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6 Days Classic Beijing Xian High-speed Train Tour

Beijing - Xian

Beijing and Xian together had been ancient capitals of China for more than 2,000 years with rich imperial history, traditions and architecture combining with modern skylines and alive cultural styles. They are two cities of World Heritage Sites - Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Terracotta Warriors. Visit these two ancient hearts plus a cozy high speed train experience, you will not only explore the long history of China, but also be amazed by the high-tech trains, discovering how the time-honored country is like in recent days.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-BXHT-06
  • Price : $763
  • Trip Length : 6D/5N
  • Theme : Culture / Landscape

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Ride on the back of the Oriental Dragon, the modern, fast and comfortable high speed train.
  • Explore the magnificent Forbidden City, Tempe of Heaven and Summer Palace of Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty.
  • Enjoy a leisure hike at Mutianyu Great Wall which is very beautiful and less crowded, compared with Badaling and Juyongguan.
  • Gain insights into the ancient heart of China – Xian by explore its 8th World Wonder, the Terracotta Warriors, ancient City Wall and other sights.
6 Days Classic Beijing Xian High-speed Train Tour Map
  • Day 1 ~ 3 Beijing Arrival & Tour
    Arrive at Beijing by flight or train. Then spend one full day in the city to visit the most grandiose imperial sites of ancient China, including Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, Summer Palace, also spend a day out the city to hike the less crowded Mutianyu Great Wall.
  • Day 4 High Speed Train to Xian
    Visit the Temple of Heaven and take a leisure Hutong rickshaw in the morning, then go to railway station to catch a high speed bullet train to Xian. It takes only about 4.5 hours to finish the railway distance of 1212 kilometers (753 miles) between Beijing and Xian.
  • Day 5 ~ 6 Visit Xian & Departure
    On the Day 5, you will visit the famous site of Terracotta Warriors outside the city, then get back to the city to explore the Ancient City Wall and Muslim Quarter. Day 6 is to explore the landmark Big Wild Goose Pagoda and magnificent Shanxi History Museum. In the afternoon, take a flight or train to leave Xian.
Itinerary Day by day
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Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Airport or railway station pick up and check in hotel.

Ni Hao! welcome to Beijing, the iconic city and capital of China!

You will be met by our local tour guide at the arrival hall of Beijing Airport and escorted to your downtown hotel by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of the day is your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby areas, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

Arrival Ideals: At present, there are many international and domestic flights to Beijing. Besides, you can take a high speed train to this capital city from Shanghai (5-6 hrs), Xian (5.5 hrs), Guangzhou (8-9.5 hrs), etc.


  • Modern Face of Beijing Modern Face of Beijing

Day 2 Beijing (B, L)

Tday's highlights: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace

After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square, now the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern side of the square was the site where Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China.

Stepping into the Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s five most important palaces – the Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. Pass through various doorways in this magnificent structure to admire the beautiful and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow-glazed tile roofs, white marble bases and splendid colorful paintings.

After lunch, drive to the outskirts of Beijing to spend an enjoyable time in the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors while feasting your eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colorful paintings in the Long Corridor.

Optional activities: 1) You can watch a wonderful Kungfu Show in the Red Theater (Hong Ju Chang) which usually starts at 19:30; 2) Enjoy the classic Chinese art performance of Beijing Opera at Liyuan Theater between 19:30-21:00. 

  • Tiananmen Square Family Tour Tiananmen Square Family Tour
  • the Forbidden City Overall View the Forbidden City Overall View
  • Relaxing at the Lakeside in Summer Palace Take a Break at the Lakeside in Summer Palace

Day 3 Beijing (B, L)

Today's highlights: Mutianyu Great Wall, Sacred Way, Bird’s Nest and Water Cube

After breakfast, drive about 70km to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Wall. Visit the Mutianyu, a less crowded yet well-preserved segment of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty. It will more than live up to all of your expectations! This great wall, linking Gubeikou in the east and Juyongguan in the west, was served as the vital military strategic point in the ancient time. Moreover, Mutianyu section is the “longest great wall in China” so far and since protection work is well done here, tourists can now see its original appearance and enjoy the real ancient culture of great wall. Also, spectacular natural scenery in Mutianyu Great Wall always impresses visitors here for its abundant vegetation. You’ll take a cable car to ascend the Great Wall, then hike the most beautiful and interesting part of Mutianyu. It's a wonderful experience to climb up its rising towers to enjoy scenic views and take brag-worthy photos of the wall wriggling along mountain ridges. After the exciting time, descend Mutianyu Great Wall by cable car. (Note: If energy permits, you can hike up or down which takes about 40 minutes to climb steps. Please tell your likes to your travel consultant.)

Continue your trip to Sacred Way, a 7-kilometer-long passage leading to the Imperial Tombs of 13 Emperors of Ming Dynasty. The Emperor, known as the Son of the Heaven, who came from Heaven to his country through the Sacred Way, also would return to Heaven through this road. Take a walk through the largest archway in China and Great Palace Gate and you’ll see the magnificent stone guard of 12 sets of mythical animals and 12 officials. Then drive back to Beijing city and take a short stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to view its famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube from the outside.

Optional activity: 1) Enjoy an exciting and safe toboggan ride (about 2~3mins) down Mutianyu Great Wall; 2) After the whole day’s tour, treat yourself a great dinner to taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude.

  • Harmony families hiking on the Great Wall Harmony families hiking on the Great Wall
  • Sacred Way of Ming Tombs Sacred Way: the road leading to Ming Tombs
  • Bird's Nest Bird's Nest

Day 4 Beijing & High Speed Train to Xian (B)

Today's highlights: Temple of Heaven, Beijing Hutongs, High Speed Train to Xian

After breakfast, drive to the imperial site of the Temple of Heaven. Originally a site used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for good harvests, it is now a bustling place where locals take part in traditional activities such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, and others.

Then get back to the central city to hop on a rickshaw to experience the Beijing Hutongs - small alleys made by neighboring quadrangle dwellings. Shuttle among different Hutongs to get a feel of the old Beijing life style, visit various antique shops and small boutiques, and truly feel the historical changes of Beijing, also pay a visit to a local family's home in the traditional Hutongs.

Your Beijing tour is now about to end. Your tour guide will see you off at the Beijing West Railway Station for a high speed train trip to Xian (about 5 hours). You will be picked up by your tour guide at Xian North Railway Station and escorted to your hotel in Xian. The rest of the day is on your own to explore this ancient capital of China.

  • Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Taking a leisure rickshaw in Beijing Hutongs
  • Fantastic View in Temple of Heaven Fantastic View in Temple of Heaven

Day 5 Xian (B, L)

Today's highlights: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter

After breakfast, drive about 40km to discover one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world – the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife. Over 8,000 life-size warriors, horses and chariots, buried in 3 pits for more than 2,000 years until uncovered by a local farmer in 1974, form an ancient military army with complete battle units of infantry, cavalry, etc. Standing in front of these figures, one can’t help being amazed not only by the ambition of Emperor Qin Shihuang but also by the fabulous artistic skills of ancient Chinese artisans.

After lunch, return back to Xian take a wonderful stroll on the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Enjoy panoramic views of modern Xian while you leisurely examine this well-maintained city wall which is 12 meters high and 18 meters wide with a total circuit of nearly 14 kilometers. This visit is followed by a relaxing wander around bustling and lively Muslim Quarter, a place where you can try different local snacks and explore Muslim culture.

Optional activities: 1) Take a relaxing cycling on the Ancient City Wall; 2) Enjoy a wonderful Tang Palace Dance Show (usually from 8pm to 9pm) after a hearty dumpling dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Terracotta Warriors in Xian World Famous Terracotta Warriors in Ancient Capital Xian
  • Biking Xian Ancient City Wall A Must-do Biking along the Ancient City Wall

Day 6 Xian Departure (B)

Today's highlights: Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum

After breakfast, head to Da Cien Temple, a famous Buddhist sutra translation site during the Tang Dynasty. Big Wild Goose Pagoda is the most famous building in the temple. The pagoda, rising to a height of 64.5 meters, was built by the famous Buddhist master Xuanzang to preserve classic scriptures he bought back from India during the early Tang Dynasty. Xuanzang was the prototype character for Tang Seng in the famous Chinese novel “Journey to the West”. (Note: It costs an extra 30 RMB if you want to climb up the Big Wild Goose Pagoda)

Next is an educational visit to the Shaanxi History Museum where you can ramble in the modern exhibition halls to appreciate historic relics such as porcelains, paintings, and currencies dating from the Zhou to the Tang dynastic periods (1100BC to 907 AD).

The rest of today is free until you get escorted to catch your flight/train to next destination.

  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Shaanxi History Museum Shaanxi History Museum

The quotation for this trip is from $763 Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2020.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.7. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hi Vivien

I cannot find the words to express my gratitude to you and your company

This is the second time I have chosen China discovery services and I’m so happy of both experiences.

Every cent I have payed worth it the trip and the nice experiences I have kept in my heart

Our guide Derrick was so nice and warm with my daughter and I, taking care of any single detail, being so attentive. Speaking a perfect English, always smiling also receiving us with a nice New year gift that we happily kept at home.

After all issues that we had with my daughter's documents and finally we got there and his welcome was the great beginning of our trip

Apart from the fact that Zhangjiajie is a beautiful place that I will recommend to all my friends, I will also recommend to request for Derrick as a tour guide

I have fulfilled the services inquiry that Derrick requested me but I don t know if there is any other place where I can provide my feedback

I can do it in Trip advisor .....may be you prefer to send me a link

Just let me know and I will be more than glad to leave my recommendation not only for China discovery but its tour guides and the selection of hotels

Everything was ok

I have nice memories from this trip and the one done to Guilin

Just to let you know I am planning for Easter to go to Beijing so when you have some time I would appreciate if you can send me any plan 4/5 days would be great, 4 adults this time

Thank you so much

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SANDRA‚ Italy, February 11, 2019

Hi Wendy,

  1. Was your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

My travel consultant was great.

  2. How was your tour? Are you satisfied with the tour we arranged for you?

I really enjoyed the tour.

  3. Do you have any suggestions on improving our services?

Not at this time.

Thanks

Andy‚ USA, February 10, 2019

Hello Rita,

We had an excellent trip today. Thank you very much for organising.

Kinney was an excellent guide. He was full of knowledge and very accommodating.

The driver did a great job with avoiding as much of the holiday traffic as possible.

Best regards

David‚ UK, February 8, 2019

Hi, Wendy!!

Thanks for organizing our trip! We had great time in Chengdu!!!! Thanks for all the gifts!!! Besides the delayed flight back to BJ, everything was good! We enjoyed the hotel!! It was comfortable and also really god breakfast as well!!!

We can’t wait for our next trip with you!! I will send the information soon!!                 

Hope you are having an amazing Spring Festival with your family and friends!!! Happy Chinese New Year !!!

Maricy‚ Brazil, February 5, 2019

Dear Echo,

A very happy new year to you!

Sorry for the late reply. I have been busy all this while; starting a new year with lots of things to settle.

Thanks a lot for your assistance and guidance in planning for my trip to Xian and Beijing. My family and I had a great time and I like to thank you for the very good experience we had with your tour agency.

When I next travel to China, I will use China Discovery again.

Have a great year ahead!

Regards

Grace Lim‚ Singapore, February 2, 2019
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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 to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.

All the dining options will satisfy your stomach!

Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • Modern Face of Beijing Modern Face of Beijing
  • Tiananmen Square Family Tour Tiananmen Square Family Tour
  • the Forbidden City Overall View the Forbidden City Overall View
  • Relaxing at the Lakeside in Summer Palace Relaxing at the Lakeside in Summer Palace
  • Harmony families hiking on the Great Wall Harmony families hiking on the Great Wall
  • Sacred Way of Ming Tombs Sacred Way of Ming Tombs
  • Bird's Nest Bird's Nest
  • Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Beijing Hutong Rickshaw
  • Fantastic View in Temple of Heaven Fantastic View in Temple of Heaven
  • Terracotta Warriors in Xian Terracotta Warriors in Xian
  • Biking Xian Ancient City Wall Biking Xian Ancient City Wall
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Shaanxi History Museum Shaanxi History Museum

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1. How to travel by high speed trains in China?
Understanding China Train Designations
China trains are divided into two kinds: High Speed Trains and Normal Trains with different speeds, facilities and names. There are three kinds of High Speed Trains in China, differed by the letters G/D/C plus several digits. Generally speaking, G trains are faster and with better amenities. Normal trians are not recommended.
Facilities and Services in China’s High Speed Trains
All China high speed trains are fully air-conditioned and non-smoking. Western toliets are provided. There are also luggage racks, dining car, power plugs, water-dispenser and some other user-friendly facilities equipped on the train.
Which Class of Seat to Take
Second Class Seats, First Class Seats, Business Class Seats are three common seats you can find on most China high speed trains. First Class Seats are strongly recommended. They are larger and less-crowded.
How to Book China Train Tickets
Currently, you can only book China train tickets 30 days in advance. You can book on China Railway’s official website or some online travel agencies, or go to purchase tickets at any of China’s railway station. Passport is always required no matter you book online or at railway stations. If you book ticket online, you can collect ticket at the ticket counters in any railway station in China any time.
Security Check & Luggage Check
After arriving at railway station, firstly get your ticket and passport prepared and represent to the staff, and then pass Security Check & Luggage Check, and find the right boarding gate. It's easy and simple.
How to Handle Your Luggage
Travelling with luggages on China train is not a problem. If you take high speed trains, it will be easier to handle your luggage because there are plenty of spaces to place your luggage, and there are also many ways to deliver your luggages.
Related Tips about this tour
When is the best time to take this trip?
Both located in northern, the weathers of Beijing and Xian are much similar - temperate and continental monsoon climate, with four distinct seasons. They are both suitable for traveling all year round. Summer (Jun, Jul, Aug) days are relatively hot and rainy, while the winter days (Dec, Jan, Feb) are cold and try. Compared with summer and winter, the spring (Mar, Apr, May) and autumn (Sep, Oct, Nov) are more pleasant for travel.
Vehicle and Road Condition
In this tour, the driving hour is usually less 2 hours each day. Most of the roads are in good condition. There may be traffic jams in rush hours and holidays. We usually choose the suitable time to start your trip to avoid large traffic. Our drivers are licensed drivers with many years’ driving experience. All our vehicles are air-conditioned, non-smoking, clean and well-maintained.
Hotels and Dining
The choices for accommodation are flexible in this tour. The standards of hotels range from local 3-star to some international 5-star. We usually use 4-star and 5-star hotels for our customers to ensure better stays. All the hotels we choose are usually based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Air conditioning and Wi-Fi are usually available. Chinese food is mainly provided in this trip. Western food can be arranged too if you want.
Payment and Booking Guide
1. What kind of payment method do you accept?
PayPal, Wire Transfer/Bank Transfer, Western Union are acceptable before your arrival, and after your arrival, CASH is required.
2. How soon before our trip do you need payment?
Early booking is always better than being rushed, and we would suggest booking to be 2-3 month earlier than your arrival so as to guarantee the booking items. If you are interested in any of our tours, you can pay a deposit first and balance to be paid 30 days prior to your arrival. You can also choose to pay the full amount so as to avoid small loss caused by currency exchange rate fluctuation.
3. When should we pay the deposit and the balance?
Certain deposit will be paid if you decide to book, and balance is required to be paid 30 days prior to your arrival. If booking is less than 30 days, full payment is required.

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