Iconic China

  • 12 days / 11 nights
  • $2,950.00
Explore China's classical sites on this must-see tour of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, plus the fabulous river and countryside views of Guilin. Discover the greatest cultural heritages of Beijing – Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace; and Xian – Terra Cotta Warriors and the City Walls. Travel to Guilin and enjoy a cruise on the Li River and enjoy the most beautiful countryside scenery in Yangshuo. Fly to Shanghai to explore the Yu Gardan and Old Town, with a full day excursion to Suzhou via high-speed train before concluding your trip in Shanghai.

Iconic China

$2,950.00

Explore China’s classical sites on this must-see tour of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, plus the fabulous river and countryside views of Guilin. Discover the greatest cultural heritages of Beijing – Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace; and Xian – Terra Cotta Warriors and the City Walls. Travel to Guilin and enjoy a cruise on the Li River and enjoy the most beautiful countryside scenery in Yangshuo. Fly to Shanghai to explore the Yu Gardan and Old Town, with a full day excursion to Suzhou via high-speed train before concluding your trip in Shanghai.

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Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 Beijing Arrive Beijing
2 Beijing Visit the Tian’anmen Square and Forbidden City
Hutong Tour by pedicabs
3 Beijing Excursion to the Badaling Great Wall
Visit the Summer Palace
4 Beijing Visit the Temple of Heaven and Lama Temple
Take a flight to Xian
5 Xian Visit to the Terra Cotta Museum
Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum
6 Xian
Guilin
Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Take a flight to Guilin
7 Yangshuo Enjoy Li River Cruise and explore Yangshuo
8 Guilin
Shanghai
Transfer to airport and take a flight to Chengdu
Remaining day at your leisure in Shanghai
9 Shanghai Visit the Yu Garden and the Old Town of Shanghai
10 Suzhou Full day excursion to Suzhou via high-speed train
11 Shanghai Enjoy full day at leisure OR join optional tours
12 Shanghai Breakfast at hotel and check-out

Day 1

Arrive Beijing, China

Upon arrival in Beijing, join Seat-In-Coach transfer to the hotel for check in. Balance of day at leisure.

Accommodation: Capital Hotel Beijing or similar (3 nights)

Day 2

Beijing

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day Seat-In-Coach tour with lunch included. Morning visit the Tian’anmen Square and Forbidden City. Enjoy a Chinese lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon will be a Hutong Tour by pedicabs, including the visit to the local family, and the drum tower.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 3

Beijing

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day Seat-In-Coach tour with lunch and dinner included. Morning excursion to the Badaling Great Wall, then visit Beijing Jade Carving Factory followed by lunch at its Friendship Restaurant. This afternoon visit the Summer Palace. Tonight, enjoy a Peking Duck dinner at local restaurant.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4

Beijing – Xian

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a half day Seat-In-Coach tour with lunch included. This morning, visit the Temple of Heaven and Lama Temple. Then have a Beijing Noodle lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to airport for flight flying to Xian. Upon arrival in Xian, transfer to your hotel for check in. Enjoy the remaining day at leisure.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda or similar (2 nights)
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 5

Xian

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day Seat-In-Coach tour with lunch and dinner included. The morning excursion will include visit to the Terra Cotta Museum, followed by a Xian Ceramic and Art Workshop. Enjoy a Chinese lunch at local restaurant including a noodle making demonstration. This afternoon, visit the Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum. Tonight will be a dumpling dinner followed by a Tang Dynasty Show performance.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6

Xian – Guilin

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a half day Seat-In-Coach tour with lunch included. This morning, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the ancient City Walls of Xian. Have lunch at local restaurant, and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon arrival in Guilin, transfer to your hotel for check in. Balance of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel or Similar (2 nights)
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 7

Guilin – Yangshuo - Guilin

Breakfast at hotel, and enjoy the Li River Cruise with lunch onboard. Disembark in Yangshuo, then explore the famous West Street, 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 stay.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 8

Guilin – Shanghai

Breakfast at hotel. Visit the famous Reed Flute caves in the morning. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant, and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your hotel for check in. Balance of day at leisure.

Accommodation: The Ocean Hotel Shanghai or similar (4 nights)
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 9

Shanghai

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, visit the Yu Garden and the Old Town of Shanghai. Lunch is on your own in the Old Town, then visit the Bund and the Shanghai Museum. Tonight, have dinner at local restaurant followed by an Acrobatic Show.

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 10

Shanghai – Suzhou – Shanghai

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day excursion to Suzhou via high-speed train. Sightseeing in Suzhou includes visit to the Garden of Master Fishing Net, Suzhou’s best Silk Spinning Factory, the Old Town of Suzhou, and a Grand Canal cruise. Lunch will be at local Chinese restaurant in Suzhou, dinner on your own.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 11

Shanghai

Breakfast at hotel. Free day at leisure, or participate in optional tours.

Meals: breakfast

Day 12

Depart Shanghai

Breakfast at hotel. Check out from the hotel, and join Seat-In-Coach transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals: breakfast

Departure dates Package Rate
Price per person*
Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30;
Feb 13, 20, 27;
Mar 6, 13, 2019
From $2,950
Apr 3, 10;
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 2019
From $3,140
May 29;
Jun 5, 12, 19, 26;
Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31;
Aug 7, 14, 21, 2019
From $3,100
Aug 28;
Sep 4, 11, 18;
Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019
From $3,190
Oct 30;
Nov 6, 13, 20, 2019
From $3,160
Nov 27;
Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019
Jan 1, 8, 15, 29;
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26;
Mar 4, 11, 18, 2020
From $3,020

* Price per person based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please click here to contact us directly for departure dates and full pricing

  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the last date of travel to China.

    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visas

    A visa is required for citizens of Canada travelling to China. All information regarding entry to China can be found here or visit Chinese Visa Application Service Centre that responsible for your place of residence in Canada.

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

We very strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

In Beijing, smoking is not permitted in all public spaces nationwide such as hotels and restaurants. If caught smoking in these areas, you may be fined up to RMB 200. The legal smoking age in China is 18 years of age.

The Chinese climate varies from region to region since the country is massive! In the northeast, the summers are hot and dry and the winters are freezing cold. The north and central regions have frequent bouts of rain coupled with hot summers and cold winters. In the southeast, there is plenty of rainfall, semi-tropical summers and cool winters.

All visitors will need to fill out an arrival card to present to officials upon arrival.

The currency of China is the Chinese Yuan or Renminbi (RMB).

Credit cards may be accepted for larger purchases in retail shops, but usually not in restaurants, cafés and certainly not in street markets or small shops along the way. It is recommended to carry some local currency with you for shopping or for a drink along the way.

ATM’s accepting most international debit and credit cards can be found in the major cities but they will be difficult to find in the smaller towns. It is best to stock up on local currency before your departure.

It’s always good to be transparent about the tipping etiquette in a country, and in China, the rules are simple. You need not leave any gratuity on top of the bill in restaurants or bars.

China is a pretty relaxed country regarding etiquette, but be aware of a few things:

  • Greetings and goodbyes - Shake hands, but never kiss someone’s cheek. Say ‘Nihǎo’ for hello and ‘Zàijiàn’ (or increasingly just 'Bye bye') for goodbye
  • Asking for help - To ask for directions start with ‘Qǐng wèn….’ (‘Can I ask…’); say ‘Duìbuqǐ’ ('Sorry') to apologise.
  • Religion - Dress sensitively when visiting Buddhist (especially in Tibet) and Taoist temples, churches and mosques.
  • Eating and drinking - Help fill your neighbour’s plate at the dinner table; toast the host and others at the table; at the start of dinner, wait till toasting starts before drinking from your glass; offer your cigarettes around if you smoke; always offer to buy drinks in a bar but never fight over the drink/food tab if someone else wants to pay (but do offer at least once).
  • Gestures Don’t use too many hand movements or excessive body language.

Most of the meals are all included in your cruise fare so you shouldn’t be too hungry. It is worthwhile to sample the local cuisine though.

The official language is Mandarin, but many people in cities' tourist area do speak English.

In the event of an accident or a medical emergency
Contact the police at 110 or Ambulance at 120 or 999. If you have travel accident insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider.

SIM card: Depends on your need, you can easily purchase a prepaid SIM card in the airport upon arrival.

The general situation for tourists visiting these countries is good.

Crime is generally limited due to harsh penalties, particularly when tourists are affected. However, petty theft and pickpocketing is definitely something to be aware of, particularly in the larger cities and around large groups of people.

It is always prudent to be constantly aware of your surroundings and to not take unnecessary valuables with you. Leave your passport, extra money and any other belongings you do not need during the day in the safe in your cabin.

Please refer to the following information for specifics:

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/china

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