Taste of China Beijing to Shanghai 8 days
Taste of China from Beijing to Shanghai will offer you a change to have a quick view of the classic cities in China including Beijing, Xian and Shanghai to acquire the first hand experience.
Day 1. Arrival in Beijing
Arrival day, you can arrive in Beijing at any time. Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at 6 pm, then take an orientation walk nearby, following Peking duck welcome dinner.
Overnight in Beijing (D)
Day 2. Great Wall
Day tour to the stunning Great Wall, Mutianyu section to explore the imposing Chinese ancient military project. It takes about 2 hours to get there by car.
Overnight in Beijing (B)
Day 3. Beijing - Xian
Visit Tianmen Square and Forbidden City in the morning, then catch bullet train to Xian(5 hrs) . Upon arrival, transferred to the hotel, and take an orientation walk nearby.
Overnight in Xian (B)
Day 4. Xian
Day tour in Xi'an inclduing the old City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Grand Mosque, and Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
Overnight in Xian (B)
Day 5. Xian-Hangzhou
Visit Terra-cotta warriors in the morning, transfer to the airport for flight to Hangzhou, one of the most beautiful cities in China.
Overnight in Hangzhou (B)
Day 6. Hangzhou - Shanghai
Walking around West Lake, visit Linying Temple. Catch a bullet train(1 hr) to Shanghai in the later afternoon. Take an orientation walk nearby the hotel.
Overnight in Shanghai (B)
Day 7. Shanghai
Shanghai walking tour from Bund to Yuyuan Garden, Xintiandi(Former French Concession) , Shanghai Museum.
Overnight in Shanghai (B)
Day 8. Departure
End of the tour. You can depart at anytime. (B)
Province: Municipality ofBeijing
Population: 20 million
Capital of the People’s Republic of China for more than 800 of the last 3000 years. Beijing, formerly romanized as Peking, presumablyoriginated from Guangdong dialect, is the capital of the People's Republic ofChina and one of the most populous cities in the world, with a population of19,612,368 (in 2010). Beijing, from the Chinese characters (北) for north and (京) for capital, means literally the "Northern Capital".
The city was frequently expanded, destroyed and rebuilt by the 34 Emperors who ruled from here. Kublai Khan (1267-1293)totally rebuilt the city, renaming it Dadu or Great Capital; the Yongle Emperor spent 15 years surrounding the city with walls 12 meters high and 10 meters thick at the base. Expanding from its old confines within the nine gates of theInner City Beijing now covers around 50 square kilometers with Tiananmen Square still at the center and the hutongs (narrow alleyways) are quickly being replaced with highways as Beijing transforms once more in preparation for the2008 Olympic Games.
As China's second largest city by urban population after Shanghai, it is the country's political, cultural, and educational center, and home to the headquarters for most of China's largest state-owned companies. Beijing is a major transportation hub in the national highway, expressway, railway and high-speed rail network. Beijing's Capital International Airport is the second busiest in the world by passenger traffic.
Beijing has a rather dry, monsoon-influenced humid continental climate,characterized by hot, humid summers, and generally cold, windy, dry winters.Spring can bear witness to sandstorms blowing in from the Mongolian steppe,accompanied by rapidly warming, but generally dry, conditions. Autumn, like spring, sees little rain, but is crisp and short. The monthly daily average temperature in January is −3.7 °C (25.3 °F), while in July it is 26.2 °C(79.2 °F). Precipitation averages around 570 mm (22.4 in)annually, with the great majority of it falling in the summer months.
Population: 3.2 million
Xi'an is the capital of the Shaanxi province,and a sub-provincial city in the People's Republic of China. One of the six ancient capitals of China, Xi'an served as the seat of 12imperial dynasties over the last 2000years.With more than 3,100 years of history, the city was known as Chang'an before the Ming Dynasty,having held the position under several of the most important dynasties inChinese history, including Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang. It was the starting point for the great trade caravans of the Silk Routes to Central Asia andEurope and the largest city in the world during theTangDynasty (618-907 AD). Rapid industrialization began in the 1950s with manufacturing of cotton textiles, electrical equipment,machinery and fertilizers.By the end of2005, Xi'an had a pulation of 8.07 million.
Xi'an has a temperate, semi-arid climate influenced by the East Asian monsoon. The Wei River valley is characterised by hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. Spring and autumn are somewhat brief and dry. Xi'an receives most of its annual precipitation from August to late October in the form of rain. Snow occasionally falls in winter but rarely settles for long. Summer months also experience frequent but short thunderstorms. Monthly mean temperatures range from around the freezing mark in January to 26.6 °C(79.9 °F) in July, with an annual average of 13.7 °C (56.7 °F).
The two Chinese characters "西安" in the name Xi'an literally mean "Western Peace". Xi'an is abbreviated in Chinese to either Haoor Tang (唐). The former abbreviation is derived from the Zhou Dynasty name Haojing,whilst the latter comes from the name of the Tang Dynasty.
Province: Municipality of Shanghai
Population: 9.8 million (urban) 16.7 million(municipality)
The two Chinese characters in the city's name are 上 ("above") and 海 ("sea"), together meaning "Upon-the-Sea". The earliest occurrence of this name dates from the 11th century Song Dynasty, at which time there was already a river confluence and a town with this name in the area.
Shanghai is one of the four province-level municipalities of China, with a total population of over 23 million as of 2010. It is a global city, with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport. It is a major financial center and the busiest container port in the world. Shanghai is the commercial and financial center of mainland China, and ranks fifth in the 2011 edition of the Global Financial Centres Index published by the City of London.
Located in the Yangtze River Delta in eastern China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. The vast majority of Shanghai's 6,340.5 km2 (2,448.1 sq mi) land area is flat, apart from a few hills in the southwest corner, with an average elevation of 4 m (13 ft).
Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate and experiences four distinct seasons. Winters are chilly and damp, and cold northwesterly winds from Siberia can cause nighttime temperatures to drop below freezing, although most years there are only one or two days of snowfall. Summers are hot and humid, with an average of 8.7 days exceeding 35 °C (95 °F) annually; occasional downpours or freak thunderstorms can be expected. The city averages 4.2 °C (39.6 °F) in January and 27.9 °C (82.2 °F) in July, for an annual mean of 16.1 °C (61.0 °F).
Brief history of Shanghai
As an ideal port, Shanghai is the gateway to the mighty Yangtze River. But when the British opened their first concession here after the first Opium War in 1842, it was little more than a small town supported by fishing and weaving. Change was rapid. The French followed in 1847 and it wasn't long before an International Settlement was established. By the time the Japanese arrived in 1895 the city was being parceled up into settlements, all autonomous and immune from Chinese law, creating China's first fully fledged Special Economic Zone. The world's greatest houses of finance and commerce descended on Shanghai in the 1930s. It had the tallest buildings in Asia and more motor vehicles on its streets than the rest of China put together. Shanghai became a byword for exploitation and vice due to countless opium dens, gambling joints and brothels. Guarding it all were the American, French and Italian marines, British Tommies and Japanese Blue jackets. However, with the Communist Party takeover of the mainland in 1949, the city's international influence declined. For the West, the party was over. But since the 1990’s, the economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping resulted in an intense re-development of the city, aiding the return of finance and foreign investment to the city.
Travelers are advised to read the Trip Notes before your China tours.
Visas - A China visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China. Please view our web page for detailed information about China Visa: http://silkroadtrips.com/260.html
Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. Please provide us with:
• Insurance company
• Policy number
• 24 hour medical emergency contact number
• The expiry date of the policy
You may check our webpage for more detailed information as below.
Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years.
Luggage - We suggest you to take one main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Don’t overload yourself, because you have to carry your own baggage.
Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
Accommodation - Each tour lists the hotel standard, you can check it before your booking, The hotels are selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range differently from tour to tour. In some remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities. Please note that there is no international classification system for hotels, and differences and quality do exist between the European Countries and China, though it is marked 4 or 5 star hotel.
In bigger cities and large towns the standard is similar although on a lesser scale. In small towns or villages where tourism is less prevalent, the hotels we use are smaller and facilities are more limited, though we generally stay in the best place in town. Rooms will still be en suite but rooms can be basic. Plumbing and electricity supplies can be somewhat erratic and although the welcome is warm, service levels may be less efficient than you may be used to.
Booking a Single Room – Silkroadtrips are pleased to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Kindly note our single supplement do not include sharing cabins on the overnight trains or cruises. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
Aboard the overnight sleeper train, berths are usually in 1st class ‘soft sleeper’ lockable compartments for 4 which have 2 sets of bunks with clean bedding provided. WC and washbasins are provided for shared use at the end of each carriage. Hot meals and snacks are sold to your berth on all overnight journeys. In times of large demand we may have to travel in 2nd class ‘hard sleeper’ which consists of sectioned off compartments for 6,leading off an open plan carriage.
Bullet trains are getting popular, it is very modern with a high velocity of 300km per hour. There are western toilets, dinning car on the bullet trains, and normally for short distance running 1—8 hours.
You can check in 20 kg baggage and carry 5kg hand bag with you while boarding a flight in China. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.
Eating is always an important part of the tours. Each tour of Silkroadtrips has listed the included meals, please check it on-line. Our professional guide will always arrange the meals at clean local restaurants to taste different food with different budget approximately from CNY20 to CNY200 per person per meal. Please check our webpage for Chinese Cuisine as below.
Tipping - If you're happy with the services provided then a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. Tipping is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across China and other Asian countries. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Tipping is not common practice at restaurants in China or Tibet.
Tour guides: Throughout your tour you may at times have local guides or national guide. We suggest CNY10-15 per person per day for guides.
Porters: In some hotels a porter may offer to carry your bag to your room. We suggest CNY5 per bag for porters.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest that you tip only those more involved with the group (for example those that help you with your bags etc). CNY5-10 per person per day is generally appropriate.
Optional Extras - Our standard tours are planned to be as fully inclusive as possible. However, from time-to-time you may be suggested to join optional tours/sightseeing in addition to the standard sightseeing planned for that city. Such options are at an additional cost, with prices ranging from 20-200 CNY per person. If you do not wish to take part in any optional extras, you will have the option of enjoying some free time at leisure or to return to the hotel.
Personal Expenses - Kindly check the inclusions for your tour, you will need to take some extra money to cover drinks, laundry and souvenirs, plus any additional sightseeing that may be offered to you. Based on the advice of previous customers an approximate amount of $250 per week should be sufficient; however for those that can’t resist a bargain, consider allocating a higher amount.
Electricity Supply & Plugs
China operates on a 220V and uses a combination of US/European and Chinese style plugs in most hotel rooms. You can buy an international adaptor before the tour