Beijing & Shanghai by Bullet Train

8 Day Tour

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THIS ITINERARY CAN BE TRAVELED IN REVERSE, PLEASE ASK US FOR DETAILS

OVERVIEW

Discover two of China's most amazing and contrasting cities. Beijing with its thousands of years of history and culture.

Shanghai with its modern buildings and skyscrapers sitting side by side with its historic past. Stroll the Bund and admire the waterfront classical buildings with the new city of Pudong reflected across the river. The highlight of your holiday will perhaps be a ride by high speed bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai in just under 5 hours.

DAY 1 - BEIJING ARRIVAL

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. You will be free for the remainder of the day.

DAY 2 - BEIJING

A morning tour of Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City; the complex of imperial palaces which is home to the emperors for over 500 years in the Ming and Qing dynasties. After lunch you will be driven to visit the Summer Palace, a former summer resort for the royal family, and take a boat ride on its Lake Kunming if weather permits. You will have a chance to shop at a pearl market on the way back to down town. This evening, you will be at leisure or take an optional evening show The Legend of Kungfu. (B,L)

DAY 3 - BEIJING

Enjoy a full day excursion to include the Great Wall - the landmark of China and one of the most amazing feats of human labour. You are to visit the Mutianyu section. You will have lunch at a local restaurant near the Wall and have an opportunity to visit a Cloisonne workshop. On your way back to downtown, stop at the Olympic Green to photograph the iconic "Bird's Nest" - the Beijing National Stadium - host to many spectacular events of the 2008 Summer Olympics. This evening you will be treated to a delicious Beijing roast duck dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 - BEIJING

This morning visit the Temple of Heaven, a 15th century architectural masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the place where the emperors came twice a year to worship the God of Heaven and pray for good harvests. During the day, the park, where the Temple of Heaven is located, is a popular place for Beijingers to come and exercise – and you will see all forms and styles of exercise from ballroom dancing, marching, kite flying, Chi Gong through to walking backwards (yes, frequent collisions occur). You will have chance to experience a "tea ceremony" before you leave.

You will then move on to an old part of Beijing – the Hutongs. Your guide will take you for a walk through the Hutong area and stop at a local home, where you will learn how to make dumplings – the most popular food in the country, and enjoy a home cooked lunch. The afternoon is free to relax or go shopping. (B, L)

DAY 5 - BEIJING TO SHANGHAI BY "BULLET TRAIN"

This morning, take the high speed train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

DAY 6 - SHANGHAI

Today, you will take a full day orientation tour including visits to the Yuyuan Garden – the most beautiful private garden in Shanghai, the Old City and its bazaar, Shanghai Museum, a silk store and French Concession. You will also visit to Shanghai’s new Pudong area, now home to the modern skyscrapers directly face Puxi's historic Bund.

Your evening will be at leisure. Alternatively, you could choose to either enjoy a night cruise along Huangpu River, or enjoy the stunning ERA acrobatic show. (B, L)

DAY 7 - SHANGHAI

Today you are free to explore Shanghai on your own. Alternatively you could choose to take a half day tour to Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town. (B)

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE

At leisure until your transfer to the airport for your homebound flight. (B)

PRICES ON REQUEST (EXCLUDING INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS)

Prices are generally for private arrangements based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

HOTELS AS LISTED OR SIMILARYOUR HOTEL ROOM
3* Traveler Inn Huaqiao Beijing Business Room for 4 nights
3* Xin Mei East China Hotel Shanghai Superior Room for 3 nights
4* Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Standard Room for 4 nights
Sunrise on the Bund Hotel Deluxe Room, 3 nights

Holiday Prices Include: Accommodation at hotels listed above or similar including daily breakfast, High speed train Beijing to Shanghai on Second Class soft seats, Meals as indicated in the itinerary, Tours and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle on a private basis including all admission fees, English speaking guide service.

Value for money
We believe that value for money is important, we want you to travel with ICAN Holidays again. When comparing prices, ensure you are comparing like for like as often there may be a cheaper option, but there may be hidden extras or the quality may not be as good.

Beijing & Shanghai - 8 Days
Visit the two most exciting cities in China. (Code: TLT)