8 Days Flight Tour (Beijing - Xian - Shanghai)

8 Days Flight Tour (Beijing - Xian - Shanghai)
  • Get to know many faces of China in one trip, historical, cultural, modern and etc.
  • Catch a glimpse of how ancient emperors lived their lives in the Forbidden City.
  • Evening shows as bonus gift to fulfill your night life.
  • Discover the underground palace of Emperor Qinshihuang in Xi'an.
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to enjoy the stunning night view of the Bund.

 8 Days
 Private Tour
 Available Everyday
Itinerary Detail

This 8-day suggested itinerary covers the most popular three destinations and World Heritage sites in China. It makes an ideal tour for first-time visitors.

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Day 1  Beijing Arrival

When you arrive in Beijing, first claim your luggage and pass the custom, then meet us at the arrival exit. Our driver will hold a sign with your name, pick you up and transfer to your hotel. Hotel is included in our package.

Unlike other travel agencies choose hotel in remote area, we choose hotels located in the central Beijing, near the famous Wangfujing Street. It would be very convenient to walk around, go shopping, have meals and etc. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Hotel options: 
Beijing Prime Hotel or Crowne Plaza Hotel Wangfujing  
Sunworld Hotel or Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel
King Parkview Hotel or Traditional View hotel

Day 2  Beijing

 Breakfast & lunch

Pick up from hotel in the morning. Drive to the Tian’anmen Square, where the most important national ceremonies are held, surrounded by many historical buildings. From the square, you can walk to the Forbidden City. Inside this imperial palace, we will explore its fascinating halls, pavilions with golden roofs and high red walls. Learn about Chinese history and how ancient emperors lived their lives in ancient times. After exit the Forbidden City, we will enter another attraction – Jingshan Park, where we will see local Chinese residents doing exercise, singing or dancing. When we reach the top of the hill, we will enjoy a bird-eye view of the whole Forbidden City and Beijing central city, which is a highlight of the day.

At noon, have lunch at a selected restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, where ancient emperors came to worship the heavens in hopes of good harvests. Transfer back to your hotel after the tour.

Bonus Gift: Choose one evening show among Peking Opera Show, Acrobatic Show and Kung fu Show.(Basic seat)

 Beijing GPS Audio Guide: Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Badaling Great Wall

Bird-eye View of the Forbidden City

The Forbidden City -Get to know how emperors lived their lives.

When you visit the Forbidden City, you will see many big water tanks. Guess what they are used for?

The big water tank in the Forbidden City

Day 3  Beijing

 Breakfast & lunch

Today we will hike on the Mutianyu Great Wall, the most highlighted sight in Beijing. Please be prepared with your shoes since you will climb on the steps of the great wall. To reach the top of the great wall you can choose hike by foot or take the cable car(optional). The Great Wall is one of the greatest military defenses in ancient world. It is not just a wall, it comprises walls, passes, fortresses and beacon towers, creating a complete military defense system. In the era of cold weapons, the Great Wall defense system is highly effective. As one of the seven wonders in the world, it will surely impress you.

After lunch, we will visit Sacred Road. The Sacred Road is the first attraction of Ming Tombs. It consists of the stone arches, the Great Red Gate, stone statues,etc. It was built in the year of 1540 and was the main road leading to the thirteen tombs.

Optional Dinner: Peking Roast Duck Dinner. Peking Roast Duck is one of the most famous dishes of Beijing cuisine.

The Great Wall

Peking Roast Duck(optional)

Day 4  Beijing-Xian

 Breakfast & lunch

In the morning, visit the beautiful Summer Palace – the largest imperial garden in China. Walk along the elegant Promenade, see stone boat, visit Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill. You will also take a boat to enjoy the scenery.

After that, drive to Hutong. Hutong refers to the courtyard homes and the narrow alleyways, where local people live here. Hutong is part of Beijing culture and an important historical heritage. At noon, you will have lunch at local family, home cooked Chinese dumpling or typical Chinese lunch.

Finally we will transfer you to Beijing Capital International Airport to take a flight to Xi'an. You will arrive in Xi'an on the same day. The local tour guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Upon your arrival at Xian, our local driver will transfer you to your hotel.

Hotel options:
Sheraton North City Hotel or Grand Park Xian Hotel
Ramada Xi’an Bell Tower Hotel or Skytel Hotel
Forest City Hotel or Jingyu Smart Hotel

Summer Palace

Beijing Hutong

Day 5  Xian

  Breakfast, lunch & dumpling dinner

In the morning, we will pick you up from the hotel, and we drive to Terra-cotta Warriors, which is the most important attraction in Xian. There are three excavated pits exhibiting amazing Qin dynasty warriors and horses figures. The weapons the warriors holding are all made of metal, which can be used in real wars. It indicates that Qin Dynasty’s metallurgical technology and weapon-manufacturing technique already had reached quite a high level.

At noon we will have lunch at a selected restaurant.
After lunch, visit the Bell Tower, the emblem of Xi'an city. Then go to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. As a world heritage, its history dates back to 1300 years ago. The pagoda is a seven-story building, which is 64.5 meters high. It is a landmark of Xi’an. There are seven stories in the tower. In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional dumpling dinner and a splendid Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

Bonus Gift: Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show. Note that the show is not available during Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, guests traveling in this period will have a free night by themselves instead of the show and dinner.

Terra-cotta Warriors

Tang Dynasty Show

Day 6  Xian-Shanghai

 Breakfast & lunch

In the morning we will visit Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, where you can learn more history about Xian through the cultural relics: bronze wares, jade, potteries, and murals from the Prehistory Period to the Qing Dynasty. Then head to the ancient City Wall. Xi’an City Wall is the most completely-reserved city wall with the longest history throughout the world. Walk on the wall to feel the chapter of thousands years of civilization; sense the history to embrace the magnificence of the Great Tang Dynasty. You can ride bicycles on the wall(optional).

After the tour, you will take a flight to Shanghai. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Shanghai.

Hotel options: 
Shanghai Jinjiang Tower Hotel  
The Bund Riverside Hotel, Shanghai
Holiday Inn Express Zhabei Hotel

Optional Bicycle Ride on the City Wall

Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Day 7  Shanghai

 Breakfast & Lunch

Pick you up from your hotel in downtown Shanghai. First you will visit Yu Garden, a classic garden of Ming Dynasty style with a history of over 400 years. Near the garden there is a local market sells local snacks and specialties. Then head to Jade Buddha Temple. There are two exquisite Jade Buddha sculptures of Sakyamuni brought from Burma, numerous cultural and religious relics and artifacts in the temple.

After lunch, head to the Bund. The Bund tells the history of Shanghai and is known as the "World Exposition of Architectures". Along the Bund, there are many famous buildings, such as the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Tower, World Financial Center and Jinmao Tower. You can choose one of them to have a bird's eye view of the city (optional).

Then take a walk on Nanjing Road. Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street runs roughly east-west for 1,500 m from People’s Square to the Bund. Known to some as China’s Fifth Avenue, it is a premiere shopping destination with many well-known brands filling the retail space. After dark the street glows with light from all the signage and store displays.

In the evening, you will take a Huangpu River cruise and appreciate the amazing night scene of the city. Transfer back to your hotel after the tour.

The Bund

Huangpu River Cruise

Day 8  Shanghai Departure


After breakfast at the hotel, free at leisure before your departure. We will arrange the drop-off service according to your departure time. Our driver will pick you up and transfer you to the airport. See off at the airport and depart by your own flight.

Hotel with breakfast
City 5-Star Hotel 4-Star Hotel 3-Star Hotel
Beijing Beijing Prime Hotel or Crowne Plaza Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel or Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel King Parkview Hotel or Traditional View Hotel
Xian Sheraton North City Hotel or Grand Park Xian Hotel Ramada Bell Tower Hotel or Skytel Hotel Forest City Hotel or Jingyu Smart Hotel
Shanghai Shanghai Jinjiang Tower Hotel The Bund Riverside Hotel, Shanghai Holiday Inn Express Zhabei Hotel


 Price Including
  • Domestic flights from city to city mentioned above.
  • Air-conditioned vehicle transfer service.
  • Hotels (twin share bases) with breakfast as listed in the itinerary.
  • Entrance ticket of attractions as listed.
  • Meals as listed.
  • English speaking guide service.
 Price Excluding
  • Entry or Exit International Airfare.
  • Visa Fees.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Tips for the guide and driver.
  • Optional activity fee.

  • If the hotels listed in the package are not available, we will change to other hotels of the same star rate. You can also use your favorite hotel and we will customize the tour for you.
  • The hotel accommodation included in the package is based on two persons sharing one room. If you have odd number(≥3) of travelers, you have two options: 1. One room will have three persons with an extra bed. 2. Pay single room supplement to have an extra room for the one person.
  • Private tour means only you or your family/friends join the tour, no other persons.
  • This private tour is connected by flight, we also have train tours 8 Days Train Travel:Beijing-Xian-Shanghai .
  • If you would like to join the small group tour with similar itinerary, please check 8 Days Group Tour:Beijing-Xian-Shanghai by Flight .
  • This itinerary can be customized to meet your needs.

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