Great Wall of China

China Golden Triangle Tour

L01: 9 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any part of the itinerary can be customized.
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle.
Accommodation: 5-star Luxury Hotels and Super Deluxe Hotels for your choice.
Meals: 8 American breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner.

  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors.
  • View the soaring city skylines of Shanghai & explore Nanxun Ancient Water Town.
  • Take a rickshaw through Hutongs & get a close touch with the original Beijing lifestyle.
  • Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance, ERA Acrobatic Show.
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up, airport-hotel transfer.
When your flight arrives in Beijing today, our local professional tour guide will pick you up from the airport and give you a warm greeting.  A brief introduction to the city will be given on your comfortable drive to the carefully selected luxury hotel. After check-in, you'll have the remainder of the day to rest and freshen up.

To resume energy from the long travel on flight, we recommend a top-class restaurant for your dinner tonight - that's Made in China. This restaurant is located on the first floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel on the East Chang'an Avenue, with home-cooking as its main style which makes it even more popular. The average price here is about CNY350-400 per person. We hope this dinner will give you a lasting introduction to Chinese food and a good appetite for the following days. The dinner is at your own expense. Please arrange the transport back to the hotel by yourself afterwards.
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City including Treasure Gallery and the Hall of Clocks, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Mutianyu Great Wall
Today, you will begin your luxury China tour from the Tiananmen Square. After taking good pictures there, the guide will accompany you to walk through the Tiananmen Tower at the northern end to the Forbidden City, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 - 1911). You will also appreciate precious historical items at the Treasure Gallery and the Hall of Clocks inside. 

Your luxurious lunch will be specially served at an imperial restaurant named Fangshan in the famous Beihai Park. With about 70 years' history, this restaurant offers the best imperial court dishes and pastries based on recipes from the imperial kitchens of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911AD). The restaurant itself is an ancient architecture complex and the waiters all wear Qing style clothes, giving you an impression that you are dining in our ancient imperial court. Being frequented by many VIP guests from around the world, the restaurant has a high reputation in the city. Please do enjoy your lunch and the great atmosphere. 

In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven to learn about the ancient imperial sacrificial rituals as well as to see local people's leisure life in the surrounding park. 

Meals: American breakfast, Imperial lunch 
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Beijing Roast Duck
A visit to the Great Wall is a must for travelers to Beijing. We have included the Mutianyu section and a round trip cable car for you to save time and energy for the climb so that you'll have more time to appreciate the majestic scenery. Lunch is not arranged today, but you are recommended to buy some fastfood like Subway or Burger King at the foot of the Wall and then enjoy an exciting picnic lunch on the Great Wall. The guide will be glad to assist you. 

On the way back to downtown Beijing, we will make a photo stop for you to see the outstanding appearance of the Bird's Nest. For dinner tonight we would like to recommend a Beijing Duck Dinner at the famous “Qianmen Quanjude Restaurant”. Our guide will help you with the meal arrangement and then leave you to enjoy the Beijing-flavored dish with every bite of the crispy but juicy duck. The price is about CNY200 per person at your own expense. After dinner, please take a taxi back to the hotel.

Meals: American breakfast 
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by Air
Hutong Tour, Summer Palace, Fly to Xian, Airport pick-up. (B)
Enjoy Chinese Food
Please check out from the hotel this morning. Our guide will pick you up and esort you to take a Hutong tour by rickshaw to explore the traditional Beijingers' lifestyle. After that, you will visit the Summer Palace, where a pleasant boat ride on the Kunming Lake is included for you to have a full and clear view of the Longevity Hill and surrounding halls, gallery, and bridges.

The lunch suggestion we offer today is a Cantonese cuisine restaurant - the Aman at Summer Palace. Besides the supreme service and enjoyment the Aman Resort brand offers, the experience of dining in a century-old courtyard with Ming Dynasty Style furnitures is fun. The price here is about CNY500-600 per person at your own expense.

Your essential tour in Beijing will come to an end at this point. Our guide and driver will escort you to the airport for your onward flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. 

Meals: American breakfast
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army Museum, A la carte lunch, City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. (B+L+D)
Terracotta Army
We are going to visit the Terracotta Army Museum today. A special arrangement is made for you to take photos at a great spot, which is closer to the warriors. Usually only VIP visitors are allowed to enter that area. Terracotta Army was buried with Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259 BC - 210 BC), who has been considered a tyrant by most people. However, bamboo slips discovered in Hubei revealed that it may be not the case. It’s recorded that the people could serve in corvee for the debt if they could not afford taxes in grain; during the service, the servicemen could also get some slender salary for enough food to eat. Emperor Qin Shi Huang brought farm irrigation, water conservancy, forest protection, cattle and horse breeding, etc. into the government’s work legally, which shows us a far-sighted development at that time. In the Terracotta Army Museum, you can access more about the great emperor. After that, you will have an a la carte lunch at the five-star Huaqing Aegean International Hot Spring Resort.

The afternoon tour includes the City Wall and the Muslim Quarter - a bustling snack street with hundreds of years of history. When on the City Wall, you can take a bicycle or sightseeing car to travel around the wall and get a general view of the city. Tonight you will be escorted to the Tang Dynasty Palace to see a dazzling performance, Tang Dynasty Dinner and Dance Show which is treasured as a national art form that reflects the glory and richness of the Tang Dynasty and is truly spectacular.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch, Tang Dynasty dinner show
Day 6 Xi'an to Shanghai by Air
Provincial History Museum, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, A la carte lunch, Fly to Shanghai, Airport pick-up. (B+L)
Cycling on the City Wall
This morning, we will firstly visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum including the distinctive Exhibition Hall for Mural Paintings of the Tang Dynasty. The collections are from over 20 noble tombs of the Tang Dynasty. The vivid living scenes depicted by the paintings are very rare, and they are helpful for archaeological study. The next stop is the Small Wild Goose Pagoda - serving as the storage for Buddhist scriptures during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907).

Today's lunch will be arranged at the restaurant of Real Love on Zhuque Avenue, which serves authentic local delicacies. The exquisite and delicious dishes together with great environment and services make it a very nice place to receive our valued guests.

After lunch, our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport and see you off there. Upon landing in Shanghai, you will be met and transferred to the hotel

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 7 Shanghai
Shanghai World Financial Center, Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, A la carte lunch, Yu Garden, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, Era Acrobatic Show. (B+L)
Shanghai Pudong Area
Your sightseeing tour in Shanghai will start from the Shanghai World Financial Center, which has a height of 492 meters (1,614 feet). Take great photos there and then you will be transferred to the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, where you will have a general idea of the city's past, present and future. Around noon, an a la carte lunch will be arranged for you at Su Zhe Hui on Hong Kong Square. You will find it very different from other style of cooking that you have tried in the past days. 

Yu Garden and the nearby commercial blocks are scheduled in the afternoon. After that you will be guided to the Bund Area and then cruise on the Huangpu River to enjoy old-style exotic buildings as well as the stunning skyline on the two banks.

At night, an amazing Portman Acrobatic Show awaits you at the Shanghai Centre Theatre, performed by Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. The troupe is a group of highly-reputed Chinese professional acrobatics which was founded in 1951. They have won a lot of medals in many international competitions. We have booked VIP seats for you.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 8 Shanghai
Nanxun Ancient Town. (B)
Today, the guide and driver will escort you to have a one-day leisure tour to the Nanxun Ancient Town, which needs about 2 hours' drive from Shanghai. With a river flowing through, the town is full of elegant mansions of rich merchants in the past times. You will feel like being taken back to the old days while wandering around and immersing yourself in the grace and refinement of the water town. At the end of the trip, you will be driven back to Shanghai. 

Dinner suggestion is "Xian Qiang Fang at Yong'an", an old-fashioned Shanghai cuisine restaurant. Besides the palatable delicacies, people love its evocative decor which brings them back to the 1930s. The various Chinese opera performance in every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday is the highlight of your night. The cost of the dinner is about CNY300 per person at your own expense. After dinner, please take a taxi back to the hotel by yourself.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 9 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
Your memorable China tour comes to the end today. Our guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. We wish you a good journey home and hope to serve you again in the near future. 

Meals: American breakfast
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This trip can be customized to meet your individual needs!
DestinationsLuxury HotelsSuper Deluxe Hotels
BeijingCrowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town The Peninsula
Xi'anWyndham Grand Xi'an South Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xi'an
ShanghaiRadisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World The Peninsula Hotel
Tour Prices
2024 & 2025 Special: 10% off - Book before Aug 31, 2024
With Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
USD3109 USD2798USD2819 USD2537
With Super Deluxe Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
USD4999 USD4499USD4709 USD4238
  • Prices are per person on twin sharing basis.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • 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
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