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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
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)
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. 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
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 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 RiverYangtze Gold 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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  • 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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    4.911 Reviews
    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
    Deborah Azoulay
    Posted on April 16, 2019
    Our consultant is excellent. She always answers all questions as soon as possible and does all she can to assist us. She gets 5 stars out of 5. I hope the actual tour will be this good!
    South Africa
    Posted on April 07, 2019
    We really enjoyed our wonderful traveling experience. The Gold - Yangtze river cruise was great and she is a smart / clean ship. We ended up having one twin room and one single room which was better than arranged. So no problems there.

    The tours along the way were also a welcome break from the river and interesting, Fengdu in particular was beautiful.

    We had a fantastic time and only wish we could have stayed longer and perhaps visited Chengdu city and possibly Tibet. The people were friendly, food was good, rooms were nice, guides were helpful and the Yangtze River Three Gorges very beautiful. We never felt unsafe anywhere during our time in China. China is such a big country that it is hard to see all that one wants to see in 12 days. Thank you again. ... More
    James Pequegnat
    Posted on March 26, 2019
    During our whole trip, I have no complaints about any activity, hotel, restaurant and staff with this company.

    The meals, with the exception of the one in Beijing, were fantastic. There was always too much food at all for us as we are not big eaters. We felt the beverages were a little too restrictive. We liked when the guides chose their favorites. There choices were always very good. The service in all restaurants was very good. Out of all the rest the meals it's very hard to pick a favorite but after much discussion and debate with my wife we settled for the the last lunch in Shanghai.

    Overall we were very pleased with the guides. They all spoke very good English. Linda in Beijing was very easy to get to know and we had the most fun with her. She wanted to make sure we were paying attention when she told us about something so I had some fun with that. When she took photos for us she'd count in English. We asked her to count in Chinese and sometimes she'd forget. We had many smiles from this.

    Carol was very knowledgeable but at times it seemed like a rehearsed speech. It wasn't annoying but we found it amusing because sometimes she called us ladies and gentlemen. She tried very hard to please and did a good job.

    We didn't have Royce for very long so he was hard to get to know but he was very accommodating and knowledgeable.

    We are having trouble remembering the guide we had in the short time when we got off the boat. He took us to Yichang railway station leaving for Shanghai which we found the guide was also good.

    The cars were clean. Someone always opened and closed the doors for us. We felt like we were being chaufered!

    Hotels were great. We even got an upgrade in Beijing. The breakfasts were very good, especially in Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel in Shanghai. Service was second to none!

    All in All, we were satisfied with this private 12 days trip and would recommend to my friends 100%.
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    Desley Goldston
    Posted on January 02, 2019
    I found the organization professional and excellent - from the website, to the personal intercourse in all ways of the guide and driver. I fully enjoyed the tour. Thanks to you all very much.
    Frank Maressa
    Posted on December 20, 2018
    My wife and I had a memorable time on our 12 day vacation. The hotels were all fantastic and the sightseeing was awesome. The guides were all knowledgeable and easy to understand. We especially enjoyed the Peking Duck Dinner in Beijing and the Acrobatic Show in Shanghai. Having a personalized tour allowed us to modify the itinerary a couple of times which made the trip even more enjoyable.

    The Peking Duck dinner was exceptional and should be included. All of the restaurants were of high class with well prepared and plenty of food. All guides were knowledgeable and answered all questions. It was a relief that all guides spoke clear English and were easy to understand. All guides were excellent but Linda (Xian) was the best. Also, when we arrived late from the Yangtze River Cruise in Chongqing, and almost no time for lunch before we went to the airport, our guide Season called ahead to the Restaurant and had the food prepared when we arrived, so we had a chance to eat a quick lunch, then make it to the airport. Cars were always clean. Mr. Wang (Beijing) was an exceptionally good driver who made us feel comfortable and safe. No driver was a bad driver, others were okay. All the hotels were exceptional and made the trip extremely enjoyable as a good night's sleep is needed on a tour like this. All breakfasts were top notch with many selections from the breakfast buffets.

    The fact that we could change the itinerary due to it being a personal tour was extremely important to us. My wife and I just like a slower pace so we truly enjoy the places we did visit. The Terracotta Warriors Museum was awesome, as well as the Great Wall and Forbidden City. We also truly enjoyed the Yangtze River Cruise and its breathtaking scenery.

    We would like to thank TravelChinaGuide for providing us with an enriching experience during our first visit to your country.
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    United States
    Posted on December 04, 2018
    The reservation staff of the Travelchinaguide is excellent and helpful. The guides are knowledgeable and the drivers are excellent. The meals arranged during the tour are very good. If I return to this area, I will very likely choose their tour again. Everything happened during the tour is more than I expected, thank you!
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