A Muslim-friendly 16-day self-guided China tour package combines Chinese culture, scenery, and Islamic sites. Travel to China' golden triangle – the capital Beijing, historical Xi'an, and vibrant Shanghai. During the trip, all the major tourist attractions in China will be covered, including the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Army, Great Mosque, and the Bund. You'll also watch cuddly giant pandas in Chengdu, explore the hilly landscape of the Mountain City Chongqing, and delve into the picturesque karst scenery of Guilin and Yangshuo.

Best for: First timers, Self-guided & budget visitors, Muslim travelers

Duration: 16 days & 15 nights

Destinations: Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - Chongqing - Guilin/Yangshuo - Shanghai

Travel Type: Private tour - FlexibleFree to customize

The tour cost starts from US$1590!

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After landing at the airport of Beijing, follow the instructions of ETC’s travel handbook to take public transportation to the hotel and have a good rest. The hotel is located near the local Muslim community. If time permits, you can have a stroll at Niujie Muslim quarter and visit the oldest mosque in this city – Niujie Mosque.

Beijing Niujie Mosque

At 8:45-9:00am, you are supposed to take the subway to get to the gathering point, and join a group (departing at 10:00am) escorted by an English speaking guide to Mutianyu Great Wall. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, this section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. Around 18:30 you will be transferred back to the gathering point. If you can get up early, another departure starts at 08:00am.

Meal: B

In the morning, the local guide will meet you at the lobby of hotel, then you will go and visit the city by subway, public bus, or even Didi (Chinese Uber/Grab).In the morning, you will visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Home to 24 emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasty for nearly 500 years, the Forbidden City is world’s largest wooden architecture complex in a red and golden color, symbolizing the dignity, power and grandeur of royal sovereign. It is also a treasure trove of China’s numerous cultural relics.

In the afternoon, pay a visit to Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation. Today, you will see many retired people are doing exercises or pass time here in the park. 

Later, visit Hongqiao Street near Temple of Heaven (Pearl Market), a well-known market for selling pearls, silk, clothes, handbags, and electronics, etc.

Meal: B

Forbidden City of Beijing

Free time for your own exploration. You may go to Xidan to explore the shopping malls there. Then come back to the hotel and pick up your luggage. Take subway to Beijing West Train Station. 

After arrival in Xian, follow the guidance of ETC’s travel handbook to take public transportation to the hotel, which is located near the local Muslim community.

Meal: B

The guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby. Then transfer to take subway to the closest station to the Terra-cotta Warriors & Horses Museum. Then take a public bus to the entrance of the museum. It is one of the most significant archaeological finds in the world. This 16,300-square-meter excavation reveals more than 7,000 life-size terracotta figures of warriors and horses arranged in battle formations. Then go back to Xian and visit the Great Mosque and stroll at the Muslim street. 

Meal: B

Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

Free morning for your own exploration in Xian. You may go to see Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Old City Wall. Your own arrangement to Xian Train Station to board overnight train to Shanghai at soft sleeper class. In the afternoon, your own arrangement to Xian North Train Station to board bullet train to Chengdu. After arrival at Chengdu East Train Station. Follow the ETC’s travel instruction to take the subway to your hotel in the city center. 

Meal: B

In the morning, around 7-8am, the English-speaking guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby, and transfer to visit Chengdu Research Center of Giant Panda Breeding. Later, drive to Leshan, and have a lunch break (lunch not included). Visit the 71-meter-high Giant Buddha on foot, which was carved 1250+ years ago (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site). Drive back to Chengdu city and drop you off at Tianfu Square, follow our instruction to go back to the hotel.

Meal: B

Giant Pandas at Chengdu Panda Base

In the morning, your private English speaking guide will take you to visit People’s Park, Jinli Old Street, and Wenshu Yuan Monastery via public transportation. Then go back to the hotel to pick up the luggage to go to the Chengdu East Station to head for Chongqing. The guide will bid farewell to you at the train station. After arriving in Chongqing, follow the ETC’s travel instruction to take subway to your hotel at city downtown. 

Meal: B

In the morning, your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and take you to visit some interesting sites of Chongqing via subway, light rail, or other public transportation. You can visit Erling Park, the longest escalator in Mainland China – Crown Grand Escalator, Liziba, Kuixing Building, etc. to see the life of Chonqging. At night, you can walk to see the impressive architectural style of Hongyadong. 

 Meal: B

Chongqing Eling Park

In the morning, head for Chongqing West Station via subway to take bullet train to Guilin after hotel checkout. After arrival, take the public bus to the city center according to ETC’s travel instructions. Then you can choose to walk to the hotel at downtown. 

In the later afternoon, you can walk from the hotel to visit the Banyan Lake (Ronghu Lake), Fir Lake (Shanhu Lake) and Sun& Moon Towers. Now far away from your hotel, you can find some Muslim restaurants. 

Meal: B

In the morning, an English speaking driver/guide will pick you up at the hotel and transfer to take the Li River cruise. After disembark the boat, you can walk to your hotel with your luggage. 

Meal: B

Guilin Li River Karst Landscape

Free day for your own exploration. You can rent a bike to explore the beautiful countryside of Yangsho. 

Meal: B

In the afternoon, a local drive will pick you up at the hotel lobby, and transfer to Guilin North Station to head for Shanghai.

Meal: B

Arrival at Shanghai South Station, follow the ETC’s travel instruction to take public transportation to the hotel. Free time for your own exploration. Your hotel is located close to a local mosque, so it is quite easy for you to find a place to eat at a Muslim restaurant. 

Meal: B

Have a city excursion with your private guide. You will utilize the extensive subway system and other public transportation to see the highlights of the city: Pudong CBD, the Bund, Yu Garden and People’s Park. The guide will bid farewell to you at Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street (the world's longest shopping district, 5.5km long). It is probably the world's busiest shopping streets, along with Fifth Avenue (USA), Oxford Street (UK), Takeshita Street (Japan) and the Champs-Élysées (France).

Meal: B

Historic Buildings on the Bund in Shanghai

Follow the guidance of ETC’s Travel Handbook to take subway to Pudong International Airport and fly home. 

Meal: B

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What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suite Your Preference

    In each place, we hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our China tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

  • Internal Transportation

    Based on your needs, we could make bookings of internal transportation, including domestic flights, inter-city trains, long-distance bus, etc.

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