8 Day Beijing, Xi'an & Shanghai Highlights
8 Day Beijing, Xi’an & Shanghai Highlights
A vast country of over a billion people with a history that dates back to the dawn of time, China presents a challenge to travelers for whom time is a luxury. That said, you’d be surprised just how much of this fascinating land you can cover in just a few days. This brief-yet-surprisingly-broad introduction provides a tantalizing taste for the first-time visitor that will no doubt whet the appetite for further exploration in one of the world’s most captivating places.
It starts in Beijing, where ancient China and the modern age meet. After getting settled, explore this fascinating city on a private tour of its many highlights and landmarks, including (but in no way limited to) historic Tiananmen Square, the UNESCO-protected Forbidden City, and the glorious gardens of the Summer Palace before embarking on a cruise around vast Kunming Lake. Next, stand before the imposing Great Wall on a private tour of a picturesque and painstakingly restored section of the world’s largest historical site. The journey continues in Xi’an, the imperial capital of the Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang dynasties that ruled China for hundreds of years. You’ll get the chance to meet the city’s most famous residents – Qin Shi Huang’s 7,000-strong Terra-Cotta Warriors – as well as the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Ancient City Wall with a private guide. Last stop: dazzling, always-buzzing Shanghai. First, explore the famed Bund waterfront and jaw-dropping futuristic architecture of the dynamic “Paris of the East” on a private tour that takes you from the edge of the Huangpu and through a dizzying array of styles (Romanesque, Renaissance, Gothic, Art Deco, and modernist, just for starters). Later, shift gears and experience Shanghai’s more serene and cerebral side courtesy of a private tour that takes in the Shanghai Museum (home to 120,000 artifacts), the Jade Buddha Temple, and Yu Garden. The perfect experience for a first-time or short-time traveler, this trip offers a taste of China that leaves visitors eager for seconds.
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