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Tour Code: sh-27

Departure Date: Daily

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Catch the very best of Beijing in three days with round-trip high-speed train fares – The Great Wall, the Forbidden City and Summer Palace are included to give you an overview of Beijing's history and culture.


  • Travel between Shanghai and Beijing on a high-speed train to save both money and time
  • Experience a royal holiday in Summer Palace
  • Visit the less-crowded Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Touch the interesting echo wall in the Temple of Heaven
  • Feel the majesty of royal palace in the Forbidden City
  • Learn about the historical events of China on the Tian’anmen Square
  • Experience old Beijing life in Hutongs
  • Enjoy an authentic Peking Duck meal


Day 1Shanghai to Beijing by Train No. G8 (Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station - Beijing Nan (south) Railway Station) Dep 09:00 - Arr 13:27

The tour guide will meet you at your hotel and escort you to the railway station to catch your high-speed train to Beijing. Your Beijing guide will welcome you at the exit of railway station.

We carefully arrange second-class seat for you which is comfortable for most people. If you want the first-class seat, our travel advisor is ready to upgrade for you with extra fee.

Though about 900 miles away, it is only a 5 hours ride between Shanghai and Beijing by high-speed train. Your Beijing guide will pick you up at Beijing South Railway Station upon your arrival and Summer Palace will be the first sight you will visit in your Beijing tour.

Summer Palace is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. Composed mainly of Longevity Hill (Wanshou Shan) and Kunming Lake, the park harmoniously combines the pavilions, corridors, halls and temples with the natural landscape.

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

  • Meals: Lunch at Popular local restaurants
  • Hotels: New World Beijing Hotel   |  Novotel Peace Beijing   |  Sunworld Hotel Beijing 
Day 2Beijing

Highlights come today. The magnificent man-made Great Wall that you've ever-seen on TV will unfold before you. There are many sections of the Great Wall in Beijing and the one we will visit is the less-crowded Mutianyu section. It features dense forest coverage and unique layout of watchtowers, looking likes a winding dragon snakes in forests. A cable car will help if you do not want to climb on foot.

Head back to city in the afternoon after lunch and we will visit the Temple of Heaven. The Temple of Heaven was the largest Taoist complex in existence for rituals to pay homage to heaven. The main halls and sites you should not miss are Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Circular Mound Altar and the Echo Wall.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall

  • Meals: Lunch at Popular local restaurants
  • Hotels: New World Beijing Hotel   |  Novotel Peace Beijing   |  Sunworld Hotel Beijing 
Day 3Beijing to Shanghai by Train No. G21 (Beijing Nan (south) Railway Station - Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station) Dep 17:00 - Arr 21:18

You will have another full day city tour after breakfast and visit the symbols of Beijing: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Beijing old hutongs.

The Forbidden City was the largest ancient imperial complex which was home to 24 emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties. The Forbidden City is functionally divided into three parts: the Outer Court, Front Court and Back Palace. The halls, symbolisms, walls, gates, gardens, courtyards and its many collections are all treasures of ancient China.

Stepping out the Forbidden City, you will see Tiananmen Square across the street. Tian'anmen Square was the site where many events in Chinese history were carried out, such as the founding ceremony of the People's Republic of China and National Day Parade. Surrounding the Tiananmen Square are the monuments to the people's heroes, the Great Hall of the People and Museum of China.

After a leisurely pedicab tour around Beijing old hutongs after lunch- an authentic Peking Duck meal, you will be transferred to train station and head back to Shanghai. Say goodbye to your Beijing guide and your tour ends. It is always interesting to share travel story with friends when go back home!

If you wish a transfer service when arriving in Shanghai, just let our travel advisor know your request who is always happy to serve.

Tian'anmen Square

Tian'anmen Square

  • Meals: Lunch at Popular local restaurants
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Price Per Person in US Dollars

We use different hotels for different tour classes while the itinerary is the same. Deluxe Class is usually staying at a 5-star hotel, Superior Class at a 4-star hotel and Tourist Class at a 3-star level hotel. The prices for one person are based on sharing twin hotel rooms with another guest. A supplement is necessary if you want to book single rooms. And the prices may rise during national holidays, such as the National Day (September 30th to October 6th) and Chinese New Year (late January or early February)

Dec.1 - Mar.31 Deluxe Superior Tourist Single Room Supplement
1 person -
2-5 persons / /
6-9 persons / /
Apr.1- Nov.31 Deluxe Superior Tourist Single Room Supplement
1 person -
2-5 persons / /
6-9 persons / /

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What's Included & Excluded

What’s included?

  • Entrance fees to attractions Listed above
  • Private tour guide and driver throughout the tour, except on a Yangtze cruise ship
  • Authentic local meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Centrally located hotels with breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Service charge & government taxes
  • Travel insurance

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All of our tour guides are certificated and experienced. They are local experts with detailed knowledge about attractions, history, culture and more. They know the best places to visit, can give you advice on restaurants that serve great local food, the best places to shop, or theaters for the best shows in town.

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We use the modern air-conditioned luxury cars for families or 2-3 persons and small buses for small groups of 4-7 persons.

We ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well-maintained (not over 4 years) and always very clean. Our drivers are very nice and careful with over 5-year drive experience.

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