Experience the beauty of China with an 8-Day Treasures of China tour to Shanghai, Beijing, and Xi’an! The ancient and modern capitals of China are included in this 8-day tour. Embrace China’s breathtaking modernity while taking in its rich history in cities like Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai.
The Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace are just some of Beijing’s modern and historic treasures. Enjoy the vivacity and cuisine of Xian, China’s cultural capital, before heading to Shanghai, known as the “pearl of the Orient,” on a high-speed train. There is a lot to see and do in China’s major cities, including high-speed train travel, a driver-guided tour, and more!
- One way pickup from Shanghai airport
- Bullet train tickets (2nd class) from Xi’an to Beijing, seat upgrade available upon request.
- Flight tickets (Economic class) from Shanghai to Xi’an, seat upgrade available upon request.
- Private transfer during the tour
- All entrance tickets as listed
- Private English-speaking guide
- Tea ceremony at Yuyuan Garden Bazaar
- Breakfasts are inclusive if choose our selection hotel
- Lunch (6)
Day 1: Shanghai Arrival
Shanghai Tourist Service Center (Pudong Airport T2)
Our driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where you can proceed to check in. Today is yours to do with as you please. You can relax in the hotel or go for a walk on your own. Explore the city for the rest of the day.
Day 2: Water Town experience and beyond
Jade Buddha Temple
A sacred Qing Dynasty structure from the 19th century, the Jade Buddha Temple is home to two magnificent Jade Buddha statues. Admire the temple’s magnificent architecture and learn about its fascinating history from your guide. Visit the Jade Center and learn about the history of jade and its significance in Chinese culture.
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Continue your journey outside of Shanghai to Zhujiajiao Water Village, where you can explore the village on foot or by canal boat (Boat rides are optional cost), see some of the 36 stone bridges and ancient buildings, take in the local culture, and buy some souvenirs. Finally, transportation back to the hotel is provided.
Day 3: Shanghai -Xi’an by air
Yuyuan Old Street
Your private guided tour begins with a marvel at Yuyuan Garden and Shanghai Old Street, where you’ll see classic statues, ornaments, and flatware from the Ming and Qing dynasties. This is the perfect tour to pack the best of Shanghai’s most famous sites. In addition, the picturesque garden has a large number of halls, springs, and other small structures to explore and appreciate. A traditional tea ceremony will be performed for you here.
Next, enter the former French Concession in Xintiandi, and see the classic 1920’s Shikumen architecture. Cross over the old alleyway and soak in the classic and modern atmosphere.
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shortly after, you’ll arrive at The Bund, eminently recognized and revered. Nighttime illumination casts a magical glow on the waterfront buildings, which have been collectively dubbed “Gallery of World Architecture.” The dazzling display of crystal palaces is truly magical.
Finally, you’ll pass through the financial district of Lujiazui, which has seen nearly 100 skyscrapers constructed in the last decade! You can get a bird’s-eye view of Shanghai’s skyline from the top of the 100-story Shanghai Tower, Jinmao Tower, Pearl Tower, and other landmarks ( option cost for observation deck).
Xi’an Xianyang International Airport
In the end, transfer to the airport, fly to Xi’an. Our driver in Xi’an will hold your nameplate and wait for you at the arrival hall. Then take you to the hotel for check in.
Day 4: Ancient Xi’an city highlights
The Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses
This morning, you will visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors with over 8,000 painted life-size warriors and horses in battle-ranked formations. reproducing the significant imperial guard troops of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259 – 210BC), the first emperor of the first unified dynasty of Imperial China.
Xi’an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Explore 14- kilometer long Xi’an Ancient City Wall by foot or bike leisurely, the entire city view presented right in front of you. This Wall is the most well-preserved ancient military defensive system in the world today, composed of the moat, hanging bridges, battlements, watchtowers, tunnels, and parapet.
Tang Dynasty Show
Watch Tang Dynasty Show in the evening. The show includes an entertaining combination of live music, dance, and poetry. This marvelous show vividly reflects the ancient royal singing and dancing of the Tang Dynasty about 1400 years ago. Lastly, transfer to your hotel in Xi’an.
Day 5: Explore Historic Xi’an
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of Xian’s most recognizable and notable landmarks, is possibly the most beautiful building still standing in Xi’an today. Tang Sanzang, a famous Buddhist translator and traveler, commissioned the construction of the Big Goose Pagoda to house the sutras and Buddha figurines he brought back from India.
Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling)
Afterward, head to visit the Archaeological Museum of Hanyangling Mausoleum, which is also called “JingDi’s Tomb”. This is a burial site for Emperor Jingdi and his wife. This tomb could be dated back to 2,100 years ago. It is the only underground museum in China, visitors are also able to go into the grave and have a close look.
Explore the Muslim Quarter, which is home to the city’s largest concentration of Muslims. Here you’ll find a wide variety of specialty shops, restaurants, and souvenir vendors. Muslim men in white hats can be seen in the stores, chatting and relaxing with one another. In addition, the Puppet Show at Gao’s Courtyard offers a fascinating look at Chinese folk art. You’ll have dinner at a local restaurant and then be taken back to your hotel in Xi’an. You’ll dine on local fare in the area and then be taken back to your Xi’an hotel.
Day 6: Xi’an-Beijing by bullet train
Beijing South Railway Station
Take a morning bullet train to Beijing, as you enjoy the vast landscape on the way, your guide and driver are expecting your arrival at the train station of Beijing. Please note Lunch on the train on your own arrangement.
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Summer Palace, China’s best-preserved imperial garden, awaits visitors upon arrival. It’s known for its stunning scenery and architectural splendor. Visit the Summer Palace, take in the stunning gardens, and try to imagine what it was like for the imperial nobility to spend their summers here. You’ll be dropped off at your Beijing hotel at the conclusion of the tour.
Day 7: Great wall experience and Hutong tour in Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Great Wall of China is a must-see on any trip to Beijing. The Great Wall of China’s Mutianyu section, the world’s eighth wonder, will be your destination for the day. Visit one of the most well-preserved and well-known sections of the Mutianyu Great Wall via cable car. Enjoy the natural wonders and tensely distributed Watchtowers that surround you. awe-inspiring architecture and a beautiful landscape surround the wall.
Afterward, take a Rickshaw Hutong ride Stroll through and experience local life as you wander through quaint shops, enjoy a coffee, and gain an insider’s view of a real Beijing community.
Day 8: Beijing Departure
Temple of Heaven
Be sure to see the Temple of Heaven, one of the largest temples built during the Ming and Qing dynasties to honor Heaven and pray for a bountiful harvest. Locals often perform Taichi, sing songs, and dance in this sacred space. Beijing’s senior citizens flock there in droves these days. To top it all off, you can study Tai Chi by following along with them.
Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
Afterward, take a short stroll on Tiananmen Square. which is one of the landmarks of our capital.
Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
With 9,999 rooms spread over 72 acres and surrounded by a six-meter-deep moat and a 10-meter-high wall, the Forbidden City is the world’s largest palace complex and the largest in the world. the 6000-year-old Royal Palace is worth a visit. The stories of the ancient emperors and their concubines will be revealed to you as you journey through the Forbidden City with a knowledgeable guide.
The Bird’s Nest Ice and Snow Festival
Later a stopover at Beijing’s stadium and pool – the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube – built for the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics – provides a modern contrast to China’s ancient history. Please note: Due to different flight schedules, please find your own way to the airport for your homeward flight. We wish you a nice journey home.
This concludes our 8-Day Treasures of China Private Tour: Shanghai, Beijing, and Xi’an.
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