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SG01: 8 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 1-18 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights, nice 5-star hotels
Meals: 7 western buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 dumpling dinner
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
  • Walk into a local Chinese family, interact & dine with the hosts in their home
  • Enjoy a la carte meals, Kung Fu Show, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance performance
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Arrive at any time, Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and then our driver will transfer you to the centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is free for your own arrangement.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
A tour briefing, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch with Peking Duck, Temple of Heaven, Chinese Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Our group at the Forbidden City
Our group at the Forbidden City
Your small group Beijing tour starts today. This morning, our guide will accompany you to the famous Tiananmen Square first, and then lead you to the Forbidden City, which is also known as Palace Museum, storing millions of cultural collections. After that, we will serve you an a la carte welcome lunch, giving you a chance to taste the authentic Chinese food, especially the well-known Beijing Roast Duck. It costs CNY 150.00 per person and is included in our price.

After lunch, our guide will lead you to the Temple of Heaven, a place where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 - 1911) used to hold worship ceremonies to the heaven. Your evening will be highlighted by a Chinese Kung Fu Show in the Red Theater, and the show tells a story of how a little monk grows into a master.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Our happy clients at the Great Wall
Our happy clients at the Great Wall
In the morning, you will be accompanied to the Mutianyu Great Wall, the most splendid part of the Great Wall sections in China. You will definitely be amazed by the large defensive wall which was constructed by Chinese people thousands of years ago. We include the round-trip cable car for you. Moreover, we specially provide red wine for a group-toasting on the Great Wall. Since restaurants near Mutianyu cannot meet our service standard, lunch is not arranged by us, but our guide is glad to give you some recommendations.

On our way back to the city, we will drive by and stop at the Olympic National Stadium (Bird's Nest), so you can take some pictures with it. Before getting back to the hotel, you are free at leisure to explore a local market.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, A la carte lunch, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
Today is your last day in Beijing, but you can still explore more about this capital city during the daytime. In the morning, our guide will escort you to the Summer Palace, the royal garden of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). Then, start a Hutong tour by rickshaw, where you will see traditional residential quarters and bustling alleyways. Besides, you will enjoy learning to make Chinese paper cutting with a folk artist in Hutong. 

In the midday, we will arrange an a la carte lunch at a fancy restaurant, which is valued at CNY150.00 per person and is included in our price.
Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Xi'an. Our local guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Our clients learning to make dumplings in Xi'an family visit
Our clients learning to make dumplings in Xi'an family visit
Your Xi'an small group tour starts with the Terracotta Army, one of the World's Eight Wonders and the largest underground military museum on the earth.

Lunch will be arranged in a local family (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price), and you can learn how to cook Chinese dishes from the host. In the afternoon, our guide will escort you to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xi'an Museum. The Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will be arranged then, what's more, you will be served the famous Dumpling Dinner at the same time.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling Dinner
 Friendly Tips

Clients visiting in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec need to arrange the dinner and evening activity on their own for this day, since the theater is usually not open at that time.
Day 6 Xi'an - Shanghai
Observe local life in the park, Tai Chi practice, Xi'an City Wall, A la carte lunch, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Cycling on Xi'an City Wall
Cycling on Xi'an City Wall
In the morning, our guide will take you to the City Wall Park, a place for locals to do exercises or spend their leisure time. There, you will enjoy your time following the master to practice Tai Chi, a kind of Chinese Kung Fu. Then our guide will accompany you to the landmark of Xi'an, the City Wall, which is the best-preserved city wall in China. On the wall, you can either walk or bike around. The bike can be rented on the wall by yourself. Afterwards, an a la carte lunch will be provided in a well-known local restaurant, which is valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price.

In the afternoon, the guide and driver will transfer you to the airport to take a flight to Shanghai. Our Shanghai tour guide will wait for you at the airport and send you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai - the former Crowne Plaza
Day 7 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden and its traditional bazaar, A la carte farewell lunch, Former French Concession, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
Shanghai Bund
This morning, you will be accompanied to Shanghai Museum to appreciate more than 120, 000 relics there. Then we will go to a classical garden, Yu Garden, which follows the exquisite architectural style of the southern China. You will also have time to visit the traditional bazaar nearby. An a la carte farewell lunch valued at CNY120.00 per person will be served then. The lunch is included in our price.

After lunch, we will proceed to the Former French Concession which is said to be the earliest and also the largest one of the four concessions in China. Then you will be escorted to the Bund and have a one-hour cruise tour along the Huangpu River. Upon returning to the hotel, our tour guide will see you into the lobby and say bon voyage.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 8 Departure from Shanghai
Please check out before 12:00. We recommend the most efficient and money-saving way - taking a taxi by yourself from hotel to the airport, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Due to different flight schedules, the hotel-airport transfer service is not included, so you will travel to the airport for your leaving flight by yourself. Please contact us freely if you need any assistance. We wish you a nice journey home.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
12% off - book by Dec 31, 2019, 10% off - book by Jan 31, 2020
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan 05(Sun) Jan 12(Sun) $1109 $975$339
Feb 13(Thu) Feb 20(Thu) $1109 $975$339
Mar 05(Thu) Mar 12(Thu) $1129 $993$359
Mar 12(Thu) Mar 19(Thu) $1129 $993$359
Mar 26(Thu) Apr 02(Thu) $1129 $993$359
Apr 02(Thu) Apr 09(Thu) $1289 $1134$389
Apr 09(Thu) Apr 16(Thu) $1289 $1134$389
Apr 16(Thu) Apr 23(Thu) $1289 $1134$389
Apr 23(Thu) Apr 30(Thu) $1289 $1134$389
May 07(Thu) May 14(Thu) $1289 $1134$389
May 14(Thu) May 21(Thu) $1289 $1134$389
May 21(Thu) May 28(Thu) $1289 $1134$389
May 28(Thu) Jun 04(Thu) $1309 $1151$379
Jun 04(Thu) Jun 11(Thu) $1299 $1143$369
Jun 11(Thu) Jun 18(Thu) $1299 $1143$369
Jun 18(Thu) Jun 25(Thu) $1299 $1143$369
Jun 25(Thu) Jul 02(Thu) $1299 $1143$369
Jul 02(Thu) Jul 09(Thu) $1329 $1169$369
Jul 09(Thu) Jul 16(Thu) $1329 $1169$369
Jul 16(Thu) Jul 23(Thu) $1329 $1169$369
Jul 23(Thu) Jul 30(Thu) $1329 $1169$369
Jul 30(Thu) Aug 06(Thu) $1329 $1169$369
Aug 06(Thu) Aug 13(Thu) $1329 $1169$369
Aug 13(Thu) Aug 20(Thu) $1329 $1169$369
Aug 20(Thu) Aug 27(Thu) $1329 $1169$369
Aug 27(Thu) Sep 03(Thu) $1309 $1151$369
Sep 03(Thu) Sep 10(Thu) $1299 $1143$399
Sep 10(Thu) Sep 17(Thu) $1299 $1143$399
Sep 17(Thu) Sep 24(Thu) $1299 $1143$399
Sep 24(Thu) Oct 01(Thu) $1299 $1143$399
Oct 08(Thu) Oct 15(Thu) $1299 $1143$399
Oct 15(Thu) Oct 22(Thu) $1299 $1143$399
Oct 22(Thu) Oct 29(Thu) $1299 $1143$399
Oct 29(Thu) Nov 05(Thu) $1189 $1046$399
Nov 05(Thu) Nov 12(Thu) $1189 $1046$399
Nov 12(Thu) Nov 19(Thu) $1179 $1037$389
Nov 19(Thu) Nov 26(Thu) $1119 $984$339
Dec 09(Wed) Dec 16(Wed) $1119 $984$339
Dec 23(Wed) Dec 30(Wed) $1119 $984$339

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Nov 21(Thu) Nov 28(Thu) $1089$309
Dec 08(Sun) Dec 15(Sun) $1089$309
Dec 22(Sun) Dec 29(Sun) $1089 $1034$309

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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    4.89 Reviews
    Natalia P.
    Posted on February 19, 2019
    Abbey is very helpful and prompt in making recommendations and responding to my questions.
    Posted on January 29, 2019
    In general we found a good price/quality relationship. To the points:

    Meals : all meals were to a good quality standard, the only problem we had in some cases was the timing, as because of the evening programme in two cases we had a late lunch (up to 14.00) and an early dinner (before 19.00), which made us enjoy less the dinner. The quantity offered was always very generous, even too much. In general maybe lighter lunches could make the afternoon programme easier to go through. Very much appreciated was the home lunch which gave us the possibility to be in a real home and participate in the cooking.

    Guides: both competent, friendly and talking good English.

    Drivers and cars: everything ok

    Hotels : very good, both for position, quality, breakfast

    Thanks and regards, we will call you for our next trip to your wonderful country.
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    Paul Scoular
    Posted on January 10, 2019
    All the guides were excellent and although we had no problems with any part of the itinerary the guides could not have done more for us. Day to day communication posed no problems for any of our guides clearly there were accent issues but that happens in Scotland! All the guides had excellent knowledge of the sites being visited and a clear enthusiasm for their work. Our guide Carol in Xian was the most enthusiastic of the 3 guides and she clearly has a great love for her country and for travel in general - if she does ever make it to the UK, we will be happy to help her in Scotland. All meals were excellent - i would specifically mention the Beijing Duck and the Dumpling dinner. All the vehicles were well kept and it was clear that the drivers (especially in Beijing and Xian) took great pride in their vehicles. Travel China Guide were excellent from start to finish and made our honeymoon a very memorable one. We felt like VIP's from the first airport pick-up to the final drop-off. We have memories of the trip that we will never forget! ... More
    Patricia M
    Posted on January 03, 2019
    Selina has been very helpful. When I have questions she gets back to me immediately. I spoke with her on the phone as well.
    Muammar S
    South Africa
    Posted on December 03, 2018
    Excellent service, always friendly, and provides feedback very quickly.
    Posted on November 23, 2018
    I came back home yesterday as scheduled, safely, and without any trouble or inconvenience. The trip to Beijing, Xian & Shanghai is full of memories to me. Ms Li and Bi, the guides in Beijng & Xian, and Mr Fan and Wang, the guide and driver in Shanghai, were so kind to me and I enjoyed the trip very much, mainly due to the guides. To tell the truth, I had been a little bit anxious about asking a tour on Internet email, but their arrangement was very much satisfied. I will tell my friends of their satisfactory tour arrangement and guided tours.Shigeru ... More
    Pavel K
    Posted on November 21, 2018
    It was a great experience with TRAVEL CHINA GUIDE, thank you VERY much.

    1. I think the time planning was well thought-out.

    2. The meals varied from good to great, only couple of times it was so-so (and it is unavoidable on a weeklong journey). For me the highlight was the dumpling dinner with the Tang dynasty show.

    3. I liked all the guides. They all have been very different, but all were very helpful and polite.

    4. The drivers were very professional, the buses have been very clean.

    The only concern I have - if I want to go to China again, I will probably would skip Xian and Shanghai - they were great, but I would prefer visit some other parts of China. And it seem, absolute majority of your tours include these cities....
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    Posted on November 14, 2018
    Having completed our tour, we want to say that all three guides in each city were very knowledgeable and happy to share their knowledge on the places visited. The buses were very clean. My impression was that the drivers in Xian and Shanghai were more careful than our driver in Beijing.

    Without question it was a pleasure to be with Mark in Beijing for three days. He was charming, entertaining, and spoke to us like his friends and not like a bunch of tourists that he would not see again. He was a definite addition to our Beijing experience. On the guides names, could I suggest that they use their Chinese names and give us this written down so we get a chance to perfect our pronunciation of their names. Personally I feel it is slightly insulting to the guides for us tourists to be so lazy that we expect our guides to adopt English names. I would like to use our guides Chinese names if at all possible.

    I feel sure that because of the desire to continually improve, Travel China Guide will remain one of the best companies offering tours in China. I would have no hesitation in recommending any of my friends and family to go on a tour with them.
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    Judith Cameron
    Posted on October 25, 2018
    Back from my vacation in China, I would like to write here to commend all of the guides, Celine in Beijing, Tracy in Xian and Vivian in Shanghai. More than the guides, I should like to pay great respects and thanks to all the staff who answered each time in a few hours even for my small query in my e-mail and for the very good arrangement of hotel, meals and extended tours in Suzhou and Hangzhou after the group schedule.

    Most impressive help from TCG was that my flight was delayed for 12 hours and the pre-tour one night reservation at the Beijing hotel was cancelled but they kindly and strongly negotiated to get for me the full refund despite of hotel regulation of no refund for the same day cancellation. They paid me back the amount in $US in Xian and I really thank you for the kind help.

    Thank you again!
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