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Tour Code: cht-da-4

Departure Date: Daily

Features: Private Tour Guide     Private Car & Driver     Authentic Local Restaurants

Overview

Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian are known as the Golden Triangle as far as destinations in China go. On this 8 day tour, you will see the best sites: the magnificent Great Wall, the imperial Forbidden City complex, the infamous Terracotta Warriors, and amazing contemporary Shanghai.

Highlights

  • Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
  • Shanghai World Financial Center
  • Yuyuan Garden
  • The Bund
  • Xian City Wall with Bicycle
  • The Terracotta Warriors and Horses
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Hutong Tour in Xicheng District
  • The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car)
  • The Forbidden City
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Tiananmen Square

Itinerary

Day 1Shanghai Arrival

Your guide, driver and private car will be at the airport upon your arrival. You will be taken to your hotel, so just sit back and relax. Today is free for you to rest or explore some of the city sights on your own. Your local guide can provide you useful tips.

  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World   |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai   |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 
Day 2Shanghai

After breakfast at your hotel, be ready as we set off to the Bund. Experience this bustling city with your local guide who will give you insight and stories behind the colonial-style buildings.

Nearby is the Yuyuan Garden where you can enjoy the beautiful Chinese landscape built nearly 400 years ago during the Ming Dynasty.

Continue your way around Shanghai by ascending to Floors 94, 97 and 100 of the Shanghai World Financial Center. Get a bird’s eye view of the Shanghai city’s ever-changing skyline. Walk to a local restaurant—Home’s to rest and enjoy lunch.

Your last stop for the day is to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. There you can get a glimpse of the tracks you covered today and have a general idea of Shanghai’s future development. Stop at a local silk workshop to appreciate the authentic and different qualities of silk.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at HOME'S Shanghainese Restaurant(Lunch)
  • Hotels: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World   |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai   |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 
Day 3Shanghai to Xian by Flight No. TBA
Ancient City Wall

Ancient City Wall

This morning, your Shanghai guide will pick you up in the hotel lobby and escort you to the airport for your flight to Xi’an. You will be met and picked up at the Xi’an airport and be taken to a local restaurant for your lunch. Enjoy the variations of Chinese food!

Xi’an’s ancient City Wall is your next stop where you can walk around or cycle along the Wall to capture the beauty of the city. You may get a chance to capture the sun setting across this once ancient capital.

Check out fine jade carvings and lacquer ware in a local fine Imperial Fine Arts center if you have time.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Yue Zhen Xuan Restaurant (Hanguang Branch)
  • Hotels: Hilton Hotel Xian   |  Grand Noble Hotel    |  Xian Skytel Hotel 
Day 4Xian

Today you will visit China’s great archeological discoveries — the Terracotta Warriors and Horses – a must see! An array of many soldiers, horses, weapons in full battle guarding the tomb of China’s first emperor for over 2000 years shocked the world in the 1970’s.

Lunch is arranged at A Wa Restaurant on the way back to Xi’an city center. Big Wild Goose Pagoda is your next stop a prominent landmark of the city.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at A WA Restaurant
  • Hotels: Hilton Hotel Xian   |  Grand Noble Hotel    |  Xian Skytel Hotel 
Day 5Xian to Beijing by Flight No. TBA
Hutong house in Beijing

Hutong house in Beijing

Make your farewell with your Xi’an guide at the airport and fly to Beijing this morning, the capital of China. There your Beijing guide and driver will be waiting for you. Enjoy lunch at Courtyard 7 tucked in the Hutong before you start the rest of the day’s tour.

After the lunch, tour the Hutong to capture the local life of Beijing people. Hutong is the best place to unlock Beijing’s folklore culture. Take a rickshaw or bicycle to travel around with locals, giving you a more local-life experience. Next, visit a local pearl factory to see how pearls are made.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Courtyard 7 Restaurant
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town   |  Sunworld Hotel Beijing   |  King Parkview Hotel Beijing 
Day 6Beijing

Today is the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall of China, ranked#1 of all Beijing attractions on Trip Advisor. This section is also what our customers like most. It is less-crowded and offering magnificent views in all seasons.

Round-way cable cars are included to send you to the section and then taking you back to the foot of the mountain. You have plenty of time to explore more along the Great Wall, giving you opportunities to take photos from many different angles. Then visit a local Cloisonné to see the essence of an ancient Chinese handcraft.

Have lunch at Xinshuangquan Restaurant near the Great Wall in a tranquil surrounding.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town   |  Sunworld Hotel Beijing   |  King Parkview Hotel Beijing 
Day 7Beijing
Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven

After seeing the suburb and local life of Beijing for two days, your third day in Beijing is to look into the life of China’s royal family during the Qing Dynasty. First stroll through Tian’anmen Square and then walk across the street to go into the Forbidden City, unlocking the mysterious life of this family!

Every corner tells of the past of the palace, where your guide will share its mystery and history.

Have your lunch at a local restaurant near the Forbidden City. Then head for the Temple of Heaven to enjoy your echo by the Echo Wall and appreciate the elegant layout of this large park. Go to the temple to see where ancient emperors once worshiped the God of heaven in the past. You can be part of the local’s life, by sitting with them to learn how to play Chinese chess or cards.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Merrylin Rastaurant
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town   |  Sunworld Hotel Beijing   |  King Parkview Hotel Beijing 
Day 8Beijing Departure

Your last day in China, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel and then be transported to the airport for your homebound flight. There your guide and the driver will assist and say farewell.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Price Per Person in US Dollars

We use different hotels for different tour classes while the itinerary is the same. Deluxe Class is usually staying at a 5-star hotel, Superior Class at a 4-star hotel and Tourist Class at a 3-star level hotel. The prices for one person are based on sharing twin hotel rooms with another guest. A supplement is necessary if you want to book single rooms. And the prices may rise during national holidays, such as the National Day (September 30th to October 6th) and Chinese New Year (late January or early February)

$ USD
Dec.1 - Mar.31 Deluxe Superior Tourist Single Room Supplement
1 person -
2-5 persons / /
6-9 persons / /
Apr.1- Nov.31 Deluxe Superior Tourist Single Room Supplement
1 person -
2-5 persons / /
6-9 persons / /

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What's Included & Excluded

What’s included?

  • Entrance fees to attractions Listed above
  • Private tour guide and driver throughout the tour, except on a Yangtze cruise ship
  • Authentic local meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Centrally located hotels with breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Service charge & government taxes
  • Travel insurance

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Excellent Local Guides

All of our tour guides are certificated and experienced. They are local experts with detailed knowledge about attractions, history, culture and more. They know the best places to visit, can give you advice on restaurants that serve great local food, the best places to shop, or theaters for the best shows in town.

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We use the modern air-conditioned luxury cars for families or 2-3 persons and small buses for small groups of 4-7 persons.

We ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well-maintained (not over 4 years) and always very clean. Our drivers are very nice and careful with over 5-year drive experience.

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