If a trip to China has always seemed too expensive, I’ve got good news: China Spree Travel has put together a weeklong Beijing-Shanghai itinerary available throughout January and February for just $777 – an almost ridiculously economical way to visit two of China’s major tourist attractions.
The “Tale of China’s Two Greatest Cities” package includes round-trip, non-stop airfare from San Francisco, internal flights from Beijing to Shanghai, fuel surcharges, six nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel, daily American buffet breakfasts, and airport/hotel transfers. (A $99 government-imposed tax is not included. And you’ll need to tack on another $200 to fly from NYC.) Hotel accommodations include the new Beijing Huabin International Hotel, a 10-minute walk from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and the Crowne Plaza Shanghai, which is conveniently located in the French Concession.
Rich in imperial treasures, Beijing has been the capital since the 15th century. Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City – a 9,999-room compound where 24 emperors ruled for 500 years – and the Summer Palace with its marble boat and garden are just a few of the highlights. Cosmopolitan Shanghai is China’s cultural and financial center. Once called the “Paris of the East,” it’s a pulsing example of the new-moneyed, Western-thinking China – with a skyline to rival the Big Apple’s.
China Spree calls this “free-style travel,” which means you are free to do whatever you like whenever you like: no buses packed with seniors, no rigid itineraries, and no flag waving tour guides – though less intrepid travelers (or anyone looking for a local’s perspective) can book any number of affordable day tours, too.