|8 Day Beijing & Shanghai Free-style Travel (2009)|
|Day 1: Depart Seattle|
Board your nonstop flight to Beijing. En route, cross the International Date Line. (IM)
Day 2: Beijing
Arrive in Beijing in the afternoon. Meet your local representative and transfer to your hotel in the heart of Beijing. Your hotel has prime location and is only a few minutes walk to the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the renowned Wangfujing shopping area. Relax and enjoy the evening in China's historic and vibrant capital city. Beijing Joy City Hotel
Day 3: Beijing
After an orientation briefing by your guide, the rest of the day is yours to explore Beijing on your own. Or, take an optional tour to visit Beijing's imperial treasures.
The optional tour starts with a visit to the Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world, capable of holding a million people. Stroll across its vast expanse. An assortment of historical buildings, Communist monuments and huge museums, including Chairman Mao's Mausoleum, the Monument to the People's Heroes, and the Great Hall of the People - home of the National People's Congress, flank the Square. Walk through the Gate of Heavenly Peace, under the famed portrait of Chairman Mao, to enter the Forbidden City, a 9,999-room compound, where the 24 emperors of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties ruled the Middle Kingdom for nearly 500 years (1420-1911). Experience the architectural splendor of the palaces, ceremonial courtyards and private quarters. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then visit the Giant Panda at Beijing Zoo. In the afternoon tour the idyllic Summer Palace, with its sprawling encampment of temples, pavilions, the marble boat, and the 728-yard Long Corridor. (Lunch included. Price for this optional tour: $50 per person)
Day 4: Beijing
After breakfast, explore this vibrant city on your own, or join an optional tour to the Great Wall and Temple of Heaven.
The optional tour starts in the morning with a visit to the Temple of Heaven; this remarkable building is considered the supreme achievement of traditional Chinese architecture. During each winter solstice, the Ming and Qing emperors would perform rites and make sacrifices to Heaven praying for good harvest for their empire. The most striking edifice is the "Hall of Prayer of Good Harvests", which according to the emperor's Fengshui masters, is the exact point where heaven and Earth met. Built in 1420, this masterpiece of Ming architecture, features triple eaves, dramatically carved marble balustrades, and gorgeous glazed azure roof that symbolizes the color of heaven. Built without a single nails, this 120-foot-high structure is fixed by four inner pillars represent the seasons, and two sets of 12 columns denote the months and the traditional Chinese division of a day. You then take a scenic drive through the countryside to reach China's most renowned monument - the Great Wall. The 'original' wall was begun in the 5th century BC to keep out foreign invaders. Construction continued for centuries, eventually linking up the walls of the former independent kingdoms. The Great Wall meanders through China's northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert - a distance of over 3500 miles! Chairman Mao once said "You haven't walked on the Wall, you haven't been a good Chinese". Today you will have ample time to climb a section of the Great Wall and to get a sense of the enormity of this ancient edifice. In the evening, savor a specially prepared meal of Beijing Duck, cooked to crispy perfection. (Lunch and Peking Duck dinner included for the optional tour. Price for this optional tour: $50 per person)
Day 5: Beijing
Today is a free day for you to explore some of Beijings modern buidlings with our recommended tour list, which includes the National Opera House, "Bird Nest" and "Water Cube" the main Beijijng Olympics venues. (B)
Day 6: Beijing - Shanghai
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Shanghai, China's most modern metropolis. Shanghai is China dynamic financial and cultural center and was once referred to as "The Paris of the East". Upon arrival, meet your local representative and transfer to your hotel. After an orientation briefing by your guide, the rest of the day is yours to explore Shanghai on your own. Or, take advantage of an optional afternoon tour which begins with a Mongolian BBQ lunch.
Afterwards, your optional tour takes you to the heart of old Shanghai at the 16th century Yu Garden bazaar. This complex, with its classical architectural details, maze of walkways and reflecting pools, has been a marketplace and social center for over 200 years. Tour and experience all of the elements of a classical Chinese garden. In contrast, is the futurist Pudong area. Transformed from once fertile farmland, this new area is rapidly becoming the symbol of modern China with its world class hotels, international financial institutions, and commercial centers. Enjoy a stunning view of Shanghai from the 88th floor of the Jinmao Tower, the tallest building in China. At 1,380 feet, it is the world's third tallest building, as well as home to the world's tallest hotel - the Grand Hyatt Shanghai. Later, you walk along the Bund, the elegant riverside promenade which symbolized European and foreign influence and affluence in the 1930s. See the ships and barges on the Huangpu River, enroute to the sea or going upstream to the interior of China. The modernistic Oriental Pearl TV Tower looms in the background, redefining the skyline. Then visit the futurist Pudong area. Transformed from once fertile farmland, this new area, is rapidly becoming the symbol of modern China with its world class hotels, international financial institutions, and commercial centers. After dinner, attend an unforgettable performance of the Shanghai Acrobats. (Lunch, dinner and Acrobats are included with the optional tour. Price for this optional tour: $50 per person)
Shanghai Bund Riverside Hotel (B)
Day 7: Shanghai
After breakfast, you explore this vibrant city on your own with the orientation list prepared by China Spree that includes a visit to Shanghai Museum, an unique and inspiring piece of architecture, home to more than 120,000 cultural relics of ancient China, including a priceless collection of jade, bronze, ceramics, paintings, furniture, etc. Also enjoy an afternoon tea at the Xin Tian Di, or, shop at Nanjing Road's emporiums
Shanghai is also known as bargain shoppers' paradise. Your hotel is 3 blocks away from the Bund and one block from the famed Nanjing Road. Take advantage of your hotel's convenient location and shop until you drop!
Day 8: Fly to home
After breakfast, board the Maglev, the world's fastest magnetic levitation train, for your trip to the Pudong International Airport. The Maglev travels at a speed of 287mph and will cover the 20 mile distance in less than 8 minutes! Then take your home bound flight to Seattle, and arrive in U.S. the same day. (B)
|Departures & Fares||Click fare to reserve|
|Departure - Return||San Francisco|
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|01/03/2009 - 01/10/2009||$288|
|01/17/2009 - 01/24/2009||$288|
|01/31/2009 - 02/07/2009||$288|
|02/07/2009 - 02/14/2009||$288|
|02/14/2009 - 02/21/2009||$288|
|02/21/2009 - 02/28/2009||$288|
*Prices reflect early booking discount of $200 per person on
select dates if you book by Oct. 31, 2008.
$200 deposit is required to
secure a reservation and payable by a credit card or personal
check. It makes no difference on the method of payment as
for the initial deposit. To take advantage of the cash discount
rate, you should pay the balance by personal check or money
order 50 days prior to departure date.
Rates are in U.S. fund, per person, based on double occupancy.
U.S.A. & China air taxes/fees and China visa handling fee
are extra. International air transportation is included except
for Land only package. Land Only Package includes all China
internal flights and transportation except for international
flights and airport/hotel transfers on arrival/departure date.
U.S.A. & China air taxes and fees: SFO: $455, JFK: $495, SEA: $470, China Single Entry Visa handling fee: $150