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Golden Triangle & Yangtze

L05: 13 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
Accommodation: 5-star Luxury Hotels and Super Deluxe Hotels for your choice
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches with some being a la carte style, 4 dinners
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Try biking on the Ming Dynasty City Wall of Xian, or tour by electric car
  • Savor the majestic beauty of Yangtze Three Gorges & see the amazing Dam Project
  • Watch Kung Fu Show, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance, ERA Acrobatic Show
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer. Hutong Tour.
Our guide will meet you at the exit of the Beijing Airport and transfer you to the hotel in Wangfujing Street. After settling in, a classic Hutong tour by rickshaw awaits you. After that, we will drop you off at the hotel.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City including Treasure Gallery and the Hall of Clocks, A la carte lunch, Summer Palace with boat, Chinese Kung Fu show.  (B+L)
Forbidden City, Beijing
Photo by our client Ms. Gillian Keighley
After breakfast, we will head to the Tiananmen Square. Then, you will be escorted to the Forbidden City, which houses numerous precious royal treasures. A visit to the Treasure Gallery and the Clock and Watch Gallery inside the Imperial City is included. Then an a la carte lunch follows around noon.

Our next destination is the Summer Palace, where you can stroll around the garden. If weather is nice, you can also experience a boat ride on Kunming Lake. Later, enjoy an excellent Chinese Kung Fu performance. We will reserve the seats with good views in the 5th-6th rows or 11th-12th rows. Then we will take a comfortable ride back to the hotel.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, Bird's Nest (drive by), Peking Duck Dinner. (B+D)
Our clients taking rickshaw during Hutong tour
In the morning, we will transfer you to the Mutianyu Great Wall. The round-trip cable car is included in this awe-inspiring attraction. Lunch is not included in the price, but our guide can give you some suggestions. 

Then we will transfer you back to the downtown. En route, you will have a chance to take photos of the Bird's Nest when stopping by. The duck dinner is arranged in a famous restaurant - Dadong Peking Duck.

Meals: American breakfast, Roast Duck Dinner
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Temple of Heaven with one-hour Tai Chi class, Lama Temple, A la carte lunch, Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Our client learning to cook Chinese dishes at the local family visit in Xian
After breakfast, our guide will lead you to the Temple of Heaven, where you can take a one-hour Tai Chi class and stop by the Echo Wall, Three Sound Stone and the Circular Altar inside. Then we will turn to the Yonghe Lamasery. After enjoying a hearty a la carte lunch, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, our local guide will escort you to your luxury hotel. You may enjoy the dinner at the hotel on your own and have a good rest.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Army Museum, A la carte lunch, the Great Mosque and the Muslim Quarter, Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. (B+L+D)
Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum
Photo by our client Ms. Berandine Geldenhuys
This morning we will set out to see an awesome wonder of the world, the Terracotta Army. We'll take a close look at the life-sized pottery warriors and horses as well as the bronze chariots. We will have lunch at the Real Love Restaurant on the way back downtown.

Afterwards, we will proceed to the Great Mosque, built in a unique style mixing traditional Chinese and Muslim architectural features. Then go to the nearby Muslim Quarter, which is full of snack stalls and souvenir shops. Tonight, we will treat you to an imperial banquet at the Tang Dynasty Palace along with the Tang Music and Dance Performance

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch, Tang Dynasty dinner show
Day 6 Xian
Provincial History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch, the City Wall. (B+L)
The calligraphy and painting store in an ancient cultural street of Xian
Today's luxury Xian tour begins with the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. After that, we will visit a local family to taste home-made Chinese dishes. You can even help cook under the guidance of the hostess.

After lunch, visit the City Wall and enjoy a unique cycling experience there. Or, you may tour around by electric car. Afterwards, you will be free to explore more attractions in this ancient city. We recommend the Bell & Drum Tower Square and Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square. If you would prefer a guide service, please inform your travel consultant in advance.

Meals: American breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Xian - Chongqing
Fly to Chongqing. Ciqikou village. Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)
After a hearty breakfast in the hotel, we will transfer you to the airport for a flight to Chongqing. Our Chongqing guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to Ciqikou, a famous ancient town with 1,800 years of history. You can also have a taste of local delicacies there. Then, check in on the deluxe New Century cruise ship to start a memorable Yangtze River cruise at 21:30.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Shibaozhai, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
Splendid scenery of the Three Gorges
As the ship sails along the Yangtze River, you may feast your eyes with the enchanting riverside scenery. You will also get a chance to take an onshore excursion to Shibaozhai which contains a wooden Basil and three groups of statues inside. It is a good way to know the local history.

After getting back to the ship, you can participate in activities on board, such as lectures about regimen, traditional Chinese medicine, and pearls. Alternatively, you can unwind with beautiful views along the river. The Captain's Welcome Party will be held tonight and you are welcome to join in.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennv Stream. (B+L+D)
Today the ship will pass through the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Enjoy the perilous peaks enveloped in cloud and mist while cruising down the twisting, winding river.

Later, you will go ashore to see the Shennv Stream by motorized ferry. After a 2 or 3 hours' visit, you will return to the ship and continue the cruise. If you are interested, you can join in the activities held by the cruise ship company.

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)
An interesting small boat excursion
This morning's excursion will lead you to the Three Gorges Dam for a panoramic view of this magnificent project. Before that, please pack your luggage and complete the check-out procedure. When you finish touring the Three Gorges Dam, 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 the railway station to take a 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, our Shanghai tour guide will escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 11 Shanghai
Shanghai World Financial Center, Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, A la carte lunch, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Tianzifang, Era Acrobatic Show. (B+L)
An Acrobatic Show
Photo by our client Mr. Pavel Okolicanyi
Today's first stop is the Shanghai World Financial Center at a height of 492 meters (1,600 feet), which will show you its luxury and grandness. Then you will visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, the best place to get a deep look into the city's construction development.

After lunch, explore the classical Yuyuan Garden and the nearby bazaar. Then it will be a relaxing time as you will follow your guide on a stroll along the Bund area and an ancient cultural street - Tianzifang. In the evening, you will enjoy the amazing Era Acrobatic Show at Shanghai Circus World.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 12 Shanghai - Nanxun Water Town
Nanxun Ancient Town. (B)
After breakfast, we will have a comfortable ride to the Nanxun Water Town. There, you will see the exquisite Little Lotus Garden, the historic Jia Ye Tang Library, and Zhang Shiming's Former Residence, which combines both Chinese and western architectural features. We will also have a boat trip along the water lanes in the town. At noon, you have the choice of selecting your preferred restaurants in the town. Our guide can give you a few recommendations.

When the visit is over, we will escort you back to the hotel in Shanghai. You will be free for the rest of the day.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 13 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
Your deluxe China tour package comes to an end today. We will offer transfer service from the hotel to the airport for your homeward flight. We wish you a nice journey and hope to see you again in the near future.

Meals: American breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsSuper Deluxe HotelsLuxury Hotels
BeijingThe Peninsula Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong
XianSofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian Wyndham Grand Xian South
Yangtze RiverNew Century Cruises - deluxe business cabin with balconyNew Century Cruises - with balcony
ShanghaiThe Peninsula Hotel Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel
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Tour Prices with Super Deluxe Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$5839 $5138$5599 $4927$4879 $4293
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
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$3499 $3079$3249 $2859$2909 $2559
  • 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
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Questions & Answers
Asked by julie from U.S. | Feb. 06, 2018 15:34Reply
I am interested in 6-9 people tour which saves us money. This tour is for the two of us.
Do you arrange with other people who might be interested or do we have to have at least 6 people in our group? Thank you. Julie
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Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Feb. 06, 2018 21:13
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This is a private tour, which means there will be only you and your family or friends with a private guide and a private driver in the tour. No one else will join in it.

If you want to travel with other people and keep the cost down, we kindly suggest you may consider our small group tour instead. Please feel free to contact us via email or fill in our enquiry form for more details. Thank you.
Asked by Lee from MALAYSIA | Dec. 06, 2017 09:38Reply
1 day boat trip along Yangtze River
A 4 day cruise to the Three Gorges Dam is too long. Is there 1 day boat trip along Yangtze River? If yes, where do I board the boat and how much is the trip? I will be staying in Nanbin Lu.

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Answered by James from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 06, 2017 21:46
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As I know, it’s impossible to visit the Three Gorges within a day. Anyway, there are some 1 day boat trips from Chaotianmen Port, which costs around CNY100. And you can take a taxi within CNY30 to the port and choose one route. Have a nice trip!
Asked by Eko from INDONESIA | May. 31, 2017 01:50Reply
Buying bus tickets nanning to detian
Hello, can i buy the tickets online or do i have to go to langdong bus station personally?
I will arrive at nanning airport may 19 afternoon, should i go to bus tation directly from airport or buy it in the morning?

Thank you
Answers (4)
Answered by Jenny | May. 31, 2017 03:16
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Yes, you can buy the bus tickets online or purchase it on the spot. However, since there is only one bus from Langdong Bus Station to Detian, you are suggested to buy the tickets in advance to gaurantee the availability. From Nanning Airport, you can take airport shuttle line 2 to Langdong Bus Station directly.
Answered by Eko from INDONESIA | May. 31, 2017 10:32
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Can you please send me the link to the website, thank you
Answered by Jenny | May. 31, 2017 20:11
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The websites are all Chinese. If you have Chinese friends, you may ask them to help you. Or you can ask your hotel to see if they have tickets booking service. If not, you will need to go to the bus station early to buy it on the spot.
Answered by Eko from INDONESIA | Jun. 01, 2017 09:03
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No problem, i can just ask my dad for that. LOL

Can you please give me the link. Thank you
Asked by Eko from INDONESIA | May. 26, 2017 06:37Reply
Jingzhou guanyu's museum
Hello, can anyone tell me how long do i need to spend in Jingzhou since i am a three kingdom freak. Thank you
Answers (2)
Answered by Victoria from RUSSIA | May. 31, 2017 00:55
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Generally speaking, you can spend 4-5 hours to tour around this scenic areas. Have fun!
Answered by Eko from INDONESIA | May. 31, 2017 01:48
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Thank you Victoria
Asked by Messini from GREECE | Apr. 08, 2017 20:57Reply
Hello. I m already in Yichang which rains and tommorow.
I have the visit to the dam and day cruise to the three gorges. My question is: Am I going to see the scenery views in the river or I throught my money and time away?
Answers (1)
Answered by Diana from POLAND | Apr. 12, 2017 01:14
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Generally speaking, the light rain won't influence the sightseeing a lot. You can still appreciate the beautiful scenery along the river. If it is the bad weather condition, such as rainstorm, the cruise boat may be suspended.
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