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Beijing & Shanghai : Whistle-stop Tour
7 day travel itinerary

by TripMapper

China is vast, making for a stupendously varied and awe-inspiring trip.

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The Chinese capital of Beijing leaves a lasting impression on every traveller. Intrigue, fascination and feeling outside of your comfort zone - exactly what any adventurer wants to experience! From the Forbidden City to Tiananmen Square, there are plenty of must-see sites in Beijing, but to really get to know this mega-city, wander through the matrix of hutongs, check out the residential shopping districts and stroll around the local parks.

Travel north of Beijing to see the monumental Great Wall of China. Walking the Great Wall will appeal to both cultural travellers and adventure trekkers alike. Seeing this iconic landmark snake its way through the mountainous landscape as far as the eye can see is simply astonishing.

From Beijing jump on a high-speed train to Shanghai. With its futuristic and glamorous veneer, Shanghai epitomises modern China.

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Itinerary Highlights

  • Wander around the UNESCO listed Forbidden City, China's largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings
  • Hike along the unrestored sections of the Great Wall of China
  • Experience daily life in Beijing's hutongs
  • See Shanghai's diverse architectural heritage and futuristic skyline lining the Bund
  • Tuck in to delicious soup dumplings, hand-pulled noodles and steamed buns

Discover the Itinerary

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  • Day 1

    • ACTIVITYJingshan Park (view of Forbidden City)
      Jingshan Park, Jingshan West Street, 景山 Xicheng District, Beijing, China
    • ACTIVITYBeihai Park
      Beihai Park, Wenjin Street, 西安门 Xicheng District, China
    • ACTIVITYForbidden City
      Forbidden City, Jingshan Front Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
    • ACTIVITYThe Nanluogu Lane and Drum Tower Area
      Beijing Bell and Drum Towers, Dongcheng, China
    • FOODCoffee/ Snack - The Bake Shop
      The Orchid Hotel, Beijing, Baochao Hutong, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
    • FOODOld Beijing Dinner Food Tour (see notes)
    • ACCOMMODATIONOrchid Hotel
      The Orchid Hotel, Beijing, 宝钞胡同 Dongcheng, Beijing, China
  • Day 2

    • ACCOMMODATIONOrchid Hotel
      The Orchid Hotel, Beijing, 宝钞胡同 Dongcheng, Beijing, China
    • ACTIVITYGreat Wall of China Hike (Jiankou)
      Jiankou Great Wall Haiyan Farmstay, Huairou District, Beijing, China
    • FOODFurongji (Fook Wing Gei) - Modern Cantonese Dimsum
      Baochao Hu Tong, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
  • Day 3

    • ACCOMMODATIONOrchid Hotel
      The Orchid Hotel, Beijing, 宝钞胡同 Dongcheng, Beijing, China
    • ACTIVITY798 Art Zone
      798 Art Zone, Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang, Beijing, China
    • ACTIVITYUllens Centre for Contemporary Art
      UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang, Beijing, China
    • ACTIVITYBaiziwan Lu Graffiti wall
      Bai Zi Wan Lu Kou, Baiziwan Road, Shuangjing, Chaoyang, Beijing, China
    • ACTIVITYParkview Green Mall
      Beijing Parkview Green, Dongdaqiao Road, Chaoyang, China
    • ACTIVITYTiananmen Square
      Tiananmen Square, 前门 Dongcheng, China
  • Day 4

    • ACCOMMODATIONOrchid Hotel
      The Orchid Hotel, Beijing, 宝钞胡同 Dongcheng, Beijing, China
    • ACTIVITYSummer Palace
      Summer Palace, Xinjiangongmen Road, Haidian District, China
    • ACTIVITYVisit Beijing National Stadium ('the Bird's Nest')
      National Stadium, Guojiatiyuchang South Road, Chaoyang, China
    • ACTIVITYSanlitun (shopping)
      Sanlitun Soho Shopping Mall 1, 香河园 Chaoyang, Beijing, China
    • FOODCoffee/ Snack - Elephant Grounds
      Elephant Grounds Beijing, S5-15, Level 1, Taikoo Li Sanlitun South使馆区 Chaoyang, Beijing, China
  • Day 5

    • ACCOMMODATIONOrchid Hotel
      The Orchid Hotel, Beijing, 宝钞胡同 Dongcheng, Beijing, China
    • TRAVELBeijing to Shanghai
    • ACTIVITYShanghai Tour - Hop on/ hop off bus
    • ACTIVITYExplore M50 Creative
      M50 Creativity Space, Moganshan Road, Putuo, Shanghai, China
    • ACTIVITYPeople's Square
      People's Square, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
    • ACTIVITYNanjing Road Pedestrian Street
      Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, 南京路步行街 Huangpu, Shanghai, China
    • ACTIVITYEvening wander along The Bund waterfront (view Lujiazui skyline)
      Chen Yi Square, Zhongshan Road (E-1), Waitan, 虹口区 Shanghai, China
    • ACTIVITYJin Mao Tower (observation deck)
      Jin Mao Tower, Shiji Boulevard, Lujiazui, Pudong, China
  • Day 6

    • ACTIVITYYu Garden
      Yu Garden, Yuyuan Old St, 四牌楼 Huangpu, Shanghai, China
    • ACTIVITYWander around Xintiandi
      Xin Tian Di, 北外滩 Huangpu, Shanghai, China
    • ACTIVITYFuxing Park
      Fuxing Park, Fuxing Road (M), Huangpu, Shanghai, China
  • Day 7

    • ACTIVITYVisit Zhujiajiao
      Zhujiajiao, Qingpu District, Shanghai, China