Arrive in Beijing
Upon landing in Beijing, you will be met by our local representative in the arrivals area of the airport before being transferred to your hotel.
Once you arrive at your hotel, you will have the remainder of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the amenities at your hotel.
Tiananmen Square & The Forbidden City
After breakfast on day 3 you will visit Tiananmen Square and the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is one of the largest squares in the world and has been the site of many historic rallies and protests. The square is home to many important buildings and monuments and is separated from the Forbidden City by Tiananmen Gate.
The Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial Palace during the Ming Dynasty and served as the home of emperors for almost 500 years. It is now under the charge of the Palace Museum and houses a huge collection of porcelain, paintings, jewels and sculptures. Impressive imperial gardens and some important shrines surround the site.
Qianmen & Wangfujing Walking Street
In the afternoon you will visit Qianmen Street, which is one of the oldest pedestrian streets in China. This ornate shopping street has a mix of Chinese and Western shops and eateries, the most famous of which is Quanjude Chinese Restaurant, which sells over 2 million of its trademark Peking Roast Duck every year. You will also take a trip down Wangfujing Walking Street, a famous pedestrian street in Beijing filled with wonderful food and souvenirs.
The Great Wall
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Great Wall of China, the Jade Factory and the Sacred Way leading to the Ming Tombs.
The ‘pièce de résistance’ of this holiday, the Great Wall dates back to the 7th century BC in certain sections, and is more than 20,000 miles long. Snaking along lush mountains, this wall was employed by Emperor Qin to protect the first unified kingdom of China.
Jade Factory & Sacred Way
In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the Jade Factory, where you will see jewellery and sculptures with jade stones being carved, before finishing your day at the Sacred Way. Home to the Ming Dynasty Tombs, thirteen emperors are buried here, and you will begin this tour by walking through a magnificent gateway.
Relax this evening and enjoy Christmas dinner, with Mongolian Hot Pot and free flowing beer and soft drinks at a local restaurant.
Enjoy a full day excursion to see the Summer Palace, Beijing Zoo and the Olympic Village.
Featuring extensive gardens, the Summer Palace is a magnificent building perched on the edge of a lake, and was once the destination of choice for vacationing emperors and dowager empresses.
Beijing Zoo & Olympic Village
You will also enjoy a visit to Beijing Zoo to see stunning Ming Dynasty architecture and an impressive collection of animals including panda bears, before seeing the impressive park that hosted the 2008 Olympics.
Later on, enjoy some free time for shopping or sightseeing.
Lama Temple & Rickshaw Tour
In the morning you will take a trip to the Lama or Yonghe Temple, which is a monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. It contains a 26 metre tall wooden statue of the Maitreya Buddha and unique bronze statues of the Buddhas of the Three Ages. After, you will be taken on a rickshaw tour of an old town hutong area, which contains narrow streets, ornate houses and gardens. Here you will learn some Chinese Calligraphy with a local family.
Sanlitun Village, Yaxiu Market & Temple of Heaven
After lunch you will have time for shopping at the Sanlitun Village shopping centre, which is a huge complex of shops and restaurants. You will also visit the Yaxiu Market, which is a silk and cloth market and a tourist’s favourite for faux designer bargains.
After you will visit the Temple of Heaven, which is a complex of religious buildings symbolising the relationship between earth and heaven. Originally, it functioned as a vast stage for solemn rites and rituals. All of the buildings in the park, including the Round Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven, and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, represent conversations between the gods and mortals.
Depart for Xi'an
Today, you will transfer by high-speed train from Beijing to Xi’an.
After checking into your hotel in Xi'an you will have the afternoon at leisure.
On this full day excursion to this wonderful UNESCO World Heritage site, you can gaze upon a truly remarkable collection of life size terracotta figures of warriors and horses, arranged in battle formations. Forms of funeral art, these figures were buried with the emperor Qin Shi Huang in 210–209 BC, to protect him in his afterlife.
After lunch, you will have free time for shopping and sightseeing.
Enjoy a day of relaxation, sightseeing and shopping in Xi’an. Your guide will be happy to suggest places of interest to see and things to do.
Depart for Shanghai
Depart by internal flight from Xi’an to Shanghai, for a two night stay. You will then travel on the world's fastest train (Maglev) to Shanghai city centre, where you will take a lift to the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower, offering panoramic views of the surrounding city.
Check into your hotel, afternoon at leisure.
Shanghai City Tour
This half day excursion will introduce you to fascinating Old Shanghai, including beautiful Yu Garden, the old town of Shanghai, the bustling Xintiandi Street and Shikumen Open House Museum.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, for independent sightseeing and shopping in the city.
You will be transferred to Shanghai Airport for your flight home, with guide assistance for your overnight flight home.
Arrive home from this holiday of a lifetime.