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SG01: 8 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 1-18 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights, nice 5-star hotels
Meals: 7 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
  • 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
The prelude of your 8 days China tour starts when you meet your professional local guide at Beijing Airport after reclaiming your luggage and clearing customs. The driver will drive 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.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
The Great Wall Hotel Beijing
The Great Wall Hotel Beijing
Day 2 Beijing
Today your memorable Beijing Xi'an Shanghai tour starts! You will meet your group members in the hotel lobby at 08:30 and have a 30-minute pre-trip meeting. Your guide will introduce herself/himself, welcome everyone, present a brief introduction to the trip and explain the guidelines that need to be followed in a group travel. Please make preparations for the trip and seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip.

Then we will head to the first stop, Tiananmen 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 welcome 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 authentic Chinese food and the most famous Peking Roast Duck.

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 welcome lunch 
Follow our expert guide to visit the Forbidden City
Follow our expert guide to visit the Forbidden City
Admire the grand architectures at the Temple of Heaven
Admire the grand architectures at the Temple of Heaven
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
This morning we will take you to Mutianyu section to experience at first hand the wonder of the Great Wall. The round-trip cable car will be arranged. 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 hearty breakfast in the hotel and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. Our guide will show you some restaurants around. 

In the afternoon, we will drive you back to downtown and you will enjoy some free time to explore a popular local market. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Have enough time to enjoy hiking on the Mutianyu Great Wall
Have enough time to enjoy hiking on the 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)
The first stop of today's itinerary is the Summer Palace - the largest existing imperial garden with a graceful landscape and magnificent constructions. Then drive by the Olympic National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest. You will see its unique appearance and take nice photos at a distance.

Around noon, 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 China 8 days tour in Beijing. Taking the local rickshaw and traveling along the narrow lanes, you will get a close touch with the original Beijing lifestyle and culture. You will also have a chance to try your hand at Chinese Paper Cutting. Afterwards, your guide will see you off at the airport for the flight to Xi'an. On your arrival, your Xi'an 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
Our group at the Summer Palace
Our group at the Summer Palace
Sheraton Hotel, Xi'an
Sheraton Hotel, Xi'an
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)
The visit to the magnificent Terracotta Army will start your 8 days China tour in Xi'an. In the museum, there are altogether three excavated pits exhibiting amazing warrior figures and Chinese ancient weapons. 

At noon, a special home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a local home that you visit. Particularly, you can learn to cook Chinese food from the hostess. It is a good chance for you to learn more about the local family and will be one of the most memorable parts of your trip. 

In the afternoon, you will visit Xi'an 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 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.

· Small Wild Goose Pagoda cannot be visited before March 31, 2021 due to maintenance. If you happen to be traveling at the period, your travel consultant will make alternate arrangements for you. Thank you.
Marvel at the majestic Terracotta Army
Marvel at the majestic Terracotta Army
Our happy guests on the ancient Xi'an City Wall
Our happy guests on the ancient Xi'an City Wall
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)
The day begins with a leisure visit to the City Wall Park, where you can observe the day-to-day life of the locals. We also have a special arrangement for you here. That is to practice Tai Chi with the master. Tai Chi, a soft form of Chinese martial arts, is considered the quintessential Chinese culture. After that, 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 an exciting experience that many people like to try (bike rental fee is not included). 

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: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Practice Tai Chi at the City Wall Park
Practice Tai Chi at the City Wall Park
Lobby of the Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Lobby of the Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Day 7 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden and its traditional bazaar, A la carte farewell lunch, Former French Concession, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
A day journey will show you the essence of Shanghai. This morning, you will visit one of the four largest museums in China, Shanghai Museum, which specializes in exhibiting art works from ancient times. After that, explore Yu Garden and its nearby traditional bazaar. The symbol of the Garden is the Nine Zigzag Bridge built of granite and grass-white jade and the quaint, elegant mid-lake pavilion.

Around noon, an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served to you at a very nice restaurant. 
In the afternoon, you will first discover the Former French Concession, a great place to learn the history and unique beauty of the city. Then wander in the prosperous Bund area and take a one-hour 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 farewell lunch
Explore the Bund area and appreciate the skylines of Shanghai
Explore the Bund area and appreciate the skylines of Shanghai
Day 8 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 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 1.5 hours and cost around CNY200. Ensure you have at least an hour drive if your flight leaves from Hongqiao Airport (SHA). The cost for the taxi there is about CNY100. 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 be glad to assist you for an extension trip!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Aug 06(Thu)Aug 13(Thu)$1459$409
Aug 13(Thu)Aug 20(Thu)$1459$409
Aug 20(Thu)Aug 27(Thu)$1459$409
Aug 27(Thu)Sep 03(Thu)$1449$419
Sep 03(Thu)Sep 10(Thu)$1439$459
Sep 10(Thu)Sep 17(Thu)$1439$459
Sep 17(Thu)Sep 24(Thu)$1439$459
Sep 24(Thu)Oct 01(Thu)$1439$459
Oct 08(Thu)Oct 15(Thu)$1439$459
Oct 15(Thu)Oct 22(Thu)$1439$459
Oct 22(Thu)Oct 29(Thu)$1439$459
Oct 29(Thu)Nov 05(Thu)$1309$459
Nov 05(Thu)Nov 12(Thu)$1309$459
Nov 12(Thu)Nov 19(Thu)$1299$439
Nov 19(Thu)Nov 26(Thu)$1229$389
Dec 09(Wed)Dec 16(Wed)$1219$379
Dec 23(Wed)Dec 30(Wed)$1219$379
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan 09(Sat)Jan 16(Sat)$1139$349
Feb 20(Sat)Feb 27(Sat)$1139$349
Mar 04(Thu)Mar 11(Thu)$1169$379
Mar 11(Thu)Mar 18(Thu)$1169$379
Mar 25(Thu)Apr 01(Thu)$1169$379
Apr 01(Thu)Apr 08(Thu)$1329$409
Apr 08(Thu)Apr 15(Thu)$1329$409
Apr 15(Thu)Apr 22(Thu)$1329$409
Apr 22(Thu)Apr 29(Thu)$1329$409
May 06(Thu)May 13(Thu)$1329$409
May 13(Thu)May 20(Thu)$1329$409
May 20(Thu)May 27(Thu)$1329$409
May 27(Thu)Jun 03(Thu)$1339$389
Jun 03(Thu)Jun 10(Thu)$1329$389
Jun 10(Thu)Jun 17(Thu)$1329$389
Jun 17(Thu)Jun 24(Thu)$1329$389
Jun 24(Thu)Jul 01(Thu)$1329$389
Jul 01(Thu)Jul 08(Thu)$1369$389
Jul 08(Thu)Jul 15(Thu)$1369$389
Jul 15(Thu)Jul 22(Thu)$1369$389
Jul 22(Thu)Jul 29(Thu)$1369$389
Jul 29(Thu)Aug 05(Thu)$1369$389
Aug 05(Thu)Aug 12(Thu)$1369$389
Aug 12(Thu)Aug 19(Thu)$1369$389
Aug 19(Thu)Aug 26(Thu)$1369$389
Aug 26(Thu)Sep 02(Thu)$1349$399
Sep 02(Thu)Sep 09(Thu)$1349$429
Sep 09(Thu)Sep 16(Thu)$1349$429
Sep 16(Thu)Sep 23(Thu)$1349$429
Sep 23(Thu)Sep 30(Thu)$1349$429
Oct 07(Thu)Oct 14(Thu)$1349$429
Oct 14(Thu)Oct 21(Thu)$1349$429
Oct 21(Thu)Oct 28(Thu)$1349$429
Oct 28(Thu)Nov 04(Thu)$1229$429
Nov 04(Thu)Nov 11(Thu)$1229$429
Nov 11(Thu)Nov 18(Thu)$1219$409
Nov 20(Sat)Nov 27(Sat)$1149$369
Dec 04(Sat)Dec 11(Sat)$1139$359
Dec 23(Thu)Dec 30(Thu)$1139$359
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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