Shanghai and Beijing are the eastern equivalent of Paris and London for today's traveler. By which I mean that this pair is so important, in terms of their history, architecture, cultural institutions and financial clout, they are an essential visit for well-rounded westerners.
Which is why I was so pleased to read about miracle worker China Spree's most recent lollapalooza of a deal to China. For just $999 it will whisk passengers from San Francisco ($100 more from New York) to China, ensconce them in deluxe hotels in both cities, cover all in-country transportation (including flights between the two cities) and throw in massive, buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches and key sightseeing tours to the iconic sights of each city (including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and Shanghai's Bund, among others).
The package is a winter one, with departures beginning in November.
Airfare add-ons are available from a number of cities; you get these prices if you agree to pay cash, rather than use your credit card. For complete details, go to China Spree's website.