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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 air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches with some being a la carte style
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
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
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
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, 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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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect the current discount.
  • 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
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    4.911 Reviews
    Posted on April 30, 2019
    There are no words to describe our trip in China. We'd been to several land tour in Europe and never had this beautiful experience. Chinese people are so friendly to talk to, Forbidden City and Terracotta Army are so impressive, pandas are soooooo cute. We enjoyed our trip so much!!!
    Tracy & Ben
    Posted on April 25, 2019
    Thanks for organizing such a great tour for me and my husband. We both had a great time and the guides and drivers in each city were fabulous. Our favorite was Cecilia in Chengdu, she was so helpful and friendly. We also loved the home cooked lunch in Xian. All in all, we had a great time and were given the opportunity to provide feedback in each city.
    Duncan Bonnett
    South Africa
    Posted on April 21, 2019
    I've arrived back in South Africa after an exceptional holiday! I would like to thank Emily, and all of our guides for making it a trip that my son and I will never forget! From the first moment that I contacted Emily, to the moment we left, every single thing was perfectly prepared and superbly arranged. Our four guides, Selina, Tracy Caroline and Vivian are an absolute credit to travel guide company and all made our stay an absolute pleasure! They were all prompt, spoke good to excellent English and had both a knowledge of and passion for all things Chinese that enriched and enhanced our visit immeasurably. Both Angus and I said that it would have been impossible for us to experience and enjoy so much in such a short period if we had tried to do the trip on our own. I will certainly give them a huge recommendation on TripAdvisor and I would strongly recommend that for a first time traveler to China, or for people with limited time. ... More
    Sharon Evans
    United Kingdom
    Posted on April 16, 2019
    Lexi needs to be praised for how quickly she responded to all our emails and how well she constructed our itinearary.
    Sara Zavala
    Posted on February 18, 2019
    So far Lexi has help and answered all my questions. Thank you
    Posted on January 21, 2019
    All our guides are very good, obviously smart, and amazing that they are obviously doing these tours over and over but each time they seem fresh and enthusiastic. Sometimes you go on tours and the guide seems tired of doing the same thing, and dying to get it over. Our guides were gracious, enthusiastic and very accommodating. Every day was a memorable experience, it is too hard to choose the best. Our trip was fantastic and we would have no hesitation in recommending Travel China Guide to anyone. ... More
    Tusar Mazumder
    Posted on January 09, 2019
    We were taken very good care by this tour company anywhere we went. The guides and the drivers were excellent and did not have any issues about the language as the guide took care of us in all places. In fact I do not have anything to complain about our whole journey as it went so smoothly like silk. We will remember the birthdays they shared with both of us especially on the 14th in Xian. They made it such a great event and we were pleasantly surprised on that evening in Xian. We thank you very much once again for the kind help and service which made our China trip very memorable and would recommend to our friends to use their service and help that TCG provided us. Thanks a lot once again for all the good work which made our life very comfortable in China. ... More
    Christopher & Joan
    Posted on January 01, 2019
    We had several more days of touring around your country, and I only just got back to the United States a day or two ago.

    The meals were all quite good. I enjoyed being able to order from the menu more than I enjoyed having the dishes pre-selected for us, though the pre-selected food was quite good. The final meal in Shanghai was my favorite of the trip. The breakfast at the final hotel in Shanghai was noticably worse than the breakfasts at the other hotels.

    The guides were all quite good. The cars were clean, and the drivers were polite. Joan and I both really liked Dobbin from Beijing - he was very personable and seemed to really know quite a bit about everything we could want to know about China.

    It was an excellent trip. TCG provided exceptional service, and we had a wonderful time!
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    Posted on December 21, 2018
    All of our guides were very conscientious and attentive. We had no significant communication problems. All were very informative. The cars were generally clean and well-maintained.

    The meals were quite good. Shelley was particularly attentive to our food desires and made an effort to fit the spiciness to our tastes.

    Each guide stood out in a unique way.
    - Ruth was unusually energetic
    - Alex was unusually flexible
    - Shelley was unusually attentive
    - Roger was unusually thoughtful

    We are grateful to each of them, as we are to ABBEY CHENG (our private consultant) for her willingness to tailor the tour to our particular needs. We will recommend ABBEY and her company to all friends who want to visit China.
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    Ursula S
    Posted on December 10, 2018
    My family (husband, daughter age 11) and I had a wonderful experience with Travel China Guide Tours. We spent 2 weeks traveling Beijing, Xi'an and Chengdu. Our guides were amazing and went above and beyond to ensure our time in China was wonderful. Jolie (Carol) in Xi'an and Tony in Chengdu even helped us plan our days off - so that we would get the most out of our time. The knowledge and expertise of the guides and of Angela, our travel agent, was exceptional. I was nervous about paying for our tour before even arriving in China, but it was exactly what was promised. The hotels were great, and all the drivers (Mr. Lu, Mr. Li were so lovely) were so prompt and the vehicles were clean and comfortable. I highly recommend Travel China Tours. Our trip was so informative. The Great Wall, Terricotta Warriors and Panda Sanctuary were all enriched by the presence of our guides. We will definitely be back and will definitely book with TCG again. ... More
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