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Great Wall, Warriors & Shanghai

China in 11 Days, 9 Nights in Destination

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Relish in China’s magical heritage, oscillating between the ultra modern and the traditional, as you visit some of its most important cities, historically significant sites and culturally defining landmarks.

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    Beijing
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    Shanghai
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    Xi'an

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    Accommodation: 9 Nights

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    Beijing Marriott Hotel Changping

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    Beijing

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    The hotels we select comply with our high standards and requirements per category. The allocation is dependent on availability and seasonality, so you can be assigned any of our selection, including the following: Beijing Kuntai Novel Hotel, Fengda International Hotel, Holiday Inn Beijing Temple Of Heaven, an IHG hotel, Jinjiang Fuyuan Hotel, Lijingwan International Hotel, Park Inn by Radisson Beijing, Pullman Beijing South, West International Trade, Wyndham Beijing North, Zhongle Six Star Hotel

    Itinerary

    Experience three of China's most iconic destinations on our tour! In Beijing, explore the Forbidden City and walk on the mighty Great Wall. Head to Xi'an, an eternal city and heartland of the ancient dynasties to admire the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. Finally, let Shanghai amaze you with its mix of new and old, as you visit the highlights of the city.

    1st Day: Canada - Night on board
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    Arrive at your Canada departure airport, ready to board your flight* to Beijing. Night on board.

    * If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

    2nd Day: Beijing
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    Arrive in Beijing, the enormous capital of China, famed for its ancient sites such as the iconic Forbidden City, and as being the gateway to some of the most visited portions of the Great Wall. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Beijing.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Beijing Marriott Hotel Ch... or similar

    50 Reviews

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    3rd Day: Beijing
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    Breakfast at the hotel.  Enjoy a half-day tour of the fantastic Temple of Heaven, a religious complex where you could have the opportunity to watch the locals practising Tai Chi in the tranquil surroundings. Afterwards, visit a Pearl Factory to learn about the production of this precious object. In the afternoon we recommend an optional Hutong Excursion* and a Kung Fu Show experience in the evening.** Overnight stay in Beijing.

    * Optional Hutong Excursion: Hop on a rickshaw, the traditional form of transportation, and visit Bell Tower and Drum Tower from the outside before stepping into one of the local Siheyuan courtyard houses to learn about Chinese paper cutting. Finally take advantage of the shopping on Wangfujing street.

    ** Optional Red Theatre Kung Fu Show: Admire the intricacies of this martial art as you enjoy a professional show.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Beijing Marriott Hotel Ch... or similar

    50 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    Half-day Temple of Heaven and Pearl Factory

    Light

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    Optional
    Half-Day Hutong Tour

    Light

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    Optional
    Red Theater Kung Fu Show
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    4th Day: Beijing
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on an exciting excursion to the best-preserved section of the Great Wall of China. The Juyongguan section is the most visited part of the wall and is the best representation of the former splendour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of unimaginable length, the wall can be seen from space. On the way, admire the countryside and stop at an impressive Jade Workshop, where artisans work with this precious stone. Arrive at the Great Wall where you will have plenty of time to learn about the history of the wall and enjoy walking on this ancient relic of the past. Return to Beijing to visit a Chinese Natural Remedies Factory, to learn about the ancient practices and remedies used in traditional eastern medicine for more than 2000 years. Then, stop at the famous Olympic Park for a photo stop and admire the beautifully architected Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube Aquatics Centre from outside. We reccommend attending a Golden Mask Show in the evening, a beautiful cultural performance* Overnight stay.

    Optional Golden Mask Show: Set in the Golden Mask Dynasty, a legendary age in China, the story tells the story of a queen, who wears a golden mask, and creates a splendid dynasty. It is a fabulous insight into China's history and arts.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Beijing Marriott Hotel Ch... or similar

    50 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    Half Day Tour of the Great Wall of China

    Light

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    Optional
    Golden Mask Dynasty Show
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    5th Day: Beijing
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day exploring Beijing at your leisure, visiting the sights or delving into the fabulous cuisine. Alternatively, we recommend an optional excursion to Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City*. Overnight stay in Beijing. 

    * Optional Full-Day Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City Excursion: Explore the iconic Tiananmen Square to then head to the Forbidden City, an impressive palace complex and home to the former Imperial Chinese Palace for the years spanning from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. It is the world's most visited attractions and showcases immaculate Chinese design and architecture. Afterwards, visit a traditional Bamboo Factory and finally, explore the Summer Palace, a former imperial garden from the Qing era.

    Please note: the Forbidden City is closed on Mondays, so the order of the itinerary may be changed to accommodate this closure.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Beijing Marriott Hotel Ch... or similar

    50 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    Optional
    Full Day Beijing City Tour

    Light

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    6th Day: Beijing - Xi'an
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the train station for an exciting Bullet Train journey to Xi'an. Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Afterwards, visit the Muslim Quarter and enjoy some shopping time there. Return to the hotel. We recommend an optional Tang Dynasty Show for an evening of entertainment.* Overnight stay in Xi'an.

    * Optional Tang Dynasty Show at Shanxi Theater: Enjoy the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show with fabulous music and dancing from the era of the Tang Dynasty, China's golden age. The show is a unique way to get to know the historical culture of the ancient city of Xi'an.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Jianguo Hotel Xian or similar

    489 Reviews

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    Activities

    included
    Xian's Muslim Quarter Walking Tour

    Light

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    Optional
    Tang Dynasty Show at Shanxi Theater
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    7th Day: Xi'an
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Today, discover one of China's most iconic sights as you enjoy a visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Approximately 8,000 sculpted figures were buried alongside Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, and today you can see this once in a lifetime sight for yourself. Each figure is impressively crafted and unique. Be blown away by the intricacy and the sheer number of the figures as you learn about their significance. Also visit the local Terracotta Factory and the Xian Museum, to learn about the history of this ancient Chinese capital. In the evening we recommend an optional night tour of the Old City.* Overnight stay in Xi'an.

    * Optional Old City Night Tour: Tour the Old City of Xi'an at night and enjoy the ambience of the old city walls and the Wild Goose Pagoda (from outside) with photo stops, the North Square and the Music Fountain.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Jianguo Hotel Xian or similar

    489 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    Terracotta Warriors and Xian Museum
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    Optional
    Xian's night tour

    Light

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    8th Day: Xi'an - Shanghai
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    Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the station to take a high-speed train to Shanghai. Arrive, and transfer to the hotel. After resting for a while, take a walking tour of Nanjing road and the Bund to get to know Shanghai's diverse neighbourhoods. Return to the hotel and in the evening you have the option to enjoy a Huangpu River Cruise.* Overnight stay in Shanghai.

    Optional Huangpu River Cruise: View the city's skyline from the comfort of the river cruiser as you enjoy an evening of spectacular views.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Novotel Shanghai Qingpu E... or similar

    1008 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    Short Shanghai Walking Tour

    Light

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    Optional
    Huangpu River Night Cruise

    Light

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    9th Day: Shanghai
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Head out into the city on a tour of the Old Bazaars to experience authentic Chinese culture. Learn about the city's history at the Shanghai Museum and see the modern side of the city. Visit an authentic Silk Factory to discover how this coveted fabric is manufactured. Return to the hotel. We recommend an optional Acrobatic show this evening.* Overnight stay in Shanghai.
    Note: Due to ongoing renovations, the 2023 departures will have the Shanghai Museum replaced by a visit to the Chinese Art Museum (Original World Expo Exhibition Chinese Venue). 

    Optional Acrobatic Show: Experience one of the world's oldest performing arts as you are immersed in an evening of culture and entertainment. Note: This activity is only available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Novotel Shanghai Qingpu E... or similar

    1008 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    Shanghai city tour

    Light

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    Optional
    Chinese Acrobatic Show
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    10th Day: Shanghai
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, shopping in one of the many shopping centres, strolling around colonial Bund or sampling the street food. Alternately, you can join our optional tour of Suzhou's gardens and canals*. Overnight stay in Shanghai.

    * Optional Tour of Suzhou Gardens: Acquaint yourself with Suzhou, known as the ‘Venice of the East’ and one of the most historically significant cities of Southern China where you will visit Lingering Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Suzhou Museum before taking a boat ride on Pingjiang River to make your way to the charming Old City and gaze at the Wumen brigde and Prince Zhonog's Mansion.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Novotel Shanghai Qingpu E... or similar

    1008 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    Optional
    Suzhou Gardens and Canal Boat Tour

    Moderate

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    11th Day: Shanghai - Night on board.
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    Breakfast at the hote*l. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to Canada. Night on board.

    * Depending on the flight departure time you might not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.

    Included activities

    Included

    Half-day Temple of Heaven and Pearl Factory

    Included activity for day 3 in Beijing

    Enjoy a tour of the fantastic Temple of Heaven, a religious complex where you could have the opportunity to watch the locals practising Tai Chi in the tranquil surroundings. Visit then the Pearl factory to discover the techniques around this craft.

    Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Included

    Half Day Tour of the Great Wall of China

    Included activity for day 4 in Beijing

    Start the day at a Jade exhibition on the way to the Juyongguan Great Wall. Discover this ancient wonder, built to protect China from invaders. Continue visiting the Chinese Medicine Center and finish the tour at the Olympic park.

    Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Included

    Xian's Muslim Quarter Walking Tour

    Included activity for day 6 in Xi'an

    Get to know the rich history and culture of the Muslim Quarter of the city where you will stop by its main attractions including top eateries to sample delicious local Xian snacks.

    Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Included

    Terracotta Warriors and Xian Museum

    Included activity for day 7 in Xi'an

    Discover the famous Terracotta Warriors, see the troops display in battle formation and learn about this archeological find. Visit the Xian museum to learn more about this ancient capital's history.

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Available Activities

    Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
    Optional

    Half-Day Hutong Tour

    Suggested activity for day 3 in Beijing

    Visit the traditional Shichahai Hutong neighbourhood and take a rickshaw ride. Discover the historic Drum and Bell towers and learn how chinese paper is traditionally made. End the day with some free time for shopping around Wangfujing street.

    Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Optional

    Red Theater Kung Fu Show

    Suggested activity for day 3 in Beijing

    Admire the intricacies of this martial art as you enjoy a professional show of iconic chinese Kung Fu.

    Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 19:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Optional
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    The show will be performed in chinese and some functions might have screens with subtitles in English

    Golden Mask Dynasty Show

    Suggested activity for day 4 in Beijing

    Experience a stunning Chinese drama play recounting the story of a masked queen that creates a beautiful dynasty, set in the Golden Mask Dynasty.

    Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 19:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Optional
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    The Forbidden city is closed on Mondays so this tour might be rescheduled for a different day.

    Full Day Beijing City Tour

    Suggested activity for day 5 in Beijing

    Enjoy a tour of the impressive Tiananmen Square, the splendid Forbidden City and the Summer Palace.

    Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    The price includes

    • Included in all our trips. more information
    • Departures from main Canada airports.
    • International Flights: Canada - Beijing, Shanghai - Canada.
    • Train: Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai in 2nd class seats. *
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    • 9 nights accommodation in Superior & Deluxe category hotels. **
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    • 9 breakfasts. ***
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    • Transfers in an air conditioned vehicles.
    • Visits and entrance fees with english speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary.
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    • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
    • Invitation letter for Chinese Visa.
    • English-speaking guide during the whole trip.
    *The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

    Not included

    Visa (mandatory), entrances not mentioned on the itinerary, drinks, early check in, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

    MANDATORY TIPS: Mandatory tips of 40 USD in cash per person are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay during this tour and will be covering the guide tips during the whole tour. 

    IMPORTANT: In order to receive your invitation letter for your Chinese Visa (mandatory) it is important that all of your details and names are given to Exoticca exactly as they appear on your passport. Once you receive your invitation letter from us (approximately two months prior to departure) you will be required to make an appointment to go to the Chinese Visa Center in person with your passport with at least 6 months validity, a passport photo, a visa application form and the invitation letter to apply for your Chinese Visa. You will also be required to make another appointment to return to the Chinese Visa Center a second time to collect your Chinese Visa (it can be replaced for a home-delivery service with an extra fee). For more information about your nearest Chinese Visa Center, application form and appointment reservations please see: http://ca.china-embassy.gov.cn/eng/lsyw/gzrz/vusa/.

    Parallel to the embassy and consulate there are specialized China Visa service companies that can help with a more personalized service. Select Canada and your closest center in this website for more information: https://www.visaforchina.cn/globle/ 

    The cost of a Chinese Visa can range from 100 to 300 CAD / person depending on added assistance services, express delivery upgrades, etc. It usually takes around 10 days to get a visa approval. 

    MANDATORY: Please send copies of the passports of all passengers to customersuccess@exoticca.com  once you have booked your trip in order for us to process your Chinese Visa Invitation Letter.

    Please be advised that it is the traveler's responsibility to follow-up and be aware of any changes in either Visa requirements or entry conditions.

    * We cannot guarantee that you and your travel companions will be allocated seats together on the train. Some train journeys and flights can be early in the morning in order to successfully follow the schedule.

    ** The hotels stated in the letter of invitation do not need to be definitive; the hotels will be confirmed between 45 and 30 days before departure.

    *** Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

    We recommend carrying cash in either the local currency or in US Dollars.

    MANDATORY TIPS: Mandatory tips of 40 USD in cash per person are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay during this tour and will be covering the guide tips during the whole tour. 

    IMPORTANT: In order to receive your invitation letter for your Chinese Visa (mandatory) it is important that all of your details and names are given to Exoticca exactly as they appear on your passport. Once you receive your invitation letter from us (approximately two months prior to departure) you will be required to make an appointment to go to the Chinese Visa Center in person with your passport with at least 6 months validity, a passport photo, a visa application form and the invitation letter to apply for your Chinese Visa. You will also be required to make another appointment to return to the Chinese Visa Center a second time to collect your Chinese Visa (it can be replaced for a home-delivery service with an extra fee). For more information about your nearest Chinese Visa Center, application form and appointment reservations please see: http://ca.china-embassy.gov.cn/eng/lsyw/gzrz/vusa/.

    Parallel to the embassy and consulate there are specialized China Visa service companies that can help with a more personalized service. Select Canada and your closest center in this website for more information: https://www.visaforchina.cn/globle/ 

    The cost of a Chinese Visa can range from 100 to 300 CAD / person depending on added assistance services, express delivery upgrades, etc. It usually takes around 10 days to get a visa approval. 

    MANDATORY: Please send copies of the passports of all passengers to customersuccess@exoticca.com   once you have booked your trip in order for us to process your Chinese Visa Invitation Letter.

    Please be advised that it is the traveler's responsibility to follow-up and be aware of any changes in either Visa requirements or entry conditions.

    • Entry requirements

      Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave China.

    • Visa

      A visa is required. Contact the nearest Chinese diplomatic or consular office for more information on visa.

    • Currency

      Chinese Yuan.

    • Language

      Mandarin Chinese.

    • Electricity

      220 V. Adapter required.

    • Health

      Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.

    • Time zone

      UTC + 08:00.

    • Other useful information

      Different signs, numbers and symbols.

    • Tourist Office website

      http://tourismchina-ca.com/

    Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

    Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

    In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

    Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.

    Children: 2 - 11 years.

    If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 778 807 9750 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

    While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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