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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.
Your 8-day China small group tour starts the moment you land at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). You will meet our professional guide outside the customs and then be transferred to the hotel by driver in a comfortable vehicle. Take the rest of the day to recover from the jet lag.
 
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)
Great Wall, Beijing
Great Wall, Beijing
After breakfast, our guide and driver will come and meet you at the hotel lobby and take you to Tiananmen Square. It is the world's largest urban square in the heart of Beijing and has witnessed important ceremonies and assemblies. Then, you will walk through the Tiananmen Tower with the company of our guide to visit the Forbidden City, which was the royal palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 - 1911).

At noon, an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be arranged at an elegant restaurant, where you will also taste the authentic Peking Roast Duck.

After a short break, you will be escorted to the Temple of Heaven, where emperors held national sacrificial rituals and prayed for good harvest in the old times. If you are a big fan of Chinese Kung Fu, a lively Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater will offer you a chance to appreciate this martial art up close.

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 group at the Forbidden City
This morning, we will arrange a visit to the Mutianyu Great Wall, and the round-trip cable car is included. Connecting Juyongguan Pass in the west and Gubeikou Great Wall in the east, Mutianyu has been regarded as an important military area in Beijing since ancient times. Afterwards, to celebrate the conquest of the Great Wall, we will specially provide red wine for a group-toasting.

Lunch will not be arranged by us as restaurants near the Great Wall are not up to our service standard. You may have a big breakfast before setting off and have some fast food around the scenic area. Our guide will offer you more advice.

On the way back to the downtown area, we will stop and leave you some time to take photos of the Olympic National Stadium, also nicknamed as the Bird's Nest because of its unique appearance. Afterwards, take your time to explore a featured local market and get relaxed.

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)
Local people's life
Having had a challenging trip yesterday, this morning we will arrange a leisure visit to the Summer Palace, which used to be the royal resort during the Qing Dynasty. Here you can admire richly ornamented halls and temples, the tranquil Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill. Then a Hutong exploration by rickshaw will round off your Beijing tour. You can have a glimpse of authentic traditional Beijingers' life while shuttling among Hutong alleys and grey brick courtyards. Furthermore, a special Chinese Paper Cutting experience is also in the schedule.

At noon, we will provide an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy restaurant.

After that, you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival, our local guide will pick you up at the airport and accompany 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)
Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army
Your memorable Xi'an tour starts today. After breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to the Terracotta Army. It is the funerary object of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259 - 210 BC) with over 8,000 pottery soldiers and chariots in battle array to protect this great ruler in his afterlife.

After that, we will have an a la carte lunch at a local family (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price). You can even follow suit with the hospitable host to cook home-made food if interested. 

After lunch, our guide will take you to Jianfu Temple to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum inside. The Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will highlight this evening and you will be served a traditional Dumpling Dinner at the same time.

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

Since the theater is usually not open in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we will not arrange the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during the periods. Clients will enjoy free time to relax.
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 transferr. (B+L)
Making dumplings at a local family
In the morning, you will be taking a short ride to the City Wall Park. While strolling in the park, you will see a great many of local people are doing their morning exercises. It is the best place for you to get to know more about the local life and feel the culture differences between east and west. You will also experience a Tai Chi practice with the master whom we specially invite. Then under our guide's company, you will ascend the City Wall, which has guarded the old city of Xi'an for over 600 years. If you are interested, you can go cycling on the wall. The bike rental fare is your responsibility.

After an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a well-known restaurant, our guide will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Shanghai and help you with the boarding procedure. 

Upon landing, you will meet our local guide at the airport exit and be escorted to the hotel by a comfortable drive.

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
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the first destination, Shanghai Museum. The museum collects over 120,000 precious items of different dynasties, among which bronze wares of the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046 - 771 BC) as well as paintings and calligraphy works of the Tang Dynasty are the most worth seeing.

You will then be transferred to Yu Garden. Although not very large in scale, it resembles an elaborate bonsai with pavilions, bridges, pools, and rockeries inside setting off by verdant plants. Our guide will leave you some time to hang out at the traditional bazaar nearby.

At noon, an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be arranged at a popular local restaurant. After lunch, we will drive to the Former French Concession to appreciate the exquisite western-style garden houses and know about the histories and stories there. Our next destination is the Bund area, where you will take a one-hour cruise tour along the Huangpu River. You will also have time on the Bund to look at the miniature of Shanghai back in the 19th century.

Our guide will accompany you back to the hotel at the end of the day 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)
This one-week China small group tour will come to an end today. Take your entire belongings to check out the hotel and get to the airport for your homeward flight by yourself. In order to save your time, we kindly suggest you take a taxi to the airport. It is around CNY150 per cab to Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) and CNY 200 to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA). Please make sure you go to the right airport. We wish you a nice journey home! 

If you wish to extend your tour from Shanghai to other neighboring cities such as Suzhou, Hangzhou, Huangshan and others, please feel free to contact our travel consultant. We will be happy to arrange it for you!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
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Aug 22(Thu) Aug 29(Thu) $1289$339
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 05(Thu) $1239$349
Sep 05(Thu) Sep 12(Thu) $1289$399
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 19(Thu) $1259$369
Sep 19(Thu) Sep 26(Thu) $1259 $1196$369
Oct 03(Thu) Oct 10(Thu) $1279 $1215$369
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 17(Thu) $1279 $1215$369
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 24(Thu) $1279 $1151$369
Oct 24(Thu) Oct 31(Thu) $1279 $1151$369
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 07(Thu) $1159 $1043$369
Nov 07(Thu) Nov 14(Thu) $1159 $1043$369
Nov 21(Thu) Nov 28(Thu) $1089 $980$309
Dec 08(Sun) Dec 15(Sun) $1089 $980$309
Dec 22(Sun) Dec 29(Sun) $1089 $980$309

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 
Jan 05(Sun) Jan 12(Sun) $1109 $998$349
Feb 13(Thu) Feb 20(Thu) $1109 $998$349
Mar 05(Thu) Mar 12(Thu) $1129 $1016$359
Mar 12(Thu) Mar 19(Thu) $1129 $1016$359
Mar 26(Thu) Apr 02(Thu) $1129 $1016$359
Apr 02(Thu) Apr 09(Thu) $1289 $1160$389
Apr 09(Thu) Apr 16(Thu) $1289 $1160$389
Apr 16(Thu) Apr 23(Thu) $1289 $1160$389
Apr 23(Thu) Apr 30(Thu) $1289 $1160$389
May 07(Thu) May 14(Thu) $1289 $1160$389
May 14(Thu) May 21(Thu) $1289 $1160$389
May 21(Thu) May 28(Thu) $1289 $1160$389
May 28(Thu) Jun 04(Thu) $1299 $1169$379
Jun 04(Thu) Jun 11(Thu) $1299 $1169$379
Jun 11(Thu) Jun 18(Thu) $1299 $1169$379
Jun 18(Thu) Jun 25(Thu) $1299 $1169$379
Jun 25(Thu) Jul 02(Thu) $1299 $1169$379
Jul 02(Thu) Jul 09(Thu) $1329 $1196$379
Jul 09(Thu) Jul 16(Thu) $1329 $1196$379
Jul 16(Thu) Jul 23(Thu) $1329 $1196$379
Jul 23(Thu) Jul 30(Thu) $1329 $1196$379
Jul 30(Thu) Aug 06(Thu) $1329 $1196$379
Aug 06(Thu) Aug 13(Thu) $1329 $1196$379
Aug 13(Thu) Aug 20(Thu) $1329 $1196$379
Aug 20(Thu) Aug 27(Thu) $1329 $1196$379
Aug 27(Thu) Sep 03(Thu) $1309 $1178$379
Sep 03(Thu) Sep 10(Thu) $1299 $1169$409
Sep 10(Thu) Sep 17(Thu) $1299 $1169$409
Sep 17(Thu) Sep 24(Thu) $1299 $1169$409
Sep 24(Thu) Oct 01(Thu) $1299 $1169$409
Oct 08(Thu) Oct 15(Thu) $1299 $1169$409
Oct 15(Thu) Oct 22(Thu) $1299 $1169$409
Oct 22(Thu) Oct 29(Thu) $1299 $1169$409
Oct 29(Thu) Nov 05(Thu) $1189 $1070$409
Nov 05(Thu) Nov 12(Thu) $1189 $1070$409
Nov 12(Thu) Nov 19(Thu) $1179 $1061$399
Nov 19(Thu) Nov 26(Thu) $1109 $998$349
Dec 09(Wed) Dec 16(Wed) $1109 $998$349
Dec 23(Wed) Dec 30(Wed) $1109 $998$349

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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    4.827 Reviews
    Robyn Baker
    Australia
    Posted on August 10, 2019
    Overall we really enjoyed our visit. I have some feedback that others might find useful.

    Tour Structure - The tour was very busy. We would have liked more free time away from the organized tour. I know this would mean extending the time but I think people might enjoy being able to do their own thing from time to time.

    Meals - overall the standard of the meals was very good. They were rather "westernized" Chinese meals though and we would have liked to sample more authentic Chinese cuisine. The meal in Shanghai was our least favorite. It was also very rushed due to traffic so we did not get a chance to really study the menu and make our selections. Also we were in private rooms in quite a few restaurants. We would have liked to dine in the main part of the restaurant so that we could see the real Chinese dining experience.

    Guides - our two guides Candy and Lily were excellent. Our group particularly liked Candy as she had a good sense of humor and was very charming. Lily was very experienced and handled the illness of one of our members very well. The guide in Shanghai was also very experienced but she did not have the same charm as the other two guides. However as there were only 3 of us at that stage of the tour she was very flexible and gave us choices as to what we wanted to do. The traffic in Shanghai was terrible and it took us quite some time to go from place to place (not her fault).

    Drivers and Cars - The drivers and vehicles in Beijing and Shanghai were excellent, however in Xian the driver who met us at the airport had been smoking in the vehicle and the bus itself was not up to standard. It was good that the company managed to change this situation and we all appreciated it.

    Hotels - All hotels were very good. The Sheraton Hotel was particularly well appointed and was our favorite. The breakfast at Shanghai was by far the best.

    I hope this feedback is helpful.
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    Valerie Rule
    Australia
    Posted on July 30, 2019
    The amount of time spent at each place was good. Although some people might get bored if there are too many museums in one day. All the meals and restaurants were fantastic! However, I felt the restaurant in Shanghai didn't have enough variety of dishes. Guides were all very knowledgeable and nice. Lily in Xian was highly knowledgeable about Xian and its history. I really enjoyed her company as she was always so friendly and pleasant. Cars were clean and drivers were punctual. We will certainly recommend your service to anyone we know. ... More
    Scott Matveyeff
    Australia
    Posted on July 26, 2019
    Great communication.
    Boon Goh & Ms. Choon Goh
    New Zealand
    Posted on July 15, 2019
    Firstly we were sorry in not been able to meet Abbey in Xian but Cindy was as good a replacement and a thank you for the gifts. The trip in its totality was great, enjoyable and the Guides were well conversant in English. We were very satisfied with all the historic sites we visited with the only drawback in not being able to see Tiananmen Square and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. But of course we understand this was beyond the control of the guide. The food and hotels were good and we did not have any complaints what so ever. I think that the idea of having a home cooked lunch at Xian was fantastic especially to the Europeans as most of them are not exposed to such meals. Indeed a real innovation and positive marketing approach to lure more travelers. However as I am of ethnic Chinese origin whose grandfather came southern China and being second generation of non-mandarin speaking have been exposed to such food for a long time. Lastly we would say that TCG tour was thoroughly enjoyable, relax atmosphere, friendly, helpful and we would recommend TCG without any hesitation. ... More
    Ian and Breda
    Australia
    Posted on July 09, 2019
    I would like to provide a brief feedback to my and Breda's trip of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai:

    Guides: Candy in Beijing and Lily in Xian, in particular, were fantastic… great senses of humor, very knowledgeable, extremely helpful, and just great fun to be around. We were only in Shanghai 1 day , so we didn't have the same rapport with Gordon, though must say that he was extremely helpful.
    Drivers: Very good and friendly.
    Buses: Very good.
    Hotels: Excellent.
    Food: Excellent.
    Home visits: Excellent and well worthwhile. The home visit for a home cooked meal in Xian (where we had the pleasure of meeting Wendy) was very interesting, with excellent food. This visit also gave my partner the opportunity of making dumplings, which Breda enjoyed.
    City Tours: Excellent for the relatively short trip that we booked.
    Overall: I would absolutely recommend Travel China Guide to my friends.
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    Bronwyn
    UK
    Posted on July 04, 2019
    I'm extremely pleased with this itinerary. My only regret is that I did not have enough time to spend in Shanghai, I think another day would have been a good idea for me as it is such a huge city.
    James Pelkey
    USA
    Posted on July 03, 2019
    Beijing.... Candy was wonderful. We were picked up at the Airport a day early and she gave us advice on what we could do for the extra day. We went to the Lama Temple on our free day and had a great relaxing time. For the visit, we were very pleased with the sites in Beijing. Candy answered all our questions. It was very crowded as it is high season. The wall was great to visit and she gave us advice on what part to see. Overall, I would give her a 10 out of 10.
    Xi'an...Jacky was pretty good also. It was very hot the day we went to see the Terra Cotta Warriors and horses. The city wall was great. Overall, I would give Jacky a 8 out of 10 mainly because we felt like the tour went a little fast for everything we wanted to see.
    Shanghai...Michael was wonderful. Our group of 4 people was allowed to pick what we wanted to see instead of cramming everything into one day. We started with the Shanghai Museum in the morning. It was nice to feel like we were not rushed into finishing at a given time. Lunch was the best of the entire tour. The afternoon we went to the Yu Garden and culture street. It was interesting to see all the shops and friendly people. In the evening he recommended an acrobatic show and it turned out to be outstanding. I would recommend the show to everyone. I give him a 10 out of 10 for being very knowledgeable and flexible with our small group.
    TCG.com offered us an excellent tour, and we will opt for this company again for our future trips!
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    Pradyumna & Poonam Ponkshe
    India
    Posted on June 21, 2019
    We are back home today and very much happy with all arrangements made by TravelChinaGuide throughout our trip. We will definitely recommend this company to all our relatives and friends in India.
    Helen Sarcich
    Australia
    Posted on June 13, 2019
    We really enjoyed the trip and each of the guides were wonderful. Brian in Beijing was especially fantastic. We liked all of the hotels, particularly the one in Shanghai which was lovely. The one in Xian was comfortable although could do with a bit of updating. The only couple of points we have to make are; there's no time to do shopping at the markets. There is not enough time in Shanghai. I would only have one day in Xian to see the warriors and then fly out that night to Shanghai and have two full days in Shanghai instead, and on the second day have a shopping in markets opportunity. Despite this, the trip was well-organized and enjoyable. ... More
    Rachel
    USA
    Posted on June 10, 2019
    Great service!
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