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Golden Triangle

8-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai

Code:P01
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
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Golden Triangle

This top classic itinerary includes China's 3 most famous cities of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai. During this classic 8-day trip, you will travel through two ancient capitals of Beijing and Xian, discover their long history, walk into local people's life, then travel to the vibrant megacity of Shanghai to appreciate the fascinating fusion of the East and West.

Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Visit the quieter Mutianyu Great Wall with magnificent forested vistas.
  • Discover captivating imperial stories in the hidden palaces of the Forbidden City.
  • Discover Hutong alleys and learn Peking Opera facial mask painting at a time-honored courtyard.
  • Admire the Terra-cotta Army and uncover the naked miniature clay figures in Hanyang Tombs.
  • Visit an old cave dwelling and learn about the disappearing art of Tiger-head shoes making.
  • Learn about the glories and vicissitudes of Shanghai in famous waterfront The Bund.
  • Step inside a traditional Shikumen residence of Shanghai in 1920s in the French Concession.

Golden Triangle

8-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai

Code:P01
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$1417
Tour Highlights
  • Visit the quieter Mutianyu Great Wall with magnificent forested vistas.
  • Discover captivating imperial stories in the hidden palaces of the Forbidden City.
  • Discover Hutong alleys and learn Peking Opera facial mask painting at a time-honored courtyard.
  • Admire the Terra-cotta Army and uncover the naked miniature clay figures in Hanyang Tombs.
  • Visit an old cave dwelling and learn about the disappearing art of Tiger-head shoes making.
  • Learn about the glories and vicissitudes of Shanghai in famous waterfront The Bund.
  • Step inside a traditional Shikumen residence of Shanghai in 1920s in the French Concession.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Beijing
Land in Beijing. Pick-up at the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is for free exploration on your own.
Luxury: Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town Superior: Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

Welcome to China! Upon your arrival, your friendly tour guide will be holding your name-sign and will greet you at the arrival hall, then take you to the hotel. After checking into the hotel, you will have a rest to recover from jet lag and get ready for tomorrow's discovery.

Free time idea: If you would like to explore the city, both hotels are in good locations and you could walk around and discover local life in the nearby neighborhood or do some shopping in the local malls. Your tour guide will give you several easy and enjoyable suggestions.

Day 2
Beijing
Visit Tianmen Square and marvel at the Forbidden City. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Hutongs and learn a facial mask painting at a traditional courtyard.
Breakfast

After a night's sound sleep, you will be refreshed for today's exploration. First, you will visit Tiananmen Square and then move to Forbidden City, the largest collection of wooden constructions preserved today which is also known as Palace Museum. As the imperial palace for both the Ming and Qing Dynasty and home to 24 emperors, the Forbidden City witnessed the rise and fall of the two dynasties from the year 1420 to 1912. Follow your professional local guide to admire the magnificent halls and discover some amazing palaces ordinary tour groups do not cover to learn more about ancient imperial life.

Then get into traditional Hutongs where common people used to live. Take a rickshaw ride into the small alleys to explore common people's houses and local life. Learn to paint a facial mask in the famous Peking Opera and you could bring this memorable souvenir home with you when you finish.

Facial Mask Painting: The facial mask painting best delivers the profound cultural meaning of the national art of Peking Opera favored by the imperial family. You will learn sketching, coloring as well as how different personalities are depicted through different colors on the mask. Learn from the master and paint one on your own!

Forbidden CityThe Panoramic View of the Forbidden City
HutongFacial Mask Painting at a local family in a Hutong Courtyard
Day 3
Beijing
Hike the quieter Mutianyu Great Wall. Have a photo stop at Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Admire the royal garden, the Summer Palace.
Breakfast

Today, your tour will begin with the Mutianyu Great Wall, the greatest defensive system built by ancient Chinese. Snaking around on top of the mountains for over 13,000 miles, the Great Wall successfully stopped nomadic groups and protected central Chinese states and empires. Mutianyu section is the quieter part as well as the longest part of the Great Wall extant today. A Round-trip Cable Car is included to make your exploration easier and to save more time for you to spend on the wall. Enjoy some hiking on top of the Wall, be amazed by the impressive construction and take in the spectacular surrounding views.

Afterwards, drive back to the city and have a stopover to the iconic Bird's Nest and Water Cube.

Then, drive to the imperial garden Summer Palace. Covering over 290 hectares, Summer Palace used to be where the imperial family spent their leisurely summer holiday away from downtown. Stroll along the peaceful lake, taking in the picturesque scenery of gardens, halls, pavilions and exquisite paintings.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 4
Beijing-Xian by High Speed Train
Pay a visit to the Temple of Heaven and then take a 4.5-hour high speed train to Xi'an.
Breakfast
Luxury: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel Superior: Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

Visit the Temple of Heaven in the morning and delight in the beautiful architectures where emperors used to hold ceremonies to pray for good harvest and luck for the next coming year. Encounter locals gathering here for morning exercises and enjoy the lively scene of various activities including Taichi, group dance and shuttlecock kicking. You are more than welcome to join these friendly local people to experience the relaxing atmosphere.

Afterwards, you will be taken to the railway station to take a 4.5-hour high-speed train to travel to another ancient capital Xian. Upon arrival, meet your friendly Xian guide and drive to your hotel.

High-speed train ride: China probably has the world's best high speed train system. This fastest 4.5-hour train between the two cities is arranged for you to take in the magnificent authentic rural views of China during the ride.

Day 5
Xian
Marvel at the stunning Terra-cotta Army. Visit a local cave dwelling to learn about making tiger-head shoes. Walk the still intact City Wall. Visit the Chinese Style Great Mosque and enjoy some free time in the bustling Muslim Quarter.
Breakfast

About 1-hour drive from the downtown area, you will get to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Here you will see the life-sized clay figures guarding the emperor and his tomb in his afterlife were discovered, each owning distinctive facial expression, hair style, figure as well as uniform. Both the Great Wall and Terra-cotta Army were built by the order of the first emperor, Qin Shihuang Emperor, who created the history of Chinese feudal society.

Afterwards, visit a local cave dwelling where you will be able to see the traditional craftsmanship of making tiger-head shoes. You could learn to make the most important parts, the eyes, for the tiger.

Then drive back to the city to ascend the largest and best-preserved City Wall and have an overview of this old capital.

Afterwards, drive to the famous local Muslim Quarter and unveil the ancient Great Mosque built in traditional Chinese style. Wonder around the bustling street and enjoy some bargained shopping in the famous bazaar.

Tiger Head Shoes Making: Tiger Head Shoes making is gradually disappearing like many other folk craftsmanship in China as younger generations seldom learn it. This visit allows you to see the featured local craftsmanship preserved by the old lady who is still making them, hoping young people could one day pick up the old skill.

Terracotta ArmyThe Bronze Chariots and Horses
making tiger-head shoesThe village woman is making tiger-head shoes.
Day 6
Xian-Shanghai by Flight
Discover the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum. Appreciate the Hanyang Tombs. Then fly to Shanghai.
Breakfast
Luxury: Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai Superior: Central Hotel Shanghai

After breakfast, approach to the tranquil Small Wild Goose Pagoda that was built in 8th century for prayer, health, and luck to the emperor. Discover its architectural miracle with your local tour guide. Then proceed to the Xi'an Museum and unveil the earlier history of China before 13th century from the treasures stored here.

On the way to the airport, visit the Hanyang Tombs (Hanyangling Mausoleum), tomb of Emperor Jingdi. Marvel atop a glass walkway and closely appreciate the miniatures of terra-cotta figures of maids, eunuchs, animals, farming tools, jade and gold ornaments, showing the prosperity and luxurious imperial life of grand Han Dynasty.

Afterwards, farewell to Xi'an and you will fly to Shanghai. Upon arrival, your Shanghai tour guide will pick you up and take you to your hotel.

Good to know: Hanyang Tombs is a truly hidden gem that most tour groups ignore but it is worth your time for a better understanding of the emperor's next life beliefs as well as the history of the prosperous Han Dynasty in an impressive way.

Day 7
Shanghai
Full day exploration of the essence of Shanghai including the Yu Garden, Nanjing Road and The Bund. See the city from the top of Shanghai World Financial Center. Stroll along Xintiandi and finish today's tour at Inside Shanghai.
Breakfast

Start today's tour with a visit to the Yu Garden and enjoy the beautiful layout, which also presents the philosophy of Chinese people's life. Learn about Chinese classic architectural philosophy how chambers, halls, pavilions, ponds and rockeries were beautifully built in harmony.

Then head to Nanjing Road and the Bund which is regarded as the World Architecture Museum. Catch a sight of the packed skyscrapers and admire the aged colonial buildings that witnessed Shanghai's vitality.

Enjoy a panoramic view of the Bund from the top of Shanghai World Financial Center and be amazed by the booming economy of this cosmopolis.

Continue to visit Xintiandi (New World of Shanghai) and enjoy a leisurely stroll in Shanghai's old French Concession where you will be able to see the traditional Shikumen constructions. You will walk into Inside Shanghai, a traditional Shikumen residence that preserves the old house style from the 1920s era.

The BundGorgeous neon lighted view of The Bund
Inside ShanghaiInside Shanghai, the traditional Shikumen residence
Day 8
Depart from Shanghai
See-off at the airport for your departure flight. Wish you a nice trip home!
Breakfast

Your 8-day wonderful China vacation ends here and you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Have a nice journey home!

Tips: A free day is arranged for more flexibility for your departure international flight. If you are departing on a late flight and would like to explore more, e.g. a water town, please tell your travel specialist.

Accommodations
BeijingXianShanghai
Beijing
Luxury

Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

3 Sanfengbeili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Crowne Plaza Chaoyang U-Town enjoys perfect location in Chaoyang District with excellent service, great breakfasts and easy access for shopping and night life.
Superior

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.
Xian
Luxury

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.
Superior

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.
Shanghai
Luxury

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

1. Jinling East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
The hotel is located right on the bund with artistic design merged modern Shanghai with Art Deco of 1930s. The hotel is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts with excellent service, amazing views and great breakfasts.
Superior

Central Hotel Shanghai

No.555 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
Located in the heart of the city, Central Hotel Shanghai featuring traditional Shanghai style rooms, good facilities and nice breakfasts is next to the Nanjing Road and 5-minute walk to the Bund.
Luxury
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Beijing

Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

3 Sanfengbeili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Crowne Plaza Chaoyang U-Town enjoys perfect location in Chaoyang District with excellent service, great breakfasts and easy access for shopping and night life.

Xian

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.

Shanghai

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

1. Jinling East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
The hotel is located right on the bund with artistic design merged modern Shanghai with Art Deco of 1930s. The hotel is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts with excellent service, amazing views and great breakfasts.
Superior
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Beijing

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.

Xian

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.

Shanghai

Central Hotel Shanghai

No.555 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
Located in the heart of the city, Central Hotel Shanghai featuring traditional Shanghai style rooms, good facilities and nice breakfasts is next to the Nanjing Road and 5-minute walk to the Bund.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
High Season( MAR - NOV ) US$1572 US$1898
Low Season( DEC - FEB ) US$1417 US$1796
  • Prices above are based on 2 persons sharing one room of Superior/Luxury Class Hotels. Please enquire to get a better rate if there are more than 2 travelers in your group.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
This tour could be tailored to your own unique trip based on your travel needs, interests, preferred hotels and budget. We recommend you give us as detailed travel information as possible so we can reply with a more thorough tour proposal that better suits your travel needs.
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