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The Bund The Terracotta Army and Horses Forbidden City Oriental Pearl TV Tower Badaling Great Wall Bell Tower Big Wild Goose Pagoda Summer Palace Yuyuan Garden The Temple of Heaven Jade Buddha Temple Ancient City Wall Nanjing Road The Sacred Way Xiushui Street Huaqing Hot Springs Ming Tombs Hutong Tours in Rickshaw Shanghai Museum Tiananmen Square
  • The Bund
  • The Terracotta Army and Horses
  • Forbidden City
  • Oriental Pearl TV Tower
  • Badaling Great Wall
  • Bell Tower
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Summer Palace
  • Yuyuan Garden
  • The Temple of Heaven
  • Jade Buddha Temple
  • Ancient City Wall
  • Nanjing Road
  • The Sacred Way
  • Xiushui Street
  • Huaqing Hot Springs
  • Ming Tombs
  • Hutong Tours in Rickshaw
  • Shanghai Museum
  • Tiananmen Square

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9 Days China's Golden Triangle by Train

Tour Code: CTT02
Tour Duration: 9 Days
Destination: Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai
Tour overview: China’s Golden Triangle refers to the three cities of Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai, which when connected, form a triangle. These are China’s most famous cities, and for good reason. Each one is totally unique, and has so much to offer visitors. You will travel between these cities with overnight soft sleeper trains. It is a wonderful experience to travel by train in China. During the day, you will see some of the most famous sites on Earth.

  • Tour Summary
  • Day by Day Itinerary

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
1 Beijing Arrive at Beijing, the capital of China. Our local guide will meet you at airport and transfer you to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. Details... /
2 Beijing Depart from your hotel in the morning to have city tours to visit Tiananmen Square , Walking across the Golden River Bridge, enter the Forbidden City , After your lunch the tour goes on with a visit of the The Temple of Heaven Details... B,L
3 Beijing In the morning, depart from your hotel after breakfast. Spending about 1.5 hours to be transferred outside the city to the surrounding countryside to visit the Badaling Great Wall . After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the fabled Ming Tombs The Sacred Way Details... B,L
4 Beijing/Xi'an Have a unique Hutong Tours in Rickshaw in the morning, then visit the Xiushui Street . After having lunch at a local restaurant, spend your whole afternoon to visit the famous royal garden Summer Palace . Then be transferred to the railway station late in the evening for your train Z19 (departing from Beijing at 21:24, arriving Xian 08:25 next morning) to Xian. Overnight on the train this evening (soft sleeper). Details... B,L
5 Xi'an Arrive at the ancient city-Xian,To be met at the railway station and then visit the Ancient City Wall Bell Tower . Finally have a tour to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda , Then be transferred back to your hotel. Details... B,L
6 Xi'an/Shanghai Today will be your highlights in Xian. Depart from your hotel after breakfast. To be transferred outside city to visit the The Terracotta Army and Horses .After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Huaqing Hot Springs .Then be transferred to the railway station late in the evening for your train T115 (departing from Xian at 21:13, arriving Shanghai 12:37 next day) to Shanghai. Overnight on the train this evening (soft sleeper). Details... B,L
7 Shanghai Arrive at Shanghai at noon. To be met & transferred to your hotel. Then depart from your hotel to visit Nanjing Road The Bund . After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Yuyuan Garden Jade Buddha Temple . Free at leisure in the evening. Details... L
8 Shanghai You will depart from your hotel in the morning and begin the day tour with a visit of the Shanghai Museum , After lunch you will visit the highest TV Tower in Asia, Oriental Pearl TV Tower . Free at leisure in the evening. Details... B,L
9 Shanghai Free at leisure until to be transferred to the airport for next destination. Details... B
Season Tour Class Group Size Single Room
Supplement
1pax 2-5pax 6-9pax
Peak Season 3* (Tourist Class) $1526 $1028 $789 $196
4* (Deluxe Class) $1825 $1162 $926 $330
5* (First Class) $2158 $1472 $1139 $640
1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Include

A. Entrance fees:To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
C. Private Transfers: Among airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the private air conditioned vehicle.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
I. Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclude

A. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
E. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
F. Single Room Supplement.
G. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
H. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Transfer via:Flight on your own arrangement

Upon your arrival, our local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Then you will spend the rest of the day at your leisure, or resting and catching up on your jet lag.    

Day 2 Beijing (B, L)

Sightseeing: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

This morning our tour will begin with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, which was completed in 1420, and expanded over the years by two Qing Dynasty Emperors. It was the place where the Emperor came every winter solstice to worship heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest. With the three blue-tiled cone-shaped roofs, a unique wooden and blue-tiled structure built without a nail, it has become a worldwide symbol of Beijing. In the park nearby local people practice Tai Chi or sing and dance relaxingly.

After lunch, we will go on our city tour to visit Tiananmen Square, the symbolic heart of China and gathering place for the masses. It is the biggest public square in the world, which can hold one million people.

From here we will walk across the Golden River Bridge to visit the Forbidden City and experience the ancient Emperor's daily life. For 5 centuries Chinese emperors carried out their administration here. With almost 10,000 rooms, it was the centre of the Ming and Qing dynasties, a massive complex of palaces, pavilions, courtyards and gardens where 24 emperors used to live. Forbidden City was the largest palace in the world, and in the past it was indeed a forbidden place for commoners.

Day 3 Beijing(B, L)

Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs , Sacred Way

After experiencing the royal lifestyle, today we will be transferred to the surrounding countryside of Beijing and visit the Badaling Great Wall, the pride of China and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Whereas Genghis Khan contemplated it as a military obstacle, Richard Nixon described it as one of humankind's greatest achievements. You will be able to climb and walk one of the best preserved sections of the 2,000 years old ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountain views. Bring a jacket and layer- although it is breezy, the climbing is tough. So be in a good shape!

In the afternoon we will visit the legendary Ming Tombs, which are situated at the foot of Heavenly Longevity Mountain, Changping, northwest of Beijing. Since there are 13 Ming emperors buried there, this place was called the 13 Ming Tombs. You will walk along the Sacred Way, a road guarded by stone statues on both sides, as the ancient emperors did to hold a memorial ceremony for their ancestors. Finally, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors and visit one of the spectacular tombs, indeed an underground palace.

Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an(B, L)

Transfer via: soft sleeper train-arranged by us
Sightseeing: Hutong Rickshaw Tour,Xiushui Street, Summer Palace

We will experience a unique Hutong tour by taking a men-driven rickshaw this morning. Hutongs are a kind of ancient city alley or lane and are very typical for Beijing. Most of them can be found close to the Forbidden City, and were built during the three dynasties of Yuan, Ming and Qing. Today, the Hutong is a living museum of Beijing history showing the traditional lifestyle of Beijing people. We will make stops to visit a local family and experience how the people of Beijing live.

Then we will visit the Xiushui Street, which is a market located nearby the embassy area where you can find a number of duplicates of clothing in traditional Chinese style. Here you will mingle with Beijing people, overseas and local art dealers as well as farmers who import goods from the countryside. Therefore you may find some interesting things and enjoy your bargaining with shopkeepers.

After having lunch at a local restaurant, you can spend the whole afternoon to visit the famous royal garden-Summer Palace. In 1888, the notorious Empress Cixi used the money intended for the Chinese Navy to build this opulent summer retreat for herself. Have a lakeside cruise on the lovely Kunming Lake and enjoy the magical views of the temples, pavilions and covered corridors around. Late in the evening you will be transferred to the railway station for your train to Xi'an. Overnight on the train this evening (soft sleeper).

Day 5 Xi'an(L)

Sightseeing: Ancient City Wall , Bell Tower , Big Wild Goose Pagoda

This morning you will arrive in Xi'an, one of the most important cities in China's history. Being the first stop on the Silk Road, Xi'an was the first Chinese city which opened up its doors to the Ancient world since Tang dynasty. You will be met at the railway station and then visit the Ancient City Wall. You will experience a half-hour's hike along the Ancient City Wall. It is the largest and best preserved present city wall in ancient China and is probably the best military battlement in the world. If you want to, you can rent a bicycle for a ride on top of the spectacular city wall. The wall was built in the Tang dynasty (618-907) and enlarged in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

Then we will go on to visit the Bell Tower, which is the best-preserved and best-known one among many. The Bell Tower was built in 1384. In early mornings of ancient times it had the mission of ringing the bell and giving the correct time to the whole city, hence called "The Bell Tower". With magnificent carved beams and painted rafters, this classical building is truly elegant.

Our last stop today will be the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated in the south of Xi'an city, it is one of the main constructions in the famous Buddhist temple-Da-Ci-En Temple. There, the well-known Buddhist Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his collection of classic Buddhist artifacts brought from India in Tang Dynasty. Now it is the Landmark of Xi'an. Afterwards you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 6 Xi'an to Shanghai (B, L)

Transfer via: soft sleeper train-arranged by us   
Sightseeing: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses , Huaqing Hot Springs

Today you will experience the highlights of Xi'an. After breakfast you will depart from your hotel and visit the amazing 2000-year-old Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Regarded as the "8 th Wonder of the World", the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Over 2,200 years ago, the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, ordered the construction of a vast army of Terra-cotta warriors in search of immortality. After his early death they were buried with him to protect his empire. More than 7000 vivid figures in full battle array are formed for battle in several large pits.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit Huaqing Hot Springs. The Tang Emperor Xuanzong used to spend his wintertime in company of his favorite concubine Yang Guifei here. Entering the West Gate of Huaqing Hot Springs, you will see the delightful gardens of Nine-Dragon Pool, the Lotus Flower Pool and the Frost Drifting Hall with Tang style.

In the evening you will be transferred to the railway station to take your train to Shanghai. Overnight on the train this evening (soft sleeper).      

Day 7 Shanghai(L)

Sightseeing: Nanjing Road,the Bund ,Yuyuan Garden , Jade Buddha Temple

At noon you will arrive in Shanghai. There, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Then we will depart from your hotel to visit the Bund to take a walk along the waterfront and experience the smells, sights and sounds of the old "Wall Street"" in Shanghai. Actually, some people say that the Bund is like "an exhibition of buildings". Finally we will walk along the famous pedestrian street-Nanjing Road, known as "China's No.1 Shopping Street".

After having lunch at a local restaurant, we will take a stroll through the lovely Yuyuan Garden, one of the best Suzhou-style gardens in southern China, which has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools and flora, all connected by corridors and passageways. Afterwards, you will get an insight into Shanghai's local life on the Yuyuan Market – taste a pot of tea, shop for unique souvenirs and get a feeling for Old Shanghai.

Follow us to the Jade Buddha Temple. It is famous for its two rare statues of Buddha carved out of a single piece of white jade. One is a 1,000kg, 1.9 meter-high figure carved from Burmese jade brought to China in 1882, and the other is a sleeping Buddha; The temple receives thousands of visitors and worshipers every day. If you're lucky, you can watch the monks serving a ceremony in a side room.

Day 8 Shanghai(B, L)

Sightseeing: Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower

In the morning we'll depart from your hotel and begin today's activities with a visit of the Shanghai Museum. As the biggest museum of ancient Chinese art in China, with a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics, Shanghai Museum is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy, ancient Sculpture, ancient Jade, coins, Ming and Qing furniture and seals. Actually Shanghai Museum has eleven galleries and three special temporary exhibition halls.

After lunch you will visit the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the highest TV Tower in Asia and the world's third highest, creating a picture of 'twin dragons playing with pearls'. Like the Statue of Liberty in New York, Sydney Opera House and Eiffel Tower in Paris it has become Shanghai's symbolic architecture. The evening will be free for your own activities.

Day 9 Shanghai Departure(B)

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Today is your own, until our guide escorts you to the airport for your next destination.

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