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SG01: 8 Days Small Group Tour to Beijing - Xian - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 1-18 persons, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed limousine
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
  • Walk into a local Chinese family, interact & dine with the hosts in their home
  • Enjoy a la carte meals, Kung Fu Show, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance performance
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Our group at the Forbidden City
Photo by our clients Claire and Shep Goldblum
The prelude of your 8 days guided tours of China starts when you meet our professional local guide at Beijing Airport after reclaiming your luggage and clearing customs. Your guide will accompany you in a comfortable vehicle to the hotel and help you with the check-in procedure. The rest of the day is left for you to have a good rest or to become familiar with our capital city on your own. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven, Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Today your memorable tour starts! You will meet your group members in the hotel lobby and have a short meeting. Then head to the first stop, Tian'anmen Square, the biggest urban city square in the world. From there you will enter the Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City to explore its fascinating halls and pavilions. Here, you will not only learn how the emperor handled political affairs and lived their lives, but appreciate numerous ancient art treasures. At noon, an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a superb local restaurant, where you can have a taste of the authentic Chinese food. 

In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors worshipped the heavens in hopes of good harvests.  To round out a memorable start to your travel, we will arrange a lively and dramatic Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
A granny with her grandson after shopping in the market
The morning itinerary will take you to Badaling to experience at first hand the wonder of the Great Wall and a jade factory. We suggest you wear a pair of comfortable shoes as you need to climb steps to get on the wall. Standing on the wall and looking at it stretching up and down into boundless distance is an exciting experience and will leave you a life-long memory. 

To celebrate and commemorate this moment, we specially provide red wine for a group-toasting on the Great Wall. The restaurants nearby are not up to our serving standard, so we do not arrange lunch today. We suggest you have a big breakfast in the hotel and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. Our guide will show you some restaurants around. 
 
In the afternoon, the journey will take you to the Sacred Way. En route to downtown, you will have a chance to see the exterior of the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, A la carte lunch, Hutong visit. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Terracotta army, Xian
The first stop of today's itinerary is the Summer Palace - the largest existing imperial garden with a graceful landscape and magnificent constructions. Then we will go to a pearl store. After that, 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. 

In the afternoon, a trip to the old Hutongs will conclude your memorable Beijing trip. Taking the local rickshaw and traveling along the narrow lanes, you will get a close touch with the original Beijing lifestyle and culture. 

Then your guide will see you off at the airport for the flight to Xian. On your arrival in Xian, the local guide will meet you outside the baggage claim area and transfer you to the downtown area to check in at the hotel for a two-night stay.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, A local family visit, Home-cooked lunch, Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Mr. Bruce Wai Ning Lo's comments on our service
The visit to the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum will start your day's trip. In the museum, there are altogether three excavated pits exhibiting amazing warrior figures and Chinese ancient weapons. Then a pottery making factory is scheduled. At noon, a special home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served to you at a local home. Particularly, you can learn to cook Chinese food from the hostess. It is a good chance for you to learn more about the local people and will be one of the most memorable parts of your trip. 

In the afternoon, you will visit the Xian Museum and then the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built about 1,300 years ago in the Tang Dynasty to store the Buddhist scriptures brought from ancient India. A splendid evening is in store when you will be entertained by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show while partaking of the famous Dumpling Dinner.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling Dinner
 Friendly 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.
Day 6 Xian - Shanghai
City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, A la carte lunch. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Our group at Shanghai Bund
Photo by our client Ms. Chris Taylor
After breakfast, you will pay a visit to the City Wall. It is the most complete existing urban fortification in China. Cycling on the ancient wall is a special experience that many people like to try (bike rental fee is not included). Then head for Shaanxi History Museum. You will enjoy an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, you will board the flight to Shanghai. Your local guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
Day 7 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
Local retired people playing Tai-chi at the Bund of Shanghai
A day journey will show you the essence of Shanghai. This morning, you will visit one of the four largest museums in our country, Shanghai Museum, which specializes in exhibiting art works from ancient times. After that, explore Yuyuan Garden. The symbol of the Garden is the Nine Zigzag Bridge built of granite and grass-white jade and the quaint, elegant mid-lake pavilion. Then a silk store is arranged. Afterwards, a farewell a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served to you.
 
In the afternoon, wander in the famous Bund area and take a short cruise tour along the Huangpu River. Upon returning to the hotel, our guide will see you into the lobby to say bon voyage.  

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 8 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement. A pleasant trip home! (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel to the airport for your homeward flight. Your 8 days China tour package is wane to the close with wonderful memories. We suggest you reserve a taxi at the hotel reception beforehand to avoid having to wait for a taxi outside. The trip to Pudong Airport (PVG) will take about one hour and cost around CNY180. Ensure you have at least 30 minutes' drive if your flight leaves from Hongqiao Airport (SHA). The cost for the taxi there is about CNY50. Please check carefully from which airport your flight will depart. We wish you a smooth journey home.

Alternatively, should you wish to stay on rather than return home right away, we would suggest you contact our travel consultant for an extension to your China adventure!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days in advance, 5% off - book 30 days in advance
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jul. 2018Jul 05(Thu) Jul 12(Thu) $1089$329
Jul 12(Thu) Jul 19(Thu) $1089$329
Jul 19(Thu) Jul 26(Thu) $1089$329
Jul 26(Thu) Aug 02(Thu) $1089$329
Aug. 2018Aug 02(Thu) Aug 09(Thu) $1109$339
Aug 09(Thu) Aug 16(Thu) $1109$339
Aug 16(Thu) Aug 23(Thu) $1109$339
Aug 30(Thu) Sep 06(Thu) $1069 $1015$359
Sep. 2018Sep 06(Thu) Sep 13(Thu) $1069 $1015$359
Sep 13(Thu) Sep 20(Thu) $1069 $1015$359
Sep 20(Thu) Sep 27(Thu) $1069 $962$359
Oct. 2018Oct 04(Thu) Oct 11(Thu) $1069 $962$359
Oct 11(Thu) Oct 18(Thu) $1069 $962$359
Oct 18(Thu) Oct 25(Thu) $1069 $962$359
Oct 25(Thu) Nov 01(Thu) $1069 $962$359
Nov. 2018Nov 01(Thu) Nov 08(Thu) $1009 $908$379
Nov 08(Thu) Nov 15(Thu) $979 $881$339
Nov 15(Thu) Nov 22(Thu) $939 $845$319
Dec. 2018Dec 08(Sat) Dec 15(Sat) $899 $809$319
Dec 22(Sat) Dec 29(Sat) $899 $809$319

Remarks: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days in advance, 5% off - book 30 days in advance
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan. 2019Jan 05(Sat) Jan 12(Sat) $969 $872$279
Jan 19(Sat) Jan 26(Sat) $969 $872$279
Feb. 2019Feb 24(Sun) Mar 03(Sun) $969 $872$289
Mar. 2019Mar 05(Tue) Mar 12(Tue) $999 $899$319
Mar 12(Tue) Mar 19(Tue) $999 $899$319
Mar 26(Tue) Apr 02(Tue) $999 $899$319
Apr. 2019Apr 04(Thu) Apr 11(Thu) $1129 $1016$339
Apr 11(Thu) Apr 18(Thu) $1129 $1016$339
Apr 18(Thu) Apr 25(Thu) $1129 $1016$339
Apr 25(Thu) May 02(Thu) $1129 $1016$339
May. 2019May 09(Thu) May 16(Thu) $1129 $1016$339
May 16(Thu) May 23(Thu) $1129 $1016$339
May 23(Thu) May 30(Thu) $1129 $1016$339
May 30(Thu) Jun 06(Thu) $1139 $1025$329
Jun. 2019Jun 06(Thu) Jun 13(Thu) $1139 $1025$329
Jun 13(Thu) Jun 20(Thu) $1139 $1025$329
Jun 20(Thu) Jun 27(Thu) $1139 $1025$329
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 04(Thu) $1139 $1025$329
Jul. 2019Jul 04(Thu) Jul 11(Thu) $1159 $1043$329
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 18(Thu) $1159 $1043$329
Jul 18(Thu) Jul 25(Thu) $1159 $1043$329
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 01(Thu) $1159 $1043$329
Aug. 2019Aug 01(Thu) Aug 08(Thu) $1159 $1043$329
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 15(Thu) $1159 $1043$329
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 22(Thu) $1159 $1043$329
Aug 22(Thu) Aug 29(Thu) $1159 $1043$329
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 05(Thu) $1129 $1016$339
Sep. 2019Sep 05(Thu) Sep 12(Thu) $1139 $1025$349
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 19(Thu) $1139 $1025$349
Sep 19(Thu) Sep 26(Thu) $1139 $1025$349
Oct. 2019Oct 03(Thu) Oct 10(Thu) $1139 $1025$349
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 17(Thu) $1139 $1025$349
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 24(Thu) $1139 $1025$349
Oct 24(Thu) Oct 31(Thu) $1139 $1025$349
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 07(Thu) $1049 $944$349
Nov. 2019Nov 07(Thu) Nov 14(Thu) $1049 $944$349
Nov 21(Thu) Nov 28(Thu) $999 $899$299
Dec. 2019Dec 08(Sun) Dec 15(Sun) $979 $881$289
Dec 22(Sun) Dec 29(Sun) $979 $881$289
Jan. 2020Jan 05(Sun) Jan 12(Sun) $979 $881$289
Feb. 2020Feb 13(Thu) Feb 20(Thu) $979 $881$289
Mar. 2020Mar 05(Thu) Mar 12(Thu) $999 $899$319
Mar 12(Thu) Mar 19(Thu) $999 $899$319
Mar 26(Thu) Apr 02(Thu) $999 $899$319
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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