China Express


This private tour experience visits cosmopolitan Shanghai before boarding the Bullet Train to historic Beijing, where the Forbidden City and Great Wall of China await.

tour duration 7 Days from
tour price On Request
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Shanghai (2N) - Beijing (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Lose yourself in the peaceful atmosphere of Yu Garden
See the spectacular and diverse architecture of Shanghai on a Huangpu River cruise
Discover thousands of relics and artefacts at the expansive Shanghai Museum
Immerse yourself in China’s imperial past at the Forbidden City
Walk on China’s most famous legacy, the Great Wall of China
Wander the ambient grounds of the Summer Palace, formerly holiday home of the emperors

Days 1-2 Fly to Shanghai
Fly overnight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the 'Paris of the East'
Days 1-2 Fly to Shanghai
Day 3 Discover Shanghai
Stroll through the traditional Yu Gardens and the Old Town as well as along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture. In the evening, enjoy a dinner of Shanghai cuisine before taking a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River, where the historic Bund and the futuristic Pudong come face-to-face. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Discover Shanghai
Day 4 Bullet Train
Visit the Shanghai Museum and the Jade Buddha Temple. In the afternoon board the bullet train to Beijing. Travelling at up to 200 miles per hour, you will complete the 800 mile journey in less than five hours. (B,L)
Day 4 Bullet Train
Day 5 Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tiananmen Square past Chairman Mao's Mausoleum to the treasure-filled Forbidden City. This is the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China from the Ming and Qing Dynasties and houses over 8,000 rooms. Also visit the unique Temple of Heaven. (B,L)
Day 5 Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
Day 6 The Great Wall & Summer Palace
Walk on the Great Wall to appreciate 2,000 years of historical significance while admiring the panoramic views. The Great Wall is China's most iconic attraction, which stretches over 4,000 miles from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Also tour the exquisite Summer Palace. In the evening enjoy the local delicacy, Peking Duck, followed by a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic show. (B,L,D)
Day 6 The Great Wall & Summer Palace
Day 7 Fly Beijing to UK
Fly to the UK arriving the same or following day. (B)
Day 7 Fly Beijing to UK

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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A visa is required by all nationalities. A visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Calls may cost £1 per minute to the UK, plus a 10% service charge, but will vary by location. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. China has active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. Many websites, including most Google Products, Facebook and Twitter are banned in China and therefore inaccessible. If you need to access your email via Gmail whilst in China, please use an alternative email account whilst in the country.

Tipping while on holiday is common in most parts of the world and China is no exception. However, it is not always clear who it is appropriate to tip and how much. Furthermore, travellers may not have the right amounts of cash available at the right time. In order to avoid any inconvenience Wendy Wu Tours operates a tipping policy where a stated amount is given to your national escort at the beginning of your tour and tips are distributed to local guides and drivers throughout your tour. The amount is designed to be at a reasonable level for travellers while being fair to the local people and includes a gratuity for the national escort. If you are travelling in a smaller group with local guides only, then tipping is paid in each destination.  To be fair to the guides we ask for slightly higher amounts per traveller with small groups. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre or post tour arrangements, you should allow 65 RMB per person per day for the guides and 35 RMB per person per day for the drivers.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. From hand carved jade to local silk products or pearls from the South China Sea – the variety and choice can seem endless.
 
In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.
 
Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. In China all the dishes are served in various styles and brought out to the table for everyone to share. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Each individual place setting will consist of a bowl of fan (rice), a pair of chopsticks (you may request western cutlery if you prefer), a flat bottomed soup spoon and a saucer. Chinese food is usually served in courses where a typical meal will consist of rice, one to four meat or fish dishes, two vegetable dishes, and one soup dish. Almost all food is cut into bite sized pieces. The centre of the meal is the fan or rice. The meats and vegetables that we think of as the focus of the meal are known as ts’ai, which roughly translates as ‘side dishes’. Fish is not always available, particularly outside of the bigger cities.
 
The Chinese are also not big on desserts with meals normally complemented with fruit to clean and refresh the palate.
 
Sichuan cuisine is distinguished by its use of ginger, chilli and the ‘Sichuan peppercorn’ called the fagara. Each meal will usually have some mild dishes but many of the local speciality dishes will be hot. If your group find there are not enough mild dishes served, please inform your National Escort/Local Guide so that they may resolve the problem for the next meal.
 
If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. Beer is traditionally consumed in small glasses; not the larger pints glasses that you may be used to.
 
Green tea is sometimes provided complimentary. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend a variety of restaurants to meet your taste and budget.
 
It is possible to buy snacks in supermarkets within major towns or cities. Alternatively, you may also like to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars, and tea/coffee from home.
 
Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.

Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).

What's Included

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
all meals as stated entrance fees, guides and daily tours
visa fee for UK passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those looking for a short private tour to China’s two most famous and iconic cities: Shanghai and Beijing. This tour incorporates a day bullet train between Shanghai and Beijing which is a fantastic and unique experience. This tour utilises all of the main sights and scenic spots in Beijing and Shanghai to make the most of the time.

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