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Essence of China Tour

8-Day, Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Private Tour (CT-1)

Essence of China Tour
Essence of China Tour
Peking Duck
Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner in Beijing.
The Bund
The Bund in the Early Morning, Shanghai.
Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army is an Impressive and Worthwhile Site in Xi'an.
Temple of Heaven
A Holy Site of Beijing, the Temple of Heaven.
The Muslim Quarter in Xi'an
BBQ Eggs, Local Snack Dares You Out at the Muslim Quarter of Xi'an.
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Key sites in the three major cities Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai are all included in this 8-day China tour. Plus, you can enjoy some solo adventure with our smart tips. Great for first-time visitors.No hidden fees and No tourist traps at all!

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Beijing Arrival (International Flight not Inlcuded)
Activities: Airport pick-up and transfer
Hotel: King Parkview Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel (or Same Class)
Meals: None

Your Beijing tour guide will be waiting on arrivals as your international flight lands. Transfer to the hotel and check in.

Smart Tips:

  • All of the hotels and attractions of this tour can be changed according to your own interests and needs.
  • This tour doesn't include international flights, however, please contact us if you need help booking the flights.
  • Hotel choice: King Parkview Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel , Sunworld Hotel Beijing 4-star hotel , Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel
Activities: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong visit and a pearl store
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

Our first stop for today is Tian'anmen Square. You will be in the history of China once you step into the Forbidden City. Here, you will tour the Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Mental Cultivation, Palace of Heavenly Purity and Royal Garden. Lunch will be served at a nice restaurant.

In the afternoon, we will get on a rickshaw ride to tour the old Hutong. Going pass the narrow lanes, visiting a local market and chitchat at a local house, this ride will offer you an insight of Beijing's day-to-day life.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

Tian'anmen SquareTian'anmen Square
Forbidden CityThe Forbidden City in Beijing
Hutong LifeHutong Life
Activities: Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall and a cloisonne factory
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

An early morning visit at Temple of Heaven allows you to watch locals exercise, practice martial arts, play Chinese traditional instruments.

Later, we will drive to the Great Wall. Instead of the jamed Badaling Section, you will have a pleasant trip on the less-crowded Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall.

A cloisonne factory will finish up today's tour.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

Temple of HeavenTemple of Heaven
The Great WallGreat Wall at Mutianyu Section

Smart Tips:

  • Tired after the trip to the Great Wall? A traditional massage will wash away your fatigue. Check out our recommendation at "Solo Adventure" tag. And our Beijing tour guide sure has some great tips, too!
Beijing to Xi'an (Flight MU2116 1800 - 2000 for Reference)
Activities: Summer Palace, Bird's Nest, Water Cube and airport transfer
Hotel: Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel (or Same Class)
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

Glean for hidden highlights of the enormous that is Summer Palace. Ever after 2008, Bird's Nest and Water Cube have become new attractions for tourists. Today we will take a walk outside the stadium. Have simple local cuisine for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will have some free time at leisure before the flight to Xi'an. Check in hotel upon arrival and have some free time on your own.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

Summer PalaceSummer Palace
Bird's NestBird's Nest in the Golden Sunset

Smart Tips:

  • Hotel choice: Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel , Grand Noble Hotel 4-star hotel , Hilton Hotel Xian 5-star hotel
Activities: Terracotta Army, Ancient City Wall and an art center
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

After a fresh breakfast, we will hit the road to the world-famous site of Terracotta Army. This wonder was buried underground until 1974 and now it demonstrates the power and wealth of China's first emperor Qin Shihuang. Stop by an art center before lunch.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Ancient City Wall, which offers the best views at sunset.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

Terracotta ArmyTerracotta Army
Ancient City WallAncient City Wall

Smart Tips:

  • Don't forget your tripod for nice photos of the Ancient City Wall at sunset.
Xi'an to Shanghai (Flight MU2167 1715 - 1920 for Reference)
Activities: Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter and airport transfer
Hotel: Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel (or Same Class)
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

Xi'an stands as an important place for China's Buddhism and today we will visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Feel up the vibe at the Muslim Quarter.

Have lunch and we will fly to Shanghai. Check in upon arrival.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

Big Wild Goose PagodaBig Wild Goose Pagoda
Muslim QuarterFood Stall at the Muslim Quarter

Smart Tips:

  • Time for refined dining experience, check out Penta Lounge near your hotel.
  • Hotel choice: Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel , The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel , Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel 5-star hotel
Activities: The Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, French Concession, Tianzifang and a silk store
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

Take a pleasant saunter along The Bund. Gaze at the skyline of Shanghai while you are at Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Besides awesome views, you will also visit the wax museum inside the tower. Have lunch before we carry on the tour.

A peaceful moment can be found at Yuyuan Garden. Later, carry on the tour at French Concession and Tianzifang, which is a maze of art. Today's last stop will be a silk store.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

The BundThe Bund
Oriental Pearl TV TowerOriental Pearl TV Tower
Yuyuan GardenYuyuan Garden

Smart Tips:

  • Try out Shanghainess cuisine and Cantonese Dim Sum at Ding Tai Fung Restaurant.
  • Interesting acrobatic show EAR Time Acrobatic Show gives you a wow night. Our Shanghai tour guide will help you book the tickets.
  • How about a night cruise along Huangpu River? It must be a romantic choice if you are traveling with your significant one.
Shangahi Departure (International Flight not Included)
Activities: Free time in Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

Good time flies fast. Today, you will go to the airport for departure flight. Please note: Hotel to airport transfer will be on your own arrangement. If you need the transfer service, the price is approximately 40 USD per person based on a group of 2-3 persons.

Smart Tips:

  • Take a side-trip to Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and feel the rustic charm.
  • You can exntend your trip from Shanghai to Hangzhou, Suzhou, Guilin, Chengdu, Lhasa and other cities in China. Please let us know what we can do for you.

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Solo Adventure

Peking Duck Dinner at Hua's Restaurant


Hua's Restaurant, or Huajia Yiyuan, offers a special dining experience in a royal mansion with authentic royal court food. Peking Duck is also their best specialty.Near Wangfujing Street, you can take an easy after-dinner walk or explore the nearby Hutongs.

CT Recommendations: Peking Duck, Wangfu Fish, Buddha Jumping Over the Wall (or Fo Tiao Qiang), Bawang Chicken

Address: F3, Macau Centeral Plaza, No.8, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Tel: +86 010-51283326

Price: $ 25 - 40 / Person


Massage / Spa in Beijing

After a day of touring, you must feel tired. A traditional Chinese massage will rejuvenate you in a breezy Beijing night. Here's the list of our recommendations.

Massage center & address:

1.I Spa: offering oil massage, Thai massage, Chinese massage, foot massage and spa. (6F, Kaiyuan Mingdu Hotel, Caishikou Street, Xicheng District, Beijing. Tel: +86-010-63527157)

2.Oriental Taipan: high-class setting with high-standard service, offering traditional Chinese massage and western-style aromatherapy. (NO.1 Xindong Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Tel: +86-010-85322177)



ERA Legend of Time Acrobatic Show


ERA Legend of Time Acrobatic Show in Shanghai has created a wonderful night for many travelers from all over the world. The show is a perfect mixture of China's traditional acrobatic art and modern state-of-art stage technique.

Price: CNY 120 - 580 / Person depending on the seat

Address: No.2266, Gonghe Xin Road, Zhabei District, Shanghai

Transportation: 1. Subway Route 1 to Shanghai Circus World at Exit 3; 2. Bus:95、46、253、912、916、114、893、210.

Tel: +86 021-66525468

Tips:1. Subway is the fastest way to get there; 2.You can ask your Shanghai tour guide for booking with great discount


Ding Tai Fung Restaurant


As one of the most popular restaurants recommended by Trip Advisor, Ding Tai Fung Restaurant doesn't have to sell itself. Xiaolongbao (steamed bread), Xiajiao (shrimp dumplings), noodle soup and other dim sum provide you a nice dining experience after a walk at the Former French Concession or Yuyuan Garden.

Price: CNY 80 - 200 / Person

Address: 1. Xintiandi Branch: 2F, House 6, South Block Xintiandi, Lane 123, Xinye Rd, Shanghai; 2.Yuyuan Garden Branch: 2001, F2, Yulong Fang, No.168, Fangbang Zhong Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Terms & Conditions

Price Inclusion

  • Entrance fees.
  • Meals listed in the itinerary.
  • Private transfers.
  • Private English-speaking guide and driver.
  • Hotels listed in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge & Taxes.
  • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Luggage Transfers.

Price Exclusion

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.

Special Terms

  • Price may change during some Chinese festivals.
  • Price is subject to change based on exchange rate.
  • We accept both on-line payment (by Paypal® and Moneybookers®) and wire transfer.
  • A deposit of 10% ot the total cost is required when you confirm your booking.
  • For Cancellation Refunds, please click here .

Tour Highlights

  • Best-selling private tour.
  • Essence of China, best trip for first-timers.
  • Classic sites including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Armu and more.
  • Domestic flights, hotel, transfer and guided sightseeing all included.

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