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Tour Overview

Immerse yourself in a captivating journey through China’s cultural gems. Begin in Beijing, where ancient wonders like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall await. Experience the winter enchantment of Harbin, exploring its ice sculptures and Siberian Tiger Park. Then, dive into Shanghai’s modern elegance, marveling at skyscrapers and historic streets. Wander ancient Hutongs, savor Peking Duck, and witness the perfect fusion of tradition and innovation. This adventure promises an unforgettable blend of history, natural beauty, and contemporary allure across three vibrant cities.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Discover Beijing’s Imperial Majesty: Walk through the Forbidden City, marvel at ancient architecture, and delve into the rich history of Chinese emperors.
2. Experience Winter Magic in Harbin: Witness mesmerizing ice sculptures, encounter Siberian tigers, and explore a city transformed into a winter wonderland.
3. Explore Shanghai’s Modern Elegance: Ascend skyscrapers, stroll along bustling streets, and witness the perfect blend of tradition and contemporary charm.
4. Roam Beijing’s Timeless Hutongs: Ride rickshaws, visit local families, and savor authentic cuisine in the narrow alleys, preserving Beijing’s ancient charm.
5. Climb the Great Wall at Mutianyu: Take a cable car, hike the iconic structure, and relish panoramic views from this marvel of ancient engineering.
6. Admire Harbin’s Architectural Splendors: Wander Central Street, gaze at St. Sophia Cathedral, and traverse Jiuzhan Park, all rich in historical allure.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival in Beijing, you will be warmly welcomed by your guide and driver, who will assist you to your hotel. Once settled in, take some time to rest and refresh after your journey. In the evening, feel free to venture out and discover the local cuisine, or take a leisurely stroll to soak in the atmosphere of the bustling city streets.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  2. Begin your day with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares, steeped in historical significance. Explore the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and delve into the intricate architecture and rich history of China's imperial past.

    Forbidden City Snow Scenery
    The Forbidden City in the Snow

    Optionally, ascend Jingshan Park's hilltop pavilions for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Forbidden City and Beijing's skyline.

    Embark on a cultural adventure through Beijing's Hutongs via a rickshaw ride. Visit a local family to gain insights into traditional Chinese living. Enjoy a delectable lunch at a popular local restaurant.

    Explore the vast expanse of the Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. Marvel at the frozen beauty of Kunming Lake, reflecting the surrounding historical structures.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

    Beijing Summer Palace in Winter
    Frozen beauty of Kunming Lake

  3. After breakfast, head to visit the Temple of Heaven, an architectural marvel and UNESCO World Heritage Site, where emperors once performed solemn rituals. Venture to Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China. Ascend via cable car and traverse its ancient stone pathways, taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

    Mutianyu Great Wall in Winter
    Mutianyu Great Wall in Winter

    In the late afternoon, return to Beijing and admire the modern architectural marvels of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube, both iconic venues from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    Indulge in the culinary delight of Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude, a renowned restaurant where you can savor this famous dish.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  4. Today, you will take a high-speed bullet train to Harbin, a city renowned for its winter wonders and cultural heritage.

    In the evening, experience the enchanting Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Show, a captivating display of intricately crafted ice sculptures illuminated in the night (by yourself).

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Harbin

    Harbin Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Show
    Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Show

  5. Explore the serene beauty of Sun Island, an island park featuring gardens, sculptures, and stunning natural landscapes. Then, visit the Siberian Tiger Park, where you can observe these majestic creatures up close in a natural habitat setting.

    Harbin Sun Island Park
    Sun Island Park

    Immerse yourself in the magical ambiance of the Ice and Snow World, a vast exhibition of illuminated ice and snow sculptures that create a fairytale-like atmosphere.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Harbin

    Harbin Ice and Snow World
    Harbin Ice and Snow World

  6. After breakfast, admire the neo-Byzantine architecture of St. Sophia Cathedral from the outside, a testament to Harbin's diverse cultural heritage. Take a leisurely stroll along Central Street, a historic area lined with European-style buildings, boutiques, and cafes.

    St. Sophia Cathedral Harbin
    St. Sophia Cathedral

    After that, explore Laodaowai, a district steeped in history and culture, providing a glimpse into Harbin's past. Then, visit Jiuzhan Park, situated along the scenic Songhua River, offering a serene environment to unwind and enjoy nature's beauty.

    In the late afternoon, board your flight to Shanghai, a city known for its modern skyline and vibrant energy.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

  7. Delve into China's rich history and artistry at Shanghai Museum, home to an extensive collection of ancient artifacts and artworks. Afterwards, visit Yu Garden, a classical Chinese garden renowned for its exquisite design, tranquil ponds, and traditional architecture. Also explore the adjacent Yuyuan Bazaar, bustling with local crafts and delicacies.

    Shanghai Yu Garden in Winter
    Yu Garden in Winter

    Ascend the Shanghai World Financial Center to enjoy a panoramic view of the city's skyline, witnessing the harmonious blend of old and new.

    In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll along Nanjing Road, Asia's most famous shopping street, where you can find an array of international and local brands. Explore the historic Bund, which features colonial-era architecture and offers spectacular views of Pudong's modern skyscrapers. Consider attending an optional Acrobatic Show to marvel at the extraordinary talent and skill of the performers (additional cost).

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

    Shanghai the Bund
    The Bund at Night

  8. In the morning, visit the tranquil Jade Buddha Temple, home to two exquisite jade Buddha statues and a serene atmosphere conducive to meditation and contemplation. Then, explore Tianzifang, a labyrinth of narrow alleys filled with art studios, boutiques, cafes, and unique handicraft shops.

    Shanghai Tianzifang
    Tianzifang

    Conclude your tour with a relaxing exploration of Shanghai's cultural treasures. Your driver will then escort you to catch your flight or train to your next destination or back home. Enjoy your immersive exploration of Beijing, Harbin, and Shanghai, experiencing the diverse cultural heritage and natural wonders these cities have to offer! Safe travels!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Second-class Train ticket from Beijing to Harbin & Air ticket from Harbin to Shanghai;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Beijing / off Shanghai;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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