Beijing in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air - Great Wall & Forbidden City | La Vacanza Travel

Beijing in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air - Great Wall & Forbidden City

Duration: 14 hours
Destination: China, Shanghai Region, Shanghai

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  • 14 hours
  • Shanghai
  • E-Voucher
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  • Not-Cancellable


If you’re spending time in Shanghai, take a day trip to Beijing by air to make your visit to China complete. While you’re in China’s ancient capital, visit the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China, two of Beijing’s most famous landmarks, as well as the shopping souvenirs chance.

Note: Forbidden City is closed on every Monday, and if your travel day is on Monday, you will be offered an alternative Beijing attraction option like Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, etc.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Pudong International Airport, Pudong International Airport, Shanghai

You will be picked up from your hotels or local address in Shanghai, and transferred to Pudong Airport or Hongqiao Airport, then take the airplane for Beijing.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2, Minhang District, China, 201106

You will be picked up from your hotels or local address in Shanghai, and transferred to Pudong Airport or Hongqiao Airport, then take the airplane for Beijing.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Forbidden City-The Palace Museum, No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009 China

The Forbidden City was built in 1406, which use to be Chinese Imperial Palace in Ming and Qing Dynasty. With over 180 acres and collection of great halls, you will see antiques and treasures representing all of China's history.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Great Wall at Badaling, Badaling, Yanqing District, Beijing 102112 China

Great Wall, the image of China throughout the world, lives up to its reputation, as one of the Eight Wonders of the World. The Badaling section is a prime, preserved example of this colossal structure.

Duration: 2 hours

  • Round-trip airfare and airport taxes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Round way airport transfer services
  • Admission tickets
  • Entry/Admission - The Great Wall at Badaling
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Please provide the full names shown on the passport and passport number in order to issue the air tickets
  • Forbidden City is closed on every Monday, and if your travel day is on Monday, you will be offered an alternative Beijing attraction option
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Shanghai hotels
Dates: Daily
Return: If you go to other city instead of Shanghai after the tour, please contact the local operator once you make the booking.


  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Ying Bin Gao Su Gong Lu, Pu Dong Xin Qu, Shang Hai Shi, China
  • Hongqiao Airport, 2550 Hong Qiao Lu, Changning, Shanghai China


  • Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, 500 Dong Da Ming Lu, Hong Kou Qu, Shang Hai Shi, China, 200086

Departure Time

05:30 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


14 hours

User's Reviews


17 Mar, 2023

The trip was fantastic seeing the forbidden city and the most amazing part was the Great Wall of China. It was a long day but worth the travel. The trip was organised well as the flights and travel arrangements ran smoothly.


15 Jan, 2020

We had one free day on a group trip to Shanghai. Everyone said it wasn't possible, looking at us dubiously when we shared our plans going back and forth to Beijing. But it was, and a very long day, but very worth it. Picked up at 6:00a, returning after midnight (return flight was delayed). Saw a lot and it was very organized. Favorite part was seeing/walking The Great Wall. Drivers picking us up from Shanghai hotel and Beijing airport were very nice and helpful. Could have used a map/notes outlining airport procedure & terminal location, but we got there just fine. Our guide was a very cheerful, sweet young woman who wanted us to have a good time, but she hustled us right by Tianaman Square without noting it, redirecting our attention toward The Forbidden City (seemed on purpose). If we hadn't individually noticed what we were walking by, we would have missed it (even though it was promised on the itinerary & we wanted to see that part of history). We also spent a lot of time at The Forbidden City, which started looking the same--how many thrones did the Emperor really need! She offered a virtual reality upsell, which we took, that we didn't feel was worth it. It took time and the graphics were pretty unsophisticated. She also talked very quickly with a very strong accent and I had to ask her to slow down/repeat herself several times until I just surrendered, smiling and nodding, missing much of the information. Lunch was tasty and a nice, quick break from all the swift walking, followed by jade store. Beautiful offerings, but prices didn't seem favorable. Then to The Great Wall, which we were most looking forward to but were running out of time. I would have definitely swapped way more time from the Forbidden City to the Great Wall, for sure! It's beautiful and remarkable and worthy of admiration. Note, the bricks are very uneven--some 1-brick height, most 2-brick height & some 3-brick height, where I had to hoist myself up with hand on knee (we're both 5'8"). Also, guide was constantly trying to pose us in "sweetheart" photos, initially appreciated, ultimately distracting from what we were there to experience. Reminder: most restrooms did NOT have toilet paper, so bring your own & toilets are holes in the ground so for those with balance issues, bring your cane. I wondered how older people coped. All in all, we saw a lot, tour front-to-back was very organized and we felt as safe as one can feel in a foreign country without knowing the language.

emmy b

07 Nov, 2018

The magnificent Tian'an men Square is giganticly big and yet one could hardly set a foot in front of the other without bumping into someone. The history is rich and tragic, military and police are presents is everywhere. We were told not to look them in the eye nor to take pictures of them.


16 Aug, 2018

Amazing! A VIP tour.

Huge day but worth it if you are limited for time and want to see 3 key parts in and around Beijing. Very fast paced but there is some rest time when you are driving.

Everything is taken care of for you. You are collected from your Shanghai hotel and taken to the airport and checked in and then greeted in Beijing.

Just be prepared for a long day. Our day started at 6am and we were returned to the hotel in Shanghai at 1.30am the next morning.

Our guide, Gale was awesome!!! Made the experience! Her knowledge, attention and care, not to mention her fun and friendly attitude will not be forgotten. Thanks for making our day fabulous Gale!.


19 Jan, 2018

My experience in this tour was very good, They picked me up at the hotel at 6 am and had no issues at the airport (I believe because it was December) tour was very good, the silk stop is not really that exciting I really did not waste much time over there, I just said I was interested buying anything and moved on to the forbidden city where I use the extra time to walk all over, it is a lot of walking all day so you better bring confortable shoes. Jade store was nice, good food and they gave you the option to buy jade souvenirs. Great wall was a lot of exercise, you can walk as much as you want and the guide will go with you, try to spend some time in the stores and temples around, you can buy good souvenirs there.

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Great 1 day option for Beijing highlands


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