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Great Wall of ChinaThe Temple of Heaven in Beijing, ChinaShanghai, ChinaBig Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an, ChinaGiant Pandas
Great Wall of China
The Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China
Shanghai, China
Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an, China
Giant Pandas
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Asia 2014
  • Style: Discovery
  • Description: Take a rickshaw ride around the ancient Hutong alleyways and stop to enjoy a Be My Guest lunch in one of the local courtyard houses. Visit China’s Forbidden City with its imperial gardens, and sacred structures of Beijing before admiring the view from the famous Great Wall. Visit the home of the Terra Cotta Warriors and try your hand at making traditional Chinese dumplings at a Highlight Lunch in Xi'an. Walk the cosmopolitan streets of Shanghai, all in time to catch a stunning Chinese acrobatic performance and a Farewell Dinner cruise along Huangpu River. Why not extend your trip with a few days in Hong Kong? See our extensions page for options.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Beijing! Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and settle in before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers at 8 p.m

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Sunworld Dynasty Beijing (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Begin your visit to one of the world's greatest capital cities by exploring one of the world's largest public areas - Tiananmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the great Monument to the Peoples' Heroes. Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 250-acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens, which served as the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years. Continue to the stunning Temple of Heaven visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven. Later, indulge in a relaxing foot massage, a Local Speciality, at the Foot Reflexology Centre. This evening, enjoy a succulent Peking Duck Highlight Dinner - a must during any visit to Beijing.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 3


    Travel outside the city and look down upon the Chinese countryside from your perch on top of the Great Wall, which is actually a collection of fortifications built and rebuilt from the 5th century B.C. to the 16th century to repulse nomadic invaders like the Mongols. Walk the Sacred Way home to the remnants of the Ming Tombs, the once-lavish burial chambers of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Later this evening back in Beijing, attend a lively show of acrobatics, kung fu and dance at the Red Theatre.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

  • Day 4


    Begin your day by greeting the famed Chinese Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo before embarking on a unique tour by rickshaw around the ancient alleyways of the traditional courtyard Hutong residence and stop at the home of a local family for a Be My Guest lunch of traditional Chinese cuisine, followed by a visit to a local tea house, a Local Specialty. This afternoon, bid farewell to Beijing and fly to the city of Xi'an.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Sheraton North City (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Venture out with a Local Expert starting with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the legendary army of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses in Emperor Qin Shi Huang's subterranean tomb. In the afternoon learn the origin of Chinese characters, a Local Speciality in a basic Calligraphy Class. Then continue your trip to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the city's most distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful building left in Xi'an today. This evening, you have the option to enjoy the Tang Dynasty dinner and cultural performance featuring music, dance, and traditional costumes with a special backstage visit.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

  • Day 6


    Try a morning Tai Chi Class, a Local Speciality, and learn the basic principles of Tai Chi as well as some of the basic movements. In the afternoon, visit the ancient City Wall, the most complete city wall that has survived in China. Experience making traditional Chinese dumplings, a Local Speciality before enjoying the fruits of your labour at a Highlight Lunch. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. On arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your hotel for a relaxing evening.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

  • Day 7


    Drive to the suburbs of Shanghai City with a Local Expert to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town founded more than 1700 years ago. In its heyday, it was a bustling market town well known throughout the country. The town's many attractions can be found by strolling down the ancient streets and exploring the many bridges that crisscross its canals. The afternoon is free for you to visit the city's museums, have time to go shopping or relax at your centrally located hotel. This evening, enjoy a performance by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    Today is yours to explore Shanghai as you wish. Or take an optional insiders trip to Shanghainese Caoyang New Village, visit the Yuyuan garden, and the Jade Buddha Temple. This evening, gather with your newfound friends for a lively Farewell Dinner and cruise on the Huangpu River toasting to an unforgettable adventure.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 9


    After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Get a glimpse into Chinese life during a visit to a Hutong family in Beijing for a delicious lunch featuring local cuisine
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Indulge in a relaxing foot massage at the foot reflexology centre in Beijing.
  • Local Speciality Visit a tea house in Beijing
  • Local Speciality Try a morning Tai Chi class.
  • Local Speciality Experience making traditional Chinese dumpling in Xi'an
  • Local Speciality Chinese calligraphy class in Xi'an
  • Local Expert Enjoy the company of a Local Expert in Xi'an and Shanghai

Sightseeing Highlights

  • BeijingVisit Tiananmen Square; tour the Forbidden City; walk the Great Wall, wonder of the ancient world; travel the Sacred Way; experience an evening of kung fu at the Red Theatre; see the Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo; explore the Hutongs by rickshaw.
  • Xi'anExplore the excavations of the Terra Cotta Warriors and horses and visit the City Wall.
  • ShanghaiVisit the Zhujiajiao ancient water town; enjoy a performance by the Shanghai Acrobats, and relax on the  Huangpu River Cruise.


  • 8 buffet breakfasts
  • 5 lunches:
    • Be My Guest lunch with a local Hutong family in Beijing
    • A traditional dumpling Highlight Lunch in Xi'an
    • 3 lunches
  • 3 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with Chinese appetisers and a local drink with your Travel Director in Beijing
    • Peking Duck Highlight Dinner
    • Farewell Dinner and evening cruise on the Huangpu River in Shanghai

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by air-conditioned coach.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.

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