Best of China

Day 1: Arrive Beijing
Your international flight arrives in Beijing today. Our guide will pick you up outside the Arrival Hall of the airport, for your transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: City tour of Beijing
Breakfast. First our guide will accompany you to stroll across the world’s grandest city central square, Tiananmen Square. With a history of more than 500 years, the square has witnessed many historical events and significant celebrations, such as the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the dignified military parade on National Day. Then you will enter the Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex, from its south gate. It is said that the palace has 9,999.5 rooms where the emperors and his family had once worked and lived. Lunch is on your own expense, but our guide will give you some good suggestions if you need. You will explore the Summer Palace in the afternoon. Once used as a luxurious royal garden by the Qing royalty, the delicate scenery and ingenious layout inside earned it great fame from both home and aboard.

Day 3: Great Wall of China
Breakfast.This morning we will take you to one of the world’s greatest man-made projects, the Great Wall at Badaling section. Initially set up as a fortification more than 2,000 years ago, the Great Wall is an amazing product of diligence and intelligence of ancient Chinese people. On the way back to downtown, we will drive by the Bird’s Nest (Olympic National Stadium), where the 29th Beijing Olympic Games were held. You can take some photos of its external features. In the afternoon, you will be escorted to explore the Temple of Heaven. Once a site where the emperors offered sacrifices to the heaven, it is even larger than the Forbidden City. Its main buildings progressing from south to north are the Circular Mound Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest.
Later, proceed to airport for flight to Xian.

Day 4: Beijing – Xian
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for flight to Xian.
Arrive in Xian and transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day 5: Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum
Breakfast. The highlight of today’s guided tour is the morning excursion to the world’s largest underground martial museum, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. The significant underground terracotta army in battle formation is actually the accessory pit beside the first emperor’s mausoleum to guard his afterlife. The unearthed life-figured terracotta warriors and horses as well as the chariots and weapons exhibit the sovereign power and incomparable wealth of Emperor Qinshihuang 2,200 years ago.  In the afternoon, visit the Shaanxi History Museum, which exhibits numerous cultural relics from one million years ago to the present. Then we will take you to see the Xian Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. This is a 13-story brick pagoda in a shape of square pyramid, built in Tang Dynasty and used to collect the Buddhist materials brought from India. Here, you will also have an opportunity to appreciate a variety of valuable historical relics at the museum. At the end of sightseeing, we will transfer you back to the hotel.

Day 6 : Xian – Guilin
This day is left for you to further explore the ancient city on your own. We first suggest you visit the City Wall, which is the largest and most integrated existing ancient city wall all over the country. Once acted as a huge and precisely designed military defense system, it is now a famous attraction. Get out of your hotel and turn left to walk to the South street, walk down the street, you will find the South Gate of City Wall. Climbing up the wall, you can either walk or ride a bicycle on it. Then walk back to the city center area. The attractive Bell Tower and Drum Tower a few steps away can be your next stops. We also suggest you pay a visit to the Muslim street behind the Drum Tower. Muslim street is a residential zone of Hui people in this city. Strolling around the street, you will not only taste the delicious local flavors, but also get an insight into the religious tradition and living habits of Hui people. In the early afternoon, you may go back to your hotel to pick up your luggage, and then take the shuttle bus to the airport and fly to scenic Guilin. When your flight lands on Guilin airport, our guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 7 Guilin – Yangshuo – Guilin
Breakfast, followed by Li River cruise.
The highlight today is a cruise excursion along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. Our guide and driver will transfer you to the pier to board the cruise ship.  There is no lack of astonishing scenic wonders along both banks of this downstream section of Li River. A boat excursion would be a great way to admire the picturesque scenery here. Upon arrival at Yangshuo, it is better to have a stroll along the famous West Street. This is a vibrant place alive with cafes, pubs, restaurants and where many westerners gather. Then, you can take an electric car to travel around the villages of Yangshuo to enjoy the breathtaking countryside scenery.
Return to Guilin for overnight.

Day 8 Guilin – Reed Flute Cave
Breakfast. Visit the Reed Flute Cave. Illuminated by colored lighting, the various rock formations like Crystal Palace, Dragon Pagoda, Virgin Forest, Flower and Fruit Mountain make the cave a fairyland. Besides the amazing rock formations inside, the idyllic scene outside is also pleasing. Then, you can dine lunch at one of the restaurants close to the Seven Star Park for lunch. Being renowned for splendid natural landscape and valuable cultural relics, this park covers the Seven-Star Mountains with its beautiful mountain scenery and emerald waters. Afterwards, pay a visit to the land symbol of the city, Elephant Trunk Hill. The hill is called so because it looks like a huge elephant drinking water from the river with its long trunk.
Return to hotel for overnight

Day 9: Guilin – Shanghai
Breakfast.Transfer to the airport for flight to Shanghai. Arrive and transfer to hotel.

Day 10: Shanghai
Breakfast. Today we will visit the Shanghai Museum that exhibits both ancient historical relics and modern artworks of the country, it is definitely worthy of your visit. Then  proceed to the Yuyuan Gardens. The pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters in the garden all have unique Chinese gardening characteristics. There are many restaurants in its nearby streets, so you can have your lunch there with various choices. Afterwards, it may be best for you to walk to the Bund area, which is no more than 1000 meters away. If you are interested, you can also take the Huangpu River cruise at the Bund wharf to appreciate the two representative profiles of the city along two sides of the river. It helps you understand the past, see the present and look into the future of this modern city.
Evening visit the famous Nanjing Road in the neighborhood. Built in the colonial period in the 19th century, Nanjing Road has nowadays become one of the most famous shopping centers in the city as well as a popular destination. The well-known stores from home and abroad make it no less prosperous than any other famous business streets in the world.

Day 11 Shanghai – India
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for flight back home.