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China Golden Triangle Tour

S-101: 8 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

Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Take a rickshaw through the Hutongs for an up-close look at the original Beijing lifestyle
  • Experience the Bund, a classical garden, and traditional & modern contrast in Shanghai
  • Enjoy a la carte meals & taste authentic Chinese cuisines at superb restaurants
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Your flight will touch down in our capital city - Beijing today. Our local professional guide and experienced driver will welcome you in the Arrival Hall of the airport, and then escort you to check in at the well-reserved hotel. Relax during the remainder of the day to recover from the jet leg and prepare for your 8 days Golden Triangle China tour.
Day 2 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall
Your private journey will start from the magnificent Tiananmen Square, the largest urban square in the world. Then we will continue on and visit the Forbidden City. This 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 the emperor to transact political affairs. Get ready to be impressed by the grandeur of this palace complex.

After the morning visit, you will enjoy an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at an elegant restaurant. Our guide will assist you in ordering the dishes you like. Try to eat like a local with chopsticks.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, a solemn place for the emperors to worship the God of Heaven in ancient times. It is one of the most renowned World Heritage Sites for its outstanding architecture. Afterwards, you will have a Hutong rickshaw tour to experience the traditional Hutong culture and the local way of life.

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 comes today as you climb the amazing Great Wall at the Mutianyu section. We have included a round-way cable car for you, while, if you prefer to take a chairlift up and a toboggan down the Wall, we will adjust accordingly. The Great Wall is a priceless heritage left by the Chinese through the ages. Just when you stand on the Wall and see its grandness, you will find it is no wonder that the Great Wall has had the mystique to surprise the whole world. Enjoy your leisure time on the Wall and view the surrounding mountain scenery.

Lunch is on your own and our guide will gladly assist. 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 stopover for you to take pictures of this huge nest. Today's last stop is a featured local market.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by High Speed Train
Summer Palace, 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 check out of the hotel after breakfast and then go to visit the Summer Palace. Mainly composed of the Kunming Lake and the Longevity Hill, the Summer Palace is the largest and best preserved imperial garden in the country. It is a monument to classical Chinese architecture in terms of both garden design and construction. In summer, there are lovely lotus blooming, while in winter, it becomes a good place for the youngsters to go skating.

In the afternoon, you will experience a 5-hour high speed train to Xi'an. Our local guide and driver will meet you at Xi'an North Railway Station and drive you to check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Xi'an City Wall, Great Mosque, Muslim Bazaar. (B)
Rural people celebrating the traditional festival
The whole morning will be spent visiting the Terracotta Army Museum. It takes about one hour's drive from the hotel. When you are in the museum, you will be astonished by the life-size unearthed terracotta warriors and horses artistically sculpted more than 2,200 years ago. Over 8,000 terracotta soldiers were excavated with orderly array and grandeur. They vary in height, posture and expression.

Lunch is on your own, but the guide will recommend restaurants around the site according to your preference.

In the afternoon, you will get back to the city and visit 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. Cycling on the City Wall is a very popular activity. There are bike rental spots and you may try it out if you are interested. Electric carts are also available. Then, you will visit the Great Mosque, a remarkable Islamic cultural relic, which perfectly combines Chinese traditional with Islamic architectural styles. Around the mosque is a lively Muslim bazaar.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xi'an to Shanghai by Flight
Provincial History Museum, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, 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 first visit the Provincial History Museum. The museum has been a crucial window for showing the excellent culture of this ancient city and China, as well as a connecting bridge for cultural exchange with the outside world. Next, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built for keeping the Buddhist scriptures and Buddha figures brought back from India by the 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 have authentic home cooked lunch at their home. What a fantastic experience! The hosts will also be glad to teach you how to make dumplings or how to cook your favorite Chinese dishes. 

Afterwards, you will be taken to the airport for 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, Tianzifang Cultural Street. (B+L)
Pudong New Area
In the morning, our guide will escort you to see the Shanghai Museum and the classical Yu Garden. As a distinguished museum of Chinese art, the Shanghai Museum is also one of the four famous museums in China, holding a rich and high-quality collection of ancient precious works of art. Once you enter the Yu Garden, beautiful scenes will delight you wherever you go; you feel that all the scenes are coordinated together by Mother Nature. Our professional tour guide will present the vivid introduction to you.

At noon, you will enjoy 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.

After lunch, you will take a one-hour Huangpu River cruise to appreciate the two representative profiles of the city along both 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 have a leisurely stroll and take nice photos. The last stop of your China Golden Triangle tour is a traditional street named Tianzifang, where is full of a 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, our private guide and driver 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
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
$1719 $1547$1529 $1376$1319 $1187
Tour Prices with Economy Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$1619 $1457$1439 $1295$1219 $1097
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part 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
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    Marino Visinko
    Posted on March 11, 2020
    Having traveled to many different places and regions, we found China very special. With our friendly and helpful tourguides and the interesting historical sites, we could just enjoy. The knowledge, patience, expertise of both tour guides and tour operators were deeply appreciated. We had not traveled in China prior so we very much appreciated having their assistance which made the entire tour a most memorable experience. Having a feeling of complete safety, that we were getting expert information about the fantastic museums and other tour inclusions, and being informed of a great optional extra - the performance after the Dumpling Dinner in Xian is something worth recommending to others. We have two other things to recommend to other travelers: 1) get TravelChinaGuide to organize flights - we arranged our own only to discover our flights via Beijing to Xian were not actual transfers which caused us confusion and time wasted, and 2) try to have a tour that is longer than 8 days to have some free time incorporated, but as we did not have the luxury of more time the 8 days was our choice this time. Our sincere thank to TCG for making this tour something we can keep in our hearts and minds forever. ... More
    Posted on March 03, 2020
    The service and delivery of services from Travel China Guide not only met my expectations but exceeded them. Each of our tours in Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai were fun, informative, had delicious meals and we felt well taken care of. I was most surprised that the entire invoice for what we received was as low as it was and thank my lucky stars that I contacted this office to assist in planning and carrying out this trip.
    Posted on February 22, 2020
    Thank you for the wonderful tour of china and such wonderful memories. We plan to return to china in about 2 years, at that time with our daughter who is now 16. We will, again, contact you, and hopefully our paths will cross! "xie xie, zai gen".
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    Posted on February 15, 2020
    Hereunder are the specifics of our vacation:

    1. All our guides were very professional, friendly, and supportive, and responsive to our needs and requests. They were all very knowledgeable. The quality of their spoken English varied from good to excellent. At no time did we have a problem with language.
    2. Even though one flight was delayed seven (7) hours and we arrived in Xi-an at 03:00, Carol and the driver were at the airport cheerfully waiting for us.
    3. All our lunch and dinner meals were Chinese. We enjoyed the wide varity of foods and experienced many new tastes. On the whole we felt that the quality of food that we ate at the restaurants they provided, or recommended that we visit on our own was much better than the food we ate four years ago when we were with a large tour group. The best meals that we had, I believe, were in Xi-an and Beijing.
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    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
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    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
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    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.

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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.
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