Beijing and Shanghai

Duration

7 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Beijing

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Beijing; Nankin; Suzhou; Tongli; Shanghai

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day

Welcome to China.  After the border and customs formalities, an assistant will be waiting for you, to give you basic initial information and accompany on the transfer t o take you  from the airport to the hotel.  Free time.

18.30hrs. - We meet our guide and our fellow passengers  in the hotel reception area. Then we go on to familiarise ourselves with the city. We provide a transfer to  Wangfujing street,  a pedestrian and commercial street full of life with many shops and restaurants.   Dinner included  and return to hotel.

Total distance travelled:  190 km 
Note: Sometimes there is a large number of tourists in the Great Wall and it may be advisable to go walking avoiding the delays that may exist in the climb by funicular
Landscapes: Great metropolis of Beijing leaving the city, green mountains area around the wall.
08.00hrs.- Beijing, departure. Today’s programme includes an excursion to the Great Wall. 
09.30 hrs.- GREAT WALL OF CHINA (section Mutianyu).  Arrival to this spectacular architectural work. Its history covers more than 2000 years. The day will include a cable car ride up and down to one of the most scenic areas. Free time to have lunch and enjoy the comercial area and the Exhibition Center on the Wall. 
Returning to Beijing, we will stop in the  798 th district,  with its contemporary art located in an old military factory. We will also visit the  TEMPLE OF HEAVEN , one of the country’s largest sacred complexes and a World Heritage  Site.  Before returning to the hotel, and as a way to rest from this intense day, we will take a  Tai Chi class and enjoy a  foot massage.   We will bid farewell to Beijing with a  lacquered duck dinner included. Return to the hotel at 21.00hrs. 

08.30hrs-   An exciting day awaits us. We will discover the main points of interest in the Chinese capital. We will have a  full day visit with a local guide  in which we will visit some of the main points in the city. We will start walking through the immense  Tiananmen Square  one of the largest squares in the world, and from them, we will appreciate the Great National Theater, Beijing Opera House. Then, the Great Chinese Imperial Palace,  better known as "The Forbidden City",  the most majestic architectural complex in China from where 24 emperors ruled for almost 500 years. We will also have the opportunity to visit Jingshan Park where the  Coal Hill is located, one of the best preserved imperial gardens in Beijing. We ascend to the top of the hill to have the best views (if the day is clear) on the Forbidden City.   Lunch is included.  In the afternoon we include a  tricycle ride  through the traditional neigbourhood of Beijing,  known as Hutong. In this area we can see the typical life style in these popular neighborhood, visit typical shops and even a traditional house, a Siheyuan, with all its lounges around a courtyard. We will finish our visit knowing the  SUMMER PALACE,  the Imperial House of the Qing Dynasty with its beautiful gardens and lakes. 

We finish the visit around 17:00 hrs..- You can return to the hotel with the bus or stay in the center (in this case, return to the hotel will be by your means. We always recommend you to bring the hotel card written in Chinese to explain to the taxi driver where do you want to go).

Total distance travelled:  1.030 km on the high-speed train. 
Scenery:  Some mountainous areas, beautiful landscapes from the train. 
Note:  The indicated train schedule can be modified. In the train journey each passenger must carry their luggage.   

07.00hrs.- Hotel departure. Transfer to the train station. We leave from Beijing in a very modern high speed train and in less than three hours we will arrive in Nanjing (expected train departure at 09:00 hrs from Beijing).  From here, we continue our route in our coach.      

12.25 hrs. - We arrive in  NANJING , a city of eight million people and considered by many to be the most pleasant in China. We will be amazed by the activity and commercial life of this modern metropolis. We will visit the Purple Mountain, where we will look round the  SUN YATSEN mausoleum  and the picturesque  Lingu Temple.     

About 18.00 hrs accommodation at the hotel. We suggest you to stroll in the city, modern, pleasant and full of commercial life and restaurants. Free time later on. Overnight.  

Total distance travelled: 350 km.
 
Scenery:  Plain and lakes 
Note:  We can first visit Suzhou and then Tongli.    

07.30hrs.- Nanjing- Departure. We continue our route to the south of China.   10.45hrs.- SUZHOU , arrival to the city which has wonderful gardens that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Lunch is included. This city was the main silk producer in the world, and was always associated with beauty and elegance. We include  entrance tickets to the garden of the humble administrator. We will have free time to stroll along the very picturesque  Pingjian road.

15.15hrs.- Suzhou- Departure. We soon enter the immense megalopolis of almost 25 million inhabitants.      
16.00hrs.- TONGLI,  arrival to this charming lake town with its small houses next to the canals and their gondolas. We included a  nice boat ride.    

18.00hrs.- Tongli- Departure.   
20.00hrs.-  SHANGHAI.  Arrival.

09.00hrs.- In the morning, our trip i ncludes a visit round  this impressive city.  We will know the area of  Pudong, located across the Huangpu River, is now the financial district, with its skyscrapers as the Pearl Tower. We will walk around the elevated walkways with a spectacular view of the modern towers and take a local ferry to cross the river to get a view of the scenery from the water and see the city life. We come to the Bund, with its 19th-century European style buildings. Then we will go to the Old City and the Yuyuan Garden,  a private garden that was built during the Ming Dynasty. We will enjoy a  demonstration of the Tea ceremony,  traditional drink that plays an important cultural role in China. We will pass by one of the most fashionable neighborhoods of the capital,  Xintiandi. Lunch included.  Then, visit  Tianzifang , a former residential area known for its narrow, labyrinthine traditional streets with its small craft shops and art galleries. We finish the visit along the  Bund  with its old buildings that remind us of the influence of European trade.    

We finish the visit around 17:00 hrs..- You can return to the hotel with the bus or stay in the center (in this case, return to the hotel will be by your means. We always recommend you to bring the hotel card written in Chinese to explain to the taxi driver where do you want to go).  

After breakfast, end of our services.


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