From the towers of Shanghai's Bund to a leisurely cruise on the lake by the Summer Palace in Beijing, this quick trip hits all the highlights for those short on time. Visit The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, one of the best preserved parts of the wall and enjoy a picnic on top, As well as must-see attractions, get off the tourist trail at the Propaganda Poster Art Centre or the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao.
GROUP SIZE: Maximum 16
Days 1 – 3: Shanghai
Upon landing, transfer to your hotel. Meet your local Representative who will travel with you during your time in Shanghai. The next morning, walk along the Bund and take in the Colonial style architecture of Puxi, alongside the futuristic skyline of Pudong. To learn more about the city’s rich history, visit Shanghai Museum in nearby People’s Square. Following a local lunch, take a stroll through Shanghai’s old city and central feature - Yuyuan Garden, before a Welcome dinner.
The next day, visit one of China’s best-preserved water villages - the nearby Zhujiajiao. This vibrant traditional village offers a rare glimpse into China’s past. After lunch, head back to Shanghai and visit the Propaganda Poster Art Centre - a unique exhibition of hundreds of original posters largely commissioned under Mao’s rule of China.
Accommodation: SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund 4*
Days 4 - 7: Beijing & The Great Wall
Enjoy some free time before flying to Beijing. Upon arrival, meet your new Beijing Local Representative who will transfer you to your selected hotel. The next morning, explore Tiananmen Square, first built in 1651 and large enough to fit 500,000 people into its over 100 acres of open space. Adjacent to the square is the world-famous Forbidden City. Walk down its red-walled alleys, through its magnificent courtyards and intricate interiors, and along the serene moat that rings the city with green. The dirt dug out to build the moat was turned into an artificial hill, called Jingshan Park with stunning views over the Forbidden City and Beijing, but also a great look into the lives of locals who go to the park every day to socialise.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense) before visiting the spectacular Summer Palace, which holds China’s largest royal garden, a beautiful promenade along the lake’s shores, and dragon boats you can rent for a leisurely cruise. We finish the day with dinner (included) with your new travel friends.
In the morning visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which is the best-preserved and most scenic part of the wall. Built more than 2,300 years ago, the Mutianyu Great Wall’s pristine parapets line the ridges of soft, sloping hillsides with verdant forests covering every inch of land. Take it all in, along with a delicious picnic lunch, atop the wall’s highest watchtowers. Return to your hotel late afternoon for free time and dinner (at own expense).
The next day, visit the opulent and colourful Temple of Heaven, constructed in the early 15th Century. Then, take a jaunt through Beijing’s historical hutongs. In these old neighbourhoods, traditional courtyard houses connected by narrow stone-paved alleyways have been transformed from residences to hubs of culture for visitors and locals alike. After lunch in an authentic hutong family home, ride a rickshaw to Houhai Lake before your transfer to the airport.
Accommodation:Novotel Beijing Xinqiao 4*
- 6 nights’ hotel accommodation
- 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
- Private English-speaking guides
- Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
- Domestic flights with taxes in economy class as listed
- Overnight train tickets in soft sleeper
- Entrance fees to tourist sites & activities as listed
- International airfares
- Visa fees
- Personal expenses
- Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
- Medical services, travel insurance or visas