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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
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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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    4.846 Reviews
    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
    Kelly S
    Posted on November 23, 2019
    We had a marvelous time. I was very appreciative of the help our travel agent provided. He was always making modifications at our requests when we would change our plans or find something new we wanted to add in and do. He was great at making suggestions of sites to see in places where we had no idea.

    We used this company for the 2nd part of our trip to China. They booked us in 5 star hotels at our request and that was one of the smartest things we did. At the end of 2 weeks having American food choices and wonderful huge buffets for breakfast was just what we needed.

    I would definitely use this company again. Here is my only input on how it could have been better:

    1. We were not given any of our flight information, until I asked for it once we were in China. We flew economy and were seated in nearly the back most row. We would NOT do that ever again. We would pay more for seats closer to the front or economy plus/business class. It was just very small and took a long time to get off.

    2. We went to visit the pandas in the Dujiangyan Panda base at the recommendation of family and an article in Travel magazine. It was great, but... We spent the night close to the base (after touring in Dujiangyan the day before). It is only about 30-45 minutes from our original hotel in Chengdu. So what happens is we spent 1 night in Chengdu, changed hotels to Dujiangyan, then came back to the original hotel in Chengdu. We would have rather commuted back to the same hotel rather than packing up twice. Also, although our hotel was very nice in Dujiangyan, there wasn't anything to do in the town in that late afternoon or evening.
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    Posted on November 19, 2019
    Beijing was an excellent start to our time in China and we were very pleased with our guides and drivers and the hotels where we stayed. We found the tour company very keen to please and take us where we wanted to go when we wanted to go there. We were able to choose our itinerary from several recommended places in each city and also to change these arrangements when the friend we planned to meet there could not keep to the original plans. Our guide, Susan in Chengdu, was particularly very pleasant and informative and also keen to learn how we live in the UK. This exchange of information about our different lifestyles added to our appreciation of China and the Chinese people. Our driver, Mr Sam, spoke no english but always acknowledged us and was very cheerful. Susan's english was excellent and we thought that we were very lucky to have these two people to take us around Chengdu. The food we ate was delicious, especially stir fried egg and tomatoes and Kung Pao chicken. I would not hesitate to recommend this team. We found the guides and drivers excellent and organising everything before we left the UK was easy. Every aspect of it was better than we could have hoped. ... More
    Jim Misner
    Posted on November 13, 2019
    We will definitely recommend your company to our friends.
    Linda E Owens
    Posted on November 12, 2019
    Here are my comments on some specific topics of our recent trip:

    1. Meals: All of the arranged meals were great, in clean, comfortable surroundings with plenty of healthy food, and no intestinal problems during the entire trip. We covered so much of China and had the opportunity to sample so many different cuisines it would be very difficult to pick one or two as favorites, but I will try. My friend liked a potato dish she discovered at lunch in Beijing phonetically pronounced Gian Bei Yang Yu Si that she tried to find at every restaurant after Beijing, and a chicken in lemon sauce she particularly liked. I particularly liked a broccoli and garlic vegetable dish found at most restaurants, a chicken dish with peanuts and vegetables, and a crispy pork and vegetable stir fry I had several times. Also, the Beijing Duck was very nice. Where we did not have arranged meals, the guides were very helpful in recommending restaurants that proved to be quite good. One in particular in Chengdu recommended by our Guide Hanna was called "Rose's" nearby the town square. Rose actually served us, and owns two restaurants side by side. She was a superb host, brought us a charcoal brazier to ward off the evening chill, and entertained us with interesting dialog while the meal was being prepared by the chef who is also her boyfriend. We were in Chengdu during the week long national holiday and the town was filled with thousands of wonderful, happy people. This unique day was one of many highlights we will always remember.

    2. Guides: We can't say enough good things about the majority of guides we had on our trip. Brian in Beijing set the tone and standard of excellence in English ability, pleasing personality, local knowledge, customer service attitude, and promptness. We would rate him as the best guide we had, but not by much. Other guides were better in some areas than Brian, but he was great in all categories. Lily in Xian and Hanna in Chengdu were right up there with Brian. I ask many questions, and most of the guides were able to answer every one. Hanna in particular was able to answer many of the questions I had on the pandas. Our last Guide in Shanghai, Mr. Wang, was probably the most experienced in terms of number of years guiding, and the most knowledgeable of his local area. His English was exceptional. He was a fantastic supporter of Shanghai as being a wonderful city, which it is, and he set about proving this to us. He was probably the most assertive Guide we had, and his choice of places to visit on our free day was 100% correct.

    3. Cars: All of the cars and drivers were superb. Most of the drivers kept pretty much to themselves, and appeared to have minimal English speaking ability, and talked mostly to the Guides. The notable superior exceptions were Charlie in Beijing and Mr. Wang in Shanghai who were very friendly and outgoing and included us in their conversations Mr. Wang even went so far as to give us a small gift on departure.

    We had a fantastic time, would not hesitate to use Travel China Guide on another trip to China, and would give an unqualified endorsement to our friends to use Travel China Guide in planning their trips to China.
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