Best of China from Shanghai

SG28: 9 Days Small Group Tour to Shanghai - Beijing - Xi'an - 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 - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • View the soaring city skylines and feel the pulse of modern 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 Shanghai
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Upon your arrival in Shanghai, our guide will be waiting for you outside the customs of the airport. The guide and the driver will transfer you to the reserved hotel, and they will help you with the check-in procedures.

We don't have any further arrangements for you today, as you will visit other major destinations in this small group itinerary first, and finally return to Shanghai for a visit before you leave China. Relax yourself in the hotel during the remainder of the day, or you can have a self-exploration with suggestions from the guide.
Accommodation: Ocean Hotel Shanghai
Day 2 Shanghai - Beijing
Hotel to railway station transfer, A 4.5-hour high speed train to Beijing, Pick-up service. (B)
Our group visiting the Great Wall, Beijing
After the buffet breakfast at the hotel, we will drive you from the hotel to Hongqiao Railway Station for an onward high speed train to Beijing. From 07:00 to 19:00, the train runs at a frequency of nearly 20 minutes, and the train duration lasts for around 4.5 hours. The ticket fare for a second class seat is already included in our price and we will choose a train with proper time schedule for you.

Alternatively, frequent flights are available between these two cities, and the air journey takes about 2 hours. If you want a flight trip instead, please contact our travel consultant.

When you arrive in Beijing, our guide will pick you up and then escort you to the hotel that we reserve for you. After check-in, dine in a nearby restaurant on your own and have a good rest in the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 3 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch with Peking Duck, Temple of Heaven, Chinese Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
After breakfast, our guide will brief you on the following days' itinerary in the lobby of the hotel. And then you will set out for the first destination, Tiananmen Square. It is located at the heart of Beijing City, which is a symbolic square where many great events take place. After a leisure stroll on the square, you will be led to the Forbidden City behind the Tiananmen Tower. The well-preserved building complex used to be the imperial palace of 24 emperors in Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 - 1911). After 2-3 hours' visiting, it will be lunch time, and we specially serve you an a la carte lunch at a fancy restaurant to taste the real Chinese food and the famous Peking Roast Duck. The meal is valued at CNY150 per person and is included in our price.

After a short break, continue your visit to the Temple of Heaven, an ancient imperial sacred place. The Echoing Wall inside is a manmade wonder, which you should never miss. The evening will be the highlight of the day. A wonderful Chinese Kung Fu show is waiting for you at the Red Theatre. If you are a Kung Fu fan, you will be surely amazed at the stunning performances. After this great feast of eyes, our guide and the driver will escort you back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Day 4 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Forbidden City
A trip to the world wonder, Great Wall, will make your China group tours from Shanghai memorable and fruitful. After breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up and head for Mutianyu Great Wall, about 45 miles to the north of Beijing. The drive takes around 2 hours. As you ascend the wall by cable car, you will be impressed with the splendor and majesty of this great project. Two more hours later, you will take the cable car down from the wall.

The restaurants near the wall are in low quality. Thus we will not arrange the lunch for you today. You are advised to pack some easy-carry food for energy backup. Our guide will also be glad to offer you some suggestions.

On your way back to the city proper, we will pass by the Olympic National Stadium (Bird's Nest), and you can appreciate it at a distance and capture the view with your camera. Then head for a thriving local market providing a wide variety of things including clothing, souvenirs and local products.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 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 with her clients
Our arrangement for today is to visit the Summer Palace, old hutongs and courtyards. The Summer Palace was once the resort of the imperial families. In the park, the highlight sights include the Longevity Hill, Long Gallery and Marble Boat. Rowing a boat on Kunming Lake is also worth a try. Following our guide, you will trace the history and culture by having a hutong tour. Hutong alley is a unique part of the local people's life. There are also well-preserved courtyard residences, where you can capture their leisure lifestyle. Moreover, you will have a chance to experience Chinese paper cutting during the Hutong visit.

An a la carte lunch will be arranged in a decent restaurant, where you can taste the authentic Beijing cuisine. The meal is valued at CNY150 per person which is included in our price for this small group tour.

At last, our Beijing guide will transfer you to the Capital Airport for a flight bound for another ancient capital city, Xi'an. You will land after about two hours air journey. Our Xi'an guide and driver will greet you at the airport and help you check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 6 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)
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
The first destination of the day is the Terracotta Army, a sound name card of Xi'an City. As Emperor Qin Shi Huang's underground guarding troop with a history of over 2,200 years, the pottery figures, horses and chariots are still perfectly remained. So far three pits are excavated and displayed to visitors, and you could see a lot of life-size soldiers arraying in the pits.

The one hour bus ride takes you back to downtown Xi'an, and a local family visit arranged by us comes after that. The hostess would cook an a la carte lunch to treat you in her house, and please make yourself at home. If interested, you can seize the chance to learn to cook some Chinese dishes.

After a short rest, our guide will take you to the nearby Xi'an Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda surviving from the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD). Inside the temple, you may strike the big bell to pray for health and affluence of your family. We will specially arrange today's dinner for you to try the famous local dumplings. After that, a splendid evening is in store when you are entertained by the fabulous Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show - a great way for you to imagine Xi'an's glorious past when it served as the capital of the Tang Dynasty.

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.
Day 7 Xi'an - Shanghai
Observe local life in the park, One-hour Tai Chi practice, Xi'an City Wall, A la carte lunch, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
You will spend the whole morning in the City Wall area. Surrounding the wall, there is a park where you can see lots of seniors doing morning exercises, such as sword playing and Tai Chi. Here we will invite a master to teach you how to practice Tai Chi for one hour. Then you will visit the ancient City Wall with our guide's accompany. With a history of 600 years, the wall was constructed as the military defensive system in the Ming Dynasty. It surrounds the city center with a total length of 8.5 miles. You can either take a relaxing stroll or rent a bike to cycle on the wall. The bike rental fee is your responsibility.

In the noon, an a la carte lunch valued at CNY120.00 per person is offered by us, ensuring you a joyful dining experience in a well-known local restaurant. Thereafter the guide and the driver will see you off in the airport and you will board a flight to Shanghai in the afternoon. Landing in Shanghai again, you will be met and accompanied to check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Ocean Hotel Shanghai
Day 8 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)
Shanghai Bund
Your Shanghai tour will start with Shanghai Museum, where you can have a general overview about the past of this metropolis. After 2 hours' visiting, our guide will lead you to the next stop, Yu Garden. It used to be the dwelling place owned by a celebrity in the Ming Dynasty, which is delicate and elegant in design. There you may witness the unparalleled classic garden architecture. Then move on to a close-by bazaar which is a good place to taste local snacks and purchase souvenirs or craftworks for your family or friends. 

Since this is the last day of your guided China group tour, an a la carte farewell lunch will be served at a popular local restaurant, which is valued at CNY120 per person and included in our price. 

After lunch, the guide will take you to visit the Former French Concession and then go head to the Bund. The Bund area along the Huangpu River is the best place to appreciate the modern glamour of Shanghai, where skyscrapers tower around. You will also have a one-hour cruise tour on the Huangpu River. Upon returning to the hotel, our guide will say bon voyage to you in the lobby. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 9 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Your China tour comes to an end today, and a homebound flight is waiting for you. Due to different flight schedules, the hotel-airport escorting service is not included, so you need to transfer to the airport on your own. Taxi is a good choice with less expensive price. If you want to extend your stay and explore further in China, please feel free to contact our travel consultant. We wish you a nice journey home.

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
12% off - book by Dec 31, 2018; 10% off - book in January, 2019
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan. 2019Jan 04(Fri) Jan 12(Sat) $1229 $1081$389
Jan 18(Fri) Jan 26(Sat) $1229 $1081$389
Feb. 2019Feb 23(Sat) Mar 03(Sun) $1229 $1081$399
Mar. 2019Mar 04(Mon) Mar 12(Tue) $1269 $1116$439
Mar 11(Mon) Mar 19(Tue) $1269 $1116$439
Mar 25(Mon) Apr 02(Tue) $1269 $1116$439
Apr. 2019Apr 03(Wed) Apr 11(Thu) $1399 $1231$459
Apr 10(Wed) Apr 18(Thu) $1399 $1231$459
Apr 17(Wed) Apr 25(Thu) $1399 $1231$459
Apr 24(Wed) May 02(Thu) $1399 $1231$459
May. 2019May 08(Wed) May 16(Thu) $1399 $1231$459
May 15(Wed) May 23(Thu) $1399 $1231$459
May 22(Wed) May 30(Thu) $1399 $1231$459
May 29(Wed) Jun 06(Thu) $1409 $1239$449
Jun. 2019Jun 05(Wed) Jun 13(Thu) $1409 $1239$449
Jun 12(Wed) Jun 20(Thu) $1409 $1239$449
Jun 19(Wed) Jun 27(Thu) $1409 $1239$449
Jun 26(Wed) Jul 04(Thu) $1409 $1239$439
Jul. 2019Jul 03(Wed) Jul 11(Thu) $1419 $1248$429
Jul 10(Wed) Jul 18(Thu) $1419 $1248$429
Jul 17(Wed) Jul 25(Thu) $1419 $1248$429
Jul 24(Wed) Aug 01(Thu) $1419 $1248$429
Jul 31(Wed) Aug 08(Thu) $1419 $1248$429
Aug. 2019Aug 07(Wed) Aug 15(Thu) $1419 $1248$429
Aug 14(Wed) Aug 22(Thu) $1419 $1248$429
Aug 21(Wed) Aug 29(Thu) $1419 $1248$429
Aug 28(Wed) Sep 05(Thu) $1389 $1222$449
Sep. 2019Sep 04(Wed) Sep 12(Thu) $1409 $1239$469
Sep 11(Wed) Sep 19(Thu) $1409 $1239$469
Sep 18(Wed) Sep 26(Thu) $1409 $1239$469
Oct. 2019Oct 02(Wed) Oct 10(Thu) $1409 $1239$469
Oct 09(Wed) Oct 17(Thu) $1409 $1239$469
Oct 16(Wed) Oct 24(Thu) $1409 $1239$469
Oct 23(Wed) Oct 31(Thu) $1409 $1239$469
Oct 30(Wed) Nov 07(Thu) $1319 $1160$469
Nov. 2019Nov 06(Wed) Nov 14(Thu) $1319 $1160$469
Nov 20(Wed) Nov 28(Thu) $1269 $1116$409
Dec. 2019Dec 07(Sat) Dec 15(Sun) $1239 $1090$399
Dec 21(Sat) Dec 29(Sun) $1239 $1090$399
Jan. 2020Jan 04(Sat) Jan 12(Sun) $1239 $1115$399
Feb. 2020Feb 12(Wed) Feb 20(Thu) $1239 $1115$399
Mar. 2020Mar 04(Wed) Mar 12(Thu) $1259 $1133$429
Mar 11(Wed) Mar 19(Thu) $1259 $1133$429
Mar 25(Wed) Apr 02(Thu) $1259 $1133$429

Remark: The prices in red reflect 12% discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Early Bird Savings: 5% off, book 30 days in advance
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Dec. 2018Dec 07(Fri) Dec 15(Sat) $1139$449
Dec 21(Fri) Dec 29(Sat) $1139 $1082$449

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • 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
Why Travel With Us
Questions & Answers
Asked by Karen L DeBias from UNITED STATES | Sep. 28, 2018 07:27Reply
My son lives at: No.596 South Huangpi Road, Shanghai
I NEED to know if there are any affordable hotels CLOSE to him AND close to Line 10. I will be visiting with him but I ALSO want to do some tours out of Shanghai.
Answers (1)
Answered by Randall | Sep. 28, 2018 23:46

You can consider choosing U Hotels Xintiandi, which is close to the Subway Line 10 (Xintiandi Stataion) and just 10 minutes’ walk away to your son's residence. Or you may choose some economical chain hotels like Ji Hotel or Home Inn nearby.
Asked by Maria from PORTUGAL | Jul. 24, 2018 09:39Reply
How to go from Shanghai Hongqiao airport to Marriott Shanghai City Center?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lily from UK | Jul. 26, 2018 00:39

Upon landing, take metro line 10 from Hongqiao Airport to Laoximen Station. Then transfer to metro line 8 to People's Square Station, Exit 16. Afterwards, walk north around 700 meters to find the hotel.
Asked by Daria from ITALIA | Jun. 21, 2018 04:04Reply
I will stay in Shanghai for one month using the metro AT LEAST twice a day.
Which solution is the best for me? What kind of transportation card?
Answers (1)
Answered by Carret from ENGLAND | Jun. 21, 2018 22:30

You are suggested to buy a transport card, which be returned when you leave.
Asked by Shan from USA | Mar. 31, 2018 21:35Reply
Need to know how to get from Pudong airport to city hotel south road Huangpu Shanghai?
Answers (1)
Answered by Andre from SINGAPORE | Apr. 02, 2018 04:09

You can take shuttle bus line 2 to City Terminal and then transfer to a taxi to the hotel.
Asked by James k from MANILA | Mar. 03, 2018 21:19Reply
How to take a bus from pudong airport to yiwu city my arrival timing is 2.30am.thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Sunny from NEW ZEALAND | Mar. 04, 2018 20:45

I suggest you take a taxi to Hongqiao Railway Station in an hour, and catch the first high speed train to Yiwu, which leaves at 05:16.
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