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Beijing - Shanghai

Beijing Tiananmen

Visit the two great cities of Beijing and Shanghai, travelling between them by high-speed train. See iconic sights such as the Forbidden City and Great Wall. Combination of private guide arrangements and joining regular coach tours.

Day 1  Depart London Heathrow or regional airports.

Day 2  Arrive in Beijing. Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free.

Day 3  Today join a seat-in-coach day tour to see Tiananmen Square followed by the Forbidden City - the huge palace that was the centre of power and home of China's emperors for five centuries. After lunch visit the Temple of Heaven where emperors prayed for good harvests, and the beautiful Summer Palace (B, L)

Day 4  After breakfast join a seat-in-coach tour to the Great Wall at Badaling. This is followed by a visit to the tombs of the Ming emperors. (B, L)

Day 5  In the morning catch the high-speed train to Shanghai (about 4- to 5-hour journey). You will be met by your local guide and then travel with them on the metro to your hotel. (B)

Day 6  Full day seat-in-coach tour of Shanghai, starting in the old China town with busy market street next to the Confucius Temple, and then the Yu Garden and teahouse. Then visit the Bund, or waterfront, with its former colonialbanks and trading houses facing the skyscrapers of the Pudong district across the Huangpu River. After visiting the Shanghai Museum, take a stroll through the former French Concession, redolent of 1920s Shanghai. (B, L)

Day 7  Full day seat-in-coach tour to the beautiful city of Suzhou, renowned for its elegant traditional Chinese gardens, and canalside scenes. (B, L)

Day 8  After breakfast join your local guide and travel by metro to Longyang Station and then the Maglev train (the world's fastest train) to Shanghai Pudong airport for flight back to UK, arriving later the same day. (B)


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