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SG01A: 8 Days Small Group Luxury Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 1-18 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & experienced driver with air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights, 5-star hotels
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 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: Crowne Plaza Century Park Shanghai
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!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jun 20(Thu) Jun 27(Thu) $1309$379
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 04(Thu) $1279$349
Jul 04(Thu) Jul 11(Thu) $1309$349
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 18(Thu) $1309$349
Jul 18(Thu) Jul 25(Thu) $1309 $1243$349
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 01(Thu) $1309 $1243$349
Aug 01(Thu) Aug 08(Thu) $1309 $1243$349
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 15(Thu) $1309 $1243$349
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 22(Thu) $1309 $1243$349
Aug 22(Thu) Aug 29(Thu) $1309 $1178$349
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 05(Thu) $1269 $1142$359
Sep 05(Thu) Sep 12(Thu) $1309 $1178$409
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 19(Thu) $1279 $1151$379
Sep 19(Thu) Sep 26(Thu) $1279 $1151$379
Oct 03(Thu) Oct 10(Thu) $1299 $1169$379
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 17(Thu) $1299 $1169$379
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 24(Thu) $1299 $1169$379
Oct 24(Thu) Oct 31(Thu) $1299 $1169$379
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 07(Thu) $1189 $1070$379
Nov 07(Thu) Nov 14(Thu) $1189 $1070$379
Nov 21(Thu) Nov 28(Thu) $1109 $998$319
Dec 08(Sun) Dec 15(Sun) $1109 $998$319
Dec 22(Sun) Dec 29(Sun) $1109 $998$319

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) $1149 $1034$329
Feb 13(Thu) Feb 20(Thu) $1149 $1034$329
Mar 05(Thu) Mar 12(Thu) $1149 $1034$329
Mar 12(Thu) Mar 19(Thu) $1149 $1034$329
Mar 26(Thu) Apr 02(Thu) $1149 $1034$329
Apr 02(Thu) Apr 09(Thu) $1339 $1205$399
Apr 09(Thu) Apr 16(Thu) $1329 $1196$369
Apr 16(Thu) Apr 23(Thu) $1329 $1196$369
Apr 23(Thu) Apr 30(Thu) $1329 $1196$369
May 07(Thu) May 14(Thu) $1329 $1196$369
May 14(Thu) May 21(Thu) $1329 $1196$369
May 21(Thu) May 28(Thu) $1329 $1196$369
May 28(Thu) Jun 04(Thu) $1339 $1205$359
Jun 04(Thu) Jun 11(Thu) $1339 $1205$359
Jun 11(Thu) Jun 18(Thu) $1339 $1205$359
Jun 18(Thu) Jun 25(Thu) $1369 $1232$389
Jun 25(Thu) Jul 02(Thu) $1339 $1205$359
Jul 02(Thu) Jul 09(Thu) $1369 $1232$359
Jul 09(Thu) Jul 16(Thu) $1369 $1232$359
Jul 16(Thu) Jul 23(Thu) $1369 $1232$359
Jul 23(Thu) Jul 30(Thu) $1369 $1232$359
Jul 30(Thu) Aug 06(Thu) $1369 $1232$359
Aug 06(Thu) Aug 13(Thu) $1369 $1232$359
Aug 13(Thu) Aug 20(Thu) $1369 $1232$359
Aug 20(Thu) Aug 27(Thu) $1369 $1232$359
Aug 27(Thu) Sep 03(Thu) $1329 $1196$369
Sep 03(Thu) Sep 10(Thu) $1369 $1232$419
Sep 10(Thu) Sep 17(Thu) $1339 $1205$389
Sep 17(Thu) Sep 24(Thu) $1339 $1205$389
Sep 24(Thu) Oct 01(Thu) $1339 $1205$389
Oct 08(Thu) Oct 15(Thu) $1339 $1205$389
Oct 15(Thu) Oct 22(Thu) $1339 $1205$389
Oct 22(Thu) Oct 29(Thu) $1339 $1205$389
Oct 29(Thu) Nov 05(Thu) $1339 $1205$389
Nov 05(Thu) Nov 12(Thu) $1219 $1097$389
Nov 12(Thu) Nov 19(Thu) $1219 $1097$389
Nov 19(Thu) Nov 26(Thu) $1149 $1034$329
Dec 09(Wed) Dec 16(Wed) $1149 $1034$329
Dec 23(Wed) Dec 30(Wed) $1149 $1034$329

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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    Posted on June 10, 2019
    Great service!
    rita lynch
    Posted on May 20, 2019
    all my questions and all dealings very prompt and efficent.
    Posted on May 06, 2019
    Regarding this trip, no disappointments what so ever. Perhaps the first day in Beijing was a bit too demanding but still it was sensational. The hotels in Beijing and Xian were superb, however our room in Shanghai, if well first class, was a bit small. The cars all kept clean, the guides were all professional and care for everyone in the group. Nevertheless, we would not hesitate in recommending TravelChinaGuide to whoever wants to have an unforgettable China tour experience. Thank you guys!
    Eileen Leahy
    Posted on April 24, 2019
    I booked a group tour to Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai on this website. All drivers were punctual & buses clean. The guides were very good & helpful. I must say a special thanks to Selina for her professional approach & her knowledge of the country & history. We would suggest a visit to the viewing tower in the Shanghai as a good finish to the trip.
    Sri Lanka
    Posted on April 21, 2019
    We have arrived home safely with lots of lovely memories. Thanks for the lovely gifts for all of us and for the help to arrange a comfortable holiday for my family. We are lucky to have a nice group of people during our trip; especially children were really enjoyed with their age group friends. We were really enjoying our trip with very good hotels, friendly guides, comfortable vehicles, food and shows. All three part of our visit were memorable and excellent. Thanks again.
    John Henj
    Posted on April 20, 2019
    I enjoyed every minute of my tour. I would highly recommend it to others. The price was reasonable and I saw many things. The guides were very knowledgeable.
    Posted on April 03, 2019
    We have some great moments with our guides. I am happy to reassure people that TCG provided an outstanding service. This is absolutely a great way to experience China.

    Thank you for making China possible! This vacation has opened up a whole new part of the world to us. The quality of our experience was exceptional, and I can't imagine having done so much and learned so much without our guides. I feel that I have finally begun to feel connected to this very important part of the world!
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    Posted on March 12, 2019
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    Always prompt replies. Impressive.
    Jonathan Banville
    Posted on February 26, 2019
    Thanks for the good service we had. All the meals we're were good. All of them could be recommended. The only negative point is sometimes, we ate at 1h30 pm and supper time was at 5h00pm because we had a show to attend. If was to close together. All the guides were nice people. A special thanks to our guide in Xi'an. She was outstanding! Cars were always clean and good service. A special thanks to our driver in Beijing and Xian.
    Posted on February 13, 2019
    Haven't even left home yet! Selina has been prompt, informative answering my multiple questions as well as accommodating to my requests. My husband and I sincerely hope we can meet Selina in person when we arrive in China.
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