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China 7 Day Smart Tour

Destinations: Beijing Xian
Duration: 7 Days
Tour Type: Self-guided and Organized Tour
Tour Code: CSTP-03
Price: Starting from US$ 409 p/p

Beijing Xian Map
Day By Day Itinerary
Day 01
Arrival at Beijing

On arrival in Beijing airport or railway station, you are met by our tour guide with a sign in your name and comfortably transferred to your hotel - Tian Rui Hotel Beijing we have booked for you. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city on your own.

Donghuamen Night Food MarketWell, check in and settle down at Tian Rui Hotel. We suggest you go out in the evening to walk off your meals you had on your long flights and relax yourself a bit. Out from your hotel, turn right and walk along the Baishu Hutong (柏树胡同) to the west for about 50m, you will see St.Joseph's Church, the famous Catholic Church on Wangfujing Avenue. Then turn left and stroll along Wangfujing Street(王府井大街), the most famous commercial street in Beijing.

Wangfujing Street is 1600 meters in length, running from south to north. Now part of it has been transformed into a pedestrian street since 1999. Its 810m pedestrian section starts from the south ( Chang'an Street ) and finishes at the crossroad in the north. East of the crossroad is Jinyu Hutong ( 金鱼胡同)and west is Donganmen Street(东安门大街). 

Along the Donganmen Street there is a well-known night food street called the Donghuamen Night Food Market(东华门美食坊夜市). Explore the Wangfujing Street and have a bite of the local food at Donghuamen Night Food Market before going back to your hotel for a sound sleep

Meals: No

Tian Rui Hotel Beijing
Day 02

Today you will visit the city area on your own. We suggest you visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park and Back Lakes (Hou Hai).

Forbidden CityYou may walk to Tiananmen Square (3.3km) or take subway line 5. For subway travel, out from your hotel and walk on your left side along the narrow lane known as Baishu Hutong 柏树胡同(Cypress Lane) for about 150m, you will get to the Exit A of Dengshikou Station 灯市口 of Subway Line 5. You first take subway line 5 from Dengshikou Station 灯市口 ( Exit A) to the south direction and alight at the next station of Dongdan (东单站), then interchange for subway line 1 to the west and alight at the second station of Tiananmen East (天安门东) and exit from Exit D, and you will see Tiananmen Square. 

Beside the square itself, Tiananmen Square is mainly composed of the national flagpole (spectacular flag ceremony) in the north; the Monument to the People's Heroes and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong in the middle and the beautiful Zhengyang Gate in the south. Please check Tips for Visiting Tiananmen Square for more information.

Through a underground tunnel, you move on from Tiananmen Square to the Tiananmen Gate on the north of Tiananmen Square. Passing through Tiananmen Gate, you will get to the south gate to Forbidden City (entrance fee: RMB 65), also known as the Imperial Palace Museum. The Forbidden City was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years, and is now a major tourist attraction in China. There are two main entrances to the Forbidden City - the southern gate ( Meridian Gate – Wumen) and northern gate( Gate of Divine – Shenwu Men ). The southern gate is linked to Tiananmen Gate and Tiananmen Square to the south. You have to enter Forbidden City from its southern gate and eixt from its northern gate, which is officially set as a one-way south to north travel route. Please check Forbidden City Travel Tips – The Palace Museum Travel Tips for more information. 

Jingshan just sits across the north gate to Forbidden City. After finishing your visit of Forbidden City from south to north, you exit from Forbidden City's north gate. Raising your head, you will find a pavilion with three layered eaves atop a hill. The hill is called Jingshan Hill ( Coal Hill or prospect Hill). The main road between the north gate area of Forbiden City and the south gate to Jingshan Park is full blocked. To get across to the south gate to Jingshan Park, you just turn left for 20 meters and take the underground pass. Line up for the tickets: RMB 2 per person (RMB10 per person during Peony Festival April and May). Opening hours: 6am – 9pm all year round. Enter the south gate and follow your nose climbing up to the top of the hill and get to the pavillion named Wanchun pavilion perched high on the hill for a panoramic view of Forbidden City. Please check Jingshan Park not to be missed and Sunset View at Jingshan Park for more information. Outside the west gate to Jingshan Park, you may find a local restaurant for a simple Chinese lunch. 

Move on to the east gate to Beihai Park opposite the west gate to Jingshan Park. Beihai Park (entrance fee: RMB 10), dubbed as Winter Palace by westerners, is the oldest imperial garden in the world as well as one of the largest in China. This huge imperial garden has a history of over 1,000 years. Originally built in 938 during Liao Dynasty(916 – 1125). The park was repaired and rebuilt in the successive dynasties including Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties (1125 – 1644). It was first opened to the public in 1925. Beihai Park is well known for its beautiful gardens, the maze in the stone cave, temples and pavillions. Atop the Jade Island in Beihai Park, the White Dagoba becomes an important landmark of the city. Please check How to visit Beihai Park Beijing for more information.

Exit from the northern gate to Beihai Park and cross the Dianmen East Avenue (地安门西大街), you are in Shichahai Area (often referred as ”Houhai”, or “Back Lake” by foreign visitors who kill time in its bar area in the evening). Please check How to visit Shichahai for more information. 

After visiting and relaxing in Shichahai area, you may go back to the Dianmen West Avenue (地安门西大街) opposite the north gate to Beihai Park and turn right (west) and walk about 300m, you will get to the Exit B of Beihai Bei (Beihai North) Subway Station of Subway Line 6 ( 6号地铁北海北站), take the subway to the east direction and alight at the 3th station of Dengshikou (灯市口), exit from Exit A. Just by the Exit A there is a narrow lane known as Baishu Hutong 柏树胡同(Cypress Lane), you enter the Baishu Hutong at its east entrance and walk toward the west about 150m, you will find your Tian Rui Hotel on your right side. The last subway train leaves around 11:00pm. If you miss the train due to your happy time in Houhai, you take a taxi back to your hotel from Shichahai area ( taxi fare around RMB30 for 5km ). 

Meals: Hotel Breakfast

Tian Rui Hotel Beijing
Day 03

Toaday you will join in a local tour group to visit Mutianyu Great Wall ( On the evening before your group tour departure early next morning, you will get a call or message from your tour guide to reconfirm your next morning's pickup time).

Mutianyu Great WallPick up at your hotel around 7:00am. Head to the Mutianyu Great Wall. The Mutianyu Great Wall is known for its beautiful surroundings - dense woods and rich pastures changing colors with the seasons of a year. This section of the Great Wall is located in Huairou District 80km on the northeast of Beijing. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, Mutianyu section of Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. If you want to reach the highest point, cable car is a good choice (optional). Return to your hotel around 2:30pm.

Tour Plan
Hotel pick up by our tour guide and driver between 7:00am and 7:30am 
Sihgtseeing  drive to Great Wall at Mutianyu (50 minutes) 
Walk at Mutianyu Great Wall (2.5 hours). (Optional: Great Wall Cable Car, and slides) 
Chinese lunch at a local restaurant ( 1 hour for lunch) 
Transferred back to downtown and drop-off at your hotel before 2:30pm

You are free to explore the city on your own in the later afternoon.

Meals: Hotel breakfast and Chinese lunch

Tian Rui Hotel Beijing
Day 04
Beijing Xian

Today you explore the city on own till a pre-arranged private transfer from your hotel to Beijing West Railway Station for an overnight train going to Xian (4-bed cabin).

W suggest you visit Temple of Heaven, Qianmen Street and Summer Palace.

Summer PalaceAfter breakfast, take subway line 5 from the station of Dengshikou (灯市口) to the south direction and alight at the 4th station of Tiantan Dongmen (天坛东门), exit from Exit A1 and you will see the east gate to the Temple of Heaven 天坛 (entrance fee: RMB15). It was first constructed in 1420, the 18th year of the reign of Ming emperor Yongle. It was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship the god of heaven and pray for good harvest. Check How to visit the Temple of Heaven for information. 

After visiting Temple of Heaven, return to the subway station of Tiantan Dongmen (天坛东门), take the subway line 5 to the north direction and alight at the second station of Chongwenmen (崇文门) and interchange for subway line 2 to the west direction and get off at the next station of Qianmen (前门) and exit at either B or C. The Qianmen Subway Station is sandwiched by two towers - Zhengyangmen Tower in the north and Zhengyangmen Arrow Tower in the south. The northern entrance to Qianmen Street (前门大街) is just behind Zhengyangmen Arrow Tower. North of Zhengyangmen Tower is Tiananmen Square. Check How to Visit Qianmen Area Beijing for more information. Qianmen Street is dotted with eateries of various tastes. Just grab a bite for your lunch here.

Again return to the subway station of Qianmen (前门) and take the subway line 2 to the west direction and alight at the second station of Xuanwumen (宣武门), then interchange for subway line 4 to the northest direction and get off at the 16th station ( the last but one ) of Beigongmen (北宫门) and exit from Exit D and walk to the west, soon you will see the north gate ( Beigongmen Gate 北宫门 )to Summer Palace 颐和园 (entrance fee:RMB30) on your left side. There are three main gates to Summer Palace. Beigongmen Gate is the north gate. 

Check How to Visit Summer Palace for more information. At the end of your Summer Palace tour, return to the north gate to take subway line 4 to the east direction and alight at the 10th station of Xizhimen (西直门), then interchange for subway line 2 and get off at the 4th station Yonghegong ( Lama Temple ) 雍和宫站, again interchange for subway line 5 to the south direction and alight at the 4th station of Dengshikou (灯市口), exit from Exit A. Just by the Exit A there is a narrow lane known as Baishu Hutong 柏树胡同(Cypress Lane), you enter the Baishu Hutong at its east entrance and walk toward the west about 150m, you will find your Tian Rui Hotel on your right side. The taxi ride from Summer Palace to Tian Rui Hotel costs about RMB80 (25km). 

On the later afternoon ( the exact time to be settled by your trip advisor from our company), you are comfortably transferred to Beijing West Railway Station for an overnight train from Beijing to Xian

Meals: Hotel breakfast

 stay overnight train ( 4-bed cabin )
Day 05
Arrival at Xian

The city of Xian has two railway stations - Xian Railway Station and Xian North Railway Station. Your overnight train will arrive at Xian Railway Staion in the early morning. 

Xian City WallAlight your overnight train in the morning and met by our tour guide on the platform. You are comfortably transferred to your hotel -  Xian Skytel Hotel in the city center. You will have breakfast on your own there are some eateries around the hotel. 

After breakfast, you will visit Muslim Quarters, the Great Mosque, Bell Tower and Xian City Wall on your own.

Leave your hotel, turn north and walk along the South Avenue and get to the Bell Tower. To the west of the Bell Tower is located the Drum Tower. Behind the Drum Tower ( north of the Drum Tower)is the famous Muslim Quarters in Xian. 

For the tourists coming here, the bazaar in the Muslim area is most attractive with a wide area of stalls selling everything. The streets and walkways are full of life. The shopping is great, very cheap and some unusual items we will seldom see anywhere else in China. 

The Great Mosque in Xian is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China. Unlike most mosques in Middle Easternor Arab countries, the Great Mosque of Xian is completely Chinese in its construction and architectural style, except for someArabic lettering and decorations. Entrance Fee: RMB 25. 

Then move on to the nearby Bell Tower(entrance fee: RMB 20), before you ascend the tower, you are adviced to take a break at Starbucks at Bell Tower. Each city has a bell tower and drum tower. Xian is no exception. This 36-meter high Bell Tower in Xian is the largest and best preserved in China. Xian Bell Tower stands in the center of Xian city proper from which, four main avenues are laid out – East, West, South and North. The four main avenues meets four main gates of Xian's Ming City Wall accordingly. Climb up the tower and have a panoramic view of the city of Xian.

Then take bus 603 to the south and get off at the next stop of South Gate (南门)where you start to visit the Xian City Wall(entrance fee: RMB 40). Now it is 12 meters tall, 12-14 meters wide overing 14 kilometers in length with a deep moat surrounding it. You can walk, even cycle on the wall. Its south gate is the most largest with a suspension bridge. Most of the tourists choose the south gate for sightseeing. 

After visiting the Wall, you can take Bus 603 from the stop of South Gate or you may walk to your hote - Xian Skytel Hotel.

For the layout of Xian, please check the page of Xian City Layout.

Meals: Hotel Breakfast

Hotel: Xian Skytel Hotel
Day 06

Today you are going to join in a local tour group to visit the Terra-cotta Warriors, Qinshihuang Tomb and Banpo Museum. In the late afternoon, you are transferred to Xian Railway Station for an overnight train going to Shanghai.

Note: Check out when you leave your hotel for the group day tour. You may leave your checked luggage and handbags on your bus. 

Terra-cotta ArmyFree pickup from your downtown hotel in Xian between 8:00am and 9:00am ( Please note your local guide will call you the night before to confirm you the specific pickup time for next day tour).

First have a one hour tour of Banpo Museum. Banpo Neolithic Village Museum gets its name from the remains of Banpo village which is located east of Xian. The remains were discovered in 1953. The village was inhabited from about 4500 BC. It is recorded that about 6000 years ago, a village was set up by a late Neolithic people. There were about 500 villagers who lived in the village. Visitors can still see the remains of over 40 houses, over 200 cellars, 6 kilns.

After visit Banpo Museum and on the way to the Qin Shi Huang's tomb, you are arranged to go shopping at the Qin Terra-cotta figures factory for about 40 minutes. 

Then move on to the unopened Qin Shi Huang's tomb (the first emperor's tomb), the largest underground royal tomb in the world. There is evidence suggesting that Qin Shi Huang's Tomb remains relatively intact. Qin Shi Huang (259 BC - 210 BC), the first emperor of China, ascended the throne at the age of 13, when construction of his tomb began. He ordered 720,000 conscript laborers to to build his royal tomb. It was completed just-in-time in 210 BC for his use. His son, the second Qin Emperor, saw his entombment. The tomb is located just 15km west of the site of Terra-cotta Army. 

After lunch, move on to the Terra-cotta Army for a 3-hour visit. This profound discovery made a sensation across the whole world! The museum was officially finished and opened to the public on October 01, National Day, 1979. The exhibition hall of Pit No. 3 was finished and opned to the public on September 27, 1989. 5 years later, the exhibition hall of Pit No. 2 was open to the public in October, 1994. The museum and the mausoleum are listed the world's cultural legacies as the UNESCO Cultural Heritage.

After the tour, you are transferred back to your hotel in Xian

Meals: Hotel Breakfast and Chinese lunch

Hotel: Xian Skytel Hotel
Day 07
Xian Exit

You are free to explore the city on your own. Pick-up from your hotel ( pick-up time to be settled by our trip advisor) and you are transferred to Xian airport or train station for your next destination.

Meals: Hotel Breakfast at hotel 

Hotel: No

Price List for this tour   ( US$ Per Person )
Travelling Party Peak Season
(March to November)
Off Season
(December, January, February)
2 persons $499 $479
3-5 persons $489 $469
6-9 persons $459 $439
10 persons up $429 $409
Single room supplement $180 $160

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1. Double Occupancy or Single Occupancy at our selected hotels (4 nights) with breakfast.
2. Beijing - Xian soft sleeper tickets ( 4-bed cabin )
3. Free travel consulting service for your self-guided tours via email or on phone ( service time: 09:00 - 17:00 )
4. Transfer and organized tours as listed above.
Price Exclusion:
1.International airfares 
2.Gratuities to drivers and guides. 
3.Travel insurrance for your coverage of injury or accident

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