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SG06: 14 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 1-18 persons, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed limousine
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Giant Pandas
  • See the giant pandas up close in the Panda Breeding and Research Center
  • Soften and scent your body from head to toe on Yangtze River cruise
  • Walk into a local Chinese family, interact & dine with the hosts in their home
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Welcome to the mysterious land of China. Once you have collected your luggage and been cleared by customs, our wonderful guide will greet you in the Arrivals Hall of Beijing Airport. We will transfer you to the hotel for a three-night stay, where we suggest you relax during the remainder of the afternoon and evening to recover from jet lag so that you can highly enjoy this 14 days China tour itinerary.
 
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch with Peking Duck, Temple of Heaven, Chinese Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Our group at the Forbidden City
After breakfast there will be a short meeting when you can get to know the other members of your group. Your trip today will start from the magnificent Tiananmen Square. Within walking distance, you reach the Forbidden City, famous for its imperial history and grand buildings with its red walls and golden roofs. You will enjoy an a la carte meal (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a quality restaurant at midday, where the most famous Peking Roast Duck is also served. 

After lunch, we visit to the ancient Temple of Heaven with its classical and unique imperial architecture that is sure to impress you. To perfect the memorable start to your travel, we will see an exciting Kung Fu Show.

Meals included: 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)
Temple of Heaven, Beijing
This morning, you will be transferred to Mutianyu, one of the most famous sections of the Great Wall, where you will experience the grandeur of this world wonder. The round-trip cable car is included. As your host, we will provide the group with red wine for a celebratory toast to commemorate this memorable moment on the Great Wall. Around the wall area, there are many tourist restaurants, but the service and food quality is not good and below our serving standards. We kindly suggest you have a hearty breakfast in the morning and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. 

Return to the city in the afternoon. On the way back, you will have a chance to catch a glance of the Olympic National Stadium (Bird's Nest) and take nice photos. Later, you will be transferred to a featured local market. Enjoy your free time there to explore the market. After that, we get you back to the hotel.

Meals included: 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)
After breakfast this morning, you will visit the picturesque Summer Palace and then the original Hutong alleys by rickshaw. You will also have a chance to learn to make Chinese Paper Cutting in the Hutong. Around noon, we will take you for an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy restaurant. 

In the afternoon, you will board a flight to Xi'an, where our local guide will pick you up outside the baggage claim area at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for a three-night stay.

Meals included: 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)
local family visit
Our clients learning to make dumplings at a local family
Today's sightseeing will start with a visit to the majestic Terracotta Army. In the museum, visitors are not only attracted by the lifelike warrior figures which have high artistic value, but also be impressed by the various kinds of ancient weapons. After that you will pay a visit to the home of a typical Chinese family and enjoy home-cooked a la carte dishes (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price). 

In the afternoon, you will go to visit Xi'an Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. It is an ancient Buddhist pagoda and was used to store sutras 1300 years ago. This evening, you will be entertained by the fascinating and colorful Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show while enjoying a delicious Dumpling Dinner.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
 Friendly Tips

Clients visiting in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec need to arrange the dinner and evening activity on their own for this day, since the theater is usually not open at that time.
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)
Our clients on the Xi'an City Wall
This morning, before you visit the mighty City Wall, we will take you to explore the City Wall Park first, where you can not only experience the authentic life of the local people, but also learn to practice Tai Chi in a great atmosphere. The City Wall is quite definitely the pride of Xi'an. The old and firm circumvallation is complemented by a forested area around the wall. Its moat and ring road consist of a special and unique park that, like a shining necklace, adorns the ancient capital city of thirteen dynasties. If you are interested, you may rent a bicycle to ride on the ancient wall.

At midday, we will offer you an a la carte meal (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a nice local restaurant. Then you will continue with visits to Shaanxi History Museum and the Great Mosque. Surrounding the mosque is a popular and lively Muslim Bazaar. You may spend some time there at leisure.

Meals included: 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)
Giant panda eating bamboo
After breakfast, the guide sees you off at the North Railway Station for your morning high speed train to Chengdu. The train journey takes around 4 hours. Upon your arrival, our local guide will meet you and help you check in at the hotel. Lunch is not included today and you can have a taste of the famous Sichuan food on your own. Our guide will also be very helpful to provide you some suggestions. This afternoon remains for you to relax.

Meals included: 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)
Gold Mask in Jinsha Site Museum, Chengdu
A visit to the adorable giant panda is a must in Chengdu. This morning, the guide will take you to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see the lovely creatures as they feed and play with each other. Then go on to visit the Broad and Narrow Alleys, where you might also have your own lunch with the guide's suggestions.

Your visit continues to Jinsha Site Museum in the afternoon. After that, you will be transferred to a popular local venue, the Renmin Park. Have a tea break and experience the casual lifestyle of Chengdu people.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Chengdu - Chongqing
A 2-hour bullet train to Chongqing, Jiefangbei CBD, Ci Qi Kou Ancient Village, Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)
Captain's welcome party
Today your guide will transfer you to the railway station to catch a 2-hour bullet train to Chongqing. Upon your arrival, our guide in Chongqing will meet you at the station and escort you to visit Jiefangbei CBD and Ci Qi Kou ancient village. Our guide will provide you suggestions on where to have dinner by yourself. After dinner, board the 5-star President No. 8 ship for a three-day Yangtze River cruise tour. We will book a cabin with balcony for you so that you can have a private place to enjoy the picturesque scenery along the river.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: President No. 8 with balcony
Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Shibaozhai, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
The buffet breakfast is served between 07:00 and 08:00 at the dining hall, after which the river guide will give a brief introduction to the itinerary and the facilities on the ship. Then the whole morning is free for you to relax or admire the scenery from the deck. At about 14:00, you will have a shore excursion to Shibaozhai. Then re-embark and continue the cruise trip. Dinner is served at 18:00. Then the Captain's Welcome Party follows, when there are singing and dancing programs and interesting games. Visitors are also encouraged to give performances.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennong Stream. (B+L+D)
Shennong Stream excursion
Boat-trackers in the Shennong Stream excursion
Today continue to sail downstream of Yangtze River. You will disembark at Badong and connect a smaller ship to take an exciting pea-boat floating along Shennong Stream. Originating from Shennongjia Mountain in Hubei Province, the stream flows for 60 km from south to north through valleys and merges into Yangtze River at Wu Gorge. Sitting in this local special pea-boat, you will see grotesque peaks and cliffs, mysterious hanging coffins, beautiful waterfalls, and various kinds of vegetation. The guide and the boat trackers will also sing the folk songs of Tujia people. 

Afterwards, re-embark the ship and continue the cruise into the western section of Xiling Gorge, the longest of the three gorges.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Yichang - Shanghai
Three Gorges Dam, Disembark the cruise ship, Yichang Museum, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
After breakfast, you will check out and disembark for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. As the world's largest hydro-electric project, it makes a great economic contribution by generating energy, preventing flood, and filtering sediment. Then you will be transferred to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city, where our local guide will pick you up and take you for lunch. Visit Yichang Museum if time allows. 

Afterwards, you will get to the airport for the flight to Shanghai, which is the last destination of your trip. A local guide will meet you at the airport upon your arrival and transfer you to the hotel. Have a good rest for the remainder of the day.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Century Park Shanghai
Day 13 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)
Yuyuan Garden
Photo offered by our clients Mr. Robert Stanley Power & Ms. Elwyn Beth Power
After breakfast, you will begin the day with visits to Shanghai Museum for its numerous precious collections and then to the well-known Yu Garden, once a private garden during the Ming dynasty and now a fabulous tourist attraction showing the design style of classical Chinese garden architecture. Walk out of the garden, you will see a traditional bazaar. It is a prosperous area that both local people and travelers like to explore.

At noon, an a la carte farewell 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 visit the Former French Concession, the Bund area and have a cruise tour on the Huangpu River. You will also have some free time on the Bund. Upon returning to the hotel our guide will see you into the lobby and wish you bon voyage on your journey home.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 14 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement, A pleasant trip home! (B)
As this is the final day for your wonderful 14 days China group tour, you need to pack your luggage after breakfast and check out before 12:00. Please be aware that the transfer cost from the hotel to the airport is not included in the quotation. You can book a taxi or airport shuttle bus on the day prior to your departure. Have a smooth journey home!

Meals included: 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 by Feb 28, 5% off - book from Mar 01
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Mar 26(Tue) Apr 08(Mon) $2249 $2024$769
Apr 04(Thu) Apr 17(Wed) $2369 $2132$819
Apr 11(Thu) Apr 24(Wed) $2369 $2132$819
Apr 18(Thu) May 01(Wed) $2369 $2132$819
Apr 25(Thu) May 08(Wed) $2459 $2213$899
May 09(Thu) May 22(Wed) $2429 $2186$859
May 16(Thu) May 29(Wed) $2429 $2186$859
May 23(Thu) Jun 05(Wed) $2429 $2186$859
May 30(Thu) Jun 12(Wed) $2349 $2114$789
Jun 06(Thu) Jun 19(Wed) $2349 $2114$789
Jun 13(Thu) Jun 26(Wed) $2349 $2114$789
Jun 20(Thu) Jul 03(Wed) $2349 $2114$789
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 10(Wed) $2389 $2150$799
Jul 04(Thu) Jul 17(Wed) $2389 $2150$799
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 24(Wed) $2389 $2150$799
Jul 18(Thu) Jul 31(Wed) $2389 $2150$799
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 07(Wed) $2389 $2150$799
Aug 01(Thu) Aug 14(Wed) $2389 $2150$799
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 21(Wed) $2389 $2150$799
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 28(Wed) $2389 $2150$799
Aug 22(Thu) Sep 04(Wed) $2449 $2204$799
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 11(Wed) $2469 $2222$829
Sep 05(Thu) Sep 18(Wed) $2449 $2204$889
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 25(Wed) $2449 $2204$889
Sep 19(Thu) Oct 02(Wed) $2449 $2204$889
Oct 03(Thu) Oct 16(Wed) $2449 $2204$889
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 23(Wed) $2449 $2204$889
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 30(Wed) $2449 $2204$889
Oct 24(Thu) Nov 06(Wed) $2389 $2150$839
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 13(Wed) $2329 $2096$839
Nov 07(Thu) Nov 20(Wed) $2359 $2123$869

Remark: The prices in red reflect 10% discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book by Feb 28, 5% off - book from Mar 01
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Mar 31(Tue) Apr 13(Mon) $2389 $2150$889
Apr 05(Sun) Apr 18(Sat) $2489 $2240$799
Apr 12(Sun) Apr 25(Sat) $2489 $2240$799
Apr 19(Sun) May 02(Sat) $2489 $2240$799
Apr 26(Sun) May 09(Sat) $2539 $2285$879
May 03(Sun) May 16(Sat) $2539 $2285$879
May 10(Sun) May 23(Sat) $2539 $2285$879
May 17(Sun) May 30(Sat) $2539 $2285$879
May 24(Sun) Jun 06(Sat) $2539 $2285$879
May 31(Sun) Jun 13(Sat) $2469 $2222$819
Jun 07(Sun) Jun 20(Sat) $2469 $2222$819
Jun 14(Sun) Jun 27(Sat) $2469 $2222$819
Jun 21(Sun) Jul 04(Sat) $2459 $2213$809
Jun 28(Sun) Jul 11(Sat) $2459 $2213$809
Jul 05(Sun) Jul 18(Sat) $2489 $2240$809
Jul 12(Sun) Jul 25(Sat) $2489 $2240$809
Jul 19(Sun) Aug 01(Sat) $2489 $2240$809
Jul 26(Sun) Aug 08(Sat) $2489 $2240$809
Aug 02(Sun) Aug 15(Sat) $2489 $2240$809
Aug 09(Sun) Aug 22(Sat) $2489 $2240$809
Aug 16(Sun) Aug 29(Sat) $2489 $2240$809
Aug 30(Sun) Sep 12(Sat) $2549 $2294$889
Sep 06(Sun) Sep 19(Sat) $2559 $2303$899
Sep 13(Sun) Sep 26(Sat) $2559 $2303$899
Sep 20(Sun) Oct 03(Sat) $2559 $2303$899
Oct 04(Sun) Oct 17(Sat) $2559 $2303$899
Oct 11(Sun) Oct 24(Sat) $2559 $2303$899
Oct 18(Sun) Oct 31(Sat) $2559 $2303$899
Oct 25(Sun) Nov 07(Sat) $2499 $2249$859
Nov 01(Sun) Nov 14(Sat) $2439 $2195$849
Nov 08(Sun) Nov 21(Sat) $2439 $2195$849
Nov 15(Sun) Nov 28(Sat) $2439 $2195$849

Remark: The prices in red reflect 10% discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • 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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    5.06 Reviews
    Kate
    UK
    Posted on December 27, 2018
    Our favorite guides were Sara and Jimmy. Sara taught us a lot, both historical and current information. She also went out of her way to provide some music that she enjoys since she knew I was looking for popular music while I was in China. Jimmy provided a wealth of information and made sure we all were able to pick up a few last gifts before our time in China was over, and he did this without costing us any items from our agenda. They both packed a lot of activities and fun in a short amount of time. Went above and beyond what could have been expected of them. We wish we could have had more time with Judy. She was a lot of fun and had a unique personality. Our favorite tour activities were the small boat excursion and the Tang Dynasty dinner show.

    We had no problems with communicating with any of the guides. Some spoke a more Americanized version of English than others but we enjoyed the differences between the guides. We never felt that we were missing information due to a lack of communication.
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    Jo and Lance Shim
    US
    Posted on December 16, 2018
    We had a wonderful holiday in China and I have already recommended your company to several people. The food was excellent throughout - we enjoyed the variety of dishes offered at the many beautiful restaurants we visited. Our only complaint is that now we have to spend extra time at the health club trying to get rid of the weight we put on while we were away.

    We found our time in China very exciting - every day was a new adventure and we were thrilled to see the Great Wall, Terra Cotta, Warriors, and museums as well as other temples and monuments that we had not heard of before our visit. Most members of our group also enjoyed the Talk on Chinese Culture and the other cultural events such as the Chinese opera and acrobat show. We would have liked more time in Shanghai and a little more free time during the tour for individual sightseeing and shopping. Some people felt the last day of the Yangtze river Cruise could have been better utilized as there was not much to see or do once we had left the Three Gorges. Personally, I enjoyed the free time before we began our visit of Shanghai.

    All our guides were very good but I have to give Lily in Xian a special recommendation as she was very knowledgeable, organized and spoke excellent English. Our guide in Shanghai also did a really good job of managing the last minute transportation issues as everyone prepared to leave for their various destinations.

    The cruise was fun but the food and accommodation was not as good as it was in the other places that we stayed. However, I would not have missed the opportunity to see the magnificent three Gorges.

    We were very pleased with our trip and I think that TCG should be proud of the excellent services they offer. Thanks a bunch for making this opportunity to visit China available.
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    Ron & Sue Lawton
    Australia
    Posted on December 03, 2018
    We are experienced travelers having undertaken 15 cruises and numerous land tours (US, Canada, Mexico, France, Portugal, Spain etc.). The tour provided by TravelChinaGuide was exceptional value. We would strongly recommend the Company to anyone interested in touring China. We are pleased to provide our overall review regarding TCG's service:

    Overall the time provided at each sightseeing spot was appropriate (would not change).

    Meals. Were nice, the helpings were plentiful and the two free drinks a bonus. Whilst acknowledging that when you tour China you must expect "Chinese Banquets" a bit of variety (some western dishes) would have been welcomed.

    Guides. All of the guides were very good. Their attitude, knowledge and language were all up to required levels.

    Bus. There were 14 in our party and we had a 40 seater, air-conditioned bus in all cities, which were excellently maintained.

    Hotels. All met our expectations and most exceeded.

    Thank you!
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    Calvin Tompkins
    Canada
    Posted on November 24, 2018
    Guides were very knowledgeable, personable, and fluent in English. All hotels were first class. All trains were high speed and guides picked us up, dropped us off and met us at the next locations always on time. Great itineraries! Dining experience was excellent, always with multiple choices, usually with 8 at a table, and plenty to eat, including beer to drink if that was your choice. Group size was maximum of seventeen, gradually reducing to 7 then 5. Always personal attention.

    Could not have been better. We loved every minute. I would post pictures but I was not in charge of picture taking.
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    Jurg
    Philippines
    Posted on November 01, 2018
    We are now back home after our wonderful journey to China. It was far above our expectations. TCG did a great job in providing us a memorable stay in China. It was not only everything delivered according to the program, they even provided a better service than we expected. The Hotels and the food were excellent, the guides and the program were well chosen. Our group was nice and we are still in touch with each other. Thank you very much for that. I highly recommend TCG to anyone who want to get an amazing experience in this great country. ... More
    Larry S
    United States
    Posted on October 23, 2018
    Greetings!

    I booked this 14 days small group tour with Travel China Guide and the itinerary was very well organized. Hotel choices were excellent. Meals featuring local specialties were good. Time allotted to visiting the many national treasures was good. Guides were most cordial, knowledgeable, and communicated without difficulty. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed their service.
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