Beyond the Golden Triangle

9 Days Beijing  – Pingyao Ancient Town  – Xi'an  – Shanghai

Besides Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai, the tour also includes ancient Pingyao, a place is highly recommended by the Lonely Planet. It is a tour to have an in-depth view of China.  

Full Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival Beijing

Hotel: Beijing Marriott Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Private Airport Transfer (Beijing)
Your local tour guide, driver and private car will be waiting for you upon arrival in Beijing. Your guide will assist you with your luggage at the airport and take you to your hotel.

Enjoying a Leisure Recovery
Your afternoon or evening is free for you to recovery and relax. Feel free to ask your guide what there is to do nearby, if you want to take a walk or discover parts of the area on your own.

Day 2 Explore an Old Picture of Beijing

Hotel: Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall (Deluxe Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Tasty a Bit of Old Beijing
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, as your guide waits for you in the hotel lobby. When you’re ready you will be whisked off to the Forbidden City, a symbol of Chinese Royal life in the past. Take a rickshaw through Beijing’s traditional houses - Hutongs from the Bell Tower to the Drum Tower, and visit a family who live in the hutong to find out about life in the courtyard!

You will also visit Tian’anmen Square, a symbol of China’s national pride. It holds the Monument of the National Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Did you know …
That the Square can hold up to one million people!

Unique Experience about Chinese Early Education
Visit to Gaobeidian Village Kindergarten to get a glimpse of Chinese early educational system. Watch the children’s performance and play games with them.

the Forbidden City The Forbidden City
Day 3 Hiking on Wild Great Wall

Hotel: Beijing Marriott Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Hiking on the Wild Great Wall
Jinshanling and Simatai sections of the Great Wall offer a picturesque 3-4 hours hike. You can see some original ancient wild and ruined walls with amazing scenery. These parts give you great photographic shots with panoramic views.

Good to know
If you do not fancy a 3-4 hour hike, you can still enjoy a shorter hike or stay at one of the sections, which will have no influence of the tour price.

Jinshanling Great Wall Jinshanling Section of the Great Wall
Day 4 Explore a Traditional and Modern China

Hotel: Beijing Marriott Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Go Beyond Being a Tourist and Explore Beijing Like a Local
Together with your guide, head out in the morning to experience Tai Chi exercise with locals at the Temple of Heaven. Visit the Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and then enjoy a boat ride at the Summer Palace, a favorite place of Empress Dowager Ci Xi of the Qing Dynasty. Enjoy lunch at Jardine Matheson Spring Restaurant.

Mingle with Artists at 798 Art District
You will be addicted to a variety of Chinese galleries set in some abandoned factories at the 798 Art District, which is the largest and most popular place for Chinese artists.

Good to know
If you like Chinese Kung Fu, ask your guide to book night show tickets. The show tells a story about how a boy monk grows up to a Kung Fu master.

Summer Palace The Summer Palace
Day 5 Beijing to Taiyuan to Pingyao

Hotel: Yunjincheng Folk Hotel
Breakfast & Lunch

Train (First Class) to Taiyuan Transfer
Depart from Beijing at 08:30 and arrival in Taiyuan at 11:00 in the morning. Your guide, driver and private car will take you to the rail station in good time and ensure you get on the train. You will be met and picked up at the railway station in Taiyuan and taken to your hotel in Pingyao.

Exploring History in Pingyao Ancient Town
A tiny ancient city with a history of nearly 3,000 years. It is one of the four best-preserved ancient cities. Walk along the Ancient City Wall, built with rammed earth inside and brick and stone outside, the ancient city walls measure 10 meters high and 6162.7 meters long with 3-5 meters wide tops, and afterwards head to Mingqing Street. One of the earliest banks in China, The Rishengchang Draft Bank established in 1823 will give you some ideas about its development.

Pingyao Ancient Town Pingyao Ancient Town
Day 6 Pingyao to Taiyuan to Xi'an

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Xi’an
Breakfast & Lunch

Visiting Qiao Family Compound
Take your time to enjoy your breakfast, while your guide and driver will wait for you in the lobby.  Today, you will see a representative of North China folk house in the Qing Dynasty-Qiao Family Compound.

Did you know …
More than 30 films were shot here, among which the most famous one is 'Raise the Red Lanterns', directed by Zhang Yimou, and Starred by Gong Li.

Pingyao to Taiyuan Transfer and Fly to Xi’an
Your guide, driver and private car will take you to Taiyuan to fly to Xi’an in good time.

Qiao Family Compound Qiao Family Compound
Day 7 Visit Terracotta Warriors

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Xi’an
Breakfast & Lunch

Visit Xi’an’s might army – the Terracotta Warriors
The Terracotta Warriors is definitely a unique highlight of Xi’an. This incredible army of more than 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots are unique and buried underground for more than 2000 years. Learn more about this imperial army and the once ancient capital of China.
Have lunch at A Wa Shan Zhan Restaurant after your visit to the Terracotta Warriors.

View the City of Xi’an from a Pagoda
Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built from bricks without cement. Climb up to the top of the pagoda for a bird’s eye view of the city center. A great place to get a photo shot of the city.

Good to know
It is pleasant to have a stroll at the Muslin Quarter and the Bell Tower area at night or enjoy a Tang dynasty dancing and singing show.

The Terracotta Warriors The Terracotta Army
Day 8 See a Traditional and Modern Shanghai

Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Breakfast & Lunch

Xi’an to Shanghai Transfer
Your flight departs Xi’an and arrives in Shanghai in the morning. A comfortable private car will take you to the airport in good time.

See Shanghai’s Classics – A blend of East and West
Shanghai’s landmark - the Oriental Pearl TV Tower offers wonderful views of the Bund. It has a revolving teahouse, if you want to sit back and enjoy local tea culture. From there, we’ll head to Shanghai History Museum on its first floor to learn more about this gateway city of China. Explore old Shanghai among Shikumen - traditional classical local houses and visit a typical Jiangnan style garden - Yuyuan Garden built in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty. Taste some local Shanghainese food at Home’s Restaurant.

Did you know …
Shanghai is the largest city in China by population, with around 24 million!

Good to know
Highly recommend Huangpu Evening Cruise or Era Acrobatics show.

The Bund The Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Day 9 Departure from Shanghai

Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

You have some time free to enjoy on your own before you leave this metropolis city. Your guide, a private car and driver will take you to the airport in good time for you to get on your flight home.

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