The Golden Triangle

8 Days Beijing – Xi'an – Shanghai Private Tour

See the three major tourist cities of China with their highlights and no rush thanks to our 8-day, time-smart itinerary.

This is a private tour, optimized for you to enjoy every stop on your trip.

Enter the Forbidden City, where emperors ruled ancient China. Not only visit, but hike to explore, a world wonder — the Great Wall. Explore the majestic Temple of Heaven, where harmony becomes architecture. Discover the unbelievable buried Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an. Finish in Shanghai, where impressive modern skylines meet with old Fengshui Traditional Gardens.

You can travel the same destinations in three different styles. Which travel style meet your needs?

Map of Beijing-Xian-Shanghai
  • Comfort Trip
  • Discovery Trip
  • Essential Trip
Highlights for Comfort Style
  • Warm up with our exclusive, in-depth Forbidden City journey with our expert in history and architecture.
  • Admire a less-crowded part of the Great Wall by combining effort-saving cable car rides and moderate hiking.
  • Taste crispy, succulent roast duck at the most famous Peking duck restaurant — Quanjude.
  • Gaze amazed, confronted by the Terracotta Warriors.
  • Learn how to make Chinese dumplings at a hospitable local lady's home in Xi'an.
  • Savor the modern and traditional cityscapes of 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".

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Day 1Arrival in Beijing
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Superior Room)

With a sunny smile, your private guide will be on time and waiting for you at the arrival hall. A comfortable private car (non-smoking) & experienced driver are ready and will transfer you to the hotel. Get the first impression of China.

Free-time Ideas

A Nightcap in your hotel or stroll around. You can easily find supermarket, local food restaurants near your central-located hotel.

Day 2Take an In-depth View of the Forbidden City with a Local Expert
Day 3Mutianyu Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven
Day 4Authentic Roast Duck and Take Flight to Xi'an
Day 5Meet the Terracotta Warriors
Day 6Taste Ancient Flavor of Xi'an and Take Flight to Shanghai
Day 7Combine Traditional and Modern Flavor in Shanghai
Day 8Depart Shanghai

From imperial Beijing to modern Shanghai, the Discovery travel style will immerse you in authentic Chinese culture. The Discovery style offers an overnight soft-sleeper train experience and a hiking experience on the Great Wall to appreciate the scale of China and its wonders. Really experience China's three golden cities.

Highlights for Discovery Style
  • Walk back in time with a very knowledgeable hiking guide, who spends 200 days a year on the Great Wall
  • On our exclusive in-depth Forbidden City journey you'll discover more, without the hassle of other groups.
  • Immerse yourself in the mystery of the Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an.
  • Enjoy an ancient city perspective at your own pace by biking on the Ancient City Wall.
  • Learn how to make Chinese dumplings at a hospitable local lady's home in Xi'an.
  • Explore the mixture of Oriental and Western culture in Shanghai

Eight days of experience to explore both ancient culture and prosperous future of China.'Soft adventure' on soft sleeper train gives you an opportunity to see China in another angle.

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Day 1Beijing Arrival - Relax or Exploration
Novotel Peace Beijing (Superior Room)

Private Transfer to the Hotel
On arrival in Beijing, your guide, driver and private car will be ready and waiting to transfer you to the hotel, helping you with your luggage and check-in. They will ensure your room is in order and will take care of you during your time in Beijing.

Exploring Beijing
Today we've left this afternoon or evening free for you to recover, relax or explore by yourself. If you're not suffering from jet-lag feel free to seek ideas from our guide. It's a good time to glean some local insider's tips or ideas for dinner, ask about a show, or wander around the neighborhood nearby your hotel.

Good to know:

All our drivers have a minimum of four years professional driving experience. The vehicles are all clean, air-conditioned, and we ensure you have complimentary water, snacks and a map.

Day 2Take an In-depth View of the Forbidden City with a Local Expert
Day 3Hiking on The Great Wall
Day 4Beijing & High-Speed Train to Xi'an
Day 5Xi'an - The Terracotta Warriors
Day 6Xi'an – City Tour & Night Train to Shanghai
Day 7Shanghai: The Paris of the East
Day 8Shanghai
Highlights for Essential Style
  • Explore the must-see sites, the Forbidden City, and the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall.
  • Enjoy a day tour of Xi'an's iconic Terracotta Warriors.
  • Worry-free pick-up service in each city
  • Have all your required transport and hotel bookings coordinated professionally for you.
  • Try some adventures on your own, but with the backup of our awarded customer support.

Eight days of China tour with essential arrangements to remote area and private airport to hotel transfer in each city.

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Day 1Beijing: Arrival Day
Dongfang Hotel Beijing (Standard Room)

A warm greeting awaits at Beijing airport; our driver and guide will meet you at arrival hall with your name sign. A non-smoking private car will transfer you to your hotel, in typically one hour. Your guide will help you check-in at hotel reception to make sure your room is get ready. If you need any information about your free time, please feel free to ask your guide.

Day 2Highlights in Beijing
Day 3Free day in Beijing
Day 4Beijing: Night Sleeper Train to Xi'an
Day 5Xi'an: The Terra Cotta Warriors
Day 6Xi'an: Night Sleeper Train to Shanghai
Day 7Arrive in Shanghai and DIY Shanghai Tour
Day 8Shanghai: Departure Day
What's Included
  • Entrance to attractions listed in the itinerary
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transfers between the airport or railway station, attractions, ports, and hotels
  • Private local English-speaking tour guide and driver service (except tips based on your willingness)
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast and service fee
  • Specified flights, trains, and Cruise
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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