Tour Itinerary of China's Golden Triangle by Train

8-Day Beijing, Xian and Shanghai Tour (CHT-BG-01)

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Day 1

 

Place & Transport: Arrive in Beijing, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Beijing)

 

Accommodations: Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel Beijing (Economy) 

 

Day 2

 

Place & Transport: Beijing
Today's Activities: Beijing Classic City Seat-in-coach Tour
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

--Beijing Classic City Seat-in-coach Tour :

Pick up at your hotel between 7:00am and 8:30am. The first stop is Tian'anmen Square. Tiananmen Square was named after the Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace), entry to the Forbidden City. As the world's largest city square, It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history.



 

Then move on to the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors between 1368 and 1911. It is the largest and the best preserved ancient imperial architecture complex in the world. It takes about 2 hours visiting the Forbidden City along the central axis from south to north.



 

Continue our tour to visit the Temple of Heaven. On the way to Temple of Heaven, you will have a chance to visit the Chinese traditional medicine culture.



 

The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, which is the largest ancient imperial worship architecture complex in the world where the ancient Emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties prayed for peace and harvest. The visit to Temple of Heaven takes about 1 hour.



 

After Chinese lunch (40 minutes) in local restaurant, enjoy a short visit to a pearl free market not missed.



 

Then we drive 30minutes to Summer Palace, the largest and best preserved imperial garden in China. The visit takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.



 

Back to your hotels at around 6:00pm.

 

 

Accommodations: Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel Beijing (Economy) 

 

Day 3

The Badaling Great Wall
 

Place & Transport: Beijing to Overnight train, Train No. Z19 (Beijing West Railway Station Railway Station - Xian Railway Station) Dep 19:57 - Arr 07:58
Today's Activities: Badaling Great Wall & Changling (Ming Tomb) Seat-in-coach Tour, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

--Badaling Great Wall & Changling (Ming Tomb) Seat-in-coach Tour:

Pick you up at your hotel between 7:00am and 8:30am, and then drive to Ming Tombs (50 miles away from downtown, about one hour driving). The thirteen Ming Tombs are the best-preserved Chinese imperial tombs with 500 years history. You will visit Changling, the largest and the best preserved tomb of Ming Tombs. It is where Emperor Yongle (the first emperor in Beijing) and his Empress Xu were buried, built in 1413. The visit of the Ming Tombs takes about 1 hour and finishes at about 10:45.

 

Having Chinese lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, driving to Badaling Great Wall. Badaling Great Wall is the most famous, best-preserved and the first section opened to public. The hike on Badaling Great Wall takes 2 hours. Cable car is available and optional.

 

Head back to downtown Beijing and drive by the Olympic Green, having a distant view of both the National Stadium - the "bird Nest" and National Aquatics Center - the Water Cube. 

 

Note: We will call or leave you a message the night before your tour to confirm the pick-up time.

 

 

Day 4

 

Place & Transport: Overnight train to Xian
Today's Activities: Train station Transfer (Xian), Half Day Seat-in-coach Tour of Ancient Culture of Xi'an
Meals: Breakfast

--Half Day Seat-in-coach Tour of Ancient Culture of Xi'an: Pick you up at your hotel lobby. The guide will call or leave you a message the night before your tour to prearrange the meeting time. You will visit Shaanxi Historical Museum in which displaying impressive collection of artifacts from the Silk Road as well as other relics from the Song, Ming and Qing dynasties. Visit the Wild Goose Pagoda where widely renowned Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his classics brought from India. Then pay a visit to Islamic mosques with more than 1200 years' history. It is famous for particular design of mixed architecture - combining traditional Muslim and Chinese styles. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Accommodations: Xian Skytel Hotel (Economy) 

 

Day 5

The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
 

Place & Transport: Xian to Overnight train, Train No. T140/T137 (Xian Railway Station - Shanghai Railway Station) Dep 19:45 - Arr 11:40
Today's Activities: One Day Seat-in-coach Tour of Xi'an Historic Relics, , Hotel to Train station Transfer (Xian)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

--One Day Seat-in-coach Tour of Xi'an Historic Relics: Pick you up at your hotel lobby. The guide will call or leave you a message the night before your tour to prearrange the meeting time. Pay a visit to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, where 2000 year-old army of life-sized warriors are displayed, each one unique. It is about 35 km from Xian. After lunch, visit Banpo site, the village grounds occupied a physical area of 50,000 square meters, and consisted primarily of a residential section, a pottery area, and burial grounds. You will shall the coach with other tourists from different hotels. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.
 

 

Day 6

 

Place & Transport: Overnight train to Shanghai
Today's Activities: Train station Transfer (Shanghai)

 

Accommodations: Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai (Economy) 

 

Day 7

Shanghai Xin Tian Di
 

Place & Transport: Shanghai
Today's Activities: One-Day Shanghai Seat-in-coach Tour
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

--One-Day Shanghai Seat-in-coach Tour : This is an organized group tour. First we will pick you up at the appointed boarding hotel at the appointed time. You are advised to go to one of the boarding destinations if you are not check in these four hotels. Today we will have a day sightseeing of modern Shanghai. The tours start with the Yu Garden and follow by the Bund, Jade Buddha Temple. After lunch, we will continue our tour to visit the People's Square and Shanghai Museum which is the biggest and best museum in China. Then stops will be made at the rejuvenated old quarter of Xintiandi. Drive back to shanghai in the later afternoon.
Boarding Places and Time:
1. Renaissance Yangtze Concierge Desk 08:00 2. Jin Jiang Tower Lobby 08:20
3. Portman Ritz-Carlton Lobby 08:40
4. Oriental Riverside Pudong Concierge Desk 09:15
 

Accommodations: Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai (Economy) 

 

Day 8

 

Place & Transport: Depart Shanghai, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)
Meals: Breakfast

 

 
 
Price Per Person in US Dollars
Excellent Local Guide

Excellent Local Guides

We selected the most experienced tour guides in each city. They are all very professional and flexible during the tour with oustanding knowledge of all the sites and history.

Our Luxury Car for  Families

Our Luxury Car for Families

We use the modern air-conditioned luxury cars for families or 2-3 persons. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well-maintained and always very clean.

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

We use only air-conditioned small buses for small groups of 4-7 persons. Our drivers are very nice and careful with over 5-year drive experience.

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Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance Fees:
    To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals:
    All meals as specified in the itinerary.
    If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
  • Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Beijing, Xian, Shanghai by shared coach with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above). Your comfort is our priority! Click here to get a description of the vehicles that we use for our tours.
  • Guide:
    As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Hotels:
    Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
  • Transportation:
    Beijing West To Xian Transfer via: Train, Z19 (Our arrangements)
    Xian To Shanghai Transfer via: Train, T140/T137 (Our arrangements)
     
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes:
  • Insurance
    The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    Click here to learn more about the insurance coverage and the sum insured.
  • Luggage Transfers:
    Between airports/railway stations and hotels.
  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    USA-CHINA/CHINA-USA: China Highlights has negotiated special discount fares (restrictions apply) for selected flights operated by Air China from major US and China gateways. We are able to offer these special deals to confirmed customers. Discount US to China Flights
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
    Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm. More
  • Personal Expenses:
    Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Meals:
    Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.
 
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