale and off-kilter energy of the place that leave the most lasting impression.

The rampant economic drive of the last decade means many of China’s cities are as shaped by modernity as anywhere you care to mention, but it’s also somewhere underpinned by dearly held traditions and an almost unfathomable amount of diversity. China’s landscapes unfurl dramatically across the map, its customs are as fascinating as they are numerous, and its sights, sounds and infinite oddities altogether amount to one of the world’s truly great travel experiences.

The best scenery China has, is definately best seen by foot. Everest Base Camp is Tibet’s most popular trekking destination. There’s also great hiking in other areas of the mountainous Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Yunnan’s threatened Tiger Leaping Gorge and along the Great Wall.

Demographics and Stats

Culture

Cultural differences may create misunderstandings between local people and visitors. The Chinese do not usually volunteer information and the visitor is advised to ask questions. Hotels, train dining cars and restaurants often ask for criticisms and suggestions, which are considered seriously. Do not be offended if you are followed by a crowd; this is merely an open interest in visitors who are rare in the remoter provinces. The Chinese are generally reserved in manner, courtesy rather than familiarity being preferred.

The full title of the country is ‘The People’s Republic of China’, and this should be used in all formal communications. ‘China’ can be used informally, but there should never be any implication that another China exists. Although handshaking may be sufficient, a visitor will frequently be greeted by applause as a sign of welcome. The customary response is to applaud back. Anger, if felt, is expected to be concealed and arguments in public may attract hostile attention.

In China, the family name is always mentioned first. It is customary to arrive a little early if invited out socially. When dining, guests should wait until their seat is allocated and not begin eating until indicated to do so. If using chopsticks, do not position them upright in your rice bowl as the gesture symbolises death. Toasting at a meal is very common, as is the custom of taking a treat when visiting someone’s home, such as fruit, confectionery or a souvenir from a home country. If it is the home of friends or relatives, money may be left for the children.

If visiting a school or a factory, a gift from the visitor’s home country, particularly something which would be unavailable in China (a text book if visiting a school, for example), would be much appreciated. Stamps are also very popular as gifts, as stamp-collecting is a popular hobby in China. A good gift for an official guide is a Western reference book on China.

Conservative casual wear is generally acceptable everywhere and revealing clothes should be avoided since they may cause offence. Visitors should avoid expressing political or religious opinions.

Photography:

Places of historic and scenic interest may be photographed, but permission should be sought before photographing military installations, government buildings or other possibly sensitive subjects.

Shopping:

While uncommon in larger stores, haggling is a big part of the buying process in markets (of which there are many) for items such as jade, antique ceramics, local handicrafts, silk garments and other bric-a-brac. All antiques over 100 years old are marked with a red wax seal by the authorities and require an export customs certificate. Beijing’s fascinating Panjiayuan market opens every day, although it is best at weekends. Dongtai Lu in Shanghai hosts a popular street market for antiques and repro curios. When haggling, a smile and a certain amount of respect both go an awfully long way.

In Beijing, Shanghai and many other large cities, massive department stores sell everything from luxury fashion to high-tech electronics. In big cities and tourist towns, English is often spoken by shop assistants. You can usually make yourself understood by pointing, otherwise someone nearby will generally speak a little English. Good shops are found in major centres like Shanghai’s Nanjing Road or Beijing’s Wanfujing. Other enclaves well worth a visit for local designer boutiques are Taikang Lu in Shanghai and Nanluoguxiang in Beijing. Hong Kong is also widely renowned for its retail options, whether you’re after electronic goods or catwalk labels.

You can also get handicrafts direct from shops at local factories, from shops specialising in the sale of handicrafts, and at art-and-craft department stores. Special purchases include jade jewellery, embroidery, calligraphy, paintings and carvings in wood, stone and bamboo. Shop personnel often pack and arrange shipping for bulky items. Keep receipts, as visitors may be asked to produce them at customs prior to departure. Hotel shops are more expensive than local shops

Money:

Currency: 1 Renminbi Yuan (CNY; symbol ¥) = 10 jiao/mao or 100 fen.
Notes: ¥100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1.
Coins ¥1, 5 and 1 jiao/mao.
Counterfeit ¥50 and ¥100 notes are commonplace. (The Yuan is often referred to as the ‘guai’ in street slang)
Credit Cards: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in major provincial cities in designated establishments. Credit cards are often unlikely to be accepted away from the major cities.

Health

All water used for drinking, brushing teeth or freezing should first be boiled or otherwise sterilised. Bottled water, widely and cheaply available, is the most advisable way of getting around this. Be especially careful when eating at small street-side stalls or restaurants where standards of hygiene may not be high. Pork, salad, scallops, snails and mayonnaise may carry increased risk. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Medical services tend to be offered through local hospitals rather than private clinics. Costs at local hospitals are low and standards vary. Medical facilities in international hospitals are excellent and many common drugs are available over the counter. Traditional Chinese medicine treatments are also used widely in China, such as acupuncture, meridian massage, cupping and herbal medications. Medical insurance is strongly advised.
Note: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travellers arriving from infected areas.

Visa requirements

NationalityRequires Visa
AmericanYes
BritishYes
European UnionYes
South AfricanYes
Should your nationality not be listed above, kindly contact our dedicated consultants for assistance.

Weather

Weather

China’s extreme size means it has a great diversity of climates, but being located entirely in the northern hemisphere means its seasonal timings are broadly comparable to those in Europe and the US. The northeast experiences hot and dry summers and bitterly cold winters. The north and central region has almost continual rainfall, hot summers and cold winters. The southeast region has substantial rainfall, with semi-tropical summers and cool winters. Central, southern and western China are also susceptible to flooding, and the country is also periodically subject to seismic activity.

Best Time to Visit

Early autumn, when temperatures are pleasant and rainfall is low, is generally seen as an optimum time to visit. Spring is also popular, for similar reasons. If arriving in winter, heavyweight clothing and boots are recommended to cope with what can be extreme cold. Likewise, lightweight clothing should be packed for a visit at the height of summer.

 

11 Days China Wonders Experience Tour

Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai

Tour Code: TCT-Classic-05

Tour Type: Private Tour

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.

Price from $ 1591 1432

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Tour Feature

  Fine- designed classic tour covers the major destination and wonders in China
  Private service caters to your personal interests.
  Suitable for first-time visitors to experience the combination of the history, culture, scenery and modern of China
  Present the cultural relics in Beijing, the world wonders in Xian, the breathtaking landscape in Guilin and the metropolis of Shanghai.

What to Expect

DayDestinationHighlights
01BeijingTransfer service to hotel
02BeijingTiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Back Lakes and Nanluoguxiang Alley
03BeijingMutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, The exteriors of Bird Nest and Water Cube
04Beijing  XianTemple of Heaven, Old Beijing Hutong
05Xi’anTerracotta Warriors, Tang Bo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter
06Xi’an  GuilinAncient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square, Hanyang Tomb
07GuilinLongji Rice Terraces, Minority Village
08Guilin YangshuoLi River, West Street
09Guilin  ShanghaiReed Flute Cave, Elephant Hill
10ShanghaiShikumen, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple,  Lujiazui CBD, Shanghai Tower
11ShanghaiTransfer service to airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Beijing

Meals: No Meals
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Your journey will begin in Beijing, one of the most mysterious cities in the world. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by TCT tour guide at Beijing international airport and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, free at leisure and have a good sleep to get over the jet lag.
Over the next several days, you’ll explore this ancient city which is also the political and cultural heart of China. Get ready for that.

Tiananmen Square

Day 2Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★
Sightseeing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Back Lakes and Nanluoguxiang Alley

[09:00-09:30]You will be met by our guide at the hotel lobby and start to explore the historical city of Beijing.
[09:30-12:30]You will reach the Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Walk through the square and visit today’s highlight Forbidden City , the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Hike to Jingshan Park, where gives a nice panoramic view of the Forbidden City at the top of Coal Hill.
[12:30-14:00]Have lunch at a local Chinese restaurant enroute to experience the authentic Chinese food.
[14:00-16:30]Drive to Back Lakes (Houhai), the marvelous place to discover the history of Beijing City and the endless charm. Walk into Nanluoguxiang Alley which is one of the most famous Hutong districts in Beijing and mix of history, fashion and Souvenir Boutique.
[16:30-17:30]Back to your hotel after today leisure tour. You are free to ask your guide for suggestion of evening activities, such as the night show and place to have Peking duck dinner.


Forbidden City

Day 3Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★
Sightseeing: Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, The exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube

[08:00-08:30]You will be met by our guide at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Great Wall.
[08:30-12:30]Drive to Mutianyu Great Wall, which is popular among foreign visitors. Upon arrival, you can choose to hike on the Great Wall, or take cable car up and roam around.
[12:30-13:30]Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant nearby The Great Wall.
[13:30-16:30]Drive back to Beijing city, while you can take a nap in the car. Upon arrival, enjoy orientation walk in Olympic Park and visit the exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube, the amazing architectures that built for Beijing Olympic Games.
[16:30-17:30]Back to the hotel after today’s tour. We would highly recommend you take a traditional Chinese foot massage, or have fun at Sanlitun Bar Street in the evening.


Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 4Beijing  Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: New Century Hotel Xi’an ★★★★
Sightseeing: Temple of Heaven, Old Beijing Hutong

[09:30-10:00]You will be met at the hotel lobby and enjoy half day leisure tour before leaving Beijing.
[10:00-11:30]Visit Temple of Heaven, which is the masterpiece of ancient times and China’s existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven. You could also see lots of local residents doing exercises in the square and full of vigor. After that, step into the pure Hutong nearby and pretend to be a real Beijinger for a while.
[11:30-12:30]A La Carte lunch at a local popular restaurant, atmosphere might be loud but  the food is tasty.

After lunch, be transferred to the train station for the 5 hours train to Xian. Your Xi’an tour guide will wait for you at the train station and help you to transfer to the hotel.


Temple of Heaven

Day 5Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: New Century Hotel Xi’an ★★★★
Sightseeing: Terracotta Warriors, Tang Bo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter

[09:00-09:30]You will be met at the hotel lobby and start today’s tour for the Ancient city.
[09:30-12:30]Drive to Terracotta Warriors and explore one of the world’s most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. Shuttle bus will be arranged for your convenience.
[12:30-14:00]A Chinese lunch will be arranged nearby the scenic area of Terracotta Warriors.
[14:00-17:00]Afternoon visit Tang Bo Art Museum, where gives you brief history and examples of Chinese art. The calligraphy lesson will be arranged and you will be taught how to write a couple of Chinese characters. After that, visit the Bell Tower which is the largest bell tower in structure and shape and the best-preserved one in China. Continue to visit Muslim Quarter and enjoy your shopping time there.
[17:00-17:30]Back to the hotel. Tonight, we highly recommend you watch the Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner at your own cost.


Terracotta Warriors

Day 6Xian  Guilin

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square, Hanyang Tomb

[09:30-10:00]You will have enough time to pack up and check out. Be met at the hotel lobby and have one day leisure tour in Xian before leaving for Guilin.
[10:00-12:30]Visit the Ancient City Wall, which represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Bicycle or sightseeing car will be arranged on the wall to tour around. After that, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It’s the landmark building of Xian and symbol of China ancient capital and you will also have chance to watch the North plaza fountain show.
[12:30-16:30]After lunch, drive to Xian airport, on the way visit the Hanyang Mausoleum, the largest museum with largest floor space in China. Fly to Guilin. Your Guilin tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Fly to Guilin. Your Guilin tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.


Xian City Wall

Day 7Guilin  Longsheng  Guilin

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Longji Terraces Scenic Area, Minority Village

[08:30-09:00]You will be met at your hotel lobby and start to discover this beautiful city.
[09:00-12:30]Set off for Longsheng, drive up and down along the mountainous road and it will takes about 2 hours to reach the entrance of Longji Terraces Scenic Area. With trekking for a while, we could see the stunning Longji Terraces. More than 700 years, the brave and smart local residents developed and built the paddies into hillsides surrounding their villages. With such a long history, the area is still being used for growing premium quality rice by Yao and Zhuang villagers. The rice terraces are built into the hillsides and look like great steps cut into the slopes as they wind around the mountainsides, which becomes a great natural view for tourists from all over the world.
[12:30-13:30]Lunch will be arranged at local restaurant in the minority village. You may have chance to try the local food like bamboo rice and so on.
[13:30-15:30]You will have free time to explore the minority villages and also walk into the rice terraces to take some good pictures. You will have chance to see locals working in the fields, childrens playing in the village as well as women in national costume weaving or doing needle works under the roof, ect.
[15:30-17:30]Be transferred back to your hotel. We highly recommend you take the Night Cruise sailing on four lakes, where will be illuminated at night.

Longji Rice Terraces
Longji Rice Terraces

Day 8Guilin  Yangshuo Guilin

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Li River, West Street

[08:00-08:30]You will be met at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Li River on Cruise.
[09:30-15:30]Enjoy Li River Cruise tour with buffet lunch on board. Deluxe cruise will be arranged with decent facility and good service. Savor the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. You can go on the sundeck or just sit and appreciate the picturesque scenery from the window. After disembarking, walk through the West Street or take sightseeing car to the parking lot.
[15:30-17:30]Drive back to Guilin downtown for overnight in the late afternoon. You could have a rest on the vehicle during the driving.


Li River

Day 9Guilin  Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund ★★★★
Sightseeing: Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave

[09:00-09:30]Meet with our local guide and check out from hotel.
[09:30-12:30]Visit Elephant Trunk Hill, the badge of Guilin city. The hill looks exactly like a huge elephant stretching its trunk drinking water of the Li River. You could climb up to the top and take full view of Guilin’s hills and rivers. Walking along the Li River and Shanhu Lake, seeing the Golden and Silver Twin Pagodas at the bank of the lake. After that, drive to visit Reed Flute Cave which is a famous scenic spot offering a magic fairyland of stalactites, stalagmites in fantastic shapes and colors.
[12:30-13:30]A La Carte lunch at a local popular restaurant before departure from Guilin, atmosphere might be loud but tasty food.

Drive to Guilin airport about 1 hour. Fly to Shanghai in the afternoon. Your Shanghai tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill

Day 10Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund ★★★★
Sightseeing: Shikumen, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Lujiazui CBD, Shanghai Tower

[09:00-09:30]You will be met at the hotel lobby and start to explore the New and Old Shanghai.
[09:30-12:30]Walk into the Shikumen, the old alley with old buildings,  a blend of Western and Chinese traditional culture, where the local residents still live there. Enjoy orientation walk on the Bund which was a foreign trade center from the late 19th century. Then continue a visit to Yuyuan Garden, a traditional Chinese garden in Shanghai downtown.
[12:30-13:30]Lunch time at a local chinese restaurant enroute.
[13:30-16:30]In the afternoon, visit Jade Buddha Temple. Then Reach to the Lujiazui CBD new area and enjoy your leisure time on the Riverside Promenade. Have a cup of coffee and take a short break. In conclusion, visit Shanghai Tower which is the city skyline and Shanghai tallest building. Enjoy your Top of Shanghai journey and panoramic view of Shanghai city.
[16:30-17:30]Back to the hotel. We highly recommend you watch the ERA Acrobatic Show, which is one of the most popular evening entertainments in Shanghai.


The Bund

Day 11Departure Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

Free day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for return flight. We can arrange the Maglev train ride to Pudong airport if you are interested in, or we will drive you directly to the airport.

Service Ends

Prices (per person in US$)

Hotel ClassGroup SizeDec. ~ Feb.Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax$1982 1784$2127 1915
6 ~ 9 pax$1591 1432$1736 1563
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax$2158 1942$2321 2089
6 ~ 9 pax$1767 1591$1930 1737
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax$2444 2200$2827 2545
6 ~ 9 pax$2053 1848$2437 2193
Price includes:
  Domestic flight or high-speed train as specified
  Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
  Private licensed English-speaking guide and driver service
  Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
  All attraction entrance fees as specified
  Meals mentioned in the itinerary, Chinese local food
  China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

Price excludes:
  International Air tickets or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
  Tips to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
  China Entry Visa Fees
  Personal expenses
  Optional tours, meals, activities and services

Remarks:
※   Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2018 to Feb 28, 2019, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
※   TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
※   No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise.
※   Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
※   Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
※   TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control