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Best of China with Pandas

10-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Shanghai

Code:P05
Type:Private Tour
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Best of China with Pandas

A wonderful tour for panda fans and family with kids. Based on the classic golden triangle cities of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai with great cultural experiences in Hutong courtyard, cave dwellings and Propaganda Poster Art Center, an experience of working as a panda keeper in Chengdu is included for you to get up close to the star mammals of China and learn more about their life habits.

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Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Visit the quieter Mutianyu Great Wall with magnificent forested views.
  • Discover captivating imperial stories in the hidden palaces of Forbidden City.
  • Admire the world wonder of Terra-cotta Army.
  • Visit an old cave dwelling and learn about the disappearing Tiger-head shoes making.
  • Work with adorable giant pandas and be a panda keeper.
  • Learn about the glories and vicissitudes of Shanghai in the Bund.
  • Visit the Propaganda Poster Art Center showing the passion of Chinese in 1960s.

Best of China with Pandas

10-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Shanghai

Code:P05
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$1972
Tour Highlights
  • Visit the quieter Mutianyu Great Wall with magnificent forested views.
  • Discover captivating imperial stories in the hidden palaces of Forbidden City.
  • Admire the world wonder of Terra-cotta Army.
  • Visit an old cave dwelling and learn about the disappearing Tiger-head shoes making.
  • Work with adorable giant pandas and be a panda keeper.
  • Learn about the glories and vicissitudes of Shanghai in the Bund.
  • Visit the Propaganda Poster Art Center showing the passion of Chinese in 1960s.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Beijing
Land in Beijing, airport pick-up and hotel transfer. The rest of the day is free for your own exploration.
Luxury: Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel Superior: Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

Welcome to China! Upon your arrival, your friendly tour guide will pick up and escort you to the hotel. You could either have a rest to recover from jet lag or discover the neighborhood.

Day 2
Beijing
Roam around Tiananmen Square and sight-see the Forbidden City. Experience a rickshaw ride through Hutongs, and learn to paint a facial mask of Peking Opera in a traditional Hutong courtyard.
Breakfast

Today's exploration starts with the visit to the iconic Tiananmen Square lying at the central axis of Beijing.

Then walk to the adjacent Forbidden City, the grandest and best-preserved imperial palace served in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1420 - 1912). Stand in awe of the wooden-structured architectural masterpiece by a glance at the exquisite halls and courtyards. With more than a million priceless exhibits on display, it is also crowned as the Palace Museum.

Then dive into the narrow Hutongs by a special rickshaw ride to tour the old courtyard residences of Beijing locals, and drop by one to learn painting a facial mask of Peking Opera from a native artist. The mask finished by yourself could be taken home as a souvenir or gift. Return to the hotel by our private vehicle.

Forbidden CityThe Panoramic View of the Forbidden City
HutongFacial Mask Painting at a local family in a Hutong Courtyard
Day 3
Beijing
Hike on the Mutianyu Great Wall, stop en route to Bird's Nest & Water Cube on the way back to the city, and admire the Summer Palace, a stunning royal garden.
Breakfast

In the morning, you will be escorted to the less crowded Mutianyu Great Wall for a memorable hiking experience. Round-trip cable car is included in your itinerary for an easy access to ascending the Great Wall and more leisure time for trekking. Be amazed at the extant longest part of the Great Wall stretching for 5.4km (3.4mi), and meantime appreciate the enchanting surrounding mountain views.

Afterwards, on the way back to downtown, make a stopover to capture the iconic Bird's Nest and Water Cube with your camera.

Finally, proceed to the Summer Palace, an imperial retreat garden with combination of natural beauty and architectural masterpieces. Wander at the long corridors to gaze at the delicate roof paintings or rent a boat to tour the stunning Kunming Lake.

Day 4
Beijing-Xi'an by High Speed Train
Drop by the Temple of Heaven. Catch a high-speed train to Xian.
Breakfast
Luxury: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel Superior: Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

After breakfast, your guide will lead you to the Temple of Heaven, which used to be the site for emperors to practice prayer rituals for harvest and peace of the next year. Whilst soaking up the amazing architectural structure, you could also come across many local seniors doing their routine morning exercises by playing Tai Chi, sword dance and kicking shuttlecock.

Then experience an amazing Chinese high-speed train ride bound for another ancient capital, Xian, with travel time of 4-5 hours on board. Upon arrival, meet your warm-hearted guide and get lodged in your hotel.

High Speed Train
Comfortable high speed train
Day 5
Xi'an
Admire the magnificent Terra-Cotta Army. Visit a caved dwelling and appreciate the old craftsmanship of making tiger head shoes. Then walk the time-honored City Wall, linger by food bazaar of the Muslim Quarter and visit the Great Mosque.
Breakfast

Drive about one hour to the world famous Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is a large underground army buried with Qinshihuang Emperor to protect him in his afterlife. The man-made wonder was not discovered until 1974 when local farmers drilled a well. Surprisingly, you could find over 8,000 vivid pottery figures like no other, as each has their own distinctive facial expressions, hair styles and costumes.

Follow your guide to visit a local cave dwelling where you will see how the lovely folk art of tiger head shoes are made. You could also learn to make the most important part of the tigers, the eyes!

Then return to Xian city proper to ascend the century-old City Wall that stands intact to enclose the city center. Follow your guide to stroll or cycle around to enjoy a panoramic view of Xian based on your preference.

Afterwards, head for the renowned Muslim Street to enjoy a feast of authentic Xian eateries and select some souvenirs at the street-side vendors. At last, visit the tranquil Great Mosque hidden in the narrow alleys of the Muslim Quarters.

Tiger Head Shoes Making: Tiger Head Shoes making is gradually disappearing like many other folk craftsmanship in China as younger generations seldom learn it. This visit allows you to see the featured local craftsmanship preserved by the old lady who is still making them, hoping young people could one day pick up the old skill.

Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum
Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum
Day 6
Xi'an-Chengdu by High Speed Train
Glance at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda & Shaanxi History Museum. Take a bullet train to Chengdu.
Breakfast
Luxury: Sofitel Chengdu Taihe Superior: Dorsett Grand Chengdu Hotel

Your today's exploration of the ancient capital unveils from the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It was built to store the Buddhism scriptures brought back by the great monk Xuanzang during his legendary odyssey to India in early 7th century.

Then move to Shaanxi History Museum housing more than 37, 000 pieces of antiques and relics that demonstrate the glorious history of the ancient capital Xi'an. Following the clue of time, you could have a glimpse of Chinese national treasures of different dynasties.

Afterwards, take the high speed train to Chengdu and get ready to be a panda keeper!

Day 7
Chengdu
Enjoy a full-day panda keeper experience at the Dujiangyan Panda Base to help with the cleaning, feeding and cooking work.
Breakfast, Lunch

Drive to Dujiangyan Panda Base where you will enjoy a lifetime chance to get up-close interactions with the adorable giant pandas by taking care of them under the assistance of experienced panda experts. Working as a panda keeper, you might help to clean their enclosures, feed pandas by hands, make deserts for them and learn more about their current living condition by watching a documentary movie. If you are looking forward for a photo chance holding a panda, it would cost extra and you need share your idea with your travel consultant in advance.

Note: For safety of panda keepers, pandas will be kept inside their rooms while panda keepers clean the enclosures.

Dujiangyan Panda Base
Panda keepers cleaning the outdoor enclosures for giant pandas
Day 8
Chengdu-Shanghai by Flight
Wander around Jinli Old Street for local delicacies. Leave for Shanghai by air, pick-up and airport-hotel transfer.
Breakfast
Luxury: Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai Superior: Central Hotel Shanghai

Meander along the Jinli Old Street, a well-known snack street clustered with restaurants, tea houses, bars and cafes. It is a paradise for foodie hunters, with an array of Sichuan delicacies on offer. You could just enter a tea lounge to take a dip of Chengdu local's leisure life or handpick some artifacts in the souvenir shops. Then catch a flight to Shanghai and your local guide will meet you and transfer to your hotel.

Day 9
Shanghai
Sight-see the classical Yu Garden, Nanjing Road & the Bund. Get on top of the Shanghai World Financial Center. Visit Xintiandi and feel the passion of China in 1960s at the Propaganda Poster Art Center.
Breakfast

Take a full day to explore the essentials of Shanghai, and your first stop goes to a classical traditional Chinese garden, the Yu Garden where you could delve into the smartly-designed stone bridges, pavilions, halls and corridors, with changing sights to your every step forward.

Then make your way to the bustling Nanjing Road and the Bund area to take in the modern glamour of this cosmopolis.

Follow your guide to sight-see Shanghai World Financial Center, one of the highest skyscrapers in China. Avoid the long queue and reach the top of the tower to snapshot a panoramic view of the urban area.

Afterwards, take a relaxing stroll at Xintiandi to witness the time-honored Shikumen constructions, or you may stop at a boutique café for a cup of coffee.

Today's adventure concludes with the visit to the Propaganda Poster Art Center where you could feel the passion of the country in 1960s.

XintiandiXintiandi
Propaganda Poster Art CentrePropaganda Poster of China in 1960s
Day 10
Depart from Shanghai
Departure from Shanghai, and hotel-airport transfer.
Breakfast

Farewell to China. Your guide and driver will escort you to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations
BeijingXianChengduShanghai
Beijing
Luxury

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel

No.36, North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng enjoys perfect location in the new CBD area with various on-site restaurants catering to different tastes plus easy access to all places.
Superior

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.
Xian
Luxury

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.
Superior

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.
Chengdu
Luxury

Sofitel Chengdu Taihe

15 Binjiang Middle Road, Jinjiang, Chengdu, China
As the Accor Group member, the hotel perfectly fuses French style and Sichuan local Style. The hotel's central location allows easy access to the city's stylish fashion centers and malls.
Superior

Dorsett Grand Chengdu Hotel

No.168, West Yulong Street, Qingyang, Chengdu, China
Next to Chengdu's famous pedestrian shopping street Chunxi Road, the hotel features with its standard service, nice breakfasts well as various exotic cuisines in its on-site restaurants.
Shanghai
Luxury

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

1. Jinling East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
The hotel is located right on the bund with artistic design merged modern Shanghai with Art Deco of 1930s. The hotel is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts with excellent service, amazing views and great breakfasts.
Superior

Central Hotel Shanghai

No.555 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
Located in the heart of the city, Central Hotel Shanghai featuring traditional Shanghai style rooms, good facilities and nice breakfasts is next to the Nanjing Road and 5-minute walk to the Bund.
Luxury
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Beijing

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel

No.36, North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng enjoys perfect location in the new CBD area with various on-site restaurants catering to different tastes plus easy access to all places.

Xian

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.

Chengdu

Sofitel Chengdu Taihe

15 Binjiang Middle Road, Jinjiang, Chengdu, China
As the Accor Group member, the hotel perfectly fuses French style and Sichuan local Style. The hotel's central location allows easy access to the city's stylish fashion centers and malls.

Shanghai

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

1. Jinling East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
The hotel is located right on the bund with artistic design merged modern Shanghai with Art Deco of 1930s. The hotel is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts with excellent service, amazing views and great breakfasts.
Superior
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Beijing

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.

Xian

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.

Chengdu

Dorsett Grand Chengdu Hotel

No.168, West Yulong Street, Qingyang, Chengdu, China
Next to Chengdu's famous pedestrian shopping street Chunxi Road, the hotel features with its standard service, nice breakfasts well as various exotic cuisines in its on-site restaurants.

Shanghai

Central Hotel Shanghai

No.555 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
Located in the heart of the city, Central Hotel Shanghai featuring traditional Shanghai style rooms, good facilities and nice breakfasts is next to the Nanjing Road and 5-minute walk to the Bund.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
High Season( MAR - NOV ) US$2176 US$2561
Low Season( DEC - FEB ) US$1972 US$2444
  • Prices above are based on 2 persons sharing one room of Superior/Luxury Class Hotels. Please enquire to get a better rate if there are more than 2 travelers in your group.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
This tour could be tailored to your own unique trip based on your travel needs, interests, preferred hotels and budget. We recommend you give us as detailed travel information as possible so we can reply with a more thorough tour proposal that better suits your travel needs.
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