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14-Day Small-Group China Tour: Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Yangtze River Cruise, Chongqing and Shanghai

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    Day 1: Pick up from Beijing Airport

    Pass By: Beijing International Airport Airport Transportation China, No. 168, Capital Airport Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing,China, Beijing 100026 China
    Your local tour guide will meet you at Beijing Airport and the driver will transfer you to the hotel. Relax during the rest of the day.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing (5 stars)

    Day 2: Beijing City Highlights Tour

    Stop At: Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), West Changan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China
    After picking up you at the hotel, the guide will take you to visit the Tiananmen Square, the biggest urban city square in the world.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Forbidden City-The Palace Museum, No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009 China
    From the Tiananmen Square, you will enter the Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City to explore its fascinating halls and pavilions. Here, you will not only learn how the emperor handled political affairs and lived their lives, but appreciate numerous ancient art treasures.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Temple of Heaven, Tiantan Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100050 China
    In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors worshipped the heavens in hopes of good harvests.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Red Theatre Beijing Kung Fu Show, No.44 Xingfu Street, Dongcheng District 50 Meters East of Tiantan Hotel, Beijing 100061 China
    To round out a memorable start to your travel, a lively and dramatic Chinese Kung Fu Show is arranged at the Red Theater.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: A la carte lunch
    Accommodation included: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing (5 stars)

    Day 3: China Great Wall Tour

    Stop At: Mutianyu Great Wall, Mutianyu Road, Huairou District, Beijing China
    This morning you will be taken to Mutianyu section to experience at first hand the wonder of the Great Wall. The round-trip cable car will be arranged. Standing on the wall and looking at it stretching up and down into boundless distance is an exciting experience and will leave you a life-long memory. To celebrate and commemorate this moment, we specially provide red wine for a group-toasting on the Great Wall.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Niaochao National Stadium, No.1 Guojia Tiyuchang South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing China
    In the afternoon, on the way back you will have a photo stop at the Olympic National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest. After that, enjoy some free time to explore a popular local market.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing (5 stars)

    Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an by flight

    Stop At: Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), No.19 Xinjian Gongmen Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100080 China
    The first stop of today's itinerary is the Summer Palace - the largest existing imperial garden with a graceful landscape and magnificent constructions.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Hutong Tour, No.9, Zhonglou, Dongcheng District No.9, Zhonglou, Dongcheng District, 100009, Beijing, Beijing 100009 China
    Then a trip to the old Hutongs will conclude your memorable Beijing tour. Taking the local rickshaw and traveling along the narrow lanes, you will get a close touch with the original Beijing lifestyle and culture. You will also have a chance to try your hand at Chinese Paper Cutting. After that, the guide will take you to the airport and you will fly to Xi'an.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: A la carte lunch
    Accommodation included: Sheraton Hotel (5 stars)

    Day 5: Terracotta Army Tour

    Stop At: The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Qinling North Road, Lintong District, Xi'an 710600 China
    The visit to the magnificent Terracotta Army will start your day's trip. In the museum, there are altogether three excavated pits exhibiting amazing warrior figures and Chinese ancient weapons.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Small Goose Pagoda, No.72 Youyi Road, Beilin District, Xi'an 710068 China
    After having an a la carte lunch at a local family home, you will visit Xi'an Museum and then the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built about 1,300 years ago in the Tang Dynasty to store the Buddhist scriptures brought from ancient India.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Tang Dynasty Show, 75 North Chang'an Road, Xi'an 710065 China
    A splendid evening is in store when you will be entertained by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show while partaking of the famous Dumpling Dinner.

    Friendly Tips: Since the theater is usually not open in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we will not arrange the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during the periods. Clients will enjoy free time to relax.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: A special home-cooked a la carte lunch will be served at a local home that you visit.

    • Dinner: Dumpling dinner with the show
    Accommodation included: Sheraton Hotel (5 stars)

    Day 6: Xi'an City Trip

    Stop At: Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), Zhongxin District, Xi'an 710001 China
    The day begins with a leisure visit to the City Wall Park, where you can observe the day-to-day life of the locals. We also have a special arrangement for you here. That is to practice Tai Chi with the master. Tai Chi, a soft form of Chinese martial arts, is considered the quintessential Chinese culture. After that, you will pay a visit to the City Wall. It is the most complete existing urban fortification in China. Cycling on the ancient wall is an exciting experience that many people like to try (bike rental fee is not included).
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Shaanxi History Museum, 91 Xiaozai E Rd, Xi'an 710061 China
    After lunch, continue to visit the Provincial History Museum, regarded as 'the pearl of ancient dynasties and house of Chinese treasures'.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Xi'an Mosque, Huajue Alley, Xincheng District, Xi'an 710043 China
    The Great Mosque in Xi'an is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Muslim Quarter, West of Bell Drum Towers Square , Beilin District, Xi'an 710000 China
    Around the mosque is the largest Moslem community and bazaar, where you will see Islamic customs, intertwining alleyways, and countless Moslem snack shops.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: A la carte lunch
    Accommodation included: Sheraton Hotel (5 stars)

    Day 7: Xi'an - Chengdu by a high-speed train

    Stop At: Xi'an North Railway Station, Xi'an China
    After breakfast, the guide sees you off at the North Railway Station for your morning high speed train to Chengdu. The train journey takes around 4 hours.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Chengdu East Railway Station Exit, Dongzhan Elevated Bridge, Longquanyi Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China
    Upon your arrival, your local guide will meet you and help you check in at the hotel. This afternoon remains for you to relax.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza (4 stars)

    Day 8: Panda Tour

    Stop At: Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), No.1375 Xiongmao Avenue the Outside Northern Third Ring Road, Chenghua District, Chengdu 610081 China
    This morning, the guide will take you to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see the lovely creatures as they feed and play with each other.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Kuanzhai Alley, East of Tongren Road, west of Changshun Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu 610015 China
    Broad and Narrow Alleys are narrow alleys with old courtyards, where you might also have your own lunch with the guide's suggestions.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Jinsha Site Museum, No.2 Jinsha Site Road, Chengxi, Chengdu 610091 China
    Jinsha Site Museum is built to protect, study and display the archaeological finds of Jinsha Site, dating back to about 3,000 years ago.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Chengdu Renmin Park, No.12 Shaocheng Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu 610015 China
    You will be transferred to a popular local venue, the Renmin Park. Have a tea break and experience the casual lifestyle of Chengdu people.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza (4 stars)

    Day 9: Chengdu - Chongqing by a bullet train

    Stop At: Chengdu East Railway Station East Square, China, Sichuan, Chengdu Shi, Chenghua Qu, Qionglaishan Rd, 邛崃山路
    Today your guide will transfer you to the railway station to catch a 2-hour bullet train to Chongqing.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Jiefangbei Square, Junction of Mingzu Road, Mingquan Road and Zourong Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing 400000 China
    Upon your arrival, your local guide in Chongqing will meet you at the station and escort you to visit Jiefangbei CBD.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ciqikou (Porcelain Port), 14 km W of Chongqing, Chongqing 400030 China
    After visiting Ci Qi Kou ancient village, you will be taken to board the 5-star President No. 8 ship for a three-day Yangtze River cruise tour.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at President No.8 cruise ship with balcony (5 stars)

    Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise

    Stop At: Shibaozhai (East Gate), China, Chongqing Shi, Zhongxian, 582 Xian Dao, 石宝镇印山街
    In the morning, the river guide will give an introduction to the cruise schedule and the Yangtze River. At about 14:00, the ship will disembark at Zhongxian for an onshore excursion to Shibaozhai. After that, you will re-board the ship and the cruise will continue towards the splendid Three Gorges. This evening, the cruise staff will invite you to join the Captain's Welcome Party.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at President No.8 cruise ship with balcony (5 stars)

    Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise

    Stop At: Shennong Stream, North Shore of Wu Gorge, Badong County 442400 China
    As the ship sails through Wu Gorge, you will change to a sampan to take a side trip along Shennong Stream for 3 to 4 hours. Shennong Stream features picturesque natural beauty, distinctive Tujia flavor, boat tracking culture and valued historical relics.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at President No.8 cruise ship with balcony (5 stars)

    Day 12: Yichang - Shanghai by a bullet train

    Stop At: Three Gorges Dam Project, Sandouping Town, Yiling District, Yichang 443134 China
    After breakfast, you will disembark for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Before that, you should pack your luggage and complete check-out procedures. After finishing the excursion, the cruise ship company will drive you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Your local guide will meet you there and then see you off at Yichang East Railway Station for a bullet train to Shanghai.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai (5 stars)

    Day 13: Shanghai City Trip

    Stop At: Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), 201 Ren Min Da Dao, Shanghai China
    This morning, you will visit one of the four largest museums in China, Shanghai Museum, which specializes in exhibiting art works from ancient times.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Yu Garden (Yuyuan), No.218 Anren Street, Huangpu District near Fuyou Road, Shanghai 200010 China
    After that, explore Yu Garden and its nearby traditional bazaar. The symbol of the Garden is the Nine Zigzag Bridge built of granite and grass-white jade and the quaint, elegant mid-lake pavilion.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Former French Concession, Puxi Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000 China
    In the afternoon, you will first discover the Former French Concession, a great place to learn the history and unique beauty of the city.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Huangpu River, Headstreams from Dianshan Lake, Zhujiajiao Town, Qingpu District, Shanghai 201700 China
    Take a one-hour cruise along the Hungpu River.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: The Bund (Wai Tan), Zhongshan East 1st Road, Shanghai China
    Have some free time on the Bund area. Upon returning to the hotel, our guide will see you into the lobby to say bon voyage.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: A la carte lunch
    Accommodation included: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai (5 stars)

    Day 14: Leave Shanghai

    Stop At: Shanghai Pudong International Airport, S1 Yingbin Expy, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China
    After breakfast at the hotel, please find your own way to the airport for your homeward flight. Your 8 days China tour package is wane to the close with wonderful memories. We suggest you reserve a taxi at the hotel reception beforehand to avoid having to wait for a taxi outside. The trip to Pudong Airport (PVG) will take about one hour and cost around CNY150. Ensure you have at least an hour and a half drive if your flight leaves from Hongqiao Airport (SHA). The cost for the taxi there is about CNY200. Please check carefully from which airport your flight will depart. We wish you a smooth journey home.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Reviewed 4 November 2018

    You got your money's worth with this one. Didn't realise that we would have 4 different guides during the 2 weeks. Candy, in Beijing went above and beyond to help for the time we were in Beijing. Top guide. The tour, I found was full...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    1  Thank Denise D
    Cynthia W, Guest Relations Manager at TravelChinaGuide-Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

    Dear Denise D, We are thankful for taking your precious time and writing the review regarding your tour with us on Tripadvisor. Besides, we are more than excited to know that you recognize Candy's work. We will never stop working hard to prefect our service...More

    Reviewed 1 October 2018

    We have not done a tour in over 30 years, so we were very anxious that we made the right decision on which tour to take! On arrival - our first hotel was great - and they just got better and better. Our guide in...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    1  Thank smgerrit
    Cynthia W, Guest Relations Manager at TravelChinaGuide-Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

    Dear smgerrit, It is really a pleasure for us to read the review regarding your Beijing tour with the company of our professional guide Candy. We are glad to know that she has made your experience in China smoothly. Thanks for your recommendation and wish...More

    Reviewed 23 September 2018

    Our tour Guide here was Candy! Our fun filled experience here was awesome blue sky every day and best air quality of anywhere in the world. Candy kept our group on the move in this busy city. Beijing we felt very safe when we were...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
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    Cynthia W, Guest Relations Manager at TravelChinaGuide-Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

    Dear pikesailplane, We are very pleased to know that you felt awesome about your China visit. Thank you so much for your kind support of our service and praise on our guide Candy. She must be happy if she knows that you enjoyed your Beijing...More

    Reviewed 8 September 2018

    My husband and myself booked this trip with Travel China Guide. We were unsure with what to expect. Our tour started out with16 but it ended with the 2 of us. With every city we arrived their was a guide to meet us and show...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank gmjaheazlewood
    Cynthia W, Guest Relations Manager at TravelChinaGuide-Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

    Dear gmjaheazlewood, We are happy to learn your review here and thank you for recommending our service on Tripadvisor. It is a great pleasure to know that everything went smoothly on your 14-Day Small-Group China Tour. Hope we will have another chance to serve you...More

    Reviewed 27 April 2018

    We just returned from this trip and wanted to let others know that we felt very comfortable traveling with this company. Although we were a group of 18 for the first 2 cities, we diverged slightly from the program for a few days (accommodated by...More

    Date of experience: April 2018
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    Gloria G, Guest Relations Manager at TravelChinaGuide-Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2018

    Dear Montana C, Thank you for traveling with TravelChinaGuide and taking time to evaluate our tour service online. We are glad to see that you have enjoyed your Beijing tour and were satisfied with our guide Candy. Your recognition is indeed a great encouragement to...More

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    Hi Tammy631, We did the 14 day tour with Travel China Guide tours. It was our first trip. We thought it was great! They said the upgrade to 1st class was not worth it on the river cruise. When we got on the boat, we... More
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