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In Pursuit of Treasures

103: 10 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu - 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, Giant Pandas
  • Try biking on the Ming Dynasty City Wall of Xian, or tour by electric car
  • Have a once in a life chance to get close to the incredibly cute treasure - Pandas
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
From $1819 per person Free Inquiry
Great Wall of ChinaOur clients at the Forbidden City, BeijingTerracotta ArmyLovely pandasShanghai Bund
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Day 1 Entry Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Our guide will be waiting for you outside the Arrival Hall of the Capital Airport, holding a welcome sign on which your name is written. A comfortable private drive will take you to the well-appointed hotel. Relax for the remainder of the day.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
Stroll along the famous Tiananmen Square - the largest city center square in the world. This is an assembling place for celebrations in traditional Chinese festivals and important days. On the other hand, the square is well-known among travelers for it is the entrance to the majestic Forbidden City. Built as an imperial palace complex nearly 600 years ago, it is now open to public as a tourist site as well as a museum, from where you get to know the emperors and their royal families' lives, appreciate traditional Chinese architecture and various cultural relics. An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) is served for you at a decent restaurant. This afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven, where emperors offered sacrifices to the God of Heaven in ancient time. For emperors, offering sacrifices at the Temple of Heaven was the most solemn among all ceremonies, hence making it a holy place.

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)
Morning excursion will take you to climb the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu section, which boasts its magnificence and natural beauty. The round-trip cable car is included. As one of the seven wonders in the world, the Great Wall pools wisdom and painstaking effort of ancient Chinese people. Standing on the wall and viewing it as it winds its way along the mountain ridges will leave you with an unforgettable memory. This afternoon, you will visit a featured local market. On the way to the market, the car will stop for a while at the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). You may get off and appreciate its distinctive appearance at close quarters.

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)
Our clients at the Forbidden City, Beijing
Our clients at the Forbidden City, Beijing
This morning you will pay a visit to the Summer Palace, a luxury resort used by the royal family for leisure and entertainment. Embodying the essence of classical architecture from different areas of the country, the royal garden is especially famous for its delicate scenery and ingenious layout. You will sightsee this beautiful garden by taking a boat ride on Kunming Lake. Afterwards, you will take a rickshaw to explore the Old Hutongs, which is the city's most culturally vibrant area. Then, you will take a high-speed train to Xian for around 4.5 hours. Our guide will greet you at the railway station and escort 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)
Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army
You will start this wonderful day with the world-renowned Terracotta Army. It is built right on the excavation site of the subordinate funeral pits of the mysterious Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum. You will be shocked by thousands of life-sized pottery soldiers, horses, as well as bronze chariots and weapons that have been unearthed. Lunch is not included today. You can have it at your guide's suggestion if you need. In the afternoon, you will first visit the Provincial History Museum, which is the most comprehensive and significant museum in China. Then continue to visit the City Wall, which is a vibrant symbol of this time-honored city.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xi'an - Chengdu
Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, A 4-hour high-speed train to Chengdu, Train station to hotel transfer. (B+L)
This morning you will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xi'an Museum, both of which are set in a nice park. Although it has gone through more than 1300 years' of vicissitudes, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda looks still elegant and exquisite with its original features. A visit to a local family comes next. In addition to having close communication with the hosts, you will also be treated to a home cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price). Afterwards, you will head to Chengdu by a high-speed train for around 4 hours. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Chengdu
Giant Panda Base, Jinsha Site Museum, Broad and Narrow Alleys. (B)
Lovely pandas
Lovely pandas
The Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding will be top priority on your agenda today. As a national treasure of China, the giant panda is loved by people from all over the world for its chubby body and cute appearance. When you arrive there in the morning, you will find those adorable pandas eating their meals and playing with each other. Lunch is not included today. Our guide is happy to give you advice for a good restaurant if you like. In the afternoon, visit Jinsha Site Museum and the Broad and Narrow Alleys. You can see precious relics including gold and bronze ware, and jade and ivory vessels in Jinsha Site Museum. Formerly the residence of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), the Broad and Narrow Alleys still keep some of the old lifestyles of the city. Wandering along these old alleys, you will also find many delicious local snacks and featured tea houses.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 8 Chengdu - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer, Relax during the rest of the day. (B)
Bid farewell to Chengdu today. You will be escorted to the airport and board the flight to Shanghai. After 2.5 hours flight journey, you will meet our Shanghai guide and driver. On the way to the hotel, your guide will give you a brief introduction of this vibrant city. The remainder of the day is free, so you can simply relax or explore the locality around your hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte farewell lunch, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise, a cultural street. (B+L)
Shanghai Bund
Shanghai Bund
After breakfast, you will be guided to visit Shanghai Museum and Yu Garden. As one of the four most distinguished museums, Shanghai Museum holds a rich and high-quality collection of some 120,000 ancient precious works of art. Yuyuan Garden is a classical and elegant garden in the heart of the city. Beautiful scenes are there to delight visitors in every corner, and one is led to feel that all the things in this garden are grouped together by nature. At noon, a farewell a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) is offered at a superb restaurant. Afterwards, you will take a pleasant cruise on Huangpu River, which is flanked by old Euramerican style buildings in the west and outstanding skyscrapers in the east. Some free time is also left for you to explore the Bund a bit. The day concludes with a leisurely stroll along an old street where you can feel both traditional culture and modern arts.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 10 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 a pleasant homebound journey.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
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  • 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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    4.919 Reviews
    Kristian T
    Posted on June 26, 2019
    I'm writing to express my special thanks to Selina, Celine, Della and Ryan. All different guides with different ways of educating you and showing you. Loved the meal in the family home. Thank would never happened here in the UK, but incredible how someone makes a business from it. Loved the food. Loved especially the Hotel in Shanghai, really beautiful inside. Chengdu was also an incredible city. We went to Bar Street open evening, found a disco as well. Even though we could not speak a word of Chinese, we used our phone and people were friendly. We would highly recommend this tour. ... More
    Posted on June 19, 2019
    I am an outdoor type person and the highlight of the trip was climbing the Great Wall. And secondly, visiting the pandas. And Jenny was very knowledgeable about the pandas. I think TravelChinaguide done a very good job organizing the travel itinerary.
    Posted on June 11, 2019
    All guides spoke fluent to perfect English.

    All cars were well serviced. We did have trouble at the start of the tour with road rules but the drivers assisted us in this area and made our trip much safer.

    All hotels were excellently located in safe areas of towns and the service was great. Meals at all hotels were great. Language in all hotels was no barrier.

    I thought the meals were probably the area that we were a little disappointed in. Being only two of us we had to take 2 or 3 large servings designed for larger groups. We would have liked smaller serving but a wider choice. What was served was always excellent in presentation and taste. The guides were always helpful in their suggestions and explained each dish and offered suggestions where a restaurant had any speciality.

    Overall, the trip was memorable and we enjoyed the visit to panda base mostly.
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    Posted on June 04, 2019
    The trip covered everything we wanted including lots of history, symbolism, amazing architecture and scenic views. The Hutong visit was very interesting. Seeing what life was like in such a neighborhood was enlightening. We didn't know what to expect. The hotel in Chengdu was good, though the bathtub/shower grout had some mold and needed deep cleaning. The buffet which included both Chinese and American dishes was the best of the three hotel accommodations, and the staff there was very attentive. Tina saw us off on the fast train to Xian. It was a sad parting. We both became very attached to her. The highlight of this trip is the GIANT PANDAS!!! They are so cute. Our experience with the Chinese people we met was warm and friendly. We never experienced an angry encounter. We will come to China again!!! ... More
    Tomas & Felix
    Posted on June 02, 2019
    In general, we were very satisfied with the services they've provided us!
    Posted on June 01, 2019
    My experience with this company has been excellent.
    Mahinda Gunatillake
    Posted on May 28, 2019
    The guides were very knowledgeable and their English was perfect. (Much better than my English). They explained clearly about the places we visited. We were very happy about them.
    My wife and I would especially like to thank Candy (Guide from Beijing) for the kind help she offered for my wife to successfully tour Beijing.

    We enjoyed all the meals and the environment and the service of the restaurants. All the meals were cooked in different ways in each city and had different taste which we enjoyed.

    The cars were clean and the drivers were good and friendly. The hotels were really fantastic and breakfast was very good.

    We were happy with this trip and would like to use TravelChina again for our next vacation.
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    Jeffrey Chonko
    Posted on May 12, 2019
    1. Meals were excellent. The amount of food was very good. I recommend the meal cooked in the home in Xian. It was excellent to be able to experience local cooking. The food was exceptional.
    2. The guides were all excellent.
    1) The guides provide a lot of quality information. I found their information very educational.
    2) The English of the guides was good.
    3) All of the guides were very knowledgeable about the places we visited.
    3. The drivers and cars were very clean and of quality conditions. They definitely met expectations.
    4. The hotels were all excellent. The rooms were clean. Breakfast was excellent.
    Waldner was an excellent tour guide. He was very informative. He had an excellent sense of humor. I continue to tell all of my friends his jokes. "What is Bruce Lee's favorite drink? Wattaaaa!"
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    Posted on April 30, 2019
    There are no words to describe our trip in China. We'd been to several land tour in Europe and never had this beautiful experience. Chinese people are so friendly to talk to, Forbidden City and Terracotta Army are so impressive, pandas are soooooo cute. We enjoyed our trip so much!!!
    Tracy & Ben
    Posted on April 25, 2019
    Thanks for organizing such a great tour for me and my husband. We both had a great time and the guides and drivers in each city were fabulous. Our favorite was Cecilia in Chengdu, she was so helpful and friendly. We also loved the home cooked lunch in Xian. All in all, we had a great time and were given the opportunity to provide feedback in each city.
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