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A SPECIAL TOUR RECOMMENDATION FROM CATHRINE, KINAREISER'S CHINA EXPERT
“To really get a broad insight into China in a relatively short time, my choice would be a combination of the big city and the calm countryside.

To start, I'd begin with the metropolis of Shanghai followed by one of its lovely nearby water towns – in this case my choice would be Zhouzhuang. Next, take the ”bullet” express train up to Beijing. I recommend spending a night up here by the Great Wall at the Brickyard, a former factory that has been converted into a stylish and comfortable hotel. You can wake up early in the morning to take a walk on the nearby Great Wall – all by yourself without the jostling of any other tourists. This is truly a special experience that you'll remember for many years to come.

I'd suggest taking an individual journey to China over a standarised group tour, especially if you're travelling with toddlers or children. This will give you the flexibility to adjust the daily programs as you need. Plus, with the luxury of a guide and a driver at your personal disposal, you'll be able to really fine-tune the experience. Your guide knows the city better than any guidebook, and the driver knows all the shortcuts and tricks to try to avoid traffic or parking issues.

Not so long ago I did such a trip with my family. We had young and old, and we had booked our own minibus and a local guide. It was perfect. Now, every time we meet, we still can't stop talking about our China holiday, especially the kids. Everyone remembers the fun of the shopping in the cheap clothing markets, but most of all they all remember the Great Wall and the people doing their morning exercises in Beijing's beautiful parks.”

Program i sammendrag

Day 1: Shanghai
Arrival, transfer to the city by Maglev train, World Financial Center, check in at hotel. Exiting food tour in the evening. Lunch on your own, dinner included.
Day 2: Shanghai
Breakfast, Shanghai highlights. Lunch and dinner on your own.
Day 3: Shanghai
Breakfast, visit to Zhouzhuang water town. Lunch included, dinner on your own.
Day 4: Shanghai-Beijing
Breakfast, bullet train, transfer to hotel. Lunch and dinner on your own. Optional: kung fu show.
Day 5: Beijing
Breakfast, Temple of Heaven, Pearl Market, Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City. Lunch included, dinner on your own.
Day 6: Beijing
Cloisonné factory, the Great Wall, sleepover by the Wall, lunch box, dinner on your own.
Day 7: Beijing
Return to the city, Peking duck dinner. 
Day 8: Beijing
Breakfast, hutong walk, lunch and dinner on your own.
Day 9: Beijing
Breakfast, transfer to airport or train station.

Detaljert program

DAY 1: SHANGHAI
A local, English-speaking guide meets you at the airport. You take the Maglev train to Pudong. With a maximum speed of 431 km/h, the 30 km trip takes around 7 minutes.

For the kick start to your holiday, take the lift to the 100th floor of the World Financial Center, one of the tallest buildings in Shanghai. From here you get a bird's eye view of the city. Continue to the hotel for check-in. In the evening you will join a exiting food program for a culinary and local food experience.

DAY 2: SHANGHAI
Pick-up at the hotel after breakfast, start "The best of Shanghai" program. Our highlight for the morning is the Shanghai Museum. Designed according to the principles of feng shui, this serene museum houses an enormous permanent collection as well as various changing exhibitions. There are more than 120,000 pieces that illustrate China’s 5000 years of history. These include bronze ware, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, sculptures, ancient Chinese coins, jade carvings, ancient furniture, Western art and more.

After lunch, take in sights from the Ming and Qing dynasties during a visit to the Yu Yuan Garden and the Old Town. Next we head over to the Bund, a four-kilometre-long area stretching along Shanghai’s waterfront, which showcases pre-1949 architecture. It is one of Shanghai’s most famous landmarks and is a symbol of both the new and old city.From here we drive to the former French Concession area, characterised by beautiful tree-lined streets and weathered European architecture. These days it’s also home to nightclubs, chic restaurants and boutiques.

To finish, we’ll visit Tianzifang, a former lane factory of the 1950s. Today it focuses on interior design, visual arts and industrial arts, and is often referred to as the “Soho of Shanghai”. You will have time on your own here, or can go back to your hotel with the guide.Lunch to be paid on location, dinner on your own.

DAY 3: SHANGHAI–ZHOUZHUANG
The contrast between Shanghai and the quiet canal town of Zhouzhuang is enormous. Zhouzhuang is full of small canals, bowed bridges, weeping willows, narrow alleys covered in cobblestone – as iconically as Chinese as it gets. We also go by boat on the canals through the town. Return to Shanghai in the afternoon, dinner on your own.

DAY 4: SHANGHAIBEIJING
After an early breakfast you are taken to the train station for the express train to Beijing. The “bullet” train’s second class car provides comfortable seats, and you can buy a reasonable lunch at affordable prices on board. The 819-mile (1318 km) journey takes only five hours, and a new local guide and a driver meet you in Beijing. Transfer to Jianguo Hotel and check in. The hotel is located in the centre of Beijing and is an easy walking distance to the Silk Market. During your stay in Beijing you will also get the opportunity to see a kung fu show (tickets purchased at theatre).

DAY 5: BEIJING
After breakfast, we go to the Temple of Heaven. This is where the emperors used to pray for good harvests. You will see the magnificent buildings and the wonderful park surrounding them, together with a predominantly elderly crowd of people singing, dancing, shadow boxing and doing other forms of exercise.

Afterwards, you spend some time at the Pearl Market, witch has a wide range of goods, just across the street. Remember to haggle! Then after lunch we are ready for Tian'anmen Square and the amazing Imperial Palace, the Forbidden City. Erected in 1420, it is very impressive. We walk through the official parts, where the Emperor had his headquarters, ruled his empire and received his guests. We also visit the residential areas for the Emperor, his wives and nearly countless concubines. After this we return to the hotel and you have dinner on your own. 

DAY 6: BEIJING AND THE GREAT WALL
Your journey takes you out of the city, towards Mutianyu and the Great Wall. On the way we stop by a traditional cloisonné factory where they make artefacts of copper, decorated with enamel in intricate and beautiful patterns and colours.

After about an hour and a half you’ll catch sight of the Wall on the top of a mountain ridge. For the last part up to the Wall you can either take the stairs (there are more than a thousand steps!), or use cable car. You buy tickets on site. On this trip we bring our own lunch boxes. It is difficult to imagine where to enjoy your lunch with a better view than this.

We check in at the Brickyard hotel after 3pm. This used to be the village’s brickyard, which has been converted into a modern hotel with a restaurant, a SPA, and from all the rooms you have a view of the Wall. The hotel project and restoration is based on the principles of sustainable development, and is run by a Chinese-American couple. Their project has created work and future hopes for many of the local people, and has raised the standard of living for many. Dinner is served either in the hotel’s restaurant, or in one of the other restaurants established as a result of the project.

DAY 7: RETURN TO BEIJING
Breakfast at the Brickyard; why not enjoy it in their beautiful garden? At noon we return to Beijing, and at night we have dinner together, which includes samplings of the famous Peking Duck.

DAY 8: BEIJING
At first sight, Beijing today appears to be a modern city, with broad boulevards, shiny new skyscrapers and a steadily increasing number of cars. But it wasn’t always so, and pieces of the ancient city are still to be found many places. Of course, the historic temples and palaces are easy to recognise, but today we will visit some of the old hutongs, where normal people lived their everyday life, and some still do.

While big parts of Beijing have been totally transformed during the last 65 years, there are still small pockets of these old residential areas. Our guide knows where to find them, and will walk you through these labyrinths of narrow passageways and charming buildings. Being here makes the rest of boiling Beijing seem far away.

DAY 9: GOING HOME (OR ONWARDS?)
Transfer to the airport approximately three hours before the plane departs. Or to the train station for more of China?

Inkludert

9 days sightseeing, local English-speaking guide, car with driver, hotels, train tickets and meals as described in the above program.

International flights, gratuities to guide and driver, and visa to China are not included in price.

 

Avreiser, priser og bestilling

ProduktnummerProduktinfoPris
Opt 236Cathrine's recommendationfrom 1729 USDBestill reise

Program and details as described. Price is per person and for a minimum of 2 persons.
International flights, single room during the trip, gratuities to guide and driver, and visa to China are not included in price.

Fakta

Cathrine's Recommendation – Individual program
– 9 days
– English-speaking local guide
– Driver with car
– Program and meals as described

Places you'll visit: Shanghai, Beijing