China Tour from Wellington

SG04-INTL: 8 Days Tour of Wellington - Beijing - Shanghai - Wellington
Tour Type: Independent Travel
Accommodation: 6 nights at nice 3-star hotels
Meals: 6 western buffet breakfasts

  • Must-see sights - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
  • Experience China's most developed high speed train from Beijing to Shanghai
Day 1 Flying from Wellington
As there is no direct flight from Wellington to Beijing, we highly recommend you make a connection in Auckland or Sydney. The shortest flight journey will take about 17 hours. On the day of departure, you need to go to the airport by yourself. 
Day 2 Arrival in Beijing
After arriving at Beijing Capital Airport, you need to find your way to the pre-booked hotel. We recommend Hotel Yoo Beijing, a 3-star hotel near Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. It also has easy access to Wangfujing Commercial Street for shopping and dining. A direct taxi ride from the airport to the hotel may cost you about CNY120. For an economical travel mode, you can take airport shuttle bus line 13 to Jinyu Hutong Novotel Peace Hotel with a fare of CNY24, and then hail a taxi to your hotel at a cost of CNY13.

After check-in, you may have a good rest for jet lag recovery, or walk around to get an idea of the surrounding roads, avenues, bus stops, subway stations and restaurants.

Accommodation Suggestion: Hotel Yoo Beijing
Day 3 Beijing
Our clients visiting the Forbidden City
Our clients visiting the Forbidden City
After the buffet breakfast in the hotel, you can make your way to Tiananmen Square, which is about 800 yards from the hotel. Wander south along the Nanheyan Street to its end, and turn west onto East Chang'an Street to reach the square. Tiananmen Square is the heart of Beijing and also the world's largest square in the city proper, where most national ceremonies are held.

After that, you can stroll north to the Forbidden City across the street, which was the palace for 24 emperors in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911). The well-preserved palace complex fully shows the glamour of traditional Chinese architectures. Strolling along the central axis, you are able to discover the hierarchy of the feudal dynasties.

Leave from the North Gate, the Gate of Devine Prowess, and walk west to take bus No. 685 from Gugong Stop to Fahuasi. After getting off the bus, walk south for 180 yards to the East Gate of the Temple of Heaven. It was the imperial sacred site for royal families to worship heaven and ancestors as well as pray for a good harvest. The Echoing Wall in the temple is ingenious: when you tap the wall slightly, you will hear the echo three times. Today's sightseeing comes to an end, you may walk back to Fahuasi bus stop to take bus No. 60 to Nanheyan and walk back to your hotel. Or, you may take a taxi back to the hotel at a cost of CNY20.
Day 4 Beijing
A whole day will be given to explore the world's wonder, Great Wall. Located about 45 miles from downtown Beijing, Mutianyu Great Wall is characterized by its unique structure and design. The watch towers are denser than other sections, with crenel on both sides of the tower, which makes Mutianyu a unique section of the Great Wall.

The abrupt wall winds along rolling hills, creating a splendid natural and majestic vigor. Climbing the wall gives a sense of triumph and relaxation. Particularly in autumn, when all the plants become red or yellow, you will be stunned by the picturesque scene. Cable cars and slideway make it simple for tourists to go uphill or downhill.

Transportation: Please take a taxi at a cost of CNY25 to Dongzhimen Transport Hub, from where you can take bus No. 916 Express to Huairou Beidajie first, and then carpool with other passengers to the scenic area, which may cost CNY15-20 per person. After the visit, reverse the trip back to your hotel.
Day 5 Beijing
Great Wall of China
The itinerary for today is Summer Palace, Shichahai Area and hutong tour. From the hotel, you can walk to Tiananmen East Station near the Tiananmen Square to take subway line 1 to Xidan, and transfer to subway line 4 to Beigongmen Station. Take Exit D and proceed west for 200 yards, you will reach the north entrance of the palace.

The Summer Palace is one of the largest and best-preserved imperial gardens in China, which used to be the summer resort for the royal families. Based on Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, the palace shows the most typical features of traditional Chinese architectures, including corridors, pavilions, a marble boat, galleries and bridges.

At Beigongmen Station, you can take subway line 4 to Haidian Huangzhuang Station, where you can transfer to line 10 to Beitucheng Station. Then change to subway line 8 to Shichahai Station. Taking Exit A2, you will reach the most bustling area in Shichahai. Apart from an enchanting lake view, there are also many hutongs, courtyards and temples, which make it an attraction with authentic Beijing culture. The bar street at Houhai is popular among young people, which adds more modern glamour to the old dwellings.

To explore old Beijing further, you can extend your tour to the nearby hutongs, such as Mao'er Hutong and Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street, where you can enjoy a cup of tea or taste some local food. If interested, you can hire a man-powered rickshaw to have a memorable hutong tour. At last, take a taxi to return to the hotel, which costs about CNY20.
Day 6 Beijing - Shanghai
The Bund
The Bund
Today you continue to the modern metropolis, Shanghai. Check out of the hotel before 12:00, and take a high speed train to Shanghai. In peak season, the train tickets may be difficult to obtain, so you are advised to book tickets with TravelChinaGuide as early as possible. With unbeatable low service fee, we also provide a mail service.

The high speed train will depart from Beijing South Railway Station. To reach the station, you can walk to Tiananmen East station to take subway line 1 to Xidan, and then transfer to line 4 to the train station. You are supposed to reach the railway station about 1 hour prior to the train's departure. The train ride is about 5 - 6 hours, but the seats on the high speed trains are comfy. The food provided onboard is also acceptable, so you may give it a try for your supper.

The train will finally arrive at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. Upon arrival, take bus or taxi to the hotel you booked before. We recommend the Holiday Inn Express Zhabei, a 3-star hotel on the north square of Shanghai Railway Station, which can be easily reached by subway line 1, line 3 and line 4.

From Hongqiao Railway Station, you can take subway line 2 to Zhongshan Park, and then transfer to line 3 or line 4 to Shanghai Railway Station. Take Exit 4 and stroll west for 500 yards to the hotel. Afterwards, have a good rest in the hotel before tomorrow's independent Shanghai tour from Stockholm Sweden.

Accommodation Suggestion: Holiday Inn Express Zhabei
Day 7 Shanghai
After the buffet breakfast in the hotel, you are suggested to visit Shanghai Museum to have a general view about the city. The museum is located at the south side of People's Square, and you can travel by subway line 1 from the railway station to the square; take Exit 1 of People's Square subway station and walk south to find the museum. Shanghai Museum is a Chinese ancient art museum with abundant exhibits, including bronze ware, ceramics, calligraphy work, traditional paintings, ancient coins, jade ware, sculptures and seals, giving a general understanding of Chinese history and culture.

Afterwards, take a taxi to Yuyuan Garden with a fare of CNY20. Yuyuan Garden, a relic of Chinese classic architecture, used to be a private dwelling garden of a celebrity in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Every tile, pillar or corridor is worthy of attention. Afterwards, you can wander around the Old City God Temple Snack Street, where you get a chance to taste the most authentic Shanghai cuisine for your lunch.

Then walk westwards to find Yuyuan Subway Station to take line 10 to East Nanjing Road. Take Exit 1 and start the exploration along the famous Nanjing Road. It is one of the most prosperous commercial streets in modern Shanghai, which is clustered with shopping malls, bars, cafés, restaurants and shops for crafts. Afterwards, you are suggested to stroll eastwards to the Bund, which is a one-mile long corridor along the Huangpu River. There you can view the unique building complex across the river, which is the most stunning skyline of Shanghai. Wandering along the Bund, you can enjoy the soft breeze and lively night view. Take a taxi back to the hotel, and the fare is about CNY25.
Day 8 Shanghai - Wellington
Your China tour from Wellington ends today. After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you need to head to the Pudong Airport on your own. Taking a taxi is highly recommended, and it will cost about CNY 200. Direct flight is unavailable from Shanghai to Wellington, and you need to transfer in Auckland. The shortest flight journey will take 15 hours. We hope you will look back with joy on your trip. Thank you for coming. 
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