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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!
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Oct 29(Thu) Nov 05(Thu) $1179 $1037$399
Nov 05(Thu) Nov 12(Thu) $1179 $1037$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.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
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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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    Barbara Ford
    Posted on November 28, 2019
    We are finally home and settled and miss China. We had a wonderful time! We really enjoyed this country, its people and all it has to offer as a growing nation. Everyone was friendly and helpful. As an extensive traveler I find this is not always the case but would recommend China and travel there to anyone interested. We had wonderful hotels. We felt that we got a small taste of everyday China by staying in big multi-storied hotels. All the staff at the hotel were helpful and courteous. We had an opportunity to make dumplings and try calligraphy. The courtyard was beautiful and we could sit and drink tea and enjoy the sounds of the local area. Our Beijing tour guide was a pure joy. She was always smiling and helpful. Her English was excellent. When we had questions she always had answers and helped us find the things we needed. My daughter and I came down with allergy symptoms and she helped find a drug store and medicine to make our stay more comfortable. I can not say enough good things as she really made our stay a wonderful experience! Our Xian driver was very good. The car was spotless and in good condition. He seemed to know all the places we needed to go and got us there in a timely manner. There was always extra water in the car, he always made sure that our items we left in the car were secured and taken care of when we were doing other things and seeing the sights. The only drawback to our trip were the late night flight from Shanghai. We really enjoyed being able to see a little more of China than Beijing only. The Terracotta Warriors, Great Wall and the Bund being the best of our trip there. Our guides and drives were courteous and well informed. We will be requesting this company for another trip to Asia soon!!! ... More
    Neil Hilton
    Posted on November 25, 2019
    Thank you for organizing our China trip. Now that we are back in Australia we can reflect and say that it was overall a wonderful trip, everything ran smoothly and we have gained so much from it and would have no hesitation in highly recommending your company - pre planning was excellent, implementation was excellent and communication was excellent. We remain very grateful to you for providing us with an outstanding tour.
    Matin Mc
    Posted on November 19, 2019
    Everything on this tour was amazing from start to finish. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
    You do a great job and good luck to you all.
    Heather Lyn Holland
    Posted on November 08, 2019
    I am happy to give the following feedback after our exciting journey. Time spent at each spot was good, and we did enjoy the variety of people and nationalities. The meals were mostly excellent, and we enjoyed the authentic cuisine in each place. Accommodation was outstanding in most places except Xian. Our guides were very knowledgeable, and eager to help. Rose was difficult to understand at times, but was happy to explain when we asked. We have no complaints at all about the level of knowledge of the guides. Celine, in Xian, was excellent. She was easy to understand, and very entertaining; she also gave us a lot of information about the excursions. We only met Michael briefly, as we left the tour in Shanghai to spend festival with relatives, but his English was excellent, and he seemed very nice. We were most impressed with the state of the cars and buses, and the attitude of the drivers. All were excellent drivers, very patient and helpful to us. We would recommend your company to anyone visiting China. We felt the service was very professional, and the standard of the hotels was mostly outstanding. After our first day, we felt relaxed and comfortable, knowing that we were going to be well looked after. Thank you for organising such a successful trip. ... More
    Posted on November 03, 2019
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    The meals arranged ranged from very average to excellent. Specifically, while in Beijing - the food at the local Beijing restaurant on the first full day was average - nothing too special. This meal would not be a good introduction/start to the tour as it is usually the first meal of a tour that sets the standard for the rest of the tour. Mainly due to service - or lack of -everything was served at the same time, our dessert, which was a warm one, arrived along with the main courses, so was close to cold by the time we had it, and the food itself was below average. The meals in Xian were very good. We were very impressed with the quality of the restaurants we had lunch at. The Dumpling Banquet was OK, probably more impressive for those who have not had dumplings before, the quality of the dumplings was average. Also, there were too many dumplings and so after a while everything tasted the same. The best meal we had on the whole tour was lunch at Ms Shi’s home in Xian we went to on the second day of our Xian tour. Quality of the food served was excellent. All of the dishes we ordered were very good. Usually out of all dishes ordered, there are a couple which are average to OK, but all dishes we had were excellent. This would be the meal that we would recommend to friends and family. The lunch at the airport was OK. The meals we had in Shanghai were also good.

    Our guide in Beijing was Tina. As she was our first guide on the tour, we were initially very impressed by her, but the guides we got for the other cities got better and better with each city. Tina has a good working attitude and her english skills are good as are her knowledge in the places we visited. She was probably more quiet than our other guides, but still friendly enough. In Xian, we had Lily. She was very very knowledgeable on the city and and its history and all of the places we visited and has great knowledge in all other aspects of Xian as well. She was very friendly and accommodating to our requests - there were a couple of specific requests that she went out of her way to accommodate us with. Her english skills are excellent. She offered a lot of information about Xian and other places to visit in Xian if we were to return on another occasion. In Shanghai, our guide was Cassandra - the youngest of all of the guides we had. Although we only had 2 days in Shanghai, Cassandra was the best guide out of the 3 guides we had. She was very friendly and had a good sense of humour and a bubbly personality. Her english skills were excellent as well as her knowledge about the city and history of Shanghai. She also has excellent knowledge of local places to visit and things to do and gave us suggestions without us having to ask her.

    The cars provided were excellent and very comfortable for our group, and actually better than expected. They were kept clean all the way. Our favourite driver was Mr. Zhou (? I think) in Beijing. He was very friendly and courteous. The other drivers were quite quiet and just focused on their driving, which is fair enough.

    I would highly recommend Travel China for anyone taking a China tour.
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    Michael Prahin
    Posted on November 01, 2019
    Thank you for arranging the sightseeing for us, which all of us really liked.
    Elaine Irwin
    United States
    Posted on October 27, 2019
    My husband and I did the 8 day Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai tour. The hotels were clean with good locations. The A/C did not cool the hotel room in Beijing, but it was cool outside in the evenings, so opening the window took care of the problem. Xi'an is a beautiful city - it is not to be missed. The tour buses were clean and comfortable. I would like to thank our guide Linda in Beijing and Carol in Xi'an for taking such good care of us. I highly recommend this tour company.
    Ute Wilson
    Posted on October 25, 2019
    I happily forward some comments:

    -Meals: I enjoyed all the food very much and I often tried typical local dishes and found many of them delicious and interesting. I sampled Chinese white and red wine on my own, and found it very tasty. The only western meal I enjoyed thoroughly was the buffet breakfast in the in Shanghai.

    -Guides: All guides were personable, helpful, friendly and they spoke good to very good English. Their knowledge of the Chinese history was excellent, informative and richly presented. Our guide in Shanghai had some difficulties, but he is new in the trade and obviously needs a chance to improve his language skills as well as his manner to deal and care for his charges.

    -Cars: All the drivers were absolutely delightful. Always on time, always with clean cars and always excellent in dealing with, at times, very heavy traffic.
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    Fiff Pardo
    Posted on October 23, 2019
    I think that your tours are of a good price-quality relation. Only when the tourists are not understanding any English, it would be wise to look for an agency which offers guides in their mother language. We are certainly coming back!
    Gina J
    Posted on October 18, 2019
    Your agency really made our trip! All of you know your business well and it is that competency that makes a trip such as this go so smoothly. We have already told our friends to see China and contact all of you!
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