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China Golden Triangle Tour

S-101: 8 Days Private Tour of 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
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
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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 Golden Triangle China tour.

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
 Friendly Tips

This tour includes the round-way cable car fees at Mutianyu Great Wall. However, if you are interested in taking the chairlift up and toboggan down the wall, we can also arrange that for you.
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace with boat ride on Kunming Lake, 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. You will also have chance to enjoy the beautiful sceneries by boat along the Kunming Lake. 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
Early Bird Savings on 2020 Tours
12% off - book by Jan 31, 2020; 10% off - book by Feb 29, 2020
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$1599 $1407$1429 $1257$1229 $1081
Tour Prices with Economy Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$1509 $1327$1339 $1178$1129 $993
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% 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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    4.867 Reviews
    Geordie Jones
    Posted on December 09, 2019
    This tour was such a wonderful experience! I brought a group of 14 middle school students to China and was a little bit nervous because I had never traveled in China before myself and didn't know what to expect. Working with Kelly at TravelChinaGuide to plan the trip was such a great experience--she answered all of my questions and was extremely helpful in setting everything up. The trip itself could not have gone smoother. The itinerary in each city was incredible, and all of our guides were wonderful! They were all so knowledgeable, friendly, and engaging. It can be hard to keep the attention and interest of middle schoolers, so I was very impressed with how the guides all did that! I had one student get sick and the guide in Xi'an even made a doctor's appointment for me to help take care of that student. I cannot recommend this tour or this company highly enough!! What a wonderful experience. I feel very lucky to have found this tour company! This was such an amazing trip! Thanks to Kelly, all of the guides, and everyone else at TravelChinaGuide for giving us such a wonderful experience! ... More
    Ling Ling
    Posted on January 11, 2020
    Here are the feedback on our journey.

    On our itinerary, we have requested not to have meals arranged so that we could have more flexibility with our dining choices. All the guides have given us good suggestions on where to eat and what local delicacies to try. We are happy with all the meals we had. All the guides were very professional and obliging. All the guides could converse in English well. The drivers were very experienced and most diligent in maintaining the cleanliness of their cars. Thanks to them, we were able to ride safely and comfortably throughout the journey. (1)Tracy at Xi'an. On our 2nd day in Xi'an, one of our friends could not continue his trip and had to return home immediately due to an urgent family matter. Our tour guide, Tracy, was exceedingly helpful in arranging for my friend to return home at the earliest possible time. Thanks to her initiatives and coordination, my friend flew home on the same evening. At the same time, the rest of us could continue our journey without much disruptions. (2) Linda at Beijing. Linda was always thoughtful and attentive to our needs throughout the 3 days we spent together. She surprised us by arranging a cake for my friend, Louise, as soon as she knew it was her birtrhday on 22 Dec. We were very touched by her kind gesture (and that of the agency) and it meant so much to us that our dear friend's birthday was celebrated as a "grand affair" even when we are so far away from home. (3) Li Xia at Shanghai. Li Xia was absolutely fun to be with. She was more like a friend than a tour guide to us, not only briefing us on the background and history of places we visit but also sharing her experience growing up in Shanghai and working as a tour guide. Whenever the bus ride was long, she would keep us occupied by pointing out interesting sites along the way so that we would not feel bored. Her organisational skills were excellent as she could accomodate our various requests most of the time and she was especially considerate with our photography requirements, finding us the most scenic spots for the best photographs. Thank you very much to you and your colleagues for the wonderful arrangements. ... More
    Hugh C. Daly
    Posted on January 10, 2020
    I am writing this to praise and thank all of the people of TravelGuideChina who were so helpful to my daughter and to me during our recent trip to China and my hospitalization with a severe and sudden illness. Our tour guide, Candy and our driver, Colin during our tour of Beijing and my hospitalization did their best to help me. They became our friends just a few minutes after they welcomed us upon our arrival at the Beijing Airport. They really wanted us to enjoy our visit to Beijing and they certainly succeeded. It was like visiting the historic places of the city with young friends who wanted to be with us and to be helpful in every way. I am 88 years old and Candy took very special care of me as we walked through the historic sites. She said I reminded her of her grandfather and I thought of her as a granddaughter who really cared about me. We enjoyed telling both Candy and Colin of our life in the United States and of learning something of their lives in China. When I became seriously ill in my hotel room just before living for Xian, Colin came to my room and provided necessary assistance to my daughter, who was seeking to have me transported to the hospital. We were both very grateful for his help at a critical time. Throughout my hospital stay both Candy and Colin remained in close touch with my daughter and were very helpful to her. Candy even stayed in the city so that she could be with my daughter in the evening when she otherwise would be alone. Both Candy and Colin were friends when she needed some assistance. We hope that we can remain in touch with these two young people and I would be very pleased if they could visit my home, that is a short distance from Washington, DC. Candy also assisted my daughter in making arrangement for her continue stay at the hotel while I was hospitalized and she was there to help in any way when we were leaving the hotel for the airport. Colin drove us to the airport and when we arrived at the very busy terminal we were immediately greeted by one of your people who had a porter waiting to take us to the proper area, that avoided some very long lines. That was an impressive experience for both my daughter and me. You were so helpful and efficient. I highly recommend your company. ... More
    Eva Miller
    Posted on January 05, 2020
    I would give you high marks for the tour. Zhujiajiao Water Town was a great change of pace from the busy city life of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. I could have stayed there for a few days just to be out of the cities but our schedule would not permit it. Thanks for a great tour.
    Danielle S
    Posted on December 30, 2019
    We have been home for a week and are slowly getting back into our daily routines, also looking at the 4000 or more photos and videos we took. We did spent a memorable holiday which is owing to the prompt service from travelguide China. We loved Chinese meals a lot, like Jiaozi and Biang Biang Mian. Lily (Xian guide) took us to the restaurants that local people go. The terraccota warriors and great wall were truly world’s treasure. We exchanged many interesting insights of China with our guides. Amazing time with them. Some of our favorite events, besides the cities and historical sites themselves, were performances. Some of them they had pre-arranged, such as the Tang Dynasty Show in Xi'an and the Acrobats' performance in Shanghai. We think 5 stars are not enough for our fabulous tour experience. ... More
    Brad & Suzanne Crompton
    Posted on December 28, 2019
    We have just returned from our amazing holiday arranged through Travel China Guide. We can highly recommend TCG to anyone wanting to visit China.

    From our first communication with Emily right through to our personalised experience in Beijing with Kitty and Xi'an with Susan - any questions or queries we had were answered the same day - often within hours! Our tour was personalised to suit our family (2 Adults & 6 year old daughter). We were able to arrange additional activities directly with our guides in each city & there were no factory visits or hard sell shopping stops. Both of our guides (Kitty & Susan) were amazing with our daughter - in addition to their tour guide skills and their English could not be faulted!

    Everything was arranged for us from the Visa Invitations through to the train tickets and our personal driver made the whole trip seamless. The hotels (incl. breakfasts) were of a high standard.

    We highly recommend Travel China Guide and will definitely use this company again.
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    Helen Laitinen
    Posted on December 22, 2019
    First, let me say that this was a wonderful experience!! This was everything we had hoped it would be . . . and more.
    The meals were all very good. The breakfast buffets in the hotels were extensive . . . everything you can imagine. The food was fresh, well-prepared, plentiful, and with many choices. The local restaurants for lunch were all very good. The restaurants were clean and comfortable, and the food was fresh, well-prepared, and plentiful. At every meal there were many different kinds of foods so that we were able to taste much of the local food. The shows (Tang music/dance, and Shanghai Acrobats) were very enjoyable . . . and we had the best seats!!
    All of our guides spoke very good English. There was never a problem in communication. All of the guides were very knowledgeable. My husband and I have travelled extensively, and my husband was a History teacher. We asked many questions . . . and the guides were able to answer all questions. In each location, the guide gave us an introduction to the area, and gave us a great deal of information about the places we visited. Each and every guide made us feel special. Each was knowledgeable and was personable and friendly. Each guide also went out of his or her way to make sure our China visit was a special experience. Our guides are very special people! They are wonderful embassadors for China. We learned a lot on our visit, and saw many places. China is a beautiful country, and the Chinese people are warm and friendly.
    We would be pleased to suggest your travel agency to anyone planning to visit China.
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    Mary Jones
    Posted on December 20, 2019
    Thank you very much for all your assistance in arranging our excursion- Our experience and memories will remain as cherished moments. I will definitely recommend your company to all friends and family interested in visiting your country.
    Bruce Lo
    United States
    Posted on December 19, 2019
    I am very impressed with TravelChina guide in the professional ways that they handled the entire planning and execution of our tour. In particular I wish to thank the TCG travel consultants, Abbey Cheng and Lexi Yang, in being helpful and responsive to my requests. They were clear and explicit with their information, and if I had questions, they were patient to explain the details to me. We have 16 people in our group coming from the US and Australia, with different arrival and departure dates. They were able accommodate them all. They designed an itinerary tailored to our specific requirements. During the tour, there were occasions where we need to change our travel plan. They were helpful in assisting us to achieve the desired result. On another occasion, severe weather delayed our flight from Xi’an to Shanghai. I was particularly impressed that Ms Abbey Cheng stayed late at office to work with us to ensure that we were able to get back to Shanghai on time. TCG’s customer-centric approach to tour planning and execution is something that has won my respect. Thank you, TCG! ... More
    Anthon J
    Posted on December 14, 2019
    Thanks for a wonderful trip. Even though it was very cold, travelling in early winter was special. The only real problem we had with the trip was that we needed more time, but that was because we had organised to see as much as possible in the short time available to us. It would have been good to spend more time at a slower pace, perhaps to wander around local markets with a guide in tow, both to show us interesting sights, and to translate and advise on bargains (or not). We'd love to come and spend more time in this country, and I'd be happy to travel again with Travel China Guide. ... More
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