13-Day China Golden Triangle Tour with Mongolia Highlights
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Visit the Chinese first emperor’s incredible burial subjects of Terracotta Warriors
- Walk within the narrow streets of Hutongs to experience the unique culture of local Beijingers’ life
- Climb the emblematic Great Wall to view the spectacular man-made wonder
- Enjoy the picturesque scenery and run into the wild horses in Hustai Nature Reserve
- Have a close touch to the stunning beauty of Terelj National Park and live in a ger camp
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- Day 1
On your arrival at Shanghai airport, your tour guide will greet you and guide you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax or step out to discover Shanghai in your way.
- Day 2
Start your today's exploration from Shanghai Museum which offers an art history tour of the Middle Kingdom dating from as far back as the 20th century B.C. Later, you will take a stroll through the quiet Yu Garden, and after getting a taste of Shanghai’s local life in the Yuyuan Market.
Continue to the silk workshop for knowing more about how the mysterious making process of silk in China and ramble in former French Concession together with Xintiandi area which combines the old and modern Shanghai together.
Optional: In the evening, enjoy the thrilling acrobatics show as your night option will bring you a memorable night.
- Day 3
Be free in the morning till driving to the airport for onward flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival, your local guide will greet and pick you up to the hotel.
- Day 4
Begin today's tour to Terracotta Warriors. You will inspect the incredible 8,000 life-size clay soldiers & horses and listen to the legends of their master, Emperor Qin Shihuang, who united China for the first time. After that, visit the Art Ceramics Factory to view how these amazing statues were created 2,200 years ago. After lunch, tour the Ancient City Wall to see the world’s largest city wall.
- Day 5
The morning sightseeing will take you to the Great Mosque, one of China’s largest mosques, and Muslim Street to admire the exotic religious architecture and Muslim culture. Later, you will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda before being escorted to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Upon your arrival in Beijing, the capital city of China, meet your local personal guide and be transferred to the hotel.
- Day 6
On this day, you will first visit Tiananmen Square, the largest plaza on earth. Passing through the iconic Tiananmen Gate, then you will enter the splendid Forbidden City, China's No.1 palace complex famous for its grand royal buildings, exquisite ornaments and priceless treasures.
In the afternoon, you will take a pedicab to explore hutongs, the disappearing ancient alleys of old Beijing, and then ramble about along the Houhai Bar Street.
Optional: The night show Chinese Kung Fu Show can be an optional choice for you to know more about Chinese martial art.
- Day 7
No Beijing tour is complete without a visit to the Great Wall. Today, you will tour the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section), the 8th Wonder of the World. Walking on the venerable ramparts, you will amaze at the unbelievable constructions and appealing landscape that surrounds the Wall. Descending the Great Wall, you will stop by a jade gallery and then take a leisure stroll along the Sacred Road, a royal path noted for vivid stone statues and afterlife stories.
- Day 8
Today you will fly from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival at the Chinggis Khaan International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Ulaanbaatar.
- Day 9
Travel to Hustai National Park in the morning (about 2-3 hours' drive) to run into the Przewalski wild horses, reintroduced back into the wild in their native grassland. Continue to visit the local information center learning about the history of the last pure wild horses and the history of the area. You have a chance to go horse riding in the evening. Overnight in a ger camp.
Overnight: Hustai National Park
- Day 10
Today you will be driven to visit a Nomad family. You will follow your hostess to learn how to produce tasty dairy products including "aaruul" dried curds, "byaslag" Mongolian cheese and so on. You will get more familiar with their nature loved the unique lifestyle in the process. In the evening, you will be filled with a lesson on "Shagai", traditional game and play “Shagai” with the family members. Overnight in ger camp.
Optional: Horse riding is available.
Overnight: Hustai National Park
- Day 11
In the morning, drive to Terelj National Park (about 1-2 hours' drive), one of the most visited sites near Ulaanbaatar. Terelj is located in the tranquil valley of the granite mountains and the Terelj River. After checking in the ger camp, you will then visit the Turtle Rock and the Temple of Meditation and hiking around. Overnight in ger camp.
Overnight: Terelj National Park
- Day 12
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar (about 1-2 hours' drive) this morning. Your tour today includes Gandan Monastery, largest and most important monastery of Mongolia, continue on to explore the National History Museum and Chinggis Square, where you will see the Parliament House, National Opera and City Hall.
Later, climb up to the Zaisan Hill to get a great view of the city. Enjoy a traditional dancing and khoomii (Mongolian throat singing) this evening.
- Day 13
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for onward flight home.
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- Terracotta Warriors
- Yu Garden
- the gate
- Beijing hutongs
- the Great Wall