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China's Golden Triangle: Unveiling the Wonders of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai - 8 Days (CN-03)

Group size
2-14 people
All year
8 days
Beijing, Shanghai, Xian
from $2,095
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Discover the essence of China with this comprehensive tour, highlighting the best attractions in the country's most captivating cities. Whether you're a first-time visitor or intrigued by the interplay of China's rapid modernization with its rich history, this tour is perfect for you. It caters to shoppers, history enthusiasts, culture lovers, food connoisseurs, photographers, families with children, and anyone with a keen interest in exploring this multifaceted nation. Don't forget to pack comfortable shoes and, of course, your camera!

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Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Hutong Neighbourhood by Rickshaw Guided Tour
Upon your arrival at the airport, our driver will escort you to the hotel. Begin your exploration of Beijing by delving into its history with a rickshaw tour through the ancient 'Hutong' neighborhoods. The leisurely pace allows you to immerse yourself in the narrow streets and alleys that carry centuries of history. This experience offers a striking contrast to the modern skyscrapers that now define Beijing's skyline. Fortunately, certain old hutong areas have been granted 'special status' by the government, ensuring their meticulous preservation. (D)
Day 2
Guided tour of Tiananmen Square
Guided tour of the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace
Summer Palace Guided Tour
Roast Duck Dinner
Tiananmen Square, renowned as the emblem of Beijing, is a sight to behold. Situated at the city's core, it ranks as the fourth-largest city square globally, spanning an impressive 440,000 square meters. Following this, your journey will take you to the illustrious Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City. Recognized by UNESCO as the largest collection of well-preserved ancient wooden structures globally, it served as the residence for Chinese emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Housing one of the most significant assortments of Chinese artwork globally, the Forbidden City offers a glimpse into the nation's imperial history.

Next, a visit to the enchanting Summer Palace awaits, providing a tranquil exploration of Chinese landscape garden design. As the day unfolds, indulge in a delightful dinner featuring the renowned Peking duck. (B,L,D)
Day 3
Guided Tour of the Badaling Great Wall
Visit to the Olympic Green
Acrobatic Show
Today marks a truly remarkable experience as you visit the Badaling section of the Great Wall, located in Yanqing County, approximately 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of Beijing. This iconic structure, symbolizing Chinese civilization and recognized as one of the wonders of the world, has earned a well-deserved spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The highest point of the Wall in this section reaches an elevation of 1015 meters (3300 feet), offering breathtaking panoramic views.

Following this awe-inspiring visit, explore the site of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Witness the architectural marvels of the Olympic Green and park, including the renowned 'Bird's Nest' building. As the day concludes, indulge in the evening's entertainment with a captivating Beijing Acrobatic Show. (B,L,D)
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Day 4 – Beijing
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Morning bullet train to Xian: Beijing - Xian
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Xian City Tour
Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Dinner Show
Experience a slice of modern China today as you transfer to the Beijing West railway station and board the morning bullet train to Xian. This cutting-edge high-speed train covers the 711-mile distance from Beijing to Xian in a mere 4 hours and 40 minutes. Upon your arrival, you'll be greeted and transferred to the hotel before embarking on your Xian city tour.

As one of the four ancient capitals of China, the tour kicks off with a visit to the Big Goose Pagoda, a seven-story Buddhist temple constructed in the 7th century, offering splendid views from its summit. Explore the Little Goose Pagoda and other notable landmarks like the Bell Tower and the Great Mosque, one of the earliest mosques built in China. Enjoy lunch before an evening filled with the cultural extravaganza of the Tang Dynasty Singing and Dancing Show, accompanied by dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 5
Visit the Terracotta Warriors
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Undoubtedly one of China's most iconic attractions, today's itinerary includes a visit to the Terracotta Army, a site that captivates millions of tourists annually. Discovered by local farmers in 1974 while working in the fields, you'll have the opportunity to explore the pits, ascend the burial mound of the emperor, and marvel at the thousands of terracotta statues depicting warriors and horses, forming the army of the First Chinese Emperor.

Following this fascinating excursion, our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and transport you to Xian railway station. The night promises a comfortable adventure as you board the train to Shanghai, with a choice of 2 and 4 berth compartments available for your convenience. (B,L,D)
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Train: Xian - Shanghai
Day 5
Overnight train to Shanghai: Xian - Shanghai
Overnight sleeper train to Shanghai. A choice of 2 and 4 berth compartments available.
Day 6
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Shanghai Guided City Tour
Visit to Shanghai Museum
Today, you'll arrive in China's most exciting city, Shanghai. Our driver will be there to meet you off the train and assist you in transferring to the hotel to drop off your luggage. The city tour awaits, exploring Shanghai's highlights, including the Shanghai Museum, People's Square, and the Bund. Being the largest and busiest city in China, there's much to discover. The centrally located People's Square is a hub of activity, hosting the Shanghai Museum, a place to delve into Chinese arts such as calligraphy, ceramics, and furniture. The Bund, a mile-long riverside promenade, boasts numerous European-style buildings, providing a picturesque view. (B,L,D)
Day 7
Guided Tour to Yu Garden & Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Embark on today's tour with a tranquil start in old Shanghai, exploring a serene garden nestled next to the City God Temple. Spanning five acres, the garden boasts a rockery, a chamber of ten thousand flowers, ponds, pavilions, and towers. From this historical setting, fast-forward to the future with a visit to the famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower, an iconic structure built in 1994 that once held the title of the tallest building in China. Capture breathtaking panoramic shots of the city and consider a stop at the revolving restaurant located at the impressive height of 267 meters.

Conclude the day's exploration on Nanjing Road, Shanghai's main shopping street, offering a vibrant atmosphere and a plethora of shopping opportunities. (B,L,D)
Day 8
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Our tour ends. Our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and take you to the airport to catch your flight home. (B)
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Dates and prices
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Year of travel
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06/29/2024 - 07/06/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
07/06/2024 - 07/13/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
07/13/2024 - 07/20/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
07/20/2024 - 07/27/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
07/27/2024 - 08/03/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
08/03/2024 - 08/10/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
08/10/2024 - 08/17/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
08/17/2024 - 08/24/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
08/24/2024 - 08/31/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
08/31/2024 - 09/07/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
09/07/2024 - 09/14/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
09/14/2024 - 09/21/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
09/21/2024 - 09/28/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
09/28/2024 - 10/05/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
10/12/2024 - 10/19/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
10/26/2024 - 11/02/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
11/09/2024 - 11/16/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
11/23/2024 - 11/30/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
12/07/2024 - 12/14/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
12/21/2024 - 12/28/2024 $2,095 $325 $225 book now
12/28/2024 - 01/04/2025 $2,095 $325 $225 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in US dollars. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights. Alternatively we can quote for flights from any international airport.
  3. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  4. "Train upgrade" supplement means an upgrade for a compartment for 2 people and refers to overnight trains only. Advisable to book if you prefer more privacy and comfort during your overnight train journeys. Read more about train upgrade.
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