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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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    4.835 Reviews
    Simon & Belinda (plus the 3 kids)
    Posted on October 10, 2019
    We would like to thank TravelChinaGuide for a fantastic trip. This was our first overseas trip as a family and it was an absolute blast! Our 3 kids (age 11,8,6) loved it and we still talk about something from our holiday each day.

    Our consultant, Linda Jing, who from the very first email, was prompt in answering any questions we had and bouncing ideas back and forth. We had extended our stay by 2 days, so we could visit Shanghai Disneyland (not part of the tour). The organising was done and we stayed in the same hotel, so not moving hotels was a bonus. We had nothing to worry about.

    Thank you for your planning to ensure our trip went off without a hitch!

    We travelled to Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai. All of our guides collected us at each airport, train station or hotel. They offered us extra activities to do such as a theatre show or where to shop and the best place to grab something to eat. We appreciated any tips of places to visit after our day touring was complete for us to explore the city on our own.

    We were especially thankful that all of our guides would accompany us as far as they could to assist with the check-in process at the train stations or airport. This was very helpful, as 5 people and suitcases navigating through extremely busy terminal areas can be overwhelming!

    Our hotels were comfortable, spacious, quiet and conveniently located. The included breakfast was great and there was plenty of choice. Our organised lunches were tasty, fantastic and at very nice restaurants.

    Our guides - Angela in Beijing, Roger in Xian, Tony in Chengdu and Ruby in Shanghai were all very knowledgeable and we loved hearing about the history and explanations about each city. All the guides were professional, courteous, passionate about China and a credit to your company.

    Special mention to Angela, who became the 6th member (and a third parent) in our family, always stepping up to assist us when we required an adult to accompany one of our children on an activity, e.g. on the chairlift and toboggan at the Great Wall. Thanks Angela!

    Overall, we had an amazing experience and thoroughly enjoyed our time in China. The organising by TravelChinaGuide was exceptional and I would recommend you to any other travellers.

    Thank you for your services!
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    Maria Cristina Ferguson
    Posted on October 23, 2019
    We have divided the comments according to subject, allowing an easier comparison. See below:

    Guildes: In general, the guides were knowledgeable and happy to answer questions. Their level of English was good. There were, however, considerable differences in their approach to the job: Maggie in Beijing could not have done more to be present for us, making us feel that we were the only thing in her life for the three days we were there. She was excellent in every way. Celine in Xian had perfect English and was very knowledgeable, especially in the museums, but with that exception tended to offer information only when asked a direct question. Her long conversations with the driver on journeys to and from attractions were a little inconsiderate. Jesse in Chengdu was pleasant and helpful, devoting time to us and arranging a cake on my birthday. He was flexible enough to fit in a visit to a picture gallery and a massage parlour at our request. Annie in Shanghai was competent and pleasant but it is difficult to pass an opinion on her as was not with us for much of the time.

    Hotels: We are sure that tcg has arranged one of the best hotels available in each of the destinations. The Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel was excellent, by far the best of the hotels we stayed in. The room, the facilities and the service were first-class.

    Restaurants: Our fear prior to departure was that there would be too much food as we are not accustomed to eating lunch and dinner every day and in that we were not wrong. We appreciate that not everyone feels the same but we would have preferred to have had a snack for lunch on those days when dinner was also provided. The meal served in the FangShan Restaurant was excellent - enough food but not too much and absolutely delicious. The setting is also magnificent. The first lunch in Xian was good though we would have preferred not to be in a private room. The dumpling banquet was also very good but involved too much food. The restaurants in Chengdu were of a lower quality than those in Beijing and Xian. We again had a private room for lunch when we would have preferred to be able to observe other people in the main restaurant. The restaurant at which we had dinner in Shanghai was excellent in every way - attractive, with very good food and service.

    Shows: The kungfu show in Beijing was excellent. The show in Xian was very enjoyable - an attractive venue with a high quality performance. The acrobatic show in Shanghai was wonderful, a very enjoyable evening.

    General: As we look back over the holiday, we are both of the opinion that it was probably the best we have ever enjoyed, thanks in no small measure to your organisation and we will happily recommend it to friends who are contemplating a trip to China. Thank you for making our holiday so memorable.
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    Kathy Traina
    Posted on October 18, 2019
    Our 10 day tour of China was very well done by TravelChinaGuide. Our guides were waiting at the airport and railway stations when we arrived at each destination and our drivers were very good also. Our guides were very knowledgeable about their areas and we were able to learn a great deal from them. We really appreciated the cold water they kept in the vans since it was extremely hot and humid there. Our guides were very flexible and when we wanted to change our itinerary or cancel one of our sightseeing destinations each guide was very understanding and had wonderful suggestions for us. We can't give enough compliments and "thank you" to our guides. We ate at wonderful restaurants that were included in the tour but it was too much. I think one of the meals (maybe lunch) should be very light with just lots of liquids for the heat. We would like to have had more time for shopping as we wanted to bring back something nice from our tour but we had too many things we wanted to see also. More store stop would be good. ☺ ... More
    John Sanders, Juanita Ladyman
    Posted on October 13, 2019
    My wife and I very much enjoyed our trip. It was clear that it would not have been reasonable to attempt such an itinerary without your organization handling the complicated logistics. Having both a local guide and driver allowed us to maximize the amount of time we had. It was clear that you have had experience with our itinerary, and have designed it well to provide a good balance of escorted and free time, and a comfortable number of activities to attempt per day. We were happy with our local guides. Mr Lee in Chengdu was excellent. Also exceptional was our guide and driver (Mr. Sun and Mr. Wang) in Shanghai. We were somewhat disappointed with our guide in Xian. He was very inexperienced. However, our time in Xian and elsewhere was very enjoyable, and I was surprised at how smoothly everything went. What attracted me to your company was having a tour with a very close match to our interests. We feel that your tour provided a good introduction to those areas, for a reasonable cost. My experience has shown me that the more one travels, the more places one learns of to visit next. We look forward to our next opportunity to travel with your company to explore the Silk Road west from Urumqi, through Kashgar and beyond. ... More
    Stefanie Ma
    Posted on October 09, 2019
    I would like to express my gratitude for all your effort in providing excellent services during our stay in China. I have never felt so taken care of as with you in China. I and my partner enjoyed it very much! I have already started recommending your agency to people interested in visiting China.
    Posted on October 01, 2019
    I only have good things to talk about our four tour guides. All guides were very good about offering information without being prompted by our questions. Tina in Beijing was more talkative than others, and Tina asked more questions about us and our lives, which usually started a dialogue with us asking questions back about her and her life. I suppose not all groups would want that kind of interaction with their guide, but it was great for us. All guides spoke excellent English. Communication was not a problem at all. All guides were extremely knowledgeable about all the places we visited, and about the history of China in general. Here, I might give a slight edge to Celine (the Xian guide) in terms of overall knowledge, since she seemed to have an extensive knowledge of the history of Shaanxi province and its long line of dynasties and emperors. But all guides were easily able to answer all of our questions and provide additional details that we didn't even ask about. We all learned quite a lot on our tour, thanks to our guides. ... More
    Gabriel Marao
    Posted on September 25, 2019
    Linda is very fast and correct in her answers.
    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.
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