CCT-01 : Essence Tour of China

9 Days Tour of Beijing/Xi'an/Shanghai

From: $ 1,589


  1. Classic tour for your first visit to China.
  2. Golden Triangle of China tour destinations; ancient and modern miracles.
  3. Mysterious Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Terra-cotta Army to be discovered.
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  • Great Hall of the People

    Day 1Arrive in Beijing

    Upon your arrival in Beijing, your private and professional English-speaking tour guide will pick you up at Beijing Capital International Airport, and then we will use a private vehicle to transfer you to your hotel where you can have a good rest and get ready for the trip of the next day.

    Meals: None

    Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
    Mercure Beijing Downtown

  • Grand Forbidden City against clear sky

    Day 2 Beijing

    After western buffet breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer you to feel the glory of Tian’anmen Square and the magnificence of Forbidden City. A place could be just historic, or only extremely beautiful, or merely iconic, but Forbidden City is all three. In the afternoon, you will start for Temple of Heaven. What’s for dinner today? Roast Duck, of course! Panda is a national treasure, and Kongfu is the quintessence of Chinese culture, what will happen when the treasure comes across the quintessence? Let’s watch a special show - Kongfu Show after dinner at Shicha Lake Theater. At last, return to your hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Beijing Roast Duck Dinner

    Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
    Mercure Beijing Downtown

  • Hiking on Great Wall

    Day 3Beijing

    You will start the day by visiting Great Wall which is one of the most important symbols of China. It is a man-made structure and the construction started over two thousand years ago and finished in about 100 years later. Believe you will be shocked by the spectacle. The first destination in this afternoon will be the Jade Museum where you can buy jade souvenirs. Next, you will have an exterior view of Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) and National Swimming Center (Water Cube). 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
    Mercure Beijing Downtown

  • Aged Mao Er Hutong

    Day 4Beijing/Xi’an

    Get up and enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel. Later, start for Summer Palace, which is the most important center of political and diplomatic activities besides Forbidden City in late Qing Dynasty. After that, you will have some time to shop in a pearl store. After a la carte lunch, take an interesting visit to Hutong by rickshaw. Hutong is like an encyclopedia that reflects not only history but also social customs of Beijing. Then you will fly to Xi’an. Similarly, you will be greeted by a private and excellent tour guide when you arrive in Xi’an, and taken to the hotel by the private vehicle.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Xi’an
    Golden Flower Hotel by Shangri-La Xi'an

  • Spectacular Terra-cotta Warrior Armies

    Day 5Xi’an

    Before you witness Museum of Qin Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses, you might have never imagined this country with such long and mysterious history. This morning, we will take you there. You can view the exterior of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s tomb, visit Pit No. 1, 2, and 3 of terra-cotta warriors and horses and Bronze Chariots and Horses Exhibition Hall, and the newly excavated Pit of Civilian Figures and Pit of Stone Armors. Today we will also visit terra-cotta warriors and horses reproduction factory and get to know something about the working process of terra-cotta figures. Xi’an City Wall with a history of over 600 years is another highlight of today. There you could have a cozy time by walking or riding a bicycle on the wall (p.s.: bicycle renting fee is on your own). Later in a splendid theater, a marvelous Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will be presented to you after a delicious dumpling banquet.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dumpling Banquet Dinner

    Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Xi’an
    Golden Flower Hotel by Shangri-La Xi'an

  • Statue of Xuanzang in Da Ci'en Temple

    Day 6Xi’an

    You will have a visit to Shaanxi History Museum which houses numerous relics found in this province, and North and South Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda today. Alternatively, you can choose to visit Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi’an Museum instead. After lunch, you will visit Gao’s Courtyard (Bangyan Mansion) (Bangyan, the second in final imperial examination in ancient times), a typical local residence with a history of 400 years. You will also watch the local folk art - Shadow Play inside. You may immerse yourself in Muslim Quarter in the afternoon, where almost all Xi’an snacks can be found, and stroll around the Bell and Drum Tower Square.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Xi’an
    Golden Flower Hotel by Shangri-La Xi'an

  • Magnificent sea-crossing bridge in Hangzhou Bay

    Day 7Xi’an/Shanghai

    This morning, you will have to say goodbye to the ancient and modern Xi’an and fly to Shanghai. Upon arrival at the airport, you will meet your well trained tour guide. We will take you to experience Huangpu River and feel the appealing scenery on both sides of the river, The Bund and Lujiazui area.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Grand Mercure Hongqiao Shanghai

  • Featured architecture in Town God's Temple

    Day 8Shanghai

    After breakfast, visit Shanghai Museum and walk around Nanjing Road. Nanjing Road is the window open to the outside world, and shopping paradise for domestic and oversees tourists. After lunch, you will see Xintiandi Pedestrian Shopping District and Yuyuan Garden as well as the markets around Town God's Temple. A visit to a silk store will also be arranged. Our flavored dinner will be offered later, followed by an Acrobatics show at Portman Ritz Carlton this evening. You will be  transferred back to the hotel afterwards.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Grand Mercure Hongqiao Shanghai

  • Speedy Maglev Train in Shanghai

    Day 9Depart from Shanghai

    After breakfast, you will have some free time before heading for the airport according to your flight schedule. You may also experience the maglev train. Your wonderful China trip ends here.

    Meals: Breakfast

Service Inclusion:

1. Private air-conditioned cars, drivers and guides throughout the itinerary;
2. Well-selected international brand hotel or same level hotel with daily
western breakfasts;
3. Entrance fees to all tourist sites;
4. Authentic Chinese Food served at local best restaurants;
5. Domestic airfare with fuel fee & taxes and relative transfers in China;
6. Services charges and government taxes;
7. Travel liability insurance.

Service Exclusion:

1. Chinese visa application fee;
2. International airfare to and from China;
3. Personal expense like phone rental and laundry charges;
4. Gratuity to guides and drivers.

Note on prices: The following rates are for per person, based on intraday exchange rate and subject to change during peak seasons such as the National Day Holiday and Spring Festival.

10 people and above


  • Asked by Joanne

    Oct 12 , 2016 20:19

    Hi, my family want to see Shanghai and Hangzhou in february 2017, what is the price for the 9 day trip?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Oct 13 , 2016 10:05

    Thanks to contact us. According to the different arrangements, the price will be diverses. So for more details, we will be in touch with you via email. Have a nice day!

  • Asked by Andy

    Oct 04 , 2016 09:11

    I just wonder why we always enter China via Beijing and exit from Shanghai?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Oct 04 , 2016 15:12

    In the Itineraries, we arrange Beijing as the enter city, and Shanghai as the departure city. That is because this is a much convenient choice compared to other choices. Of course, you can choose other city to enter China, but if to choose other city, the international flight tickets will cost much higher.

  • Asked by Ross

    Sep 14 , 2016 10:34

    Hi, i wanna know how far in kilometers is it from the Forbidden City to the Temple of Heaven? How can i go there on my own?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Sep 14 , 2016 17:48

    Well, it is about 5 kilometers from the Forbidden City to the Temple of Heaven. And, you may reach to Dongdan Station of subway line 1 and then take subway line 5 to reach the Temple of Heaven. It may be the most convenient way for you.

  • Asked by Ms.Honey (Canada)

    Jul 19 , 2016 15:03

    I would like to visit China with my husband, 8 days in June or maybe July, can u give me some suggestions, we would like to tour some cultural and historical cities?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Jul 21 , 2016 15:12

    8 days tour of Beijing/Xi’an/Shanghai may cater to your needs, as these places are full of cultural and historical scenic spots. For more information you can check on

  • Asked by Maria

    Jul 14 , 2016 11:48

    Could you recommend a 4-5 star hotel within walking distance of Xidan, many Thanks!

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Jul 17 , 2016 15:48

    According to our research, Grand Hotel Beijing can be a great choice for you, which is a 5 star hotel with excellent service, and is 5 minutes’ walk from Forbidden City and close to Wangfujing Pedestrian Street, a shopping paradise. If you need any further help, please feel free to contact us!

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