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Discover some of China's most remarkable sights in Shanghai, Xian and Beijing with all meals included

Shanghai - Xian - Beijing

Special Departure: Ancient to Modern - Essential China & Harbin Ice Festival

9 January 2018, 11 days | Holiday ref: MPXSBI

After you’ve seen China's extraordinary sights you’ll head to Harbin, famous for its spectacular festival of ice and snow carvings.

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You’ll see China’s most famous sights on this 8-day tour. The Jade Buddha Temple, Terracotta Army, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall all line up for inspection as you travel from bustling Shanghai to extraordinary Beijing.

Touring

8 Days from £1,399

Was from £1,669

Sep 2017 - Nov 2018 Departures

Overview

What's included

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Air China
  • 6 nights full board in 4-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 
6 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide

Included holiday highlights

  • 
 Tour the exciting city of Shanghai
  • Visit the ancient Xian City Wall
  • The world-famous Terracotta Army at Xian
  • Beijing, including the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
  • The iconic Great Wall of China and the stunning Summer Palace

Itinerary

Today you will depart on your scheduled flight to Shanghai, arriving on day 2 (via Beijing).

Arrive in Shanghai, where you will be met by a Local Guide and transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay.

Shanghai is a vibrant and exciting port, and the fastest developing city in China, if not the world. At its heart is the Huangpu River, with its constant and extraordinary stream of water traffic and the famous riverside boulevard, the Bund, which is lined with magnificent former colonial buildings.


Our included sightseeing programme shows you the best of Shanghai. Highlights include the thronging shopping thoroughfare of Nanjing Road, the traditional Old Town, with its ancient Hu Xing Ting Teahouse, and the classic Yu Yuan Gardens. You will also visit the beautiful Jade Buddha Temple.


This evening there is the opportunity to see the spectacular Shanghai Acrobats.

Today, after breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. On arrival you will visit the ancient and beautifully preserved City Wall. You’ll then transfer to your hotel where you can relax and enjoy an overnight stay.

Xian, the ‘City of Eternal Peace’, was once the flourishing capital of China and the most important city in Asia. During today’s included excursion you will see quite simply one of the world’s most remarkable sights, the Terracotta Army at Li Shan Mountain. Discovered in the 1970s by farmers digging a well, this staggering collection of at least 6,000 life-size terracotta figures representing the individuals of the Imperial Guard were interred in 200 BC with the first Qin emperor. They are grouped in battle order, rank by rank, some mounted on horse-drawn chariots, others armed with spears, swords and crossbows in a dazzling display of Chinese military power.


Later in the day you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing, where three nights’ accommodation has been arranged.

Beijing is an extraordinary city. Ancient temples and palaces, with golden curved roofs and exquisite marble and jade, stand proudly beside the vast 20th century civic buildings created by Chairman Mao and his people. The most modern architecture can be seen with the iconic Olympic buildings. These include the National Aquatics Centre, better known as the Water Cube and the National Stadium, better known as the Bird’s Nest.


Daily life in Beijing, a city of bustling street markets and food stalls, crowded buses, and friendly people, is a truly spellbinding sight to the first-time visitor.


Today we include an introductory city tour, visiting the heart of Beijing - Tiananmen Square. It is the largest public square in the world, bordered by the Qianmen Gate, the Great Hall of the People and the Gate of Heavenly Peace.


You will go through the gate, which forms the entrance to the incredible Forbidden City, to marvel at the magnificent buildings that house the Imperial Palace from which China was ruled by the imperial dynasties for hundreds of years.


After lunch you will visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperor would pray for a good harvest. During your guided tour you will see magnificent collections of Chinese bronzes, porcelain, paintings, jade and other treasures.

It’s the final day of your holiday today, and one which will see you enjoying another fabulous highlight, a visit to the Great Wall of China. This iconic structure winds through the hills of northern China and passes within 40 miles of Beijing at Badaling, where it is wide enough to allow five horsemen to ride abreast. Here you will have plenty of time to walk along the historic ramparts and marvel at its size and grandeur. This afternoon we have arranged for you to visit the magnificent Summer Palace.

Today you will transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK arriving later the same day.


Please note: To introduce you to China’s many extraordinary sights, our itineraries are very full with some early starts and long days, but they are also extremely rewarding.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Beijing Kong Fu Show

Beijing Kong Fu Show

from £25

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Using traditional Martial Arts & Modern Theatre, the Legend of Kung Fu follows the story of a young boy found wandering outside an ancient temple. Like every boy in China, he dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master. On the road to enlightenment the young monk encounters many difficulties and temptations when overcoming his fears of becoming a Master of Kung Fu.

The show has English subtitles shown above the stage to keep you informed of the story line. The actors do not speak; the show is all Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics. It is the fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional arts which make this performance unique and spectacular.

The best Kung Fu performers from all over China have been found for this production and it shows on the stage. Their average age is just 17 years old.

Minimal Walking - Cultural - Amazing Performance

Xian Tang Dynasty

Xian Tang Dynasty

from £25

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This is a great night out in Xian and listed as one of the top 10 of things to do, The Tang Dynasty Show you are going to see is performed by Shaanxi Song & Dance Troupe which has a world renowned reputation, and is also the largest performing group in western China. The young performers are highly gifted and have been training in the arts since 1982.

Watch Chinese music and dance that originated in the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), this in turn gives you an insight into the ancient, rich and prosperous life style of the era. Considered the golden age of Chinese culture, this evening’s show of Tang folklore takes place with performers who are distinguished by their costumes of splendid extravagance and colours. The show begins with an ancient Chinese musical instrument ensemble and then later the cultural dance segment begins. A truly spectacular event.

Evening show – Minimal Walking – Must See

Shanghai by Night (Boat)

Shanghai by Night (Boat)

from £30

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Cruising on the Huangpu River is an important tradition in Shanghai. Architectural buildings on the West Bank of Huangpu River stand opposite various modern skyscrapers on the East Bank. Take our boat tour along the Huang Pu River where you will take a glimpse of Yangpu Bridge, Nanpu Bridge and see many of Shanghai's famous sites such as the People's Hero Monument, the Bund (Wai Tan), the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the dramatic skyline of the Pu Dong business district. Also, in view of the river is the bustling International Passenger Station of Shanghai Harbour, the docks and the Wu Song ancient Gun Fort relics.

1 hour cruise- Minimal Walking - Scenic

Shanghai Acrobats

Shanghai Acrobats

from £26

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One of the most loved attractions in Shanghai is the Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe a well-known Chinese professional acrobatics performing group which was founded in 1951. People from all over the world come to witness the gravity defying stunts and amazing feats of balance and strength that are synonymous with a performance by these world-renowned acrobats.

The Troupe performs a humorous show focusing on Chinese traditional features. In the 90-min show the performance is slick and entertaining with acts including the hoop diving, tightrope walking and the ‘ball of death’ motorcycle stunt.

Minimal Walking - Must See - Amazing Performance

Accommodation

The 4-star Greenland Jiulong Hotel is ideally located in the north bund area of Shanghai.

Hotel facilities include a selection of restaurants, bar and a gym. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer and a TV.
The 4-star Grand Metropark is ideally located in the centre of Xian.

Hotel facilities include a selection of restuarants, bar and a health club. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, hairdryer, complimentary wi-fi, safe, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
Radisson Blue Beijing is located 20 kilometres from Beijing Capital International Airport, short walk from the rail station, multiple subway lines and bus stops. Also near to Beijings attractions such as the New CIEC and the Forbidden City. Hotels facilities include the Huang Du Restaurant, Royal Cafe, The Grill, The Bar and fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities.

Greenland Jiulong Hotel - Shanghai

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Dates and Prices

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Duration

Was

Now

Status

 

London (Heathrow)

Tuesday 05 September 2017

8 Days

£1,835

Available

Outbound
Air China

Tuesday 05 September 2017

Departs

20:25 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

13:10 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Operated by

Air China

Air China

Wednesday 06 September 2017

Departs

15:30 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

17:40 Shanghai (Hongqiao)

Operated by

Air China

Inbound
Air China - CA

Tuesday 12 September 2017

Departs

16:25 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

20:40 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air China

London (Heathrow)

Tuesday 10 October 2017

8 Days

£1,835

£1,735

Available

Outbound
Air China

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Departs

20:25 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

13:10 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Operated by

Air China

Air China

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Departs

15:30 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

17:40 Shanghai (Hongqiao)

Operated by

Air China

Inbound
Air China - CA

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Departs

16:25 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

20:40 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air China

London (Heathrow)

Tuesday 09 January 2018

8 Days

£1,399

Available

Outbound
Air China

Tuesday 09 January 2018

Departs

17:40 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:50 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Operated by

Air China

Air China

Wednesday 10 January 2018

Departs

13:30 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

15:40 Shanghai (Hongqiao)

Operated by

Air China

Inbound
Air China - CA

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Departs

14:30 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

17:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air China

London (Heathrow)

Tuesday 06 March 2018

8 Days

£1,669

£1,569

Available

Outbound
Air China

Tuesday 06 March 2018

Departs

17:40 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:50 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Operated by

Air China

Air China

Wednesday 07 March 2018

Departs

13:30 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

15:40 Shanghai (Hongqiao)

Operated by

Air China

Inbound
Air China - CA

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Departs

14:30 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

17:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air China

London (Heathrow)

Tuesday 24 April 2018

8 Days

£1,739

Available

Outbound
Air China

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Departs

17:40 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:50 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Operated by

Air China

Air China

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Departs

13:30 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

15:40 Shanghai (Hongqiao)

Operated by

Air China

Inbound
Air China - CA

Tuesday 01 May 2018

Departs

14:30 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

17:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air China

London (Heathrow)

Tuesday 08 May 2018

8 Days

£1,869

£1,769

Available

Outbound
Air China

Tuesday 08 May 2018

Departs

17:40 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:50 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Operated by

Air China

Air China

Wednesday 09 May 2018

Departs

13:30 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

15:40 Shanghai (Hongqiao)

Operated by

Air China

Inbound
Air China - CA

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Departs

14:30 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

17:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air China

London (Heathrow)

Tuesday 04 September 2018

8 Days

£1,919

Available

Outbound
Air China

Tuesday 04 September 2018

Departs

17:40 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:50 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Operated by

Air China

Air China

Wednesday 05 September 2018

Departs

13:30 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

15:40 Shanghai (Hongqiao)

Operated by

Air China

Inbound
Air China - CA

Tuesday 11 September 2018

Departs

14:30 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

17:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air China

London (Heathrow)

Tuesday 27 November 2018

8 Days

£1,519

Available

Outbound
Air China

Tuesday 27 November 2018

Departs

17:40 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:50 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Operated by

Air China

Air China

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Departs

13:30 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

15:40 Shanghai (Hongqiao)

Operated by

Air China

Inbound
Air China - CA

Tuesday 04 December 2018

Departs

14:30 Beijing (Capital Intl)

Arrives

17:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air China

Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

Ancient to Modern - Essential China with Hong Kong Add-on

Extend your holiday to 12 days from £769

Sep 2017 - Nov 2018 Departures
Extend your holiday to China with a four-night stay in Hong Kong. You'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the island, taking in the views from the top of Victoria Peak, along with Repulse Bay and the fishing village of Aberdeen, famous for its floating community. There's also the chance for you to take an optional day trip across the Pearl River to the former Portuguese colony of Macau, which reverted back to Chinese rule in December 1999, along with opportunities to take a harbour cruise and sail along the coast to Aberdeen for a fabulous seafood lunch. Alternatively, explore at your own pace and soak up the unique atmosphere of one of the world's greatest cities. This add-on includes the services of a Local Representative.

Unique Hong Kong Experiences

Choose our optional Hong Kong add-on and you'll conclude your holiday in style with a stay in one of the world's most dynamic and exciting cities.

Sophisticated, cosmopolitan with a spectacular skyline and harbour, Hong Kong is Asia’s World City. It is a unique blend of East and West, successfully combining contemporary style with over 5,000 years of ancient Chinese heritage. Hong Kong offers so many fantastic attractions and events that will leave a lasting impression of this wonderful city.

Skyline viewpoints

From gleaming skyscrapers to peaceful outlying islands, Hong Kong has breathtaking viewpoints. There are many beautiful sights to see in Hong Kong but the most popular attraction is The Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island. Visitors can travel to the top of The Peak by a tram service and admire the view of skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories.

Buzzing street markets

For shopaholics, Hong Kong offers a vast contrast and choice of shopping experiences from bustling markets to ultra modern malls and department stores. Visitors should head to the Mongkok District for a chance to practice their haggling skills on goods such as clothing, watches, bags, home furnishings, CDs and trinkets. For more market action other options include Temple Street night market and Ho Hung Kee in Causeway Bay.

Outlying islands

To escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Hong Kong has over 260 outlying islands to explore. Lantau Island is a great choice to experience the Hong Kong countryside and admire the beautiful greenery. Visitors can take the NP360 cable car to see this other side of the city. They can climb to the top of the Big Buddha statue and also visit the Tai O Fishing Village.

Victoria Harbour tram
Hong Kong Food Market
Big Buddha statue, Lantau Island

Culture and heritage

Hong Kong’s culture is a melting pot of customs and traditions, influenced by thousands of years of immigration. Wherever you look in the city, there is a story to be told that will take you back centuries. The Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is a scenic attraction to visit due to its beautiful ornate building and rich history, it a perfect opportunity to see the cultural side to Hong Kong.

Harbour cruise

Hong Kong has emerged as one of the world’s most fast-paced and dynamic cities. With beautiful harbour views there is no better way to see Hong Kong than a harbour cruise. Start off your trip my taking a ride on one of the traditional Chinese junk boats and tour the Victoria Harbour with the best view in the house.

World-class cuisine

With over 11,000 restaurants Hong Kong is known as the ‘Culinary Capital of Asia’; ranging from Michelin star dining to street stalls, it is a gourmet paradise. It is also home to the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in the world, Tim Ho Wan, and other lovely local eateries, there is something for everyone.

Wong Tai Sin Temple
Junk boat, Victoria Harbour
Dim Sum

Beautiful beaches

Hong Kong’s coastal area has a rich array of beaches, coves, bays, cliffs, arches and sea caverns just waiting to be explored. Repulse Bay is one of the most popular beaches with both locals and visitors, it is ideal for beach strolls or to enjoy a beautiful sunset. This crescent-shaped stretch of sand is one of the most stunning beaches in Hong Kong.

Great outdoors

Hong Kong has a rich natural side with quaint villages and beautiful rolling mountains. Visitors can hike, camp and enjoy the green country parks away from the busy city. Sai Kung is known as the 'back garden of Hong Kong', a great area to fish or sail in the sheltered waters, BBQ or sunbathe on secluded beaches, and swim or snorkel in the clear blue waters.

Rooftop bars

To escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Hong Kong has over 260 outlying islands to explore. Lantau Island is a great choice to experience the Hong Kong countryside and admire the beautiful greenery. Visitors can take the NP360 cable car to see this other side of the city. They can climb to the top of the Big Buddha statue and also visit the Tai O Fishing Village.

What our Tour Managers say

We asked our Tour Manager to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

I love this tour because you see all the cultural highlights in a short matter of time, it is amazing, especially if you have only a week to devote to seeing China!
Sharron Henry - Tour Manager
 
Ancient to Modern - Essential China - October 2016