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Classic China

10 Days 1 Country 3 Cities

This all-embracing Hidden Journeys trip of China visits Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai.

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    • Special Rate Solo Rooming: The departures of 08 March 2019 and 07 June 2019 include a discount of up to 23% on our standard single supplement.
    • Flights: Prices include internal airfares and taxes for flights: Beijing to Xi'an and Xi'an to Shanghai and are accurate as of 1st June 2018.
    • My favorite dish is Sichuan spicy hot pot, the most famous dish in Sichuan. The local people consider the hot pot a local specialty, which is noted for its peppery taste. People gather around a small pot filled with a flavorful and nutritious soup base, with thinly sliced meat, fish, various bean curd products and all kinds of vegetables. Be careful, since the spicy soup base is burning hot!Kevin, China Travel Director
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      • Special Rate Solo Rooming: The departures of 08 March 2019 and 07 June 2019 include a discount of up to 23% on our standard single supplement.
      • Flights: Prices include internal airfares and taxes for flights: Beijing to Xi'an and Xi'an to Shanghai and are accurate as of 1st June 2018.
      • My favorite dish is Sichuan spicy hot pot, the most famous dish in Sichuan. The local people consider the hot pot a local specialty, which is noted for its peppery taste. People gather around a small pot filled with a flavorful and nutritious soup base, with thinly sliced meat, fish, various bean curd products and all kinds of vegetables. Be careful, since the spicy soup base is burning hot!Kevin, China Travel Director
      • Visas are required for China. Please contact the consulate/embassy for further information.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Double-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless traveling as part of a family group. 
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      About this trip

      Follow in the footsteps of the ancients - up the ornate steps of the Forbidden City and to the ramparts of the Great Wall, snaking its way across the rolling countryside, and through the winding ancient alleys of Beijing's hutongs to learn about Chinese traditions over a home-cooked lunch.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: CLC

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      17 Meals
      • 9 buffet breakfasts

      • 5 lunches (including Connect with Locals)

      • 3 dinners

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR of Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai

        • SEE local people practicing T'ai Chi in the morning, the Shanghai Acrobats

        • VISIT Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Sacred Way in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, the Jinmao Tower in Shanghai, the Great Wall of China


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 buffet breakfasts

        • 5 lunches
          (including Connect with Locals)

        • 3 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Day 1

      ARRIVE BEIJING (4 NIGHTS)

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      BEIJING SIGHTSEEING

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      BEIJING AND THE GREAT WALL

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      BEIJING SIGHTSEEING

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      BEIJING - XI'AN (2 NIGHTS)

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      XI'AN SIGHTSEEING

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      XI'AN - SHANGHAI (3 NIGHTS)

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      SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING

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      Day 1

      ARRIVE BEIJING (4 NIGHTS) Day 1 - ARRIVE BEIJING (4 NIGHTS)

      Launch your discovery of China in its cultural heart. Transfer to your Beijing hotel where you'll meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers this evening.

      Hotel

      Novotel Peace

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Novotel Peace

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      BEIJING SIGHTSEEING Day 2 - BEIJING SIGHTSEEING

      Delve into Beijing's rich imperial heritage, beginning your encounter with the remnants of centuries-old dynasties in the world's largest public space, Tiananmen Square. Tread in the footsteps of emperors, passing through the south gate to the UNESCO-listed Forbidden City, the imperial palace for emperors and their households for over five centuries. Immerse yourself in the ancient rituals, traditions and history of this palace complex before lunch. Continue to the tranquil Temple of Heaven, another UNESCO Heritage Site, once visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties to pray for good harvests and divine guidance. This evening, the salty, sweet flavours of succulent Peking Duck take centre stage during a Regional Meal.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Regional Meal

      Day 2

      Day 3

      BEIJING AND THE GREAT WALL Day 3 - BEIJING AND THE GREAT WALL

      We leave the city behind, bound for the iconic Great Wall of China. Standing on its ramparts, we look down on the Chinese countryside which its walls successfully defended against marauding nomadic invaders. Watch it snake thousands of miles into the distance as you imagine how these man-made fortifications were built and rebuilt from the 5th century B.C. to the 16th century. Then, walk the Sacred Way past the imposing stone statues that guard the Ming Tombs and remains of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 3

      Day 4

      BEIJING SIGHTSEEING Day 4 - BEIJING SIGHTSEEING

      A leisurely start to our morning sees us embark on a rickshaw tour around the ancient narrow alleyways of the courtyard Hutong residences. We 'Connect with Locals', joining a family for a delicious meal of traditional Chinese cuisine at a Be My Guest lunch, followed by a visit to a tea house, where a Local Specialist prepares and serves tea, explaining the historic tea-making ritual. This afternoon, we'll indulge in a relaxing foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Centre.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Optional Experiences

      Legend of Kung Fu Show

      The Legend of Kung Fu Show is a mix of traditional martial arts and modern theatre. It is presented by a group of marvellous Kung Fu artists from all over China whose average age is only 17 but they have studied Chinese Kung Fu for many years. The story tells of a young boy who dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master and attaining enlightenment. He takes the path of a monk in which he must face many obstacles both from this world and his own mind to overcome his fears and to become a true master of Kung Fu. During the 80-minute show, the artists do not speak but perform daring acrobatics and Kung Fu dance but there are English subtitles above the stage explaining the story line. Transfers to and from the Red Theatre are included. The price shown is in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.

      Adult Price: ¥325.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 4

      Day 5

      BEIJING - XI'AN (2 NIGHTS) Day 5 - BEIJING - XI'AN (2 NIGHTS)

      We fly to Xi'an, which reveals its role as the ancient departure point of the Silk Road. Visit the Great Mosque, one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved mosques in China. According to historical records it was built in 742 during the Tang Dynasty and is a combination of Islamic art and traditional Chinese architecture.

      Hotel

      Wyndham Grand Xi'an South

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Wyndham Grand Xi'an South

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner

      Enjoy a sumptuous Tang dumpling banquet followed by a wonderful performance of ancient music and dance which has graced the region for centuries. The show consists of 8 parts filled with vibrant costumes, colourful dances and traditional music. Under the ruling of the Tang Emperors from 618 to 907, China became the most powerful and prosperous country in the world. During this time the economy, politics and military strength reached an unprecedented level which influenced the culture of its neighbouring countries. It was during this flourishing and peaceful period that exquisite Tang imperial feasts with music and dance emerged and developed. Step back in time and enjoy the delightful hospitality and performances of the Tang Dynasty. The price shown is in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.

      Adult Price: ¥385.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 5

      Day 6

      XI'AN SIGHTSEEING Day 6 - XI'AN SIGHTSEEING

      'Make a difference' during a visit to a local primary school (during school-term) to exchange a few Chinese and English words with the children and teachers. Trafalgar will donate some much-needed supplies as part of your school visit. Next, descend into Emperor Qin Shi Huang's subterranean tomb to see his terracotta army for the afterlife, another UNESCO-listed site. For lunch, enjoy a traditional meal of Chinese noodles, then continue with a visit to a Jade factory, the favoured stone of emperors and more precious to the Chinese people than gold.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Optional Experiences

      Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner

      Enjoy a sumptuous Tang banquet followed by a wonderful performance of ancient music and dance which has graced the region for centuries. The show consists of 8 parts filled with vibrant costumes, colourful dances and traditional music. Under the ruling of the Tang Emperors from 618 to 907, China became the most powerful and prosperous country in the world. During this time the economy, politics and military strength reached an unprecedented level whichinfluenced the culture of its neighbouring countries. It was during this flourishing and peaceful period that exquisite Tang imperial feasts with music and dance emerged and developed. Step back in time and enjoy the delightful hospitality and performances of the Tang Dynasty. NB. The price shown is in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.

      Adult Price: ¥358.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 6

      Day 7

      XI'AN - SHANGHAI (3 NIGHTS) Day 7 - XI'AN - SHANGHAI (3 NIGHTS)

      This morning, your choice of activities gives you an opportunity to mimic the graceful movements of a skilled T'ai Chi 'Local Specialist', or consider joining a cycle tour around part of the ancient City Wall of Xi'an. We 'Dive into Culture' at a local restaurant, watching a demonstration in the art of making dumplings, with an opportunity to sample these for lunch. Savour the juicy flavours of these boiled, steamed and fried treats, transporting you back to ancient China, before transferring to the airport for our flight to Shanghai. Ascend to the 88-storey Jinmao Tower for panoramic views of the skyscrapers that loom over the most populous city on earth.

      Hotel

      The Portman Ritz-Carlton

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      The Portman Ritz-Carlton

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 7

      Day 8

      SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING Day 8 - SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING

      Stroll down Shanghai's famous 'Bund' with a 'Local Specialist', admiring the neoclassical colonial buildings that have lined this city's renowned waterfront since the early 1900s. Learn how this marshland was transformed into one of the world's most important trading hubs. Then, continue to the winding streets and vibrant markets of Old Shanghai to discover the how the customs and traditional lifestyle of this area have remained relatively unaltered. Enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping in the Old Town before we Dive into Culture during a visit to a silk museum. This evening, indulge in a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 8

      Day 9

      SHANGHAI Day 9 - SHANGHAI

      Spend a day exploring the Paris of the East on your terms - shop for delicate Chinese ceramics, or consider joining an Optional Experience to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town founded more than 1,700 years ago. In its heyday, Zhujiajiao was a bustling market town. Today, old historical buildings such as rice shops, banks, spice stores and even a Qing Dynasty post office can still be found as you stroll down its ancient streets and wander across the many stone bridges that crisscross its canals. This afternoon, you'll have some free time at leisure before joining your travel companions for a Farewell Dinner.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Half Day Zhuijiajiao Experience with Lunch

      In the morning, drive to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town in the suburbs of Shanghai. With a history that goes back more than 1,700 years, the town is the best preserved among the four ancient towns of Shanghai. Today, historical buildings such as rice shops, banks, spice stores and even a Qing dynasty post office can still be found. The town is also blessed with small rivers shaded by willow trees, bubbling streams and traditional houses with ancient courtyards. The town has 36 bridges built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, differing in shape, style and structure; from wooden to stone and marble. Take a paddle boat ride along the water to admire the distinct bridges, and then enjoy some free time to stroll through the narrow alleys and small food shops. The town is also famous for its cuisine, particularly green soy beans and Zarou (lotus roots) as well as homemade candy and braised pork leg. There will be an opportunity to try some local food during the included lunch, before returning to Shanghai. NB. The price shown is in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.

      Adult Price: ¥395.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 9

      Day 10

      DEPART SHANGHAI Day 10 - DEPART SHANGHAI

      Our mystical encounter with China at its end, take a transfer to Shanghai Airport for your onward flight.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 10

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
        Visit a Chinese family in their home in one of the Hutong areas of Beijing to gain a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lifestyle. (Day 4)

      • DIVE INTO CULTURE
        Indulge in a foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Centre (Day 4) and discover the traditions and techniques of dumpling making, enjoying an opportunity to taste them (Day 7).

      • LOCAL SPECIALIST
        in Xi'an (Day 7) and Shanghai (Day 8)

      • MAKE A DIFFERENCE
        at a Xi'an primary school where Trafalgar donates much-needed supplies. (Day 6)

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        • CITY TOUR of Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai

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        • VISIT Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Sacred Way in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, the Jinmao Tower in Shanghai, the Great Wall of China


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        • 9 buffet breakfasts

        • 5 lunches
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        • 3 dinners


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


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