Li River
from US$1306 per person

Best of China with Hiking, from US$1306

Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Shanghai

Besides visiting the most renowned attractions in the most famous four cities, you also have opportunities to hike on the Great Wall in Beijing and hike along the picturesque Li River in Guilin.

  • Tour Code:
  • CET-HK01
  • Length:
  • Cities Visited/Stayed:
  • Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Shanghai
  • Highlight Attractions:
  • Forbidden City, Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Li River, Elephant Trunk Hill, Ling Canal, Yu Yuan Garden, The Bund
  • Experience & Features:
  • Hiking on the Great Wall, Hiking along the Li River.
  • Physical Rating : 3
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is given a Physical Rating, which indicates how much physical activity is required to participate in it.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Always very easy to go! Sometimes getting around on your own, up and down steps and carrying your own small backpack.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : Light walking or hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : May include moderate hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking and other activities that require only an average/moderate level of fitness to enjoy.
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : May include high altitude hiking of up to 4-6 hours per day some days of the tour or other activities that require a moderately high level of fitness.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : High altitude trekking suitable only for those with a higher level of fitness and endurance.
  • Cultural Shock Rating : 1
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is also given a Culture Shock Rating, designed to help you choose a trip that is suitable to your travel tastes and preferences.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Little or no adjustment at all is required. The comforts of home are here for the most part.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : A generally easy trip but there may be the occasional local home accommodation, remote lodging or some public transportation, simple meal or language barrier.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : Expect an occasional cold shower and remote or even multi-share accommodation, and public transportation or train ride without shower on board…Remember though, this is all part of your CET authentic travel experience!
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : Expect to rough it here and there. This may mean a packed public bus, very remote and rustic accommodation, and no access to western-style food.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : You are totally off the beaten track with none of the comforts of home, and are exposed to a totally foreign culture to what you are accustomed ... Sounds fantastic, doesn't it!
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Day 1: Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, your guide (CET rep) will meet you at airport upon your arrival, and you are transferred to your hotel. In your spare time, you can explore the host city of the 2008 Olympics yourself, such as going to the Olympic Park. In the evening, you meet your guide for a pre-tour briefing. This is generally followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant - Beijing Duck is often a popular choice.

Stay overnight in Beijing.


Day 2: Beijing

Visit the [Temple of Heaven], the place where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation, and the [Tian'anmen Square], the largest city square in the world. And then we walk to the [Forbidden City] which is the largest imperial palace in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 3: Beijing (Hiking on the Great Wall)

It’s a hiking day today! You will be picked up at your hotel in the morning and then drive for about 2 and half hours to Simatai West. This section of the Great Wall undoubtedly offers the finest hiking anywhere on the Wall. With over 15 watch-towers, and steep gradients that give constantly changing perspectives and wide, open views, it is photogenic anywhere during the hiking. There is fascinating variety in the watch-towers here. Some have two storeys, others three. Some have flat roofs, others rounded and others again are pitched with upturned eaves. This section of the wall is wild, ruined, preserved and original. On a clear day, it is difficult to fail to take good photographs here. It will take about 3 hours to complete the hiking. Then we arrange you a late lunch in a local farmer’s restaurant to reward your stomach before returning to the city.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 4:Beijing-Xi'an

Visit the [Summer Palace] which is the biggest and most renowned imperial summer resort from the Ming and Qing Dynasty and a great example of China's extraordinary workmanship and architecture. After lunch drive to the airport for a pm flight to Xi'an.

Stay overnight in Xi'an.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 5: Xi'an

A tour to the renowned [Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum] today will show us these unearthed pottery statues, considered "the Eighth Wonder of the World" and one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th Century. After coming back, the rest free time can easily be spent wandering the narrow streets among the Muslim quarter where we can find quaint shops, lively markets, groups of white-bearded men in skull caps sipping tea in dingy cafes.

Stay overnight in Xi'an.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 6: Xi'an-Guilin

You may still have some free time to explore the city yourself in the morning. Then we go to visit the [Shaanxi Provincial Museum] which will explain to you how Xi'an became the cradle of Chinese culture. And then we go to visit the [Big Wild Goose Pagoda] which was built by the eminent monk Xuanzang in 652 AD, with a great importance in China's Buddhism history. After those, we go to the airport, taking a pm flight to Guilin.

Stay overnight in Guilin.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 7: Guilin (Hiking along the Li River)

It’s a hiking day today! Leave your hotel to drive to Xianei Village near Yangdi Town. We firstly walk through the village and go uphill toward the Li River. The mountain paths are rough and narrow. When you see the Li River, walking along until you arrive at the Quanjiazhou Village. Then a 3-hour walk on the right side of the river will be followed. It's so different to appreciate the beauty of the Li River by walking from cruising. Your view angle will be higher and wider than on the boat. You see local people's life in their villages and fields along, which can sometimes bring you a nostalgic feeling of your childhood with grandparents in the country! 

After going through the Laocuntou village, a 1-hour long walk will take us to the town of Xingping. We will pass the exact spot where they took a picture and had it printed on the back of the 20-yuan Chinese currency note. Our hiking ends at Xingping Town and we will be picked up by our driver and drive back to Guilin in the afternoon. 

Stay overnight in Guilin

Meals: (B, L)

Day 8: Guilin-Shanghai

We go to visit the [Reed Flute Cave], the natural beauty of a large amount of stalactites and stalagmites, with their endless variety of remarkable scenes. Then come to the symbol of Guilin city, the [Elephant Hill] that looks like a giant elephant with its long trunk drinking water from the Li River. Then we take a pm flight to Shanghai.

Stay overnight in Shanghai.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 9: Shanghai

Today, we are going to visit [Yuyuan Garden], a beautiful private garden which is the most typical representative of its sort of Chinese garden; the[Outer Bund], from where you see the modern skylines of this China's biggest city; and then [Nanjing Road] nearby, to experience the most prosperous and bustling shopping center of Shanghai.

Stay overnight in Shanghai..

Meals: (B, L)

Day 10: Shanghai-Departure
Free at leisure until to be transferred to the airport for your flight home. Your tour we sponsored ends at the airport with our tour representative.

Meals: (B)


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  1 person 2-5 persons 6-9 persons ≥10 persons Single Room Supplement
First Class Tour $3316 $2716 $2500 $2058 $720
Comfortable Tour $2663 $2163 $1963 $1763 $420
Standard Tour $2216 $1716 $1506 $1306 $260

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