12 Days Shanghai-Beijing-Xian-Chengdu-Shanghai Small Group Tour

This 11 days classic tour covers the highlights of China city tour.  Beijing and Xian will give you a best chance to stroll among numerous historical sites to explore the old history and fantastic culture of China.  Chengdu, the hometown of panda, will offer you the opportunity to have a close contact with the vute pandas, as well as to experience the leisure life of Chengdu city. Shanghai is a good place to explore both the old history and fantastic culture of China and the vital development and prosperity of modern China.


  • Stroll along the mysterious Forbidden City and the majestic Great Wall in Beijing.
  • Admire the Terracotta Warriors and Xian Museum to explore the old history and fantastic culture of China.
  • Have fun with the Giant Pandas in Chengdu Panda Base in a short distance.
  • Explore both the old history and modern prosperity of China.

Brief Itinerary

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

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities:

Upon arrival, met by tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 2 Shanghai – Beijing

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, take the bullet train to Beijing which will take about 5.5 hours. Upon arrival, met by tour guide and transferred to you hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 3 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. Have a la carte lunch at a decent local restaurant.

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 4 Beijing

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

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 5 Beijing – Xian

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

Visit the Summer Palace in the morning. Have a hearty lunch at a decent local restaurant.

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

Day 6 Xian

Sightseeing and Activities: Terracotta Warriors, local family visit, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show
Accommodation: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. After that, visit a local family and have a home-made lunch.

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 7 Xian

Sightseeing and Activities: the City Wall, Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, Great Mosque, Muslim street
Accommodation: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today visit the City Wall. And then visit 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 and then continue to visit the Great Mosque. Later taste some local snacks on the Muslim Street.

Day 8 Xian – Chengdu

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast

Today take 4-hour high-speed train to Chengdu. Picked up at airport and transferred to your hotel for a rest.

Day 9 Chengdu

Sightseeing and Activities: Chengdu panda base, Jinsha Site Museum, the Broad and Narrow Alleys
Accommodation: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast

Visit giant pandas at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. After that, continue to visit Jinsha Site Museum. Jinsha Cultural Relics in Jinsha Site Museum is a complete demonstration of ancient Sichuan culture. Then explore the Wide and Narrow Alleys of Chengdu.

Day 10 Chengdu – Shanghai

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

Today take a flight to Shanghai. Upon your arrival, your tour guide will pick you up at airport and transfer you to the hotel. Then have a good rest and free activity.

Day 11 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 12 Shanghai Departure

Sightseeing and Activities:
Meals: Breakfast

Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement. 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.