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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
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Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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Tour Prices with Economy Hotels
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  • 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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    4.826 Reviews
    Peter Murphy
    Posted on July 19, 2019
    Emily has been very good in setting up the tour and explaining the process. Very accommodating when we asked for changes to the itinerary...
    Posted on July 06, 2019
    We booked our trip with this company because of the online reviews. We were a little anxious about going to China, but also afraid we might not "survive" the China experience. The agency's guides made every fear go away. Each of them picked us up on time at the airports or train stations, and helped us for the hotel check-in. We felt very safe! Thanks for such an unforgettable experience!
    Margaret Hooper
    Posted on June 22, 2019
    As a whole, our experience in China was okay.
    Our guides were excellent in all locations and their English was great. They were a great help to us. John in Beijing was most helpful in assisting us with locating our delayed luggage. Also this office was helpful in assisting is with locating our items we left in Beijing and we look forward to receiving them when we get home next week.
    The drivers were very competent and knew the cities well so that we were never held up and ensured we were always on time.
    The hotels in Beijing and Xian were great. Comfortable beds. Nice breakfast and clean and well cared for. The hotel in Shanghai was awful and I suggest TCG removes it from your list of options. The bed was so hard it was like sleeping on the floor. Also the air conditioning in our room did not work. This is the only negative point of the tour.
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    Chris Owings
    Posted on June 13, 2019
    We have now made our way back to the U.S. and I wanted to let you know about our trip. Our guide, Rita in Xian, Selina in Beijing & Sophie in Shanghai and the driver, Mr. Zhao took good care of us and were wonderful. As to any suggestions or advice relating to your arrangements for us, we can't think of anything to suggest. Thank you very much for a wonderful time and we hope to return to China in the future. We'd certainly be happy to have your help again.
    Joelle Yu
    Posted on June 10, 2019
    We are back home from our wonderful trip to great China. THANK YOU FOR WELL DONE JOB.
    Posted on June 05, 2019
    I want to mention that the guides from were friendly. Their English was pretty good and shared a great deal of information with us. They all answered our questions and curiosities in a nice manner. The guides we had were: LEO - Shanghai, JACKIE - Xian and KEVIN in Beijing. The hotels were ok. Overall, the company is professional, the guides are ok, drivers are ok. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to visit China.
    Posted on June 04, 2019
    In summary, this trip was well-organized. I went to almost all the main sites in three places. I'm happy to recommend it to family or friends. The only thing I would suggest is to supply some envelopes to use for tipping. I didn't being any with me so it was a little awkward handing money when tipping guide and driver. This isn't a big deal but something that I wish I had thought of when packing for our trip.

    I would've also liked to enjoy more of the local food but sometimes had to stop at fast-food like McDonalds due to limit on time. Sometimes I didn't know how much time we had to spend eating and had to keep asking our guide if we were in a hurry or not and asking how much time we had at each location. But traveling alone with small children, I wanted to make sure we weren't taking too long and risk the possibility of missing out at our next spot. Apart from that, our guides and drivers were great.
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    John Kramm
    Posted on May 26, 2019
    The tour exceeded our expectations and every aspect was carried with extreme professionalism. Kelly was always efficient and approachable and answered our queries very quickly. Nothing was too much for her, and the advice and suggestions she gave to us proved invaluable. The guides were always very friendly, helpful, punctual and knowledgeable. The drivers were experienced, and the cars were clean and comfortable. Very satisfied!
    Elsie Montalbano
    Posted on May 23, 2019
    We had a wonder experience with this company. All of the guides-Eileen, Celine and Selina were very good. They were very knowledgeable of the places they took us to and made it fun and interesting. We were never hurried or felt rushed at any time. The restaurants we went to for our lunches were wonderful. I still talk about the one we had when we were in Xi'an. The drivers were efficient and always delivered us safe and sound wherever we went. I would definitely use this company again if I ever come back for another visit and will highly recommend it to anyone is planning to go to China. ... More
    Patrick McHugh
    Posted on May 13, 2019
    Linda has been most helpful allowing me to tailor our trip.
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