Golden China- 9 Days (Beijing, Xian, Guilin)

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Beijing, Forbidden City, Great Wall, Xian, Terracotta Warriors, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai

Limited 2017 dates: 07/01, 09/17/ 10/13

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THE SUPER VALUE TOURS DIFFERENCE 

A BETTER WAY TO TOUR: To us, 'value' means making a better way to tour. We love to surprise our guests with unique experiences, top-notch service, hidden local delights, & memories of a lifetime. We include only the best highlights and leave out the tourist traps, making this one of the highest-quality tour experiences in China available.  Travel with our world-class guides and explore highlights of China in-depth; perfect for first-time visitors.

Travel through time to relive the old Imperial era in Beijing, meet the famous Terracotta Warriors, and unwind in one of China's most beautiful villages. 


HIGHLIGHTS OF GOLDEN CHINA 

Beijing:

  • Great Wall: Travel to Mutianyu, a less-crowded, less touristy section of the Great Wall. Choose from four customized choices tailored to your personal strength level for enjoying the Great Wall
  • Beijing traffic is always heavy, so our tour is designed to make sure you can have ample time to enjoy the biggest highlights: the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, and Tiananmen Square

Xi'an: 

  • For the best understanding of China's rich history, tour the wonderful Shaanxi History Museum
  • Terracotta Army: Our route is carefully designed to let you best enjoy the amazing piece of human history

Guilin: 

  • Spend two days to unwind in Yangshuo, Guilin, a relaxing travelers’ town with a variety of included activities. 
  • Drift lazily down the Yulong river on a bamboo raft for a relaxing experience of the countryside
  • Tour the beautiful countryside of Guilin and meet local villagers with a choice of bike or walking tour 


LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Beijing: Waldorf Astoria – Walking distance to Wangfujing Street, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

  • Xi'an: Wyndham Grand Xian – Newly renovated, the Wyndam is right in the heart of Xi'an.

  • Yangshuo: Yangshuo Resort – This countryside hotel features the best views in the area.


CULINARY EXPERIENCES

  • We take great pride in arranging and sharing great culinary experiences with you. Our development team samples each meal before presenting them to our guests. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste authentic Chinese delicacies including a local Beijing favorite for Peking Duck, mutton hot pot, local countryside cuisine, and much more.

 

SUPER VALUE STANDARD

  • Charismatic and knowledgeable guide with extensive Super Value training.

  • A comprehensive travel insurance plan. Details

  • High quality headsets to hear our tour guide's presentation clearly.

  • Unlimited bottled water is provided throughout the entire trip.

  • Porterage service included at every hotel.


Important note for Visas: Visas are required for US/Canada passport holders entering China. Please see our Visa Information Center for details.  Visa fees not included in tour fare.



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Itinerary
Day 1

767 Depart North America for Beijing, China

Day 2

Arrive in Beijing 【Dinner】

  • "Ni Hao" or "Welcome" to China! A Super Value Tours Representative will meet you at the arrival gate and bring you to our hotel. Airport transfer is available for flights arriving between 11:00AM~10:00PM.
  • Our centrally located hotel is right next to Wangfujing Street, the most famous shopping street in Beijing, so you may choose to rest or explore the bustling city center on your own. 

DinnerLocal Specialties HotelWaldorf Astoria Beijing (Walking distance to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City)

Day 3

Beijing  (50 miles, 1.5hrs) The Great Wall (Mutianyu Section)  【3 Meals】

  • The Great Wall at Mutianyu: Avoid crowds with an early visit to the best-preserved yet least-commercialized sections of the Great Wall for a more intimate experience.
    • Choose 1 of 4 routes designed to fit your interest and physical strength. 
      • Take the cable car up the Great Wall, climb the Great Wall at your own leisure pace, then descend from the Great Wall either by:
        • 1. Cable Car: This route is least physically challenging yet you will still be able to experience the Great Wall first hand. (Walking time: 1/2 - 1 hour; difficulty: ★★☆☆☆)
        • 2. Toboggan Sled: Ride the sled downhill for a fun and memorable experience. (Walking time: 2 hours; difficulty: ★★★☆☆)
        • 3. Chair Lift: Dangle your feet in midair and enjoy the surrounding Great Wall scenery. (Walking time: 2 hours; difficulty: ★★★☆☆)
      • 4. For guests who prefer not to endure the physical challenge of the trek, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and take in the breathtaking view of the Great Wall from afar. 
  • Hutong District: Take a rickshaw tour to see the distinctive architectural styles of traditional homes in Beijing.
  • Foot Therapy: Indulge in a therapeutic foot massage specially arranged to relieve fatigue caused by jetlag. 
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchBeijing Local Specialties DinnerPeking Duck Banquet HotelWaldorf Astoria Beijing (Walking distance to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City)

Day 4

Beijing  【3 Meals】

  • Tiananmen Square: Walk through one of the largest public squares in the world, the site of many unforgettable historical events. 
  • Forbidden City: Visit the home of 24 Ming and Qing Dynasty Emperors and the center of the Chinese political power for more than 500 years. 
  • Imperial Summer Palace: Stroll through the regal and picturesque palaces and gardens of the Qing Dynasty. 
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchFamous Beijing "Zha Jiang" Noodles DinnerBeijing Mutton Pot HotelWaldorf Astoria Beijing (Walking distance to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City)

Day 5

Beijing 767 (2 hours) Xian 【3 Meals】

  • Beijing:
    • Temple of Heaven: Morning visit to one of the most historically important temples in China built during the Ming Dynasty. 
  • Fly to Xian, the ancient capital of China.    
    • Great Tang All Day Mall: After dinner, stroll through one of the largest shopping streets in Xian and admire the Tang Dynasty architectures. 
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLight Lunch DinnerLocal Xian Specialties HotelWyndham Grand Xian (Near the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Tang All Day Mall)

Day 6

Xi'an  【3 Meals】

  • Shaanxi Museum: Built to resemble the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty, the Shaanxi Museum holds over 350,000 artifacts detailing the complex and rich history and culture of China's feudal dynasties. 
  • Terracotta Warriors and Horses: Witness a true wonder and one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the world. Super Value Tours has carefully planned a special route that is effective at avoiding crowds and clearly depicts the history and story of the magnificent Terracotta Army.
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLocal Specialties DinnerLocal Specialties HotelWyndham Grand Xian (Near the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Tang All Day Mall)

Day 7

Xi'an 767 Guilin bus Yangshuo 【3 Meals】

  • Fly from Xi’an to Guilin and transition from the marvelous history of Xi’an to the peaceful natural beauty of Guilin: renowned for its breath-taking topography.
  • Elephant Trunk Hill: Take a relaxing walking tour on the banks of the Li River, the best angle to enjoy views of Elephant Trunk Hill, the icon of Guilin.
  • Yangshuo: Stroll West Street, a unique mix of eastern and western culture with nearly 1500 years of history.
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchSimple Meal DinnerLocal Specialty Dishes HotelYangshuo Resort (our rooms feature views of the Yulong River)

Day 8

Yangshuo tree Yulong River sailboat 【3 Meals】

  • Yangshuo: explore the quiet countryside on bike or take a minivan tour.
  • Yangshuo: Drift down Yulong River on a relaxing bamboo raft instead of noisy cruise boats
  • Optional Evening show: Impression Liu Sanjie (Tickets not included)

Yangshuo is a slow-paced riverside townstripped of urban bustle and polish. Drift on bamboo rafts to truly enjoy the treasured mountain and river scenery up close.

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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchYangshuo Specialties DinnerYangshuo Specialties HotelYangshuo Resort (our rooms feature views of the Yulong River)

Day 9

Yangshuo bus Guilin (KWL) 767 Shanghai 【Breakfast】

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport by a Super Value Tours representative. Zai jian (Until Next Time)! 

*Airport send off available from 4:30PM-9:00PM (KWL Airport)


BreakfastHotel Buffet

Health & Safety 

  • This tour involves standing and walking for up to 1 hour at a time over inclined or uneven streets.
  • Some areas of this tour are not wheelchair accessible.


Passports & Visas

  • Visas are required for US/Canada passport holders entering China. Please see our Visa Information Center for details.  Visa fees not included in tour fare.

Upgrades

  • In the spirit of "Travel Happy" we do not believe in hidden fees - no options are sold on tour.

 Dietary Restrictions

  • It's important everyone has a great dining experience while traveling with us! If you have a special meal restriction (i.e. no lamb, etc), please let us know. We will do our best to oblige, but we regret some dietary preferences may not be available due to cultural differences.

Luggage Handling

  • Domestic flights in China have a checked luggage limit of 44lbs (20kg) per person.


Tian'an Men Square

Directly across the Forbidden City,  Tiananmen (literally "Gate of Heavenly Peace") Square has been the site of several key events in China's history, and holds great cultural significance.

A half mile long and over a quarter mile wide, the gargantuan scale is hard to imagine for many people until they have a chance to see it in person. At maximum capacity, this famous square can contain over 100 million people simultaneously!


The National Palace Museum (Forbidden City)

The Chinese Imperial Palace was the throne of power from the mid-Ming Dynasty (~1400AD) to the end of the Qing Dynasty (1920AD) from which the Emperors ruled for 500 years. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world.


Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

Super Value Tours includes a less-commercialized portion of the Great Wall of China so you can avoid the crowds and have ample time to quietly enjoy the magnificent beauty of the area. The Mutianyu section is located 45miles northeast of Beijing, and the beauty is breathtaking. The Great Wall presents a different face in all 4 seasons: Flowers bloom across the mountain in spring, bright green grass dresses the hillside in summer, red and yellow leaves adorn the mountaintop with gold in autumn, and snow blankets the Wall in winter.


Imperial Summer Palace

This second palace served the Qing Dynasty as an imperial retreat from the stifling confines of the Forbidden City. The complex suffered two major attacks, one during the Anglo-French invasion of 1860 and again during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. The surviving garden was rebuilt in 1886 and 1902, and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 1998.


Hutong

A Hutong is a neighborhood of narrow streets or alleys, most commonly associated with Beijing. An ancient style of city planning, the grid-shaped streets in Hutongs were formed by joining the outer walls of Shiheyuan (literally: courtyard surrounded by 4 buildings) homes together. These folk-style neighborhoods have a long history spanning over 1000 years, but even today, they are still inhabited and retained as an important part of Beijing heritage.


Temple of Heaven

The temple also known as Tian Tan, is one of the largest temple complexes in China and a paradigm of Chinese architectural balance and symbolism. The complex was visited by the Emperors in Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to heaven for a good harvest. Today, the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven has become a favorite gathering place for early morning practitioners of Tai Chi and other bustling social activities.


Shaanxi History Museum

Covering 700,000 square feet, the newly-built museum recreates Tang-dynasty architecture and successfully symbolizes the great extent of Shaanxi (ancient name for Xian) history and its remarkable culture. This is the best starting point on our journey back through time.


Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Just as the Forbidden City symbolizes Beijing, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a popular piece of ancient architecture in China and symbolizes Xian. The pagoda was erected in the Tang-dynasty (~ 650AD) as a fireproof storehouse for sutras and other Buddhist relics imported from India.


Terracotta Army Museum

The life-sized Terracotta (clay) warriors and horses of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor who unified China, date back over 2,000 years (210BC) and were unearthed in 1974 by local farmers. The delicately carved figures include warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians, each with different expressions and unique faces. A vast collection has been unearthed across 3 separate pits, but archeologists estimate the entire army consists of over 8,000 soldiers with a majority of the original warriors still buried in the pits.


Xi'an Ancient City Wall

The Ancient City Wall of Xi'an was constructed in the early Ming Dynasty (1300AD), and is a symbol of great significance for China's most famous historic cities. A main feature of the Xi'an City Wall lies in the fact it has been preserved, which is rarely seen elsewhere in the world. The Ancient City Wall has corner towers, ramparts, sentry towers, gate towers, battlements and a number of city fortifications with very strong defensive capabilities.


Bamboo Rafting on the Yulong River

Breaking from typical tour itineraries, we include bamboo rafting in lieu of the usual Li River cruise since it is a much more fulfilling "up close and personal" experience. Drifting down the Yulong River on a raft gives you a chance to enjoy the natural "miles of art galleries" on both sides of the river up close. Pleasing to both the eye and the soul, enjoy the river while drifting lazily downstream; enter a poetic world of harmonious freedom with nature and man blended in one.


Yangshuo Countryside Exploration

Also different from usual tour programs, we include a morning with a choice of relaxing activities to explore the countryside of Yangshuo: biking, hiking, or electric cart. This breathtaking experience offers a glimpse of countryside life in China and is not to be missed. Feel the scenery up close and interact with local villagers.


Waldorf Astoria Beijing

Rich Chinese tradition and modern affluence flawlessly combine at Waldorf Astoria Beijing. This distinctive hotel is in the heart of the Wangfujing area, with 10 minutes walking distance to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

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Westin Xi’an

Centrally-located in the city called the "cradle of Chinese civilization," The Westin Xian is just steps from the ancient city’s myriad cultural attractions, great restaurants, and unique shopping.


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Yangshuo Riverside Resort Hotel

Located along Yulonghe River, our Yangshuo hotel boasts an immersive view of tranquil water, delicate mountain peaks, leisurely clouds, and stretches of green fields. It's location also makes it perfect for exploring the nature of Yangshuo.


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  • Peking Duck


  • Peking Dessert


  • Instant Boiled Mutton


  • Steam Live Shrimp


  • Stuffed Tofu


  • Pea Flour Cake


  • Beef Sesame cake


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