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The Golden Triangle

8-Day Private Tour: Beijing – Xi'an – Shanghai
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From US$2,279 p/p

Based on 2 persons & 4-star hotels

This 8-day suggested itinerary covers major popular destinations in China and makes an ideal tour for first-time visitors.

Discover imperial Beijing by entering the unbelievably huge Forbidden City; unveil the secrets of ancient Xi'an by listening to stories of the Terracotta Warriors; finish in Shanghai, where impressive modern skylines meet with old and traditional feng shui gardens.

Enjoy five Chinese World Heritage sites in 8 days. The essence of China is there to be discovered alongside the world phenomenon of "New China".

Highlights( Exclusive Experience)
  • Warm up with our exclusive, in-depth Forbidden City journey with our expert.
  • Admire a less crowded part of the Great Wall as it snakes off into the distance.
  • Taste crispy, succulent roast duck at the most famous restaurant — Quanjude.
  • Gaze and be amazed as you are confronted by the Terracotta Warriors.
  • Learn how to make clay warriors from local craftsmen in their cave dwellings.
  • Taste the elegance of the Bund by entering old buildings, and learn about its history.
Suggested Itinerary Expand All
Day 1Arrival in Beijing
Day 2In-depth View of the Forbidden City with An Expert Guide
Day 3Mutianyu Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven
Day 4Authentic Roast Duck and Move to Xi'an
Day 5Meet the Terracotta Army and Visit a Local Cave Dwelling
Day 6Taste Ancient Flavor of Xi'an and Take Flight to Shanghai
Day 7Combine Traditional and Modern Flavor in Shanghai
Day 8Depart Shanghai
Our Service Includes:
  • Our 1-to-1 expert China consultancy with unlimited itinerary changes
  • Booking of China internal flights, trains, and cruises, per your preferences
  • Your own China-Highlights-trained, versatile and knowledgeable tour guide (per city)
  • Your own chauffeured and comfortable vehicle, chosen for ample space
  • Hand-picking of hotels for your requirements
  • Hotel breakfasts arranged, and local restaurant lunches ordered, to suit you
  • Entry to all attractions on your itinerary, with queues avoided wherever possible
  • Our 24-7 helpline for while you are travelling
What Our Customers Say
My mother put this together on-line at 74. She is a world traveler, visitor of China a few times, who recently had two knee surgeries and heads our family, the youngest being my nephew of 8 who has been to China before with his parents who lived in China for a few years. All of us in-between never visited China before and are inter-racially married with kids. We can be a headstrong all American group, not always the easiest to please. Yet, Rachel did a wonderful job choosing a well balanced variety of foods, introducing us to regional foods we hadn't tried, observing and making sure we had everything we needed at our hotel and providing for our diverse culinary as well as cultural interests. read more - Lim's family form the USA
Arrived in Xian by'bullet' train from Beijing on the 2nd leg of our tour with China Highlights. The'bullet' train was a little disappointing as it is so smooth you do not feel you are travelling at 320km/hr!! read more - Breeda and Alan from the UK
Trip Notes

Extension based on the tour

Extend the tour:

  • Yangtze River Cruise: add 4–5 days (Chongqing to Yichang or vice versa)
  • Chengdu: add 2–3 days — visit a Panda research center, the Giant Buddha, and Mt. Emei
  • Suzhou and Hangzhou: add 2–3 days — visit scenic gardens, West Lake, and water towns
  • Hong Kong: add 2–3 days — visit Victoria Peak, Disneyland, and day tour Macau

Optional Activities

It must be clearly understood that enjoying these extras is your own decision. They are not included in the itinerary or tour price, so you will need to pay separately. The ticket price depends on seating. Ask your guide to book tickets if you want to see any of the following.

  • Beijing — Legend of Kungfu Show
  • Xi'an — Tang Dynasty Cultural Show plus Dumpling Banquet
  • Shanghai — Chinese Acrobats Show

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