Giant pandas

In Pursuit of Treasures

103: 10 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu - 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, Giant Pandas
  • Cycling on the Ming Dynasty City Wall of Xi'an, or tour by electric car
  • Have a once in a lifetime experience to get close to the adorable giant pandas
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
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Day 1 Entry Beijing
Today our guide will be waiting for you outside the Arrival Hall of the airport, holding a welcome sign bearing your name. A comfortable private drive will take you to the well-appointed hotel. Relax for the remainder of the day.

Day 2 Beijing
Great Wall of China
Stroll along the famous Tiananmen Square - the largest central city square in the world. It is also an assembling place for celebrations in traditional Chinese festivals and important days. Walk to the north end of the square, you will go through the Tiananmen Tower and then enter the majestic Forbidden City. As an imperial palace complex built nearly 600 years ago, the Forbidden City now is open to public as a large museum, from where you get to know the emperors and their royal families' lives, and appreciate traditional Chinese architecture and numerous cultural relics. You can really feel its glory when you are in the elegant and orderly palace surrounded by high walls.

An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) is served for you at a fine restaurant. After lunch, continue your visit to the Temple of Heaven, where emperors offered sacrifices to the God of Heaven in ancient times. For emperors, offering sacrifices at the Temple of Heaven was the most solemn among all ceremonies, hence making it a holy place. Nowadays, this former royal temple has been enlarged and also become a distinctive park for the locals.

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 visit the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu section, which boasts its magnificence and natural views. A round-trip cable car has been included, however, you can also choose to take a chairlift up and a toboggan down. As one of the seven wonders in the world, the Great Wall is a tribute to the wisdom and painstaking efforts of the ancient Chinese people. Standing on the wall and viewing it as it winds its way along the mountain ridges will leave you with a lasting memory. Comfortable shoes are good support for your Great Wall visit.

We return to the downtown Beijing in the afternoon. On the way back, we will make a photo stop at the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). You will appreciate this distinctive building at close quarters. Before getting back to the hotel, you will enjoy some free time to explore a featured local market.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by High Speed Train
Summer Palace, 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
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. Afterwards, you will take a rickshaw to explore the Old Hutongs, the city's most culturally vibrant area.

In the afternoon, you will take a high speed train to Xi'an for around 4.5 hours. You are recommended to bring some fruits or snacks, prepare a book or a movie device in order to spend a happy time on the train. Our guide and driver in Xi'an will greet you at the railway station and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Provincial History Museum, Small Wild Goose Pagoda. (B)
Terracotta Army
You will start this wonderful day at the world-renowned Terracotta Army Museum. 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 amazed by thousands of life-sized pottery soldiers, horses, as well as bronze chariots and weapons that have been unearthed. Lunch is on your own arrangement. The guide is happy to assist.

In the afternoon, you will first visit the Provincial History Museum, the most comprehensive and significant museum in China, which presents half of Chinese history, from the Stone Age to the flourishing Han and Tang dynasties. It is really worth a visit. Then continue to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which is set in a very pleasant temple. Although it has gone through more than 1300 years of vicissitudes, the pagoda looks still elegant and exquisite with its original features.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xi'an to Chengdu by High Speed Train
Xi'an City Wall, 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 ancient City Wall, a vibrant symbol of this time-honored city. Cycling is always a popular activity on the wall. Electric vehicles are also available and the whole journey takes about 50 minutes. A visit to a local family home comes next. In addition to having friendly meeting 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).

In the afternoon, 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. Chengdu is a beautiful city with more than two thousand years of history. Here you will feel a more leisurely pace of life.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
 Friendly Tips

The Small Wild Goose Pagoda cannot be visited before March 31, 2021 due to the maintenance. If you happen to be traveling at this period, your travel consultant will make an alternative arrangement for you. Thank you.
Day 7 Chengdu
Giant Panda Base, Jinsha Site Museum, Broad and Narrow Alleys. (B)
Lovely pandas
The Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding will be a top priority on your agenda today. As the national treasure of China, the giant pandas are loved by people from all over the world for their chubby bodies and cute appearance. When you arrive there in the morning, you will find those adorable pandas eating their meals and playing together. Lunch is not included today. Our guide is happy to give you advice for a good restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit the Jinsha Site Museum and the Broad and Narrow Alleys. You can see precious relics including gold and bronze wares, jade and ivory vessels in the Jinsha Site Museum. Formerly the residences of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), the Broad and Narrow Alleys still keep some of the old lifestyles. Wandering along these old alleys, you will find many delicious local foods and featured tea houses.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 8 Chengdu to Shanghai by Flight
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 your 2.5 hours flight, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by our Shanghai guide and driver. On the way to the hotel, our 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, Tianzifang Cultural Street. (B+L)
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 120,000 ancient precious works of art. Yu Garden is a classical and elegant garden in the heart of the city. Beautiful vistas are there to delight visitors in every corner, and one may feel everything in this garden was created 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. You can partake of the dishes and enjoy fresh and tasty Shanghai cuisine.

Afterwards, you will take a pleasant cruise tour on the Huangpu River, which is flanked by old Euromerican style buildings in the west and outstanding skyscrapers in the east. Free time is left for you to explore the Bund for a while. The day concludes with a leisurely stroll on an old cultural zone, Tianzifang, where you will experience 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, our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the airport on time. If you prefer to experience the maglev train ride to the Pudong Airport, we can also arrange it for you. We wish you a pleasant homebound journey.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
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$2489 $2240$2269 $2042$2019 $1817
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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$2179 $1961$1949 $1754$1699 $1529
  • 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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    4.850 Reviews
    Posted on March 10, 2020
    Everything about our China trip was wonderful and I enjoyed meeting Emily in Xian very much. The Beijing peking duck restaurant was an outstanding event and very enjoyable. I also very much enjoyed the lunch at the "auspicious restaurant"--the restaurant was beautiful and the food was wonderful. I also enjoyed the food very much at the small sichuan restaurant where we ate just before leaving Chengdu. I enjoyed the food very much and the intimate atmosphere of the small restaurant gave me the impression that I was actually in Chengdu rather than an onlooker. So for me it is a tie between the auspicious and the sichuan restaurant for my favorite. I think that for a tour group of just the two of us, we often had way more food than we could possibly eat-- a menu that must have been designed for 4-6 people.

    Changfugong Hotel in Beijing is absolutely a great choice. I was very impressed with their facilities. Eating breakfast there every morning was so much fun -- we got to try so many Asian breakfast foods presented so appetizingly and still could fall back on our own western cuisine when we needed to have something familiar. It is an excellent hotel.

    All of our guides were wonderful. Their English and knowledge of the areas being toured were excellent. I can say very nice things about all of them. Candy and Mr.kong were helpful, flexible, and stalwart against the Beijing traffic. Lily and Mr. wong were really good. Again they were flexible and enjoyable to be with. Lily's English is excellent and her knowledge of Xian made our visit there better than if we had been there on our own. Ting Ting and Mr. lu gave us a great short tour of Shanghai and then drove us out to Wuzen for the day. It was a lovely outing and Ting Ting shared with us what treats to buy for families to celebrate spring. We got to try things we would not have eaten on our own. Ting Ting helped me ship some souvenirs home at the post office and got me to the museum and dinner and to the portman acrobatic show all on time. Paul and Mr. liang showed us a marvelous time in Chengdu. I could not have asked for a better guide. He was very willing to discuss subjects that interest me like the Chinese and English languages, food, and culture. We felt very comfortable and in good hands in Paul's company. We were very sad to say goodbye to both Paul and Liang when it was time to get on the airplane for Hongkong. Everyone of our tour guides English was excellent. We had no problem communicating with them and with their help anyone else in china. I know that each of our guides enhanced our experience of the places we saw.

    The cars we drove in were immaculate at all times. There was always a nice bottle of water for us morning and afternoon. I must say I enjoyed riding in the "red flag" sedan in Xian because it is a Chinese car and one I had never seen before. However familiar the other cars and vans were, they were perfect for their jobs and I always felt secure in them. The drivers have great skills -- I went to China looking forward to amazing traffic and I was not disappointed!
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    Berandine Gelden
    South Africa
    Posted on February 27, 2020
    Travelchina, together with Wendy, were exceptional to work with on this trip. It was pure joy to be able to communicate with her at all times of day and night and get a quick response. Bottle of Great Wall Wine when visiting the Great Wall very nice gesture and added a nice touch to the day. Midday boat ride on the Huangpu river most enjoyable and a nice way to see the architecture of this beautiful city, Shanghai. I would recommend to always include this on the city tour. Zhouzhuang Water village –loved this excursion and village not as busy as we expected. Zhangjiajie is an amazing place and we are so grateful we were able to see the wonderful nature. Our absolute highlight was the day at Tianmen Mountain + the Glass Skywalk. It was a bonus to see the newly born babies in Chengdu.
    My main concern is the quality of the guides provided. Kitty in Beijing was good and considerate of our needs. Fred in Xian was an excellent guide - am so grateful we had him - he ensured that we made the most of our limited time in Xian. He was by far the best guide we had on the trip - it would have been wonderful if all guides could have been as professional, well-organized, knowledgeable and fluent in English. Leedan in Hangzhou was very young and seemed totally inexperienced. Lily, Zhangjiajie guide was a very young girl with little knowledge and knows little English. I had a really hard time to communicate with her. Chengdu guide was a terribble guide, such a disappointment.
    We also concern the large increase in visitor numbers to sensitive areas. The Broad and narrow alleys has lost its appeal for us. It seems a lot of the other visitors we have spoken to are also disappointed and people feel confused - how is it possible that such a charming old world place could be invaded by thousands of tourists mostly interested in eating. The infrastructure simply cannot cope with the numbers of people eating and moving around. The main impression one now gets is of thousands of people pushing through the narrow streets, very noisy, eating and drinking everywhere and at all times, loud modern music filling the streets at all times(also during the day) and by 17h00 when everybody gets back from the excursions it becomes a nightmare to move around. So really terribly sad. An easy solution to address at least the noise pollution would be for the guide and groups to use earphones and a small mouth piece for the guide to talk to pax instead of the megaphones being used at the moment.
    The government is certainly investing a lot of money in infrastructure - all the beautiful new roads, bridges, airports and cities being cleaned up and modernized.
    I do hope they also succeed in finding a way to protect the amazing natural beauty and history for generations to come.
    Last but not least - we were all incredibly impressed by the progress that has been happening in China. The beauty of Shanghai was an absolute surprise and highlight for us.
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    Ian Davies
    Posted on February 20, 2020
    -All the meals were extremely good. For me the outstanding one was the meal in the private home in Xian because of the opportunity to meet someone in their own environment. It is a really outstanding part of the service they offer. I did find that after a few days I really did not want a big lunch in a fancy restaurant each day. In Xian, the guide suggested me go to a dumpling restaurant not frequented by tourists, and I really enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of it, as well as the food. Also the little places we went to for lunch in Chengdu and Beijing were great as they gave an idea of where locals eat. I would like to make a general comment about meals because towards the end of the trip I broke the rules and insisted the guides and drivers did as well sorry about that. I know you have different budgets for client meals and guide/driver meals, but I found two things: firstly, that the there was always way too much food served for one person, and secondly, that being a single traveler, it was always a bit lonely eating by yourself, especially when the guide and driver were often sitting at the next table. As a result you tend to eat quickly and not enjoy the meal as much as one would with a group. To overcome that I insisted that I, the guide and driver sit at the same table for meals and pool the three budgets. If we went over that I was happy to pay the balance. It made the meals much more enjoyable having company while eating. This would not be an issue for couples or groups, but perhaps it is something that you can consider allowing for single travelers in the future.

    -I was very impressed with all the guides. They were all friendly, polite and knowledgeable. Also happy to be flexible. The level of English spoken by the guides was generally very good. The only one whose English was a little lacking was Orlando in Shanghai, but not to the extent that it hampered normal communication.

    -All the cars were spotlessly clean at all times. All the drivers were also very nice, but I must say I was not overly impressed with the driving skills of the driver in Chengdu. If I had to pick one outstanding driver it would be the one in Beijing.

    -With one exception all the hotels were very nice. However, having said that, the air conditioning in the hotels in Shanghai and Xian was inadequate. The exception was the hotel in Beijing. While the public areas of the hotel were very nice the room was a disgrace. I must comment on how impressed I was with the staff in the hotels. Although in many cases they spoke little, or no, English, they were all very pleasant, and despite the language difficulties, they all tried very hard to help. Ironically, the most outstanding were in Shanghai.
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    Johanna Choy
    United States
    Posted on February 16, 2020
    Thank you for working so closing with me to plan our tour. My son and I had a wonderful time in China. Everything you scheduled for us went well and I would like to share our experience on your website.

    Beijing Guide: John

    John was very prompt in meeting us at the designated times at our hotel and very knowledgeable in the history and government of the places we visited and China as a whole. He had very good English, and was the best English-speaker of our four tour guides. John had a very good sense of humor and was easy to talk to. He gave us plenty of free time to do things on our own, which we liked and was very flexible with the day's touring schedule. He even gave us options at the beginning of each day for us to plan our own itinerary. The city of Beijing was a great place for us to start our vacation. The Great Wall was beautiful, but perhaps we should have arrived earlier to avoid the throngs of tourists who arrive in the late morning.

    Xian Guide: Jacky

    Xian is by far our favorite city of our vacation. The friendly and approachable people, the Chinese culture, and the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Xian is a fascinating eye-opener for any Westerner who has never been to Central Asia. Because it was so different from our home in New York City, we found every single aspect of life very interesting. Jacky was a superior tour guide for Xian and is the perfect person for the job. He is young, energetic, knowledgeable, forthcoming, and honest. Without needing us to ask many questions, Jacky often told us all he knew about where we were going, what we were seeing along the way, and other facts about Xian’s life that we did not know. Jacky went out of his way to make sure we had a pleasant stay at the hotel. On the first night, our hotel room's lock did not work and he came to our room to help resolve the problem with the hotel staff even after 12am midnight. We did not ask him to come, but he did so on his own volition and we really appreciated it. Throughout the tour, Jacky was very attentive to our needs and gave us the best opportunity to experience Xian.

    Chengdu Guide: Jack

    The Leshan Giant Buddha was breathtaking, as it was difficult to imagine how the Buddhas were built so large, so long ago.


    We did not hire a tour guide for Shanghai, but it was easy to get around with taxis. The hotel they booked for us was wonderful. It was in a very convenience location for shopping and sightseeing, and the hotel has the best food among all the hotels we had stayed in. Chinese language music CDs in Shanghai were very inexpensive and my son brought several.
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    Charles Cockcroft
    Posted on January 14, 2020

    We have been very happy with your service. Yori has been very responsive to our needs and questions. We would gladly recommend your company to our friends. We are excited by our upcoming trip. We hope to see you and Yori soon. Thank you.

    Charlie Cockcroft
    Mark deGaris and Karl Dutton
    Posted on December 24, 2019
    We were very pleased that we chose to use TCG for the second time to organise our itinerary this year and when we return for the third time we will definitely use your company again.
    All our guides were highly professional, friendly, relaxed and extremely knowledgeable and spoke perfect English.

    We would like to thank our guide, Barry, in Beijing, who thanks to his research skills and forward thinking, changed our itinerary to make sure that we were not caught in traffic for hours. We were most grateful for this as it meant we could spend more time at the Great Wall – an absolute delight and certainly one of the many highlights of our trip. The saying, “If you have been to Beijing and not seen the Great Wall, then you haven’t been to Beijing” is certainly true.

    Susan, our guide in Xian was an absolute delight. Her knowledge of the local area was outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed walking the streets of Muslim Street with her and felt that we were spending our holiday with a friend. We were surprised at the size of the Terracotta Warriors and were grateful that we had such an experienced guide to offer us excellent suggestions on what to see and when to walk. Once again, having a guide like Susan was a necessity, as she knew when and where to stop and could answer any of our millions of questions.

    In Shanghai, our guide Tom was very caring and we thank him sincerely for everything he did to make our experience as comfortable as possible. This included getting our check out time extended and also speaking to the manager, after which, we received much better service from the hotel staff, especially at breakfast. Nothing was too much trouble for Tom and we are extremely grateful for his professional attitude and friendly smile. Having local guides, like Tom and Susan, means that you have someone with you that not only has excellent local knowledge of customs and beliefs, but also can speak the local dialect of the minority group in which they belong. This was certainly to our advantage. One example of this is when we were in Beijing Hutong, we were walking past a private residence and after Barry said hello in the local dialect an old lady invited us in to see her Siheyuan – she was all smiles. It was a delightful and friendly encounter that we are sure would not have happened without our guide.

    We spent a day in Chengdu last year and our guide, Kevin, suggested that we come back and spend more time there – so we did! Travel China Guide very kindly organised for us to have Kevin again as our guide this year and we are very grateful for this as we immediately relaxed in each other’s company. Highlights in this area were visiting the Pandas again, the Giant Buddha near Leshan and visiting the Temples on Mt Emei. The hotel we stayed at was outstanding. And a walk at night in the lit up gardens around the hotel was magical – even in the rain.

    All our drivers were exceptional. They were excellent at driving, in what at times, seemed insane traffic. They took good care of us and their cars. It was always a delight to step into a comfortable and clean car after a long days walk! We are grateful for the small details such as making sure the windows were clean so we could take photos and video from inside the car. One of our most interesting and enjoyable lunches was Sichuan Hot Pot with Kevin.

    We are more than happy to recommend Travel China Guide.
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    Posted on December 21, 2019
    We have nice memories of this China trip and wished we could spend more time with some of the new friends we have met. My husband and I thank you for the new experiences and memories of China!
    Philip Tse
    Posted on December 12, 2019
    Diana and I enjoyed our vacation tremendously and it was definitely one of the most memorable experience we will remember for the years to come. We would also like to thank you for your help in putting our itinerary together. Thank you once again for your great service! I will definitely consider booking with you again for my next visit to China.
    Jennifer Wright
    Posted on December 04, 2019
    Thank you very much for your service for our trip to China. We had a wonderful time. The Peking duck in Beijing was the best meal of the trip by far. On the whole the meals were okay, and there was always more than enough food served to us. It was nice not to have to struggle to communicate and have the mal brought to us without having to order. All of our guides were very conscientious, spoke English well, and were very knowledgeable. We especially like our guide Rita in Xian. She was very sensitive to our needs. She was very helpful and kind to us. She was also very knowledgeable in our tour and a pleasure to spend a week with. The cars and drivers were also very good. They were on time, polite, and the cars were always clean. The driver in Shanghai was especially good dealing with difficult road conditions. Thank you again for organizing our amazing trip. We will recommend you highly to those traveling to China in the future. ... More
    Jade Zelnik
    Posted on December 03, 2019
    I just want to tell everyone how impressed all three of us were with the reliability, efficiency, and quality of the services of during our trip to China. Our itinerary was rather complex, involving plane, train, and car segments, yet everything went perfectly smoothly. We were met by guides and drivers and supplied with plane and train tickets exactly as planned, which meant that the trip was entirely free of worry. Our guides (Candy in Beijing, Roger in Xian, Jack in Chengdu, Kris in Shanghai) were all remarkably competent, knowledgeable, eager to please, and great company. Candy in particular deserves special mention for her exceptional sensitivity to our needs and her enthusiasm in presenting the wonders of Beijing in a way that was extremely catching and endearing. The drivers were also friendly and professional. The hotels were well chosen and lunch meals for which they arranged were copious and delicious. We also liked being able to choose where to have our dinners, and the guides were quite willing to help us make the right choices and assist us in menu selections. What we will remember from our China trip is the friendly and efficient service, the wonderful sites, and the extraordinarily beautiful scenery... And, should we come back to China, we will not hesitate to contact them again. ... More
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