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China Golden Triangle Tour

S-101: 8 Days Private Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai
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 - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Take a rickshaw through the Hutongs & get a close touch with the original Beijing lifestyle
  • Experience the Bund, classical garden, modern and old in contrast in Shanghai
  • Enjoy a la carte meals & taste authentic Chinese cuisines at superb restaurants
From $1169 per person Free Inquiry
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Your flight will touch down in our capital city today. Our local professional guide and experienced driver will expect you at the airport after your baggage reclaim and customs clearance, and then escort you to check in at the hotel. Relax during the rest time of the day to recover from the jet leg and prepare for your 8 days guided tours of China.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Mutianyu Great Wall
Your private journey will start from the magnificent Tiananmen Square. Then continue to the Forbidden City. The imperial palace complex is divided into two parts, the Inner Court and the Outer Court. The Inner Court was the living space for royal families, and the Outer Court served as a workplace for emperor to cope with political affairs. 

After visiting the imperial palace, you will enjoy an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at one of the best restaurants in the city. 

In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Our consultant Flora with her clients
The highlight of your 8 days China tour package will come today as you climb the amazing Great Wall at Mutianyu section, including the round-trip cable car. The Great Wall is a priceless heritage left by the Chinese ancestry. Just when you stand on the Wall and see its grandness, you will find it is no wonder that Great Wall has the vigor to surprise the whole world. 

Lunch is not included. Our guide will be pleased to offer you some suggestions. 

On the way back to the downtown area, while passing by the Bird's Nest, also called the Olympic National Stadium, we will make a brief stop for you to take some pictures of the huge nest. Today's last stop is a featured local market.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, A 4.5-hour high speed train to Xi'an, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
Photo by our client Mr. Gary Vandiver
This morning, you will first visit the Summer Palace. Mainly composed of Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, it is the largest and best preserved imperial garden of the country. It is a monument to classical Chinese architecture in terms of both garden design and construction. Then have a traditional Hutong rickshaw tour. In the afternoon, you will take a high speed train to Xi'an. Our local guide will meet you at Xi'an North Railway Station and take you to check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Provincial History Museum, Xi'an City Wall. (B)
Rural people celebrating the traditional festival
The whole morning will be spent to visit the Terracotta Army. You will be astonished by the life-size unearthed terracotta warriors and horses more than 2200 years ago. Over 8,000 terracotta soldiers were excavated with orderly array and grandeur. They vary in height, posture and expression. 

Lunch is arranged on your own. You may ask for some advice from your guide. 

In the afternoon, proceed to the Provincial History Museum. The museum has been a crucial window to show excellent culture of this ancient city and our nation, as well as a connecting bridge for cultural exchange with outside world. Then go to the time-honored City Wall. It is a top wonder of the city, initiated by the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty in the shape of a rectangle.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xi'an - Shanghai
Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Our clients riding bicycles on the City Wall
This morning you will visit the Xian Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built for keeping the Buddhist scriptures and Buddha figures brought back from India by eminent monk Yijing during the Tang Dynasty.
Then you will have a Chinese local family visit. Not only can you visit the local people's home, but also the hosts will invite you to have an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at their home. What a fantastic experience! The hosts will also be glad to teach you to make dumplings or to cook your favorite Chinese dish. 

Afterwards, you will take a flight to Shanghai. Our local guide will greet you at the airport and take you to check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte farewell lunch, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise, a cultural street. (B+L)
Pudong New Area
In the morning, our guide will escort you to see Shanghai Museum and the classical Yu Garden. As a distinguished museum of Chinese art, Shanghai Museum is also one of the four famous museums in China, holding rich and high-quality collection of ancient precious works of art. Once you enter the Yuyuan Garden, a beautiful scene delights you wherever you go; you feel that all beautiful scenes are grouped together by nature.
At noon, an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) of the true Shanghai and Cantonese cuisines at a fancy and famous local restaurant will be specially served for you today. 

After lunch, you will take a Huangpu River cruise to appreciate the two representative profiles of the city along two sides of the river. It helps you understand the past, see the present and look into the future of this modern city. Then you will explore the Bund area. Free time will be given you there so that you can take some nice photos. The last stop of your China Golden Triangle tour is an old street, where is full of sense of culture and arts.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 8 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off, A pleasant trip home! (B)
According to your international flight schedule, your private guide will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the airport on time. We wish you have a pleasant journey home and thank you for choosing our 8-day China guided tours.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$1639 $1475$1469 $1322$1259 $1133
Tour Prices with Budget Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$1549 $1394$1379 $1241$1169 $1052
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect the current discount.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & 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
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    4.910 Reviews
    Brian Atkin
    Posted on January 30, 2019
    Initially uncertain about the trip because of the internet connection. But the service and organization on the ground was excellent and fulfilled all our requirements and more. We will definitely choose Travel China guide again for our next China tour.
    Posted on January 19, 2019
    All guides were very good. Brian in Beijing was the must understandable English and helpful when my daughter's flight was late, Helen in Xian was the most knowledgeable of history and Rachel in Shanghai was easy to talk to and willing to share information on both old and new China. All drivers were generally safe and courteous (for Asian drivers).

    The meals were generally good quality for Asian food. Some Americans and Europeans might find them a bit different and not the same as they are used to, but we enjoyed them. For us, Xian was better than Beijing choices, Shanghai was better than Xian choices. The best meal was the first lunch in Beijing. It was most enjoyable from the standpoint of service, food and atmosphere. ... More
    Francisco Goicoechea
    Posted on January 16, 2019
    Fantastic tour, very well organized.
    Hotels, vehicles, guides, drivers, trip programme, everything well achieved our expectations.
    Although we selected the Beijing-Xiam-Shanghái standard tour, Travel China Guide helped us (a family group from Spain) to prepare a specially made trip programme adding a new city and modifying some trip. They also booked for us some extra flight connection tickets and everything ran as a clockwork.
    M. Lopez
    Posted on January 13, 2019
    Great suggestions, quick responses, adapted to changes without hesitation and organized!!
    Thank you!
    Sheilah Zarate
    USA - San Francisco and New York
    Posted on January 07, 2019
    The tour options/locations/excursions, guides, hotels and transportation (incl. 16 passenger vans, overnight train, and bullet train) was phenomenal! I would highly recommend Travel China Guide who was always quick to respond with any questions, as well as, assist with obtaining our Chinese Visas. We were a party of 7 who had a customized tour. They were also so accommodating to our request for changes/additions. Thank you, Kelly Wang, for planning a perfect trip on our first time in China. You all were awesome!!! ... More
    A. F.
    united states
    Posted on December 30, 2018
    My friend and I had a wonderful time on our trip to China. We thought your service was the perfect way to get an introduction to this country. It was nice to leave all the details to the trip and to be able to relax and enjoy the trip. We thought the journey was an excellent value. We were impressed at the quality of the hotels and food, and the knowledge of our local guides. We learned so much about Chinese history and culture! Our guides were so patient and helpful in answering our questions and accommodating our special requests.

    Our only suggestion would be to allow a little more free time in each of the cities. We would have liked more time to explore the city streets, markets, or just relax at a cafe to enjoy the atmosphere. On the other hand, there is so much to see, so we were glad that the itinerary was full.

    We have already recommended your tour to several of our friends. Our compliments on a well-run service!
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    Khateeb Ahmed
    Posted on December 11, 2018
    A very well organised tour ensuring most important sites and monuments included in the tour. Travelling Solo enjoyed the personalised attention of the tour guides explaining in detail the places visited. Will surely recommend friends and those interested in visiting China to contact your company for tour arrangements.

    Do keep up the good work.

    Thank you once again
    United States
    Posted on December 09, 2018
    Amazing tour! Would definitely book my other trips in China with this company.
    Gina Benson
    United States
    Posted on December 03, 2018
    Hi! Our family of four just got back Nov 24, 2018 from an eight day private tour with TravelChinaGuide. We flew into Beijing and were greeted at the airport by our Beijing guide, Brian, and our driver. We aren't intrepid travelers but China was something we weren't willing to try to figure out on our own. We are so glad we used TravelChinaGuide. We had a wonderful time and they were able to build our family an itinerary where we got to go and see a lot of China, keeping in mind we have two kids, ages 10 and 12. The hotels we stayed in Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai were quite comfortable and had nice breakfasts- there was something for everyone in our family that was familiar enough. In Beijing we went to the Temple of Heaven, The Forbidden Palace, The Summer Palace, the Drum Tower, on a rickshaw ride, and ate at a very nice restaurant and tried the famous Beijing/Peking duck. Quite fabulous and tasty. The Great Wall of China exceeded my high expectations. I thought it was so spectacular. We had enough time to climb and climb to a high tower. It is so steep! But we stopped along the way and took lots of awesome photos.

    We traveled on train to Xi'an (I was very happy our guide helped us navigate the train station, as that was very unfamiliar). In Xi'an we had Lilly as our guide. She was extremely knowledgeable about Chinese history. We saw the famous Terra Cotta Warriors. Xi'an was a lovely city. The city wall was beautiful and scenic. It was fun and relaxing to walk around the wall. The garden around the Small Goose Pagoda was also beautiful and serene. We were lucky to have nice fall weather- coats but not so cold we wanted to go inside. One absolute highlight of our trip was going to a local family's home and eating a homecooked meal. Oh my goodness, it was so good! Everyone was gobbling down the food and she kept bringing out hot dishes. You won't want to miss this.

    We flew a short flight to Shanghai. Shanghai has amazing architecture. We had great views of the wonderful skyscrapers. Our guide in Shanghai was Bright. She has a bubbly personality. We were able to switch our itinerary from a museum to the 2nd tallest building in the world, the Shanghai Tower. It was a clear day and well worth the admission price. We were giddy and excited about that. We loved the mix of old architecture with modern architecture and the European architecture in parts of Shanghai. We went to an amazing restaurant on Thanksgiving day and had an superb feast!

    The drivers were excellent. The driving in the cities with 25 million people is a little hair raising but we were picked up and taken from place to place with ease. We learned so much from our guides. They were all so enjoyable- although they didn't always understand my kids jokes :).
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    Khateeb Ahmed
    Posted on November 21, 2018
    Ms. Vera Yu has been extremely prompt in her response and surely appreciate the detailed description and suggestions provided. Sincere thanks to Ms. Vera.
    My tour is due to commence after one week. i do look forward for an exiting trip and being the first time travelling solo.
    Keep up the good work.

    Best regards
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings!
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