Your tour - at a glance
Day 1~3 Chengdu tour & Bullet train to Xian
One flexible day for Chengdu arrival, then take a Chengdu city one and a half days tour to visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and other city landmark tourist sites, such as Wenshu Temple, Renmin Park, Jinli Street and Jinsha Site Museum.
Day 4~5 Xian Tour & Bullet train to Beijing
One full day to visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors, leisurely walk on the Ancient City Wall and Muslim Quarter. Before leaving for Shanghai, explore the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaan’xi History Museum.
Day 6~8 Beijing Tour & Bullet train to Shanghai
Two full days and a half day sightseeing covering the grand Tiananmen Square, historical Forbidden City, spectacular Temple of Heaven, man-made wonder Great Wall of China, royal park Summer Palace, traditional Hutong, etc.
Day 9~10 Shanghai Tour & Departure
Experience the great contrast of Shanghai by visiting the traditional Yu Garden and Jade Buddha Temple, modern and prosperous Shanghai World Financial Center, Nanjing Road and the Bund, etc.
Full Itinerary Day by Day
Day 1 Chengdu Arrival
Ni Hao! Welcome to Chengdu, the hometown of Giant Pandas. Your local guide
will meet you at the airport or the railway station according to your schedule, and then escort you to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is free for you to explore this leisure city on your own.
Activity: In the evening, you can enjoy a
delicious dinner of Sichuan cuisine at a local restaurant.
Day 2 Chengdu City Tour ( B, L )
This morning you will make a memorable
visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
This facility is not only the most important panda scientific research center
in the world, but also the home for more than 100 Giant Pandas. You will walk
at leisure through the bamboo-framed paths and closely observe giant pandas of
different ages eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling, and climbing trees.
Be sure to not miss the chance to watch female pandas nursing their cubs in the
nursery rooms! There is also a very informative Panda Museum where you can
learn more scientific facts about Giant Pandas. Next, you will be taken to a
hidden spiritual Buddhist temple in hustling downtown Chengdu, Wenshu
Temple, where you will marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architecture,
soak in the reverent atmosphere, and wander on the temple’s peaceful paths.
Chengdu is famous throughout China for
its relaxing and leisurely pace and lifestyle, which will be demonstrated by a
visit to the City’s Renmin Park. Sit down, order a pot of
Chinese tea, have a casual chat with your friends and watch locals indulging
themselves in different kinds of folk entertainment - napping, playing mahjong,
disco dancing, and giving neck massages! Next will be an impressive visit to
the famous Jinli Old Street. Time will steal away as you
quietly walk on the lively streets full of delicious local snacks, delicate
artifacts, interesting folk shows, and other activities.
activity: In the evening, watch a wonderful
performance of Sichuan Opera which includes folk opera, face changing, fire
spitting, rolling lights, and other delightful entertainment (usually performs
Mama and Baby of Panda
Experience Chengdu local living style in People's Park
Day 3 Chengdu Half-day Tour & Bullet Train to Xian ( B, L )
After breakfast, your guide and driver will
pick you at your hotel, then take a visit to Dufu Thatched Cottage which is a museum and park in honor of Dufu
(712-770AD), who was the greatest realist poet and has been famed as the Sage
of Poetry. Walk in this tranquil park to explore Hall of Historic Poetry,
Gongbu Temple, Shaoling Thatched Cottage Tablet Pavilion, Ruins of Tang Dynasty
and know story of Dufu and history of Tang Dynasty.
Next, you will take a meaningful visit to Jinsha Site Museum. Constructed on the Jinsha ruin site which reveals the unique bronze civilization of the mysterious ancient Shu Kingdom (approximately 2900 - 3200 years ago), Jinsha Site Museum conserves the original expansive site for sacrifice as well as numerous ivory tusks and gold artifacts, including the symbol of China Culture Heritage – the Gold Sun and Immortal Bird.
Your Chengdu tour is now about to end. You will be escorted to the airport to catch a bullet train to Xian (about 3.5hrs), the greatest ancient capital city of China. Upon arrival at the train station, you will be met by local tour guide at the arrival hall and escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle.
Dufu Thatched Cottage
Jisha Site Museum
Day 4 Xian Terracotta Warriors Tour ( B, L )
After breakfast, drive about 40 km 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 to Xian to 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 and walk leisurely on the well-maintained
city wall which is 12 meters high and 18 meters wide with a total
circle of nearly 14 kilometers. Leave the City Wall, then go to wander leisurely around bustling and lively Muslim Quarter, a place where you can try different local snacks and explore Muslim culture. Don't miss the Great Mosque of Xian which is a fusion of Chinese culture and Islamic culture, a sacred religious site with huge ancient architectural complex, also a surprisingly quiet land away from the bustling Muslim streets.
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.
Our guests get viewed by the countless Terracotta Warriors
Day 5 Xian Half Day Tour & High Speed Train to Beijing
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.) After (or before) visiting the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, you will be provided a free experience of trying on the Hanfu which is the solemn costume of the emperors and their families, the ministers and the noble in the ancient dynasties of China. Seize this rare opportunity to take some photos to record this unique memory!
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). (Note:
Shaanxi History Museum may be replaced with other activity or attraction
because of crowding tourists during July ~ early September and China’s National
Day during Oct.1-Oct.7. You may check details with your travel consultant.)
The rest of today is free for you until get escorted to catch a high speed train to Beijing
(about 5hrs), the iconic city and capital of China! You will be met by
local tour guide at the Beijing West Railway Station and escorted to
check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The
rest of today is on your own to relax.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda shared by Our Customer
Collections in Shaanxi History Museum
Day 6 Beijing City Tour ( B, L )
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 - Forbidden City (Palace Museum), 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 Forbidden City exploration, take a short visit to Jingshan Park where you can get a nice shot of one watchtower of Forbidden City and take a panoramic view of Forbidden City.
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 during 19:30-21:00.
Seeing Beijing Fobidden City from Jingshan Park
Beautiful Kunming Lake in Summer Palace
Day 7 Beijing Great Wall Tour ( B, L )
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 will 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.
Misty Mutianyu Great Wall
Our customers visited Bird's Nest in 2019
Sacred Way: the road leading to Ming Tombs
Day 8 Beijing Half Day Tour & High Speed Train to Shanghai ( B, L )
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.
After the sightseeing, you will be escorted to the Beijing South Railway Station to catch a high speed train to Shanghai (about 5 hours), the most bustling metropolis in China. Upon arrival in Shanghai, your
local guide will greet and guide you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free
on your own.
The majestic Temple of Heaven in Beijing
Day 9 Shanghai City Tour ( B, L )
After breakfast, you will visit Shanghai Museum, one of the Four Best Museums in China. There are over one billion cultural relics related to Chinese ancient history and art are exhibited inside, including precious bronzes, paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, jade, sculptures, traditional furniture, seals and old coins from more than 5,000 years ago to the Qing Dynasty. Da Ke Ding(bronze food vessel in over 3000 years ago), Bianzhong of Marquis Su of Jin (ancient musical instruments) are the top treasures to visit. An Audio Explanation Device will help you better learn the facts and knowledge of the exhibitions.
Then, transfer to Shanghai old town to visit Yu Garden (Yuyuan), a famous Southern China classical garden which was originally built about 450 years ago. Walk around to view the ancient pavilions, halls, towers with jagged carved cornices and decorations, grotesque rockeries, glittering ponds filled with swimming kois and many old plants. These buildings, laid out in an asymmetry, fully embody impressive Chinese architectural style, art and skills, from which you can imagine an ancient living scene and find a magic harmony between human and nature. Yuyuan Bazaar outside the garden is an interesting place for shopping traditional Chinese handicrafts and artworks and tasting a variety of local snacks.
Next, visit the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC), “the Eye of Shanghai”, one of the most incredible skyscrapers in Lujiazui. With a height of 492 meters (1,614 ft), the tower is the second tallest building after the nearby Shanghai Tower (632 meter/2,073 ft). Ascend up to the 474 meter-high 100th floor observation deck, try a thrilling skywalk on the transparent glass walkway and enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the entire city, including the Bund, neighboring Shanghai Tower, Jinmao Tower and many surrounding attractions. Feel Shanghai lying under your feet and blue sky hanging above your head.
Later, get to Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s earliest commercial street and one of the most popular current landmarks. Lots of big name brands, restaurants, cafés, souvenir shops and towering buildings can be seen when you stroll around this busy pedestrian mall. Continue your walk to the Bund, the No. 1 attraction in Shanghai. Stretching along the west bank of the Huangpu River, this 1.5km-long road was a simple towpath for transporting good but developed to the early “East Wall Street” in the late 19th century, as a perfect blend of the East meeting the West. The Bund mainly features 52 various European-style architectures praised to the Exhibition of World’s Architecture. Make a pleasant walk to see those western classical and modern style buildings and amazing skyscrapers of Lujiazui across the river.
After the tour, drive back to your hotel. (If you want to spend free time at the Bund, Nanjing Road or somewhere else please let your tour guide know.)
Shanghai Museum - One of the Best Four Museums in China
Tourists Took Photo at The Bund with Backdrop of Lujiazui
Yuyuan Bazaar Shot by Our Customer Paul
The Bund: Famous “Exhibition of the World's Architecture”
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Day 10 Shanghai Departure ( B, L )
After breakfast, an hour’s drive will take you
away from the city’s hustle and bustle and you’ll visit Zhujiajiao Ancient Town which
is known as the “Venice of Shanghai”.
Zhujiajiao has a history of 1,700 years and is a well-preserved waterside
ancient town. You’ll stroll along Hundred-year-old North Street, take some awesome
pictures on the Fangsheng Bridge, have a panoramic view of Zhujiao by climbing
up to Yuanjin Buddhist Temple, enjoy some leisure time on the traditionally decorated
boat, cruise along the canals and see the old residences, shops and bridges which
are filled with classic architectural style in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 AD -
After the water town tour, your guide and driver will escort you to the airport,
railway station or port to catch your flight/train/ship to your next destination or home. Tour ends.
Zhujiajiao Water Town - Relax in the Quaint & Charming Jiangnan Area
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Travel Tips for Traveling China
Beijing Great Wall Hiking Tips
You need to pack some personal gears, such as light and comfortable walking shoes, outdoor coat
You'd better also pack sun cream, sun glasses.
Tibet Travel Tips
1. A valid passport, a valid China visa and Tibet Permits are necessary documents for traveling
2. In Tibet, we suggest you avoid strong activity; do not take shower at the first day; drink
and avoid of alcohol; better not to take oxygen if your AMS symptoms are mild. Always remember
if you have any problems or feel uncomfortable, please tell your guide immediately or contact
3. A windbreaker, a pair of durable and comfortable shoes, a down jacket (better with hat),
cream, sun block, skin cream and lip balm, sunglasses, medicine for urgent use.
Panda Volunteer in Chengdu
Chengdu Research Base of Panda Breeding is only available to see giant pandas. If you are interested in
giant panda volunteer experience, please extend to Dujiangyan Panda Base, Wolong Shenshuping
Base or Ya'an Bifengxia Panda Base instead.
High Speed Train Experience
Taking high speed train to travel around China will be unique and special experience for you.
of taking flight, you can take high speed train from Beijing to Xian/Xian to Beijing, Chengdu
Chongqing, Yichang to Shanghai/Shanghai to Yichang, etc. All are within comfortable traveling
to reach the destinations. If you are interested, please feel free to ask our travel
to arrange high speed train for you.
Practical Info about Traveling with Us
Restaurant & Food
Vegetarian food Requirement
Vegetarian food in Chinese cuisine culture is usually divided into 3 categories: the Monastery
Food, the Court Vegetarian Food and the Folk Vegetarian Food. And the main ingredients are:
taro powder, mushrooms, fresh vegetables and tofu (bean curd). It will be easier to find the
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
know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our guides
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
when you invite. Sometimes the drivers are shy to join as they usually eat fast and could not
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
will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants, if you
interested in local food tasting. But remember, some local snacks may not match your stomach,
ask your guided for more information before eating.
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
Shanghai: Silk carpets
Hangzhou: Longjing Tea; 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
shops, you can bargain for a lower price, since the vendors always ask for very high price for
certain item. You’d better ask the opinion of the guide first, and then the guide will tell you
real value and quality of the item. Please note that when the bargain is processing, the guide
be hesitate to help as it may annoy the bosses. Just try to let the guides know you will
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
and if they keep selling things to you, you can simply say “No, thanks.” (Chinese
”Bu, XieXie”). If they do not give up, you just keep silence. Silence is sometimes useful to
More Tips for free-time shopping
- 1. If you think you have no desire or interest, you do not feel embarrassed to let our
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
- 4. Do not feel obligate to buy anything only because the shop attendants are very kind to
- 5. Be smart consumers. Do not spend big money on things you are not familiar with. Do ask
guarantee, contacts and certificates when purchasing big items like antiques, jade, arts
- 6. Leave plenty of time for transactions. When you see something you like - buy it.
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
legally be exported.
- 8. Articles made from rare wild animals are contraband and will be confiscated by customs
Private tour & Group Tour
A: Private tours
- 1. Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are
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
your favored hotels, sightseeing spots, the tour length, means of transportation, budget,
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,
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
at your short notice.
- 6. Ideal for people who need considerate care and assistance, such as elderly, the
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
All the phone numbers include in our confirmation letter. Keep the letter with your during your
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
it, we will email you immediately.