Golden Triangle

119: 8 Days Private Tour of Shanghai Xian    Beijing
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Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Upon landing at Pudong Airport (PVG), you will meet our professional guide after claiming your luggage and clearing the customs. Now, your 8 days Shanghai Xian Beijing tour starts! The guide will escort you to the hotel with a comfortable drive, and then help you with the check-in procedures. The rest of the day is free time for you to have a good rest or get familiar with this international metropolis.

Meals: No meal, advice freely available
Day 2 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and Tianzifang Art street. (B+L)
Shanghai Bund
In the morning, your private guide and driver will first lead you to visit Shanghai Museum. The exhibits of the museum feature delicate cultural relics, especially bronze wares, porcelain, pottery, Chinese calligraphy and painting. You can get a basic knowledge of ancient Chinese artworks and culture there. Next, they will take you to the 400-year-old Yu Garden, a classical Chinese garden, where you can enjoy traditional Chinese halls, pavilions, small bridges, streams, and rockeries in peace and tranquility. Then, an a la carte lunch, which is valued at CNY 150 per person and included in our price, will be served to you at a fancy restaurant. Your guide can help you order dishes as you like.

In the afternoon, the guide will take you to the city's top waterfront sightseeing belt - the Bund, and show you the landmarks of Shanghai, including Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Tower, and Shanghai Tower. Also, we offer a special experience of a one-hour cruise on the rippling Huangpu River. The old western-style buildings on the west bank of the river contrast finely with the skyscrapers on the east bank. It will be a wondrous experience! After that, you will be accompanied to an art and cultural street - Tianzifang.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Shanghai - Xian
Free time in the morning. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
In the morning, it is free time for you to further explore the city. For example, you can go shopping on the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, or have some local snacks at City God Temple area. In the afternoon, the guide will see you off at the airport for a flight to Xian. Upon landing, a local guide will meet you and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Xian
Terracotta Army Museum, Provincial History Museum, City Wall. (B)
Our guests visiting the Terracotta Army Museum, Xian
Today, your guide will lead you to the Terracotta Army Museum. The life-size mighty warriors standing in the battle array, the bronze chariots and horses, and sharp ancient weapons will bring you back to the era of the powerful Qin Dynasty (221 - 207BC). You will be amazed by its grandeur. Today's lunch is on your own arrangement. Considering the limited restaurants around the museum, you can prepare some snacks in advance, or your guide is willing to provide some suggestions on the nearby restaurants.

In the afternoon, we arrange Shaanxi History Museum for you, a miniature of the glorious history of the whole province, to which Xian belongs, and where thirteen dynasties established their capitals. You can see a great variety of treasures, including bronze wares and tri-colored glazed pottery. After that, the guide will accompany you to ascend the well-preserved City Wall. A leisure walk on the ancient wall is very delightful! If you like, you can also rent a bike at your own expense to have an exciting cycling on the wall.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xian - Beijing
Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch. High-speed train to Beijing. Railway station-hotel transfer. (B+L)
In the morning, the guide will show you the ancient Small Wild Goose Pagoda. It was built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) to store Buddhist sutras brought back from India. The pagoda originally had fifteen storeys, but only thirteen remain. You can choose to ascend the top along the winding wooden stairway. Next, a quick visit to Xian Museum beside the pagoda offers a good chance for you to learn more about the local history and artwork. Then, the guide will invite you to a local family, and enjoy an a la carte lunch, with the value at CNY 120 per person and being included in our price. It will be the highlight of your Shanghai Xian Beijing tour to taste the authentic home cooked food in a typical Chinese family.

Afterwards, the guide will take you to the North Railway Station for a bullet train to Beijing. The train ride takes about 5 to 6 hours. You can enjoy the rural scenery along the way. Upon your arrival, a local guide and driver will meet you and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home cooked a la carte lunch
Day 6 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Summer Palace. (B+L)
The Great Wall, Beijing
A visit to Tiananmen Square starts today's itinerary. The guide will show you the major sites on the square, such as the grand Tiananmen Tower, the solemn Monument to People's Heroes, and National Museum of China. Walking north, we will enter the Forbidden City, the best-preserved imperial buildings complex of ancient China. Follow closely your guide, who will give you informative stories and sketch the cultural background of the solemn palace for you. Seeing the magnificent halls and pavilions with very exquisite patterns and decorations, you can imagine the luxurious life of emperors and their royal family. After visiting, you must get hungry. Now, an a la carte lunch valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price will be served to you in a nice restaurant.

In the afternoon, the guide will lead you to the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China. You will be deeply impressed by the natural beauty and the grandeur of the royal garden. Then, we will go back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 7 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest, Temple of Heaven. (B)
Forbidden City, Beijing
In the morning, the guide will lead you to the world-famous Mutianyu Great Wall, which is two hour's drive from downtown. Sitting on the crests of mountains, the Great Wall resembles a giant dragon flying over mountain ridges and stretching away to the distance. The round-trip cable car will be arranged for you. Walking on the Great Wall is quite an exciting and unforgettable experience! Today's lunch is arranged by yourself, but the guide is happy to offer suggestions on dining around the site. You can also take some food with you in case that the restaurants there are below your expectation.

En route to downtown Beijing, we will drive by the Bird's Nest (National Stadium). Hence, you can see the unique exterior. In the afternoon, you will be accompanied to the Temple of Heaven, where ancient emperors worshipped the Heaven and prayed for a good harvest.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza (5 stars)
Day 8 Departure from Beijing
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
Today, we will transfer you to the airport and help you board the flight back home. Now, your Shanghai Xian Beijing itinerary has come to an end. If you don't want to go back home immediately and plan to extend your trip, we are ready to customize it for you. Have a pleasant trip!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$1849 $1664$1679 $1511$1469 $1322
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • 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
  • Customer Reviews
  • Questions & Answers
    5.01 Review
    Rakesh Mistry
    New Zealand
    Posted on February 12, 2019
    I had a wonderful time with this company as my host. I visited China for 8 days on a Shanghai - Xian - Beijing package.

    All my guides were punctual, polite and extremely helpful. Their English was good too. Whilst I usually do not like to point out individuals, I would just like to say thank you to Ocean my guide in Shanghai for amending my itinerary according to my requests to include activities and sites that were not in my original itinerary.

    I enjoyed all the meals and the local restaurants the guides took me to. It was nice to dine in restaurants where there also local people eating too, which made it feel like I was having authentic food. The variety of food was good and the guides were helpful with choosing the dishes according to my requirements.

    All the drivers were good and vehicles I traveled in were tidy.

    The only unfortunate incident on my trip was at my Hotel in Beijing where I was given fake RMB notes (chinese bank notes) when I exchanged money at the reception desk. Fortunately I did not lose a significant amount of money. I must emphasis that this was NOT the fault of Travel China Guide. I would urge all others travelers to use a special hole in the wall foreign exchange vending machine to avoid falling into this trap. Some of the larger hotels such as Holiday Inn in Beijing where I stayed, should have one. I wish I had used this instead of asking the staff at the reception to do it for me. However, throughout my trip exchanging money at the reception desk was not a problem. This only happened in Beijing. Please be extremely vigilant and double check any RMB notes that you receive, either at a bank or at the hotel front desk, by asking them to run it through an electronic money counter because there are a lot fakes notes in circulation. Whilst I did not get my money back as the hotel denied it was their fault, I would like to note that my guide Linda in Beijing was extremely helpful in trying to assist me with this problem and did all she could to help me.

    Overall I had a great time and would recommend Travel China Guide to my friends.
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