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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)
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
Walk around the solemn Tiananmen Square
Walk around the solemn Tiananmen Square
Explore the majestic Forbidden City
Explore the majestic Forbidden City
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
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.

After the Great Wall sightseeing, we will drive back to downtown. Then a featured local market is scheduled. You will enjoy some free time there to relax.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Our group toasting on the Great Wall
Our group toasting on the 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)
On the last day of Beijing visit you get to see the Summer Palace, Olympic Bird's Nest and the traditional Hutongs. Summer Palace is one of the places where you find refuge from the bustling city center. Then drive through 2008 Olympic site dominated by the large Bird's Nest. You can get a photo opportunity with it as backdrop. 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
Appreciate the pleasant landscape in Summer Palace
Appreciate the pleasant landscape in Summer Palace
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.
Marvel at the 2200-year-old Terracotta Warriors
Marvel at the 2200-year-old Terracotta Warriors
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)
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
Enjoy an authentic home-cooked meal at a local family visit
Enjoy an authentic home-cooked meal at a local family visit
Visit the Great Mosque, one of the best-preserved Islamic mosques in China
Visit the Great Mosque, one of the best-preserved Islamic mosques in China
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
Chinese countryside people celebrating the festival
Chinese countryside people celebrating the festival
Lobby of Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Lobby of Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Day 8 Chengdu
Giant Panda Base, Broad and Narrow Alleys, Jinsha Site Museum, Leisure time at Renmin Park. (B)
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
See the adorable pandas and learn about their habits
See the adorable pandas and learn about their habits
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: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
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)
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
Our guests visiting the classical Yu Garden
Our guests visiting the classical Yu Garden
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 CNY200 per cab to Pudong Airport and CNY100 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
12% off - book by Jan 31, 2020, 10% off - book by Feb 29, 2020
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Mar 05(Thu) Mar 15(Sun) $1719 $1512$549
Mar 12(Thu) Mar 22(Sun) $1719 $1512$549
Mar 26(Thu) Apr 05(Sun) $1749 $1539$559
Apr 02(Thu) Apr 12(Sun) $1879 $1653$599
Apr 09(Thu) Apr 19(Sun) $1879 $1653$599
Apr 16(Thu) Apr 26(Sun) $1879 $1653$599
Apr 23(Thu) May 03(Sun) $1879 $1653$599
May 07(Thu) May 17(Sun) $1879 $1653$599
May 14(Thu) May 24(Sun) $1879 $1653$599
May 21(Thu) May 31(Sun) $1879 $1653$599
May 28(Thu) Jun 07(Sun) $1849 $1627$579
Jun 04(Thu) Jun 14(Sun) $1849 $1627$569
Jun 11(Thu) Jun 21(Sun) $1849 $1627$569
Jun 18(Thu) Jun 28(Sun) $1849 $1627$569
Jun 25(Thu) Jul 05(Sun) $1849 $1627$569
Jul 02(Thu) Jul 12(Sun) $1889 $1662$569
Jul 09(Thu) Jul 19(Sun) $1889 $1662$569
Jul 16(Thu) Jul 26(Sun) $1889 $1662$569
Jul 23(Thu) Aug 02(Sun) $1889 $1662$569
Jul 30(Thu) Aug 09(Sun) $1889 $1662$569
Aug 06(Thu) Aug 16(Sun) $1889 $1662$569
Aug 13(Thu) Aug 23(Sun) $1889 $1662$569
Aug 20(Thu) Aug 30(Sun) $1889 $1662$569
Aug 27(Thu) Sep 06(Sun) $1899 $1671$589
Sep 03(Thu) Sep 13(Sun) $1899 $1671$629
Sep 10(Thu) Sep 20(Sun) $1899 $1671$629
Sep 17(Thu) Sep 27(Sun) $1899 $1671$629
Sep 24(Thu) Oct 04(Sun) $1899 $1671$629
Oct 08(Thu) Oct 18(Sun) $1899 $1671$629
Oct 15(Thu) Oct 25(Sun) $1899 $1671$629
Oct 22(Thu) Nov 01(Sun) $1899 $1671$629
Oct 29(Thu) Nov 08(Sun) $1789 $1574$619
Nov 05(Thu) Nov 15(Sun) $1789 $1574$619
Nov 12(Thu) Nov 22(Sun) $1769 $1556$599
Nov 19(Thu) Nov 29(Sun) $1749 $1539$599
Dec 09(Wed) Dec 19(Sat) $1699 $1495$529
Dec 23(Wed) Jan 02(Sat) $1699 $1495$529

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
12% off - book by Jan 31, 2020, 10% off - book by Feb 29, 2020
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan 09(Sat) Jan 19(Tue) $1739 $1530$539
Feb 20(Sat) Mar 02(Tue) $1739 $1530$539
Mar 04(Thu) Mar 14(Sun) $1769 $1556$569
Mar 11(Thu) Mar 21(Sun) $1769 $1556$569
Mar 25(Thu) Apr 04(Sun) $1799 $1583$569
Apr 01(Thu) Apr 11(Sun) $1929 $1697$619
Apr 08(Thu) Apr 18(Sun) $1929 $1697$619
Apr 15(Thu) Apr 25(Sun) $1929 $1697$619
Apr 22(Thu) May 02(Sun) $1929 $1697$619
May 06(Thu) May 16(Sun) $1929 $1697$619
May 13(Thu) May 23(Sun) $1929 $1697$619
May 20(Thu) May 30(Sun) $1929 $1697$619
May 27(Thu) Jun 06(Sun) $1909 $1679$589
Jun 03(Thu) Jun 13(Sun) $1899 $1671$579
Jun 10(Thu) Jun 20(Sun) $1899 $1671$579
Jun 17(Thu) Jun 27(Sun) $1899 $1671$579
Jun 24(Thu) Jul 04(Sun) $1909 $1679$579
Jul 01(Thu) Jul 11(Sun) $1939 $1706$579
Jul 08(Thu) Jul 18(Sun) $1939 $1706$579
Jul 15(Thu) Jul 25(Sun) $1939 $1706$579
Jul 22(Thu) Aug 01(Sun) $1939 $1706$579
Jul 29(Thu) Aug 08(Sun) $1939 $1706$579
Aug 05(Thu) Aug 15(Sun) $1939 $1706$579
Aug 12(Thu) Aug 22(Sun) $1939 $1706$579
Aug 19(Thu) Aug 29(Sun) $1939 $1706$579
Aug 26(Thu) Sep 05(Sun) $1959 $1723$609
Sep 02(Thu) Sep 12(Sun) $1949 $1715$639
Sep 09(Thu) Sep 19(Sun) $1949 $1715$639
Sep 16(Thu) Sep 26(Sun) $1949 $1715$639
Sep 23(Thu) Oct 03(Sun) $1949 $1715$639
Oct 07(Thu) Oct 17(Sun) $1949 $1715$639
Oct 14(Thu) Oct 24(Sun) $1949 $1715$639
Oct 21(Thu) Oct 31(Sun) $1949 $1715$639
Oct 28(Thu) Nov 07(Sun) $1839 $1618$639
Nov 04(Thu) Nov 14(Sun) $1839 $1618$639
Nov 11(Thu) Nov 21(Sun) $1829 $1609$609
Nov 20(Sat) Nov 30(Tue) $1799 $1583$609
Dec 04(Sat) Dec 14(Tue) $1749 $1539$549
Dec 23(Thu) Jan 02(Sun) $1749 $1539$549

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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    All our guides spoke very good English and were easy to understand and went out of their way to make sure our needs were met however our guide Celine in Xi'an was a standout, her positive attitude made our days that little bit more enjoyable.

    All the meals that were included or were recommended by our guides were delicious. We tried lots of different food that we would never usually eat and I can say gladly we did not have a bad meal.

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    Posted on December 31, 2019
    Thanks for arranging such an excellent trip for us. For the meal, the restaurants included all have very good Menu, service and quality. Our guides were excellent all round with a very good command of English. We communicated with each other fluently and they were very knowledgable about each site we visited. We have a very safe and comfortable drivers. The vehicles were kept clean and fresh all the time. Our guides at all times helpful and very knowledgeable of all the sites visited and was aware of and able to talk on elements of other countries outside of China. Roger in Xian was particularly a genuine nice person, complete with a charming and pleasant disposition. Every day of the whole trip was memorable but, we still desire to return to China to embrace even more of the Chinese culture and History. We will definitely recommend to our family and friends. ... More
    Bill Norris
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    Posted on December 23, 2019
    Our tour was terrific. Here are a few specifics:

    1. Our guides were all fantastic, particularly Lily (Xian). Her English was excellent and her personal touch made our visit extra special. She was very knowledgeable about Xian and the Terra Cotta Warrior site. She shared many insights into Chinese culture and history. Her warm and caring personality shown through each day of our visit. We give her very high marks indeed. She was very professional and on time for all our scheduled dates. We recommend her for any awards your company might have.

    2. Our drivers were very good. They were quiet and professional for the entire trip. Coaches were always kept spotless and the drivers made sure we had bottled water each day. Drivers also got very high marks from us. Note the air conditioner in the van worked very well to keep the temperature comfortable.

    3. The breakfast buffets at each hotel also get high marks from us. It had a wide variety of western and Chinese offerings. The staff was pleasant and provided excellent service. Likewise the hotel were very nice. The rooms were comfortable and clean and the lobby areas very pretty.

    4. Other restaurants in general were fine. The American style Chinese food we are accustom to here in the USA is not the same as the true Chinese food offered in China. Too many pure Chinese style meals may overload the western stomachs. We found most of the soups that were offered to be too strong for our palates. Our guides did their best to offer us a variety of Chinese items that they thought would please our palates but a few Western style restaurants would be a good addition. The Horizon was very nice. The Dumpling Dinner was good but with 14 different dumplings offered to us, it was too much of a good thing. A suggestion we offer is to have a small menu at the dumpling dinner that is in English and explains a little about how many dumplings we would be getting and what was in them. The waitress at the Dumpling dinner did not speak well in English so we were sort of lost. Note we did attend the Tang Dynasty show and it was wonderfull. Lily got us tickets but it would be good to make the travelers aware that the show is a separate admission. Most tourists will want to see it.

    Highly recommended tour guide service. Congrats to the folks who put it together.
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    Having finished a group tour, we felt exhausted but worthwhile. The food was always all right and sometimes much better. All our guides were good and knowledgeable and had sufficient knowledge of English. However, there were differences in the degree of excellence. Chen Jaoli from TravelChinaGuide handled us most professionally and was extremely concerned about our wellbeing. Our Chengdu guide Liuxiao Dong was wonderful in every respect, and we all almost shed tears when we said goodbye. I go on to think of him not as a hired guide but as a friend. The service attitude of the drivers was fine, and one of them (Mr.Li in Xian, the "Desert Tiger") had plenty of opportunity to show how excellent, undauntable and safe a driver he is, taking us along the at times very rough roads. They all cared for their cars and kept them meticulously clean. So thank you for all your ingenious help. ... More
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    Angela has been fantastic! She has been nothing but accommodating and has answered all our questions and helped with our additional nights, saving us the hassle of having to arrange this ourselves. Angela has always been prompt in getting back to us and we’re both looking forward to our tour! Thanks so much for everything so far and looking forward to the remainder of the trip.
    Posted on December 12, 2019
    We loved our fascinating! This company did a wonderful job. Everything was taken care of, and we were very relaxed. We also appreciated the flexibility of our guides with regard to changing little things on the itinerary. We loved Chengdu and the other beautiful location. The two days we were there, the weather was perfect. We want to return in the spring to see more beautiful colors.
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    Posted on December 11, 2019
    We would rate our tour to be excellent. We were kept informed about any changes and given reasons for them. In many cases, changes were discussed before being made. Our guides spoke excellent English and possessed a vast amount of knowledge. As teachers, we had a tendency to ask many questions and they were able to answer most of them. The food was first class as were the hotels. The tour made the best use of our time in China. We were able to see many different sights within a short period of time. I would definitely recommend your company to other people. ... More
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    Posted on December 07, 2019
    We enjoyed our vacation very much and apart from queueing at the Domestic terminal in Chengdu for a return flight change we had no other problems during our journey. We especially enjoyed every lunch provided, but were a little disappointed with the breakfast in Chengdu. The breakfast buffet had very little food left on our first morning. Yang in Shanghai was a wonderful guide and we would certainly recommend her to other travellers. She was always very informative and could answer most of our questions. All cars were very clean and the driving skills of all the drivers of a good standard. We would like to do another tour in the future (perhaps Yunnan) when we next visit HK. ... More
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