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Tour Overview

China’s Golden Triangle (Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai) brings together the best of Chinese history and modernity, making it a must-see destination for first-time visitors to China. Zhangjiajie, where the movie “Hallelujah” from the movie “Avatar” was filmed, is a desired destination for many.

This 11-day itinerary blends cityscapes, cultural experiences and natural wonders for an unforgettable exploration of China’s past and present. We’ll take you to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the iconic Mutianyu Great Wall. A 5-hour high-speed rail journey takes you to Xi’an, where you’ll immerse yourself in the rich history of the Terracotta Warriors and the City Wall. Then, take a surreal adventure in breathtaking landscapes of Zhangjiajie. The dynamic Shanghai is the last stop, where you can cruise the Huangpu River and stroll through the Bund.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Discover the splendor of the empire and marvel at the intricate architecture as you stroll through the Forbidden City.
2. Take the cable car up to the Mutianyu Great Wall for panoramic views and hike along the historic battlements.
3. Marvel at the life-size Terracotta Warriors and horses and learn the historical stories behind them.
4. Visit the surreal beauty of sandstone peaks in Zhangjiajie.
5. Experience walking the glass skywalk, climb the 999 Sky Stairs and explore the awe-inspiring Tianmen Cave at Tianmen Mountain.
6. Cruise on the Huangpu River and explore the Bund and art-filled Tianzifang.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Your personalized guide and driver will meet you at the airport, and then transfer you to the hotel. After check-in, your guide provides a curated list of nearby attractions and dining options for your free evening exploration, ensuring you make the most of your first night in Beijing.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  2. After breakfast, your tour begins in the world's largest public square, Tian'anmen Square. Tiananmen is the main gate of the Imperial Palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties, located on the traditional central axis of Beijing. In the past, only the emperor could enter and exit through this gate.

    Continuing north, you'll reach the Palace Museum, aka the Forbidden City. Covering an area of about 720,000 square meters, the Palace Museum houses around 9,000 rooms, making it the largest and most well-preserved ancient palace complex in China. The museum has a rich collection, including paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, gold and silver objects, and other artistic treasures. Here, you can admire the palace's historical sites in their original state, explore exhibitions showcasing the history of the imperial court, and view a variety of art collections in both permanent and temporary exhibitions.

    Beijing Forbidden City
    Forbidden City

    For lunch, indulge in Peking Roast Duck at a local restaurant. Your chef may share the artistry behind preparing this iconic dish, adding cultural depth to your culinary experience.

    The afternoon includes a rickshaw tour through Hutongs, where your guide will lead you to visit a local family and learn about authentic Siheyuan life. After that, transfer to the Temple of Heaven, the largest ancient sacrificial building complex in China. It was a place for the emperors of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties (1644-1911) to worship heaven, and pray for grain and rain. You will explore the ancient religious complex and its significance in Chinese cosmology.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

    Beijing Food - Roast Duck
    Beijing Roast Duck

  3. In the morning, we drive to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, 75km north of central Beijing. With a total length of 5,400 meters, it is the longest section of the Great Wall in China and one of the famous sixteen sights of Beijing. Upon arrival, your guide accompany you up the Great Wall via a cable car and you will be greeted by breathtaking views of the winding wall and the surrounding landscapes. Enjoy a scenic hike along this marvel of ancient engineering.

    Mutianyu Great Wall hiking
    Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking

    After that, we will go to explore the Ming Tombs, where emperors were laid to rest. Your guide shares stories of the Ming Dynasty and the construction of these grand mausoleums. On your return to Beijing, catch a glimpse of the Bird's Nest, the iconic stadium from the 2008 Olympic Games, providing a modern architectural contrast.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  4. After breakfast, you will enjoy a leisurely morning at Summer Palace, a renowned classical garden from the Qing Dynasty and one of China's four famous gardens. The palace features pavilions, temples, and serene lakes. For a delightful experience, you can consider boating on Kunming Lake, where you will appreciate the harmonious integration of architecture and nature.

    Summer Palace Boat Trip
    Take a boat tour in Summer Palace

    After that, your guide will assist you with a high-speed train ride to Xi'an, sharing insights into China's rapid development in transportation infrastructure. Upon arrival, the local driver will pick you up and escort you to the hotel in the downtown area.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Xi'an

  5. Today's tour will take you to explore the cultural sites of Xi'an. The first stop is the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, nestled on the outskirts of Xi'an. This archaeological marvel is a large underground sculpture group. These exquisite clay warriors were crafted during the Qin Dynasty (221 - 206 BC) to protect the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. The Terracotta Army consists of a vast number of figures, each with a unique appearance, showcasing the military and artistic prowess of ancient China. Visiting the Terracotta Army provides a deep insight into the history and culture of the Qin Dynasty, allowing one to experience the greatness and mystery of ancient China.

    Xian-Terracotta-Army
    Terracotta Warriors and Horses

    After lunch, return to Xian City to explore the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. This ancient Buddhist structure, dating back to the Tang Dynasty, stands as a symbol of ancient Xian. You can admire its delicate design and intricate carvings, and learn about its role as a pilgrimage site for Buddhists over the centuries. Next, visit to the nearby Xian Museum. Housed in a modern building, the museum showcases artifacts spanning thousands of years, providing insight into the city's role as a cultural and political center throughout China's history.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Xi'an

  6. After a hearty breakfast, head to City Wall Park to observe locals practicing Tai Chi and table tennis. If you are interested, you can join them. Next, you will be guided to take a bike ride atop the Ancient City Wall, enjoying panoramic views of the city. Built during the Ming Dynasty, this well-preserved structure offers a glimpse into the city's past.

    Xian City Wall
    Xian Ancient City Wall

    After that, transfer you to experience the harmonious blend of traditional Chinese and Islamic architecture at the Great Mosque, one of Xian's oldest mosques. You will admire the intricate design and cultural significance of this religious site, as your guide narrates the fascinating history of its construction and the cultural exchanges that shaped its unique style.

    Step into the lively ambiance of the Muslim Quarter, where the air is filled with enticing scents and the vibrant colors of market stalls. Your guide will lead you through the narrow streets, introducing you to local delicacies, crafts, and historical landmarks. Take time to interact with locals, sample street food, and capture the dynamic energy of this bustling quarter.

    Before departing for the airport, immerse yourself in history at the Han Yang Ling Museum, an archaeological site with a rich history dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). You will Explore the underground museum and discover the fascinating artifacts and insights into ancient Chinese burial customs. After the visit, take a flight to Zhangjiajie.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Zhangjiajie

  7. Today, spend your whole day in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. You will first visit Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, home to the world's highest natural stone bridge and the Guinness World Record - Bailong Elevator. We will ride the world's highest outdoor sightseeing elevator. Once you reach the top, enjoy the stunning view of Avatar's "Hallelujah Mountain."

    Yuanjiajie Bailong Elevator
    Bailong Elevator - the highest outdoor elevator in the world

    Continue to Tianzi Mountain via a sightseeing bus ride. Tianzi Mountain boasts majestic unique rock peaks, dense forests, and crystal-clear streams. Standing at the summit, you can overlook the breathtaking scenery of the entire valley. Golden Whip Stream, situated at the foot of Mount Tianzi, is a pristine stream with clear waters meandering through the landscape. A leisurely stroll along the stream allows you to appreciate the unique mountain and water scenery, experiencing the magical charm of nature. Additionally, Golden Whip Stream is one of the filming locations for the classic TV series "Journey to the West," and you can recognize iconic scenes from the show.

    Lastly, you can enjoy a scenic small train journey through the enchanting Ten-mile Gallery.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Zhangjiajie

    Zhangjiajie Tianzi Mountain
    Tianzi Mountain

  8. Today, you will experience the adrenaline rush of walking on the Glass Bridge, which is the world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge, suspended over the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. The canyon is filled with lush vegetation, fresh air, and a cool, comfortable atmosphere. A thin mist hovers above the streams, creating a surreal and peaceful environment.

    Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon & Glass Bridge
    Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

    After that, take a boat cruise on the serene Baofeng Lake, surrounded by towering sandstone pillars. With a depth of 72 meters and a length of 2.5 kilometers, Baofeng Lake has become a representative work of Wulingyuan water scenery with its beautiful lake color and secluded caves. Your guide will point out unique geological features and local flora.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Zhangjiajie

  9. After breakfast, you will be guided to take a cable car up Tianmen Mountain, walk the thrilling Glass Skywalk, and explore the natural wonder of Tianmen Cave. Your guide provides geological insights into the karst landscape. Bravely climb the 999 Heavenly Stairs before descending by cable car, completing your Tianmen Mountain adventure.

    Tianmen Mountain Heaven's Gate
    Tianmen Cave

    After the tour, your guide and driver will escort you to the airport for a flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, a local driver will take you to your hotel in the downtown area.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

  10. After breakfast, begin your day at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, which is a specialized venue showcasing the urban planning and development of Shanghai. Here, you can delve into Shanghai's historical culture, urban planning, and future development. The center presents the city's transformation from the past to the future through a rich display of exhibits, models, and multimedia presentations.

    Next, explore the classical architecture of the Yu Garden and take a stroll through the Yu Bazaar. Originally a private garden, Yuyuan Garden was built in the Ming Dynasty and has a history of more than 400 years. Your guide will share with you the historical significance of this Ming Dynasty gem.

    Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
    Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

    After that, relax on a Huangpu River cruise, with your guide narrating the history of Shanghai's iconic skyline. Explore the Bund, a symbol of Shanghai's historical and architectural evolution. In the late afternoon, stroll around Tianzifang, a vibrant area filled with art studios, boutiques, and cafes. You will learn about the district's transformation from your guide's wonderful explanation

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

    Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise
    Huangpu River Cruise

  11. Your 11-day China tour ends here. Enjoy your leisure morning in Shanghai. Your driver will pick you up at the appointed time and escort you to the airport or train station.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $2149 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 10 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Domestic airfares & train tickets;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Beijing / off Shanghai;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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