Classic China

11 Day Tour

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This popular holiday takes in some of the classic sights of China. As well as seeing some of China’s world-famous sights such as the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors, you’ll also take in the beautiful scenery of the Guilin area, and get a taste of life in rural China before ending your holiday in vibrating Shanghai.

Highlights of this holiday:

  • See The Great Wall away from the crowds at Jinshanling
  • Marvel at The Terracotta Warriors - each with a different face
  • Take a boat trip amongst beautiful limestone karst scenery in the southern city of Guilin
  • Experience the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, one of the world's most exciting cities


Upon arrival at Beijing Capital Airport, you will be greeted by your driver and guide who will accompany you to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure.


A morning tour of Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and the Palace Museum, known as the Forbidden City; the complex of imperial palaces which was home to the emperors for over 500 years in the Ming and Qing dynasties.
You will then move on to old part of Beijing – the Hutongs. Your guide will take you for a walk through Hutong area and stop at a local home, where you will learn how to make dumplings – the most popular food in the country, and enjoy a home cooked lunch.
After lunch, you will be driven to visit the Summer Palace, a former summer resort for the imperial family.

This evening, you will be at leisure or take an optional evening show The Legend of Kungfu. (B, L)


A full day excursion to include the Great Wall - the landmark of China and one of the most amazing feats of human labour. You are to visit the Mutianyu section. You will have lunch at a local restaurant near the Wall and have an opportunity to visit a Cloisonne workshop. On your way back to downtown, stop at the Olympic Green to photograph the iconic "Bird's Nest" - the Beijing National Stadium - host to many spectacular events of the 2008 Summer Olympics. This evening you will be treated to a delicious Beijing roast duck dinner. (B, L, D)


This morning visit the Temple of Heaven, a 15th century architectural masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the place where the emperors came twice a year to worship the God of Heaven and pray for good harvest. During the day, the park, where the Temple of Heaven located, is a popular place for Beijingers to come and exercise – and you will see all forms and styles of exercise from ballroom dancing, marching, kite flying, Chi Gong through to walking backwards (yes, frequent collisions occur). You will have chance to experience "tea ceremony" before you leave Temple of Heaven.

This afternoon you are transferred to railway station for the high speed train to Xi’an. Upon arrival, your Xi’an guide will meet you and take you directly for a city tour. You will visit the old town area and take a stroll along the bustling Muslim Street. Your dinner today is a dumpling banquet served at the famous De Fa Chang Restaurant. Transfer to check in hotel after dinner and enjoy a relaxing evening. (B, L, D)


This exciting day of sightseeing will include the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses at the Tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first Qin Emperor. After lunch you will stop to visit a pottery factory to learn how the terracotta figures are made. You will then continue to the ancient City Wall of the Ming Dynasty. Dating back to the 7th century, it is one of the oldest fortified walls in China.
This evening you will be at leisure or take the option to enjoy the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. (B, L)


This morning, you will visit the Shanxi Provincial Museum where you will discover how Xi'an became the cradle of Chinese culture. After lunch, you will be transferred to the airport for a two-hour flight to Guilin. You will be met on arrival and transferred to check in your hotel. (B, L)


After breakfast at hotel, enjoy a scenic Li River cruise to the legendary Yangshuo. Lunch will be served on board. Your cruise will take you through some of Guilin's best scenery and enjoy the simple lunch on the cruise. Disembark at Yangshuo, visit the lovely small town, and enjoy a stroll through the tiny, West Street of Yangshuo and check into your hotel. (B, L)


Morning is free at Yangshuo to explore the picturesque village nearby

Our guide will pick you up in the afternoon, and you are transferred to airport for late afternoon flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, your Shanghai guide will meet you and transfer to check in hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening. (B)


Today, you will take a full day orientation tour including visits to Yuyuan Garden – the most beautiful private garden in Shanghai, the Old City and its bazaar, Shanghai Museum, a silk store and French Concession. You will also visit to Shanghai’s new Pudong area, now home to the modern skyscrapers directly face Puxi's historic Bund.

Your evening will be at leisure. Alternatively, you could choose to either enjoy a night cruise along Huangpu River, or enjoy the stunning ERA acrobatic show. (B, L)


You will have a full day at leisure to explore the city by yourself or to do last minute shopping.
Alternatively, you could choose to take a half day tour to Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town. (B)


Time at leisure until your guide meets you for your transfer to Pudong Airport for your onward flight. (B)


Notes on our prices

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.

Prices are generally for private arrangements based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.


3* Traveler Inn Huaqiao Beijing Business Room for 3 nights
4* Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Standard Room for 3 nights
3* Xi'an Skytel Hotel Standard Room for 2 nights
4* Xi'an Ramada Bell Tower Hotel Superior Room for 2 nights
3* Guilin Osmanthus Hotel Standard Room for 1 night
4* Guilin Bravo Hotel Standard Room for 1 night
3* Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Mountain View Room for 1 night
4* Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Mountain View Room for 1 night
3* Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei Superior Room for 3 nights
4* Sunrise on the Bund Hotel Deluxe Room for 3 nights

Holiday Prices Include: Accommodation at hotels listed above or similar including daily breakfast, High speed train Beijing to Xi'an on Second Class soft seats, Flights Xi'an - Guilin - Shanghai on economy class including all taxes, Meals as indicated in the itinerary, Tours and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle on a private basis including all admission fees, English speaking guide service.

Value for money
We believe that value for money is important, we want you to travel with ICAN Holidays again. When comparing prices, ensure you are comparing like for like as often there may be a cheaper option, but there may be hidden extras or the quality may not be as good.

Classic China - 12 Days
Visit Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshou, Shanghai. (Code: TLT)