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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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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 Bazaar. (B+L)
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
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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 12% 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
  • Customer Reviews
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    4.836 Reviews
    Judith Firman
    Australia
    Posted on November 05, 2019
    Although we have a brief tour to China, I am absolutely happy with the service and professionalism of your company. Everything has been first class and well organized. We enjoy our relaxed day on the Yangtze River and recommend your company to my friends and the people who planned to China.
    Luis Araujo
    Brazil
    Posted on November 03, 2019
    We took a 2 person private tour with TravelChinaGuide. We had already had a great experience with this same agency 2 years ago on a tour in Tibet where the Lapka guide was of immense dedication. This time we made a tour of Beijing, Shanghai, YangTze 4-Day Cruise, Xian and returning to Beijing. Again we were very pleased, all the fantastic guides (Kitty in Beijing, Daniel in Shanghai, Maggie in Xian) and great drivers, new vehicles, wonderful hotels. Surely if we return to China we will use the agency services. ... More
    Nancy Mccord
    USA
    Posted on October 21, 2019
    Thank you for your help Lexi and for the change in our schedule you made for my husband. China is a wonderful country and we really appreciate your efficient planning of the trip. We were sorry not to have the opportunity to meet you while in Xian but understand your need to have time off.
    Cary
    US
    Posted on October 18, 2019
    We received excellent service and would highly recommend this company and the Yangtze cruise to anyone. The food on board was very tasty and had enough variety to satisfy the diverse tastes of our 6-person group. The Yangtze has spectacular views. Our rooms were clean, modern, and spacious. The guides to and from the ship were friendly and fluent in English. We wish the cruise could have lasted longer!
    Stephen W Bierschenk
    USA
    Posted on October 11, 2019
    I want to thank you for providing us with a wonderful experience during our visit to China. In every city we found the guides to be well prepared and able to share the history of the region and to answer our questions about the way of life of Chinese people in these cities. We had two favorite meals. In Xian we had the best meal on the first evening at the restaurant she arranged for us. We also enjoyed the meal arranged for us in Chongqing before we boarded the ship. Throughout our trip, the guides asked us about what types of food we would like to experience, and when we had time in Chongqing before the cruise tour, the guide arranged for us to go to a hot pot restaurant, which was very unique and enjoyable. When I discussed this survey with my partner, we both agreed that we could not remember any meal that was not a good meal. The guides were all very good. The most outstanding were the young lady in Guilin, the young man in Shanghai, and the young lady in Xian. I believe that the guides you provided were very proficient in English and all were interesting people to meet and spend time with. Your organization has identified some very professional and talented people. We loved the trip down the Yangtze River, the ship and staff were all wonderful. All the drivers had nice vehicles, they were always clean and the driver was always friendly, although I don’t think many of them understood English. I do not have any complaint about the quality of their work. Thank you for the wonderful China trip. ... More
    J A Pequegnat
    Canada
    Posted on September 28, 2019
    Our experience with TCG was sensational! Do not hesitate to book with them!
    Due to my days off they couldn't set us up with a group tour so they built us a private tour based on where we wanted to go. We felt very safe and the guide and driver were with us all day long. They were very professional. Linda, our guide was very knowledgeable and a joy to be with. They picked us up in the airport in Beijing and took us to the hotel. We had the remainder of the 1st day to look around the hotel and do some shopping as we wished. The following 3 days they picked us up at the hotel and took us to all the attractions. It was very busy, most nights we weren't back at the hotel until 9 or 10 in the evening. The meals our guide ordered for us were fabulous! When we were due to leave Beijing they took us to the airport. The guide checked us in and made sure we got to the security gate. The whole time we were there someone was looking after our luggage.
    We got this kind of service at every stop we made. We went to Xian and saw the terracotta warriors and the walled city (another not to miss adventure!). The guide and driver on this leg of our journey were equally professional and knowledgeable. They then put us on a plane for the trip to Chongqing where we picked up the cruise ship. It was a 5 star ship but likely only 4 by our standards. The food was good and the trip very memorable. The room was a little dated but clean. We went through the gorges and saw the 3 gorges dam.
    Again there were porters to carry our luggage. A guide and driver picked us up at the cruise ship and took us to a museum where we were joined by other groups. This was the only part we didn't like. When you are in a group you frequently miss what the guide is talking about and it seems to take 3X as long to go through an attraction. I guess we were spoiled by having a private guide and driver. After that they put us on a flight for Shanghai. We loved this city. It was our second visit so there was something that the tour company wanted to send us to that we'd already seen. They tailored our trip to suit us!
    We were living in Korea at the time so the total cost for our trip would be cheaper than if we left from Ontario (our current residence). The 12 days trip with guides, drivers, airfare, most meals etc was only $5000 for my wife and I. Very inexpensive for what we saw and got. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. I have Yori, our travel consultant for Travel China Guide. He is very helpful!
    We recommend a "private" tour to all of you. That way you see the maximum in the limited time you have there and you get the personal service.
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    Lireva Soto
    Netherlands
    Posted on September 17, 2019
    GUIDES
    In general we were very satisfied with our guides. We had Barry in Beijing, Jackie in Xi'an, Johnny in Chongqing, Sally in Yichang, Bruce in Shanghai, en Hsu (or Xu) for the transfer from Shanghai to the Airport. Barry, Jackie, Sally and Hsu, I would all score 80 points out of a maximum of 100. All were helpful, knowledgeable and very good in English. The best guide was Johnny in Chongqing. He was very helpful, accompanying the ladies in their shopping spree of the Ciqikou village, helping with translation and much more.
    DRIVERS, CARS, HOTELS
    The vans were handy, but often they had difficulties handling the entire luggage for 5 people. One size larger would be handier. The drivers all were helpful and drove the car safely. My sons had much admiration for the way the DRIVER IN BEIJING handled the traffic.
    All hotels were GOOD to EXCELLENT. We liked the hotel in Shanghai the best, very conveniently located. I appreciated very much meeting Selina in person in Xi'an.
    MEALS
    We found the meals of GOOD to EXCELLENT quality. The lunches were EXCELLENT, especially in Beijing, including the lunch near the Great Wall. We especially loved the home cooked lunch in Xi'an. The dinners were good. I only expected that the Beijing Duck dinner would be in an old traditional building with a lot of history. Instead, we were in a branch in a modern building. A disappointment was the meal at the Tang Dynasty Show in Xi'an. An observation about the timing of the meals. The problem we had in China was, the lunches were almost too good! When dinner was planned, we were too tired from the day and too full from the lunch to fully enjoy the dinner. If I would book another private tour with you in the future, I would prefer to have my family dropped off at the hotel at about 4.30-5.00 pm. We would have time for to rest and to freshen up. We then would have our main meal at about 7.30-8.00 pm.
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    Brett C J
    United States
    Posted on September 13, 2019
    Very good service and great follow up! Overall, we loved the meals and enjoyed the food. All of the restaurants were very good. I think the best restaurant we went to was in the mall in Shanghai. The guides and drivers in Beijing, Xian, and Chongqing were amazing. Their knowledge and service was more than we could have ever asked for. The cars were clean and always stocked with water. Rocky in Beijing, Fred in Xian, and How (spelling) in Chongqing were some of the best guides I have ever had anywhere. I was very impressed that they all were so good. We learned so much from all of them and feel like we made good friends. Their conversation skills were superb. However, the guides in Shanghai were just average. Overall, the 3 guides I mentioned should be given all the praise in the world and the guides in Shanghai were ok. The drivers were all good and all the cars were very clean. All of the hotels were great and the breakfasts were very tasty. The room on the cruise was also comfortable. We wouldn't have changed a thing in regards to the hotels chosen. I will definitely contact you anytime I go back to China and will recommend you to everyone we know. ... More
    John Bendall
    United Kingdom
    Posted on September 09, 2019
    We would very much like to congratulate your company on its impressive organisation. Everything went according to plan. Your guides were, without exception, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and caring. Their English was excellent. Whilst we would not wish to single out any particular guide, Roger(Xian) does deserve a special mention. Due to our illness, we were unable to travel to the train station as arranged. He completely reorganised the travel arrangements which (after a rest) allowed us to travel many hours later (by express coach) and still arrive in Chongqing in time to board the Yangtze cruise ship. He had reorganised the guide and driver so that they met us instead at the bus station. He was very considerate of our welfare which relieved the situation. With a few minor exceptions, generally the hotels and food were very good/excellent. However, we would like to draw your attention to the following. The first lunch in Beijing was very poor in terms of the venue and quality of food. Hotel in Xian was disappointing and (relative to the other hotels) did not merit 5 stars. Thank you for everything you did to make our holiday memorable. ... More
    Anthony Olender
    US
    Posted on September 06, 2019
    My husband and I were extremely pleased with the overall service provided by your company. All of our guides took very good care to see that we were comfortable. They were attentive to our needs.
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