Take an adventurous trip to China’s old and new capitals – Beijing, Xian and Shanghai – and get a first-hand experience of what these cities have to offer. During this 8-days trip to Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, you will learn about the amazing history of these ancient cities, even as the beauty of modern China fascinates you.
Be captivated by the harmony of past and modern glories in Beijing; the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace. Get on a high-speed train headed for Xian where you’ll have an amazing time learning the culture and eating the food, then make a last stop at Shanghai, Pearl of the Orient.
This adventurous trip to major Chinese cities comes with amazing offers. It includes all-in country transfers, 7-nights of accommodation in a four or five star hotel, day-to-day buffet breakfast, high speed train travels, fully guided tour with driver transport, airport transfers and so much more!
Day 1: Land In Beijing
Immediately you arrive at the Beijing Capital Airport, you’ll be met by your personal tour guide, just outside the baggage claim area. As you head to your pre-booked four or five star hotel which is located at the inner city, your tour guide will show you the amazing features and historical spots of Beijing city. If you want, you can spend the remaining part of your day, touring this wonderful city.
Day 2: Beijing
After breakfast on the second day, you can fully tour Beijing city with your guide who will pick you up from the hotel where you’re lodged. You can go see the world’s biggest city square, Tiananmen Square. Find a way to get to the magnificent Forbidden City, a remarkable landmark in China, which was home to Chinese royalties for five centuries. After exploring the Forbidden City, you can pay a visit to the Summer Palace. Take your time to admire the beautiful gardens, as you picture the luxurious lifestyle of royalty who occupied this summer resort during imperial times. Lastly, you can stopover at Beijing’s stadium and pool – the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube – erected for the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics – to get a feel of the modern contrast to China’s ancient history. Go back to the hotel.
Day 3: Beijing
Before embarking on the trip to the Mutianyu Great Wall, you can visit Sanyuanli the popular local food market, where you will get enough fruits and snacks to sustain you throughout your trip. After that, proceed to the Mutianyu Great Wall, a part of China’s 1,400-year-old historic landmark which is located almost 70 kilometers from Beijing. This place is serene because it usually has less visitors. On getting there, take a round-trip cable car transfer to enjoy the beautiful scenery from the top, then take a stroll on the wall to get an amazing view of the Ming Dynasty guard towers.
When you get back to the city in the afternoon, visit the Confucius Temple and Imperial College Museum to continue your tour for the day. Take a walk through Wudaoying Hutong and see how locals live. As you roam through quaint shops, take a cup a of coffee and get a first-hand experience of what a real Beijing community feels like.
Day 4: Beijing – Xian
Begin your day with a visit to the historic Temple of Heaven According to history, emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties performed rituals in this temple, to solicit for good harvests and blessings for the country. After exploring the Temple of Heaven, move to the Beijing West railway station and be registered by your guide to travel by high speed rail train to Xian. Since the train travels at 300 kilometers per hour, it’s going to be almost a five hour trip. So, just relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape along the way. Immediately you get to the Xian North Station, your local guide will pick you up and take you to your four or five star hotel located at the inner city.
Day 5: Xian
The most remarkable place you’ll be visiting today is the world-famous Terracotta Army. This place is known as the biggest military base in the world and while you’re there, admire this amazing discovery which is a home to thousands of different life-sized figures. Get back to the city and tour Xian’s old city wall, which is presently the biggest and best-preserved wall of its kind in China. This wall surrounds China’s former capital city and has a length of almost 14 kilometres, so you can explore on foot or bicycle. If you need somewhere more serene and quiet, you can visit Xian’s Great Mosque which can be found in the middle of the city’s ancient block. It was erected in the mid-seventh century and is the oldest and biggest Islamic mosque in China. Interact with locals and discover varieties of food in Muslim Street, which is a hub of local eateries and souvenirs. You can visit Xian’s renowned Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square before you return to your hotel.
Day 6: Xian – Shanghai
After breakfast, leave your hotel and meet up with your tour guide who will escort you to the Shaanxi History Museum, where you will find about 370,000 antiques of Chinese history. Enter the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the two historic Buddhist pagodas in Xian. You may get the opportunity to reach the top of the pagoda and catch a glimpse of Xian’s 1,400 years of history before taking a meditative walk through the temple and gardens. After touring the museum, you will be taken to the Xian airport and put on a flight headed for Shanghai. Immediately you get to Shanghai, your local guide will pick you up and take you to your hotel. You’ll get a brief introduction to Shanghai on your way to the hotel.
Day 7 – Shanghai
Start exploring Shanghai by visiting the Shanghai Museum. This ancient building is home to over 140,000 relics, displaying the complete history and culture of this sophisticated city. Take a pleasant walk along The Bund, historic and renowned for being a perfect example of old Shanghai glamour. Take a stroll along Nanjing Road which is the busiest shopping district in China. Switch to a more serene environment by visiting the Yuyuan Garden, where you will admire the beautiful gardens. After that, take a stroll to the Chenghuangmiao bazaars which is nearby, then divert to the Shikumen Museum in New Spot (XinTianDi) to get a true feel of old world Shanghai. Enjoy your afternoon by roaming the streets of Dongping Road or Sinan Road in the Former French Concession, where you will discover the attributes of classic Shanghai.
Day 8 – Leave Shanghai
Your tour guide will pick you up at the hotel and drive you to the airport where you will board a flight that’ll take you home.
Inclusions / Exclusions
- Admission fees: to sightseeing spots and activities specified.
- Accommodation: hotels based on double/twin occupancy as specified.
- Meals: as specified in the itinerary.
- Tour guide: excellent private English-speaking guide.
- Transportation: high-speed train between Beijing/Xian (First class seat for Luxury tours; second class seat for Superior tours).
- Transfers: land transfer with drivers as specified.
- Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour.
- Government taxes and fees.
- International flights to/from China.
- China visa fees.
- Gratuities to guides and drivers and any expense of a personal nature.
- Our tour package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase travel insurance before your trip to provide for any unforeseen circumstances.
- Small group tour travelers – Airport transfer service from hotel to Xian Xianyang International Airport.