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SG05: 11 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 1-18 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights, nice 5-star & 4-star hotels
Meals: 10 western buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 dumpling dinner
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Giant Pandas
  • Have a once in a life chance to get close to the incredibly cute treasure - Pandas
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
  • 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.
You will be met at Beijing airport and taken to check in at the hotel. You may make your own plans for the remainder of the day. Our guide will offer the orientation of the following day on escorted tours and dining arrangements. 
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)
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
After breakfast at the hotel, all nationals on the tour attend a short orientation session for mix and mingle. Set off to the first stop, at the Tiananmen Square and then the Forbidden City. There is much to see. Our guide will take you one step further with first hand knowledge.
At noon, you will dine on an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a very popular restaurant. There are great menu selections including Peking Roast Duck. 

After that you will approach the Temple of Heaven. It is a former place of worship surrounded by a park. Then you will go to see a traditional Chinese Kung Fu Show in the evening.

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 Great Wall of China
Our group at the Great Wall of China
The buffet style breakfast with variety of food is served at the hotel from 06:30. We suggest you have a hearty breakfast today as you are going to mount the great wall and lunch is not included. After about two hours driving, you will reach the Mutianyu Great Wall, the most popular section. To keep your strength for a great hike on the wall, we arrange the round-trip cable car for you. To add spice on the exciting occasion, we toast you with a bottle of red wine.

On the way back to town, you will be driven through 2008 Olympic site dominated by the large Bird's Nest. You can also get a photo opportunity with it as backdrop. Then a featured local market is scheduled. You will enjoy some free time there to relax.

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)
Chinese countryside people celebrating the traditional festival
On the last day of Beijing visit you get to see the Summer Palace and the traditional Hutongs. Summer Palace is one of the places where you find refuge from the bustling city center. Narrow alleys connect traditional courtyard residences called Hutongs. A rickshaw ride through those old hutongs is an eye-opening experience. Also a particular arrangement for you is to try your hand at Chinese Paper Cutting, one of China's most popular folk arts.

We will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a quality local restaurant. Enough of Beijing, and you are off to the ancient imperial capital, Xi'an, where you will be met at the airport and brought to the hotel.

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, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
The Terracotta Army is a must when visiting Xi'an. The museum consists of three main excavation pits and one exhibition hall. The figures in the museum include warriors, horses, chariots, weapons and so on. It is estimated that the first Emperor of Qin Dynasty (211-206 BC) constructed such a large army format aimed to protect his mausoleum. Till now, the excavation work is still ongoing.

Then pay a home visit. You will socialize with the host family members and join them for lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price). Proceed to Xi'an Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda after lunch. This evening, dine on the local special dumpling dinner with the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show

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
Observe local life in the park, Tai Chi practice, Xi'an City Wall, A la carte lunch, Provincial History Museum, Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter. (B+L)
Terracotta Army
Photo by our client Mr. Barry David Nichols
In the morning, we will first head to the City Wall Park, a popular venue for local people to relax and take part in various activities. A Tai Chi practice will be arranged for you here. Then go on a visit to the City Wall. Originally built as a military defense system, it consists of walls, gate towers, suspension bridges and city moats. Nowadays, it has become one of the landmarks of this ancient capital city.

After an a la carte lunch at a nice local restaurant, you will be driven to Shaanxi History Museum, an admirable place for visitors to appreciate the cultural treasures. Later, continue to the Muslim Street. It has been a prosperous commercial street since ancient times, and now it becomes more and more popular among tourists with its distinctive features. Going across the bustling street, you will reach the tranquil Great Mosque, which is one of the most famous mosques in China. It was first built during the mid-seventy century when Islam was introduced to Northwestern China by Arabic merchants and travelers.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 7 Xi'an - Chengdu
A 4-hour high-speed train to Chengdu, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
A morning high-speed train will take you from Xian to Chengdu in about 4 hours. Our guide will meet you at the railway station and help you check in at the hotel. Relax during the rest of the day.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Day 8 Chengdu
Giant Panda Base, Broad and Narrow Alleys, Jinsha Site Museum, Leisure time at Renmin Park. (B)
Plump Pandas
The Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding cannot be bypassed when one visits Chengdu. We show you the panda center in the morning when pandas are the most active. You will sure be entertained. After that, we will take you to explore the Broad and Narrow Alleys. You might have your own lunch there to taste some popular Sichuan food.

In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Jinsha Site Museum, which supports dating Chengdu city settlement back to 611 BC. Its heritage reflects on everyday life. People in Chengdu have the reputation for their carefree lifestyle, so the last stop today is to have a tea break and take a glimpse on the locals' living style in Renmin Park

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Chengdu - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer, Relax during the rest of the day. (B)
Today you will be taking a flight to your last scheduled destination: Shanghai. Expect to be met and taken to the hotel for check-in. The rest time of the day is free for you to explore the city.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai - the former Crowne Plaza
Day 10 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 area
If Chinese history, culture and art, is right up your alley, then Shanghai Museum is the most informative. Then off to the Yu Garden, which is a classical Chinese garden. It includes trees, flowers, and also ponds, bridges, rocks, pavilions, and halls. If you are hunting for small gifts or souvenirs for families or friends, the nearby lively Yu Bazaar is good place. 

You will be at the a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy restaurant. 

You will spend the afternoon to discover the Former French Concession, take in the Bund area and have a one-hour cruise tour on the Huangpu River. Bon voyage at the hotel lobby from Travel China Guide.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 11 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)
Today's transfer from hotel to airport is not included in the package as the flights' time of group members are different. You need to find your own way to the airport for your homeward flight. The most convenient way is to take a taxi. It costs around CNY150 per cab to Pudong Airport and CNY200 to Hongqiao Airport. We hope you have a nice trip home.  

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Dec 09(Wed) Dec 19(Sat) $1649 $1451$519
Dec 23(Wed) Jan 02(Sat) $1649 $1451$519

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • 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 October 14, 2019
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    Scott Mayfield
    Posted on September 18, 2019
    We found all guides to have a good grasp of English. All of them were very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed all our guides and they all were very helpful, friendly and eager to see that we had a great holiday.
    The best driver by far was the gentleman in Beijing - he was very helpful and polite and his car was very clean. The driver in Chengdu was very polite but the roads he took us on to visit the Museum were atrocious, so it took forever to get there and then getting back into Chengdu the same day there were new traffic regulations regarding registration numbers and access to ring roads so we didn't get back to our hotel until the evening and he appeared to keep going down roads that led nowhere. Either the use of a taxi to overcome the restriction or bypass the museum until the roads improve would be a suggestion.
    We found the hotel in Beijing to be absolutely stunning - we loved the spacious room. The Sheraton's we stayed at were also very nice and the staffs at the Sheraton Xian were very friendly. We would have loved to have stayed there a few days to enjoy the scenery more and to relax. Breakfast in all hotels was plentiful and great selection of different foods.
    All the meals were very nice. Food was very nice but we did find there was just too much food, so less dishes would have been better. The environment and service in most of the restaurants was good and Beijing had the best restaurants. In regard to which one meal would we recommend - we would have to say the "home visit" meal, given the freshness of the food - made it very tasty.
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    Jonathan Lorrison
    Posted on September 13, 2019
    Our guides were all very knowledgeable and friendly. Rebecca (Shanghai) was great, Lily (Xi'an) was very professional and Maggie (Beijing) was exceptional, we would consider her a friend by the end of the tour. We have recommended her and your company generally to family who may be visiting China in the future.
    The cars were clean and although we could not speak to the drivers because of the language difference they appeared very courteous, especially driver in Beijing - always made an effort to open the door for us.
    Meals were generally all very good with a wide choice. The a la carte lunch in Beijing was particularly lovely and far far too much food! The Dumpling Banquet in Xi'an was a very enjoyable experience and tasty although our booking was changed from 7pm to 5pm and we weren't very hungry that early. Buffet lunch in hotel on first day in Shanghai was very good with a wide choice. Peking duck in Beijing was tasty.
    Hotels were all fine. Beijing was particularly nice with the best breakfast. Service and hygiene was fine - nice to have dressing gowns, slippers etc in each.
    Overall it was a 5-star travel experience.
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    Glenn Burton
    Posted on September 10, 2019
    We are extremely happy about our tour to Beijing – Xian – Chengdu – Shanghai and the Chengdu part impressed us the most. We were met at the Chengdu station by this lovely vibrant person called Vicki. From the time that we met, we felt an affection for her. She has a personality that all can warm to. Her knowledge of where she lived, the industry and what was happening to the city was remarkable. She passed on so much knowledge and could answer our questions about the culture and people with passion. We liked this. Vicki treated us like we were royalty and so did the driver. I cannot recall his name but he also made us very welcome. The hotel we stayed at was excellent. The staff were attentive and obliging. It was also in an area were we could see some of the other sites of the city. Which was of a slower pace that Beijing and Xian. Both were wonderful places, but of a faster pace than Chengdu. We found that walking around Chengdu was easier. The walk around the new and old back alleys was so enjoyable, loved every minute we were there. The panda experience was just that an experience of a life time. The panda research centre was one of the highlights. I am glad we chose that one. At the end of the day Vicki asked if we would like to go to an opera, the one where they change masks. It was outside the tour but she suggested it as something to do for the night. WHAT an excellent idea. We had such a good time, it was marvelous. This should be included on the group visit. We were grateful for the suggestion. So the hotel was 5 star, the guide and driver were also 5 star (the car clean and tidy), the airline and staff were good, if there is anything else that was on the list can rate them the highest. We made good friends on the vacation and have been emailing them. ... More
    Posted on August 29, 2019
    I had an excellent time with the group fellows on the tour. I could not fault the tour. Happy to recommend.
    Posted on August 12, 2019
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    Posted on August 10, 2019
    This tour is very well-arranged and I would like to recommend commendable service by Jacky in the city of Xian for his dedicated service over a good number of days. Highly recommend!
    Thomas Galbraith
    Posted on August 01, 2019
    The guides were excellent and their insights and command of English quite superb. Selina in Beijing is particularly of mention, although the other guides were excellent too.

    Meals were superb, although the one in Shanghai was notable in its lack of quality. Though warned of its inferiority, the Xian dumpling banquet seemed to surpass the meal in Shanghai. The vegetarians in the group seemed to have issues but, personally, I thought meals were superb.

    I particularly enjoyed the visits to the homes of the local people...don't ever lose this aspect of the tour; it was insightful and engaging and having a native speaker in the group seemed to draw them out. It was a great experience. I would do it again and indeed would hope to.

    I am presently singing the praises of TravelChinaGuide tour to my family and friends...a great tour. Until next time.
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