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13 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Shanghai
Tour Code: SG05
Price from $3729 per person
Itinerary Details
Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Your 13 days China tour package starts with our pick-up service. Upon your arrival at Beijing airport, you will be met outside the customs and then be transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to have a good rest.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
After the buffet breakfast in the hotel, you will start your trip from Tiananmen Square, the world's largest city square. Then follow your guide to the Forbidden City, which was the imperial palace of the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties. The Forbidden City, officially named the Palace Museum, contains numerous national treasures, cultural relics and exquisite architecture, which may inspire your artistic talent. Lunch will be TCG's special offer - a welcome a la carte meal (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a good restaurant. You will have a chance to taste the famous Peking Roast Duck.

Your trip continues on to the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. As a royal shrine, emperors worshiped the god of heaven during the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Temple of Heaven is even larger than the Forbidden City. This evening, we invite you to enjoy a fantastic Chinese Kung Fu show at the Red Theatre.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Forbidden City, Beijing
Our group at the Forbidden City
Day 3 Beijing
Visiting the Great Wall is a must for your China trip. The morning sightseeing will take you to Mutianyu section of the world wonder, where you can see the long wall, dotted by beacon towers, stretching for miles along mountain ridges. A round way cable car will be arranged. To avoid using touristy restaurants near the wall, we omit lunch today. We suggest you have a big breakfast and obtain your own fast food for lunch. Your guide is glad to be at your assistance.

Transfer back to the downtown in the afternoon. You will spend your leisure time at a famous local market, where you can seek small gifts or souvenirs.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Great Wall of China
Enjoy a gorgeous view of the Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by Flight
After breakfast in the hotel, visit the Summer Palace, the largest and best preserved royal garden in China, where the Kunming Lake, Wanshou Hill, pavilions and bridges are a harmonious combination. Then, we will have a photo stop at the Olympic National Stadium (Bird's Nest).

Lunch will be an a la carte meal (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at an elegant restaurant. After that, your guide will take you to the Hutongs to see the old courtyards and capture the lifestyles of local residents. It is also a special experience to travel through the old alleys on rickshaws and try your hand at traditional Chinese paper cutting. You will then be taken to the airport for your flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Summer Palace, Beijing
Admire the pleasant scenery in the Summer Palace
Day 5 Xi'an
Your first stop in Xi'an will be the 'eighth wonder of the world', the Terracotta Army. Located in the eastern suburb of the city, it definitely warrants the one-hour transfer as the clay soldiers and horses are so vivid with distinct expressions and the bronze chariots and horses were so smartly designed and perfectly made, even compared with modern technology. 

Then return to the city to enjoy an authentic home-made a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) with a local family. Learn to cook Chinese food at the family house if you are interested.

In the afternoon, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum. The pagoda was built in the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) to house the Buddhist scriptures and statues brought from India. Tonight, a wonderful Tang Dynasty Music and Dance show is waiting for you at a fancy theatre, at the same time, you will be served the local featured dumpling dinner.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, 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.
Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army
Local famliy visit
Learn to make dumplings at a local home
Day 6 Xi'an
After breakfast, you will spend some leisure time at the City Wall Park, where many local people are doing their morning exercises. Join them for fun or just observe different cultures. Meanwhile, we arrange a Tai Chi practice for you to get a deeper insight into this traditional Chinese culture. Then go to the City Wall, a landmark site of the city. A bike ride on the wall is suggested; the bike rental fee is at your expense. It is quite a wonderful experience. If you are not skilled in bike riding, the electric car is also available on the City Wall.

Around noon, you will have an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local restaurant. Then visit Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, which is one of the best museums in China housing numerous relics excavated in the province. Continue to visit the Great Mosque, which is located on the bustling Muslim Street. After visiting the mosque, you will have some free time to explore the bazaar and have a taste of the delicious local snacks. You should not miss the persimmon cake, kebab, sticky rice cake. You can even have dinner here and try the local noodles.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Xian City Wall
Cycling on the ancient Xi'an City Wall
Day 7 Xi'an to Dunhuang by Flight
You have the morning free to explore the city on your own. Around noon, see you off to take a flight to Dunhuang, a bright pearl along the ancient Silk Road. Your local guide will pick you up and escort you to the 4-star Dunhuang Hotel.

After a short rest, you will ride a camel in the desert to visit the Echoing-Sand Dune and the beautiful Crescent Lake. The Echoing-Sand Dune is so named because the sand echoes in wind, and the Crescent Lake on account of its shape. You will also have an everlasting memory of when you enjoy the gorgeous sunset over the desert.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Dunhuang Hotel Building No. 8
Camel riding along the Echoing-sand Dune
Camel riding along the Echoing-sand Dune
Day 8 Dunhuang to Turpan by High Speed Train
In the morning, we will drive you to visit the local highlight - Mogao Grottoes. Located 25 km southeast of Dunhuang City, Mogao Grottoes are carved in the cliffs that stretch for 1,600 meters. The hive-like grottoes house numerous delicate murals and Buddhist statues made during the one thousand years spanning the Five Hus and Sixteen States (304 - 439 AD) and the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368). Marvel at the sculptures and murals. The guide will tell you the history and stories behind, so that you could have a better understanding of them. Also, please keep in mind that the photography is not allowed inside. 

After that, your guide will transfer you to Liuyuan Railway Station for a 3.5-hour high speed train to Turpan. Upon arrival, your guide in Turpan will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Huozhou Hotel
Crescent Lake, Dunhuang
Crescent Lake, Dunhuang
Mogao Grottoes
Mogao Grottoes
Day 9 Turpan
Your trip in Turpan starts from the famous Ancient City of Jiaohe, the world's largest, oldest and best preserved city that is built of raw soil. Then continue to visit Karez Well, one of the three greatest projects of ancient China. It is an underground water conservancy project originally created by hard working people in the arid areas. Its function is drawing out the groundwater to turn the desert into an oasis. Today's final destination will be the conical Sugong Pagoda, which has a peculiar internal structure that does not use wooden columns for support. Instead, you can see 72 brick-built stairs spiraling up to the top to support the body of the pagoda. What a marvelous design!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Turpan - Urumqi
This morning you will pay a visit to another ancient ruin, Ancient City of Gaochang. Originally constructed in the 1st century BC, Gaochang was once the capital of Gaochang Kingdom, but most buildings there were destroyed in wars at the end of 13th century. According to some archaeologists, Gaochang city was like another Chang'an in its heyday (Chang'an, old name for Xi'an, the ancient capital city in northwest region).

We will then drive to visit the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves and the Flaming Hill. They are close to each other. Tonight, your guide will transfer you to Urumqi to check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Excemon Xinjiang Yilite Hotel
Ancient City of Jiaohe
Ancient City of Jiaohe
Ancient City of Gaochang
Our clients visiting Gaochang Ruins
Day 11 Urumqi to Shanghai by Flight
After breakfast, we will see you off to take a morning flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by your local guide and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is left for you to have a good rest and a chance to relax.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Day 12 Shanghai
The morning excursion will take you to visit Shanghai Museum and Yu Garden. Yu Garden is an elaborately designed, delicately constructed inimitable garden of the Ming Dynasty. After that, you will spend some leisure time at the nearby bazaar, where you can find some interesting souvenirs at fair prices. 

Lunch will be our special offer - an a la carte meal (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a popular restaurant. In the afternoon, we will guide you to discover the Former French Concession. Then, drive to the Bund area, where you will take a one-hour cruise tour on the Huangpu River. Enjoy some free time to explore the Bund. There you can view Shanghai's colonial architecture and futuristic skyline. Upon returning to the hotel, your guide will see you into the lobby to say bon voyage.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Shanghai Bund
Gleaming skyscrapers seen from the Bund
Day 13 Departure from Shanghai
Your 13-day China itinerary comes to its end today. Please check out of the hotel and make your way to the airport for your homeward flight. We are glad to be at your assistance and wish you a pleasant journey home with memories to last a lifetime!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
May 06(Fri)May 18(Wed)$3829$799
May 13(Fri)May 25(Wed)$3829$799
May 20(Fri)Jun 01(Wed)$3829$799
May 27(Fri)Jun 08(Wed)$3819$779
Jun 03(Fri)Jun 15(Wed)$3809$769
Jun 10(Fri)Jun 22(Wed)$3799$759
Jun 17(Fri)Jun 29(Wed)$3799$759
Jun 24(Fri)Jul 06(Wed)$3829$799
Jul 01(Fri)Jul 13(Wed)$3869$799
Jul 08(Fri)Jul 20(Wed)$3869$799
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Jul 22(Fri)Aug 03(Wed)$3869$799
Jul 29(Fri)Aug 10(Wed)$3869$799
Aug 05(Fri)Aug 17(Wed)$3869$799
Aug 12(Fri)Aug 24(Wed)$3869$799
Aug 19(Fri)Aug 31(Wed)$3869$799
Aug 26(Fri)Sep 07(Wed)$3889$829
Sep 02(Fri)Sep 14(Wed)$3889$869
Sep 09(Fri)Sep 21(Wed)$3889$869
Sep 16(Fri)Sep 28(Wed)$3889$869
Sep 23(Fri)Oct 05(Wed)$3889$869
Oct 07(Fri)Oct 19(Wed)$3819$789
Oct 14(Fri)Oct 26(Wed)$3819$789
Oct 21(Fri)Nov 02(Wed)$3819$789
Oct 28(Fri)Nov 09(Wed)$3749$789
Nov 04(Fri)Nov 16(Wed)$3749$789
Nov 11(Fri)Nov 23(Wed)$3729$769
What's Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fare
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
What's Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers