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Thanks to the Olympics and the building boom that accommodated it, travelers can benefit from a steady supply of deals to China. Still, this one is the best we've seen in a while. China Spree (tel. 866/652-5656; www.chinaspree.com) offers its Timeless Beijing trip, which bundles in airfare, transfers, six nights' hotel, and more.

The package price reflects fall travel in November, which offers comfortable temperatures and fewer crowds in Beijing. You can also travel in January and February, when the temperatures are in the 30s and 40s.

This eight-day itinerary provides a mix of free time and guided activities. Upon arrival and transfer to Beijing Huabin International Hotel, you'll have time to explore the city at your leisure. Situated within walking distance of Tiananmen Square and close to subway lines, Beijing Huabin is a four-star modern property that opened about two years ago. The trip cover the highlights -- the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace Â? and also includes a rickshaw ride through old Beijing's hutongs (narrow alleys), where you'll pass by homes, restaurants, and tea houses. You'll also stop to lunch on dumplings with a local family. In your free time, you can join optional tours or explore on your own.

Why is this a deal? For starters, the airfare alone from San Francisco to Beijing for the Nov. 15 departure date clocked in around $836, taxes included, according to a Kayak search. A search for the hotel rates during this time frame revealed nightly rates from about 598-688 RMB (about $92-$106), without taxes. With the hotel, six nights will add approximately $276-$318 per person for two people sharing.

Even if you factor in the additional visa and government fees, which puts the total package cost at about $1,048, you're still going to come out ahead. After all, if you booked the airfare and hotel separately (from $1,112), you would still have to book the tours, transfers, entrance fees, guide services, meals, and other entertainment yourself.

Trip Type: A mix of guided and independent travel; air-inclusive

What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from San Francisco to Beijing, transfers, three days of guided and private Beijing tours, sightseeing entrance fees per itinerary; nine meals (including a Peking duck dinner), and airline fuel surcharges.

What Else You'll Have to Pay: $249, which includes $79 in government taxes and fees, and about $140 for a visa, plus $30 for China Spree's processing fee

Book By: As soon as possible; book at least a month in advance for obtaining a visa

When: Nov. 16, 23; Jan. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012; Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012

Other Details: Please note that this trip also departs from New York-JFK; the starting price is $1,129 for the same travel periods.

Other Gateways: Los Angeles (add $120); Washington, D.C., Chicago (add $190); Denver (add $250); Dallas (add $300); Atlanta (add $340)

All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways and any single supplements, which is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.