explore two great cities of China: Beijing and Shanghai
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For those pressed for time, an introduction to China through its two greatest cities: the capital Beijing and the commercial capital Shanghai. See the impressive sights, and soak up the atmosphere, food and daily life of these two huge metropolis.
Today depart London Heathrow or your regional airport for your flight to Beijing.
Arrive in Beijing. Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free.
Today join a seat-in-coach day tour to see Tiananmen Square followed by the Forbidden City - the huge palace complex that was the home of China's emperors for five centuries. After lunch visit the Temple of Heaven and the beautiful Summer Palace (B, L)
After breakfast join a seat-in-coach tour to the famous Great Wall at Badaling and the tombs of the Ming emperors. (B, L)
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)
Full day seat-in-coach tour of Shanghai, starting in the old town with the Confucius Temple and surrounding street, and then the Yu Garden and teahouse. Then visit the famous Bund, or waterfront, with its colonial-style architecture and view across the Huangpu River to the skyscrapers of the Pudong district. After visiting the Shanghai Museum, take a stroll through the former French Concession which retains some of the atmosphere of 1920s Shanghai. (B, L)
Full day seat-in-coach tour to the beautiful city of Suzhou, renowned for its elegant traditional Chinese gardens, (B, L)
After breakfast join your local guide and travel by metro and then the Maglev train (the world's fastest) to Shanghai Pudong airport for flight back to UK, arriving later the same day. (B)
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