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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)
Today your expected Beijing Xi'an Shanghai tour starts! You will meet your group members in the hotel lobby at 08:30 and have a 30-minute pre-trip meeting hosted by your guide. Some travel guidelines and tips will be shared so that everyone in the group can make good preparations for the trip. After that, your guide and driver will 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
Admire the solemn Tiananmen Tower in Tiananmen Square
Admire the solemn Tiananmen Tower in Tiananmen Square
Follow our knowledgeable guide to explore the Forbidden City
Follow our knowledgeable guide to explore the Forbidden City
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
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.

Then we will drive you back to the downtown area. Take your time to explore a featured local market and get relaxed.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Have a great time hiking on Mutianyu Great Wall
Have a great time hiking on Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, Olympic Bird's Nest, A la carte lunch, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
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 we will pass by 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.

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 lunch, 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. Later, 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
Unique rickshaw riding in old Hutongs
Unique rickshaw riding in old Hutongs
Experience Chinese paper cutting
Experience Chinese paper cutting
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)
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.
Marvel at the 2200-year-old Terracotta Warriors
Marvel at the 2200-year-old Terracotta Warriors
Learn to make dumplings at a local home
Learn to make dumplings at a local home
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)
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: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Enjoy cycling on the ancient Xi'an City Wall
Enjoy cycling on the ancient Xi'an City Wall
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)
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
A splendid view of the landmark buildings on the Bund
A splendid view of the landmark buildings on the Bund
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 CNY200 per cab to Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) and CNY100 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!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
12% off - book by Jan 31, 2020, 10% off - book by Feb 29, 2020
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Feb 13(Thu) Feb 20(Thu) $1119$339
Mar 05(Thu) Mar 12(Thu) $1149 $1011$369
Mar 12(Thu) Mar 19(Thu) $1149 $1011$369
Mar 26(Thu) Apr 02(Thu) $1149 $1011$369
Apr 02(Thu) Apr 09(Thu) $1309 $1151$399
Apr 09(Thu) Apr 16(Thu) $1309 $1151$399
Apr 16(Thu) Apr 23(Thu) $1309 $1151$399
Apr 23(Thu) Apr 30(Thu) $1309 $1151$399
May 07(Thu) May 14(Thu) $1309 $1151$399
May 14(Thu) May 21(Thu) $1309 $1151$399
May 21(Thu) May 28(Thu) $1309 $1151$399
May 28(Thu) Jun 04(Thu) $1319 $1160$379
Jun 04(Thu) Jun 11(Thu) $1319 $1160$369
Jun 11(Thu) Jun 18(Thu) $1319 $1160$369
Jun 18(Thu) Jun 25(Thu) $1319 $1160$369
Jun 25(Thu) Jul 02(Thu) $1319 $1160$369
Jul 02(Thu) Jul 09(Thu) $1349 $1187$369
Jul 09(Thu) Jul 16(Thu) $1349 $1187$369
Jul 16(Thu) Jul 23(Thu) $1349 $1187$369
Jul 23(Thu) Jul 30(Thu) $1349 $1187$369
Jul 30(Thu) Aug 06(Thu) $1349 $1187$369
Aug 06(Thu) Aug 13(Thu) $1349 $1187$369
Aug 13(Thu) Aug 20(Thu) $1349 $1187$369
Aug 20(Thu) Aug 27(Thu) $1349 $1187$369
Aug 27(Thu) Sep 03(Thu) $1339 $1178$379
Sep 03(Thu) Sep 10(Thu) $1329 $1169$419
Sep 10(Thu) Sep 17(Thu) $1329 $1169$419
Sep 17(Thu) Sep 24(Thu) $1329 $1169$419
Sep 24(Thu) Oct 01(Thu) $1329 $1169$419
Oct 08(Thu) Oct 15(Thu) $1329 $1169$419
Oct 15(Thu) Oct 22(Thu) $1329 $1169$419
Oct 22(Thu) Oct 29(Thu) $1329 $1169$419
Oct 29(Thu) Nov 05(Thu) $1209 $1063$419
Nov 05(Thu) Nov 12(Thu) $1209 $1063$419
Nov 12(Thu) Nov 19(Thu) $1199 $1055$399
Nov 19(Thu) Nov 26(Thu) $1139 $1002$359
Dec 09(Wed) Dec 16(Wed) $1129 $993$349
Dec 23(Wed) Dec 30(Wed) $1129 $993$349

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
12% off - book by Jan 31, 2020, 10% off - book by Feb 29, 2020
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan 09(Sat) Jan 16(Sat) $1159 $1019$349
Feb 20(Sat) Feb 27(Sat) $1159 $1019$349
Mar 04(Thu) Mar 11(Thu) $1189 $1046$379
Mar 11(Thu) Mar 18(Thu) $1189 $1046$379
Mar 25(Thu) Apr 01(Thu) $1189 $1046$379
Apr 01(Thu) Apr 08(Thu) $1349 $1187$409
Apr 08(Thu) Apr 15(Thu) $1349 $1187$409
Apr 15(Thu) Apr 22(Thu) $1349 $1187$409
Apr 22(Thu) Apr 29(Thu) $1349 $1187$409
May 06(Thu) May 13(Thu) $1349 $1187$409
May 13(Thu) May 20(Thu) $1349 $1187$409
May 20(Thu) May 27(Thu) $1349 $1187$409
May 27(Thu) Jun 03(Thu) $1359 $1195$389
Jun 03(Thu) Jun 10(Thu) $1359 $1195$389
Jun 10(Thu) Jun 17(Thu) $1359 $1195$389
Jun 17(Thu) Jun 24(Thu) $1359 $1195$389
Jun 24(Thu) Jul 01(Thu) $1359 $1195$389
Jul 01(Thu) Jul 08(Thu) $1389 $1222$389
Jul 08(Thu) Jul 15(Thu) $1389 $1222$389
Jul 15(Thu) Jul 22(Thu) $1389 $1222$389
Jul 22(Thu) Jul 29(Thu) $1389 $1222$389
Jul 29(Thu) Aug 05(Thu) $1389 $1222$389
Aug 05(Thu) Aug 12(Thu) $1389 $1222$389
Aug 12(Thu) Aug 19(Thu) $1389 $1222$389
Aug 19(Thu) Aug 26(Thu) $1389 $1222$389
Aug 26(Thu) Sep 02(Thu) $1369 $1204$399
Sep 02(Thu) Sep 09(Thu) $1369 $1204$429
Sep 09(Thu) Sep 16(Thu) $1369 $1204$429
Sep 16(Thu) Sep 23(Thu) $1369 $1204$429
Sep 23(Thu) Sep 30(Thu) $1369 $1204$429
Oct 07(Thu) Oct 14(Thu) $1369 $1204$429
Oct 14(Thu) Oct 21(Thu) $1369 $1204$429
Oct 21(Thu) Oct 28(Thu) $1369 $1204$429
Oct 28(Thu) Nov 04(Thu) $1249 $1099$429
Nov 04(Thu) Nov 11(Thu) $1249 $1099$429
Nov 11(Thu) Nov 18(Thu) $1239 $1090$419
Nov 20(Sat) Nov 27(Sat) $1169 $1028$369
Dec 04(Sat) Dec 11(Sat) $1159 $1019$359
Dec 23(Thu) Dec 30(Thu) $1159 $1019$359

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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