Golden Triangle of ChinaBeijing-Xian-Shanghai Tour

Days 9
Destinations 3
Experiences 37

Trip Summary

Family Vacation, Chinese Culture, Gourmet, Nature

Why do we call Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai "the Golden Triangle?" The answer is simple: if you can only visit three Chinese cities, these are the ones you must see. That, and if you join them up on a map, they make a triangle shape!

Your guided tour will begin in the capital, Beijing, a city full of hidden gems. In addition to visiting stunning religious sites like the Temple of Heaven, the immense imperial complex of the Forbidden City, and the elaborate gardens of the Summer Palace, you'll get an intimate view of local life and culture via a rickshaw ride through the city's ancient alleyways.

Just a short distance from Beijing, we'll take you to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, one of China's most famous and awe-inspiring attractions. You know what they say: "you haven't been to China unless you have visited the Great Wall!"

For most people, the name Xi'an evokes images of the dazzling Terracotta Warriors, an intricate stone army from the dawn of China's imperial era. After your trip, the name of this ancient capital will bring back countless memories of other adventures: cycling the city walls, exploring the Muslim Quarter, and tasting delicious local delicacies, to name but a few.

You'll wrap up your trip in the bustling metropolis of Shanghai, one of the world's most populated cities. Here, you'll stroll along the European-style promenade of the Bund, which overlooks the futuristic skyline of Pudong New Area, and get a sense of Shanghai's varied history by visiting the exquisite Yuyuan Garden and the French Concession's zigzagging alleyways.

As always, we can customize your tour package to suit to your individual preferences; simply ask your agent!

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  • Airport Pickup & Transfer to Your Hotel – Your private guide and driver will escort you to your hotel, assist you with hotel check-in, and answer any questions you may have about your travel arrangements. Once you have checked into your hotel, you will have the rest of the day to relax and get situated.
  • Overnight – Beijing

What's Included

  • One-on-one trip consulting and planning service from one of our experienced travel specialists
  • Domestic transportation as detailed on your itinerary
  • Private English-speaking guide (selected/trained by our Western staff)
  • Experienced Chinese-speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle (unlimited bottled water supplied in your vehicle)
  • Entry to all attractions on your itinerary – no hidden costs or commission-based shopping stops
  • Meals as specified on your itinerary (at quality local restaurants)
  • 24/7 support from your guide and travel specialist while you are on tour

What's Not Included

  • International flights to and from China
  • International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)
  • Tips for your guide and driver


  • We offer our itineraries as suggestions only; all of our tours can be tailored to your schedule and interests. If there is anything you do or don't want to include, simply let your agent know
  • Prices vary according to your date of travel and any special requests you might have. Please ask for a free, bespoke quotation
  • Meals may change based on the time and location. You can also ask your guide to change your meals. We will try our best to help you enjoy a variety of Chinese food
  • For tour booking terms and conditions, please read our Terms of Service

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