Golden Triangle of China | Small Group Tour from Australia

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Overview

One of the most ancient civilizations covered with mystery and legends, China welcomes you to discover its famous treasures from the Forbidden City of Beijing to the mind-boggling Great Wall to the bustling metropolis of Shanghai.
Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4 or 5-star best location hotels
    Standard rooms - 6 nights
    1st class train cabins
    2 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station - hotel transfers
    2 train journeys
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 3 guided city tours
    Jade Buddha temple
    Terracotta Army
  • MEALS
  • 8 breakfasts
    4 lunches

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Beijing

Welcome to the legendary capital of China - Beijing! Your private driver meets you at the exit gates of the airport holding a sign with your name on it and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.

No meals included.

Day 2
Beijing City Tour

Following breakfast, at your hotel, you start exploring the highlights of the Beijing with your private guide.

You start with a tour to the world-famous Tiananmen Square, where the mausoleum of Mao Zedong, the National Museum of China, the House of People's Meetings and the monument to the National Heroes are located. Then you proceed to the most breathtaking part of the city and the largest palace complex in the world, the Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City, where you spend some amazing time exploring its unique cultural and architectural heritage.

After lunch at one of the local restaurants you continue on to the Temple of Heaven - the renowned place of worship for the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The final destination of your tour is Pedicab Huntong near Houhai Lake - an amazing experience that shouldn't be missed!

After the tour you return to your hotel.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 3
Visit to the Great Wall of China & Ming Tombs

After breakfast, you visit the real icon of the country and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Wall of China. Like a giant stone dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down mountain ranges to protect China's border.

After exploring this majestic man-made miracle you enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants and then proceed to the famous Ming Tombs - a complex of imperial mausoleums built by the Chinese Ming dynasty emperors.

In the evening you return to your hotel.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 4
Visit to the Summer Palace & Train to Xian

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and continue exploring the magnificent treasures of Beijing. Today you visit the Summer Palace - the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. You spend several amazing hours there wandering around its beautiful gardens, lakes and palaces.

Later you explore the Yonghe Lama Temple - one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. You have the great chance to enjoy the sumptuous decorations of the temple while walking through the courtyards and halls of the complex.

In the evening you are transferred to the train station to board an overnight train* to Xian.

  • Note: depending on the high-speed rail line opening dates, a daily express option may be available.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Visit to the Terracotta Army

In the morning you arrive in Xian - one of the oldest cities in China. Upon arrival, you meet your guide and driver who will take you to the most important archaeological finding of the 20th century - the Terracotta Warriors. Then you go to the Terracotta Copy Factory where you can buy some fantastic souvenirs for your friends and family. 

Following lunch, you proceed to the Big Goose Pagoda to enjoy a truly spiritual atmosphere of this sacred Buddhist place.

After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel for overnight.

Lunch is included.

Day 6
Xian City Tour & Train to Shanghai

Following breakfast, you continue exploring the renowned landmarks of Xian. Today you visit the ancient City Walls, the Grand Mosque and the Hui Minority Market that is a great place to meet the locals and buy unique hand-made souvenirs.

In the evening you are transferred to the train station to board an overnight train* to Shanghai.

  • Note: depending on the high-speed rail line opening dates, a daily express option may be available.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Shanghai City Tour

In the morning you arrive in Shanghai - the largest city of China and its most significant seaport. Upon arrival, you meet your guide and driver who will take you on a panoramic tour around this bustling metropolis.

Next on your list is the visit to the Bund - the beautiful Huangpu River embankment that is the most favorite place among the locals. This splendid row of the early 20th century buildings of various styles and forms remains the quintessential Shanghai sight that attracts thousands of visitors. You have the chance to take a leisurely walk through the Bund, enjoying the great views of Shangai's most famous skyscrapers - the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the World Financial Center.

After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel for overnight.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 8
Visit to the Yuyuan Garden & Jade Buddha Temple

Following breakfast you meet your guide and visit a well-restored Suzhou-style complex of the Yuyuan Garden, explore the Old Town filled with antique markets and speciality stores, and take a walk through the main shopping street of Shanghai and one of the world's busiest shopping streets - Nanjing Road.

After lunch, you visit one of the most important Buddhist temples in China, the Jade Buddha Temple, that houses two precious Buddha statues, as well as a number of sacred relics.

After the tour, you return to your hotel.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 9
Departure from Shanghai

This is the last day of your fantastic China adventure. After breakfast, your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.


Included

6 nights in 4-star centrally-located hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfast
  • All taxes and fees

What's included
  • Accommodation at premium 4-star hotels;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Lunches according to the itinerary;
  • Airport / train station transfers with a private driver and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Sleeper economy overnight tickets Beijing - Xian and Xian - Shanghai*;
  • All entrance fees according to the itinerary;
  • Full Chinese visa processing.


Not included: flights, other meals, optional tours & services, all personal expenses.

*NOTE: depending on the high-speed rail line opening dates, daily express option may be available.

Tour highlights
  • Full Chinese visa processing
  • Three guided city tours of Beijing, Shanghai and Xian
  • A visit to the Terracotta Army
  • A visit to the Great Wall of China
  • A tour of Ming Tombs
  • A visit to the Temple of Heaven
What to Know
  • To avoid currency exchange fees, we suggest exchanging currency (to Yuan) in your personal bank prior the trip. Also, many Chinese banks and businesses do not accept foreign cards, thus it is best to have some cash for your personal spendings
  • The Chinese are not familiar with tipping concept, so you won't be expected to tip
  • Water in China is undrinkable, prepare to buy and carry a water bottle with you in case you get thirsty

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (4 star)
$3,098
Deposit $620
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (5 star)
$3,551
Deposit $711
Two travelers: double occupancy (4 star)
$3,281
Deposit $657
Two travelers: double occupancy (5 star)
$3,791
Deposit $759
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (4 star)
$3,098
Deposit $620
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (5 star)
$3,551
Deposit $711
Two travelers: double occupancy (4 star)
$3,281
Deposit $657
Two travelers: double occupancy (5 star)
$3,791
Deposit $759

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