If you’ve been fascinated by many of China’s world-famous landmarks and ancient sites, our 8 night China Highlights Tour may be perfect for you. Taking you on a journey across Beijing, Xian & Shanghai, three of the most popular tourist destinations in China, here you’ll have the chance to discover and explore the very best of China. Our 8-night tour comes complete with your very own English speaking tour guide, who will accompany you throughout your time in China. From being picked up at the airport to exploring the many famous must-sees, and finally being dropped off before heading home, your guide will be there with you along the way to ensure your safety, comfort, and proper understanding of your various tours.
Our China Highlights Tour provides you with 7 nights of exploration and discovery. With inspiring sites to historical museums and stunning gardens, this tour is truly the perfect way to appreciate the Chinese history and culture. Your day trips will take you on a variety of mini escapades as you travel to some of the most famous landmarks known to the world such as the Great Wall of China, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the City Wall of Xian, the Terra Cotta Warriors, and a whole lot more. These remarkable places are just a handful of the adventurous agenda your 8-night tour holds.
Halal dining is also available throughout your stay, with daily lunch and dinner at halal restaurants each day. Eating out will be an exciting time with the chance to experience authentic Chinese cuisine, all which provide a variety of halal cuisines and food.
For more information on this tour, please select the ‘Itinerary’ tab. There you will find a detailed day to day agenda on what the China Highlights Tour has in store for you.
Valid for travel from February to November (supplements may apply during Easter and in July and August).
Alternative dates are available throughout the year at a supplement. Prices subject to change and availability at the time of booking.
Day 01: Arrival in Beijing
Upon arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport, youâ€™ll be picked up and transferred to your hotel by your tour guide. Today you will get to relax and enjoy the comforts of your hotel as you recover from possible jet lag. Unwind and prepare for you the days of activity ahead.
Day 02: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Salat at Niujie Mosque, Temple of Heavenï¼ŒTea House
Salat: Niujie Mosque
Kick day two off exploring Beijing from the largest city square in the world; the impressive Tiananmen Square. From there you will enter the imperial palace known as the Forbidden City to explore its many fascinating halls and pavilions. After prayers at the Niujie Mosque, you and your group will visit the Temple of Heaven, the place where the Emperors worshipped the Heaven for good harvests. Later on in the day you will enjoy getting to know the local taste of various kinds of Chinese tea at a local tea house. After a relaxing day out exploring, retreat to your hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Day 03: Great Wall of China, Jade Museum, Sacred Way of Ming Tombs
Probably the highlight of the tour, day 3 will take you to the famous Great Wall of China. It was in 220 B.C. under Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China, Â when sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defense system against invasions from the north. Construction of the great wall continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), when the Great Wall became the world’s largest military structure. On the way to the Great Wall, a quick stop will be made at Jade Museum, here you will have the chance to learn of the ancient art of jade carving skills. Towards the afternoon, your guide will take you to the Sacred Way of Ming Tombs where you will enjoy learning about the ancient Chinese Fengshui Theory.
Day 04: Summer Palace, Fresh Water Pearl Shop, High-Speed Train to Xian
Start your day off being fascinated by visiting the largest garden in the world, the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace was first built in 1750 and was largely destroyed in the war of 1860. Later on in 1886, it was restored to its original foundations in. The Summer Palace is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden designs with natural landscapes of hills and open water combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges. After your visit to the Summer Palace, you can enjoy shopping at Fresh Water Pearl. A bullet train ride to Xian (approximately five hours), will take you to the ancient capital city of China as well as the starting point of the famous Silk Road.
Day 05: City Wall of Xian, Terra Cotta Warriors
Wake up and enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading off to visit one of the world’s heritage sites, Xian City Wall. Built in the Ming Dynasty between 1370-1387, the 12km long Xian City Wall is the best-preserved city wall now in the world. It is the representative of the Chinese rampart architecture at the later stage of the Middle Ages and is the witness of the civilization of the Ming and Qing period. After enjoying your tour, you will then proceed to visit the Terra Cotta Warriors reproduction factory and the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Terra Cotta Warriors of Emperor Qin Shihuang. The Terra Cotta Army is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world with three exhibition halls, the largest of which is 180 meters by 60 meters.
Day 06: Shaanxi History Museum, North Square of Big Wild Pagoda, Bell & Drum Tower Square, Great Mosque, Muslim Bazaar, Night Flight to Shanghai
Salat: Xian Great Mosque
Day 6Â of your tour in China takes you to the famous Shaanxi History Museum and the North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Designed in China’s grand and elegant ancient Tang Dynasty style, Shaanxi History Museum is a tribute to Shaanxi’s glamorous imperial past. The Tang Dynasty also constructed the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in 652 with the help of Monk Xuanzhuang who went to India looking for the truth of Buddhism. And as a result brought back over 600 volumes of Buddhist scriptures from India. Both activities will take place in the morning. Later in the afternoon you and your group will take a trip to visit the Bell & Drum Tower Square. From here you will walk to one of the oldest mosques in China, Xian Great Mosque. After enjoying your day trip, board a plane to Shanghai during the evening where youâ€™ll enjoy your last two nights of the tour. Â
Day 07: Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuanmiao Market, Silk Store, The Bund, Nanjing Road, People’s Square, Shanghai Museum
Salat: Xiaotaoyuan Mosque
Your last full day on tour will take you to the beautiful Yuyuan Garden and its nearby Chenghuangmiao Market in the morning. The Yuyuan Garden is an attractive labyrinth of over 30 Ming-dynasty pavilions built in 1577. Linking the pavilions are elaborate rockeries, arched bridges and carp-laden ponds. You will also have the chance to visit the Peopleâ€™s Square and one of the best museums in China, the Shanghai Museum in the afternoon.
Day 08: Departure from Shanghai
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.