Simply China

Beijing & Shanghai

From £2600 per person in low season
From £3000 per person in high season

based on 6 nights inc. flights & daily experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • International economy flights and taxes from the UK

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

per person based on two sharing.

Please note that the cost of the itinerary will be higher during peak periods of travel, over Chinese National Holidays.

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  • Brilliant combination of historic cultural sites and modern day China

  • With three nights in Beijing and three nights in Shanghai the itinerary allows plenty of time to enjoy these fantastic destinations fully

  • Small taste of rural China in Beijing with the Great Wall of China and in Shanghai with a visit to Suzhou

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China has four distinct seasons - a pleasant warm spring, a hot rainy summer, a comfortable cool autumn and a cold winter. The hottest time in China comes in July and August and the coldest time is from the late January to early February. The spring from March to May is recommended as the best time to travel to China.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday.


This compact itinerary provides a great introduction to China, from the incredible city of Beijing full of mystery and culture to the fast paced modern side of China in Shanghai where you can truly see east meeting west.

  1. Days 1-4: Beijing

    Beijing is a fascinating city and on arrival in China you will have three nights here to soak in the centuries of history and culture. With your private guide and driver, over your full two days in the city you have the chance to take in all the highlights including the monumental Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. In contrast, Beihai Lake and Houhai Lake, encircled by Hutongs provide a much more personal view of Beijing with their charming courtyards and pedestrianised streets.

    Of course no visit to Beijing would be complete without travelling out of the city to The Great Wall of China, which reaches from Ancient Manchuria to the Gobi Desert. We suggest visiting the Mutianyu section of the wall early in the morning to capture the best photographs of the wall with the beautiful light and less tourists visiting at this time. We would also definitely recommend visiting the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven which are both fantastic examples of traditional architecture. The Temple of Heaven's surrounding grounds are also a brilliant spot for people watching with people coming daily to practice Tai Qi, meditation, tango, gymnastics, square dancing and other forms of physical exercise.  

    Accommodation: The Park Plaza (3 nights)

  2. Days 4-7: Shanghai

    After enjoying a morning exploring Beijing you will transfer to the airport in time for your short flight to Shanghai where you will have three nights to explore this vibrant metropolis. Like in Beijing, we have included a private guide and driver for you to make the most out of your time in Shanghai. In contrast to Beijing which offers some incredible ancient history highlights, Shanghai is fast paced and provides a fantastic insight into modern China, where east meets west.

    Explore the lively French Concession and vibrant Xintiandi district, mazes of little boutiques, fantastic restaurants and authentic art galleries before spending some time on Nanjing Road, the main shopping district in the city which really showcases Shanghai today.

    Shanghai is full of incredible restaurants and we can be sure to point you in the right direct in terms of the best dining destinations in the city. Equally Shanghai has some fantastic evening shows and we very much recommend taking in an ERA show, combining Chinese acrobatics and modern technology into a truly spectacular show.

    With three days in Shanghai, we have included one day spent outside of the city in Suzhou, known for it interlaced canals and beautiful old town. As you explore the cobbled streets you will easily see why it is called the Venice of China. We really like Sozhou and think that it is a great inclusion to give you a small taste of a slightly more rural China on your compact itineary.

    Accommodation: The Westin Bund Shanghai (3 nights)


  • Beijing Brewery Discovery Experience

    Wind through the alleyways and lanes of Beijing’s Hutongs and discover neighbourhood haunts where you’ll taste the city’s favourite late-night snack and sample local craft beer and spirits, including the potent ‘baijiu’.

  • Beijing Religion and Philosophy

    Explore Beijing’s rich variety of religions and philosophies as you travel from Confucius Shrines to Tibetan Buddhist temples, Taoist temples to Muslim mosques and uncover the strength of traditional beliefs held by the worshippers.

  • Forbidden City and Hutong Family Homemade Lunch

    Beijing balances its ancient history with its 21st century lifestyles and this experience is a chance to explore both of these with a visit to the ancient Forbidden City and a chance to meet a local family and join them for lunch in their home.

  • Inside Shanghai Old Town & Yu Garden

    Head to Shanghai's old town, an architectural treasure tucked away from the high rises and bright lights that Shanghai is so famous for. This visit will take you to the traditional part of the city, and to its lilongs, steeped in history.

  • Jinshanling Hike at The Great Wall

    Get away from the crowds as you trek a remote section of the Great Wall of China with a guide, along crumbling ramparts and past watchtowers with exceptional views over the surrounding rugged countryside.

  • Local Family Home Cooking and Yu Garden Visit

    Offering a chance to experience authentic local culture, this tour will take you from a bustling wet market to the home of a local family where you can learn to make dumplings before exploring the streets of the old town and the peaceful Yu Garden.

  • Old Shanghai Breakfast Tour

    Walking the streets of the old city, you’ll discover a culinary hotspot as a wealth of morning delicacies are crafted in front of you, from dumplings to noodles, potstickers to pancakes. Taste ten local dishes as you get a flavour for the neighbourhood.

  • Tongli Water Town with Cruise

    Today, you will make a visit to the Tongli Ancient Town, stopping at Tuisi Garden, Jianyin Hall and ancient bridges. Afterwards, enjoy a cruise along the water town to take in its beauty.

  • Vintage Bike Tour in Shanghai

    Leave behind the towering skyscrapers of Shanghai as you cycle through its ancient lanes to discover daily life and local culture in tucked away neighbourhoods. Dive into a bustling market, sample the local street food and dine at a Buddhist canteen.

  • Visit Shanghai old town & The Yu Garden

    Head to Shanghai's old town, an architectural treasure tucked away from the high rises and bright lights that Shanghai is so famous for. This visit will take you to the traditional part of the city, and to its lilongs, steeped in history.

  • Visit The Bund & The Nanjing Road

    Take a stroll along The Bund on the Huangpu River. Once Shanghai's financial centre, it boasts impressive colonial architecture, so strikingly different in comparison to Shanghai's towering skyscrapers behind. After, head west to the popular Nanjing Road.

  • Visit The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

    Enjoy a half day tour to The Great Wall of China. This visit will take you to Mutianyu and although further from the city it offers a much more natural Wall experience as it is less visited, enabling one to appreciate the stunning countryside.

  • Visit Tiannamen Square & The Forbidden City

    Enjoy a half day tour of Beijing's most well-known landmarks. Start with a trip to Tian'ammen Square before heading onto The Forbidden City, a former imperial palace which was the residence to twenty-four different Chinese Emperors.


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