The Cadence Elite Head to China!

How do you wow a group of some of the most seasoned travel advisors in the industry? As a reward for achieving the coveted “Cadence Elite” status, half of our top-producing travel advisors went to Milan and Florence, and the other half visited Shanghai and Beijing. They were in store for incredible surprises including a private photographer who captured some amazing memories from their trip, a private tai chi class overlooking The Forbidden City, and a champagne toast on the The Great Wall of China! Take a look at the bucket list worthy itinerary they enjoyed, and don’t hesitate to contact your travel advisor to plan your own version!

Day 1:

  • Delta flight to Shanghai, met by VIP WildChina representative and taken through express customs service

  • Transfer to Mandarin Oriental Shanghai

  • Treatment at Mandarin Oriental SPA

  • Food at Club Lounge available until 12AM

Had a chance to experience the new Delta one suites on the A350 flight from LA to Shanghai, great airplane, very quiet, excellent service. The individual pods are very spacious and comfortable with some extra built-in storage space. There are no overhead bins in the middle section giving the cabin a very spacious look.
— Melita Hein
The new Delta plane we flew was what I hope all new aircraft will be flying, It was a beautiful plane filled with the luxury comforts one would expect in a business class seat. The attendants provided professional and gracious service on these very long flights..
— Francine Mellon
Delta air bus 350 was the best aircraft I have flown. So much room in the delta one cabin.
— Kristin Bodin

Day 2:

  • Optional private morning yoga class with a local yoga master

  • Private guided tour of Shanghai

  • Walk down the Bund, and the elegant tree-lined streets of the French Concession

  • Lunch at Ding Tai Fung Restaurant

  • Explore the extensive Chinese art collection in Shanghai Museum

  • Visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Center

  • Refreshment back at the hotel

  • Hop on the private cruise for a night tour on Huangpu River to watch the reflections of the jewel-encrusted Shanghai cityscape

  • Special dining experience

We stayed at Mandarin Oriental properties in both cities. The MO Pudong provided a restful and elegant haven for our brief 2 nights. Good location right on the river with amazing views of the Pearl Tower, the evening light show and the activities on the river. Staff was truly exceptional, always ready to assist and Clemens, the GM was always there to greet and to offer that very personal touch.
— Melita Hein

Day 3:

  • Optional morning riverside jogging

  • Breakfast at club lounge at leisure

  • Tour of Mandarin Oriental Shanghai

  • Lunch at the in-house Michelin-starred restaurant Yong Yi Ting

  • Private transfer to the airport for departure flight to Beijing

  • VIP airport meet and greet by WildChina Beijing guide

  • Transfer to Mandarin Oriental Beijing

  • Welcome dinner at the Mandarin Grill + Bar, Mandarin Oriental Beijing

Both hotels...the service was fabulous at the hotel. I mentioned in Shanghai that they had removed the chocolate welcome gift overnight...and the next day it was wrapped up in a box for me to take home! The lounge is wonderful...and the Presidential suite is a wow in Shanghai. In Beijing...service was terrific; a few glitches in the room that they took care of right away...and bookmarks left for my book that I was reading and glass cleaners left for my glasses!
— Jane Rosenkrantz

Day 4:

  • Optional private tai chi class facing the Forbidden City

  • Breakfast at Café Zi

  • Private guided tour of the Forbidden City

  • Lunch at Si Ji Ming Fu restaurant for the famed Peking Duck

  • Drive to Pan Jia Yuan Antique Market

  • Take an off-hour visit to the Temple of Heaven

  • Drive along Chang An Street and gaze across Tiananmen Square

  • Transfer back to hotel and dinner at Café Zi

The amazing Mandarin Oriental hotels in Shanghai and their newly opened Beijing hotel are both 6 star experiences- with the professional service , (the best staff ever) ambiance and attention to detail you would expect from a luxury property!! I will never forget their graciousness and hospitality to us.
— Francine Mellon

Day 5:

  • Private transfer to day tour of the Great Wall of China

  • Hike along the remote Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall. Celebrate and enjoy a refreshing champagne break on the Great Wall towards the end of the hike

  • Lunch at a local courtyard restaurant downtown

  • Transfer back to the city for a traditional Chinese tea tasting at a local tea house near the Lama Temple

  • Transfer back to hotel, enjoy massages at the spa

  • Farewell cocktail dinner at MO Bar

MO. Oh what can I say. Definitely 6 star plus. The rooms. The service and attention to detail. Oh and the spa when we first arrived in Shanghai is definitely the only way to start a trip..
— Kristin Bodin

Congratulations to our 2018 Cadence Elite: Ben Rosenkrantz, Bitsy Clayton, Carol Porter, Colleen Petre, Francine Mellon, Gina DeSantis, Jane Rosenkrantz, Jennifer Kutzner, Joan Lovell, Joyce Krichman, Judy Schwartz, Julie-Ann Skalko, Karyn Farr, Kristin Bodin, Lisa Freeburg, Melita Hein, Michelle Olsen, Steve Kuriga, Susan Sparks

We also want to take a moment to thank our incredible travel partners who made this trip possible! Thank you to Delta Airlines, WildChina, and Mandarin Oriental.