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SG01: 8 Days Small Group Tour to Beijing - Xi'an - 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 in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
  • Walk into a local Chinese family, interact & dine with the hosts in their home
  • Enjoy a la carte meals, Kung Fu Show, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance performance
From $889 per person Free Inquiry
Our group at the Forbidden CityMutianyu Great WallA granny with her grandson after shopping in the marketTerracotta army, Xi'an
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
The prelude of your 8 days guided tours of China starts when you meet your professional local guide at Beijing Airport after reclaiming your luggage and clearing customs. Your guide will accompany you in a comfortable vehicle to the hotel and help you with the check-in procedure. The rest of the day is left for you to have a good rest or to become familiar with our capital city on your own.
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
Our group at the Forbidden City
Photo by our clients Claire and Shep Goldblum
Today your memorable tour starts! You will meet your group members in the hotel lobby and have a short meeting. Then head to the first stop, Tiananmen Square, the biggest urban city square in the world. From there you will enter the Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City to explore its fascinating halls and pavilions. Here, you will not only learn how the emperor handled political affairs and lived their lives, but appreciate numerous ancient art treasures. 

At noon, an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a superb local restaurant, where you can have a taste of authentic Chinese food and the most famous Peking Roast Duck.

In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors worshipped the heavens in hopes of good harvests.  To round out a memorable start to your travel, we will arrange a lively and dramatic Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater.

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)
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
This morning we will take you to Mutianyu section to experience at first hand the wonder of the Great Wall. The round-trip cable car will be arranged. Standing on the wall and looking at it stretching up and down into boundless distance is an exciting experience and will leave you a life-long memory. To celebrate and commemorate this moment, we specially provide red wine for a group-toasting on the Great Wall.

The restaurants nearby are not up to our serving standard, so we do not arrange lunch today. We suggest you have a hearty breakfast in the hotel and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. Our guide will show you some restaurants around. 
In the afternoon, on the way back you will have a photo stop at the Olympic National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest. After that, enjoy some free time to explore a popular local market. 

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)
A granny with her grandson after shopping in the market
A granny with her grandson after shopping in the market
The first stop of today's itinerary is the Summer Palace - the largest existing imperial garden with a graceful landscape and magnificent constructions. Then a trip to the old Hutongs will conclude your memorable Beijing tour. Taking the local rickshaw and traveling along the narrow lanes, you will get a close touch with the original Beijing lifestyle and culture. You will also have a chance to try your hand at Chinese Paper Cutting. 

At noon, we will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy restaurant with delicious food and great atmosphere. 

In the afternoon your guide will see you off at the airport for the flight to Xi'an. On your arrival, your Xi'an local guide will meet you outside the baggage claim area and transfer you to the downtown area to check in at the hotel for a two-night stay.

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 and Xi'an Museum, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Terracotta army, Xi'an
Terracotta army, Xi'an
The visit to the magnificent Terracotta Army will start your day's trip. In the museum, there are altogether three excavated pits exhibiting amazing warrior figures and Chinese ancient weapons. 

At noon, a special home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a local home that you visit. Particularly, you can learn to cook Chinese food from the hostess. It is a good chance for you to learn more about the local family and will be one of the most memorable parts of your trip. 

In the afternoon, you will visit Xi'an Museum and then the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built about 1,300 years ago in the Tang Dynasty to store the Buddhist scriptures brought from ancient India. A splendid evening is in store when you will be entertained by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show while partaking of the famous 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 the periods. Clients will enjoy free time to relax.
Day 6 Xi'an - Shanghai
Observe local life in the park, One-hour Tai Chi practice, Xi'an City Wall, A la carte lunch, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Our group at Shanghai Bund
Photo by our client Ms. Chris Taylor
The day begins with a leisure visit to the City Wall Park, where you can observe the day-to-day life of the locals. We also have a special arrangement for you here. That is to practice Tai Chi for one hour with the master. Tai Chi, a soft form of Chinese martial arts, is considered the quintessential Chinese culture. After that, you will pay a visit to the City Wall. It is the most complete existing urban fortification in China. Cycling on the ancient wall is an exciting experience that many people like to try (bike rental fee is not included). 

You will enjoy an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will board the flight to Shanghai. Your local guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Ocean Hotel Shanghai
Day 7 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)
Local retired people playing Tai-chi at the Bund of Shanghai
A day journey will show you the essence of Shanghai. This morning, you will visit one of the four largest museums in China, Shanghai Museum, which specializes in exhibiting art works from ancient times. After that, explore Yu Garden and its nearby traditional bazaar. The symbol of the Garden is the Nine Zigzag Bridge built of granite and grass-white jade and the quaint, elegant mid-lake pavilion.

Around noon, an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served to you at a very nice restaurant. 
In the afternoon, you will first discover the Former French Concession, a great place to learn the history and unique beauty of the city. Then wander in the prosperous Bund area and take a one-hour cruise tour along the Huangpu River. Upon returning to the hotel, our guide will see you into the lobby to say bon voyage.  

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 8 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement, A pleasant trip home! (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel to the airport for your homeward flight. Your 8 days China tour package is wane to the close with wonderful memories. We suggest you reserve a taxi at the hotel reception beforehand to avoid having to wait for a taxi outside. The trip to Pudong Airport (PVG) will take about one hour and cost around CNY200. Ensure you have at least 40 minutes' drive if your flight leaves from Hongqiao Airport (SHA). The cost for the taxi there is about CNY80. Please check carefully from which airport your flight will depart. We wish you a smooth journey home.

Alternatively, should you wish to stay on rather than return home right away, we would be glad to assist you for an extension trip!

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 Dec 31, 2018; 10% off - book in January, 2019
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan. 2019Jan 05(Sat) Jan 12(Sat) $999 $879$269
Jan 19(Sat) Jan 26(Sat) $999 $879$269
Feb. 2019Feb 24(Sun) Mar 03(Sun) $999 $879$279
Mar. 2019Mar 05(Tue) Mar 12(Tue) $1029 $905$309
Mar 12(Tue) Mar 19(Tue) $1029 $905$309
Mar 26(Tue) Apr 02(Tue) $1029 $905$309
Apr. 2019Apr 04(Thu) Apr 11(Thu) $1159 $1019$329
Apr 11(Thu) Apr 18(Thu) $1159 $1019$329
Apr 18(Thu) Apr 25(Thu) $1159 $1019$329
Apr 25(Thu) May 02(Thu) $1159 $1019$329
May. 2019May 09(Thu) May 16(Thu) $1159 $1019$329
May 16(Thu) May 23(Thu) $1159 $1019$329
May 23(Thu) May 30(Thu) $1159 $1019$329
May 30(Thu) Jun 06(Thu) $1169 $1028$319
Jun. 2019Jun 06(Thu) Jun 13(Thu) $1169 $1028$319
Jun 13(Thu) Jun 20(Thu) $1169 $1028$319
Jun 20(Thu) Jun 27(Thu) $1169 $1028$319
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 04(Thu) $1159 $1019$319
Jul. 2019Jul 04(Thu) Jul 11(Thu) $1189 $1046$319
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 18(Thu) $1189 $1046$319
Jul 18(Thu) Jul 25(Thu) $1189 $1046$319
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 01(Thu) $1189 $1046$319
Aug. 2019Aug 01(Thu) Aug 08(Thu) $1189 $1046$319
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 15(Thu) $1189 $1046$319
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 22(Thu) $1189 $1046$319
Aug 22(Thu) Aug 29(Thu) $1189 $1046$319
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 05(Thu) $1159 $1019$329
Sep. 2019Sep 05(Thu) Sep 12(Thu) $1169 $1028$349
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 19(Thu) $1169 $1028$349
Sep 19(Thu) Sep 26(Thu) $1169 $1028$349
Oct. 2019Oct 03(Thu) Oct 10(Thu) $1169 $1028$349
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 17(Thu) $1169 $1028$349
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 24(Thu) $1169 $1028$349
Oct 24(Thu) Oct 31(Thu) $1169 $1028$349
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 07(Thu) $1079 $949$349
Nov. 2019Nov 07(Thu) Nov 14(Thu) $1079 $949$349
Nov 21(Thu) Nov 28(Thu) $1029 $905$289
Dec. 2019Dec 08(Sun) Dec 15(Sun) $999 $879$279
Dec 22(Sun) Dec 29(Sun) $999 $879$279
Jan. 2020Jan 05(Sun) Jan 12(Sun) $999 $899$279
Feb. 2020Feb 13(Thu) Feb 20(Thu) $999 $899$279
Mar. 2020Mar 05(Thu) Mar 12(Thu) $1029 $926$309
Mar 12(Thu) Mar 19(Thu) $1029 $926$309
Mar 26(Thu) Apr 02(Thu) $1029 $926$309

Remark: The prices in red reflect 12% discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Early Bird Savings: 5% off, book 30 days in advance
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Dec. 2018Dec 08(Sat) Dec 15(Sat) $889$319
Dec 22(Sat) Dec 29(Sat) $889 $844$319

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte 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
Why Travel With Us
  • Our Customer Reviews
  • Questions & Answers
  • 5.0
    Posted on November 17, 2018
    My daughter Alexa (age 11) and I had a great time while on our 8 days journey in China. We traveled in the small group offered by TravelChinaGuide and we found it much more enjoyable than traveling with a large group.

    The guides, David and Lilly were excellent. They were very knowledgeable about the artifacts we saw, well spoken, pleasant, kind and most accommodating. They even played games with us after visiting sites to see if we had learned anything. Much to my daughter's delight, she found this to be educational and fun. The bus drivers were helpful at assisting the passengers when needed. The foods in the restaurants were excellent. The hotel rooms were clean, comfortable and the staffs were very accommodating to our needs.

    On my next trip to China, I plan on using their service again. I highly recommend them to anyone that is planning to visit China.
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    Posted on November 11, 2018
    Outstanding services, trip a huge success, looking forward to our next visit to China!
    Posted on October 28, 2018
    Many thanks for such a wonderful china tour. We really enjoy it. Our 3 guides, Tracy in Xian was the best in terms of knowledge, spoken English and overall demeanor. Followed by Ray in Beijing and Lilly in Shanghai. They were all on time. Transport and drivers throughout the general tour were excellent. The hotels were very good. Perhaps more time was spent during lunches. We would have preferred more sightseeing. Overall we enjoyed the tours in 3 cities. We will certainly continue to recommend this company to our friends. ... More
    Holly M
    Posted on October 16, 2018
    Our China trip was fantastic. The guides were very knowledgeable on the history of China and all of the particular dynasties. We saw more things than we probably would have seen if we traveled alone since the bus drivers knew how to drive in the cities through all of the crazy China traffic. We started every day about 8:30 am and generally went for 12-14 hours non-stop. The small tour group (18 people) worked really well, and I could not imagine going in a larger group. Here are some highpoints:


    Beijing: the Great Wall was awesome, and the group enjoyed the Kung Fu show much more.
    Xian: Terracotta Warriors were a big highlight for me of the trip, the show in Xian was outstanding.
    Shanghai: wonderful city, great architecture, we wish we had another day there to hang out and go to the nightclubs.


    Hotel in Beijing was ok. Sheraton Hotel in Xian was good and had the best breakfast buffet I have ever had. Hotel in Shanghai was also good, about 20 minutes' drive to Bund which was not as exciting of a nightlife location as I originally thought, but we were able to get great night time photos.


    Generally speaking, the food was good and it was Chinese style. You have to get good at using chopsticks. The best meal was the home cooked food in a Xian family.

    Thanks again, it was a truly memorable China tour we will remember forever.
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