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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
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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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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    4.828 Reviews
    Evelyn & Jim
    Posted on September 07, 2019
    We enjoyed all of the meals arranged for us. Breakfast was good at all the hotels, and so were the lunches. Beijing restaurant for the fist day's lunch stands out as the best. I can't remember the name of the Hotel. One criticism was that many of the lunches were too early (i.e. before 12 noon) and we found ourselves unable to eat so soon after breakfast. All of the guides worked hard, showed very good knowledge about the places, history and Chinese culture. Their English was excellent. Most of the guides spoke better English that we do. My wife and I both felt that Miller, the guide for Chengdu, was exceptional. He worked hard to help us enjoy our trip, and to make sure we had everything we needed. His knowledge was excellent, and he went out of his way to help. Cars were always clean, and most drivers' attitude was polite, and helpful. All of the hotels were of a good standard. Some slightly better than others. The hotel in Chengdu, was not as good as the others, but it was OK, except the restaurant was closed, and there was nowhere else nearby to go for an evening meal. The hotels in Shanghai was really beautiful. Thanks. ... More
    Robert Pohlkamp
    Posted on September 04, 2019
    All of the trip was a great experience. It is very great and comfortable to get picked up and dropped off at airports. We especially appreciated that all our guides accompanied us at the check in counters at the airports, this was very important and essential - they made everything very easy for us because none of the check in counters speak English! This was very helpful and important. It was also great of our Xi'an guide to accompany us all the way inside the train and leave us right in our room - skipping all the waiting. ... More
    Amy Pan
    Posted on August 24, 2019
    We have returned from an excursion to south China. Several of our friends have asked for and been given details of this trip, as we booked after high recommendation. If I remain working in Korea during 2016, I shall be looking at your website with a possibility of a similar booking.
    Bobby &. Sharon
    Posted on August 21, 2019
    My wife, Sharon, and I feel that this tour was one of the best we have ever taken. We definitely felt that we "got our money's worth". We were surprised that we were the only two on the tour. It was particularly great to travel around Beijing with Rocky, Mr. Bei, our driver, and the two of us. The tour to Chengdu panda base is also an amazing experience as the pandas are so giant and cute. I'll use this site for more tour options in future.
    Michael Genden
    United States
    Posted on August 16, 2019
    Overall we enjoyed our China tour very much. We enjoyed all of the a la carte lunches, including the local family visit. Our #1 favorite restaurant to recommend was the lunch in Shanghai on July 14. All four of our guides were knowledgeable and offered useful and interesting information about the sites we visited. Every guide spoke English well enough, so we had no major communication problems. We felt that the guides had sufficient knowledge of the places we visited. Roger in Xi'an was our most exceptional guide. His English skills are very strong, and his personality helped to make our time in Xi'an very enjoyable. Also we are thankful to Susan, our guide in Chengdu. She suggested a very good hotpot restaurant near the hotel for us for dinner. We told her what we were interested in eating, and she wrote each item in both Mandarin and English on a piece of paper so that we could take it to the restaurant. We gave the paper to the restaurant staff and they were able to read what we wanted. This was ultimately very helpful because the restaurant servers did not speak English and the menus were only in Mandarin, but we were still able to enjoy a great dinner with exactly the food what we wanted. The drivers always had good service attitudes and clean cars.
    All of the hotel breakfasts had a good selection of food.
    Beijing - Very good service and cleanliness. The location was not very close to any of the sites we visited.
    Xi'an - Service was good. Our room was smaller than at the other hotels on our tour. The bathroom was generally clean but needed some re-caulking and re-grouting.
    Chengdu - Service was good. We liked the location and were able to walk to a restaurant for dinner one night. The lighting in our room was very dim, so it was very dark at night even with the lights on. Our bathroom had some problems. The shower had poor water pressure, and it was difficult to control the water temperature.
    Shanghai - This was our least-favorite hotel in China. The location was far from the main attractions in Shanghai. Service was very disappointing.
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    Kristine Todd
    Posted on August 07, 2019
    The service provided by your team has been the best I have experienced and I can't thank all of your team enough.
    Randy and Marty Merton
    United States
    Posted on July 31, 2019
    We are thankful to TravelChinaGuide for a well-planned tour.

    The guides were excellent. They all spoke English very well and worked hard to accommodate our interests and needs. All of the guides were very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information on the history of this huge country as well as specific information on the sites we were visiting. We also had time to talk with the guides about themselves and their families. This helped us learn more about the local people. The guides also helped with shopping and meals that were on our own. They provided suggestions for things to do and see during our free time. In Chengdu, we had a free night and asked of suggestions on what to do. We decided to go to the Shu Feng Ya Yun Tea House which provided an excellent show of traditional music, opera, puppetry, shadow puppets, acrobatics, and face changing. We arrived early and were able to see the performers put on their make-up and costumes. We would recommend this to anyone with a free evening in Chengdu. Susan, in Xian, was particularly helpful. We felt very comfortable with her.

    The drivers were courteous and helpful. They kept the car clean and stocked with water. It was very helpful to be able to leave things in the car sometimes as we went to different sites. Driving in cities in China is a real challenge. Getting places on time and safely would not be possible without the drivers.

    The meals were very good. There was a variety of food options and our guides helped us choose items that both represented the cuisine of the area and matched our preferences. The Tang Dynasty Dinner Show in Xian had excellent food but the show seemed more Las Vegas rather than traditional. We would have preferred a more traditional performance. The lunch in Beijing was also excellent with small portions of many different dishes that allowed us to experience a variety of Chinese dishes. We would also recommend the lunch at the home Xian. Not only was the food excellent but we were able to see where and how a middle class Chinese family lives and what they would eat. We now have a few recipes that we will be able to cook ourselves.

    The hotels generally were very good. They had excellent amenities and service. Breakfast was excellent with a wide variety of items on the buffet. The hotel in Chengdu was a little disappointing. The hotel was beautiful but the carpet in the rooms was very stained and dirty. The rest of the room and hotel was very clean.

    Overall, we were very pleased with the arrangements and service provided by TravelChinaGuide.
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    Eduardo & Fatima
    Posted on July 24, 2019
    As I am the travel agent with my wife, Fatima, this was our best memories of my previous visit. We visited Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, and Shanghai. I have high recommendation is TCG for visiting around the great country.
    Andrea Lie
    Posted on July 20, 2019
    Overall our experience with our guides was very positive. In particular we would like to acknowledge:
    Richard - for introducing us to the many ways we enjoyed lotus root.
    Kitty - her enthusiasm and laughter brightened our time in Beijing.
    Lily - her in depth knowledge of history which added greatly to our time in Xi'an.
    Viola - for her understanding of the cultural heritage of Sichuan.
    Each of them did a fantastic job. I would recommend them all!
    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
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