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 Imperial and Modern China

Beijing and Shanghai

See the ancient wonders of Imperial Beijing and the modern Metropolis of Shanghai. Start in Beijing with Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace...where the controversial Dowager Empress Cixi spent the last 30 years of her fascinating life.  Then take the high-speed bullet train to Shanghai where East meets West. 

Day 1

Arrive at the Beijing International Airport where your professional local English speaking guide will meet you in the Arrival Hall.  With your guide, enjoy the views of Beijing CBD & the SOHO Business Street on your way to the hotel. After checking-in and freshening up, your guide will take you for a stroll of the area around your hotel - the famous Wanfujing Street. Visit the Snack street off Wanfujing street where you can sample local delicacies before returning to your hotel.


Day 2

Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, Show)

Today enjoy a full day tour of Beijing visiting Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.  Drive along Chang an Avenue  and your guide will point out  the National Grand Theatre and Ancient City Walls. After seeing how the nobility lived, enjoy a lunch of Jiaozi (steamed dumplings)  in the company of a Chinese family. Later, enjoy a pedi-cab tour of the ancient courtyard houses called the Hutongs and the popular Houhai Lake Bar Street. After dinner, enjoy the exciting and dramatic Kung-fu show before returning to the hotel.


Day 3

Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, special Dinner)

After breakfast at hotel, journey to the The Great Wall at Mutianyu. Stroll along this incredible wonder and enjoy the breathtaking view. After a late lunch at a good Chinese restaurant, return to Beijing to visit the tranquil Imperial gardens of the Summer Palace. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Peking Roasted Duck returning to your hotel.


Day 4

Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)

This morning visit the holiest temples in Beijing - Temple of Heaven and then the Lama Temple. After lunch at a good Chinese restaurant, drive through "Chinese Wall Street"- Beijing Bank Street to get to the famous Xiushui market where you will put your bargaining skills to work . In the evening, transfer back to your hotel.


Day 5

Beijing - Shanghai (Breakfast, Dinner)

After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to your Beijing guide as you will be transferred to the train station for your journey to Shanghai on the 300km/h high speed train. Upon arrival, your local Shanghai guide will meet you at the station and take you to visit the Oriental Pearl TV tower, for a bird's-eye view of this modern city. Then on to Shanghai's famous landmark for a stroll along the historic riverside Bund. Later on you will have time for shopping in famous Nanjing Road. After dinner, cruise on the Huangpu River for the stunning night view of Shanghai before transferring to your hotel.


Day 6

Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch, Show)

Today you will spend the morning in the classic Yuyuan Gardens, then on to the bustling Yu Bazaar nearby, where you can pick up some souvenirs. Lunch is at a Mongolian Hot Pot Barbecue, which is as much a show as it is an exotic eating experience. Later, enjoy a walk along the adjoining Shanghai Old Street, with its endless streams of pedestrians, traditional shops, tea houses and theatres. Later to the incredible Urban Planning Museum for a taste of Shanghai's past, present and future, then on the People's Square. This evening enjoy the feel of old Shanghai at Xintiandi, where a plethora of restaurants will entertain you for drinks and dinner.  Later, be amazed by the sensational performance of the famous Shanghai Acrobatic Show before returning to your hotel.


Day 7

Shanghai (Breakfast)

After breakfast, you will have a full day at leisure for independent sightseeing or shopping. Checkout some of our special interest day tours and city walks.


Day 8

Shanghai – Onward destination (Breakfast)

After breakfast, you will have a free day until your evening transfer to the station for the ride of your life on the Maglev bullet train which will take you at 431km/hr to Pudong airport for your flight home or onward destination.

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