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Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. Affordable optional sightseeing excursions are available to enhance your trip. Please note that this tour is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. Airfare options for this program may not include checked luggage nor advance seat assignments, in which case checked luggage fees will apply and seat assignments will only be available at check-in. Adjacent seats may not be available. Higher airfares including checked luggage and/or advanced seat assignments are available, or you may choose to travel with carry-on luggage only. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.

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  • Round trip flights New York-Beijing, Beijing-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 5 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • Breakfast daily

Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. Affordable optional sightseeing excursions are available to enhance your trip. Please note that this tour is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. Airfare options for this program may not include checked luggage nor advance seat assignments, in which case checked luggage fees will apply and seat assignments will only be available at check-in. Adjacent seats may not be available. Higher airfares including checked luggage and/or advanced seat assignments are available, or you may choose to travel with carry-on luggage only. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1 - Depart for China
Depart for China

DAY 2 - Arrive in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, the sprawling capital of modern China and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: Beijing

DAY 3 - Full Day in Beijing
Spend the day at leisure, or join the optional Full Day Forbidden City & Summer Palace with lunch. Begin your tour with a visit to the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace). Known today as the Palace Museum, the entire site is comprised of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Later, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Next, visit a local pearl shop before a visit to the Summer Palace, former resort of the Empress Dowager and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll along the sprawling palace with its lakes and gardens before returning to Beijing
Optional: Full Day Forbidden City & Summer Palace with lunch (AM)
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Full Day in Beijing
Today is free for individual explorations. Perhaps, join the optional Full Day Great Wall & Ming Tombs with lunch. Begin the tour with the Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure on Earth, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. Stop at a local jade shop before arriving at the Great Wall. Walk along the promenades and enjoy the unrivaled scenic views of beautiful mountain passes, plateaus, and grasslands from this 7th-century defensive fortification. Afterward, savor lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Continue to the Ming Tombs, located on the southern slope of Tianshou Mountain, where thirteen Ming Dynasty emperors are buried. Take a tour of the Dingling tomb, the only excavated part of the Ming Tombs, housing the remains of Emperor Wan Li and two of his wives. Afterward, return to Beijing for an evening at leisure
Optional: Full Day Great Wall & Ming Tombs with lunch (AM)
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - Full Day in Beijing
On your day at leisure, join the optional Full Day Temple of Heaven & Hutong with lunch. Tour the imperial Temple of Heaven complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the southeastern part of Beijing and the largest ancient imperial worship-based structure in the world.. The complex was constructed in the 15th century and was the place where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties, prayed to Heaven for a good harvest. The symbolic layout of the temple, a rounded portion to the north and a square portion in the south, is representative of the traditional Chinese belief that there is a “round heaven and square earth”. Continue the tour in “old Beijing” and visit the hutong area surrounding the Forbidden City. In Old China it was tradition to construct houses according to the ancient practice of Fengshui. That is why these areas are named after the narrow lanes, hutongs, that are formed by the lines of interconnected siheyuan, or courtyard residencies. Travel by rickshaw through the alleyways of a traditional hutong neighborhood and learn about traditions during a visit with a local family. In the evening, don’t miss the optional Peking Duck Dinner, featuring China's world-famous Peking Duck
Optional: Full Day Temple of Heaven & Hutong with lunch (AM)
Optional: Peking Duck Dinner
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - Full Day in Beijing
Spend your last day at leisure to further explore Beijing on your own. Join the optional Full Day Xian Terracotta Army Exhibit with lunch. Discover all that Xian has to offer on this day trip. Transfer to the airport in the morning, for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Later, visit a lacquer furniture store before a tour of Xian's antiquities with your guide. Visit the world-famous Terracotta Army archaeological site. Here, view the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang 259-210 BC, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where more than 8,000 finely sculpted, life-size terracotta soldiers and horses were discovered by local farmers in 1974. After your visit, transfer back to the airport for your evening flight to Beijing.
Optional: Full Day Xian Terracotta Army Exhibit with lunch (AM)
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Full Day Forbidden City & Summer Palace with lunch 8:30 AM

Begin at Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world. Erected in 1417 at the height of the Ming Dynasty, the square was renovated and renamed two centuries later at the outset of the Great Qing Dynasty. View several impressive monuments outlining the Square's perimeter, including the Great Hall of the People, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the Square's famed ceremonial gateway. From here, venture north for a visit to the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), a construction comparable in scope to the Pyramids in Egypt. Known today as the Palace Museum, the entire site is comprised of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Enjoy lunch at an authentic Chinese Restaurant close to the Forbidden City before a visit to the Summer Palace and Panda Visit in the Beijing Zoo. On the way back to the hotel, enjoy a visit at a local pearl shop.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

Day #3 01 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $49.00
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Full Day Great Wall & Ming Tombs with lunch 8:00 AM

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Great Wall of China, which remains the longest man-made structure on earth. Begin the tour with a visit to a jade store before arriving at The Great Wall, constructed during the 7th century. It spans nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier and served as a defensive fortification. You will have the opportunity to walk along a portion of the Wall's well-preserved promenades and admire the unrivaled views of beautiful mountain passes, plateaus and grasslands. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the Ming Tombs, a must-see attraction that remains from the ancient dynasties and are comprised of over a dozen individual tombs of famous emperors and empresses. Later, return to Beijing.

Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 8.5 hours.

Day #4 01 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $49.00
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Full Day Temple of Heaven & Hutong with lunch 8:00 AM

Start a full day of touring at the Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest ancient imperial worship-based structure in the world. It was once the place where Emperors prayed for peace and a bountiful harvest. The symbolic layout of the temple, a rounded portion to the north and a square portion in the south, is representative of the traditional Chinese belief that there is a “round heaven and square earth”. Continue the tour in “old Beijing” and visit the hutong area surrounding the Forbidden City. In Old China it was tradition to construct houses according to the ancient practice of Fengshui. That is why these areas are named after the narrow lanes, hutongs, that are formed by the lines of interconnected siheyuan, or courtyard residencies. On the tour in the hutong area enjoy traveling by rickshaw while absorbing the surrounding culture and learn more about traditions during a visit with a local family.

Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 8.5 hours.

Day #5 01 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $49.00
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Peking Duck Dinner 5:30 PM

The Peking Duck Dinner has the reputation of being the most culturally famous meal in China. It is a must to experience during your visit to the country. Enjoy the culinary presentation as the chef roasts the duck directly over the fire and then slices the meat tableside. The duck is served with very thin pancakes, Chinese onions and special sauce.

Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #5 01 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $39.00
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Full Day Xian Terracotta Army Exhibit with lunch 7:00 AM

Today, discover all that Xian has to offer on this day trip. Transfer to the airport in the morning, for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Later, visit a lacquer furniture store before a tour of Xian's antiquities with your guide. Visit the world-famous Terracotta Army archaeological site. Here, view the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang 259-210 BC, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where more than 8,000 finely sculpted, life-size terracotta soldiers and horses were discovered by local farmers in 1974. Today, archaeologists continue to excavate and research the findings of the location. After your visit, transfer back to the airport for your evening flight to Beijing.

Approximate tour duration is 18 hours.

Day #6 01 Nov 2019 - 25 Jan 2020 $399.00
26 Jan 2020 - 29 Jan 2020 $449.00
30 Jan 2020 - 31 Mar 2020 $399.00
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Stacey C. Jamaica, NY
10 Day Beijing & Shanghai , November 2016
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Ali F. New Castle, DE
10 Day Beijing & Shanghai , November 2016
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9 Day Tokyo & Kyoto, November 2016
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7 Day Tokyo Vacation, October 2016
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7 Day Tokyo Vacation, September 2015
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The trip to Japan was short but enjoyable.  Didn't speak Japanese but was able to understand their English.  Gardens and temples were the main subjects of this trip. Did some shopping in the Ginza.  Would recommend this trip.

William P. Ranson, WV
7 Day Tokyo Vacation - Tokyo Prince Hotel, September 2015
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7 Day Tokyo Vacation - Tokyo Prince Hotel, September 2015
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Maria P. Bonita, CA
7 Day Tokyo Vacation, September 2015
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The trip was absolutely wonderful. We had two typhoons and an earthquake while we were in Tokyo. We have never been so drenched but, we had fun In spite of it. Prince hotel was very nice with our rooms being very big by Japanese standards. The breakfast buffet was out of this world. I had been in Japan 20 times before but always independently. I certainly will recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in Japan.

Kimiko C. Santa Rosa, CA
7 Day Tokyo Vacation, June 2015
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We had an INCREDIBLE time in Tokyo. We enjoyed our morning Tour of Tokyo, and loved being able to enjoy Tokyo throughout the other days at our leisure. It was truly a perfect honeymoon!!

Laura A. N Hollywood, CA
10 Day Beijing & Shanghai, March 2015
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Trip was fantastic!  We had wonderful time & already looking forward to next time.  We esp loved our tour guides, Grace in Beijing & Tom in Shanghai.  They were fantastic---also, hats off to Gate 1 for very well planned trip----we saw a lot & all seemed well organized & thought out.  Thanks to Gate 1 for great time!

Franklin R. Woodland Hills, CA
11 Day Beijing & Shanghai, March 2015
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First, our overall rating would be like 9.5 out of 10.   In over forty years of travel all over the world this was the first time we had gone with a group.  Can you believe that?  It did not take long to develop a sense of camaraderie with the others in the same bus.

Cost was exceptional.  I do not know how you managed to get it down as low as it was.  Group rates, winter season helped, I am sure.

The hotels, both in Beijing and Shanghai were nice, clean, comfortable and in a good location.  Service was good.

The day trips were generally well planned with well chosen places of interest--Forbidden City, Great Wall, Ming Tombs and so on.

Frank, our guide in Beijing was just exceptional.  His English was great (with a few errors that kept cropping up) and he was articulate, had a sense of humor, knowledgeable and engaging.  John in Shanghai gets a 4.  His English was not great at all.  He seemed somewhat knowledgeable about the country, but not of Frank's caliber.  Surely in a population of 1.5 billion you could do better than this. 

I know this is common practice (and a great bathroom stop) but the visits to the Pearl Emporium and the Jade place and the Rug outfit should have been optional.  We were not there to spend money in places like those (and people on this particular trip are probably bargain hunters in the first place and likely unwilling to spend) but we got the full dose at each place. 

The restaurants for lunch were great choices.  The Peking Duck dinner in Beijing was a sumptuous feast the likes of which I doubt I will experience again.  Just great.  A highlight for me.

The buses were like new and in near new condition.  The drivers were good, knew where they were going and helpful. Logistics (especially arrival, and then moving from Beijing to Shanghai, and then the trip back, were all handled extremely well.

All in all a memorable trip! Thank YOU Gate 1!

Stephen V. Dallas, TX
11 Day Beijing & Shanghai, March 2015
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I can honestly say without any hesitation that Gate 1 exceeded my expectations. I assumed because this was an ‘independent tour,' and because I had purchased it via Groupon that we would be alone most of the time to figure things out for ourselves, except for the excursions we booked through Gate 1; however, I was pleasantly surprised when this was not the case.

From the moment of our arrival, Frank, the tour guide in Beijing, was informative and helpful. He went above and beyond and gave so much information about the wonderful history of China. He ate breakfast with us daily and sought us out for conversation. He even made himself available to help interpret when needed. If you could please pass on how happy we were with both you and Frank to management it would be much appreciated.

Shanghai was a little different. As far as our guide, it was more of what I expected. John didn't really seem to want to engage with the group very much. Even during the excursions, he did not seem happy to be there. It wasn't a terrible experience, it was just different than what we had experienced with Frank.

We just got back and are already looking at the Gate 1 website for future adventures we could take (hopefully Greece). This seemed more like a guided tour (at least the Beijing part) which was something we really enjoyed! We think we would like to have a fully guided tour next time. I really enjoyed how our time was spaced. We also had the pleasure of making some lifelong friends!

Elizabeth H. New Braunfels, TX
10 Day Beijing & Shanghai, February 2015
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I absolutely loved my trip! I had a blast. Since I purchased the trip for myself only, and traveled alone, I wondered what the experience would be like for a solo traveler. I met amazing people, and added day tours after the first tour I took because not only were the tours a great deal, but so comprehensive and included lunch. The tour guides were awesome - friendly, informative and helpful. I will travel with Gate 1 again. I just hope that you'll sell more trips with travel dates that are further out than this year. What attracted me to the China tour was not only the unbeatable price, but that I purchased the trip nearly a year before I traveled. That allowed me time to save money and make personal arrangements. Please sell more trips with travel dates into the future, and I will continue to travel.

Thank you for the amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Iuliana P. Vancouver, WA
10 Day Beijing & Shanghai, February 2015
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Our trip was awesome. We have never traveled with Gate1 before and we will definitely book another tour with your company. Jason, our tour guide in Beijing, did a wonderful job leading the group. We enjoyed his informational tours.

Jennifer G. Sammamish, WA
11 Day Beijing & Shanghai, February 2015
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This was absolutely one of the greatest vacations we have ever had.  There was nothing that was not perfect and that most certainly includes our tour guides Nina (Beijing) and Tom (Shanghai).  Those two made what would have already been a wonderful trip something truly special.  The hotels, the out-of-the way places we ate, the food, the tours, the people…everything was wonderful.

Thank you Gate1 Travel, and especially Nina and Tom for the lifelong memories of a very special time and place.  We hope to see you again soon

Richard W. Granbury, TX

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