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Essence of China

$ 2,375.00

12 days / 11 nights vivis Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai and Suzhou


Day 1 (Wed) Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the Hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Capital Hotel Beijing or similar 

Day 2 (Thu) Beijing (B/L)
After breakfast, enjoy a full day guided tour of Beijing including Tian An Men Square, the largest public plaza in the world where Mao Tse Tung first raised the flag of the People’s Republic.

After a stroll in the historic Tiananmen Square, we access to the Forbidden City via the Gate of Heavenly Peace. The Imperial Palace, lying inside the Forbidden City and surrounded by a high wall and broad moat, is probably China’s greatest surviving historical site. Dating from the 15th century, the Palace was home to a total of 24 emperors and, today, its fabulous halls, palaces and gardens house a huge collection of priceless relics from various dynasties.

This afternoon, visit the Hutong by pedicab (Rickshaw) and take a leisurely stroll through these vanishing old narrow streets of city and visit a local family, local market and the Drum Tower.

Day 3 (Fri) Beijing (B/L/D)

It’s a thrill to walk along the Great Wall of China – a formidable construction that winds its way over hills for more than 2,000 miles. We’ll visit the Badaling, known as the most scenic section of the Wall. Lunch at the Friendship Restaurant of Beijing Jade Carving Factory and pay a visit either before or after lunch.

In the afternoon, visit to the lavish Summer Palace, a former retreat for the imperial family and tonight, enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner.

Day 4 (Sat) Beijing – Xian (B/L)

Beijing’s parklands gathers crowds of old and young in the morning playing Taiji, Qigong, even ballroom dancing or disco as the vigorous daily exercise. Visit the Temple of Heaven this morning to watch the scene and the holy temple once the emperors worshiped the God of Heaven for the good harvest.

Continue to visit the Yonghegong Lamasery, a renowned lama temple and a residence for large numbers of monks from Mongolia and Tibet.

Enjoy a Beijing noodle lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to the airport for flight to Xian.

Upon arrival in Xian, transfer to your hotel.

 Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square or similar 

Day 5 (Sun) Xian (B/L/SD)

Xian is the ancient capital of China and the seats for the glorious Qin, Han and Tang Dynasties. Our highlight today is to view the life-sized Terracotta Warriors that have been standing on guard for the first Emperor of China for over 2000 years.

Visit the Xian Ceramic and Art Workshop and Chinese lunch at local restaurant including the Noodle-making demonstration.

In the afternoon, visit the Shaanxi History Museum and enjoy Dumpling Dinner followed by Tang Dynasty Show tonight.

Day 06 (Mon) Xian – Guilin (B/L)
This morning, visit ancient City Wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, originally built as a Buddhist retreat in the 7th century.

Lunch at local restaurant and then transfer to the airport for flight to Guilin

Upon arrival in Guilin, transfer to your hotel.

Guilin Bravo Hotel or similar

Day 7 (Tue) Guilin – Yangshuo – Guilin (B/L)
Guilin and Yangshou are definitely the places that can always spark your creativity of art. A boat trip down the Li River through China’s most famous landscape. The tall pointed hills and rice paddies, familiar from innumerable Chinese paintings. Lunch onboard and after disembarkation in Yangshuo, explore the famous West Street, which is near your hotel and browsing Yangshuo’s antiques and crafts stalls and shops, and visit the local village and farms.

Dinner at local restaurant followed by Impression Liu San Jie Light Show

Late evening, transfer back to Guilin for overnight

Day 08 (Wed) Guilin – Shanghai (B/L)

Enjoy a tour of Reed Flute Caves.

Lunch at local restaurant and then transfer to the airport for flight to Shanghai

Upon arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your hotel.

Sunrise On The Bund Hotel or Lee Garden Hotel Shanghai

Day 09 (Thu) Shanghai (B/D)

Today’s sightseeing tour showcases Shanghai’s highlights. Morning visit the Yuyuan Garden and the old town area where you will have lunch on your own. Walk on the promenade of Shanghai’s famous waterfront – Bund.

In the afternoon, visit Shanghai’s world-renown museum which houses the finest collection of Chinese art including calligraphy, scroll paintings, bronzes and ceramics.

Dinner at local restaurant followed by Acrobatic Show

Day 10 (Fri) Shanghai – Suzhou – Shanghai (B/L)
A full day excursion by high-speed train (2nd class soft seat) to Suzhou, the important trading town ever since the first days of the Grand Canal. See the town’s spectacular classical gardens maintained by Chinese nobility for centuries. Visiting Garden of Master Net (Wangshi Garden), then proceed to Suzhou No. 1 Silk Spinning Factory; a silk-reeling mill to see how silk is processed and spun, learn why China has, for generations, been world famous for its fine exotic silk.

Enjoy an unforgettable cruise on the Grand Canal of China, the longest and largest man-made waterway in the world.

Take a walk in the old town before returning to Shanghai by high speed train.

Day 11 (Sat) Shanghai (B)
Free day at leisure or go for the Optional Tours

Optional Jewish Heritage Tour
In the morning start off by visiting a synagogue that is still in use today and visit the Tilanqiao region, which was the Jewish settlement during World War II. The historic Hongkou Ghetto which sheltered thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. At the Ohel Moshe Synagogue we attend the dedication of a computerized guest book generously donated by Larry Ungerman & Nina Budman. Lunch at the Jewish Community Centre with Rabbi Shalom Greenberg. In the afternoon ta e a stroll down Tangshan Road the center of the largest Jewish community in Shanghai.

Day 12 (Sun) Shanghai – Onward flight (B)
Check out today and pre-arranged time, you will be transferred to the Shanghai Airport for your onward flight.

Low Season : Dec, Jan, Feb & Mar
Should Season : Jun, Jul, Aug, Nov
Peak Season : Apr, May, Sep & Oct

BLACKOUT DATES:Moon Festival/National Day in September/October,  & Chinese New Year

Low Season
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Guaranteed Departure for minimum 2
  • Single supplement: $605

Shoulder Season
Land only per person based on sharing
  • Guaranteed Departure for minimum 2
  • Single supplement: $780

High Season
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Guaranteed Departure for minimum 2
  • Single supplement: $865

Additional information


China is a country must be seen. Regardless of how many time you’ve been to China, Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai are not only “The Must To See” but worth to see it again and again. These places give you a comprehensive introduction to the bests, dynamic and fast changes of China, and ensure you a memorable experiences of this fascinating country.


Guaranteed departure on every Wednesday for minimum 2 travelers (holiday exclusions apply)


Beijing – The Capital Hotel Beijing (local 5*, Superior Room) or similar
Xian – Wyndham Hotel Xian (local 5*, Superior Room) or similar
Guilin – Guilin Bravo Hotel (local 4*) or similar
Shanghai – Sunrise On The Bund Hotel (local 5*) or similar


Superior First Class Hotel with daily breakfast as listed in the itinerary
Meal specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, SD = Special Dinner)
Arrival and departure transfer services from Airport/hotel/airport
Transfer and ground transportation during the tours by air conditioned vehicles
Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary with English speaking local guide(s)
Fully escorted by National Guide if the departure is final at minimum 10 passengers
Entrance fees at sites/monuments (one time)
Intra-tour air/rail transportation based on coach class
Present applicable VAT/taxes.


International flights – Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
Tourist visa to the country visited in the itinerary
Insurance you may wish (which we urge you to purchase)
Personal expenses and gratuities.
Any other item not specified


Should you have any further questions, please call 1888-887-1688 for assistance.


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