Day 1: Beijing. Arrive in Beijing in the day time; upon arrival, receive a warm pick up from our local guide and then transfer to your hotel. We will stay in Lusongyuan hotel, which is the traditional court yard hotel in Hutong. This gives you time to explore the old Beijing as well as to help acclimate you to the local time difference.
Day 2: Great Wall Expedition Tour. Today we will head for the Great Wall in Mutianyu Section, which is far away from the heavy tourist track. Here we can challenge ourselves by hiking on the ancient wall, or just walk as far as we can! And it is also a great place to enjoy the quiet mountain of northern China. Just imagine that you can still hear the neighing of horses in the ancient wars. Return to Beijing city in the late afternoon, and enjoy the famous Beijing Roast Duck at the facmous Quanjude restaurant. Later, in the late evening we will take a boat cruise at Shichahai Lake to enjoy the view of the old city wall.
Day 3: Traditional Beijing Tour. In the morning our guide will take us to the grand Tian’anmen square, which is regarded as the political heart of China, and we will ascend the Tian’anmen Tower where we can enjoy a wide view of this most revered square. Then we will explore the Forbidden City. In the past 600 years, former Chinese emperors resided here making it both the living and administration center of the Empire. In the afternoon we will learn about the great iimpact of Confucius teachings in Asia at the ancient Confucius temple, followed by a walk around in the Temple of Heaven, where emperors used to worship for the harvest each year. You will enjoy the pleasure of walking around in the large park. After dinner, we will board the night train to Xi’an in the evening.
Day 4: Ancient Xi’an City Tour. Arrive in Xi’an in the morning; be picked up by the local guide on arrival. First we will transfer to hotel to have breakfast and a short rest. The famous Terracotta Museum naturally is the first destination of our tour in Xi’an. There we will inspect the Terracotta Army which was created over 2000 years ago. While there, we will visit a workshop where you will have the opportunity to make a terracotta warrior yourselves! Return to Xi’an City in the afternoon, and hike along the old city wall. The City Wall of Xi’an is the best proserved in China. We will also visit the exotic Muslim market where a variety of food and handcrafts can be seen and purchased.
Day 5: Xi’an - Guilin. In the morning we will visit the Wild Goose Tower. It was the Center of Buddhism 1000 years ago, and its previous glory still can be seen from the high tower. Then fly to Guilin in the afternoon. After meeting with our guide, we will be transferred to our hotel. Guilin is considered one of the most beautiful cities in China due to its Karst landscape. The picturesque Li river and peaks all show us the beauty of Asia.
Day 6: Yangshuo River Cruise. In the morning take the excursion boat to enjoy the the very picture of nature, Li River. On the cruise you will enjoy the beautiful peaks, rivers, and hear the beautiful tale of Liusanjie. Arrive in Yangshuo in the afternoon, and then we will walk around in the famous West street. It is amazing to find so many westerners live here working at their small businesses! At night we will stay in the Mountain Retreat hotel. Enjoy the famous Beer-fish and revel in beautyfully real nature here!
Day 7: Yangshuo Countryside Exploration. Bamboo rafts are among the oldest ways of transportation in China, and today we will have a chance to experience it. In the morning we will take a bamboo craft down the beautiful Yulong River. The countryside of Yangshuo also deserves a visit, and in the afternoon we will ride our bikes to explore the village, to chat with local friendly villagers, and have dinner at their home.
Day 8: Yangshuo - Suzhou - Dongshan. In the morning we will drive to airport, and pay a visit to Elephant Hill en route. Fly to Shanghai at noon, and then head for Dongshan village in suburb of Suzhou after a 3 hour’s drive. But firstly let’s experience the high technology of modern China again, the high speed bullet train, traveling at 320km / per hour! But don't worry, you will feel nothing in the safety of your cabin! Dongshan village is located in the beautiful harbor of Taihu lake. We will stay in Dongshan hotel, which is the national guesthouse, the presidents of China stay here every time when they come to Suzhou. It is a true feast of the senses having have a panoramic view of the endless Taihu Lake with fishing boats shuttling by.
Day 9: Taihu Lake Excursion. In the morning we will walk around at lake side corridor to enjoy the beautiful lake, then enter the Qiyuan Garden, where was the dock for Emperor Kangxi in 1699 AD. Then we will explore the delicate carving building, Diaohuanlou, many Chinese movies film it as background for their scenes. After lunch we will drive to Suzhou, which is an old city with thousands of years’ history, and the Gardening is the best in China.
Many private gardens are scattered around the old town, either large or small, they have a same features that fully make use of each and every single inche to show the Aesthetics of the Orient. We start from the largest garden of Humble Governor Garden, and then to the Lingering Garden. we will check in at the Pingjiang Lodge. All rooms here are oriental and decorated in the old style with a beautiful yard. Imagine staying in a room where the furniture itself is art!
Day 10: Suzhou Gardening Tour. Besides gardening, Suzhou is also the most important place producing good silk, so we will learn the ancient history of silk in Suzhou Silk Museum. Besides gardening, Suzhou is also the most important silk production center, producing the finest silk, making it the perfect place to learn the ancient history of silk. This you will see for yourselves when we visit the Suzhou Silk Museum.
Southern China is rich of rivers, and river channels spread in every village, therefore we will head for the famous Tongli old village in the morning. In the late afternoon drive to Shanghai. As the most modern metropolis in Asia, surely it will leave you unforgettable impression. And then it is time to enjoy the magical night of Bund, where the European style old architecture mix with modern day skyscrapers and Neon lights flashing, while ships cruise waving Yangtze river. You will doubt where you are! Make a river cruise and have our dinner on the cruise.
Day 11: Modern Shanghai Tour. It is nice to be back again. And Pudong district is the financial center of China, where skyscrapers stand like forests. The Global Financial Center is the tallest building in China, with its’ 490 meter height. Imagine the view when we ascend to its top floor for a truly breath taking panoramic view of Shanghai. In the afternoon you will be free to do shopping in Yuyuan market. It is a good place to search souvenirs for our friends and loved ones.
Day 12: Shanghai departure. Head for the airport today and fly back to our warm home with sweet memories. Bidding a farewell to China!
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