Xi'an, the ancient capital for more than 1000 years, is one of the first cultural cradles of China. The walled city and narrow streets date back to a time when Xi'an was the terminus of the Silk Road. Outside the city, the famous Terracotta Soldiers still stand guard over Qin Shihuang's tomb. Shanghai is China's most dynamic and vibrant city, buzzing with economic development as well as fast-catching fashions, once called "Paris of the East".
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. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Beijing. Today’s highlight is the visit of 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. A Peking Duck Dinner concludes your full day activities in Beijing. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Beijing - Luoyang. In the morning, visit Temple of Heaven, the place where the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for good harvest. In the afternoon, you will visit the Yonghe Lama Temple, the biggest Tibetan Buddhist Lama Temple in Beijing, and the most renowned in China (outside Tibet itself). You will also take a ride in rickshaw through some old “Hutongs”, lanes or alleys formed by lines of Siheyuan (a compound with houses around a courtyard). Take an overnight train to Luoyang with soft sleeper (first class in China, 4 persons sharing one cabin). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Luoyang. Be transferred to the hotel for breakfast on arrival. Whole day’s excursion is to visit the Shaolin Temple, which is located at the foot of Song Shan Mountain - the central of the five sacred mountains in China. The temple was founded in A.D. 527 by a monk, Bodhidharma. He developed a form of physical movement which is based on the natural motions of animals, hence the origin of Shao Lin Kung Fu.Then, pay a visit to Longmen Grottoes, built in the year of 494, during the Northern Wei Dynasty, the Long Men Grottoes is one of China's three leading treasure house of grotto art, with 2,100 grottoes. The largest Buddhist sculpture stands 17.14 meters tall. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Take a train to Xi'an. Be picked up at Xi'an Railway Station. Check in hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Xi’an. 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. In the afternoon, 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 8: Xi’an. Visit Forest of Steles Museum where precious stone carvings and sculptures are kept. Then, visit the Great Mosque built primarily in the Ming Dynasty when Chinese architectural elements were synthesized into mosque architecture, and it 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 9: Xi’an - Shanghai. Take a morning flight to Shanghai (about 2 hours), 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).
- The final exact quotation is according to the exchange rate on the time of your payment
- The hotel standard are 3-star or 4-star.
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