Beijing & Shanghai Express

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Great Wall, Beijing, China  © China National Tourist Office
Great Wall, Beijing, China   © China National Tourist Office
Who says you can't afford to visit China's two most exciting cities: Beijing, host of the 2008 Summer Olympics, and Shanghai, sometimes called the "Paris of the East" and the heart of China's opening and reform. These two cities are yours for less than the price of airfare alone, making this one travel opportunity you really can't afford to miss!

Considered one of the best and most exciting travel destinations of the new millennium, our Beijing & Shanghai Express includes airfare from New York or San Francisco, superior first class hotel accommodations, lavish American breakfast daily, transfers, domestic airfare within China, and lots of inexpensive touring options in both cities.

Detailed Itinerary

Beijing & Shanghai Express 10 day tour itinerary map Day 1: Depart USA. Your exotic journey to China begins today as you check in for your Air China wide-body jet flight bound for Beijing, China.

Day 2: Beijing. Evening arrival in Beijing, China's historic and cultural capital. You'll be met by your guide and then escorted to your hotel in the center of Beijing, within short distance of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Capital Hotel

Forbidden City, Beijing Day 3-6: Beijing. Meet your fellow travelers at a special "orientation breakfast" hosted by your local guide. You'll have several days to explore on your own. Your hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city, within short distance of many major attractions, as well as the best shopping and dining. Your professional guide will be glad to make suggestions if you prefer to explore independently. To make the most of your visit and enrich your experience, your guide will offer you a chance to join some exclusive excursions to the city's highlights as well as memorable evening activities. Breakfast provided.

Shanghai skyline Day 7: Beijing/Shanghai. Today, board a short flight to Shanghai, China's largest city, bustling commercial center and port. In recent years, Shanghai has gone through a major revitalization and is now considered one of Asia's most vibrant and exciting cities. Transfer to your conveniently located hotel. Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel Breakfast provided.

Nanjing Lu, Shanghai's famous shopping street Day 8-9: Shanghai. Two full days to savor Shanghai's exotic temples and colorful markets as well as the modern additions to the cityscape. Your local guide will offer an optional full day city tour to explore the new and the old. You may also wish to take in a performance of the renowned Shanghai Acrobats. While in Shanghai, do not miss the optional excursion to Suzhou, called "Venice of the East" by the explorer Marco Polo. Breakfast provided.

Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Day 10: Shanghai/USA. Today you'll be escorted to the airport and bid farewell to China as you board your return flight. Your exciting journey comes to an end as you arrive the USA later today. Breakfast provided.

Optional Tours in Beijing

Summer Palace, Beijing Full Day Forbidden City and Summer Palace and Lunch
Start your day with a visit to the famous Tiananmen Square. You then enter the Forbidden City, an architectural masterpiece and home to the National Palace Museum. After an included lunch, venture outside the city to see the Summer Palace, summer resort of the Empress Dowager. $55, lunch included.

Great Wall, Beijing Full Day Great Wall & Ming Tombs and Lunch
Embark on an exhilarating full day excursion. First travel to the legendary Great Wall which extends over 3,700 miles and is the only man-made structure visible from the moon. There is time to mount the ramparts of this ancient wonder before proceeding to the Ming Tombs, burial site of the Ming Dynasty royalty. $55, lunch included.

Temple of Heaven, Beijing Full Day Hutong (Old Beijing) & Temple of Heaven and Lunch
Enjoy an unforgettable look at behind-the-scenes of Hutong, the old city of Beijing. You'll ride on a traditional 3-wheel cycle through the labyrinth comprising this district. Walk along ancient alleyways and see where ordinary citizens live side by side with gracious old estates once owned by Beijing's old aristocracy. After an included lunch, proceed to the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of architectural harmony and precision. $55, lunch included.

Beijing Opera Evening Opera Performance and Peking Duck Dinner
Enjoy an elaborate Chinese Dinner Banquet featuring the famous "Peking Duck" and attend a performance of the renowned Peking Opera. $38, dinner included.

Optional Tours in Shanghai

The Bund at night, Shanghai Full Day Shanghai City Tour and Lunch
Visit some of Shanghai's famous attractions including the Jade Buddha Temple, the fragrant Yu Garden and the Children's Palace where Shanghai's brightest and most talented youngsters are taught. Then, proceed to the fascinating Shanghai Museum, containing some of Asia's best art exhibits. Conclude the tour with a visit to the colorful Bund, Shanghai's famous waterfront. $35, lunch included.

Full Day Suzhou Excursion and Lunch
On this most memorable excursion, embark on a scenic ride to the charming, canal-laced town of Suzhou, often called "Paradise on Earth." Here you embark on a short cruise on the ancient "Grand Canal." After lunch visit two of Suzhou's most famous gardens as well as other city highlights, before returning to Shanghai late this afternoon. $60, lunch included.

Shanghai Acrobats Shanghai Acrobats Performance and Dinner
Delight in a breathtaking performance of the renowned Shanghai Acrobats. Chinese dinner will be included in tonight's activities. $25, dinner included.

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