Beijing and Shanghai Vacation
On this 10-day vacation from Gate 1 Travel, you’ll have accommodations in the center of Beijing and Shanghai, making it easy to explore both cities. You can use taxis to get around, or hop on the well-developed (and inexpensive) subway systems that run to all of Beijing and Shanghai’s major attractions. This vacation includes:
- Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, Houston, or New York
- Airline taxes and fuel surcharges
- Intra-flight from Beijing to Shanghai
- 5 nights of standard accommodations at The Presidential Beijing
- 3 nights of standard accommodations at Mingde Grand Hotel Shanghai, Rendezvous Merry Hotel Shanghai, or Shanghai Regal East Asia Hotel
- All transfers
- Daily breakfast
Day 1: En route from the United States
You’ll spend Day 1 flying from Los Angeles, Houston, or New York to Beijing.
Days 2–6: Beijing
Beijing’s imperial past is ever present: you can hardly walk a block without seeing ornate temples, ancient alleyways lined with shops and teahouses (called hútòng), and open-air markets that have been around for centuries. At the city center stands the Forbidden City, which served as a royal residence to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. And of course, there’s the Great Wall, which winds its way across the northern part of Beijing.
- Must-see attraction: Temple of Heaven, a 20-minute taxi ride from your hotel
- Tiananmen Square dates back to the 15th century. It extends over nearly 100 acres, making it the biggest public square on the planet. Among the highlights are Chairman Mao’s mausoleum and the Monument to the People’s Heroes, a 120-foot granite obelisk commemorating fallen Chinese soldiers.
- Optional tours: See the Great Wall and Ming dynasty tombs with lunch (8.5 hours; $57/person) or enjoy a Peking duck dinner (3.5 hours; $32/person).
Days 7–10: Shanghai and Return to United States
Shiny and new is the theme in downtown Shanghai. The city harbors hundreds of soaring skyscrapers, including the world’s second-tallest building, the 1,600-foot Shanghai World Financial Center. Nicknamed the bottle opener because of a rectangular opening at the top, the building towers over the Pudong district and exemplifies the hypermodernity of Shanghai. In its midst, though, there’s quite a bit of history. The Bund, once a major financial district in the early 20th century, is lined with Gothic, Baroque, and Classical buildings.
- Flight time from Beijing: approximately 2 hours
- World-class shopping can be found on Nanjing Road, which contains high-end retail stores as well as smaller shops selling silk, calligraphy, and traditional Chinese medicines. Go at night, when it lights up to Tokyo-like levels.
- Optional tours: acrobatics show with dinner (3.5 hours; $29/person) and a full-day tour of a nearby water town, Suzhou, with lunch (9.5 hours; $47/person)
- Return to the United States: You’ll spend the final day on your return flight.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal?
This deal is only available from the departure that you purchase (New York, LAX, or HOU). The New York departure airport (JFK, EWR or LGA) will be advised at the time of booked based on availability.
2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal?
This deal is based on set airfares that cannot be altered.
3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available?
The dates available are listed on each option.
4. What happens if I buy the Groupon and my travel dates are not available?
You can either choose another date or be refunded by Groupon. We suggest calling Gate 1 Travel to redeem your vouchers as soon as possible so that you do not run into this problem.
5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room?
All travelers 12 and over will need to purchase a Groupon. Children under 12 may be eligible for a discount. Contact Gate 1 Travel directly for child fates 1-(800)-682-3333. Different occupancy arrangements may be requested with Gate 1 Travel at the time of reservation.