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SG09: 9 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 2-18 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights, nice 5-star hotels
Meals: 8 western buffet breakfasts, 6 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
  • Experience an interesting tricycle tour in the old town of Suzhou
  • Visit the largest classical garden and ancient water town of Tongli
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Day 1 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. Our driver will transfer you to check in at the hotel. After that, you will have free time for the rest of the day.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
Before your escorted tour starts, a brief 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 arrange you an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous and elegant restaurant, where you will be served with signature Chinese food and tasty Peking Roast Duck. 

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 welcome lunch
Our guests at the Forbidden City
Our guests at the Forbidden City
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
Today you will come to visit the highlight of your trip, Mutianyu Great Wall. Mutianyu is one of the most popular sections of China Great Wall. No travelers can help feeling the excitement of witnessing this world wonder. To better enjoy the trip, we specially arrange the round way cable car taking you to the best part of the wall. At this time, you may think of drinking a glass of red wine to celebrate the memorable moment. Please rest assured; we 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 our 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. 

After that, we will drive you back to downtown and then pay a visit to a local market before heading back to the hotel. 

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Visit the best part of Mutianyu Great Wall
Visit the best part of Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
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)
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. 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. The next stop is the Olympic National Stadium (Bird's Nest). You will have a chance to take photos of the appearance of this splendid building.

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 tour involves the traditional Hutongs, where the narrow alleys, old-style courtyards, peddlers along the streets and these amiable local people will surely leave you with unique impressions of old Beijing. Besides, trying to make Chinese paper cutting will be an add-on experience to your Hutong visit. Then you will be transferred to the airport to take a flight to Xi'an. 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
Appreciate the pleasant landscape in the Summer Palace
Appreciate the pleasant landscape in the Summer Palace
Experience Chinese paper cutting during Hutong visit
Experience Chinese paper cutting during Hutong visit
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)
There will be an expected trip to the Terracotta Army 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 2,200 years ago.

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 home. 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 Xi'an Museum and then the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which was a famous ancient stupa initially built about 1,300 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
 Friendly Tips

Since the theater is usually not open in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we will not arrange the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during the periods. Clients will enjoy free time to relax.
World-famous Terracotta Army
World-famous Terracotta Army
A birthday celebration for our client
A birthday celebration for our client
Day 6 Xi'an - Shanghai
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, you will take a leisure walk in the City Wall Park in the company of our guide and see how the locals go about their daily life. Then practice Tai Chi with the master. Next, 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. 

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: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Riding bikes on the ancient Xi'an City Wall
Riding bikes 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 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 Yu Garden, a classical Chinese garden built in 1559. Surrounding the garden, there is a bustling bazaar where you are able to find various storefronts selling different kinds of local snacks and souvenirs. 

To taste the good Shanghai cuisine, we would like to arrange an 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 have a walking tour in the Former French Concession and then move on to the Bund area, where you will take a one-hour 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
Admire the graceful Yu Garden
Admire the graceful Yu Garden
Day 8 Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai
Drive to Suzhou, Humble Administrator's Garden, A tricycle tour in Suzhou Old Town, Tongli Water Town. (B+L)
In the morning, you will be transferred to Suzhou in about 1.5 hours. Then start your Suzhou exploration with a visit to the Humble Administrator's Garden, which is the most famous and largest classical landscape garden among other ones. Then you will take a tricycle to travel around Suzhou old town. Lunch is served at a nice local restaurant.

The last destination in Suzhou is the Tongli Water Town, where you can appreciate the ancient buildings of the Ming and Qing dynasties and immerse yourself in this peaceful environment by strolling around the old town. Your amazing journey comes to an end when the guide transfers you back to Shanghai and say goodbye to you at the hotel lobby.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Enjoy a peaceful time in Tongli Water Town
Enjoy a peaceful time in Tongli Water Town
Day 9 Departure from Shanghai
Please check out before 12:00. We recommend the most efficient and money-saving way - taking a taxi by yourself from hotel to the airport, A pleasant trip home! (B)
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 and a half hours driving to the Pudong airport. The ride to Hongqiao airport takes about an hour. We wish you a happy and smooth trip back home.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Aug 06(Thu)Aug 14(Fri)$1729$529
Aug 13(Thu)Aug 21(Fri)$1729$529
Aug 20(Thu)Aug 28(Fri)$1729$529
Aug 27(Thu)Sep 04(Fri)$1719$539
Sep 03(Thu)Sep 11(Fri)$1719$579
Sep 10(Thu)Sep 18(Fri)$1719$579
Sep 17(Thu)Sep 25(Fri)$1719$579
Sep 24(Thu)Oct 02(Fri)$1719$579
Oct 08(Thu)Oct 16(Fri)$1719$579
Oct 15(Thu)Oct 23(Fri)$1719$579
Oct 22(Thu)Oct 30(Fri)$1719$579
Oct 29(Thu)Nov 06(Fri)$1589$579
Nov 05(Thu)Nov 13(Fri)$1589$579
Nov 12(Thu)Nov 20(Fri)$1579$569
Nov 19(Thu)Nov 27(Fri)$1509$509
Dec 09(Wed)Dec 17(Thu)$1489$489
Dec 23(Wed)Dec 31(Thu)$1489$489
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan 09(Sat)Jan 17(Sun)$1389$459
Feb 20(Sat)Feb 28(Sun)$1389$459
Mar 04(Thu)Mar 12(Fri)$1429$499
Mar 11(Thu)Mar 19(Fri)$1429$499
Mar 25(Thu)Apr 02(Fri)$1429$499
Apr 01(Thu)Apr 09(Fri)$1589$529
Apr 08(Thu)Apr 16(Fri)$1589$529
Apr 15(Thu)Apr 23(Fri)$1589$529
Apr 22(Thu)Apr 30(Fri)$1589$529
May 06(Thu)May 14(Fri)$1589$529
May 13(Thu)May 21(Fri)$1589$529
May 20(Thu)May 28(Fri)$1589$529
May 27(Thu)Jun 04(Fri)$1589$499
Jun 03(Thu)Jun 11(Fri)$1589$499
Jun 10(Thu)Jun 18(Fri)$1589$499
Jun 17(Thu)Jun 25(Fri)$1589$499
Jun 24(Thu)Jul 02(Fri)$1589$499
Jul 01(Thu)Jul 09(Fri)$1619$499
Jul 08(Thu)Jul 16(Fri)$1619$499
Jul 15(Thu)Jul 23(Fri)$1619$499
Jul 22(Thu)Jul 30(Fri)$1619$499
Jul 29(Thu)Aug 06(Fri)$1619$499
Aug 05(Thu)Aug 13(Fri)$1619$499
Aug 12(Thu)Aug 20(Fri)$1619$499
Aug 19(Thu)Aug 27(Fri)$1619$499
Aug 26(Thu)Sep 03(Fri)$1609$509
Sep 02(Thu)Sep 10(Fri)$1609$539
Sep 09(Thu)Sep 17(Fri)$1609$539
Sep 16(Thu)Sep 24(Fri)$1609$539
Sep 23(Thu)Oct 01(Fri)$1609$539
Oct 07(Thu)Oct 15(Fri)$1609$539
Oct 14(Thu)Oct 22(Fri)$1609$539
Oct 21(Thu)Oct 29(Fri)$1609$539
Oct 28(Thu)Nov 05(Fri)$1489$539
Nov 04(Thu)Nov 12(Fri)$1489$539
Nov 11(Thu)Nov 19(Fri)$1479$529
Nov 20(Sat)Nov 28(Sun)$1409$479
Dec 04(Sat)Dec 12(Sun)$1399$459
Dec 23(Thu)Dec 31(Fri)$1399$459
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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    5.02 Reviews
    Patrick Wunder
    United States
    Posted on December 02, 2018
    Overall, I enjoyed my journey to China. This was my second guided journey however, I believe it was my favorite. Everything was very well done starting with the airport pickup. My Beijing guide Sara and Xi'an guide Carol were both very good. I also like Charlie the Shanghai guide but my time with him was limited so I did not get to know him as much. Both Sara and Carol were creative and fun to be around.

    All of the hotels were very good. The Xian and Shanghai hotels were very high class and nice to stay in. I felt all of the meals were very nice and well done. The drivers were all great and got us to our destinations without a problem. All of my questions about the trip were answered in a timely manner and I always got an answer.

    I think this group tour was a value for the money I spent and I would recommend it to my family and friends. I have also started to look at some city packages and longer trips for my next vacation since I had such a great experience. My only regret was not taking the river cruise as well. Thanks for such a great trip.
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    South Africa
    Posted on November 19, 2018
    It was an experience of a LIFE TIME. The organization was excellent & professional. The guides' knowledge was superb & the drivers were very efficient!
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