Included in this tour package:
- Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), or New York (JFK) on Air China
- China domestic airfares: Beijing-Xian, Xian-Shanghai
- Three nights standard accommodations at the 4-star Double Tree Hilton in Beijing
- Three nights standard accommodations at the 4.5-star Grand Noble Xian
- Two nights standard accommodations at the 4.5-star Shanghai JC Mandarin Hotel
- Daily breakfast
- Professional English speaking tour guide
- Fuel surcharge and tax
- Round trip airport transfers in each city
- Orientation tour in each city
- Other departure cities are available for additional fees at the time of booking (subject to availability)
- Extended stay in Shanghai is available at the time of booking, and will incur additional costs beyond the purchased Groupon value (subject to availability)
- Click here to view the full itinerary
Days 1–4: Beijing
Your tour of China's capital city kicks off with a walk along Qianmen Street, where trolleys rattle down avenues lined with Qing Dynasty-style buildings. Nearby, the iconic Tiananmen Square is as big as nearly 100 American football fields and has been the site of significant historic events throughout China's history. Its Monument to the People's Heroes stands at nearly 40 ft tall, a carved granite obelisk honoring to those who have given their lives fighting for China. The tour also stops at the 2008 Olympic Stadium (a.k.a. the Bird's Nest), and the Water Cube, which now houses a colorful water park surrounded by its honeycomb-like geometric windows.
Optional tour: On Day 4, venture out to the Great Wall of China and hike part of this 5,500-mile structure, which was completed over the course of several dynasties (extra fee)
Days 5–6: Xian
You'll take a domestic flight to the ancient city of Xian, which puts its 3000-year history on full display. Most of the city is still surrounded by a moat and a 50-foot thick stone wall dating back to the 7th century. At Xian's center, you'll visit the The Drum and Bell Tower, two pagoda-like structures equipped with giant drums and bells that were used to keep time during the Ming Dynasty.
Optional tour: On Day 6, you can take a short drive east to the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, guarded by thousands of terra cotta warriors, which dates to roughly 200 BC (extra fee)
Days 7–10: Shanghai
A short flight brings you to Shanghai, featuring a glittering maze of skyscrapers overlooking the Huangpu River. On your second day in Shanghai, you'll get to see the Shanghai Museum's extensive collection of bronze sculptures, Chinese paintings, and ancient Buddhist statues. Afterwards, you'll head to the City Gods Temple, a 15th-century Taoist temple home to a traditional Ming garden and a bazaar filled with curio shops and floating tea houses.
Optional tour: On Day 9, embark on an optional tour of nearby Suzhou, nicknamed "Venice of the East" since it's overrun with gardens and canals (extra fee)
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal? Please call Affordable Asia at (888) 737-2742 for a price quote.
2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal? Yes, you have the option to extend your trip after the tour ends in Shanghai during the online booking process. Extensions are subject to availability.
3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available? As long as the Groupon shows the particular date can be purchased, then it is available.
4. What happens if I buy the Groupon and my travel dates are not available? After you purchase the Groupon, please redeem by making the reservation online with AffordableAsia.com as soon as possible, and no later than 9/20/13.
5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room? The maximum number of people that can stay in one room is three total. One child can stay with two parents in the same room. Children will require a Groupon in order to travel with parents. Discounts apply to children under 12 years old during the booking process. Please contact Affordable Asia for details.