REAL DEALS

Beijing & Shanghai, Air, 6 Nights, From $899

Marvel at the Great Wall, explore the world's largest palace complex, and experience China’s center of commerce and culture.

The Forbidden Ctiy

The Forbidden City in Beijing.

(Courtesy donutdollie/myBudgetTravel)

The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to Beijing on Air China; three nights at the Huabin International Hotel in Beijing; three nights at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Shanghai; six buffet breakfasts and four lunches; several guided tours, including visits to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, an excursion to the Great Wall of China, a walk along the Bund (Shanghai's waterfront promenade), and a rickshaw ride through Old Beijing's hutongs, or "ancient alleyways"; all entrance fees; intra-China flights, ground transportation, and transfers; hotel taxes and fees; and fuel surcharges; from $899 per personplus up to $87 in airport taxes and fees.

When Nov. 15, 22, 23, 27, 2011, Jan. 1, 8, 15, 22, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 ($899); add $30 for Mar. 7, 12, 2012; add $200 for Nov. 9, 2011, Mar. 21, 28, 2012; add $600 for Dec. 14, 21, 28, 2011.

Gateways San Francisco ($899); add from $120 for L.A.; from $250 for Houston; from $300 for Chicago, Washington, D.C.; from $330 for New York City; from $480 for Atlanta; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees cost up to an additional $87 per person. The Chinese single-entry-visa fee of $170 is also not included in the package price. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is $199. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By February 12, 2012; based on availability.

Contact China Spree Travel, 866/652-5656, chinaspree.com.

Why It's a Deal In a recent Kayak search, we found a round-trip flight to Beijing for $806 in mid-November (Air Canada). Add to that $239.27 per person with taxes for three nights at the Beijing Huabin International Hotel and another $234.54 per person with taxes for three nights at the Shanghai Crowne Plaza, and you'd be paying a total of $1,279.81 if you booked the components of this package independently. For $293.81 less, this package covers the airfare and accommodations, plus intra-China transportation and transfers, 10 meals, all tours with an English-speaking guide, and all taxes and fees.

More Add an optional extension to Suzhou, (the Venice of the East) and the water village of Tongli, from $30.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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