Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Best of China tour
Beijing Guilin Best of China Trip

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
12 days
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  • Walk the great wall and cycle along the xi'an city walls
  • Explore beijing's traditional alleys and backstreets known as hutongs
  • Enjoy a performance of shadow puppetry
  • Face the terracotta warriors and visit the farming community where they were discovered
  • Learn to cook local specialities at a rural cooking school

Short Description

Mix the bustle of China’s metropolises with the tranquility of rural life on a 12-day adventure. Explore hidden corners of Beijing’s Forbidden City. Cycle along ancient city walls and learn about Xi’an’s famed terracotta soldiers. Enjoy a paddle on the gorgeous Li River. Along the way, discover how China’s many contrasts make it one of the world’s most intriguing places.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Beijing
End City Shanghai



Age Requirement

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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Trip Includes

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chinese Shadow Puppetry
  • Xi'an Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Tai Chi Class
  • Yangshuo Your G for Good Moment: Jia Community Restaurant
  • Yangshuo Your Foodie Moment: Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo
  • Yangshuo Your Discover Moment: Shanghai
  • Arrival transfer
  • Visit Tiananmen Square
  • the Forbidden City
  • and the Temple of Heaven
  • Visit Beijing's traditional hutongs
  • Excursion to the Great Wall
  • Xi'an Muslim quarter orientation walk
  • Cycle along the Xi'an city walls
  • Terracotta warriors tour
  • Lunch in a local village
  • Li River boat ride
  • Walk through the countryside with village visits
  • Shanghai orientation walk
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Day 1 Beijing (1D)

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy a first taste of Chinese cuisine with a Peking Duck welcome dinner. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 2 Beijing (1B)

One of the greatest structures ever built, the Great Wall was constructed in stages over 2,000 years. This massive structure stretches 6,000km (3,728 mi) westwards from the sea to western China. The section we visit is called Mutianyu and is one of the best preserved Ming Dynasty sections reachable from Beijing. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 3 Beijing (1B)

Today we delve into the history of Beijing, visiting the dramatic Forbidden City and the immense Tiananmen Square. Hear tales of emperors and their concubines, a long crafted culture and rich tradition. Witness how ancient Chinese customs are still valued today, while also blended with modern technology and western influences. Visit the Temple of Heaven and its surrounding grounds, full of locals whiling the hours away practicing water calligraphy and Tai Chi, playing cards, and walking pet crickets, all with the colourful Temple of Heaven in the background. Take a walking tour featuring some of Beijing's traditional alleyways and backstreets known as hutongs. Additional Notes: Please note that the timing of included activities can change and will be spread out over the course of days 2-4. Included Activities: Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Tour Temple of Heaven Hutong Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 4 Beijing/Xi'an (1B)

Accommodation this evening will be in Soft Sleeper train cars which have 8-9 compartments per cabin. Each compartment includes 4 beds (two upper and two lower beds) and a sliding door which can be locked. Beds include a quilt, pillow, sheet, and reading lamp with space for luggage in each compartment. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-15.00 hours)

Day 5 Xi'an (1B)

Arrive in the ancient Chinese capital and traditional silk road terminus, Xi'an, in the morning. We will be met and transferred to our hotel. After settling in, we will gather for an inner city bike ride along the 14km (9 mi) of ancient city walls. In the evening, explore the multicultural feel of the Muslim Quarter with shopping lanes and street-side food stalls selling naan, kebabs, and a fine array of sweets. Opt to try some of the best street food in China – the spicy beef and lamb kebabs are always a favourite. Included Activities: Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk Chinese Shadow Puppetry Cycling Xi'an City Walls

Day 6 Xi'an (1B, 1L)

Visit the famed Terracotta Warriors — the archaeological wonder built over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Afterwards, head to a local village and enjoy lunch. Opt for a Defachang Dumpling Banquet in the evening. Included Activities: Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour Village visit and lunch Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 7 Yangshuo Countryside (1B, 1D)

Fly to China's lush southwest to experience rural culture and the unique limestone karst scenery of the Yangshuo area. Enjoy a traditional dinner at a G Adventures-supported restaurant where rural women are working to create new opportunities for their families. Also enjoy a relaxing float on a local boat on the Li River, then transfer to a local hotel in the countryside. Included Activities: Li River Boat Jia Community Restaurant Transport: Plane (1.75-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)

Day 8 Yangshuo Countryside (1B, 1D)

Trek through the beautiful countryside, passing through villages and rice and fruit fields. Later, try preparing local cuisine at a cooking school and enjoy the results for dinner. Included Activities: Countryside Walk Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 9 Yangshuo (1B)

Enjoy a free afternoon, which you can choose to spend relaxing. Later on, opt to experience some of Yangshuo's vibrant nightlife. Included Activities: Tai Chi Class

Day 10 Yangshuo/Shanghai (1B)

In a great day of contrasts, you'll awake overlooking the rural countryside and finish the day in the heart of China's bustling metropolis, Shanghai. Cosmopolitan Shanghai is a mesmerizing array of old and new, from the 19th century Asian-infused Victorian and early 20th century Art Deco architecture to the bold 21st century futuristic skyline additions. Included Activities: Orientation Walk of the Bund Transport: Private van transfer to airport and private bus from airport to hotel. Plane (2.00 hour(s))

Day 11 Shanghai (1B)

Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens or the Shanghai Museum.

Day 12 Shanghai (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day


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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Private bus, plane, boat, train, bicycle, walking.

Local Flights

All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 15

Max 15, Avg 10.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.


Hotels (10 nts), soft-sleeper train (1 nt).


Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1) LUGGAGE As we use (sometimes crowded) local transport please note backpacks, soft rolling bags or duffles are much more suitable than hard suitcases for this style of trip. 2) LUGGAGE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 20 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers. 3) Expectations China has emerged as a great tourist destination in the last ten years and is an intriguing and rewarding destination to visit. Developing at a fast rate, travel is becoming easier for foreigners but please be aware that English is still not widely spoken outside the large cities and that accommodation, toilet facilities and some transportation is not yet at the same level as you would expect in developed countries. If you are able to bring with you a lot of patience, a great sense of humour and a willingness to try and interact with the local people, your travel experience wil be greatly enhanced.


Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each others company. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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Meals Included:

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

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