Explore China on this must-see tour of Beijing, Xian & Shanghai. Walk along the Great Wall of China, stroll through Tiananmen Square, and then lose yourself within the Forbidden City while in Beijing. See the exquisite architecture and pleasant surroundings at the Summer Palace, and enjoy a walk around Beijing’s Houhai lake district. Tour the Terra-Cotta Warrior Museum in Xian, take a walk on Xian’s ancient City Wall, and step back in time at a Tang dynasty dinner & stage performance. Explore Shanghai’s Bund Waterfront, the fascinating Shanghai Museum, and walk on the neon-lit and pedestrian-friendly Nanjing road. End your tour off with a visit to an ancient water-town to see traditional architecture, stone bridges & meandering river ways, and then have some time to explore Shanghai at your leisure.
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Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met in the arrivals area by your local guide holding a name-board. After a warm welcome, take a private airport transfer to your hotel for assistance with check-in. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure.
Your first full day in China’s capital introduces you to the world’s largest city square, Tian’anmen Square, to the north of the Forbidden City, before entering this large Imperial Palace, once the seat of power for nearly 500 years during the Ming & Qing dynasties. The landscaped gardens, historic artifacts, and nearly 10,000 rooms captivate you in what is now called the Palace Museum. Enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and some time to explore at leisure. Later, Beijing’s hutong neighbourhoods lined by traditional courtyard homes will be explored by pedicab before a walking tour to discover the lakeside neighbourhood of Houhai. Today’s tour also includes a visit to the National Museum.
Depart the city for your discovery of the Great Wall today. Your guide will provide narrative to the visit followed by time for time to explore at your leisure. When you return to the city, visit the Summer Palace, another of China’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
This morning, head to the Temple of Heaven, famous for its elegance and symmetry, the Temple was built in 1420 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven. Enjoy a guided tour of the temple and then fly to Xian. On your arrival, you will be met and then transferred to the city. Visit the City Wall, one of the largest military defensive systems in the world, and the most complete city wall that has survived in China. Walk on the wall and get great views of the city below, or choose to take an optional bicycle ride along the wall. Visit one of Xian’s landmarks, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and then take a walk in the lively square nearby. Enjoy lunch and have the remainder of the day to explore at your leisure.
After breakfast, head to the extraordinary site of the Terra Cotta Warriors. Not discovered until 1974 by local farmers, the Warriors are among the most fascinating discoveries of modern day. Tour the site with insightful commentary before returning to the city to take a walk through the old quarter. Today’s tour concludes as you step back in time for a Tang Dynasty dinner & show.
Fly to Shanghai where you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Take a tour to see parts of the hip and historic French concession area before a leisurely night cruise along the Huangpu River admiring the Bund waterfront and Pudong skyline from the water.
This morning, meet your guide and depart for your full day Shanghai city tour. Highlights include a visit to the Yuyuan Garden and bazaar, a tour of the spectacular Shanghai Museum, a large museum containing ancient Chinese art, and a walk about Shanghai's Old Street. Stroll along the Bund and take a tour of the ultra-modern Lujiazui district.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before meeting your guide in the lobby for your half-day tour to Zhujiajiao, a water-town outside of Shanghai. The town is an interesting contrast to the modern wonders of Shanghai with its ancient buildings, stone bridges, and meandering river-ways. After sightseeing, return to Shanghai for the afternoon at your leisure.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and at the appointed time your guide will meet you in the hotel and then transfer you to the airport.
Day 3: Gain insight into the Wall’s historic story & construction before a leisurely walk and climb up the wall.
Day 2: Guided tour of the Forbidden City.
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CHINA IN-DEPTH - GROUP TOUR
9 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS