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SG21: 9 Days Small Group Tour to Beijing Xian Shanghai Suzhou Shanghai
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Day01 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.

Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day02 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven, Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Day03 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, a jade factory, Sacred Way, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Day04 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, a pearl store, A la carte lunch, Hutong visit. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day05 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, a pottery-making factory, A local family visit, Home-cooked lunch, Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Day06 Xian - Shanghai
City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, A la carte lunch. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)

Accommodation: Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
Day07 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, a silk shop, A la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
Day08 Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai
Land transfer to Suzhou. Garden of the Master of the Nets, Tiger Hill, Humble Administrator's Garden. (B+L)
Day09 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement. A pleasant trip home! (B)
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Day01 Arrival in Beijing
Today your international flight will touch down in Beijing. Our professional local guide will meet you at the Airport after you reclaim your luggage and clear the customs. On the way to the hotel, we will give you a brief introduction to our capital city. After we help you check in at the hotel, you will have free time for the rest of the day.

Meals included: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day02 Beijing
Forbidden City, Beijing
Photo by our client Mr. Thomas James Galbraith Macpherson
Before your escorted tour starts, an introductory talk will be given at the hotel. You will meet the other members of your group at that time. We begin the trip with a visit to Tiananmen Square. Every early morning and sunset, people can watch the most majestic national flag raising and lowering ceremonies. After that, you will walk for a few minutes to the Forbidden City, the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is the most comprehensive palace museum, as well as the largest ancient culture and art museum, containing a great collection of valuable historical items in China. 

To avoid the cheap tourist restaurants as the most are doing now, we specially serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous and elegant restaurant. 

The afternoon visit will take you to the Temple of Heaven. Four times larger than the Forbidden City in area, the Temple of Heaven has always been a sacred imperial temple for the emperors to sacrifice to the God of Heaven and pray for a good harvest year. Not far away from the site of the Temple of Heaven, it is the Red Theater, where you will enjoy a grand visual feast of the splendid Chinese Kung Fu Show

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day03 Beijing
Summer Palace, Beijing
Today you will come to visit the highlight of your trip, Badaling Great Wall. En route, a short visit to a jade factory is arranged. Badaling is the most elite section of China Great Wall. No travelers can help feeling the excitement of witnessing this world wonder. At this time, you may think of drinking a glass of red wine to celebrate the memorable moment. Please rest assured; TravelChinaGuide will leave no regret for you. We would like to arrange red wine for our valued guests toasting on the amazing wall. 

The restaurants nearby the sites are in low quality, which absolutely are not up to TCG's standard, so we do not arrange the lunch today. It may be the best that you have a big breakfast and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. 

The afternoon journey will take you to the Sacred Way, a road leading to the Ming mausoleums. Different from the other sites, which are always congested with crowds, the Sacred Way is quite a peaceful place at any time you visit. Stone statues lined both sides of the road featuring various shapes and postures, still keep the thousand years' silence. Finally we will drive you back to the hotel. Along the way, you will have a chance to see the Bird's Nest at close range. 

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Day04 Beijing - Xian
Our travel consultant Sophie with her guests at a local family
After breakfast this morning, you will check out of the hotel. Our guide will first transfer you to visit the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved imperial garden, and then a pearl store. It is mainly composed of the Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake and three quarters of the garden is water area. Focusing on the essence of garden art, the 728 meters Long Corridor with delicate artistic drawings and designs is the most representative part of the palace. 

An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a decent local restaurant. You may order your favorite Chinese dishes and enjoy it leisurely. 

The afternoon visit will involve the traditional Hutongs, where the narrow alleys, old-style courtyards, pedlars along the streets and these amiable local people will surely leave you with unique impressions of old Beijing. Then you will go to the airport to take a flight to Xian. Your local guide will meet you outside the baggage claim area of the airport, and get you checked in at the hotel.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day05 Xian
Our clients cycling on the City Wall, Xian
There will be an expected trip to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum this morning. Thousands of life-size pottery soldiers had been made to guard the first Emperor of Qin after his death. Don't be surprised that you could not find two soldiers alike as they were made exactly identical with the real royal army 2200 years ago. Then an interesting visit to a pottery-making factory is scheduled. 

To avoid the mass-produced food at the cheap tourist restaurants near the warrior site, we will offer you a home cooking a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a family house. You can take this opportunity to have a close contact with the locals and get to know the way of their lives by talking with the host. If you are interested, the host can also teach you how to cook Chinese food with the assistance of your guide. 

After lunch, you will visit the Xian Museum and then the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which was a famous ancient stupa initially built about 1300 years ago. This evening, the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will impress you while enjoying the famous Dumpling Dinner.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
Tips: Since the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will be closed in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we do not calculate the price of the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during this period. Clients will enjoy a free night by themselves.
Day06 Xian - Shanghai
After breakfast, you will visit the City Wall. With about 600 years' history, the City Wall is the most well-preserved ancient fortification in China. Travelers can ride a bicycle or electric car on the top of the wall, but you need to pay the rental fee on the spot by yourself. It should be a fascinating experience. Afterwards we head to the Shaanxi History Museum. It has a huge collection of 370,000 pieces of cultural relics from ancient times, down to the year 1840. 

Around noon, we will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a popular local restaurant with tasty food. Please take your time to enjoy it. 

In the afternoon, you will board a flight to Shanghai. Transfer from the airport to the hotel will be arranged. You will have a three-night stay at this hotel.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
Day07 Shanghai
Shanghai Yuyuan Garden Photo by our client Mr. Robin Pollock
This morning you will start from the famous Shanghai Museum, which is a large museum of ancient Chinese art built in 1952. Among its huge collections, the displays of bronze vessels in Shang and Zhou dynasties, ceramic objects of different historical periods and ancient paintings and calligraphy, grace the museum with their incalculable value. The next stop is the Yuyuan Garden, a classical Chinese garden built in 1559. After that we will go to a silk shop. 

To taste the good Shanghai cuisine, we would like to arrange a farewell a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) for you at a famous local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, our guide will take you to the Bund area, where you will take a short cruise tour along the Huangpu River. You will have some free time to stroll along the Bund. The most attractive site in the Bund area is a group of western-style buildings from the colonial period, including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. 

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day08 Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai
Garden of the Master of Nets, Suzhou
In the morning, you will be transferred to Suzhou. Then start your Suzhou exploration with a visit to the Garden of the Master of Nets. This is a classical garden with exquisite buildings and peaceful surroundings. Then you will come to the Tiger Hill for sightseeing. 

The last destination in Suzhou is the Humble Administrator's Garden, which is the most famous and largest classical landscape garden among other ones. Your amazing journey comes to an end when the guide transfers you back to Shanghai and say goodbye at the hotel lobby.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day09 Departure from Shanghai
After having breakfast, you are supposed to check out the hotel before 12:00 and find your own way to the airport. We suggest you book a taxi at the hotel in advance. It takes around one hour driving to the Pudong airport. We wish you a happy and smooth trip back home. 

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
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  • 2017 Prices
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons! Currency Converter
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan. 2018Jan 06(Sat) Jan 14(Sun) $1129 $993$359
Feb. 2018Feb 03(Sat) Feb 11(Sun) $1129 $993$359
Mar. 2018Mar 04(Sun) Mar 12(Mon) $1169 $1028$399
Mar 11(Sun) Mar 19(Mon) $1169 $1028$399
Mar 25(Sun) Apr 02(Mon) $1259 $1107$389
Mar 31(Sat) Apr 08(Sun) $1419 $1248$439
Apr. 2018Apr 05(Thu) Apr 13(Fri) $1419 $1248$439
Apr 12(Thu) Apr 20(Fri) $1419 $1248$439
Apr 19(Thu) Apr 27(Fri) $1419 $1248$439
Apr 26(Thu) May 04(Fri) $1419 $1248$439
May. 2018May 03(Thu) May 11(Fri) $1419 $1248$439
May 10(Thu) May 18(Fri) $1419 $1248$439
May 17(Thu) May 25(Fri) $1419 $1248$439
May 24(Thu) Jun 01(Fri) $1419 $1248$439
May 31(Thu) Jun 08(Fri) $1379 $1213$379
Jun. 2018Jun 07(Thu) Jun 15(Fri) $1379 $1213$379
Jun 14(Thu) Jun 22(Fri) $1379 $1213$379
Jun 21(Thu) Jun 29(Fri) $1379 $1213$379
Jun 28(Thu) Jul 06(Fri) $1409 $1239$379
Jul. 2018Jul 05(Thu) Jul 13(Fri) $1409 $1239$379
Jul 12(Thu) Jul 20(Fri) $1409 $1239$379
Jul 19(Thu) Jul 27(Fri) $1409 $1239$379
Jul 26(Thu) Aug 03(Fri) $1409 $1239$379
Aug. 2018Aug 02(Thu) Aug 10(Fri) $1429 $1257$399
Aug 09(Thu) Aug 17(Fri) $1429 $1257$399
Aug 16(Thu) Aug 24(Fri) $1429 $1257$399
Aug 30(Thu) Sep 07(Fri) $1409 $1239$429
Sep. 2018Sep 06(Thu) Sep 14(Fri) $1409 $1239$429
Sep 13(Thu) Sep 21(Fri) $1409 $1239$429
Sep 20(Thu) Sep 28(Fri) $1409 $1239$429
Oct. 2018Oct 04(Thu) Oct 12(Fri) $1409 $1239$429
Oct 11(Thu) Oct 19(Fri) $1409 $1239$429
Oct 18(Thu) Oct 26(Fri) $1409 $1239$429
Oct 25(Thu) Nov 02(Fri) $1409 $1239$429
Nov. 2018Nov 01(Thu) Nov 09(Fri) $1309 $1151$419
Nov 08(Thu) Nov 16(Fri) $1309 $1151$419
Nov 15(Thu) Nov 23(Fri) $1289 $1134$399
Dec. 2018Dec 08(Sat) Dec 16(Sun) $1239 $1090$369
Dec 22(Sat) Dec 30(Sun) $1239 $1090$369
Jan. 2019Jan 05(Sat) Jan 13(Sun) $1239 $1090$369
Jan 19(Sat) Jan 27(Sun) $1239 $1090$369
Feb. 2019Feb 24(Sun) Mar 04(Mon) $1269 $1116$399
Mar. 2019Mar 05(Tue) Mar 13(Wed) $1269 $1116$399
Mar 12(Tue) Mar 20(Wed) $1269 $1116$399
Mar 26(Tue) Apr 03(Wed) $1269 $1116$399

Remarks: The prices in red reflect 12% discount if you book a 2018 China tour before Dec. 31, 2017.

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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Book a 2018 China tour before Dec. 31, 2017, and you will enjoy a guaranteed discount of 12% off the tour price.