New for 2019: The Great Wall is worth more than just a day trip. Explore two unique parts of the Great Wall and even overnight under the Wall for a memorable in-depth experience; stay at Banyan Tree Resort and enjoy Guilin's nature & poetic beauty up close.
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 provide a pure travel experience with only the best highlights and no 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.
Guilin + Yangshuo: Fresh Rural Landscapes
Beijing: Waldorf Astoria – Stay in one of Beijing's best hotels.
Beijing (Great Wall): Gubei Water Town – elegant boutique hotel designed in classic Chinese style under the Great Wall.
Xi'an: Wyndham Grand Xian – Stay in the heart of Xi'an, minutes from Xian's iconic landmark, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Guilin: Shangri-La Hotel – Located on the banks of the Li River, the best five-star hotel in the area
Yangshuo: Banyan Tree Resort – We've chosen this luxury resort as it's special location lets us feel the beauty and nature of Guilin's famous mountains and Li River up close.
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. Instead of standard tourist-grade meals, you will have a chance to taste authentic Chinese delicacies including a local Beijing favorite, Peking Duck, mutton hot pot, and much more.
Charismatic and knowledgeable guide with extensive Super Value training.
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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.
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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 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.
Gubei Kou (literally "Old North Opening"), is named for its historic status as one of the Great Wall's key checkpoints during ancient times. The local village was restored in 2016 to create a resort town in classic Chinese style. We arrange an overnight stay here so you can have ample time to enjoy one of the world's most beautiful landmarks; take in unique evening views of the Great Wall and take a walking tour on the wall during the day. Located at the foot of the Simatai Great Wall, the resort is in a picturesque location where visitors can appreciate the beauty of the Great Wall from many different perspectives.
Nicknamed the "Wild Wall" for its unrestored beauty, the Simatai section of the Great Wall is adjacent to Gubei Water Town. The city wall is built on a steep hill and is famous for its unique beauty.
Simatai Reservoir divides this part of the Great Wall into two parts: 16 carefully crafted watchtowers stand to the east, and 18 in the west. Luo Zhewen, a famous Chinese ancient architect, once commented "the Great Wall of China is the highest in the world, and the Great Wall of Simatai is the best of the Great Wall of China." It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 and is a state-level key cultural relic.
A visit to the Great Wall is thrilling and can vastly change perspectives in a positive way. Super Value Tours includes a less-commercialized section so you can avoid the crowds and have ample time to quietly enjoy the magnificent beauty of the area.
The Mutianyu section is located 45 miles 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Xianggong Hill sits on the west bank of the Lancang River, about 17 miles from Yangshuo.
From the top of Xianggong Hill, we can see soft, rolling peaks arranged in a neat, orderly manner with clear waters of Lijiang River flowing in the embrace of the mountains. The special combination found here of light, clouds, and colors attracts countless photographers and sightseers for one of Guilin's best views.
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.
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.
Rich Chinese tradition and modern style flawlessly combine at Waldorf Astoria Beijing. This distinctive hotel was the former residence of Li Hongzhang, an influential politician from China's last imperial dynasty. Today, its prime location in the heart of Beijing (within 10 minutes walking distance to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City) makes it one of the best bases for exploring the city.
Special features: Stay in a traditional water town near the Great Wall
With an incredible location at the foot of the Great Wall at the Simatai Gubei scenic spot, this boutique hotel was carefully designed to showcase traditional Chinese cultural elements while providing modern comfort and convenience. Carved wooden furniture, stone walkways, and Chinese landscaping come together to give you a very charming feel. Walk through the town and look out at the illuminated Simatai Great Wall to enjoy a serene and wonderful evening.
* We include special arrangements for upgraded waterfront rooms (1 large bed). As rooms are limited, priority will be based on order of booking. In case you need twin rooms (2 beds per room), please be sure to let us know in advance. Twin rooms do not have a waterfront view.
Special Features: Excellent location (Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Downtown)
Located in the heart of the Tang Dynasty city of Xi'an, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, numerous scenic spots, and unique local shopping are within easy reach. The 3100-year history of Xi’an is a magnificent backdrop which inspired the design of the hotel itself. The exterior reflects the deep history of Xi'an while the interior has a smooth modern design. Guests staying here will feel exquisite Chinese hospitality and modern comfort.
Situated on the east bank of the Li River, Guilin Shangri-La Hotel boasts a 2.7 acre garden with entertainment facilities including a kids’ club, organic farm, game lounge and mini zoo. The unique Chinese-style building is pleasing to the eye, and you will feel relaxed when you step into your spacious and bright rooms. The crystal clear waters of the nearby Lijiang River and beautiful gardens form a natural mural, letting you feel as if you are living in a small slice of paradise.
As one of the world’s top resort brands, a stay in a Banyan Tree resort is always full of expectations. Our hotel in Yangshuo brings both sight and sound together to give our guests a wonderful impression of the expansive local nature. Enjoy panoramic views of the karst mountain ranges and feel the song of the Lijiang River without leaving your home. Away from the city, you are immersed in a rustic and romantic hideaway during your stay here with us.