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China Showcase

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,760

The perfect introductory China itinerary for the independent traveller includes three of the most important cities, Imperial Beijing, Ancient Xian and the city of the future, Shanghai.


China, known as the Middle Kingdom by the ancient Chinese as the centre of the universe, is the 3rd largest country in the world. It is surrounded by 14 other nations and has 5 different time zones. A visit to China offers the opportunity to view the development and progress of this country with its modern skyscrapers and contemporary designs but at the same time, it is also the world’s oldest continuous civilization and this can be seen everywhere you travel.

You will see in a 360 degree glance, Mao Tse Tung’s Mausoleum, the Great Hall of the People, China’s seat of government, the National Museum of China and the Forbidden City (also known as the ImperialPalace). You will then step into the Forbidden City immediately being transported back to the time of the great Dynasties who ruled here. Next stop will be the Temple of Heaven where China’s Emperors once worshipped. You will marvel at the beauty of this architectural gem. You then head out to the opulent SummerPalace, a complex of pavillions and temples where the Emperors and their families went to escape the summer heat. The Marble Boat moored on the man-made lake here is something that is not only unusual but has a fascinating story involving the Last Empress of China!

Your next day in Beijing includes a visit to the world famous Great Wall of China nestled in the mountains approximately 80 kilomteres/50 miles north of the city.  No one on seeing this phenomenal landmark has ever been disappointed. Once stretching some 6300 kilometres/3900 miles across China, there are only a few remaining parts available for visitors to see how the wall looked some 2000 years ago. This particular section of the wall is well preserved. You can walk along it as far as time allows. Your final stop on the way back to Beijing is at the Ming Tombs where some of China’s past Emperors were buried.

Fly next to the ancient capital of China, Xian, an old walled city which was the ancient capital of China and has over 3000 years of history. This is evident in its many historic monuments and ancient archaeological sites. The most famous is the site of the Terra Cotta Warriors just outside the city with its three tombs of 2000 year old life size army of soldiers, each one different. When you think of the age and size (6000 figures) of this fairly recent archaeological discovery, you are experiencing something very extraordinary.  Nearby is the tomb of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.

A visit to the BanpoMuseum will reveal many of the Neolithic treasures found in the area.

Then fly to Shanghai, a city which has been described as futuristic due to the amazing recent developments to its infrastructure and architecture. However, although these developments will be found fascinating, the traditional side of the city still exists in its neighbourhoods. A walk down pedestrian Nanjing Road will show a side of the city which has long been in existence with its small stores including a number of emporiums selling a variety of antiques. The legendary Bund or riverside boardwalk reveals examples of the British and French late 19th Century, early 20th Century architecture for which Shanghai is famous.

Visits to the atmospheric Jade Buddha Temple and the traditional extensive Yu Yuan Gardens will remind you of a bygone era that should never be forgotten.

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,760

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Day 1

Beijing Airport to Beijing Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing

Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing is a courtyard-style establishment, surrounded by thousand year old trees. The hotel has retained its old-world charm, but at the same time, merged it with contemporary architecture and designs. The hotel caters to both the business and leisure travellers, focusing on clean and comfortable accommodations while providing high-quality service and amenities at a competitive price.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing

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    Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing is a courtyard-style establishment, surrounded by thousand year old trees. The hotel has retained its old-world charm, but at the same time, merged it with contemporary architecture and designs. The hotel caters to both the business and leisure travellers, focusing ...

    Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing is a courtyard-style establishment, surrounded by thousand year old trees. The hotel has retained its old-world charm, but at the same time, merged it with contemporary architecture and designs. The hotel caters to both the business and leisure travellers, focusing on clean and comfortable accommodations while providing high-quality service and amenities at a competitive price.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Full Day Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven with Lunch

Today, you will visit Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, whose acres of splendid 15th Century halls and pavilions graced with imperial treasures, now comprise the Palace Museum. You will also visit the beautiful Temple of Heaven, possibly the most popular symbol of China.
This afternoon, enjoy the Summer Palace, a complex of pavilions, temples, and galleries situated on an immense man-made lake.

Duration8 Hours
Day 3

Full Day Great Wall at Badaling and Ming Tomb with Lunch

Today you will visit the magnificent Badaling section of the Great Wall of China, located approximately one and a half hours northwest of Beijing. The Badaling section was built in 1505, along with a military outpost reflecting the location's strategic importance. This section is one of the best preserved and most visited areas of the Great Wall. Enjoy stunning views as you stroll along this seemingly endless piece of history, which winds its way far into the distance. After lunch, visit the Ming Tomb, one of 13 Imperial tombs from the Ming Dynasty, before returning to Beijing.

Duration9 Hours
Day 4

Beijing Hotel to Beijing Airport

Duration2 Hours

Beijing Capital Airport to Xian Airport

Duration0 Minutes

Xian Airport to Xian Hotel

Duration40 Minutes

Grand Mercure On Renmin Square

The Grand Mercure On Renmin Square is located inside the Ming Dynasty Wall of the ancient city of Xi'an, surrounded by quiet courtyards and elegant gardens, emanating the unique rich historical breath of the famous "cradle of Chinese civilization". 194 guest rooms and suites in spectacular style reflect 50 years of historical soul of the Renmin Building.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Grand Mercure On Renmin Square

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    The Grand Mercure On Renmin Square is located inside the Ming Dynasty Wall of the ancient city of Xi'an, surrounded by quiet courtyards and elegant gardens, emanating the unique rich historical breath of the famous "cradle of Chinese civilization". 194 guest rooms and suites in ...

    The Grand Mercure On Renmin Square is located inside the Ming Dynasty Wall of the ancient city of Xi'an, surrounded by quiet courtyards and elegant gardens, emanating the unique rich historical breath of the famous "cradle of Chinese civilization". 194 guest rooms and suites in spectacular style reflect 50 years of historical soul of the Renmin Building.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 5

Full Day Terra Cotta Warriors, Banpo Museum, Qinshuihuang Mausoleum and Art Ceramic Factory incl Lunch

This morning, visit the over one thousand life-sized Terracotta Warriors which have been standing guard by the tomb of Qin Shi Huang for 2,000 years. The individually-sculpted warriors may be the greatest archaeological find of the last century. After lunch, continue to the Banpo Museum and excavation site, a matriarchal society dating back 6000 years. Finally, make a stop at a ceramics and pottery workshop en-route back to your hotel in Xian.

Duration8 Hours
Day 6

Xian Hotel to Xian Airport

Duration2 Hours

Xian Airport to Shanghai Airport

Duration0 Minutes

Shanghai Pu Dong Airport to City Hotels via Maglev Train

Duration0 Hours

Holiday Inn Vista

Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is in a strategic location, 10 minutes' drive from the city centre, with good transport links to the rest of Shanghai. Surf the web with complimentary wireless Internet in modernist Jing Lobby Lounge, amid sleek geometric sculptures and muted colours. Or simply unwind in the uncluttered surroundings of your air-conditioned guestroom. With our extensive meeting facilities, doing business at Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is a breeze. It's a short stroll to cafes in the trendy Suzhou Creek area and the tranquil Temple of the Jade Buddha. Hop in a taxi to reach the shops on popular Nanjing Road. Enjoy Western and Asian cuisine on the sunny terrace outside Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista's relaxed Inn Place Cafe. Chinese Wen Xuan Restaurant serves authentic local and Cantonese dishes.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Holiday Inn Vista

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    Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is in a strategic location, 10 minutes' drive from the city centre, with good transport links to the rest of Shanghai. Surf the web with complimentary wireless Internet in modernist Jing Lobby Lounge, amid sleek geometric sculptures and muted colours. Or ...

    Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is in a strategic location, 10 minutes' drive from the city centre, with good transport links to the rest of Shanghai. Surf the web with complimentary wireless Internet in modernist Jing Lobby Lounge, amid sleek geometric sculptures and muted colours. Or simply unwind in the uncluttered surroundings of your air-conditioned guestroom. With our extensive meeting facilities, doing business at Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is a breeze. It's a short stroll to cafes in the trendy Suzhou Creek area and the tranquil Temple of the Jade Buddha. Hop in a taxi to reach the shops on popular Nanjing Road. Enjoy Western and Asian cuisine on the sunny terrace outside Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista's relaxed Inn Place Cafe. Chinese Wen Xuan Restaurant serves authentic local and Cantonese dishes.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Lounge
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking

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Day 7

Full Day Nanjing Road, The Bund, Yu Garden and Jade Buddha Temple with Lunch

On your first stop today, you will visit Nanjing Road, a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world. Next, visit the Yu Garden located at the heart of Old Town and considered one of the most lavish and finest Chinese gardens in the region.
Then it's onward to the Bund, also called the Zhongshan Road, a famous waterfront that has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. Located to the south of the Bund, the old Chinese city was a walled fishing town when the British arrived in 1843. Modern Shanghai grew up around it.
Finally, you will venture to the western part of Shanghai where there is a venerable and famous Buddhist temple, the Jade Buddha Temple. In 1882, an old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues, which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. The temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately, the jade Buddha statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. Lunch is included.

Duration8 Hours
Day 8

Shanghai City Hotels to Pu Dong Airport via Maglev Train

Duration0 Hours

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Domestic flights within China
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes unless specifically indicated
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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As there is so much to see and do in many of our City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, you should consider staying longer. Below is a list of suggestions that can be added to your stay.

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