Golden Triangle & Yangtze

L-401: 12 Days Private Beijing - Xian - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed car
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Walk into a local family, learn to cook Chinese food & dine with the hosts in their home
  • Savor the majestic beauty of Yangtze Three Gorges & see the amazing Dam Project
  • View the soaring city skylines and feel the pulse of modern Shanghai
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Our guide will greet you outside the customs of the airport after you retrieve your luggage and clear the customs, and then transfer you to the hotel. The remaining time of the day is free for your individual activities. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Temple of Heaven
As our guide pick you up in the hotel lobby, your 12 days guided tour of china starts. In the morning, after a short stay on the world's largest city square, Tiananmen Square, you will visit the famous Forbidden City, namely the Palace Museum, where you will be fascinated by the gorgeous imperial architecture and cultural relics of more than 600 years ago. 

To ensure that you can taste the authentic and diversified Chinese food, we will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local restaurant. That's quite a different experience than having lunch at the cheap tourist eateries as the most are doing now. For our a la carte meals, we will pay at least 3 to 4 times' price higher than that of the tourist food. 

In the afternoon, continue your private visit to the Temple of Heaven, the altar where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worship for gods of heaven. 

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Ming Tomb, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Our clients on the Great Wall
Today you will visit one of the greatest world heritage sites - the Badaling Great Wall. As one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall, Badaling gained its fame for its solidity and strategic importance. When walking on Badaling, you will be impressed by the winding but majestic walls. Lunch is arranged on your own. Our guide will give you some advice upon request.
 
In the afternoon, continue your visit to the Sacred Way and Ming Tomb, where 13 Ming-dynasty emperors and their wives and sons were buried. As the main path to the Tombs, the two sides of the Sacred Way are lined with all shaped statues, both officials of the time and auspicious animals, which served as the guards of the tombs as well as important decorations. On the way back to downtown, you can see the full view of the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). It's the major venue for 2008 Olympic Games.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, Hutong visit, 798 Art Zone. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Terracotta army
Photo by our clients Mr. Frank and Hilde van Diest
This morning, visit the Summer Palace. In this 800-year-old but well-preserved imperial garden, you will be fascinated by the examples of the ancient art, graceful landscapes and magnificent constructions. Then you will have a Hutong tour to experience the original Beijing culture by taking a special rickshaw riding through the various Hutongs and to know about old local manners and customs. Lunch is on your own arrangement. 

In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to the 798 Art Zone. Then continue driving to the airport and you will fly to Xian. Upon your arrival, our local guide will meet you outside the baggage claim area and transfer you to the appointed hotel.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Provincial History Museum. (B)
Local retired people playing Tai-chi in the City Wall Park
In the morning, you will explore the World's Eighth Wonder, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museums. You would be deeply impressed when you find out that all the figures and horses have distinct facial expressions and positions. We do not provide lunch today. You can ask your guide to suggest you some nice restaurants for you to have lunch. 

In the afternoon, you will visit one of the symbols of the city, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It is a 64.5-meter (211 feet) high square cone-shaped tower, which was built 1,300 years ago to house the Buddhist statues, relics and scriptures from India. The next stop will be the Provincial History Museum, to learn about our history of the past 1,000,000 years from the vast storage of cultural relics. 

Meals: American breakfast
Day 6 Xian
City Wall, A local family visit, Home-cooked lunch, Great Mosque, Free time at the Muslim Bazzar. (B+L)
Making dumplings in Xian family visit
Today's schedule will start from the City Wall. If time permits, you can either walk or rent a bicycle to ride around the wall, discovering the history of this ancient capital of 13 dynasties from every brick and tile. Around noon, you will have a local family visit and a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be arranged in the home of the family that you visit, to taste the authentic home cooked dishes. If interested, you may join our Chinese food cooking class and learn to cook one or two dishes with the host for free.

In the afternoon, continue to visit the Great Mosque, which is one of the four most famous Islamic mosques in our country. It perfectly compromises the merits of Chinese and Islamic culture and is said to be the only Islamic mosque in Chinese style in the world.

Meals: American breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Xian - Chongqing
Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Fly to Chongqing, Ciqikou Village. Yangtze River tour begins at 21:30. (B)
Captain's welcome party
In the morning, you will visit Xian Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Xian Museum is composed of three parts, which are Museum, Jianfu Temple and Small Wild Goose Pagoda. In the museum, there are many cultural and historical relics exhibited. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is a famous well-preserved Buddhist pagoda of the Tang Dynasty. The extant pagoda has thirteen stories and it still keeps the primitive features. With delicate appearance, it is reputed to be the exquisite artistic heritage of Buddhist architecture in the Tang Dynasty. Surrounded by tranquil environment, this museum has become a historic garden for leisure activities and cultural appreciation. 

Then you will go to the airport to take a flight to Chongqing. Upon your arrival, our local guide will meet you with a comfortable transfer service. You will have a brief city view to Ciqikou Village. Many of houses in Ciqikou could date from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Then on-board the luxurious ship. As the ship departs from Chongqing at about 21:30, your relaxing tour begins.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 8 Shibaozhai or Fengdu Ghost City
Yangtze River cruise trip. (B+L+D)
After breakfast, the river guide will give you a brief introduction of the cruise and the schedule. Then you will disembark and visit the Ghost City of Fengdu County or Shibaozhai. It is believed that every soul is judged in the Ghost City after death, you can learn a lot about the culture of ghost in China here. There are various statues of ghosts and devils molded in temples of Ghost city, visitors will wonder at the artisanship of ancient craftsman and the unique style of architecture. The Captain's Welcome Party will be held tonight.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Three Little Gorges or Shennong Stream
Yangtze River cruise trip. (B+L+D)
Shennong Stream
The highlight part of your cruise is coming today. You will appreciate the unique scenery of the Three Gorges. As you sail on, there is the famous Three Little Gorges or Shennong Stream on the border between the Qutang Gorge and the Wu Gorge, where you will disembark and take an interesting adventure by motorized ferry. Sitting on the ferry, you will travel along the zigzagging watercourses and enjoy the grotesque rocks and picturesque scenery along the banks, accompanied by the folk songs from the trackers. The adventure will last about 3 to 4 hours. Then sailing into the Xiling Gorge, which is the longest gorge among the three and renowned for the numerous shoals, swift currents and grotesque peaks.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Yichang - Shanghai
Disembark the cruise, Three Gorges Dam. Yichang Museum if time permits. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Today your amazing ship journey will end with an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, which is the major construction of the Three Gorges Project, the world largest irrigation project. Before disembarking, you should pack you luggage and check out the ship. After the excursion, the cruise ship company will transport you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city, where our local guide will meet you. After lunch, visit the Yichang Museum if time permits. Then you will head for Shanghai by flight. Upon your arrival, our local guide will expect you outside the baggage claim area and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, an ancient cultural street. (B+L)
The Bund
Today, your private trip starts with the Shanghai Museum, which houses large collections of historical items. Then you will visit one of the most famous gardens in the Southern part of our country, Yuyuan Garden, which is well known for the delicate buildings, exquisite layout and beautiful landscapes. 

After that you will enjoy your a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) of the authentic Shanghai and Cantonese cuisine at a fancy and famous local restaurant. 

After lunch, your will take a short cruise on Huangpu River. The huge mansions on the east bank of the river and the old western buildings on the west bank will show you the history and the modernness of the city simultaneously. Then you will visit an old street.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 12 Departure from Shanghai
Bid farewell at the airport. Thank you for travelling with us. (B)
Today you will prepare for your homebound flight. Our guide will meet you in the hotel at the appointed time and see you off at the airport. If you wish to extend your 12 days China tour package, please contact your travel consultants.

Meals: American breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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10% off - book 60 days in advance, 5% off - book 30 days in advance
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2789 $2510$2589 $2330$2309 $2078
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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$2579 $2321$2379 $2141$2099 $1889
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
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Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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