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The Golden Triangle

8-day Private Tour: Beijing–Xi'an–Shanghai
Day 1–3 Beijing
  • Forbidden City
  • Great Wall Hiking
6 hrs
Day 4-5 Xi'an
  • Terracotta Army
  • Make a terracotta warrior
2 hrs
Day 6-8 Shanghai
  • The Bund Skyline
  • Ancient Garden

Highlights

  • Discover the hidden halls in the Forbidden City.
  • Visit a less crowded part of the Great Wall.
  • Taste crispy Beijing roast duck.
  • Admire the Terracotta Army, and make your own warrior figurine.
  • Travel back to hundreds years ago in an exquisite ancient garden.
  • Overlook the Future of China on the highest Tower in Shanghai.
the intinerary of China golden triangle Tour
Tailor Make Your Tour:
  • Your Schedule
  • Your Interests
  • Your Hotel Tastes
From US$1,639 p/p

Based on 2 persons & 4-star hotels for reference

Itinerary Details

This 8-day suggested itinerary covers the most popular three destinations and five World Heritage sites in China. It makes an ideal tour for first-time visitors.

The itinerary below is only one possibility. Tips to tailor-make your trip are offered as inspiration. Tell us your preferences and our travel experts will customize this trip to suit your interests, tastes, and budget.

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Day 1Beijing Arrival

With a sunny smile, your private guide will be on time and waiting for you in the arrival hall. A comfortable private car and experienced driver will be ready to transfer you to your hotel. We aim to give you a good first impression of China.

Tips to Tailor-Make Your Tour
  • Worried about jet lag? You may start the tour with a relaxing free day to adjust.
  • If you are an energetic person, we can fill your first day with activities you’ll enjoy.

Hotel options:
Penta Hotel Beijing
Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

Day 2The Forbidden City and Hutong Alleyways
Day 3The Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall
Day 4The Summer Palace and High-Speed Train to Xi'an
Day 5The Terracotta Warriors and a Traditional Cave Dwelling
Day 6Xi'an City Highlights and Flight to Shanghai
Day 7Shanghai Highlights and Bund Discovery
Day 8Shanghai Departure
CUSTOMIZE THIS TRIP

Our Service Includes

  • One-to-one consultancy with our travel expert
  • Versatile and knowledgeable local guides
  • Your own chauffeur and comfortable vehicle
  • Hand-picked hotels to suit your preferences
  • Hotel buffet breakfasts and local restaurant lunches
  • Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
  • The booking of internal transportation per your preferences
  • A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling

Trip Notes

Every element of the tour above can be tailored. Feel free to tell us your ideas and we will be happy to make adjustments for you.

1. Extend the Tour

  • Suzhou and/or Hangzhou: add 1–4 days — water towns, gardens, the Grand Canal, and West Lake
  • Guilin and Yangshuo: add 2-3 days — Li River cruise and idyllic countryside
  • Chengdu: add 2–3 days — a panda keeper program, have your photo taken next to a panda, and the Leshan Giant Buddha
  • Free days: Shanghai are popular destinations to add one or more free days to explore on one's own.
  • More destinations: Zhangjiajie, Huangshan, Hong Kong and Tibet... Inform us of your interests and we will offer you some recommendations.
China golden triangle tour extensions

2. Accommodation

Various types of accommodation are available, including famous 5-star hotel chains, 4-star hotels in the best locations, good value 3-star hotels, or boutique hotels that reflect the style of the region. Whatever your accommodation preferences are, our travel experts will seek out and find the perfect one for you.

Most hotels in China allow at most three people in one room. If there are more than three people in your group, we will check if there is family room available or do our best to arrange interconnecting rooms or adjoin rooms.

3. Transportation

China is a huge country, so to make your travel more efficient, we usually arrange flights to connect the destinations. China's High-speed rail network is a fast-paced wonder. We would recommend high-speed trains that travel less than 6 hours to the interested customers. Tell us if you prefer to experience high-speed train or flights only.

4. Meals

Lunches at popular local restaurants are included for you so you can taste authentic Chinese food. Your guide will assist you with ordering the dishes.

Vegetarian, halal, kosher, Indian, or gluten-free — all your dietary requirements can be taken care of by our experienced private guides. Let us know if you have any of these dietary requirements during your booking.