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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 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights at nice 5-star & 4-star hotels, 3 nights on Yangtze River cruise
Meals: 13 western buffet breakfasts, 7 lunches with some being a la carte style, 3 dinners
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
Arrive at any time, 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 day China tour.
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)
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 14 day tour of China in Beijing 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
Disembark the cruise ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
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 to Yichang East Railway Station for a 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai, which is the last destination of your 14 day China tour. A local guide will meet you at the railway station upon your arrival and transfer you to the hotel. 

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai - the former Crowne Plaza
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
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)
As this is the final day for your wonderful 14 day tour of China, 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!
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Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
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Nov 05(Thu) Nov 18(Wed) $2179 $1917$829
Nov 12(Thu) Nov 25(Wed) $2159 $1899$809

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfare & 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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    4.932 Reviews
    Steve Moran
    United States
    Posted on September 22, 2019
    From start to finish, our 14 day tour with Travel China Guide was outstanding. The guides were all very knowledgable, friendly and went out of their way to help anyone with a problem or special need. I would single out Maggie, Jacky, Tracy, Jeff and Wendy and Pulan especially.
    The hotels were all 5 star with clean room, excellent food and efficient staff. The river cruise was also 5 star in all departments. At each step of the way, guides were ready to help us to our next destination and waiting to greet us upon arrival.
    Of course, the sites selected for us to visit were the highlights of any trip to China. From the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, to the Terracotta Army, Summer Palace, Panda Bears, and Xi'an City Wall to the fabulous Shanghai skyline, it was one fantastic experience after another.
    And don't forget the Chinese people themselves who are so friendly, curious and accommodating.
    I can't wait to visit China again.
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    Grace Bogos
    Posted on October 12, 2019
    We would like to thank you for the excellent way in which you organised our tour. You met all our special requirements and enabled us to have a wonderful holiday. We would certainly contact you if we were to visit China again and we shall not hesitate to recommend your company to others.
    Posted on October 04, 2019
    Let ME thank YOU for such an amazing and unforgettable experience! All our expectations were far exceeded and we are both thoroughly impressed by your operation!
    Roderick Conheeney
    New Zealand
    Posted on September 24, 2019
    We enjoyed our trip so much, especially our guides. I would like to particularly compliment Celine (Guide) and Mr. Wu (Driver) at Xian. Clearly they are both very experienced, and they went out of their way to make our trip memorable both in terms of information provided and willingness to help us even after the group tour ended. Celine organized everything very smoothly and with great consideration for me, and I am very appreciative. She is the best one among all the guides.
    Posted on September 11, 2019
    Thank you for organizing a most wonderful trip which we will not be able to do without your help.
    Rosie Hohepa
    New Zealand
    Posted on September 09, 2019
    The communication through the whole process of planning to the end of our journey was excellent. Any changes we made to the itinerary were able to be included and itinerary immediately updated. Our tour guides were excellent but perhaps drivers could be a little more friendly but appreciate there is a language barrier, however, they always did their job in a very professional manner.
    We enjoyed our trip to China immensely and belief the tour was the major contributor to that experience. The additional excursions were well planned and timed very well and enhanced the overall experience. ... More
    Laura Dungey
    United States
    Posted on September 08, 2019
    Thank you so much for providing my friends and I with such a great vacation. It was an experience of a lifetime and we enjoyed every minute of it.

    Guides: John in Beijing was a really fun and interesting tour guide. He seemed to have a lot of knowledge about all of the sites we were visiting and also seemed excited to share that knowledge with us which in turn made us excited. He also was very good at getting us to participate when he was speaking such as asking us questions or quizzing us. That made us pay even more attention to him. Another fantastic thing about John is that he was not overbearing. When we were at sites, John was really good at giving us information and then letting us do our own exploring too. He was also very patient when we would constantly stop to take pictures. The other six guides did good jobs too.

    Meals: The meals that were provided were fantastic. I have never had such delicious food in my life! While for some of our meals we got choose what we would like to eat, we especially enjoyed the meals where we were simply given food. This was great because we got to try food we may not have ever tried on our own. Also the restaurants were beautiful. The atmosphere and the service were exceptional. If we had to choose a restaurant to recommend to family and friends, we would actually choose two! We really enjoyed the restaurant where we were served the a la carte meal, and the Szechewan restaurant.

    Drivers: They were friendly. Every day they would say hello to us and would always smile. The vans were also in good condition, always clean.

    Hotels: The hotels were amazing! It was hard to believe we weren't staying in the luxury hotel. It was very clean and the service was fantastic, especially when we had questions about the area (where to eat, how to get a cab etc). The rooms were very big and in much better quality than even the places we live in here in Korea! It was a nice break from home. Also the breakfast was very good. There was a variety of food and it was all delicious.

    We were provided with excellent services, thank you
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    Posted on September 03, 2019
    All arrangements were excellent and good value for money. Many thanks.
    Margaret and Shirley
    Posted on August 20, 2019
    First let me begin by saying what a wonderful holiday we have had and we would certainly recommend this company to our friends here in U.K. We found the allocated times at sightseeing spots was balanced right. We feel that the organization was exemplary congratulations to the company. The group got along really well. The food was really very good with much variety and beautifully cooked and served. We particularly enjoyed the Sichuan restaurant. All the guides were knowledgeable and their English was very good, we liked Lily who always had a lovely smile. Drivers etc were all clean and polite. The four hotels we stayed in were very good especially the one in Shanghai. The only criticism we will make is regarding the President no 8. This ship is in great need of refurbishment i.e. grubby carpets in cabins and dated bathrooms. The food and the staff were very good and looked after our every need. We really enjoyed our trip up the Shennong stream despite the dreadful weather we have never laughed and sung so much in the pouring rain. Thank you to all who helped make this a memorable trip. ... More
    Corinne McWilliams
    Posted on August 13, 2019
    Our group of 11 people was very mixed (British, American, Chilean, French, New Zealanders, and Chinese). I think that for the group the overall balance of time spent at different places was very good. We would have liked another day in Xian to allow more time to walk around the wall and see other parts of the city.

    All the restaurants were attractive and the meals were of high quality. It is difficult to choose favorites, but would probably say the first restaurant in Beijing and the one in Shanghai. The copious and varied meal provided by the family in Xian was of a very high standard, and it was an interesting experience. However, it was served rather late and we did not finish until after 3 pm. Consequently, it was difficult to fully enjoy the dumpling dinner in the evening. This was unfortunate as the dumplings were excellent. (An extra day in Xian would solve this problem.) Service was also very good in the restaurants with the exception of the one in Yichang, where the staff was less friendly.

    All the guides competently and confidently provided information about the places visited. They also answered broader questions about their city or country when asked. All of the TCG guides had a very good level of English. This is particularly commendable as none of them had ever been in an English-speaking country. All were extremely knowledgeable and had an endless supply of detailed information.

    All of the coaches were very clean. The drivers were friendly, patient, courteous and competent. In Chongqing, the driver was going too fast and was asked to slow down.

    The hotels in Beijing and Shanghai were of a very high standard, with attentive staff and excellent breakfasts. The hotel in Xian was good but the breakfast service was a bit disorganized, and some of the staff was not particularly friendly or helpful.

    The whole trip was a memorable and enriching experience, and we shall definitely return for another visit to find out more about your ancient civilization and life in modern China. There were so many highlights, yet so much more to discover. All of the guides were highly competent, focused and friendly. In particular, our guide in Beijing, Candy, was an absolute delight - attentive, well-informed, well-organized, gentle and considerate. She made a fascinating city even more enjoyable.
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