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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 air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches with some being a la carte style
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
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'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 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
Why Travel With Us
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    4.918 Reviews
    Graham W
    New Zealand
    Posted on May 12, 2019
    I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our vacation. Everything was wonderful & we found our guides, Ricky, Lilly & Gerry to be excellent guides with excellent knowledge & an exceptional grasp on history. We found our trips in each city, Shanghai, Xi'an & Beijing activities to be excellent with not being rushed. Thanks for the wonderful organizing, we had a wonderful time & will be recommending the company to our friends.
    Pip & Peter Gower
    New Zealand
    Posted on May 12, 2019
    I want to tell you that Candy Lin in Beijing was excellent, very willing to do anything for us and was very knowledgeable. I would recommend her to anyone traveling there. We were very pleased with the work she does for us. She even had some photos printed for me which she did not have to do. The same goes for Tracy Yu who we had in Xi'an. All the same as above and she was dressed very smartly. Very neat and tidy. Thank you very much, Candy & Tracy!!
    Dan Salaz
    United States
    Posted on May 07, 2019
    Thank you again Travel China Guide for the superb customer service from Abbey! My brother really appreciates that you found his missing phone and had it sent to Beijing to catch up with us!

    Thank you Presence Zhang (Shanghai) and Brian Ma (Beijing) for being wonderful guides! We appreciate your enthusiasm and attentiveness to our needs. You both picked nice restaurants, explained a lot of historical facts, and took our photos so we had a lot of group shots with all of us in it! Thanks you Presence for walking us all the way to the Disney entrance and making sure we got in before leaving us. Thank you Brian for helping me find a computer to copy some pictures for my brother. Disappointed with the Jacky (Xian) when he dropped us off at the train station - he let us out so far from the main entrance and had to carry all the luggage all the way around the building. He did try to explain the historical facts but mostly just let us on our own.

    Ocean Hotel and Holiday Inn Big Goose Pagoda were really good hotel, but not too happy with Pentahotel. Breakfast was good at Pentahotel but the layout was cramped and hard to get tables in the morning. Rooms were also the smallest there.

    Overall, very happy with China Travel Guide!
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    Bruce Dennis
    Posted on April 25, 2019
    Linda has been very helpful through out this entire process. We are looking forward to a great visit.Thank you

    Tracy& Bill
    Posted on April 03, 2019
    Our tour with Travel China Guide was second to none! Our tour was custom taylored because the days we were available didn't line up with any group tours. We really liked the private tour. We were free to go at our own pace. Overall we were treated like an Emperor and Empress. We felt like VIPs as the car doors were opened and closed for us, we were always taken to the front of the line, had the best seats in the house for performances and the best views in restaurants. We will recommend them to all our friends! Thanks for the memories! ... More
    United States
    Posted on March 22, 2019
    We just did an 8-day China Classic Golden Triangle trip last week. We hope return in China next year without hesitation, that we shall do it with this organisation! All is perfect, the kindness of all our rapports and correspondences, the precision of the organisation, the respect of all the terms of the contract, the confidence between them and us. Our tour was a private tour, we were only two persons, my Wife and I, and I think that it is the best way to discover China. It left a very good impression for both of us! ... More
    Bo Bjoerk
    Posted on March 07, 2019
    We had an excellent time during the holiday. Thank you.

    Tracy in Xian, Linda in Beijing was very experienced and well informed and even if Eliane, our guide in Shanghai, was not as experienced we thought she did an excellent job. It was so impressive to have the drivers come and pick us up just when we exited a place we had visited without any waiting time. We were also so fortunate to have so fantastic weather and clear blue skies at all our visits.

    We especially appreciated the possibility to customize the itinerary to our specific need. This since we were travelling from the South to the North which is maybe less common than the other way around.

    Another thing that was also very positive was the time of the year (February) when we did our trip meant that there were not so much people at the sights and we were transported through the big cities without too much traffic. Always allowing us to be back in the hotel at a relatively early afternoon. It was so good and we really enjoyed our time in each city.
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    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
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