This most popular China's travel route include the country's best-known cities and most famous sights. These are the very things that the first time travelers come to see. This Golden Line gives the traveler a good sample of what China travel is all about. Whether you are planning a basic 10-day tour of China, or designing a longer trek through the country, the Golden Line is the best route to begin your explorations.
Day 1: Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Meet your guide upon arrival and be transferred to your comfortable hotel. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Beijing
Begin the day’s activity with a visit to Tian’anmen Square, the largest urban square in the world. Then, move on to the Imperial Palace, also known as the “Forbidden City”, the biggest palace complex in the world. In the afternoon, visit the enchanting Summer Palace, one of China’s largest and best-preserved royal gardens, where you can have a walk along the famous Long Corridor. A Peking Duck Dinner concludes your first full day activities in China. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Beijing
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the Great Wall, one of the “Seven Wonders of the world” and a symbol of Chinese civilization. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across mountains. Then, move on to visit the Ming Tombs (Changling Tomb) area where is for deceased emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Beijing-Xi’an
This morning, you will visit to Temple of Heaven, the place where the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshiped heaven and prayed for good harvest. In the afternoon, you will take a ride in rickshaw through some old “Hutongs”, lanes or alleys formed by lines of Siheyuan (a compound with houses around a courtyard) where you will visit a local family. Take an overnight train to Xi’an with soft sleeper(first class in China, 4 people sharing one cabin), take about 12 hours. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Xi’an
Arrive in Xi’an in the morning, and be transferred to the hotel for breakfast. Begin the day’s activity with an once-in-a-lifetime viewing of the extraordinary 2,200-year-old Terracotta Warriors of China’s first feudal Emperor, Qin Shihuang. After lunch, you will visit to Big Wild Goose Pagoda which was built in 652 A.D. It contains a large volume of Buddhist scriptures which were obtained from India by the eminent monk of Xuanzang. (The entrance fee for climb up the Pagoda is not in the price included, if you want to climb up, please pay the charge on spot by yourselves.) Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Xi’an
After a relaxed breakfast at hotel this morning, visit Forest of Steles Museum where precious stone carvings and sculptures are kept. Then you will visit to the Great Mosque, built primarily in the Ming Dynasty when Chinese architectural elements were synthesized into mosque architecture, is the largest and best preserved of the early mosques of China. Enjoy a characteristic Dumpling Dinner at a local restaurant. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Xi’an-Guilin
Take a morning flight to Guilin, one of China's top attractive destinations. Pay a visit Fubo Hill for a panoramic view of Guilin and Seven Star Park, named after the tale that the seven peaks of Mountain Qixing (Seven Star) were the seven stars in the north sky falling down to the earth. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Guilin-Yangshuo-Guilin
Today’s highlight is cruising down the Li River, which stretches 83 kilometers from Guilin to Yangshuo. The cruise will give you a chance to savor the lovely view of the area’s extraordinary limestone peaks. The cruise ends in Yangshuo. Yangshuo is a charming small town with its main street lined with small hotels, countless souvenir shops and restaurants. Visit West Street. Then, drive back to Guilin. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Guilin-Shanghai
In the morning, fly to Shanghai, the bustling commercial heart of China, known as “Paris of the East”. Visit the Bund, at the west shore of the Huangpu River, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower can be seen on the opposite side. The splendid row of early 20th century Europe buildings remains the quintessential Shanghai sight. Visit fascinating Yuyuan Garden, a well-restored Suzhou-style garden, and take a walk through the Old Town filled with antique markets and specialty stores. A fabulous Acrobatic Show concludes your first day in Shanghai. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Shanghai
This morning you will visit marvelous Shanghai Museum, a leading attraction of the city since it opened in 1994, containing some priceless collections of paintings, porcelains and bronzes. Move on to check out the St. Ignatius Cathedral (Xujiahui Cathedral) built in 1846. Wander around the former French Concession represented by the leafy Fuxing Park and the architecture in the area. Then pay a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple where two rare jade statues of Sakyamuni Buddha are treasured. You will have some free time in the afternoon to explore the city. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Return from Shanghai. Be transferred to the airport and prepare for boarding on your homebound flight. Includes: (B).
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