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Tours in Beijing, China, Chengdu Shi & Shanghai

China Flights + 11 Days in Beijing, Xian, Chengdu & Shanghai

Book by 13 Dec and save $400pp!

This trip has all the key highlights of China - the Great Wall, Pandas, history, culture and big city splendour. Give us a call and ask about air and land deals from your nearest capital city.

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$3,389PP
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DURATION
10 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation
  • Bonus experiences
  • Daily breakfast
  • Selected entry fees
  • Selected drinks
  • Selected meals
  • Selected transfers
  • Flights

About this holiday

Visit the Chengdu Panda Research Center

Highlights of this fabulous itinerary include:

  • Visit the Forbidden City, once residence of Chinese emperors, and Summer Palace
  • Savor a famous Peking Duck Dinner with Wine
  • Visit the Great Wall, the World’s longest man-made structure
  • See the world famous archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Army
  • Explore the preserved Huanglongxi Village, with its stone paved streets and ancient wooden houses
  • Visit the Chengdu Panda Research Center
  • Explore the classical Yuyuan Garden and the Bund Riverside

Inclusions

  • All intra-flights: Beijing-Xian & Chengdu-Shanghai including airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights First Class accommodation
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • High-Speed Bullet Train from Xian to Chengdu
  • 23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 4 dinners with beer
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 2-10)
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Accommodation

Accommodation is of a solid 4-star standard.Hotels include Grand Mercure Beijing Central & Xian Tian Times Hotel.

Travel dates

Twin share rates (if booked by Dec 13):

  • 08 Apr 2019 - From $2849pp land only. From $3589pp with flights.
  • 15 Apr 2019 - From $2849pp land only. From $3629pp with flights.
  • 2 May 2019 - From $2809pp land only. From $3429pp with flights.
  • 9 May 2019 - From $2809pp land only. From $3409pp with flights.
  • 27 June 2019 - From $2759pp land only. From $3589pp with flights.
  • 11 July 2019 - From $2769pp land only. From $3769pp with flights.
  • 18 July 2019 - From $2769pp land only. From $3669pp with flights.
  • 15, 22 August 2019 - From $2769pp land only. From $3449pp with flights.
  • 05, 12 Sept 2019 - From $2809pp land only. From $3489pp with flights.
  • 19 Sept 2019 - From $2809pp land only. From $3709pp with flights.

Other dates and rates available for September & October 2019 - ask us!

Itinerary

Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart.Monday Itinerary outlined below:

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for China
Depart for China. Arrive in Beijing, sprawling capital of modern China; meeting and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new surroundings 
Overnight: Beijing

DAY 2, Tuesday - Great Wall of China & Summer Palace Tour
This morning travel to the extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most amazing structures ever built by man, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. En route see an ultra-modern architectural site built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics: the gigantic National Stadium and the Olympic Village. You will also stop at a local jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China's most famous materials. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, continue to the fabled Summer Palace, a former resort of the Empress Dowager and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a relaxing boat ride across the lake and enjoy the stunning scenery. Stroll along the sprawling palace with its lakes and gardens before returning to Beijing 
Overnight: Beijing 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven
Your exploration of Beijing begins at huge Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world, built at the height of the Ming Dynasty. The square's Gate of Heavenly Peace was once used as a staging ground for imperial edicts and by Mao Zedong himself to declare the founding of the People's Republic in 1949. Enter the Forbidden City, once a residence of Chinese emperors from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. This extraordinary walled complex, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; its complex consists of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and visit a pearl shop to learn about the popular Chinese pearls. After, travel to the massive Temple of Heaven, a Ming dynasty complex where emperors held their ritual prayer ceremony, paying homage to heaven 
Overnight: Beijing 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Thursday - Flight to Xian
Morning flight to Xian, ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove. Lunch at a local restaurant upon arrival. Later this afternoon, trace the beginnings of Chinese civilization at the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, home to a wealth of historical artifacts and treasures dating back to the Han and Tang dynasties; view the remarkable Tang Dynasty murals dramatically depicting life in ancient China. This evening, an optional Tang Dynasty 6-course dinner followed by a historical dance performance by the Tang Dynasty Troupe 
Optional: Tang Dynasty Dinner with Entertainment 
Overnight: Xian 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Friday - Xian and the Terracotta Warriors 
Morning visit to Xingqing park, center of the city's lively activities, where you may have the chance to join the residents in their morning exercise, singing and dancing. Afterward, stop at a lacquer furniture shop to learn more about this ancient technique that is still used today. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then, an unforgettable experience! Visit the archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, a vast collection of life-size soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. This world-famous site, discovered by local farmers in 1974, is still being excavated today, more than forty years since the time of its first unearthing. At tonight's optional dumpling banquet, you can sample 15 delicious varieties of dumplings 
Optional: Dumpling Dinner 
Overnight: Xian 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Saturday - High-Speed Train to Chengdu 
This morning, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China, constructed during the Tang Dynasty. It was moderately damaged during the major earthquake in 1556 and still stands today as a compelling symbol of Xian. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Afterward, board a high-speed train to Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province with its distinctive culture and very spicy food. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant 
Overnight: Chengdu 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Leshan Stone Buddha and Huanglongxi Village
This morning, visit Leshan, home of the famous stone Buddha which stands at nearly 230 feet high and dates back from 713 AD. Board a boat to approach the base of this impressive, larger than life statue carved into a cliff face along the river. Have lunch at a local restaurant and then travel back to Chengdu via Huanglongxi. Stop here to explore the stone paved streets and ancient, wooden houses of this traditional village, constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Later, attend the optional Sichuan Opera Show. Be swept away and mesmerized by a colorful Sichuan Opera as performers take the stage in elaborate costumes to enact various performances 
Optional: Sichuan Opera Show (PM) 
Overnight: Chengdu 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Monday - Chengdu Panda Research Center
Travel to the Chengdu Panda Research Base of giant panda breeding, a facility dedicated to the preservation and protection of the pandas, to view and learn about Chengdu's most famous, furry celebrities. Due to many factors, including habitat destruction, pandas have become an endangered species. Housing more than 80 giant pandas, the center is one of the largest panda breeding facilities in the world. Visit the Giant Panda Museum to learn more about the conservation efforts conducted at the center. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive back into town and visit the peaceful and serene People's Park, a popular destination for the locals and their leisure activities. Afterward, stroll along pedestrianized Jinli street, one of the oldest streets that was once the center of Chengdu's thriving embroidery industry. The shops, tea houses, and residences, now renovated, are modeled after an ancient architectural style dating back to the Qin Dynasty. Dinner together tonight is at a local restaurant 
Overnight: Chengdu 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Flight to Shanghai
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to cosmopolitan Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline. Have lunch at a local restaurant and spend the balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, perhaps explore some of the city's world-class international restaurants on your own. This evening, be sure to attend the optional Acrobatic Show with dinner. The Shanghai Circus death defiers will amaze and astound you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility 
Optional: Acrobatic Show with Dinner 
Overnight: Shanghai 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Wednesday - Shanghai City Tour
This morning, experience the old world charm of the Bund, as you walk along the park-like waterfront promenade with gorgeous vistas of old and new Shanghai. Next, visit the classical Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Happiness) built during the Ming dynasty. This beautiful and serene sanctuary features pagodas, lakes, and magnificent pavilions. After lunch, stop at a local silk carpet and embroidery shop to learn more about this ancient Chinese craft and see some of the beautiful creations. Next, visit the Jade Buddha Temple, built during the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two beautiful jade Buddha statues given as a gift from Burma. These precious statues are rare cultural relics carved with sparkling and crystal-clear white jade, giving them an aura of sanctity and purity. The rest of the afternoon is yours to discover the rhythm of this vivacious city on your own. Tonight, gather together for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant 
Overnight: Shanghai 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight 
Meals: Breakfast

Questions

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. The Great Wall requires a climb of approximately 300 steps, some of which have an incline. It is recommended to wear sturdy shoes, and people who have knee problems may want to carry a walking stick. Some tours require walking in the open air with no shade. 

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