A Beijing Shanghai tour is a wonderful combination of the best of China’s past, present and the future. From the time-honored capital city to the most dynamic metropolis, you will be amazed at the rich culture as well as the fast development of this country.
See the highlight attractions – Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace
Hike the most beautiful section of the Great Wall – the Mutianyu Great Wall
Take a pedicab to explore the hutongs, old part of Beijing, Old Courtyard and Drum Tower
Have an outside look at the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, a magic for the 2008 Olympic Games
Enjoy Chinese acrobatic Show or Kong Fu show in the evening
Visit the The Lama Temple –one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world
Visit the Panda House in The Beijing Zoo
Program –lunch with the local family in their hutong home
See the highlight attractions in Shanghai- Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai Museum ,People’s Square.
Walk along the famous shopping street Nanjing Lu, and The Bund
Explore a water town Zhujiajiao Watertown
Take a shopping bummel in the famed Nanjing Road and then down to the Bund alongside the Huangpu River to explore the modern aspect of Shanghai.
Drive to the Pudong New Area to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Shanghai from the Jinmao Tower.
Helpful and knowledgeable private English speaking tour guide
Enjoy Private air-condtioned vehicle and airport transfer
On arrival in Beijing, you will be met by ourdriver and transferred to your hotel in Beijing. Free for the rest of the day.
Depart your hotel at 9am
Exploring one of the world’s largest public areas—Tiananmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the great Monument to the Peoples’ Heroes. Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 250-acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens, which served as the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years
The Forbidden City was the imperial palace from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is located in the middle of Beijing,, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.
The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture,and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere.
The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987,and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world
Lunch in the Local family with the homemade lunch
Here you will explore the off-the-beaten-path hutong allays , you will get to experience what it truly feels like to be a local on a more personal level without the crowds.Also wander through a maze of courtyards and spend time with a neighborhood family to get a glimpse of what life is like for a real Beijing hutong resident as you are invited into their home.
Contunue to The Lama Temple –one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world
Situated on the east side of Yonghegong Street in the northeastern corner of the city, the Yonghe Lamasery is the largest and best-known lamasery in Beijing. The principal components are three exquisite memorial archways and five major halls, all of which stand on a north-south axis. The total area of the compound calculated from the southernmost memorial archway to the lamasery; s northernmost point is 66,400 square meters.Enjoy the Chinese amazing Acrobatic show
Return to hotel around 7pm
Depart your hotel at 8:30am
Once arrive at the The Mutianyu Great Wall,you’ll enjoy a less hurried experience and take time to marvel at this wondrous structure and the surrounding hillsides .Mutianyu is a bit more rugged and slightly less crowded than the more famous Badaling. Over 96% of Mutianyu is covered by trees and orchards, keeping the air fragrant with chestnut blossoms in the spring and fresh all year long.
Stop at a Local Restaurant for lunch
Drive Passby Bird’s Nest and Water Cube for photo
To the Drum Tower,Watch the Drum beaten performance(the last performance is at 4:50pm) at the Drum tower,then take the rickshaw to explore the local allays,you will visit a local family to see the courtyard as well.Bell tower have an interesting teahouse, if you want to learn the tea culture this is an option
Take the rickshaw along the Hutong allay and visit a local family in their courtyard home,to see how the local’s living condition
Return to hotel around 5pm
Depart your hotel at 8:30am
Your exploration begins with a visit to the stunning Temple of Heaven visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven
The Temple of Heaven is one of several worship sites in the capital where the emperors offered sacrifices. Its location in the city derives from the notion that yang,the mal vital principle,is located n the south;and as Heaven is yang,it should be worshipped in the southern suburbs of the capital.
The Temple of Heaven was constructed between 1406 and 1420 during the reign of Ming Emperor YongLe (reign: 1403-1424), who also oversaw the creation of the Forbidden City during the same period.
Visit the Pandas in The Beijing Zoo.With over 600 animal species on display, including China’s national treasure, the giant panda , but also the golden monkey, Yangtze alligators…
Stop at a Local Restaurant for lunch
Contunue to a well-preserved royal garden, the Summer Palace. Renowned for its beautiful landscape and spectacular architecture, the Summer Palace has been listed in the World Heritage Sites and considered as one of the most classical gardens of the world.
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and spectacular architecture, the Summer Palace has been listed in the World Heritage Sites and considered as one of the most classical gardens of the world.The Summer Palace, originally named Qingyi Yuan or the Garden of Clear Ripples, was first constructed in 1750. It was razed to the ground by the Anglo-French Allied Forces in 1860. The Government of the Qing Dynasty started to rebuild it in 1886 with funds that it had misappropriated from the Imperial Navy and other sources. Renamed two years later as Yihe Yuan or the Garden of Health and Harmony, it was supposed to serve as a summer resort for the Empress Dowager Cixi. Known also as the Summer Palace, it was ravaged by the Allied Forces of the Eight Powers that invaded China in 1900. The damage was repaired in 1902.
Peking Duck Dinner at the local restaurant
Return to hotel around 8pm
Pearl Market For the Bargainning shopping is an Option
Beijing to Shanghai
Depart your hotel at 8am,to catch the Beijing-Shanghai High-speed Train,It takes about 5-5.5 hours to Shanghai, the first train depart Beijing South railway station at 7:00am, arrive Shanghai at 12:36)
Our driver will escort you to the airport to take a flight to Shanghai City(we will choose early morning flight between 7:30-9am) it takes around 2 hours and 10 mintues to Shanghai)
Your Guide In Shanghai will pick you up from the Train station or airport ,either drop you off at your hotel in Shanghai or continue the tour then drop you off at your hotel after the half day tour
After a short break,having lunch in the local restaurant
Then you will continue to the Yu Yuan Garden,Yuyuan Garden is surrounding by a busy market place, where visitors can find everything from popular local snacks, handicrafts, antiques and souvenirs to some famous time-honored restaurants ,you can observe local people’s life at the Yuyuan Market (Yu Garden Market).
Then you will explore the Old French Concession:Old French Concession: A former foreign concession in Shanghai during the period of 1849 to 1946, including the area of Luwan and Xuhui District, dubbed as Shanghai’s most charming district. This area is quiet, tree-lined and teeming with boutiques, bars and restaurants for Shanghai’s hedonists. Visit of the Former Residences of Celebrities.
Return to your hotel around 5:30pm
Our Guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00am
Heading to Zhujiajiao Watertown,it is about 1 hour driving.Zhujiajiao Water Town is situated forty seven kilometers away from Shanghai; this is a typical and ancient water town in Qingpu, south of the Yangtze River, which has almost 1,700 years of history. Zhujiajiao, also called “The Venice of Shanghai”, features lovely waterways, curved rock bridges, old streets cemented with stone, and over 10,000 buildings dating back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties (1644-1911).
Lunch in the Local restaurant
People’s Square in the city center, covering 140,000 square meters, surrounded by the municipal government office building, the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai City Planning Exhibition Hall and the Grand Theatre
Then we will visit ,Shanghai Museum which is the biggest museum of China. It incorporates a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics and is especially famsous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy.
Move on to Nanjing Lu and the Bund. The Bund is a symbol of Shanghai. The Bund has dozens of historical buildings, lining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks and trading houses from the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Italy, Russia, etc. The Bund houses 52 buildings of various architectural styles such as Romanesque, Gothic,Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classical,Beaux-Arts, and Art Deco. The buildings are harmonious in color and style, thus gaining the name of “Gallery of World Architecture”. When night falls and the lights are on, all the buildings are lit with colorful lights, glistening and dazzling to the eye.
Transfer back to your hotel
DEPARTURE TIME & LOCATION
The pick up location is in your hotel’s lobby,your guide will hold a sign with your name writen on
It’s a heavy itinerary with a lot of walking. So be sure to wear comfortable shoes and have a good sleep the day before
This is an exclusive private day Tour. Once your tour is confirmed, that tour will no longer be available to anyone else except for your own traveling party.
We offer the Authantic Chinese food in the local restaurant,if you have special request please tell us in advance
If you choose to take the high speed train, our package including the second class seats, if you want to upgrade to first class, please let us know in advance
Tips for the train travel and type of trains please read OUR TIP
A Full payment or a Deposit of 200USD is required for this tour to pay through Paypal.please contact us to send you the invoice.
Trains to and from Shanghai depart / arrive at Beijing south Railway station which have two exits, once you come out please looking for your name sign, just in case you didn’t find your name sign, please wait at the exit, our driver will go in between to looking for you
In China,children’s discount are based on height,please let us know your children’s height,so we can give you the children’s discount accordingly
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Experienced Tour Guide
Comfortable Transportation with an Experienced Driver
.Entrance fees and meals (L-Lunch) (D=Dinner)as mentioned
Cable car round trip or Ski-lift up and Tobaggan down Tickets
Dragon Boat on the Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace(Boat is not running if meet bad weather)
Fast train ticket/plane tickets to Shanghai(business class/First class upon your choice)
Chinese Acrobatic show VIP tickets
Gratuities to your tour guide and driver
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Airport or train station transfer services depart from Shanghai