China Three Cities

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Close  Shanghai: Known for its food, people and art deco buildings.

China's Three Cities

This is the ultimate luxury tour of China's most fascinating cities: stylish Shanghai, imperial Beijing and cosmopolitan Hong Kong. Stay in the finest luxury hotels in each destination, and enjoy private cultural touring of imperial palaces, ancient temples, colonial-era architecture, stunning landscapes, water gardens and much more. Also enjoy meals at some of the best restaurants in Asia.

UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: ON THIS 11-DAY PRIVATE TOUR OF CHINA'S MOST FASCINATING CITIES.
 

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  • Internal flights as indicated with private airport transfers and assistance.
  • Accommodation is the most luxurious China has to offer.
  • This is a private tour with your own private multilingual guide and driver throughout the trip.
  • Trouble-free travel experiences, as we take care of all the logistics, so that you avoid queuing, irritations and delays.
  • Highly personalised itinerary designed by China specialists with insider knowledge.
  • Around-the-clock support with our local contacts throughout China.
Need to Know
  • Some of Beijing's prime attractions require extensive walking and even modest climbing. Put on sturdy footwear before tackling crumbling sections of the Great Wall.
  • Touring includes important cultural attractions and exclusive shopping districts with a private guide.
  • We can arrange private China tours to coincide with festival dates and arrange special activities such as cooking classes, arrange restaurant and spa reservations and other activities, including private airport transfers, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations.
  • We also offer private cultural touring in Lhasa, Tibet and the surrounding region.

Review

Begin in Shanghai, located on a delta where the Yangtze River pours into the East China Sea. Lying in the centre where the coastline of the North and South China join, the city enjoys convenient transportation with a vast hinterland. During private touring see the famous Three Temples, learn about Shanghai’s history through the architecture of the Bund and cruise on the Huangpu River. Visit Shanghai’s old town and stop for tea and dumplings the city’s oldest teahouse. Also visit up-and-coming neighbourhoods filled with art galleries, design shops and stylish new restaurants.

Next, fly to Beijing, world-renowned for historical and cultural magnificence. With six World Heritage Sites it is a famous tourist city. With your private guide, visit the fabulous ancient buildings, imperial gardens, and religious temples. Tour imperial masterpieces such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace and lesser-known temples. Travel by rickshaw or opt to bicycle down the narrow hutongs (lanes) of a traditional residential neighbourhood.

Stay at China’s top luxury properties and dine on traditional specialties at favourite family-run restaurants. Visit markets specializing in pearls, silk, food and furniture, and, if desired, explore new art gallery districts that showcase the city’s burgeoning contemporary art scene. Spend one day hiking along a less-touristy section of the Great Wall of China.

The tour concludes in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most attractive and exciting cities. During touring with your expert private guide, ride the Peak Tram to the top of Hong Kong Island, dine on dim sum at teahouses, explore local markets to learn about traditional Chinese medicine and unusual food products, and ride in a traditional sampan boat across Aberdeen Harbour.  Perhaps watch a horse race at Happy Valley Racetrack, enjoy private appointments at leading antique shops or with noted designers, or get fitted for custom clothing at our favourite tailors.

 
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China Three Cities

An ultimate luxury tour of China's most fascinating cities; Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong.
(11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong


Day 1 – Arrive
Shanghai Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.

Day 2 – Tour
Shanghai Full-day private city touring.

Day 3 – Tour
Shanghai Full-day private city touring.

Day 4 – Transfer
Beijing Private airport transfer and flight to Beijing for 4 nights.

Day 5 – Tour
Beijing Full-day private city touring.

Day 6 – Tour
Great Wall Full-day private excursion to the Great Wall.
Peking Opera performance this evening.

Day 7 – Tour
Beijing Full-day private city touring.

Day 8 – Transfer
Hong Kong Private airport transfer and flight to Hong Kong for 3 nights.

Day 9 – Tour
Hong Kong Full-day private city touring.

Day 10 – Tour
Hong Kong Morning private touring.

Day 11 – Depart
Hong Kong Private airport transfer.


Hotels

  • Shanghai:        Peninsula Shanghai
  • Beijing:            Four Seasons Beijing, Raffles Beijing, Waldorf Astoria Beijing or Aman at Summer Palace* (supplement applies for Aman)
  • Hong Kong:      The Peninsula Hong Kong or Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
 

 

Recommended Price

  • 5-star: From GBP 300 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 200 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Getting There Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.

Getting Around: Taxis are plentiful, clean and cheap. Be warned however that almost none of the drivers speak or read English so make sure you always have a copy of your destination written in Chinese. It's sensible also to have the phone number of someone who speaks English and Chinese in case you get into difficulties.

Aside from cabs, the subway is by far the best way to get around Beijing and also the best way to beat its increasingly gridlocked traffic. All the signs are in Chinese and English, but make sure you have figured out the name of your destination in Chinese. If you get lost, ask. Chinese are friendly and willing to help. Hint: The younger the person is the more likely he or she is to speak some English.

When to go The best time to visit China is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings. Local Beijingers describe this short season as tiāngāo qìshuǎng (literally ‘the sky is high and the air is fresh’).

The second-best time is spring, late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.

Tipping Hotel and restaurant bills include service charges amounting to 15%.  There is no need to add anything further to this. In fact tipping is so rare that waiters will run out into the street to return the money you must have accidentally left on the table. Speaking of money, bring lots of it or hit the ATMs regularly. Cash is still king in China and credit cards something of a novelty item.

However, tipping of your guide or driver is a purely personal matter.  The bottom line in determining whether or how much to tip is to ask yourself how much effort our representative has taken to make your China travel experience more enjoyable. The following estimated guideline may help you in determining the tip amount, should you wish to tip any service provider in India. Restaurants 5-10% of bill, if not included. Tour escorts and local guides between $20-30 per day. Drivers between $10-15 per day.  

Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Chinese territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate.