Beijing & Shanghai Express

BJ09: 6 Days Private Beijing Shanghai Tour
Tour Type: Private Tour, any part of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle

  • Visit the majestic Great Wall to create memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Discover the imperial life of the ancient emperors at the Forbidden City.
  • Cruise on Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai.
  • Experience China's most developed high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai.
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Upon landing at Beijing Airport, please retrieve your luggage and clear Customs. Our guide will greet you outside Customs. After warm welcoming, he or she will escort you to the hotel in downtown we have carefully selected for you by a private car. Check in with the help of our guide and have a short rest.

After, the guide will accompany with you to Shichahai, an antique area in Beijing with traditional Hutong alleys and courtyard houses. It is also a scenic place thanks to the shimmering lake.

★ Interesting Rickshaw Ride and Family Visit in Shichahai
► Specially, we will arrange a rickshaw ride in these Hutongs. Rickshaw was very popular in early 20th century in old Beijing. Previously, they had two wheels in the back and were pulled by man on foot. The present ones have been transformed to three wheels, two in the back and one in the front and the drivers ride it, saving lots of energy. It is joyful to travel among the narrow Hutong alleys by the old transport tool.

► After, follow the guide to visit a local family. You may find it strange that several generations live together in one courtyard. That’s common and a long-lasting tradition in China. To pay respect, the best rooms are usually for the elders in the family. You can also talk with the hosts to learn more manners and customs.
Day 2 Beijing
After one night’s rest, start energetically with a visit to Tian’anmen Square, the world's largest central city square. Then, the guide will lead you to walk for about 10 minutes to reach the Forbidden City, the one-time imperial palace of Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 to 1911), where twenty-four emperors once worked and lived. Equally big to 100 football fields, it’s not possible to cover every corner of the giant palace in just one visit. But our experienced guide will lead you to stroll along the best visiting route, so as to cover all important palaces. The visit time will be at least 2 hours.

★ Enjoy a Superb Panorama of Forbidden City in Jingshan Park
Then, proceed to Jingshan Park to the north and climb up to top of Jingshan Hill inside, whichis the best spot to take in a panoramic view of the whole Forbidden City. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the hill top. If you feel tired, the guide will stop anytime. There are chairs in midway for you to take a short break.

Today’s last stop will be Yonghe Temple. It was initially a prince’s mansion and later used as a Buddhist temple. You will get some burning incenses for free there. If interested, follow the guide to make some wishes in Buddhism traditions and then offer the incenses to the Buddha.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 3 Beijing
Our Clients Visiting the Great Wall
In the morning, we will drive out of the city to visit a popular and magnificent section of the Great Wall - Mutianyu. You will be deeply impressed by the majestic views of the Great Wall winding on the mountain ridges, as well as the abundant vegetation in its surroundings.

★ Privilege of Our Guests
To save your energy and leave you with plenty of time to hike on the Wall, a round-trip cable car ride will be included, or you can take a chairlift up and a toboggan down, according to your interest. The chairlift and toboggan are more exciting and thrilling, but not recommended for those with high blood pressure, heart disease and acrophobia.

Lunch will be on your own side. If needed, the guide will be glad to give some advice.

After, drive back to the downtown area and explore the picturesque Summer Palace. On the way, the driver will stop over at the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium), for you to appreciate the featured architecture by roadside. Summer Palace is the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. There, you will be amazed by the perfect combination of natural scenery and manmade architecture, including bridges, pavilions, palaces, long corridors and more, over the lake, on the mountain, by lakeside…

When today’s sightseeing ends here, the guide will send you back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing to Shanghai by High Speed Train
Temple of Heaven
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and assist you with the check-out procedure. Then go to visit the Temple of Heaven. It is a grand temple complex where emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties offered sacrifice to the God of Heaven and pray for good harvest. Nowadays, it is not only a rare historical site, but also a park for locals to do various exercises and other entertainment activities. It will be a lot of fun to join them to play Tai Chi or try various exercising equipment.

★ Ride a High Speed Train to Shanghai
After that, our guide will see you off at the railway station for a high speed train to Shanghai. There are several reasons why we haven’t chosen flight for this trip. First of all, China’s high speed train is one of the world’s fastest, so on the must-do lists of most overseas tourists. Also, the travel time from Beijing to Shanghai is around 4.5-6 hours, neither boringly long nor unsatisfying short. We will reserve a seat for you on those with shortest duration, to save you time. While, if you prefer to take flight, your travel consultant is happy to tailor this trip for you.

After arriving in the metropolitan Shanghai, our local guide and driver will meet you at the exit of the railway station and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Shanghai
The Bund Area in Shanghai
The morning excursion will begin from Shanghai Museum. It is one of the four biggest museums in China, famous for art collections. You will see many delicate bronzes, pottery figures, calligraphy, and paintings inside. A visit to the classical Yu Garden will follow. It is well laid out and delicately built to every single detail. Looking around carefully and you will find even the eaves are beautifully decorated with stone carvings and clay figures. Our knowledgeable guide will tell some interesting stories behind the figures, to add more fun to this trip.

Then the guide will lead you to an ancient cultural street, Tianzifang, which has been developed from a residential area to a new art zone combining artistic centers, exotic restaurants and bars.

The next stop will be Duoyun Bookstore on 52nd floor of Shanghai Tower, to have a bird’s eye view of Huangpu River, the Bund and the surrounding city views. Then, go down to enjoy Huangpu River Cruise. During the cruise, you will admire buildings of western architectural styles along the bustling Bund on west bank and modern skyscrapers of Lujiazui on east bank. Afterwards, explore the Bund at a leisurely pace.

Finally, transfer you back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Departure from Shanghai
After breakfast, please check out of the hotel. Our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport according to your flight schedule. We wish you a pleasant onward journey!

If you have more time to travel around, we recommend water towns, Hangzhou, Suzhou or Yellow Mountain around Shanghai, which can all be reached by high speed train from the city. We will also be glad to serve you in more destinations.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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This trip can be customized to meet your individual needs!
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Beijing New World Centre Tongpai Hotel
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
Tour Prices
With Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
With Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
  • Prices are per person on twin sharing basis.
  • 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
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