Day 1: Arrive/Beijing
Transfer via: International flights (please arrange these individually yourself)
Upon your arrival at Beijing airport, our local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 2: Beijing
On this day you will first visit Tiananmen Square followed by the magnificent Forbidden City. In the afternoon you will marvel at the incredible Temple of Heaven.
The Tian’anmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace) Square: This is the largest city square in the world and is the spiritual heart of China, where the national flag is raised exactly at sunrise every day.
The Forbidden City: Located in the center of Beijing, this used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. It is the grandest integral palace complex still remaining in China.
The Temple of Heaven: The place that was visited yearly in ancient times by the emperors who performed intricate rituals to insure a good harvest for the whole nation.
Day 3: Beijing
You will visit the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section) and the Sacred Road.
The Great Wall: The most famous symbol of China and one of the world’s most remarkable architectural wonders, it was built over 2,000 years ago and stretches about 6,700 km.
The Great Wall at Mutianyu: Mutianyu is a popular section of the Great Wall, located about 70 km northeast of Beijing. The scenery is truly spectacular and therefore this section enjoys a lot of visitors, both domestic and foreign. There are a number of small villages scattered around this part of the Wall.
The Sacred Road: This is the path lined with stone statues of animals, mystical beasts and officials who legend says would serve the emperor in his afterlife, and is the path through which the sitting emperors would go to perform memorial rituals for the ancestors once a year.
Day 4: Beijing/Shanghai
Transfer via: Domestic flight per our arrangement.
After breakfast, you will visit the exquisite Summer Palace before being escorted to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon your arrival at Shanghai, China’s most cosmopolitan city, our local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.
The Summer Palace: Located on the northwestern outskirts of the city, this was an imperial summer resort of the Qing Dynasty. With its perfect layout, magnificent buildings and enchanting landscape, it is the most splendid classical garden in China.
Day 5: Shanghai
Today, your tour of the incredible Shanghai will include; the Shanghai Museum, the Bund and the Nanjing Road, the Yu Garden and the Yuyuan Market.
Shanghai Museum: Often ranked as China’s best museum, it is the biggest museum in China with a fine collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese artifacts.
The Bund (the word “Bund” was derived from an Anglo-Indian word meaning quay): This is where the great trading houses and banks had their headquarters in the 1920s and 1930s. About a mile long, it is the city’s fulcrum.
Nanjing Road: This is known as “China’s No.1 Shopping Street”, with a huge amount of merchandise on sale.
Yu Garden: Located in the Old Town of Shanghai and laid out in 1559 AD by a powerful Ming official, Yu Garden recreates a beautiful landscape of pagodas, pavilions, rockeries, fountains, ancient trees and precious flowers.
Yuyuan Market: Outside the Yu Garden is a bustling market with many different snacks and trinkets.
Day 6: Shanghai/International departures
Transfer via: International flights (Please arrange these yourself.)
The day is free at your leisure until our local guide escorts you to the airport for your onward flights.