Best of China

  • 10 days / 9 nights
  • $2,080.00
This 10-day tour covers two ancient capital cities of China – Beijing and Xian, as well as the most developed city – Shanghai. Starting in historic Beijing, explore Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the majestic Great Wall, and enjoy a pedicab ride through the hutong neighbourhoods. Tour the Terra-Cotta Warrior Museum in Xian and see the ancient City Walls. Explore Shanghai’s Yu Gardan and Old Town, with a full day excursion to Suzhou via high-speed train before concluding your trip.

Best of China

$2,080.00

This 10-day tour covers two ancient capital cities of China – Beijing and Xian, as well as the most developed city – Shanghai. Starting in historic Beijing, explore Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the majestic Great Wall, and enjoy a pedicab ride through the hutong neighbourhoods. Tour the Terra-Cotta Warrior Museum in Xian and see the ancient City Walls. Explore Shanghai’s Yu Gardan and Old Town, with a full day excursion to Suzhou via high-speed train before concluding your trip.

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Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 Beijing Arrive Beijing
2 Beijing Visit the Tian’anmen Square and Forbidden City
Hutong Tour by pedicabs
3 Beijing Excursion to the Badaling Great Wall
Visit the Summer Palace
4 Beijing Visit the Temple of Heaven and Lama Temple
Take a flight to Xian
5 Xian Visit to the Terra Cotta Museum
Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum
6 Xian
Shanghai
Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Take a flight to Shanghai
7 Shanghai Visit the Yu Garden and the Old Town of Shanghai
8 Suzhou Full day excursion to Suzhou via high-speed train
9 Shanghai Free day at leisure
10 Shanghai Breakfast at hotel and check-out

DAY 1

Arrive Beijing, China

Upon arrival in Beijing, join Seat-In-Coach transfer to the hotel for check in. Balance of day at leisure.

Accommodation: Capital Hotel Beijing or similar (3 nights)

DAY 2

Beijing

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day Seat-In-Coach tour with lunch included. Morning visit the Tian’anmen Square and Forbidden City. Enjoy a Chinese lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon will be a Hutong Tour by pedicabs, including the visit to the local family, and the drum tower.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 3

Beijing

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day Seat-In-Coach tour with lunch and dinner included. Morning excursion to the Badaling Great Wall, then visit Beijing Jade Carving Factory followed by lunch at its Friendship Restaurant. This afternoon visit the Summer Palace. Tonight, enjoy a Peking Duck dinner at local restaurant.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3

Beijing – Xian

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a half day Seat-In-Coach tour with lunch included.

This morning, visit the Temple of Heaven and Lama Temple. Then have a Beijing Noodle lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to airport for flight flying to Xian. Upon arrival in Xian, transfer to your hotel for check in. Balance of day at leisure.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda or similar (2 nights)
Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 5

Xian

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day Seat-In-Coach tour with lunch and dinner included.

The morning excursion will include visit to the Terra Cotta Museum, followed by a Xian Ceramic and Art Workshop. Enjoy a Chinese lunch at local restaurant including a noodle making demonstration. This afternoon, visit the Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum.

Tonight will be a dumpling dinner followed by a Tang Dynasty Show performance.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 6

Xian – Shanghai

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a half day Seat-In-Coach tour with lunch included.

This morning, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the ancient City Walls of Xian. Have lunch at local restaurant, and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your hotel for check in. Balance of day at leisure.

Accommodation: The Ocean Hotel Shanghai or similar (4 nights)
Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 7

Shanghai

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, visit the Yu Garden and the Old Town of Shanghai. Lunch is on your own in the Old Town, then visit the Bund and the Shanghai Museum. Tonight, have dinner at local restaurant followed by an Acrobatic Show.

Meals: breakfast, dinner

DAY 8

Shanghai – Suzhou – Shanghai

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day excursion to Suzhou via high-speed train. Sightseeing in Suzhou includes visit to the Garden of Master Fishing Net, Suzhou’s best Silk Spinning Factory, the Old Town of Suzhou, and a Grand Canal cruise. Lunch will be at local Chinese restaurant in Suzhou, dinner on your own.

Meals: lunch

DAY 9

Shanghai

Breakfast at hotel. Free day at leisure.

Meals: breakfast

DAY 10

Depart Shanghai

Breakfast at hotel.

Check out from the hotel, and join Seat-In-Coach transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals: breakfast

Departure Date Package rate
Price per person*
Single Supplement
Jan 2, 9, 16, 23;
Feb 20, 27;
Mar 6, 13, 20, 2019
$2,080 $640
Apr 3, 10, 24;
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29;
Jun 5, 12, 19, 26;
Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31;
Aug 7, 14, 21, 2019
$2,260 $910
Aug 28;
Sep 4, 11, 18;
Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30;
Nov 6, 13, 20, 2019
$2,310 $960
Nov 27;
Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019
Jan 1, 8, 15, 29;
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26;
Mar 4, 11, 18, 2020
$2,200 $850

* Price per person based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please click here to contact us directly for departure dates and full pricing.

3-night hotel accommodation in Beijing including daily breakfast

2-night hotel accommodation in Xian including daily breakfast

4-night hotel accommodation in Shanghai including daily breakfast

Domestic flight in economy class from Beijing to Xian with Airport tax & fuel surcharge

Domestic flight in economy class from Xian to Shanghai with Airport tax & fuel surcharge

Roundtrip high speed train Shanghai – Suzhou and return (2nd class soft seat)

Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners

Transportation service as per itinerary

  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the last date of travel to China.

    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visas

    A visa is required for citizens of Canada travelling to China. All information regarding entry to China can be found here or visit Chinese Visa Application Service Centre that responsible for your place of residence in Canada.

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

We very strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

In Beijing, smoking is not permitted in all public spaces nationwide such as hotels and restaurants. If caught smoking in these areas, you may be fined up to RMB 200. The legal smoking age in China is 18 years of age.

The Chinese climate varies from region to region since the country is massive! In the northeast, the summers are hot and dry and the winters are freezing cold. The north and central regions have frequent bouts of rain coupled with hot summers and cold winters. In the southeast, there is plenty of rainfall, semi-tropical summers and cool winters.

All visitors will need to fill out an arrival card to present to officials upon arrival.

The currency of China is the Chinese Yuan or Renminbi (RMB).

Credit cards may be accepted for larger purchases in retail shops, but usually not in restaurants, cafés and certainly not in street markets or small shops along the way. It is recommended to carry some local currency with you for shopping or for a drink along the way.

ATM’s accepting most international debit and credit cards can be found in the major cities but they will be difficult to find in the smaller towns. It is best to stock up on local currency before your departure.

It’s always good to be transparent about the tipping etiquette in a country, and in China, the rules are simple. You need not leave any gratuity on top of the bill in restaurants or bars.

China is a pretty relaxed country regarding etiquette, but be aware of a few things:

  • Greetings and goodbyes - Shake hands, but never kiss someone’s cheek. Say ‘Nihǎo’ for hello and ‘Zàijiàn’ (or increasingly just 'Bye bye') for goodbye
  • Asking for help - To ask for directions start with ‘Qǐng wèn….’ (‘Can I ask…’); say ‘Duìbuqǐ’ ('Sorry') to apologise.
  • Religion - Dress sensitively when visiting Buddhist (especially in Tibet) and Taoist temples, churches and mosques.
  • Eating and drinking - Help fill your neighbour’s plate at the dinner table; toast the host and others at the table; at the start of dinner, wait till toasting starts before drinking from your glass; offer your cigarettes around if you smoke; always offer to buy drinks in a bar but never fight over the drink/food tab if someone else wants to pay (but do offer at least once).
  • Gestures Don’t use too many hand movements or excessive body language.

Most of the meals are all included in your cruise fare so you shouldn’t be too hungry. It is worthwhile to sample the local cuisine though.

The official language is Mandarin, but many people in cities' tourist area do speak English.

In the event of an accident or a medical emergency
Contact the police at 110 or Ambulance at 120 or 999. If you have travel accident insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider.

SIM card: Depends on your need, you can easily purchase a prepaid SIM card in the airport upon arrival.

The general situation for tourists visiting these countries is good.

Crime is generally limited due to harsh penalties, particularly when tourists are affected. However, petty theft and pickpocketing is definitely something to be aware of, particularly in the larger cities and around large groups of people.

It is always prudent to be constantly aware of your surroundings and to not take unnecessary valuables with you. Leave your passport, extra money and any other belongings you do not need during the day in the safe in your cabin.

Please refer to the following information for specifics:

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/china

Featured Inclusions

3-night hotel accommodation in Beijing including daily breakfast

2-night hotel accommodation in Xian including daily breakfast

4-night hotel accommodation in Shanghai including daily breakfast

Domestic flight in economy class from Beijing to Xian with Airport tax & fuel surcharge

Domestic flight in economy class from Xian to Shanghai with Airport tax & fuel surcharge

Roundtrip high speed train Shanghai – Suzhou and return (2nd class soft seat)

Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners

Transportation service as per itinerary

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