Kung Fu & Ancient Culture

110: 12 Days Private Shanghai - Luoyang - Xian - Pingyao - Beijing
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed car
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Visit Longmen Grottoes & watch a martial art performance at Shaolin Temple
  • Explore ancient city of Pingyao with complete city walls, lanes, yards and residences
  • Walk into a local Chinese family, interact & dine with the hosts in their home
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Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Upon your arrival in Shanghai today, your private guide will meet you at the exit of the airport arrival hall. Our experienced driver together with his comfortable air-conditioned vehicle will then get you to the hotel. You will be free on your own for the rest of the day.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and Nanjing Road. (B+L)
Huangpu River cruise
Your private vacation begins with the Shanghai Museum, where you will learn some profound history and culture by appreciating its fantastic collection of ancient Chinese art. Later we will take you to the classical Yu Garden, a private garden of the Ming Dynasty. The nearby busy market which sells a variety of local snacks and small souvenirs also deserves your attention. An a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) is served to you at a fancy local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we will take a short cruise on the Huangpu River for a visual spectacle of grand buildings on both sides. Later, we'll leave you some free time at the Bund. We will certainly see the flourishing and busy Nanjing Road before driving back to your hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Shanghai - Luoyang
Zhujiajiao Water Town, Jade Buddha Temple, an ancient cultural street. An overnight train to Luoyang. (B)
Shanghai is not only known as a modern metropolis, it also has unique characteristics that belong to a city in the south of the Yangtze River. Today, we will drive out of the city to visit the graceful and picturesque Zhujiajiao water town. This small town has a long history with well-preserved buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368~1912). Enjoy yourself here with the ancient houses, stone bridges and lively streets. Lunch is arranged on your own.

Later, we will transfer you back to downtown Shanghai and have a short stop at the Jade Buddha Temple and an old cultural street. After that, we will drop you off at the train station and you will take an overnight soft sleeper train to Luoyang.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight soft sleeper train
Day 4 Luoyang
Pick up at railway station. Longmen Caves, Shaolin Temple. (B)
Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang
The train arrives at Luoyang at around 06:30 in the morning. Our guide will meet you at the train station exit and transfer you to the hotel. The hotel check in time is after 14:00 but you may deposit your luggage at the hotel reception desk. Take a short break and have breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Afterwards, we proceed to the Longmen Grottoes. These grottoes were constructed starting in the Northern Wei Dynasty (368-534), and the work continued for more than 400 years until the Song Dynasty. Lunch is on your own. We then drive for about 1.5 hours to visit the famous Shaolin Temple. The wonderful Kungfu show here is a highlight not to be missed. After that, we will transfer you back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Luoyang - Xian
A high-speed train to Xian. Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Provincial History Museum. (B)
Our clients visiting the Big Wild Goose Pgaoda, Xian
This morning you will board a high-speed train to Xian for a trip of about 2 hours. Comfortable transfers to and from the train stations are provided. Different from modern Shanghai, Xian is a famous ancient capital city of thirteen dynasties, which has much more to offer with its cultural relics and historic sites. We will first pay a visit to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda to learn something of the Buddhist culture, and then the Provincial History Museum to have a general idea of our brilliant Chinese history and achievements of ancient times.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xian
Terracotta Warriors Museum, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch, City Wall, Great Mosque. (B+L)
Terracotta Warriors
Today is a big day. You will visit one of the Eight Wonders of the world, the  Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. We will set off earlier than usual and drive for about an hour to get to the museum. The Terracotta Warriors was an underground army built to protect the First Qin Emperor after his death. The funerary pits with a large number of life-size terracotta warriors and horses with different shapes and faces are marvelous. It is amazing to see something of high artistic value from more than 2000 years ago.

After that, we will drive you back to the downtown area and stop at a local family's house. The hostess will prepare delicious home-cooked food for you, making it a very special experience. The afternoon is filled with visiting the ancient City Wall and the Great Mosque.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Xian - Pingyao
A high-speed train to Pingyao. Wang Family's Compound. (B)
Today we will proceed to the Ancient City of Pingyao via high-speed train. Unlike Xian, which has ancient buildings but also much more developed modern constructions and facilities, Pingyao is a well-preserved ancient city with complete city walls, lanes, yards and residences. After a three-and-a-half-hour train journey, you will arrive at this old town and be transferred to the hotel.

In the afternoon, we will drive out of the city to visit the Wang Family's Compound. Covering an area of 250 thousand square meters, this huge architectural complex has 231 courtyards and 2078 rooms built along a hill.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 8 Pingyao
City Wall, Ming-Qing Street, Temple of City God, Ri Sheng Chang Financial House, Tongxinggong ancient bank, Shuanglin Monastery. (B)
Peddlers selling vegetables in the Old Pingyao Town
After breakfast, we have a full day visit to the Pingyao Ancient Town. The main sites we will see in the town are the City Wall, Ming and Qing streets, the Temple of City God, the Ri Sheng Chang Financial House and the Tongxinggong ancient bank bodyguards. With the help of our guide's explanations, you could easily imagine the people's life here in ancient times. If you have spare time, you could walk through the main streets and narrow alleys, where there are many shops with souvenirs, restaurants and hostels on both sides, in a town full of bustling activities. We conclude the day at the Shuanglin Monastery.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Pingyao - Beijing
A high-speed train to Beijing. Hutong visit. (B)
Pingyao ancient City Wall
This morning we will drive you to the Pingyao railway station, where you take the high-speed train for about 3 hours to our capital city of Beijing. With a history of more than 3000 years, Beijing has seven World Cultural Heritage Sites, more than any other city in the world. Upon arrival, we will pick you up at the train station and take you on a short Hutong tour by a rickshaw before you check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 10 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Summer Palace. (B+L)
Forbidden City, Beijing
Your excursion today starts in the heart of Beijing, at Tiananmen Square. This is the largest city center square in the world. Stay a short time here for some photos and then we proceed to the Forbidden City. The grandiosity and solemnity of this architectural complex is tremendous. We will spend around 2 hours here walking through the palace halls and gardens, imagining the life and work of those emperors.

After that, you will have an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a nice local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will have a leisurely visit to the largest imperial garden - the Summer Palace.      

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 11 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Bird's Nest (drive by), Temple of Heaven. (B)
This morning we will visit the Great Wall at Badaling, the centerpiece of all Beijing trips. Lunch is not arranged today. You may have some fast food at the suggestion of your guide. After that, we will transfer you back downtown. You will have a stopover on the way to take some photos of the Bird Nest (Olympic National Stadium) at a distance. For the rest of the time, we will visit the Temple of Heaven, a place for emperors to pray for the country's prosperity and peace. The tour ends when we transfer you back to the hotel. 
Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 12 Departure from Beijing
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
Your private guide will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport based on your departure flight schedule. We hope you had a pleasant journey with us. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
LuoyangLee Royal Hotel Mudu New Friendship Hotel
XianWyndham Grand Xian South Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
PingyaoYunjincheng Folk Hotel Yide Guesthouse
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
Tour Prices
With Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
With Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
Why Travel With Us
Questions & Answers
Asked by Dave from CANADA | Feb. 27, 2018 08:51Reply
Visa Requirement in China
We are Canadian Citizens and have a 20 hour layover at PVO [Shanghai] during our flight by China Eastern Airlines from Toronto to Delhi [India]. Can we go out for a city tour without a visa? Do we have to apply for 72 hour visa free transit?

Answers (1)
Answered by Karen | Feb. 27, 2018 21:19

Yes, you can go out for a city tour without a visa. Just apply for the 72 hours visa free permit at the airport.
Asked by Nemanja from SERBIA | Jun. 11, 2017 18:15Reply
I will arrive at Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 5AM.
I need to travel to Tangshan New Town, Jiangning Dist., Nanjing.
what is my best option and how much time will this trip last?

Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Rita from USA | Jun. 11, 2017 22:02

Upon landing at the airport, you may take the metro line 2 to Century Avenue Station after going through the immigration procedures. After that, you may transfer metro line 4 to SH Railway Station, Exit 6. The first metro departs at 06:00 from the airport and this metro ride will take about 75 minutes. Then you may walk about 150 meters to SH Long-Distance Bus Station. Later, you may catch a long distance bus to Nanjing Bus Station which leaves at 09:30. The ticket fare is CNY105/person and the whole trip may take around 3-4 hours. Upon arrival, you may walk to Nanjing Railway Station to take metro line 3 to East Mozhou Road Station, Exit 3. Then please walk about 340 meters ahead to Shuanglong Avenue Mozhou Road Bus Stop. Later, you can take bus no.851 to Tongshan Bus Stop directly. This section may take around 3 hours.
Asked by Wasim from PAKISTAN | Apr. 10, 2017 01:49Reply
China Visit Visa Information
Hello Concern's This is Wasim Im doing job in Dubai and i have Chinese Friend here she want me to go with her on 14days visit to china can you please guide me, what documents and process should i follow?
Answers (1)
Answered by Suzan | Apr. 11, 2017 19:59

Hi, you can come to the local chinese embassy to apply for the visa. Before that, you should prepare the application form, your passport with at least 6 months remaining validity, a passport-size color photo and invitation letter.
Asked by Tatlock from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 27, 2016 01:19Reply
There are 2 train station at Luoyang?
One is listed as Luoyang and the other is Longman station? What is the difference?
Answers (1)
Answered by Angela | Jun. 27, 2016 01:19

Usually speaking, Luoyang Longmen Train Station is for the high speed train and bullet train, Luoyang Train Station is for other traditional train type.
Asked by Silvia from ITALY | Jun. 13, 2016 01:59Reply
Train tickets
What kind of train tickets you arrange in your tour?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Jun. 13, 2016 01:59

We usually arrange first or second class seat tickets in high speed trains and soft sleeper tickets in the overnight trains. Because the overnight trains usually run very long time, a soft sleeper berth can assure a good sleep.
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