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This package is based on pre-confirmed flights from LAX via Air China and may only be purchased with these flights.

Nov 14, 21 & 28 Departures: Please note that your departure flight from Los Angeles to Shanghai departs just after midnight. You must check in at the airport the evening prior to your departure date.


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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



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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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Independent Package Includes

  • Flights Los Angeles-Shanghai, Beijing-Los Angeles
  • Intra-flight: Shanghai-Beijing
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Shanghai
    • 3 nights Beijing
  • 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.


DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for China
Depart for China. Please note that your flight may depart just after midnight. In that case, you must check in at the airport the evening prior to your departure date

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: Shanghai

DAY 3, Saturday - Full Day in Shanghai
Today is free, to further explore Shanghai on your own. Join the optional full day tour to Suzhou, including lunch and a cruise on the Grand Canal. Morning departure from Shanghai for the drive to Suzhou, known as the "Venice of the East”. Upon arrival in this charming city, relax on a boat ride along the narrow waterways of the legendary Grand Canal followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then, continue to the beautiful and fragrant Garden of the Master of the Nets, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. End the day in Suzhou with a walk along bustling Guanquin Street, where the locals gather for entertainment and food. Return to Shanghai later this evening
Optional: Full Day Suzhou with lunch (AM)
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Full Day in Shanghai
Spend a full day at leisure to explore Shanghai on your own, or join the optional Full Day Yu Yuan Garden & Jade Buddha with lunch. Wander the classical Yuyuan Garden, built during the Ming Dynasty by the high-ranking government official Pan Yunduan. The Garden occupies approximately five acres, and features pavilions, ponds, rockeries, cloisters, and streams all within six scenic zones, including the Sansui Hall and Wanhua Chamber. In existence for 400 years, the garden was specifically constructed for Pan's aging parents as a sanctuary in which to live out their lives. Next, visit the Jade Buddha Temple, one of the most active Buddhist temples in Shanghai. It was built during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two beautiful jade Buddha statues, that were brought from Burma and are carved from a single block of rare white jade. Tonight, don’t miss the optional Acrobatic Show with dinner. The Shanghai Circus will amaze and astound you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility
Optional: Full Day Yu Yuan Garden & Jade Buddha with lunch (AM)
Optional: Acrobatic Show with Dinner
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - Flight to Beijing
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is free time to explore the city on your own
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - 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. In the evening, don’t miss the optional Peking Duck Dinner, featuring China's world-famous Peking Duck
Optional: Full Day Forbidden City & Summer Palace with lunch (AM)
Optional: Peking Duck Dinner
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - 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 back to Beijing
Optional: Full Day Great Wall & Ming Tombs with lunch (AM)
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Full Day Suzhou with lunch 7:30 AM

This morning, depart your hotel for a 2.5 hour drive from Shanghai to Suzhou. Located in Jiangsu Province, this ancient city enjoys the name of "Venice of the East". Your day begins on the famous Grand Canal, the longest man made Canal in the world. Travel leisurely down the narrow waterways and under the stone bridges. From your boat you will see the daily life of the people who inhabit the banks of the canal in this ancient city. Later, enjoy free time along Pingjiang Road, a famous street in Suzhou among locals for gathering, entertainment and food, and a favorite among visitors for its rich culture and sightseeing opportunities Stop for lunch at a local restaurant followed by a visit to the Garden of the Master of the Nets. This privately owned garden is one of the most perfectly proportioned in Suzhou.The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills for synthesizing art, nature, and architecture to create unique metaphysical masterpieces. Return to Shanghai late this evening.

Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 9.5 hours.

Day #3 01 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $49.00
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Full Day Yu Yuan Garden & Jade Buddha with lunch 8:30 AM

The morning begins with a visit to one of Shanghai's main attractions, the classical Yuyuan Gardens, built roughly 400 years ago during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan, a high-ranking government official. The total area covers 20,000 square meters, or about five acres, and features pavilions, ponds, rockeries, cloisters and streams all within six distinct scenic zones including the Sansui Hall and Wanhua Chamber. Depart Yuyuan Gardens for a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, the most famous and active Buddhist Temple in the city. The Temple's name derives from its two white-jade Buddhas, one recumbent on a redwood bed, the other seated on a lotus flower. It was built during the Guangzu Period of the Qing Dynasty to enshrine the two beautifully crafted Buddha statues that were brought from Myanmar. Conclude the day with a stop at a local carpet shop and embroidery shop.

Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #4 01 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $39.00
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Acrobatic Show with dinner 5:30 PM

Having undergone thousands of years of evolution, the Shanghai acrobatic arts has now blossomed into a unique style. The Shanghai Circus death-deifiers will amaze and astound you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility. This evening, enjoy a world-class performance that includes dance, magic, acrobatics and beautiful music after dinner at local restaurant. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

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

Please note: This tour may be canceled locally by the theater and refunded upon your return.

Day #4 01 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $39.00
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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 #6 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 #6 01 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $39.00
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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 #7 01 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $49.00
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10 Day Beijing & Shanghai , November 2016
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10 Day Beijing & Shanghai , November 2016
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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.

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7 Day Tokyo Vacation, September 2015
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7 Day Tokyo Vacation, June 2015
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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.

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Stephen V. Dallas, TX
11 Day Beijing & Shanghai, March 2015
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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.

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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.

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10 Day Beijing & Shanghai, February 2015
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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

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