As two of the most sought-after travel destinations in China, Xian and Shanghai attracts numerous tourists from all over the world. On this 6 days Shanghai-Xian tour, you will follow experienced local guides to explore the highlight attractions in the two cities, try authentic Chinese dishes and feast your eyes on natural beauty.
Jade Buddha Temple, People Square, Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Old Street, the Bund, former French Concession, Xin Tian Di, Net Master Garden, Zhouzhuang Water Town, Bell Tower & Drum Tower Square, Muslim Street, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Terracotta Warrior Museum, Xian City Wall
English-speaking guide, air-conditioned vehicle with driver, admission fee, Shanghai-Xian bullet train ticket, Chinese style lunch, hotels with breakfast
Upon your arrival in Shanghai by flight/bullet train, our driver will wait for you at the exit of the arrival hall/train station by holding a board with your name and then transfer you to the hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free at your disposal.
AM: Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in the early morning after the breakfast and transfer you to Jade Buddha Temple. This more than 100-year-old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues brought back from Burma by a monk named Huigen. Then you will pay a short visit to a Fresh Water Pearl Gallery to appreciate some fine pearl artworks what you can purchase as souvenirs if you have interest. Afterwards, you will stroll on People Square to have a glimpse of the daily life of the locals. The square now is most famous for its match-making corner where senior parents try to seek partners for their children. Next, you will head to Shanghai Museum which houses millions of collections and especially features bronze wares, porcelain works, paintings and calligraphy works.
Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.
PM: After lunch, you will move to Yuyuan Garden. It is a famous classical garden which was originally built by the owner Mr. Pan as a place for his parents to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age. Then you will wander around Shanghai Old Street which combines sightseeing, shopping, entertainment and cultural exhibition. The next stop is the Bund. You will admire buildings of various styles, enjoy the beautiful Huangpu River, and listen to your guide explaining its history. After a leisure walk at the Bund, you will visit a Silk Factory to see how the silk is processed. It’s also a popular souvenir for people who wants to bring some gifts for families and friends. Then you will visit former French Concession, a perfect place to learn the history of Shanghai from 1849 to 1943. The last stop of today is Xin Tian Di, a walking street converted based on the old Shikumen building district where you can find nice bars, cafes and square. After the tour ends, the guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel for a good rest.
AM: Meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby in the morning and head to Suzhou. The first stop is Net Master Garden, which could be traced back to 1174, Southern Song Dynasty and had been renovated and changed hands many times. Next, you will pay an outer visit to the Ancient City Wall to learn how it developed in its more than 2500 years history. Then move on to the Grand Canal, the longest and earliest canal in the world, is renowned as three great projects in ancient China together with the Great Wall and Karez Well. You will also stop at a Silk Spinning Factory to learn something about silk spinning and have opportunity to purchase some fine products.
Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.
PM: After lunch, you will get to the last site of today – Zhouzhuang, one of the most famous water towns in China. It is not only noted for the breathtaking natural scenery but also profound culture. You will have a pleasant cruise by Chinese style gondola, going through stone bridges and passing by antique folk houses on the banks. Finally go back to your hotel.
AM: Our driver will pick you up from your hotel in the early morning and transfer you to Shanghai train station for your bullet train to Xian (G360/08:36-14:32 or similar one). When you arrive in Xian, our Xian guide and driver will wait for you at the Passenger Service Center by holding a board with your name.
Noon: Lunch on your own.
PM: Then directly go to Bell Tower & Drum Tower Square, a landmark building in Xian. Next, you will go to the famous Muslim Street, which is a paradise for food lovers where you will find all kinds of delicious local snacks such as Biang Biang Noodle, Roujiamo (Chinese Hamburger), and Yangrou Paomo (Mutton and Bread Pieces in Soup). After sampling some popular dishes, you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The pagoda was initially built to preserve the Buddhist sutras and statues brought back from ancient India by Monk Xuanzang in Tang Dynasty.
In the evening, a dumpling banquet and Tang Dynasty Show will be waiting for you. Dumpling is one of the most representative foods of Chinese dietary. You will try various dumplings stuffed with delicious vegetable, meat and seafood. After the tasty dumpling dinner, you will enjoy a splendid Tang Dynasty Show which will bring you back to the glorious Tang Dynasty. Then return to your hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned car.
AM: Depart from you hotel in the morning and head to the Terracotta Warrior Museum. Before exploring the museum, you will first make a short visit to a Terracotta Figurine Factory which specializes in the reproduction of the clay warriors. Watch the artisans craft the miniature statues and take the opportunity to try carving a figurine by yourself. Then your guide will show you around the Terracotta Warriors Museum. The museum was accidentally discovered in 1974 by farmerS who were digging wells and listed by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site in 1987. It includes three pits, among which Pit 1 is the largest, as well as the exhibition hall of the chariots and horses.
Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.
PM: After lunch, you will go back to downtown Xian to visit the City Wall, the largest and best preserved ancient city wall in China, which served as military defensive system in ancient times. You can optionally ride a bike on the top of city wall (cost on your own, CNY45p.p) and enjoy the amazing view of the entire area inside the City Wall. Your tour will conclude with dropping off at your hotel.
The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.
Our Driver and Vehicle
The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.
Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.