- Day trip by air from Shanghai to Beijing
- Visit Beijing's iconic sights - the Forbidden Palace and the Great Wall of China
- Explore the ancient residence of emperors at the Forbidden Palace
- Enjoy a delicious Chinese lunch
- Climb up the Great Wall of China at Badaling for scenic views of the wall
- All expenses included
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What You Can Expect
Begin your day in Beijing at the Forbidden City, the largest and best preserved group of ancient buildings in China. The Forbidden City served as the imperial palace and political center of government from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. Inside, discover the 980 surviving buildings with a total of 8,707 rooms. The palace is an excellent example of traditional Chinese architecture, including elements such as enclosed courtyards and horizontal design.
Enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch, then drive out to the Great Wall of China. This amazing feat of architecture stretches 5,500 miles (8,850 kilometers). You’ll visit the Great Wall at Badaling, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and famous for its impressive scenery of the wall snaking off into the distance. As you ascend up the wall, you’ll see the hills undulating into the distance.
After you finish hiking the Great Wall, you'll be driven to Beijing International Airport for your return flight to Shanghai.
A long day but well worthwhile. The Forbidden City, Tiamen Square and the Great Wall all live up to the high expectation I had. Thee guide was excellent - Friendly , informative and professional. Air delays into and out of Shanghai mar the tour.
I booked this tour for my 15 year old daughter and me not really knowing what to expect. However, from the Lobby call to the pre-processed airport checkin we were surprised how smoothly everything went. The meeting at Beijing continued the flow and we were continually surprised and delighted the day ahead. The history of Beijing combined with the hospitality if our English speaking guide and his capable driver made this one of the most memorable days of our trip. If you love history and want to make the most if a wonderful day out we certainly recommend this tour. A fantastic day that will stay in our memories for a long time to come.
If you only have a day, take this tour! We were very lucky with the weather and our guide was really fantastic. Be prepared to walk, we covered a lot of territory in one day. The only weak point was lunch at the Jade shop. If you're a foodie, this is disappointing. However, I'll bet you can get your guide to go to a more interesting stop for lunch if you have an adventurous appetite.
It was well worth doing and Jason was an excellent guide and so was his driver.
Excellent organization. Great guide and driver. Pick up from hotel on time. Superb itinerary. Highly recommend.
My tour went well. The tour guide and driver were nice people and made the day interesting android ex me with a great insight into every day life in Beijing. The Great Wall was amazing and I recommend that every one does the climb for as far as they can. It is truly a magnificent piece of Architecture and history. The slide cars were a fun way to come back down the Mountain. I will use viatoura again when I travel.
The trip was perfect for my needs. I only had a day, and I didn't want to leave China without seeing the Great Wall. Transportation was convenient: A driver picked me up from the hotel, had my printed plane ticket, then the tour guide and driver for the day picked me up from the airport, and the same driver picked me up at the airport at the end of the day. The tour guide was very nice and easy to understand. I enjoyed the Forbidden City and the Great Wall the most. I was also shown a tea shop, jade shop, and silk shop which were good to see, but also encouraged buying and haggling a bit... I didn't mind much, but by the end of the day, I was tired and just wanted to go back to the airport (I was the only person on the tour). I recommend this tour if you're on a tight schedule, but it would be more fun with someone else too.
First, the good parts- we really enjoyed visiting the Great Wall- this part is definitely worth doing.. The Forbidden City was also interesting. The guide and driver tried very hard to get us everywhere quickly, despite the terrible traffic in Beijing (including a quick stop at Tienanmen Square) and the guide gave us lots of information. The pick-ups and drop-offs went smoothly. However, it was a very long day. It would have been better to put us on an earlier return flight to Shanghai. In order to save time, we could suggest cutting out the trip to the Chinese Medicine Clinic in the afternoon, under the guise of getting a "free" foot massage! This was an unexpected consultation with a doctor and his translator who wanted us to spend thousands of dollars on medicines and they were not impressed when we did not buy their recommended treatments. We did not set out to go to a doctor's appointment on our holiday- the whole experience was quite unpleasant and we felt ambushed. The "free" foot massage was not complimentary either as we were pressured into leaving a tip. At lunch, we were given the "opportunity" to buy jade but this was more low-key at least. Overall, it was interesting but tiring and a bit stressful -between the long hours ( nearly 18 hours from pick-up to drop-off), the sales pitch and the seemingly never-ending traffic gridlock of Beijing. It would have been nice to have water available on board the bus as it was a long time between lunch and further opportunities to eat and drink (i.e.at the airport, several hours later)..