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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
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
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.

· Small Wild Goose Pagoda cannot be visited before March 31, 2021 due to maintenance. If you happen to be traveling at the period, your travel consultant will make alternate arrangements for you. Thank you.
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!
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan 09(Sat)Jan 16(Sat)$1179$359
Feb 20(Sat)Feb 27(Sat)$1179$359
Mar 04(Thu)Mar 11(Thu)$1209$389
Mar 11(Thu)Mar 18(Thu)$1209$389
Mar 25(Thu)Apr 01(Thu)$1209$389
Apr 01(Thu)Apr 08(Thu)$1379$419
Apr 08(Thu)Apr 15(Thu)$1379$419
Apr 15(Thu)Apr 22(Thu)$1379$419
Apr 22(Thu)Apr 29(Thu)$1379$419
May 06(Thu)May 13(Thu)$1379$419
May 13(Thu)May 20(Thu)$1379$419
May 20(Thu)May 27(Thu)$1379$419
May 27(Thu)Jun 03(Thu)$1389$399
Jun 03(Thu)Jun 10(Thu)$1379$399
Jun 10(Thu)Jun 17(Thu)$1379$399
Jun 17(Thu)Jun 24(Thu)$1379$399
Jun 24(Thu)Jul 01(Thu)$1379$399
Jul 01(Thu)Jul 08(Thu)$1419$399
Jul 08(Thu)Jul 15(Thu)$1419$399
Jul 15(Thu)Jul 22(Thu)$1419$399
Jul 22(Thu)Jul 29(Thu)$1419$399
Jul 29(Thu)Aug 05(Thu)$1419$399
Aug 05(Thu)Aug 12(Thu)$1419$399
Aug 12(Thu)Aug 19(Thu)$1419$399
Aug 19(Thu)Aug 26(Thu)$1419$399
Aug 26(Thu)Sep 02(Thu)$1399$409
Sep 02(Thu)Sep 09(Thu)$1399$439
Sep 09(Thu)Sep 16(Thu)$1399$439
Sep 16(Thu)Sep 23(Thu)$1399$439
Sep 23(Thu)Sep 30(Thu)$1399$439
Oct 07(Thu)Oct 14(Thu)$1399$439
Oct 14(Thu)Oct 21(Thu)$1399$439
Oct 21(Thu)Oct 28(Thu)$1399$439
Oct 28(Thu)Nov 04(Thu)$1269$439
Nov 04(Thu)Nov 11(Thu)$1269$439
Nov 11(Thu)Nov 18(Thu)$1259$429
Nov 20(Sat)Nov 27(Sat)$1199$379
Dec 04(Sat)Dec 11(Sat)$1179$369
Dec 23(Thu)Dec 30(Thu)$1179$369
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 March 18, 2020
    We enjoyed our trip and would like to say thank you for the good job TravelChinaGuide did. It was remarkably easy working with Lexi on the planning of the trip and we felt comfortable booking the trip with this company online, which I would never have believed prior.
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    We greatly enjoyed our tour and, above all, the dynamic country impressed us, as well as the lovely people that, without forgetting its millennial culture, construct the future China.
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    Posted on March 01, 2020
    It has been about 2 months since we returned, and we can finally offer some comments for you if you are considering to take this tour.
    In the tour, the lunches and the dinner we had at restaurants were of excellent quality. The best of these was the farewell lunch at Shanghai, with both an extensive selection and high quality. In general, we found the quantity of food offered at these meals was far too much! We were always disappointed that so much food was left. As the trip progressed, we told the guides that we would order one or two dishes fewer than we could have ordered. The dumpling banquet in Xian was excellent, but the quantity of food was overwhelming! There was enough to feed a platoon of PRC soldiers! Regarding the hotel breakfast buffets, the quality slowly deteriorated as the tour progressed. The hotel in Beijing had a great buffet. By the end of the trip, we found the buffet at the hotel in Shanghai was not very good, with a small selection and disorganized staff (but a very good room).
    All the guides had English language skills that ranged from good to excellent.
    All the drivers were excellent and their cars were clean and in excellent condition.
    As it turned out, we had some extra time before leaving Shanghai. It was a rainy morning, and Linda had recommended some good places to us for that extra time. We found a few great, unusual souveniers of our self trip.
    We were deeply touched by the prompt and passionate work of our guides, drivers as well as other staff who made their efforts to serve us in China. 5 stars marks for TravelChinaGuide!
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    Posted on February 29, 2020
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    Thank you so much for a lifetime experience. I can't stop talking about my trip to China!
    Helena Afonso
    Posted on January 17, 2020
    Very perfect organization on our tour! The days spent in Beijing were wonderful and even an extra dinner was given to us to compensate the disappoitment time of arrival in China. We loved the capital and I was fascinated with the extraordinary great wall scenery full of people from all over the world! The food we ate after the visit, I remember a sichuanese speciality, very hot but delicious...... In Xian Celine was awaiting for us at airport. The food was first class in every restaurant, the massage center she indicated to us was also excellent and recovered our dead feet...... after so much walking around the places. The night-show with the traditional ancient chinese dances were superb, we enjoyed every minute. The last 2 days in Shanghai were also fascinating, I loved this modern city also. I feel like mention as well the perfect hotels everywhere, not only in the capitals but in Xian and Shanghai. Also the clean public surfaces, in airports, hotels, banks, shopping centers etc...were outstanding. I must copngratulate Chinese people for the extraordinary service they are offering to tourists and foreigners, I will dare to stay, this country is a poential NO.1 tourist place in the future. Many many thanks for everything you have given to me! ... More
    Frank Chin
    Posted on January 15, 2020
    My China trip was very memorable. Our guides were all great. They spoken English well, although the accent of our Shanghai guide was thick, but after a day or so, we all got used to the other's way of speaking. Our guides were very knowledgeable. The drivers were delightful and very friendly; they were quite skillful! The first meal (Peking Roast Duck) left much to be desired: it was somewhat strange and just OK. The driver in Shanghai was excellent and their vehicles were spotless. Overall, I had an excellent time. ... More
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    Posted on January 13, 2020
    Abbey, thanks for all your considerate arrangements. It was nice to see you even briefly in Xian - now we can put a face and a name together. Thanks for your intimate services.
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    Posted on January 06, 2020
    I highly recommend to anyone to choose this travel agency and also I highly recommend to ask for Candy as a guide, she is warm, friendly and extremely knowledgeable about China culture. I also highly recommend Mr. Wang in Xian as a driver, he is warm, kind and is an amazing driver. They both made me feel so comfortable, they are, in my opinions, the best. I can't wait to take my next holiday with this travel agency and to see my friends again.
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    I exchanged many emails with Linda and Lexi at TravelChinaGuide while I was planning my tour. They always answered very promptly and gave very complete and helpful answers to even the most minor questions that I had. We were glad that it was possible for all of us to share a room, with an extra bed for our daughter in each hotel, instead of requiring us to pay for an additional room for her. I was very happy to meet Linda while we had lunch in Xian, and she gave us a little gift from TravelChinaGuide. Before our trip, I was somewhat worried about the weather while traveling in China in December, but it turned out to be the perfect time to go and I would recommend traveling at this time. In Beijing and Xian, the weather was similar to New York or Philadelphia, which was fine for us. According to climate information, December has the least precipitation of any month, so we were able to enjoy the clear skies and beautiful views, which would not have been possible during rainier seasons. Also, although we saw many Chinese tour groups during our tour, we were told that all of the sights are much more crowded during peak season, while it was relatively uncrowded while we visited. I strongly recommend you to visit China in such low season. Less crowded and more space to take photos. ... More
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