Essential China with Hong Kong (IACF)

12 Day Package from Beijing to Hong Kong

Monograms has created all-in-one packages a cut above going on your own, while leaving the group behind. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, plus "they really do that?" service of a Monograms Local Host®-a local expert available throughout your stay. We've arranged sightseeing, exclusive to Monograms guests, complete with VIP access into some of the most incredible attractions (that means you skip the lines). We've arranged transportation and we offer a selection of special excursions. With Monograms, you travel in style independently without going it alone.


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In each city

Meals Included

American breakfast daily; 4 lunches

Sightseeing & Activities

Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2018 / 2019

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN BEIJING, CHINA

Welcome to China! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DAY
2
BEIJING

This morning, enjoy a PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION to the Great Wall of China, which once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Walk along the wall and take in the stunning views of this mammoth fortress and the surrounding scenery. Return to Beijing and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

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DAY
3
BEIJING

Begin your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING at TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. Next, stop at the FORBIDDEN CITY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest palace complex. Once the home of China’s great emperors, today it showcases ancient Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens, and displays of rare art and artifacts. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
4
BEIJING–XI’AN

Fly to Xi’an, an archaeological treasure trove in central China. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
5
XI’AN

Rare discoveries await on your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR of Xi’an. Start with a visit to the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. Afterward, visit the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef, and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Last stop is Xi’an’s ancient CITY WALL. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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DAY
6
XI’AN–SHANGHAI

Fly to Shanghai, China’s center of trade and industry.

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DAY
7
SHANGHAI

Today, explore the highlights of Shanghai on a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR. First, visit the bustling YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Then, stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. For lunch, stop at a local restaurant featuring XIAOLONGBAO, Shanghai’s most famous dish. These tasty soup dumplings are handmade with at least 18 intricate folds to close the top. The broth is the star so, to avoid wasting a single drop, gently pick up the dumpling, dip in sauce, and transfer to a Chinese soup spoon. Next, make a small hole to release the steam and allow the broth to cool. After it cools, sip up the broth and then swallow the dumpling. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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DAY
8
SHANGHAI

This morning, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts at the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, featuring stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. Then, take a WALKING TOUR of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure—from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
9
SHANGHAI–HONG KONG

Today, fly to exciting Hong Kong.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
10
HONG KONG

Your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING begins with a ride on the popular STAR FERRY from Kowloon Island to Hong Kong Island. On arrival, take a CABLE-CAR RIDE up Victoria Peak for panoramic vistas. Then, explore the old Sheung Wan neighborhood and visit the DRIED SEAFOOD MARKET. Savor a DIM SUM feast for lunch before traversing the Central District aboard the historic DOUBLE DECKER TRAM, commonly referred to as the “Ding Ding,” due to the sound of its bell. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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DAY
11
HONG KONG

Enjoy a full day to explore Hong Kong and the surrounding area on your own. Perhaps consider an excursion to see the Giant Buddha on Lantau Island, explore nearby Macau, visit the Temple Street night market, or take a sunset cruise on the harbor.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
12
HONG KONG

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

Transportation

Private airport transfers to/from all intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included

Included Hotels

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Beijing
Xi'an
Shanghai
Hong Kong

Fairmont Beijing

8 Yong An Dong Li
Beijing, China

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

The Fairmont Beijing Hotel, located in the heart of Beijing, offers top quality amenities, unique architecture, and superlative décor. Guestrooms come primed with first class amenities, including cutting edge technology, hand-selected linens and spa inspired bath products. Whether you indulge at the opulent Willow Stream Spa or dine in one of the award-winning restaurants this luxury hotel is sure to make for a comfortable stay.

Location & Highlights

Located in Beijing's Central Business District, close to Silk Street Market, China World Trade Center, and Yintai Centre. Minutes to the Forbidden City and the cultural heart of Beijing. Near a main thoroughfare the hotel offers convenient to the city.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
Rooms are designed in a blend of traditional and modern Chinese style. High tech amenities include Wi-Fi access, flatscreen TVs, and bathroom with separate bath and rain shower.

Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

No. 3 Sanfeng North Area Chaoyang District
Beijing, China

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

Perfectly located in the Central Business District, the luxurious Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-town fuses modern sophistication with classical Chinese touches.

Location & Highlights

Located in the Central Business District, near the Sanlitun Bar Street and Silk Market. The Chaoyangmen Subway Station is within a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
Large windows flood each room with natural light highlighting the elegant and sophisticated finishes including plush bedding and granite countertops.

Novotel Xin Qiao

1 Chong Wen Men Xi Da Jie
Beijing, China

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

Located in the heart of the city means that you can explore both the modern metropolis of Beijing and its rich cultural history on foot. In a short walking distance is Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City plus the highly popular shopping strips of Wang Fujing, with the Pearl and Silk markets close by.

Location & Highlights

Ideally located within walking distance of Ti'ananmen Square and the Forbidden City and across the street from New World shopping mall.

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Pay Movies
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Television
  • Phone

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Ice Machine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator
Spacious, contemporary in design, and adaptable, the Novotel room is truly a place for living, perfect for all your needs.

Activities & Excursions

The following activities & excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Activities and Excursions are available for purchase on our MyMonograms site as soon as initial deposit or payment is received.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Beijing
Shanghai
Hong Kong

Beijing

Sacred Way

As impressive as China's Ming Tombs themselves is the well-preserved Sacred Way (Divine Road), constructed in 1540 as a path to the Imperial Changling Mausoleum. In ancient times, it was said that the emperor, the "Son of the Heaven", would use the Sacred Way to travel back and forth between Heaven and Earth.

Price Range: $$

Peking Duck Dinner

No visit to Beijing is complete without sampling delectable Peking duck, the national dish of China.

Price Range: $$$

Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo

Spend a delightful day devoted to one of China's most beloved icons at the world-famous Beijing Zoo.

Price Range: $$

Temple of Heaven

Journey to a place where Chinese emperors believed Earth and Heaven meet. On this fascinating excursion, we'll introduce you to the mystical Temple of Heaven, dating back to 1420 AD and built by the emperor who commissioned the Forbidden City.

Price Range: $$

Zoo & Temple Of Heaven

Journey to a place where Chinese emperors believed Earth and Heaven meet. On this fascinating excursion, we'll begin at the mystical Temple of Heaven, dating back to 1420 AD and built by the emperor who commissioned the Forbidden City.

Price Range: $$$

Hutong Tour

Explore Beijing's labyrinth of ancient alleys (hutongs) on this excursion that highlights the distant past-and current local culture.

Price Range: $$

Summer Palace

Spend a relaxing afternoon with an expert Local Guide, exploring the former Summer Palace, a complex of pavilions, temples, and galleries set among beautifully landscaped grounds on Kunming Lake.

Price Range: $$

Zoo & Summer Palace

Spend a delightful day that starts at the world-famous Beijing Zoo, a natural garden with thick groves of trees, grassland, a small stream, lotus pools, and hills dotted with pavilions.

Price Range: $$$

Shanghai

Evening Huangpu River Cruise

Get a totally different perspective of Shanghai on a captivating evening cruise along the city's largest river.

Price Range: $$$

Zhujiajiao (Water Town) Half Day Tour

Leave the modern world behind and join us for a few hours as we travel back in time more than 1,700 years to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao. Also known as "Pearl Stream", this quaint, fan-shaped village is the best preserved among Shanghai's four Old Town areas.

Price Range: $$$$

Hong Kong

Pre-Dinner Sunset Cruise

Join us on an incredible journey to see the world's greatest cityscape transform into the world's greatest light show!

Price Range: $$

Highlight Of The Night

Experience Hong Kong from Sky, Land and Sea.

Price Range: $$$

Lantau Island Monastery Tour

On this full day tour, travel by ferry to visit Lantau Island, Hong Kong's largest island, and home to the Giant Buddha at Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery.

Price Range: $$$

Macau Day Tour

We help you explore one of the world's richest cities on this exciting day trip to what was once the oldest European settlement in the Orient. Ruled by the Portuguese Empire from the 16th century until 1999, Macau is Asia with a Mediterranean twist.

Price Range: $$$

Insider

Beijing
Xi'an
Shanghai
Hong Kong

Beijing

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Beijing, ChinaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Beijing. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Beijing and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Beijing insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

How can you not love it when showing people from all over the world the breathtaking scenery, the ancient history and the colorful diverse culture of your own country becomes your job! Come and join me for a worry-free vacation in China. You'll find there is so much more than you ever expected.

Silk Alley Market

Whether you want to find designer clothing knock-offs or you just want an entertaining afternoon, a visit to this market is recommended. The bustle and searching is part of the fun, as is the bargaining. In fact, you’re expected to haggle and should never take the first (or probably second, or third…) price offered.

Houhai Bar Street

Houhai Bar Street in the famous Shichahai area is where traditional Chinese and western culture mix. With over 120 unique bars to choose from, visitors from all corners of the world can find one that suits their fancy.

Zhang Yiyuan Teahouse

Make sure you experience a traditional tea ceremony before you leave Beijing. It’s an opportunity to soak in centuries of history at the same time you relax with a soothing cup. Zhang Yiyuan has earned a reputation over many decades as a purveyor of quality teas, and the building is made up of seven private rooms, offering diverse environs.

Yonghe Lama Temple

Located in the northeastern part of Beijing, Yonghe Lama Temple is one of the largest Lamasery temples outside Tibet. Besides the magnificent buildings with both Chinese and Tibetan styles, the temple also had a number of priceless collections of Buddhist treasures, including a standing 26-meter high statue of Buddha Sakyamuni carved out of a single sandalwood tree.

Houhai Lake

A walk along Houhai Lake offers peaceful views of the distant ancient green-roofed and red-walled imperial palaces. Located at the center of Beijing City and about 5 bus stops from the Tian’anmen Gate, Houhai Lake meets the famous Beihai Lake in the south and faces the Summer Palace and Jing Mountain in the distance.

Xi'an

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Xi'an, ChinaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Xi'an. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Xi'an and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Xi'an insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

Hello, I am Cici Lee. I am called Li Qian in Chinese—meaning a pretty girl named Li. I graduated from Xi'an Foreign Language University where I majored in tourism and history. Afterwards I worked hard to earn my Senior Grade Qualification Certificate as an English tour guide. I have been working in this industry, for many years, either as a Local Host in Xi’an or as a guide throughout China. I enjoy working to make my guests’ stay in Xi'an a pleasant and memorable one with my friendliness, sense of humor, and knowledge.

Shuyuanmen Market

Located close to Confucius Temple in old Xi’an, this market focuses on the “Four Treasures of Study” which consist of the brush, ink, paper, and ink stone. Here you will find a variety of arts and crafts ranging from paintings to calligraphy. This is a great place to pick up a few souvenirs from your journey.

The Great Mosque and Muslim Street

The Great Mosque, located near the Drum Tower on Huajue Lane, is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China. Built in 742, visitors can admire architectural designs that mix traditional Muslim with Chinese styles. Note: non-Muslims are not admitted to the main prayer hall or during times of prayer. Entrance fee: 25RMB/pp. Follow up with a walk through Muslim Street, the epicenter of the city's Muslim community, dating back to the days of the Silk Road. Enter through the archway under the Drum Tower and sample authentic hand-made Muslim food or peruse local products of the Shaanxi Province and other souvenirs.

Shanghai

Meet one of your Local Hosts in ShanghaiMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Shanghai. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Shanghai and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Shanghai insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

My name is Amy Zhang and I have worked as a Local Host since I graduated from university where I majored in tourism management. I love what I do because I get to learn from my guests while sharing my knowledge and sense of humor. As a native Shanghainese I will do all I can to provide you with a fascinating stay.

Jade Buddha Temple

Located in the western part of Shanghai the famous Jade Buddha Temple makes for an interesting visit. Built between 1918 and 1928, this temple is one of the city’s few active Buddhist monasteries. Here you can see two stunning jade Buddha statues that were brought from Burma in 1882 by a monk named Huigen.

Xin Tiandi

This huge space features a multitude of food and beverage, retail, entertainment, recreational, and residential facilities in restored “shikumen” houses, a form of traditional and unique architecture only found in Shanghai. It is a nice place to wander around for a bit.

Nanjing Road

Nanjing road was one of the first commercial streets that appeared in Shanghai after the city opened as a port to foreign trade about 150 years ago. For decades, it was one of the country’s largest commercial hubs. In the 1930s, Nanjing road claimed the reputation as the retail center in China, gathering almost all the most famous shops, many of which were established in the Qing Dynasty. Today, these century-old businesses continue to draw throngs of customers and despite the ups and downs in Shanghai’s history, Nanjing Road has not lost the reputation as China’s most bustling shopping street.

Tianzifang

This area offers a wide variety of shops from cafes, bars and restaurants to art galleries, craft stores, and studios. What makes this area unique is that it doesn’t not look or feel like a shopping mall area. Tianzifang preserves its distinctly residential feel - with electric cables strung overhead and air-conditioning units perched to the outside of buildings.

Hong Kong

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Hong Kong. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Hong Kong and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Hong Kong insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

Hi, I'm Alan Hui and as a native of Hong Kong, I have been showing this vibrant city to people from all over the world since 1984. I love reading and good food, which is perfect for a city that has been known for years as “A Gourmet Paradise.”

Temple of Ten Thousand Buddha’s

The name isn’t entirely accurate—there are closer to 13,000 Buddha statues in the temple, as well as countless, larger ones lining the steps to the temple. They come in all shapes, sizes, and sorts—with one even riding a giant blue dog. There’s also a lovely 9-story pagoda beside the temple.

Luk Yu Tea House

A dim sum restaurant serves a wide variety—often dozens—of small dishes and Luk Yu Tea House is perhaps the best place to dive in. Dumplings of all sorts are a typical dim sum offering, as are rice rolls, steamed meatballs and vegetables, spring rolls, and sweets. Try as many types as your appetite will allow, including something unusual.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum

The largest museum in the city, this is a wonderful place to learn about the cultural history of Hong Kong and China. Visitor favorites include the colorful costumes of the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall and the sculptures and early art of the T. T. Tsui Gallery.

Yuen Po Street Bird Garden

The gathering place for all things bird, you don’t have to be an ornithologist to enjoy a look around the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden. There are dozens of markets selling birds, cages of mahogany and teak, and bird feed. You can watch as purveyors use chopsticks to feed crickets and nectar to their birds. Or sit back and listen to the songs from the birds brought by the proud owners who are there just to hang out.

Kowloon Walled City Park

Immerse yourself in this park to get a piece of history and a taste of modern life at the same time. Once an imperial walled city, Kowloon contains many relics from those days as well as attractive gardens and pavilions in its eight sections. Rise early and you might get to see city elders practicing tai chi here.

Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront

There are numerous museums in the district, as well as Hong Kong’s famous Clock Tower, but the real reason to venture here is to see the city skyline. The lights and skyscrapers are on full display from Tsim Sha Tsui. As a bonus, the city puts on a laser-light show each night at 8 pm.

Lan Kwai Fong

Looking for an evening full of entertainment? Head over to Lan Kwai Fong, one of Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife hot spots and home to over 100 restaurants, bars, clubs and shops. Depending on the time of year you visit, you may come across one of their carnivals or major festival celebrations.

Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree

The name is a bit misleading, as people may no longer throw their “wish-paper” streamers into the tree. However, the home of the Lam Tsuen tree is still popular due to its history of inspiring people to literally lay out their dreams. You can now buy wish papers from vendors, write on them, and tie them to a rack at the site. There are also fortune-tellers nearby.

Temple Street Night Market

This bustling night market is open from 4 pm to midnight daily. Here you can find all types of bargains including casual clothes and curios. You'll also often see fortune-tellers and professional Chinese chess players. The market really picks up after 7 pm.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy. For singles traveling alone, a supplement will be quoted at the time of booking. Single rooms are available at a supplement; triple rooms are available at a reduction.

2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in August 2018.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).