8 Days Best of China Tour
Beijing / Xian / Shanghai
- Tour Type:
- Private Tour
Our private tour features:
- Affordable & worry free;
- Just you or your group;
- 1-to-1 travel consultant within 0.5~23.5 hrs;
- Flexible departure & itinerary;
- Private guide & vehicle;
- Customizable to your needs & interests;
- All inclusive service;
- Any day you want
- Group size:
- You, your family, friends or group
- Tour Code:
- Catch the best chance to see China's past, present and future in just one go! The golden triangle cities tour perfectly blends the best of dynastic history and colonial culture, as well as the best lessons from East and West.
Price from $1,276
Trip at a Glance
- Day 1-3: Beijing
- Day 4-5: Xian
- Day 6-8: Shanghai
Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
Great Wall, Summer Palace
Ancient City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Urban Planning Exhinbition Center
Yu Garden & Bazaar, the Bund
Itinerary Details Day by Day
- Day 1 Beijing Arrival
Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China, rich in history and culture.
Your lifetime China tour begins with welcome from your local guide at the Beijing airport. Then be escorted to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is yours to acclimatize or explore the vast metropolis on your own.
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- Day 2 Beijing ( B, L )
Today's tour begins to visit the Tiananmen Square, the world's largest plaza. Walking through Tiananmen Gate, you'll enter the splendid Forbidden City, China's No.1 palace complex adorned with imperial treasures.
In the afternoon, you'll marvel at the Temple of Heaven where the emperors worshipped heaven and prayed for peace and harvest.
After the tour, back to your hotel.
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- Day 3 Beijing ( B, L )
This morning tour will take you to size up the world-famous Great Wall (Mutianyu section), the key symbol of China. Flexible visiting time allows you to enjoy a lifetime trekking trip (1-2 hours' hiking), or witness the breathtaking views of this man-made wonder by taking a cable car.
After the Wall visit, you'll explore the Ding Tomb of Ming Imperial Tombs. On the way back to the city, you can make a stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to take some pictures of the world-famed "Bird’s Nest" and the "Water Cube" from the outside.
Evening Ideas: try the flavorful dish of Peking Roast Duck Dinner in this evening. (Optional)
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- Day 4 Beijing & Flight to Xian ( B, L )
Today after breakfast, you'll visit the fabulous Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China, the next 'must see' site after the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.
Then you will be escorted to the airport for a 2-hour flight to Xian, the ancient heart of China. Upon arrival in Xian, your local guide will greet and guide you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free on your own.
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- Day 5 Xian ( B, L )
Today your first stop is to join the ranks of the incredible Terracotta Warriors, the forbidding sentinels of a death defying emperor, starting out through the silent millennia of history.
In the afternoon, visit the Ancient City Walls, the largest and best-kept city walls on earth. Strolling on the Walls is quite an enjoyable experience. Today’s tour ends to visit the Bell Tower, a famous landmark of Xian ancient city.
Recommended Activities (Optional): You can rent a bike and cycle on the wall or have a local dumpling dinner and enjoy the famous Tang Dynasty Show.
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- Day 6 Xian & Flight to Shanghai ( B, L )
Today after breakfast, you'll visit the Great Mosque, a tranquil and historic mosque that has served Xian's Muslim community for more than a millennium. By the way, you'll stop by the Muslim Community.
Then head to the age-old Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the old-line Xian, a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists.
After the tour, be transferred to the airport and take a flight to Shanghai (2 hours), world everyone knows city. Be met and transferred to your hotel by the local guide and the rest of today is free at your leisure.
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- Day 7 Shanghai ( B, L )
After breakfast, you'll visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, a must-see for all true Shanghainophiles to witness how Shanghai became a cosmopolitan city from a shabby fishing village.
Then walk leisurely around the beautiful Yu Garden, a pleasant enough, well-contained classical Chinese garden, and savor some local flavor snacks at the Yu Garden Bazaar. Later to visit the French Concession to appreciate its old French-style villas and special colonial culture.
Evening Ideas: enjoy the breathtaking Acrobatic Show in this evening. (Optional)
- Day 8 Shanghai Departure ( B )
After breakfast, head to the famous Bund to witness Shanghai’s skyline, and stroll along China's No.1 shopping street, Nanjing Road.
Then ascend the Jinmao Tower to get an amazing bird’s eye view of this metropolis. Then continue to Jade Buddha Temple to admire the largest jade Buddha in the world and exquisite religious artifacts.
After the tour, be transferred to the airport for your flight to next destination or back to home.
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Recommended Add-ons to Make the most of your Trip
- +3 more days to cruise the world's third longest river - Yangtze River
Yangtze River, the world’s third longest river, offers a leisure cruise for relaxing and indulging in.
On a Yangtze River cruise, verious onboard culture activities are offered to you. Relaxing on deck, viewing the stunning passing scenery or exploring the world-famous Three Gorges Dam…Powerful landscape and mysterious culture of small towns along the river are waiting for your exploration now!
- +2 more days to enjoy the best scenery under Heaven - Guilin
Guilin, famous for the best mountain and water scenery, is always a hot extended tourist destination in China. With the picturesque Li River, fascinating Karst peaks, magnificent Longji Rivce Terraces and idyllic Yangshuo Town, Guilin proves to be a perfect destination to escape the hustle and bustle cities of China.
Just taking a rest in the spotless natural beauty!
This trip is from $1,276 Per Person
- 1. This price is based on a group (2 to 5 travelers) accommodated in 3-star hotel in lower seasons.
- 2. This price is subject to change according your group members and traveling time. Usually more travelers, lower the price; higher price in high seasons, lower in low seasons.
- 3. The price is valid until February 28th, 2015.
Please note: reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.04.The USD quote is based on current exchange rate, it may change according the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quote will be remained the same.
- Transportation as listed;
- All attraction entrance fees as listed;
- All meals as listed;
- Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
- Accommodations as listed;
- Domestic flights or high-speed train as listed;
- Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels;
- Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges;
- Private escorted tour only for your group members.
- China Entry Visa Fees;
- Personal expenses;
- International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China;
- Tips to your tour guide and driver;
- Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
- Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary;
- Excess Baggage Charges;
- Single Room Supplement.
Practical Info about Traveling with Us
Restaurant & Food
The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.
Note: If you have any special dietary needs, just let your travel consultant know while booking.
Vegetarian food Requirement
Vegetarian food in Chinese cuisine culture is usually divided into 3 categories: the Monastery Vegetarian Food, the Court Vegetarian Food and the Folk Vegetarian Food. And the main ingredients are: soybean, taro powder, mushrooms, fresh vegetables and tofu (bean curd). It will be easier to find the vegetarian restaurants in big cities of china, such as: Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, HK, etc.
If allergic to some food
We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.
Do our guide and driver join the meal with us?
The tour guides and driver will be at the same restaurants with you, but they will only join the meal when you invite. Sometimes the drivers are shy to join as they usually eat fast and could not understand English talk around the table, so the guide will be with you more often.
Will we be able to try some local foods during our visit?
Yes, you will. There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants, if you are interested in local food tasting. But remember, some local snacks may not match your stomach, so ask your guided for more information before eating.
We offer sedan cars, SUVs, business vans (MPV), and different types of buses. Different vehicles will be used according to different group size.
What to buy in China?
In China, there are myriads of souvenirs for visitors, and each city has its own specialty.
Some of the best buys are:
- Beijing: Cloisonné; Fresh water pearls
- Xi'an: Replicas of the Terra Cotta soldiers; Tangsancai (Tang Dynasty hand painted China); Antique Furniture
- Shanghai: Silk carpets
- Hangzhou: Longjing Tea; Silk
- Suzhou: Silk
- Guilin: Scroll paintings; China Southern Sea Pearls
- Yunnan: Mounted Butterflies; Pure tea; Dali Batik (tie-dyed fabric)
- Xinjiang: Carpets; jade articles
- Tibet: Thang-ka（tanka）(Sheep skin wall hangings)
How to bargain?
Bargains are not acceptable in big supermarkets and department stores. But in some night markets or tourist shops, you can bargain for a lower price, since the vendors always ask for very high price for a certain item. You’d better ask the opinion of the guide first, and then the guide will tell you the real value and quality of the item. Please note that when the bargain is processing, the guide will be hesitate to help as it may annoy the bosses. Just try to let the guides know you will bargain in advance.
What to do with persistent vendors?
If you do not need something from them, just do not ask for price. Some of the venders are very persisted, and if they keep selling things to you, you can simply say “No, thanks.” (Chinese pronunciation: ”Bu, XieXie”). If they do not give up, you just keep silence. Silence is sometimes useful to handle this situation.
More Tips for free-time shopping
- 1. If you think you have no desire or interest, you do not feel embarrassed to let our guide know DIRECTLY (since some of our guides are enthusiastic in taking you shopping)
- 2. Better to choose the shops run by the state when buying expensive articles.
- 3. Do not shop everything in one city, because every place has its unique local products which worth buying.
- 4. Do not feel obligate to buy anything only because the shop attendants are very kind to you.
- 5. Be smart consumers. Do not spend big money on things you are not familiar with. Do ask for shop guarantee, contacts and certificates when purchasing big items like antiques, jade, arts pieces.
- 6. Leave plenty of time for transactions. When you see something you like - buy it. Usually, you would not find it elsewhere and you would not have time to go back.
- 7. Always verify the date of antiques before you purchase them. Antiques dated before 1795 cannot legally be exported.
- 8. Articles made from rare wild animals are contraband and will be confiscated by customs without compensation.
Private tour & Group Tour
A: Private tours
- 1. Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually, or in a family or friends group. The tour is run exclusively for you without strangers.
- 2. Every itinerary can be customized to meet your specific interests/ wishes, that is, you can choose your favored hotels, sightseeing spots, the tour length, means of transportation, budget, etc. All are free of charge.
- 3. Start the tour on any date you want.
- 4. Escort you through the whole tour. All private transfers during the tour are offered, including airport/train station transfer, hotel-attractions round trip transfer.
- 5. The sightseeing during the tour could be based on your own timetable and pace. Flexible to change at your short notice.
- 6. Ideal for people who need considerate care and assistance, such as elderly, the disabled, families with small children.
B: Group tours
- 1. Low Price;
- 2. Share a guide and driver;
- 3. Share a clean, safe and air-conditioned vehicle;
- 4. Good chance for you to meet and make friends from all over the world;
- 5. Tour date is fixed and unchangeable.
Call your guide, or if you can’t find your guide, call your travel consultant or our office immediately. All the phone numbers include in our confirmation letter. Keep the letter with your during your trip.
Note: As our Beijing office is using the different guide arranging system, so we will not be able to provide the Beijing guide information until the day before you arrival, but once we have it, we will email you immediately.
Check What our Customers Say...
Sorry for late reply as in tough schedule in work and preparation for our Christmas and New Year trip back to Australia (also visit some universities for my daughter’s study).
Beside the exceptional excellent sunny weather and fresh air in Beijing during our visit, we are very happy with your coordination and tour arrangements. You are prompt with courtesy and detail-minded. We have no worry on the trip and save lots of time as no need for self-preparing and concern in traffic condition; you guys did it for us. Also we are impressed with your good English writing/communications standard. The tour guide and driver provided excellent services and always planned ahead and made good alteration to the schedule in order to cope with the special condition due to APEC.
We plan to visit Panda in Chengdu and Xian for scenery in future and surely would take your service again.
Agnes (Lam) LEE
- Agnes (Lam) LEE‚ Australia, Dec.10, 2014
I have written feedback about my trip with China Discovery, but when I submitted it they want me to put too many information about me to join TripAdvisor. Here is what I have written:
My wife and I took a 6 day trip private starting at the Wulingyuan National Park and ending at the ancient town of Fenghuang. The tour was arranged by China Discovery. It was a great trip: well arranged and managed, excellent local guide who is a native of the area and spoke good English. We are glad to have Wonder Wang of China Discovery managed our trip. We are already planning our next trip (to Guangxi) with Wonder. We have used other China-based travel agencies arranged our previous trips and this one is one of the best. I highly recommend China Discovery.
Wonder, thank you for the excellent job!
I am very happy with your services and with the trip.
- Daniel Tjoa‚ , Nov.28, 2014
The experience in Guilin and Yangshuo was enjoyable, affordable, professional, and well organized. The guides and drivers were always prompt and friendly for pick-up and drop off at attractions. Guides imparted knowledge of attractions and history of sites. You are good value travel agency/tour operator.
I look forward to another trip to China perhaps within the year and will contact you for your services.
- Bret Harris‚ USA, Nov.27, 2014
How Travel Experts Service you at China Discovery
"Highest Standards of Quality and Honesty" is the core value of each specialized team at China Discovery.
Eveyone in our company is working hard for only one goal, which is to ensure the highest level of service, luxury, and attention to detail from the minute you begin planning your trip, to the day you return home.
1-on-1 Travel Consultant
They are the ones you contact in person in the first place at China Discovery.
After sending us an inquiry, one of our travel consultants will get back to you within 0.5~23.5 hrs. In the next few days, he/she will be working closely with you to formulate a customized tour plan, as well as providing professional suggestions based on your travel interests, time, and budget.
Beside, he/she will keep in contact with you during your entire tour in China, continually checking if everything is going well as planned.
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Local Tour Guides
They know your destination like the back of their hand.
For every destination or city you visit, there is a local tour guide to take you discover at your own pace. Most of them grow up there, and get you into the real stuff. It's their backyard and show you all the things they love. They're not only expert guides who take care of all the little details but also fellow travelers who are dedicated to help you explore in comfort and confidenc.
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They showcase the authentic LOCAL life to you!
Local Drivers & Vehicle
Ours drivers are professional and reliable; and our vehicle is neat and air-conditioned.
All kinds of vehicle are offered, and yours depends on the size of your group. To ensure your comfort, all cars feature air conditioning and enough room inside. Drivers are local, with years experience, taking you to your destination quickly and safely.
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Our drivers know how to avoid the crowds and the traffic jam.
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