12 Days China Wonders & Pandas

Tour Type:Private/ Small Group
Destination:Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shanghai
Duration:12 Days

Experience a rich treasure of history and culture visiting the modern and ancient capitals of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, and enjoy the balance provided by the natural wonders of Guilin and Chengdu.

The very best of China awaits on this incredible 12 day journey visiting some of the country’s most iconic historical and natural wonders. Start your adventure in Beijing, where the city’s highlights impress at every turn. Walk in the footsteps of emperors and the people who served them when you visit the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, hutongs, and the Great Wall. Enjoy the contrast with modern Beijing in all its contemporary grandeur and marvel at the sheer size of just about everything. From Beijing, travel to Xian on China’s vast and growing train network designed to accommodate the bullet trains that travel at speeds up to 300 kilometers per hour. Xian is a city that will surprise and delight with its more relaxed pace, red lantern-lined streets, awe-inspiring Terracotta Army, and bustling Muslim Quarter, home of the best and more delicious street food. After leaving Xian, prepare for the ultimate experience in Chengdu, where your travels take you to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Chengdu’s other wonders – an extraordinary tea culture and many famous flavors of tea – set the stage for your next tour destination, Guilin. With a centuries-old reputation for its karst limestone landscapes and the long and winding Li River, Guilin offers a total change of pace and theatrical scenery that has inspired poets, peasants and philosophers alike. Arrive finally in Shanghai, anointed by locals as China’s own Paris of the East. Shanghai wears its past well still reflecting its commercial pedigree that blends seamlessly with colonial influences from the French, British, and Japanese. Highlights include Yuyuan Garden, XinTianDi, the Bund, and streets throughout the former French Concession. Including 11 nights accommodation in a choice of four and five star hotels; exceptional local English speaking guides; daily breakfasts; in country transfers including first or business class bullet train travel; and much more, the only thing that could make this tour more wonderful is you. Enquire today!


  • Admission fees: to sightseeing spots and activities specified.
  • Activities specified in the itinerary.
  • Cable car ride at Mutianyu Great Wall.
  • Excellent professional English-speaking guide.
  • Ground transport in an air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver as specified.
  • Accommodation: 4-Star or 5-Star hotel with breakfast based on double/twin occupancy as specified.
  • Travel agency liability insurance during the tour.
  • Government taxes and fees.


  • International/domestic flights and trains to/from Beijing.
  • China visa.
  • Gratuities to guides & drivers and any expense of personal nature.
  • Boat trip at the Summer Palace.
  • Meals: lunches and dinner are excluded allowing you flexibility around meal choices. Your guide will make recommendations and order for you, if required.
  • Our tour package does not include Travel Insurance. Please purchase the Travel Insurance before your trip to protect for any unforeseen circumstance.

Tour specific important information – FOR PRIVATE TOUR

  • This is a private tour for your group of family or friends. No other travelers will join you. It’s always available for your schedule.
  • Smart casual dress and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Prices based on twin occupancy.
  • The prices shown above are not valid during China’s Official Holidays (such as National Day and Chinese Spring Festival etc.).

Day 1 - Arrive in Beijing

On arrival into Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) or Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX), you will be met by your dedicated tour guide outside the baggage claim area. On the way to your pre-booked four or five star inner city hotel, your guide will point out the highlights and history of Beijing. Spend the rest of the day exploring this incredible city.

Meals included: None

Day 2 - Beijing

After breakfast today explore Beijing with your guide who will collect you from your hotel. Visit the world’s largest city square, Tiananmen Square. Make your way across the road to the magnificent Forbidden City, a culturally historic landmark in China, which was the former residence of Chinese royalty for five centuries. After the Forbidden City tour, exploration continues with a visit to the Summer Palace. Appreciate the beautiful gardens and imagine the lifestyle of royalty who enjoyed this summer resort during imperial times. A stopover at Beijing’s stadium and pool – the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube – built for the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics – provides a modern contrast to China’s ancient history. Return to the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: Your tour guide may adjust your itinerary due to closure of the Forbidden City each Monday.

Day 3 - Beijing

Before heading to the Mutianyu Great Wall, sample the famous local food market Sanyuanli where you can stock up on fruit and snacks for your today’s trip. Continue to explore the Mutianyu Great Wall, a less frequented part of China’s 1,400-year-old iconic landmark located approximately 70 kilometres from Beijing. Take a pleasant and comfortable round-trip cable car transfer over the picturesque scenery, then walk the wall to take in the Ming dynasty guard towers and sensational views. On return to the city in the afternoon, exploration continues with a visit to the Confucius Temple and Imperial College Museum. Stroll through Wudaoying Hutong and experience local life as you wander through quaint shops, enjoy a coffee, and gain an insider’s view of a real Beijing community.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Beijing - Xi'an(High Speed Train)

Start today with a visit to the remarkable Temple of Heaven, where emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties performed ceremonies and rituals to pray for good harvests and blessings for the country. Transfer to the Beijing West railway station and be checked in by your guide to travel by high speed rail train to Xian. Approximately a five hour trip, travelling at 300 kilometres per hour, you can relax and absorb the diverse landscape along the way. On arrival at the Xian North Station, your local tour guide will meet and escort you to your inner city four or five star hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Xi'an

Today’s tour highlight is the world-renowned Terracotta Army. Recognized as the largest underground military base in the world, take in this extraordinary archeological discovery, which houses thousands of unique life-sized figures. Return to the city and explore Xian’s ancient City Wall, currently the largest and best-preserved wall of its type in China. Enclosing China’s former capital city and almost 14 kilometres long, enjoy your free time by exploring on foot or bicycle. For a change of pace, take in the quiet of Xian’s Great Mosque, located in the middle of the city’s old block. Built mid seventh century, the Great Mosque is the oldest and largest Islamic mosque in China. Mix with locals and find food of every flavor in Muslim Street, which is bustling with authentic eateries and travel souvenirs. Today’s final destination is Xian’s famous Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square. Return to your hotel for a relaxed evening or book a dinner, show, or both for an evening of entertainment.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Xi'an - Chengdu (High Speed Train)

After breakfast and check out from your hotel, the tour guide will take you to Shaanxi History Museum where you’ll discover over 370,000 relics of Chinese history. Take in the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of two iconic Buddhist pagodas in Xian. There may be an opportunity to explore the top of the pagoda and look out over Xian’s 1,400 years of history, before enjoying a contemplative walk through the temple and gardens. Following on from the morning’s activities, you’ll be driven to the railway station for your bullet train to Chengdu. On arrival in Chengdu, your local guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel, providing a brief introduction to Chengdu on the way.

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: Your tour guide may alter your itinerary as the Shaanxi History Museum is closed on Mondays.

Day 7 - Chengdu

Today, you will work as a panda volunteer when you visit the Dunjiangyan Panda Base. In your role, you will clean the indoor and outdoor enclosure, prepare food and feed pandas. Panda keepers will supervise your activities, with translation provided by your guide. A certificate will be provided as a memento from this very special day. At the conclusion of today’s excursion, you will be returned to your Chengdu Hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

1. Panda Keeper Program has an age restriction from between 5 years to 80 years. For children under five years who are accompanied by an adult can take the standard panda tour in panda base, but due to restrictions they are not able to be a panda volunteer.

2. As a maximum of 30 keepers are allowed each day, it is advisable that you book the program at least two weeks before departure. You will appreciate that sometimes adjustments may be made to the program due to pandas’ health condition. Accurate information about the program will be provided to you by our travel as soon as we are advised.

3. Each volunteer panda keep applicant must provide a Physical Examination Record prior to commencement of the day’s activities.

4. Panda keepers are strongly advised to be guided by their supervisors and should approach the animals with extreme caution and only under supervision. Though pandas look gentle, they are animals and their behaviour can be unpredictable.

5. Panda keepers are not allowed to clean enclosures for panda mothers and babies but can help supervisors.

Day 8 - Chengdu-Guilin (Flight)

After breakfast, this morning, you’ll be accompanied by your guide to Chengdu Airport for the flight to Guilin. On arrival in Guilin, you’ll be met by your local guide and start your tour at Elephant Trunk Hill, the most recognizable landmark in Guilin for its some resemblance to an elephant standing in the water. Move on to the beautifully eerie Reed Flute Cave, featuring a walk through unusual stalactite formations. Follow these local sights with a visit to Seven Star Park, after which you will be driven to your hotel and have free time to enjoy the rest of the day.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Guilin – Yangshuo

This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to Mopanshan Pier to embark on your Li River Cruise. On arrival, appreciate the slower pace and country feel of this small rural town. Enjoy a free night and dine with the locals.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Note: Although lunch is included in the Li River cruise ticket, your local guide can help you arrange an alternative before boarding the boat.

Day 10 - Yangshuo – Guilin – Shanghai

After breakfast, you will be driven back to the airport in Guilin to board your flight to Shanghai. On arrival, you will be picked up and escorted to the hotel by your local guide. The rest of the day is free for you to explore and relax.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 - Shanghai

Commence your tour of Shanghai with a visit to the Shanghai Museum, a massive museum housing over 140,000 artifacts, presenting the full history and culture of this cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a walk along The Bund, iconic and prestigious, one of the most well preserved demonstrations of the glamour of old Shanghai. Walk Nanjing Road, the busiest shopping precinct in China. Change tempo and visit Yuyuan Garden, where you can marvel at the artistically designed traditional Chinese gardens; then stroll around the nearby Chenghuangmiao bazaars and make a worthwhile detour and visit the Shikumen Museum in New Spot (XinTianDi) for a true taste of old world Shanghai. Make the most of your afternoon by wandering the quiet streets of Dongping Road or Sinan Road in the Former French Concession, where you will find the essence of classic Shanghai.

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: As the Shanghai Museum is closed to public on Mondays, a visit to the Shanghai History Museum is arranged as an alternative.

Day 12 - Depart from Shanghai

Your tour guide will collect you at the hotel and drive you to the airport for your flight home.

For small group tour travelers, a transfer service from your hotel to Hongqiao or Pudong Airport can be arranged on request.

Meals included: Breakfast

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