China Tours » First-Time China Tours » 17-day Classic China & Mountain Huangshan Tour
Tour Cities:BeijingXianGuilinYangshuoHangzhouHuangshanShanghaiSuzhou

From east to west, explore ancient China culture relics in this tour. Admire dynastic treasure in Beijing and Xian. Go deeper to discover the beauty of Chinese southern cities and water town landscape in Hangzhou, Mt. Huangshan and Guilin. The classical Suzhou gardens and the intoxicating scenery never fail any visitor.

Day 1Arrival in Beijing

Say hello to China! When your flight lands in Beijing, your local guide is ready to welcome you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax or to explore this dynamic capital city on your own.

Day 2Beijing

Meals: B,L,D
Sites Visited: The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven

This morning you will visit Tiananmen Square, the historic center of Beijing, and the splendid Forbidden City. It is really pleasurable to admire these grand royal architecture and listen to their wonderful background stories. In the afternoon, marvel at the spectacular Temple of Heaven where emperors in ancient times offered sacrifices yearly to Heaven for a good harvest and fortune.

The Forbidden City

Day 3Beijing

Meals: B,L,D
Sites Visited: The Sacred Road, Mutianyu Great Wall

No Beijing tour is complete without a visit to the Great Wall. Today you will visit the magnificent Mutianyu Great Wall, an intact section of the Wall. Hiking atop the venerable ramparts, you will amaze at this manmade wonder, enjoy its breathtaking landscape and trace back the country's long history.
Descending the Great Wall, you will drop by a Jade Gallery and take a leisurely stroll along the Sacred Road, a tranquil path charmed with vivid stone statues of divine beasts & officials.

The Sacred Road

Day 4Beijing/Xian

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Beijing Hutongs

In the morning, you will take arickshaw tour to explore the Hutongs, the disappearing ancient alleys andcourtyards of old Beijing. En route, you will visit a local family, see histypical courtyard houses and experience the daily life of Beijing commons. In the afternoon, be escorted to the airport fora flight to Xian, home to the famous Terracotta Warriors.

Beijing Hutongs

Day 5Xian

Meals: B,L,D
Sites Visited: Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses

The incredible Terracotta Warriors is your first stop today. Discovered by farmers digging a well in 1974, the 6,000 life-size terra soldiers and horses are an amazing form of funerary art, buried with China's foremost Emperor Qin Shihuang to help rule another empire in the afterlife. Then visit a Ceramic Factory to witness how these statues can be made.

In the afternoon, you will appreciate Chinese calligraphy and stele culture at Forest of Stone Steles Museum. In the evening, enjoy a decent Dumpling Dinner and the fabulous Tang Dynasty Show.

Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses

Day 6Xian/Guilin

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall

After breakfast, you will tour the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-reserved city walls on earth, visit the 450-year-old Bell Tower and view the peaceful Buddhist monastery and precious scripts of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Then be escorted to the airport for a flight to Guilin.
Upon arriving in Guilin, be picked up and transferred to your hotel.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Day 7Guilin/Yangshuo

Meals: B,L,D
Sites Visited: Yangshuo West Street, Yangshuo Biking, Li River Cruise

Today's highlight is Li River Cruise. Starting at Zhujiang Pier, you'll cruise down the picturesque Li River until Yangshuo.En route, stunning limestone karst scenery, pastoral views of thriving groves, rice paddies, water buffalos and working farmers make your trip relaxing & enjoyable.

Early afternoon, disembark in Yangshuo and check into your hotel. Then you will take a bike tour (or use a golf car if you don't feel like to bike) to explore this wonderfully laid back countryside and then roam through the famous West Street. In the evening, you will be free,optional to enjoy the reputable Impression Liu Sanjie Tribal Show.

Yangshuo West Street

Day 8Guilin/Hangzhou

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill

After a memorable stay in Yangshuo, you will be driven back to Guilin to have an essential city tour. First visit the impressive Elephant Trunk Hill, drop by a Pearl Store, and then see the colorfully-illuminated stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars and rock formations of Reed Flute Cave.
Then take a flight to Hangzhou. Upon arriving in Hangzhou, you will be picked up and escorted to your hotel.

Reed Flute Cave

Day 9Hangzhou

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: West Lake, Lingyi Temple Feilai Peak, Dragon Well Tea

On this day, you will first paddle on the West Lake to enjoy its inviting scenery and often-talked legends. After, travel to the centuries-old Lingyin Temple to admire at exquisite Buddha statues and observe how locals do their worshipping here, and then climb the serene Feilai Peak to see its reputed religious embossings. Later you will take a walk in the green Dragon Well Tea Plantation, watch an artistic Chinese tea ceremony and sip a cup of tasty Chinese tea.

West Lake

Day 10Hangzhou

Meals: B,L,D
Sites Visited: Pagoda of Six Harmonies

This morning you will climb on the ancient Six Harmonies Pagoda to have a spectacular view of the charming Qiantang River. Then come to the Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine to learn about the magic healing art of China.
After the tour, be escorted to the bus station to take a coach to Huangshan (3.5-hour). Upon your arrival in Huangshan, your local guide will greet you and take you to your hotel.

Pagoda of Six Harmonies

Day 11Hangzhou/Huangshan

Meals: B,L,D

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Huangshan Scenic Area and take a cable car to the mountain top at Yungu Station.
After check-in and lunch, you will trek to Brush Pen Peak and Begin-to-Believe Peak to appreciate the wonders of Huangshan such as grotesque pine trees, odd rocks and cloud sea. Then passing the beautiful West Sea Grand Canyon, you will see the fascinating sunset at Cloud-dispelling Pavilion.
Stay overnight at the summit.

Day 12Huangshan

Meals: B,L,D
Sites Visited: Huangshan Mountain

Try to get up early in the morning to catch the magic Huangshan sunrise.
After breakfast, you will tour the West Sea Scenic Area. Along the journey, you will amaze at the incredible Flying Rock, pass the mist-wreathed Brightness Apex, reach the mountain's highest Turtle Peak to get an unrivaled panoramic view of Huangshan.
Then take a cable car down to the mountain foot and be met and taken to your hotel in Huangshan City.

Huangshan Mountain

Day 13Huangshan/Shanghai

Meals: B,L,D
Sites Visited: Hongcun Village, Xidi Village

The morning excursion will take you to visit a World Heritage site Hongcun and Xidi, two outstanding samples of China's intact ancient villages. Entering the villages, you will see the amazing rural beauty and feel the tranquility & charms of country life, it can be a pleasant contrast to bustling city life.
After the tour, take a flight to Shanghai and check into your hotel.

Hongcun Village

Day 14Shanghai

Meals: B,L,D
Sites Visited: Yuyuan Garden , Yuyuan Market, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai History Museum

In the morning, you will head to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center to witness how Shanghai becomes a super cosmopolitan city from a small fishing village, and then visit the famous Jade Buddha Temple.

Later, you will take a walk in the beautiful Yu Garden, which is smartly filled with pavilions, halls, rock gardens and ponds, and sample some flavorful snacks at bustling Yuyuan Market. Evening, enjoy the marvelous Acrobatic Show, a cultural gem of the city.

Yuyuan Garden

Day 15Shanghai/Suzhou

Meals: B,L,D
Sites Visited: Lingering Garden, Grand Canal

After breakfast, you will be met and transferred to the railway station for the high speed train to Suzhou (about 0.5-h, no guide service on the train).
Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to have city tour in Suzhou. Here you will visit the Lingering Garden, one of China's most beautiful gardens, and enjoy the gentle breeze,nice scenery & local life by taking a cruise along the 2,400-year-old Grand Canal. Then drop by No.1 Silk Factory to discover the secret process of silk-making. Evening, be immersed in the joyful atmosphere ofthe Garden Show.

Lingering Garden

Day 16Shanghai/Suzhou

Meals: B,L,D

In the morning you will be driven to Tongli Water Town (20 minute drive from Suzhou). There you will pay a visit to the Garden of Seclusion and Meditations, the Pearl Pagoda, the Triple Bridge, and Ming and Qing Dynasty Street. After your trip to this beautiful village, you will be driven back to Suzhou railway station for the high speed train back to Shanghai. Upon your arrival at Shanghai railway station, be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 17Shanghai At Leisure

Meals: B

How time flies. It is time to bid farewell to China. You will be free to pursue your personal activities until being escorted to airport for the flight to your next destination.

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  • Latifa
  • Mar 11,2016, 23:44 PM
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  • Hi!we are looking for a tour for 11 days. We do not want to go xian,suzhou, but we like to go back beijing at the end as our entry and exit is beijing. Please letme know if it is possible and total cost. Me and my sister will travel in next April. Regards, Latifa

  • Judith
  • Aug 25,2015, 11:45 AM
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  • what is this tour cost for a single traveler?

    Replied by Holly Li, Aug,25,2015 14:22 PM

    Thanks for your comments, Access China Travel consultant will offer you a quote soon!

Price Includes:

Transportation & Private Transfers:

Transportation cost covers all the domestic airfare of economy class with airport tax, train tickets between the cities as the itinerary specified.


Transfer between airports, railway station, hotels and scenic spots for sightseeing around the cities that are specified by the itinerary with private air conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.


Entrance Fees:

All entrance fees to the scenic spots listed in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by private tour guides depends on the real-time local circumstances wheather are beyond the control of Access China Travel. We will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible. 


Normal Meals:

All normal meals as the itinerary specified: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner in local  restaurant. Breakfasts are served in hotel, breakfasts have Chinese or Western style for your option; Lunches are served in carefully selected quality local Chinese restaurants with best service, your lunches will be ordered by your guide catering to your preferences within normal standard. Dinners as the itinerary specified will be also served in local Chinese restaurants. The meal quotation is normalized. If you have any special request about meals, like vegetarian, famous rare dishes, Indian food or more, please inform us in advance. For the unspecified dinners, you will have dinner on your own. Feel free to ask your local guide for suggestions or recommendation.


Private Sightseeing Escort:

Normal sightseeing activities as the itinerary listed will be escorted with English-speaking guide. The English-speaking guide and driver in each city are with you throughout the entire itinerary around that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.


Hotel Accommodation:

Hotel service criterion: two adults share on one standard twin/double-bed room; solo traveler who want to occupy one twin/double-bed room assigned is required for extra single supplement rate. A single room is available on prior request at an additional cost; if a recommended hotel unavailable, it will be replaced by one of the same class. All hotels as the itinerary listed serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.


Tour Arrangements:

The tour cost includes the planning, handling, booking, operation and communication charges.


Service Charge & Government Taxes

Price Excludes:

International airfare or train tickets for entry or exit China, unless that is noted or required otherwise.
Visa Fees, passport application or renewal fee.
Excess Baggage Charges.


Personal Expenses:

Expenses of a purely personal nature such as excess luggage fees, laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities (shows) and meals, beverages...



Any meal are not specified in the itinerary with "B", "L" or "D".


Any extra cost caused by the changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, government and local authority orders, politics, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations; as well as tourist law violation, accident damages or injury incurred out of Access China Travel control.



Tips to guides, escort, drivers bellman, etc.