E-BJ09: 6 Days Private Beijing Shanghai Tour
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 3-star decent hotels, also be open to your own choice

Tour Highlights:
  • Visit the majestic Great Wall and experience memories that will last a lifetime
  • Discover the imperial life of the ancient emperors at the Forbidden City
  • Take a rickshaw through the Hutongs & get a close touch with the original Beijing lifestyle
  • Experience the Bund, classical garden, modern and old in contrast in Shanghai
From $749 per person Free Inquiry
Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Beijing and Shanghai are the first choices for most travelers who have never been to China. After landing at the captical airport, collecting your luggage and going through the customs, you will meet your private guide at the exit. The guide will accompany you during the private transfer to the hotel and help you with the check in procedure. The rest of the day will be left on your own to restore the energy and get ready for your exciting upcoming sightseeing.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel
Day 2 Beijing
The Great Wall, Beijing
Being the capital of our nation for hundreds of years, Beijing is now the center of Chinese politics, economics and culture. The first stop of your journey is Tiananmen Square which is the symbol of our country. Thus there are hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world coming here everyday. The main buildings around the square are the Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao and the National Museum. The flag-raising ceremony held in every morning and the flag-guardian soldier are also the bright scenery on the square. Going through the Tiananmen Tower and then the Meridian Gate, you will enter the Forbidden City, the imperial palace for the last two feudal dynasties, Ming and Qing. About 2 hours walking is needed to finish the visiting of the halls and palaces on the central axis and reach the Gate of Divine Prowess. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven where the emperors offered the sacrifices to the heaven and preyed for good harvest.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 3 Beijing
Rickshaw riding during Hutong tour
Photo by Ms. Cornelia Nicoleta Popa
In the morning, drive about 1.5 hours to the Mutianyu Great Wall. As the hike takes about 2 hours, a light package and a pair of comfortable shoes are recommended. We have included the round trip cable car for you. When reaching the top, we believe you will be feeling great and proud. No lunch is arranged as there are no decent dining places in the countryside. So we suggest you have a big breakfast in the morning at the hotel and bring some snacks with you. After a short rest for your brief lunch, we will take you to visit a renowned local market. One the way to the market, you will have a chance to take pictures of the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) and the Water Cube (National Aquatics Center). 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Shanghai
Local retired people playing Tai-Chi
Today's morning will be spent in the Beijing Zoo and the most beautiful royal garden, Summer Palace. Unlike the solemnity of the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is more comprehensive on the architectural styles and natural scenes. The surprise is coming every step of the way. The first stop in the afternoon is Lama Temple. Then you will take the medieval Chinese rickshaw to visit the old Hutong area, a distinctive living area of local people in the past. Before heading to the railway station to take the overnight train to Shanghai, you may buy something for your dinner and the breakfast of the next day. The food provided on the train is expensive, but with unsatisfying quality and taste. The soft sleeper carriage is divided into private compartments and each has 4 bunks in it. The space for luggage is limited, so please check the China train baggage allowance for reference. After boarding, the train attendant will collect the train tickets and give each passenger a plastic card instead. Then about 2 hours before reaching your destination, the tickets will be given back to you and you need to give the card back to the attendant. Wish you have a great night sleep on the train.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight soft sleeper train
Day 5 Shanghai
The Bund
Photo by our client Mr. Pavel Okolicanyi
Being an emerging metropolis in southern China, Shanghai is exquisite and graceful which has totally different styles and features with the magnificence of the capital city. After arrival in the morning, we would like to transfer you to the hotel for refreshing and a short rest if the early check-in was available. The day activities begin with the famous Shanghai Museum. The precious collection covers almost every aspect of the Chinese nation and history and it will take about 2 hours to have a general visit. After that, you will be transferred to the Old Shanghai area and visit the elegant Yuyuan Garden. Then you will have leisure time wandering on the Bund and the Nanjing Road to see the prosperousness and modernization of the city. At the end, you will also visit a distinctive old street. The guide will say goodbye after escort you back to the hotel.

Meals: No meals
Accommodation: Golden River-view Hotel
Day 6 Departure from Shanghai
As you will need to get to the airport and catch the flight by yourself, we kindly remind you that the city has two airports, Pudong and Hongqiao. Please make sure from which airport your flight will take off. You may ask the hotel to call a taxi for you. It costs around CNY170.00 to Pudong Airport and CNY60.00 to Hongqiao airport. The driving takes about 1.5 hours to Pudong and 1 hour to Hongqiao. But we suggest you leave enough time in case there is traffic jam. Or you can take subway No.1 and then change to subway No.2 at the People's Square Stop to reach both of the airports. The subway entrance is just within walking distance from your hotel. We hope you had a great time travel with us and look forward to serve you again!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Tour Prices
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Hotel accommodation with western buffet breakfasts
  • Train fare of Beijing/Shanghai
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Entry visa fees
  • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver
Why Travel With Us
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Susan Duke from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 24, 2019 00:45Reply
Shanghai, Beijing stay Japan 5 night on Spectrum of the seas
We have booked for next year 3 night stay Beijing going to Great Wall, Tiananman Square & Forbidden City and 2 nights Shanghai, then joining Spectrum of the seas for 5 nights. Still not sure about the visa is the 144 ok or do we need another? could you give any advice. We all on British passports flying from London.
Susan and party of 5
Answers (4)
Answered by Saul | Nov. 24, 2019 02:06

You must get a tourist visa in advance. 144 hours visa-free transit does not apply when you visit both Shanghai and Beijing consecutively on the same trip.
Answered by Susan Duke from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 24, 2019 02:58

Thanks for the reply. Is the tourist visa from the Chinese Embassy with the finger prints? If so would it be best direct from them or through an agent.
Answered by ZUPAN | Nov. 24, 2019 03:54

You will have to apply through one of CVASC closest to you. They are located in: London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast. Please, keep in mind that although first timers, you are eligible for a 2 year multiple entry Chinese visa, but you have to specifically ask for it during the time of your application. Your argument will be that you intend to visit China more often within the next two years.
Answered by susan duke from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 24, 2019 04:18

Asked by Nanj from UK | Jul. 28, 2019 11:47Reply
UK citizen travel to Taipei( Taiwan) via Beijing
I am not sure this apply because the country is Taiwan, arrive at Beijing on 14/10/2019 13:05, do I qualify for 144 hours visa-free transit, and is the 20/10/2019, 23:59 the last day I have to leave for Taiwan.

Answers (3)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 28, 2019 12:05

Taiwan is definitely eligible as the third country within the visa free transit scheme. So, if you are traveling to Taiwan, you have to arrive into Beijing from some other country, different than both mainland China and Taiwan on a flight that does not have any additional landing within mainland China and Taiwan. Your dates are fine and the times/hours you have presented are correct.
Answered by nanj from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 28, 2019 14:43

Thank you for prompt reply.
- 13/10/2019 London to Beijing (6 days visa free transit), 20/10/2019 Beijing to Taiwan.
- 27/10/2019 Taiwan to London via Beijing (6 hours lay over), i'll be stay inside the airport.
Are these trips going to be fine?

Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 28, 2019 15:07

Of course :) There is no doubt, your entire itinerary is eligible for visa free transit. During your first stop in Beijing, you will be eligible for 144 hour visa free transit and during your second stop, you will be covered by 24 hour visa free transit.
Asked by Gno from USA | Mar. 21, 2019 16:39Reply
Am I allowed to get a 24hrs visa?
I’ll have 8hours layover in Beijing on my way to japan this October. I’m a Philippine passport holder and I’m wondering if I can apply for the 24hours visa on arrival to do some sightseeing?
Answers (1)
Answered by Paula from ESTONIA | Mar. 21, 2019 20:13

Yes, you can apply for the 24hours twov on arrival to do some sightseeing.
Asked by Sharyn from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 09, 2019 12:14Reply
Trans Mongolian to Beijing then on to Hong Kong
If we are on the Trans Mongolian Train into China, stopping at Beijing for 5 days and then going by train to Hong Kong do we need a Chinese Visa?

Answers (1)
Answered by Mireille from CANADA | Jan. 09, 2019 22:14

Don't worry. You can enjoy the 144 hours visa free policy. :)
Asked by B Shah from UNITED STATES | Jun. 29, 2018 10:52Reply
PEK airport terminal 3 to Holiday Inn Express Temple of Heaven By BUS/TRAIN
Traveling to Beijing in December. I need a transport from Terminal 3 to Holiday Inn Express Temple of Heaven;
either a train or a bus.
Answers (1)
Answered by Kate from FINLAND | Jul. 01, 2018 22:24

Upon landing, you are suggested to take airport express to Sanyuanqiao Station first. Then take metro line 10 to Sanlihe Station and transfer to line 14 to Jingtai Station, Exit B. After arriving, walk southeast around 850 meters to find your hotel.
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