Discover Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou (Land-Only Tour Package)
Only have a limited amount of time, but want to travel to China’s most visited cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou? This is now made possible with the construction of the Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway, which connects Beijing and Shanghai with a trip time of just under 5 hours. Enjoy the best that two very different regions have to offer in a single trip – from Peking Duck to Soup Dumplings, from high royalty to high fashion, from serene temples to serene gardens, from ancient panoramas to out-of-this world skylines. Nevertheless, see why these cities have become the centers of commerce, influence, and culture in China, and you will soon realize that these cities are more alike than what they seem.
The 9-Day Beijing-Shanghai Odyssey is a travel through the birth and growth of modern China, and includes visits to the following sites. Want a sneak peak of sights of Beijing and Shanghai? Watch these YouTube videos on Beijing and Shanghai by MadePossible.
The Forbidden City
The Great Wall
Temple of Heaven
Gate of Heavenly Peace
City God Temple
Master of the Nets Garden
Meijiawu Dragon Well Tea Garden
What's Included / Not Included?
Included Not Included
8 nights accommodations at 5-star hotel
International airfare & luggage fees.
The Beijing-Shanghai flight may already be included in your international airfare.
If not, we recommend traveling from Beijing to Shanghai via the new 5-hour-long high-speed train for $100 per person.
21 meals listed in itinerary Visa and passport fees
Transfers between airport and hotel (specific times, see "Essentials" tab) Personal expenses
Air-conditioned sightseeing bus with experienced licensed driver Gratuities: typically $10 per traveler/per day
Professional English-speaking tour guides Optional activities and meals not included in itinerary
Entrance fees to included sightseeing venues Additional hotel nights: $100/pp/pn for single occupancy, $50/pp/pn for double occupancy
China travel liability insurance
Taxes for tour package
This tour begins every week on Thursdays. Prices are quoted in USD per person per tour.
Day 1, Thursday - Relax
Meet your personal local guide before relaxing and enjoying your first evening in Beijing. We recommend arriving on Thursday between 2PM-10PM local time, so we can provide you with free airport-hotel transfer. Outside of these hours, we recommend taking a taxi which is very convenient.
Day 2, Friday - Discover Royalty
Visit the largest public square in the world – Tiananmen Square. Walk through the Gate of Heavenly Peace and view one of the world's greatest cultural heritage sites at the Forbidden City, where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ruled the Middle Kingdom for nearly 500 years. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a visit to the Pearl Museum. In the afternoon, enjoy a walk around Summer Palace, known for the best preserved and largest imperial garden in China. In the evening, savor a specially prepared meal of Peking Duck cooked to crispy perfection.
Day 3, Saturday - Explore a World Wonder
After breakfast, recapture the welcoming spirit of the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the two of its most iconic and magnificent venues - the Bird's Nest (Beijing National Stadium) and the Water Cube (National Aquatics Center) where Michael Phelps achieved 8 gold medals in stunning fashion. In the afternoon, we take you on a scenic drive through the countryside to China's most renowned landmark - The Great Wall. It is most famous for its ancient defensive walls used to ward off enemies from the north. On the way back, take a look inside the Jade Museum, the largest of its kind in the world. Back in the city, enjoy a relaxing foot massage followed by dinner and the fascinating Acrobatics Show.
Day 4, Sunday - Dive into History
In the morning, take a tour of 570-year-old Qianmen Dashilan, the first and oldest commercial street in Beijing which was refurbished in 2007. After lunch, visit the Temple of Heaven, a celestial monument built in 1420 where emperors went to worship heaven. We conclude the evening with a soothing foot massage and a chance for all to shop for men and women’s fashion at Silk Street. Dinner will be served at a scrumptious local restaurant.
Day 5, Monday - Travel from Beijing to Shanghai
In the morning, take the new high speed train from Beijing to Shanghai. Your personal local guide will be at Shanghai Station to meet and greet you. Our next two destinations are Nanjing Road and Shanghai Chenghuang Miao (or the City God Temple of Shanghai), which forms the core of the old city of Shanghai. Today the City God Temple not only refers to the large temple complex, but also the traditional district of commerce in the city, surrounding the temple. There are over a hundred stores and shops in this area, and most of these store buildings are nearly a century old. After the dinner, you may join the optional tour on the Huangpu River night cruise to enjoy the night view of Shanghai (see Optional Activities).
*If your international flight does not include the Beijing-Shanghai segment, we recommend the new high speed train which takes only 5 hours. This can be included as part of the tour package for $100 per person.
Day 6, Tuesday - Shanghai & Suzhou
After breakfast, ride a charter bus to Suzhou, which is often referred to by the Chinese as the "Venice of the East.” Tour one of the finest gardens in China at the Master of the Nets Garden. It is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills for synthesizing art, nature, and architecture to create unique metaphysical masterpieces. The Master of the Nets is particularly regarded among garden connoisseurs for its mastering the techniques of relative dimension, contrast, foil, sequence and depth, and borrowed scenery. Then, we’ll visit Suzhou Embroidery Institute, which is famous for its beautiful patterns, elegant colors, variety of stitches, and consummate craftsmanship. Its stitching is meticulously skillful, coloration subtle and refined. Suzhou artists are able to use more than 40 needlework and 1,000 different types of threads to make flower, bird, animal and garden embroideries. After dinner, you may take an optional cruise on the Grand Canal (see Optional Activities).
Day 7, Wednesday - Suzhou to Hangzhou
After breakfast, we head to Hangzhou and start the day off on a cruise of the picturesque West Lake, which was created from a pearl that belonged to a phoenix and a dragon and proclaimed by the Chinese as “The Landscape Composed by a Painter.” Stroll along the lake's causeways and immerse yourself in its beauty. No tour to Hangzhou is complete without experiencing the world renowned Meijiawu Dragon Well Tea Garden. The first picked tea leaves of the new harvest or “royal tea” were once reserved solely for the Emperor and transported to him via the Grand Canal. The traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony will be demonstrated followed by a sample of authentic tea. The smooth appearance, fragrant aroma and sweet taste will be on full display. After dinner, enjoy a West Lake Night Show (see Optional Activities), which tells an unforgettable romantic love story.
Day 8, Thursday - Hangzhou to Shanghai
After breakfast, we head back to Shanghai. In the 1930s, Shanghai was renowned as "the Pearl of the East.” Take a walk down Nanjing Road and the Bund, flanked on one side by the Huangpu River and on the other by hotels, banks, offices, and clubs that were the grandiose symbols of western commercial power. Afterwards, we will visit the impressive Shanghai Carpet Factory.
Day 9, Friday - Continue Your Journey
After breakfast, prepare to continue your journey in other parts of China or board your return flight and take home everlasting memories. If you wish to end your stay in China after the tour, please depart Shanghai between 8AM-noon on Friday, as we provide free airport transfer during those times. Outside of these hours, we recommend taking a taxi which is very convenient.
Golden Mask Dynasty Stage Show, Beijing - $30/person
Legend of Kung Fu Show - $30/person
Cruise on the Grand Canal, Suzhou - $30/person
West Lake Night Show, Hangzhou - $30/person
Red Porcelain Pottery Making - $30/person
Huangpu River Night Cruise - 30/person
Places of Interest
You can change your tour date at anytime for FREE, up to 10 days before it starts. Within 10 days of your tour starting, the itinerary is non-changeable.
You can cancel your order within 7 days of purchase for full refund, no questions asked. After 7 days and up to 10 days before tour start date, any cancellation requires a $50 fee per reservation. Within 10 days, the trip is non-refundable.
Tour includes land package only. Feel free to book your own intercontinental flights or let us help. You'll need to arrive within 5 days before your tour start date to get these awesome rates.
Free airport transfer is provided to travelers who arrive on the first day of the tour between 2PM and 10PM or who depart on the last day of the tour between 8AM and noon. Outside of these hours, we recommend taking a taxi which is very convenient.
Due to our partner's policies, travelers may not join two or more tours in one single entry into China.
Traveler(s) are required to follow the scheduled tour itinerary and join all tour activities.
PandaTrail reserves the right to substitute other hotels of equal or higher value based on availability.
Got more questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us.