9-day glimpse of Shanghai, Xian, Beijing

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In this 9-day tour, you will visit the cultural capital of China with its Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall. In Xi'an, the Terracotta Army will be definitely on your proposal. In Shanghai, we will reveal its mixture of modernity and tradition.

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Arrive in Shanghai

Upon arrival at the Pudong International Airport, our guide will wait for you at the arrival hall and then you will be transferred to the hotel. The balance of the day will be at leisure.

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Accommodation
  • Economy
  • Superior
  • Deluxe


Metropolis of China

Reach at the top of the second tallest skyscraper in Shanghai, the Jin Mao Tower. From the top of its 88 floors you will admire the panorama of the Bund and the Huangpu River in the front with the symbol of the city, the Oriental Pearl Tower. The Jin Mao Tower opened its doors in 1998 and at the time was the highest skyscraper in the city with a height of more than 420 meters. According to Chinese Numerology, the Tower consists of 88 floors, each of them losing an eighth of height from bottom. If you look good, the Jin Mao Tower also recalls the shape of a Chinese pagoda. And yet, it is art deco. Even in the Pudong New Area, it is possible to make a pleasant stroll. On the Eastern Bank of the Huangpu River, stroll at the foot of the monumental buildings of the futuristic part of Shanghai and admire the frontages of Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque of the Bund across the river.
This afternoon, explore the Shanghai Museum to discover one of the most important collections of Chinese art in the world. From room to room, let yourself be amazed within the history of this country's millennial culture. Get there by first crossing the People's Square and its Park.
Then, go to do some shopping in the stores of Shanghai on West Nanjing Road. Enter the crowds of shopaholics strolling around the long pedestrian street of several kilometers. As you do your shopping on the Nanjing Road, enjoy and admire some of the historic buildings in their various styles.
This evening, go for Huangpu River Cruise. Discover the city as the aliens did before 1949. The cruise is indeed along the Bund and its Gothic, Baroque and romantic frontages. On the other side, admire the modern Pudong New Area and its huge skyscrapers. The cruise will makes a U-turn near the Yangpu Bridge and you are provided then the most beautiful view on this cable-stayed bridge which is one of the longest in the world.
 

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Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included 

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  • Economy
  • Superior
  • Deluxe


Flight to Xian

Shanghai Local Life

This morning, first visit the Jing'an Temple, the first Buddhist temple built in Shanghai. As a still active temple, join in the crowds of the devout prayers to pray for what you need. Moreover, you can admire a magnificent portrait of the great Buddha Sakyamuni.
Then, jump into the crowds of visitors, the Yuyuan Garden is a breathtaking, beautiful garden of Shanghai. As one might notice while strolling through the shops and restaurants, this area has been restored in a very typical style of ancient China. Cross the bridge with nine turns and finally go to the Yuyuan garden, a haven of peace in the economic capital-Shanghai.
In the afternoon, take a stroll around the old town of Shanghai and enjoy the Tianzifang Shikumen. These traditional houses are in Shanghai as the Courtyards in Beijing. Stroll in the middle of shops, the art galleries and cafes in the small and classic alleys of the neighborhood. Then, visit the Shanghai 1933 Old Millfun which today hosts important events in the field of design and fashion. In a residential district of Shanghainese, enter this place which is so special in history and has a very original design.
Tonight, you will take the flight to Xian, upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Xian.

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner onboard 

Accommodation
  • Economy
  • Superior
  • Deluxe


The Eighth Wonder of the World

This morning, climb up a few stone steps and then you are on the Xian City Wall. Enjoy a stroll or even bike on the city wall to admire the city view with an overlook. Although it is impossible to make a complete tour of the city on the wall, the ride will be interesting.
Then, get away downtown Xian to visit the eighth wonder of the world, the Terracotta Army. From the passage of the door, prepare to marvel at the craziest project by the first emperor of China. Although the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi is never ever open, a few rooms containing objects have been observed as having accompanied the deceased. In an annex building, watch the story of the emperor and the construction of this magnificent tomb. The real size of the Terracotta Warriors will definitely leave you speechless and make you Xian tour unforgettable.
We wrap up the day with a visit to the Temple of the Eight Immortals. This huge Taoist temple is still one of the main places of worship in Xi'an. Hear Taoist monks chanting while admiring the beautiful statues and Taoist scriptures that kept in the temple.
 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included 

Accommodation
  • Economy
  • Superior
  • Deluxe


History of Xian

In the morning, dive into the history of the province of Shaanxi. The huge Shaanxi History Museum is a treasure of China that leaves you speechless. From prehistory to the discovery of the Terracotta Army, you will figure out the constant changes that the people of the ancient capital Chang'an had made.
Then, go a few miles outside of city wall and discover one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas. As a symbol of Xian, you could admire the city and realize Xian at the seventh floor of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. After visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, stop at a Jade Factory -the Chinese favorite treasure. Enjoy being with professionals to discover how jade is carved and the difference between real and fake.
In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the culture by visiting the Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter. Open your senses in the Muslim Quarter of the city and discover spices and dishes typical of the Hui ethnic group. Arrive at the Great Mosque of Xian, one of the four largest ancient mosques of China. Gardens and buildings open to non-Muslims will give you an overview of the Sino-Arab cultural mix in which many places are impregnated.
Tonight, indulge in the delicacy offered in a local restaurant, the Dumpling Dinner in Xian. Enjoy these dumplings with meat or vegetables stuffing. By the way, dumplings are the special dish for the Chinese New Year.

After dinner, you will be transferred to the train station to take the overnight soft sleeper train to Beijing.
 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included Chinese Dumplings

Overnight Soft Sleeper Train

Upon arrival, the guide will wait for you at the exit of the train station and then you will be directly transferred to a local restaurant for breakfasts. After then, go visit the architectural treasures of the largest imperial garden in China, the Summer Palace. Built based on models of the most beautiful gardens of Suzhou and the shores of West Lake in Hangzhou, this huge garden is full of history and will make you forget all your worries. There is even a chance for a short cruise on the calm Kunming Lake. After visiting the Summer Palace, go visit the Pearl Factory. This factory is where the ancient culture of freshwater pearls will reveal its secrets, which traces back to how these beads began being processed 2,200 BC.
In the afternoon, experience a tour back to a time of ancient worship by visiting the Temple of Heaven. A shrine of Heaven and symbol of Beijing, the Temple is believed to be as important as the Forbidden City, or even more because the emperor is the son of Heaven. If there is not too crowded, a stroll through the extensive gardens and corridors of the park will immerse you in the lives of old Beijing.
 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Accommodation
  • Economy
  • Superior
  • Deluxe


Great Wall Visit

Today, come and explore one of the most important symbols of China: The Mutianyu Great Wall. This wonderful site offers a stunning landscape of the surrounding nature. Having access to the ramparts by cable car, you may enjoy of exclusion from the rest of the world, as this area is a slightly less touristy section of the Great Wall. To return, you can choose between some walking or tobogganing or cable car. After the Great Wall tour, stop at the cloisonne factory where this ancient art will be revealed. You will explore artisans welding on a piece of copper inlaid with colored enamels.
After returning to the downtown, meet the faithful Buddhist in the Yonghe Lama Temple. This Lamasery is still active and considered the most beautiful Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. This temple has also been the Office of Tibet which for the Dalai Lama's communication directly with the central government in Beijing. Over its five halls, you soak in the sacred atmosphere and feel enchanted by the huge, wooden statue of Buddha Maitreya.
Time for an evening at the Peking Opera, you will plunge into the legends of ancient China. After an early dinner, if you wish, enter backstage at the theater to see the actors apply their makeup and get ready for their performance. The acting, costumes and music are set with such finesse that you forget the English subtitles on both sides of the stage. You will be surprised by the staging and colors, but especially those sounds that are so different from ours.
 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included 

Accommodation
  • Economy
  • Superior
  • Deluxe


While fixing your eyes on this huge Tiananmen Square, symbol of historical changes in China, be sure to also soak up the Chinese patriotic atmosphere. Take a symbolic picture in the center of the square before walking along its underpass, which leads to the Forbidden City. Pass the Tiananmen Gate and begin the tour of Forbidden City. Stroll between the walls steeped in history and this huge imperial palace touched by the footsteps of emperors from past Chinese dynasties. Pass by the Palace interiors and courtyards to see how past will reveal its treasures and mysteries. Enjoy the Palace museum to relax in a unique atmosphere.
In the afternoon, you will climb the small slope of the Jingshan Park to access area with the Wanchun Pavilion. From here you experience memorable views of the golden roofs of the Forbidden City, the National Grand Theatre and the central axis of the capital.
As you ride in a rickshaw in the Hutongs, prepare to dive deeper into this unique atmosphere of old Beijing. The doors of the famous courtyard houses are open to you, as you experience being around working-class families as they enjoy life in these old homes. When sharing a meal with a typical Beijing Hutong family, you will learn about the customs and traditional ways of life in these neighborhoods.

 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included Dinner with local family in Hutong

Accommodation
  • Economy
  • Superior
  • Deluxe


End of the trip

Free until be transferred to the Beijing Capital International Airport for the flight home.
 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Flight Home

3 destinations

Travel 2473km

30 attractions and activities

Include

  • Natural and cultural heritage ( 20 )
  • The Constructions ( 20 )
  • Chinese Lifestyle ( 20 )
  • Chinese Art ( 11 )
  • Culture of Ethnic Minority ( 3 )


Arrive in Shanghai

 

 

 

Sights:Pudong International Airport

Accommodation

Economy: Greenland Jiulong Hotel

Deluxe: Pullman Shanghai Skyway


Metropolis of China

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Jin Mao Tower,Pudong New Area,Shanghai Museum,Nanjing Road

Activities:Huangpu River Cruise at night

Accommodation

Economy: Greenland Jiulong Hotel

Deluxe: Pullman Shanghai Skyway

Shanghai Local Life

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 Dinner onboard

Sights:Jing'an Temple,Yuyuan Garden,Tianzifang Shikumen,1933 Old Millfun

Accommodation

Superior: Titan Times Hotel


The Eighth Wonder of the World

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Emperor Qin's Terracotta Army,Temple of the Eight Immortals

Activities:Xian City Wall

Accommodation

Superior: Titan Times Hotel


History of Xian

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  Chinese Dumplings

Sights:Shaanxi History Museum,Big Wild Goose Pagoda,Jade Factory,Great Mosque

Activities:Xian Dumpling Dinner

Accommodation

Overnight Soft Sleeper Train

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:The Summer Palace,Pearl Factory,Temple of Heaven

Accommodation

Economy: Dongfang Hotel

Superior: Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel


Great Wall Visit

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Mutianyu Great Wall,Cloisonne Factory,Yonghe Lama Temple

Activities:Peking Opera

Accommodation

Economy: Dongfang Hotel

Superior: Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel


Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  Dinner with local family in Hutong

Sights:Tiananmen Square,Forbidden City,Jingshan Park

Activities:Beijing Hutong

Accommodation

Economy: Dongfang Hotel

Superior: Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel


End of the trip

Breakfast Included 

 

 

Activities:Beijing Airport

Accommodation

Flight Home

  • Forbidden City

  • Peking Opera

  • Mutianyu Great Wall

  • Temple of Heaven

  • The Summer Palace

  • Emperor Qin's Terracotta Army

  • Jingshan Park

  • Beijing Hutong

  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda

  • Yuyuan Garden

  • Yonghe Lama Temple

  • Xian City Wall

  • Great Mosque

  • Tianzifang Shikumen

  • Jing'an Temple

  • Temple of the Eight Immortals

  • 1933 Old Millfun

  • Tiananmen Square

  • Shanghai Museum

  • Jin Mao Tower

  • Shaanxi History Museum

  • Cloisonne Factory

  • Pearl Factory

  • Jade Factory

  • Pudong New Area

  • Beijing Airport

  • Pudong International Airport

  • Nanjing Road

  • Xian Dumpling Dinner

  • Huangpu River Cruise at night

Prices

Prices: Price may vary depending on the season, the price of transport and other external reasons. (Quoted in U.S. dollars and based on per person)

Classes 1 person 2 persons 3-5 persons 6-9 persons
Economy 1,9221,2591,188977
Superior 2,1501,4001,3291,156
Deluxe 2,5161,8291,5711,308

General Price Inclusion of Private Tours

1. The entrance fees as stated in the itinerary.(Including any cruise). 
2. Professional and private english-speaking guide for airport transfer (train station transfer) and sightseeing. 
3. Private and well-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver for airport transfer (train staion transfer) and sightseeing. 
4. Meals as stated in the itinerary. Chinese meal in a tourist restaurant or a local restaurant. The number of dishes varies according to the number of persons in the group. The meal also includes a glass of softdrink or beer.
5. Accommodations usually with breakfasts as state in the itinerary. Prices given are calculated on the basis of a double room or a twin-bed room for one night. When requesting a single room, a supplement will be required. Usually,the room is available from 11 am and must be vacated by noon the next day. 
6. Domestic flights (economy class) or internal trains as mentioned in the itinerary. All taxes such as airport and fuel are included. 
7. Service Charge and government taxes. 
8. Travel Agency Liability Insurance. 
Your entire tour is covered by the travel agency's liability insurance, the insurance is directly regulated by the National Tourism Administration of China. This insurance covers accidents that transpire as a result of any services caused by a travel agency. It doesn't cover any incidents or physical problems occurring outside of the tour period caused by clients themselves. We, therefore, recommend you purchase additional travel insurance in your home country before departure. 


Excluded from the General Price of Private Tours

1. Chinese visa application fee. 
2. International flights fee 
3. Overload luggage fee. 
4. Tips for guides and drivers. 
5. Personal expenses. (such as room service, laundry, telephone bill...). The settlement of these expenses will be done when you check out. The deposit, which will be requested when you check in, will be returned on departure.

 


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