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Eastern China Experience Including Air

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,739

Travel independently between Beijing and Shanghai, stopping in Nanjing and Suzhou en route for the ultimate eastern China experience. Enjoy the personal attention of your local guide in each city as you discover the sights, history, and flavours of each distinct region.


This 11-day trip takes you between imperial Beijing and space-age Shanghai, stopping along the way to explore the historic marvels of Nanjing, and beautiful Suzhou, the canal crossed ‘Venice of China.’

Beijing is one of the world’s great cities, overwhelming with its size, yet filled with quintessential symbols of China. A full day tour takes you to Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public plaza, stretching out from the Forbidden City, your next destination. The former imperial palace dates back to the 5th century, consisting of 9,999 rooms. Today, it is one of the most visited and instantly recognised complexes of its kind. In the afternoon, take in the Summer Palace, for an eye-catching summary of how China’s emperors once lived. The following day, take in the perfect geometry of the Temple of Heaven, and the serenity of its surrounding park, before embarking on your trip to China’s Great Wall. You’ll visit the Mutianyu section for a less crowded view of this engineering marvel.

High-speed rail connects the capital to the city of Nanjing. Along with Beijing, Luoyang, and Xi’an, Nanjing is considered one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Your day begins by paying your respects to the Hongwu Emperor, founder of the Ming Dynasty, and Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the first provisional president of the Republic of China. Visit the Presidential Palace, political centre of the Republic of China from 1927 until its relocation to Taipei in 1949. Visit the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre, which honours the 100,000 civilians murdered during the Japanese occupation of Nanjing. It’s a sobering experience, but one vital to understanding the forces that have shaped Nanjing today.

Your next destination is China’s enchanting canal city, Suzhou. Arrive via another high speed train ride, then marvel at the picture-perfect gardens and photogenic canals of this city. Visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden, and enjoy a sampan ride along the Grand Canal. Explore the Suzhou Museum for a 101 on the region, told within a gorgeously designed building, then find your serenity on scenic Tiger Hill, ending your day’s exploration with a stroll down Santang Cultural Street.

Another high speed train takes you to your final stop, Shanghai. Locals practice dawn tai chi in the shadow of architectural masterpieces on the Bund. All the while, the gleaming, space-age towers of Pudong demonstrate China’s commitment to the future. Learn about these contrasts and more at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. Then visit the 400 year-old Yu Garden for a gentle reminder that Shanghai didn’t spring up overnight. Tuck into some famous Shanghai soup dumplings for lunch, then spend your afternoon in the former French Concession, where small galleries and cafes now thrive. End your day with a ride to the top of the world’s second tallest building, Shanghai Tower, before spending your evening at leisure in Shanghai.

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,739

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart North America today for your flight to China

Day 2

Arrive Beijing

On arrival in Beijing, please make your way to the arrivals hall where you will be met by a Goway representative, holding a board with your name. You will the then be transferred to your hotel for check in. Rest of day is at leisure.

Hotel Type Hotel
First Class Capital Hotel Beijing  
Deluxe Beijing Pudi Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration3 Nights
Day 3

Beijing

Today you will be picked up for your full day tour of Beijing which starts with Tian’anmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world. Next you will visit the Forbidden City, the best-known image of Imperial China built by more than 200,000 workers in the 5th century during the Ming Dynasty. It was home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties with a total space of 9,999 rooms. The huge complex consists of the ceremonial spaces, working areas and private quarters once used by its privileged occupants.

 After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit the prestigious Summer Palace, featuring the Long Corridor with painted gallery, Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, Seventeen Arch Bridge and the Marble Boat. After a full day of touring, you will be transferred back to the hotel, and the evening is at your own leisure.

Day 4

Beijing

Today you will explore the Temple of Heaven. Here you will see the locals doing morning exercises, such as Taichi, Shuttlecocking and more. The temple is one of the finest creations of the Ming dynasty and with its stunning architecture it realizes the eternal Chinese desire to incarnate heaven in material form and represents the most advanced principles of mechanics and geometry of the time.

Thereafter continue on a drive out of Beijing to visit the Mutianyu Great Wall. Enroute you will have lunch at a local restaurant at the foot of the Great Wall.

After lunch you will visit the Great Wall of Mutianyu, a rugged section of the Wall that offers less crowded access and a more striking perspective. The Wall climbs and winds over the surrounding hills and presents a visual experience that consistently exceeds visitors’ expectations.  Scholars estimate that the Wall, averaging 25 feet in height and nearly as thick, once stretched for 3,700 miles, passing through sixteen provinces. A cable car transfer is included up and down the wall. Later this afternoon, you will be transferred back to your hotel in the city.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Beijing to Nanjing by High Speed Train

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the train station for your high-speed train to Nanjing.  The journey will take 3.5 hours. On arrival in Nanjing, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in, the rest of the day is at your leisure

Hotel Type Hotel
First Class Holiday Inn Aqua City
Deluxe Central Hotel Nanjing
Duration2 Nights
Day 6

Nanjing

You will be picked up from your hotel and start your day with a visit to the Ming Tomb, which is the tomb of the Hongwu Emperor, the founder of the Ming Dynasty. Then visit Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, which faces level land and backs onto green mountains. It is built in a combined Chinese and Western architectural style and is shaped like an alarm clock.

Thereafter, continue to the Presidential Palace, which housed the Office of the President of the Republic of China since 1927 to 1949. Then proceed to the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre. This museum is built to commemorate the killing of more than 100,000 civilians, and the savage rape of countless others, during the initial two months of the Japanese occupation of Nanjing in 1937. The museum features a memorial wall with the names of those murdered as well as an open-air excavation site where the skeletal remains of tens of thousands of the victims were buried.  Tonight is an evening at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Nanjing to Suzhou by High Speed Train

This morning, you will be transferred to the train station for high-speed train to Suzhou, the journey is 1.5 hours. On arrival in Suzhou, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in.  This afternoon, you will be picked up and drive to Tongli Water Town, which is an old but very well preserved water township with a history of more than 1,000 years.  Visit the Garden of Seclusion and Meditations, Scenic Spot of Three-Hall and the Three-Bridge and the Shopping Street in Ming and Qing-Dynasty style, and have a boat ride on water ways.

 This evening is at your leisure.

Hotel Type Hotel
First Class Jasmine Hotel Suzhou  
Deluxe Pan Pacific Suzhou
Duration2 Nights
Day 8

Suzhou

Today you will explore the Humble Administrator’s Garden followed by a traditional sampan ride on the Grand Canal. The largest of Suzhou's gardens, the Humble Administrator’s Garden dates back to 1513, and the use of water here is quite complex. The creation of multiple vistas and the dividing of spaces into distinct segments are the garden artist's means of expanding the compressed spaces of the estate.

Then, proceed to the Suzhou Museum, which has been a highly-regarded regional museum with a number of significant Chinese cultural relics, designed by world famous architect I.M.Pei.

Thereafter, continue to Tiger Hill (Hu Qiu) which enjoys a reputation as 'the first scenic spot in the State of Wu'. Suzhou was once the capital of the State of Wu during the Spring and Autumn Period. It is where the King of Wu, He Lu, was buried after his death. The area was named Tiger Hill after a tiger was seen lying on the tomb of He Lu.

After stroll along the Santang Cultural Street, transfer back to hotel and evening is at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9

Suzhou to Shanghai by High Speed Train

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for a transfer to the train station for your 30 min high-speed train to Shanghai.  On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in.  Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to stroll the famous Bund/Waterfront and Nanjing street.

 

Hotel Type Hotel
First Class Ambassador Hotel  
Deluxe Jinjiang Tower
Duration2 Nights
Day 10

Shanghai

You will be picked up this morning and start your day by visiting the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. The focus of the exhibit is a large scale model of the entirety of urban Shanghai, showing existing buildings and approved future buildings. Other exhibits relate to Shanghai's history and planned development, including smaller scaled models focusing on particular areas of interest such as the Bund.

Proceed to the 400 year old Yu Garden. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age. Outside the garden, is the famous Chen Huang Miao – an area of shops, restaurants and recreation facilities.

You will enjoy a Shanghai flavor lunch at a local restaurant including soup dumplings (Xiaolongbao). This afternoon, head to the former French Concession to explore the local life. It’s an area once leased to the French in the Luwan and Xuhui districts of the city, and is a reminder of an older Shanghai. Then ride the elevator to the top of the tallest building in Asia and the 2nd tallest building in the world, the new Shanghai Tower, for a bird’s-eye view of the old and new Shanghai by the Huangpu River. After your transfer back to the hotel, the rest of your evening is at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 11

Depart China

You will be transferred to the airport this morning for your flight back to North America.

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

From Vancouver CAD
Travel Dates 2019

First Class

Deluxe
1 May – 10 Jun $3,499 $3,729
11 Jun – 3 Jul $4,049 $4,279
4 Jul – 21 Aug $3,369 $3,599
22 Aug –5 Oct & 24 Oct – 30 Nov $3,299 $3,529
4 – 23 Oct $3,419 $3,649

For departures from:
Edmonton / Calgary – add $180 

From Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa CAD
Travel Dates 2019

First Class

Deluxe
1 May – 13 Jun & 5-15 Oct  $4,239 $4,479
14 Jun – 5 Jul $4,429 $4,669
6 Jul – 16 Aug $3,869 $4,109
17 Aug – 4 Oct & 16 Oct – 30 Nov $3,399 $3,639

 

From New York USD
Travel Dates 2019

First Class

Deluxe
1 May – 7 Jul   $3,339 $3,519
8 Jul – 27 Aug $3,169 $3,349
28 Aug – 4 Oct & 15 Oct – 30 Nov $2,779 $2,959
5 – 14 Oct  $2,859 $3,039

 

From Los Angeles USD
Travel Dates 2019

First Class

Deluxe
1 May – 30 Jun    $3,309 $3,489
1 Jul – 26 Aug $2,999 $3,179
27 Aug – 3 Oct & 17 Oct – 30 Nov $2,739 $2,919
4 – 16 Oct  $2,849 $3,029

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private transfers and sightseeing tours as per the itinerary 
  • Roundtrip airfare and taxes from North America to China
  • 9 nights accommodation in either first class or deluxe hotels
  • Local English speaking guide in each city
  • High speed train for Beijing/Nanjing/Suzhou/Shanghai (2nd class seat)
  • Lunches at local restaurant as per the itinerary
  • Breakfast daily

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION: 

Book by 30 June 2019. Airfares used in the above pricing is subject to availability, and they have to be purchased by a certain date.  As they are the cheapest airfares, they do include restrictions that include but not limited to; no pre-seating, luggage costs at time of check in and will not present the best flying time or routing.  Please inquire for full details on above and chat with our experts on all available airfare options. 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.


30 Nov 2019
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