12 Days Small Group Tours to Beijing, Xian, Chengdu

Pandas & Golden Cities from Shanghai

SG29: 12 Days Small Group Tour to Shanghai - Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - 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 - the 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
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
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. You may take Metro Line 2 from the hotel, get off at East Nanjing Road and go out from Exit 3, then it takes about 5 minutes' walking to Nanjing Road from the station. Taxi may cost about CNY25 per cab from the hotel.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
Day 2 Shanghai - Beijing
Hotel-railway station transfer. A high-speed train to Beijing. Railway station pick-up & railway station-hotel transfer. (B)
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, our guide 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
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven, 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 and one of the most iconic images of the 20th century. 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.

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 lunch
Day 4 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Badaling Great Wall
This morning we drive out of the city to the most representative and best-preserved section of the spectacular Great Wall - Badaling, which is definitely worth a visit. On the way to the Great Wall, we will stop at a jade factory to learn about the long history of Chinese jade culture and witness the superb craftsmanship in jade stone carving. 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.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Sacred Way which means the road leading to heaven with pairs of marvelous stone creatures on both sides. The whole day's sightseeing will be completed after seeing the appearance of the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) on the way to back to the city.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, A la carte lunch, Hutong visit. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Our travel consultant with her clients
Our guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby and help you with the check-out formality. 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 walk for a few minutes to reach a pearl factory, where people will learn interesting information about pearl cultivation, processing and study. 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, we will take a rickshaw to trace the old Hutong alleys, appreciate the oldest gray brick courtyard residence and capture the lifestyles of local families. Then take a late afternoon flight to Xian. Our guide will wait for you at Xian airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel Xian
Day 6 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, A local family visit, Home-cooked lunch, Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Terracotta Army, Xian
The morning excursion will bring us to the Eighth Wonder of the World, the marvelous Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum which is renowned as the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Here we will see a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of the first Emperor of China. After completing the museum trip, we will have a stopover at a pottery-making factory to see craftsmen making terracotta replicas. Then 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.

A visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xian Museum will be scheduled in the afternoon. At night, we will watch a gorgeous Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show and taste the local Dumpling Dinner at Shaanxi Opera Theatre. 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, A la carte lunch, Dumpling Dinner
Day 7 Xian
City Wall, Provincial History Museum, A la carte lunch, Great Mosque, Free time at the Muslim Bazzar. (B+L)
Another day for Xian highlights will wait for you. The City Wall in Xian is the most complete city wall that has survived in China. Walk on the wall and feel how the past meets present. Cycling on the ancient wall would be an interesting experience that many travelers like to try (bike rental is at your own expense). The next destination is the comprehensive Provincial History Museum.

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, 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, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 8 Xian - Chengdu
A high-speed train to Chengdu. Train station to hotel transfer. Free time in the afternoon. (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. Free in the afternoon.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Day 9 Chengdu
Giant Panda Breeding Base, Jinsha Site Museum, Broad and Narrow Alleys. (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 chance to see pandas of any ages, adults, toddlers and babies. Lunch is on your own and you may get suggestions from the local tour guide. 

Continue our journey to Jinsha Site Museum and appreciate its 4D Cinema Dream Back to Jinsha. After that, we will turn to explore the Broad and Narrow Alleys, a blend of boutiques, bars, cafes, teahouses, traditional handworks and local popular restaurants. 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. Free time for 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. The remaining time of the day is free for you to explore the city. A visit to Xin Tian Di area is suggested as it is famous for shopping, entertainment and dining.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
Day 11 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, the Bund, 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 Yuyuan Garden to discover the unique characteristics of its pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters. Then visit Shanghai Silk Museum to witness the tradition of the mulberry-tree planting, silkworm raising, silk reeling, silk fabric weaving, silk embroidery and suchlike ancient crafts. 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 Bund, where you will also take a short cruise tour along the Huangpu River. Then we get back to the hotel, our guide will bid farewell to you in the lobby.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 12 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement. 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. For your reference, it costs around CNY180 to Pudong International Airport and around CNY50 to Hongqiao Airport by taxi. We wish you a nice journey home.

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
10% off - book 60 days in advance, 5% off - book 30 days in advance
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Aug. 2018Aug 01(Wed) Aug 12(Sun) $1909$679
Aug 08(Wed) Aug 19(Sun) $1909$679
Aug 15(Wed) Aug 26(Sun) $1909$679
Aug 29(Wed) Sep 09(Sun) $1909$699
Sep. 2018Sep 05(Wed) Sep 16(Sun) $1909$699
Sep 12(Wed) Sep 23(Sun) $1909$699
Sep 19(Wed) Sep 30(Sun) $1909 $1813$699
Oct. 2018Oct 03(Wed) Oct 14(Sun) $1909 $1813$699
Oct 10(Wed) Oct 21(Sun) $1909 $1813$699
Oct 17(Wed) Oct 28(Sun) $1909 $1718$699
Oct 24(Wed) Nov 04(Sun) $1879 $1691$699
Oct 31(Wed) Nov 11(Sun) $1919 $1727$789
Nov. 2018Nov 07(Wed) Nov 18(Sun) $1769 $1592$679
Nov 14(Wed) Nov 25(Sun) $1729 $1556$649
Dec. 2018Dec 07(Fri) Dec 18(Tue) $1729 $1556$639
Dec 21(Fri) Jan 01(Tue) $1729 $1556$639

Remarks: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days in advance, 5% off - book 30 days in advance
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan. 2019Jan 04(Fri) Jan 15(Tue) $1799 $1619$569
Jan 18(Fri) Jan 29(Tue) $1799 $1619$569
Feb. 2019Feb 23(Sat) Mar 06(Wed) $1809 $1628$579
Mar. 2019Mar 04(Mon) Mar 15(Fri) $1849 $1664$619
Mar 11(Mon) Mar 22(Fri) $1849 $1664$619
Mar 25(Mon) Apr 05(Fri) $1879 $1691$629
Apr. 2019Apr 03(Wed) Apr 14(Sun) $1979 $1781$659
Apr 10(Wed) Apr 21(Sun) $1979 $1781$659
Apr 17(Wed) Apr 28(Sun) $1979 $1781$659
Apr 24(Wed) May 05(Sun) $1979 $1781$659
May. 2019May 08(Wed) May 19(Sun) $1979 $1781$659
May 15(Wed) May 26(Sun) $1979 $1781$659
May 22(Wed) Jun 02(Sun) $1979 $1781$659
May 29(Wed) Jun 09(Sun) $1969 $1772$639
Jun. 2019Jun 05(Wed) Jun 16(Sun) $1969 $1772$639
Jun 12(Wed) Jun 23(Sun) $1969 $1772$639
Jun 19(Wed) Jun 30(Sun) $1969 $1772$639
Jun 26(Wed) Jul 07(Sun) $1969 $1772$639
Jul. 2019Jul 03(Wed) Jul 14(Sun) $1979 $1781$629
Jul 10(Wed) Jul 21(Sun) $1979 $1781$629
Jul 17(Wed) Jul 28(Sun) $1979 $1781$629
Jul 24(Wed) Aug 04(Sun) $1979 $1781$629
Jul 31(Wed) Aug 11(Sun) $1979 $1781$629
Aug. 2019Aug 07(Wed) Aug 18(Sun) $1979 $1781$629
Aug 14(Wed) Aug 25(Sun) $1979 $1781$629
Aug 21(Wed) Sep 01(Sun) $1979 $1781$629
Aug 28(Wed) Sep 08(Sun) $1979 $1781$649
Sep. 2019Sep 04(Wed) Sep 15(Sun) $1999 $1799$679
Sep 11(Wed) Sep 22(Sun) $1999 $1799$679
Sep 18(Wed) Sep 29(Sun) $1999 $1799$679
Oct. 2019Oct 02(Wed) Oct 13(Sun) $1999 $1799$679
Oct 09(Wed) Oct 20(Sun) $1999 $1799$679
Oct 16(Wed) Oct 27(Sun) $1999 $1799$679
Oct 23(Wed) Nov 03(Sun) $1969 $1772$679
Oct 30(Wed) Nov 10(Sun) $1909 $1718$679
Nov. 2019Nov 06(Wed) Nov 17(Sun) $1909 $1718$679
Nov 20(Wed) Dec 01(Sun) $1849 $1664$599
Dec. 2019Dec 07(Sat) Dec 18(Wed) $1809 $1628$579
Dec 21(Sat) Jan 01(Wed) $1809 $1628$579
Jan. 2020Jan 04(Sat) Jan 15(Wed) $1809 $1628$579
Feb. 2020Feb 12(Wed) Feb 23(Sun) $1809 $1628$579
Mar. 2020Mar 04(Wed) Mar 15(Sun) $1839 $1655$609
Mar 11(Wed) Mar 22(Sun) $1839 $1655$609
Mar 25(Wed) Apr 05(Sun) $1859 $1673$609
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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