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7 Days Vibrant & Ancient China Tour from Hong Kong

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With Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing as your destinations for this tour, you will experience the most vibrant and ancient China. This 7 days China tour starts from the best gateway – Hong Kong. Half day Hong Kong tour takes you to enjoy the panoramic view from the Victoria Peak, experience the local bazaar and cozy sand beach. Then, it’s time to be surprised by the development of China through visiting the most prosperous city – Shanghai. The highlight of this tour lies in the capital city of China – Beijing, a place to recall the glorious history of China, a place to stand in awe of Chinese laboring people’s wisdom.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Be amazed by the magnificent Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace in Beijing.
  • Appreciate gorgeous panoramic view of Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as the beautiful and vast skyline.
  • Understand the history of China by visiting the ancient capital Beijing, and seize the new look of China in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
from $1,246
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Hong Kong / Shanghai / Beijing
Travel Length:
7 Days and 6 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-CH-07
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulture
Departure:
Any day you want
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Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~2 Arrival & Hong Kong Tour

Arrive at Hong Kong and explore on your own. Then take a flight to Shanghai.

Day 3~4 Shanghai Tour & Flight to Beijing

Experience the great contrast of Shanghai by visiting the traditional Yu Garden and Jade Buddha Temple, modern and prosperous World Financial Center, Nanjing Road and the Bund, etc.

Day 5~7 Beijing Tour & Departure

Two full days and a half day sightseeing covering the grand Tiananmen Square, historical Forbidden City, royal park Summer Palace, man-made wonder Great Wall of China, spectacular Temple of Heaven, traditional Hutong, etc.

Full Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Hong Kong Arrival

Ni Hao! Welcome to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, the Pearl of the Orient. The rest of today after arrival is to recover from long flight, or explore this vibrant and bustling metropolis on your own.

Free Time ideas: It is one of the most popular things to do in Hong Kong to spend ten minutes riding the humble Star Ferry which sails between Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island( daily 6:30am-11:30pm). From the ferry, you can enjoy the breathtaking skyline of Hong Kong especially in the evening when the Symphony of Lights begins.

Evening Ideas: In this evening, take a walk through Temple Street Night Market which is the livest night market in Hong Kong. Whether you’re a fan of shopping or not, Temple Street is one place you will find everything from souvenirs to tiny trinkets and from clothes to footwear, bags and more. Browse different kinds of commodities and if you like, stop to sit and enjoy some delicious snacks. After the tour, get back to your hotel by yourselves.

  • Hong Kong Star Ferry Hong Kong Star Ferry
  • Temple Street Night Market Temple Street Night Market

Day 2 Hong Kong & Flight to Shanghai

This morning is free for you to explore Hong Kong. You can go to visit Hong Kong’s symbol - Victoria Peak. An exciting tram will take you to this highest peak in Hong Kong (552m). Walk through the verdant woods to explore hidden old buildings left by the old Hong Kong. Also ascend to the observation deck to sweep the magnificent Hong Kong skyline and tranquil harbor views.

Continue to take a trip to Repulse Bay. Known as the Hawaii of Orient, the Repulse Bay is the most beautiful sand beach with long coastline, soft sand, clean water and appropriate temperature. After the leisure break in Repulse Bay, proceed to the Stanley Market. Browse fancy petty commodities in various little stores, or just order a cup of coffee or beer at the seaside café or pub, a great way to spend time away from the maddening crowds.

In the afternoon, go to airport to catch your flight to Shanghai (about 2.5 hours). Be pick up at the airport by your tour guide, then transferred to check in your hotel in downtown.

Optional transfer: You can also take a high speed train directly from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to Shanghai which starts only at around 11:00 a.m. and rides about 8.5 hours. Besides, if there is no Hong Kong to Shanghai high speed train tickets available, you can transfer more flexibly first by bullet train to Guangzhou South Station for about 1 hour or to Shenzhen North Station for about 15-20 minutes, since there are more train options in Guangzhou and Shenzhen every day. And then take a high speed train to Shanghai for about 7-8.5 hours. Please tell your travel expert if you are interested, and they will adjust your tour arrangement accordingly.

  • Victoria Harbor Victoria Peak Tram & Victoria Harbor View
  • Repulse Bay The Sun-Drenched Sandy Beaches at Repulse Bay
  • Stanley Market on Hong Kong Island Stanley Market on Hong Kong Island

Day 3 Shanghai ( B, L )

You will take a full day of sightseeing to explore both the past and present of Shanghai. Your first stop is Shanghai Museum, one of the Best Four Museums in China. This modern museum, with a round top and a square base which symbolizing the ancient Chinese perception of the world as "round sky, square earth", has collected many international-standard exhibits of bronzes, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, jade from more than 5,000 years ago to the Qing dynasty. To help you learn about the history and facts about the relics in the museum easily, an Audio Explanation Device will be prepared for you.

Then you will take an interesting visit to Yu Garden, a shining star among all the ancient Chinese gardens in Jiangnan. This garden fully embodies the traditional design of Chinese architecture with jagged pavilions with elegant decorations, glittering pools with roving fish, and pine trees sprouting to the sky, all designed to refresh your mood and spirit. Adjacent to the garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar where you can savor tasteful local snacks and explore elaborate traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works. Next, you will drive several kilometers to enjoy a panoramic view of the modern face of Shanghai from the 100th floor (474m) of “the Eye of Shanghai” Shanghai World Financial Center

You will then be transferred to another popular landmark of Shanghai, Nanjing Road, a shopping paradise as well as a great place to take a wonderful walk to experience the modern atmosphere of the City. Lastly, you will stop at the Bund, originally a simple towpath for transporting goods but now transformed into a feverish trading district. You will stroll along the Bund, seeing and feeling the perfect fusion of Chinese and Western cultures while at the same time taking in the stunning Shanghai skyline with your own eyes! 

Optional activities: 1) Attend an entertaining Acrobatic Show, including breathtaking “balls of death” acts, chair balancing, hula hoops, juggling of benches, walking in the air, and other breathtaking performances (usually performed during 19:30~21:00); 2) Take a relaxing Huangpu River night cruise to see the city’s most significant edifices and streets sparkling under the atmospheric cover of darkness (about 50 minutes).

  • Shanghai Skyline - Our Guest Elizabeth Shanghai Skyline Shot by Our Guest Elizabeth
  • Yu Garden Corridors Beautiful Corridors on the Lake in Yu Garden
  • The Bund: Famous The Bund: Famous "Exhibition of the World's Architecture"

Day 4 Shanghai & Flight to Beijing ( B, L )

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. First, you’ll pay a wonderful visit to Jade Buddha Temple, the site of the largest Jade Buddha in the world and numerous religious artifacts, ancient statues and Buddhist scriptures. This peaceful kingdom of Buddhism hidden among modern blocks and dominating mansions is a great place for a nice break in this very busy city.

Next, you’ll be transferred to Tianzifang which is touristic arts and crafts enclave that has developed from a renovated traditional residential area. It is the typical tourist attraction to appreciate the preservation of local Shikumen architecture. In this place full of rich flavor of life, you can leisurely stroll along the clean old alleys to watch the daily life of local Shanghai people, savor a cup of drink at the open-air café, and find some interesting things in the novel shops to feel the international feature mixed with real Shanghai culture.

In the afternoon, your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to the Beijing, the capital of China! You will be met by local tour guide at the arrival hall of Beijing Airport and escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

  • Jade Buddha Temple Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai

Day 5 Beijing ( B, L )

After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square, now the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern side of the square was the site where Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Stepping into the Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s five most important palaces – the Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. Pass through various doorways in this magnificent structure to admire the beautiful and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow-glazed tile roofs, white marble bases and splendid colorful paintings.

After lunch, drive to the outskirts of Beijing to spend an enjoyable time in the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors while feasting your eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colorful paintings in the Long Corridor.

Optional activities: 1) You can watch a wonderful Kungfu Show in the Red Theater (Hong Ju Chang) which usually starts at 19:30; 2) Enjoy the classic Chinese art performance of Beijing Opera at Liyuan Theater between 19:30-21:00.

  • The Fudol Couple - Summer Palace The Fudol Couple visited Summer Palace with China Discovery
  • Linda's Family - Forbidden City Linda's family visited the Forbidden City with China Disocvery
  • Our Customers - Tiananmen Square Our customers visited Tiananmen Square

Day 6 Beijing ( B, L )

After breakfast, drive about 70km to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Great Wall. Visit the Mutianyu, a less crowded yet well-preserved segment of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty. It will more than live up to all of your expectations! You’ll take a cable car to ascend the Great Wall, then hike the most beautiful and interesting part of Mutianyu. It's a wonderful experience to climb up its rising towers to enjoy scenic views and take brag-worthy photos of the wall wriggling along mountain ridges. After the exciting time, descend Mutianyu Great Wall by cable car. (Note: If energy permits, you can hike up or down which takes about 40 minutes to climb steps. Please tell your likes to your travel consultant.)

Continue your trip to Ding Tomb, the mausoleum of a 13th century emperor of the Ming Dynasty. Follow your tour guide to observe its geomantic arrangement as well as visit the underground palace for a closer observation. Then drive back to Beijing City and take a short stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to view its famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube from the outside.

Optional activity: After the whole day’s tour, treat yourself a great dinner to taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude.

  • Mutianyu Great Wall - Sara's Family from Australia Sara's family from Australia visited Mutianyu Great Wall in December 2023
  • Taylor's Family - Water Cube Taylor's family from USA visited Water Cube with China Discovery
  • Rod - Dingling Tomb, Ming Tombs Dingling Tomb Photographed by Our Customer Rod

Day 7 Beijing Departure ( B, L )

After breakfast, drive to the imperial site of the Temple of Heaven. Originally a site used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for good harvests, it is now a bustling place where locals take part in traditional activities such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, and others.

Then get back to the central city to hop on a rickshaw to experience the Beijing Hutongs – small alleys made by neighboring quadrangle dwellings. Shuttle among different Hutongs to get a feel of the old Beijing life style, visit various antique shops and small boutiques, truly feel the historical changes of Beijing, also pay a visit to a local family’s home in the traditional Hutongs.

Your China tour is now about to end. Drive to the airport to catch your flight to your next destination or back home.

  • Rebeca Flores from Mexico - the Temple of Heaven Our customer Rebeca's group from Mexico visited the Temple of Heaven
  • Taylor's Family's Hutong Exploration with China Discovery Taylor's Family's Hutong Exploration with China Discovery in 2018
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