China: Highlight Tour - Beijing, Xi'an, And Shanghai

China: Highlight Tour - Beijing, Xi'an, And Shanghai

8 days Beijing- Xi’an – Shanghai classic tour

From $1540
6 Reviews


Explore the must-see sites, the Forbidden City, and the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall.

Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which is dainty and exquisite in its appearance.

Take Chinese calligraphy lessons in Xi’an, and experience amazing Chinese culture

Enjoy the acrobatics performance in the evening in Shanghai.

If you're looking for a classic tour that covers China's most significant city highlights in just one week - not to mention a trip to the legendary Great Wall - this is the perfect itinerary for you. Combining ancient history, art, nature, and culture, you'll travel from the bright lights and temples of the country's capital, Beijing, through to the colourful canals and silk factories of China's financial capital, Shanghai. Whether you choose to travel with a group of friends, with your significant other, or even as a family, you'll find something for everyone in this fascinating and diverse country.

Itinerary idea in detail

Day 1 Beijing And Its Incredible Story
Sights: Tiananmen Square >Forbidden City >Lama Temple >CCTV Building
Accommodation: Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel

Arrive in Beijing, meet your local guide in the airport, and transfer to the city centre. Visit to Tiananmen Square, located at the centre of Beijing City, which is one of the largest city squares in the world. It was built in 1417 and was the entrance gate to the Forbidden City. Afterwards, you will enter the Forbidden city, called “Gogong” in Chinese. For almost five hundred years it served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government. From November 2015 our Government has opened several new Museums to the Public. And then we will visit Lama Temple: This Lama Temple was built as a mansion for Emperor Yongzheng in the Qing Dynasty when he was a prince. In 1744, the temple was converted into a lamasery and the home of larger numbers of monks from Mongolia and Tibet. On the way back we will visit the CCTV Building from outside in Beijing CBD.

Day 2Temple of Heaven Visit
Sights: Temple of Heaven > Nan Luo Gu Alley >Beijing Olympic Park >Houhai Lake
Accommodation: Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel

Have breakfast in the hotel. Start the day with a visit to the Temple of Heaven. It is a complex of Taoist buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. And then visit to Hutong on a rickshaw. Promenade near Shichahai (also called Houhai).

Because of the narrow lanes, taxis could not enter into Hutong, so rickshaw is one of the most welcomed modes of transportation that bring you all the way to the discovery of old Beijing. Nan Luo Gu Alley was built under the architectural concept of “residential blocks” with the lane serving as the central line dividing 8 parallel hutongs on each side, hence forming the outlook of a fish bone, or a “Centipede”. Besides, there are many old small shop and a lot of delicious food and snack. In the end we will drive to Beijing Olympic Park(outside).

Day 3The Famous Great Wall Discovery
Sights: Mutianyu Great Wall >Ming Tomb-Zhaoling
Accommodation: Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel

Have breakfast in the hotel. First visit Mutianyu Great Wall. Considered as one of the greatest wonders of the world, it was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO since 1987. Built originally to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire against intrusions by various nomadic groups, Mutianyu is the longest fully restored Great Wall section open to visitors. We could also arrive the hilltop by telpher and enjoy the beautiful view at the same time. Continue your tour to Ming Tomb-Zhaoling. This site of the Ming Dynasty Imperial Tombs was carefully chosen according to Feng Shui(geomancy) principles. We will visit the tomb, where the twelfth emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Zhu Zaihou, and his three empresses were buried. Finish this day tour at Scared Road, a part of the Ming Tombs complex. On both sides of the road there are neat lawns and lush trees, it’s very comfortable to take a walk on that road.

Day 4Xi’an’s Buried Treasures
Sights: Terracotta Warriors and Horses >Great Mosque > Muslim Street
Accommodation: Sofitel Xian On Renmin Square

Have breakfast in hotel and then your guide will send you to Beijing airport to catch the flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, meet your guide in the airport. Start this discovery day at Terracotta Warriors and Horses, created about 2200 years ago and found in 1974 on the east side of the tomb of the First Emperor Qin Shihuang by a group of farmers who were digging a water well. Move on to Great Mosque, one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China. Make a promenade in Muslim Street, where all the shops and restaurants are operated by Muslims. This colourful street is packed with shops selling a large variety of interesting local delicacies, snacks and souvenirs.

Day 5Padogas And Important Museums
Sights: Small Wild Goose Pagoda >Chinese calligraphy lessons >Shaanxi History Museum
Accommodation: Sofitel Xian On Renmin Square

Have breakfast in hotel. Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, built in the year 707 A.D. during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). As it is newer and smaller than the Big Wild Goose Pagoda the name was given to distinguish one from the other. Unlike the grand Big Wild Goose Pagoda, it is dainty and exquisite in its appearance. It is an important cultural relic and one of the remaining symbols of ancient Chang'an (the name of Xian in the Tang Dynasty). Make a rewarding break by taking Chinese calligraphy lessons before heading to Shaanxi History Museum. Located to the northwest of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in the ancient city Xi'an, in the Shaanxi province of China, it is one of the first huge state museums with modern facilities in China. The museum houses over 370,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects.

Day 6Heading Up To Shanghai
Sights: the Bund >Huangpu River >Yuyuan Garden > Shanghai Museum
Accommodation: Golden Riverview Hotel (Shanghai)

Have breakfast in hotel and then your guide will send you to Xi’an airport to catch the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival meet your guide. Stroll at the Bund. Located along the Huangpu River, the Bund shows off Shanghai’s outstanding foreign buildings, most of which were erected before 1937. To the Europeans, the Bund was Shanghai’s answer to Wall Street. In the 1930s, the string of buildings hosted the city's financial and commercial centers and the world's greatest banks and trading empires established a base here.

Get aboard a ferry boat over Huangpu River to enjoy the beautiful view. Then, take a walk in Pudong Area. Visit the Yuyuan Garden which is located in the center of the Old City next to the Chenghuangmiao. It is considered as one of the most lavish and finest Chinese gardens in the region. Finish with the Shanghai Museum, a museum of ancient Chinese art, situated on the People's Square. Enjoy the acrobatics performance in the evening.

Day 7Tongli: Silk Making And Gardens
Sights: Tongli >Tuisiyuan >Master of Nets Garden >silk factory
Accommodation: Golden Riverview Hotel (Shanghai)

Have breakfast in the hotel. In the morning, drive to Tongli. It is known for a system of canals, it has been given the nickname "Venice of the East". You could promenade in this old village and take a boat. Retreat and Reflection Garden: Called Tuisiyuan in Chinese. It was recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as aUNESCO World Heritage Site. Master of Nets Garden: Drive continue to Suzhou. Visit the Master of Nets Garden (wangshi yuan in Chinese). It is the smallest of the Suzhou residential gardens, yet it is the most impressive because of its use of space which creates the illusion of an area that is much greater than its actual size.

Silk Factory: Visit one of the local silk factory. China is known for its silk and Suzhou is most famous place for silk producing. What is so amazing about the silk-making process is that the silkworm creates its cocoon out of a single silk thread that is continuous for approximately 3,600 feet.

Day 8Shanghai: Time To Say Goodbye
Sights: Shanghai Museum >Jade Buddha Temple
Accommodation: -

After the breakfast, visit Shanghai museum in the morning, it is a museum of ancient Chinese art, situated on the People's Square. And then we will visit the Jade Budda Temple which is one of the Shanghai must-see attractions, and till now, it still be an active one that with 70 resident monks at last count. The most famous thing of Jade Buddha Temple is not the architectural idea which was conveyed in Song Dynasty, the valuable essence lies in the Buddha figures. Spend your leisure time without our service in the afternoon. Transfer to the airport according to your international flight schedule.

What's Included


Entrance Fees: To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary

Private Transfers: Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing during the trip by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver

Guide: As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver who will remain with you throughout your time in that city

Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges

Accommodation with breakfast

All mentioned activities in the program

All mentioned meals in the program


International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China

China Entry Visa Fees

Other meals or beverage

Tips for guide and driver

Excess Baggage Charges : Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carry-on baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm

Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary Please notice that the price will be much higher during the festival of Labors’ Day, National Day, Spring Festival

Additional insurance





Only great things to say about this trip! We traveled for a few months and the China dragon trip was the best part. The trip allows you to see so much and really experience China in a unique way. It is extremely hard to communicate in China, therefore having the tour guides and transport already organised makes the trip run so much more smoothly and you make good use of your time there.



Fantastic and very varied tour of China. Within quite a short about of time we managed to cover lots of the main sites of interest but we also had time for walking, cycling and evening shows. Although the trip was quite fast paced I never felt particularly rushed. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledge and went out of his way to make the trip more comfortable



Very well designed itinerary allowing you to see plenty of places in China and take party of many activities. This is a very interesting yet intense trip but a fantastic way to see a lot in a short time. Our guide was very pleasant and helpful and had a great sense of fun.



The trip was well organised, as a solo traveller I felt safe and involved in the activities. Guides were fantastic in each location and the activities added to the overall experience.



I did the China tour and it was the best thing that I ever did!! Walking on the Great Wall, seeing the Terracotta Army and Tongli were amazing experiences! All the guides were fantastic and went out of their way to help you! It was an amazing week and I would love to do it all again!!



Everything was well run and explained with helpful tips for each city and location. All the hotels where surprisingly clean and nice places to stay! Highly recommend this once in a lifetime opportunity!


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