China, Air, 8 Nights, Ground Transportation, Tours, From $1,499

Thousands of years of Chinese history are at your fingertips with this package deal to Shanghai, Xi'an, and Beijing, three of the country’s most renowned cities.

Great Wall of China

This eight-night trip includes tours of some of China's most amazing locations, including the the Great Wall of China.

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The Real Deal Vacation package to China includes airfare from Los Angeles to Shanghai with a return flight from Beijing to Los Angeles; three nights at the Broadway Mansions Hotel Shanghai; two nights at the Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an; three nights at the Beijing International Hotel; all in-country transportation, including domestic flights and train transfer from Shanghai airport; touring program, including entrance fees; eight breakfasts, three lunches, and one dinner; and all air and hotel taxes and fees included, from $1,499 per person.

When Jan. 22, 2013 ($1,499); add $100 for Nov. 20, 2013 ($1,599); add $160 for Mar. 12, 16, 2013 ($1,659); add $400 for Oct. 9, 2012 ($1,899).

Gateways Los Angeles (from $1,499).

The Fine Print All air and hotel taxes and fees are included in the package price. A China visa ($170, paid separately) is required for travel. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is $320. Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal.

Book By Sept. 5, 2012; add $300 for bookings made after Sept. 5, 2012.

Contact Friendly Planet Travel, 800/555-5765,

Why It’s a Deal According to a Kayak search, the lowest airfare from Los Angeles to Shanghai, with a return trip to Los Angeles from Beijing, starts at $1,119 in early December, all fees and taxes included (American Airlines). Three nights at the Broadway Mansions Hotel Shanghai costs from $198 per person; two nights at the Grand Noble Hotel Xi’an costs from $107 per person; and three nights at the Beijing International Hotel costs from $233 per person (taxes and fees included at all hotels). Added together, you’d be paying $1,657 per person just for international airfare and accommodation alone. For $158 less, this vacation package also includes two domestic flights, all ground transportation (including an airport transfer on Shanghai’s one-of-a-kind maglev train, which reaches speeds of 268 miles an hour); twelve meals; a detailed tour program, including entrance fees; and all other taxes and fees.

More Extend your vacation with Friendly Planet’s Hong Kong supplement package, which includes three nights at the Park Hotel Hong Kong, a tour of Hong Kong Island, and additional optional activities, from $929 per person. Additional nights at the Broadway Mansions Hotel Shanghai and Beijing International Hotel are available at $90 per room, per night, with an added fee of $100, plus the difference in airfare, if you choose to extend your stay in those two cities.

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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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