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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
Arrive at any time, Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
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
A tour briefing, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch with Peking Duck, Temple of Heaven, Chinese Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Forbidden City, Beijing
Photo by our client Mr. Thomas Macpherson
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
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Summer Palace, Beijing
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. Along the way, you will have a chance to see the Olympic National Stadium (Bird's Nest) at close range. Then pay a visit to a local market before heading back to the hotel. 

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, A la carte lunch, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
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. 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 will involve 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. 

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. 

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
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)
Our clients cycling on the City Wall, Xi'an
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.
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: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai - the former Crowne Plaza
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)
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 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
Day 8 Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai
Drive to Suzhou, Humble Administrator's Garden, A tricycle tour in Suzhou Old Town, Tongli Water Town. (B+L)
Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou
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
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 hour driving to the Pudong airport. The ride to Hongqiao airport takes about an hour and a half. 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!
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10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Oct 24(Thu) Nov 01(Fri) $1559$489
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 08(Fri) $1439$469
Nov 07(Thu) Nov 15(Fri) $1439$469
Nov 21(Thu) Nov 29(Fri) $1369 $1300$409
Dec 08(Sun) Dec 16(Mon) $1369 $1300$409
Dec 22(Sun) Dec 30(Mon) $1369 $1232$409

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
12% off - book by Dec 31, 2019, 10% off - book by Jan 31, 2020
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan 05(Sun) Jan 13(Mon) $1339 $1178$439
Feb 13(Thu) Feb 21(Fri) $1339 $1178$439
Mar 05(Thu) Mar 13(Fri) $1359 $1195$459
Mar 12(Thu) Mar 20(Fri) $1359 $1195$459
Mar 26(Thu) Apr 03(Fri) $1359 $1195$459
Apr 02(Thu) Apr 10(Fri) $1509 $1327$489
Apr 09(Thu) Apr 17(Fri) $1509 $1327$489
Apr 16(Thu) Apr 24(Fri) $1509 $1327$489
Apr 23(Thu) May 01(Fri) $1509 $1327$489
May 07(Thu) May 15(Fri) $1509 $1327$489
May 14(Thu) May 22(Fri) $1509 $1327$489
May 21(Thu) May 29(Fri) $1509 $1327$489
May 28(Thu) Jun 05(Fri) $1529 $1345$479
Jun 04(Thu) Jun 12(Fri) $1529 $1345$469
Jun 11(Thu) Jun 19(Fri) $1529 $1345$469
Jun 18(Thu) Jun 26(Fri) $1529 $1345$469
Jun 25(Thu) Jul 03(Fri) $1529 $1345$469
Jul 02(Thu) Jul 10(Fri) $1559 $1371$469
Jul 09(Thu) Jul 17(Fri) $1559 $1371$469
Jul 16(Thu) Jul 24(Fri) $1559 $1371$469
Jul 23(Thu) Jul 31(Fri) $1559 $1371$469
Jul 30(Thu) Aug 07(Fri) $1559 $1371$469
Aug 06(Thu) Aug 14(Fri) $1559 $1371$469
Aug 13(Thu) Aug 21(Fri) $1559 $1371$469
Aug 20(Thu) Aug 28(Fri) $1559 $1371$469
Aug 27(Thu) Sep 04(Fri) $1539 $1354$469
Sep 03(Thu) Sep 11(Fri) $1529 $1345$509
Sep 10(Thu) Sep 18(Fri) $1529 $1345$509
Sep 17(Thu) Sep 25(Fri) $1529 $1345$509
Sep 24(Thu) Oct 02(Fri) $1529 $1345$509
Oct 08(Thu) Oct 16(Fri) $1529 $1345$509
Oct 15(Thu) Oct 23(Fri) $1529 $1345$509
Oct 22(Thu) Oct 30(Fri) $1529 $1345$509
Oct 29(Thu) Nov 06(Fri) $1419 $1248$509
Nov 05(Thu) Nov 13(Fri) $1419 $1248$509
Nov 12(Thu) Nov 20(Fri) $1409 $1239$499
Nov 19(Thu) Nov 27(Fri) $1339 $1178$439
Dec 09(Wed) Dec 17(Thu) $1339 $1178$439
Dec 23(Wed) Dec 31(Thu) $1339 $1178$439

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

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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