Golden Triangle & Yangtze

SD-401: 12 Days Beijing - Xian - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - 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: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches with some being a la carte style, 3 dinners
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Walk into a local family, learn to cook Chinese food & dine with the hosts in their home
  • Enjoy the Three Gorges scenery on Yangtze River cruise & feel totally relaxed
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
Temple of HeavenBadaling Great WallOur clients at Terracotta Army MuseumOur client learning to cook Chinese dishes at a local familyCalligraphy and painting sold in Shuyuanmen StreetSplendid scenery of the Three GorgesShanghai Bund
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Upon arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport, You will find our guide waiting for you at the airport exit. Then you will be accompanied to check into the hotel which is located in Wangfujing Street. Take a short rest and perhaps explore the city on your own later.

When in a foreign land, one must try its local cuisine. We would thus recommend the Jasmine Restaurant, accessible by taxi with a cost of around CNY15 from your hotel. This elegant restaurant has a wide selection of cuisines and the average cost is about CNY300 per person.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: The Peninsula Palace
Day 2 Beijing
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Tiananmen Square. There, you will see the imperial Forbidden City. There you will see the imperial Forbidden City, including the Treasure Gallery as well as the Clock and Watch Gallery. The Forbidden City is composed of a large amount of majestic palaces, and you will see plenty of valuable treasures exhibited in the halls. An imperial lunch at the Fangshan restaurant follows. It is located inside the Beihai Park with spectacular scenery and would give you an impression of how the Chinese emperors had lived in the olden days. Dishes are prepared according to the recipes of the imperial kitchen with exquisite and fresh raw materials and ingredients. They are served in delicate tablewares and waiters donning palace outfits signifies the origin and legend of each dish. Our next destination is the Temple of Heaven, where you can experience the interesting acoustic principle of the Echo Wall, Three Sound Stone and the Circular Altar.

As dinner is on your own, we would recommend the 1949 Hidden City, a famous restaurant with a nice ambience. A must try here is the roast duck with its tender meat, sweet and crispy but not greasy skin. Our guide will help you order the dish. It costs about CNY300 per person. Please return to the hotel by taxi after dinner.

Meals: American breakfast, Imperial lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, A la carte lunch, Hutong Tour. (B+L)
Badaling Great Wall
Badaling Great Wall
It will be exciting today as we will climb the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China, 60 kilometers away from downtown area. After that, you will have an a la carte lunch at a Sichuan cuisine restaurant. Return to the hotel after lunch for a short break and freshening up. Your exploration continues by taking a rickshaw ride along Hutongs. Explore the steep culture of this old capital by visiting the local residents and their courtyards. Drop in to a nearby restaurant named Family Li Imperial Cuisine. Although the decoration of this restaurant is simple but it is highly recommended by many VIPs, including Bill Gates and many other foreign ambassadors in China. The founder of this restaurant is the grandson of Li Zijia, who was once in charge of the meals for the emperor and Empress Dowager Cixi during the Qing Dynasty. Popular dishes include Sweet and Sour Ribs, Beijing Style Fried Lobster with Fungus and Bamboo Shoots, Beijing Smoked Pork, Deep-Fried Fresh Scallops and so on. The guide will assist you in your ordering. Meal average cost is about CNY350-CNY500 per person. You will return to the hotel by taxi.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace with boat, A la carte lunch. Fly to Xian, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
As the largest and best preserved royal garden, the Summer Palace is one of the must-see destinations. Spend the morning strolling around the garden and experiencing a boat ride on the Kunming Lake if weather allows. Then head to a restaurant for an a la carte lunch. Transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight to Xian after that. Upon arrival, our guide will welcome you and then escort you to check into the hotel. For dinner, we would recommend the nearby Guohua Restaurant. It is an old restaurant serving mainly Cantonese cuisine. Our guide will be around to help order the dishes if needed. It costs about CNY150-CNY200 per person. Enjoy your meal and stroll back to your hotel on your own after that.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Army Museum, A la carte lunch, Shuyuanmen Cultural Street, Forest of Stone Steles Museum with 1.5-2 hours' calligraphy class. (B+L)
Our clients at Terracotta Army Museum
Our clients at Terracotta Army Museum
Xian is indeed an ancient city due to its profound history and valuable cultural relics. When people talk about Xian, the first thing that comes to mind is the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Therefore today we will visit this awesome wonder of the world and have the opportunity to take photos with the life-sized warriors at close range. An a la carte lunch at an elegant local restaurant follows before transferring back to downtown to visit the Shuyuanmen, an ancient cultural street featuring the antique-style buildings and various distinctive stores. At the eastern end of the street is the Forest of Stone Steles Museum, built during the Northern Song Dynasty. It is an art treasure house with a collection of the earliest and most famous stone tablets in the country. You will have the chance to learn calligraphy for 1.5 to 2 hours in the museum if interested.

For dinner, the Real Love Restaurant at Huan Cheng Xi Yuan is recommended. It is very romantic to enjoy your meal in the open air with a view of the city wall. This meal costs about CNY150-CNY200 per person. Take a leisurely stroll around the city center after your meal before taking a taxi back to the hotel.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 6 Xian
City Wall, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch, Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter, Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. (B+L+D)
Our client learning to cook Chinese dishes at a local family
Our client learning to cook Chinese dishes at a local family
In the morning, you will visit the City Wall with our guide's company. Renting a bicycle and cycling around the wall will be a good experience for you. It is also from here that one is able to have a bird's eye view of the city. Later, visit a local family to learn about modern Chinese living. You may take the opportunity to learn cooking Chinese food. The hostess is only too glad of your participation. Enjoy a sumptuous home-cooked a la carte lunch after that. Proceed to the Great Mosque in the afternoon. It is one of the four largest mosques in the country built in a mixed style of traditional Chinese and Muslim architectures. There is a Moslem Street nearby with many snack stalls and souvenir shops that are worth visiting. Tonight, enjoy an imperial dinner show at the Tang Dynasty Palace. The show reflects the royal singing and dancing themes that took place during the Tang Dynasty 1,400 years ago.

Meals: American breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Tang Dynasty dinner show
Day 7 Xian - Chongqing
Xian Museum & Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Fly to Chongqing. Ciqikou Village. Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)
Calligraphy and painting sold in Shuyuanmen Street
Calligraphy and painting sold in Shuyuanmen Street
Your exploration of ancient capitals will round off with a visit to the Xian Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda this morning. Transfer to the airport for flight to Chongqing, where our guide will accompany you to tour the ancient Ciqikou town that has over 1,800 years history after landing. After that, check in to the deluxe New Century Cruise Ship to continue your private luxury China tour on the Yangtze River at 21:30.

Meals: American breakfast
Cruises: New Century Cruises with balcony - deluxe business cabin
Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
Get ready for an onshore excursion to the Ghost City of Fengdu at 08:30. The Ghost City is built in a beautiful mountain and it is the fictive sense of underground world after people's death based on traditional myths and legends. Tonight, enjoy yourself at the Captain's Welcome Party on board.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennv Stream. (B+L+D)
Splendid scenery of the Three Gorges
Splendid scenery of the Three Gorges
This morning, the ship will pass through the Qutang Gorge, the shortest part stretching from Baidicheng, Fengjie County, to Daxi Town of Wushan County, and the Wu Gorge. Then you will disembark to take a boat adventure to the Shennv Stream. The excursion takes two to three hours and you will see the macaques and the ancient plank road. Return to the ship for your next voyage, passing through the Xiling Gorge in succession.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Yichang - Shanghai
Disembark the cruise ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
After breakfast, pack your luggage and complete the check out procedure, then you will disembark and visit the Three Gorges Dam, which is a hot tourist destination by combining modern engineering, natural scenery and cultural landscape. After the sightseeing, you will be transferred to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city by cruise company and be met by our local guide. Then we will head to the train station for a 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai.

Upon reaching Shanghai, our guide will be at the train station to meet and escort you to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: The Peninsula
Day 11 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, A la carte lunch, Nanjing Road, The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Portman Acrobatic Show. (B+L)
Shanghai Bund
Shanghai Bund
The first stop this morning is the Shanghai Museum, the best place to get a deep insight into the history of the city and the brilliant culture of the country. After enjoying an a la carte lunch, explore the Nanjing Road, a shopping paradise for travelers from home and abroad. Walk to the Bund area to see the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower and other famous landmarks on the other side of the Huangpu River. Then continue your visit to the Yuyuan Garden, a private garden in the Ming Dynasty that features the architectural and design style of Chinese classical garden. We suggest you have dinner at the Jade Restaurant where Cantonese cuisine is served at a cost of around CNY150-CNY200 per person. Try their famous dishes as commended by other diners, such as the Shrimp Dumplings, Sichuan Dandan Noodle and Dim Sum. Our guide will be around to help you order the dishes. An amazing Portman Acrobatic Show is arranged with VIP seats at the Centre Theatre after dinner. We believe that the show will leave you with a deep impression.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 12 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
Today, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and escort you to the airport to see you off. Wish you a nice journey home!

Meals: American breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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