from US$1054 per person

China Civilian Residential Culture Tour, from US$1054

(Hong Kong), Guilin, Shanghai, Xi’an, Beijing

We focus on China's civilian residential culture in this tour, but we don't skip these "must sees" in every city. So it's a combination of a featured tour on civilian residential culture and a classic China trip. You will see different types of people's residential houses and gardens in these different cities. Those four cities (Excluded Hong Kong) have been the "Top Four" tourist cities in China ever since this country was firstly opened to the outside world in the late 1970s. They are so popular with international tourists because you can experience different attractions that are all China's prides. The "Most Beautiful Landscape under the Heaven" in Guilin will give you the first impression of a naturally beautiful China. The picturesque scenery along the Li River will amaze you and consume dozens of films or a big capacity of the memory card in your camera. The beautiful and peaceful environment and the relaxing life-pace will stimulate you to think about making a home here. You will probably be shocked by Shanghai's modernization and fashionable life. A walk to the Nanjing Road and the Outer Bund will inform you how booming China's economy is. The private garden there will show ancient Chinese people's exquisite handcraft and architecture technique. People say if you regard China as a huge and robust tree, the city of Xi'an is definitely the deeply-earthed roots of the tree. The Bell Tower, the City Wall, the pagodas are all the witnesses of this ancient capital's prosperity and brilliance in the past. The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses is still a mysterious legend of the first centralized feudal empire of China. In the capital of Beijing, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven and the other places of interests that are in the list of the World Cultural Heritage are the "must sees". Stories told by your guide when you're standing in the world's largest imperial palace will help you learn lots of history about China's last two imperial dynasties, the Ming and the Qing Dynasty.

  • Tour Code:
  • CET-AC01
  • Length:
  • Cities Visited/Stayed:
  • (Hong Kong), Guilin, Shanghai, Xi’an, Beijing
  • Highlight Attractions:
  • Li River, Yangshuo, Terraced Rice Paddies at Longji, Yu Yuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace
  • Experience & Features:
  • Biking in Yangshuo, Visit to a Local Famer’s House in Yangshuo, Visit to the Zhuang’s Village in Longji, Visit to a Cave Dwelling House near Xi’an, Hutong Tour and Siheyuan in Beijing
  • Physical Rating : 1
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is given a Physical Rating, which indicates how much physical activity is required to participate in it.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Always very easy to go! Sometimes getting around on your own, up and down steps and carrying your own small backpack.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : Light walking or hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : May include moderate hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking and other activities that require only an average/moderate level of fitness to enjoy.
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : May include high altitude hiking of up to 4-6 hours per day some days of the tour or other activities that require a moderately high level of fitness.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : High altitude trekking suitable only for those with a higher level of fitness and endurance.
  • Cultural Shock Rating : 2
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is also given a Culture Shock Rating, designed to help you choose a trip that is suitable to your travel tastes and preferences.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Little or no adjustment at all is required. The comforts of home are here for the most part.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : A generally easy trip but there may be the occasional local home accommodation, remote lodging or some public transportation, simple meal or language barrier.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : Expect an occasional cold shower and remote or even multi-share accommodation, and public transportation or train ride without shower on board…Remember though, this is all part of your CET authentic travel experience!
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : Expect to rough it here and there. This may mean a packed public bus, very remote and rustic accommodation, and no access to western-style food.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : You are totally off the beaten track with none of the comforts of home, and are exposed to a totally foreign culture to what you are accustomed ... Sounds fantastic, doesn't it!
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Day 1: Hong Kong-Guilin

As soon as you arrive, our CET guide will meet you at Guilin airport in the evening. Your China tour we sponsored will start there. Then you will be transferred to your hotel.

Stay overnight in Guilin.


Day 2: Guilin-Yangshuo

This morning, we will drive to the wharf for [Li River cruise] (about 4 hours) to enjoy the Li River picturesque scenery along the way to Yangshuo. After disembarkation, we will have [a bicycle tour] to the countryside around the town of Yangshuo, seeing the stunning scenery and getting to know local farmers' life in their villages and fields. [We will call at a local farmer's house] that made of adobes and old bricks. It is said that the house's got a history of some 300 years and is a typical one of the Han nationality people in south China's countryside area.

(Recommended Options: 1. Bamboo Rafting on the Dragon River during the bicycle tour. 2. A gorgeous minority nationality show called "Impression—the Third Sister Liu" in the evening)

Stay overnight in Yangshuo.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 3: Yangshuo-Guilin

It will take one and half hour to drive back to Guilin in the morning. We will visit [Elephant Trunk Hill] that is the symbol of the Guilin city. Then we go to the [Reed-flute Cave] Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts" where you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites, and learn how they are formed. At last you're going to enjoy your free time for the rest of this afternoon. You can have a walk in the nice pedestrian's street and going to a local restaurant to have your own dinner.

(Recommended Options: 1. An amazing Chinese acrobatic show in the evening 2. A night cruise on the beautiful lakes at the downtown area of the city in the evening)

Stay overnight in Guilin.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 4: Guilin-Longsheng-Guilin

Today we will have a whole day round trip to [Longji Terraces] (Dragon Back), a minority area with magnificent terraced rice paddies. We are going to do some climbing there, but on the way and at the top of the mountain you will see beautiful views of terraced rice paddies. You will also see local minority people wearing their exotic and colorful costumes with delicate silver ornaments on their black long hairs. At the meanwhile, we will have [a walk through their village] on the mountainside, taking a zero-distance look at those wooden structure cottages will leave you an unforgettable memory there. We are sure that you will be very interested in their houses. They are all made of fir-tree wood and the local people apply a method of "Tongue and Groove" instead of using nails to connect the wood timbers. Then we will  drive back to Guilin.

Stay overnight in Guilin.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 5: Guilin-Shanghai

We will take a morning flight to Shanghai. You get to Shanghai around lunch time. After lunch, we will get to[Yuyuan Garden], a beautiful private garden which is the most typical representative of its sort of Chinese garden; the [Outer Bund] will enable you to see the modern skylines of this China's biggest city; and then we continue to visit [Nanjing Road] nearby to experience the most prosperous and bustling shopping center of Shanghai.

Stay overnight in Shanghai.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 6: Shanghai

Today is free for you; you can explore this fascinating city yourself. You can do as your plan, enjoying the traditional one in the day and appreciating the modern at night. You can ask the local guide for suggestions the day before.

Stay overnight in Shanghai.

Meals: (B)

Day 7: Shanghai-Xi'an

Today we visit the [Jade Buddha Temple] which is a good place to go whether you are a Buddhist or not, the peaceful and transcendent atmosphere adds a kind of richness to our busy modern society. After lunch we have to drive to the airport for a pm flight to Xi'an.

Stay overnight in Xi'an.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 8: Xi'an 

This day we will go to visit [Banpo Museum] to see a relic of a Neolithic village where there lived a Matriarchal Clan Community dating back to about 6000 years ago. Afterwards we will visit  the[Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum] that boasts "the Eighth Wonder of the World". On the way back from the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, [we will visit a cave dwelling house that represents the local farmers' housing way the best].

(Recommended Options: 1. A Tang Dynasty singing and dancing show in the evening 2. A dumpling banquet)

Stay overnight in Xi' an.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 9: Xi'an-Beijing

We are going to visit the [Bell Tower], the landmark of Xi'an and the [City Wall] that was the defense work for the city in Ming Dynasty. What follows will be the [Shaanxi Provincial Museum] which will explain to you how Xi'an became the cradle of Chinese culture. And next we will  the [Big Wild Goose Pagoda], built by the eminent monk Xuanzang in 652 AD and has a great importance in China's Buddhism history. After that, you will take a pm soft-sleeper train to Beijing. We arrange this for you to experience how China's train-ride is. And this train-ride will take you about 13 hours, covering three provinces and one municipality.

Stay overnight on the deluxe train.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 10: Beijing

We will arrive in Beijing in the morning. Note that due to the early arrival, the hotel rooms may not be ready then. But we will try to get them as early as possible. We can have a morning walk on the [Temple of Heaven] where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation. Also we will go to visit the [Tian'anmen Square], the largest city square in the world and the [Forbidden City] which is the largest imperial palace in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties has a history of around 600 years.

(Recommended Options: Peking Roast Duck dinner)

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 11: Beijing

Today we will have a chance to climb up the [Jinshanling Great Wall], the landmark of China and one of the most amazing feats of construction undertaken by man. And then we will go to see the [Ming Tomb], the elaborate burial ground for the Emperors of Ming Dynasty on the way back to town.

(Recommended Options: 1. Peking Opera in the evening 2. Chinese Kungfu show called "Kungfu Legend" in the evening)

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 12: Beijing

In the morning, we're going to take a [Hutong Tour]. [We will take some rickshaws] threading in those narrow lanes or bystreets in the old quarter of Beijing, experiencing the folk-customs of old Beijing. We're going to call at a local Beijing family in a Siheyuan (a traditional residential quadrangle dwelling compound in Beijing) and have our lunch with them. After lunch, we will make our way to the [Summer Palace], the biggest and most renowned imperial summer resort from the Ming and Qing Dynasty.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals: (B, L)

Day 13: Beijing-Departure

You will be transferred to the airport together with our guide. Your China tour we sponsored will end there.

Meals: (B)

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  1 person 2-5 persons 6-9 persons ≥10 persons Single Room Supplement
First Class Tour $4166 $2617 $2224 $1773 $920
Comfortable Tour $3335 $2098 $1707 $1380 $520
Standard Tour $2750 $1766 $1449 $1054 $330
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* The differences between First Class Tour, Comfortable Tour and Standard Tour are mainly reflected in the hotels we use. For First Class Tour, we use mostly 5 star hotels (or hotels corresponded to 5 star ones), 4 star hotels for Comfortable Tour and 3 star hotels for Standard Tour. But there’re exceptions when there come home stay experience, remote destinations and other specified circumstances in the itinerary.

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