Forbidden City, Beijing

Splendid China

SG15: 10 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai - Hong Kong
Tour Type: Small Group of maximum 6 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 9 nights at good 5-star & 4-star hotels
Meals: 9 western buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 dumpling dinner

Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
  • Feel the vibrant atmosphere & explore bustling markets in Hong Kong
  • Meet a local Chinese family, interact & taste delicious home-cooked Chinese food
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
When you arrive in Beijing today, your guide will meet you at the airport and then the driver will transfer you to the reserved hotel. We suggest you have a good rest at the hotel to get refreshed.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
The prelude of your China tour is going to be opened while visiting Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City this morning. You could walk around the world's largest city square for a while and then go across Chang'an Avenue to the well-preserved Forbidden City. As one of the world's largest imperial palaces, the Forbidden City is said to have more than 9,000 houses and over one million cultural relics. While you are walking on the flat stone path, your guide will provide full information and interesting stories of the palace's history and culture. You will walk for hours, so comfortable shoes are good supports for today's activities. 

Then an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) is served at a very nice restaurant to taste the authentic Chinese food and the crispy Roast Duck.

In the afternoon, we visit another imperial site, the Temple of Heaven, where emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties offered sacrifice to heaven and prayed for good harvests for the country. There is a large park outside of the grand building, so it is possible to see local people flying kites, playing instruments, playing chess, singing or dancing there. Afterwards, a wonderful Chinese Kung Fu Show will be arranged for your enjoyment at the Red Theatre.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Explore the majestic Forbidden City in depth
Explore the majestic Forbidden City in depth
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
The morning excursion transfers you to the China Great Wall - Mutianyu section. It will be much too tiring to climb up the steps to the wall in Mutianyu, so we have included the cable car up and down for you. Walking on the wall, you will see the majestic great wall and beacon towers, as well as the gorgeous landscape. 

Lunch is by your own arrangement. As restaurants nearby the site are of low quality, we do not arrange it. It may be the best that you have a big breakfast and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. Or you may turn to your guide for suggestions.

After that, transfer back to downtown and visit a featured local market. You will enjoy some free time to explore the market before returning to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Admire the grandeur of China Great Wall
Admire the grandeur of China Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by Flight
Summer Palace, Olympic Bird's Nest, A la carte lunch, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
The morning visit takes you to the imperial garden of the Qing Dynasty, the Summer Palace, which is the largest and best preserved royal garden in the world. The whole garden mainly consists of the Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. The Long Gallery, 728 meters (796.2 yards) in length, boasts as the longest gallery in China's gardens. Beginning from the Yaoyue (Inviting-Moon) Gate and ending at Shizhang Pavilion, the Long Gallery ingeniously links Longevity Hill with Kunming Lake. The Kunming Lake will freeze over in winter season from December to January, so it becomes a good place for the youngsters to go skating. Then you will have a photo stop at the Olympic National Stadium, namely the Bird's Nest.

We will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy restaurant with delicious food and great atmosphere.

This afternoon, following your guide, you will trace the old Beijing culture by walking through the original Hutong alleys, appreciate the oldest gray brick courtyard residence and capture the lifestyles of local families. What's more, a special experience of making Chinese Paper Cutting will be arranged for you. After that, take an afternoon flight to Xi'an. Upon your arrival, we will pick you up at the airport. Your luggage and the hotel check-in will also be taken good care of.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Take nice photos with the Olympic Bird's Nest
Take nice photos with the Olympic Bird's Nest
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
After breakfast, we will drive around one hour to the Terracotta Army Museum. The warriors were discovered accidentally by local farmers when they were digging a well, thus unveiled a grand underground army. The terra-cotta warriors and horses were colorful when they were unearthed. Unfortunately, once exposed to the air, the original colors began to curl, fall off, and fade away. Now, you will see most of them are in field grey. When you are in the museum, you will be shocked by life-sized clay soldiers and horses that stand neatly in formations. The bronze chariot and horses are considered as the crowning glory of bronze work for its design and process of making more than 2,000 years ago are very similar to modern engineering structures. 

Around noon, we drive back to the city for a special and authentic home cooked a la carte lunch at a local family house

Afterwards, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xi'an Museum. A splendid evening is in store when you will be entertained by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show when partaking of the famous Dumpling Dinner

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling Dinner
 Friendly Tips

Clients visiting in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec need to arrange the dinner and evening activity on their own for this day, since the theater is usually not open at that time.
Visit the Terracotta Army
Visit the Terracotta Army
Have fun at the home of a local family
Have fun at the home of a local family
Day 6 Xi'an to Shanghai by Flight
Observe local life in the park, Tai Chi practice, Xi'an City Wall, A la carte lunch, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
After breakfast, we will take a walk on the City Wall Park. It is a popular venue for local people to spend their leisure time and a good chance for you to get to know more about their daily life. The local people usually do morning exercises in the park. With the nice environment and great atmosphere, you will learn to practice Tai Chi with the master who we specially invite. Then we ascend to the old City Wall. As a part of the city's defense systems, the wall's thickness is even larger than height so that soldiers and chariots could run on the top. Today, we get a chance for a bike ride on the wall (the cost is on your own), and this has been proved to be very popular among most visitors. 

After an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) is served at a well-known local restaurant, you will take a flight to Shanghai. Your local guide will meet and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Enjoy cycling on the ancient Xi'an City Wall
Enjoy cycling on the ancient Xi'an City Wall
Day 7 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden and its traditional bazaar, A la carte lunch, Former French Concession, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
This morning, you will first visit Shanghai Museum, which houses a large collection of cultural relics, such as bronze wares, chinaware, ancient Chinese paintings and calligraphy works. Then go ahead to the famous Yu Garden and its nearby traditional bazaar. Yu Garden is one of the best and finest preserved Chinese gardens in Shanghai. Its pavilions, rockery, pools, flowers make it a land of peace and leisure in the bustling Shanghai. 

An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be served for you today to taste the authentic Shanghai cuisine.

After lunch, you will explore the Former French Concession, the thriving Bund area and take a one-hour cruise tour on the Huangpu River. You will be impressed by different scenes on the two banks of the river - rows of skyscrapers on the east showing the modernness while the old western-style buildings telling the history of the colonial times of Shanghai on the west bank. Your guide will transfer you back to your hotel and say bon voyage to you in the lobby.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Our guests visiting the graceful Yu Garden
Our guests visiting the graceful Yu Garden
Day 8 Shanghai to Hong Kong by Flight
Fly to Hong Kong. We recommend the most efficient and money-saving way - taking a taxi or the shuttle bus by yourself for today's airport transfers in Shanghai and Hong Kong. (B)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and find your own way to the Pudong Airport to catch your flight to Hong Kong. We will issue air tickets for you. You can charter a taxi from the hotel, costing about CNY200 per cab. Upon arrival in Hong Kong, please go to the 4-star Regal Kowloon Hotel by yourself via either of the following ways. HK$ are the main currency in Hong Kong, particularly for taxi or public vehicle, so you may exchange some HK$ at the airport.

Airport Shuttle Bus:
The bus is available every 1.5 to 2 hours from 07:10 to 23:35 daily. The single way ticket costs HK$130 per person. Please follow the signs to take the shuttle bus and get off at Regal Kowloon Hotel. The ride takes around 45 minutes.

Public Bus A21:
It is available from 06:00 to 24:00 daily. The ticket costs HK$33 per person. You can take it for 15 stops to Mody Road and then walk for about 5 minutes to the hotel. Check in and have a good rest.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Regal Kowloon Hotel
Regal Kowloon Hotel, Hong Kong
Regal Kowloon Hotel, Hong Kong
Day 9 Hong Kong
Full day is free for your independent exploration with our suggestions. (B)
Breakfast is served at the hotel. After that, you can start your one day independent exploration in Hong Kong. We suggest you take a bus ride to reach the Victoria Peak and enjoy the city panorama. Both Bus No. 15 and Minibus Line 1 can take you to the top directly.

After having lunch at the Central Area, you can take a bus to Stanley Market and enjoy sunbathing on the soft beach of Repulse Bay around which the richest Hong Kong people live around. If time permits, explore the local fishmen's life in Aberdeen.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Have a bird's-eye view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak
Have a bird's-eye view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak
Day 10 Departure from Hong Kong
Please check out before 12:00. We recommend taking a taxi or the airport shuttle bus from hotel to the airport by yourself, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Check out of the hotel before noon and take the airport shuttle bus or citybus No. A21 to the airport for your homebound flight. If you want to extend your stay in Hong Kong, we will be glad to assist. Wish you a smooth journey home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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