Splendid China Explorient Tour Package - Beijing Xian Shanghai Guilin Yangshuo

A Private China Tour – Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai

12 Days / 10 Nights – Tour Code (CSE)

Departs Daily

Li River, Private China Tour featuring Beijing and Guilin

This 11-day program features China’s signature spots promising an unforgettable journey for the discerning traveler. On this tour, you will experience China’s most revered landmarks each with its storied past, some of the most spectacular landscapes mother nature has to offer, fascinating culture – both traditional and modern, and vibrant cityscape filled with exhilarating dining, shopping and entertainment options.

Starting with Beijing, we experience first hand a city of contrasts that tastefully blends China’s modern-day culture with its ancient traditions and millennia old landmarks. Visit the capital’s incredible sights including the massive Forbidden City, the sacred Temple of Heaven formerly accessible only by the Emperor himself, and the of course the magnificent Great Wall. Then journey west to Xian, one of China’s Four Great Capitals with more than three thousand years of history spanning 13 dynasties. Highlights here include a stroll atop the world’s largest City Wall and a tour of the impressive Terracotta Museum – the excavated tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang home to 7,000+ life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses.

Next, embark on a time journey to Guilin, where the region’s remarkable natural beauty has inspired countless Chinese poets and artists for centuries. Here, journey down the majestic Li River by boat; spend a day to bike, trek and explore Yangshuo’s stunning countryside of tranquil rivers and karst mountains; then chill out at one of West Street’s eclectic bars and cafes amid cobbled streets and quaint art galleries. Last but certainly not least, we top off this unforgettable journey by touching down China’s flagship city – Shanghai, a world class entertainment Mecca with a space-like skyline where you have the world at your fingertips.

From Beijing’s legendary Great Wall to Xian’s awe-inspiring Terracotta Army. Guilin’s lush rice paddies to Shanghai’s glittering skyline. Hutong’s modest homes and narrow alleyways to the Forbidden City’s lavish Imperial quarters. They’re all here.



  • Economy Class Air via Cathay Pacific Airways from USA
  • China domestic airfares between Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai
  • 10 nights hotel accommodations per itinerary
  • Hotel American Breakfasts Daily
  • Other lunches and dinners per itinerary
  • Private Tour: Sightseeing & Transfers by private car, driver and professional guides

BEIJING (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at Park Plaza Beijing (Superior) | The Regent Beijing (Deluxe) | The Raffles Beijing (Premium)
  • 2 full days of private sightseeing including Great Wall at Mutianyu (with cable car ride), Hutongs by rickshaw, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tian’anmen Square and Temple of Heaven.
  • Evening “Legends of Kung Fu” Performance

XIAN (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Sofitel Xian Renmin Square (Superior) | The Westin Xian (Deluxe) | Sofitel Legend (Premium)
  • Extensive private sightseeing of Terra Cotta Army excavation site, Yangling Tombs, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Museum, the City Wall and Night Market at Muslim Quarters
  • Tang Dynasty dinner and cultural show

GUILIN / YANGSHUO (3 nights)

  • 2 nights at Shangri-la Guilin*
  • 1 night at Green Lotus Hotel in Yangshuo
  • Li River Cruise and private sightseeing of Guilin and Yangsuo per itinerary
  • Cormorant Night Fishing Excursion

SHANGHAI (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Renaissance Yu Garden (Superior) | Swissotel Grand (Deluxe) | The Peninsula Shanghai OR The Waldorf Astoria (Premium)
  • Full day private sightseeing including the Bund, Old Town, Yu Garden, Shanghai Museum, Tianzifang Art District and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center
  • Evening Shanghai Acrobatics Performance



*Superior, Deluxe & Premium packages feature Deluxe, Deluxe River View, & Horizon River View Room at Shangri-la Guilin, respectively.

Great Wall, Beijing - Luxury Travel China

The Great Wall, Beijing

Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin on China Vacation

Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin


Day 1 Depart North America
Depart USA for Beijing via Cathay Pacific Airways, connecting in Hong Kong.

Day 2 Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival, be met by your personal guide and transferred to your hotel by private car for your next 3 nights’ accommodations.

Day 3 Beijing (The Great Wall)
This morning, journey northwest bound by road to the less crowded and best preserved section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Here, enjoy a cable car ride followed by a trek on the wall that comprises of 22 watch towers stretching over 2 kms. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to the city and enjoy a tour of Beijing’s Old Quarters (Hutongs) via rickshaw visiting a local family residence, and the Bell/Drum Tower. In the evening, enjoy a special Peking Duck Dinner followed by the action-packed “Legends of Kung Fu” show. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Beijing
Enjoy a full day tour of the ancient capital’s most revered sites. Visits include the Forbidden City, the imperial palace for the Ming and Qing dynasties built in 1420; the Summer Palace, a grand imperial palace and a royal garden of the Qing Dynasty built in the sixteenth century; Tian’anmen Square, the largest city square in the world and a symbol of New China; and Temple of Heaven, the largest temple compound and one of the most strictly protected and preserved cultural heritages of China. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. (B,L)

Day 5 Beijing / Xian
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, commence sightseeing of Yangling Tombs, the mausoleum of the Han Dynasty Emperor Liu Qi and his Empress dating back to 153 A.D. Its intricate relics of miniature figures and burial objects offer revelations to the strict hierarchical social structure during this period. Afterwards, visit the City Wall, one of the oldest and best preserved city walls of China as well as one of the most comprehensive ancient defensive systems in the world. Check-in to your hotel for brief rest before enjoying an evening stroll through the bustling Night Market in the Muslim Quarters. (B)

Day 6 Xian
Today’s highlight takes you to the awe-inspiring Terracotta Museum, the excavated tomb of the China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di. Discovered in 1974 by a group of farmers, this massive burial site is comprised of 7,000+ life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang contructed to protect the emperor in his afterlife. After lunch at a local restaurant or at Terracotta Museum, return to the city and visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and City Museum (or Shaanxi Museum). This evening, enjoy dinner and a cultural performance at the Tang Dynasty Theatre. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Xian / Guilin
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel for your next 2 nights’ accommodations. Balance of the afternoon at leisure. This evening, enjoy an International Buffet Dinner at your hotel followed by a Cormorant Night Fishing excursion or a boat cruise on Four Lakes. (B,D)

***Note: Cormorant Fishing is subject to local conditions and may be replaced by boat cruise on Four Lakes.****

Day 8 Guilin
Today enjoy a full day sightseeing of beautiful Guilin visiting Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave and Fubo Hill. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Balance of the afternoon at leisure to relax and soak up Guilin stunning natural beauty. (B,L)

Day 9 Guilin / Li River Cruise / Yangshuo
Today’s unforgettable journey takes you on a cruise down the majestic Li River to the charming artisan village of Yangshuo. Enjoy an afternoon in the great outdoors to explore the region’s spectacular landscape by foot or by bicycle visiting local rice fields and rural villages and/or a trek up Moon Hill that boasts a bird’s eye view of Yangshuo’s picturesque countryside. An enchanting evening awaits in the charming village of Yangshuo of cobbled streets and alleyways lined with eclectic cafes, colorful shops and quaint art galleries. Overnight in Yangshuo. (B,L)

Day 10 Guilin / Shanghai
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to relax, shop and explore Shanghai on your own. (B)

Day 11 Shanghai
Full day city tour of Shanghai visiting Old Town and its revered Yu Garden, one of China’s most famous classical gardens built in the 1500s; the Urban Planning Exhibition Center that depicts Shanghai’s past, present and future; the Shanghai Museum, one of China’s most impressive museum of ancient Chinese art with relics representative of its thousands years’ history; the Art District of Tianzifang famed for its Old Shanghai Shikumen houses in a laid back atmosphere of eclectic art galleries and chic cafes; and the Bund, one of Shanghai’s most popular sites overlooking the city’s spectacular skyline, where lunch will be served. This evening, enjoy a breathtaking Shanghai Acrobatics Performance. (B,L)

Day 12 Return Home
Transfer to Pudong airport by the MagLev Train, one of China’s technological marvels and the word’s fastest train (without wheels!) with speeds of up to 430 km/h, for your departure flight home. (B)


2018/19 Price Chart (Prices valid through March 31, 2019)
Daily Departure Land Only SFO/LAX NYC/CHI/BOS Single Supplement
January – February ’18 S 3,725 4,725 4,825 945
D 3,945 4,975 5,075 1,215
P 4,895 5,945 6,045 1,775
March S 3,875 4,925 5,025   995
D 4,085 5,075 5,175 1,325
P 4,945 5,995 6,095 1,825
April – May* S 4,075 5,125 5,225 1,215
D 4,425 5,475 5,575 1,475
P 5,075 6,125 6,275 1,945
June S 3,895 5,395 5,595 1.025
D 4,275 5,775 5,975 1,415
P 4,945 6,445 6,645 1,825
July – August S 3,895 5,395 5,595 1,025
D 4,225 5,725 5,925 1,345
P 4,945 6,445 6,645 1,825
September – November S 4,025 5,075 5,175 1,165
D 4,325 5,375 5,475 1,385
P 5,075 6,125 6,225 1,945
December* S 3,825 4,875 4,975 1,025
D 4,145 5,195 5,295 1,205
P 4,885 5,945 6,045 1,775
January – February ’19 S 3,825 4,875 4,975    945
D 4,145 5,195 5,295 1,215
P 4,885 5,945 6,045 1,775
March ’19 S 3,875 4,925 5,025 1,025
D 4,245 5,295 5,395 1,325
P 4,975 6,025 6,125 1,825
Tour Requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate
S = Superior | D = Deluxe | P = Premium


  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy
  • Price includes all entrance fees, domestic air taxes, hotel taxes & service charges
  • Price excludes personal expenses, beverages, gratuities to guides and drivers
  • For Air & Land Option
    • U.S. & Foreign departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are not included (Approx. $300- subject to change)
    • When Trans-Pacific travel takes place on a weekend (Fri-Sun), add $50 per person each direction
    • *June rates apply for departures between May 24-31 (due to peak season airfares)
    • **A supplement of $500 (SFO/LAX) | $600 (NYC/BOS/CHI) applies for departures between December 10 – 31
    • For add-on fares from eligible connecting U.S. domestic cities, please refer to Connecting Cities chart.
  • Land-only price includes China Domestic Airfares
  • Holiday surcharges applies for stays in Hong Kong during Dec. 24 – Jan. 05
  • China visa required for entry. Not included in package. Passport must NOT expire within 6 months from end of trip.
  • All flights, hotels and land services are subject to availability at time of reservation


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  • Great Wall at Mutianyu with cable car ride
  • Hutong Tour with visit to a local family’s residence
  • “Legends of Kung Fu” Performance
  • Terra Cotta Army excavation site in Xian
  • Dinner & Cultural Show at Tang Dynasty Theatre
  • Private sightseeing in Guilin and Yangshuo including a Li River Cruise
  • Cormorant Night Fishing Excursion in Guilin
  • Evening Shanghai Acrobatics Performance

Price Starting From: $4,825




“This was a trip of a lifetime for all eleven of us, creating memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. From the moment our trip began until we returned, everything ran smoothly, like a well-oiled machine….Your knowledge and immediate responses to my needs made me confident that I had selected the right tour agency. Now, my family and I can all verify that this is true.”

Christine Ing -- Hawaii

September 2007 (China)