Great Wall, Beijing

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SG01: 8 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of max 18, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights at good 5-star hotels

  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army.
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skyline of Shanghai.
  • Family visit to meet local people and experience authentic Chinese culture.
  • Enjoy a la carte meals, Peking Opera & Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Welcome your arrival anytime at the airport and transfer to hotel.
The prelude to your 8 days China tour starts when you meet your professional local guide at Beijing Airport after reclaiming your luggage and clearing customs. The driver will convey you in a comfortable vehicle to the hotel and help you with the check-in procedure. The rest of the day is left for you to have a good rest or to become familiar with this capital city on your own.

Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
The Great Wall Hotel Beijing
The Great Wall Hotel Beijing
Day 2 Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City including Treasure Gallery; enjoy an a la carte welcome lunch with authentic Peking Duck; continue to visit Yonghe Temple and Temple of Heaven; and watch the classic Peking Opera in the evening. (B+L)
Today your best China tour officially kicks off! You will meet your group members in the hotel lobby at 08:30 and have a 30-minute pre-trip meeting. Your guide will make a self-introduction, welcome everyone, present a brief introduction to the trip and explain the guidelines that need to be followed during your tour.

Then we will head to the first stop, Tiananmen Square, the biggest urban city square in the world. Many constructions of great historical importance have been built on and around it, and it is an important venue for most national ceremonies. From there you will stroll all the way to the Forbidden City, the office and home of emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 – 1911 AD). Here, we will take you for a 2 to 3 hours tour covering the most worthwhile sites.
Visit the Forbidden City
★ We make each minute of your tour in Forbidden City count
Our special ticket-booking service and a knowledgeable expert guide will save you a lot of time and energy, for you to visit as many as significant sites during these hours. With us, you also get to step into the Treasury Gallery, a site you may find missing in tours arranged by other agencies. Just as the name suggests, this is where you can find the most precious treasures left by ancient emperors or empresses, like the 1.29m tall Peal-Inlaid Gold Tower that was crafted with 85 kilo grams of gold and hundreds of pearls and gemstones. Your guide will also embellish your tour with some stories that happened here, like why the water from all those wells you see wasn’t used for drinking. Actually, it once were, but since maids and eunuchs were thrown into the wells due to court intrigue, the water became ominous and no one dared to drink ever after. It’s when they started to fetch drinking water from a nearby mountain more than 20 km away.

At noon, an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a superb local restaurant, where you can have a taste of authentic Chinese food and the world-renowned Peking Roast Duck.
The Grand Temple of Heaven
In the afternoon, visit the Yonghe Temple, a solemn imperial lamasery that has survived over 300 years intact and features a blend of Han, Mongolian, and Tibetan architecture. Then we will head to the Temple of Heaven, the majestic sacrificial building complex where Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the heaven in hope of good harvest.

Today’s trip in Beijing will be perfected with a visit to a 30-year-old theater to appreciate Peking Opera, a world-famous drama form that symbolizes Chinese traditional culture. Whether you are a casual visitor, a Chinese culture lover, or an opera connoisseur new to this kind, you can always find something that grabs your attention from its storytelling, the music, the acrobatic actions, the costumes, or even the makeup. Your guide will explain the content of the repertoire in advance and there will be English subtitles before the auditorium, so it’s easy for you to understand them. With us, you also get to come earlier to watch expert performers wear heavy makeup and their attire, both of which are essential components that make Peking Opera a UNESCO-recognized cultural heritage.

Let’s call it a day now. We will take you back to hotel after the performance.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Visit Mutianyu Great Wall by round-trip cable car and toast for Great Wall challenge with red wine; drive by Olympic Bird's Nest; then take a rickshaw ride through Hutong alleys and visit a local family in a traditional courtyard house. (B)
This morning we will take you to experience at first hand the wonder of the Great Wall of China at its Mutianyu section. A round-trip cable car ride will be arranged. Standing on the wall and looking at it as it winds up and down into the boundless distance is an exciting experience and will leave you with a life-long memory. You will enjoy quite enough time on the wall.
Hiking on the Mutianyu Great Wall
★ Let’s drink to this exciting moment
To celebrate and commemorate your visit to the engineering feat of humanity, we will specially provide red wine for a group-toasting after you finish your hiking on the Wall.

Your afternoon will begin with a short stay before the Bird’s Nest, or the National Stadium, to take pictures of this award-winningly beautiful steel construction, originally built for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Then we will take you for a rickshaw ride through Hutongs to experience Beijing’s local life. Hutongs are alleys that are lined with Chinese traditional courtyard houses, or “Siheyuan”, a quadrangular compound with houses on four sides. The rickshaw, a main vehicle for transportation in Beijing’s past, will take you for a Hutong tour for around 40 minutes, until you stop to step into a Siheyuan to visit a local family.

Then it’s time for us to drive you back to hotel. Have a good rest and prepare for tomorrow’s trip.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by Flight
Visit Panda Hall and Summer Palace; taste local flavors for lunch; fly to Xi'an and transfer to hotel. (B+L)
The first stop of today's itinerary is the Panda Hall, Beijing Zoo, a rare chance for you to get close to the precious giant pandas. We will leave early in the morning because it’s when pandas get most active. You will watch them endlessly foraging or eating bamboo, of which a typical adult has to digest 23 - 40kg per day - that’s 10 times the amount of humans’ daily food intake - to meet their nutrient needs.

Then we will head to the Summer Palace, the largest existing imperial garden with graceful landscape and magnificent historical constructions. If you travel in early July, summertime, lovely lotus scenery will be a delight.

After a lunch of local flavors to conclude your memorable tour in Beijing, your guide will see you off at the airport for the flight to Xi'an. On your arrival, your Xi'an local guide will meet you outside the baggage claim area and transfer you to the downtown area to check in at your hotel for a two-night stay.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Xi'an
Day 5 Xi'an
Visit Terracotta Army and the discoverer’s home of the first terracotta warrior; have a unique experience to make your own mini clay warrior; continue to visit Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, and then enjoy dumpling dinner and Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show in the evening. (B+D)
A visit to the miraculous Terracotta Army will start your today’s tour in Xi'an. Discovered decades ago, the army turned out to be the funeral objects of the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259 – 210 BC), founder of the feared Qin Empire (211 – 206 BC) and China’s imperial history. The reappearance of the hidden wonder once shocked the world. But just as the earth caged the terracotta warriors, thousands of years of history has drowned numerous facts about the empire or even the emperor himself. For example, as a figure full of masculinity and charm, the emperor seemed to be in lack of an empress. There are many explanations, but historians and history buffs tend to attribute it to the loss of historical documents, the emperor’s fear of the consort kin’s interference of power, or perhaps the lack of a suitable woman.
The Majestic Terracotta Army
★ Privileges of Our Guests:

► Take a Family Visit to Home of the First Discoverer of the Terracotta Army
Not only the Terracotta Army but its discovery has been an intriguing mystery to most people, even to the former US president Bill Clinton, who, during his visit to the museum in 1998, invited the discoverer to recount how he happened to unearth the first terracotta warrior in 1974.

After visiting the museum, we will take you to visit the home of the discoverer, whose name is Yang Zhifa, to hear what President Clinton once heard and interact with his family. Inside the house, you can see the hoe he used to dig out the first warrior, the wooden cart used to transport it, and its 1:1 replica. Also, you may take photos with Mr. Yang personally.

► Try to Make a Mini Terracotta Warrior by Yourself
Then a visit is followed to a terracotta warrior making workshop. An artisan will explain the procedure and show you how to craft it step by step with the help of molds. You will spend around 40 minutes to make your own mini warrior, which, of course, you can take home as a memento.

Put your little warrior in a safe place, and continue to visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built in the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD) to store the Buddhist scriptures brought from ancient India. Then a splendid evening is in store, as you will be entertained by the famous Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show. After the show, we will drive you to your hotel.

Travel Tip: 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 those periods.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Dumpling Dinner
Day 6 Xi'an to Shanghai by Flight
Connect with local people at City Wall Park and learn to practice Tai Chi from a master, then visit City Wall; taste local flavors for lunch at Muslim Quarter; Fly to Shanghai & transfer to hotel. (B+L)
The day begins with a refreshing visit to the City Wall Park, where you can observe the day-to-day life of locals in the morning. You may see them singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, and playing chess. Join them if you want! A traditional Tai Chi class will also be arranged for you here. Tai Chi, a form of traditional Chinese martial arts that strengthens both body and mind through slow gentle moves, is considered a quintessential Chinese culture, which you might want to experience yourself.
Our Happy Guests on the City Wall
After that, you will pay a visit to the City Wall. It is the most complete existing urban fortification in China that dates back to 1300s. Cycling on the ancient wall is a recommended experience that many people find it unforgettable. Please note that bike rental fee is at your own expense.

Today we provide you with a special lunch at the Muslim Quarter, to taste local foods, like Rougamo (Chinese Burger), Biang Biang Mian (Belt-shaped Noodles), Fried Beef Dumplings, and Cold Noodle with Sesame Paste, all dating from Qin Dynasty. You are going to eat what Qin warriors ate! We particularly recommend you to try Rougamo. The succulent shredded beef sandwiched into two halves of flatbread will make your day.

It’s time for you to say goodbye to Xi’an now, as we will transfer you to the airport to board the flight to Shanghai. Your local guide will pick you up at the airport and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Local flavor lunch
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Practice Tai Chi at the City Wall Park
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Day 7 Shanghai
Visit Shanghai Museum and Yu Garden; enjoy an a la carte farewell lunch; have a panoramic view of the city skyline, and then explore the Bund with a Huangpu River cruise tour. (B+L)
A day trip will show you the essence of Shanghai. This morning, you will visit one of the four largest museums in China, Shanghai Museum, which specializes in exhibiting art works from ancient times. After that, explore Yu Garden. Symbols of the Garden - the Nine Zigzag Bridge, built of granite and grass-white jade, and the mid-lake pavilion - will mesmerize you with their quaint elegancy. Search for some souvenirs at its nearby historical bazaar if you like.

Around noon, an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be served to you at a very nice restaurant.
Picturesque View of the Bund Area and Skylines of Shanghai
In the afternoon, you will first come to experience the world's fastest elevator in Shanghai Tower, the highest building in China. There is a modern Duoyun Bookstore on the 52nd floor, where you could take a coffee break and enjoy a panorama of this city on its viewing platform. Then wander in the prosperous Bund area and take a one-hour cruise tour along the Huangpu River, where you will appreciate the city's historical buildings on one side and modern skyscrapers on the other side, such as Oriental Pearl Tower and Jinmao Tower – two landmarks of Shanghai. Finally, upon returning to the hotel, your guide will see you into the lobby to say bon voyage.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 8 Departure from Shanghai
Please check out before 12:00, and head for the airport in our recommended ways; a pleasant journey home! (B)
Check out from the hotel any time before 12:00 pm, and then head to the airport for your homeward flight. Your 8 days China tour package is waning to its close with wonderful memories. We suggest you reserve a taxi at the hotel reception beforehand to avoid having to wait for a taxi outside. The trip to Pudong Airport (PVG) will take about 1.5 hours and cost around CNY200. Ensure you have at least an hour drive if your flight leaves from Hongqiao Airport (SHA). The cost for the taxi there is about CNY100. You can also take Metro Line 2 at the metro station just outside your hotel to reach both airports. Please check carefully from which airport your flight will depart. We wish you a smooth journey home.

Alternatively, should you wish to stay on rather than return home right away, we would be glad to assist you for an extension trip!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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Prices are per person on twin sharing basis; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
Special Deal
10% off - book 60 days before; 5% off - book 30 days before
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Aug 25(Fri)Sep 01(Fri)USD2109USD619
Sep 01(Fri)Sep 08(Fri)USD2079USD669
Sep 08(Fri)Sep 15(Fri)USD2079USD669
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Sep 22(Fri)Sep 29(Fri)USD2079USD669
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Oct 27(Fri)Nov 03(Fri)USD1929 USD1736USD659
Nov 03(Fri)Nov 10(Fri)USD2069 USD1862USD799
Nov 10(Fri)Nov 17(Fri)USD1869 USD1682USD589
Dec 08(Fri)Dec 15(Fri)USD1869 USD1682USD589
Dec 22(Fri)Dec 29(Fri)USD1869 USD1682USD589

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Prices are per person on twin sharing basis; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
Special Deal
10% off - book 60 days before; 5% off - book 30 days before
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan 05(Fri)Jan 12(Fri)USD1549 USD1394USD509
Feb 23(Fri)Mar 01(Fri)USD1549 USD1394USD509
Mar 11(Mon)Mar 18(Mon)USD1569 USD1412USD519
Mar 25(Mon)Apr 01(Mon)USD1569 USD1412USD519
Apr 08(Mon)Apr 15(Mon)USD1709 USD1538USD539
Apr 19(Fri)Apr 26(Fri)USD1709 USD1538USD539
May 10(Fri)May 17(Fri)USD1709 USD1538USD539
May 24(Fri)May 31(Fri)USD1709 USD1538USD539
Jun 10(Mon)Jun 17(Mon)USD1709 USD1538USD539
Jun 21(Fri)Jun 28(Fri)USD1709 USD1538USD539
Jul 05(Fri)Jul 12(Fri)USD1759 USD1583USD539
Jul 19(Fri)Jul 26(Fri)USD1759 USD1583USD539
Aug 02(Fri)Aug 09(Fri)USD1759 USD1583USD539
Aug 16(Fri)Aug 23(Fri)USD1759 USD1583USD539
Sep 06(Fri)Sep 13(Fri)USD1699 USD1529USD559
Sep 16(Mon)Sep 23(Mon)USD1699 USD1529USD559
Oct 07(Mon)Oct 14(Mon)USD1699 USD1529USD559
Oct 18(Fri)Oct 25(Fri)USD1699 USD1529USD559
Nov 01(Fri)Nov 08(Fri)USD1689 USD1520USD699
Nov 15(Fri)Nov 22(Fri)USD1519 USD1367USD519
Dec 08(Sun)Dec 15(Sun)USD1519 USD1367USD519
Dec 22(Sun)Dec 29(Sun)USD1519 USD1367USD519
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • 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
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