Once in a Lifetime China

Main magnetic sites in China are at once combined in this 15 day journey. The incredible Great Wall, imperial Forbidden City, fast-disappearing Hutongs, great Terracotta Warriors, the Victoria Yangtze River Cruise and the picture-perfect scenery along the Li River cruise and the famous Bund will show you a signature China.

  • Exercise in China as the Chinese Exercise. In the Temple of Heaven, find out what kind of different exercises that the locals do to keep healthy and join in them
  • Have a private mask drawing lesson and try your hand at drawing the Beijing Opera mask with an experienced master
  • Make a private drive to the Great Wall at Mutianyu--the less-commercial section and enjoy an overlooking view of this winding man-made structure on the cable car (Round trip)
  • Get lost in fast-disappearing Hutongs by rickshaw and have a close contact and a dumpling making with a courtyard family
  • Take in stunning Karst landscapes in Yangshuo and picture-perfect scene along the Li River
  • Visit a primary school en route to see the limit education condition in the countryside of China. We may have the chance stop for an English/Chinese language exchange with the students
  • Taste a spicy Chongqing hotpot and a Face Changing performance
  • Board the Victoria series for a three-day river cruise on the mighty Yangtze River. Visit remote riverside villages and the Three Gorges Dam Project
  • Savor a tempting vegetarian meal in the Longhua Temple
  • Stop at Shanghainese home nestled at a alley, explore an ingredient bazaar and cook lunch with them to soak in the commoner's lifestyle

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Beijing
Airport to hotel transfer, free time

Day 2: Beijing
Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Beijing Opera mask painting, Beijing Opera

Day 3: Beijing
Great Wall at Mutianyu, Mutianyu Cable Car, A visit to nearby rural village, Bird's Nest, Water Cube, Peking Duck

Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an
Guanyuan Market (or Panjiayuan Market at weekend), Hutong Tour by Rickshaw, Private Museum of the Old Beijingners' Stuffs, Fly to Xi'an

Day 5: Xi'an
Banpo Museum, Terracotta Warriors, Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Dumpling Banquet

Day 6: Xi'an - Guilin
City Wall, Great Mosque, Gao's Courtyard (Shadow puppet play included), Fly to Guilin

Day 7: Guilin - Yangshuo
Li River cruise

Day 8: Guilin
Bike ride around Yangshuo countryside, A primary school visit

Day 9: Yangshuo - Guilin - Chongqing
Fly to Chongqing, Check in Victoria cruise ship, Three Gorges Museum, Light Rail, Hotpot

Day 10: Yangzte River Cruise
The fantastic view along the Yangtze, Fengdu Town, Shibaozhai or Wanxian

Day 11: Yangzte River Cruise
Qutang Gorge / Daning River or Shennong Stream, the Lesser Three Gorges, Wu Gorge

Day 12: Yichang - Shanghai
Three Gorges Dam, Fly to Shanghai, the Bund

Day 13: Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, World Financial Center, A vegetarian lunch in Longhua Temple, A bazaar and the Temple of the Town Gods, Yuyuan Garden, Acrobatic show

Day 14: Shanghai
A Shanghai family visit

Day 15: Depart

Prices (per person in US Dollor)

Price for Group Size of
2-5 Persons 6-9 Persons
Deluxe 2832 2594
Standard 2384 2145
Budget 2277 2038


Destination Hotel Class
Bugdet Standard Deluxe
Beijing Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven Jade Garden Hotel Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
Xi'an Citadines Central Xi'an Grand Noble Hotel Wyndham Grand Xian South
Guilin Vienna Hotel Guilin (Xiangshan Park) Guilin Bravo Hotel Sheraton Guilin Hotel
Yangshuo Magnolia Hotel New West Street Hotel (VIP Building) Green Lotus Hotel
Yangtze Cruise Ship American Victoria Cruises
Shanghai Holiday Inn Express Zhabei Shanghai The Bund Hotel Grand Central Hotel Shanghai