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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 an 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
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2779 $2501$2579 $2321$2309 $2078
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2549 $2294$2349 $2114$2079 $1871
  • 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.
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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    4.922 Reviews
    Kumar Debal
    Posted on August 04, 2019
    I travelled to China for 12 days by using this company's service. Their excellent service made my trip a successful experience. All the meals were exceptional but the best was certainly the one we had at Xian at the residence of a local lady. She was most hospitable and an excellent cook. The guides were all well informed and articulate. The local guide at Shanghai could have been more friendly and polite. The drivers were all polite and helpful in loading and unloading our bags. The cars were well kept. However, the SUVs with only one rear door (as in Xian and Shanghai) were inconvenient to enter and leave. Would have definitely preferred four door vehicles. The hotels were very well appointed, with spacious rooms (Specially in Xian) and clean with all mod cons. Breakfasts served were of wide range and well cooked. We specially appreciated that the hotels in Beijing and Shanghai were centrally located with the major attractions within walking distance or a short taxi drive away which enabled us to explore the city in our free time. All in all, we were extremely pleased with all the arrangements and would definitely use them again should we come back. ... More
    Valerie and Chris Rowe
    New Zealand
    Posted on August 01, 2019
    All arrangements went to plan and we were always confident that our guides would meet our needs. Each guide showed loyalty and enthusiasm for the company. We were able to fill out the survey forms for each guide and only Candy seemed unaware of the need for us to have some private time to complete it. All Guides were of a high standard and we felt Ocean and Jennifer were the best of a very good group. We were disappointed with the late notice of cancellation of the bike tour but found the alternative satisfactory. The hotels and transport were all of good quality. We would happily recommend their services to any group wanting to travel to China. ... More
    Nancy Pottinger
    Posted on July 23, 2019
    We wish to thank-you Kelly for your efforts to put everything together and make our trip a memorable one!! You are so kind and helpful.
    Kelly Gee
    United States
    Posted on July 17, 2019
    We have been very busy since arriving back at home, so we are just now getting to our review of the trip. First, thank you for all the help, we had a wonderful time. Below is a breakdown of how we liked different parts of the trip.

    Travel Consultants: Excellent! All of them were so quick to respond and so accommodating with our requests. We could not be happier with their services, everything was extremely well-organized.

    - Beijing: Brian in Beijing was definitely our favorite guide right from the start. He was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, flexible, patient, accommodating, and funny.
    - Xi'an: Roger was a good guide--his English was excellent, and he was very knowledgeable.
    - Chongqing: Ellie was a good guide--she told us a lot about the city even though we were only there for half a day.
    - Yichang: We were in Yichang for such a short time, but we really liked our guide Sally. She was very friendly and helpful.
    - Shanghai: Shirley was not a very good guide--she wasn't personable at all, she didn't speak very loudly so it was difficult to hear her, and she didn't give us much information about the things we were seeing. She didn't really seem like she enjoyed being a guide and was only doing it for a job.
    Overall, the only guide we really loved was Brian. He was by far the friendliest guide, and he was the only one who really seemed really enthusiastic about his job.

    Drivers: We didn't really interact with any of the drivers since they didn't seem to speak English. They were all very prompt though. The driver in Shanghai was especially nice and courteous.

    Cars: The car we had in Beijing was nice because the seats were facing each other, so it was easier for the guide to talk with us during the car ride.

    Hotels: The hotel in Beijing had a wonderful location, but the rooms were a little rundown. The hotel in Xi'an was beautiful, but the location was a little far from the center of the city, so there wasn't too much that we could walk to. The Century Paragon cruise ship was absolutely stunning, and we would highly recommend that boat for future trips. The hotel in Shanghai was also excellent and had a great location.

    Meals: The breakfasts at the hotels were all outstanding. For lunch, most of us were happy with the meals, but some of us preferred to eat where more of the local people eat rather than at hotels and resorts. We know the company was probably concerned about tourists getting sick, but part of the travel experience is trying the local cuisine, and we felt we were only able to do that at night when we were on our own. For the meals included we really liked the home cooked meal from the family visit, and the lunch on our last day in Beijing at the mall.

    Transportations: All of the flights and transportation to and from the airport went very smoothly.

    Highlights: We loved the Great Wall, biking around the City Wall in Xi'an, and the Shennong Stream excursion on the Yangtze River cruise. Thanks again.
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    Posted on July 08, 2019
    I cannot be high enough in my praise regarding the helpfulness and patience with which TCG organized the tour - including when I did not read my itinerary properly and they answered by questions anyway. The guides who helped me in Chongqing onto the cruise ship and then again to find my train back to Yichang were exceptional. I enjoyed their company and the information they were able to provide me about the area we went through. The cruise itself was fantastic. Thanks for the help.
    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
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