Prince William's Footprint: Beijing and Shanghai via Bullet Train

CHT-TA-01: Beijing and Shanghai Tour
From: $1,134
Family Culture

Britain's Prince William visited China from 1st to 5th, March, 2015. He likes Chinese culture and architecture, so the Forbidden City, Shijia Hutong Musuem in Beijing and Long Musuem were arranged in his schedule. This tour follows Prince William's footprint and also includes the experience of riding the fastest high speed train, This is an intoxicating blend of historic culture and an ultra-modern life. This tour can also be arranged from Beijing to Shanghai, or add return ticket back to Beijing or Shanghai. feel free to let us know your requirements.

Highlights

  • Race with speed by riding on fast and comfortable bullet train between cities
  • The charming embankment of the Bund
  • Classic landscape garden of Yuyuan nestled among the city hustle
  • Breathtaking view over the Great Wall
  • China’s contemporary art at Long Museum

What's Included

  • Entrance to attractions listed in the itinerary
  • Private transfers between train station, airport, hotels and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private local tour guide and driver service throughout the tour
  • High-speed train ticket from Shanghai to Beijing

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Nov.1 - Mar. 31 Deluxe Class Superior Class
2-5 People $1221 $1046
6-9 People $974 $803
Apr.1 - Oct.31 Deluxe Superior
2-5 People $1313 $1134
6-9 People $1066 $891

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

After your flight lands at the airport of Shanghai, meet your local tour guide at the arrival hall, and afterwards transfer directly to hotel by private car and driver.

Accommodation in Shanghai: Bund Hotel Shanghai (superior class)/Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World (deluxe class)

Day 2Shanghai: Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Long Museum, Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Yuyuan Garden Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden is a classic Ming Dynasty complex with beautiful rockeries and traditional architecture. The adjacent Yuyuan Market is a shopper’s paradise, and has a fine selection of local snacks.

The Bund is world-famous for a reason: the stunning facades of magnificent European style buildings speak of the not so distant past. Oriental Pearl TV Tower celebrates the gleaming new Shanghai through viewing deck where you can see far in the futuristic cityscape. A museum on the first floor tells of the history of Shanghai in particular.

Accommodation in Shanghai: Bund Hotel Shanghai (superior class)/Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World (deluxe class)

Day 3High Speed Train to Beijing and the Summer Palace
Summer Palace Summer Palace

The morning is spent on a high speed train to Beijing, where you will be met by a personal guide to allow as much time as possible for exploring this magnificent city.

The Summer Palace was a favorite among all imperial abodes; the pavilions surrounded by a tranquil lake and beautiful walks shaded by willow trees feel like a heaven on earth.

Accommodation in Beijing: Sunworld Hotel Beijing (superior class)/Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (deluxe class)

Day 4 Beijing: Temple of Heaven, Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall Mutianyu Great Wall

The Temple of Heaven is a complex where mysterious circular buildings were used for sacrifices to the Heaven. The ceremonies were so sacred that no ordinary citizen was even allowed to glance on the procession. Ironically locals now frequent the surrounding park during their morning exercise routines.

The Mutianyu Great Wall has the most watch towers out of any section and was of utmost importance in defending Beijing. The main gate is an unusual design too, with three connecting towers. A cable car ride to the top lets you see the views in comfort.

Accommodation in Beijing: Sunworld Hotel Beijing (superior class)/Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (deluxe class)

Day 5Beijing: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Shijia Hutong Museum, Hutong Tour
Courtyard House Front DoorCourtyard House Front Door

Tian'anmen Square has seen history change more than once; the atmosphere is quite palpable in the shadow of Mao’s Mausoleum. The Forbidden City is a fitting palace for an emperor with its golden roofed halls and enormous courtyards, but the scale gets closer to domestic proportions as you approach the north part and emperor’s private quarters.

Our unique Hutong Tour is an experience not to miss, especially as these old alleyways leading to courtyard houses are fast disappearing. A visit to a local family lets you hear their stories of generations past.

Accommodation in Beijing: Sunworld Hotel Beijing (superior class)/Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (deluxe class)

Day 6 Depart Beijing

Your guide will take you to the airport for a carefree transfer in this mega city. You can be sure you’ll arrive on time at the correct airport, terminal and gate. At China Highlights it’s our goal to create and deliver a holiday you’ll remember for years to come. Our goal is to see you return with us!

Trip Notes

1. Tailoring your tour

This tour is very flexible for tailoring to suit your needs. You can alter the itinerary, extend or shorten it to suit your price, interest and schedule. Feel free to tell us your requirements, and we are happy to help you arrange with our professional knowledge and experience.

If you need to return to Shanghai after the tour, there's only an extra cost of around 90 USD. This tour can also be arranged from Beijing to Shanghai, so feel free to tell us your requirements.

2. Tips for riding a bullet train in China

Arrive at the correct train station at least 30 minutes before departure time. You are required to do a security check before entering the train station, and there's a 5-8 minute walk from ticket gate to the platform. There may be long stairs and slopes without escalator, so it is suggested that you pack light.

Bring some food and drinks for the ride, which come less in varieties and higher in prices on the train.

Keep your train ticket in place. It might be checked again during the ride and at the exit of train station.