THE SUPER VALUE TOURS DIFFERENCE
New for 2018: Overnight under the Great Wall and explore the Simatai section for a more authentic experience, stay at Banyan Tree Resort to enjoy the breathtaking nature of Guilin 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 include only the best highlights and leave out the 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, unwind in one of China's most beautiful villages, and glimpse into the future with some of the most modern sights on the planet.
HIGHLIGHTS OF GOLDEN CHINA
Beijing: Ritz Carlton Beijing, Financial Street – One of the best hotels in the city.
Great Wall: Gubei Water Town: elegant boutique hotel designed in classic Chinese style under the Great Wall.
Xi'an: Wyndham Grand Xian – Newly renovated, stay in the heart of Xi'an.
Yangshuo: Banyan Tree Resort – Feel the beauty and nature of Guilin's famous mountains and Li River up close.
Shanghai: Peace Hotel – Located right on the Bund, the Fairmont Hotel is a historic icon of Shanghai.
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. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste authentic Chinese delicacies including a local Beijing favorite for Peking Duck, mutton hot pot, Shanghai style dim sum, 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.
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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.
Super Value Tours includes a less-commercialized portion of the Great Wall of China so you can avoid the crowds and have ample time to quietly enjoy the magnificent beauty of the area. Located in the northern part of Miyun District in Beijing, 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. Mandarin Duck Lake divides this part of the Great Wall into two sections with 16 carefully crafted watchtowers in the east and 18 in the west. Luo Zhewen, a famous Chinese ancient architect, once commented that "the Great Wall of China is the highest in the world, and the Great Wall of Simatai is the best in the Great Wall of China." It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 and is a state-level key cultural relic.
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.
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.
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.
Winner of the Forbes Travel Guide 5-star honor in 2017 and 2018, the Ritz Carlton flawlessly combines Chinese tradition and modern elegance. This distinctive hotel is in the heart of Beijing's legendary financial street, just minutes to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden 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.
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.
Special Features: location, historic atmosphere & reputation
When this legendary hotel first opened in the 1920s, it welcomed distinguished guests from all over the world, including General Marshall, Charlie Chaplin and George Bernard Shaw. Its prime location along the Bund and luxurious construction earned the hotel fame and preference as the site of many important social and political milestones.
Restored in 2010, the Peace Hotel today is a renown landmark of Shanghai offering a great balance of comfort and convenience.
The hotel is also renown for its Old Jazz Bar, popular with the local expatriate community. Here, the Old Jazz Band (band members average over 70 years old!), offers a special chance for us to relive the glamour of roaring twenties Shanghai in person.