Leon Long

Leon Long

Senior Travel Advisor

Visit the most famous three destinations of China — the ancient capital Beijing, Xian and metropolis Shanghai — to peek into the illuminated history, glimpse the future, and experience the enduring cultures during this 8-day private tour.

Imagine you are an emperor when entering the majestic Forbidden City, have a moderate hike on the world famous Great Wall, discover the marvelous underground army - Terracotta Warriors, admire the gleaming Shanghai where orient meets west, and stroll around some local markets.

There are three styles for you to discover the diversity of the major tourist cities of China:





Attraction Visit must-see attractions Explore essential attractions in detail Culturally discover authentic China
Private Service Guided tours everyday Knowledgeable local guides Worry-free service and senior experienced guides
Standard of Hotel 3-star western standard 4-star western standard 5-star western standard
Transport Beijing Xi'an Shanghai Beijing Xi'an Shanghai Beijing Xi'an Shanghai
Restaurant Local restaurants Local restaurants and Quanjude Roast Duck
Shop Visit 4 top rated Chinese-style shops, no forced shopping No shops and no factories, more time to explore
Price From USD $869 USD $1099 USD $1849


  • Visit the classical sites, like the Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors and the Bund
  • Walk along the most famous part of the Great Wall - Badaling Great Wall
  • Enjoy your trip with our experienced local guides
  • Worry-free transfer service in each city
  • Flexibility to customize worthy itinerary to your preferences and budget

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 > Beijing Arrival

  • Activities: Private transfer to hotel
  • Hotel: Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel (or Same Class)
  • Meals: None

Welcome to China! Your China holiday will start with visiting the capital of China, Beijing. Your guide will be waiting for you at the arrival hall with your name sign.

Private transfer to your hotel

Upon arrival, your Beijing tour guide and driver will escort you to hotel with a comfortable private car, which takes about an hour. Check in and adjust yourself from the jet-lag.

Good to Know

  • This package doesn't include flights nor train, please contact us if you need help.
  • If you are excited about China and don’t want to have a rest, you can go to Beijing Zoo to see cute giant panda this day.
  • Have a taste of roast duck in Quanjude which is the most famous Peking roast duck restaurant. Feel free to seek ideas from your guide.

Day 2 > Ancient Beijing Exploration

  • Activities: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Hutong
  • Hotel: Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel (or Same Class)
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

You will firstly visit Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City, which was home to 24 emperors between 1368 and 1911. If you like, you can put on emperor's clothes to imagine you rule the place. We make the ticket reservation ahead of time. You can skip long lines and enter directly. The Forbidden City visiting takes about 2 hours.

Then, have lunch in a local restaurant.

Later, we will get on a rickshaw and the rider will take you into Beijing's beating heart: Hutong. Following up is some quality time with a local family in the Hutong.

You will also have a chance to learn how to spot fake pearls at a time-honored pearl store.


The Forbidden City is crowded. For a better Forbidden City exploration, you can go there in the Luxury style. You will visit 19 important places during a 5-hour in-depth view of the Forbidden City. An expert will guide you away from the noisy groups to some interesting places and explain vividly. With the expert’s explanation, you would feel like you once lived there.

forbidden city

forbidden city

Day 3 > Badaling Great Wall Discovery with Round Way Cable Car

  • Activities: Temple of Heaven and Badaling Great Wall
  • Hotel: Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel (or Same Class)
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

In the morning, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, where Chinese emperors used to worship God with their sacrifices. But now, you can see locals exercise and play traditional instruments, which you may never see in your country.

In the afternoon, you will arrive at the Badaling Great Wall after 90 minutes's driving. Badaling section is one of the most famous and easiest to cover sections of all Great Wall sections. Taking a cable car up will broaden your sights at this imposing wonder and natural setting around. Shot some nice photos and then get down with a cable car.


  • Put on your hiking shoes.
  • You can hike at your pace. If you don’t like hiking too much, you can just stand on the Great Wall and take some pictures.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall

Day 4 > Beijing Highlights and Night Sleeper Train to Xi’an

  • Activities: Summer Palace, Lama Temple, Bird's Nest and Water Cube
  • Hotel: Night Sleeper Train to Xi’an
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Your day will start with exploring the Summer Palace, which used to be a giant park for royals to avoid the summer heat. You will see vividly painted corridors, many pavilions, lakes and hills.

Following up is the distinctive Bird's Nest and Water Cube.

After lunch, see colorful Yonghe Lamasery which is the largest and most famous Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet.

Private Transfer to Train Station

Later you will be escorted to train station and take a night soft sleeper train to Xi'an.


Take something to eat and drink on train. You can also buy some food and water on train but don’t set a high expectation to their flavor.

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

Day 5 > Ancient Xi’an Discovery

  • Activities: Terracotta Warriors and Ancient City Wall
  • Hotel: Xian Skytel Hotel3-star hotel (or Same Class)
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Your guide is waiting for you at exit. The arrival time in Xi’an is about 8 am. We arrange you a breakfast.

Then, you will visit the wonder of ancient China: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, which belonged to China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang. You will be surprised by these amazing man-made works as no soldier looks alike from 6,000 figures. It is said that they were all sculptured in the shape of powerful or rich people at that time.

Have lunch before a stop at a handicraft center. You may get to know more about Chinese culture there.

Later, pay a visit at the Ancient City Wall, which encircle the city.


  • Your guide will tell you what exit they are waiting for you, so do not be afraid you can’t find your guide.
  • In the evening, the city is lighted, which is a best time to see Bell Tower.

Terrior Amy

Terrior Amy

Day 6 > Explore Chinese History and Take Night Sleeper Train to Shanghai

  • Activities: Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Muslim Quarter
  • Hotel: Night Sleeper Train to Shanghai3-star hotel (or Same Class)
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

In the morning, explore Shaanxi History Museum, a perfect place to learn Chinese history and culture.

Xi'an is importance in China's Buddhist culture. You will visit the famous Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a Chinese style architecture combined with Buddhist culture.

Later, get to the Muslim Quarter and be a part of the atmosphere.

At about 17:00, you will be transferred to the train station for the night train to Shanghai.


Some travel agents tell you to arrange you to Big Wild Goose Pagoda but actually take you to the free Small Wild Goose Pagoda to gain more profit. Avoid this kind of operators.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Day 7 > A Glimpse of Shanghai

  • Activities: Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Bund and Yuyuan Garden
  • Hotel: Kingstown Hotel Plaza Shanghai
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

You will arrive in Shanghai at about 8 am. We will transfer you to the hotel for check-in and arrange you a breakfast.

You will experience the mixture atmosphere of the western and eastern cultures in Shanghai.

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is absolutely Shanghai's pride and icon. Climb to the top of it to take a panoramic view of Shanghai. And visit Shanghai History Museum, which is located inside the tower, with a great collection of wax work detailing the history of Shanghai.

Take a walk along the Bund to appreciate the European buildings after lunch.

Then visit Yuyuan Garden, a classical Chinese garden.

Later, you will go to a local silk factory to get to know the silk-making process.

The Bund

The Bund

Day 8 > Shanghai Departure

  • Activities: Transfer to airport
  • Meals: Breakfast

This day is free for you to arrange your own activities. You will be transferred to the city's international airport (Shanghai Pudong International Airport) in time for your flight home when you are ready to leave.


Zhujiajiao Water Town, a classical water town, is near Shanghai. It is recommended you join in a Zhujiajiao Water Town Day Trip to experience something different.

Price Inclusion and Exclusion

Additional Options

Awesome and unique landscapes

Chinese landscapes are one of the highlights of China travel. After the history and modernity exploration of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, you should not miss the unique karst landscape in Guilin. If you are also interested in unique natural sights, take a Memorable Karst Landscape and Best of China Tour, which is also a private tour and flexible for you to customize.

Chengdu Discovery

Tours to Chengdu will give you the chance to get close to pandas and admire amazing scenery, like Jiuzhai Valley, Mt. Emei and Giant Buddha. We have designed some popular tour itineraries of in and around Chengdu. They are all flexible and ready to be customized to meet your interests and budget: Chengdu Tours.

How to Book the Tour

Booking Procedure

  • Step 1: Fill out the inquiry form, submitting your name, email address.
  • Step 2: Receive a reply within 24 hours from our experienced travel advisor.
  • Step 3: Your tour will be customized to meet your requirements.
  • Step 4: Comfirm the final itinerary.
  • Step 5: You can make payment via PayPal or other method and your request will be listed as our top priority. 10% of the total tour cost is needed for us to proceed with your booking. Final payment is due 30 days before departure.

Payment Methods

We are now able to offer 2 methods of payment.

1. PayPal (fast&secure, strongly recommend)

Visa or MasterCard secure online payment via PayPal.If you are a Paypal member follow the usual system.It's possible to use Paypal without actually having a Paypal account. Simply look for the option to continue without Paypal at the bottom of the Paypal payment page.

2.Wire Transfer

After you have made the wire transfer in your bank, please make a copy of the transaction receipt or stub issued by the bank, write down your tracking code on the copy and fax us the copy of the transaction receipt (Fax no. 86-773-2885309). Once we have received your payment fax, we will start to secure your booking.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your booking for any reason: cancellation received up to 14 days before departure we will return 100 % refund of all monies paid. Click here to know more.

Special Terms

  • Price may change during some Chinese festivals.
  • Price is subject to change based on exchange rate.


Trip Tips

Why we love it

By visiting these representative destinations, you can have a general impression of China from ancient civilizationsto a glimpse of the future, delightful people, elegant Chinese language, diversified cultures and of course fantastic food.

Is this trip right for you?

  • If you are looking to see Chinese civilization, this trip is totally right for you as these cities lie at the heart of Chinese history and culture.
  • There is almost no long walking in this trip except the 2-hour Great Wall hiking. The tour is perfect for relaxation. You are the boss in this private tour,so you can customize the tour to make it more suitable for you.

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