Pandas & Golden Cities from Shanghai

SG35: 12 Days Small Group Tour of Shanghai - Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of maximum 6 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 11 nights, nice 5-star & 4-star hotels
Meals: 11 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
  • See the giant pandas up close in the Panda Breeding and Research Center
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
  • Experience China's most well developed high speed train journey
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Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai
Upon your arrival, our guide will be waiting for you outside the customs of the airport, and then transfer you to the hotel. Relax during the remaining time of the day. 

Highlights in Shanghai will be arranged to visit on your return trip with your group members on Day 11. If you get enough time today, you can go to Nanjing Road and the Bund to have a brief visit of this city by yourself.
Accommodation: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Day 2 Shanghai - Beijing
This morning, our guide will pick you up from your hotel and escort you to the railway station for a high-speed train with a ride of around 4.5 hours to Beijing. Upon your arrival, we will be waiting for you at the exit of the Railway Station and transfer you to the hotel. Please get ready for your following China group tours from Shanghai.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 3 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)
Forbidden City, Beijing
Today our trip begins with a visit to Tiananmem Square, the largest city center square in the world. Our next destination, the Forbidden City is opposite to Tiananmen Square with just several minutes walking. The history here was fascinating and the architecture iconic, which make it a tremendous place to understand the greatness of the Chinese Empire. 

To avoid the cheap tourist restaurant, we specially serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous and elegant restaurant to taste the authentic Chinese food and sample Peking Roast Duck. 

After lunch, we continue our visit to the Temple of Heaven. It is a massive outdoor park filled with beautiful green space and temples dating back to the Ming Dynasty where the Emperor would go to pray for harvest. The evening will be highlighted by a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Day 4 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
This morning we drive out of the city to the most representative and best-preserved section of the spectacular Great Wall - Mutianyu. Round way cable car is included to allow you more time hiking on the Wall. The less-crowded Mutianyu Great Wall enjoys breathtaking scenery and is definitely worth a visit. 

Lunch is on your own arrangement. It may be better that you have a big breakfast at the hotel and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. Our guide will be glad to offer you some advice for lunch nearby. 

In the afternoon, we will drive back to the city. The whole day's sightseeing will be completed after spending some free time leisurely at a local market.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 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)
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby. Drive to the Summer Palace, the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, to enjoy the stunning constructions and the gorgeous landscape. Then we will pass by the Olympic National Stadium (Bird's Nest) and see it from a distance.

Around 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.

After lunch, you will take a rickshaw to trace the old Hutong alleys, appreciate the oldest gray brick courtyard residence and learn one of the traditional Chinese handcrafts, paper cutting art. Take an afternoon flight to Xi'an. Our guide will wait for you at Xi'an airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 6 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)
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
The morning excursion will bring us to the Eighth Wonder of the World, the marvelous Terracotta Army, which is no doubt a must-see for every visitor to Xi'an. Here we will see a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of the first Emperor of China.

After around two more hours visiting at the Museum, we will drive back to downtown and enjoy a special and authentic home cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a local family. Try how to cook Chinese food if you are interested. 

A visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xi'an Museum will be scheduled in the afternoon. At night, we will enjoy a gorgeous Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show and taste the local Dumpling Dinner. The melodic music and graceful dance of the show is inspired from the Chinese royal court performance over 1,000 years ago.

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 7 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)
Another day for Xi'an highlights will wait for you. The City Wall in Xi'an is the most complete city wall that has survived in China. When you walk in the City Wall Park, a circular park built along the wall and the moat, and learn to practice Tai Chi with the master, you will feel how the past meets present. Cycling on the ancient wall would be an interesting experience that many travelers like to try. The bike rental is at your expense. 

An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be specially arranged at a famous local restaurant. 

The next destination is the comprehensive Provincial History Museum, followed by a visit to the Great Mosque. Free time will be left for you to explore the nearby Muslim street before getting back to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 8 Xi'an - Chengdu
A 4-hour high-speed train to Chengdu, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
Our guide and driver will escort you to the North Railway station for a morning high-speed train to Chengdu. The train journey takes around 4 hours. Your local guide in Chengdu will meet you and transfer you to the hotel for check in. Leisure time in the afternoon.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Day 9 Chengdu
Giant Panda Base, Broad and Narrow Alleys, Jinsha Site Museum, Leisure time at Renmin Park. (B)
Giant panda munching on bamboos
We will head to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding when the pandas are active in the morning. The Panda Base is set among bamboo groves with winding paths. Here we may have a chance to see pandas of any ages, adults, toddlers and babies. Then we will wander around the Broad and Narrow Alleys. With lots of restaurants, pubs, teahouses and boutiques, it is very convenient to have lunch here on your own. 

Continue our journey to Jinsha Site Museum in the afternoon and appreciate its precious cultural relics. The last stop today is Renmin Park. Sitting among the local people and have a pot of tea, it is the best place to experience the unique relaxing lifestyle of Chengdu people. We will drive you back to the hotel at the end of the day.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 10 Chengdu - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer, Relax during the rest of the day. (B)
Our guide will pick you up at your hotel and accompany you to the airport for a morning flight to Shanghai. Upon your arrival, our local guide will meet you at the exit of the arrival hall and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Day 11 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 Bund
Our first destination today is Shanghai Museum which houses a wonderful collection of painting, sculpture, ceramics, calligraphy and bronzes. Afterwards, visit the classical Yu Garden to discover the unique characteristics of its pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters. Located next to the Garden is the lively Yu Bazaar specialized in traditional Chinese handcrafts and local snacks. 

An a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a popular local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, we will visit the Former French Concession, and walk along the Bund, where you will also take a one-hour cruise tour along the Huangpu River. Then we get back to the hotel, our guide will bid farewell to you.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 12 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 you will travel to the airport for your departure flight by yourself. The normal hotel check out time is 12:00. If you leave late in the afternoon, you may store your luggage at the hotel reception. Due to different flight schedules, the hotel-airport transfer service is not included. You are advised to reserve a taxi from the hotel. We wish you a nice journey home.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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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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    5.01 Review
    Eugene F
    United States
    Posted on November 01, 2018
    EXCELLENT!!! Our guides and drivers were excellent. The meals were great, although there was way too much for us. We explored some new dishes and had some lovely old standards. Serving the rice last was a mystery. I would have thought it served with the first course to use with each dish. But when in Rome, do as the Romans do. The guide's language skills were fine and we got along fine. We would have preferred to eat with our guides and drivers, but I understand that this is probably not their normal arrangement. Thanks for a wonderful tour of China. ... More
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