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Tour Overview

What are the representative things of China do you think? The long history, the rich cultural relics, various delicious food, or lovely pandas? Is it possible to cover all of these in one tour? Yes, now you can! Join this 13 days China tour package, and you will explore four top tourist cities – Chengdu, Xian, Beijing, and Shanghai. On that tour, you will have chances to take a close look at lovely pandas, try hot pot, admire Terracotta Army, Great Wall, and more.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Appreciate the classic Sichuan Opera – Changing Faces.
2. Have fun observing how the lovely panda sleep, play and eat bamboo.
3. Discover the world’s heritage Terracotta Warriors and Horses to admire those life-sized sculptures.
4. Have a visit to a local family in Xi’an, chat with them to get a better idea about local life and culture, and learn to make dumplings with the host.
5. Step into the incredible Forbidden City to admire the largest and most well-preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
6. Enjoy your hike on the most beautiful part of the Mutianyu Great Wall.
7. Take a rickshaw to explore the typical architecture of old Beijing.
8. Have a bird-view of shanghai from the city’s best-known landmark – Oriental Peral TV Tower.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Our driver and guide will hold a name board and greet you at airport. After check-in at your hotel and a short rest, we will get your stomach well treated with the famous Sichuan hot pot. After it, you will come to appreciate the classic Sichuan Opera—Changing Faces. Finally, you will be dropped off at your downtown hotel.
    Special Note: You are suggested to arrange your flight to land on before 3pm.
    Accommodation: Local 3* Hotel

    Chengdu Hotpot
    Chengdu Hotpot

  2. AM: Sichuan Cuisine is listed as one of “Chinese Eight Cuisine” and popular on each inch of Chinese land. Today’s tour starts from a Sichuan Cuisine Class with the professional cook. You will learn how to make the famous Mapo Bean Curd (Mapo Tofu) and Kung Pao Chicken from the cook who will show you the details of each step.

    Noon: You will have the dishes you cooked for lunch.

    PM: You will go to the No. 1 highlight of Chengdu:Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Panda is the national treasure of China as we know and also adorable so much on planet so that many people feel happy even just seeing them eating and playing. Here is the chance for you to see the real pandas on spot. Chengdu Panda Base is the largest panda base in the world where you could see more than 50 pandas. You will spend about 2 hours here to enjoy the happy time with cute pandas. Finally, you will be escorted back to your hotel.
    Accommodation: Local 3* Hotel

    Pandas in Chengdu Panda Base
    Pandas in Chengdu Panda Base

  3. AM: Today let’s go to visit the largest cliff inscription of China: Leshan Buddha.
    Our guide and driver will pick you up form your hotel after breakfast and then transfer you to Leshan city for the big Buddha. It was started to be carved in A.D. 713, Tang dynasty and completed A.D. 803, spending 90 years in total. The reason to excavate was that the local people suffered from the flood each year because it’s special location that three rivers meet here. There was a Monk named Haitong made up mind to help the local people and started this huge work. Although it was disturbed times for many reasons, it was completed after 90 years with efforts of generations. You will surprise at how the ancient people make such huge a Buddha in old time when you see its real size.

    Noon: Lunch in a local restaurant.

    PM: You will come back to Chengdu and have a rest at Chengdu Renmin Park where you can enjoy tea which is a necessary activity for a Chengdu local. Besides, you can also enjoy some item that a real-local love to do like ear cleaning (Optional and cost on your own). Don’t worry that your ear will be hurt, they are sophisticated and professional. Finally, come back to your hotel.
    Accommodation: Local 3* Hotel

    Sichuan Leshan Giant Buddha
    Leshan Giant Buddha

  4. AM: Our driver will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and drive to Chengdu train station for bullet train to Xian (G1918/09:00-12:23 or similar one, 2nd class seat). When you arrive to Xian train station, our Xian local guide will greet you by holding welcome sign and then go for lunch firstly.

    Noon: Lunch in a local restaurant.

    PM: After lunch, you will get to visit the Ancient City Wall which usually leads to people first-impression to Xian: old with long history. Not surprisingly, it’s because you have to go through the gate of City Wall when you get to the city center and the bricks-made wall with 600-year-history no doubt to be remarkable in a stranger’s mind. Next, go to the famous Muslim Quarter. It’s a paradise for the food-goer as you can find all the authentic local and even Chinese northwest area’s food here. Strolling on the stone paved street, your eyes will be well feasted, and mouth watered with all kinds of snacks alongside. Xian food is different compared with Sichuan, like the characteristics of local people. Just enjoy your Xian time from here!
    Finally, you will be transferred to local hotel to check in. Get a good rest tonight!
    Accommodation: Local 3* Hotel

    Xian City Wall
    Our customers on Xian City Wall

  5. AM: It’s the highlight of Xian part today! Morning pickup is after your breakfast. Then you will go to visit the 8th World Wonder Terracotta Warriors. On the way to Terracotta Warriors Museum, you will stop at a terracotta figurine factory to specialize 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 arrive at famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, known as “the Eighth Wonder of the World”. The museum shows a surprisingly high level in sculpture which makes it the most significant archaeological discovery in the 20th century. The museum includes Pit 1 (the largest), Pit 2 and Pit 3, the exhibition hall of the chariots and horses as well.

    Noon: Lunch in a local restaurant.

    PM: In the afternoon, go back downtown to visit a local family, chat with them to get a better idea about local life and culture. You will learn to cook local dishes and make dumplings with the host. Of course, you will have dinner with them together. It’s really cool when the dumplings you made in person get on table to be shared with other people. You will be dropped off at your hotel finally.
    Accommodation: Local 3* Hotel

    Xian Terracotta Army
    Terracotta Warriors and Horses

  6. AM: Still meet your guide in the morning at your hotel lobby and then take subway to visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda initially built to preserve the Buddhist sutras and statues brought back from ancient India by Monk Xuanzang in Tang Dynasty. It stands in a temple named Daci’en Temple. You will appreciate the precious palm-leaf scriptures, calligraphy works, exquisite murals and great poems from that period, and listen the interesting stories from your guide. You can stroll with guide and immerse yourself into the Buddhist atmosphere around with informative introduction from guide, or if you would like to explore the famous site more, you can choose the climbing Pagoda option to see how the inside of the thousand-year-old pagoda looks like and get an amazing bird view of the surrounding area.

    Noon: Lunch will be at the most busy area of Xian: Xiaozhai, you will have chance to eat the food that local people love most.

    PM: In the afternoon, if you would like to have a half day to rest considering you have already experienced 5 full days’ traveling, the guide will company you back to your hotel; if you still want to see more of this city, our guide will lead you to visit the Small Goose Pagoda which was also built together with Big Wild Goose Pagoda, store the Buddhist sculptures brought from India by Xuanzang. The driver will pick you up around 6pm to transfer you to train station to catch up the overnight train (Z44/19:27-08:22 or similar one, 4 berths in one cabin) to Beijing.
    Accommodation: Overnight Night Train

    Xi'an Big Wild Goose Pagoda
    Big Wild Goose Pagoda

  7. AM: Upon your arrival, our guide and driver will greet you at the train station. You can ask the guide to help find a restaurant to solve your breakfast or just buy some take-away food (cost on your own). Then directly go the first highlight today: Forbidden City. It had been the royal palace of Ming and Qing dynasties where you could trace those emperors and his families’ life today, from which you could learn the hidden stories of each corner of the world famous royal architecture groups.

    Noon: Lunch in a local restaurant.

    PM: Then move to Temple of Heaven. It’s a sacred place in the old time as Ming and Qing emperors would pray for fortune of the nation here. Today, besides the thick history and culture of it, you can get much enjoyment from its architectural beauty. The last site to be visited today is the renowned Summer Palace, the royal garden of Ming and Qing dynasties.

    Today you will also stop by Chinese Herb Medicine Market to learn about traditional Chinese pharmacy and meet many kinds of herb medicine. Then Pearl Market to appreciate some nice pearl artworks. After the tour, you will be escorted back to hotel.

    In the evening, please just get your stomach ready for the famous Peking Roast Duck which is a dish that no one should miss if he/she comes to Beijing. Finally, you will be sent to local hotel for check in.
    Accommodation: Local 3* Hotel

    Beijing Forbidden City
    Forbidden City

  8. AM: In the morning, our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel after your breakfast. Firstly, you will go for the Mausoleum of the 13th emperor of Ming Dynasty. On the way to the Ming Tomb, you will pay a short visit to the Jade Caving Factory where you could learn the Chinese jade culture and some tips to pick out the real good jade. If you are interested in jade, you can buy some as souvenirs here. Next, visit the Ming Tomb. It’s not only a place to let you know the history of Ming dynasty but also a place to show you the mysterious Fengshui culture which only exits in China.

    Noon: Lunch in a local restaurant.

    PM: Upon arrival, you will have a simple lunch firstly to summon up for the later hiking on the Mutianyu Great Wall. Cable car is a good option if you would like to save energy and time to trek on the most beautiful part of the Mutianyu Great Wall. Finally go back to downtown hotel.
    Accommodation: Local 3* Hotel

    Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall
    Mutianyu Great Wall

  9. Today you will get a wonderful ending about Beijing tour at Hutong alley and take a bullet train to Shanghai in the afternoon.
    AM: Still meet your guide and driver in the morning after breakfast and then head to Hutong. You will take a Rick-Shaw to explore the typical architecture of old Beijing.

    Noon: Lunch in a local restaurant.

    PM: After lunch, get on the car to Beijing train station for the bullet train to Shanghai (G11/15:00-19:28 or a similar one, the 2nd class seat). Our Shanghai driver will hold a name board to pick you up at the entrance and then transfer you to Shanghai local hotel for check-in.
    Accommodation: Local 3* Hotel

    Beijing Hutong rickshaw ride

  10. AM: Meet your Shanghai guide at your hotel lobby in the morning and then take subway to explore the Yuyuan Garden. It is a classical and famous ancient Chinese private official garden style in Shanghai boasting with elegant pavilions, villa, lotus pond and bridges. Nearby the Garden, you could stroll at the Yuyuan Gardern Market to have a look at those local snacks and crafts. The next stop is Shanghai Museum which introduces you the history of this world-renowned metropolis, from where you will get a better idea of Shanghai City.

    Noon: Lunch in a local restaurant.

    PM: Go to the Oriental Peral TV Tower, the best-known landmark of Shanghai, to have a bird-view of Shanghai and just immerse you into it’s mixed modern and natural beauty. Out of the tower, you will have a leisure walk at the Bund, listen to the guide’s explanation and appreciate the beautiful Huangpu river and architectures combined with both western and Chinese elements as special heritage of colonial period. Finally, take subway back to your hotel.
    Accommodation: Local 3* Hotel

    Shanghai the Bund
    the Bund

  11. AM: Today you will take a tour in the afternoon and evening while morning is left for your disposal.
    PM: At 12:00, meet your guide and diver form your hotel and then head to Zhujiajiao Watertown. It’s a totally different experience wait for you here: Zhujiajiao is a typical Chinese Watertown with elaborate bridges and architectures, peaceful life style and picturesque views. Boat cruise here is an optional activity based on your own interest. After visiting here, come back to Shanghai downtown to get a lovely Night Food & Show tour. You will enjoy the most famous Shanghai food “Tangbao” (soup dumplings). To avoid the hot Tangbao burning your mouth, you can have a tiny small bite first, then suck soup and enjoy the Tangbao. In the night, prepare your eyes for the amazing Chinese acrobatic show.
    Finally, you will be dropped off at your hotel.
    Accommodation: Local 3* Hotel

    Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town
    Zhujiajiao Water Town

  12. It’s a free day with arrangement on your own!

    Shanghai Old Street
    Shanghai Old Street

  13. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you to the airport for your departure airline (usually 4 hours for international flights and 3 hours for domestic flights).  Your 13-day Chengdu Xian Beijing Shanghai tour ends here.

Tour Price Per Person ($=USD)

From $2509 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.


Special Note

  • Minimum 2 people is required to operate the tour. If you travel alone, and there is no other traveler to book the tour, we reserve the right to cancel the tour and will contact you in advance.
  • 2 people of the same gender share one room. If you prefer better privacy, or there is no fellow traveler with the same gender to match, you need to pay a single supplement.
  • Optional activities to be paid on the spot: Cable car & shuttle bus at Great Wall in Beijing; bike on Xian City Wall, Climbing Big Wild Goose Pagoda or Bell or Drum Tower in Xian.

Price includes

  • 11-night Accommodations as mentioned above
  • Transfer as mentioned with an air-conditioned van/bus
  • Airport pick up on day one and drop off on the last day
  • Chengdu-Xian: 2nd class bullet train seat
  • Xian-Beijing: soft sleeper of an overnight train (4 berths in one cabin)
  • Beijing-Shanghai: 2nd class bullet train seat
  • English-speaking tour guide as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 9 lunches and 4 dinners included
  • Entry tickets as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Sichuan Opera of Face Changing Show in Chengdu
  • Chinese acrobatic show in Shanghai
  • Breakfast at hotels
  • China Travel Insurance for per pax

Price excludes

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any item beyond “inclusions”
  • Any optional item
  • International flights and visa
  • Gratuities and personal expense
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