Multi-Day Tour | Private

Essence of China (13 days)

WildChina

Beijing, China To Shanghai, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Beijing, China
The Rosewood/Opposite House/Park Plaza/Shadow Ar None

- Upon arriving at Beijing Capital Airport, you will be met by your WildChina guide with your chauffeur and private vehicle ready to whisk you off to your hotel

- After checking in, spend the rest of the day at your leisure (We recommend visiting Tiananmen Square)

Day 2
Beijing, China
The Rosewood/Opposite House/Park Plaza/Shadow Ar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Explore the Forbidden City, where emperors ruled, concubines fluttered their fans, and eunuchs schemed for five hundred years. If interested, enjoy special access to the lavish sitting rooms and living quarters of Chonghua Palace, normally closed to the public

- Lunch in Beijing’s ancient, interwoven hutong alleys

- Explore your creative side by trying various traditional activities such as Chinese yo-yo in a traditional courtyard

- Hike up Jingshan and take in a commanding view over the Forbidden City

- Wander the popular imperial neighborhoods around Houhai

- Savor Beijing’s signature Peking duck for dinner in a renovated courtyard

Day 3
Beijing, China
The Rosewood/Opposite House/Park Plaza/Shadow Ar Breakfast, Lunch

- Make your way to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall

- Enjoy a picnic on this majestic wonder of the world

- Return to Beijing and relax

- If energy levels still permit, visit the heart of Beijing’s contemporary art scene at 798 Art District or spend the rest of the day at your leisure

Day 4
Xian, China
Beijing, China
Hilton Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

- Test your skills at the delicate art of water calligraphy at the Temple of Heaven, a historical park filled with religious buildings where locals gather to dance, sing, play chess, or amble around

- Visit the Bird's Nest and Water Cube at Beijing Olympic Park

- Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Summer Palace, where tranquil waters, green foliage, ancient bridges and imperial buildings converge in what used to be the Emperor’s private garden

- Your WildChina guide and chauffeur will take you to the airport in your private vehicleand help you check in for your flight to Xi’an

- Upon arriving in Xi’an, your WildChina Xi’an guide will meet you in the airport arrival hall with your chauffeur and private vehicle on standby

- Check into your hotel and spend the evening at your leisure

Day 5
Xian, China
Hilton Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Gaze into the heart of Xi'an as you set out along the city’s ancient city wall

- View the proudly unflinching Terracotta Warriors from a special VIP deck

- Learn about Xi’an’s 1,300 year old Muslim community by visiting the Great Mosque

- Experience Xi’an with more than just your eyes by sampling some of Xi’an’s famous dumplings

- Explore the sights and sounds of Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter, where street vendors hawk local delicacies

Day 6
Guilin, China
Xian, China
Lian Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Admire the countless terracotta figurines and burial objects of the Hanyang Tombs, the resting spot of a Han Dynasty emperor, from atop a glass walkway

- Your WildChina Xi’an guide and driver will take you to the airport and help you check in for your flight to Guilin

- Upon arriving in Guilin, your WildChina Guilin guide will meet you in the airport arrival hall with your private vehicle on standby

- Drive 2.5 hours to Longsheng and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before dinner

Day 7
Guilin, China
The Shangri La Breakfast, Lunch

- Spend the day hiking at your own pace through minority villages along the verdant, softly undulating Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces

- Return to Guilin- Enjoy an independent dinner and spend the remainder of the evening at your own leisure

Day 8
Yangshuo, China
Guilin, China
Banyan Tree/Yangshuo Resort/Moondance Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

CRUISE OPTION

- Rise and head to the Guilin Docks for a cruise down the Li River (1 hr)

- Float down the Li River, whose scenery is so picturesque it is featured on the 20RMB note(2.5 hrs)

- Take in Yangshuo’s countryside and the curves of the Yulong River while taking a leisurely hike along its shore

- Check into hotel and relax in Yangshuo

- Dine in West Street, Yangshuo’s lively shopping area

- Enjoy the spectacle of Impression Liusanjie, choreographed by the mastermind behind the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, in a natural amphitheater


RAFT OPTION

- Rise and head to Daxu Old Town, a town with a history dating back 2,000 years (1.45 hrs)

- Stop by a local’s home and learn the art of making soymilk with nothing more than a stone wheel

- Continue along picturesque country roads to Yangdi (1.5 hrs)

- Embark a bamboo raft across the Li River, whose scenery is so picturesque it is featured on the 20RMB note (1.5 hrs)

- Take in Yangshuo’s countryside and the curves of the Yulong River while taking a leisurely hike along its shore

- Dine in West Street, Yangshuo’s lively shopping area

- Enjoy the spectacle of Impression Liusanjie, choreographed by the mastermind behind the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, in a natural amphitheater

Day 9
Yangshuo, China
Banyan Tree/Yangshuo Resort/Moondance Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Bike/hike through Yangshuo's famous scenery, with karst mountains and mist swirling around you  [INTERNAL NOTE: Look at journey highlights for detailed descriptions of bike/hike options]

- Afternoon Option 1: Take in the panoramic views of Yangshuo’s karst landscape from Xianggong Mountain (30 min hike)

- Afternoon Option 2: Learn how to cook like a local with a cooking lesson

- Afternoon Option 3: Partake in an ink painting lesson

- Afternoon Option 4: Learn the intricacies of Chinese characters in a private calligraphy

lesson

- Afternoon Option 5: Learn the way of yin and yang with a private taichi lesson with a

master- Enjoy a delectable meal before retiring for the evening

Day 10
Shanghai, China
Yangshuo, China
The Peninsula Shanghai/Ritz Carlton Portman/Howa Breakfast, Lunch

- Your WildChina team will take you to the airport and help you check in to your flight to Shanghai

- Upon arriving in Shanghai, your WildChina Shanghai guide will meet you in the airport arrival hall with your private vehicle on standby, ready to take you to your hotel

- Enjoy the evening at your own leisure

- We recommend taking a stroll around the Bund area, admiring Shanghai’s signature contrast between old European and Chinese architecture and towering skyscrapers

Day 11
Shanghai, China
The Peninsula Shanghai/Ritz Carlton Portman/Howa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Experience a snapshot of local life by walking around Fuxing Park, a meeting spot for fitness dancers and taichi enthusiasts

- Take a walk down the elegant tree-lined streets of the French Concession, awash in old-world residential charm

- [OTHER OPTION] Take to the streets via a Shanghai Sideways sidecar, where you can catch a ground-level view of Shanghai's urban jungle

- Enjoy lunch in one of the chic restaurants or cafes of Xintiandi, housed in retrofittedshikumen structures (traditional Shanghainese architecture combining Chinese and Western elements)

- For history buffs and art aficionados, the Shanghai Museum's extensive Chinese art collection is sure to impress or you can head to Tianzifang to browse clothing and handicrafts fashioned by local designers and visit the burgeoning art galleries

- Enjoy VIP seating at an ERA Acrobatics Performance that fuses Chinese acrobatics with modern technology

Day 12
Shanghai, China
The Peninsula Shanghai/Ritz Carlton Portman/Howa Breakfast, Lunch

[OUTSIDE SHANGHAI EXCURSION]1

- Explore the old water town of Tongli, known as the “Venice of the East” for the canals that wind their way between the town’s Ming and Qing era buildings

- Wander through the maze of pavilions and arched bridges of Yu Garden, the most celebrated classical garden in Shanghai

- Return to hotel and retire for the evening


[OUTSIDE SHANGHAI EXCURSION]2

- Catch a morning transfer to the train station for a high speed rail ride to Hangzhou- Meet and greet with your Hangzhou guide and private chauffeur- Visit the Longjing “Dragon Well” tea plantation, where the preferred brew of past Chinese

emperors has been grown for over a millennium

- Take a boat ride past the ancient temples and gardens surrounding West Lake, Hangzhou’s most prominent attraction

- Brush past the elegant golden walls of Yongfu Temple and see the amazing Buddhas Rock cliff carvings

- Transfer to the train station for your return trip to Shanghai- Upon arrival, meet your Shanghai guide and private chauffeur - Transfer to hotel and rest and enjoy dinner on your own


[OUTSIDE SHANGHAI EXCURSION]3

- Take a 1.5 hour transfer to Suzhou, a verdant city which houses the lion’s share of China’straditional Chinese Gardens

- Wander through Zhuozheng Garden, a secluded sprawl of classical verdure created by an imperial historian seeking solace

-  Step into the Nets and Master Garden, a compact garden designed by fengshui masters

- Take your time at the Suzhou Museum, a series of cascading white stucco walls, glass panes and footbridges spun together by the illustrious I.M. Pei

- If there is time, enjoy a relaxing boat-ride along the Suzhou section of the Grand Canal- Transfer back to Shanghai in the late afternoon

Day 13
Shanghai, China
None Breakfast

- Zip towards Pudong International Airport at well over 400km/hour on the Maglev- Your WildChina guide will help you check in for your departure flight

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Description

Discover the true essence of China on this classic, relaxing journey specially designed for your first visit to this magnificent country. Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai represent the known China, from imperial palaces to towering skyscrapers, but the area surrounding the famed city of Guilin in southern China offers an intimate look into the less-developed parts of China. The stunning natural landscapes, rice terraces and ethnic minority villages of Guilin and the nearby town of Yangshuo have inspired generations of Chinese poets and painters. Experience the illustrious history and inspiring landscapes of China on this journey to China's classic destinations.

About Us

We believe that luxury and sustainability come hand-in-hand. From picking tea in Yunnan to making hand-spun yak wool with nomads in Gansu, our journeys are accented by sophisticated interpretation of nature and local artisan culture through genuine interactions with local communities. Our innovative way of travel has been critically recognized through numerous awards including National Geographic Traveler - "Tours of a Lifetime; Travel + Leisure - “Best Life Changing Trips”; and Fast Company - “50 Most Innovative Companies”. In 2017 we were honored to be nominated for two Virtuoso Awards including "Destinations Partner of the Year".

Insider Tip

For first-timers, cover Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai in a week. Save five to ten days to explore the southern and western provinces and experience the true diversity of China.

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Overall very helpful

By: Angie


Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2014

Our travel agent used the services of Wild China for our recent trip to Shanghai and Beijing. Overall the guides were good and having their services proved very helpful in a country where the language & driving were very different from our own. 2 of our 3 guides were quite insightful & accommodating and enhanced our trip in many ways. Our only complaint was that 1 of the guides in Shanghai was quick to deliver us to tourist-trap locations where she would receive a kick-back from any purchase we made. We only learned of this after we had already made a few unwise purchases and then wished maybe we had spent less time with her. My advice would be to use the help, but be forewarned & slightly wary of any guide suggested "tours" or shopping.

Wildly Fantastic!

By: Lisa580


Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2016

WildChina provided outstanding service during our recent trip to China. Our guide, Anna, was suburb! Thank you, WildChina!
Travel Advisor:  Bobbi Nappi

The best guides

By: Bookstaver


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2016

Wild China setup up the perfect itinerary for my trip to China and Tibet. A different well versed guide met me in each section of my trip and showed me the trip of a lifetime
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

Fantastic trip

By: Jeff


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

Very good experience. Well thought out trip and every detail was covered. Flexibility was also a key factor.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Rosenberg

And on my next trip to China as well.

By: Guy


Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

We spent two full days touring Beijing with Wild China and they really could not have been better. Couldn't ask our guide a question he couldn't answer about what were seeing (and in 9.5/10 english fluency). Always on time and always with a smile and great attitude throughout the tour. Very flexible, even on the fly! We made several requests in the car that required slight deviations from the original plan. No problem.
Travel Advisor:  Trish Mercer

WildChina Exceeds Erwin Family Expectations of China

By: Rhonda Erwin


Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2018

Rachel Dicker partnered with WildChina to plan our custom Chinese Adventure for our family of four (two boys ages 12 and 16). We experienced REAL China! We're a global family and we've never experienced the professionalism and attention-to-detail as we did from both Wild China (supervisor Kendra Tombolato) and Rachel Dicker Travel (owner Rachel Dicker). We particularly want to say that Joyce Ying (Shanghai), An Na (Beijing), Jessica Zhu (Xian), Dustin Zhang (Chengdu), James Lee (Guilin), and David Leung (Hong Kong) enhanced our trip each day with their warmth, humor, knowledge, and suggestions of off-the-beaten-path of things to see, do, buy and explore...things we would have never discovered on our own. Things we didn't necessarily plan for as well as fulfilling our requests of stuff we wanted to do. They are true GEMS in the sea of tour guides. We cannot say enough about how they made our trip and memories of China unforgettable.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

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By: The Wellford family


Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2018

So glad to have this group as a resource for airport transfers and especially in Beijing where weather became a factor and Nancy Hsu and the team were able to completely rearrange their days and schedules at the last minute in order to accommodate our requests. Couldn’t have been more grateful for that and I would recommend this team to anyone with travel needs in China.
Travel Advisor:  Tui Kenny Leatherman

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By: China Yunnan 2018


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

The guides were well educated, courteous, kind, thoughtful, and friendly. They were all knowledgeable about each area we visited. We could not have navigated this trip without the guides. Also, the trip was too vast and expansive to try and go it alone. Literally, we would never have gotten out of Beijing without the guide's help. Also, when the chair lift at the park stopped working, when our car over heated and when we needed a toilet, we were graciously helped! It was a trip of a lifetime and we loved every minute of the vacation. Many of the details were so well suited to our family- hiking, natural sites, luxurious lodges, delicious (and clean, safe) food and water, tea, religious monuments, and a spacious and comfortable van. We felt safe and well attended at all times.
Travel Advisor:  Jay Musgrove