Eight Days Classic Tour of China (Private Tour)

BeijingXianShanghaiWorld Heritage SitesHistory of ChinaCity Landmarks
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  • Tour Code: CT-209
  • Pick-up Point: Beijing Capital Airport
  • Tour type: private tour

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China is an ancient and mysterious country. It has long brilliant history and is full of stunning sights. There are abundant tourism resources in China. Beijing is the capital of China, which is also a famous historical and cultural city in the world containing splendid civilization, unique treasures, classical architectures and ancient relics such as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall. It is also the center of domestic and international communication. Shanghai, an international city, is reputed as the "Paris of the Orient", which is the most prosperous city in China. For any visitor to Shanghai, the most attractive thing about this city is how fashionable it is. There are many world-famous landmarks in the city. It has become most tours' tourist destination. Xi'an is a well-known legend as one of the most famous ancient capitals in China. It is also the starting point of the famous ancient Silk Road, which is full of historical heritages. The eight days classic tour will lead you to explore the highlights of China and the must-see spots in these three cities.


  • The eight days classic tour will lead you to explore the highlights of China and the must-see spots in these three cities.
  • Definitely NO SHOPPING, NO DETOUR.
  • All sightseeing, transfer, English-speaking guide, accommodation and authentic Chinese Lunch included..
  • Private tour and can be tailored to your requests. .
  • Instant confirm and suitable to travel all year around..


D1 ARRIVE IN BEIJING (Flight not included)


Transport: Private van

Activities: Airport Transfer (Beijing)

Accommodation: Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel (4*) (Standard Room)- 18 Jianguomen Nei Ave, Dongcheng District,Beijing

Meals: Not included


Driver will meet you at flight arrival holding a sign of your name (just out of luggage claim area) according to your actual landing time. Then transfer you to hotel in city center. We will send you driver's information (phone number and photo) beforehand to help you find him/her.



  • Take an easy or complete two hours hike on Mutianyu Great Wall which is much less crowded than Badaling and not heavily restored.
  • Discover the Temple of Heaven which is considered the most holy of Beijing's imperial temples. The architecture are magnificent. And it is a good place to encounter locals at parks surrounding it.


Transport: Private van

Activities: The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Temple of Heaven

Accommodation: Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel (4*) (Standard Room)- 18 Jianguomen Nei Ave, Dongcheng District,Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at local restaurant


Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the wonders of the world. It is one of the few man-made objects on earth that can be seen on the moon. Mutianyu Great Wall is the essence and one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall, which is located in the northeast of Beijing and restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).Because of the important geographic position, it is called as the Majestic Pass on Precipitous Mountains. Its construction has a unique style and the view is spectacular especially from tower 21 to 23. There are secure, convenient and rapid cable cars in the scenic area, which will offer you to experience a panoramic view of the Great Wall.


Temple of Heaven Temple is built in 1420 and its construction is the largest existing temple, which is included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1998.The temple was where emperors went to worship heaven for good harvest. It is not only the pearl of ancient Chinese architecture but also a gem of architectural history of the world.


Today's Highlights

  • Walk on the Tiananmen Square which is the geographic, political, and tourist center of the city. Taking a picture here is said to be a proof of being in Beijing.
  • Enjoy amazing architecture, extensive collections in Forbidden City and look into Chinese rich history.
  • Get to the top of Jingshan Hill and have a bird view of Forbidden City and other iconic buildings in the city.


Transport: Private Van

Activities: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Treasure Houses, Hutong Tour in Xicheng District, Jingshan Park

Accommodation: Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel (4*) (Standard Room)- 18 Jianguomen Nei Ave, Dongcheng District,Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at local restaurant


Tiananmen Square is one of the largest public city squares in the world, covering a total area of 440,000 square meters. The place has witnessed some of the most important moments in China's history since its completion in Qing Dynasty. It represents authority and power, with unrivaled significance. Standing on, its four sides are all important political and cultural sites including the Forbidden City, Great Hall of the People, the National Museum.

The Forbidden City, or Imperial Palace, was home to 24 Emperors for almost 500 years from Qing Dynasty to Ming Dynasty. The complex is well preserved with 980 buildings over 720,000 m2. Great squares, halls, gates, gardens and courtyards form a 'city within a city'. Since 1925, this imperial palace has been turned into a museum exhibiting extensive collections of artifacts and artwork. During visiting the colorful architectural art of the Forbidden City, we will also watch the display in the Palace Museum where a lot of treasures have been keeping.

Hutong has long history dating back from the Yuan dynasty. It has witnessed the change and development of Beijing. Many of these traditional neighborhoods had been destroyed in the development of modernization. The most notably those around the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower and close to the Forbidden City are well preserved. Simply wandering around or taking a rickshaw tour to navigate Hutong and stop anywhere to take photos, you will be surprised by the courtyards, local market, local customs by getting to the deepest Hutong alleys.

Jingshan Hill, a former imperial garden with beautiful surroundings, is located in the north of the Forbidden City and covers an area of 23 hectares. Jingshan Park is known for its diverse collection of peony in 150 brands, covering eight color series and nine flower shapes. Standing on top of the hill, you can overlook a panoramic view of the Forbidden City. Here is also an excellent place for local elderly people gathering.


Today's Highlights:

  • Stroll along the long corridor in Summer Palace which is regarded as the longest art gallery in the world and has 14,000 traditional paintings painted on the beams.


Transport: Beijing to Xian, Train No. G87 (Second Class) (Beijing West Railway Station - Xian North Railway Station) Dep 14:00 - Arr 18:23

Activities: Summer Palace, Boat Ride in Summer Palace, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing), Train station Transfer (Xian)

Accommodation: Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing4* (Standard Room) - 189,North Jinhua Road, Xi'an

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at local restaurant


The Summer Palace With a history of nearly 1000 years, Summer Palace in Beijing is said to be the best preserved imperial garden in the world and the largest of its kind in existence of China. It consists of natural hills, lake, and over 3000 man-made pavilions, palaces, temples, bridges and corridors. It is quite enjoyable to have a relaxing stroll, a boat cruise or discover the aged architectures.

If travel during April to Early October, guide will take you to enjoy a relaxing boat ride to view the spectacular scenery from distance.



  • Marvel at the Terracotta Army which has been listed in "the world heritage list" by UNESCO since 1987" and considered as the eighth wonder of the world"
  • Visit the Buddhist Site of Big Wild Goose Pagoda which has great significance in history of China's Buddhist culture


Transport: Private van

Activities:The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Accommodation: Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing4* (Standard Room) - 189,North Jinhua Road, Xi'an

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at local restaurant


The Terracotta Army, an underground construction and terracotta figures, is located in Lintong County. It was found in 1974 and composed of three different sizes of the pit, with a total area of nearly 20000 square meters. Pit layout is reasonable, the structure is unique. The Terracotta Army is unearthed 5 meters beneath the surface and about 4 km. It is referred to as "the eighth wonder of the world", which is the largest underground military museum in the world and has been listed in "the world heritage list" by UNESCO since 1987.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda is located in Xi'an, about 4 kilometers from the downtown of the city. It is a famous spots to tourists. It was a five-story construction and then it was built with a seven-story structure. This pagoda is an architectural marvel. It was built with layers of bricks but without any cement in between. It reflects the people's wisdom and talents of ancient China. It is a well-known ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists and regarded as the symbol of the ancient capital of Xi 'an. Standing on the top of it, you can get a panoramic view of Xi'an and the garden around.



  • Shaanxi History Museum is reputed as " the pearl of the ancient capital, treasure house of Huaxia"
  • You can enjoy the local delicious snacks in the Moslem Street (Huimin Jie). The food here is extremely delicious.


Transport: Xian to Shanghai, Train No. G1938 (Xian Railway Station - Shanghai Railway Station) Dep 15:11 - Arr 21:26

Activities: Ancient City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, Muslim Street, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Xian), Train station Transfer (Shanghai)

Accomodation: The Bund Hotel 4* (Standard Room) - No.525 Guangdong Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at local restaurant


Shaanxi History Museum is located in the south suburb of Xi'an. It is one of the four largest museums in China, whose architecture and design are complex in the Tang Dynasty. It is symmetric in design, with a main hall in the middle and side pavilions. It is home to a good number of valuable historic artifacts, which show the political, economic, and cultural civilization of ancient China. It houses over 300,000 items and most of them are nation's treasures. It is reputed as "the pearl of the ancient capital, treasure house of Huaxia".

The well-preserved walls, ramparts, gates and watchtowers are great evidence of the city's history. The Wall is composed of a series of military installations including the moat, drawbridge, gate building, Jianlou Tower, Zhenglou Tower (the main building), Jiaolou Tower (turret), Dilou Tower (watchtower), Nv'er Qiang (parapet) and crenel. Complete City Wall, together with the moat and Around-Xi'an Park, has become a must-see scenic spot of Xi'an city.

Muslim Street (Huimin Jie) has a long history. It is an old street paved with bluestone plate, both sides of which stand a row of muslin restaurants decorated in Ming and Qing Dynasties' styles. This is the right place to taste Xian snacks, the food here is extremely delicious, such as nuts, buckwheat noodles, stewed mutton soup, persimmon cakes, multi-layered fried cakes and so on. It is a real enjoyment for you to eat here.



  • Roaming in the Bund, enjoy the landmark of Shanghai which is full of history and culture.
  • Standing on the top of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, you can have a bird's-eye view of the bund and Shanghai scenery.


Transport: Private Van

Activities: : Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Nanjing Road, Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at local restaurant


Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located in Pudong Park in Lujiazui, which is the third highest TV tower in the world and considered as the most distinct landmark in Shanghai area. It is famous for unique architectural design of tower. Visitors travel up and down the tower in double-decker elevators that can hold up to fifty people at the speed of seven meters per second. Standing on the top of it, you can have a bird's-eye view of the bund and Shanghai scenery.

Shanghai Museum is one of the most incredible museum in China housing more than 120, 000 pieces of collections. Many of them are China's most precious artifacts. It was formerly known as Shanghai Historical Relic Exhibition Hall and got the present name in 1991. The 40,000-plus exhibits collected by the Museum reflect the historic vicissitudes of the Shanghai city, which comprehensively reflect the historical development of Shanghai.

Yuyuan Garden is considered as one of the renowned gardens in south China retaining some of best Chinese traditional architecture and culture. It is characteristic of the architectural style of the Ming Dynasty and was built in Ming Dynasty first as a private garden owned by Pan Yunduan. As its features, the best elements of landscape architecture, it was reputed to be the NO.1 garden in south China.



Transport: Private Van

Activities: : Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)

Meals: Breakfast


Price Includes:
  • Entrance fees to attractions listed in the itinerary.
  • Transport between hotel and attractions in the itinerary.
  • Well-selected four star hotels in the city center.
  • Lunches at well selected local restaurant listed in the itinerary.
  • English-speaking tour guide service.
Price excludes:
  • China visa
  • Hotels (supposed to be in the fourth ring road).
  • Gratuities to the tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person for them).
  • Airport transfer. Click here to book airport transfer if needed.


  • Beijing Airport transfer includes driver and van only. Driver’s information will be sent to you in advance when tour confirmed.  
  • Physical rating of the trip: the trip involves light walking and hiking in city tours that is suitable for most fitness levels. Yellow Mountain trip on day 4 and 5 requires more walking up and down the stairs.
  • Visa application that should be done on your own by submitting to Chinese embassy in your country. ETripChina can provide you free invitation form after your payment.
  • Pack list for the trip varies from seasons. Beijing, Xian and Shanghai are suitable for travel all year around. Travel advisor will give you more suggestions in email contact.


  • Our policy covers you against personal accident, medical costs to domestic flight delays.
  • Medical expenses up to CNY 30,000
    Personal accident up to CNY 300,000
    Flight delay (over 4 hours) up to CNY 400
  • We strongly recommend you to have more comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs during hospitalization, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country.


Price listed includes hotel accommodation of well-selected 4 star hotels in city center. They all enjoy one of the best-rated location in the city and good reputation among previous customers.

  • Shanghai: The Bund Hotel (standard room) – It is only few minutes away from Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, East Nanjing Road metro station, Yu Garden and the Bund. The four star rating hotel itself offers good amenities for enjoyment.


We understand that there may be many unforeseen events happen. Please note with the cancellation policy if you have to cancel your tour after booking.

For land tours only:
1. 15 days before commencement of services: 100% refund.
2. 7 to 14 days before commencement of services: charge 10% of the tour price
3. 2 to 6 days before commencement of services: charge 50% of the tour price
4. within 2 days of commencement of services or no-show travelers: charge 100% of the tour price
After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your willingness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

If any air tickets/ train tickets /hotel booking made, all cancellation penalties imposed by the airline/ China Rail / Hotels will apply.

Customer Reviews

Priscilla Mar. 10, 2017

Last November, Tina tailored 7 days trip for us to Shanghai, Suzhou, Huangshan and end in Hangzhou. It was a great trip and we both enjoy a lot. All guides were very nice people and looked after us very well and knowledge of English was very well.


asked by Indu Nov. 01, 2016I want to add in one or two days hike on Yellow Mountain. How dou you recommend to handle or to transport the luggage we need for the 2 or 3 days on the mountains. I hope that it will be not necessary to transport the complete luggage with us during the different hikes. What are your recommendations regarding this issue??
answer by Nina, Nov. 04, 2016

For the large pieces that you will not use them on the mountain, we will keep it for you at the hotel in Tunxi city that you stay for the first night. Then you take along the necessities onto the mountain.

asked by Hans , May. 15, 2017Do you provide free transfer if we book hotel on our own
answer by Tina, Mar. 17, 2017

It is fine to book hotel on your own and we will exclude the cost from total price. All transfer from and to hotel is included in the price.

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