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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
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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10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Oct 24(Thu) Oct 31(Thu) $1259$359
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 07(Thu) $1149$359
Nov 07(Thu) Nov 14(Thu) $1149$359
Nov 21(Thu) Nov 28(Thu) $1079 $1025$299
Dec 08(Sun) Dec 15(Sun) $1079 $1025$299
Dec 22(Sun) Dec 29(Sun) $1079 $971$299

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 Dec 31, 2019, 10% off - book by Jan 31, 2020
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan 05(Sun) Jan 12(Sun) $1099 $967$339
Feb 13(Thu) Feb 20(Thu) $1099 $967$339
Mar 05(Thu) Mar 12(Thu) $1109 $975$359
Mar 12(Thu) Mar 19(Thu) $1109 $975$359
Mar 26(Thu) Apr 02(Thu) $1109 $975$359
Apr 02(Thu) Apr 09(Thu) $1269 $1116$379
Apr 09(Thu) Apr 16(Thu) $1269 $1116$379
Apr 16(Thu) Apr 23(Thu) $1269 $1116$379
Apr 23(Thu) Apr 30(Thu) $1269 $1116$379
May 07(Thu) May 14(Thu) $1269 $1116$379
May 14(Thu) May 21(Thu) $1269 $1116$379
May 21(Thu) May 28(Thu) $1269 $1116$379
May 28(Thu) Jun 04(Thu) $1289 $1134$379
Jun 04(Thu) Jun 11(Thu) $1279 $1125$369
Jun 11(Thu) Jun 18(Thu) $1279 $1125$369
Jun 18(Thu) Jun 25(Thu) $1279 $1125$369
Jun 25(Thu) Jul 02(Thu) $1279 $1125$369
Jul 02(Thu) Jul 09(Thu) $1319 $1160$369
Jul 09(Thu) Jul 16(Thu) $1319 $1160$369
Jul 16(Thu) Jul 23(Thu) $1319 $1160$369
Jul 23(Thu) Jul 30(Thu) $1319 $1160$369
Jul 30(Thu) Aug 06(Thu) $1319 $1160$369
Aug 06(Thu) Aug 13(Thu) $1319 $1160$369
Aug 13(Thu) Aug 20(Thu) $1319 $1160$369
Aug 20(Thu) Aug 27(Thu) $1319 $1160$369
Aug 27(Thu) Sep 03(Thu) $1289 $1134$369
Sep 03(Thu) Sep 10(Thu) $1289 $1134$399
Sep 10(Thu) Sep 17(Thu) $1289 $1134$399
Sep 17(Thu) Sep 24(Thu) $1289 $1134$399
Sep 24(Thu) Oct 01(Thu) $1289 $1134$399
Oct 08(Thu) Oct 15(Thu) $1289 $1134$399
Oct 15(Thu) Oct 22(Thu) $1289 $1134$399
Oct 22(Thu) Oct 29(Thu) $1289 $1134$399
Oct 29(Thu) Nov 05(Thu) $1169 $1028$399
Nov 05(Thu) Nov 12(Thu) $1169 $1028$399
Nov 12(Thu) Nov 19(Thu) $1159 $1019$389
Nov 19(Thu) Nov 26(Thu) $1099 $967$339
Dec 09(Wed) Dec 16(Wed) $1099 $967$339
Dec 23(Wed) Dec 30(Wed) $1099 $967$339

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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    4.838 Reviews
    Andrew Pele
    Posted on October 13, 2019
    We really enjoyed the itinerary that was offered through your company. We were able to add a few places of our choice which was exciting. The home visits made this trip different from any other. We so enjoyed the hutong via rickshaw and seeing a community home inside the hutong. It was so fascinating. The visit to the family in Xian was fantastic! Mrs. Caiquin was open and friendly and we appreciated her opening her home to us. We enjoyed the visit and the opportunity to learn how to make dumplings and then eat her amazing meal. It was an honor to be able to see inside the life of an ordinary family in China. We are very grateful for that. Thank you so much! We were very glad to meet the staff of your company in Xian as well. ... More
    Tina Shroff
    Posted on October 10, 2019
    We have had such a wonderful time. I have recommended you to 4 of my friends and they are going to come down in 2020. We had the best time and both me and my husband find this to be the most memorable vacation of our lifetime. Our guide Barry in Beijing was WONDERFUL. He brought the whole group alive and kept us laughing and amused. His knowledge is very vast and could answer all our questions. We also saw that he is proud of his country and was very happy whenever we asked him anything about China. When we went down for breakfast at the hotel the staff were very very efficient, prompt and friendly. We loved every single day and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the hotel. Or stay in Xian was also very very enjoyable and the place was also very interesting. Our guide was young and had good knowledge. She did not have the same jovial nature like Barry but she was always smiling and friendly. She also had good knowledge of the places she took us to and the best part about her was the way she selected the food for us at all the restaurants in Xian. The hotel in Xian was good but not the service. When we went down for breakfast the staff were not attentive and gave us the impression that they could not be bothered if we ate or not. We felt like strangers at the hotel in Xian. We enjoyed the shows very very much. Guess what !!?? my husband, me and 4 of our good friends are going to do this tour ONCE AGAIN but will also include the other places like Tibet, Hong Kong and Macau. We want to do another trip that includes all these places PLUS Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. Thank you very much. ... More
    Posted on October 05, 2019
    Hereunder is my feedback on our recent tour:
    1. Meals were excellent.
    2. All the Guides were good but Candy(Beijing) was the most knowledgeable and was a mine of information. Knowledge of all the guides was good, but Candy the "stand-out". Their English was always at least adequate.
    3. All the drivers and cars were good.
    4. All the hotels were exceptional good including Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian. Both of them were very beautiful, and I especially enjoyed my stays there.
    Thanks for a memorable time in China.
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    Mitch Rotter
    United States
    Posted on October 02, 2019
    It has been an absolute pleasure working with you both on our tour, Kelly and Wendy, and it was a pleasure meeting you in Xi'an, Wendy! Regarding my trip:
    1. Meals. We were very pleased with all of the restaurants that we visited. The décor and atmosphere in each restaurant was bright, classy, and welcoming. There was an extensive selection of food, and everything we ordered was delicious (literally, everything!). Our favorite meal was probably the dumpling dinner in Xi'an. The dumplings were so good, and the artistry that went into the preparation was amazing, too. However, the restaurant we visited for lunch after touring the Forbidden City was also memorably good - but we enjoyed all of them!
    2. Guides. Wow! We can't say enough good things about Linda, our guide in Beijing. She is an absolute jewel! She was the perfect guide to pair with our group. Linda related so well to our daughters. Linda was a huge reason why we all had such a great time in Beijing - she was so accommodating and fun to interact with…touring with Linda made every day special. Susan, our guide in Xi'an, was also very, very good. She was extremely pleasant and so knowledgeable. I would give Susan a grade of "A" as a guide, and if we had only had her as a guide the whole time, we would have been very happy. But we would give Linda a grade of "A+++". Again, Linda was the perfect fit for our group - she was so talkative and engaging. When in Shanghai, Tom was our guide. Tom is also a knowledgeable guide, but not so good as Linda and Susan.
    3. Drivers and cars. Here again, we had a slightly better experience in Beijing. The van in each city was clean, spacious, and comfortable - no problems at all. Drivers were courteous, prompt, and very good at their job. But we enjoyed Mr. Lee in Beijing quite a bit. We didn't talk all that much, but we just seemed to establish a bit more of a comfort level with him. And he is a really, really good driver!
    4. Hotels. All the hotels were very good, all provided clean, comfortable accommodations, and had helpful concierges and staff. The breakfast buffet at all three hotels was very good - excellent selection of food, and good quality.
    That’s all the feedback I have. Once again, thanks for arranging a truly fantastic, memorable tour for us. We loved it!
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    The Netherlands
    Posted on September 29, 2019
    we had a great trip to Beijing, XIan and Sjanghai! Wonderful experience!
    WS Chew
    Posted on September 24, 2019
    The tour guides gave a good glimpse of the history of places visited and idea of the Chinese locals life. Interesting narrative. Meals provided were sumptuous and plenty. Highly recommend this Travel China Guide.
    Gary Robbins
    Posted on September 16, 2019
    My family and I have traveled around the world, so we have a good baseline to compare TCG services to. We were very pleased with every aspect of the four city tours. Our four guides (Summer, Susan, John and Ryan) were wonderful in every way. The vehicles and drivers were fabulous. The air conditioner was cool and cold water was available to get us through the hot summer days. The driver was always waiting - many times, we walked less than 10 steps from the site's exit into our van seat. Linda Jing was fabulous to work with. I am an engineer, so that means lots of questions. She responded timely, with thorough answers. I felt the prices were fair for a private guide, and I tipped above the TCG guideline in every case. They had after-hours activity suggestions for us, and never showed any concern about how long the days were. John stayed with us through airport check-in, and rearranged the schedule to avoid us paying a long taxi ride. Ryan helped me find the right ticket both for my high speed train (self-arranged). Susan was constantly concerned about our safety. And Summer was our constant companion and friend. Ryan even we-chatted me after the flight home to make sure we arrived safely. Kudos to the TCG team - top marks from the Robbins family. ... More
    Posted on September 05, 2019
    This tour itinerary gave us a brief introduction to China. We really enjoyed it. Our visiting time was divided equally at each of the sightseeing spots, and we enjoyed it. Our guides were all well informed, gave us new insights about the places we visit. All of them speak and understand English well. The drivers were all well-mannered and courteous. Especially want to commend our driver in Beijing. In Shanghai, we were amazed that we were upgraded to a bus. Though not necessary as we are only a small group of 10, but still appreciated it. Although the food was great, most of the time the service was slow. I recommend that since it is usually the same restaurant that the tour company is using, it would be beneficial if the group can order ahead of time and it can be already prepared quickly. That was the main concern that we have with the group. In that way, we can have more time in the sightseeing spots and/or go back to hotel earlier and spend the remaining parts of the day wandering around the city. We liked all our hotel accommodations. And if given a chance to go back to China again, we will definitely stay on those hotels again. ... More
    Brenda Millar
    Posted on September 03, 2019
    The vacation and the guides were excellent - very professional and knowledgeable about such a lot of general knowledge questions which we asked - not necessarily related to what or where we were. I would be only happy to comment and will do. The hotels were very comfortable and service excellent - at one time arranging for a lock to be opened on my luggage. There is only one little thing and I now forget which hotel but I think the one in Xian where there were no small spoons - (teaspoons) on the tables at breakfast - perhaps because a lot of the customers drink tea in those little cups but for overseas people we need to stir our coffee/tea after adding sugar. There were always these small spoons in our hotel rooms. The array of food was wonderful. I also enjoyed all the meals which we had on the tour - again the food lovely and a special thank you to the wonderful hostess and her sister who welcomed us into their home. The drivers were extremely good - and the traffic in China is very different to my country. Your drivers were very polite about changing lanes and do it very quickly. Hotel rooms were beautifully appointed and maintained. Staff extremely helpful with any questions/problems. My daughter has seen my photographs quickly and cannot wait to see them full size. I think some of them are just so beautiful that they could be used on a calendar!!!!!! The scenery is exquisite in particular around the rivers and as I love trees I found all of the street trees and flowers just so beautiful. Our cities could do with something like that - our buildings are so close together. Particularly in our cities - also the gardens in between all the big hotels and office buildings - in particular the one behind the hotel in Shanghai where I walked on my last day. China is a beautiful country that I strongly like to return. ... More
    Posted on August 26, 2019
    Thank you very much. We had a great group of people on our tour, represented from Australia, Ireland, Germany, and the USA. We got along well with each other.
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