China Essence

Featuring:
Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Suzhou

Starting From $1,205.00 Land Only

Duration 9 Days

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Charming Travel Destinations, Travel Agencies & Bureaus, El Monte, CA

Visit some of China’s timeless natural beauties in China with emphasis in Xian. Visit different cities and learn about the soldiers of the first emperor in Shanghai! You will be able to learn about their history, culture, and customs. In addition, you will be able to see how some things are made such as Terra-Cotta warriors and silk. Enjoy a China Essence tour today!

This Tour Package Includes:

  • China Domestic Air Transportation
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals per itinerary
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Services of English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Escorted Group Tour by coach

Tour Highlights:

  • Great Wall of China
  •  Juyong Pass of the Wall
  • Olympic Park
  • Bird’s Nest
  • National Stadium
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Bell Tower
  • Ancient City Wall
  • Terra Cotta Warrior Museum
  • Lingering Garden

Package Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Passport fees, visa fees, etc.
  • Personal purchases
  • Meals/admission not in itinerary
  • Optional tours (If applicable)
*If minimum group size is not met, the tour will be a bilingual speaking tour with an English/Chinese speaking guide.
*Final confirmation will be provided 1 week prior to the departure date

In the ever-changing world we live, Charming Travel Destinations wants to equip you, our trusted clients with important travel information from current luggage policies, weather, currency exchange, and more. Visit our Travel Handbook Guide.

Meals: B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Have any questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions Section.

  • Day 1: Beijing
    Upon arrival in Beijing, transfer to the hotel and check in. The remainder of the day will be at yours to enjoy.                                                                                                           

  • Day 2: Beijing
    In the morning, visit the Juyon Pass of  the famous Great Wall of China, listed as World UNESCO Heritage Site in 1987. Enjoy a walk on the wall, seeing the beautiful rugged mountain scenery and the fort and perimeter wall that have been restored to their original glory. Later, head to the Olympic Park where the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games took place. The park houses ten venues including the Olympic Village, and other supporting facilities. See the Bird's Nest, the National Stadium, which is situated in Olympic Green Village. Transfer back to the hotel and the remaining of the day will be yours to enjoy or opt for an optional tour.  (B, L)
    Optional Tour: Tiananmen Square Night Drive & Dinner
    Day 3 : Beijing
    Today, the entire day will be at your own leisure to enjoy or opt for an optional tour.
    Optional Tour: Summer Palace & Forbidden City & Lunch
    Optional Tour: Chinese Acrobatic Show & Dinner

  • Day 4: Beijing ~Xian
    In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. Rated as a National Key Cultural Relic Preserve as well as an AAAA Tourist Attraction, it attracts numerous visitors for its fame in the Buddhist religion and its simple but appealing style of construction. In the afternoon, pass by the Bell Tower and visit the Ancient City Wall, the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. (B)
  • Day 5: Xian 
    In the morning, visit the famous Terra Cotta Warrior Museum. It is a super large collection of life-size terra cotta sculptures in battle formations, reproducing the mega imperial guard troops of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of the first unified dynasty of Imperial China. Being the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Terracotta Army is no doubt a must-see for every visitor to Xian. In the afternoon, visit the Shaanxi History Museum, regarded as 'the pearl of ancient dynasties and house of Chinese treasures', gives a miniature overview of the thousands of years of Chinese history and the splendid ancient cultures of olden times.  (B, L)
  • Day 6: Xian - Suzhou
    This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Suzhou via Wuxi or Shanghai. Upon arrival, visit Ancient Canal. Constructed from Spring and Autumn period (770 BC – 453 BC) and basically completed in mid-Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), Suzhou Grand Canal has been the golden waterway for thousands of years bringing prosperity to the city's economy. Discover the contrast between ancient tradition and innovating culture as one bank spreads out a variety of high-rise buildings and the other is full of antique features. In the late afternoon, head to Li Gon Di Causeway. Using several bridges to connect small islands and built in traditional Suzhou architectural style, Li Gong Di Causeway features a Southern  China water town. (B, D)
  • Day 7: Suzhou - Shanghai
    In the morning, visit the Lingering Garden. one of the four most famous gardens in China. Possessing typical Qing style, it is well known for the exquisite beauty of its magnificent halls, and the various sizes, shapes, and colors of the buildings. Afterward, continue your trip to Shanghai. On arrival, visit Xintiandi. It is unique because of its concept of construction. It retains the antique walls, tiles and exterior of the Shikumen housing of old Shanghai. Here you can enjoy international gallery, bars and cafes, boutiques and theme restaurants. When you walk into it, you will get the taste of both Shanghai in the 1920's and the sonic modern lifestyle of urbanites of the 21st century. Afterward, head to Nanjing Road, China's premier shopping street. Today it is a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world.(B, L)
    Optional Tour: Shanghai Observation Deck & Dinner
  • Day 8: Shanghai
    Today, the whole day will be at your own leisure to enjoy. (B)
  • Day 9: Home
     Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home as your trip comes to an end (B)
*Services of Bilingual English/Chinese-speaking guide.
*Final confirmation will be provided 1 week prior to the departure date.
*If minimum group size is not met, the tour will be a bilingual speaking tour with an English/Chinese speaking guide.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the group size of this tour?
    Tourist from all over the world join this tour and it can vary from 4 passengers to 45 passengers. Our China tours are suitable for families, kids, seniors.
  2. What kind of tour is this?
    This is an Escorted Group Tour by coach. This guided tour features the highlights of certain cities in a brief visit.
  3. How much does single supplement or triple sharing cost?
    Single supplement costs an additional $400USD and triple sharing has a $40USD deduction.
  4. Does this tour include any flights?
    Land Only packages only include domestic flights within one country. International and Inter-Asia flights are not included.
  5. What if I don’t want to join the tour some days or only join for half a day?
    Due to this is a group tour, you will need to follow the group for the entire program and cannot deviate. Any deviation will result in a penalty at the discretion of the local office.
  6. Is there a luggage limit?
    The luggage allowed for each passenger on our Group tours is limited to one piece of a maximum of 66lbs (note airlines and trains have their own limits, normally lower). We may refuse to accept excessively bulky luggage.
  7. Will someone help me with my luggage?
    Porterage is not included and you are responsible to handle your own luggage at all times.
  8. What mode of transportation will be used?
    This tour will use a Coach unless specifically stated.
  9. Will the bus have toilets?
    China Group tours will not have toilets in the bus.
  10. Are the tours wheelchair friendly?
    Our coaches are not equipped with access ramps for wheelchairs.
  11. What do I do if I want to extend my stay?
    Contact us and let us know if you want pre or post and how many days.
  12. How long is the duration of tour?
    A full day of tour is scheduled from around 8am to 7pm
  13. Can three guests stay in the same room?
    Yes, they can. Hotel rooms in China tend to be international standard. It may be a fold out bed or sofa bed. We would suggest this for families travelling with a child.
  14. Can we change the meal plan?
    Charming Travel Destinations offers vegetarian meal options for travelers. Regrettably, we cannot accommodate certain food options in China like Gluten Free or Halal during Group tours. For private tours, we can accommodate anything, but for this group tour we cannot. Please inquire if you have any allergies we need to know about.
  15. What information do I need to provide to book?
    Please provide legal names, email address, phone number, mailing address, number of rooms (single-triple occupancy), travel insurance preference, birth dates, and passport information.
  16. Do I need a visa to visit ?
    US and Canada passport holders need a visa to visit China. All else, please contact us to check.
  17. How much is the deposit to reserve a spot in the tour?
    For Land Only, the deposit is $300USD. For Land + Air packages, the deposit will be 50% of overall tour price
  18. Are there gratuities included? If not included, how much?
    Gratuities are not included and we suggest the equivalence of $10USD in country currency or USD per person per day.
  19. When should I expect to receive my travel documents and confirmations?
    Travel Documents and Hotel confirmations will be emailed out 1 week before arrival.
  20. What time can we check-in or out?
    The hotel check in is usually about 2pm and check out is 10am. If you want your room to be available for more time, consider booking an extra night.
  21. Are airport transfers included?
    Airport transfers are included in China. This service is subject to limitations such as hour, airport terminal and as stated on the itinerary.
  22. Are the hotels listed the exact ones we will get?
    Final hotel confirmation will not be available until 1 week prior to departure. Hotels may be confirmed at any of the hotels listed or at similar properties.
 
  • Asia Hotel – Beijing, China* or similar
    No 8 West Xinzhong Street, East Gongti Road, Dongcheng,

    In a sleek high-rise, this upscale hotel is an 8-minute walk from a metro station, 6 km from the Forbidden City and 8 km from Tiananmen Square. 

    Warmly decorated, the airy, polished rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; upgraded rooms add living areas with sofas. Club level rooms have access to a lounge that includes a business center, a meeting room and a snack bar.

    Check In Time:      02:00pm
    Check Out Time:   12:00pm
    Website: http://www.bj-asiahotel.com.cn/

  • Golden Flower by Shangri-La – Xian, China *
    8 Chang Le Road West Metro Line 1B

    This family-friendly Xi'an hotel is located on the Strip, within 2 mi (3 km) of Wang Ji Temple, Xingqing Lake, and Xī'ān Museum. Zhangxueliang Residence and TangBo Art Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Along with 2 restaurants, this hotel has a marina and an indoor pool. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a health club, a bar/lounge, and a sauna are onsite.

    All 382 rooms feature comforts like premium bedding and pillow menus, while conveniences include refrigerators and coffee makers. Guests will also find free WiFi, free wired Internet, and 24-hour room service.

    Check In Time:      02:00pm
    Check Out Time:   12:00pm
    Website:                  www.shangri-la.com/cn/xian/goldenflower

  • Grand Metropark Hotel – Suzhou, China *
    1355 Jinjihu Ave, Suzhou Industrial Park

    Located in Suzhou City Centre, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Suzhou University, Gate to the East, and SuZhou YuRun ShiMei HeTian Yu YiShuGuan. CiXiu YunShu ZhanShiGuan and Suzhou Dinghui Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Along with a restaurant, this hotel has an indoor pool and a health club. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include a bar/lounge, a conference center, and self parking.

    All 482 rooms offer free wired Internet, 24-hour room service, and LCD TVs with satellite channels. Minibars, coffee makers, and free newspapers are among the other amenities available to guests.

    Check In Time:      02:00pm
    Check Out Time:   12:00pm
    Website:                  www.metroparkhotels.com/suzhou

  • Baolong Hotel – Shanghai, China * or similar
    No. 180 Yixian Road , Hongkou, 200051 Shanghai, China

    The Shanghai Baolong Hotel (Baolong Binguan) is located in the northeast of Shanghai, about 24 km (15 mi) from Hongqiao Airport, 10 minutes drive from Shanghai Railway Station and 15 km (9.3 mi) from the city center. Metro Line 3's Dabaishu Station or Jiangwan Town Station are about a 15 minute walk away. The hotel has a total of 379 guestrooms and suites ranging from standard to presidential suites, comfortably decorated and equipped with air conditioning, color TV, telephone, mini bar and refrigerator.

    The Grand Mercure Baolong Hotel also has an International Convention Center and variously sized meetings room and a business center offering fax, typing and photocopying services. There is a wide range of recreational facilities including tennis courts, an ice skating rink, an indoor swimming pool, a bowling alley, sauna, beauty salon and the Star River Disco to choose from. The Grand Mercure's restaurants offer Shanghai and Chaozhou cuisine, Japanese dishes and there is also a Piano bar and shopping arcade on the premises.

    Check in: 2:00pm
    Check out: 12:00pm

    http://www.baolonghotelshanghai.com/

  • Hotel Conditions
    PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

    *All Hotels are subject to change until final confirmation

    *All rooms are based on standard Run of House and room type cannot be guaranteed

    *Final confirmation will be provided 1 week prior to the departure date

    *For travelers with their own pre or post tour arrangements:
    In the event of any hotel changes, transportation to the confirmed hotel must be arranged on your own expense

Arrival Land Availability
Oct 18, 2019 $1,205.00 Sold Out

Prices are based on per person, double occupancy.  “Land Only” rates do not include international air tickets. Charming Travel Destinations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum 2 passengers to guarantee rate. All hotels are subject to availability. Hotels may be substituted with another or similar category. Prices and availability are subject to change at any time and prices are not guaranteed until we receive your final payment.  We reserve the right to modify the itinerary to ensure a smooth and safe trip. 
China visa is required for all US passport holders

Email us at [email protected] for other departure city Air Rates

*Final confirmation will be provided 1 week prior to the departure date

*If minimum group size is not met, the tour will be a bilingual speaking tour with an English/Chinese speaking guide.

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