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Golden Triangle & Yangtze

L-401: 12 Days Private Tour of 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 & experienced driver with air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches with some being a la carte style, 2 dinners
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu 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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Temple of HeavenCity Wall ParkXian family visitShennong StreamThe Bund
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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
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
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Our clients at the Mutianyu Great Wall
Today you will visit one of the greatest world heritage sites - the Mutianyu Great Wall. As one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall, Mutianyu gained its fame for its solidity and strategic importance. When walking on the Great Wall, you will be impressed by the winding but majestic walls. We will also arrange the round trip cable car to save your time and energy to walk on the wall. Lunch is arranged on your own. Our guide will give you some advice upon request.

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. Today’s exploration will be concluded after you spending some free time at a featured local market.

Meals: American breakfast
 Friendly Tips

The round-trip cable car fare at Mutianyu Great Wall is included in this tour price. We can also arrange for you to take the chairlift up and toboggan down the wall. Please contact your travel consultant if you are interested.
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace with boat ride on Kunming Lake, 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. A joyful boat trip on Kunming Lake is also arranged for you. 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)
City Wall Park
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 and home-cooked lunch, Great Mosque, Free time at the Muslim Bazzar. (B+L)
Xian family visit
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. Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (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 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Shibaozhai, Captain's Welcome Party. (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 Shibaozhai. After walking through a long suspension bridge, a spectacular 12-floor tower covered with red color will come into your eyes. It was originally built to be nine floors with the implication of "heaven" in ancient Chinese mythology. The Captain's Welcome Party will be held tonight.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream. (B+L+D)
Shennong Stream
Shennong Stream
The highlight part of your cruise is coming today. You will appreciate the unique scenery of the Three Gorges. After admiring the majestic Qutang Gorge and the Wu Gorge, you will disembark and take an interesting adventure by motorized ferry along Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream. 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 ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
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 and transfer you to Yichang East Railway Station to catch a 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai. Upon your arrival, our local guide will expect you at the train station and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 11 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, an ancient cultural street. (B+L)
The Bund
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
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
XianCrowne Plaza Xi'an Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
Yangtze RiverNew Century Cruises with balconyPresident No.7/No.8 with balcony
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
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Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect the current discount.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fare
  • 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
Why Travel With Us
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    4.817 Reviews
    Dr. Dowlatshahi
    Posted on July 02, 2019
    We wish to thank all of the staff from this agency for providing us with a most memorable and amazing trip!!
    Julie and Ashley Hall
    Posted on June 26, 2019
    Firstly, it was great to meet you Emily. It was so nice that you took the time to come and see us! We really enjoyed the meals and thought all the arranged restaurants were extremely good. The guides were fantastic! We particularly loved Linda, Celine and Gong - we had a great time with them and they were so friendly. We had lots of fun and laughs with them! They spoke very good English, had good local knowledge and could answer all our questions. There was nothing disappointing about any of them. Drivers were all excellent! We did not expect to be the only ones on our trip. It was a real bonus and having our own guide and driver was fantastic! Hotels were all above our expectations. We loved all the hotels & the breakfasts were to our liking as well and our tastes well catered for. Everything was just wonderful! ... More
    Ellen Toomey
    Posted on June 24, 2019
    Our trip on the Yangtze was incredible and would recommend you offer the upgraded cabin with the larger balcony.
    There were only 2 issues. The Hotel in Xian was not as good in the services at breakfast and seemed to be overloaded to take into account the amount of people staying. The food was good and the staff excellent so not a real problem. All of these hotels were great to stay at.
    Also our visit to the Great Wall was excellent but we are approaching 70 years of age and found the walk from the bus stop to the wall quite difficult. We found out later there was another location closer to the wall and a chair lift to take us to the top with a casual walk back down. You should have informed us as there's too much walk for us.
    However, the guides and meals were good. We are pleased to recommend this tour to other travelers.
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    Posted on June 11, 2019
    TCG is absolutely a professional online travel agency! Booking went well! All questions were answered well. Surveys were done in private. Food, hotels, guides, transportation - even Kelly met us in person!!! It was all FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU!!!
    Posted on May 31, 2019
    Our trip was fabulous. We were very pleased that we were picked up at the airports with guide and driver, and driven to the different destinations. In that way, we let spending unnecessary time figuring things out. We were very pleased with the hotels, not to mention all the restaurants they took us to. It would be impossible to find these on your own. The sights were also a chapter for itself; we especially liked the Great Wall, the terracotta army and the cruise with excursions. If we are to go to China again, we will definitely contact this company. And we would also recommend TCG to our friends. ... More
    Sonny p
    United States
    Posted on May 20, 2019
    Abbey is truly outstanding professional.
    She is prompt, thorough, on point and detailed.
    She patiently accommodated all our needs and gave all the useful guide.
    Thank you abbey.
    Janette Palmer & Paul Redford
    Posted on May 07, 2019
    We had a fantastic time in China and it was made perfect by our guides. They were all organised, punctual, super friendly, great language skills and very informative. I cannot fault any aspect of our tours with them. All our guides were very good but if I had to say a particular thanks it would be to CeLine in Xian. She clearly loved her home city of Xian and positively bubbled with enthusiasm. We got on really well with her and she was very knowledgeable and friendly. The pace of the days out were just perfect and she went above and beyond on what she needed to do on more than one occasion. We also enjoyed our 4 days Yangtze River cruise. Thanks for arranging that. ... More
    Posted on May 03, 2019
    We have booked different tours with you. We have different opinion. The tours itself were very well organized in terms of service. The cars were very good, as the drivers. What change completely the quality of tours were the guides.

    We enjoy the tours we did in GUILIN .It was very good (li river cruise) because of the knowledge of the guide. EFFIE. She is a very special person, very well prepared , very good English and very generous. She was the best guide we had in our tour in China. The boat is good , the food for the 4 stars cruise was ok, but the worst part is the guide on the boat with a microophone shouting all the time and the person who did the photos on the boat. Very noise persons. It would be much better to enjoy the amazing panorama on the cruise in silence!

    The tour in BEIJING( mini small group day tour) was not so satisfying. The guide KEVIN wasn't very good. Kind but too essential and in a hurry.

    The half day tour of Summer Palace and Hutong was nice and the guide MIKE was nice and kind.

    XI'AN half day small group tour to terracotta warriors started quite well, the guide LIU speaks a very good English. But we didn't like her behavior. She tried to convince us to go to a show in late afternoon, repeating all the time if we wanted to go (6 or 7 times in two hours). The only thing she really wanted was to sell the show. She was very disappointed when we told her that we did not want to go. Her behavior changed completed. What a pity.

    I can say that Travel China Guide is a very good organization but guides could be better!
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    peter hurle
    Posted on April 18, 2019
    excellent service and assistance. hope the travel is as good
    Kyrstne and Victor
    Posted on April 17, 2019
    I wanted to write and tell you that the time I spent in Beijing is something I'll never forget. All the things I did and saw were exactly what I was looking for - fascinating and memorable. It was made even better by our guide Tina who spoke excellent English and knew plenty of interesting information to tell us each step of the way. Our guides in Xi'an and Shanghai were also great. And I enjoyed the beautiful three little gorges very much. Thanks for the excellent services in each city.
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