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Shanghai's skyline is seen along the banks of the Huangpu River.
updated 2/21/2007 5:44:38 PM ET 2007-02-21T22:44:38

The deal
With Beijing hosting the 2008 Olympics, China is now high on many travelers' radars. But you can get there before the tourists do, and save money to boot, by visiting this year, on one of the two air-inclusive packages our editors have found through Let's Travel China. One takes in China's highlights — Beijing, Shanghai, the Great Wall, and more — for nine days from $1990, while another, for $2930, includes all the must-see attractions, plus a visit with China's Giant Pandas and a deluxe three-night sailing of the Yangtze River. Whichever package you pick, you're on your way to the trip of a lifetime!

Discover China from only $1,990
If you've never been to China, the company's fantastic nine-day China sampler is a great way to see the country's highlights in one short trip. Starting at only $1,990 on April 5, this stellar adventure includes airfare from Los Angeles, airport transfers, deluxe lodging for eight nights, all domestic flights and land transfers, a variety of tours and activities with entrance fees covered, and virtually all meals and beverages. At this exceptional price, you'll get to tour Beijing and its Forbidden City, walk on the Great Wall, view the Terracotta Warriors at Xi'an, stroll the canals and gardens of Suzhou, and explore the streetscapes of ultra-modern Shanghai. The trip is also available, at a higher price (up to $2,070), on three other dates: April 19, May 17 and 24. Note that if friends and family want to join you, their bookings will be $75 off. Land-only packages are also available from $1,190.

Essential China from just $2,930
To check out the essential highlights of China in one vacation while saving some serious dollars, the same company's 14-day Essential China package is unbeatable. This fully escorted tour starts at only $2,930 with the same inclusions as the above deal, also leaving on April 5. This unique escape shows you all the must-see places highlighted in the above itinerary, with a couple of terrific additions: A visit to Chengdu, where you'll get a chance to pet a panda at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Center, and a luxury three-night sailing on the Yangtze River with a foray into the scenic Three Gorges mountain region. As with the former package, other travel dates are also available — on April 12 and 19 and May 6 and 17 — with prices only going as high as $3,150. Friends and family wanting to join you on this trip save $100 off the booking price. Plus, land-only packages are also available, from $2,180.

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All package pricing is based on double occupancy and includes both international and domestic air taxes and fees. Guide gratuities and visa fees are not included. The prices quoted include airfare; these tours are also available for purchase without airfare, starting at $1,190 for the first package and $2,180 for the second, should you wish to purchase your own flights.

The catch
You'll need a visa to enter China.

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