12 Days Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Kunming-Lijiang Small Group Tour

During this 12 Days BeijingXianGuilingKunmingLijiang Small Group Tour, we will explore 5 different cities in China. During the tour, we are going to experience different traditional Chinese cultures and history in the Beijing and Xian, enjoy the beautiful landscapes of China at Guilin, vVisit the Stone Forest and explore Naxi ethnic culture in Lijiang.

Highlight

  • Exciting hiking tour on Badaling Great Wall
  • Visit the biggest public square in the world
  • Enjoy Chinese Kung Fu Show
  • Experience the ancient royal’s life
  • Enjoy authentic Chinese foods
  • Explore local culture and life
  • View terracotta Army and other historical relic
  • Taste Dumpling Banquet, and watch famous Tang Show
  • Small Wild Goose Pagoda explore the classic Buddhist artifacts
  • Explore the “Palace of Natural Arts”
  • Explore Naxi ethnic culture in Lijiang
  • Visit the Stone Forest, a must-see attraction in Kunming

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival Beijing
  • Day 2: Beijing City Tour
  • Day 3: Beijing City Tour
  • Day 4: Beijing – Xian
  • Day 5: Xian City Tour
  • Day 6: Xian City Tour
  • Day 7: Xian – Guilin
  • Day 8: Guilin City Tour
  • Day 9: Guilin – Kunming
  • Day 10: Kunming to Lijiang
  • Day 11: Lijiang
  • Day 12: Departure Lijiang

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing City Tour:

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing (5 Star)
Meals:

Welcome to Beijing. Arrival in Beijing, your tour guide will wait you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Beijing. Then you can either explore the city by yourself or take a rest in the hotel.

Day 2 Beijing City Tour:

Sightseeing and Activities: Tiananmen Square; Forbidden City; Temple of Heaven; Kung Fu Show;
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing (5 Star)
Meals: Lunch

After breakfast, we will first visit Tiananmen Square (40 minutes sightseeing), which is the biggest public square in the world that can hold more than million people.

Then We will cross over the Golden River Bridge to visit the Forbidden City (2 hours sightseeing) and experience the ancient royal’s life here.

Exit Forbidden City, and move on to Jingshan Park (40minutes sightseeing) to have a bird’s view of the entire Forbidden City. Jingshan Park is filled with community activities during sundays, such as tai chi, square dance, and other traditional activities.

Lunch at a nice Cantonese restaurant (la carte lunch).

After lunch, we will visit the Temple of Heaven (2 hours sightseeing), which was the spot where the Emperor pray for a good harvest. Three blue-tiled cone-shaped roofs of it, already become a worldwide symbol of Beijing.

Tonight we will appreciate a Kung Fu Show at Red Theatre, that tells a story about Chin Yu entering the monastery and making his way through life to finally becoming the Abbott.

We will transfer back to hotel after the show.

Day 3 Beijing City Tour:

Sightseeing and Activities: Badaling Great Wall; Ming Tombs; Jade factory; Olympic Park;
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing (5 Star)
Meals:

08:30am, you will meet your guide in the lobby.

Transfer to Badaling Great Wall (80km, 1.5hrs driving). Badaling Great Wall, one of the most gorgeous and magnificent part of the Great Wall in Beijing. The hiking on the Great Wall takes 1-2 hours. Cable car or slide is optional.

We don’t arrange lunch for today, so please prepare some snakes and have a big breakfast. We will continue to visit a Jade factory after a break.

Later, we will transfer to the Sacred Way, the first attraction of Ming Tombs. And then go to Changling, one of the 13 Ming Tombs, which is the Mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Di, the third Emperor of Ming Dynasty. It is the largest, original and the best preserved among the 13 Ming Tombs.

After all, we will return to downtown Beijing and drop at the Olympic Park to take some picture from outside of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. The bird nest stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics, and it’s the stadium for football competitions. Water Cube, or the Beijing National Aquatics Center, it’s the main stadium for all indoor aquatics competitions in the 2008 Olympics.

Back to hotel around 7:00 PM.

Day 4 Beijing – Xian:

Sightseeing and Activities: Summer Palace; Hutongs;
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel (5 Star)
Meals: Lunch

After breakfast, we will visit Summer Palace (2 hours sightseeing), originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty. And experience old Beijing cultures in different Hutongs.

Lunch at Sichuan restaurant (la carte lunch).

After lunch, you will head to the airport and fly to Xian. The local guide in there will wait you at the airport, and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 5 Xian City Tour:

Sightseeing and Activities: Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum; Terracotta factory; Shaanxi Historical Museum; Small Wild Goose Pagoda;Dumpling Banquet; Tang Show;
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel (5 Star)
Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Today, we will start from the World’s Eighth Wonder, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and a Terracotta factory.

Lunch at a local family, we will try some homemade a la carte lunch.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda —As the symbol of the old-line Xian, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists.

For the dinner, we will taste the local Dumpling Banquet, and enjoy the famous Tang Show.

Back to the hotel.

Day 6 Xian City Tour:

Sightseeing and Activities: Ancient City Wall; the Great Mosque;Shaanxi Historical Museum;
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel (5 Star)
Meals: Lunch

After breakfast, we will take a stroll along the Ancient City Wall, you can ride a bicycle on the city wall. The Ming City wall is one of the best preserved protection project in ancient time. Then visit one of the best museums in China, the Shaanxi Historical Museum.It is a large modern museum at the national level.

We will have a la carte lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, we will go visit the the Great Mosque, which is a tranquil and historic mosque that has served Xi’an’s Muslim community for more than a millennium. And we will taste the local food in Muslim Street, enjoy the local people’s life.

Back to the hotel.

Day 7 Xian – Guilin:

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel (5 Star)
Meals: Lunch

Today, you will take a morning flight to Guiling. And the local guide will wait you at the airport. Then transfer you to the hotel, and help you check-in.

After lunch, we will visit Reed Flute Cave, which is the “Palace of Natural Arts” with beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations illuminated by colorful lights.

Back to the hotel.

Day 8 Guilin – Yangshuo – Guilin:

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel (5 Star)
Meals: Lunch

After breakfast, we will take Li River cruise to Yangsuo for about 4 hours. On the twisty Li River from Zhujiang to Yangshuo, it covers hundreds and thousands of grotesque peaks. Breathe the fresh air, feel the gentle breeze and enjoy the spectacular landscapes here. Have lunch on board.

In the afternoon, disembark at the old town Yangshuo. Then explore the ancient town – Yangsuo. It has a history of over 1400 years. Walk around West Street to find a lot of unique shops selling traditional handcrafts, hand-made scarfs, snacks of local flavor etc.

Then you will be transferred back to Guilin city, and have a short visit to Elephant Trunk Hill on the way.

Day 9 Guilin – Kunming:

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Jinjiang Hotel (4 Star)
Meals:

After breakfast, you can explore around the hotel on your own. The hotel is locate around both Ronghu Lake and Shanhu Lake scenic area.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, your guide will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Kunming. And the local guide there will wait you at the airport, and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 10 Kunming – Lijiang:

Sightseeing and Activities: Stone Forest
Accommodation: Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts
Meals: Lunch

In the morning, we will drive 86km to the Stone Forest, which is a must-see attraction in Kunming, looking like a forest made of stone.

In the afternoon, we will drive back to Kunming, then transfer you to take flight to Lijiang. The local guide will wait you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 11 Lijiang City Tour:

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts
Meals: Lunch

In the morning, we will visit the charming Baisha Village, Baisha embroidery shop, Baisha Murals, the Old Town of Shuhe, Tea-Horse Road Musuem, and a local Naxi family to experience local culture.

In the afternoon, we stroll in the Lijiang Old Town.

Day 12 Departure Lijiang:

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation:
Meals:

We are able to provide transfer service from the hotel to the airport for departure. (Please let us know when you booking the tour packages, if you want us to provide airport transfer service for departure.)

Please contact us for tour extension, if you would like to spend more time in China.

End of the services.

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • English-speaking tour guide;
  • Group vehicle for transfers; sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge; government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Domestic airfares list in the itinerary;
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board;

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.

Note:

The quotation is different for China Public Holidays. For instance, Chinese Spring Festival,Tomb-sweeping Festival, Labor Day, Dragon-boat Festival, Mid-autumn Festival, China National Day, etc.