Prices include savings up to $300
for bookings by May 20, 2014!

Beijing & Shanghai Express

Shanghai, Beijing & the Great Wall

Overview

Itinerary at a Glance
Beijing & Shanghai Express
Day Destination
1 Depart USA
2 Arrive Shanghai
3 Shanghai
4 Shanghai
5 Shanghai & Beijing
6 Beijing
7 Beijing
8 Beijing
9 Return to USA
Style Fully Escorted & Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures August 2014 – April 2015
Departs Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), Washington Dulles (IAD), Houston (IAH); other gateways on request
Highlights Shanghai, Beijing,Tiananmen Square, Badaling Great Wall
Included in the Price
  • Round-trip non-stop flights from Los Angeles, Houston, New York JFK, or Washington Dulles via Air China including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All intra-China flights and ground transportation
  • Deluxe and first class hotels with private bath
  • 8 Meals: 7 American buffet breakfasts plus 1 lunch
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking tour director and local guides
  • Advanced audio headsets enhanced tour system
What to Expect This moderately-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness.

If you thought that China, one of the world's most attractive and popular destinations, was too expensive to visit this year, think again! Check out our new tour to China including Beijing and Shanghai, with air service from either Los Angeles, Houston, New York JFK or Washington Dulles.

Discover a wonderful mélange of impressive modern achievements within a rich and ancient culture, whose recorded history dates back 5,000 years. Start in Shanghai, often called the "Paris of the East". Spend a couple of days exploring this exciting city, or choose optional tour to Suzhou, the "city of gardens". Then fly to Beijing, fabulous capital city of China, and visit the Great Wall. Reserve your spot today, because at prices this low, our Beijing & Shanghai Express departures will sell out quickly!

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This tour was most enjoyable...you guys have done a wonderful job planning and organizing our China trip.

Matthew & Grace Suen, British Columbia, Canada

Dates, Prices & Options

All prices, fees and deposits are per person. Prices below are subject to availability and confirmation. After we receive your booking, we will confirm all prices and availability within 1–2 business days. Prices are subject to change at any time and not guaranteed until we receive your final payment. More about our prices.

Departures & Prices*
Depart Return Price Book by
May 20
Wed Aug 27 2014 Thu Sep 4 2014 $1999 $1699 Available
Wed Sep 17 2014 Thu Sep 25 2014 $1999 $1699 Available
Wed Oct 1 2014 Thu Oct 9 2014 $1899 $1599 Available
Mon Oct 20 2014 Tue Oct 28 2014 $1799 $1499 Available
Mon Nov 10 2014 Tue Nov 18 2014 $1699 $1399 Available
Wed Jan 21 2015 Thu Jan 29 2015 $1499 $1199 Available
Wed Feb 11 2015 Thu Feb 19 2015 $1499 $1199 Available
Mon Feb 16 2015 Tue Feb 24 2015 $1599 $1299 Available
Wed Mar 11 2015 Thu Mar 19 2015 $1699 $1399 Available
Mon Mar 16 2015 Tue Mar 24 2015 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed Mar 18 2015 Thu Mar 26 2015 $1699 $1399 Available
Wed Mar 25 2015 Thu Apr 2 2015 $1699 $1399 Available

* Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and include airfare and Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee. Prices do not include excess baggage fees, extensions or optional items. Prices in orange reflect an early booking discount for bookings made by 5/20/14.

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to extend your stay later than the scheduled dates, subject to availability. Contact us about dates, prices and restrictions.

Beijing & Shanghai Express
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Aug 27, Sep 17, Oct 1, Oct 20, Nov 10 +$399
All other departures +$299
China Visa Fee1
China Visa Fee for CA, AZ, NM, & HI residents (paid separately) +$180
China Visa Fee for residents of all other states (paid separately) +$195

1. All visitors to China must obtain a visa. Comprehensive visa instructions will be included in your confirmation packet.

Departure Airports
Houston (IAH)
Aug 27, Oct 20, Nov 10, Feb 16, Mar 16, Mar 25 unavailable
All other departures included
Los Angeles (LAX)
Oct 1, Oct 20, Nov 10, Jan 21, Feb 11, Feb 16, Mar 16 unavailable
All other departures included
New York Kennedy (JFK)
Aug 27, Sep 17, Oct 1, Nov 10, Jan 21, Feb 11, Mar 11, Mar 18, Mar 25 unavailable
All other departures included
Washington Dulles (IAD)
Aug 27, Sep 17, Oct 1, Oct 20, Jan 21, Feb 11, Mar 11, Mar 18, Mar 25 unavailable
All other departures included

Coming from somewhere else? Before you book, ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities.

Booking Deposit
Standard Deposit $300

To make a reservation, we only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card. This non-refundable deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package. You can pay the balance due later by credit card, check or money order. Your final payment is due 75 days prior to departure, or within 72 hours of booking, whichever is later.

Detailed Itinerary

Beijing & Shanghai Express tour itinerary map Day 1: Depart USA. Depart the USA aboard your Air China flight to Shanghai, via Beijing.

Passengers departing from LAX & IAH will leave the USA just after midnight on the morning of the Tour Date (Day 1). You must check-in at the airport the night before.

Day 2: Shanghai. Arrive today in Shanghai, China's most modern city, often called the "Paris of the East." After passport control and customs, meet your guide and board your coach. En route to your hotel, enjoy a panoramic tour to Tian Zi Fang, a residential area in the French Concession made popular by small craft stores, coffee shops, trendy art studios and narrow alleys. Later, check in at your centrally located hotel. Accommodations: Broadway Mansion Hotel Shanghai.

Passengers departing from JFK & IAD will arrive to Shanghai late in the evening of Day 2 and will follow a slightly different touring itinerary in Shanghai.

Optional Excursion: This evening, take advantage of an optional dinner followed by an exciting acrobatics show. This optional excursion can only be purchased locally.

Gardens of Suzhou Day 3: Shanghai. Enjoy a full day at leisure in Shanghai to explore on your own. Breakfast provided.

Optional Excursion: Suzhou is China's well-known "city of gardens" where the art of gardening has evolved over more than 1,500 years. There were once over 200 gardens in the city, and an impressive 69 of them are still well-preserved today. You'll visit the Master of Nets Garden (1140 AD), which has been duplicated at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Enjoy a Rickshaw Tour among the local streets and river banks. After a boat ride through Suzhou's lovely Grand Canal and a visit to the local market, stop for lunch at a local market and experience the sights and sounds of China first-hand. Round out your day discovering how silk is produced at the Silk Reeling Factory. This optional excursion can only be purchased locally.

Shanghai Museum of ancient Chinese art Day 4: Shanghai. Spend a final day of leisure in Shanghai. Breakfast provided.

Optional Excursion: Begin at the Shanghai Museum of ancient Chinese art, which possesses a collection of 120,000 precious works. Its rich and high-quality collection of ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy is known throughout the world. View the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, a unique architectural addition to the Shanghai cityscape and one of the largest radio and TV towers in the world. Continue with a stroll along the waterfront along the Bund River. Other stops on this optional tour include the lively Xintiandi Bar Street and the picturesque French Concession. This optional excursion can only be purchased locally.

Friendly Planet group, Tiananmen Square Day 5: Shanghai & Beijing. After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to exciting Beijing, the historical and cultural capital city of China. Upon arrival, drive into the city for a panoramic tour of Beijing, including a stop at the historic Tiananmen Square. Accommodations: Beijing International Hotel. Breakfast provided.

Optional Excursion: Tonight, enjoy an optional Peking Duck dinner followed by the Legend of Kung Fu show, a special Shaolin Kung Fu stage performance that blends music, martial arts, and a moving story. This optional excursion can only be purchased locally.

Great Wall of China Day 6: Great Wall of China. Depart after breakfast on a full day included excursion to the only man-made structure visible from the moon, the Great Wall of China. En route, view the Olympic venues, the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube, and enjoy a visit to a jade factory with a presentation and some time for shopping. The Great Wall follows a ridge of barren hills and stretches at least 13,000 miles. Construction of the Great Wall, which spanned more than two thousand years, began between the 7th and 6th century BC and continued through the Ming Dynasty. The wall was originally built of stone, wood, grass and earth, but during the Ming Dynasty, bricks were produced in kilns set up along the wall. The bricks were transported by men carrying them on their backs or by donkeys, mules and even goats, which had bricks tied to their heads before being driven up a mountain. Breakfast & lunch provided.

Optional Excursion: After a long day exploring the Great Wall, relax tonight with a traditional Chinese foot massage. Let a massage therapist soak and kneed your worries away. Conclude the evening with a set menu dinner. This optional excursion can only be purchased locally.

Forbidden City Day 7: Beijing. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore on your own. Your hotel is centrally located in the heart of Beijing, close to major attractions, restaurants and shopping. Breakfast provided.

Optional Excursion: Explore the Hutongs of Beijing by rickshaw this morning. Later stop for a home-cooked lunch including dumplings. Next, enjoy some time at the Forbidden City, located at the exact center of the ancient city of Beijing, where it served as the imperial palace during the mid-Ming and Qing Dynasties. Known as the Palace Museum today, its extensive grounds cover 720,000 square meters, 800 buildings and more than 8,000 rooms. The Forbidden City is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world and was declared a World Heritage site in 1987. This optional excursion can only be purchased locally.

Day 8: Beijing. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore on your own. Breakfast provided.

Summer Palace Optional Excursion: This full day tour starts with a 30 minute Chinese Tai Chi Boxing lecture in English, followed by time to practice the skills acquired during the lecture. Next, enjoy some time at the Summer Palace, the quintessential Chinese garden, and a UNESCO World Heritage site ranked among the most noted classical gardens of the world. Proceed to the Temple of Heaven, the most holy of Beijing's Imperial temples, where Chinese Emperors came to worship heaven and pray for a good harvest, since a bad harvest could be interpreted as the Emperor's fall from heavenly favor and threaten the stability of his reign. The 6-meter-high walls surrounding the temple take a square shape to the south and a semi-circular one to the north. The main buildings in the temple are circularly shaped. This architecturally unique pattern represents an ancient belief that heaven was round while earth was square. The whole complex, gorgeously painted and set off by thousands of pine and cypress trees, expresses a harmonious atmosphere as if heaven and earth are integrated into one. Continue to the Panda Zoo, dedicated to the preservation of this endangered (and adorable) species of bear, of which only about 2000 remain in the wild. This optional excursion can only be purchased locally.

Optional: Peking Opera and Mongolian Hot Pot Dinner with Chinese liquor. This optional excursion can only be purchased locally.

Day 9: Beijing/USA. Bid farewell to Beijing and to China today as you transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA. Your exciting journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA. Breakfast provided.


Optional Excursions in China

To take full advantage of your visit to China, we offer a variety of optional excursions available for purchase locally. These are not "seat in coach" excursions that pick up passengers in various hotels—all our optional excursions are operated for Friendly Planet groups only. See our detailed itinerary above for full descriptions of each excursion.

Optional Excursions Available Locally:

  • Day 2: Shanghai Acrobatic Show with Dinner ($35 per person)
  • Day 3: Suzhou Day Tour with Lunch ($95 per person)
  • Day 4: Shanghai City Tour with Lunch ($70 per person)
  • Day 5: Kung Fu and Peking Duck Dinner ($53 per person)
  • Day 6: Beijing Foot Massage and Set Menu Dinner ($45 per person)
  • Day 7: Beijing Forbidden City and Hutong with Lunch ($65 per person)
  • Day 8: Tai Chi Boxing Lecture, Temple of Heaven, and Panda Zoo with Lunch ($80 per person)
  • Day 8: Peking Opera and Mongolian Hot Pot Dinner ($53 per person)

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