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Best of China Group Tour

Best of China Group Tour
• Tour Code: GGT03
• Starting Price: USD1150 per person
• Trip Duration: 11 Days
• Starts from: Beijing
• Departs from: Shanghai
• Departure Dates: Fixed departure dates
• Destinations: Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Shanghai
  • Day 1: Arrival in Beijing 
    The prelude of your escorted China tour starts when you meet our professional local guide at Beijing Airport after reclaiming your luggage and clearing customs. Your guide will accompany you in a comfortable vehicle to the hotel and help you with the check-in procedure. The rest of the day is left for you to have a good rest or to become familiar with our capital city on your own.
     
    Meals Included: No meal
    Accommodation: 4-star Qianmen Jianguo Hotel Beijing 
     
    Day 2: Beijing 
    Have breakfast at the hotel and be ready in your room at 8:00AM for further instruction of 700-acre guide. Then visit the massive Tian'anmen Square, then take a trip to the Old Hutongs, this tour will conclude your memorable Beijing trip. Taking the local rickshaw and traveling along the narrow lanes, you will get a close touch with the original Beijing lifestyle and culture. In the afternoon tour the Summer Palace and view the scenery of its lake (One-way boat cost is included). Then Drop off at Beijing Olympic Green on the way back to hotel If time and traffic permits! Those who want get into the stadiums of Bird’s Nest or Water Cub could buy tickets on the spot by their own. Optionally you can join the Chinese Kongfu Show with extra charge.
     
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation: 4-star Qianmen Jianguo Hotel Beijing 
     
     
    Day 3: Beijing 
    Today, ride to the legendary Great Wall of China and stand on its famous ramparts. A local lunch is included, along with a visit to a jade or cloisonné enamel workshop. In the afternoon, then see the Forbidden City with its elegant palaces, pavilions and landscaped gardens, once open only to nobility.
     
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation: 4-star Qianmen Jianguo Hotel Beijing
     
     
    Day 4: Beijing to Xi’an
    In the morning we will visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors worshipped the heavens in hopes of good harvests. After lunch try the world-famous “China Speed” by taking high speed train to Xian. 
     
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation: 4-star Grand New World Hotel Xian 
     
     
    Day 5: Xi’an 
    In the morning stroll on the Ancient City Wall. The wall is considered as the city’s landmark dividing it into the inner part and the outer part. In the afternoon tour Xian’s archaeological wonder: 8,000 life-sized Terracotta Warriors buried with Emperor Qin Shi Huang, each soldier and horse molded in incredible detail, after a visit to a Terra-cotta workshop our next stop is the Muslim Quarter where you can have a walk or try some local snacks. In the evening you can choose to enjoy the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show (optional).
     
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation: 4-star Grand New World Hotel Xian 
     
     
    Day 6: Xi'an to Guilin
    In the morning we will Visit Xi’an Museum, a modern, well-organized museum traces the history of Xi'an from prehistory to Qing dynasty, then the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, an important cultural relic and one of the remaining symbols of ancient Xi’an. At last, we will spend some time learning Chinese Calligraphy, this traditional Chinese art is not only a means of communication, but also a means of expressing a person's inner world in an aesthetic sense. Fly to Guilin and check in at the hotel.
     
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation:4-star Guilin Plaza Hotel
     
     
    Day 7: Guilin to Longsheng to Guilin
    Today we will visit China South Pearl Museum, considered as the symbol of health, longevity and wealth, pearls have always been loved by all people through the history of the world. Then we will drive to Longji Terrace Rice Fields, the fields offer some of the most fantastic scenery in China. The rice terraces are built into the hillsides, and look like great chains or ribbons as they wind around the contours in tiered bands. There are quite a few villages where the ethnic Zhuang and Yao people inhabit, we will visit one of those Minority village before transfer back to Guilin. 
     
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation:4-star Guilin Plaza Hotel
     
     
    Day 8: Guilin to Yangshuo
    Enjoy Li River Cruising for about 4.5 hours and arrive at Yangshuo, a small lovely town where we will stay overnight. Looking around the narrow but interesting Yangshuo West Street and Moon Hill, the hill offers some broad, panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, which is characterized by the knobby karst hills found throughout the region. An evening option is to enjoy the stunning Impression Liusanjie Show.
     
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation: 4-star Yangshuo New Century 
     
     
    Day 9: Yangshuo to Guilin to Shanghai
    Transfer from Yangshuo town to Guilin. Then visit Reed Flute Cave. There are stalactites, stalagmites, stone curtains, stone columns and stone flowers, which look like scenic pictures and human figures and make up more than 30 attraction spots. Then we will visit Elephant Trunk Hill, the limestone that deposited at the sea bottom 360 million years ago formed the rock, and a cave from west through east came into being about 12,000 years ago as the river water washed and dissolved the stone, and the rock with the cave looks just like an elephant sucking water with its trunk and then fly to Shanghai, China’s most modern metropolis. Optional program is cruising on the Huangpu River to see the enchanting night view of Shanghai.
     
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation: 5-star Lexington Plaza Mingde Shanghai
     
     
    Day 10: Shanghai
    View the Shanghai Museum, Continue to Yuyuan Garden, a 16th century Ming period private garden/residence in the heart of Shanghai’s old Chinese quarter. Along is the local bazaar and Shanghai Old Street. Visit Former French Concession District.. Stroll along the Bund and Nanjing Road to experience the thrills of old and modern Shanghai today. Tonight you can take an optional acrobatics show or enjoy night life at Xintiandi.
     
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation: 5-star Lexington Plaza Mingde Shanghai 
     
     
    Day 11: Departure from Shanghai
    After breakfast, you may have your FREE arrangement as long as you check out before 12:00, the hotel can help to keep your luggage after check out if you don’t want go to airport right away, the cost to Pudong Airport costs usually no more than 200CNY, you may also choose to book the drop off service with English speaking guide at 450CNY for a car.
     
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel

     

  • Departure Dates and Rates
    Prices in U.S. dollars are based on per person with double occupancy
     
    Group Code Arr. Date in Beijing Dep. Date in Shanghai Rates Single Supplement
    CTJ04-0710 10-Jul 20-Jul $1150 $303
    CTJ04-0814 14-Aug 24-Aug $1150 $303
    CTJ04-0911 11-Sep 21-Sep $1245 $330
    CTJ04-1009 09-Oct 19-Oct $1245 $330
    CTJ04-1023 23-Oct 02-Nov $1245 $330
    CTJ04-1113 13-Nov 23-Nov $1150 $303
     
    What is Included
    • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast 
    • Meals as specified at local Chinese restaurants
    • Domestic flights/2nd class seat of high-speed train as specified in the itinerary
    • Cruise as specified in the itinerary 
    • Arrival Pick up in Beijing
    • Domestic airport tax and fuel fee
    • English-speaking guided coach tour in each city, with sightseeing programs listed in above itinerary
    • Service charge and government Taxes
     
    What is Not Included
    • Entry or exit China international airfare or train tickets
    • Optional program as mentioned in above itinerary or suggested by local guides
    Departure drop off in Shanghai.
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, Excess baggage charges, etc
    • Gratuities (for local guide: $8 to $10 per person(guest) per day, for driver: $4 to $5 per person(guest) per day.)
    • Tips to bellboy or porter (Suggestion: US$1 per piece of luggage per time)
    • National tour guide accompany from the arrival city to the departure city in China
    • Fees for entry visa to China
    • Traveler insurance
    • Services not mentioned in above itinerary
     
    Important Notice
    We suggest reconfirmation in advance if only one person request this tour!  In our join-in group tours with fixed departure dates, you will share tour guide and tour bus service with other participants. Participants and group size may be different in each city but usually no more than 18 travelers. Participants may come from all over the world. Usually most of them speak English. Our local guide will be speaking English during his/her service. 
     
    To meet every participant’s satisfaction to largest extent, local guide in each city will suggest optional sightseeing programs, special favor dinners or performance/show programs. These programs are not compulsive. You are on your own choice to buy them or not. 
     
    Bookings
    Join-in group tours should be book at least 21 days prior to starting day of the tour. When you book please provide detailed information of your full names, passport numbers, telephone number, etc. The information must be correct, actual and valid. We will check availability for your required departing date. If your required tour is available we will then reply with confirmation details.
    Cancellations and Refunds
    We will charge you cancellation fee if you would like to cancel your tour after your booking is confirmed. Please see details as below:
     
    Period before starting day of the tour Cancellation fee per person
    21 days or more before arrival and air tickets are not issued No Cancellation Fee
    Within 21 days but 10 days before arrival 30% of the full payment
    9-6 days before arrival 50% of the full payment
    5-1 days before arrival 100% of the full payment
    On or after arrival date 100% of the full payment
     
    Refund will be by the same means you pay. If you pay online or offline by credit card, refund will take at least one month. You can consult your bank for refund progress details.
    Responsibility
    We will arrange for you to receive the services that you choose and that we confirm. These services will be provided either directly by us or through independent suppliers contracted by us. We are responsible for making sure that each part of the tour you book with us is provided to a reasonable standard and as was advertised by us, or as changed and accepted by you.
     
    The responsibility of us and its affiliated companies are strictly limited. We shall not be responsible for any wrongful or negligent acts, omissions, or failure to act of any suppliers such as those of surface, air, and water transportation, sightseeing excursions, cruise/hotel accommodations, or of any third party not directly owned or operated by us. If airline or cruise company change or cancel a flight/cruise, we will push the airline and cruise company to work out a solution, to change another flight/cruise for you. In this case we reserve the right to vary the sequence of sightseeing and/or to re-route the order of cities, or adjust the days in related cites but will ensure same arrival date in Beijing and same departing date in Shanghai. In either case, there are no refunds for any unused or unavailable excursions.
     
    By utilizing the travel services of the suppliers, you agree that you will look to such suppliers for any accident, injury, property damage, or personal loss to you or to those traveling with you, and that neither we nor any representative of us shall be liable. 
     
    We reserve the right to substitute hotels of similar quality at any time or to make changes in itinerary of similar quality, flights, or cruise ships. 
     
    Our local tour guides may arrange some souvenir shop visits during the tour. For every single group, local guide may adjust the shops described in the itinerary to meet the group members’ interest and demand. However, such visits will be strictly limited to only once in each city, unless extra shopping visits are required by group members.
     
    Please understand that not all museums and attractions are open every day of the year. We reserve the right to vary the sequence of sightseeing and/or to re-route the order of cities if that will enable you to visit all listed excursions. In either case, the itinerary content will be maintained to the extent possible and there are no refunds for any unused or unavailable excursions.

     

  • Hotels for Best of China Tour 11-Days

    Beijing

    Qianmen Jianguo Hotel Beijing or similar

    Xian

    Grand New World Hotel Xian or similar

    Guilin

    Guilin Plaza Hotel or similar

    Yangshuo

    Yangshuo New Century or similar

    Shanghai

    Lexington Plaza Mingde Shanghai or similar

     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Qianmen Jianguo Hotel Beijing  
    Add: 175 Yongan Road, Xicheng District , Qianmen & Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China 100050
    Tel: +86-10-65070243
     
    A prime location in Beijing’s business and commercial center, this hotel is perfect for businessmen and a convenient base for tourists. Qianmen Jianguo Hotel houses the Liyuan Theater, where singers from the world famous Bejing Opera perform. Beautiful Taoranting Park, a few minutes’ walk away, provides a leafy respite from the hectic city. The Temple of Heaven is within walking distance, and so too is the famed Liulichang Cultural Street. Tiananmen Square is three kilometers away. The hotel exterior may look old, but the rooms are modern and have been refurbished. Good conference facilities, restaurants serving treats from several regions of China, and a large comfortable lobby enhance your stay. And do not forget to visit the famous Liyuan to enjoy traditional Beijing opera routines.
     
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Grand New World Hotel 
    Add: No. 172 Lian Hu Lu, Lianhu District, Xian
    Tel: +86-29-87216868
     
    Located next to the city wall, the friendly staff at this location can make any stay in Xian effortless and memorable. With 480 rooms, Grand New World Hotel can accommodate a large amount of people, and they usually do because of their popularity and reputation for excellence. The staff realizes that it is difficult to travel in a city where most visitors don’t speak the language, and as a consequence, they make visiting the major tourist sites in the area effortless and efficient. Be sure to check out the Terra-Cotta Warriors, and the Temple of the Eight Immortals is certainly worth a look as well. Considered by many to be the best place to stay in Xian, the Grand New World Hotel will not disappoint, and it is definitely worth a look. Grand New World Hotel can be easily booked with our secure online booking form. Simply enter your dates and click to proceed.
     
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Guilin Plaza Hotel
    Add: 20 Lijiang Road, Qixing District, Guilin, China 541004
    Tel: +86-773-5882702
     
    Suitable for leisure and business travelers, Guilin Plaza Hotel is located within close proximity to the city centre and several popular attractions. The airprot is half an hour away while the railway station is in close proximity to the hotel. Car rental service are available for visiting nearby locations like Elephant Trunk Hill and Folded Brocade Hill. After a busy day of sightseeing and exploring Guilin, retire to the outdoor pool, sauna, or salon for a little relaxation, End the day dining in on local Chinese delicacies followed by a cocktail, wine, or beer at the on-site bar. 
     
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star New Century Hotel Yangshuo
    Add: Pantao Lu, Yangshuo
    Tel: +86-773-8829819
     
    Yangshuo New Century Hotel is adjacent to the beautiful Yangshuo Park and occupies an area of more than 5000 meters. Having more than 270 guestrooms, it is a hotel which can receive foreign guests, with facilities and service standards up to a four-star criterion. The guestrooms are well-equipped, quietly elegant in style and comfortable and warm. Each room has a bright and clean water closet with complete equipment and fine and applicable furniture, and color satellite TV, broad-band internet service. New Century Hotel has more than 390 dining seats. The Sunshine Cafeis in exuberant green and full of natural flavor and is your first choice for drinking tea, meeting with friends and business negotiation. The Conference Room has a capacity for 200 people and complete in function with equipment of wi-fi, microphone, moving projective screen, and multi-media projector. The hotel also has KTV box, shop, tourism department, business center, and healthcare center. With quality service, the staff of New Century Hotel has received large numbers of foreign and domestic guests and has held many large noted domestic conferences.
     
     
     
    Lexington Plaza Mingde Shanghai 
    Add: No. 558 North Xi Zang Road Shanghai, SH 200071
    Tel: +86-21-56720666
     
    The Lexington Plaza Mingde Shanghai is the first luxury five star international hotel in the Zhabei area. Strategically located in the city center, the hotel is within walking distance of the Shanghai Railway Station and Subway Station and allows for easy access to your business and leisure destinations. Our hotel is only 20 minutes from Hongqiao Airport and 45 minutes from Pudong International Airport.
    The impressive 28 story property features 288 spacious and elegantly decorated rooms offering breath taking views of the city below. All accommodations are equipped with broadband Internet access, spacious private baths, LCD televisions and VOD movie systems. Occupying the top three floors of the hotel, are our Executive Level accommodations, which include complimentary breakfast, access to the Executive Meeting Rooms and Lounge, and complimentary evening cocktails.
     
     
     

     

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We have returned safe, sound and very pleased. This is just a brief note to thank you for your hospitality, care and attention for details. We were a bit anxious before starting this tour but thanks to your organizing skills we have returned with great bundles of very happy memories. Your guides are all wonderfully dedicated individuals. They made our stay and movements easy, enjoyable and educational.

A small group from Toronto is soon departing for a 20 day tour with you. I have no doubt they would benefit from your expertise just as much as we did, or more. We have already talked about your organization and its people to a number of our friends. We will be happy to talk to any one else at your suggestion.

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April, 2007
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