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Best of China Tour 10-Days
• Tour Code: GGT02
• Starting Price: USD1238 per person
• Departure Dates: Upon request at any date
• Features: Private guide & vehicle
• Starts from: Beijing
• Departs from: Shanghai
• Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai

 

  • Day 1: Arrival in Beijing, Meet & Greet at Airport, Transfer to Hotel
    Meals Included: No meals 
     
    Our GCT representative will meet you at the airport and assists you to your hotel. Relax during the remainder of the afternoon and evening to recover from the jet lag.
    Day 2: Beijing, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
     
    We will start to explore Beijing from Tiananmen Square in the morning. Located in the center of Beijing, Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world and it has great cultural significance as it was the site of many important events in Chinese history such as Chairman Mao's declaration of the establishment of the People's Republic of China on Oct, 01, 1949. Next we will walk to the Forbidden City. As the royal residences of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties from the 15th to 20th century, the Forbidden City was the centre of state power in late feudal China and witnessed the enthronement of 14 Ming and 10 Qing emperors. After lunch we will visit the Temple of Heaven. This temple, built between 1406 and 1420, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site regarded as a masterpiece of architectural and landscape design.
     
     
    Day 3: Beijing, Great Wall of China, Jade Carving, Ming Tombs (Dingling Tomb), Photo Stop at Olympic Venues of Bird Nest & Water Cube
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
     
    Morning visit to the Jade Carving Factory and the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall was continuously built from the 3rd century BC to the 17th century AD on the northern border of China as the great military defense project of successive Chinese Empires. Today, the wall is still impressive at 3,750 miles in length, stretching from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. The Great Wall embodies unparalleled significance as the national symbol for safeguarding the security of the country and Chinese people. After lunch we will visit the Dingling Tomb. Constructed for the 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty, the Ming tombs follow the precepts of traditional Chinese geomancy and fengshui theory. They feature rich decoration of stone statues and carvings and tiles with dragon motifs, illustrating the development of the funerary architecture of the Ming Dynasty. Next we will make a photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Venues of Bird Nest and Water Cube.
     
     
    Day 4: Beijing, Summer Palace, Fresh Water Pearl, High Speed Train to Xian
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
     
    This morning we will visit the the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China, the Summer Palace. Using Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill as the basic framework, the Summer Palace combined political and administrative, residential, spiritual, and recreational functions within a landscape of lakes and mountains, in accordance with the Chinese philosophy of balancing the works of man with nature. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. After lunch we will take the second class high speed train to Xian (about 5 hours). Xian is the ancient capital city of China and the starting point of Silk Road.
     
     
    Day 5: Xian, Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses & Reproduction Factory, Bell & Drum Tower Square, Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
     
    Morning visit to the Terra Cotta Army & reprodution factory. Considered one of the foremost archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the 2000-year-old Terra Cotta Army was discovered by accident in 1974 by local farmers digging a well. The 8,000-plus life-sized figures are arranged in vaults to guard the tomb of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China. After lunch we will visit the Bell & Drum Tower Square, the Great Mosque and Xian Muslim Quarter. The Muslim Quarter of Xian covers several blocks with an estimated 60,000 Muslims in the region. There are about seven ancient mosques in the area, among which the Great Mosque built in 742 is most famous and popular among all. At Xian's Muslim Quarter you will find a seemingly endless labyrinth of street food, restaurants and bustling local life.
     
     
    Day 6: Xian, City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Fly to Guilin
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
     
    This morning we will walk on the the oldest, largest and best preserved city walls in China, Xian City Wall which is rectangular in shape and has a total length of 14 kilometers. As one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world, it was constructed with a moat, drawbridges, watch towers, corner towers, parapet walls and gate towers. Next we will visit Shaanxi History Museum. Considered one of China's most exceptional museums, this museum's exhibits range from ancient bronze tools to Ming and Qing dynasty artifacts. Later we will walk along the square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. As the symbol of Xian, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building constructed in 652. Fly to Guilin late in the afternoon. Guilin is world famous for its serene landscapes and mysterious limestone formations which make Guilin one of the most photographed city in China.
     
     
    Day 7: Guilin, Li River Cruise, Yangshuo West Street, Tea Plantation, Two Rivers & Four Lakes Scenic Area
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
     
    This morning we will cruise the Li River. Cruisng the 83-kilometer-long waterway from Guilin to Yangshuo is like traveling along a traditional Chinese painting. The landscape is decorated with startling hills, steep cliffs, fantastic caves and farming villages, and is lined with bamboo. In a Chinese poem it is written: "The river is a green silk ribbon, and the hills are jade hairpins". Upon arrival at Yangshuo we will walk along the famous West Street. Back to Guilin in the afternoon we will visit the Two Rivers & Four Lakes Scenic Area. These lakes and rivers are linked up and formed Guilin's central round-the-city water system which make Guilin just like a grand beautiful park.
     
     
    Day 8: Guilin, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fly to Shanghai 
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
     
    We will visit the Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill in the morning. The Reed Flute Cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations formed by carbonate deposition. Illuminated by colored lighting, the fantastic spectacle is found in many variations along this 240-meter-long cave. Elephant Trunk Hill gets its name because its shape resembles an elephant's trunk drinking up water from the Li River below. being one of Guilin's most popular sights, the Elephant Trunk Hill is regarded as the symbol of Guilin. Fly to Shanghai late in the afternoon.
     
     
    Day 9: Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuanmiao Market, Silk Store, The Bund, Nanjing Road, People’s Square, Shanghai Museum, Xintiandi
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
     
    Morning visit  to the Yuyuan Garden. This garden is a maze of Ming Dynasty pavilions, elaborate rockeries, arched bridges, and goldfish ponds, all encircled by an undulating dragon wall. Then shopping at the Chenghuangmiao market located outside the garden. After Salat at Mosque we will stroll along the Bund and nearby Nanjing Road. The Bund refers to Shanghai's famous waterfront stretching for 1.6km along the west shore of the Huangpu River. Nanjing Road is the main shopping street of Shanghai and one of the busiest shopping streets in the world. We will then visit the People's Square and Shanghai Museum. The rich and high-quality collection of Shanghai Museum's 120,000 precious works of art including ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy is specially celebrated in the world. Our last stop will be the Xintiandi. Located near the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xintiandi is a newly developed recreation area in Shanghai with old styled Shikumen buildings.
     
     
    Day 10: Departure from Shanghai
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

     

  • Deluxe Prices (5-star hotel accommodation)

    Valid Time

    Room Type

    2-3 Pax

    4-5 Pax

    6-9 Pax

    10 Pax & Above

    Mar to Nov

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD2228

    USD1998

    USD1718

    USD1628

    Single Room Supplement

    USD520

    USD520

    USD520

    USD450

    Dec to Feb

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD2008

    USD1808

    USD1548

    USD1468

    Single Room Supplement

    USD370

    USD370

    USD370

    USD330


    Standard Prices (4-star hotel accommodation)

    Valid Time

    Room Type

    2-3 Pax

    4-5 Pax

    6-9 Pax

    10 Pax & Above

    Mar to Nov

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD2068

    USD1838

    USD1558

    USD1468

    Single Room Supplement

    USD420

    USD420

    USD420

    USD350

    Dec to Feb

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD1868

    USD1658

    USD1408

    USD1328

    Single Room Supplement

    USD330

    USD330

    USD300

    USD240


    Budget Prices (3-star hotel accommodation)

    Valid Time

    Room Type

    2-3 Pax

    4-5 Pax

    6-9 Pax

    10 Pax & Above

    Mar to Nov

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD1958

    USD1728

    USD1458

    USD1368

    Single Room Supplement

    USD240

    USD240

    USD240

    USD200

    Dec to Feb

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD1768

    USD1558

    USD1318

    USD1238

    Single Room Supplement

    USD210

    USD210

    USD210

    USD180

     
    Pricing Policy
    The prices are based on per person, twin sharing basis
    Infants (under 2 years of age) traveling with parents: free of charge
    Child (2 -12 years of age) with extra bed: 100% of the adult price
    Child (2 -12 years of age) without extra bed: 70% of the adult price
     
    Booking Notice
    Departure dates upon request at your time of convenience
    Minimum of two persons are required at the time of booking
    This is an exclusive private tour (with private guide and private vehicle)
    If you prefer to book your own hotels, we are glad to deduct the room rates for you
    Complimentary multilingual GoGlobalis audio guide of sightseeing places if available
    This itinerary can be tailored to your individual interests
    Tour Price Inclusions
    Hotel accommodations with daily Buffet Breakfast at hotel
    Soft seat ticket on bullet train Beijing/Xian (5 hours)
    Domestic flight from Xian/Guilin, Guilin/Shanghai with tax included
    Meals as specified (B for breakfast, L for lunch and D for dinner at local restaurants)
    Private air-conditioned car/van/coach for land transportation
    Experienced English language speaking tour guide
    All admission tickets to sightseeing places
    All government taxes
    Tour Price Exclusions
    Optional tour & Insurance
    International airfare to Beijing and departing from Shanghai
    Chinese Tourist Visa
    Excursions and activities not included in itinerary
    Gratuities to GCT service staffs (please refer to Travel Information)
    Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc
    Reservation
    For reservation, please send an email to info@GrandChinaTravel.com. Please inform us: the tour code; the number of travelers; your name as appeared in passport; your passport number; the date of arrival in China and your international flight number. For details of payment, please read our Terms & Conditions.

     

  • Deluxe Hotels for Best of China Tour 10 Days

    Beijing

    Great Wall Hotel Beijing or similar

    Xian

    Grand Noble Hotel Xian or similar

    Guilin

    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel Guilin or similar

    Shanghai

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Shanghai or similar


    Standard Hotels for Best of China Tour 10 Days

    Beijing

    5L  Hotel Beijing or similar

    Xian

    Grand New World Hotel Xian or similar

    Guilin

    Bravo Hotel Guilin or similar

    Shanghai

    Ambassador Hotel Shanghai or similar


    Budget Hotels for Best of China Tour 10 Days

    Beijing

    City Inn Happy Valley Beijing or similar

    Xian

    Xian Tianyou International Hotel or similar

    Guilin

    Golden Dragonball Hotel Guilin or similar

    Shanghai

    Holiday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai or similar

    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Great Wall Hotel Beijing
    Add: No.10 East 3rd ring North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
    Tel: +86-10-65905566
     
    Centrally located in the Chaoyang Commercial District, The Great Wall Hotel Beijing offers accommodations just 300 m from Agricultural Exhibition Center Metro Station. It features 4 dining options and an indoor pool. Yonghe Temple and Guozijian are both a 20-minute drive from The Great Wall Hotel Beijing. Beijing Train Station is a 25-minute drive away. Beijing West Station is a 1-hour car journey away. It takes 30 minutes to reach Beijing Capital International Airport by car from the property. Stylish rooms feature modern interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Tastefully decorated, all rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, mini-bar and cozy seating area. A bathtub and shower facilities are in the private bathroom. Silk Road Trattoria restaurant serves a variety of Italian dishes, while French specialties are offered at the French Bistro. At The 21st Floor Chinese Restaurant, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the city while sampling Cantonese and Sichuan food. Recreational choices include relaxing in the sauna, having a body massage, or exercising at the gym. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with currency exchange and car rental services.
     
     
     
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Grand Noble Hotel Xian 
    Add: No.334 East Street Beilin District, Xian
    Tel: +86-02-87690000
     
    Located in the central business area of Xi'an, Grand Noble Hotel is only a 10-minute walk from the Bell and Drum Tower as well as the Muslim Food Street. It features 6 dining options, a spa and wellness center, while guestrooms offer iPod and MP3 stations and free WiFi access in all areas. Hotel Grand Noble is a 5-minute drive from Xi'an Railway Station and a 10-minute drive from Xi'an History Museum. It takes about 40 minutes by taxi to Xianyang International Airport or Terracotta Warriors. All guest rooms have private bathroom facilities, a mini-bar, and a safety deposit box. Free branded toiletries are offered in the private bathroom. Coffee/tea maker can also be found in the rooms. Guests can work out at the well-equipped fitness center, or make use of the bicycle rental facilities. The hotel also offers a tour desk to arrange day activities. 
     
     
     
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
    Add: No.1 North Shanhu Road, Guilin City Center, Guilin
    Tel: +86-773-2822881
     
    Located in Guilin’s city center, close to many businesses, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, Lijiang Waterfall Hotel is an ideal base for business and leisure travelers. Lijiang Waterfall Hotel is 25 kilometers from the international airport and only three kilometers from the railway station. Guilin International Conference Center is only five kilometers away, making it convenient for business travelers. Enjoy East Asian cuisines from the onsite restaurant and enjoy Japanese, Korean, and Chinese selections. Guests can host wedding receptions and company seminars as the multi-function halls can hold up to 500 occupants. The gym is available for the more health conscious travelers while everyone else can lounging by the pool or enjoying a few evening drinks in the lobby. Lijiang Waterfall Hotel can be easily booked with our secure online booking form. Simply enter your dates and click to proceed.
     
     
     
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Crowne Plaza Shanghai Hotel
    Add: No. 400 Pan Yu Road, Changning District, Shanghai
    Tel: +86-21-61458888
     
    If you have stayed at one of the many Crown Plazas around the globe, you are already familiar with the quality of service they represent. Crowne Plaza Shanghai Hotel prides themselves on providing a full array of hospitality geared for business. That means you can expect a lot of amenities all under one roof. An excellent business center can be found on-site with meeting facilities and ballrooms that can accommodate corporate or private events. But it's not all business all the time. Guests can relax with the dining options, work out in the well-equipped fitness center, or take advantage of the Olympic-sized indoor pool. A sauna and massage treatments further the chances to get truly relaxed. With all these options and a worldwide track record of good service, you are in good hands during your stay at Crowne Plaza Shanghai Hotel.
     
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Beijing 5L Hotel 
    Add: No. 1 Jianguomenwai Street (Jianguomenwai Dajie) Chaoyang District Beijing
    Tel: +86-10-65052277 
     
    Offering free WiFi, Beijing 5L Hotel offers rooms in Beijing, 6 km from Wangfujing Street and 6.3 km from Guijie Street. Well located in the Chaoyang district, this hotel is located 6.6 km from Tiananmen Square. Yonghegong Temple is 8 km away and Forbidden City is 8 km from the hotel. All guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at Beijing 5L Hotel. At the accommodation you'll find a restaurant serving Chinese cuisine. Staff at the reception can help around the clock with guidance on the area. Qianmen Street is 8 km from Beijing 5L Hotel, while Nan Luo Gu Xiang is 8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Beijing Nanyuan Airport, 20.9 km from the hotel.  This is our guests' favorite part of Beijing, according to independent reviews. This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Beijing! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
     
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Grand New World Hotel 
    Add: No. 172 Lian Hu Lu, Lianhu District, Xian
    Tel: +86-29-87216868
     
    Located next to the city wall, the friendly staff at this location can make any stay in Xian effortless and memorable. With 480 rooms, Grand New World Hotel can accommodate a large amount of people, and they usually do because of their popularity and reputation for excellence. The staff realizes that it is difficult to travel in a city where most visitors don’t speak the language, and as a consequence, they make visiting the major tourist sites in the area effortless and efficient. Be sure to check out the Terra-Cotta Warriors, and the Temple of the Eight Immortals is certainly worth a look as well. Considered by many to be the best place to stay in Xian, the Grand New World Hotel will not disappoint, and it is definitely worth a look. Grand New World Hotel can be easily booked with our secure online booking form. Simply enter your dates and click to proceed.
     
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Guilin Bravo Hotel
    Add: 4 South Ronghu Road, Guilin City Center, Guilin
    Tel: +86-773-2898888
     
    Once known as Holiday In Guilin, this convenient and comfortable accommodation resides next to Ronghu Lake within the city center of Guilin. The hotel is in close proximity to the airport and railway station. With such convenience, guests can easily access popular attractions in Guilin such as the Elephant Trunk Hill and Banyan Lake. Guilin Bravo Hotel offers guests with full hearted services and nicely equipped guestrooms. There are conference and business centers ready for utilization. After a long day of sightseeing, guests may dine in the hotel’s restaurant which offers international and Chinese cuisine throughout the day. All things considered, Guilin Bravo Hotel is excellently located, well appointed, and reasonably priced.
     
     
     
    Standard Hotel:4-star Shanghai Ambassador Hotel 
    Add: No.818 Wanhngdu Road, Jingan District, Shanghai
    Tel: +86-21-63357509
     
    This luxury class hotel situated in the CaoJiaDu Commercial Zone, is located near West NanJing Road. Guests will enjoy easy access to the Shanghai Exhibition Center, the commercial zones of ZhongShan Park, and the JingAn Temple. The hotel is also surrounded by a myriad of restaurants, shopping areas, and local markets. The hotel boasts 308 rooms furnished with elegant amenities that promote comfort and offer a special Japanese floor. Additionally, guests can enjoy fine dining and drinks at the Clivia Coffee Shop, the Grand Palace Restaurant, and the Yawara Teppanyaki Restaurant. The Ambassador Hotel is one of the leading international luxury hotels in Shanghai, perfect for guests that want luxury and refinement.
     
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 3-star City Inn Happy Valley Hotel Beijing 
    Add: Vecchio Shopping Street, North Xiaowuji Road, East 4th Ring, Chaoyang District, Beijing
    Tel: +86-10-67376688
     
    City Inn Happy Valley Beijing is a chain of fine business hotel brand developed by the OCT IHMC, located in the center of Beijing City that gives traveler the great location for business and financial purposes. The hotel is also easily reachable the city’s major shopping area and famous attractions nearby such as Beijing National Stadium, the Summer Palace. The hotel boasts excellent accommodation among Beijing hotels, good service and well appointed facility. In the hotel there are 224 rooms that have contemporary interiors and diverse room types. It offers the ideal setting for conferences, meetings, special events, business trips, and the Internet access helps guests keeping in touch with their friends and family when traveling in Beijing. Free broad video and self-help laundry house are available for guests. Restaurants, Bars, Sauna, Foot Massage, Beauty Salon, Supermarket, Banks, and Hospital are all around the hotel. An attentive and professional staff is always pleased to provide you all the necessary information for your successful Beijing travel.
     
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 3-star Xian Tianyou International Hotel
    Add: 12 West 2nd Ring Road (Xi Erhuan Nanduan) Lianhu District Xi'an
    Tel: +86-29-87918888
     
    The Xi'an Tianyou International Hotel (Tianyou Guoji Jiudian) is located approximately 32 km (20 mi) from Xi'an Xianyang International Airport. Guests can dine on Chinese dishes at the on-site restaurant and unwind with a drink in the cafe. Business travelers are invited to make the most of the business center and meeting rooms.In their free time, guests can relax in the sauna or treat themselves to a massage. This hotel provides Wi-Fi access in rooms and public areas as well as free parking.
     
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 4-star Guilin Golden Dragonball Hotel
    Add: No.1 Longzhu Road, Guilin City Center, Guilin
    Tel: +86-733-2833300
     
    Designed for both business and leisure travel, Guilin Golden Dragonball Hotel is ideally situated in Guilin City Center; one of the city's most popular locales. The hotel lies 1 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. A well-kempt environment and its proximity to Fuboshan Park, Jingjiang Mansion, Fu Long zhao give to this hotel a special charm. At Guilin Golden Dragonball Hotel, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy casino, 24-hour room service, facilities for disabled guests, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park. All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. When you are looking for comfortable and convenient accommodations in Guilin, make Guilin Golden Dragonball Hotel your home away from home.
     
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 3-star Holiday Inn Express Putuo Hotel
    Add: No. 843 Guang fuxi Lu, Putuo District, Shanghai
    Tel: +86-21-61421818
     
    Well-managed and conveniently situated on Guang Fu Xi Road, in the heart of downtown, Holiday Inn Express Putuo Hotel is a great choice for travelers. It's an easy drive to the city center and a short distance of nine kilometers to Hongqiao International Airport. The railway station is also easily accessible along with many scenic destinations such as Jing'an Temple, Jade Buddy Temple, Zhong Shan Park and the Su Zhou River where guests can enjoy the stunning riverside and garden view. Shanghai's prime shopping center is also within close proximity. The seven-story hotel boasts 237 well-appointed guest rooms that come with a modern and simplistic style. All room are non-smoking, featuring satellite TV and individually controlled air conditioning. Catering to the discerning business travelers, the 48 square meters meeting room is ideal and fully-equipped with an array of meeting facilities such as an LCD projector and a DVD player.
     
     
     

     

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We have returned safe, sound and very pleased. This is just a brief note to thank you for your hospitality, care and attention for details. We were a bit anxious before starting this tour but thanks to your organizing skills we have returned with great bundles of very happy memories. Your guides are all wonderfully dedicated individuals. They made our stay and movements easy, enjoyable and educational.

A small group from Toronto is soon departing for a 20 day tour with you. I have no doubt they would benefit from your expertise just as much as we did, or more. We have already talked about your organization and its people to a number of our friends. We will be happy to talk to any one else at your suggestion.

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