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China Golden Triangle Tour

L-101: 9 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - 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
  • Walk into a local Chinese family, interact & dine with the hosts in their home
  • Try biking on the Ming Dynasty City Wall of Xi'an, or tour by electric car
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Welcome to Beijing, the first destination of your 9 days China tour. Our guide will meet you or your family outside the customs of Beijing Airport after your check-out procedures are fully completed and then transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest or explore. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Our clients at the Great Wall
Our clients at the Great Wall
This morning, your 9 days guided tours of China starts from the world's largest Tiananmen Square, which is a site where many major historical and celebratory events happened. Walk through the square to the Golden Water Bridge, you will enter the best-preserved imperial palace complex, Forbidden City. Once the palace of twenty-four emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties, it not only exhibits the incomparable architecture arts and precious cultural relics, but also shows how the ancient emperors administered the country and lived their lives 600 years ago. 

As is our practice, you will be served an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) of authentic Chinese dishes at a noted local restaurant, not a tourist-oriented eatery. You will eat the most delicious Chinese food during your journey like taking a food tour. 

In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven, which is the largest ancient imperial worship architecture group in the world. 

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Today you will head to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, with the round-trip cable car included. As one of the greatest wonders of mankind, the majestic Great Wall is always a must for those visitors to Beijing. Mutianyu is one of the most famous and developed existing sections. Today's lunch is on your own arrangement. Our guide will offer you some suggestions.

On the way back to downtown area, we will drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium), which is the major venue of the 2008 Olympic Games. We will also set aside some time for you to relax at a local market before returning to the hotel.

Meals: American 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, 798 Art Zone, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Family visit
A family visit in Xi'an
Explore the Summer Palace and then take a Hutong tour in the morning. The Summer Palace is an imperial garden and temporary dwelling palace for the emperors built 260 years ago. It is also a large-scaled natural mountain and water garden. We will arrange an agreeable boat cruise on Kunming Lake for you. After that, enjoying the rickshaw riding through Hutongs will be your memorable experience. Next you will visit the 798 Art Zone. Then fly to the famous ancient city - X'ian and our guide will transfer you to the well-selected hotel. 

Meals: American breakfast
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Provincial History Museum. (B)
Chinese people
Local people making clothes in the market
The highlight of today's Beijing Xi'an Shanghai itinerary is the 'Eighth Wonder' of the world, Terracotta Army, which is a huge underground military museum constructed as an accessory pit of Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum. In the museum, you will not only appreciate the amazing warrior figures, but also enjoy the display of Chinese ancient weapons, which exemplify the wisdom of the laboring people over 2,200 years ago. Lunch is on your side. You may get recommendation on the proper restaurants nearby from your guide. 

In the afternoon, visit one of the landmarks of Xi'an, the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. Later, our guide will take you to the Provincial History Museum, the most comprehensive museum exhibiting ancient China in all aspects.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 6 Xi'an
Xi'an City Wall, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Great Mosque. (B+L)
City Wall
Bicycle riding on the ancient City Wall
Pay a visit to the City Wall in the morning. Originally built as military defensive systems in the Ming Dynasty, at present, a garden has been built along the wall. Standing on it, you may see the local people doing morning exercises, singing, playing games. 

After that, you will have a local family visit and a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be arranged at the visited home to taste the authentic home cooked dishes. If you are interested in learning to cook Chinese food, you can choose your preferred dishes in the menu of our Chinese food cooking class. The host will prepare the ingredients beforehand and then teach you step by step when you come to the home. You do not need to pay any fee for this.

In the afternoon, continue to visit the Great Mosque, a place where the local Muslims attend worship ceremony. You may have a glimpse of Muslims' life here.

Meals: American breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Xi'an - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer, Relax during the rest of the day. (B)
Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army
This morning you will take a flight to Shanghai. Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free on your own exploration. 

We recommend you find your own way to visit the famous Xin Tian Di area. Xin Tian Di, where the new meets the old and East meets West, is a famous place for shopping, dining and nightlife in this modern city. It takes you 30 minutes to go there by taxi from your hotel. Please ask the hotel bellboy to help you.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 8 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
In the morning, you will visit Shanghai Museum first. Then, proceed to the Yu Garden, which is a famous classic garden of the south region. The beautiful scenery and quiet atmosphere here make it a peaceful place in bustling city. 

Around noon, you will have an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy and famous local restaurant, which offers authentic Shanghai and Cantonese cuisines. 

In the afternoon, we will transfer you to the Bund area for a short cruise on the Huangpu River. Standing on the cruise ship, you will see many western-style buildings from Shanghai's colonial days in Puxi area. While on Pudong side, rows of skyscrapers will come into view. The utterly different buildings are the best records of the development of the city. You will explore the Bund area and then visit an old street. 

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 9 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Your private guide will pick you up from the hotel and escort you to the airport so that you can board the flight back home after this private 9 days China tour package.

Meals: American breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
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Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • 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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    4.930 Reviews
    Faye Jacobs
    Posted on August 13, 2019
    Long overdue. But below are our comments on our happy experience. All the guides' attitudes were very good. They spoke English well and there were very knowledgeable of Chinese history and culture. The drivers were all friendly. They were very accommodating when we wanted to go to the local market or do something extra. Hopefully we did not break any company policies, we appreciated the drivers so much. Special thanks to the driver in Beijing. From the first night Candi and Karen arrived. He went to the front desk with them and made sure they were checked before he left. He was gentleman from the first to the last day. The hotels were good. They were all clean and the hotels' service was good. We would like to thank Annie and the driver, in Shanghai, for suggesting the show and waiting for us until the end. It was an excellent show. We would like to thank Dawn for answering all our questions about Chinese nutrition. We like the meals arranged. The restaurants were all clean. The meal at local home visit in Xian. It was Excellent. Thank you Travel China Guide for allowing us to ride the train on the last day to the airport. It was not on the schedule. But we thought it would be fun. It was really a fantastic experience for us. ... More
    Posted on August 10, 2019
    Thank you very much for such an excellent tour arrangements taking care of every details on a daily basis in every place we visited. I appreciate your efforts to make our visit to China a memorable one.
    Ilaria Zingali
    Posted on August 04, 2019
    All the trip was fantastic; thanks to your optimized schedule, we had the possibility to visit different cities and sites in few days with the effect that each moment has been memorable.
    Jay and Tish
    Posted on July 29, 2019
    It was an excellent trip. I would like to make separate comments of my experience in each city.

    Guide - Kevin - Fantastic guide, very knowledgeable and keen to help. Very attentive.
    Driver - Mr. Lei - good driver, bit aggressive at Great Wall as our car was unable to pass a certain point. Kevin cleared this up with no problem by calling his manager/agency who then allowed us to driver further up to the Great Wall.
    Hotel - Fantastic, great value for money, clean. Not too many restaurants nearby.

    Guide - Carol - Absolutely brilliant guide. Carol deserves a huge bonus! She works hard, is very experienced and funny. We wish we had longer in Xian because this was the highlight of our trip. If possible, we would like to have Carol's email address so we can remain in touch as she is a lovely friend.
    Drive - Mr. Wei - very experienced, happy driver.
    Hotel - Fantastic, great value for money, clean. Really impressive hotel.

    Guide - Rachel - helpful
    Hotel - Fantastic, great value for money, clean. Would have been nice to have been closer to the Bund.
    Shanghai was good and the one day trip we had was good however we did feel a little bit rushed to get through the day. Rachel was knowledgeable and friendly. The service was not as good compared to Beijing and Xian as I think we built a rapport with Kevin from Beijing and Carol from Xian. In Shanghai a different driver and guide picked us up, on the actual tour there was different guide and same with dropping us off. This was not a problem though. Rachel dropped us to the train station in Shanghai and she was lovely and helpful.

    Travel Consultant: Wendy Lee. Fantastic correspondence. Always replied to queries quickly and efficiently. Very pleased to have met Wendy while we were in Xian. Wendy booked all train/flight details and helped us with going from Shanghai to Hong Kong.

    In summary, we truly had a wonderful experience thanks to our excellent guides and professional travel consultant.
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    Posted on July 20, 2019
    The tour was fantastic and I have no criticisms at all. All of the guides were professional and spoke excellent English. They also had excellent knowledge of Chinese history and culture and provided us with excellent background on each of the days. Our guides offered privacy when completing our evaluation forms and we were able to honestly make comments about our experiences. Truly an excellent experience.
    Posted on July 14, 2019
    Thank you so much for everything. We enjoyed our tour very much!
    Jacobus J S
    Posted on July 07, 2019
    I would like to compliment this company on its very high level of service, at every step of the way, from the organization of the itinerary by email, to the running of the tours. From the moment I arrived in Wuxi and received the train tickets which had been delivered to our hotel by TravelChinaGuide, I was thrilled with their service.
    Lay Chow
    United States
    Posted on July 01, 2019
    Review of TCG:

    When we arrived Beijing, we were received at the airports and the guides also helped us to check in at the hotels and airports. The transport was clean and in good condition. The drivers were polite. All the three guides (Candy at Beijing, Jacky at Xian and Ryan at Shanghai) were polite, professional and understanding. All of them adjusted the timings and programs according to our wishes. Their knowledge of the places were laudable and their fluency in English was good. The choice of hotels of TCG were good as they were all 5 stars and centrally located. After a tiring day, it was nice to find good restaurants and shops within walking distance from the hotels.
    Conclusion: If we go on a vacation of China again, we will opt for TCG.
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    Calvin Price
    United States
    Posted on June 20, 2019
    I took this 9 days private tour to Beijing, Xian and Shanghai in May. I like the promptness of all the drivers and guides in all 3 cities we visited. The guides and drivers were extremely friendly and courteous. All of them made me feel comfortable and welcome. When I come back I would like to use them again. Cars, meals and hotels were good in Beijing and Xian. The Hotel in Shanghai, I felt, the food wasn't very good. But the location was great. I work in the travel Industry and I would recommend their service to fellow coworkers. ... More
    Mike S
    United States
    Posted on June 14, 2019
    We took a 9 day private tour of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai with Travelchina guide. We loved experiencing the delightful sites of Beijing, and our guide Tina did an excellent job of educating us on the history and culture. Then in Xian, it was a completely different feel, as we were fascinated by the Terra-cotta warriors, biked the city wall, and had a delicious lunch prepared by a local family. Our guide Jackie was also wonderful, with lots of helpful information and background. His descriptions made the Terra-cotta warriors and that era come alive for us. The last leg of our trip was in Shanghai, which was so different from both Beijing and Xian! Such a cosmopolitan city with a beautiful skyline... Our guide Sophie was educational, full of great stories, and had a great sense of humor to keep it all interesting. The Old Town was so beautiful, quaint, and charming; we fell in love with the Yuyuan Garden. Everything was fantastic. I would highly recommend this tour to my friends! ... More
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