15-Day Elegant China
Shanghai - Suzhou- Hangzhou - Guilin - Chengdu - Xi'an - Beijing
As a Chinese saying goes, "there is a paradise in heaven, while there are Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth." In this tour you will learn the superb artistic technique used in oriental gardens like a freehand landscape painting.
China's long history - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
South Yangtze Delta typical garden and water town
China's national treasure - Giant Panda
Enjoy the exquisite rivers and hills in Guilin - a city known for its Karst landform
A small classical garden, fresh and unique
Residents living by the rivers, boats are their main transportation vehicles
Hangzhou was appreciated as the "most magnificent city of the world" by Marco Polo, an Italy traveler of 13th Century
A small classical garden, fresh and unique
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.
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.
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 Suzhou. Later 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
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
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
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.
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.
Take the flight to Chengdu in the morning. Chengdu has always been regarded as the "land of abundance". On arrival in Chengdu, be picked up and then transfer to Leshan, ride on a boat to view the largest carved sitting Buddha in the world. Ninety years witnessed the hardships of carving this great Buddha out on the cliff of the mountain. Transfer back to downtown Chengdu, enjoy a nice evening free on own.
Guilin to Chengdu, Chengdu tour
As the hometown of Giant Panda, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding should not be missed when you come to Chengdu. Strolling through the bamboo groves, you will find lovely pandas eating bamboo, playing or sleeping. After a nice time in the park-like panda base, shift your sight to People's Park, visit the traditional old tea house. Kuanzhai Alley, the so-called Narrow and Wide Alley, shows what old Chengdu was like.
In the morning, experience the bullet train to Xi'an, the ancient capital city for 13 dynasties. Have a leisure walk on the Ancient City Wall. Built in Ming Dynasty, this old architecture has an honored history of over 600 years and is the best preserved ancient city wall in China. There is a Muslim Quarter near the Great Mosque that you should never miss. Enjoy yourselves by bargaining with the strollers, or tasting some local snacks.
Chengdu to Xi'an, Xi'an tour
In the morning, transfer to visit the Terracotta Army, which is now the Terracotta Warriors Museum. It is a must-see place when you travelled to Xi'an. 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 followed by visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of Xi’an City.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Tour code: CPT-CT-21
- Price: from $1,561 p/p
- Tour type: private tour
- Departure date: flexible
- Travel route: Shanghai - Suzhou- Hangzhou - Guilin - Chengdu - Xi'an - Beijing
- Trip length: 15 Days / 14 nights