Classic Wonders

11 Days China Classic Tours to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai

Classic Wonders

This 11-day suggested itinerary lets you understand China quickly, covering China's history, culture, nature, and modernization. This itinerary is just for your reference — your travel advisor can help you adjust it based on your requirements, interests, and budget.

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Explore 12 carefully-selected palaces in the Forbidden City.
Explore 12 carefully-selected palaces in the Forbidden City.
Experience hot springs in a water town at the foot of the Great Wall and have a romantic Great Wall night tour.
Experience hot springs in a water town at the foot of the Great Wall and have a romantic Great Wall night tour.
Learn how to make terracotta warriors — a meaningful present for your friends.
Learn how to make terracotta warriors — a meaningful present for your friends.
Talk with the minority people in Longsheng and taste some bamboo-stuffed rice that you've made yourself.Meet modern Shanghai, the most advanced city in Mainland China
Talk with the minority people in Longsheng and taste some bamboo-stuffed rice that you’ve made yourself.
Enjoy the karst mountains and countryside views when you're on a Li River cruise.
Enjoy the karst mountains and countryside views when you’re on a Li River cruise.
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Itinerary Details

The itinerary below is only one possibility. Tips to tailor-make your trip are offered as inspiration. Send us details of your preferences and our travel experts will customize this trip to suit your interests, tastes, and budget.

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Day 1Beijing Arrival

Welcome to the capital of China — Beijing! A private driver and an English-speaking guide will be waiting to collect you in the airport lobby, holding a sign with your name and the Global Highlights logo on it. Your local guide will help you to check in to your hotel and confirm the next day's collection time. The rest of the day is for you to spend as you wish. You can adjust to the jet lag at your hotel or go for a walk near your hotel.

Hotel options:
Penta Hotel Beijing
Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

Day 2The Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven
Day 3Day and Night Tour of the Great Wall
Day 4 The Summer Palace and a High-Speed Train to Xi'an
Day 5 The Terracotta Army and a Traditional Cave Dwelling
Day 6Xi'an City Highlights and Flight to Guilin
Day 7The Longji Rice Terraces and Ethnic Minority Culture
Day 8A Li River Cruise and Fan Painting
Day 9Countryside Lifestyle and Flight to Shanghai
Day 10Shanghai Highlights with Bund Discovery
Day 11Shanghai Departure

Price Includes

One-to-one consultancy
Knowledgeable local guides
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Hand-picked hotels
Buffet breakfasts and meals as listed
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Transportation as listed
A 24/7 helpline while traveling

Trip Notes

Every element of the tour above can be tailored. Feel free to tell us your ideas and we will be happy to make adjustments for you.

1. Extend the Tour

  • Luoyang: Add 2–3 days for a Chinese kung fu experience.
  • Chengdu: Add 2–3 days to join a panda keeper program to feed a panda and have your photo taken next to a panda.
  • Hong Kong: Add 2–3 days for Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Disneyland, and a day-tour of Macau.
  • Free days: Yangshuo and Shanghai are popular destinations to add one or more free days to explore on your own.
  • More destinations: Visit Zhangjiajie for its glass bridge, Suzhou for its water towns, and go on a Yangtze River cruise. Inform us of your interests and we will offer you some recommendations.
China family happiness tour extensions

2. Accommodation

Various types of accommodation are available, including famous 5-star hotel chains, 4-star hotels in the best locations, good value 3-star hotels, or boutique hotels that reflect the style of the region.

Whatever your accommodation preferences are, our travel experts will seek out and find the perfect one for you.

Most hotels in China allow a maximum of three people in one room. If there are more than three people in your group, we will check if there is a family room available or do our best to arrange interconnecting or adjoining rooms.

3. Transportation

China is a huge country so, to make your travel experience more efficient, we usually arrange flights to connect your destinations.

China's high-speed rail network is a fast-paced way to travel. We recommend taking high-speed trains for journeys of less than 6 hours to interested customers — please tell us if you are one of them.

4. Car Seats, Strollers, and Cribs

To maximize the safety of your children, we can arrange for car seats and baby strollers to be provided at your request during the private transfers in big cities.

For infants under 2 years old, we will inform your hotel to arrange a crib for you. No extra cost is needed.

The number of car seats, strollers, and cribs are limited. Please inquire and confirm early to reserve them.

5. Meals

Lunches at popular local restaurants are included for you so you can taste authentic Chinese food. Your guide will assist you with ordering the dishes.

Most families enjoy eating local Chinese food as there is plenty of variety and different flavors. Some children may prefer Western food or have some special requirements for meals.

Western, vegetarian, halal, kosher, Indian, gluten-free… — all dietary requirements can be catered for by our experienced private guides. Let us know if you have any of these dietary requirements during your booking.

Our Customer Reviews

We took the 5 day Yi Peng Festival your in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was an amazing experience. We had two tour guides who were absolutely phenomenal. They answered all the questions we had and were always on time. It was a truly once in a lifetime trip and I would definitely recommend using them. I worked with Albee at Asia Highlights and she was very prompt with her responses. We especially loved the half day elephant tour. - Blanca Hernandez

The service was excellent. Pick up at time. Good organization. Driver was good. The best was all the help than we received for Leo, you are a professional person, enthusiast, kindly. Thank you so much Leo, We appreciate all your help and customer service. - Victoria Myers

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