Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Your enjoyable escorted China tour starts with our helpful pick-up service. Upon your landing at Beijing airport, our guide will greet you outside the customs area, and then our driver will transfer you to the hotel in a clean and comfortable vehicle. The remainder of the day is free for you to refresh from fatigue after a long journey.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
After breakfast, you will meet with your fellow group members in the hotel lobby and then set off for today's visit. The first destination will be Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world. Then follow your guide to enter the Forbidden City. The halls with flying golden roofs and red walls, carved dragons, and lion statues in the palace reveal the past glory of the fallen imperial family.
To avoid the cheap and low quality tourist restaurant, we specially serve you an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous restaurant to taste authentic Chinese cuisine. Don't forget to order the yummy roasted duck.
In the afternoon, continue your visit to the Temple of Heaven, the imperial altar for the emperors of the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties to worship the god of heaven. This evening, enjoy a sensational Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Day 3 Beijing
The morning's excursion takes you to Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the world's wonders. Constructed in the Ming Dynasty, Mutianyu is one of the best preserved sections, with spectacular surrounding natural scenery. The wall, dotted with beacon towers, stretches along mountain ridges for miles, resembling a huge flying dragon. We arrange for you the roundtrip cable car to reach and descend the wall.
Restaurants nearby are of low quality, so we do not arrange lunch. We suggest that you have a big breakfast and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. Your guide will be also glad to provide you with advice.
We will then drive you back to the city to enjoy some free time at a featured local market.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Shanghai
Today's visit starts with the Summer Palace, the largest and best preserved imperial garden in China. Constructed on the natural scenery of Kunming Lake and Wanshou Hill in the Qing Dynasty, the garden is a perfect combination of landscape and imperial palaces. Next we will have a stopover for nice photo shots at the Olympic National Stadium (Bird's Nest).
After an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price), you will have a Hutong tour by taking a ride on a rickshaw. Hutong means narrow alleys in Beijing's old blocks. The traditional courtyards, local culture and history and normal people's life, all that is what we want to show you here. There is also a chance to experience Chinese paper cutting.
Then you will take an afternoon high-speed train for around 4.5 hours to reach Shanghai. Our local guide will meet you at the train station and take you to the hotel.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai - the former Crowne Plaza
Day 5 Shanghai
An entire day trip will show you a versatile Shanghai. In the morning, you will pay a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple first. The highlights of this temple are a sitting Buddha and a reclining Buddha both carved from the whole piece of jade. Then proceed to Yu Garden, a classical Chinese garden with a history of more than 400 years. In this garden, you will see traditional Chinese buildings with beautiful carvings and decorations, and artistic artificial hills and clear ponds with stone bridges. There is also a traditional bazaar near the garden.
Around noon, an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a popular restaurant.
Then continue on to visit the Former French Concession and the Bund area, where you will also take a one-hour cruise tour along the Huangpu River. Upon returning to the hotel, our guide will see you into the lobby and bid you bon voyage.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 6 Departure from Shanghai
Airport drop-off is not included today. Please find your way to the airport for your homebound flight. You can choose to take a taxi to the airport. We wish you a nice trip home.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Tour Type: Small Group of 2-18 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 5 nights, nice 5-star hotels
Meals: 5 western buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches of a la carte style
Must-see sights - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Bund
Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
Experience China's most developed high speed train from Beijing to Shanghai
Enjoy a la carte meals & taste authentic Chinese cuisines at superb restaurants
High-speed train fare
Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
Professional English-speaking guides
Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
Entrance fees to tourist sites
Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
Entry Visa fees
Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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