16-Day Scenic China

Shanghai - Suzhou- Hangzhou - Guilin -

Yangtze River -  Xi'an -  Beijing

As a Chinese saying goes, "there is a paradise in heaven, while there are Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth." You will travel in China with our best gardens and relax yourselves on Yangtze River Cruise for a best vacation.

              Highlights:

  • China's long history - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors

  • ​South Yangtze Delta typical garden and water town

  • Enjoy the exquisite rivers and hills in Guilin - a city known for its Karst landform

  • Yangtze River Cruise - relaxation on board

              Our service includes:

 China Panda Tour's experienced travel consultant 1 on 1 service 24hours/7days from inquiry to back home;

  Entrance tickets to listed viewpoints in the itinerary as well as necessary shuttle bus/cable car/sightseeing bus tickets in attractions;  

√  Escorted by experienced English-speaking tour guide;

  Meals mentioned in the itinerary;

  Private transfers with professional driver between hotel/attraction/airport/railway station/restaurant as listed in the itinerary;

√ Booking of flight/train/cruise tickets per your preferences;

 Accommodation in each city, hotel level/feature is decided by your choice;

√ Traveler's accidental insurance.

 Detailed itinerary:

Welcome to China! Upon arrival, receive a warm greeting from your local guide and driver. Transfer to the hotel and then release from the jet lag after long-time flight.

Shanghai arrival

Day 1

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Today firstly visit Yuyuan Garden, and then walk in the Former French Concession. Go through Nanjing Pedestrian, coming to Shanghai’s landmark, the Bund. It mainly includes Oriental Pearl TV Tower and 52 distinctive mansions in different styles. Enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai from the 100th floor at “the Eye of Shanghai” - Shanghai World Financial Center. 

Shanghai tour

Day 2

Start your trip to Suzhou, an ancient city famous for its delicate gardens. Visit Master-of-Nets Garden, an outstanding representative of oriental classic gardens. Then explore the most historical site Tiger Hill, whose pagoda inside is the landmark of SuzhouLater ride a boat on the Great Canal to enjoy the waterway of Suzhou, also named the East Venice. The world-famous canal, starting in Beijing and ending in Hangzhou, is the longest and earliest artificial river by digging. 

Shanghai to Suzhou, Suzhou tour

Day 3

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After breakfast, drive to Wuzhen Water Town, which owns a history of more than 1,300 years. The reflection of old housing in rivers are like black and white ink paintings. Walking on the old streets, you will feel the extraordinary charm of ancient Chinese culture and the integration of modern life. There are some traditional stores such as Indigo Fabric Workshop, Wine Distillery Workshop and Water Market are well preserved that worth a go.  

Suzhou to Wuzhen, Wuzhen tour

Day 4

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Relax yourselves in Wuzhen and then drive to Hangzhou, named "Heaven City" by Marco Polo. Go sightseeing to the West Lake,  walking on its path surrounding it and then step on Leifeng Pagoda to enjoy its panoramic view. Full of oriental implication, West Lake has always been written in Chinese poems. Hike to visit Lingyin Temple, where you will take a cable car down the hill and have a bird's view of the tea plantation on the slopes. Later take the flight to Guilin.

Wuzhen to Hangzhou, Hangzhou tour, Hangzhou to Guilin

Day 5

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Take the Li River Cruise in the morning. The 83km waterway from Guilin City to Yangshuo County, like a meandering jade belt wrapped in green peaks, making Li River the world’s largest and most beautiful Karst landscape area. With fresh breath, everything is so poetic! Walk freely on West Street, or you can choose to ride a bicycle in local villages, or go rafting on Yulong River, which is said to be the essence of Li River.

Guilin tour

Day 6

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In the morning, drive to the delightful Longji Rice Terrace Field. Longji, which means Dragon’s Backbone, is not only the globally top rice terrace field cluster, but also the culmination of both profound wisdom and strenuous labor. Make a visit to the Zhuang and Yao Villages. The hanging-feet cottage and coiled layers from the foot to the top of the mountain form a spectacular picture. 

Guilin tour

Day 7

In the morning, come to Guilin's symbol, the Elephant Trunk Hill. The hill is shaped like a giant elephant drinking water of Li River. After that be sent to the railway station and take the bullet train to Chongqing. Be picked up at Chongqing railway station and then dropped off at Chongqing wharf. Get on board the Yangtze River Cruise which sails out in the evening. 

Guilin tour, Guilin to Chongqing, board Yangtze River Cruise

Day 8

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Enjoy the wonderful landscape of  Yangtze. Have a short visit to Shibaozhai, which is an exquisite pavilion with a walkway to the top of a solo hill in the river. You can have the chance to  have a look at the spectacular views of Three Gorges. There is an optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City if you are interested.A welcome banquet and party will be held on the cruise for you to have fun.

Yangtze River Cruise

Day 9

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The cruise today passes through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge, which are two of the three gorges with magnificent views. The amazing nature show all of people its miraculous side. In the afternoon you will visit Shennong Stream,  where there is an ancient plank path connecting to coffins on a cliff. The crew on cruise will give a performance for entertainment in the evening.

Yangtze River Cruise

Day 10

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Make a visit to the top of  Three Gorges Dam. You will learn about the world's biggest hydroelectric project seeing the vast ship locks. Arrive in Yichang at noon time, be picked up at wharf and then you will be taken to the downtown Yichang. Pay a visit to Yichang Museum, touch with more aspects of Three Gorges Project. In the late afternoon, transfer to railway station for the night train to Xi'an. 

Yichang arrival, board the night train to Xi'an

Day 11

In the morning, arrive in Xi'an, the ancient capital city for 13 dynasties. Transfer to visit the Terracotta Army, which is now the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Even 2000 years has passed, the wood protects of the warriors are still clear to see. Return to downtown Xi'an, learning China's long history in Shaanxi History Museum and then have a leisure walk on the Ancient City WallEnjoy yourselves at Muslim Quarter by bargaining with the strollers, or tasting some local snacks. 

Xi'an arrival, Xi'an tour

Day 12

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Be taken to the airport for a morning flight to Beijing, the capital of People's Republic of China. On arrival in Beijing, be met by your escorted tour guide and driver. In t he afternoon, go sightseeing in Summer Palace, once "the Garden of Thousands Gardens" royally built in Qing Dynasty. Then experience the rickshaw in Hutongs. Hutong is perhaps the traditional Beijing alleys that show the real old Beijing.

Xi'an to Beijing, Beijing tour

Day 13

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Today firstly visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors sacrificed the heaven. Continue sightseeing to Tian’anmen Square, the largest central square in the world. And then enter the Forbidden City. For almost 500 years, it serves as the ceremonial and political center of central court. Looking at the yellow roof, glazed tile and red wall, just imagine what emperors’ daily life would be. Have a whole view of this magnificent palace from Jingshan Park.

Beijing tour

Day 14

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In the morning, pay a visit to the Great Wall, its grey stones, lofty watchtowers and winding routes all tell a story of soul-stirring history. Later move steps to the Ming Tombs, the biggest imperial mausoleum complex in China. You will visit Dingling, the tomb of Wanli, which is the only excavated one of the Ming Dynasty Tombs. Enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner Peking Roast Duck that absolutely comfort your spirit and stomach after a whole-day sightseeing.

Beijing tour

Day 15

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You will be dropped off at the airport for flight back sweet home. Recollect wonderful pieces happening these days. China, Zai Jian(Goodbye)!

Beijing departure

Day 16

Recommended hotels:

       China Panda Tour has selected below hotels in 3/4/5 star categories for your choice. These are depends on several & years' of our guests's feedback. Should you have other preferred hotels, please feel free to ask us to quote or you can book that yourselves.

Shanghai Hotels

Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World★★★★★

Situated near People’s Square and the Bund, the hotel welcomes every honored guest with a blend of distinctive architecture, highlighted by its impressive 208-meter tower that punctuates the city skyline.

The Bund Riverside Hotel★★★★

It is ideally located in the heart of Shanghai’s commercial and financial districts. The nearby Huangpu River, the Bund, the symbolic Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Lujiazui international financial zone makes its location especially convenient.

Holiday Inn Express Putuo★★★

Surrounded by a landscaped garden next to the Suzhou River, the hotel offers a convenient base in downtown Shanghai. It is just 4 minutes' walking distance to nearest Metro Line Station.

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        Trip Notes:

     This itinerary can be flexibly adjusted according  to your requests. You can change the order, or extend the tour with more cities or days, or even shorten it with deleting any cities or days. Our professional travel consultant will help you revise the itinerary until suiting your schedule. 

- China Panda Tour also provides private tours with Spanish/German/French/Mandarin-speaking tour guide service. 

- If you only want to rent a car for your trip, please kindly inform us. China Panda Tour's professional drivers would provide you satisfying service.

        Trip Information:

- Tour code: CPT-CT-25

- Price: from $1,624 p/p

- Tour type: private tour

- Departure date: flexible

- Travel route: Shanghai - Suzhou- Hangzhou - Guilin -

                                Yangtze River -  Xi'an -  Beijing

- Trip length: 16 Days / 15 nights

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