Super Value Tours - Golden China- 11 Days (Beijing, Xian, Guilin)_Beijing, Forbidden City, Great Wall, Xian, Terracotta Warriors, Guilin, Yangshuo

Golden China- 11 Days (Beijing, Xian, Guilin)

2019

Land Only from US $2899

Beijing, Forbidden City, Great Wall, Xian, Terracotta Warriors, Guilin, Yangshuo

May - October

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THE SUPER VALUE TOURS DIFFERENCE 

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. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF GOLDEN CHINA 

Beijing:

  • Great Wall - Visit two different sections of this masterpiece
    • Mutianyu Great Wall: Famous for its idyllic scenery, this section is less crowded than most and offers travelers a range of ways to enjoy the essence of the Wall including hiking, cable cars, and even toboggans!
    • Simatai Great Wall: Nicknamed the "Wild Wall" for its unrestored beauty
  • Escape the crowds: Overnight in Gubei Water Town, a resort outside Beijing located at the foot of Simatai Great Wall. Our stay here gives you more time to see diverse perspectives of the Great Wall - day and night - near and far; a great way to enjoy a more original section
  • To counter Beijing's notorious traffic, we plan carefully to avoid the crowds as much as possible so you have ample time to enjoy the biggest highlights: the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, and Tiananmen Square.

Xi'an: 

  • Bike or walking tour on the brick-lined Ancient City Walls of Xian
  • Terracotta Army: Our route is designed to let you best enjoy this amazing piece of human history
  • Visit the wonderful Yang Mausoleum of Han and the Xi'an Museum for a deep understanding of China's ancient story.

Guilin + Yangshuo: Fresh Rural Landscapes

  • Two nights to unwind in Yangshuo, a relaxing small town with a variety of included activities
  • Be inspired by the breathtaking view of clear waters embracing the mountains atop Xianggong Hill
  • Reed Flute Cave: Known as "Nature's Art Palace" for its limestone formations
  • Lijiang River Cruise: Sail the best four-star cruise ship on the river
  • Drift lazily down the Yulong river on a bamboo raft for a relaxing experience of the countryside
  • Bike tour in the beautiful countryside of Guilin and meet local villagers

LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS

  • 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.

 

CULINARY EXPERIENCES

  • 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.

 

SUPER VALUE STANDARD

  • Charismatic and knowledgeable guide with extensive Super Value training.

  • A comprehensive travel insurance plan. Details

  • 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.

 

Important note for Visas: Visas are required for US/Canada passport holders entering China. Please see our Visa Information Center for details.  Visa fees not included in tour fare.

 

 

Tour Map
Itinerary
Day1

767 Depart North America for Beijing, China

Day2

Arrive in Beijing 【Dinner】

  • "Ni Hao" or "Welcome" to China! A Super Value Tours Representative will meet you at the arrival gate and bring you to our hotel. Airport transfer is available for flights arriving between 10:30AM~8:30PM.
  • Our centrally-located hotel gives you access to explore the city.

DinnerLocal Specialties HotelWaldorf Astoria Beijing

Day3

Beijing (50 miles, 1.5 hours) Mutianyu Great Wall  (50 miles, 1.5 hours) Beijing【3 Meals】

  • Mutianyu Great Wall: Mutianyu features some of the most iconic views, we have designed three walking tour courses; choose one to match your physical strength level and interest
  • Imperial Summer Palace: Stroll through the regal and picturesque palaces and gardens of the Qing Dynasty
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchBeijing Noodle Set DinnerPeking Duck Banquet HotelWaldorf Astoria Beijing

Day4

Beijing  (86 miles, 2.5 hours) Gubei Water Town【3 Meals】

  • Tiananmen Square: Walk through one of the largest public squares in the world, the site of many unforgettable historical events. 
  • Forbidden City: Visit the home of 24 Ming and Qing Dynasty Emperors and the center of the Chinese political power for more than 500 years. 
  • Temple of Heaven: Morning visit to one of the most historically important temples in China built during the Ming Dynasty.  
  • Gubei Water Town: Enjoy breathtaking views and old town atmosphere from our resort at the foot of the Great Wall.
  • We include special arrangements for upgraded waterfront rooms (1 large bed) on a first come, first served basis. In case you need twin rooms (2 beds per room), please kindly let us know at time of booking. Twin rooms do not have a waterfront view.
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLocal Specialties DinnerMutton Hot Pot HotelWuzhenhui Boutique Hotel (Deluxe Double Rooms)

Day5

Simatai Great Wall 【3 Meals】

  • Great Wall - Simatai:
    • Named "One of the World's Top 25 Sites" by TIME, we have hand-picked this section of the Great Wall for its more natural views and to escape the crowds.
    • Ride a Gondola to the top and enjoy a hiking tour atop the Great Wall.
  • Gubei Water Town: After a vigorous adventure atop the Great Wall, roam quiet streets of this canal town where the Great Wall can still be seen from small alleyways.
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLocal Specialties DinnerLocal Specialties HotelWuzhenhui Boutique Hotel (Deluxe Double Rooms)

Day6

Gubei Water Town smiley (75 miles, 1.5 hours) Beijing Airport 767 (2 hours) Xian 【3 Meals】

  • Fly to Xian, the ancient capital of China.
  • Ancient City Walls: Explore original fortifications of the ancient city, dating back 500 years. Choose from either a walking or biking (about 40 min, difficulty: ★★☆☆☆) tour.
  • In the evening, feel free to explore the outdoor shopping center, "Great Tang All Day Mall" or the Big Wild Goose Pagoda - both within walking distance of our hotel.
  • Accupressure Foot Massage: A great way to reduce fatigue and relax your body
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLocal Specialties DinnerLocal Specialties HotelWyndham Grand Xian (Near the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Tang All Day Mall)

Day7

Xi'an  【3 Meals】

  • Xi'an Museum: Hear vivid vivid stories of ancient Xi'an and the Silk Road for the best understanding of China's origins.
  • Terracotta Warriors and Horses: Witness a true wonder and one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the world. Our hotel's proximity gives us earlier access to the museum. Super Value Tours has carefully planned a special route to help avoid crowds and clearly depicts the history and story of the magnificent Terracotta Army.
  • Small Wild Goose Pagoda - A tranquil spritual icon of Xian. Climb to the top for a view of the city or enjoy a traditional Chinese Shadow Puppet performance.
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLocal Specialties DinnerLocal Specialties HotelWyndham Grand Xian (Near the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Tang All Day Mall)

Day8

Xi'an 767 Guilin【3 Meals】

  • Fly from Xi’an to Guilin and transition from the marvelous history of Xi’an to the peaceful nature of Guilin: renowned for its unusual and breath-taking topography.
  • Reed Flute Cave: Known as "Nature's Art Palace" for its limestone formations
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLocal Specialties DinnerLocal Specialties HotelShangri-La Hotel Guilin

Day9

Guilin wink  (85 miles, 4.5 hours) Yangshuo 【3 Meals】

  • Sail from Guilin to Yangshuo aboard a four-star luxury cruise ship - the best in the area
  • Yangshuo: Stroll West Street, a unique mix of eastern and western culture with nearly 1500 years of history.
  • Xianggong Hill: Known to local photographers as one of the best spots to capture Yangshuo. Ascend the hill and savor the beautiful Guilin scenery from a different angle
  • Optional Evening show: Impression Liu Sanjie (Tickets not included)
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLight Lunch Aboard Cruise DinnerYangshuo Hot Pot HotelBanyan Tree Resort (Experience the natural beauty of Yangshuo)

Day10

Yangshuo【3 Meals】

  • Based on your personal preferences, choose from our suggested morning activities to enjoy Yangshuo!
    • No morning call. Wake up naturally and bask in the natural beauty of the nearby riverbanks.
    • Bike tour of rural Yangshuo: Explore the quiet countryside on bike. Visit homes of nearby farmers to better understand local life.
  • Yangshuo: Drift down Yulong River on a relaxing bamboo raft where we can flow through the landscape up close.

Yangshuo is a slow-paced riverside town stripped of urban bustle and polish. Drift on bamboo rafts to truly enjoy the treasured mountain and river scenery up close.

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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLocal specialty farm snacks DinnerLocal Specialties HotelBanyan Tree Resort (Experience the natural beauty of Yangshuo)

Day11

Yangshuo bus Guilin (KWL) 767 Your Next Destination 【Breakfast】

  • After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport by a Super Value Tours representative. Zai jian (Until Next Time)! 

    *Airport send off available from 3:00PM-9:00PM (KWL Airport)

 

BreakfastHotel Buffet

Health & Safety 

  • This tour involves standing and walking for up to 1 hour at a time over inclined or uneven streets.
  • Some areas of this tour are not wheelchair accessible.


Passports & Visas

  • Visas are required for US/Canada passport holders entering China. Please see our Visa Information Center for details.  Visa fees not included in tour fare.

Upgrades

  • In the spirit of "Travel Happy" we do not believe in hidden fees - no options are sold on tour.

 Dietary Restrictions

  • It's important everyone has a great dining experience while traveling with us! If you have a special meal restriction (i.e. no lamb, etc), please let us know. We will do our best to oblige, but we regret some dietary preferences may not be available due to cultural differences.

Luggage Handling

  • Domestic flights in China have a checked luggage limit of 44lbs (20kg) per person.


Tian'an Men Square

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 National Palace Museum (Forbidden City)

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 Water Town

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.


Great Wall of China at Simatai

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.

Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

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.

 

Imperial Summer Palace

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.


Temple of Heaven

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.


Shaanxi History Museum

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.


Big Wild Goose Pagoda

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.


Terracotta Army Museum

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.


Xi'an Ancient City Wall

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.


Xiangong Hill

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.

Yangshuo Countryside Exploration

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.


Bamboo Rafting on the Yulong River

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.


Waldorf Astoria Beijing

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.


Gubei Water Town Wuzhenhui Boutique Hotel

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.


Wyndham Grand Xian

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.

Guilin: Shangri-La Hotel

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.

Banyan Tree Yangshuo

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.

  • Peking Duck


  • Classic Imperial Delicacies from Beijing


  • Northern Style - Mutton Hot Pot


  • Beijing Signature Stuffed Meat Pie


  • Fresh Casserole


  • Gourd Cooked Chicken from Xian


  • Pea Flour Cake


  • Beef Sesame cake


  • Yangshuo Style Stuffed Tofu


Gloria G.( Oct 29, 2018 )

We love Guilin and the boat rafting. It was so quiet and we had fresh air finally after Beijing and Xian which were pretty crowded and lots of smoking. We also love the Water Town which was unique and quaint. Of course the Great Wall and Terra-cotta were outstanding.

Super Value never fails to deliver. It was my brothers first time and he was totally impressed with your service, itinerary and hotel choices. Some people complain about the food but for the three of us, we think to be able to taste the local food is an amazing experience. In fact, we enjoyed simple food.

Again, thank you Super Value and looking forward to our next trip.

Kathy H. - Mission Viejo, CA( Sep 14, 2018 )

As a third time returning customer, I must say that I'm still very pleased and satisfied with the quality of service which Signet/ Super Value provided. Will sign up again in the future.

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