Day 1: Beijing. Arrive at Beijing, the capital of China. To be met at the airport then transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 2: Beijing (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Tiananmen Square / Forbidden City / Temple of Heaven. Depart from your hotel in the morning to have city tours to visit Tiananmen Square, the symbolical heart of China and gathering place for the masses. It is the biggest public square in the world, which can hold one million people. Have a free walk there, imagining the great historic events of the 20th century that took place there. You will also see legendary landmarks including the Great Hall of the People and the towering 125 foot granite obelisk, Monument to the People's Heroes, honoring those who died in revolution. Walking across the Golden River Bridge, enter the Forbidden City, the inner sanctum and palace where for centuries Chinese emperors ruled their world. It has a 9000-room maze of courtyards, palaces, and ceremonial halls, where 24 emperors used to live. The Forbidden City was indeed a forbidden place, where commoners were kept out for nearly 500 years. Tour the palace and imagine the mystery, intrigue and incredible power that reigned here. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Temple of Heaven. It was built in the 15th century, a sacred site for ancient Beijing, where the emperor and his 1000 member entourage would retreat twice a year for religious rituals. Surrounded by enormous grounds designed in accordance with Fengshui, the Temple complex consists of the Celebrated Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a unique wooden and blue-tiled structure built without a nail. It is considered the supreme achievement of traditional Chinese architecture.
Day 3: Beijing (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall / Ming Tombs / Spirit Way. Depart from your hotel after breakfast. Spend about 1.5 hours to be transferred outside the city to the surrounding countryside to visit the Badaling Great Wall, one of the most remarkable feats of mankind, built over 2,000 years ago. You will be able to climb and walk one of the best preserved sections of the ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountain scenery. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit the fabled Ming Tombs, the resting places of thirteen emperors and their splendid treasures, passing down Spirit Way, a road lined with statues of dignitaries, as well as huge elephants, lions, camels and horses; you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors. Visit one of the spectacular tombs- Dingling- featuring an underground palace.
Day 4: Beijing - Xian (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Beijing - Hutong tour. In the morning visit Hutong. Hutong are a kind of ancient city alley or lane that is typical in Beijing. Most of them are found around the Forbidden City, and many were built during the three dynasties of Yuan, Ming and Qing. Today, the Hutong are a living museum of Beijing history, showing the traditional lifestyle of Beijing people. Tricycles hold two people and are peddled by an experienced cyclist. Stops are made to visit a local family and see first-hand how the people of Beijing live. After lunch, take an afternoon flight to Xian. To be met at the airport & transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure in the evening.
Day 5: Xian (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Full day private tours to Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses / Bell Tower /Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Today will be your highlight in Xian. Depart from your hotel after breakfast. To be transferred outside the city to visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. It has been regarded as The 8th Wonder Of The World! Over 2,200 years ago, the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, in search of immortality, ordered the construction of a vast army of 8,000 life-sized Terra-cotta warriors to be buried with him to protect his empire after his early death. They were discovered accidentally in 1974 by farmers digging a well. For history lovers, the sight is truly breathtaking. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Bell Tower,which is the most well-preserved and best-known one among many ancient cities of China. The Bell Tower was originally built in the Yingxiang Temple in 1384, at the intersection of West Street and Guangji Street. In 1582, it was moved to its present pivotal position, in the very heart of the city at the junction of four main streets extending to the east, south, west and north, for rebuilding and later restoration. With magnificent carved beams and painted rafters, this classical building is truly elegant. After coming back to the city, have another tour to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. One of the main constructions in the famous Buddhist Da-Ci-En Temple, the pagoda is one of the most distinctive and outstanding landmarks of Xian.
Day 6: Xian - Shanghai (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Xian - Shaanxi. Provincial Museum / Old City Wall / Hangyang Tomb. Have city tours to visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, which is the largest comprehensive museum in the province. It is also the fist national level grand museum equipped with modern facilities. It exhibits primarily historical relics of past dynasties and displays precious art treasures and stone carvings of the Han and Tang dynasties. Walking through the exhibits in the museum is like walking through 3000 years of Chinese history. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Old City Wall. It is the most complete city wall surviving in China as well as one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. The wall was built in the Tang dynasty (618 -907) and enlarged in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). On the way to Xian airport, visit Hanyang Tomb. It is the Jing Emperor's tomb in the Han Dynasty, which was opened in 2001 and is famous for its rich collections of different kinds of tombs. Take the afternoon flight to Shanghai. Be met at the airport & transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure in the evening.
Day 7: Shanghai (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Full day private tour to The Bund / Yu Garden / Jade Buddha Temple. After breakfast, visit the Bund. Have a stroll along the waterfront to experience the smells, sights and sounds of the old "Wall Street" of Shanghai. Banks, trading houses, residences, hotels and clubs all had a view of bustling Huangpu River traffic as they shared in the city's rising and falling fortunes. Then walk along the famous shopping street of Nanjing Road. It is said that shopping in Shanghai is the most varied and rewarding in China. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Yu Garden. This delightfully restored labyrinth of tiny specialty shops and tea and snack houses is centered around a Ming dynasty Mandarin Suzhou-style garden. It is a fascinating spot to people-watch over a pot of tea, to shop for unique souvenirs and to get a feel for Old Shanghai. It is well worth a meander through the Yu Garden, which has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools and flora, all connected by corridors and passageways. Follow with the Jade Buddha Temple. Built in 1911, it is the most famous and one of the most active Buddhist temples in Shanghai, named for its two bejeweled white jade Buddhas- a 1000 kg, 1.9 meter-high figure carved from Burmese jade brought to China in 1882, and a smaller reclining Buddha. The temple receives thousands of visitors and worshipers daily. Although Chinese New Year and the Buddha's birthday are the most popular times to visit the temple for the faithful, it is possible to witness ceremonies at other times. Be transferred to back to your hotel.
Day 8: Shanghai (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Full day private tours to The Shanghai Museum / Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Depart from your hotel to visit the Shanghai Museum. As a museum of ancient Chinese art, the Shanghai Museum possesses a collection of 120,000 precious works of art. Its rich and high-quality collection of ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy is specially celebrated in the world. The present Shanghai Museum has eleven galleries and three special temporary exhibition halls. After having lunch at a nice local restaurant, visit the Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower. At 468 meters high (1,536 feet), the tower is the third tallest TV and radio tower in the world as well as the tallest structure in Asia. It is the best place to have a bird's-eye view of Shanghai. With its unique and amazing design, it has become the new landmark of Shanghai and a big magnet for tourists. The viewing area is half-way up and offers an unparalleled view of the Bund, the emerging new modern Shanghai. The view of Shanghai from this height fills you with wonder at the beauty that surrounds you. Be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 9: Shanghai -Suzhou -Shanghai via train (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Suzhou - The Humble Administrator's Garden / Lingering Garden. Take the morning train to Suzhou. After breakfast have a city tour to the Humble Administrator's Garden. Located in northeast Suzhou, the Humble Administrator's Garden is the largest classical garden in Suzhou and one of the four most famous classical gardens in China. It was originally built in 1513 A.D. by Wang Xianchen, an imperial censor who had just been demoted and sent back to his hometown. The garden consists of three parts with different types of buildings around streams and ponds. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit Lingering Garden. Built in 1522, it is one of the four most famous classical gardens in China. The garden is separated into the middle, eastern, northern and western parts, which connect with beautiful corridors 700 meters long. The whole garden features artificial mountains, unique limestone, beautiful pavilions and a number of attractive buildings. In the afternoon take the train back to Shanghai.
Day 10: Shanghai - Hangzhou via train (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Hangzhou - West Lake/ Lingyin Temple/ The Pagoda of Six Harmonies. Depart from your hotel after breakfast. Spend about 2 hours taking the train to Hangzhou. Visit West Lake, one of the most famous tourist attractions in China. For centuries, West Lake has been well known both for its picturesque landscape and for its cultural heritage illustrating past dynasties. The landscape area of West Lake includes the surrounding hills and nearby historical sites as well as the lake itself. The lake area covers around 60 square kilometers consisting of 5.68 square kilometers of water area.
After having lunch at a nice local restaurant, visit Lingyin Temple. It is one of the biggest and most famous ancient Buddhist temples in China and was first built by an Indian monk named Huili in 326 A.D. The temple was named Lingyin Temple (Temple of Inspired Seclusion) for its environment is serene and suitable for "gods resting in seclusion". Following with The Pagoda of Six Harmonies. It is located on the northern bank of the Qiantang River, south of Hangzhou. It was first built in 970 A.D but destroyed in war. What we see today is a brick and wooden structure rebuilt in 1153 A.D. At 59.89 meters high, the pagoda is the best place to have a bird's-eye view of the scenery around the Qiantang River. Free at leisure in the evening.
Day 11: Hangzhou - Guilin (Meals: B/L). Free at leisure until transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Be met at Guilin airport and transferred to your hotel.
Day 12: Guilin -Li River Cruise - Yangshuo (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Li River cruise. Depart from your hotel in the morning to have a Li River cruise to Yangshuo. The Li River is by far the main reason to visit Guilin. Double-decker and triple-decker river boats weigh anchor from a pier at Zhujiang, about 40 minutes from Guilin by bus, and meander through the sleepy countryside. They offer a relaxing way to enjoy the superlative river scenery and life along the banks of the Li River. In contrast to the burgeoning cities of the north, it is quiet here; the rural scenery is magnificent. You will enjoy picturesque mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalo, cows wandering around on both banks of the river. After about 4.5 hours, the one-thousand-year-old town of Yangshuo, the disembarking point, comes into sight. It is well worth browsing around this quaint town and its environs. Have a short exploration to the old town before being transferred back to Guilin. Lunch on board.
Day 13: Guilin (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Full day private tour to Elephant Trunk Hill / Fubo Hill / Reed Flute Cave / Seven Star Park. Depart from your hotel to visit Elephant Trunk Hill. Located on the west bank of the Li River by a small branch called Peach Blossom River, the hill resembles a huge elephant standing on the bank of the river, sucking up water with its long trunk. The trunk is particularly striking and lifelike when viewed either from nearby or afar. A circular foot cave called Shui Yue Dong (Moon-in-the Water Cave) separates the trunk and the body. A 3-story Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.) brick pagoda rises from the top of the hill. Then visit Fubo Hill. It is famous for its picturesque shape and beautiful caves. Located in the northeastern part of the city, it stands by the Li River, with half of its eastern foot submerged in water. A deep pool of crystal clear, mirror-smooth water is at the northern foot of the hill. It is known for its Tang and Song Dynasty Buddhist carvings in the foot cave named Returned Pearl Cave, all accessible by steps leading up and down the east and west sides. Follow with Reed Flute Cave. A ten minute drive (half hour bike ride) from downtown, the cave is one of the largest known examples of what each tropical karst cone conceals within it. The script writers and set designers for Star Trek would have a field day in this cavernous underground stalactite/stalagmite maze-style theater. The dropping water is rich and the dripstones vary not only in type but also in size, displaying a wonderful cave world. This cave was called "The Art Gallery of Mother Nature." Colored fluorescent lights cast shadows and illuminate shapes of imaginary animals, fruits and vegetables to complete the unworldly effect. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit Seven Star Park. With an area of 100 hectares, Seven Star Park is the largest and one of the most beautiful parks in Guilin. The park is so named for the seven peaks which correspond to the number of stars in the Big Dipper. There are many scenic tourist spots in the park, such as Flower Bridge, Seven Star Cave, Banzai Garden and Camel Hill. Be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 14: Guilin - Guangzhou, Guangzhou -Hong Kong via afternoon jet boat (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Guangzhou - Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall / The Memorial Hall of the Chen Family / The Temple of Six Banyan Trees. Check out and depart from your hotel. Take a morning flight to Guangzhou. To be met at the airport & transferred to your hotel. Have city tours to visit Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. It is the most symbolic building of Guangzhou, and a key venue for large-scale meetings and performances. It was built in 1931 in memory of Sun Yat-sen, the pioneer of China's bourgeois democratic revolution. The memorial hall, occupying an area of 12,000 square meters with a height of 46 meters, has magnificent exterior and elegant interior decorations. The whole building, octagonal in shape, is designed in a typical Chinese architectural style. After having lunch at a nice local restaurant, visit the Memorial Hall of the Chen Family, built in the 1890s. It is now the largest and best preserved and decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province. The decoration combines wood carving, brick carving, stone carving, clay sculpture, ash sculpture, a brass and iron foundry, a grotto, etc. The special historical, artistic, and scientific aspects of the temple have made it an important attraction in Guangzhou. Follow with the Temple of Six Banyan Trees. One of the most famous ancient Buddhist temples in China, the Temple of Six Banyan Trees was built in 537 during the Southern dynasties (386-581A.D.). The major structure in the temple is an octagonal pagoda named Flower Pagoda, which is 57.6 meters high, the highest old architecture in the city. The temple originally had a different name but was renamed the "Banyan tree" temple by the dissident poet Su Dongpo, who visited the site in 1100. The temple houses 3 huge bronze Buddhist statues made in 1663, each of which is 6 meters high and weighs 10 tons. They are the largest old bronze statues in Guangdong. Then take a hovercraft to Hong Kong. Be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 15: Hong Kong (Meals: B). Sightseeing: Half day city tour to Victoria Peak / Aberdeen / Repulse Bay. Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Victoria Peak. The Peak is Hong Kong's number one tourist destination. It features the city's oldest mode of transport, the 112-year-old Peak Tram, and Hong Kong's most unusual building and icon, The Peak Tower. It combines shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Then visit Aberdeen Harbour. It is home of hundreds of people living on fishing junks. Take a sampan ride to get a close-up look at this unusual way of life. Follow with Repulse Bay. Primarily an exclusive residential area, Repulse Bay has a relaxed, resort-like atmosphere. The wide beach is popular with residents and great for sandy strolls. It features statues of Kwun Yum and Tin Hau, both protectors of fishermen. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 16: Depart Hong Kong for next city (Meals: B). Free at leisure until transferred to the airport for next city.
- Hotel accommodations with breakfast as specified (but hotels are subject to change to the same category before finally confirmed.
- All meals as specified in the itinerary.
- Transfers among airports & hotels as specified in the itinerary by private car or coach with driver & English-speaking guide.
- Entrance fees for sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with English speaking guide.
- Domestic flights, trains or buses as specified in the itinerary.
- Domestic airports departure taxes have been charged with the flight tickets.
- Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
- Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
- Any meals which are not included in the "The trip price includes."
- Single Room Supplements (as the above quotation for accommodation is based on twin sharing room).
- International air and train tickets for coming to & leaving mainland China. Air tickets or train tickets not specified in the itinerary on the first arrival day and last departure day.
- Excess Baggage Charges.
- Personal expenses: Items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips to guides or drivers, FAX, telephone, excess baggage charges, or sightseeing or meals which are not included in the day-to-day itinerary.
- Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
- Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.
- Visa fees.
* Prices are subject to change without notice
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