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Best of China

12 Days, Beijing to Shanghai
Best of China

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This trip blends the perfect mix of China's major metropolises with priceless time experiencing traditional rural life. Explore hidden corners of Beijing' read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 11 nights accommodation (Hotels (11 nts)).
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private bus, plane, boat, train).
  • Arrival transfer.
  • Internal flight.
  • Visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Haven.
  • 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.
  • Bicycle ride through the countryside with village visits.
  • Cooking class and dinner in Yangshuo.
  • Shanghai orientation walk.
  • Shanghai acrobats show and behind-the-scenes tour.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before your depart.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 325-425 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
Day 1 Arrive Beijing
Day 2 Beijing
Day 3 Beijing
Day 4 Beijing / Xian
Day 5 Xi'an
Day 6 Xi'an
Day 7 Xi'an / Yangshuo
Day 8 Yangshuo
Day 9 Yangshuo
Day 10 Yangshuo / Shanghai
Day 11 Shanghai
Day 12 Depart Shanghai
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Places Visited
  • Beijing
  • On Board The Train
  • Xian
  • Yangshuo
  • Shanghai
  • DAY 1 Arrive Beijing

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy a first taste of Chinese cuisine with a Peking Duck welcome dinner.

    Private Vehicle
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    As group members will arrive at different times there are no arranged activities on Day 1 until our group meeting at 6 pm. You can find meeting details on the notice board in the hotel foyer. An included group dinner will follow the meeting, featuring the local specialty Peking Duck. (Dinner)

  • DAY 2 Beijing

    Take a walk along the 500-year-old Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Spend time exploring the towers, views, and the magnificent structure of this unique wonder.

    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.

    Great Wall Mutianyu visit
    Mutianyu 3h
    Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.

    Private Vehicle
    Beijing 2h-4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Beijing

    Explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. Walk through hutongs, local backstreet neighbourhoods.

    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.

    Tiananmen Square Guided Tour
    Explore one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument to the People's Heroes and the Great Hall of the People.

    Forbidden City
    Beijing 2h
    Our CEO will steer around crowds and help make the most of a visit to the Forbidden City.

    Temple of Heaven Visit
    Beijing 1h30m
    Explore the stunning Temple of Heaven, which was built during the rule of the Ming dynasty. Learn more about the history and significance of this place, often referred to as the symbol of Beijing.

    Hutong Walk
    Beijing 2h-4h
    Take a walking tour through some of Beijing's traditional alleyways and backstreets (known as hutongs) and get a taste of this magnificent metropolis.

    Private Vehicle
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Beijing / Xian

    Continue to explore Beijing with our local CEO and enjoy some free time on your own. In the evening, catch an overnight train to Xi'an.

    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.

    Overnight train (beds)
    Beijing - Xi'an 12h-14h Evening
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Xi'an

    Explore Xi'an like the locals with a bike ride along the ancient city walls. In the evening, visit the Muslim Quarter and local markets.

    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.

    Cycling Xi'an City Walls
    Xi'an 1h-2h
    Rent a bike and cycle the Xi'an city walls. The walls - built for protection in the Tang Dynasty and expanded in the Ming dynasty -are a great way to absorb local history. Hop off where you like and admire the views as you pedal along the 12m (39 ft) wide wall, which takes about 2 hrs to cycle along.

    Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk
    Xi'an 1h
    Enjoy a walk around Xi'an's Muslim Quarter with our CEO, and be introduced to favourite streets, artists, chefs or food stalls in the quarter. Each CEO offers a unique perspective. Get a better feel for the district and have plenty of time to roam around on your own, shopping and eating along the way. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Xi'an

    Visit the famed Terracotta Warriors the archaeological wonder built over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi
    Huang. Afterwards, visit a Village and enjoy lunch. Opt to enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner banquet in the evening.

    Terracotta Warriors Visit
    Xi'an 3h
    Visit the site of the Terracotta Warriors, an archaeological treasure where approximately 8,000 soldiers and hundreds of horses stand on guard in three excavated pits in an on-site museum. Learn how the underground warriors were discovered (by accident) in 1974, and why Emperor Qin Shihuang commissioned the statues to serve as his army in the afterlife.

    Village visit and lunch
    Xi'an 1h
    Visit a Village close to where, in 1974, a local farmer digging a well unearthed one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the century: the Terracotta Warriors. Explore a bit and enjoy a delicious local lunch.

    Private Vehicle
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Xi'an / Yangshuo

    Fly to Guilin and continue on to China's lush southwest to experience the rural culture and unique limestone karst scenery of the Yangshuo area.

    Xi'an - Guilin 1h45m-2h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Private Vehicle
    Guilin - Yangshuo 1h45m-2h 75km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 8 Yangshuo

    Trek through the beautiful countryside, passing through villages and rice and fruit fields. In the evening, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Li River.

    You'll have an opportunity to wander the shop and cafe-lined streets or relax with a drink before enjoying an evening sunset cruise on the world famous Li River.

    Li River Cruise
    Yangshuo 1h30m
    Enjoy the Li River cruise, a centrepiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. Take in breathtaking scenery and a taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis. See gorgeous karst mountains peeking out each river bend, water buffalo patrolling fields, and locals reaping rice paddies. Greet school kids and fishermen as they float by on bamboo rafts. Be sure to bring your camera for this popular water tour.

    Yangshuo 4h-5h
    Lace up your shoes and get to the next stop under your own power.

    Private Vehicle
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Yangshuo

    Take a rural cycling trip, passing rice paddy fields and limestone karst mountains. Later, try preparing local cuisine at a cooking school and enjoy the results for dinner.

    Embark on a day of easy cycling and rural discovery, venturing from Yangshuo out into the Dragon River area to take in the montage of rural scenes. Later, learn how to prepare local cuisine at a cooking school and enjoy the results for dinner.

    Return to Yangshuo for a free evening, which you can choose to spend relaxing or experiencing some of Yangshuo's vibrant nightlife.

    Yangshuo 4h-5h
    Embark on a day of cycling, venturing out from Yangshuo into the countryside by the Dragon River area to take in the montage of rural scenes, including small villages surrounded by karst mountains, winding rivers, and stunning scenery.

    Cooking Class
    Yangshuo 3h
    Enhance your culinary skills with a hands-on cooking class in Yangshuo. Learn how to prepare fantastic local dishes and enjoy your wok-prepared creation afterward.

    Private Vehicle
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Yangshuo / Shanghai

    Fly to Shanghai and take an orientation walk along the Bund area.

    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.

    Guilin - Shanghai 2h
    Private van transfer to airport and private bus from airport to hotel.

    Orientation Walk of the Bund
    Shanghai 1h
    Take a stroll along the Bund, a main road that follows the Huangpu River, with our CEO. This is a great opportunity to get a layout of the city and figure out what you want to explore next. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Shanghai

    This evening, get a behind-the-scenes peek at famed Shanghai acrobats, visiting their training room, interacting with the artists and learning about this ancient tradition, which will be followed by an awe-inspiring performance.

    Behind-the-Scenes with the Shanghai Acrobats & Performance
    Get a behind-the-scenes peek at the famed Shanghai acrobats, visiting their training room, interacting with the artists and learning about this ancient tradition. After, enjoy the awe-inspiring performance of tumbling, balancing, and plate-spinning. There are amazing contortionists and high-wire walkers. The show blends Chinese acrobatics with state-of-the-art multimedia technology unlike anything you have ever seen.

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

    Free Time
    There are so many options in the vibrant city of Shanghai - enjoy the day exploring on your own.

    Optional Activities
    Shanghai Museum

    Visit Shanghai Museum, home to a world-class collection of ancient Chinese art. Tour individual galleries devoted to such items as sculpture, bronze, ceramics, jade, coins, Ming and Qing Dynasty furniture, paintings, and calligraphy. Stop at the gift shop on your way out.

    Yuyuan Gardens
    45CNY per person
    Explore this tranquil, 400-year-old, five-acre garden. Climb to the top of the Rockery to see the greenery from above. Check out the Jade Rock and watch the swarms of goldfish swim around in the ponds. With multiple pavilions and halls there's plenty to see. Depending on when you visit there may be flower shows or tea ceremonies in the area. Opt to visit the bustling bazaar located outside the gardens and hone your bargaining skills. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Depart Shanghai

    Depart any time today.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals


    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    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.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 325-425 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 15 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Goods & Services Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 will be greatly enhanced.

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