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Golden Triangle & Yangtze

S-401: 11 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: 10 western buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches with some being a la carte style, 2 dinners
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Try biking on the Ming Dynasty City Wall of Xian, or tour by electric car
  • Enjoy the Three Gorges scenery on Yangtze River cruise & feel totally relaxed
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Our outstanding English-speaking guide will greet you outside the arrival hall of the airport in accordance with your flight schedule. Then a comfortable private drive will take you to check in at the hotel. Have a good rest during the remainder of the day.  

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Great Wall of China
Photo by our client Ms. Michelle Jariabka
Your private journey starts from the world's largest urban square, Tiananmen Square. It covers an area of 44 square kilometers, spanning 880 meters from north to south and 500 meters from east to west. The square, which could hold 1,000,000 people at the same time, is an assembling place for celebrations in the traditional Chinese festivals and important events. On the other hand, the square is well-know for travelers because it is just the entrance to the splendid Forbidden City. According to Chinese history, except for the officials and royal family relatives, the ordinary people were not allowed to enter this imperial palace. This is why it is called Forbidden City. It is also a palace museum fully demonstrating the imperial life in the Ming and Qing dynasties. 

With a great variety of dishes for you to choose from, we believe the a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) today will appease your appetite. Your afternoon visit continues to the Temple of Heaven, an ancient majestic royal altar. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Our travel consultant Lydia with her clients
Today you will take an excursion to Mutianyu Great Wall. It was initially set up as a fortification to keep away from being intruded by the invaders. There are 23 watchtowers distributed at close intervals along the wall. The small holes on the wall were used to shoot arrows. It is a landmark witnessing the great intelligence and hardship of ancient Chinese people. In order to obtain more time to appreciate the best part of this great masterpiece, we have included the round trip cable car for you. Lunch is on your own arrangement.

On the way back to the city center, we will pass by the Bird's Nest, namely the Olympic National Stadium and stop over there for a few minutes. You can take some pictures of this significant building from a distance. The last stop is a featured local market where you are able to find various traditional souvenirs.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
 Friendly Tips

This tour includes the round-way cable car fees at Mutianyu Great Wall. However, if you are interested in taking the chairlift up and toboggan down the wall, we can also arrange that for you.
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace with boat ride on Kunming Lake, Hutong visit. A high speed train to Xian. Railway station to hotel transfer. (B)
A nice riding experience on the ancient City Wall
After breakfast at the hotel, we will first transfer you to visit the Summer Palace, the most fantastic attraction of which is the Long Gallery. Being seven hundred twenty-eight meters (796.2 yards) long, the Long Gallery artfully links Longevity Hill with Kunming Lake. In 1990 it was rated as the longest gallery in the world. Constructed along the natural terrain of Longevity Hill and the turns of Kunming Lake, the gallery offers a picturesque view at each step. Admiring the intricate paintings while listening to the old stories can make visitors learn a lot about the five-thousand-year-old Chinese culture. If weather permits, we will arrange a relaxing boat trip on Kunming Lake for you. Then you will experience a Hutong tour by rickshaw. Different from visiting the sites, a visit to Hutong area offers you an opportunity to walk into the traditional alleys and get acquainted with the local people's life there. 

Lunch is on your own arrangement. After that, you will take a high speed train to the next destination of your 11 days China tour package - Xian. Our local guide will meet you at the railway station and accompany you to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Amy Museum, Provincial History Museum, City Wall. (B)
Terracotta warriors
You will start the day tour from the famed Terracotta Army. The discovery of Qin Terracotta Army is a miracle of the world. Located 1,640 yards to the east of the Mausoleum of the first Emperor Qin Shihuang, the pits of Qin Terracotta Army were built to bury along with the emperor. By far three pits have been discovered where unearthed about 7,000 terracotta warriors and a large amount of war horses, chariots and weapons. The figures of the terracotta warriors symbolize the household cavalry to guard the underground imperial city. Lunch is not included today. 

In the afternoon, you will visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum and ascend the City Wall. Unique historical and culture heritage of Shaanxi is undoubted worth the praise as treasure house of Chinese civilization, and Shaanxi History Museum is definitely a palace of art to display Shaanxi's history and culture and ancient civilization. There are as many as 370,000 antiquities collected in the 11,000-square-meter exhibition halls and 8,000-square-meters storage, ranging from prehistorical relics to that of the 1840s. Time spans more than one million years and the collection is superior in value, quantity, rank and species. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xian - Chongqing
Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Fly to Chongqing, Ciqikou Village. Yangtze River tour begins at about 22:00. (B)
Captain's Welcome Party on the ship
This morning you will have a chance to see one of the most important surviving marks of the ancient capital Chang'an in the Tang Dynasty, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda including Xian Museum. Then you will head to Chongqing by flight. Our local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to see Ciqikou Village. After that, we will transfer you to get on board the comfortable cruise. Your memorable Yangtze experience begins at 22:00 as the ship sets sail.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 7 Chongqing - Shibaozhai
Yangtze River cruise trip. (B+L+D)
After breakfast, you will attend a briefing on the cruise. Today's onshore excursion is to visit Shibaozhai, whose main construction - Shibaozhai tower, built leaning on the Jade Seal Mountain, with upturned eaves and unique appearance, is one of the rare existing wood structure buildings. Late in the afternoon, there will be a ceremonious Captain's Welcome Party waiting for your participation, and then enjoy a banquet dinner. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Badong - Xiling Gorge
Yangtze River cruise trip. (B+L+D)
Shennong Stream excursion
The most essential part of your ship ride comes today. The ship will first sail through the short but grandiose Qutang Gorge and then the most brilliant Wu Gorge. In Wu Gorge, you will disembark at Wushan Daning River for an excursion to Shennong Stream. When you visit the verdant Shennong Stream, you will first take an electric boat for about 40 minutes. The scenery along the both tributaries is more comely and delicate compared with the splendid Three Gorges. The current of these sections becomes gentle and the water becomes clearer gradually. After that you will take a little pea-boat with some other guests (about 10 guests or more sharing a boat), rowed by local boatmen. The local guide, dressed in clothes of Tujia minority, may sing melodious folk songs with the boatmen for you along the way. It is advisable to follow the guide's instruction to wear your life jacket properly even though the stream seems not to be dangerous at all. It is a scenic joy to roam among the green mountains and blue waters. Get back to the ship and the cruise continues sailing into the western section of Xiling Gorge. Historically known for its tortuous channel, dense reefs and shoaly waters, Xiling Gorge is the longest and most dangerous gorge of the Yangtze River. After decades of improvements and the accomplishment of Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project, the river now flows more gently while the splendid landscape remains the same. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Yichang - Shanghai
Disembark the cruise ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
Yuyuan Garden
Photo by our client Mr. Terence Openshaw
Early in the morning you should pack your luggage and check out the ship. Then you will disembark for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydro-electric power station in the world. After that, the cruise ship company will transport you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city, where our local guide will come to meet you and then take you to board a bullet train to Shanghai. After 7.5 hours' train trip, you will arrive at Shanghai. Our local guide will greet you at the train station and accompany you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 10 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, an ancient cultural street. (B+L)
Huangpu River cruise
Shanghai is regarded as the most dynamic and fastest-growing city in our country. Today, you will first visit Shanghai Museum, one of the most renowned museums. It is a large treasure house of ancient Chinese art with a collection of 120,000 antiques which especially features bronze, pottery, calligraphy and panting articles. Then go to visit the Yuyuan Garden, a classical garden having a history of about 400 years. It is a quiet and elegant garden with the Southern architectural features of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It boasts 40 scenic spots, such as Grand Rockery, Ancient Theater, Nine Dragons Pool, Nine Zigzag Bridge, Lotus Pool, Sanhui Hall and Dianchun Hall.  

After enjoying an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) with the best Shanghai cuisine, you will visit the Bund and take a cruise on Huangpu River, which symbolizes and epitomizes the image of the city. Along the banks of the river stand groups of high-rise buildings of exotic style. It has become the must see for sightseers. Then you visit an old street of the city and have some free time there.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 11 Departure from Shanghai
Bid farewell at the airport. Thank you for travelling with us. (B)
Your 11 days guided tour of China will come to an end today as we transfer you to the airport and help you board the flight back home.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsStandard HotelsEconomy Hotels
BeijingPentahotel Beijing Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel
XianHoliday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda Days Inn City Centre Xi'an
Yangtze RiverPresident No.7/No.8 with balconyPresident No.7/No.8 with balcony
ShanghaiOcean Hotel Shanghai Golden River-view Hotel
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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 airfare & train fares
  • 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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    4.912 Reviews
    Posted on September 21, 2019
    Excellent trip. Taken care of from the moment we got to China. The guides were all very prompt and got us to the designated tours with the ability to be a little flexible. The recommended restaurants they took us to were very good. The rooms at Xi'an and Shanghai were fabulous, they were huge and had awesome views. Our consultant, Wendy, was very patient with all of our questions. The Yangtze cruise was so-so but the excursions were probably the best of the tour. Everything was delivered as promised. ... More
    Eileen Cavalier
    Posted on September 11, 2019
    Thanks Cindy. It was so nice of you to come out to meet us while we were in Xi'an. We were very impressed by such personal attention, and very pleased to meet you.
    Posted on August 30, 2019
    This company did everything they could to make my trip comfortable and happy. All the restaurants chosen by them offered excellent food and really nice surroundings. I really appreciated this. The Hotels were all good except for the room on the cruise ship. I probably have spelt it wrong, however that was not their fault as the weather and the boat people were the problem. The only comment I would make is not to use the President Ship. It is old and there is no lifts, stairs to climb. Any of the more modern ships would be better. ... More
    Kerry Rae
    United States
    Posted on August 22, 2019
    Thank you for a great holiday. I have already made recommendations to friends who are considering coming to China in the next year or so, to consider using the services of China Travel Guide for their holiday.
    Posted on August 12, 2019
    Overall we were delighted with the arrangements, service and facilities provided by your company. It was a pleasure for my wife and I to meet our trip operator Emily at the local family visit in Xian.
    Mihran and Yvonne Miranian
    Posted on August 01, 2019
    We did a 11 day trip to Beijing, Xian, Yangtze River and Shanghai. It worked smoothly thanks to Xian Marco polo. The guides were ALL good and their English was understood and they answered questions readily. We want to compliment Michael, who was very accommodating in arranging things for us and Carol and Linda who did the same. They went beyond the call of duty. The meals were in nice restaurants and they were ready promptly so there was not a waste of time. They were clean and the service was great. The one meal (though they were all good) that we especially liked was having the Peking Duck. All the drivers were good, the buses clean and they were always pleasant. The Hotels were all excellent. The breakfasts were more than adequate and their service and cleanliness was good also. We especially enjoyed the lunch-it was an EXCELLENT meal and the hostess was so warm and Carol was so helpful. It was nice to see how the living quarters are. Then to visit the farmer was enlightening for sure. They were a wonderful HIGHLIGHT TO THE TOUR. I have already recommended it to several people and we thank you for the wonderful service. ... More
    Nelson Carey
    Posted on July 29, 2019
    Thanks for the great trip!
    Posted on July 26, 2019
    Thanks so much for setting up these tours and your employees that we dealt with were all exceptional.
    Alph and Veronique
    Posted on July 17, 2019
    We are glad to have travelchinaguide organizing our trip. Being in a foreign country where there is a significant language and writing barrier for the average tourist can be rather daunting. This team took all the stress out of the situation. We never waited long for our bus to arrive. Everything was extremely well organized. Their choice of accommodation and meals exceeded our expectations. Whenever we arrived at a new destination, our guide was there to welcome us. We really enjoyed the friendly company of our guides and found them to be most informative. Many thanks. ... More
    Posted on May 30, 2019
    Overall, we had a wonderful time, thank you so much for helping us plan our trip.
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