Escape Plan to Beijing and Xi An, China May 2010

A brief summary on the itinerary
(Due to lost camera and details, I also can’t recall most of the details)

Escape Plan to Beijing and Xi’an, China:

Total duration 10D9N
Singapore is on same timezone as Beijing and Xi’an.
Flight time is 6hrs 10mins on Singapore Airlines from Singapore to Beijing. Return flight is 6hrs 15mins on Singapore Airlines from Beijing to Singapore.
Flight time is 1hrs 50mins on Air China from Beijing to Xi’an. Return flight is 2hrs 20mins on Air China from Xi’an to Beijing.

Early morning flight on 20th May at 110am and arrival in Beijing in the same morning at 720am. Return flight from Beijing on the 30th May at 845am and arrival in Singapore at 3pm in the same afternoon.
Morning flight on 22th May at 720am and arrival in Xi’an in the same morning at 910am. Return flight from Xi’an on the 24th May at 930pm and arrival in Beijing at 1120pm.

Day 1 – 2 Arrival into Beijing, Forbidden City visit
Day 3 – 5 Fly into Xi’an, visit Terracotta museum, Xi’an old city and side trip to Famen temple
Day 6 Temple of Heaven, Beijing Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square
Day 7 Visit the Great Wall of China – Badaling section and the Ming Tombs
Day 8 Train to Chengde, visit Mountain Resort and mini Potala Palace
Day 9 – 10 Shopping and eating, Wang Fu Jing foodstreet
Day 11Home Sweet Home

This escape plan was planned as trip to China during the month of May to take advantage of the long weekend due to Vesak Day.

Budget nature: Generally affordable

Costs to travel in China are generally not too expensive when outside the main city center. We were taking taxis everywhere we went.

Complexity: Relatively easy if taking taxi and knows Chinese

We took a taxi everywhere we went and booked a driver while in Xi’An and in Beijing.