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Great Wall, Warriors & Shanghai

China in 12 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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  3. All transfers

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Accommodation: 9 Nights

Itinerary

Experience three of China's most iconic destinations on our tour! In Beijing, explore the capital 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 Canadian 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
Jinjiang Fuyuan Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

92 Reviews

See our full selection
3rd Day: Beijing
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Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, enjoy a tour of the fantastic Temple of Heaven, a religious complex used by emperors from the Qing and Ming dynasties. Here you'll have the opportunity to watch the locals practising Tai Chi in the tranquil surroundings. Afterwards, visit a local Chinese Medicine Factory to learn more about tradtional practises that centre on plants and herbs. Return to the hotel and spend the afternoon at your leisure. We recommend an optional Hutong tour* through central Beijing. Overnight stay in Beijing.

*Optional excursion to Shichahai Hutong & Lama Temple: Hop on a rickshaw, a popular form of transportation in recent years, and visit the Bell Tower and Drum Tower from the outside before stepping into one of the local Siheyuan courtyard houses of Hutong to learn about Chinese paper cutting. Finally, visit the Lama Temple, also known as the Yonghe Temple, which is considered as the largest and most perfectly preserved Buddhist monastery in present-day China.

Important note: Visits may be rescheduled due to weather, operational or political events. We suggest you not to book tours with third parties in case of any penalty due to cancellation.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Jinjiang Fuyuan Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

92 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Temple of Heaven & Chinese Medicine Centre

Light

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Optional
Hutong District & Lama Temple

Moderate

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4th 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. Also, visit the Tea House to then admire the enigmatic Summer Palace. After the tour, try the famous Peking Duck for dinner. Watch the chef slice the golden-brown duck, admiring his skills and the thin crispy skin. You will also learn how to eat this dish as locals do! 

Important note: Visits may be rescheduled due to weather, operational or political events. We suggest you not to book tours with third parties in case of any penalty due to cancellation.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Jinjiang Fuyuan Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

92 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Full-day Tour of Beijing

Moderate

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5th 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 exhibition, where you will learn about the traditional significance of this precious stone. Arrive at the Great Wall where you have time to learn about the history of the wall and enjoy walking on this ancient relic of the past. Return to Beijing and stop at the famous Olympic Park, where you can admire the beautifully architected Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube Aquatics Centre. Transfer to the hotel. We recommend an optional Golden Mask Show, a beautiful cultural performance.* Overnight stay in Beijing.

*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.

Important note: Visits may be rescheduled due to weather, operational or political events. We suggest you not to book tours with third parties in case of any penalty due to cancellation.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Jinjiang Fuyuan Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

92 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Great Wall and Olympic Park Tour

Moderate

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Optional
Golden Mask Dynasty Show
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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, transfer, and check-in to the hotel. Afterwards, enjoy free time to get to know your new surroundings. Try walking around the neighborhood, or join an optional night tour* to get a deeper view of the local highlights. Overnight stay in Xi'an.

*Optional night tour: Take an evening tour, beginning with the North Square of the Wild Goose Pagoda, then heading all the way to The Grand Tang Mall, also known as Datang Everbright City. This pedestrian-friendly park offers a captivating experience that transports you back to the Tang Dynasty with lights, statues, and stalls.

Important note: Visits may be rescheduled due to weather, operational or political events. We suggest you not to book tours with third parties in case of any penalty due to cancellation.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Titan Central Park or similar
tripadvisor rating

47 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Xian evening tour and Datang everbright city

Moderate

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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. Visit the terracotta workshop and get closer to the warriors while learning traditional crafting techniques. Next, dive to visit Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter, where you will challenge yourself to take a food adventure and enjoy your shopping time there. Overnight stay in Xi'an.

*Optional Tang Dynasty show with dumpling banquet dinner: 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. Enjoy a dumpling banquet for dinner, included with this activity!

Important note: Visits may be rescheduled due to weather, operational or political events. We suggest you not to book tours with third parties in case of any penalty due to cancellation.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Titan Central Park or similar
tripadvisor rating

47 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Terracotta Warriors & Muslim Quarter

Moderate

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Optional
Tang Dynasty Show with Dumpling Banquet Dinner
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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. Check-in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening in this dazzling metropolis. Overnight stay in Shanghai.

Important note: the train ride from Xi'an to Shanghai is expected to take about 6 hours.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Harbour Plaza Metropolita... or similar
tripadvisor rating

148 Reviews

See our full selection
9th Day: Shanghai
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Breakfast at the hotel. Head out into the city on a tour of Shanghai's highlights. Begin in the Bund, a historic riverside promenade facing the towering skyscrapers of Pudong. Continue to 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.

*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. 

Important note: Visits may be rescheduled due to weather, operational or political events. We suggest you not to book tours with third parties in case of any penalty due to cancellation.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Harbour Plaza Metropolita... or similar
tripadvisor rating

148 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Shanghai Half-day Visit

Moderate

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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.

Important note: Visits may be rescheduled due to weather, operational or political events. We suggest you not to book tours with third parties in case of any penalty due to cancellation.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Harbour Plaza Metropolita... or similar
tripadvisor rating

148 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 hotel*. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to Canada. Night on board. 

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

12th Day: Canada
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Arrive in Canada and end your trip. 

Included activities

Included

Temple of Heaven & Chinese Medicine Centre

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. Then, visit a traditional Chinese Medicine Centre.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Included

Great Wall and Olympic Park Tour

Included activity for day 5 in Beijing

Stop to learn about jade craftmanship before arriving at the Great Wall. Get a guided overview of its history and structure, then stop at the Olympic Green to appreciate its iconic Bird's Nest stadium and Water Cube from the outside.

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

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included

Terracotta Warriors & Muslim Quarter

Included activity for day 7 in Xi'an

Discover the famous Terracotta Warriors! See the troops in battle formation and learn about this archeological find. Visit a terracotta workshop and end the day in the historic Muslim Quarter and its Great Mosque.

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

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included

Shanghai Half-day Visit

Included activity for day 9 in Shanghai

See the highlights of Shanghai in this half-day tour. Begin with the Bund, a historic district on the waterfront. Next, head to the Old Bazaars and Shanghai Museum to learn more about local culture. End at a silk factory and see the maker's process.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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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

Hutong District & Lama Temple

Suggested activity for day 3 in Beijing

Head to the traditional neighborhood of Shichahai Hutong to enjoy a rickshaw ride. End at the famous Lama Temple, the most important Buddhist monastery in modern China.

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 13:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

more information
Optional

Full-day Tour of Beijing

Suggested activity for day 4 in Beijing

Begin in Tiananmen Square and then head to the Forbidden City, an impressive palace complex once home to the emperor. Visit the "Summer Palace," where the imperial family would go to escape the heat. Then, try delicious Peking Duck for dinner!

Duration 10:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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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 5 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

more information
Optional

Xian evening tour and Datang everbright city

Suggested activity for day 6 in Xi'an

Visit the North Square and make a photo-stop at the Wild Goose pagoda. Walk around the Grand Tang Mall at the Datang everbright city, enjoying a stunning show of lights, sculptures, and street vendors.

Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: 18:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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The price includes

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  • Departures from main Canadian 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 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

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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.

  • 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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