15-day Flexible China

Shanghai – Beijing – Xian – Guilin – Hong Kong

Flexible China tour for independent travellers!

You probably have thought about visiting China for a long time, but as an independent-minded traveler you are reluctant to join a tour group while finding it too daunting to plan everything on your own. We have a solution for you. It is a package that gives you much flexibility while ensuring that you won’t have to run into any logistic headache. We include hotel accommodations, inter-city transportation, all but one of the transfers, and a fully guided day tour in some of the cities to places that are hard to arrange on your own such as the Great Wall and the Terracotta Army Museum. Everything else would be left to yourself. Because the itinerary is not as comprehensive as our regular tours, it costs much less. This itinerary should be an ideal choice for independent travellers as well as families with young children.flexible china for independent travellers

Important Features

  • Centrally located luxury hotels.
  • Inter-city travel by high speed train except for one city pair (Xi’an/Guilin).
  • All but one transfers between airport/train station and hotel.
  • Grand buffet breakfast every day.
  • Day tours when included with expert guide handpicked by company owners.
  • Tips for local guides and drivers included where applicable.
  • No annoying forced shopping stops during included day tours.
  • Unlimited supply of bottled water during group activities.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in all hotels.
  • Day trip to the Great Wall included.
  • Day trip to the Terracotta Army Museum included.

Meal Code: B = breakfast / L = lunch / D = dinner

Dates, Prices and Hotel List

Day 1/Mon: Departing for Shanghai

Depart from a city of your choice and lose a day upon crossing the International Date Line.

Day 2/Tue: Arrival in Shanghai

Meet the driver on arrival for transfer to the hotel. You’ll have the balance of the day at leisure.

Day 3/Wed: Shanghai (B)

Our recommended to-do list include Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund, Yu Garden and the ritzy financial district of Lujiazui.flexible china for independent travel

If you join us on a fully guided day tour including all of the above plus gourmet lunch and dinner, the cost would be US$125 per person subject to space availability.

Day 4/Thu: Shanghai (B)

Another day to explore on your own. We recommend Shanghai Museum and the Urban Planning Exhibition Center nearby. For night activity, you may consider the night cruise on the Huangpu River, a key highlight according to our customers.

Day 5/Fri: Shanghai – Beijing (B)

After breakfast we transfer to the train station to ride the bullet train (350km/h) to Beijing arriving in less than 4 hours. Meet your guide on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Day 6/Sat: Beijing (B)

Spend the day exploring China’s capital on your own.

We recommend the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square and Temple of Heaven.

If you join us on a fully guided day tour including all of the above plus lunch and dinner (dinner featuring famous Peking roast duck), the cost would be US$150 per person subject to space availability.

flexible China tour for independent travellers

Day 7/Sun: Beijing (B/L)

Your included full-day excursion to the Great Wall at Mutianyu comes with lunch.

Located 75km northeast of Beijing and zigzagging over 6,000 kilometres from east to west along undulating mountains, the Great Wall was built to hold off tribal invaders from the north. As history shows, the Wall failed the Chinese rulers miserably, especially in the case of Kublai Khan whose cavalrymen swept across China from the Mongolian steppe, thus the beginning of the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368).

Construction of the earliest sections of the Wall started in the 7th century B.C. A major renovation started with the founding of the Ming Dynasty in 1368 and took 200 years to complete. The wall we see today in Beijing is almost exactly the result of this effort.

Day 8/Mon: Beijing – Xi’an (B)

Enjoy some free time before transfer to the train station. The high-speed train to Xi’an (#G87, 14:00/18:23) journeys through fertile farmland dotted with villages provides the visitor an excellent way to enjoy the beautiful countryside. Meet the guide on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

flexible China tour for independent travellers

Day 9/Tue: Xian (B/L)

Your tour price includes the excursion to the world famous Terracotta Museum plus delicious hot lunch.

Morning visit to the Terracotta Army. Built on the excavation site, the museum is located 30km east of the city. Designed to follow the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) into eternity, the Terracotta Army represents one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century.

Day 10/Wed: Xian – Guilin (B)

Free morning to explore on your own. We recommend Shaanxi Provincial Museum and the traditional Muslim quarter where the ancient mosque is located. The souvenir and food markets outside the mosque never fail to delight the visitor.

We fly to Guilin (2 hours) in the afternoon or evening depending on flight availability.flexible China tour for independent travellers

Day 11/Thu: Guilin (B)

Free day to explore on your own. We recommend the Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park and Fubo Hill.

The day cruise on Li River with lunch conducted by an expert guide costs US$150 subject to availability. The 83km stretch of the river between Guilin and Yangshuo affords breathtaking scenery as the river snakes through tall karst mountains, gigantic bamboo sprays, and picturesque villages — sights that have inspired countless poets and painters for generations.

Day 12/Fri: Guilin – Hong Kong (B)

After breakfast we depart for Hong Kong by high-speed train (3 hours).

flexible China tour for independent travellers

If you wish to join us on the half-day tour including lunch and dinner, the cost would be US$190 per person subject to availability. The guided tour includes ferry ride across Victoria Harbour from Kowloon to Central district, Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Stanley Market.

Day 13/Sat: Hong Kong (B)

Free day to explore on your own. We recommend a day trip to Macau. Feel free to ask hotel concierge for advice. If you took part in the half-day guided tour the day before, you might want to pick the brain of local guide on this.

Day 14/Sun: Hong Kong (B)

Another day to explore on your own. Today is a good time for souvenir shopping and relaxing.

Day 15/Mon: Returning Home (B)

Transfer to the airport on your own for return flight. Taxi to the airport costs about US$35 and is recommended for couples and families. The alternative is using the hotel’s free shuttle to get to the Airport Express Train Station in Tsim Sha Tsui and then ride the dedicated train to the airport (HK$90, US$12). The train departs every 10 minutes between 6:00 AM and midnight, reaching the airport in 21 minutes.

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flexible China tour for independent travellers

City Nights Hotel Category
Shanghai 3 Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou or similar luxury
Beijing 3 Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng or similar luxury
Xian 2 Sheraton Xian North City luxury
Guilin 2 Sheraton Guilin luxury
Hong Kong 3 Harbour Grand Kowloon luxury
  • Price based on double occupancy. Payment by cheque or cash only.
  • Credit card not accepted except for deposit. See Terms & Conditions for details.
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Dates and Prices

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Departures Return Land Only*
Single Supplement
Every Monday Monday $3250/$2500+ $1740/$1290

* Land Only price excludes international airfare.

What the tour price includes:

  • Hotel accommodations.
  • Economy class air Xi’an to Guilin.
  • 2nd class seat on high speed train wherever applicable.
  • Local transfers as specified.
  • Daily meals as specified.
  • Guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary.
  • English-speaking guides where applicable.
  • Tips for all local guides and drivers.
What the tour price excludes:

  • International airfare.
  • Passport and visa charges.

See Terms & Conditions for more information.