The tour begins with a stroll along the lively waterfront "The Bund", then a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple. Sightsee the fascinating Yu Yuan (Mandarin's Garden), the Museum of Art and History. Suzhou, known as the garden of China, is famous for its embroidery. You may visit the Tiger Hill, Garden of Harmony, Rock Lion Garden.
Your visit in Wuxi, known as the "Land of Rice and Fish", includes the lakeside Li Yuan Garden and Mei Yuan Garden. In Yangzhou, you will enjoy the views of the Slim West Lake, the Daming Temple and the Geyuan Garden. You are invited to visit in Beijing the Badaling Great Wall, the Sacred Way, the Ming Tombs, the Tienanmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. This tour takes you to: Shanghai - Suzhou - Wuxi - Zhenjiang - Yangzhou - Nanjing - Beijing.
Day 1: Arrive in Shanghai. Welcome to Shanghai, the bustling commercial heart of China. Upon arrival, you will be met by our guide and transferred to hotel. The tour begins with a stroll along the lively waterfront "The Bund", then a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple where two rare jade statues of Sakyamuni Buddha are treasured. An acrobatic show will be arranged for your evening entertainment.
Day 2: Shanghai. Sightsee the fascinating Yu Yuan (Mandarin's Garden), the Museum of Art and History. No visit to Shanghai would be complete without a stop at a craft factory or a curio shop that Shanghai is famous for. Pay a visit to the Children's Palace if time permits.
Day 3: Shanghai - Suzhou by train. Suzhou, known as the garden of China, is famous for its embroidery. You may visit the Tiger Hill, Garden of Harmony, Rock Lion Garden, and you will also visit an embroidery factory.
Day 4: Suzhou - Wuxi by boat. Today we board a China Grand Canal boat for a leisurely cruise along the ancient China Grand Canal to Wuxi. Our boat ride provides a glimpse of traditional life along the China Grand Canal most interesting section from Suzhou to Wuxi. Wuxi is the "Land of Rice and Fish". Your visit in Wuxi includes the lakeside Li Yuan Garden and Mei Yuan Garden. Time permitting, you may board a boat to island-dotted Lake Tai.
Day 5: Wuxi - Zhenjiang by boat. Zhenjiang is the former residential town of American Writer Mrs. Pearl S. Buck who lived there for 18 years when she was a child.
Day 6: Zhenjiang - Yangzhou by boat. In Yangzhou, you will visit the Slim West Lake, the Daming Temple and the Geyuan Garden.
Day 7: Yangzhou - Nanjing by coach. A one-hour drive by coach to Nanjing, which is a well-known ancient capital of China for six different dynasties.
Day 8: Nanjing. Begin your cruise today with the might double-deck Yangtze River Bridge. Then onward to the imposing Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and the site of the Ming Emperor's Tomb and Xuanwu Lake.
Day 9: Nanjing - Beijing by air. A morning flight takes you to Beijing, the capital of China. In the afternoon pay a visit to the Temple of Heaven, the largest temple complex remaining in China today.
Day 10: Beijing. Take a whole day excursion to the Great Wall. It is one of the most amazing feasts of human labor - the only man-made construction on earth visible from outer space. After lunch, a drive to the Ming Tombs along the Scared Way with giant marble figures and animals guarding the tomb area for deceased emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Dinner is the famous Beijing roasted duck at a local restaurant.
Day 11: Beijing. Morning tour to Tienanmen Square, located in the heart of the capital, and the Imperial Palace (Forbidden City) - one of the greatest feats of ancient Chinese architecture. Afternoon sightseeing includes Summer Palace - a former summer resort area of the royal family. It includes a magnificent classical Chinese garden and lake with a beautiful marble boat.
Day 12: Beijing. Your China Grand Canal splendor cruise draws to a close as you fly back homeward with fond memories.
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