If you see a cheap tour of major cities in China at a ridiculously low price and think it may be too good to be true, it's not. I recently did an SNA tour of China to Beijing and Shanghai for 7 days for around $1000 for tour and airfares from Melbourne. Considering virtually two days are taken up on travelling to and from and a further 5 hours on the bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai (wonderful experience), they certainly packed a lot into the remaining days. Of course, preplanning by the tour operator augers for a smooth journey and they did it very well. Prior to the tour, we chose three of the six options and were talked into selecting a fourth one on the last day. That was to the acrobatics show which I wouldn't have thought would interest me, but it will leave a lasting impression. We had a fantastic Chinese tourguide in Beijing, Gary, and lucked out with another one just as good, Simon, in Shanghai. They explained the history and cultural aspects of different people and places but didn't overload us with bucketloads of dates and places. If you want all that, then read a book! And the options weren't expensive either. The only negative of the trip was the location of the hotel, especially in Shanghai. We stayed in a 5* hotel, the Radisson Blu, which was very classy, but would have been happier with a 'lesser' hotel in, or close to, the city. Afterall, you only to sleep and shower in a decent room. As we had options, the location wasn't a problem, but those who chose not to do the options were at a bit of loose end with nothing close by. However, to their credit (SNA), a bus was quickly organised to take those people to a market. If you see this trip, or another one for about $1400 for 13 or 14 days, then jump on it. It is great value and well worth it. I'm assuming it is a promotional exercise by SNA, but whatever the reason, I'm very glad I did it. Well done SNA.