China Golden Triangle Tour

SD-101: 10 Days Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 5-star Super Deluxe Hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 dinner
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • View the soaring city skylines of Shanghai & explore Zhujiajiao Watertown
  • Watch Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance & ERA Acrobatic Show
  • Enjoy a la carte meals & taste authentic Chinese cuisines at top-class restaurants
Our clients at Tiananmen SquareMutianyu Great WallPainted mural in Provincial History Museum, Xi'anTerracotta warriorsRiding bicycles on Xi'an City WallThe Bund, ShanghaiZhujiajiao Water Town
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
When your flight arrives at Beijing Capital Airport, your Beijing Xi'an Shanghai tour begins with a warm greeting from our professional local guide who will accompany you for the next three days. On the way to your hotel, you will receive some information about the history and culture of Beijing from our guide. 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 - Made in China. The restaurant is located on the first floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel on 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 transportation back to hotel by yourself afterwards.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: The Peninsula Palace
Day 2 Beijing
Our clients at Tiananmen Square
Our clients at Tiananmen Square
We'll visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City this morning, including the Treasure Gallery and the Hall of Clocks. Your luxurious lunch will be specially served at an imperial restaurant named Fangshan in 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, take a Hutong tour by rickshaw and visit a local family in the Hutong. 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 CNY150-200 per person. After dinner, please take a taxi back to the hotel on your own. It is easy for you to find a taxi there. 
Meals: American breakfast, Imperial lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, A la carte lunch, Summer Palace with boat. (B+L)
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
A visit to the Great Wall is a must for travelers to Beijing. We have included the Mutianyu section and the return cable car ticket for you to save your time and energy for the climb so that you'll have more time to appreciate the majestic scenery. An a la carte lunch is arranged at a nearby restaurant, where you can order your favorite dishes. Our guide will help you check the menu. Next we will proceed to the Summer Palace where you will enjoy the Longevity Hill by boat along Kunming Lake. The dinner suggestion we offer today is at the 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 full of Ming Dynasty Style furniture is fun. The price here is about CNY500-600 per person. Please take a taxi back to the hotel by yourself. 

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Temple of Heaven, A la carte lunch. Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Painted mural in Provincial History Museum, Xi'an
Painted mural in Provincial History Museum, Xi'an
Visit the Temple of Heaven in the morning. An a la carte lunch will be served to you at a decent restaurant. Then take a flight to Xi'an and transfer to the Crowne Plaza. The hotel was opened in early 2012 and is now one of the best hotels in the city. There are several good restaurants nearby; the one we suggest is "Guohua" which is just across the street. The seafood here is highly recommended and usually CNY150-200 per person will be enough for a nice meal.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army Museum, A la carte lunch, Provincial History Museum including the Exhibition Hall for Mural Paintings of the Tang Dynasty, Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. (B+L+D)
Terracotta warriors
Terracotta warriors
We are going to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum today. A special arrangement is made for you to take photos at a great spot, which is closer to the warriors. Usually the visitors are not allowed to enter to that area. Your a la carte lunch is served at the best local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the 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. Tonight you will be escorted to 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 era and is truly spectacular.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch, Tang Dynasty dinner show

Day 6 Xi'an
City Wall, City Wall Park, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch, Xi'an Museum & Small Wild Goose Pagoda. (B+L)
Riding bicycles on Xi'an City Wall
Riding bicycles on Xi'an City Wall
This morning we'll visit the City Wall, where you can have a chance to take an enjoyable bike trip around the wall. Then spend some time in the circular City Wall Park where local people love to relax. They usually play chess, practice Taichi, sing and dance and you are more than welcome to join them. Afterwards you will visit a local family with our guide's company and have lunch at the family. If you are interested in cooking, the host will be very happy to teach you how to cook authentic Chinese meals. In the afternoon, continue to visit Xi'an Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Today's dinner suggestion is "Real Love on Zhuque Avenue" which serves authentic local delicacies. The exquisite and delicious dishes together with the first-class environment and service make it a very nice place to receive our valued guests. You may spend CNY150-200 per person on this meal. After dinner, you can walk about 20 minutes back to your hotel.

Meals: American breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Xi'an - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. Free time for the rest of the day. (B)
The Bund, Shanghai
The Bund, Shanghai
Take a flight to Shanghai and transfer to the hotel which is located in the famous Bund area. You are free for the rest of the day. If you would like to wander around, you may ask your guide for suggestions and directions. The dinner choice is  "M on the Bund", a very popular western restaurant. The atmosphere here is comfortable and romantic, and the food is prominent in color, aroma and taste. The seats on the balcony have a view of the Bund and the Huangpu River. The price is about CNY 450-500 per person. 

Meals: American breakfast
Accommodation: The Peninsula Hotel
Day 8 Shanghai
Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, A la carte lunch, Yuyuan Garden, Tianzifang, Portman Acrobatic Show. (B+L)
In the morning, visit the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall where you will have a general idea of the city's past, present and future. At noon, an a la carte lunch is arranged at a Shanghai cuisine restaurant. You will find it very different from other style of cooking you have tried in the past days. Then continue the Beijing Xi'an Shanghai tour package to the Yuyuan Garden and an ancient street. Dinner advice today is  "Su Zhe Hui on Hong Kong Square". Our guide and driver will transfer you to the restaurant and help you order dishes. The price here is about CNY200-250 per person. Then an amazing Portman Acrobatic Show awaits you at Shanghai Centre Theatre, performed by Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. The troupe is a group of highly-reputed Chinese professional acrobatics which was founded in 1951. It has won a lot of medals in many international competitions. We have booked VIP seats for you.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 9 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, A la carte lunch, Zhujiajiao Watertown, The Bund, night Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
Zhujiajiao Water Town
Zhujiajiao Water Town
Photo by our client Mr. Frederick Irvin
Our schedule today includes Shanghai Museum, Zhujiajiao Watertown, the Bund and a night cruise on Huangpu River. Shanghai Museum is a must-see site in Shanghai for its rich and well-preserved collections. We will rent an electronic guide so that you will not miss the important parts. After an a la carte lunch, we will take you to visit Zhujiajiao and feel the grace and refinement of southern water towns. Then take a one hour night cruise on Huangpu River to enjoy the fantastic night view of the Bund. 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 CNY250-300 per person. After dinner, please take a taxi back to your hotel by yourself.
Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 10 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
Your memorable China tour Beijing Xi'an Shanghai ends today. Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. Wish you a good journey home and we always hope to see you again. 
Meals: American breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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