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Tour Overview

This 8-day Beijing Xian Shanghai tour package is tailor-made to first-time visitors to China. You will explore the essence of China in ancient capitals of Beijing and Xi’an, discovering the Terracotta Warriors, Mutianyu Great Wall, and Forbidden City. And also, immerse yourself in the vibrant metropolis of Shanghai, strolling along the Bund.

This China Golden Triangle tour is a perfect blend of ancient wonders and modern marvels, offering a deep dive into Chinese culture within a week. Don’t miss the chance to witness the rich history and scenic beauty on this compact yet comprehensive China adventure.

Travel destinations: Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai
Suitable for: First-timers, Family
Tour type: Private

Highlights of this tour:

1. Know more about traditional China by visiting Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace.
2. Conquer the top Wonder of the World – the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu.
3. Be amazed by the grand Terracotta Warriors and Horses to uncover the long history of Xian.
4. Discover the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China by cycling or strolling on it.
5. Engage with Xian’s local families and learn the art of making traditional dumplings.
6. Stroll on Shanghai’s People Square and Nanjing Road to have a glimpse of the local lifestyle.
7. Enjoy the charming night scenery of Shanghai on The Bund or take a Huangpu River Cruise.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. So honored to have you on our 8-day Beijing Xian Shanghai tour! Welcome to the capital city of China - Beijing! Upon your arrival, our representatives will give you a warm welcome at the airport. They will assist you with your transfer to your hotel and ensure your trip starts smoothly.

    After checking into your hotel, take some time to relax and recover from your trip. You can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the city and explore the nearby areas at your own pace, getting a glimpse of Beijing's unique culture and charm.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  2. Start the China tour in Beijing by visiting Tian'anmen Square, an iconic landmark and the heart of Beijing. It is one of the largest public squares in the world. Learn the stories of historical events and appreciate the iconic buildings around the square, including the Monument to the People's Heroes and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall.

    Next, walk to the famous Forbidden City, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the imperial palace of China for over 500 years. Follow the footsteps of your private guide to explore magnificent halls, intricate courtyards, and beautiful gardens to gain a deeper understanding of China's imperial history.

    Forbidden City Winter
    Forbidden City

    In the afternoon, hop on a rickshaw through the traditional Hutong neighborhoods. These narrow alleyways lined with traditional courtyard houses offer a glimpse into the city's rich cultural heritage.

    Optionally, visit a local family's house and you can even participate in some interesting activities such as calligraphy practice and paper cutting, to learn more about the Beijinger lifestyle (at additional cost). After that, return to your hotel and spend the evening at leisure, perhaps trying some local cuisine or exploring the vibrant night markets.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  3. Today is your Beijing Great Wall hiking day. In the morning, you will visit the Temple of Heaven first, which is an architectural masterpiece from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll explore its stunning complex of temples, renowned for its iconic Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the Circular Mound Altar, where emperors held important ceremonies.

    In the afternoon, you will be transferred to explore the Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall in China. Its majestic walls and enemy towers, as well as its pristine natural scenery, make it one of the most popular sections among tourists. Take a cable car or hike up to the top of the city wall to revel in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

    Tonight is your last night in Beijing, and seize the opportunity to have the famous Beijing Roast Duck at Quanjude Restaurant for your dinner. A local chef will guide you through slicing the juicy duck meat and serving it with condiments, pancakes, and sauces.

    (Please note that Peking Roast Duck is not included in the price. If you're interested, we can arrange it for you separately.)

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

    Mutianyu Great Wall Beijing
    Mutianyu Great Wall

  4. Today, you will spend the whole morning immersing in the beautiful Summer Palace, a vast imperial garden. This is a place suitable for visits in all seasons. In spring, various flowers bloom; in summer, the breeze brushes through the lotus ponds; in autumn, the garden is adorned with red leaves; and in winter, it is covered in pure white snow. Here, you can explore elaborately designed pavilions, stroll through serene gardens, and appreciate the tranquility of Kunming Lake.

    Summer Palace in Beijing
    Summer Palace in autumn

    In the afternoon, take a high-speed bullet train from Beijing to Xi'an, a journey that offers scenic views of the countryside. Arrive in Xi'an and meet the local guide who will escort you to the hotel and help you with check-in. Take some time to rest and prepare for tomorrow's China tour in Xian.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xian

  5. After a hearty breakfast, begin your Xian tour by visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an iconic Buddhist pagoda that dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). You can admire the exquisite architecture and explore the surrounding temple complex. After that, head to Shaanxi History Museum where you will immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural heritage of Shaanxi province. Discover ancient artifacts, intricate artwork, and archaeological treasures that depict the region's past.

    After that, you will be arranged to engage with a local family and learn the art of making traditional dumplings, a popular Chinese dish. Roll up your sleeves, follow the guidance of experienced cooks, and create your delectable dumplings. In the evening, you will enjoy the dumpling dinner and Tang Dynasty Dance Show. Through graceful choreography and vibrant costumes, the show brings to life the elegance and grandeur of this historical period.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xian

    Make Dumplings
    Learn to Make Dumplings

  6. The highlight of today's China tour in Xian is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in the world. Follow your expert guide to delve into the three pits housing thousands of life-sized terracotta soldiers, horses, and chariots, each with unique facial expressions and intricate craftsmanship.

    Terracotta Army
    Terracotta Army

    After lunch, drive back to the city center and continue your exploration of Xi'an to the Ancient City Wall, one of the largest and most well-preserved city walls in China with a history of over 600 years. You can take a leisure walk or rent a bike (optional) to go around the wall and enjoy panoramic views of the city.

    Then, take a walk in the Muslim Quarter - the best-known food street in Xi'an. At last, you will visit the Great Mosque. The Mosque was built in a totally Chinese architectural style and is the major gathering place for all Muslims living in Xian.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xian

    Xian City Wall Cycling
    Our customers ride on the City Wall in February 2023

  7. After breakfast, meet your tour guide and transfer to take a morning flight to Shanghai, a metropolis in China. After arrival, your local guide will pick you up and escort you to the hotel in the city. Rest well and enjoy lunch. You can get some food recommendations from your tour guide.

    In the afternoon, your China tour in Shanghai begins at Yuyuan Garden, a classical Chinese garden dating back to the Ming Dynasty. You can stroll through its elegant pavilions, winding paths, and tranquil ponds. Appreciate the elaborate landscaping and discover the harmony between architecture and nature. Next, you will ascend the Jinmao Tower and overlook the vast cityscape of Shanghai on the 88th floor of the building. After the visit, drive you back to the hotel.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

    Shanghai Yu Garden
    Yu Garden

  8. In the morning, you will be guided to visit the Shanghai Museum, which houses a vast collection of ancient Chinese art and artifacts. Take your time exploring the exhibits and learning about the rich history and culture of China. After the museum, head to Nanjing Road, one of the world's busiest shopping streets. Explore the numerous boutiques, department stores, and specialty shops along this bustling pedestrian street. Don't forget to try some local snacks and street food along the way.

    Continue your exploration with a visit to the Bund, Shanghai's iconic waterfront promenade. Marvel at the stunning skyline of modern skyscrapers on one side, while on the other, you'll find historic buildings that showcase Shanghai's colonial past.

    the Bund
    The Bund

    From the Bund, embark on a relaxing Huangpu River Cruise. Enjoy panoramic views of Shanghai's skyline and the architectural wonders that line the riverbanks. This cruise will provide a unique perspective on the city's past and present.

    Conclude your 8-day Beijing Xian Shanghai tour by experiencing the charm of the Old French Concession. You can take a leisurely walk along the tree-lined streets and admire the well-preserved European-style architecture.

    If time permits, you can make your way to Tianzifang, a vibrant arts and crafts enclave nestled in the old French Concession area. Explore the narrow alleys lined with boutique shops, art galleries, and quaint cafes. It's a perfect place to find unique souvenirs or sip a cup of coffee. (Please book a departure flight after 8:00 PM)

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $1599 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

  • 7 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Second-class bullet train ticket from Beijing to Xi'an & economy flight ticket from Xi'an to Shanghai;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 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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