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China's Ancient and Modern Collision

8-day Private Tour: Shanghai–Xi'an–Beijing
Day 1–3 Shanghai
  • Modern skyline
  • Ancient Garden
Day 4-5 Xi'an
  • The Terracotta Army
Day 6-8 Beijing
  • Forbidden City
  • Great Wall Hiking


  • Insider's route - unique sites along the Bund that are difficult to find by yourself.
  • Eat like a local - take a food adventure and discover traditional and trendy food that has gone viral.
  • Local interaction - make clay warriors with a local artisan in his/her authentic cave dwelling which is disappearing.
  • Unique perspective - listen to the interesting stories of eight famous figures in the Forbidden City
  • Explore the most beautiful section of the Great Wall, where there are fewer tourists.
the intinerary of China's Ancient and Modern Collision
Tailor Make Your Tour:
  • Your Schedule
  • Your Interests
  • Your Hotel Tastes
From US$1,819 p/p

Based on 2 persons & 4-star hotels for reference

Itinerary Details

Within a short period, you will not only see many human wonders like the Great Wall, Terra-cotta Warriors in the brilliant Chinese cultural and historical cities, but also visit the metropolis, Shanghai, to see all kinds of Chinese ancient arts in the Shanghai Museum.

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Day 1Shanghai Arrival

Welcome to bustling Shanghai! To ensure your arrival is stress-free, your private tour guide will meet you in the arrivals hall and transfer you to your hotel in a private car. Your luggage and hotel check-in will be taken care of.

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:
Sunrise On The Bund
Les Suites Orient Bund Shanghai

Day 2Shanghai Highlights and Bund Discovery
Day 3Historical Shanghai and Water Town, Flight to Xian
Day 4Secret of the Terracotta Warriors and Food Challenge
Day 5Xi'an City Highlights and a High-Speed Train to Beijing
Day 6The Forbidden City, Hutongs Tour, and Beijing Roast Duck
Day 7The Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall
Day 8Beijing Departure

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. Hassle-free Visa

From now on, travelers who enter China at selected cities with China Highlights can benefit from our Hassle-Free Visa.

All you need to do is provide us a photo of your passport and make sure there are at least 2 people in your party, and we'll handle your visas.

Inquire to get more information.

2. 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
  • Zhangjiajie:add 2–3 days - The Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar; karst landscape
  • More destinations: Huangshan, Yunnan and Tibet. Inform us of your interests and we will offer you some recommendations.
China's Ancient and Modern Collision tour extensions

3. Accommodation

Various types of accommodation are available, including famous 5-star hotel chains, 4-star hotels in the best locations, good value 3-starhotels, 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.

4. Transportation

China is a huge country, so to make your travel experience more efficient, we usually arrange flights to connect your destinations.

China's high-speed rail network is afast-paced way to travel. We recommend taking high-speed trains for journeys of less than 6 hours to interested customers - please tell us if you are one of them.

5. Meals

Lunches at popular local restaurants areincluded 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.

Itinerary not quite right for you? Let's create your tailor-made China trip. Create My Trip