Beijing In One Day: Day Trip From Shanghai By Air - Great Wall & Forbidden City

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 14 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    5:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Shanghai hotels
    Dates: Daily
    Return: If you go to other city instead of Shanghai after the tour, please contact the local operator once you make th.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

If youre spending time in Shanghai, take a day trip to Beijing by air to make your visit to China complete. While youre in Chinas ancient capital, visit the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China, two of Beijings most famous landmarks, as well as the shopping souvenirs chance.

Note: Forbidden City is closed on every Monday, and if your travel day is on Monday, you will be offered an alternative Beijing attraction option like Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, etc.

Know More about this tour

If your time in China is limited and you want to see more of China, take a day trip from Shanghai to Beijing by air! Embark on a plane from Shanghai to Beijing to explore the most iconic sights of Beijing the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China.

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). Youll 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, youll 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.

Inclusions

Round-trip airfare and airport taxes

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Air-conditioned vehicle

Lunch

Round way airport transfer services

Admission tickets

Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Entry/Admission - The Great Wall at Badaling

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Please provide the full names shown on the passport and passport number in order to issue the air tickets

Forbidden City is closed on every Monday, and if your travel day is on Monday, you will be offered an alternative Beijing attraction option

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants must sit on laps

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Traveler Reviews

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  • 15-Jan-2020

    We had one free day on a group trip to Shanghai. Everyone said it wasn't possible, looking at us dubiously when we shared our plans going back and forth to Beijing. But it was, and a very long day, but very worth it. Picked up at 6:00a, returning after midnight (return flight was delayed). Saw a lot and it was very organized. Favorite part was seeing/walking The Great Wall. Drivers picking us up from Shanghai hotel and Beijing airport were very nice and helpful. Could have used a map/notes outlining airport procedure & terminal location, but we got there just fine. Our guide was a very cheerful, sweet young woman who wanted us to have a good time, but she hustled us right by Tianaman Square without noting it, redirecting our attention toward The Forbidden City (seemed on purpose). If we hadn't individually noticed what we were walking by, we would have missed it (even though it was promised on the itinerary & we wanted to see that part of history). We also spent a lot of time at The Forbidden City, which started looking the same--how many thrones did the Emperor really need! She offered a virtual reality upsell, which we took, that we didn't feel was worth it. It took time and the graphics were pretty unsophisticated. She also talked very quickly with a very strong accent and I had to ask her to slow down/repeat herself several times until I just surrendered, smiling and nodding, missing much of the information. Lunch was tasty and a nice, quick break from all the swift walking, followed by jade store. Beautiful offerings, but prices didn't seem favorable. Then to The Great Wall, which we were most looking forward to but were running out of time. I would have definitely swapped way more time from the Forbidden City to the Great Wall, for sure! It's beautiful and remarkable and worthy of admiration. Note, the bricks are very uneven--some 1-brick height, most 2-brick height & some 3-brick height, where I had to hoist myself up with hand on knee (we're both 5'8"). Also, guide was constantly trying to pose us in "sweetheart" photos, initially appreciated, ultimately distracting from what we were there to experience. Reminder: most restrooms did NOT have toilet paper, so bring your own & toilets are holes in the ground so for those with balance issues, bring your cane. I wondered how older people coped. All in all, we saw a lot, tour front-to-back was very organized and we felt as safe as one can feel in a foreign country without knowing the language.

  • 07-Nov-2018

    The magnificent Tian'an men Square is giganticly big and yet one could hardly set a foot in front of the other without bumping into someone. The history is rich and tragic, military and police are presents is everywhere. We were told not to look them in the eye nor to take pictures of them.

  • 16-Aug-2018

    Amazing! A VIP tour.

    Huge day but worth it if you are limited for time and want to see 3 key parts in and around Beijing. Very fast paced but there is some rest time when you are driving.

    Everything is taken care of for you. You are collected from your Shanghai hotel and taken to the airport and checked in and then greeted in Beijing.

    Just be prepared for a long day. Our day started at 6am and we were returned to the hotel in Shanghai at 1.30am the next morning.

    Our guide, Gale was awesome!!! Made the experience! Her knowledge, attention and care, not to mention her fun and friendly attitude will not be forgotten. Thanks for making our day fabulous Gale!.

  • 16-Aug-2018

    Amazing! A VIP tour.

    Huge day but worth it if you are limited for time and want to see 3 key parts in and around Beijing. Very fast paced but there is some rest time when you are driving.

    Everything is taken care of for you. You are collected from your Shanghai hotel and taken to the airport and checked in and then greeted in Beijing.

    Just be prepared for a long day. Our day started at 6am and we were returned to the hotel in Shanghai at 1.30am the next morning.

    Our guide, Gale was awesome!!! Made the experience! Her knowledge, attention and care, not to mention her fun and friendly attitude will not be forgotten. Thanks for making our day fabulous Gale!.

  • 19-Jan-2018

    My experience in this tour was very good, They picked me up at the hotel at 6 am and had no issues at the airport (I believe because it was December) tour was very good, the silk stop is not really that exciting I really did not waste much time over there, I just said I was interested buying anything and moved on to the forbidden city where I use the extra time to walk all over, it is a lot of walking all day so you better bring confortable shoes. Jade store was nice, good food and they gave you the option to buy jade souvenirs. Great wall was a lot of exercise, you can walk as much as you want and the guide will go with you, try to spend some time in the stores and temples around, you can buy good souvenirs there.

  • 26-Oct-2017

    Very long day. Worth it. We saw Tianaman Square, The Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China.Fabulous experience. Guide very good. However did not expect to go to a silk factory or a jade factory especially as there was a very hard sell.

  • 26-Oct-2017

    Very long day. Worth it. We saw Tianaman Square, The Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China.Fabulous experience. Guide very good. However did not expect to go to a silk factory or a jade factory especially as there was a very hard sell.

  • 03-May-2017

    One day is certainly not enough for this trip. Getting up early wasn't an issue and our driver to/from Shanghai was helpful in getting us all the way to the security point at the airport. When we arrived at Beijing our guide picked us and and drove us to our first destination. So far, so good. We stopped at a silk factory where they spent heaps of time selling us items. We then went to the Forbidden City, this was where the tour went down hill. The line to get through security was massive and our guide literally pulled us through the crowd knocking over people including children so that we could get through on time. Once we finally got through she then walked at such a pace that we didn't get to see or hear much about the city at all, only stopping for a photo or two. In total we were in there for an hour max. Next we drove to a Jade factory where they proceeded to take their time trying to get us too buy items we didn't want. Where are the priorities?? We came for the Forbidden City not to spend our money in factories built to sell to foreign tourists. Because of the time spend here we had to go to a smaller section of the Great Wall. Here our guide left us at the gate and just gave us a time to meet her. We paid for a tour guide to show us these places and tell us about them not dump us there. Lastly was a tea house, again designed for tourists. Should we have spend our time in these factories being pressured to buy or should we have spent more time at the attractions we paid to see?? We were then almost left at the airport with no information until we asked the guide to come in with us to help. I would not recommend this tour to anyone. I have done day trips of cities before in multiple countries but there is just not enough time in the day for this one! The guides are obviously getting commission on what we buy and have their priorities completely out of whack. If you wish to visit these places make them day trips each on your own.

  • 02-May-2017

    One day is certainly not enough for this trip. Getting up early wasn't an issue and our driver to/from Shanghai was helpful in getting us all the way to the security point at the airport. When we arrived at Beijing our guide picked us and and drove us to our first destination. So far, so good. We stopped at a silk factory where they spent heaps of time selling us items. We then went to the Forbidden City, this was where the tour went down hill. The line to get through security was massive and our guide literally pulled us through the crowd knocking over people including children so that we could get through on time. Once we finally got through she then walked at such a pace that we didn't get to see or hear much about the city at all, only stopping for a photo or two. In total we were in there for an hour max. Next we drove to a Jade factory where they proceeded to take their time trying to get us too buy items we didn't want. Where are the priorities?? We came for the Forbidden City not to spend our money in factories built to sell to foreign tourists. Because of the time spend here we had to go to a smaller section of the Great Wall. Here our guide left us at the gate and just gave us a time to meet her. We paid for a tour guide to show us these places and tell us about them not dump us there. Lastly was a tea house, again designed for tourists. Should we have spend our time in these factories being pressured to buy or should we have spent more time at the attractions we paid to see?? We were then almost left at the airport with no information until we asked the guide to come in with us to help. I would not recommend this tour to anyone. I have done day trips of cities before in multiple countries but there is just not enough time in the day for this one! The guides are obviously getting commission on what we buy and have their priorities completely out of whack. If you wish to visit these places make them day trips each on your own.

  • 05-Jan-2017

    Was picked up by guide at hotel lobby. Were driven to airport where he guided us through line to pick up boarding passes and got us to security.
    Met at other end by cheerful, friendly guide who took us to van.
    First stop was a government owned silk factory. Fairly interesting but the hard sell to buy a comforter was annoying. The scarf prices were better than Silk King and quality was good so grabbed one.
    Then on the Forbidden City. This MUST be experienced to be believed. Photos cannot convey the awesome scale of the place. Guide had good information and helped us find a calendar in one of the onsite shops.
    Then in the van to the jade factory for a really mediocre lunch bring your own snacks!
    The real hard sell came in the enormous but empty store where the manager could focus his whole attention on us. Nothing interested us but he REALLY wanted to sell us something. Sorry, no sale.
    Then a very short ride to the mountains outside the city to the wall.
    The wall is....steep. Breathtaking....literally. Wear comfy shoes and be ready for a workout. But worth every moment.
    The views are stunning and we had great luck to have clear air after a week earlier Red alert smog days don't know what would have happened if that was our tour day as airports and highways were closed
    From there we were dropped at the curb not taken to the gates
    There is no way we could have managed this day on our own.
    We have had the cousin-in-law tequila factory/souvenir stops in Mexico as well so that's the price one has to pay for the service.
    The language barrier makes China more challenging than other countries as well so a guide is almost a necessity. Went to Souzhou on our own and just buying train tickets was an adventure NO English signs in Souzhou station!
    Will continue to use Viator as tour company of choice!

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