CCT-05 : A China Experience with Ancient Cites

12 Days Tour of Beijing/Datong/Pingyao/Taiyuan/Xi’an/Shanghai

From: $ 2,389


  1. Golden Triangle of China tour destinations including Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai.
  2. Rich cultural heritages, ancient civilizations, splendidi natural scenery, religious arts, special ethnic folklores.
  3. Ancient and modern miracles.
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  • Aerial view of Forbidden City

    Day 1Arrive in Beijing

    Upon arrival at Beijing Airport, your private English-speaking tour guide will be waiting for you at the international arrival hall. After meeting with the guide, you and your luggage will be transferred to your hotel by a private car.

    Meals: None

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

  • Splendid Monument to the People’s Heroes

    Day 2Beijing

    Today’s tour starts from Tian'anmen Square, the very heart and center of the Chinese Nation. You will immediately be immersed in China’s ancient and contemporary culture. From there you will walk beneath the famous Mao portrait and enter into the once-secret world of emperors, empresses, court eunuchs and officials which is still known as Forbidden City. Countless tourists from all over the world come here every year to see the magnificent imperial palaces glimpsed in movies such as “The Last Emperor”. For many, this experience itself is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. After lunch, visit Temple of Heaven where the emperor went every year to humble himself in prayer to assure a good harvest for his people. After dinner, watch a Kongfu Show at Shicha Lake Theater.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Beijing Roast Duck Dinner

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

  • Lofty Great Wall

    Day 3Beijing

    Visit Great Wall which is a symbol of China in the morning. You will also stop at the Jade Museum where you will learn ahout Chinese jade culture, and where you will be also able to buy some souvenirs. Do you still remember the grand opening ceremony of 2008 Beijing Olympics? Yes, you will view Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) and National Swimming Center (Water Cube) from outside.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

  • Kunming Lake and Wanshou Hill in Summer Palace

    Day 4Beijing

    After enjoy a rich buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will make a tour to Summer Palace and stop at a pearl store. After lunch, visit Hutong by rickshaw and 798 Art District where many new Chinese local arts and fashion elements are displayed. Dinner is on your own. You could taste what you want and take a leisure walk around the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

  • Hanging Temple standing in thousand years

    Day 5Beijing/Datong

    We will head for Datong by train this morning. Lunch will be on your own. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a guided visit through the Yungang Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The grottoes consist of 53 major caves and over 51,000 Buddhist statues carved out of Wuzhou Mountain in the 5th and 6th Centuries. According to the USESCO website, the site “represent the outstanding achievement of Buddhist cave art in China”, and the Five Caves created by Tan Yao “constitute a classical masterpiece”.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Garden Hotel, Datong

  • Pingyao Ancient City Wall

    Day 6Datong/Pingyao

    Before leaving Datong, we will visit Nine Dragon Wall, built during Ming Dynasty and the largest glazed tile wall in China, and Huayansi Temple. Then we will travel by a private car, and on our way to Pingyao we will pause at the amazing Hanging Temple of Hengshan Mountain, which was built during Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534 A.D.), which leans out over sheer cliffs, apparently supported by only a few wooden poles. Later, we visit Yingxian Wooden Tower in Yingxian County, the largest and oldest wooden pagoda in the world.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Yunjincheng Inn

  • Solemn City Wall

    Day 7 Pingyao/Taiyuan

    This morning you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in an entire city that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The UNESCO website states that “The Ancient City of Pingyao is an outstanding example of a Han Chinese city of the Ming and Qing dynasties (14th-20th centuries) that has retained all its features to an exceptional degree and, in doing so, provides a remarkably complete picture of cultural, social, economic and religious development during one of the most seminal periods of Chinese history.” Imagine walking the streets of a complete ancient city! Later, we will travel outside the city to visit Courtyard of Family Qiao, a large private residence built in the 18th Century and now famous for being the setting for Zhang Yimou’s film, Raise the Red Lantern [we suggest that you rent the DVD before your trip, if you haven’t seen it yet]. We will proceed to Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi Province, stopping to visit the famous temple complex of Jin Memorial Temple on the way.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: World Trade Hotel, Shanxi

  • Magnificent terra-cotta warriors group

    Day 8Taiyuan/Xi’an

    You will take a domestic flight to Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province. In Xi’an, we will visit Shaanxi History Museum which houses numerous relics found in this province, and North and South Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Alternatively, you can choose to visit Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi’an Museum instead. If you wish, your local guide will help you make your choice.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

  • Shadow Play with long history

    Day 9Xi’an

    First-time visitors to Museum of Qin Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses are often awe-struck to be suddenly face-to-face with the people of China from over 2,000 years ago. This morning, you will be there for yet another unforgettable experience.  Following this encounter with history, we will visit the nearby factory workshop, where authorized reproductions of the terracotta warriors and horses in various sizes are available for purchase. After lunch, we will drive back to downtown Xi’an and climb up to the ramparts of the ancient City Wall, the best preserved city wall in China. This is your opportunity to mingle with residents and tourists who delight in strolling on the broad top of the wall, or if you are inclined, you can rent a bicycle to ride on the wall. (Rental fees for the bicycles are nominal but are not included in the tour price because it is a personal preference). This day of amazing sights and experiences will be capped by one of Xi’an’s famous dumpling banquets and a splendid Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dumpling Banquet Dinner

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

  • Bustling Nanjing Road

    Day 10Xi’an/Shanghai

    This morning, take domestic flight to legendary and dynamic Shanghai. Your tour guide will be waiting for you at domestic arrival hall and then transfer you into the city by a private vehicle. Shanghai combines the vitality and energy of New York with the sense of history you feel in a city like Paris - in fact many visitors compare it to both these cities. You will be struck by the graceful sweep of The Bund in “old” Shanghai with its busy boulevard and pedestrian promenades along the Huangpu River, and across the river, you will be amazed by the many dramatic new skyscrapers along Binjiang Avenue in the new Pudong District. Return to the hotel for a rest and a free evening for your choice of a dinner according to your own preferences.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Grand Mercure Hongqiao Shanghai

  • Sightseeing Boat in Huangpu River

    Day 11Shanghai

    This morning the tour guide will take you to visit Shanghai Museum (features a wonderful collection of Chinese art, including ancient Chinese bronzes, sculpture, ceramics, jades, paintings, calligraphy, seals, stamps, furniture, and a large selection of crafts by ethnic "minorities") and walk around Nanjing Road. After lunch, transfer to Xintiandi Pedestrian Shopping District, Yuyuan Garden and Town God's Temple (a small area still exists of the truly ‘old Shanghai’). A visit to the shopping mall of cashmere sweater will also be arranged for you. Take a sightseeing boat on Huangpu River in the evening (the best way to see the complete scenery of Shanghai, contrasting the stately historic side of the river along The Bund with a full view of the brightly lighted new skyscrapers of the new Lujiazui financial district). Later enjoy a special local dinner followed by an acrobatic show at Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Grand Mercure Hongqiao Shanghai

  • Depart from Shanghai

    Day 12Depart from Shanghai

    After a bountiful breakfast buffet at your hotel, enjoy some free time, and get ready for your flight home. Transfer to Shanghai Pudong International Airport as per your flight time, and take international flight back to your home. Your wonderful and memorable “Ancient Cities” 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 Marc

    Oct 15 , 2016 00:10

    Hi, I have a question, shall I need to bring too much cash?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Oct 15 , 2016 09:26

    Hi, thanks for contacting. Don’t bring too much cash with you for the safety if you have international credit card or travel check. We have Bank Of China and ATM in every big city of China, in which you can draw cash with your credit card and exchange money with your travel check. But please make sure if they can work China.

  • Asked by Nancy

    Sep 29 , 2016 07:59

    What time of year is best to travel?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Sep 30 , 2016 15:22

    Thanks for contacting. Spring and autumn are the best seasons for travelling in China. If you want a pleasant China tour, Mars, April, September and October should be considered.

  • Asked by Alice

    Aug 29 , 2016 10:54

    Which bus from Beijing West Railway Station to West International Trade Hotel?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Aug 31 , 2016 12:35

    Take No. 845 bus to get to west feng yi qiao, or No. 67 to get to south feng yi qiao, then it only takes you several minutes to get to the hotel. Another choice is to take a cab which takes you 20 minutes and about CNY30 to get there.

  • Asked by Roshini

    Aug 11 , 2016 08:28

    Current weather in Lijiang and Shangrila ?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Aug 11 , 2016 09:30

    Well, there is not much rain currently in both Lijiang and Shangri-la, The average temperature is about 15℃-22℃ in Lijiang, while 10℃-20℃ in Shangri-la. However, you may feel a bit cold in Shangri-la during the night time.

  • Asked by Elise

    Jul 02 , 2016 06:31

    Can we bargin on the price when we are shopping in China?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Jul 03 , 2016 09:16

    Generally, department stores in China set fixed prices, while prices of products at private small shops or street vendors are mostly negotiable. The local shopkeepers could ask for a high price but you may get a small discount after negotiation. However,if you have no intention to buy, don't try to bargain with the shopkeepers bcz some unnecessary trouble might be caused.

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