Golden Triangle and Majestic Yangtze Combo

CET-02: 11 Days Beijing - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze - Yichang - Shanghai Tour

Cultural Beijing, Historical Xi'an, marvellous Three Gorges and modern Shanghai. This tour is a perfect combination for first time travellers to taste and admire the essence of China.

CET Advantages:

  • Walk the most beautiful section of the Great Wall
  • Admire the ornate Forbidden City
  • Salute the ancient Terracotta Warriors
  • Relax with breath-taking landscape along Yangtze River
  • Live like a local Shanghainese
Price from: USD1566 per person

Full Itinerary

Day 01: Beijing – Arrival

Your exciting tour begins when your airplane lands at Beijing International Airport (PEK) with a warm greeting from your personal guide who has been arranged. Your guide and driver will escort you to your hotel and assist with check-in.

Day 02:Beijing – City Highlights (B,L)

A late start is suggested for you to recover from jet-lag. Today’s highlight is to visit the most famous Forbidden City (also named as Palace Museum or Imperial Palace). Walking through the Palace, you will be fascinated by the imperial architecture and beautiful stories. Your guide brings everything to life and you will feel like you are back six centuries ago. Before entering the Palace, you will walk around the largest city square on earth, Tiananmen Square. A La Cart lunch at Courtyard 7 gives you an authentic experience of your first Chinese meal.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Hutongs where you can travel by rickshaw or bike. Chinese Yo-Yo Play drags you closer in to the neighbourhood of the Hutongs and happily ends your day. The Hutongs are a reminder of ancient China while visiting a very modern city. Life goes on as it always has and will allow you to experience how many Chinese people have  lived and still do so today.

Forbidden City The Forbidden City

Day 03:Beijing - Great Wall Exploration (B,L)

Today is an exciting day for you. Your personal guide and driver will take you to visit one of the greatest world heritage sites – the Mutianyu Great Wall. This is a less crowded and more scenic section of the Wall. A cable car takes you up to the 15th Watch Tower. It is recommend to hike along the oldest rocks for some hours. Lunch today will be served at a traditional garden restaurant, owned by local farmers. You will have some organic food that has been grown nearby. A photo stop is available at Olympic Green on the way back to your hotel.

mutianyu great wall The Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 04: Beijing – Getaway Experience and Overnight/Speed Train to Xian (B,L)

Visit the Temple of Heaven in the morning and see people doing their morning exercise among old trees. It was built for the emperors to pray to the gods of heaven for a good harvest back in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Then continue on to visit the Summer Palace, a large park with pavilions and beautifully painted corridors, lakes and hills. After lunch, you will have some fun time with the children at a local kindergarten. Your guide will take you to buy some snacks and drinks before boarding the train. The overnight train is a unique way to experience Chinese people’s life style.

the Temple of Heaven The Temple of Heaven

Day 05: Xian – arrival and Highlights Tour (B,L)

Upon arrival, your personal guide will take you to the hotel to relax and have breakfast. Then you will head off to visit the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and Horses. They’ve been standing there for over 2200 years. Continue to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Fountain Plaza.

the terracotta army Terracotta Warriors and Horses

Day 06: Xian – City Tour and Fly to Chongqing (B,L)

In the morning, you will visit the ancient City Wall where you could either have a leisurely walk or rent a bike to ride around the wall. Then followed by a tour to Shaanxi History Museum. Today’s lunch will be served in one of the local homes. Your host will show you how to make Chinese dumplings. You could try to make your own dumplings and taste and taste them. Home-cooked meals and pleasant conversation with local people is a special experience in the Far East. Take a late afternoon flight to Chongqing. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the cruise terminal. Your cruise ship disembarks at 2130hrs.

xian ancient city wall The Ancient City Wall

Day 07-08:Yangtze Cruise (B,L,D)

During the next two days you will pass through the Three Gorges and be able to take some shore excursions to Fengdu Ghost City, Shennong Stream or Lesser Three Gorges. Full board is included. In the morning you have a choice of a Tai Chi lesson on the sun deck, a session about Chinese calligraphy or traditional medicine which are all available for your interest. At mid-night of Day 8, the ship will pass the Five Level Ship Lock of the Three Gorges Dam.

yangtze cruise Yangtze Cruise

Day 09: Yichang – Shanghai (B,L)

Your amazing journey on board the cruise ship will end with an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest irrigation project. In the morning, visit the Three Gorges Dam, which is the world's largest power station. After that, your cruise ship takes you to Yichang. Your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for flight to Shanghai.

the three gorges dam The Three Gorges Dam

Day 10: Shanghai – City Highlights (B,L)

Today’s tour starts with a leisure walk in Yu Garden (Yuyuan), the top example of a Chinese classical garden. Followed by a tour to a modern Chinese village near Shanghai. You will see how local people do their daily shopping in the local food market and how seniors spend their time. Lunch will be served back at Old Shanghai. You will taste the finest Shanghai culinary dishes. In the afternoon, a tour to Pudong new district shows you how modern China has developed. A breath-taking panoramic view from the 100th floor at the World Financial Centre is a perfect ending for this memorable China tour.

the yuyuan garden The World Financial Centre

Day 11: Shanghai – Departure (B)

Be packed and prepared for your flight home. Your personal guide and driver is ready to take you to Pudong International Airport (PVG) on time. Take back home good memories of history, culture, people and natural landscape. However there is a lot more to see and discover, so we hope you will come again.

Hotel Options:

Standard Accommodation Comfortable Accommodation Deluxe Accommodation
Beijing King Parkview Hotel Beijing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
Xi'an Grand New World Hotel Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square
Yangzi River The President Fleet The President or Victoria Fleet The Victoria or Century Fleet
Shanghai Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai The Bund Hotel Shanghai Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

What's Included:

  • Entrance fee to the attractions listed in the itinerary
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transfers between airports, cruise piers and hotels
  • Private local tour guide and driver service throughout the tour (except on the Yangtze River Cruise)
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Specified flights, train, and Yangtze River Cruise


1. Will we have any free time during the tour or is the entire day taken up with touring?

This is a private tour for your party only. Flexibility is our top priority; you can keep your own travel pace. In most cases, the tour is finished around 5PM every day. You will have your whole night free. Furthermore, you can stay longer or shorter in each spot based on your interest. Just tell your personal guide what you would like to do and he/she will accommodate it.

2. How are your guides? Are they well to get along with?

We select and train our tour guides based on China Educational Tours’ service standards. An annual test is given to see whether the guides are flexible and knowledgeable. We offer fair salary to the guides and even give them a bonus for their excellent work. So your guide will pay full attention to your needs and work hard to make your trip a lifetime memorable one.

3. Do you help me to get a China Visa?

Yes, we will send you an invitation letter for a visa application as soon the tour arrangement is confirmed and paid. The letter includes your full itinerary, hotels’ information, transportations and inviter’s details. You can submit the application to a Chinese embassy closest to your home or you can entrust someone else to drop off the visa application, or a travel/visa agency to help handle your visa application if you can’t go in person.

4. What’s the difference between a second class seat and a first class seat on speed trains?

Second class and first class seats are available on speed trains named “G, D, Z”. Second class seats usually have 5 seats in a row with 2 on one side of the aisle and 3 on the other side. While first class has 4 seats in a row and 2 on each side of the aisle. Hence, basically speaking, first class has bigger seats and wider aisles than second class with less people in one compartment, and of course costs more.

What Our Customers Say On This Tour

Our guide in Beijing, Jeff, was fantastic. We were using train travel and he met us on the platform, ready to help us off the train. He again was attentive and knowledgeable, had a great sense of humour and was a delightful young man. Again, he went out of his way to help us out and included side trips not included. He was attentive beyond what we expected, even supplied ligament for my sore ankle. - Diane Trower

My wife and I had an amazing China Tour with Yangtze River Cruise back in November 2014 with CET. Our guide was Gerry who was very friendly and professional and made our tour a memorable one. Gerry is very knowledgeable about Beijing area and made us feel relaxed, no rushing, we enjoyed every stop, took loads of pictures. We will definitely book tours with this company next time.

- Kristi Sundberg