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The Best of Shanghai, Xian & Beijing

China’s famed sights might be the highlights on this tour. But it’s also about experiencing fragrant teahouses, uncovering age-old treasures and stepping into classical gardens with elaborate rockeries and ornamental ponds.

What's included

  • Scheduled flights from Heathrow with China Eastern Airlines or similar scheduled carrier
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 6 nights’ accommodation on a full-board basis and 1 night in flight
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guides
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
  • All airport taxes, security charges, UK Airline Passenger Duty, all state and local taxes, plus ATOL protection fee.

Included holiday highlights

  • Tour the exciting city of Shanghai (full day)
  • Experience the traditional welcome ceremony at Xian City Wall
  • The world-famous Terracotta Army at Xian (half day)
  • Beijing’s landmarks, including Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven (full day)
  • The iconic Great Wall of China and the stunning Summer Palace
  • (full day)

Optional excursions

  • Enjoy the stunning Shanghai Acrobats show
  • Cultural and colourful Tang Dynasty show in Xian
  • Kong Fu martial arts show in Beijing
Today you will depart on your scheduled flight to Shanghai, arriving on day 2.
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 City Wall to experience a traditional welcome ceremony. 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 is some 3,800 miles long and at least 2,600 years old. The Great Wall 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 via Shanghai, arriving later the same day.

Please note: We want you to get the most from your holiday with us so please be advised that this tour is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility.

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.

Your meals All your meals are included whilst in China. Breakfast is Western continental-style, followed by Chinese lunch and dinner, each consisting of a variety of local dishes.

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.

Shanghai Acrobats

Shanghai Acrobats

from £24

One of the most loved attractions in Shanghai is the Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe. 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.

Minimal Walking - Must See - Amazing Performance

Xian Tang Dynasty

Xian Tang Dynasty

from £24

This is a great night out in Xian, with a performance of Chinese Music and dance that originated in the Tang Dynasty of Chinese History. 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. A truly spectacular event.

Evening show – Minimal Walking – Must See

Beijing Kung Fu Show

Beijing Kung Fu Show

from £23

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

Hotel facilities include a selection of restuarants, 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.

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Greenland Jiulong Hotel - Shanghai

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

The Best of Shanghai, Xian & Beijing with Hong Kong Add-on

12 days from £1,898

Sep 2015 - Dec 2015 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.
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Ancient to Modern - Essential China with Hong Kong add-on

12 days from £2,048

Mar 2016 - Oct 2016 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.
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