Shanghai Bund

Golden Triangle & Yangtze

SG07: 11 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of maximum 6 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights at good 5-star hotels, 3 nights on Yangtze River cruise
Meals: 10 western buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches with some being a la carte, 3 dinners

Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army Museum
  • Unwind with a Yangtze River cruise tour & see the Three Gorges
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
  • Visit a local Chinese family, interact & taste delicious home-cooked Chinese food
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
As the flight lands in Beijing today, your long-anticipated 11 days guided tour of China starts with a warm welcome from our guide. We then transfer you to the hotel and the rest of the day remains free for you to relax and recover from jet lag. A full day of scheduled sightseeing awaits you tomorrow.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
After breakfast, you will meet your guide and other group members for an orientation briefing held in the hotel. The exciting trip begins with a visit to the world famous Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in the morning. From the Forbidden City, the world's largest imperial palace complex, 24 emperors ruled continuously for 490 years. Nowadays, travelers can trace its gorgeous history from the well-preserved majestic palaces and valued collections.

Lunch will feature an authentic a la carte Chinese meal with Peking Roast Duck (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a nice restaurant, avoiding the tourist eateries arranged by most agencies. 

In the afternoon, you will visit the historically significant Temple of Heaven. It was here that the Ming and Qing emperors offered sacrifices to the Gods of Heaven and Earth annually, praying for grain harvests. After today's sightseeing, you will enjoy a fabulous Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Explore the best preserved imperial palaces at the Forbidden City
Explore the best preserved imperial palaces at the Forbidden City
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
Have a big breakfast at the hotel today as we will take a 1.5-hour drive to the majestic Mutianyu Great Wall. This section of the Great Wall embodies the best of this wonderful military project. Climbing the great wall is quite energy-consuming, so we arrange a round-way cable car for you. That allows you more time on the wall to appreciate the grand views. We also prepare red wine for a group toast on the wall to celebrate and commemorate this memorable moment. Lunch is not included in today's itinerary as the restaurants nearby are not up to our standards. Should you wish to buy some fast food for lunch, our guide can offer advice.

Later, you will explore a well-known traditional local market in the downtown area. Enjoy some free time there. Finally, we escort you back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Enjoy a leisurely walk on Mutianyu Great Wall
Enjoy a leisurely walk on Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by Flight
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)
This morning you will first visit the Summer Palace, which offers a harmonious combination of Chinese royal buildings, a Buddhist pagoda, classical garden design, man-made hills and lakes. Then we will drive by and stop at the Olympic National Stadium (Bird's Nest) for a while, so that you will take photos of this magnificent building. At noon, you will enjoy a delicious a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at an elegant local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we continue with a visit to the old Hutongs. Hutong is a typical ancient city lane in Beijing. There are thousands of Hutongs surrounding the area of the Forbidden City. Most of them were formed in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. After visiting a traditional Hutong courtyard house and experiencing Chinese Paper Cutting, your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Xi'an. The local guide and driver in Xi'an will pick you up at the airport and help you check in at the hotel for a two-night stay.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Scenic Summer Palace
Scenic Summer Palace
Chinese people in the village
Chinese people in the village
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)
After breakfast, you will set out for the world famous Terracotta Army Museum. The large quantity of life-size and vivid terracotta statuaries made 2,200 years ago will definitely amaze you. Each clay warrior has an individual facial expression, height and even wears a unique outfit.

An authentic home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) awaits you at the home of a local family in downtown Xi'an, thereby avoiding the tourist restaurants near the warrior site. This is also is a good opportunity for you to learn about the local Chinese family. Also, there is a good chance for you to learn to cook one or two Chinese dishes from your host. 

In the afternoon, go on to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xi'an Museum. Though smaller than the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda has a quiet environment and more elegant scenery. The "Morning Bell of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda" was one of the "eight sights of Xi'an" in the Qing Dynasty. Tonight, feast your eyes on the famous Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show after you enjoy the local specialty - a Dumpling Dinner.

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 these months. Clients will enjoy free time to relax in the evening.
Marvel at the vivid Terracotta Warriors of 2,200 years ago
Our travel consultant Angela with her guests at a local home
Our travel consultant Angela with her guests at a local home
Day 6 Xi'an to Chongqing by Flight
Observe local life in the park, Tai Chi practice, Xi'an City Wall, Fly to Chongqing, Jiefangbei CBD, Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay.  (B)
You will spend the whole morning in the City Wall area of Xi'an. First, you come to the City Wall Park, the best place to know more about the local people's daily life and their entertainments. You also have a chance to learn to practice Tai Chi in the park. Then you will ascend the ancient City Wall, the landmark site of the city. On the wall, you can walk around and feel the history of the city. Additionally, you can rent a bicycle and enjoy a special ride on the old wall. The bike rental fee is at your expense.

Afterwards, you will fly to Chongqing. Your guide will meet you at the airport and take you to visit Jiefangbei CBD, where you may have dinner at your own expense before boarding the cruise. Chongqing is famous for its hot and spicy cuisine. You may challenge yourself with authentic local delicacies like hot pot, or hot and sour rice noodles. If you prefer mild food, there are also general or vegetarian dishes available. Then head for Chaotianmen Ferry Terminal to board the luxurious Yangtze River cruise ship, which is the most relaxing journey of your 11 days China itinerary. The ship sails at 22:00.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: President No.6 with balcony
A morning market under the Xi'an City Wall
A morning market under the Xi'an City Wall
Chinese countryside people celebrating the festival
Chinese countryside people celebrating the festival
Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Shuangguishan National Forest Park, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
In the morning, the river guide will give an introduction to the cruise schedule and the Yangtze River. At about 12:30, the ship will dock at Fengdu for an onshore excursion to Shuangguishan National Forest Park. After that, you will re-board the ship and the cruise will continue towards the splendid Three Gorges. This evening, the cruise staff will invite you to join the Captain's Welcome Party. You may dress up yourself and join the party to dance or sing.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennong Stream. (B+L+D)
The climax of your Yangtze River Cruise is coming today. The unique scenery of the Three Gorges will be unveiled in front of you. Among them, Qutang Gorge is the most dangerous and shortest. Wu Gorge is the most beautiful, renowned for its deep valley and elegant beauty. In Wu Gorge, you will change to a sampan to take a side trip along Shennong Stream for 3 to 4 hours. Shennong Stream features picturesque natural beauty, distinctive Tujia ethnic minority, boat tracking culture and valued historical relics. After that, you will return to the ship and sail into Xiling Gorge

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Relaxing Yangtze River cruise
Relaxing Yangtze River cruise
Shennong Stream excursion
Shennong Stream excursion
Day 9 Yichang to Shanghai by High Speed Train
Disembark the cruise ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour high speed train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
After breakfast, having packed your luggage and completed check-out procedures, you will disembark for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Following the excursion, the cruise ship company will drive you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Your local guide will meet you there and then see you off at Yichang East Railway Station for a high speed train to Shanghai.

The rail journey takes approximately 7.5 hours, so music, movies, snacks or fruits are good company. Free hot drinking water is available on the train, so passengers can have coffee, tea or instant food. You should bring a mug, spoon and fork if you decide to prepare your own hot drinks or food on the train. Washrooms are available between each carriage. On arrival in Shanghai, you will be met at the railways station and taken to the hotel.

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)
Shanghai is an international metropolis with a blend of rich history and fashionable modernity. The short one-day trip will give you a panoramic view of the city. In the morning, visit Shanghai Museum and the beautiful Yu Garden. In the museum, there are over 120,000 historical collections from ancient China. Yu Garden formed part of a private residence that was constructed 400 years ago, and is one of the best combinations of ancient Chinese buildings, with water features, mountain and natural scenery. By the garden there is a traditional bazaar, where you will have some free time to explore.

Around noon, a luxurious farewell a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a famous restaurant with the best Shanghai cuisine.

In the afternoon, you will be guided to stroll along the Former French Concession and the Bund to experience the thrills of old and modern Shanghai. You will also have a cruise tour along the Huangpu River. In the end, your guide and driver will transfer you back to the hotel and say goodbye to you at the lobby.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Our guests with local people at the Bund
Our guests with local people at the Bund
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)
There are two airports in Shanghai: one is Pudong International Airport (PVG) and the other is Hongqiao Airport (SHA). Please check carefully to see which airport your flight departs from. You can book a taxi (CNY200 to Pudong, and CNY100 to Hongqiao) at the hotel Bell Desk the day before at your own expense as the tour charge does not include the airport transfer. We wish you a safe, smooth flight and hope we can serve you again in the near future.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
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Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fare
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
  • 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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    4.87 Reviews
    Leigh E
    United States
    Posted on February 06, 2019
    It was a wonderful tour. I doubt I will have the opportunity to use Travel China Guide again, but I appreciate all the effort they made on this trip. Many thanks.
    Gary L
    Posted on January 03, 2019
    We completed the group tour two months ago. I wanted to say again what a wonderful time we all had in China. The staff in this company were excellent to work with. All the guides are very friendly, knowledgeable and they made sure we had a good time. In particular Jack (Beijing) and Nikki (Xian) did a fantastic job. They possessed in depth information about their cities and delivered the information in an interesting manner with very good spoken English. The other guides also knew their cities well and worked hard to ensure a smooth tour. ... More
    Posted on December 23, 2018
    We had a very interesting group of 17 people beginning in Beijing, and we were very compatible. We enjoyed meeting them, and we traveled well together. Concerning the places we visited, we think we would like to have spent more time in Shanghai, and that could have been done by flying to Shanghai immediately after our visit to the Three Gorges Dam project. Once we left the cruise ship, we could have skipped Yichang Museum and gone directly to the airport for the earlier flight that day to Shanghai. Because we waited for the later flight, we arrived in Shanghai too late to explore the city on our own that day. If we had arrived earlier in the afternoon, it would have been much better, since we could have spent more time walking along the Bund.

    Hotels were all first class (four and five star). We have never stayed in so many luxurious hotels on one trip in our lives, and we have traveled a lot. The breakfast buffets were unbelievable. I would have gained a lot of weight, but we walked and climbed steps (so many steps!) every day, that I hardly gained more than one kilo during the whole trip, despite eating much more than I normally eat.

    All the guides were fine. We recall quickly that Juliet in Beijing, Echo in Xian, and Emily in Shanghai were especially patient with my attempts to learn to speak a little Chinese. Xie xie! Of course, the visit to the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors and the Muslim street in Xian, the Three Gorges river cruise and dam, and Shanghai all were special highlights for us. We had read so much about them, and finally we were able to see them ourselves. We will always treasure those days in China.
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    Posted on December 01, 2018
    We are very happy with the tours provided by TravelChinaGuide and they would be our first stop if we decide to return to China. Also, it was really great meeting our travel consultant Wendy in Xian. It was a nice touch, especially since she was so helpful in helping all of us while we were planning the trip. While discussing why we all decided on TravelChinaGuide, it was pretty much unanimous that we were all attracted by the website and really appreciated the quick email response time. They did a great job easing the concerns that we all had sending money outside of the United States. If not for their helpfulness it sounded like some of the people in our group may have thought about trying a different travel agency. We are very happy with our decision to book our trip to China with this company. ... More
    Colin H
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    Posted on November 28, 2018
    I would like to say that the tour was really fantastic and I would without doubt recommend this company and its tours to anyone. Although at times it was hard work, the arrangements for the various visits were faultless, the guide and bus were always available and the guides very knowledgeable and sociable. The hotels we stayed in were really first class, even the hastily arranged diversion. The food presented was unbelievable and in such classy restaurants.

    The only part of the tour which was slightly not as good as the rest was our visit to Shanghai. Although knowledgeable, the guide seemed unsure as to what was happening in the Bund area regarding construction projects and had a problem in deciding where the coach should collect us. Also in the restaurant we visited for Lunch, the standard did not seem as high as some of the others we had visited as some of the plates/glasses were chipped. This however was a very minor point, all I can say is THEY WERE FANTASTIC. Should I return to China I will most certainly contact the company first. Once again many thanks for an unforgettable holiday.
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    Angela King
    Posted on November 26, 2018
    We had a very good experience
    Allan L
    Posted on November 10, 2018
    First and foremost we had a wonderful time with great memories. I definitely would recommend this tour company.

    Our guide David in Beijing was wonderful so full of knowledge and quite accommodating. It was a learning experience from him plus he made fun. We all missed him when we had to move on. His favorite saying "Let's walk and talk". I thought Ruth in Xi'an really truly loved her city she knows her history. Cruising down the Yangtze River was quite relaxing. The narrator on the ship made history very interesting indeed it was amazing time. It was nice mingle with other people that was doing the same tour. The only fault I found with the boat was very small and definitely not a 5 star cruise boat.

    James in Shanghai was great. He made sure we did everything we could in that short period of time we had with him. He was one of the best guides we have on our trip.

    The drivers were amazing in every city. The buses were kept clean. It was great receiving the bottle water even better if it was cold. Overall it was wonderful trip and one I won't forget.
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