A Sketch of China

Three must-visit cities consist of this China travel route. First leg is Beijing city to know about the royal history and its magnificent capital status behind the Forbidden City and the Tiananmen Square. In Xi'an stop, witness Terracotta Warriors guarding the ancient Emperor's tomb. Have an all-embracing view on the tallest view architecture -- the Shanghai World Financial Center and experience half a day of Shanghainese's life. It is a grand journey on an intimate scale

  • Exercise in China as the Chinese Exercise. In the Temple of Heaven, find out what kind of different exercises that the locals do to keep healthy and join in them
  • Have a private mask drawing lesson and try your hand at drawing the Beijing Opera mask with an experienced master
  • Make a private drive to the Great Wall at Mutianyu--the less-commercial section and enjoy an overlooking view of this winding man-made structure on the cable car (Round trip)
  • Recall the magnificent Beijing Olympic in the Water Cube and Bird's Nest
  • Lay back in a rickshaw and find out the hidden corners and common people's life in Beijing Hutongs
  • Peek into the past lifestyle of the Beijingners by visiting a private museum in Hutong
  • Take an CO2-free bicycle ride on the City Wall and enjoy the totally different cycling experience
  • Savor a healthy and delicious vegetarian meal in the Longhua Temple
  • Stop at Shanghainese home nestled at a alley, explore an ingredient bazaar and cook lunch with them to soak in the commoner's lifestyle

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Beijing
Airport to hotel transfer, free time

Day 2: Beijing
Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Draw Beijing Opera mask, Beijing Opera

Day 3: Beijing
Great Wall at Mutianyu, Mutianyu Cable Car, A visit to nearby rural village, Bird's Nest, Water Cube, Peking Duck

Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an
Guanyuan Market (or Panjiayuan Market at weekend), Hutong Tour by Rickshaw, Private Museum of the Old Beijingners' Stuffs, Fly to Xi'an

Day 5: Xi'an
Banpo Museum, Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Dumpling Banquet

Day 6: Xi'an - Shanghai
City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Great Mosque, Gao's Courtyard (Shadow puppet play included), Fly to Shanghai, the Bund

Day 7: Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, World Financial Center, A vegetarian lunch at Longhua Temple, A bazaar and the Temple of the Town Gods, Yuyuan Garden, Acrobatic show

Day 8: Shanghai
A Shanghai family visit

Day 9: Depart

Prices (per person in US Dollor)

Price for Group Size of
2-5 Persons 6-9 Persons
Deluxe 1699 1542
Standard 1392 1235
Budget 1310 1152


Destination Hotel Class
Bugdet Standard Deluxe
Beijing Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven Jade Garden Hotel Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
Xi'an Citadines Central Xi'an Grand Noble Hotel Wyndham Grand Xian South
Shanghai Holiday Inn Express Zhabei Shanghai The Bund Hotel Grand Central Hotel Shanghai