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7 Days Shanghai Nanjing Beijing Tour

 China Metropolitan Trips - 7 Days Shanghai Nanjing Beijing Tour

Tour Code: MC-CCT-07
Departure: Daily

Highlights: This is a 7 days capital trip including Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing. Shanghai is China’s economic capital, and Nanjing and Beijing are the capital cities of China. Three capital metropolises have their own features and highlights in tourism. Three city tour may help you touch the soul of China ...

Attractions: Forbidden City, Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Tiananmen, Olympic Venues, Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Fuzimiao, Shanghai Museum, Jin Mao Tower, Yuyuan Garden, Nanjing Road, Shanghai Old Street

shanghai nanjing beijing tours
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jin mao tower
Shanghai Jin Mao Tower
nanjing road
Shanghai Nanjing Road View
classical building
Shanghai Classical Building
jade buddha temple
Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple

Day 1. Arrival in Shanghai (-/-/-)
The Recommended Hotel – Courtyard by Marriott Hotel (4 stars)
Cuisine Offered – /

Upon your arrival in the airport of Shanghai, our English-speaking guide and driver will meet you at the airport exit, and then transfer to your hotel in downtown area. On the way, our guide will give you a brief introduction to Shanghai, and some travel tips and suggestions to your stay in Shanghai. Our guide will help you check in the hotel, and then have a talk with you on the details of the next day’s trip. The rest day is free, and you can take a break in the hotel or walk around the area nearby the hotel.

Day 2. Travel in Shanghai (B/L/-)
The Recommended Hotel – Courtyard by Marriott Hotel (4 stars)
Cuisine Offered –Typical Local Dishes

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan Garden is the most convenient access to a world of classical garden art in your trip. It is located in Huangpu district, downtown Shanghai. Used to be private garden of Pan family in Ming Dynasty, Yuyuan Garden was built in 1559. It absolutely showcases the classical style of ancient private gardens in design and layout, and boasts the quintessence of classical gardens in East China. It is also the must-see destination of Shanghai for traveling, and the valued sites in garden represented by Yu Ling Long, a rockery ranks one of three most famous stones in Jiangnan region, Diancun Hall, which used to be the headquarters of Xiaodao Rebellion in 1853 and the subsidiary highlights. Yuyuan Garden was opened in 1961, and was listed as the historic site under the state-level protection in 1982. It is also surrounded by many time-honored cuisine stores like Nanxiang Xiaolongbao, Lv Bo Lang and Shanghai Old Restaurant.

Then we will pay a visit to Shanghai Old Street. Shanghai old street located in Huangpu district, downtown Shanghai, with a total length of 825 meters, originally was the important site for shanghai overseas trading and commodities business. It is a memory of old Shanghai 100 years ago. The architectural style and street layout from west to east shows the evolutional history of old Shanghai from Ming and Qing Dynasties to input of western culture. The highlights of the street are its tradition, especially the traditionally featured stores and handicrafts. It is a fenceless museum of Shanghai folk culture.

In the afternoon, we firstly visited Jin Mao Tower. Shanghai Jin Mao Tower located in Lujiazui Financial and Trade Zone, Pudong New District, close to Huangpu River. The tower is 420.5 meters high, the third tallest skyscraper in Shanghai next to Shanghai World Financial Tower and Shanghai Tower, and China’s fourth tallest building. The building is designed by Adrian Smith. It is a successful mixture of Chinese traditional pagoda style and the western architecture technology. As a comprehensive service complex, it serves as the office buildings, international five-star hotel, conventions, amusement and sightseeing. The 88th floor is the center of cityscape sightseeing of Shanghai. The special glass-made skywalk on 88th floor gives you a thrilling but amazing experience as well as the gorgeous panoramic view of downtown Shanghai.

Afterwards, we moved to Shanghai Museum. Shanghai Museum is free of charge. It is a large center collecting the fabulous ancient art masterpieces and antiques of China. The whole building follows the basic philosophy of ancient China – Round Sky and Square Earth. The highlights of the exhibition are the bronze wares, porcelains, calligraphy and painting. It boasts the museum preserving half a part of whole ancient antiques of China. To travel in China, Shanghai Museum is a must-see destination.

And then, we go to Jade Buddha Temple. Shanghai City God Temple is famous for its time-honored history and magnificent building complex at home and abroad. Shanghai City God Temple is located in the busiest and landmark-style tourist area of Chenghuang Miao. Initially, it was an important Taoist temple firstly built during the reign of Emperor Chengzu, specifically during his dominating period (1403-1424). Up to today, it has more than 600 years of history.

Finally, we walk down the Nanjing Road. Shanghai Nanjing Road is one of the world’s most famous and busiest business streets. It is the first business street since Shanghai was opened as a port city. It boasts the NO.1 Business Street of China. Worldwide equating to New York Fifth Avenue, Paris Avenue des Champs Elysees, London Oxford Street and Tokyo Ginza, Nanjing Road is a display window of Shanghai and the paradise for shopping.

shanghai yuyuan garden
The glittering night view of Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai - the traditional building complex standing on the water is decorated with the colorful lights. It indeed deserves a travel.

Day 3: Travel in Nanjing (B/L/-)
The Recommended Hotel – Nanjing Holiday Inn Aqua City (4 stars)
Cuisine Offered –Typical Local Dishes

After breakfast, we take high-speed bullet express train G116 to Nanjing, the former capital city of China during the reign of The Republic of China. This is your first experience to take a bullet train in China. It is the world’s leading express train technology that has been used to bid for several nationally important high-speed railroad projects in the United States. The information of the train in details as below:

Departure City/Time Arrival City/Time Time Duration Stops Included
Shanghai Hongqiao Train Station / 09:45 Nanjing South Station / 10:59 1 hour and 14 minutes East Station of Wuxi for 2 minutes

Nanjing Confucius Temple
The Statue of Confucius
ming xiaoling mausoleum
Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum
Sun Yat-sen mausoleum
Nanjing Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum

The local guide and driver will greet you at the railway station. After taking a rest, your trip in Nanjing will starts from visit to Yangtze River Bridge.

The Yangtze River Bridge in Nanjing is a symbol of achievement that China got in science & technology and the art in hard time. It is not only a striking example of post-Revolutionary art and engineering, but the story behind it is a source of pride for people throughout China, and especially those in Nanjing. It is the first modern bridge completely built by Chinese people. After the 1949 Revolution, China worked closely with the Soviet Union, and the Soviets provided many technical advisors and engineers.

Unfortunately, relations between the two countries deteriorated in the early 1960's, and the USSR brought all of its engineers home. Unwilling to give up, Chinese engineers managed to overcome the challenge and create this monumental and impressive bridge. The huge piers of the bridge are capped with towers topped by giant glass sculptures representing red flags surging forward, vividly recording the enthusiasm and patriotism of 1960's China. To modern China after 1949, it is the most typical landmark of Nanjing and deserves a visit, also for its great historical footprint of socialistic China.

After lunch, we head to Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum. Also known as Zhongshan Ling, it is the mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen, who was the first president of the Republic of China, and the greatest founder of the modern republic in China. The memorial complex was built in 1920s. Its architecture is accentuated by its splendid natural setting on the forested slopes of Purple Mountain (Zijin Mountain) on the outskirts of Nanjing, its buildings made of white stone with dark blue roof tiles.

The next destination we go is Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum. As a famous world cultural heritage site, it is a shared tomb of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang and his Wife with a surname of Ma, in other words, the multi-burial mausoleum of emperor and empress, the founders of Ming Dynasty. The mausoleum was built in 1381, and in 1382, Empress Ma passed away, and buried in this mausoleum. In 1398, Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang passed away and buried in this mausoleum as well. In 1413, as the completion of The Stele of Godly Merit and Saintly Virtue of Xiaoling Mausoleum in Grand Ming Empire, the whole mausoleum area was entirely completed. So in history of Ming Dynasty, Nanjing served as the capital had a privilege in all aspects. The posthumous title of Empress was Xiao Ci(孝慈, filial piety and kindness), therefore, the mausoleum was named to Xiao Ling. It is the top one among the mausoleums of Ming Dynasty in Beijing and Nanjing, and stands for the top achievement of architectural art and stonecutting art in Ming Dynasty. The Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum gives a direct influence to the final formation of imperial mausoleum design, a time of roughly 500 years, such as the Ming Tombs of Beijing, Chuangwang Mausoleum of Hubei province, Qing Mausoleum in Beijing, Liaoning province and Hebei province. All of these imperial mausoleums, approximately 20 imperial tombs, were all built following the convention of Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum.

Finally, We will give a travel to the Fuzimiao Scenic Area. Also known as Confucius Temple, it is the largest memorial building complex in China in memory of Confucius, the greatest sage of China who modeled the mainstream of Chinese culture – Confucianism. The whole zone is strictly designed in the way of traditional architectural style, a vivid and sacred display of rituals importance in Confucianism. Fuzimiao is the center of Qinhuai River Scenic Area, which is a sleepless and glittering area at night.

nanjing city tour
The elephant statues in the scenic zone of Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, which is the only world cultural heritage site in Nanjing and the model of imperial tomb building complex style in Ming and Qing Dynasties

Day 4: Nanjing Flight Transfer to Beijing (B/L/-)
The Recommended Hotel – Royal Phoenix Hotel Beijing (4 stars)
Cuisine Offered –Typical Local Dishes

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Nanjing airport to take the flight MU2811 to Beijing. The flight we arrange in details:

Departure Airport/ Time Arrival Airport/Time Airline Company
Nanjing Lukou International Airport
/ 9:00
Beijing Capital International Airport
China Eastern Airlines

beijing forbidden city
Beijing Forbidden City
tiananmen square
Flag Raising of Tiananmen Square
bird nest beijing
Beijing Bird's Nest
water cube
Water Cube Beijing
mutianyu great wall
Mutianyu Great Wall

Upon your arrival, our guide and driver of Beijing will meet you at the airport, and then transfer to your hotel in downtown Beijing. On the way, our guide will give a brief introduction to Beijing and some useful travel tips to make your travel easier.

After lunch, your first tourist destination of Beijing is Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen Square is the world’s largest city square, and considered as the heart of China. It is the site of several historical events like May 4th movement. Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and the national flag raising ceremony are the highlights of Tiananmen Square travel. It is the first place when you travel in Beijing, and also the main gateway to the Forbidden City.

And then, we move to the Forbidden City. Forbidden City used to be the world’s largest imperial palace complex where 24 Emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties lived in. It is widely considered as the symbol of Chinese civilization and ancient glory of China. Traveling in Beijing, Forbidden City is the must-see destination. Since Emperor Zhu Di, the third Emperor of Ming Empire, selected Beijing as capital city, the construction of Forbidden City begun, and it was completed in 1420. With regard to its name, it is deeply rooted in traditional Chinese uranology, The middle of the heaven was the residence of Heaven Emperor, which is called Zi Wei Yuan. And as the son of Heaven, the earthly Emperor should be lived in the middle of the earth, which is called Zi Jin Cheng

After ending the travel, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 5: Travel in Beijing (B/L/-)
The Recommended Hotel – Royal Phoenix Hotel Beijing (4 stars)
Cuisine Offered –Typical Local Dishes

After a morning pickup at your hotel we will drive directly to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. First built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, Mutianyu Great Wall is older than the Badaling section of the Great Wall. In the Ming dynasty, under the supervision of General Xu Da, construction of the present wall began on the foundation of the wall of Northern Qi. In 1404, a pass was built in the wall. In 1569, the Mutianyu Great Wall was rebuilt and till today most parts of it are well preserved.

Compared with other sections of Great Wall, the Mutianyu Great Wall possesses unique characteristics in its construction. Watchtowers are densely placed along this section of the Great Wall - 22 watchtowers on this 2,250-meter-long stretch. The Mutianyu Pass consists of 3 watchtowers, one big in the center and two smaller on both sides. Standing on the same terrace, the three watchtowers are connected to each other inside and compose a rarely seen structure among all sections of Great Wall.

While Mutianyu does get its fair share of visitors, it does not get as packed as Badaling, allowing you to have a peaceful time exploring the wall. After walking around on Mutianyu, you have the option of coming down via walking, taking a cable car, or taking a toboggan ride (lots of fun and highly recommended!). After meeting our minibus in the parking lot, we will then head back to the city center in the afternoon to the Olympic Green.

The Olympic Green was the center of the event that captivated the world for two weeks in August of 2008. The highlights include the Bird’s Nest (officially known as the Beijing National stadium) and the Water Cube (the Beijing National Aquatics Center).

The stadium gets its nickname from its outward design, which originated from the study of Chinese ceramics, implementing steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof, thus giving the stadium the appearance of a "Bird's nest". The Bird’s Nest hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athletic events, and football final of the 2008 Summer Olympics, from 8 August to 24 August 2008. Since the Olympic end, the Bird’s Nest has been used to host events from opera to a ski park.

Despite its nickname, the Water Cube is not a cube but a cuboid, (a rectangular box). The outer wall of the building is based on the Weaire–Phelan structure, a structure devised from the natural formation of bubbles in soap foam. The complex Weaire–Phelan pattern was developed by slicing through bubbles in soap foam, resulting in more irregular, organic patterns than foam bubble structures proposed earlier by the scientist Kelvin. The Water Cube hosted the swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming events during the Olympics, and was the sight of Michael Phelps’ record breaking Olympic triumph.

After ending the travel, you will be transferred to your hotel.

forbidden city
This is a grand panoramic view of Forbidden City in Beijing. The amazing sightseeing from sky is really revealing the glory of ancient China and its splendor of imperial culture. It is the landmark of China deserving your trip.

Day 6: Travel in Beijing (B/L/-)
The Recommended Hotel – Royal Phoenix Hotel Beijing (4 stars)
Cuisine Offered –Typical Local Dishes

temple of heaven
Beijing Temple of Heaven
lama temple
Beijing Lama Temple
beijing summer palace
Beijing Summer Palace

After breakfast at your hotel you will be driven by our guide to the Temple of Heaven park. The Temple of Heaven is China’s largest ancient architectural complex for giving sacrifice to the heaven, and has been written into the list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 and served as the most important site of holding the annual ceremonies in Ming and Qing Dynasties to pray for the good harvest. The iconic building is famed for its magnificent triple-gabled circular roof. You will also have an opportunity to walk the same imperial walkway that the same emperors walked hundreds of years ago in their holy rites. If possible, you will see the local senior people’s exercise show like Tai Chi and ballroom dancing.

After visiting the Temple of Heaven we will go to visit the Lhama Temple. Yonghe Lamasery also known as Lama Temple is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Beijing. It has a history over 300 years. Work on the Lhama Temple originally began in 1694 during the Qing dynasty. It served as an official residence for court eunuchs. It was then converted into the home of the Prince Yong, a son of the Kangxi Emperor and himself the future Yongzheng Emperor. It was converted into a lamasery after his ascension to the throne in 1722. Today the Lhama Temple still functions as a monastery and temple of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. Walking through the temple your senses will be enveloped by the incenses and the chanting of the visiting monks and other followers. The rear Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happinesses features a 26m tall statue of the Maitreya Buddha cared from a single piece of white sandalwood. It is one of three artworks in the Lhama Temple that were included in the Guiness Book of World Records, and it is not to be missed on your visit.

In the afternoon, the last stop on your journey through China will be at the Summer Palace. Having the largest royal park and being well preserved, the Summer Palace is ranked amongst the most noted and classical gardens of the world. In 1998, UNESCO listed it as one of the World Heritage Sites. Like most of the gardens of Beijing, it could not elude the rampages of the Anglo-French allied force of 1860 and was destroyed by fire. In 1888, Empress Dowager Cixi embezzled navy funds to reconstruct it for her own benefit, changing its name to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). She spent most of her later years there, dealing with state affairs and entertaining. Highlights not to be missed are climbing Longevity Hill, viewing the Empress Dowager Cixi’s extravagant Marble Boat, and talking a walk down Suzhou jie, a canal meant to resemble the river city of Suzhou. After visiting Suzhou you will be able to compare the two and judge its authenticity!

You will then be taken back to your hotel for the evening.

Day 7: Departure from Beijing (B/-/-)
The Recommended Hotel – /
Cuisine Offered –/

After breakfast you will be driven to the airport, ending your stay in China. After all the amazing sights and wonders you’ve seen you will have lots of stories and pictures to show all your friends and family! Maybe they will come back with you the next time you visit!

 Hotels and Prices
1 passenger 2-3 passengers 4-5 passengers 6-9 passengers
1514 USD/pax 850 USD/pax 573 USD/pax 452 USD/pax
REMARKS: The price listed above exclude the hotel costs and Nanjing-Beijing airfare, and the recommended
hotel prices listed below
Shanghai Courtyard by Marriott Hotel 4 stars 129 USD
Nanjing Holiday Inn Aqua City 4 stars 85 USD
Beijing Royal Phoenix Hotel Beijing 4 stars 100 USD

 What Is Included and Excluded
Price Inclusions

Hotel accommodation (This tour is excluded, please read the remarks above)
Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
Meals as specified in the itinerary (B= breakfast, L= Chinese lunch, D= Chinese dinner)
Experienced English speaking guide in each city
Air-conditioned private car or van for transfers and sightseeing
Domestic flights (economy class), airport tax and fuel charge
Service Charges & Government Taxes
Travel Agency Liability Insurance
Price Exclusions

International transportation
Chinese visa
Personal expenses such as: excess luggage charge (please verify your flight documentation), beverages, laundry services, etc.
Tips or gratuities to local driver and guide

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