The Real Deal Vacation package to China includes airfare from L.A. to Shanghai, with a return trip from Beijing on Air China; flights from Shanghai to Xi'an and Xi'an to Beijing; three nights in Shanghai at the Broadway Mansion Hotel Shanghai; two nights in Xi'an at the Grand Mercure Xi'an Renmin Square; three nights in Beijing at the Beijing International Hotel; 12 meals including eight American buffet breakfasts, three lunches, and one dinner; an extensive touring program including entrance fees, all ground transportation, and the services of an English-speaking guide throughout; several guided tours including the Yu Garden in Shanghai, an excursion to the famous Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and the City Wall in Xi'an, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, a popular Chinese pearl factory, The Bird's Nest, the Water Cube, an excursion to the Great Wall of China, and a trip to the Sacred Way, an ancient road to the Ming Tombs; from $1,899 per person including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When May 7, Jul. 23, Aug. 27, 2013 ($1,899); add $60 for Sept. 24, 2013; add $260 for Jun. 18, 2013.
Gateways L. A. ($1,899).
The Fine Print All hotel and air taxes are included in the package price. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Feb. 26, 2013.
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Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare between L.A., Shanghai, and Beijing starts at $956 in early May (Air Canada). Add to that $229 per person for the flight from Shanghai to Xi'an, $196 per person for the flight from Xi'an to Beijing, $245 per person without taxes for three nights at the Broadway Mansion Hotel Shanghai, $111 per person including taxes for two nights at the Grand Mercure Xi'an Renmin Square, and $165 per person including taxes for three nights at the Beijing International Hotel, and you're already spending $1,902 on airfare and accommodations alone. For $3 less, this travel package gives you airfare and eight nights in three Chinese cities, plus flights between them, an extensive touring program including entrance fees, all ground transportation, and the services of an English-speaking guide, several guided tours, and all taxes and fees.
More Several optional tours are also available, including a guided tour of Shanghai's famous gardens for $85 per person, a Shanghai acrobatics show with dinner for $35 per person, and a trip to Beijing's Hutongs, the Temple of Heaven, and the Pearl Market with lunch for $65 per person among others.
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