South China Gateway

CET-05: 12 Days Hong Kong - Guilin - Xi'an - Beijing Tour

Discover the essence of China as you start from the gateway city of Hong Kong, travel all the way to the north. Explore the metropolis of Hong Kong, natural countryside of Guilin, ancient city of Xi'an and capital city of Beijing. You are going to experience the hospitality of Chinese people, picturesque Karst formations, delicious food, rich culture and history.

CET Advantages:

  • One free day in Hong Kong to explore the metropolis.
  • Talk to the minority people in a local village.
  • Learn how to cook Chinese food.
  • Jump onto a bicycle on the ancient city wall.
  • Admire the 7,000 Terracotta Warriors.
  • Hike on an unrestored section of the Wall.
Price from: USD2088 per person

Full Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival, Welcome to China

Nihao, Welcome to China! Your tour guide will meet you at the arrival hall of Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). The guide will be holding a sign with your name it. Transfer to your centrally located hotel, check-in and relax.

Day 02:Hong Kong, More Than Just a Stopover (B,L)

Hong Kong is not only for shopping. We selected the natural and cultural sites which give you an insight into this metropolis. Your first stop is Victoria Peak, which is the highest peak in Hong Kong. The next stop is the “Golden Beach” in Hong Kong, Repulse Bay. It is the most representative bay of Hong Kong. Shaped as a crescent, the bay stretches a long way. The next experience for you is in the fishermen’s living area - Aberdeen.

In the afternoon, transfer to Wong Tai Sin Temple, the largest and most impressive temple in Kowloon. Then visit Kowloon Walled City Park, which follows the style of Suzhou gardens. After visiting Nan Lian Garden, choose a place among Jade Market, Bird Garden and Avenue of Stars to visit.

Victoria Peak Victoria Peak

Day 03:Hong Kong, A Whoo… Let's go shopping (B)

Hong Kong is a Shopping Paradise. You can find both small markets and huge malls. You’ve got a free day to shop around or explore the city on your own. Here are some shopping areas which are highly recommended by us: Stanley Market (Flea & Street Markets), Mongkok (Neighborhoods), Cat Street Market (Specialty & Gift Shops), Temple Street (Night Market) and Hong Kong ifc mall (Shopping Malls and Architectural Buildings).

Furthermore, you can take a ferry to Macau and try your luck in the casinos.

hong kong shopping Hong Kong Shopping Street

Day 04: Hong Kong to Guilin, Explore the Cave (B,L)

Your tour guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer to the airport in Hong Kong based on your flight schedule. Board your flight and meet your Guilin tour guide in Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) after 1 hour and 30 minutes’ flying. Pay a visit to the Reed Flute Cave. It’s a classic Karst Formation cave where you can find hundreds of stalactites and stalagmites. With the help of lots of colorful lights, it’s like a fairy tale world that you have never seen before.

Drive back to your hotel and relax after check-in.

Reed Flute Cave Reed Flute Cave

Day 05: Guilin, Longji Terraced Fields and Minority People (B,L)

Today’s drive is a little bit long. This morning it will take you about 2.5 hours from Guilin to Longji Pingan Village. It takes about 30 minutes to drive the uphill stretches from the parking lot to the mountain top. Enjoy the view of terraced fields along the way. After you get to the top, you can have a bird’s eye view of the minority village and thousands of terraced fields. Have your lunch in a local restaurant and visit the Minority Village in the afternoon. Talk to the minority people and try to get some information about their village life.

Longji Pingan Village Longji Rice Terraces

Day 06: Guilin to Yangshuo, Li River Cruise and Biking (B,L)

After breakfast, your tour guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer to Zhujiang Wharf. The drive takes about 40 minutes. Board your ship and relax. Your private tour guide will board with you while the driver will transfer your luggage to Yangshuo by car.

The Li River Cruise takes about 4 hours from Guilin to Yangshuo. As the mother river of Guilin, Li River is the reason people travel to Guilin. The Karst Mountain shapes are quite special beside the river, and with the clouds conjure up a fantastic world. Locals are washing their clothes and fishermen stay with their cormorants. You may have never seen such a fantastic view. That's the image of nature in an old China story.

Walk a short distance to your hotel in Yangshuo and jump onto a bicycle to explore the countryside afterwards. The biking tour is a little bit off-the-beaten-path, see the solitary karst mountains besides the Yulong River and pay a visit to some local people’s house. The host is more than happy to share his daily life with you.

Li  River Cruise Li River Cruise

Day 07: Guilin to Xi'an, Cookery Class (B,L)

In the morning, go to a local market with the chef, buy food materials to prepare for your Cookery Class. You will be amazed by a real local Chinese market, as you can find almost everything here. Also you can see all the fresh food, the interesting people and bargain with the vendors which is all part of the fun. Back to the cooking school and follow the chef’s guidance to learn how to cook Chinese dishes. You won’t have to order extra dishes for lunch if you are a good student.  

Drive about 2 hours from Yangshuo to Guilin airport to catch your flight to Xi’an. Say goodbye to your Guilin tour guide and meet your local guide at the arrival hall of Xi’an Xianyang International Airport (XIY).

yangshuo cooking class Yangshuo Cooking Class

Day 08: Xi'an, World Wonders and Biking on the City Wall (B,L)

Today is another highlight of your trip to China. We will drive you about 1.5 hours to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. As the most significant archeological excavation of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors was listed by UNESCO in 1987 as one of the world cultural heritage sites. There are more than 7,000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, and even weapons which have been unearthed from these pits. After lunch, drive to the city center and jump onto a bicycle to discover the Ancient City Wall. You can cycle round the 8 miles of the city wall and have a bird’s eye view of the city.

Terracotta Warriors Museum The Terracotta Warriors Museum

Day 9: Xi'an to Beijing, History Museum and Bullet Train Experience (B,L)

Pay a visit to Shaanxi History Museum in the morning. It is the most comprehensive history museum in China, and also has the best collection of the Qin and Tang Dynasty. The highlights include some great examples from the Terracotta Warriors, many Tang ceramic sculptures, the zodiac ducks from the Tang and statues from the Zhongshan Grottoes. Then walk the short distance to see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

After lunch, get the train ticket from your tour guide and board the high speed bullet train from Xi’an to Beijing. The trip takes about 5.5 hours. Meet your Beijing tour guide and driver at the exit of the railway station and transfer to your hotel.

Shaanxi History Museum Shaanxi History Museum

Day 10: Beijing, Great Wall and Tempe of Heaven (B,L)

The Great Wall is a must see for people who travel to China. That's why it is always being quoted that you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall. Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is about 70KM away from Beijing. It will take you  about 1.5 hours to get there. We selected this section, as it’s a less crowded part with beautiful surroundings. You can spend about 3 hours to walk through the 12 watch towers depending on your physical condition.

Have your lunch in a local restaurant near the Great Wall and drive back to the city in the afternoon. Then continue to your last stop, the Temple of Heaven. Walk through the park and admire the great architecture. Talk to the locals and join in their Taiji exercise if you are interested in Chinese Kungfu.

Mutianyu section of the  Great Wall Mutianyu section of the Great Wall

Day 11: Beijing, Forbidden City and Summer Palace (B,L)

Get up in the early morning to see the Flag Raising Ceremony on the Tiananmen Square. Back to the hotel and have your breakfast. In the morning, your tour guide will take you to walk through the Forbidden City. This wonderful piece of history will bring you back to the Ming and Qing Dynasty. By entering the museum, you are going back to 600 years ago and stepping into the home of 24 emperors.

In the afternoon, take a rickshaw to discover the local neighborhoods, or Hutong, in Beijing. The courtyard is the traditional community in northern China. You have a chance to visit some local people’s courtyard and experience their daily life. The last stop is the Summer Palace. You can walk the Long Corridor, go boating on Kunming Lake, cross the seventeen arch bridges, and look at the metal statues of dragons and cranes.

the Forbidden  City The Forbidden City

Day 12:Departure (B)

Meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby and transfer to the airport, based on your flight schedule. It takes about 40 minutes to get to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). Say goodbye to your Beijing tour guide and board your flight leave for home sweet home.

Hotel Options:

  Standard Accommodation Comfortable Accommodation Deluxe Accommodation
HongKong Metropark Hotel Kowloon Harbour Plaza Metropolis Harbour Grand Kowloon
Guilin Hotel Universal Guilin  Guilin Bravo Hotel Sheraton Guilin Hotel 
Yangshuo Aiyuan Hotel Aiyuan Hotel Green Lotus Hotel 
Xi'an Grand New World Hotel  Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an  Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square 
Beijing King Parkview Hotel Beijing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing

What's Included:

  • Flight from Hong Kong to Guilin and Guilin to Xi'an.
  • High speed bullet train from Xi'an to Beijing.
  • 11 nights centrally located hotel accommodation.
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary.
  • Entrance to the attractions.
  • Overland transfer with private driver.
  • Excellent English speaking tour guide (Or other languages as requested).
  • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.


1. Are hotels in China the same as in western countries?

Hotels in China don’t usually match western standards. Five-star hotels are usually well facilitated with a spacious lobby and comfortable rooms. International chain hotels can meet western standards, while local brands may not. Four-star hotels are well-equipped but with not as much luxury as Five-star ones. Hotel staff in Four-star hotels speak limited English. Three-star hotels can usually meet the standard of most westerners, but breakfast is without many choices and hotel staff speak no other language.

2. Do we need another visa to visit Hong Kong?

Visitors from most countries can enter Hong Kong without a visa for periods of 7 to 180 days, depending on nationality. But if you are visiting mainland China, a China visa is essential.

3. Do Chinese hotels/banks accept American Express Traveler's Checks?

Most of the hotels do not accept Traveler's Check, but the Bank of China does. We usually suggest that you’d better take a credit card with you. You can use your credit card in the hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and shopping malls. You also can take your debit card to withdraw cash from the ATMs in China.

4. Can I use Gmail and Facebook in China?

Facebook, YouTube, Google, and Twitter are blocked, and do not work in China without a VPN. You should reset your device’s proxy server settings or acquire VPN software ahead of your trip, then you can surf as you wish in China.

5. Can you provide SIM card or portable WiFi?

We can provide a SIM card with prepaid calls and data volumes and even portable WIFI devices. Alternatively, you can purchase on arrival, e.g. at the service counter at big airports.