Day 1: Arrival in Beijing. Our professional guide will pick you up at Beijing International Airport and transport you to your hotel. You will then marvel at the treasures of the Summer Palace, the largest imperial garden in the world. Housed in these buildings, there is an immense collection of treasures and cultural artifacts. For dinner you may eat in the hotel or explore the local restaurants at your leisure.
Day 2: Beijing. Touring in our capital city will begin with strolling across the Tienanmen Square - the largest and most imposing public square in the world. Through the Meridian Gate on the north side of the square, you will enter the fabled Forbidden City to appreciate its majesty and magnificence.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven where the emperor, twice each year, would visit to thank the Gods for a good harvest and pray for the new one. To complement a memorable start to your tour, you will have Beijing Duck Dinner at the famous century-old Quan Ju De restaurant followed by a fascinating Peking Opera performance.
Day 3: Beijing. You will follow the Chinese saying "you are not a real human being until you climb up on the great wall” at the Badaling Great Wall of China, more than 2, 500 years old. The wall was constructed to protect China from the savage Northern tribes. The wall construction was initiated in 200 B.C. during the Qin Dynasty and was finished around the 15th century during the Ming Dynasty, which lasted for 10 dynasties.
After the Great Wall you will visit Dingling, one of the Ming Tombs – the burial site of royalty during the Ming Dynasty. It took 10 years from Dingling's discovery develop the site. Entrance to this sacred burial ground is via the Sacred Way, an avenue where large animal statues stand guard.
Day 4: Beijing - Shanghai. You will visit the Lama Temple, the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China. You will then be transported to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Our guide will pick you up at Shanghai airport and transport you to your hotel. For dinner you may eat in the hotel or explore the local restaurants at your leisure.
Day 5: Shanghai. You will experience the most modern city of China. At the Shanghai Museum you will see beauty firsthand. The museum's displays show Chinese art from ceramics to jade to furniture. After experiencing Shanghai's past you will see Shanghai's future at the TV Tower of Oriental Pearl - the world's third tallest TV tower. The remaining time is set aside for you to enjoy the magnificent views of the City's Old Bund, its European architecture and the Yuyuan Garden. In the evening you will be treated to a magnificent Portman Acrobatic Show.
Day 6: Departure from Shanghai. Having completed your memorable China tour. Today you will be transported to the airport for your flight home.
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