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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 12% 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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    4.944 Reviews
    Posted on November 14, 2019
    Prompt service and communications the whole time. We really enjoyed ourselves. However, few things I would like to mention, which may be looked into.
    1) Although the trip was for 9 days, from 10 to 19 Nov’19, we were left alone on the last day. Our flight home from Shanghai was in the evening, therefore, the time from morning up to afternoon could have been utilized. We went to see Maglev train on our own, and on return had few tense moments, since the taxi driver did not know the way back to the hotel. But the driver was good, and did not charge us extra.
    2) Hotels: The hotels were good. The hotel room, view and B/F was very good. The hotel at Shanghai was well located. At the centre of the market.
    3) Guides: In a foreign country a good and sensible guide gives lots of confidence and pleasure. In this respect Mr Bryan, Mrs Lily and Mr. Ryan was very good. Mr. Bryan changed the lunch time as per our request, because it was too early. Mr. Ryan and Mrs Lily were very caring. Mr. Ryan spent extra time with us, and helped in shopping, finding a medicine for my husband. Mrs Lily also helped us buying an antibiotic.
    4) Food: The food was good. Eating places were very tidy, except the place we had lunch on 16th' Nov. We had limitations, e.g. not taking beef, pork, ham, egg etc., and at every place our guides could manage to get us the right food. At Shanghai we had fried fish. It was delicious.
    5) Car: The saloon cars provided at Beijing and Xian were very good. Interior was clean. The drivers were caring and tidy. In Shanghai, it was a van, and we had trouble in getting in and out, with our back pain. I think for two persons a saloon is the best choice.
    6) Cultural programs: Beijing kungfu show was good. And the dance programe at Xian was a beautiful experience.
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    Robin and Michael Glancy
    United States
    Posted on November 09, 2019
    Thanks for a wonderful China trip. I have taken a moment to share the comments with all of you. All of the meals were fantastic! We thought we would enjoy the occasional opportunity to order on our own, however, it was very relaxing to have all of the food selected as part of the tour. We really enjoyed the Peking Duck. As my father and I were travelling with just the two of us, we actually would have enjoyed eating with our guide and driver, though we understand that there were rules which required them to eat together and seperate from us. This might be a nice question to ask people, if they'd like to eat with their guide for further cultural exchange. The guides were impressive, and we NEVER had any trouble understanding them. Each of them had a wide depth of information, and we were always pleasantly surprised by their informative and entertaining explanations at each of the sites. All of our guides were FANTASTIC and exceeded our expectations in every way...In fact, the entire China travel experience from researching via the web, to fine tuning our itinerary and booking, to payment and pre-departure advice, and finally meeting our guides at the airport and enjoying every moment of our week in China, this has been a smooth and enjoyable experience. I would recommend Travel ChinaGuide to any and all of my friends and family, and have been already! My family is already talking about looking to visiting Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tibet with our trusted guides from your company...Thank you for all the wonderful memories! ... More
    Majorie Schlosser
    Posted on November 08, 2019
    My compliments to your organisation - Travel China Guide. It never failed, we were met regularly as clock work. Identification at the various airports was at all times easy. All the hotels you chose were good to excellent. The places we visited were wonderful and left me with a wish to return and see more of your interesting country. I always felt well looked after and safe.
    Brian Isard
    Posted on November 06, 2019
    We have to say that the China Travel Guide team exceeded expectations. We dealt with Vera on all of our tour arrangements and pricing for our week long tour in China and I was impressed. Vera got back to us promptly on all our questions with plenty of options as we wanted to include travel on the bullet train from Beijing to Xi’an. She made it happen. The guides were first rate Dennis in Beijing and Lilly in Xi’an not only met us at the airport but made sure we were safely on the next leg of of trip. I would not have wanted to try and navigate Beijing’s main railway station by ourselves and we appreciated Dennis’s commitment by staying close to us and seeing us off. Tour drivers were very good and the vehicles were new and clean for getting around the cities. The guides are knowledgeable and know their stuff. Enjoyed the family meal that was arranged for us. The tour was arranged and conducted in English and we had no problems what so ever. The Wyndham Grand in Xi’an I was a good choice for accommodations. ... More
    Anli Tien Leong
    United States
    Posted on November 04, 2019
    We were very pleased with most aspects of our tours throughout Beijing, Shanghai and Xian. I would like to first thank Linda, who handled my issue of changing airline tickets when we were in Wuhan. She was very quick to contact me with information regarding how to best handle my problem. I received my refund in a timely fashion in Beijing, so all went well.
    As for the individual tour guides, we were well taken care of in each city. I would like to compliment in particular Kitty in Beijing, with whom we spent 3 days. She gave us great information as well as safety tips, etc. John in Shanghai was also very thoughtful and conscientious. We would definitely recommend your services to other China travellers. All the drivers were excellent too. We were given 2 bottles of water per person each day, which we felt was plenty.
    In terms of the content of the tours, as this was the first trip for most of us, the pace and selection of sights was quite appropriate. We felt that the only place we would not return to is Yu Garden, which seemed too commercialized.
    The hotels were all very good. The meals were mostly excellent, but the main criticism which we had, was the quantity of food was in most cases more than the 3 of us could finish. A lot of food went to waste, and I think next time I would specify a limit to the amount of cost, or would prefer not to prepay the meals, to have better control over the amount. That being said, the best meals we had were the following: Beijing Duck at QuanJuDe was truly remarkable, lunch after the Great Wall was excellent, and dinner in WangBaoHe (Shanghai) was also terrific. Thank you.
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    Posted on October 21, 2019
    I had a wonderful time in China! And the tours I had through you helped make it that way. I really appreciate your help so much. The guide I had in Xian was very nice, knowledgable, and spoke English well. She was a bit immature and a little disorganized, but those were small things. The dumpling dinner was great and I enjoyed the lunches I had. Our guide in Beijing was absolutely super! (She said her name was Kitty) She was obviously experienced, mature, and very professional. She was great about getting us places before the biggest crowds hit. She was always very courteous and upbeat, and her English was good. I would recommend her very highly to anyone. I liked her a great deal as a person and respected her professionalism and know-how. The Peking duck was great. I appreciate all the help that you gave me. I sent you so many emails and questions and you were just so helpful and patient. Thanks. ... More
    Angelique Hunt
    Posted on October 16, 2019
    Overall the whole trip was the experience of a lifetime and we will recommend this website to our friends.
    The Dumbling banquet in Xian and the Peking Duck in Beijing were absolutely delicious and to be recommended!!! All the food was wonderful and a big variety was offered. One problem though: the meals served (lunch and dinner) were much too big and unfortunately most of the time we could only eat less than half of the portions served. This was a real waste of delicious food! Maybe the portions could be a bit smaller and that would reduce the cost of the meals and therefore the overall cost of the trip. Or cut down on the portions.
    The guides were a pleasure to be with. Their English was quite good and easy to understand. Our guide 'Maggie' in Beijing was very friendly, helpful and knowledgable. The guide in Shanghai 'QinQin' was fun to be with. The guide in Xian 'Judy' was willing to change plans and tried to accommodate our requests and was extremely helpful.
    All in all we absolutely enjoyed this trip and I was positively surprised at how well everything was organised.
    The Acrobatic show was very interesting and extremely exciting and good. The Great Wall was a memorable experience though we would have liked to spend more time there (90 mins was a bit too short). I would suggest for future trips that the guides give their customers the option to have a break during the day to go back to the hotel and change before the Kung Fu Show, Acrobatic show or the Chinese Music and Dance show or just to have a rest in the hotel during the day as the itinerary can be quite exhausting at times. This option was not offered by any of our guides and on some of the days a rest during the day would have been appreciated by us.
    Thanks for everything!
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    Eldon and Marilyn Hartwick
    Posted on October 12, 2019
    Eldon and I have returned to Canada and are slowly adapting to our time zone again. As we look at our photos we remember our great time and through your company we were able to experience a look at your country safely with our guide and driver. We loved all our restaurant meals. What selection and diversity! We thoroughly enjoyed our first meal in Beijing. The restaurant was amazing, specializing in Beijing duck. Our guide, Candy, assisted us in choosing some tasty selections. We also really enjoyed the last meal in Shanghai. We were in a private room and Ian, our guide, was also very helpful as we made our choices. The food was exquisite. I would like to mention that we preferred the a la carte method as opposed to the fixed menu meal. The restaurant was great, but we would have preferred making our own choices. All the restaurants were clean and the service impeccable. The restrooms were also very clean. All three of our guides were very knowledgeable about the places we were visiting. They were not just reciting facts either. They seemed genuinely interested and proud of the facts they were sharing. I cannot think of anything disappointing in our guides. We were delighted with the relationship that was built over the few days we spent together. They were all easy to get along with and we felt like we were exploring China with friends. We laughed and joked, and we felt free to ask questions about Chinese culture not necessarily related to the historical place we were visiting. We were quite impressed with the level of English the guides had acquired. It was interesting to find out how they came to speak and understand so well. If there was any time they did not quite understand our questions, they were comfortable to ask us again or confirm what the question was. We had some fun with translations and how crazy the English language is. We were like sponges soaking up all the information the guides had to offer us. We felt like we learned so much about this country, the culture and the people because we had proficient guides by our sides explaining things to us. The guides were very clear to explain to us what the next day was going to be and what time to meet in the lobby. They were always on time and cheerful. We appreciated that the guides were flexible to include a shopping excursion or some other place we wanted to see. We appreciated being asked if we wanted to change the order of the itinerary to suit either the heat, the crowds, or to make our day more manageable. The guides were good sports, laughing at our jokes, and taking many photos of us, sometimes being in them with us. Candy, Lily and Ian were very warm and caring people that made our holiday memorable. We were grateful for our drivers as we watched the traffic fly around us. What an amazing job they did weaving their way in and out of the cities. The vehicles were clean, the air conditioning on, bottles of water ready for us after each excursion. We found it easier to get in and out of the car rather than the van but all were quite appreciated. We can't say enough about the quality of the hotels! Each one was in a fantastic central location. The rooms were spacious and clean. We were able to easily walk around and explore more of the city after our daily tour. We were delighted in that. In Beijing we were in the fashion district and enjoyed the pedestrian mall and shopping. In Xian we explored the local streets and got a glimpse of the general population and their lives. In Shanghai we were steps from the Old City and walking distance to The Bund. Each hotel had fantastic buffet breakfasts and the staff was so polite and careful of service. This helped us immensely as we slept well each night and were ready for another full day of sightseeing in the morning. I would use it again. ... More
    Tat Soon
    Posted on October 08, 2019
    I will categorize my feedback.

    The meals in Beijing were probably the best especially the Peking roast duck that was something we really wanted to try when we were in China and it didn't disappoint us. The duck was delicious and literally melted in the mouth. Due to our ignorance, we had to be shown by the restaurant personal how to eat it Beijing style which was great. Kevin the guide had pre ordered it for us and we were appreciative of this gesture. We were very surprised at the type of restaurants where we had our lunches. We had not expected good restaurants because of the stories we got from our friends who had been to the country with other groups so we were pleasantly surprised how classy the restaurants were when we arrived. The other great thing was that we were given the menu to choose the dishes that we liked and we told Kevin that we would be happy to pay the difference in prices if we ordered outside the given budget. He was very agreeable with the arrangement and we were more than happy to be able to order some dishes that we wanted to try.
    Kevin was a very pleasant young man and he got along well with us. He spoke good English and we trusted his knowledge of the places we visited and the accuracy of his narration. He was easy to talk to and happy to answer all our questions. We were curious about everything, needing to know every detail of the buildings and the history behind it. He was very patient.
    The driver Mr. Wang was very thoughtful. His car was professionally equipped with drink bottles always in the back seat slot just like the ones we hired when we were in LA. This kind of service we had not expected in China so we were very impressed. We were so happy with the service team that we decided to tip them more than the recommended amount at the end of our stay. It was good to meet such kind and considerate people on our first visit.

    Thank you Abbey for taking the time to come and meet us at the restaurant. It was nice to finally meet the person who had helped to organize this tour so respectfully and efficiently. And thank you for the gifts.
    The restaurants continued to impress us and the food was good. We were given the menu and we tended to order too much. When we asked Jackie the guide for some advice as to what was good, he said every dish was good so we had to follow his advice and overeat. It was funny!!
    Jackie had adequate knowledge about the various exhibits and we were quite satisfied with his performance. He allowed us time to see the exhibits on our own at the museum which was good because we could stroll around and took our time to view the different exhibits without feeling that we had to hurry. He was a quiet person but did his best to do a good job.
    The guide was very professional when he gave us the feedback form to complete. He provided us with an envelope and allowed us to complete it without him being present. He also told us to seal the envelope and signed over the flap after we sealed it. I think this is the correct way and I respect him for it.

    Emma spoke very good English but her knowledge might be somehow lacking in factual information. However she had nice stories to tell related to some of the things we saw and that made it interesting. She was quite friendly. The driver and car were alright.
    In fact it was wonderful to meet all those people involved in our trip and everyone of them did a really good job. They were always polite and happy to meet our requests. I would like to emphasize that we had a great time thanks to the caring attitude of all your staff.
    We enjoyed listening to the musical instruments played at the Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show. Every aspect of the trip was memorable. There is so much history and the historical sites are unbelievable. The Terracotta Warriors was an amazing sight.
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    New Zealand
    Posted on September 23, 2019
    Thank goodness we took this private tour, it was worth every dollar. To have an English speaking tour guide who also had fantastic communication skills for both cities made our tour enjoyable. Highly recommend both Brian and Celine who we had during our trip.
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