Essential China (IAC)

9 Day Package from Beijing to Shanghai

According to a Chinese proverb, “It is better to travel ten-thousand miles than to read ten-thousand books.” At Monograms, we couldn’t agree more! That’s why we’ve made it easy for you to travel to China. In fact, we’ve handled all of the details, so you won’t have to sweat the details! On this 9-day vacation, we’ve arranged your choice of hotel accommodations, daily breakfast (plus 3 lunches), private guided sightseeing, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the airports for your intra-vacation flights. Plus, we have arranged for you to have a Local Host®—someone who will answer questions, offer suggestions, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly—in Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Beijing, where we can escort you from the airport to your selected hotel. Your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and help you personalize your stay. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we will pick you up at your hotel for a private guided excursion with a local expert to the Great Wall of China. You’ll have the opportunity to walk along the wall and see amazing views, as well as capture some fantastic photos. The next day, we will pick you up at your hotel for half-day private guided sightseeing in the city, including Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City’s Imperial Palace, once the home of China’s great emperors. Hear the inside stories and little-known facts only a local can share.

Then, you’re off to Xi’an. You’ll probably think that nothing can beat seeing the Great Wall of China, but wait until you see the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an! Discovered accidentally in 1974, construction on the roughly 8,000 soldiers, chariots, and horses started in 210 BC—all to help China’s first emperor in the afterlife. Your private guided tour with a local expert in Xi’an includes the Terracotta Warriors as well as the Dayan Pagoda, built in 652 AD.

Finally, you will travel to Shanghai, where we have arranged two half-day private guided tours with a local expert. The first tour includes a visit to Yu Yuan Gardens, classical Chinese gardens dating back to the Ming Dynasty, followed by a traditional xiaolongbao (soup dumpling) feast. The second tour includes the Shanghai Museum and a walking tour of the former French Concession, where remnants of a bygone era remain, including the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre.

The inside visits on your Monograms vacation include VIP access, which means you get to skip the lines! Why wait in line with all the other tourists when you can be up close and personal with the attractions? And did we mention we’ve included a noodle-making demonstration by a master chef in Xi’an? You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to make Chinese noodles by hand. Between the sightseeing and guides we’ve arranged, the hotels we’ve booked, and the transfers we’ve included, all you have to do is get out there and enjoy yourself! Add the time and hassles saved by not having to figure out what to do, where to go, and how to get from place to place—not to mention the comfort of having local experts with you throughout your vacation—and you have a perfect vacation!


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; 3 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

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

This vacation package to China includes a private guided tour of Shanghai, including a traditional dim sum lunch.

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.

Breakfast Breakfast
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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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LunchLunch

DAY
6
XI’AN–SHANGHAI

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

Breakfast Breakfast

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

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

Beijing
Xi'an
Shanghai

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.

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

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.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional 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).

Price Ranges

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

Beijing
Xi'an
Shanghai

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: $$

Kung Fu Show

Experience one of the most beloved theatrical traditions in China! The Legend of Kung Fu Show is a phenomenal fusion of martial arts, theater, dance, and Chinese acrobatics.

Price Range: $$$

Peking Duck Dinner

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

Price Range: $$$

Peking Opera

Music, drama, dance, martial arts, acrobatics, exquisite costumes, colorful sets-traditional Chinese opera has it all, and is considered one of China's cultural treasures.

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: $$$

Xi'an

Tang Dynasty Dinner Show

The Tang Dynasty Dinner Show, a wonderful performance of ancient music and dance, is a must when you visit Xi'an.

Price Range: $$$

Shanghai

Shanghai Acrobats

Experience a breathtaking spectacle of mind-blowing skill, artistic beauty, and gravity-defying aerobatics at a thrilling acrobatics performance in Shanghai.

Price Range: $$$

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: $$$$

Insider

Beijing
Xi'an
Shanghai

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.

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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).