A Tale of Two Cities, Beijing and Shanghai

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A Tale of Two Cities

Discover the best of Beijing and Shanghai and be welcomed into the world of luxury where every experience is generous, intuitive and tailored around your needs. Stay three nights each at The PuXuan, Beijing and The PuLi, Shanghai.  With Travel is SWELL, we handle the details so you can focus on the sights, experience new cultures and new destinations. From arranging the right hotels and seamless transportation to providing your own Local Host® and included sightseeing, we’ve thought of-and included-everything you need in an all-in-one package.

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

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    A Tale of Two Cities – Discover the best of Beijing and Shanghai

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    Beijing

    While the Tiananmen Square should feature on your itinerary, a trip to Beijing will not be complete without visiting the Great Wall of China. Go on a road less traveled and experience spectacular views of one of the Seven Wonders of the World through a helicopter ride. For culture seekers, Pace Beijing and the 798 Art District, home to both lesser-known treasures and big-name galleries, are worth a visit. Located next to the Lama Temple, Nanluoguxiang offers quaint alleyways hiding myriad vintage boutiques and plenty of pit stop-worthy locales. Head west down Guozijian street to walk the paths of ancient imperial scholars who studied to become officials at the imperial academy, and head to the adjacent Confucius Temple for a spot of serenity.

    Where to Eat in Beijing
    From Xinjiang skewers to lamb hotpot, Beijing showcases some of the country’s finest regional flavors, and none more popular than the perpetually bustling Guijie or ‘Ghost Street’. Visit Baoyuan Jiaoziwu, serving an array of tasty home-made dumplings in rainbow hues, all naturally derived from vegetables, wash it down with suanmeitang (plum juice). For an unmissable taste of the capital’s famed Peking Duck, Shengyongxing offers perfectly roasted duck, in contemporary environs. For a sense of occasion, Fu Chun Ju pays homage to traditional Cantonese flavors with regional delicacies in a beautifully crafted space while Rive Gauche offers French “bistronomy” cuisine with sophisticated attitude, along with fine wines and cocktails. Head to nearby Arch for exceptional cocktails in a hidden location or Little Creatures for craft beer.

    Where You’ll Stay in Beijing
    The PuXuan Hotel and Spa is a modernist gem that pays respectful yet contemporary homage to one of the capital’s most important and distinctive quarters, minutes away from The Forbidden City. The hotel’s design seamlessly integrates luxury and understated metaphorical design throughout the modern sphere, emphasized by uniquely Chinese cultural influences, handcrafted furniture, and artisanal pieces.

    Beijing Insider Recommendations

    Great Wall
    China’s Great Wall is a daunting structure. Figuring out where to see it is even more daunting if you don’t know the lay of the land. With Monograms, you don’t have to give it a second thought! We include a private guided excursion with a local expert who knows the best vantage points for viewing this incredible Wonder of the World.

    Silk Alley Market
    Whether you want to find designer clothing knock-offs or you just want an entertaining afternoon, a visit to this market is recommended. The bustle and searching is part of the fun, as is the bargaining. In fact, you’re expected to haggle and should never take the first (or probably second, or third…) price offered.

    Houhai Bar Street
    Houhai Bar Street in the famous Shichahai area is where traditional Chinese and western culture mix. With over 120 unique bars to choose from, visitors from all corners of the world can find one that suits their fancy.

    Zhang Yiyuan Teahouse
    Make sure you experience a traditional tea ceremony before you leave Beijing. It’s an opportunity to soak in centuries of history at the same time you relax with a soothing cup. Zhang Yiyuan has earned a reputation over many decades as a purveyor of quality teas, and the building is made up of seven private rooms, offering diverse environs.

    Yonghe Lama Temple
    Located in the northeastern part of Beijing, Yonghe Lama Temple is one of the largest Lamasery temples outside Tibet. Besides the magnificent buildings with both Chinese and Tibetan styles, the temple also had a number of priceless collections of Buddhist treasures, including a standing 26-meter high statue of Buddha Sakyamuni carved out of a single sandalwood tree.

    Houhai Lake
    A walk along Houhai Lake offers peaceful views of the distant ancient green-roofed and red-walled imperial palaces. Located at the center of Beijing City and about 5 bus stops from the Tian’anmen Gate, Houhai Lake meets the famous Beihai Lake in the south and faces the Summer Palace and Jing Mountain in the distance.

    Shanghai

    Shanghai

    The former French Concession never ceases to charm with its treasure trove of one-of-a-kind boutiques, preserved mansions, hole-in-the-wall eateries and some of the city’s best third-wave coffee places, all charmingly interspersed amidst photogenic boulevards. With a world-class program of rotating exhibitions, Shanghai is also home to top-notch museums and art spaces. Check out the high-profile exhibitions at Rock Bund Museum or visit M50 for fine contemporary art, notably at ShangART. Shanghai Center of Photography offers a small but exceptionally well curated collection of 20th century photography. As night falls, head to the iconic Bund via Nanjing Pedestrian Street, and take in the dazzling view of the futuristic Pudong skyline set against the backdrop of neoclassical-style buildings, mostly built in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

    Where to Eat in Shanghai
    Have breakfast like a local in the streets of the former French Concession and look out for ubiquitous street vendors selling everything from sheng jian bao (Shanghai-style pork buns) to jianbing (crepe-like wrap) and fried dough sticks with savory tofu. The perennial favorite xiaolongbao (steamed soup dumpling) can be enjoyed at Jia Jia Tang Bao or Fu Chun on Yuyuan Road. Visit Old Jesse for an impeccable taste of Shanghainese cuisine, be sure to book in advance. Refined palates will enjoy the intuitive French cuisine inspired by seasonal ingredients at one Michelin-starred PHÉNIX, with an intimate lounge space for pre- or post-dinner drinks. End the evening at The Cupola at Three on the Bund for mesmerizing views across the Bund and Pudong in a beautiful discreet space or stop by Japanese-style speakeasy Speak Low, concealed behind a hidden door, for quality cocktails.

    Where You’ll Stay in Shanghai
    A true enclave of serenity amidst one of the world’s most energetic cities, The PuLi Hotel and Spa is situated in the heart of the city’s business, shopping and entertainment district, with views across JingAn temple and the greenery of adjacent JingAn Park. Imbued with contemporary elements and accents of traditional Asian charm, the hotel offers a beautifully crafted and charming vantage point in which to start an exploration of the real Shanghai.

    Shanghai Insider Recommendations

    Jade Buddha Temple
    Located in the western part of Shanghai the famous Jade Buddha Temple makes for an interesting visit. Built between 1918 and 1928, this temple is one of the city’s few active Buddhist monasteries. Here you can see two stunning jade Buddha statues that were brought from Burma in 1882 by a monk named Huigen.

    Xin Tiandi
    This huge space features a multitude of food and beverage, retail, entertainment, recreational, and residential facilities in restored “shikumen” houses, a form of traditional and unique architecture only found in Shanghai. It is a nice place to wander around for a bit.

    Nanjing Road
    Nanjing road was one of the first commercial streets that appeared in Shanghai after the city opened as a port to foreign trade about 150 years ago. For decades, it was one of the country’s largest commercial hubs. In the 1930’s, Nanjing road claimed the reputation as the retail center in China, gathering almost all the most famous shops, many of which were established in the Qing Dynasty. Today, these century-old businesses continue to draw throngs of customers and despite the ups and downs in Shanghai’s history, Nanjing Road has not lost the reputation as China’s most bustling shopping street.

    Tianzifang
    This area offers a wide variety of shops from cafes, bars and restaurants to art galleries, craft stores, and studios. What makes this area unique is that it doesn’t not look or feel like a shopping mall area. Tianzifang preserves its distinctly residential feel – with electric cables strung overhead and air-conditioning units perched to the outside of buildings.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Our Elite Travel Collection Includes the Following:

    • Deluxe accommodation from our hand-picked collection
    • A professional guide waiting to meet you upon arrival at your destination
    • Private car transfers or limousine service
    • Private guides when sightseeing
    • Daily breakfast (Optional meal plans are available)
    • Sightseeing as described in each itinerary are included
    • Your personalized itinerary with listings of things to see and do, and our personal recommendations.
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    What’s Not Included:

    • Flight not listed in your itinerary
    • Visa Fees: Please make sure that you have got your valid passport and visa before your entry. We can send you a free official invitation letter to assist you in obtaining your visa after the reservation deposit is received
    • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
    • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
    • Airline baggage fees
    • Travel Protection Plan – Please kindly note that the full coverage travel protection from your country of origin should be purchased in advance on your own
    • Optional activities
    • Incidentals
    1. Day 1 Arrive in Beijing

      Welcome to Beijing!  Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

      Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

    2. Day 2 Beijing

      This morning, enjoy a PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION to the GREAT WALL OF CHINA, which once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Walk along the wall and take in the stunning views of this mammoth fortress and the surrounding scenery. Return to Beijing for an afternoon at leisure. (B,L)

    3. Day 3 Beijing

      Begin your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING at TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. Next, stop at the FORBIDDEN CITY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest palace complex. Once the home of China’s great emperors, today it showcases ancient Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens, and displays of rare art and artifacts. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B)

      NOTE:
      The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. In these instances, sightseeing on days 2 & 3 will be reversed.

    4. Day 4 Beijing to Shanghai

      Your stay in Beijing ends with breakfast this morning. After Breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai(B)

      Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

    5. Day 5 Shanghai

      Your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR starts at the YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Then, stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. For lunch, stop at a local restaurant featuring XIAOLONGBAO, Shanghai’s most famous dish. These tasty soup dumplings are handmade with at least 18 intricate folds to close the top. The broth is the star so, to avoid wasting a single drop, gently pick up the dumpling, dip in sauce, and transfer to a Chinese soup spoon. Next, make a small hole to release the steam and allow the broth to cool. After it cools, sip up the broth and then swallow the dumpling. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)

    6. Day 6 Shanghai

      This morning, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts at the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, featuring stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. Then, take a WALKING TOUR of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure—from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B)

    7. Day 7 Shanghai

      Free day to experience Shanghai on your own. (B)

      Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

    8. Day 8 Return Home

      Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport for your return flight home.(B)

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    Your Hotels in China

    Your Hotel in Beijing – The PuXuan Hotel and Spa
    Along with 2 restaurants, this smoke-free hotel has 2 bars/lounges and a 24-hour health club. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include a conference center, massage/treatment rooms, and 24-hour room service. All rooms are individually decorated and feature free WiFi, 24-hour room service, and free bottled water. For a bit of entertainment, flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and guests will also appreciate thoughtful touches like free minibar items and slippers.

    Your Hotel in Shanghai – The Puli Hotel And Spa
    Along with a full-service spa, this smoke-free hotel has a restaurant and an indoor pool. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a bar/lounge. All 229 individually decorated rooms provide free WiFi, free wired Internet, and Tempur-Pedic beds. Guests can enjoy jetted tubs, and other standard amenities include free minibar items, iPod docks, and 24-hour room service.

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