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SG05A: 11 Days Small Group Luxury 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 air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights, 5-star & 4-star hotels
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 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: Crowne Plaza Century Park Shanghai
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
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 30(Sun) $1799$529
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 07(Sun) $1799$529
Jul 04(Thu) Jul 14(Sun) $1839$529
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 21(Sun) $1879$529
Jul 18(Thu) Jul 28(Sun) $1879 $1785$529
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 04(Sun) $1869 $1775$569
Aug 01(Thu) Aug 11(Sun) $1839 $1747$529
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 18(Sun) $1839 $1747$529
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 25(Sun) $1839 $1655$529
Aug 22(Thu) Sep 01(Sun) $1839 $1655$529
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 08(Sun) $1819 $1637$549
Sep 05(Thu) Sep 15(Sun) $1839 $1655$569
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 22(Sun) $1839 $1655$569
Sep 19(Thu) Sep 29(Sun) $1839 $1655$569
Oct 03(Thu) Oct 13(Sun) $1889 $1700$599
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 20(Sun) $1859 $1673$569
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 27(Sun) $1859 $1673$569
Oct 24(Thu) Nov 03(Sun) $1829 $1646$569
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 10(Sun) $1759 $1583$569
Nov 07(Thu) Nov 17(Sun) $1759 $1583$569
Nov 21(Thu) Dec 01(Sun) $1679 $1511$499
Dec 08(Sun) Dec 18(Wed) $1679 $1511$499
Dec 22(Sun) Jan 01(Tue) $1679 $1511$499

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 15(Wed) $1719 $1547$509
Feb 13(Thu) Feb 23(Sun) $1719 $1547$509
Mar 05(Thu) Mar 15(Sun) $1719 $1547$509
Mar 12(Thu) Mar 22(Sun) $1719 $1547$509
Mar 26(Thu) Apr 05(Sun) $1759 $1583$509
Apr 02(Thu) Apr 12(Sun) $1899 $1709$559
Apr 09(Thu) Apr 19(Sun) $1899 $1709$559
Apr 16(Thu) Apr 26(Sun) $1899 $1709$559
Apr 23(Thu) May 03(Sun) $1899 $1709$559
May 07(Thu) May 17(Sun) $1899 $1709$559
May 14(Thu) May 24(Sun) $1899 $1709$559
May 21(Thu) May 31(Sun) $1899 $1709$559
May 28(Thu) Jun 07(Sun) $1879 $1691$539
Jun 04(Thu) Jun 14(Sun) $1879 $1691$539
Jun 11(Thu) Jun 21(Sun) $1879 $1691$539
Jun 18(Thu) Jun 28(Sun) $1879 $1691$539
Jun 25(Thu) Jul 05(Sun) $1879 $1691$539
Jul 02(Thu) Jul 12(Sun) $1919 $1727$549
Jul 09(Thu) Jul 19(Sun) $1949 $1754$549
Jul 16(Thu) Jul 26(Sun) $1949 $1754$549
Jul 23(Thu) Aug 02(Sun) $1949 $1754$579
Jul 30(Thu) Aug 09(Sun) $1919 $1727$549
Aug 06(Thu) Aug 16(Sun) $1919 $1727$549
Aug 13(Thu) Aug 23(Sun) $1919 $1727$549
Aug 20(Thu) Aug 30(Sun) $1919 $1727$549
Aug 27(Thu) Sep 06(Sun) $1909 $1718$569
Sep 03(Thu) Sep 13(Sun) $1899 $1709$589
Sep 10(Thu) Sep 20(Sun) $1919 $1727$589
Sep 17(Thu) Sep 27(Sun) $1919 $1727$589
Sep 24(Thu) Oct 04(Sun) $1919 $1727$619
Oct 08(Thu) Oct 18(Sun) $1919 $1727$619
Oct 15(Thu) Oct 25(Sun) $1949 $1754$589
Oct 22(Thu) Nov 01(Sun) $1919 $1727$589
Oct 29(Thu) Nov 08(Sun) $1909 $1718$589
Nov 05(Thu) Nov 15(Sun) $1879 $1691$579
Nov 12(Thu) Nov 22(Sun) $1809 $1628$579
Nov 19(Thu) Nov 29(Sun) $1809 $1628$509
Dec 09(Wed) Dec 19(Sat) $1729 $1556$509
Dec 23(Wed) Jan 02(Sat) $1719 $1547$509

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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    4.917 Reviews
    Posted on June 10, 2019
    All the arrangements of this tour worked very well. We were impressed with the rickshaw ride and the visit to the Hutong family residence (Beijing), the dumpling making and home cooking was an awesome experience (Xian). We have to say that we adored Chengdu with the Broad and Narrow Alleys but the most outstanding experience even after visiting the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors was seeing the pandas at the Chengdu Research Base. We cannot put into words how awesome and memorable it was to see such cute creatures, if we could we would fly back tomorrow just to do this. Thanks especially to Candy and Jolene for making our journey an excellent, funny and very memorable experience. ... More
    Heather Orozco
    Posted on May 31, 2019
    As the trip comes closer and closer, please send travel tips, things to pack, reminders, and any last minute details I should be thinking about. I received my Visa this week. Do you need that information?
    Jennifer Klazek
    Posted on May 25, 2019
    Selina has been excellent! She is so responsive that at times it almost seemed like we were on live chat! She even offered an extra excursion to me that others in my group are doing. I appreciated her thinking of that. I feel very comfortable and excited about my upcoming trip!
    Udayan Menon
    Posted on May 20, 2019
    It was a good experience with this travel agent so far. Hopefully we will have a nice and safe trip in China with all the enjoyments. Looking forward to have a nice trip .
    United States
    Posted on May 06, 2019
    Every question I asked was answered quickly and sufficiently. Document turn around was fairly quick as well.
    Emily Remsen
    Posted on May 05, 2019
    My daughter and I traveled from March 12 through March 22th. It was a wonderful, informative, thought provoking, exhausting and very memorable. All the guides (Maggie, Carol, Cody and Eileen) were warm, knowledgeable and eager to please. This trip was particularly special for me as I have stage four lung cancer. Sharing this time with my daughter in this unique and wonderful country was priceless. I would like to express my sincere thanks to
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    Posted on April 25, 2019
    Emily has been very helpful and responsive. We hope our travel plans go as how easy it has been arranging them with Emily.
    Posted on April 19, 2019
    Very prompt. Very courteous. Very professional
    Claude Huot
    Posted on March 07, 2019
    We had a wonderful 11 day Group Tour of China organized by Travelchinaguide. We have been telling all our friends and family what a great job the company did for us - as we always say about them "over and above our expectations". Our guides Elaine in Shanghai, Sophie in Chengdu Carol in Xi'an and Maggie in Beijing where outstanding. What impressed us the most was how knowledgeable and friendly our guides were and there English was really good. China is really an amazing place and all the arrangements that Linda did for us were first class. Our hotels, our meals and our entertainment were all wonderful. A special thanks to our drivers that were always courteous, on time and wonderful drivers, we always felt safe. Of course, I will recommend their services to anyone that is interested in going to China. ... More
    Posted on February 20, 2019
    Our agent was very responsive and everything was in English so there were no problems. Looking forward to the trip!
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