The majestic China is an epitome of South East Asia. Known best for the Great Wall and for its unique cuisine, China is a must-go-to destination that offers you luxury and incredibly beautiful natural beauty all in one. The China Highlights tour is a one in a million opportunity to explore the hidden land of Terracotta Warriors and the Temple of Heaven. While the urbanization and globalization have taken its toll over China, it has still managed to maintain its artifacts and antiquity.

Explore the Forbidden City of Beijing and move on to experience the culture and traditions prominently visible in Xian. Explore museums and temples in Xian and cruise around the Yangshuo River. Explore classic gardens, buildings and museums in Shanghai and explore the mystique of the Zhujiajiao Water Village.

Visit the collapsing sections of the Great Wall, sublime Buddhist locations, mountains dotted with temples, ancient desert forts and water towns in China with the China Highlights tour for the website. Get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and embark on a luxurious experience to obtain a perfect taste of China and to experience the delectable cuisine of this mystical country.


  • Day Arrival in Beijing

    Arrival in the capital of the beautiful country of China marks the beginning of the incredible journey. Beijing constantly races towards the future but is linked to its glorious past in ways fewer people can imagine. It is a complex, compelling and beautiful city and is home to imperial delights, heavenly food items, architectural beauty, and artistry. We will be picked from the airport and dropped to our hotel, where we can spend the rest of the day sampling the delectable Chinese cuisine. Afternoon free for leisure.

    • Meals not included
    • Overnight at hotel in Beijing
  • Day Sightseeing in Beijing

    Time to explore what China is most famous for, the Great Wall of China. Beijing is a dazzling array of food items and it perfectly reflects how joyfully Chinese eat their food. There are also few places on earth which can match the panorama of imperial delights that Beijing has to offer. Known as the Forbidden City, the royalty of Beijing is unparalleled to any. Sublime temples, innovative modern buildings and the cultural beauty of Bejingare even more highlighted by the presence of the Great Wall of China.

    We start off the sightseeing tour by visiting the Ming Tombs. The Ming Tombs are a collection of mausoleums built by the Ming dynasty emperors and they are thirteen in number. The Ming Tombs are designated to be the components of the World Heritage Site. Explore the Ming Tombs and move to the Jade Carving Center next. The Jade carving center in Beijing is the largest carving center there and is home to several pieces of perfection carved in Jade. After this, we will explore the fascinating Great Wall of China.

    The Great Wall of China is an exemplary piece of achievement when it comes to engineering in China. It is a must-see sight that transcends down from the Liaoning to the Gobi desert and finally ends in Xinjiang. It has been wrongly interpreted that the wall is one continuous piece of architecture. It actually exists in chunks of natural defenses through the above-mentioned regions. We access the great wall through Badaling, which is the most visited chunk of the wall. It has been estimated that about 130 million tourists have visited Badaling on a yearly basis. After witnessing the spectacle, we embark on shopping around the traditional Royal Silk Center.

    • Breakfast & lunch included
    • Overnight at hotel in Beijing
  • Day Sightseeing in Beijing

    Yet another day to explore the beauty and the diversity of the Forbidden City of China. Explore the Temple of Heaven followed by a tour of the exotic looking Summer Palace. You can also boat around the Kun Ming Lake in order to receive your built up stress and explore more of the depths of China.

    We start off the day by sightseeing around the tranquil oasis of sublime peace, the Temple of Heaven. True to its name the temples is situated amongst the busiest landscapes of China but is still unique and peaceful in its own way. It was originally a stage and is strictly an altar rather than a temple. The architecture of the temple is worth noting.

    We move on to visit the Summer Palace next. The Summer Palace is as mandatory a sight in Beijing as the Great Wall is. It was built for the emperors of the time, in order to flee the hot summer of the imperial city. The marvelous design of the palace, amalgamated with hilltop views and the presence of the huge lake, make the ambiance of the place something different than you have ever visited. The park of the palace comprises of three-quarters of the glittering Kunming Lake while the principal structure is a Hall of Benevolence and Longevity. The elegance of woodwork and the plethora of paintings take you back to medieval times. Interested ones can even take part on a boating trip of the Kunming Lake.

    • Breakfast & lunch included
    • Overnight at hotel in Beijing
  • Day Fly from Beijing to Xian

    Transfer into the Beijing International Airport and fly to Xian. Xian is the capital of the Shaanxi is a melting pot of cultures and is home to poets, monks, emperors, and warriors. The roaring modern city encapsulates the glory days of the bygone days. Even the most amateur historian is set to be delighted with the facts and historical pieces of architecture found here. Rest of the day free for relaxation or for sampling the exquisite Chinese cuisine.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight hotel in Xian
  • Day Sightseeing around Xian

    Xian is home to a part of history that has been erased in the 10th century but stills cries out from the past in form of this incredible city. We embark on a sightseeing tour around this medieval city, in order to get a sneak peek into its royal past.

    We start the day by exploring the Terra-Cotta Warriors. This is the most premier sight of Xian and is known for being one of the famous archaeological discoveries in the world. it was discovered in an underground vault on 1974. The Terra-Cotta warriors have silently withstood the passage of time, and it is incredible to note that no two warriors have the same face. There are a number of pits to explore, and the extraordinary sight is made even more so, with the presence of bronze chariots and horses. You can even get your own warrior statue.

    We visit the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor next. It was constructed over 38 years and is a tall tomb mound sculpted as a pyramid. The main tomb chamber comprises of burial artifacts but the tomb itself has not been excavated. We end the day finally, by paying homage to the Banpo Museum. The museum is home to the artifacts obtained from the archaeological destination of Banpo. It gives access to excavated buildings and has several reconstructed houses, giving a peak to the Neolithic settlement and its way of architecture.

    • Breakfast & lunch included
    • Overnight at hotel in Xian
  • Day Sightseeing around Xian

    Yet another day to explore the highlights of the ancient Xian City. The first destination for today is the Big Goose Pagoda. It is a famous landmark in Xian. It is a perfect example of a Tang-style pagoda and dates back to 652 AD. The pagoda is surrounded by the Da Cien Temple, one of the largest temples of Tang dynasty.

    our next destination is the Shaanxi History Museum. It is located northwest to the Goose Pagoda and is one of the first museums with modern facilities in China. There are over 370,000 items including paintings, coins, murals, objects of gold and silver etc. in the museum. The architectural style of the Tang Dynasty has been utilized in order to build this temple.

    We will also pay a visit to the Xian Ancient City Wall. The imposing structures were built around the Ming dynasty and the walls are surrounded by a dry moat. I am possible to walk on the walls in their entirety, as most sections have been restored or rebuilt to its current magnificence.

    We end the day by visiting the Muslim Street. It is one of the best food streets in China, with interesting roads offering a collection of several other streets. The profound Muslim atmosphere has made the street extremely famous. It is a haven for meat lovers and offers delectable eateries of several kinds.

    • Breakfast & lunch included
    • Overnight at hotel in Xian
  • Day Fly from Xian to Guilin

    Spend some time in Xian, before transferring into the Xian International Airport and flying to the Guilin International Airport. Guilin is considered to be one of the first cities in China to develop tourism. It is naturally endowed and is a perfect location to explore the clean and modern ambiance of this city. There are a number of architecturally interesting sights to visit in Guilin. It is one of China’s most popular destinations and is renowned for its natural scenery and karst topography.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Guilin
  • Day River cruise

    Drive to the MoPanShan Pier cruise for four hours to explore the views of the picturesque mountain made of lime, water buffalos bathing in the sides of the river, cows on the riverbank and people going about their daily lives. We start off by moving downstream on a tourist boat and witnessing vires of the crowded towering peaks on the way. The views of the waterfalls over forests of rocks and sprays of water etc. makes this cruise something worthwhile to remember for a long time to come.

    The cruise starts with the Mopanshan Pier and offers unparalleled views of surrounding regions and the hospitality of locals. The major highlights of this cruise include the Crown Cave, the Avalokitesvara peak, nine horses painted hill and the reflection on the yellow cloth bund. Follow the cruise by the exploration of West Street. The West Street offers a combination of ancient Chinese and Western elements and is a perfect location to stroll around, have dinner or buy souvenirs for loved ones back home.

    • Breakfast & lunch included
    • Overnight at hotel in Guilin
  • Day Fly from Guilin to Shanghai

    Visit the Reed Flute Caves with the clear water of origins before moving on to the Elephant Trunk Hill. The Reed Flute Cave is a landmark in Guilin which is known for being a limestone cave with multicolored lighting. It has been one of the most interesting attractions of this city for more than 1200 years and is certainly set to be so for a long time to come. Its name was obtained from the reed growing outside, which can be used to make flutes. Artificial lightning now adorns the cave, giving it an eerie yet mystical feel.

    We visit the Elephant Trunk Hill before moving to Shanghai. The Elephant Trunk Hill is yet another landmark of Guilin known to be the symbol of the city. The hill looks like an elephant drinking water hence its name. It is situated at the confluence of the Lijiang River and the Taohua River. Fly from the Guilin International Airport to Shanghai International Airport and spend the rest of the evening by breathing in the ambiance of the nightlife in Shanghai.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Shanghai
  • Day Sightseeing around Shanghai

    Shanghai is an epitome of history, glamour and exotic beauty. It has the second tallest tower and other neck craning pieces of architecture, and the sublime Buddhist temples contrasting with these structures. The cuisine of Shanghai is even more famous, with food being the hub of its people. Shopping around Shanghai is an almost religious experience with the creativity of Shanghai adding an extra zest to this beautiful city.

    Explore locations like the Shanghai Old Downtown, Chinese Class Garden, The Bund, and for some shopping at the Fresh Water Pearl Shop and the People Square. Also, explore the Shanghai Museum and have dinner at the French Concession.

    The Shanghai Old Downtown is the original core of the city with temples and bazaar. To get some idea of speaking Chinese, you can visit the Chinese Class Garden before moving on to visit The Bund.

    The Bund is a Wall Street of Shanghai where fortunes are made and lost in feverish trading. It comprises of trading house and banks adorning the entire region with neoclassical buildings. Exclusive boutiques, restaurants etc. are found in abundance. Stroll and watch in awe at the sky high skyscrapers that adorn the area.  We can also do some shopping at the Pearl Shop before visiting the Shanghai Museum

    The Shanghai Natural History Museum is a comprehensive and informative museum with a striking design, life-size creatures, marine animals and several animal exhibits. Dinosaur fossils are attractive features of the museum and the exterior of the intricately made building severs the purpose of giving the museum an, even more, spooky feel. We will end the day with dining experience at the French Concession, the most stylish side of the city. Shopping dining and entertainment are pretty cool in the French Concession.

    • Breakfast & lunch included
    • Overnight at hotel in Shanghai
  • Day Sightseeing around Shanghai

    Yet another day to explore the Zhujiajiao Water Village situated an hour drive away from Shanghai. Do some shopping at the Silk Museum and embark on a beautiful luxury cruise tour at Shanghai at night.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Shanghai
  • Day Departure

    China truly deposits itself as a melting pot, infusing the old with the new. With neck craning skyscrapers and sublime monasteries, China is truly a country of contrasts in its truest form. After experiencing the serenity and the culture of China, and its incredible man-made creations, it is finally time to bid goodbye to this mystical nation, only with a promise to return back for more.  Bid goodbye to this beautiful country with hearts fluttering over the experiences of the past days.

    • Breakfast included

Trip Info

  • Accommodation & meals

    • Pre and post tour accommodation at three star hotel in Beijing & Shanghai.        
    • 11-night accommodation in the 4-Star hotels on twin sharing basis.
    • 11 Breakfast & 6 lunch included during the trip as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Round-trip airport/hotel transfer service on a private basis
    • All domestic air ticket - Economy class (PEK/XIY/KWL/PVG)
    • One English speaking tour leader or guide depending on the group size
    • Admission fees to sites listed in the itinerary
    • First Aid Kit
    • All Govt. taxes including service charges


    • Emergency evacuation fee
    • International airfare
    • Personal Insurance
    • Personal expenses (Alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc)
    • Meals not specified in the itinerary
    • Visa fee
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Gratuities (optional, not required)
    • Exceed luggage fee for Domestic flight
  • Transportation

    All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle

  • Visa & documentation

    All travelers must have at least 6 months valid passport from return schedule date to travel overseas.

    A Visa required traveling in China.

    US and Canada Citizen require valid passport and Visa to enter the country.
    The tourists Visa allow staying up to 90 day from issuing date.

    (Require documents to apply the China Tourist Visa)
    -Visa Application form (Click here for application)

    -Original Signed US or Canada passport
    -Copy of passport
    -Copy of birth certificate (For under 12 yrs old travelers)
    -One Passport picture 2x2 (Color picture only)
    -Proof of status: Legal status evidence as original document such as US Visa,1-20,H1B approval notice and Green card.
    -Copy of driver license

    *If you would like to apply China Visa please click the link:
    For US Citizen:
    For Canada Citizen:

  • Cancellation & Changes

    There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.

    Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.


    Cancellation fees rules:

    These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:

    1. If we are informed by our clients at least 43 days before the travel date then the full deposit amount will be refunded after deducting 4% bank surcharge on total deposit amount.
    2. If we are informed by our clients 6 weeks before the travel date then we can refund complete deposit by just deducting $195 per person.
    3. If cancellation is done between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date then we can refund your deposit after deducting $395 per person. This is because we will have to pay to the hotels, guides and other personals involved to make this trip possible to recover their financial plans.
    4. If we are not informed between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date there will be no refund as there are many other workers and organizations that needs to be paid by us for planning your trip. Losing you as a customer means losing their employment opportunity which will harm involved worker’s financial status.

    So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.

  • Payments & Deposits

    Makalu Travels offers easy & reliable online payment through credit/debit card, & Paypal. All online payments are processed through the our highly secured online payment partner Please kinldy be informed that all online payments are subject to additional 4% bank surcharge & processing fee. 

    If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.

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