China Golden Triangle 9 days tour
- Detailed itinerary
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- Optional activities
This 9 day China tour takes you to travel to Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai, three of the most visited cities in China. You will explore Chinese cultural heritages including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors and much more. This tour is a great starting point to a quickly understanding of China.
Day 01: Arrive at Beijing
Your guide and driver will waiting for you at the airport or train station exit. The rest of the day is free for you to rest or explore or some wondering suggestions from your guide, if you wanna guided tour, please tell us when you booking the trip.
Day 02:Beijing City Tour
Tiananmen Square - Forbidden City - Summer Palace
Today will be a day of touring Beijing's best offerings, you will begin to learn about the rich history and cultures of this Capital city.
A short drive to Tian'anmen Square, located in the center of Beijing city, is the largest public square in the world. Afterwards, cross the street, enter into the Forbidden City, the largest surviving palace complex and the former home of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Forbidden city is the best example of classical Chinese architecture in the world.
After lunch, head to the UNESCO World Heritage Summer Palace, a royal garden. This beautiful garden is covered with spectacular scenery a manmade lake named Kunming that is best overlooked from Longevity Hill (Wanshou Shan), a place once reserved for the imperial court only. Enjoy the beautiful scene and see the ancient palaces, temples and gardens dating back to the Qing dynasty. The Summer Palace is also well known as one of the four classic gardens in China.
In the evening, you can choose to enjoy a performance of Chinese Kung Fu Show (Optional)
Day 03:Great Wall Sightseeing
Temple of Heaven - Great Wall
After breakfast, drive to visit the Temple of Heaven, a holy imperial temple where emperors went to worship to the God of Heaven and pray for an good harvest. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest (Qinian Dian) is the main building at the Temple of Heaven, and it's well known for its unique and magnificent triple-gabled circular appearance.
Drive about 2.5 hours to Mutianyu Great Wall. Once arrival you will enjoy about 3 hours of walking along this wonderful ancient wall. Comparing to Badaling, Mutianyu Great Wall is less crowded. You can go up to the great wall by cable car or walk up.
(Optional: If you are interested in the local life, we can also drop you off at the Donghuamen night market or Sanlitun Bar Street, where you can get closer to local Beijing, if you prefer you guide with you ,Please check with us when you booking the trip).
Day 04:Beijing Half Day City Tour / High Speed Train to Xi'an
Yonghe Temple - Hutong Culture in Beijing
After breakfast, drive to visit the Lama Temple, which also known as the Yonghegong Temple. It is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. It contains the largest wooden Buddha in the world. (Optional: You can visit Beihai Park instead if you are more interested in the local people’s life).
Then explore the secret Beijing hutongs with a one to two hours visit to Beiluoguoxiang, this less visited portion of Beijing fading history is located in the old east part of the city. During your visit, the local guide will tell you the history and traditional cultures of old Beijing. In the afternoon, take the high-speed train to Xi'an (about 5 hours). Upon arrival in Xi'an, your guide will be waiting for you at the exit of the train station.
Day 05:Xi'an City Tour
Terracotta Warriors and Horses – Jin emperor ‘s tomb
We will visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, one of the must see attractions of China. Built for Qing Shi Huang, the first emperor of China to defend his mausoleum and prepare him for rule in the afterlife. You will see more than 10,000 life size clay warriors and their chariots, waiting for their emperor to awaken them.
After that we will take you to visit another emperor tomb from Han dynasty, it is the most underrated highlight of Xi’an. It revealed more about daily life than martial preoccupations—it is a total contrast with the Terracotta Warriors
At night, you can choose to enjoy a traditional dumpling banquet followed by a Tang Dynasty culture show. (Optional) or you can go to Huiming(which is the chinese way of calling Muslim) street where gathered many restanrants and handcrafts shops.
Day 06:Xi'an Half Day City Tour / Flight to Shanghai
Shaanxi History Museum - Xi'an City Wall - Shuyuan Men
Today you will visit several culturally rich spots in Xi'an city. After breakfast, head to Shaanxi History Museum, one of the best museums in China. View the more than 370,000 relics with your guide, to gain a clear understanding of Chinese history and culture. Enjoy your lunch and then continue on your day.
Next is a stop to the oldest and best preserved city walls in China, Xi'an City Wall. Time permitting you can choose to rent bicycles and ride around the whole thing. Or head straight to Shuyuan Men, this ancient street where you observe people's life as it was during the Tang dynasty.
Late in the afternoon, drive to the airport and fly to Shanghai, the last destination of this tour. Your Shanghai local guide will meet you at the airport and assist you to your hotel.
Day 07:Shanghai City Tour
Yu Garden - Shanghai Urban Exhibition Hall - Shanghai World Financial Center - The Bund - Nanjing Road
Begin your first day in Shanghai by visiting Yu Garden accompanied by your guide. Yu Garden was built during the Ming Dynasty by a government officer called Pan Yunduan. Here you will see the famous Exquisite Jade Rock and many other beautiful landscape architecture in the garden. Afterwards, your guide will take you to the Shanghai Urban Exhibition Hall to help you get a clear understanding of this modern city.
In the afternoon, you will visit Shanghai World Financial Center, or to locals is called the "bottle opener" because of its unique appearance. It is also one of the tallest buildings in the world. Then walk through Nanjing Road and see the beautiful scenery of the Bund in Shanghai.
In the evening you can choose to enjoy a Chinese Acrobatics show (Optional).
Day 08:Shanghai One Day Explore
As one of the last days of the tour, we have left it open and flexible, have one full day free( 8hours service from your guide ) to explore Shanghai. Go shopping or walk around this city. If you need, you can ask our guide to give you some suggestions on where to go or what to see. There are also some beautiful water towns near Shanghai, such as Zhouzhuang. If you want to go out side of Shanghai city area, please tell us when you booking the trip.
Day 09:Shanghai Airport or Train Station Send Off
Trip ends after your guide said goodbye at the airport or train station security check point.