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China Golden Triangle Tour

L-101: 9 Days Private Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed car
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 China Golden Triangle 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 private 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
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, 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. 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 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
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2149 $1934$1979 $1781$1749 $1574
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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$1929 $1736$1749 $1574$1519 $1367
  • 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
  • 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
    Heber Ramer
    Posted on February 20, 2019
    Emily has refined our schedule and has answered our questions propmptly. At this point we are very satisfied and are looking forward to our visit to China.
    Anita Tung
    Posted on February 18, 2019
    Linda is very knowledgeable and efficient. she is helpful with advices and suggestions. I have confidence that my family will be enjoying the trip in China.
    Anne Hawkey
    Posted on February 09, 2019
    Thanks for all the help and assistance. Jane and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to China and we thought that the tour was very well organised. Our guides were all really helpful and friendly and their knowledge on the history, culture and geography of China was first class. In all cases the guides had a very good command of English, which made our trip so much easier and enjoyable. If this is a taste of what China and the Chinese have to offer, I have no doubt that this country will continue to go from strength to strength. ... More
    Michelle and John
    Posted on January 29, 2019
    1.0) We enjoyed all of the meals except for the last lunch. Too much deep fried food and most and they were served cool in temperature. Our favorite meal was the second lunch at a local family for atmosphere and taste.
    2.1) We found our guides Brian and Helen very helpful.
    2.2) They both spoke English very well!
    2.3) Our guides were eager to answer all of our questions and pointed out sights while just driving around. Helen especially was very knowledgeable about the history of Xi'an.
    3.0) Our first driver in Beijing was very helpful. He assisted with luggage and getting in and out of the van. The vehicle was very clean and had doors on both sides of the van which made it easy to get in and out. The second driver in Xi'an was also good. Unfortunately the smell of smoke was a little offsetting, but with so many smokers in China it was bound to happen.
    4.0) We were all amazed at the history of the sites. The construction effort it took to build the wall and construct the warriors is mind boggling! We had very good seats for both the acrobatic and Tang Dynasty show. Our first night in Xi'an there was a stale water odor that we thought would clear up once the air condition ran a bit. Unfortunately, throughout the night the smell only intensified. Our guide, Helen was very helpful the next day to arrange switching rooms. The new room was fine. We were disappointed that we could not get into Tiananmen Square. In the future it may be best to advise travelers if congress is in session and the potential of limited/no access. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and the guides/drivers made our vacation so easy!
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    Bernard McCloskey
    Posted on January 23, 2019
    The trip was really fun and the best time we have experienced while travelling in China! The schedule of places and events from reading the website was very intimidating (and worrisome that we might not get what we paid for), but we had a great time. The ability to customize the tour to our wishes and the help of the guides was the key. The guides were right there to meet us and help us through all phases of the trip from airports to meals to museums and shows. Highly recommended.
    James & Roxi Raaf
    United States
    Posted on January 16, 2019
    We had an excellent time and have already given TravelChinaGuide website address to 3 families who are considering similar vacation.

    All meals were good. We were amazed at how much food actually was served and the high quality. It was really helpful to have the guides assist in the selection process and to keep the food from being too spicy for us. It was difficult to select a favorite. The Tang Dynasty dinner in Xian was very special, but it is very difficult to select a favorite.

    John in Beijing and Tracy in Xian did very well. Guides were very helpful and knowledgeable. They also made sure we did not encounter any surprises (such as pickpockets) and gave us plenty of time for market shopping. We had no negative comments. Both guides were very willing to talk with us on any subject, which was quite helpful for us to get to know them. I am very glad that they were available to give so much of their time for us.

    Drivers were always courteous and ready to help. Their cars were clean. They were good at avoiding traffic congestion. Most importantly, they were all very safe drivers.

    One item that I especially wanted to thank for was how well they organized things for us. Since we made our own air and hotel reservations, their efforts to verify that the hotels indeed had our names and reservations was much appreciated. Another item that was noteworthy was how very responsive they were with emails.
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    Posted on January 11, 2019
    Excellent service from day 1. We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour experience and highly recommend them if you are looking for English speaking tour in China. They have fantastic and knowledgeable tour guides, places we went to were very organised with loads of fun.
    Posted on December 20, 2018
    We enjoyed the tour arranged by the travel consultant Linda very much. The meals were quite good. We were pleased with the variety of dishes and options to taste Chinese food unlike what we eat at home. I think it is significant that we come from New York City, where Chinese food readily available and fairly authentic.

    We were extremely pleased with all three guides - English “names” - Shirley, Lucy and Jimmy. They were knowledgeable, professional and proactive in terms of anticipating information that would be helpful to us and also in terms of answering any questions. In Beijing and Shanghai, where we had free days, Shirley and Jimmy gave us wonderful suggestions for our day and restaurant suggestions for our evenings. The feedback questionnaire and envelope were presented in each city and gave us opportunity and privacy to complete it.

    Each of them made our stay memorable and it would be difficult to distinguish, especially since we spent more time with Shirley and Jimmy. In each case, we felt that they were dedicated to making our visit great. While we only spent one day with Lucy, she was greatly concerned about a plane delay that forced changes in our itinerary and lunch venue. They all did their best to accommodate and not just lead us.

    The drivers are more than satisfactory. All drivers were more than willing to follow whatever wishes we had, i.e. certain shopping requests.

    We were extremely pleased with the quality and location of the hotels. We really valued the complimentary internet connection in all rooms.

    As a testimonial, we would say that many of our countrymen expressed surprise that we were booking with a company unknown to us and them. I felt from the first emails, that TravelChinaGuide was professional and responsive and the right choice for our trip. Our consultant's service was seamless and we experienced all the sites that we would have chosen on our own. I am sure we have been exposed to knowledge and places that we would have missed otherwise. Our experience proved that to be the case throughout our visit to this country. We loved every bit of it and we were thrilled to have visited China, observed its best known cities and its people. We have been spreading the word and would recommend this company to anyone planning a trip.
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    Posted on December 09, 2018
    We were very happy with Kina’s services and organization! In general, the meals were all very good. Beijing Roasted Duck was excellent. The lunch with Sichuan food was also excellent. In general, the restaurant waiters would need to improve their English skills and customer care. In any case the Guides did everything to overcome those issues.

    All our guides were all very helpful and flexible to accommodate any request from ourselves. The drivers' attitude was very nice and professional and cars were very clean all the time.

    The trip was very nice, everything very well planned and everybody very professional. We also appreciated very much the two shows our agent arranged. :-)

    We enjoyed it very much and will recommend the company to our friends.
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    Sheilah Zarate
    Posted on December 04, 2018
    Kelly Wang has been a wonderful travel consultant to our party of 7. She gives us options to choose from, and responds to all our questions so promptly. Thank you for your excellent service!
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