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Tour of China's highlights: Beijing, Xian & Shanghai

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Trip Overview

One of the most ancient civilizations covered with mystery and legends, China welcomes you to discover its famous treasures from the Forbidden City of Beijing to the mind-boggling Great Wall to the bustling metropolis of Shanghai.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    6 nights
    1st class train cabins
    2 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Private airport/railway station - hotel transfers
    2 train journeys
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 3 guided city tours
    Jade Buddha temple
    Terracotta Army
  • MEALS
  • 8 buffet breakfasts
    4 lunches

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Arrival in Beijing

Welcome to the legendary capital of China - Beijing! Your private driver meets you at the exit gates of the airport holding a sign with your name on it and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.

Day 2

Beijing City Tour

Following breakfast, at your hotel, you start exploring the highlights of the Chinese capital with your private guide.

You start with a tour to the world-famous Tiananmen Square, where the mausoleum of Mao Zedong, the National Museum of China, the House of People's Meetings and the monument to the National Heroes are located. Then you proceed to the most breathtaking part of the city and the largest palace complex in the world, the Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City, where you spend some amazing time exploring its unique cultural and architectural heritage.

After lunch at one of the local restaurants you continue on to the Temple of Heaven - the renowned place of worship for the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The final destination of your tour is Pedicab Huntong near Houhai Lake - an amazing experience that shouldn't be missed!

In the evening you return to your hotel.

 

  • The Hutong

In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighbourhoods. Since the mid-20th century, the number of Beijing hutongs has dropped dramatically as they are demolished to make way for new roads and buildings. More recently, some hutongs have been designated as protected areas in an attempt to preserve this aspect of Chinese cultural history.

 

  • The Temple of Heaven

The Temple was built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven. As Chinese emperors called themselves "The Son of Heaven", they dared not to build their own dwelling bigger than a dwelling for Heaven.

Day 3

Visit to the Great Wall of China & Ming Tombs

After breakfast, you visit the real icon of the country and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Wall of China. Like a giant stone dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down mountain ranges to protect China's border.

After exploring this majestic man-made miracle you enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants and then proceed to the famous Ming Tombs - a complex of imperial mausoleums built by the Chinese Ming dynasty emperors.

In the evening you return to your hotel.

Day 4

Visit to the Summer Palace & Train to Xian

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and continue exploring the magnificent treasures of Beijing. Today you visit the Summer Palace - the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. You spend several amazing hours there wandering around its beautiful gardens, lakes and palaces.

Later you explore the Yonghe Lama Temple - one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. You have the great chance to enjoy the sumptuous decoration of the temple while walking through the courtyards and halls of the complex.

In the evening you are transferred to the train station to board an overnight train* to Xian.

 

  • Note: depending on the high-speed rail line opening dates, a daily express option may be available.

 

  • The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace located on the outskirts of Beijing is ranked among the most noted and classical gardens of the world. In 1998 it was listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Constructed during the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), it was extended continuously. After the fall of the monarchy, the Summer Palace was opened to the public.

 

  • The Yonghe Temple

This temple and monastery of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism are located in the northeastern part of Beijing. It is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. The building and the artworks of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.

Day 5

Visit to the Terracotta Army

In the morning you arrive in Xian - one of the oldest cities in China. Upon arrival, you meet your guide and driver who will take you to the most important archaeological finding of the 20th century - the Terracotta Warriors. Then you go to the Terracotta Copy Factory where you can buy some fantastic souvenirs for your friends and family. 

Following lunch, you proceed to the Big Goose Pagoda to enjoy a truly spiritual atmosphere of this sacred Buddhist place.

After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel for overnight.

 

  • The Big Wild Goose Pagoda

This famous Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xian was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty. Originally it 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. One of the pagoda's many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Xuanzang.

Day 6

Xian City Tour & Train to Shanghai

Following breakfast, you continue exploring the renowned landmarks of Xian. Today you visit the ancient City Walls, the Grand Mosque and the Hui Minority Market that is a great place to meet the locals and buy unique hand-made souvenirs.

In the evening you are transferred to the train station to board an overnight train* to Shanghai.

 

  • Note: depending on the high-speed rail line opening dates, a daily express option may be available.

 

  • The Grand Mosque of Xian

The Great Mosque is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China. According to historical records engraved on a stone tablet inside, it was built in 742 during the Tang Dynasty. This was a result of Islam being introduced into Northwest China by Arab merchants and travelers from Persia and Afghanistan during the mid-7th century when some of them settled down in China and married women of Han Nationality. Their descendants became Muslim of today. The Muslim played a vital role in the unifications of China during the Yuan and Ming Dynasties. Hence, other mosques were also built to honor them.

 

  • The Hui Minority Market

It is a bustling local market and shopping area with a strong focus on Hui goods, which has a long and intricate history in China. Originally, it was a part of the imperial Chang'an City (now known as Xian) in the Tang Dynasty, and it functioned as a part of the Jingzhao Prefecture in the Song, the Yuan, the Ming, and the Qing Dynasties. The street is paved with bluestone lates and is 500 meters long from south to north.

Day 7

Shanghai City Tour

In the morning you arrive in Shanghai - the largest city of China and its most significant seaport. Upon arrival, you meet your guide and driver who will take you on a panoramic tour around this bustling metropolis.

Next on your list is the visit to the Bund - the beautiful Huangpu River embankment that is the most favorite place among the locals. This splendid row of the early 20th century buildings of various styles and forms remains the quintessential Shanghai sight that attracts thousands of visitors. You have the chance to take a leisurely walk through the Bund, enjoying the great views of Shangai's most famous skyscrapers - the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the World Financial Center.

After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel for overnight.

 

  • The World Financial Center

The World Financial Center is a skyscraper located in the Pudong district of Shanghai. It is a mixed-use skyscraper, consisting of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls. You will visit to the observation deck. Three observation decks offer different experiences at the 94th, 97th, and 100th floors. The 100th floor is the highest observatory in the world.

Day 8

Visit to the Yuyuan Garden & Jade Buddha Temple

Following breakfast you meet your guide and visit a well-restored Suzhou-style complex of the Yuyuan Garden, explore the Old Town filled with antique markets and speciality stores, and take a walk through the main shopping street of Shanghai and one of the world's busiest shopping streets - Nanjing Road.

After lunch, you visit one of the most important Buddhist temples in China, the Jade Buddha Temple, that houses two precious Buddha statues, as well as a number of sacred relics.

After the tour, you return to your hotel.

 

  • Jade Buddha Temple

It was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma by sea. These were a sitting Buddha and a smaller reclining Buddha representing Buddha's death. The temple now also contains a much larger reclining Buddha made of marble, donated from Singapore, and visitors may mistake this larger sculpture for the original, smaller piece.

Day 9

Departure from Shanghai

This is the last day of your fantastic China adventure. After breakfast, your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

 


Hotels

6 nights in 4-star centrally-located hotels

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • Accommodation at premium 4-star hotels;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Lunches according to the itinerary;
  • Airport / train station transfers with a private driver and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Sleeper economy overnight tickets Beijing - Xian and Xian - Shanghai*;
  • All entrance fees according to the itinerary;
  • Full Chinese visa processing.


Not included: flights, other meals, optional tours & services, all personal expenses.

*NOTE: depending on the high-speed rail line opening dates, daily express option may be available.

Tour Highlights

  • Full Chinese visa processing
  • Three guided city tours of Beijing, Shanghai and Xian
  • A visit to the Terracotta Army
  • A visit to the Great Wall of China
  • A tour of Ming Tombs
  • A visit to the Temple of Heaven

What to Know

  • To avoid currency exchange fees, we suggest exchanging currency (to Yuan) in your personal bank prior the trip. Also, many Chinese banks and businesses do not accept foreign cards, thus it is best to have some cash for your personal spendings
  • The Chinese are not familiar with tipping concept, so you won't be expected to tip
  • Water in China is undrinkable, prepare to buy and carry a water bottle with you in case you get thirsty

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Private tour

Based on double occupancy

$2,788
Deposit $558
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Package type Price
Private tour

Based on double occupancy

$2,788
Deposit $558

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