9-Day Private Tour: Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai

By Ruby Zhao | Updated Apr. 16, 2024

China Family Classic Tour

This classic Golden Triangle private tour combines Chinese history, culture, and beauty, and will let your children understand China better. Covering some activities that are specially designed for kids, this makes it a very popular family trip.

Days

9

Price

from US$1,879 p/p

Best For

Family

Best Time

Apr. to Oct.

Tour Highlights

Stroll along the Great Wall.
Stroll along the Great Wall.
Do your own Chinese opera facial makeup in a hutong.
Do your own Chinese opera facial makeup in a hutong.
Enjoy some authentic Beijing roast duck.
Enjoy some authentic Beijing roast duck.
Explore the site of the Terracotta Army and learn a craft in a local dwelling.
Explore the site of the Terracotta Army and learn a craft in a local dwelling.
Visit a local person's home and make jiaozi with them.
Visit a local person's home and make jiaozi with them.
Step on the glass skywalk at Shanghai's tallest building.
Step on the glass skywalk at Shanghai's tallest building.

Itinerary Details

Day 1
Beijing Arrival

Your private guide will wait for you at the airport's exit with your name card in his/her hands. Your experienced driver will escort you to your hotel to check in. You can have a good rest in your hotel ready for the next day's tour or walk around the hotel on your own.

Day 2
Beijing: Classic Sites and Hutongs Rickshaw Ride

In the morning, your guide will lead you to the must-see scenic spots. You'll see traditional Chinese architecture in the Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square.

Taste Sichuan dishes in a local Chinese-style restaurant for lunch. You can order your favorite food with your guide's assistance.

After lunch, see what old Beijing looks like when a rickshaw takes your family through the alleyways. Visit a family in a hutong courtyard to discover how the locals live and practice Peking opera art with them. Your kids can choose their preferred heroic Chinese figures for their makeup masks.

Day 3
Beijing: Family Day Tour to the Great Wall

Taking a cable car ride to the top of the Great Wall will make your Mutianyu trip easier. Stroll along the wall to get beautiful photos and look out from the watchtowers, just like a sentry. There are different ways to get down from the wall. You can take a cable car ride, walk down, or slide down after an hour's hike on a nice day.

Have some special local cuisine for lunch at the foot of the Great Wall.

Return to Beijing city after 2 hours' drive and head to the Temple of Heaven. It is a place for many local people to do activities and have fun, and it's hard to believe that this is where emperors used to pray to heaven for a good harvest.

End your day with some crispy Beijing roast duck for dinner. The chef will show you the correct way to cut it and the authentic way to eat it.

Day 4
Family Day at the Summer Palace and a Flight to Xi'an

A short boat ride across the lake in the morning will show you more history as you wander through the main building in the Summer Palace.

Taste the local popular dishes for lunch.

Later, your guide and driver will transfer your family to the airport to catch a flight to Xi'an. A 4½-hour high-speed train ride is also available if you prefer — just let your travel advisor know.

You will meet your guide when you arrive in Xi'an and will be transferred to your hotel in a comfortable private van.

Day 5
The Terracotta Army and a Bike Ride on the City Wall

If it was not for some toiling farmers digging a well, the famous Terracotta Army might still be buried. Your family will learn about the history of these important and splendid statues. Your guide will tell you everything about when, why, and how the warriors were created and their uniqueness.

After that, you will visit a local cave dwelling and make a little warrior of your own under the host's guidance. It is an interesting way for your kids to experience Chinese history deeply.

Head back to the city center to go biking on the city wall after tasting some Shaanxi cuisine for lunch, which is another fun way to spend a happy hour together as a family.

Day 6
Xi'an Dumpling Making Class and History; Flight to Shanghai

You will arrive at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda after breakfast. See the temple shooting into the sky and the elegant Buddhist seat. Your guide will show you the paintings on several large hall walls and tell you the classic stories about the famous ones. Learn about the Chinese Buddhist monk, Xuanzang. It will take you back in time as you hear about his 81 tribulations.

Then, your family will be welcomed into a local home where the family will teach you how to make jiaozi. Jiaozi with meat and vegetable fillings are very popular in China and this is a good way to get a taste of the local culture.

Say goodbye to the local family after having a wonderful lunch that you made with them and then you will be driven to the airport in Xi'an for your flight to Shanghai. Your guide and driver in Shanghai will be waiting for you.

Day 7
Shanghai Panoramic View Over the City and a Bustling Street Market

Before you begin exploring Shanghai, visit Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. It displays Shanghai's development, presenting a giant model of the city. It is the best way for your family to understand both the old and new Shanghai.

Take the fastest elevator up the tallest building, Shanghai Tower, for a panoramic view of the city. You can test your courage by walking on the glass walkway.

Stroll along the Bund to have a relaxing time and have lunch in a nearby restaurant.

Visit the private garden that has a typical classic Chinese architectural style and was only used by royal people in ancient times — Yu Yuan. Outside the garden, a busy market will appear. It is a pretty good place to get some goods before heading back to your hotel.

Day 8
Shanghai Free Day to Explore

Shanghai is a modern city and a shopping paradise like Hong Kong. Most of our clients like to have a free day to relax or go shopping in Nanjing Road. The sights along the Bund are amazing. Exploring it at night is a nice option.

Day 9
Shanghai Departure

Pack your luggage and leave with unforgettable memories of this trip. Your guide and driver will wait for you in the hotel lobby and will get you to the airport on time. Have a pleasant journey home.

Price Includes

Price from: $1,879 (Tour code: gh-cht-ft-01))

One-to-one consultancy
One-to-one consultancy
Knowledgeable local guides
Knowledgeable local guides
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Hand-picked hotels
Hand-picked hotels
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Transportation as listed
Transportation as listed
A 24/7 helpline while traveling
A 24/7 helpline while traveling

Trip Notes

Tailoring your tour

This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, extend or shorten it to suit your price, interest and schedule. Feel free to tell us your requirements, and we are happy to help you arrange with our professional knowledge and experience.

Hotel

Hotels with a convenient location and swimming pool are recommended. Please note that a swimsuit/trunks and swimming cap are required to enter the swimming pool.

If you prefer other hotel options: economical choices, Chinese-style hotels, home stay, apartment, or would like to book the hotels on your own, please feel free to inform us and we will be happy to adjust the details.

Most hotels in China allow at most three people in one room. If there are more than three people in your group, we will check if there is family room available or do our best to arrange interconnecting rooms or adjoin rooms.

Food

Lunches at popular local restaurants are included for you in order to taste authentic Chinese food. Your guide will assist you with ordering dishes loved by both adults and children. Most families enjoy eating local Chinese food as there is plenty of variety and different flavors, and the food is so much better and different from the Chinese food served back home. Some children may prefer Western food or have some special requirements for meals. Please inform us and we will do our best to cater to your needs

Car Seats, Stroller, and Baby Crib

To maximize the safety of your children, we can arrange for car seats to be fitted at your request during the private transfers in Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Guilin, Chengdu, Hangzhou, and Suzhou. A baby stroller can be provided in Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. For a baby under two years old, we will inform the hotel to arrange a crib for you. No extra cost is needed. The number of car seats, strollers, and cribs are limited. Please inquire and confirm early to reserve them.

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