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7- 8 Days Essence of China Tour Package

China is an ancient country covering vast territory and with numerous populations; it takes more than 8 hours by air from Shanghai in the east to Kashigar in the west without a direct flight. Therefore, if this is your first trip to China with about 8 to 10 days available, Beijing, Xian plus Shanghai is the best combination. Capital Beijing and Xian are representative of the ancient Chinese culture. The Great Wall and the Terra-cotta Warriors are must see sights. Shanghai represents modernization with skyscrapers and shopping centers and also the ancients with old relics at Nanjing Road and the French Concession. You can learn about old China while knowing more about a developing China too.

China Tour Itinerary (suggested 7-8 days): Beijing - Xian - Shanghai

Beijing Xian and Shanghai Tour

Beijing ( 4-6 Nights ) - the ancient capitals of 7 dynasties

Day 1: Arrive at Beijing capital airport, be met and escorted to your hotel, have a welcome dinner and Beijing tour itinerary briefing. Stay in luxury five star hotels or boutique hotels in Chinese style.

  • Meals: breakfast included in the hotel, fine local restaurants for lunch or dinner upon your request

Hotels recommended: Beijing luxury hotels - Aman at Summer Palace, St. Regis, Fairmont, Peninsula, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing or similar; Boutique hotels – Hotel G Beijing, The Opposite House, Han’s Royal Garden, Cote Cour Boutique Hotel, Red wall Garden Courtyard Hotel or similar

Beijing Xian and Shanghai Tour

Day 2: Morning Tai chi class by personal master at the Temple of Heaven. Lunch at Family Li restaurant and tour the Forbidden City in the afternoon where you can stay for about 2-2.5 hours. Visit Jingshan Park where you can have a marvelous overview of the Forbidden City. Explore Wangfujing Street later and see a Kung Fu show performance in the evening.

Beijing Xian and Shanghai Tour
  • Tips: about 2 hours stop and go in the Forbidden City which might be too much for some travelers.

Day 3: Short visit to the Tiananmen Square in the early morning and then drive to the older, less touched and more original Great Wall at Mutianyu section. Take a cable car up and down the Wall and enjoy a short hike on the old bricks. Enjoy a late local lunch and then drive back to your hotel. Peking Roasted Duck for dinner and enjoy an Acrobatic Show in the evening.

Beijing Xian and Shanghai Tour

Day 4: A morning visit to the Summer Palace, then enjoy a Dragon Boat Cruise and lunch at Mei's Mansion. Take a Hutong lanes tour by rickshaw in the afternoon and then dinner at the Fangshan Restaurant, an imperial court cuisine restaurant. View Peking Opera Performance in the evening.

Beijing Xian and Shanghai Tour
  • A: A lot of walking is involved today because the selected sites are huge and no vehicles are allowed. Expect rough blue bricked pavements inside The Forbidden City. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • B: Use the hotel bathroom before the day tour starts, try to avoid public toilets. Our selected restaurants are equipped with clean flushed or squat toilets.
  • C: Shopping is an optional but not compulsory, you can skip it as you wish.

Day 5: Morning explore the weekend Panjiayuan Antique Market if it is weekend and after lunch visit the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Then take a flight to Xian.

Beijing Xian and Shanghai Tour

Xian (1-3 Nights) - the ancient capital of the 13 Dynasties

Day 1: Take a flight to Xian, arrive at Xian Xianyang International Airport and be met and transferred to your hotel in Xian, stay overnight in a luxury five star hotel in the old city area where it is easy to explore Muslim Street by foot. Have a welcome dumpling dinner with your guide and Xian tour itinerary briefing.

  • Meals: breakfast included in the hotel, fine local restaurants for lunch or dinner upon your request

Hotels recommended: luxury hotels - Shangri-La Hotel, Hilton Xi’an, Sofitel Xi’an Remin Square, Grand Mercure Xi’an on Renmin Square or similar; Boutique hotels – Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian, Tang Dynasty Art Garden Hotel or similar

Beijing Xian and Shanghai Tour

Day 2: An up-close visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, then lunch at a fine local restaurant nearby. Enjoy an Ancient City Wall tour for about 2 hours by bike or 40 minutes in an open air electric golf car. Explore the GAO’s Family and enjoy watching a Puppet Show in the afternoon. Watch the Tang Dynasty Singing and Dancing Show.

Beijing Xian and Shanghai Tour

Day 3: In the morning explore the Big Goose Pagoda and square and the Historical Museum including the Murals, after lunch take an afternoon flight to Shanghai.

Beijing Xian and Shanghai Tour

Shanghai (1-3 nights) - historical, water towns & metropolis

Day 1: Arrive at Shanghai airport, be met and escorted to your hotel, stay overnight in a luxury five star hotel near Nanjing Road. Have a welcome dinner and Shanghai tour itinerary briefing.

Hotels in Shanghai: luxury hotels - Hyatt on the Bund, The Langham Yangtze Shanghai, Fairmont Peace, Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, Peninsula or similar; Boutique hotels – URBN Shanghai, Casa Serena Boutique Hotel, Cachet Boutique or similar

Essence of Ancient China Tour

Day 2: Visit Yu Garden and the Shanghai Museum in the morning. Then after a fine lunch in a local restaurant, tour the French Concession and take an amazing overview of the Pudong area from the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center. Enjoy an evening Huangpu River cruise.

Beijing Xian and Shanghai Tour

Day 3: About 2.5 hours driving to the Ancient Water Village Xitang whose buildings are set along the banks of the canals, which serve as the main transportation thoroughfares in the older parts of town. Take a sampan cruise to experience the old transport. Lunch here and drive back to Shanghai in the afternoon. Enjoy an acrobatic show in the evening.

Beijing Xian and Shanghai Tour

Day 4: Airport transfer by taking a Maglev train and the logistics will be taken care of by us. Service ends.

  • Meals: breakfast included in the hotel, fine local restaurants for lunch or dinner upon your request

Note: The tour itinerary mentioned above is only a sample; we can customize this tour to meet your requests.

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