5 Nights Beijing and Shanghai – Private tour
Valid 01 – 30 Nov 2017
From only R 26 990 pps
Return flights from Johannesburg
4* Accommodation in shared twin room with air-conditioning and private bathroom
Meals as stated in the program B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
Transfers and tours with local English guides in private air-conditioned vehicles
All entrance fees, boat fees and/or cyclo fees as mentioned in the program
High-speed train ticket: Beijing/Shanghai, second class soft seats
Meals not specified
Gratuities for guides, porters etc
All other services not mentioned in the itinerary
Items of a personal nature
Day 1 – BEIJING
Arrival in Beijing, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 – BEIJING (B/L/D)
In the morning ascend the Coal Hill from where you will discover a bird’s eye view over Beijing. Then stroll on Tiananmen Square. Then visit the Forbidden City, the former residence of the Ming and Qing emperors. After lunch, visit the Temple of Heaven with its outstanding round shape, covered by an exquisite triple roof of blue tiles. This is where the Emperor used to pray for good harvests. Continue to enjoy a rickshaw tour among Hutong. Visit the Bell and Drum tower.
Day 3 – BEIJING (B/L/-)
Full day excursion to the Great Wall (section of Mutianyu Cable can be arranged as optional) and the Ming Tombs including a visit of Chang Ling Tomb (the chief of the Ming Tombs, is the largest in scale and is completely preserved.). Although not excavated itself, it displays the artifacts found in the Ding Ling Tomb. Later enjoy a walk along the Sacred Path leading to the necropolis and Giant Tortoises, along the path are bizarre, mythical stone monsters standing guard. Then drive back to enjoy the famous Kongfu show
Day 4 – BEIJING – SHANGHAI (B/L/-)
In the morning visit the Summer Palace, (The Summer Palace is a favorite among tourists sightseeing in Beijing. Indeed, it is one of the best parks in the city. Originally it was a retreat for emperors to escape the scorching summer heat of Beijing. ) Then take the high speed train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to check in at your hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 5 – SHANGHAI (B/L/-)
In the morning take a visit to Shanghai’s old town, still known for its bustling atmosphere and lively old lanes. Visit a Tea House, Mandarin Yu Garden (a place of peace and comfort in the heart of bustling Shanghai, dates back to the fabled Ming Dynasty. Now a popular tourist destination, Yuyuan began as a private garden created by Pan Yunduan, who spent almost 20 years – and all of his savings – to build a garden in order to please his parents in their old age. That is why he called this garden “Yuyuan” – because “yu” in Chinese means “peace and health”.) and Jade Buddha Temple (In the western part of Shanghai, a very modern and flourishing city, there is a venerable and famous Buddhist temple, Jade Buddha Temple. In 1882, an old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen.) Then go to visit the Longtangs in Jingan District. Longtangs in Shanghai are just like Hutongs in Beijing, the lanes lined with houses where people are more able to communicate with each other. In the Longtangs, people meet together, are closely associated, thus bringing forth a strong sense of localism, safety and family-likeness. Attend a Shanghai acrobatics show at the Portman
Day 6 – SHANGHAI – DEPARTURE (B/L/-)
In the morning, visit the Shanghai Museum. As well-known as the Museum of Ancient Chinese Art, the Shanghai Museum was established in 1952 and relocated twice before finding a permanent home at its present location, south of the centrally located People’s Plaza, in 1996. More than 120,000 precious and rare works of art in 21 categories make the Shanghai Museum the most remarkable cultural institution in the city. Then transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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Valid for dates as specified. Group rates available on request.