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Eye on China with visits to these three major cities - Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai. This is a tour of knowledge and joy. From the Great Wall and Forbidden City in Beijing, to Terracotta Warriors and Great Mosque in Xi'an, to Yuyuan Garden and Urban Planning Exhibition Center in Shanghai, plus various activities like Chinese Kung Fu Show, Acrobatic Show, DIY terracotta models, Shadow Play, you'll never be disappointed with the itineraries.

Beijing - Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Peking Duck, Chinese Kung Fu Show...

Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors, Great Mosque, Cycling on City Wall, DIY terracotta models, Shadow Play...

Shanghai - Yuyuan Garden, Children's Palace, Acrobatic Show, Maglev Train...

Day 1 Arrival in Beijing: Pick up & Hotel Transfer, Free Time
Today's Activities Upon your arrival in Beijing, our local guide will meet you at the airport and guide you to the hotel for checking in. Rest at the hotel for getting rid of jetlag, or just hang around the nearby areas for a peek of the city.

Recommended: Wangfujing shopping area is one of Beijing's most featured shopping streets. All kinds of local artworks and snacks are surely a great treat for you.
Highlights
Beijing Handworks Beijing Specialty Street          
Traditional Artworks Specialty Street          
Day 2 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities Take a leisure walk into the grassroots' life - Hutongs, the local featured narrow alleys where traditional lifestyle is still well kept. A real touch with the local family is surely attractive. You will also learn and join making Chinese dumplings (Jiaozi) and enjoy a dumpling lunch!

In the afternoon, let's set our for a treasure hunting tour among countless historical treasures and curios in the Forbidden City. Once served as the Chinese imperial palace during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Forbidden City is now the largest and best-preserved imperial palace in China, and houses the Palace Museum, Treasure House, Hall of Clocks and Watches and other exhibition halls.

Then move to Tian'anmen Square, one of the top landmarks of China and the largest city square in the world. If time suits, you may join the Chinese National Flag Lowering Ceremony at the square.

A great dinner treat for your savoring mouths - Peking Duck (Beijing Roasted Duck)! You must have heard of this famous delicacy, and now taste it! It's considered one of China's national dishes.
Highlights
Courtyard of Hutong Family Forbidden City Peking Duck          
Courtyard of Hutong Family Forbidden City Great Delicacy - Peking Duck          
Day 3 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities After breakfast, take a refreshing excursion to Mutianyu Great Wall. As part of the world-renowned China Great Wall, Mutianyu has a storied history of over 1,400 years, and is the most gorgeous part of this ancient project. Cable car and slides are available for tourists' convenience when going uphill and downhill.

Temple of Heaven, an imperial sacrificial alter for heaven worship, is your next destination. If the weather permits, flying kites at the spacious square should be a lot of fun.

The evening features a fabulous Chinese Kung Fu Show at Red Theater (VIP Seats). Heat up your blood with this traditional Chinese martial art! You can even take photos with the performers after the show.
Highlights
Mutianyu Great Wall Temple of Heaven Chinese Kung Fu Show          
Mutianyu Great Wall Temple of Heaven Chinese Kung Fu Show          
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an (Breakfast) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities Cheer up your day at the Beijing Zoo with the company of various species of animals, including the lovely giant pandas.

Later you will be escorted to the airport for a flight to Xi'an, another famous historical city of China.
Highlights
Beijing Zoo Beijing Zoo            
Panda Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey            
Day 5 Xi'an (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Start a refreshing day at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and watching the local people doing their morning exercise in the vacant space. You may join them if you wish.

When you're talking about Xi'an, the first thing come across your mind should be the Terracotta Warriors! You won't miss this attraction during your tour. Explore the myth of this world's eighth wonder, as well as the Mausoleum of First Qin Emperor. You will also have a chance to DIY your own terracotta models! Unbelievable?
Highlights
Small Wild Goose Pagoda Sculpture Terracotta Warriors DIY Terracotta Warriors          
Small Wild Goose Pagoda Sculpture Terracotta Warriors DIY Terracotta Warriors          
Day 6 Xi'an (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Hike up to the time-honored rampart Xi'an Ancient City Wall and feel the wind coming from the remote time. Hiring a bike and cycling on the rampart would be an interesting activity for you.

Then dive into the Muslim culture at the Great Mosque, which embraces both the Chinese and Muslim cultures. It's one of the largest and best-preserved early mosques in China. Also hanging around the Muslim Quarter is another way to experience the local Muslim life. Different local styled snacks and crafts shops are surely a great feast for you.

Also a visit to the Gao's Courtyard, a traditional Chinese dwelling in the Muslim Quarter that offers exhibitions of period furniture, paintings, photos and other artworks, as well as performances including an exquisite folk drama - Shadow Play. It's really amazing watching the puppet characters performing a folk drama on the little stage.
Highlights
Cycling on Ancient City Wall Great Mosque Stylish Building Shadow Play          
Cycling on Ancient City Wall Great Mosque Stylish Building Shadow Play at Gao's Courtyard          
Day 7 Xi'an - Shanghai (Breakfast)
Today's Activities Today you will fly to Shanghai, an international metropolis in the eastern China. Upon your arrival, our local guide will pick you up and send you to the hotel. Have a good rest and prepare for the following activities next day.
Day 8 Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Start your day among the brilliant artworks of Yuyuan Garden. This "Architecture Miracle in the South Region of Yangtze River" welcomes you with its representative design and style of Chinese classic gardens.

Move to explore the developing history and blueprint of the city at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. With the theme of "City, Citizens, Environment and Development", by professional exhibits and various interactive display means, the center offers you a wonderful experience of Shanghai's yesterday, today and tomorrow.

A visit to the Shanghai Children's Palace is also a great of fun. It's a center for children's extracurricular activities, including music, dance, art, model making, science, etc. The palace also hosts many performances and contests for children.

Next stop is the Shanghai World Financial Center, with a 474-meter-high sightseeing platform offering a stunning panorama of Shanghai. Can you feel the heartbeats of the city?

The evening is waiting for you with a fabulous Acrobatic Show! As one of the oldest performing arts in China, the acrobatics displayed on stage include a number of feats focusing on flexibility, strength, endurance and sheer will-power. Cheer up your bravos!
Highlights
Yuyuan Garden Lighted Night Children's Palace Shanghai Acrobatic Show          
Yuyuan Garden Lighted Night Children's Palace Shanghai Acrobatic Show          
Day 9 Shanghai - Departure (Breakfast)
Today's Activities Take an experience of the fastest train - Maglev Train from Longyang Station to Pudong International Airport, and bring all the best memories with you while saying goodbye to this city.
Highlights
Maglev Train Shanghai Children Onboard            
Maglev Train Happy Children at Shanghai            
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Flight Tickets: Beijing - Xi'an, Xi'an - Shanghai Hotels: Accommodation in Beijing, Xi'an & Shanghai
Tour Guide: Local experienced English-speaking guides Car Driver: Experienced licensed drivers
Vehicle: Private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Luggage Transfers: A hand for your heavy luggage;
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional attractions/ tours/ meals and international flights - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Beijing
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing
Located in the golden business area of Wangfujing, the hotel only takes 10 minutes to Forbidden City and Dongfang Square.
With stylish guest rooms and newly renovated Crowne Plaza Club floor – Crowne Plaza Beijing has anticipated every need while providing easy access to business, commercial districts and historical landmarks.
Sunworld Hotel Beijing
Situated on the intersection of Wangfujing Avenue and Dengshikou Street, Sunworld Hotel Beijing is close to many famous historical and cultural landmarks, including the Forbidden City.
Guest rooms and suites are designed with a traditional and refined style. From servies to amenities, the hotel strives to make your stay a pleasant experience.
Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing
With its courtyard style, the hotel has retained its charm of the ancient time but as well merged in contemporary architecture and designs. The hotel is near the famous Tian'anmen Square and Wangfujing Business Street. It takes about 20 minutes from Capital International Airport (24km) and 5 minutes from Beijing Railway Station (3km). The hotel provides guests clean and comfortable service and amenities
Hotels in Xi'an
Sheraton Hotel Xi'an
Located near the 600-year-old City Wall and close to the city centre, Sheraton Hotel is just 35 minutes from Xi'an Xianyang International Airport.
With first-class amenities, facilities and family-friendly services, Sheraton Xi'an Hotel will make you feel at home.
Grand New World Hotel Xi'an
Located within the Ancient City Wall and styled in an extraordinary mix of tradition and modernity, the hotel is just 4km from the railway station and 45km from Xianyang International Airport. The large Parkson shopping centre is close by, while the Terracotta Warriors Museum is about 35km from the hotel.
The hotel provides a satisfying range of contemporary accommodation together with business services and recreational facilities.
City Hotel Xi'an
The hotel is located in the centre of Xi'an city and just near the well-known Bell Tower, Drum Tower and Ancient City Wall.
The hotel offers a total of 137 well-appointed guestrooms for guests' comfortable living space. The elegant and magnificent restaurants serve delicious flavor of many varieties.
Hotels in Shanghai
Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai
The hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Shanghai, 2 minutes from Nanjing Road, People Square and the Bund. It offers easy access to the city's most important business, cultural and entertainment hubs.
The elegantly designed and tastefully decorated rooms provide you with an experience of exceptional luxury and comfort.
Heng Sheng Peninsula International Hotel
Located in Hongkou District of Shanghai, Heng Sheng Peninsula International Hotel is surrounded by many famous attractions including the Bund, Oriental Pearl River TV Tower, and Nanjing Road.
With its comfortable rooms and complete services, the hotel tries all its best to make guests feel like at home.
Magnificent International Hotel
The hotel is located in the central heart of Shanghai – Xizang South Road and surrounded by the Bund, Xin Tian Di, Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum & Grand Theatre. Shopping streets like Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road are only within walking distance. The well-appointed guestrooms with a great number of amenities and facilities offer you an excellent stay with comfort and convenience.

Meals in the Package

-- Breakfasts are offered by the hotels
-- Lunches are arranged according to different classes of tour
-- Dinners are for your own arrangement

We promise worry-free dining quality, plus flexible choices regarding your preference. Any special requestment please tell our trip advisors directly. Other recommendations are as follow:

Beijing

Beijing, being the Capital of China, boasts a good number of restaurants with Chinese featured cuisines. Different restaurants, like Great Northeast Restaurant, Gold Palace Restaurant and Tang Yuan Restaurant, lead you for a feast of Chinese classic cuisines.
-- Great Northeast Restaurant: featuring seafood, Sichuan food, Canton food, food of China Northeast Region
-- Gold Palace Restaurant: featuring Canton food, Sichuan food, Shandong food, Japanese & Korean food
-- Tang Yuan Restaurant: featuring Canton cuisine

Dining Hall of Great Northeast Restaurant Main Hall of Tang Yuan Restaurant

Xi’an

Xi'an features distinctive cuisines of China Northwest, such as various-shaped Chinese dumplings and other wheaten food. Muslim Quarter gathers lots of delicious local food like Rou Jia Mo and shish kebabs, etc.
(1) Here we highly recommend Chinese Dumpling Dinner, which also named Jiaozi, typically consist of a ground meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped into a thinly rolled piece of dough, which is then sealed by pressing the edges together or by crimping. As a must-try for visitors, it serves with Tang dynasty show. And it belongs to an [add on] item in the tour.
(2) Rou Jia Mo, also called Chinese Hamburger, is very similar to the Western hamburger essentially, but with different cooking method.

Chinese Dumpling Dinner Rou Jia Mo ( Chinese Hamburger )

Shanghai

Shanghai is regarded as a kingdom of delicacies, where you can taste almost everything. Here we strongly suggest you take M on The Bund into consideration.
M on the Bund Shanghai
-- Dedicated to creating a dining experience as exciting, as sophisticated, as delectable as Shanghai itself
-- “One of the top 20 restaurants in Asia” (Miele Guide, 2009-2010)
-- “Best Global Cuisine” (City Weekend Readers’ Choice Awards, 2010)
-- “M on the Bund: Most Popular Restaurant in Shanghai” (Zaqat Survey Shanghai, 2008)

Shanghai M on The Bund Restaurant Brandboard of M on the Bund
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Hello Nancy,

I am having a wonderful trip! I truly appreciate all that you have arranged for me. THANK YOU!

Customer: Ms. Nichols

Destinations: Shanghai - Beijing

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Hi Sara and Choury,

Mother and Sister had a great time. I am copying my sister so she can share with your some memories and photos.

My mother had a great time with the school kids twice they wanted photos with her, maybe due to her age and size (pettit). I am attaching one photo.

Sara your tour guides are very professional and special people. Again thanks to you for the nice time that they had .

Customer: Mr. Rincones

Destinations: Beijing

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