Discover China's Ancient Capitals

CET-09: 10 Days Shanghai - Luoyang - Xian - Pingyao - Beijing Tour

Cruise through four of the most historical cities and discover the magic of Shanghai over 10 days. Delve into the core of this culture and embrace the very essence of fashion.

CET Advantages:

  • See priceless ancient treasures in 5 Chinese cities
  • Observe a panoramic view of Shanghai through 259-meter high glass floor
  • Marvel at the architecture and the Huangpu River on the Bund of Shanghai
  • Learn how the squads of soldiers were divided 2000 years ago by inspecting the Terracotta Army
  • Visit the first draft Bank of China in Pingyao
  • Tour like royalty in the Forbidden City and experience the life style of old Beijing in Hutong
Price from: USD1239 per person

Full Itinerary

Day 01: Shanghai Arrival

Meet your tour guide at the airport (PVG) and transfer you to your hotel by your private car. Your tour guide will make a brief introduction about Shanghai and China to you in the car.

Day 02: Shanghai City Highlights Discovery (B,L)

Today’s action-packed tour covers all of the highlights in the city of Shanghai. Firstly, set off on a walking tour in the Yuyuan Garden, an ancient private garden abundant in history and culture. Each corner of the garden looks like a traditional Chinese painting.

The City God Temple of Shanghai has a history of over 600 years. Local people believe the city god of Shanghai can make the city safe and prosperous. It is one of the most renowned Taoist temples in the South Yangtze River Area.

Located in the basement of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Shanghai Municipal History Museum has witnessed the development of the city. Your guide will help you learn about the 6000 years’ history of Shanghai via insightful commentary. Leave the museum and rise to the 259-meter-high glass view terrace of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, where you can see a panoramic view of Shanghai. Brave tourists are recommended to challenge their courage by looking down and snapping photos through the transparent glass floor.

The Bund of Shanghai was the former British Concession. Over 52 buildings in foreign style stand upright in the area. The Bund is considered to be the symbol of the modern history of Shanghai.

Nearly 1 million ancient relics from most parts of China are collected in the Shanghai Museum. The bronze vessels, chinaware, masterpieces of Chinese calligraphy and paintings are the top treasures in the Museum.

Yuyuan  Garden Yuyuan Garden

Day 03: Fly to Henan Province for Chinese Kungfu in Shaolin Temple (B,L)

Bid Shanghai a fond farewell after breakfast and fly to Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province. You will be transferred by private car to the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng as soon as you land at the airport of Zhengzhou.

You must have heard of Shaolin Temple or even seen a Kungfu film about Shaolin Temple before. Today, you get the opportunity to tour the place where Chinese Kungfu originated. A Kungfu show and a vegetarian lunch in the temple are the best introduction to the life of the monks. Besides, the Pagoda Forests teach you the spirit of Shaolin Temple and Chinese Kungfu.

Shaolin Temple Shaolin Temple

Day 04: Admire UNESCO-Listed Site in Luoyang (B,L)

Initially chiseled in 493, the scale of the Longmen Grottoes has expanded over 7 dynasties in the history of China. Nowadays, there are around 100000 sculptures of Buddha embedded in the 1-kilometer long grotto area. You can also learn about the ancient music, religion, costumes, paintings, calligraphy and medicine from the relics in the grottoes. And then continue your exploration of Buddhism in the White Horse Temple, which has an even longer history than the Longmen Grottoes. India, Burma and Thailand respectively built their Buddhist halls in the temple. After today’s tour, you will spend two hours on your speed train to Xi’an, another historical city in China.

Longmen  Grottoes Longmen Grottoes

Day 05: Xi’an Terracotta Army Fantasy (B,L)

Unearthed in 1974, the Terracotta Army is a must-see attraction for every first-time visitor to China. Over 7000 terracotta soldiers, 100 chariots and 100 war horses are on display in the three exhibition pits in the Terracotta Army Museum. The army enjoys a reputation of being the “ Eighth Wonder of the World”. Your next destination, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, was built in 652. The scriptures, relics of Buddha and carvings in the pagoda are witness to how Buddhism was spread to China from India. In the afternoon, you will take a stroll in the Muslim Quarter, where you can find over 300 types of Islamic snacks and 500 types of local handcrafts. We will be grateful if you respect the Islamic customs in the area.

Terracotta Army Terracotta Army

Day 06: Explore the Origination of the Modern Banking Industry in Pingyao (B,L)

In the morning, you will take a 2.5-hour speed train ride from Xi’an to Pingyao, where over 4000 buildings constructed in the Ming or Qing Dynasties are well preserved. The Pingyao Ancient Town is the most renowned area for ancient buildings in Pingyao City. The former site of Rishengchang, located on the West Avenue in the ancient town, was the first draft bank in China. The draft bank did business with companies in Europe and America. It controlled the economy of the Qing Dynasty in the 19th century. The Shuanglin Temple is another must-visit site in Pingyao City. Over 2000 colorful statues are collected in the temple, while most ancient statues in other cities of China are colorless. The Wang Family Courtyard, an ancient private courtyard, covers an area of 250000 square meters. The intact houses, halls and carvings in the courtyard show you the enormous importance of its former owner to the economy of the country at that time.

Pingyao Ancient  Town Pingyao Ancient Town

Day 07: Beijing Arrival and Summer Palace (B,L)

You will spend 4 hours on a speed train from Pingyao to Beijing in the morning today. Relax yourself as the train whisks you to the capital of China. The Summer Palace is your only destination in Beijing today. How long you spend inside the former royal garden is up to you. There are over 3000 pavilions, towers, houses or halls in the Summer Palace, which covers an area of over 3 square kilometers. The Kunming Lake and Long Corridor are our recommended attractions. There are over 14000 paintings on the beams of the Long Corridor. All the paintings are about the tidbits in Chinese classical novels.

Summer Palace Summer Palace

Day 08: Sporting Day in Beijing (B,L)

Today is about sport. You will play Tai Chi with local people in the park of the Temple of Heaven and hike on the Mutianyu Great Wall. The Temple of Heaven was built in the Ming Dynasty by the royalty to pray for a good harvest. There are still apparatuses for sacrifice ceremony in the park. However, the park mainly plays the role of a place for morning exercise nowadays. Tai Chi is the oldest way to keep fit for Chinese people. Thousands of exercisers play Tai Chi in the park in the morning. You are welcome to play with them to be like a native. There are more watchtowers on the Mutianyu Great Wall than most other sections of the Great Wall due to the massive significance of the area Mutianyu was guarding. Besides, abundant vegetation cover grants Mutianyu a higher air quality than other Great Wall sections in Beijing.

Temple of Heaven Temple of Heaven

Day 9: Tour, Live and Eat like royalty (B,L)

The Forbidden City, inhabited by 24 emperors of the Ming or Qing Dynasties, has been one of the most popular places of interest since China opened its door to the world in 1978. It is a good idea to follow in the emperors’ footsteps and cruise through the palaces and halls in the Forbidden City like royalty. The Tiananmen Square is a part of the Forbidden City tour. The Monument of People’s Heroes on the square reminds all Chinese people of the history of fighting against invasions. After lunch, you will linger in the Hutong, the symbol of old Beijing. You will learn the interesting facts about the Hutong from your tour guide during your time inside the area of the old Beijing. You may smell the bouquet of Chinese wine when you tour the Hutong, because there is a Chinese Wine Museum in the Hutong. Over 5038 kinds of Chinese wine are stored in the museum.

A Beijing Roasted Duck dinner is your reward for the long day. The taste offers you a feeling of eating like royalty!

Forbidden City Forbidden City

Day 10: Beijing Departure (B)

It is time to say goodbye. Your guide will accompany you to the Beijing Capital Airport (PEK). Feel free to contact us if you want to visit other fantastic parts of China next time. Have a good trip!

Hotel Options:

  Standard Accommodation Comfortable Accommodation Deluxe Accommodation
Shanghai Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai The Bund Hotel Shanghai Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Luoyang New Friendship Hotel  Yaxiang Jinling Hotel Christian's Hotel 
Xi'an Grand New World Hotel  Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an  Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square 
Pingyao Dejuyuan Guesthouse Hongshanyi Hotel Pingyao Yunjincheng Hotel
Beijing King Parkview Hotel Beijing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing

What's Included:

  • Domestic bullet train or flight transfers
  • Private car and driver in the five tourist cities
  • Your selected hotels
  • Entrance fee to the attractions in the tour package
  • Battery cars in Shaolin Temple and Terracotta Army Museum


1. What should I know about visiting a temple?

  • Do not point at Buddha statues, Monks, Nuns and/or elders with your feet (well anything for that matter).
  • Cover yourself, ladies. Always bring a wrap or a large scarf to cover yourself. Do not wear shorts. You should be covered down at least below your knees.
  • Do not touch (especially on the head) Buddha statues, images, Monks, Nuns and elders.
  • Keep Quiet. There are those meditating or praying somewhere even though you may not see them.
  • Most temples do not allow photography taken with a flash. Some compounds don't allow any type of photography or videos to be taken. Always ask the guard or monk responsible if it's permitted to take a photo or a video prior to doing so.

2. As a vegetarian, can I get my preferred food in china?

Strict vegetarian restaurants are easy to find in the most popular tourist cities, like Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Shanghai and Guangzhou. As for some small cities, like Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Guiyang and most cities in west of China, it would be a little bit difficult to find the vegetarian restaurant. China Educational Tours choose local restaurants for our customers. You can order your own vegetarian food in the local restaurant if the vegetarian restaurants are not available.

3. Could you give me some tips about shopping in China?

Lots of travelers wish to bring home some souvenirs, mementos and even clothes or electronics which cost less than back home. We suggest that you make a shopping list in advance. Each Chinese city has its own specialty. China Educational Tours are no longer including shopping outlets in our itinerary, but we do suggest some shopping opportunities, such as Hongqiao or Xiushui Market in Beijing, Knockoff market in Shanghai, and Shangxiajiu Walking Street in Guangzhou. Don’t buy everything in the first few days unless you want to carry them for the rest of the trip.

4. What’s your payment and cancellation policy?

Payment Policy:

In order to confirm your tailor made tour, a deposit of 10% of the total tour cost (or full payment if booking within 30 days’ prior to departure) must be paid at the time of booking. The balance will be required 30 days before departure.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation received before departure: 100% refund of all money paid excluding penalties if applicable charged by hotels, airlines, cruise companies and rail. All penalties will be itemized.

No-show travelers will be charged 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.