Experience the Golden Triangle

CET-01: 8 Days Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai Tour

To educate yourself from the ancient to the future China, you will go through a hundred different emotions as landscapes and countries roll into one. Listening to the Emperors’ life story in Beijing, seeing the Emperor’s mausoleum in Xi’an and shopping in the Paris of the east, Shanghai. You will experience the Golden Triangle in different ways.

Suit for: Family, Honeymoon, Students

CET Advantages:

  • Visit a Kindergarten to learn something of China’s education system
  • Enjoy a traditional courtyard hotel in the ancient capital of Beijing
  • Take the high-speed train cross the country
  • Immerse yourself in a local market and bargain with the vendors

Full Itinerary

Day 01: Beijing - Arrival

Your local guide will welcome you in the arrival hall of Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) where you will find a big sign with your name on it and the logo of China Educational Tours. Your personal guide and driver will escort you to your hotel. After check in, you can relax and recover from jet-lag.

Day 02: Beijing – City Tour (B,L)

An early wake up will allow you to see the Flag- Raising Ceremony at Tiananmen Square. Or you could stay in bed late and have a relaxed breakfast in your hotel.  Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and drive you to the Forbidden City. After walking about two hours in the Forbidden City and listening to the stories about China’s Emperors, you will have a rough idea about the very long history and the Dynasties of China, spanning some 3,000 years in Beijing alone. There are three other Ancient Capitals that can be dated back as far as 7,000 years. Xi’an, Luoyang and Nanjing being the other three.

Today’s lunch will be served at a local restaurant for you to try some authentic Chinese food. Your guide will help you to order something you like. A Hutong Rickshaw tour will be arranged after lunch. The Hutongs are alleys, commonly associated with northern Chinese cities, most prominently in Beijing they have been well preserved offering the visitor an authentic experience. To visit a local family in this hundred-year old courtyard helps you to know more about local people’s life both in the past and present.

tiananmen square The Tiananmen Square

Day 03: Beijing – Great Wall Tour (B,L)

Drive about 1.5 hours from your hotel you will arrive at the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall. We highly recommend this section to you for it is less crowded and has more unique features. Over 96% of the Wall is covered by trees and orchards, keeping the air fragrant with chestnut blossoms in spring and fresh all year long. In late afternoon, or on rainy days, you might find yourself alone with only the sound of the wind. The Great Wall of China is listed as one of UNESCOs heritage sites and also as one of the Wonders of the World. Stretching from east to west for almost 21,000 km it is an entirely man made structure built to keep out invading forces from the north some 2,000years ago. At its highest point it reaches 9 meters and 8meters wide, fortunately many parts have been well preserved for tourists to enjoy.

the mutianyu great wall The Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 04: Beijing – Xi’an, speed train experience (B,L)

Spending the early morning in the Temple of Heaven, you will experience both Chinese history and the local people’s life. It was here that the emperor would go twice a year to carry out ritual ceremonies of sacrifice, express gratitude to Heaven for the previous harvest and praying for the next. You will see senior citizens doing morning exercises, practicing martial arts and playing traditional instruments.

The Summer Palace is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces. It is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. A boat ride on the Lake would be a highlight of this tour.

Before you board the train to Xi’an in the afternoon, you get a chance to visit a Kindergarten in Gaobeidian Village where you will get to spend some great time with the lovely children there.

The Summer Palace The Summer Palace

Day 05: Xi’an, Discover one of the 7 Wonders (B,L)

Driving about 1 hour from your downtown hotel, you will spend the whole morning in Terracotta Warriors and Horse Museum. The Museum has won fame as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th Century. The life-sized warriors and horses that still remain standing there after being buried underground for over two thousand years. It is helpful watch the short film that is available prior to entering the Museum. It will transport you right into the world Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China and his amazing army.

After having lunch at a local restaurant, you will drive back to the city centre. Then a visit to one of the predominant structures  of Xi’an, the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda which was built one thousand years ago. One of the pagoda's many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and Traveler Xuanzang. You may also be fortunate enough to see one of the local masters of calligraphy perform his art and have your name written in Chinese.

a visit to the terracotta army The Terracotta Warriors and Horses

Day 06: Xi’an-Shanghai, City Tour and fly to Shanghai (B,L)

Have you EVER imagined that you could bike on a Wall?  Twelve meters high and fifteen meters wide, the Xi’an City Wall (Fortifications of Xi'an) represents one of the oldest and best preserved city walls in China. It is another of the Heritage sites in China that has been well preserved. You can choose to bike around the 13.7 kilometres of wall or take an open air mini bus for the 40 minutes drive.

Another highlight of today is Dumpling Making with a local family. Start with preparing the wrapper, followed by making the fillings, wrap them together, and last cook and eat the fruit of your labour. Talking with the host is the best part of this activity.

Fly to Shanghai after seeing the most comprehensive historical museum in China: Shaanxi Historical Museum.

the bund The Bund

Day 07: Shanghai, Discover Shanghai (B,L)

Visiting the Caoyang Community, you also have a chance to see the local market. Your guide is happy to teach you some local language and you can bargain with the vendors using your new skill.

As the only well-preserved classic Chinese garden in Shanghai, the Yu Garden has the typical elements of Chinese garden. Pavilions, rockeries, pools, arch gates and paintings, you will be fascinated to find these perfect combinations in one garden.

The highlight of the afternoon is the birds-eye view of modern Shanghai from The World Financial Centre.

Yuyuan Bazaar Yuyuan Bazaar

Day 08: Shanghai to departure, (B)

Enjoy a morning shopping or relaxing on you own. Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel at the appointed time and transfer you to Pudong International Airport (PVG). It’s about 1 hours’ drive from your downtown hotel. It is suggested to leave for the airport three hours before departure.


Hotel Options:

Standard Accommodation Comfortable Accommodation Deluxe Accommodation
Beijing King Parkview Hotel Beijing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Regent Beijing
Xi'an Grand New World Hotel Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an Hilton Xian
Shanghai Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai The Bund Hotel Shanghai Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

What's Included:

  • Bullet train from Beijing to Xi'an
  • Private English speaking tour guide
  • 7 nights selected hotel accommodation
  • Entrance to attractions listed in the itinerary
  • Meals as included in the itinerary
  • Private transfers & ground transportation


1. How many people in our group?

This is a private tour for just your party. You will be accompanied by your private tour guide and driver with a nice van. All our tours are private and tailor-made to meet the special needs of different customers. So you can travel at your own pace without compromise.

2. I noted there are some biking tours in this trip, what if I can’t ride a bike?

For this private tour, the tour arrangement can be adjusted during the tour. If you are not into biking, just tell your guide and he/she will change it to walking tour, a tour with battery golf cart or battery scooters as per your interest. Any of your special requirements can be accommodated with China Educational Tours.

3. Will there be someone at the airports to meet me and take me to the hotel?

Yes, your personal guide will be waiting for you outside of the luggage claim area at the arrival hall of an airport. The guide will be holding a sign with your name on it, as well as the CET logo. After the tour, the guide and driver will see you off at the airport. The tour guide will help you with check-in procedure. They will leave after you go through the security check. All of the flight tickets are E-tickets. You only need to show your passport for check-in. I will make sure your tour guides are on standby before your arrival.

4. How did you choose the hotels?

We choose hotels based on their location, feedback and best value for money. Hotels in China don’t usually match the same standard as in western countries. Five-star hotels are usually well facilitated with a spacious lobby and comfortable rooms. International chain hotels can meet western standards, while local brands may not. Four-star hotels are well-equipped but with not as much luxury as Five-star ones. Hotel staff in Four-star hotels speak limited English. Three-star hotels can usually meet the standard of most westerners, but breakfast is without many choices and hotel staff speak no other language.

What Our Customers Say On This Tour

I think the most memorable attraction for me was the Terra-Cotta Warriors. I knew there were some found, but I never imagined the magnitude of the excavation and what was found. It was truly amazing.

- Freda Salikin

The most outstanding tour guide would have to be Le Le in Guilin. I am saying that because he was the one we spent the most time with and we got to know the best. All of the tour guides were so good to us. They had a great sense of humour and we got along so well with all of them. They were all very flexible and made sure we were always happy and had everything we needed.

- Terry Willock