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Essential China: Beijing, Xian & Shanghai

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,350

FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: The ideal locally hosted tour to visit four of China’s major destinations including Imperial Beijing, the ancient capital, Xian and the modern futuristic Shanghai all in 10 days.


For those with limited time, this inexpensive locally escorted tour is the perfect introduction to China.  In 10 days, you will have the opportunity to get to know the three most requested Chinese cities by North Americans.

Imperial Beijing is full of historical treasures. Start with the world’s largest public square, Tian An Men Square after which experience a return to the days of the Imperial Dynasties by visiting the Forbidden City, also known as the ImperialPalace. The Hutongs of old Beijing with their narrow alleyways will reveal a lifestyle still active but no longer generally in vogue.

The Great Wall of China will never disappoint the visitor with its stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Then it’s on to the Ming tombs, the sacred burial grounds of former Emperors.

The beautiful Temple of Heaven is where the Imperial Emperors used to worship and the SummerPalace is the retreat to which they escaped from the heat.

Next stop is Xian, the ancient capital and old walled city with its famous Terra Cotta Warriors discovered not so long ago although they are 2000 years old.

The final stop is Shanghai, a city which combines the traditional with the contemporary.  Enjoy a walk on the Bund and a performance of the world renowned Acrobatic Show. A day to Suzhou, one of China’s most beautiful cities is included during your stay. You will enjoy visits to an ornamental garden and a silk factory as well as have a cruise along the network of interesting canals.

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,350

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Day 1

Arrive Beijing

After checking in, you have free time to explore this amazing city that is feverishly modernizing, transforming right before your eyes.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Capital Hotel Beijing

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    Capital Hotel Beijing



    Capital Hotel is situated in the historic Dong Jiaominxiang and is within walking distance to many interesting monuments and scenic spots including the Forbidden City, Qianmen, Temple of Heaven, and Tiananmen Square. The hotel is easily accessible with the subway stations and bus stops nearby. …

    Capital Hotel is situated in the historic Dong Jiaominxiang and is within walking distance to many interesting monuments and scenic spots including the Forbidden City, Qianmen, Temple of Heaven, and Tiananmen Square. The hotel is easily accessible with the subway stations and bus stops nearby. Rooms are charming, featuring a traditional decor with carved darkwood furnishings.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Beijing

Stroll through Tiananmen Square China's historic heart of celebration and also turbulence for almost a century. Onward to the resplendent Forbidden City/Palace Museum (UNESCO site), home for Chinese Emperors since 1420. Walk through the world's largest royal compound that was off-limits to commoners and learn about important treasures of the Imperial collection on display in the vast inner courts. Have a Chinese lunch at local restaurant.

This afternoon, continue to visit the Summer Palace, which is the best-keptexisting royal garden in Beijing, a complex of pavilions, temples, and galleries set among beautifully landscaped grounds, situated on Kunming Lake (subject the weather permitting).

Evening is free with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Beijing

Today, climb the truly awesome Great Wall of China (UNESCO World Heritage site). Visit the Badaling section. All portions ever made would equal a solid defense wall going around the equator one and one-half times. At the less visited Badaling section, one of the most impressive portions of the barrier, you have time to enjoy the area, photograph majestic views and maybe bargain with the local vendors.

Visit Beijing Jade Carving Factory followed by a Chinese lunch at local restaurant, drive to the Ming Tombs, and visit the most famous emperors mausoleum of Ming Dynasty with 500 years history-Chang Ling and Sacred Way, the main way of which the Ming Dynasty emperor has to pass through to worship their forefathers. Late afternoon, transfer back to hotel.

Peking Duck Dinner at local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Beijing to Xian

Explore the vast Temple of Heaven complex (UNESCO site) that was once a sacred area used only by the emperors of China for important ceremonies to honor Heaven, the supreme power. The main structure is the grand Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, an impressive architectural feat. Today this park is a favorite gathering spot for local residents, a community center where people of all ages come to relax, exercise and express through song and dance. Joining in on activities is a fun way to interact with everyday Beijingers and is welcomed with warm smiles and open arms.

Proceed to visit the Lama Temple. It is the largest Buddhist temple of the Yellow-sect in Beijing and has been completely preserved. Built in 1694 as the residence of Count Yin Zhen, the fourth son of the Emperor Kangxi, it was called "the Palace of Count Yong." After Yin Zhen became the Emperor, he continued to use it as an imperial palace for short stays away from the capital. In 1744, it was converted into a lamasery. Yonghegong is the most renowned Tibetan Buddhist temple in China outside Tibet and holds treasures of both the Han and Tibetan cultures.

After Beijing Noodle Lunch at a local restaurant, departure transfer to airport for flight to Xian, once arrival, meet your local English-speaking guide at airport and transfer to your hotel. Evening is free with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda

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    Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda



    Let Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda be your sanctuary away from home for your next visit to Xi'an. Conveniently located at South 2nd Ring Road and 40 kms from Xi'an Xianyang Airport, we are close to Changan University and Xiaozhai shopping district. Commute easily …

    Let Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda be your sanctuary away from home for your next visit to Xi'an.

    Conveniently located at South 2nd Ring Road and 40 kms from Xi'an Xianyang Airport, we are close to Changan University and Xiaozhai shopping district. Commute easily to other parts of the city with the nearby Sport Center Subway Station or taxis are readily available in the district.

    Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda guestrooms all feature flat-screen televisions, satellite channels, work desks with ergonomic seats and high-speed Internet access. Let our Business Center support all your secretarial needs with print, fax, copy, email and IT services. Host your events in our 6 meeting rooms and 2 ballrooms including our grand ballroom which seats 360 guests (banquet-style) comfortably. Holiday Inn Xi'An Big Goose Pagoda banquets team can also customize our facilities to suit your event's needs, whether it is a boardroom meeting, intimate champagne reception or grand wedding dinner.

    Renew your body with a workout or swim in Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda's modern 700m2 Fitness Center or relax with a massage in our tranquil Spa. Indulge your appetite in our master chef's finest creations at restaurant name or in our all-day dining and room service. Treat yourself to an afternoon tea or evening cocktail at bar.

    Make Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda your first choice in your next trip to Xi'an.

    Facilities

    • Housekeeping Service
    • Indoor Pool
    • Internet
    • Pets Accepted (with limitations)
    • Shuttle Service

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Day 5

Xian

Marvel at the important Terracotta Warriors and Horses underground army pits of the 1st Qin Emperor (3rd century BCE, UNESCO site) with your own eyes and understand the magnitude of this portion of the entire mausoleum project. There are thousands of pottery soldiers and each one looks different. Their solemn assignment was to protect the Emperor Qin Shihuangdi in the afterlife. A circle-vision film reenacts the related events of 2300 years ago. Visit the Xian Ceramic and Art Workshop to see how to make Terra Cotta replica.

Chinese lunch at local restaurant including the Noodle-making demonstration.

Head to visit the Ancient City Wall, it is the most complete one that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Continue to visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xi'an. It was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty and originally had five stories, although the structure was rebuilt in 704 during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian and its exterior brick facade was renovated during the Ming Dynasty. Evening is free with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

Xian to Guilin

Transfer to airport for flight flying to Guilin.

Arrive Guilin, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Visit the Reed Flute Caves, it is a famous scenic spot, mainly offering a magic fairyland of stalactites, stalagmites, stone columns, curtains and flowers in fantastic shapes and colors while appreciating landscape and rural scenery. Then head to the beautiful Elephant Trunk Hill, who got its name because it's said to resemble a giant elephant drinking water from the Li River. Towering more than 180 feet (55 meters) above the water, it's one of the top attractions in Guilin.

Lunch and dinner on own.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Guilin Bravo Hotel

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    Guilin Bravo Hotel



    The Guilin Bravo Hotel is located in city centre, and surrounded by some of the most popular shopping areas. The Guilin Bravo Hotel is one of the quintessential hotels in Guilin that is ideal for both business and leisure travellers. The city centre and night …

    The Guilin Bravo Hotel is located in city centre, and surrounded by some of the most popular shopping areas. The Guilin Bravo Hotel is one of the quintessential hotels in Guilin that is ideal for both business and leisure travellers. The city centre and night market are both within a 10 minute walk. There are 480 tastefully decorated guest rooms, lake view rooms and suites.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 7

Guilin to Yangshuo to Guilin

Take a full day cruise on Li River with lunch served on board and enjoy a panorama of bamboo grooves, sleepy villages and karst peaks of limestone formations fancifully christened by painters and poets over the centuries.

Afternoon, explore on the West Street, which is near your hotel. West Street is the most exciting one that locals call the 'Global Village'. There are not only many foreign tourists, but also quite a number of foreign residents managing cafés and restaurants. The exotic flavor, combined with the traditional culture, make the West Street world famous. Walk around the local village and farms. Late afternoon, transfer back to Guilin. Evening is free with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Guilin to Shanghai

Departure transfer to airport for flight to Shanghai, once arrival, meet your local English-speaking guide at airport and transfer to your hotel.

Lunch and dinner on own.

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Duration2 Nights
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Ocean Hotel Shanghai

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    Ocean Hotel Shanghai



    Adjacent to the new Bund and Shanghai International Shipping Centre, Ocean Hotel Shanghai is conveniently located near the Metro Line Four. The hotel has a total of 357 rooms including the presidential suite and deluxe executive suites which are equipped with the latest digital control …

    Adjacent to the new Bund and Shanghai International Shipping Centre, Ocean Hotel Shanghai is conveniently located near the Metro Line Four. The hotel has a total of 357 rooms including the presidential suite and deluxe executive suites which are equipped with the latest digital control systems. On the top floor, the first revolving restaurant in Shanghai serves Sichuan dishes, bird's nest, and abalone dishes. Guests can enjoy these traditional dishes while getting a bird's eye view of the city.

    Facilities

    • Day Spa
    • Gym/ Fitness centre
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 9

Shanghai

Start the morning by walk around the People's Park to see locals doing morning exercises and visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, is a six-story building, with two basement levels, which displays.

Shanghai's urban planning and development. The focus of the exhibit is a large scale model of the entirety of urban Shanghai, showing existing buildings and approved future buildings. Other exhibits relate to Shanghai's history and planned development. Continue to visit the 400 year's old Yu Garden. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age. Outside the garden, is the famous Chen Huang Miao - an area of shops, restaurants and recreation facilities.

After lunch at local restaurant, stroll along the Bund and to visit the Shanghai Museum, boasts a staggering collection of over 120,000 unique ancient Chinese artifacts. Evening is free with dinner on own.

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Day 10

Exit Shanghai

Say goodbye to China as you will be transferred to the airport to board your returning flight home. Have a safe flight home.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Shared arrival airport transfer in Beijing
  • Shared departure airport transfer in Shanghai
  • Shared airport/hotel/airport transfers in all locations as per itinerary
  • 3 nights first-class accommodations in Beijing
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Xian
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Guilin
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Shanghai
  • Shared group guided touring as per itinerary
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Domestic air tickets (economy class) as per itinerary (Beijing to Xian & Xian to Shanghai)
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 5 lunches, 1 dinner

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

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 enquire.

 

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