A winter week in China
Beijing and Shanghai
A week long winter escape to fascinating China, exploring two of its major cultural and historical cities, at one of the least crowded and most stunning times to visit - all whilst staying at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Beijing and Peninsula Shanghai.
At a Glance
Experience the two largest cities in China, with a combined population of nearly 45 million
The perfect combination where old meets new. Beijing is the capital of China, rich in history and culture, whilst Shanghai is the new city with the most photogenic skyline of flashing lights
Shanghai used to be an old fishing village called "Hudu", derived from the name of a wooden fish trap once used by local inhabitants - a far cry from the bustling city it is today
Fantastic family itinerary as an introduction to China and its interesting culture and history
For foodies, delight in such a wide array of delicious award-winning restaurants - some of the best in the Far East
Meet our specialists
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 (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.
There are many reasons why China is a great destination to visit in the winter… The skies are often blue, especially in Beijing where it may be cold and crisp but nearly always clear. There is hardly anyone else at the sights, giving you a completely different perspective to the summer when there are hordes of tourists. And apart from all this, the prices are much better as the shop keepers have fewer visitors so the prices start to fall. All in all, this is the perfect time to visit for a cultural treat.
It is just a 10-hour direct overnight flight to Beijing and on arrival you are met and whisked off to the luxurious Waldorf Astoria. Set in a fabulous central location, this will be your base whilst you explore the many sights, with the help of your own private guide who can tailor your trip to exactly what you want to experience.
Having been the capital city of both Imperial and Modern China, Beijing has a fantastic collection of sights and your time here will be spent visiting these including the vast Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, the Hutongs (the small lanes and courtyard houses of old Beijing), the magnificent Temple of Heaven and the Imperial Summer Palace to marvel at the opulence in which the Emperors lived. Getting out to the Great Wall of China, you can take a light trek along this less visited part to take in the beautiful scenery which is especially magical with a light dusting of snow.
Take a short flight down to Shanghai, where you will be staying in the brilliant Peninsula Shanghai with the ultimate in hi tech gadgets and first class service. The location on the Bund is ideal not only for the spectacular views but also for easy access to the many wonderful shops and restaurants nearby.
Lying on the estuary of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is the center of China’s trade and industry. European-style architecture, traditional Chinese buildings and sleek modern developments all co-exist in this cosmopolitan metropolis. The French Concession area has quiet colonial parks and neighborhoods, the Yu Gardens are traditional Ming dynasty water gardens while the Bund along the Huangpu River has the celebrated strip of Art Deco towers.
After exploring the city itself, you could perhaps spend a day traveling by private car to the picturesque, traditional water village of Zhouzhuang to visit one of the town’s old merchant’s houses. At Suzhou you will visit the fascinating Silk Museum before exploring Suzhou’s remarkable classical Chinese style gardens, which are on the United Nations’ World Heritage List.
This vacation would be ideal for a pre Christmas treat, to pick up some unique Christmas shopping, or alternatively a vacation to look forward to in the New Year. Take advantage of this wonderful offer price for a unforgettable short break to one of the most fascinating destinations on earth.
Location & Directions
Beijing and Shanghai
Waldorf Astoria Beijing is located in Beijing's cultural district, adjacent to the Wangfujing shopping.The next stop is the Peninsula Shanghai, located at 32 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road, adjacent to the old British Consulate building and its surrounding gardens, with direct frontage onto the famous Bund in Shanghai.
When to go
Shanghai weather is generally warm and humid, with four distinct seasons - a pleasant warm spring, a hot rainy summer, a comfortable cool autumn and a cold winter. The hottest time in Shanghai comes in July and August, with more than 10 days at temperatures above 35 C. 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 Shanghai.