See China's Capital City and Shanghai's Diverse Architecture
You'll spend 10 days exploring two of China's metropolises and the ancient city of Xian on this trip. Along the way, there will be guided tours that spotlight the modern architecture and historic landmarks of these place, spanning from the Ming Dynasty through Mao Zedong's rule. You'll have a little free time in each city and the opportunity to take optional side tours and see cultural shows, too.
We've included some highlights below; see the full itinerary here.
This tour includes:
- Round-trip airfare from LAX, JFK, or SFO on Air China
- Alternate departure dates/gateways may be available for additional fee.
- China domestic airfares: Beijing–Xian, Xian–Shanghai
- Luxury standard hotel accommodations
- Daily breakfast
- Professional English speaking tour guide
- Fuel surcharge and tax
- Orientation tour in each city
Days 1–4: Beijing
The trip kicks off in Beijing, China's lively capital city. You'll have some leisure time before setting out on a city tour of some of Beijing's most iconic landmarks, including several sites from the 2008 Olympics. Take an optional tour to explore the Forbidden City—a 800 palatial buildings that were once occupied by Chinese emperors (additional fees).
- Tiananmen Square once served as the gateway to China's Imperial Palace. Today at the square, you can see Chairman Mao's remains at the Mao Zedong Memorial Hall or artifacts from the Ming Dynasty at the National Museum of China.
- Monument to the People's Heroes: This imposing granite obelisk—an homage to China's fallen soldiers—stands at more than 100 feet tall in the center of Tiananmen Square.
- Accommodations: DoubleTree Hilton Beijing
Days 5–6: Xian
You'll take a brief flight to the ancient walled city of Xian, which boasts more than 3,000 years of history and was an important trading stop on the Silk Road.
- Drum and Bell Towers: During the Ming Dynasty, these two pagoda-style buildings were timekeepers; the sound of the bell meant dawn was approaching, and the massive drums were struck as dusk descended.
- Terra Cotta Warriors (tour optional; fees apply): This "army" of some 7,000 individual stone soldiers and chariots was carved from terracotta more than 2,000 years ago, but wasn't unearthed until the mid 1970s.
- Accommodations: Grand Noble Xian
Days 7–10: Shanghai
The final leg of the tour brings you to bustling Shanghai along the Yangtze River. An optional side trip explores the canals and gardens of nearby Suzhou (fees apply).
- The Shanghai Museum houses an extensive collection of ancient jade and bronze artifacts, Buddhist sculptures, and thousands of early Chinese coins.
- City God Temple, which dates back to the 15th century, features ornate pavilions and teahouses. Outside, vendors hawk incense, jewelry, and candy.
- The Bund: Dozens of historical buildings in more than 50 architectural styles—including Baroque, Gothic, and Romanesque—line this area along the Huangpu River.
- Accommodations: Renaissance Shanghai Yangtze Hotel