The Golden Triangle

8 Days Beijing  – Xi'an  – Shanghai

Eight days of ancient culture and modern miracles. Have more personal touch with your guide and driver. The Essence of China is there to be discovered alongside the world phenomenon of "New China".

Map of Beijing-Xian-Shanghai
Full Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival in Beijing

Your private guide will be on time and waiting in arrivals. A comfortable private car (non-smoking) & experienced driver will transfer you to the hotel.

Good to Know:

  • Free-time Ideas: A Nightcap in this former 1920's US Embassy, in the Litigation Quarter.

Day 2 Beijing

A buffet breakfast & real fresh coffee will kick start your day. Your private car, driver and our guide will be on time, prepared with drinks, snacks, and map ready to maximize your time. First stop, Tian'anmen Square. The history and meanings of the Forbidden City (Palace Museum & Imperial Palace) will be unlocked by our guide. Glean the history out of a place where the guidebooks leave you short.

Photograph the old lanes and courtyard houses in the neighboring Hutongs, but first choose dishes with help from our guide at the best Traditional Courtyard Restaurant. Depending on your mood & the weather take a rickshaw or bike to explore this charming world. Visit a local man's pearl workshop & store and learn how to spot a fake. A highlight is a visit to a family who've lived in the Hutongs for generations, offering unique insights from a local perspective.

Good to Know:

  • Courtyard 7 – Trip Advisor's 'Traveler's Choice of 2012' Rated 4.5/5.
  • Hutong Family Visit – Highly recommended by customers and travel reviews as 'making the hutongs worth it'.

Free-time Ideas: The Best Acrobatics Show in Beijing. Chaoyang Theatre has breathtaking performances making this Beijing's #1 attraction after the Great Wall. Your guide can help you get tickets.

The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
Day 3 Beijing

This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a about 2.5 hours' drive from downtown Beijing. A cable-car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for about an hour to descend by chairlift or turbogen. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

Good to Know:
If hiking is your thing, or three hours of hiking is your choice, you are also able to enjoy a hiking from Jinshanling to Simatai west, just tell your travel advisor which one you prefer.

The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by flight

An early start and chance to exercise or stroll with locals among the 60,000 ancient trees in the Temple of Heaven's Grounds. Watch locals exercise, practice martial arts, play traditional instruments.

The Temple of Heaven provided a place for emperors to pray to 'the most high God in heaven' for a good harvest. The Round Altar, Echo Wall and Imperial Vault of Heaven are the rated as key sights; we will cover these and more.

The Summer Palace is an enormous park with pavilions, vividly painted corridors, temples, among lakes and surrounded by hills. It was originally the imperial courts summer retreat, and still makes a nice place to escape the heat of the summer. Climb the hill or take a scroll in the gardens, this is a charming place to explore before taking a dragon styled boat tour on Kunming lake.

Enjoy a fair well lunch with the guide at a charming traditional restaurant, serving Sichuan food. In two hours, you will meet our Xi'an guide in Xi'an and get to the hotel by private transfer.

Good to Know:

  • Boat Tour – Most tour companies don't include these things as standard, we do.
  • Adventure & Save – Up for adventure, try the sleeper train to Xian and save.

Free-time Ideas:Early Rise – An early walk to watch the dancing, exercise or Tai chi with swords in nearby parks.

Temple of Heaven The Temple of Heaven
Day 5 Xi'an

One of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors. Enjoy lunch a place known nationwide for its Hunan & Sichuan dishes. Big Wild Goose Pagoda is build in AD652. Chinese-style architecture combined with Buddhist historic statues, murals and scriptures topped off by the best panoramic view over Xi'an.

Good to Know:

  • No Tricks (Big/Little) Pagoda – Look closely at other companies and large group tour operators and you'll see they take you to the free Little Goose Pagoda, - experience + profits.
  • Adrenaline Boost – Add an extra day and visit Hua Shan. Test your nerves on a crazy cliff hanging path in amazing mountain scenery.
  • Free-time Ideas:
    Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show is rated in many Top 10's. Your guide can help you buy tickets.
  • A short walk to see the Bell Tower/Drum Tower. This area has many high end restaurants, but if you're ready for something western, there is a Starbucks, Dairy Queen and Dunkin Donuts.
The Terracotta Army The Terracotta Warriors and Horses

Day 6Xi'an to Shanghai by Flight

Shaanxi History Museum is a perfect overview of Chinese history and not to be missed. Next cycle around Xi'an on the City Wall. It encircles the city and is perfect for seeing an overview of the city, not to mention fun. Lunch is a literal taste of history; Qianzhou Restaurant famous for its Tang Dynasty ancient dishes. Learn how to make dumplings from a local family is another highlight. Today ends with a flight to Shanghai. Your private car, drive and guide handle all the transfer for you at each end. Sit back and relax.

Good to Know:

  • Xi'an City Wall & Bike Ride – The city wall and ride are ranked no. 2 and 3 attractions on most websites after the Terracotta army. Rickshaw, ride, or walk, You call the shots.
Learn to make dumpling Learning how to make dumplings
Day 7Shanghai

Charming Yuyuan Garden, one of the most beautiful Suzhou style gardens in China. Next your walk though old and modern and stop on route at a neat place, a real hit with our customers then visit the highest building in Shanghai ,the Shanghai World Financial Center to take a bird’s eye view. To know more about Shanghai, visiting to Caoyang New neighbourhood, the first new-birth Village for workers since the national liberation in 1952. At the village, you will visit Community entertainment room and a local food market.

Good to Know:

  • Old Shanghai Restaurant– 130 years old, serving traditional typical Shanghai foods.
  • We revolve around you! – Customize the trip to suit you. e.g. A history and art fan might like to visit Shanghai Museum, it's rated by many as the best Museum in China.
  • Free-time Ideas:The Bund Evening Walk & Drink – Great for an evening walk. When the skyline lights go out at 10pm head over to Glamour for a Shanghai Cocktail.
The Yuyuan Garden The Yuyuan Garden
Day 8 Depart Shanghai

Your private car, driver and guide will be ready and waiting at your hotel lobby to get you to the airport on time. Sit back and relax as they help you check-in and escort you to the correct security gate.Taking the stress and hassle out of travel.

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