Classic China

From Beijing to Shanghai

Visiting: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai


Tour Operator: Trafalgar


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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • iconLOCAL SPECIALIST in Xi'an. (Day 7) Shanghai. (Day 8)
  • iconSEE local people practicing T'ai Chi in the morning, the Shanghai Acrobats
  • iconCITY TOUR of Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai
  • iconCONNECT 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)
  • iconDIVE INTO CULTURE Indulge in a foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Centre. (Day 4) Discover the traditions and techniques of dumpling making, enjoying an opportunity to taste them. (Day 7)
  • iconMAKE A DIFFERENCE at a Xi'an primary school where Trafalgar donates much-needed supplies. (Day 6)
  • iconVISIT Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall of China, the Sacred Way in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, the 'Bund' waterfront and Jinmao Tower in Shanghai

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icon Day 1: ARRIVE BEIJING (4 NIGHTS)

Location: Beijing

Accommodation: Novotel Peace

Meals: Welcome Reception

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.

icon Day 2: BEIJING SIGHTSEEING

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Dinner

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 Dinner.

icon Day 3: BEIJING AND THE GREAT WALL

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

We leave the city behind, bound for the iconic Great Wall of China at Juyongguan. 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.

icon Day 4: BEIJING SIGHTSEEING

Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

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.

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

Location: Xian

Accommodation: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South

Meals: Breakfast

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.

icon Day 6: XI'AN SIGHTSEEING

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

'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.

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

Location: Shanghai

Accommodation: The Kunlun Jing'An

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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.

icon Day 8: SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING

Meals: Breakfast

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.

icon Day 9: SHANGHAI FREE DAY

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

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.

icon Day 10: DEPART SHANGHAI

Meals: Breakfast

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

What's Included

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    Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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    9 breakfasts

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    An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

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    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

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    Handcrafted Highlights

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    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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    Optional Experiences and free time

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    A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air flights: Beijing to Xi'an and Xi'an to Shanghai.

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

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    Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

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    5 lunches (including Connect with Locals)

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    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

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    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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    3 dinners

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