12 Days Beijing-Xian-Shanghai-Hanoi-Halong-Hanoi Small Group Tour

During this 12 days China small group tour, we will experience the old and modern culture of China through visiting the cities of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. Then we will move on to Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam and also enjoy a cruise on the Halong Bay.


  • Experience the old and modern culture of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.
  • Visit the capital of Vietnam – Hanoi and get some information about Ho Chi Minh.
  • Cruise on the Halong Bay and enjoy the limestone islands.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1 Beijing Arrival
  • Day 2 Beijing
  • Day 3 Beijing
  • Day 4 Beijing – Xian
  • Day 5 Xian
  • Day 6: Xian – Shanghai
  • Day 7: Shanghai
  • Day 8: Shanghai – Hanoi
  • Day 9: Hanoi
  • Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay
  • Day 11: Halong Bay – Hanoi
  • Day 12: Hanoi Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Beijing
Meals: No meals

Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up from airport and transfer you to your hotel in a comfortable and clean car. Then have a good rest.

Day 2 Beijing

Sightseeing and Activities: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Kung Fu Show
Accommodation: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tiananmen Square in Beijing

We will start the tour form the center of the city – Tiananmen Square. Go north through the square and you will reach the Forbidden City. As the largest and best-preserved ancient wooden structure in the world, it has more than 8,000 pavilions and thousands of historic treasures. Then enjoy the a la carte lunch.

In the afternoon, head to visit the royal altar of the Ming and Qing dynasties – the Temple of Heaven. Then have a fantastic Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre in the evening.

Day 3 Beijing

Sightseeing and Activities: Badaling Great Wall, the Sacred Way
Accommodation: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast

Badaling Great Wall in Beijing

Get up early and have a big breakfast at hotel because there is no good restaurants for lunch during the journey.  Drive to visit Badaling Great Wall. After that, drop by a jade factory before heading for the Sacred Way. See the grand stone archway, several animals’ sculptures, and stone pavilions while you are marching along this 4-mile stone path. See the appearance of Bird’s Nest on the way to your hotel.

Day 4 Beijing – Xian

Sightseeing and Activities: Summer Palace, Beijing hutong
Accommodation: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit the Summer Palace in the morning, which used to be the summer resort for royal families and emperors. Have a short stay at a nearby pearl store. Then have an a la carte lunch.

In the afternoon, visit Beijing hutong alleys by riding rickshaw, narrow but original. Then fly to city of Xian. A local tour guide will pick you up at airport and transfer to your hotel.

Day 5 Xian

Sightseeing and Activities: Terracotta Warriors, Houses Museum, Xian Museum, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show
Accommodation: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

Terracotta Army, Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Xian

Today visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors. The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Afterwards, visit a pottery-making factory. Have a special and authentic home-cooked a la carte lunch at a local family.

After that, visit the Xian Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. At night, enjoy the famous Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

Day 6 Xian – Shanghai

Sightseeing and Activities: the City Wall, Shaanxi Provincial History Museum
Accommodation: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today visit the City Wall. And then move on to Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, one of the first huge state museums with modern facilities in China and one of the largest with the large storage of cultural relics from the Shang Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty.

Have a la carte lunch at a decent local restaurant, then escorted to take the flight to Shanghai. Picked up at airport and transferred to your hotel.

Day 7 Shanghai

Sightseeing and Activities: Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise
Accommodation: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will visit Shanghai Museum to learn Chinese history, culture and art. Then off to the Yuyuan Garden to enjoy the classical Chinese garden with trees, flowers, ponds, bridges, rocks, pavilions, and halls.

Have a la carte lunch at a decent local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the bund, which is located along the Huangpu River. Then have a short cruise on the Huangpu River.

Day 8 Shanghai – Hanoi

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Haoni
Meals: Breakfast

Explore this city at leisure until being transferred to the airport for the flight for Hanoi. Picked up at airport and transferred you to your hotel by the local tour guide.

Day 9 Hanoi

Sightseeing and Activities: Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Complex, One Pillar Pagoda, West Lake, the Temple of Literature, the History Museum, the Ethnology Museum
Accommodation: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

A full day for exploring this city. We start the tour with Ba Dinh Square where many important national historical events in modern history took place and Ho Chi Minh Complex nearby known for honoring the national hero: President Ho Chi Minh. Followed by One Pillar Pagoda.

Then move on to West Lake area and visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. Afterwards visit the Temple of Literature, the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum.

Day 10 Haoni

Sightseeing and Activities: a cruise trip, Thien Cung
Accommodation: cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, take about 3.5 hours’ drive to cruise pier and have a cruise trip to Halong Bay. Enjoy the scenery of limestone islands and water landscape.

In the afternoon, take an excursion to the Thien Cung (or Dau Go or Sung Sot) to explore the limestone cave. There are various activities for you: Kayaking, diving or swimming. Stay overnight on the cruise.

Day 11 Halong Bay – Hanoi

Sightseeing and Activities: Tai Chi class, the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple
Accommodation: Haoni
Meals: Brunch

In the morning, join in the Tai Chi class on the top deck. Then we will visit some islands and sail back to Halong pier. Picked up by the tour guide and driven to your hotel in Hanio.

In the afternoon, we will head to visit the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Then enjoy a special Water Puppet Performance at Hoan Kiem Lake area.

Day 12 Hanoi Departure

Sightseeing and Activities:
Meals: Breakfast

Transferred to the airport for your next destination. Service ends.

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodations: hotels based on twin occupancy as specified(Except day tours);
  • Sharing English-speaking tour guide;
  • Sharing vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.