Following the traces of China’s imperial past, you will visit nearby all the important ancient capitals for different Chinese dynasties. We will take you to the most important historical and modern cities in China. You will visit the major tour sites, such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City in Beijing, Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an and the Oriental TV Tower in Shanghai. Luoyang is famous for the awe-inspiring Longmen Grottos and Shaolin Kung-fu. The delta of the Yangtze River, the abundantly productive land, has long played an important role. The Grand Canal, which cuts north-south through the province, carried rice from the fertile fields up to the barren North. “In heaven, there is paradise. On earth, there is Suzhou and Hangzhou”. You can just immerse yourself into the ancient Chinese culture of silk, tea and embroidery.
Day 1: Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Meet your guide upon arrival and be transferred to your deluxe hotel. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Beijing. Begin the day’s sightseeing 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 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. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Beijing - Xi’an. Visit Temple of Heaven, the place where the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshiped heaven and prayed for good harvest. Take an afternoon flight to Xi’an. Visit Forest of Steles Museum where precious stone carvings and sculptures are kept. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 5: 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. After lunch, you will visit 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. Enjoy a characteristic Dumpling Dinner at a local restaurant. (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 - Luoyang. Take the train to the ancient city Luoyang, hence the name “Capital of nine Dynasties”. You will pass by the Hua Shan Mountain, one of the five famous Mountains in China. In the afternoon arrive in Luoyang and be transferred to your hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Luoyang. Whole day excursion to 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, visit the Luoyang Folk Art Museum. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Luoyang - Nanjing. Visit the Long Men Grottoes, built in the year 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. Take an overnight train to Nanjing with soft sleeper (first class in China, 4 persons sharing one cabin). Includes: (B), (L).
Day 9: Nanjing. Arrive in Nanjing in the morning, and be transferred to your hotel for the breakfast. Nanjing is a well-known ancient capital for six different dynasties in China. Visit the Dr. Sun Yatsen's Mausoleum, and the Yangtze River Bridge. In the night, you can walk around Confucius Temple Area. Nanjing Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao in Chinese) is the holy shrine of Confucius, the outstanding ancient Chinese philosopher and thinker. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Nanjing - Wuxi. Enjoy a journey by train to Wuxi (D411, 09:30-10:43), known as the “Land of Rice and Fish”. Pay a visit to the Xihui Park, Xihui Park consists of two hills, Hill Hui and Hill Xi, separated by the Lake Yingshan. Both hills are 75 meters high and the Dragon Light Pagoda is atop of the Hill Xi towering over seven stories. Enjoy a cruise on Taihu Lake in the morning, which is the third largest freshwater lake in China. Then pay a visit to Turtle Head Island. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Wuxi - Suzhou. Leave Wuxi for Suzhou by train (D407, 09:12-09:31), (or by Bus, for the group more than 10 person only). Suzhou, known as the garden of China, is famous for its embroidery. Visit Lingering Garden Lingering Garden is renowned for the artistic way in which the spaces between various kinds of architectural forms are dealt with. Board a canal boat for a leisurely cruise along the ancient Grand Canal. You also have chance to visit the Silk Factory. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Suzhou - Hangzhou. In the morning, visit to the Garden of the Master of the Nets, the smallest of the Suzhou residential gardens, is the most impressive because of its use of space which creates the illusion of an area that is much greater than its actual size. You may visit the Embroidery Research Institute. Take afternoon train (D471, 14:13-16:43), (or by Bus, for the group more than 10 person only) to the idyllic city of Hangzhou, another ancient capital city in southern China. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: Hangzhou. A full day tour is to appreciate the incomparably lovely West Lake with its soaring bridges and flower-bright islets. Visit Huqingyutang, a pharmacy shop and museum of traditional Chinese medicine, and the Pagoda of Six harmonies standing by Qiantang River in Hangzhou. The extant pagoda is octagonal, has thirteen levels on the exterior but seven levels on the interior, and is 59.89 meters high. Visit a tea plantation growing for the famous Longjing green tea. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 14: Hangzhou - Shanghai. Take a morning train (D47, 08:25-10:02), (or by Bus, for the group more than 10 person only) to Shanghai, the bustling commercial heart of China. City tour begins with a stroll along the lovely waterfront “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. A fabulous Acrobatic Show concludes your first day in Shanghai. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 15: Shanghai. Sightseeing includes the Shanghai Museum is a leading attraction of the city since it opened in 1994, containing some priceless collections of paintings, porcelains and bronzes. Jade Buddha Temple where two rare jade statues of Sakyamuni Buddha are treasured, then a visit to the fascinating Yuyuan Garden, a well-restored Suzhou-style garden, and take a walk through the Old Town filled with antique markets and specialty stores. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 16: Return from Shanghai. Be transferred to the airport and board on your homebound flight. Includes: (B).
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