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Tour Overview

This 9-day China tour package is a classic itinerary at its best. You will be guided through China’s Golden Triangle cities including Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. These are also three must-see cities for first-time visitors to China.

You will explore China’s cultural heritage including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors and more with a knowledgeable local guide in each destination. Also, experience both the prosperity of a modern metropolis and the rich historical sites on this China trip. This Beijing Xian Shanghai tour is the perfect starting point for a quick introduction to China!

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

Highlights of this tour:

  • Follow the traces of history wandering through imperial sites such as the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace.
  • Be amazed by the most scenic part of the China Great Wall when hiking the less-crowded Mutianyu section.
  • Explore the three pits and marvel at the life-size army of Terracotta Warriors in Xian.
  • Take a leisure walk or ride a bike on the top of the Xian City Wall and enjoy panoramic views of the city.
  • Experience the contemporary allure and historical richness of Shanghai by touring Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Tianzifang and so on.
  • Stroll through the vibrant Former French Concession of Shanghai and explore the city’s historic Shikumen neighborhoods.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. We are honored to have you join us on our 9-day Beijing Xi'an Shanghai group tour! Welcome to the capital of China - Beijing! Upon your arrival, our local driver will be waiting for you at the airport exit hall holding a welcome sign. After that you will be escorted to your downtown hotel for a good rest.

    After checking into your hotel, you can relax and recover from your trip. You can also explore by yourself at your own pace and get a glimpse of Beijing's unique charm and culture.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  2. After breakfast, your China group tour in Beijing begins at the iconic landmark and heart of Beijing - Tiananmen Square. It is one of the largest public squares in the world. You will admire the magnificent buildings surrounding the square, such as the Monument to the People's Heroes and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall and learn the stories of some historical events.

    Next, you will be guided to the Forbidden City, aka the Palace Museum. As one of the largest and best-preserved wooden palace complexes, it served as an imperial palace during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1616-1912) dynasties. 24 emperors from both dynasties lived here. Then, you can climb up to the pavilion at the top of Jingshan Park for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Forbidden City and the Beijing skyline.

    Jingshan Park Beijing
    Forbidden City View from Jingshan Park

    After lunch, you will visit Summer Palace. With an area of 2.9 square kilometers, this palace was the best place where the emperors of the Qing Dynasty spent their summers. Here, you’ll enjoy the amazing lake view, explore the exquisite long corridor, appreciate precious cultural relics, step on the elegant stone bridge, etc. In addition, you can take the option of a boat ride to enjoy the Kunming Lake (optional, at an additional cost).

    Evening activity: if you are interested in Chinese Kungfu, you are recommended to pay extra to watch a mesmerizing Kungfu Show at the Red Theater. Your guide will help you arrange it for you.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  3. After breakfast, your tour guide will take you to visit a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Temple of Heaven. It is a royal architectural complex. The emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties once offered sacrifices to the heavens, asked for rain and prayed for a good year here.

    Then, head to Mutianyu Great Wall, which is located in Huairou County in the northeast corner of Beijing, 73 kilometers away from the city. This section of the Great Wall is connected to Juyongguan Pass in the west and Gubeikou in the east, and has been a military stronghold guarding Beijing since ancient times. With a total length of 5,400 meters (3355.5 miles), the Mutianyu Great Wall is the longest section of the Great Wall in China and also the most beautiful section.

    Mutianyu Great Wall Beijing
    Mutianyu Great Wall

    Note: If pure hiking is too much for you, there are also options for cable car and toboggan to see the spectacular scenery from different angles (pay extra, optional).

    On the way back to Beijing downtown, you can pay a visit to the marvelous Bird's Nest and Water Cube from the outside, both of which were built for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  4. This morning, your guide will pick you up from the hotel lobby and take you first to visit Beijing Zoo, the oldest zoo in China. Here you will see some of China's unique and rare animals, including Giant Pandas, Red Pandas, Golden Monkeys, Crested Ibis; and some large animals such as antelopes, Asian elephants, chimpanzees, flamingos and more.

    After that, continue your visit to Yonghe Temple, the largest Lama Temple in Beijing. You will spend about 1 hour here to explore the mysterious Tibetan Buddhist temple.

    In the afternoon, we will experience the charm of Beijing's Hutongs by a rickshaw. These narrow alleyways are lined with traditional courtyard houses. You can catch a glimpse into the city's cultural heritage.

    After the visit, it's time to say goodbye to Beijing! Your driver will then escort you to the train station for a high-speed train to Xi'an. Upon arrival, your Xian local driver will be waiting for you at the exit gate and then transfer you to the hotel in downtown area.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xi'an

    Beijing-Hutongs
    Beijing Hutong rickshaw ride

  5. Your China tour of Xian takes you to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Known as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Terracotta Warriors slept under the ground for 2,200 years before the accidental discovery by local farmers who were digging wells. The life-size terracotta warriors differ from one another in clothing, hairstyle, posture, and facial expression. Since opening to the public in 1979, it has attracted millions of people from all over the world each year. It has become one of the things that represent China in the world.

    Terracotta Warriors in Xian
    Terracotta Warriors in Xian

    Then, drive back to city center to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. It was built to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Xuanzang in the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

    Last, stroll around the Grand Tang Dynasty Ever Bright City, which is next to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Enjoying the colorful lights and meeting pedestrians wearing Hanfu (Chinese ancient costumes), it is as if you are taking a time trip back to the flourishing Tang Dynasty.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xi'an

  6. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Ancient City Wall, a military defensive system in old times. It is one of the largest and most well-preserved city walls in China. You can take a leisure walk or rent a bike (optional) on the top of the wall and enjoy panoramic views of the city.

    Afterwards, head to Shuyuanmen, an ancient culture street built in the style of ancient architecture of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. You can find calligraphy, brushes, ink, paintings, jade, antiques and other items for sale. Here, you could experience the real life of Xi'an people.

    Then, take a walk on Bell Tower & Drum Tower Square, which is a landmark building in Xian. Walk around 5 minutes to the famous Muslim Street, a paradise for food lovers. Here, you can find many kinds of delicious local snacks such as Biang Biang Noodle, Roujiamo (Chinese Hamburger), and Yangrou Paomo (Mutton and Bread Pieces in Soup).

    After the trip, you will be transferred to the airport for late afternoon flight to Shanghai, China's most bustling metropolis.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

    Bell Tower Square Xian
    Bell Tower Square

  7. Begin your Shanghai tour to Yuyuan Garden. It is a famous classical garden which was originally built by the owner as a place for his parents to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age. Next, move on to the Yuyuan Market, aka Yuyuan Bazaar. You can taste local snacks, admire traditional Chinese architecture, and purchase silk, small antiques and other products as gifts for relatives or friends.

    Shanghai Yu Garden
    Yu Garden

    Afterwards, you will be guided to visit former French Concession. This is one of the best-preserved concessions in China. The Chinese parasol trees and buildings on both sides show the exotic flavor of Shanghai. You will learn the stories of what happened here in the past from your expert guide.

    After that, head to Xintiandi – something like Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong and Clarke Quay in Singapore. Xintiandi is a fashionable pedestrian street composed of Shikumen and modern architecture style.

    Last, take a leisurely walk along the Bund, where you will admire buildings of various styles, enjoy the beautiful Huangpu River, and listen to your guide explaining its history.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

    Shanghai The Bund during the Day
    The Bund during the Day

  8. After breakfast, meet your tour guide and driver in the hotel lobby. Then depart for Zhujiajiao Water Town, known as the Venice of Shanghai. Upon arrival, stroll along the old town while listening to your guide about its history. The history of this town even dates back to 1700 years ago. The look of the town we see today was left over from the Ming Dynasty. If you are interested, you can optionally have a relaxing gondola ride to truly experience the charm of water town.

    Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town
    Zhujiajiao Water Town

    Afterwards, drive back to downtown Shanghai to visit Tianzifang, a vibrant arts and crafts neighborhood that evolved from the characteristic Shikumen. You can explore the narrow alleys lined with art galleries, quaint cafes, and boutiques. If time permits, continue to visit Fuxing Park, the oldest and largest park in Shanghai and the only well-preserved garden in the classical French style.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

  9. Enjoy a leisurely morning after breakfast. Your driver will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight (usually 4 hours in advance for international flights and 2 hours for domestic flights). Our 9-day China Golden Triangle tour of Beijing Xian Shanghai tour will end here. Wish you a pleasant journey!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price

Arrival Date Departure Date Twin Occupancy Single Supplement
Jul. 05
Jul. 19
Jul. 13
Jul. 27
USD 1320 USD 350
Aug. 02
Aug. 16
Aug. 10
Aug. 24
USD 1320 USD 350
Sept. 06
Sept. 13
Sept. 20
Sept. 14
Sept. 21
Sept. 28
USD 1320 USD 350
Oct. 11
Oct. 18
Oct. 25
Oct. 19
Oct. 26
Nov. 02
USD 1320 USD 350
Nov. 01
Nov. 15
Nov. 09
Nov. 23
USD 1270 USD 300
Dec. 06
Dec. 20
Dec. 14
Dec. 28
USD 1270 USD 300
Jan. 03
Jan. 17
Jan. 11
Jan. 25
USD 1270 USD 300
Feb. 07
Feb. 21
Feb. 15
Mar. 01
USD 1270 USD 300
Mar. 07
Mar. 21
Mar. 15
Mar. 29
USD 1270 USD 300
Apr. 04
Apr. 11
Apr. 18
Apr. 12
Apr. 19
Apr. 26
USD 1320 USD 350
May 09
May 16
May 23
May 17
May 24
May 31
USD 1320 USD 350
Jun. 06
Jun. 13
Jun. 20
Jun. 14
Jun. 21
Jun. 28
USD 1320 USD 350

Price Includes

  • 8 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;
  • Second-class train ticket from Beijing to Xian & economic-class flight ticket from Xian to Shanghai;
  • 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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