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China Golden Triangle Tour

L-101: 9 Days Private Beijing - Xian - 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 Warriors
  • Walk into a local Chinese family, interact & dine with the hosts in their home
  • Try biking on the Ming Dynasty City Wall of Xian, or tour by electric car
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
From $1509 per person Free Inquiry
Badaling Great WallForbidden CityFamily visitChinese peopleCity WallTerracotta Warriors and Horses MuseumShanghai Bund
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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 lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Badaling 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 - Xian
Summer Palace, Hutong visit, 798 Art Zone. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Family visit
A family visit in Xian
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 - Xian and our guide will transfer you to the well-selected hotel. 

Meals: American breakfast
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Army Museum, 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 Warriors and Horses Museum, 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 Xian, 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 Xian
City Wall, A local family visit and 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 Xian - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum
Terracotta warriors
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 lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and 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 nice journey 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 by Feb 28, 5% off - book from Mar 01
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2129 $1916$1969 $1772$1739 $1565
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$1919 $1727$1739 $1565$1509 $1358
  • 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
  • Customer Reviews
  • Questions & Answers
    5.07 Reviews
    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!
    Maria N
    United States
    Posted on November 27, 2018
    We are still recovering from the journey. Before anything else I start today I really appreciate Nicole and Sophie who arranged everything for us. What a great experience, what a beautiful country! We enjoyed every minute.

    All the hotels in Beijing, Xian, Shanghai were great with friendly, English speaking staff and well equipped nice rooms. Breakfast in Beijing's hotel yummy. Many choices, good coffee and tea. If I have to be picky and to recommend for improvement is to serve fruit cold not warm. Wyndham Grand Hotel in Xian was very nice, and wonderful staff quick exchange for money. Breakfast in this hotel was delicious with many choices. Hotel in Shanghai was a small disappointment. Reception staff was too busy to pay you attention no money for exchange and they always tell you come at 6 PM. Breakfast in this hotel was very unorganized. Many choices of food but the staff was not organize. Guests was serving themselves, coffee, napkins, silverware, and cream for the coffee and so on.

    Our Guide in Beijing was John who was very helpful and very knowledgeable. Especially he went beyond his duty took us to a pharmacy to purchase sleeping pills.

    Guide in Xian, Tracy was unforgettable, so sweet and so nice. She became our friend. Her language skill was excellent. Her knowledge and expert in tea were amazing. I have so much to say about her. The one think I know she is a valuable asset to TravelChinaGuide-company and need to be treasure.

    Guide in Shanghai, Michael was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.

    All three drivers was very safe. Cars very clean. It was pleasure to ride in everyone's car.

    Food in every restaurant was very good, but way too much. Peking duck was kind of disappointment they serve us the duck meat and 15-20 minutes later the rest came by then the meat was cool off.

    This vacation was gift for my birthday. The best birthday gift I have ever received. Thanks a bunch.
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