8 Days Essence of China Tour

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8 Days Essence of China Tour

From US$1365 per adult


Beijing (3 Nights) ,Xi'an (2 Nights) ,Shanghai (2 Nights)

Duration: 8 Days & 7 Nights
Tour Type: Multi-City Tour
Tour Code: CTP02


Discover the Historical & Modern China.

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US$ 1365

per adult


US$ 1365

per adult


US$ 1365

per adult


US$ 1365

per adult


US$ 1365

per adult


US$ 1365

per adult


US$ 1365

per adult

Notes: The above rates is based on 4-person group of twin sharing room.

Tour Class
Start Date
End Date
Adult (12+)
Children (2-12)
US$ 3292

1Highlights & Map

See both ancient civilization and modern progress Review glories at Olympic Park View the ancient life size Terra-Cotta Warrior Corps Feel modern development in Shanghai


Day 01Beijing

Destinations: Arrive in Beijing


You'll be met on arrival at Beijing airport. Free time rest of the day to explore the nearby streets, or rest to catch up on your jetlag. Beijing is a city of amazing contrasts – an ancient capital with incredible historical sites, and a bustling modern metropolis hosted the 2008 Olympics.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven

36 Nanwei Road (Nanwei Lu) Beijing China Show Map


Day 02Beijing

Destinations: Beijing


After breakfast head out for Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest public square, which is closely linked to The Forbidden City, from which the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties governed for over 500 years. Later you'll visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Emperors prayed for good harvests and rain, or gave thanks for the harvest. Today's itinerary includes a visit to the old Beijing handicraft workshop.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven

36 Nanwei Road (Nanwei Lu) Beijing China Show Map


Day 03Beijing

Destinations: Beijing


After breakfast, we will leave for Great Wall at Badaling, which stretches for over 6000km, and was originally built to protect China from the barbarians. You can walk and climb at your own pace.
In the afternoon, you will have chance to view exterior view of Olympic Venues. The 2008 Beijing Olympic Park and Olympic village have been opened to public from October, 2008. You may stop and take some photos and have a glimpse of the Olympic stadiums, such as Bird's Nest - National Stadium, and Water Cube - National Aquatics Center.
Finally visit the Summer Palace, the most beautiful imperial garden in China. You can have a boat ride on the lake which is a best way to enjoy the beautiful view.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven

36 Nanwei Road (Nanwei Lu) Beijing China Show Map


Day 04Beijing, Xi'an

Destinations: Beijing to Xi'an


You will be free in the morning until being transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Xi'an which is one of the oldest cities in China. Xi'an was the national capital for over 1,000 years and was also the starting point of the Silk Road. On arrival we will take a visit to one of the best museums in China, the Shaanxi Historical Museum. Among the 400,000 items on display are treasures from many Dynasties including magnificent bronzes and porcelain, many of which have never been on permanent display before.

Hotel: Hotel Ibis Xian

No.59 Heping Road Bei Lin District Shaanxi Show Map


Day 05Xi'an

Destinations: Xi'an


Terracotta Warriors and Horses are part of the underground tomb of the Emperor Qin. Well over 7000 figures in full battle array are formed for battle in several large pits. Many of the figures - soldiers, archers, horses and chariots have been restored. In the afternoon we are going to the Bell Tower where you can get a bird's view of the city from the top. We will continue to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda where widely renowned Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his collection of classic Buddhist artifacts brought from India.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Hotel Ibis Xian

No.59 Heping Road Bei Lin District Shaanxi Show Map


Day 06Xi'an, Shanghai

Destinations: Xi'an to Shanghai


Fly to Shanghai. On arrival we visit the Shanghai Museum which possesses a collection of 120,000 precious works of art, and then The Bund - the old colonial sector, which is home to a myriad of European-styled buildings that face the Huangpu River. It is a must-see when visiting Shanghai. Architectural styles include gothic, baroque, Romanesque, and renaissance.

Hotel: New Asia Hotel Shanghai

No.422 Tian Tong Road, ShanghaiShow Map


Day 07Shanghai

Destinations: Shanghai


Today you visit the Jade Buddha Temple, the lovely old Yuyuan Garden, and the famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower (also known as the Pearl Tower, for its distinctive shape). The second-highest platform provides wonderful views over Shanghai and the Huang Pu River, and those with a good head for heights can choose to buy a ticket to continue on to the very top.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: New Asia Hotel Shanghai

No.422 Tian Tong Road, ShanghaiShow Map


Day 08Shanghai

Destinations: Depart from Shanghai

Activities: Your time is your own, until you are ready to be transferred to the airport for your departure.

3Price Policy

Price Includes

  • Hotel accommodation in twin shared room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner).
  • Domestic flights, trains or buses as specified in the itinerary
  • Airport tax and fuel fee.
  • Private car/coach for transfers service and sightseeing program as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Local English-speaking tour guide for transfers and sightseeing program as indicated in each city.
  • Entrance fees to scenic spots as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Service charge and government Taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Entry or exit China international airfare or train tickets.
  • Hotel room/cruise cabin single supplement.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
  • Gratuities to the tour guide, driver and hotel bellboy.
  • Fees for entry visa to China.
  • Traveler insurance.
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary.
Note: Tipping is now considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration. However, this is a matter of personal discretion. You may use following as a reference.Suggested Tipping: for local guide: $8 to $10 per person(guest) per day, for driver: $4 to $5 per person(guest) per day.
Cancellation and Refund Policy for Tours Reservation
Cancellation in advance Cancellation penalty
More than 30 days No Cancellation Fee
30-10 days 50% of the full payment
9-0 days or no show 100% of the full payment

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Reviews (100% / overall satisfaction:)

Ms. Elisabeth Leembruggen

Aug.04, 2011

Overall Satisfaction:
Hello Tom,

Sorry for the delay in my reply – you know after a holiday there is always a ton of work waiting at the office.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a superb trip – we really enjoyed our experiences in China and were especially impressed by the service we received from our guides throughout. They were always willing to go the extra mile or show us a new attraction. We really enjoyed the historical sights in Beijing and Xian – also being avid sports fans we were happy to be taken to the Beijing Olympic stadium. Our last destination is shanghai, where we flied back to Australia, here we walked along the Bund, the classic image of Shanghai and the city's main attraction. Sweeping along the western side of the Huangpu River, the majestic buildings date back to Shanghai's grandest days. It’s really terrific!

Being in a foreign country where very few people are fluent in English can be daunting however it was not a problem at all – Thank you for a well organized, hassle free trip.

Kind regards,

Elisabeth Leembruggen

Ms. Thomas Keynes

Jul.19, 2011

Overall Satisfaction:
First of all I want to thank you very much,on my behalf and on behalf of my wife, all the people who contributed in the preparation and the making of this wonderful China tour.

All aspects of the tour were carried out as planned without delays and as expected. I recommend strongly to those who are planning to visit China to do it with China Travel Depot!

All meals were fantastic. I would recommend the show and dinner at Xian and Peking duck dinner in Beijing to friends and family.

We felt that this China trip was extremely satisfactory. Our tour guide in Beijing was especially good. We would like to extend our warmest thanks to her for making our trip so fantastic, and we only wished we had more time in Xian.

I want to say something impressive in each city. Beijing: The Great Wall was awesome, generally the group did not like the Chinese opera (Monkey King was a bit childish, but I appreciate the history of it all). Shanghai: Wonderful city, great architecture, we wish we had another day there to hang out and go to the nightclubs. Old town was well worth the trip (very local). Acrobatic show was also good and I believe these performers are probably the ones that eventually make it to shows like Cirque de Solei.

All in all, I love my China trip, and I hope to travel China again in some other cities.

Thomas Keynes, U.S.A

Ms. Pedro Gonzalez

Jul.12, 2011

Overall Satisfaction:
Dear Carol,
As promissed I am sending you my detailed feedback to be published on your site. You can publish also my email address. Before starting the tour we were afraid about the rainy weather, being monsoon season, but we were extremely lucky as only 1 day of 8 were with drizzle.

I can start saying that the golden tour paid off all the money as the accomodation, meals and sightseeings were perfect and flawless. We didnt have any default in tour timing and we succeeded to accomplish all. Everiything was really excellent. The local guides were very professional, skilled, supportive and flexible to any adjustments we asked for. The food was delicious . We can not pinpoint the best meal because we liked them most.

The most impressive tour station to me is Beijing. The route of Great Olympic was great. I enjoyed these magnificent gyms and stadiums. The Shaanxi Historical Museum, (which I have been before) I enjoyed it more the second time round and would recommend it to be a must-see in Xian. Of course, the main attraction is the Warriors which is mind-boggling.

Over all we really enjoyed every single day of our 8 days trip and we would definitely recommend China Travel Depot to all of our friends and to anybody planning a trip to China.

Best regards,
Pedro Gonzalez

6Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers


Feb. 05,2013 14:35

Asked by Mr.Myoungsu Paik ()

About Breakfast, Pickup
Each hotel offers breakfast? or pay extra fee? In First day and Last day, Pick up service for hotel/airport is included?
Answers 1

Feb. 05,2013 17:17

Answered by Mr.Jonas (China)

Yes, each hotel offers breakfast, the pick up is not included, costs 20US$ or so in Beijing, but here is big deal, book earlier, you could get up to 10% discount. http://www.chinatraveldepot.com/ChinaTours/early_bird-group-tours
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