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Essence of China Group Tour

8-Day, Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Group Tour (CTGP-1)

Essence of China Group Tour
Essence of China Group Tour
Tian'anmen Square
Tian'anmen Square in Beijing
The Bund
The Bund is Shanghai's landmark.
Temple of Heaven in Beijing
Temple of Heaven in Beijing


Peggie Lv,

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This is the essence of China. See extraordinary Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the Bund in 8 days experiencing our quality service all the way.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Beijing Arrival (International Flight not Inlcuded)
Activities: Airport pick-up and transfer
Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing 4-star hotel (or Same Class)
Meals: None

Today you will land in Beijing. Our Beijing tour guide will be expecting you at the airport lobby. Transfer to hotel and check in. Free time at leisure afterwards.

Smart Tips:

  • This tour doesn't include international flights, however, please contact us if you need help booking the flights.
Activities: The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car),Temple of Heaven
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

In the morning we will firstly visit Temple of Heaven. Later, we will drive to the Great Wall. Instead of the jamed Badaling Section, you will have a pleasant trip on the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall.

A cloisonne factory will finish up today's tour.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

The Great WallThe Great Wall
Temple of HeavenTemple of Heaven

Smart Tips:

  • Tired after the trip to the Great Wall? A traditional massage will wash away your fatigue. Check out our recommendation at "Solo Adventure" tag. And our Beijing tour guide sure has some great tips, too!
Activities: The Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong Tour in Dongcheng District
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

After breakfast at hotel, you will walk on Tian'anmen Square. Get into the Forbidden City and you are stepping into China's history. Here, you will tour the Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Mental Cultivation, Palace of Heavenly Purity and Royal Garden. Lunch will be served at a nice restaurant.

In the afternoon, we will get on a rickshaw to tour the old Hutong. Going pass the narrow lanes, visiting a local market and chitchat at a local house, this ride will offer you an insight of Beijing's day-to-day life.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

Tian'anmen SquareTian'anmen Square
Forbidden CityForbidden City
Hutong LifeHutong Life

Smart Tips:

  • Don't leave Beijing without a bite of the Peking Duck! Hua's Restaurant wins a lot of hearts for its authentic taste. Find its info on our tag.
Beijing to Xi'an (Flight TBA)
Activities: Summer Palace, Bird's Nest, Water Cube and airport transfer
Hotel: Xi'an Grand Metropark Hotel 4-star hotel (or Same Class)
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

Sense the spirit of a typical royal garden at Summer Palace. Ever after 2008, Bird's Nest and Water Cube have become new attractions for tourists. Today we will take a walk outside the stadium. Have simple local cuisine for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will have some free time at leisure before the flight to Xi'an. Arrive in Xi'an after a couple of hours and check-in. The night is free for your leisure.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

Summer PalaceSummer Palace
Bird's NestBird's Nest
Water CubeWater Cube

Smart Tips:

  • Over 82% of the reviewers claim Xi'an Garden Hotel as an excellent hotel, and you can easily get to many major sites from here, including Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum and get a ticket to the night show Tang Dynasty Music & Dance Show.
Activities: Terracotta Army, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and an art center
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

Driving 1 hour out of Xi'an, we will reach the world-famous site of Terracotta Army. This wonder was buried underground until 1974 and now it demonstrates the power and wealth of China's first emperor Qin Shihuang. Stop by an art center before lunch.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

Terracotta ArmyTerracotta Army
Big Wild Goose PagodaBig Wild Goose Pagoda

Smart Tips:

  • Ideas for dinner? Go check out what the fuss is it about First Noodle Under the Sun on Trip Advisor. Info on our tag.
Xi'an to Shanghai (Flight MU2167 1715 - 1920 for Reference)
Activities: Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter and dumpling class
Hotel: The Bund Hotel 4-star hotel (or Same Class)
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

After breakfast, you will walk on the Ancient City Wall, presenting the best views of the city. Feel up the vibe at the Muslim Quarter.

Learn to make dumplings at a traditional dumpling restaurant and have lunch here.

An afternoon flight takes you to Shanghai. Check in upon arrival.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

Ancient City WallAncient City Wall
DumplingsLearn to Make Dumplings
Muslim QuarterFood Stall at the Muslim Quarter

Smart Tips:

  • Tonight you will stay at a 5-star hotel ranked #26 on Trip Advisor, New World Mayfair Hotel Shanghai. Get around the hotel after check-in, you can go shopping at Xinning Shopping Center. Or, take Subway 2 to People Square for a fun night out.
  • Time for refined dining experience, check out Penta Lounge near your hotel.
Activities: The Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, French Concession and Xintiandi and a silk store
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

The first leg of today's visit starts with a free walk along The Bund. Gaze at the skyline of Shanghai while you are at Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Have lunch before we carry on the tour.

A peaceful moment can be found at Yuyuan Garden. Later, carry on the tour at French Concession and Xintiandi. Today's last stop will be a silk store.

Breakfast and Chinese lunch are included for today.

The BundThe Bund
Oriental Pearl TV TowerOriental Pearl TV Tower
Yuyuan GardenYuyuan Garden

Smart Tips:

  • Try out Shanghainess cuisine and Cantonese Dim Sum at Ding Tai Fung Restaurant.
  • Interesting acrobatic show EAR Time Acrobatic Show gives you a wow night. Our Shanghai tour guide will help you book the tickets.
  • How about a night cruise along Huangpu River? It must be a romantic choice if you are traveling with your significant one.
Shangahi Departure (International Flight not Included)
Activities: Free time in Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

Good time flies fast. Today, you will go to the airport for departure flight. Please note: Hotel to airport transfer will be on your own arrangement. If you need the transfer service, the price is approximately 40 USD per person based on a group of 2-3 persons.

Smart Tips:

  • Take a side-trip to Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and feel the rustic charm.
  • You can exntend your trip from Shanghai to Hangzhou, Suzhou, Guilin, Chengdu, Lhasa and other cities in China. Please let us know what we can do for you.

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Solo Adventure

Peking Duck Dinner at Hua's Restaurant


Hua's Restaurant, or Huajia Yiyuan, offers a special dining experience in a royal mansion with authentic royal court food. Peking Duck is also their best specialty.Near Wangfujing Street, you can take an easy after-dinner walk or explore the nearby Hutongs.

CT Recommendations: Peking Duck, Wangfu Fish, Buddha Jumping Over the Wall (or Fo Tiao Qiang), Bawang Chicken

Address: F3, Macau Centeral Plaza, No.8, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Tel: +86 010-51283326

Price: $ 25 - 40 / Person


Massage / Spa in Beijing

After a day of touring, you must feel tired. A traditional Chinese massage will rejuvenate you in a breezy Beijing night. Here's the list of our recommendations.

Massage center & address:

1.I Spa: offering oil massage, Thai massage, Chinese massage, foot massage and spa. (6F, Kaiyuan Mingdu Hotel, Caishikou Street, Xicheng District, Beijing. Tel: +86-010-63527157)

2.Oriental Taipan: high-class setting with high-standard service, offering traditional Chinese massage and western-style aromatherapy. (NO.1 Xindong Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Tel: +86-010-85322177)



ERA Legend of Time Acrobatic Show


ERA Legend of Time Acrobatic Show in Shanghai has created a wonderful night for many travelers from all over the world. The show is a perfect mixture of China's traditional acrobatic art and modern state-of-art stage technique.

Price: CNY 120 - 580 / Person depending on the seat

Address: No.2266, Gonghe Xin Road, Zhabei District, Shanghai

Transportation: 1. Subway Route 1 to Shanghai Circus World at Exit 3; 2. Bus:95、46、253、912、916、114、893、210.

Tel: +86 021-66525468

Tips:1. Subway is the fastest way to get there; 2.You can ask your Shanghai tour guide for booking with great discount


Ding Tai Fung Restaurant


As one of the most popular restaurants recommended by Trip Advisor, Ding Tai Fung Restaurant doesn't have to sell itself. Xiaolongbao (steamed bread), Xiajiao (shrimp dumplings), noodle soup and other dim sum provide you a nice dining experience after a walk at the Former French Concession or Yuyuan Garden.

Price: CNY 80 - 200 / Person

Address: 1. Xintiandi Branch: 2F, House 6, South Block Xintiandi, Lane 123, Xinye Rd, Shanghai; 2.Yuyuan Garden Branch: 2001, F2, Yulong Fang, No.168, Fangbang Zhong Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Terms & Conditions

Price Inclusion

  • Entrance fees.
  • Meals listed in the itinerary.
  • Shared A/C coach.
  • Shared English-speaking guide and driver.
  • Hotels listed in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge & Taxes.
  • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Luggage Transfers.

Price Exclusion

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.

Special Terms

  • Price may change during some Chinese festivals.
  • Price is subject to change based on exchange rate.
  • We accept both on-line payment (by Paypal® and Moneybookers®) and wire transfer.
  • A deposit of 10% ot the total cost is required when you confirm your booking.
  • For Cancellation Refunds, please click here .

Tour Highlights

  • Top of our best-seller list.
  • 4 and 5-star hotels with good reviews on Trip Advisor.
  • Insightful visits at all key sites and enough free time for solo adventure.
  • The Forbidden City, Great Wall, Terracotta Army, Oriental Pearl TV Tower and more.

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