11 Days Highlight China Budget Tour

Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai

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Tour Code: TCT-Budget-03

Tour Type: Budget Tour

Tour Highlights:

It is a good choice for those who wanna experience the most classic landscapes of China in a short time and at a compared substantial price.

You will tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai, the 4 main destinations in this budget China tour.

From majestic Great Wall, to solemn Terracotta Warriors, from clear Li River, to multi-cultural the Bund are all in this trip.

 

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.

Price from $ 1142

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Day 1Arrival Beijing
Private transfer service to hotel


Meals: No Meals
Recommended Hotel: Citadines Ritan Service Apartment ★★★★

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, your local guide will be meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel by private vehicle. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

The Turret of Forbidden City
The Turret of Forbidden City

Day 2Beijing
One day group tour: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Citadines Ritan Service Apartment ★★★★
Note: Depart every day except Monday

Today, enjoy your full day Seat-in-Coach Tour (Bus Tour) that covers the most popular sites in Beijing city. The guide will pick you up from the hotel in the city center of Beijing, then start the tour by the 1st stop - the north part of Tian'anmen Square--- the biggest city center square in the world, where you can see the Tian'anmen Rostrum, the symbol of new China. Then we will walk forward to Forbidden City, which was the Imperial Palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties and, it is one of the largest, and certainly the most completely restored, ancient architectural complex in the world.  On the way to Temple of Heaven, you will have a chance to visit the Chinese traditional medicine culture. And then visit the magnificent Temple of Heaven . A Chinese lunch is arranged at the local restaurant en route and  a short visit to a pearl free market not missed. Then move to the largest ancient preserved garden in China and a former summer retreat for Emperors--- Summer Palace. The visit takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Transferred back to your hotels.

Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven

Day 3Beijing
One day group tour: Ming Tombs (Dingling), Mutianyu Great Wall

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Citadines Ritan Service Apartment ★★★★

You will take a Seat-in-Coach Tour (Bus Tour) to visit the must-see place in Beijing today. That is the Great Wall. The group tour guide will pick travelers from hotel to hotel between 07:00-08:00 each, then drive to the Great Wall. En route, the group will have a stop at Ming Tombs (Dingling). Dingling is the underground mausoleum of Emperor Wan Li. The Underground Palace Halls, a labyrinth palace building, were the first royal tomb excavated in accordance with plan in China. The visit at Ming Tombs finishes at about 11:00. Then we will drive to have a Chinese traditional lunch. We will have a stop (about 45 minutes) to have a shrot visit of Jade Carving Factory.
In the afternoon, we will start the visit at Mutianyu Great Wall , which has the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall. It is known for its beautiful surroundings--- dense woods and rich pastures changing colors with the seasons of a year. Cable car is available at Mutianyu Great Wall as an option (excluding from the price). After tour, we will return to the downtown of Beijing. Then you will have a chance to enjoy the Chinese traditional Tea Ceremony. The tour is finished at about 18:00 by a drop-off at your hotel.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 4Beijing - Xian
Take high speed train to Xian, Free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: New Century Hotel Xian ★★★★

You will have a leisure morning in the morning, then be transferred to the train station for your High-speed train to Xian, where our guide is waiting for you at the exit of North Train Station. The guide will transfer you to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Xian Muslim Street
Xian City View---Muslim Street

Day 5Xian
One day private tour: Terracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square, Tangbo Folk Art Museum

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: New Century Hotel Xian ★★★★

You will have a full day to take a private tour to visit the world wonder --- Terracotta Warriors of 6,000 terra-cotta soldiers standing in battle formation guard the tomb of the very first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. After that drive back to downtown, where you will have trip along Xi'an City Wall. You can choose to explore it on foot or by riding a bicycle(optional on your own expense). Then have a photo stop at Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square. You will also have a chance to visit Tangbo Folk Art Museum where tourist can learn Chinese caligraphy or painting.  You can also choose to enjoy Tang Dynasty Show with dinner as an optional activity to book with your local guide. Or you can also choose to explore the Muslim Quarter by yourself at night.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 6Xian - Guilin
Fly to Guilin, Free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport by private vehicle to board a flight to Guilin. Guilin is where TCT locate. Our guide will wait at the airport and pick you up, then transfer you to check in the hotel in the city center. Then you will have a leisure time to explore Guilin by yourself. You could choose to walk around the lake area in the city center or book a Night cruise of Four Lakes to enjoy the amazing night view of the waters, hills and the city view of Guilin.

City View of Guilin
Guilin City View

Day 7Guilin
One day group tour: Li River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast,  Chinese Lunch box on board
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

Join a Group tour to enjoy the charming natural view along Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. In the morning, your local guide will pick you up from your hotel in center of the city at an appointed time, then  you will be driven by a van or coach to the pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours, Chinese lunch box served on board). Savour the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. After disembarkation, You could choose to have a walk along the famous West Street by yourself and have a seat at a bar or cafe in the street to kill your time in Yangshuo before meeting the group and catch the coach back to Guilin. Or you could choose to book an optional tour with the guide and explore Yangshuo with the guide in the afternoon ( optional tour fee is on your own expense).
When you meet the group, then drive back to Guilin. You will mostly be dropped off at your hotel in the city center or the nearby place at about 18:00--18:30. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Li River Cruise
Li River Cruise

Day 8Guilin
One day group tour: Longji Rice Terraces, Minority Village

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

Take a budget Guilin day tour by joining in a group to visit Longji Terraces Fields. In the morning, the local tour guide will pick you up from the hotel in the city center at an appointed time. The group tour bus/van will bring to Longji Terraces Fields Scenic Area. It takes about 2.5 hour by driving in mountains. Upon arriving at the entrance, you may need to trek for a while to minority village, surrounded by the magnificent terraces fields which are built on the hillside. A Chinese lunch is arranged at a local restaurant in the village and you have free time to explore around and take pictures. In the late afternoon, we will drive back to Guilin downtown. You will be dropped off at your hotel in the city center or the nearby place.

Longji Terrace Fields
Longji Terrace Fields

Day 9Guilin - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, Free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund ★★★★

Free at leisure before transfer to airport to catch a flight for Shanghai, which is the largest city and financial center of China. It is also the last stop of your China tour. Upon arriveing in Shanghai, you will be picked up b y our local tour guide and transferred to hotel for a rest.

Shanghai City View
Shanghai City View

Day 10Shanghai
One day group tour: Yu Garden,Confucius Temple, the Bund, Pearl Center, Xintiandi & Former French Concession, Jade Buddha Temple, Silk Museum, People’s Square, Shanghai Museum

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund ★★★★

Be picked up at the hotel lobby at about 08:00 in the morning(from centrally located hotels), then start the by visit drive to visit Yuyuan Garden to enjoy the beauty of a traditional Chinese classic garden first. Then then move to Confucius Temple.  The next stop is the Bund, one of the must-see spots in Shanghai,  from which you could see the Oriental Pearl TV Tower just on the opposite of Huangpu River.

A Chinese lunch is arranged at local restaurant. our group move to visit Jade Buddha Temple and Silk Museum. Before a trip to Shanghai People Square, we will have a short stop at a fresh pearl store (30 minutes). At the square, we will have a visit to Shanghai Museum (audio guide is available as an option on your own expense), a large museum of ancient Chinese art in Shanghai. After a leisure strolling at the Old French Concession, you will be dropped off at your hotel  about 17:30.

the Bund
the Bund

Day 11Departure Shanghai
Private transfer service to airport

Meals: Breakfast

Feel at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for flight to next destination.

Service Ends

Tour Price (US$ per person)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $1247 $1384
6 ~ 9 pax $1142 $1279
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $1452 $1626
6 ~ 9 pax $1347 $1521
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $1686 $2091
6 ~ 9 pax $1581 $1986
Price includes:
♦ Private airport(railway station)-hotel transfer
♦ Domestic airfare or train fare if the tour has
♦ Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis
♦ Sharing transfer service during Sit-in-coach tours
♦ English-speaking guide service
♦ Entrance fee to attractions listed in the itinerary
♦ Meals as specified in the itinerary
Price excludes:

 * International airfare
 * Visa fee
 * Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman, etc. 
 * Personal expenses
 * Optional tours, meals, activities and services


Remarks:

※   Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2019 to Feb 29,2020, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
※   TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
※   No guide on the flight and Yangtse Cruise
※   Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
※   Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
※   TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control

Traveler Reviews Feedbacks & Photos >>

5.0

maity_monalisa

5.0

We were really fortunate to have engaged Top China Travel as our travel organiser . Our entire 10 day trip went through without a hitch. Rebecca had been our correspondent from the very beginning, answering all our queries. Our travel guide at Beijing was Eric , (a most amiable , punctual and enterprising person ) who arranged all our sightseeing tours in the most convenient way. He always tried to satisfy our curiosities regarding the places or Chinese way of living. He never seemed to tire of our endless questions about anything and everything we saw. We visited the summer palace , temple of heaven , Great Wall of China , water cube and bird's nest stadium in our three days stay at Beijing. We learnt about Chinese culture , some ancient stories about the emperor, concubine etc. Also a funny story about the famous dish - Peking roast duck. Seeing the huge area of temple of heaven and summer palace we thought we won't be able to cover it, but thanks to Eric - our guide, it was a smooth and enjoyable tour. We didn't feel exhausted at all. We got enough time at the Great Wall - a wonderful structure, climbed about 1000 steps and come down through the toboggan which was thrilling. We loved the Chinese which our tour guide had planned. All in all it was leisurely and fun. Thanks again for planning such a wonderful trip
Deepani999

5.0

Very well organized Tour, value for money, really good three star hotels with very good rooms, including Bfasts, really good guides expect in Beijing. Joe from Xian very knowledgble honest gentleman, same in Tibet Lobson. Very good Cruise.Manager with Personnel touch Alan, Very kind and helpful drivers with very good vehicles, Thanks REBECCA FROM TCT.for organizing this perfect busy still very fun holiday forus.
Alngina

5.0

When we booked our trip to China we had a limited time to see everything we wanted to but Janet Chan at TCT did an absolutely amazing job at ticking every box and more. The itinerary was perfect. Journeys and accommodation were meticulously planned and accomplished. Our guides too were excellent. Alex in Beijing, Ken in Xian, and especially Maria in Shanghai were so professional and efficient that we never felt like strangers in a strange land. Many thanks TCT, best trip ever.
snoopy10463

5.0

We booked our trip with Top China Travel a private tour and was amazing experience. We were 4 people , just ladies. It was very well organized, our Spanish guides in the different cities very good especially Leon in Xian, the best. They were very knowledgeable and took care of us. Every time we went to another city, they didn't leave us until the check-in at the different airports. Our agent Raylene did an excellent job, organizing our trip, she was on top of everything. Thanks Raylene for our unforgettable vacation.
ILma H

5.0

We had the most wonderful time in our trip to China, thanks to TCT. We had a great team in every City: Leo in Shanghai; Sarah in Guilin and Yangshuo; Snow in Chengdu, Carol in Xian and Jane in Beijing. They prompt met us at every airport, and train station and welcomed us with warm friend smiles. We appreciated how responsible they were and always on time to take us everywhere we were going! They made our vacation the most memorable ever. We learned so much about China's history and the fascinating stories they shared with us! our trip organizer Janet had lunch with us in Guilin and introduced her daughter to us. we felt like part of the family:) and that's how we felt the entire trip, like we had our cousins waiting for us on every airport...what an AMAZING trip. we highly recommend TCT! Very special thanks to Snow for re- arranging our visit to the Panda bear sanctuary for us to take pictures with the baby Panda! Thanks again to Leo, Sarah, Snow, Carol and Jane. We loved you guys!!!
Michael B

5.0

Top China Travel provided a superb trip (11 days) to China. I am not all that easy to please, but TCT was perfect in every respect. The guides were knowledgeable and spoke clear English. They were flexible and accommodated every request. The hotels were all excellent and the food, in the hotels and the lunches, was first rate. I plan to return to China and will certainly book through TCT. Many thanks to the entire TCT staff!!!
rambleglobal

5.0

We used Top China Travel to book our entire 16-day trip through Beijing, Xian, Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu, Leshan, Guilin, Yangshuo, and Shanghai. We had a private guide and driver in each metro area who was always there to pick us up at the airport/train station and drop us off at the airport (and help us check-in for the next flights even). Our guides spoke English well, were very accommodating to our needs, and were fun be around throughout each segment. We were a little hesitant to book with a company based in China, but we combed the internet for reviews and found many that appeared authentic and all were good reviews. While in China, we met multiple people traveling with larger groups than us but paid more money than we did for our custom trip. If you're going to China, you have to at least consider Top China Travel - they were excellent.
PunkNelson

5.0

Great Hotel stay Very Nice Tour guides Convenient planned daily trips Average selection of restaurant for food though
WojtekPoland2015

5.0

As a partner for few events in China in a different localisation and with different programs, the TCT represented by Mrs Janet Chan, showed unexpected involvement on all details. Helpful hints, flexibility and many other features ( relations with local subcontractors ) made our business on highest leavel with uncommon feedback....
Gin L

5.0

Recently, we joint a group tour organized by TCT. We had a excellent experience for the whole tour including the booking process. Here are some highlights. Tour booking I found TCT from the web with very positive reviews. I decided to book my China tour with them. Now, I am glad that I made right choice. TCT assigned a very experienced tour consultant, Raylene He, to work with me. Due to various reasons, we changed our tour plan a few times including changing starting date, hotels, the tour routes etc. Raylene was very patient to work with me to make sure every planned details were met our needs. She was also very responsive in answer my queries. Our family would like to give her a big THANKS. Hotels Best Location: Beijing, Guilin Very convenient. This allowed us to do more sightseeing by walking in the evening. Hotel room: the best hotel rooms were in Xi’an. They were a very spacious full suites. It was a welcome surprise. Breakfast: most of us like Beijing better. I personally like both Beijing and Xi’an. This is because of the preference of the types of food. Tour guide Tour guide in Beijing stayed with us one day longer so we got to know her better. We felt that she provided very good service. Tour guide in Shanghai was more knowledgeable. He provided different perspectives to various topics. His explanation/opinion made the tour more interesting. In general, all tour guides were very professional and made their best effort to make the tour run smoothly. Because traffic jams are common in China, they constantly discussed routes with drivers to pick the best route and drop off locations. Drivers: Drivers were very cooperative. We had an emergency in Guilin. One of us needed to go to washroom right away. Since it was rush hour and the traffic was very heavy, the bus could not stop anywhere, the Guide and the Driver found a hospital with washroom on the way and dropped us off. We wee appreciate it very much. We also noticed that the drivers were very conscious in helping TCT to save money. For example selecting a parking location in a free of charge location instead of a paid parking lot. Flexible route arrangement We joined a group tour. This group tour went to Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Guilin and Hong Kong as advertised. Our tour group started with four families. After the tour in Xi’an, One family left the group for Guilin and Yangtze River cruise. In Shanghai, the rest of us merged into another group. After Shanghai, a few families in the merged group left the group tour.. We left the group after Guilin. In general, the cost of group tour is lower. TCT allowed customer to pick and choice as you wish to fit customer’s needs. They also recommended group tour where possible to help customer to lower the cost, although this made their tour management a lot more complicated. I would like to say that TCT is an excellent tour operator compare with others. All the little efforts that employees made contributed to TCT’s success. It seems to us that TCT is a well run company. We wish TCT continued success in the future.
fitness4everq8

5.0

Planned a trip to china and searched many companies online. Top China Travel was the best one. Their agent Vicky was amazing and gave us with a great offer. When we got there , we were amazed by their services. Guides were fluent in English, very friendly, and punctual. We had a great time and I really recommend TopChinaTravel for anyone who wants to see the best in China.
pravin55

5.0

We travelled to china with TCT visiting Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, and had a wonderful time To begin with it was a pleasure interacting with our tour adviser LILY, who never got tired with our frequent change of program and dates.The arrangements were perfect, (the pickups and drops, the guides and other services).Being a vegetarian we were a bit apprehensive, but to our surprise it was also taken care very well. We have no reservations to recommend TCT and would love to take their services in future
Quinnabroad

5.0

My wife had travelled to China before but it was my first time. We had a limit of 2 weeks and Top China Travel's 13-day Dreamy Plateau ticked the box for duration and interesting stops, including Beijing, Xian (Terracota Army), Lhasa (Tibet), Chengdu (pandas!) and Shanghai. This was a private tour, that is to say that for each destination we were met by a guide, driver and car at each arrival airport/station and they were ours exclusively for the duration of our stay in that location. The tour was well organised by Janet Chan at TCT and we had the option of hooking up with a small group tour for the Tibet stop and saving about $200 on the overall cost, which we elected to do. The guides were all knowledgeable and very good English speakers. Drivers seemed to err on the side of safety (and that is fine by me!) and cars were all in excellent condition. As mentioned, this is a private tour so, although there is only 2 or 3 days per location, with a dedicated guide and car, a lot can be fitted into that time. In summary, the tour delivered what we wanted. I may never get back to China but I have seen as many of the sights I could have hoped for in the time I had available. And did so in some comfort. If this tour features the sights that you want to see and it fits your budget I would thoroughly recommend it.
Greg M

5.0

My father & I chose Top China Tours for our 8 day trip which we enjoyed thoroughly. Janet was our vacation planner. She was very professional and helped us through each step of the process. Not only did we see the usual tourist locations (Great Wall, Terra Cotta Soldiers, etc.), she was very flexible to our other visit desires. The tour guides in each city were personable, knowledgeable and spoke very good English. Rather than visit the tourist location of the Great Wall, we drove to a very rural location. The wall was in it's original state. I suggest this location only for those able to hike rugged terrain. The scenery was breathtaking. Xi'an while being the oldest city was bubbling with university students. This was our favorite stop. Our hotels were excellent. Make sure you stay in the downtown areas to explore after your tours. Air quality is bad in the cities so asthma suffers beware. If you plan to use ATMs make sure you have your card PIN. Starbucks, McDonalds & KFC are located everywhere should you need some variety.
Wesley O

5.0

I contacted Top China travel for a 13 day China vacation (Beijing/Xian/Yangtze River cruise/Shanghai) and right from the start Bonnie provided me with great choices and package options. Throughout the entire planning and even during the trip Bonnie was there for us following up and making sure everything was perfect. Thank you Bonnie for making our China vacation unforgettable.
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