Your tour - at a glance
Day 1~4 Arrival & Beijing Tour
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 5~6 Xian Tour & High Speed Train to Luoyang
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 Shaanxi History Museum.
Day 7~8 Luoyang Tour & Flight to Shanghai
Firstly visit the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site - Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, then go to Dengfeng to explore the center of Chinese Buddhism and Kung Fu Culture - strong>Shaolinsi Temple. Lastly take a flight to Shanghai from Zhengzhou.
Day 9~10 Shanghai Tour & Departure
Experience the great contrast of Shanghai by visiting the traditional Yu Garden, modern and prosperous Shanghai World Financial Center, the Bund, and beautiful Zhujiajiao Watertown. Tour ends.
Full Itinerary Day by Day
Day 1 Beijing Arrival
Ni Hao, welcome to Beijing, the iconic city as well
as the capital of China! You will be met by local tour guide at the
arrival hall of Beijing Airport and escorted to check in your hotel in
downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your
own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some
practical suggestions from your tour guide.
Day 2 Beijing (B, L)
After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square
which is now the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the
northern square was the site where the Chairman Mao announced the
establishment of the People's Republic of China. Stepping into the
Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s 5 most important palaces – Forbidden City,
a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of
Ming and Qing Dynasties used to live in. Pass through various doorways
to admire the magnificent and well preserved buildings decorated with
yellow glazed tile roof, white marble base and splendid colorful
After lunch, drive to the outskirts of Beijing to spend an enjoyable time in Summer Palace,
the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Stroll around
ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors. Feast your
eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colored paintings in Long
Optional activity: you can watch a wonderful Kungfu Show in theatre after dinner.
Woo's group visited Tiananmen Square
Forbidden City Photographed by Our Customer
Summer Palace Shot by Our Guest Nguyen in 2017
Day 3 Beijing (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! You’ll take a
cable car to ascend the Great Wall, then hike the most beautiful and
interesting part of Mutianyu and climb up its rising towers to enjoy scenic
views of the wall as it wriggles along mountain ridges and you take brag-worthy
photos. After the exciting time, descend 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: reward yourself a tasty Peking duck dinner after a full day of sightseeing.
Mutianyu Great Wall Shot by Our Customer Kim
Our customers visited Bird's Nest in 2019
Sacred Way: the road leading to Ming Tombs
Day 4 Beijing & High Speed Train to Xian (B,L)
After breakfast, drive to the imperial site – Temple of Heaven.
It was originally used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for harvest,
now becomes a bustling place for locals to take part in traditional
activities, such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy,
Then, get back to central city to hop on a rickshaw to experience Beijing Hutongs –
small alleys made of neighboring quadrangle dwellings. Shuttle among
different Hutongs to feel the old Beijing life style, meet various
antique shops and small boutiques, feel the historical changes of
Till now, your Beijing tour is about to end. Your tour guide will see
you off at the Beijing West Railway Station for your high speed train
to Xian (about 5 hours). Be pick up by your tour guide at Xian North
Railway Station, and escorted to your hotel in Xian. The rest of today
is on your own to explore this ancient capital of China.
Temple of Heaven in Beijing Shot by Our Customer in 2018
Hutong Shot by Our Customer Taylor
Day 5 Xian (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. (Before the Terracotta Warriors Museum visit, you will have a rare opportunity to make a miniature Terracotta Warrior on your own under the instruction of a local potter.)
After lunch, return to Xian to spend a leisure time on the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Just like the merchants and envoys on the Silk Road thousands of years ago, you will enter the interior of the city walls through the Hanguang Gate. There you will visit a mini museum to see the real Tang Dynasty city wall ruins from over 1400 years ago, including gateways, cross-sections of the wall, and the remains of water channels. After the museum visit, get up to the city wall to enjoy a leisure stroll and pleasant panoramic views of modern Xian. Rent a bike (extra cost: 45RMB) to enjoy a relaxing cycling on the Wall is strongly recommended. The cycling routes and duration are flexible. Feel free to discuss with your tour guide. Leave the City Wall, then go to wander leisurely around the 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. After the Great Mosque visit, you will be escorted back to your hotel. (If you want to stay more time at the Muslim Quarter for dinner and relaxing, or want to explore the nearby Bell & Drum Towers on your own, please let your tour guide know)
Optional activity: Enjoy a wonderful Tang Palace Dance Show (usually from 8pm to 9pm) after (or without) a hearty dumpling dinner at a local restaurant.
Our customers enjoyed biking on Ancient City Wall
Day 6 Xian & High Speed Train to Luoyang (B, L)
After breakfast, head to Da Cien Temple, a famous Buddhist sutra translation place in Tang Dynasty. Big Wild Goose Pagoda is
the most famous building in the temple. With a height of 64.5 meters,
the pagoda was built by the famous Buddhist master Xuanzang to reserve
classic scriptures he bought from India in early Tang Dynasty.
(Xuanzang, the prototype character of Tang Seng in the novel of Journey
to the West). Note: it charges extra 30 RMB to climb up the Big Wild
Following is an educational visiting to Shaanxi History Museum.
Ramble in the modern exhibition halls to appreciate relics, such as
porcelains, paintings, currencies from Zhou to the Tang 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.)
After the tour, be escorted to Xian North Train Station and take a high speed train to Luoyang (about1.5 hours).
Our customers visited Big Wood Goose Pagoda
Collections in Shaanxi History Museum
Day 7 Luoyang City Tour (B, L)
After breakfast, your guide will take you to visit Longmen Grottoes, which contains the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). The UNESCO World Heritage site is densely scattered on the cliffs of Mount Longmen (West Hill) and Mount Xiangshan (East Mountain) – on two banks of Yi River. West Hill houses the major caves with notable displays of Buddhist sculptures and calligraphic inscriptions. You won’t miss Bingyang Cave which tells a wealth of history and artistic value, including Guyang Vave with over 1,000 Buddha statues and 800 calligraphy inscriptions, and Fengxian Temple – the largest cave with a 17.14-meter-tall sculpture of Vairocana Buddha.
After the great sightseeing in Longmen Grottoes, drive to Luoyang Museum which shows ancient Luoyang from all perspectives. There are more than 1,000 exhibits dating back to the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618 ~ 907) and even to the earliest prehistoric times (before the 21st century B.C.) in the informative display halls, such as exquisite tri-colored glazed potteries, various bronzeware, ancient clay sculpture, treasured calligraphy and paintings, etc.
Then head to the center of Luoyang to visit Tianzi Jialiu Museum. The burial of the royal horses and chariots that were sacrificed during Eastern Zhou Dynasty is earlier than that of Terracotta Warriors in Xian. Lastly, go to take a leisure walk on the ancient streets of Luoyang Old City. It is a lively place with many old residential buildings, food streets, and delicate shops. Just freely appreciate the splendor of old Luoyang, taste some local snacks or purchase some interesting souvenirs freely.
After the trip, drive back to your hotel.
Longmen Grottoes Scenery from Opposite Riverside
Longmen Grottoes Scenery in Spring
Day 8 Dengfeng - Flight to Shanghai (B, L)
After breakfast, start today's exciting trip to Shaolin Temple which is about 55km's drive away from Luoyang city. Shaolin Temple is the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and the cradle of Kung Fu. You will visit the grandiose temples and halls, admire stone carving art, learn about Buddhism culture, and observe the daily living and meditation of monks in the temple. Don't miss the famous Pagoda Forest, the existing largest pagoda forest in China. When an important monk passed away, their cremains or skeleton would be put into the underground palace, and a pagoda will be built on it. The pagoda's height, size and number of layers will be decided according to the monk's Buddhism knowledge, reputation and merits and virtues during his lifetime. You will also enjoy a magnificent Kung Fu Show in Shaolin Wushu Hall which is performed by martial monks of Shaolin Temple, and usually lasts for half hour each day.
Then, you will be taken to join in a Kung Fu Training Program (about 1 hour) in one of the most popular Shaolin Kung Fu Schools in Dengfeng City. You will be taught to acquire some real Shaolin Kung Fu skills by a professional Kung Fu teacher. The eventual kind of Emei Kung Fu is flexible, according to your interest and time. Your Kung Fu teacher will demonstrate the complete movements of Emei Kung Fu skills, then split the movements into pieces and instruct you to acquire each movement.
After the Kung Fu experience, drive about 90km to Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport to take a flight to Shanghai (less 2hrs). After arrival at Shanghai airport, you will be welcomed by local guide and transferred to your hotel in Shanghai downtown by private vehicle.
Shaolin Kung Fu Class
Archway gate of Shaolin Temple
Shaolin Kung Fu Show in Shaolin Temple
Day 9 Shanghai (B, L)
You will take a full day of sightseeing to explore both the past and present of Shanghai. Your first stop is Shanghai Museum, one of the Best Four Museums in China. This modern museum, with a round top and a square base which symbolizing the ancient Chinese perception of the world as "round sky, square earth", has collected many international-standard exhibits of bronzes, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, jade from more than 5,000 years ago to the Qing dynasty. Then you will take an interesting visit to Yu Garden, a shining star among all the ancient Chinese gardens in Jiangnan. This garden fully embodies the traditional design of Chinese architecture with jagged pavilions with elegant decorations, glittering pools with roving fish, and pine trees sprouting to the sky, all designed to refresh your mood and spirit. Adjacent to the garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar where you can savor tasteful local snacks and explore elaborate traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works. Next, you will drive several kilometers to enjoy a panoramic view of the modern face of Shanghai from the 100th floor (474m) of “the Eye of Shanghai” Shanghai World Financial Center.
You will then be transferred to another popular landmark of Shanghai, Nanjing Road, a shopping paradise as well as a great place to take a wonderful walk to experience the modern atmosphere of the City. Lastly, you will stop at the Bund, originally a simple towpath for transporting goods but now transformed into a feverish trading district. You will stroll along the Bund, seeing and feeling the perfect fusion of Chinese and Western cultures while at the same time taking in the stunning Shanghai skyline with your own eyes!
Optional activities: 1) Attend an entertaining Acrobatic Show, including breathtaking “balls of death” acts, chair balancing, hula hoops, juggling of benches, walking in the air, and other breathtaking performances (usually performed during 19:30~21:00); 2) Take a relaxing Huangpu River night cruise to see the city’s most significant edifices and streets sparkling under the atmospheric cover of darkness (about 50 minutes).
The Landmark Supertall Skyscraper of Modern Shanghai
Tourists Took Photo at The Bund with Backdrop of Lujiazui
Yuyuan Bazaar Shot by Our Customer Paul
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Day 10 Shanghai Departure (B)
After breakfast, about 1 hour's drive will take you away from the city's hustle and bustle to 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 will stroll along Hundred-year-old North Street, take some awesome pictures on the Fangsheng Bridge, have a panoramic view of Zhujiajiao 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 - 1911 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.
Take a Boat Trip in Zhujiajiao Water Town
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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.