Glories of China Private Tour


A private tour of China this journey will take you to cultural and historic cities and to the rural bliss of beautiful Yangshuo.

Places Visited

Shanghai (3N) - Guilin (1N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Xian (2N) - Beijing (5N)

Day 1: Arrive Shanghai
Upon arrival at Shanghai airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay.
Day 2: Shanghai – Zhujiajiao
Travel to Zhujiajiao, a picturesque town with an intricate system of canals, ancient pavilions and overhead bridges. Enjoy time to explore the town before returning to Shanghai later this afternoon to visit the Shanghai Museum and stroll along the Bund. (B,L)
Day 2: Shanghai – Zhujiajiao
Day 3: Shanghai
Visit the Yu Gardens, the Old Town, a silk museum and explore the Xintiandi area. Enjoy lunch at Din Tai Fung dumpling house. This evening you will cruise along the Huangpu River. (B,L)
Day 3: Shanghai
Day 4: Shanghai to Guilin
This morning fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities, and visit the Seven Star Caves and a pearl museum. (B,L)
Day 4: Shanghai to Guilin
Day 5: Guilin to Yangshuo
Relax on the Li River as you cruise to the town of Yangshuo for a two night stay. Spend the evening walking along the cobblestone streets or relax in a street side café and absorb the colourful atmosphere. (B,L)
Day 5: Guilin to Yangshuo
Day 6: Yangshuo
This morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 6: Yangshuo
Day 7: Yangshuo to Xian
Return to Guilin by road and fly to Xian, the former imperial capital. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Yangshuo to Xian
Day 8: Xian
Visit the life sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition and the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. (B,L)
Day 8: Xian
Day 9: Xian to Beijing
Explore the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Xian Museum. This afternoon, fly to Beijing. (B,L)
Day 9: Xian to Beijing
Day 10: Beijing
Walk through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the Forbidden City. Your afternoon entertainment will be an exciting acrobatics performance. (B,L)
Day 10: Beijing
Day 11: Beijing
It is often said in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Walk along the wall and admire the views. Later, visit a jade factory and wander through the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace. (B,L)
Day 11: Beijing
Day 12: Beijing
Take an interesting rickshaw tour through the traditional Hutong area and visit the 15th century Temple of Heaven. This evening sample the delicious local delicacy, Peking Duck at Quanjude Restaurant. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Beijing
Day 13: Beijing
Enjoy the day at leisure in Beijing. (B)
Day 13: Beijing
Day 14: Depart Beijing
After check-out this morning, transfer to Beijing airport where your arrangements end. (B)

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 936 3998 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

Additional Price Information:

Prices excludes:
International airfares
Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders
Tipping for this tour is at your own discretion

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. China has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and China is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. From hand carved jade to local silk products or pearls from the South China Sea – the variety and choice can seem endless.
 
In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.
 
Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. In China all the dishes are served in various styles and brought out to the table for everyone to share. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Each individual place setting will consist of a bowl of fan (rice), a pair of chopsticks (you may request western cutlery if you prefer), a flat bottomed soup spoon and a saucer. Chinese food is usually served in courses where a typical meal will consist of rice, one to four meat or fish dishes, two vegetable dishes, and one soup dish. Almost all food is cut into bite sized pieces. The centre of the meal is the fan or rice. The meats and vegetables that we think of as the focus of the meal are known as ts’ai, which roughly translates as ‘side dishes’. Fish is not always available, particularly outside of the bigger cities.
 
The Chinese are also not big on desserts with meals normally complemented with fruit to clean and refresh the palate.
 
Sichuan cuisine is distinguished by its use of ginger, chilli and the ‘Sichuan peppercorn’ called the fagara. Each meal will usually have some mild dishes but many of the local speciality dishes will be hot. If your group find there are not enough mild dishes served, please inform your National Escort/Local Guide so that they may resolve the problem for the next meal.
 
If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. Beer is traditionally consumed in small glasses; not the larger pints glasses that you may be used to.
 
Green tea is sometimes provided complimentary. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend a variety of restaurants to meet your taste and budget.
 
It is possible to buy snacks in supermarkets within major towns or cities. Alternatively, you may also like to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars, and tea/coffee from home.
 
Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.


Why Book This Tour?

This private tour is ideal for travellers with less time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of this incredibly diverse destination. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of China.

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