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China History and Scenery Discovery Tour / 14 Days

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): China  
Specialty Categories: Film/Film History   Museum Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1885 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4560 US Dollar (USD)

Beside the most popular and big tourist cities you will visit the Chinese gardens in Suzhou which are protected by the UNESCO as a cultural heritage. Furthermore this tour will lead you to the so called Yellow Mountain which is famous for its beautiful shape and the surrounding nature. Till now it is only frequently visited by foreigners but it achieves more and more popularity. Before you arrive in the dazzling Canton you will experience another natural highlight of China - Guilin and Yangshou will bewitch you with their unique Karst hill scenery and the beautiful Li-river.

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at 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 / Summer Palace. 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. Built in the 15th century, it was 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. Then visit the Summer Palace. Built in 1888, it was once a summer retreat and the imperial for emperors. Have a lakeside cruise on lovely Kunming Lake, enjoy the magical views of the hills, bridges and pagodas that grace the Palace grounds.

Day 3: Beijing (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall / Ming Tombs / Spirit Way. Depart from your hotel after breakfast. Spending 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 the 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/ Rickshaw Hutong tour. In the morning visit Hutong by rickshaw. 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 bicyclist. Stops are made to visit a local family and to 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 / 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 and buried them 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 coming back to the city, have another tour to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated in the south of Xi'an, as one of the main constructions in the famous Buddhist temple Da-Ci-En Temple, the pagoda is one of the most distinctive and outstanding landmarks of Xi'an. Free at leisure in the evening.

Day 6: Xian - Shanghai (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Xian / Shaanxi Provincial Museum / Old City Wall. 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 the 3,000 years of China history. After having lunch at the local restaurant, visit the Old City Wall. It is the most complete surviving city wall 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). 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" in 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-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 centered around a Ming-dynasty Mandarin Suzhou-style garden 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, one is a 1,000 kg, 1.9 meter-high figure carved from Burmese jade brought to China in 1882, and the other is 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.

Day 8: Shanghai - Huangshan / Yellow Mountain (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Shanghai / 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 City. 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 a splendid unparalleled view of the Bund, the emerging new modern Shangha. The view of Shanghai from this height fills you with wonder at the beauty that surrounds you. Take the late afternoon flight to Huangshan. Arrive at Huangshan, be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 9: Huangshan (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Full day tour in Huangshan. Check out and depart from your hotel and be transferred to Mt. Huangshan. Known as "the loveliest mountain in China," famous for its magnificent scenery made up of many granite peaks and rocks emerging out of clouds. Take cable car to the top of Mt. Huangshan, tour to Jade Valley and other peaks. Stay overnight on the mountain.

Day 10: Huangshan - Shexian County - Suzhou via afternoon train (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Shexian County / Unique Paifang architectures. Take cable car down from the Mt. Huangshan. Then visit Shexian for the unique Paifang architecture. Paifang is an archway usually made of fine wood or stone, as memorial and decoration. Shexian county is famous as the "the Town of Paifang" and has thousands of arches scattered around. It is the best place to explore the social culture of China's feudal society. Then visit the Ancient Street. Located in the center of Huangshan, the Ancient Street was built 700 years ago in the Song dynasty. Its total length is about 1.5 km and the sides of the street are laid with slab stones. There are hundreds of old but well preserved shops, evoking a bygone era of buildings that are simple and elegant. It is a commercial walking street. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Ink Stone Factory. Ink Stone is the most important part of the "Four Treasures of the Study." Because of its solid texture, ink stone can be handed down from ancient times. The Ink Stone Factory in Hangshan is one of the most famous ink stone factories in China, where you can see the whole working process. In the afternoon, be transferred to the railway station for the overnight train to Suzhou. Overnight on the train (Soft sleepers).

Day 11: Suzhou - Shanghai via evening train (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Suzhou / Grand Canal Cruise / Panmen City Gate / Lingering Garden / Silk Factory. Arrive at Suzhou in the morning. Be met then have a cruise on the Grand Canal after breakfast. The Grand Canal ranks alongside the Great Wall of China as the country's greatest engineering achievement and it is the longest man-made waterway in the world. Cruising on the Canal, you can see the local people's life. Then visit the Panmen City Gate. Panmen City Gate is the oldest city gate in existence in Suzhou city. It used to be one of the eight city gates during the Spring & Autumn Annals (770-476 BC) when Suzhou was the capital of the Wu Kingdom. The current gate was reconstructed in 1351. It consists of Water and Land Gates, a City Gate Tower and city walls at both sides. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit Lingering Garden. It was first built in 1522, one of the four most famous classical gardens in China. The garden is separated into the middle, eastern, northern and western parts connecting with beautiful corridors 700 meters long. The whole garden features artificial mountains, unique limestone, beautiful pavilions and a number of attractive buildings. Then visit a Silk Factory.

Day 12: Suzhou - Shanghai - Guilin (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Guilin / Reed Flute Cave / Elephant Trunk Hill. Be transferred from Suzhou to Shanghai airport for your morning flight to Guilin. To be met at the airport & transferred to your hotel. After lunch, have a city tour beginning at 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 dripping water is rich and the dripstones vary in shape and 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, completing the unworldly effect. Then visit the 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 from either 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 hill.

Day 13: Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Full day Li River Cruise to Yangshuo. Depart from your hotel in the morning to have 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 offer a relaxing way to enjoy the superlative river scenery and life along its banks. In contrast to the burgeoning cities of the north, it is quiet here; the rural scenery is magnificent. You will enjoy the picturesque mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalo and cows wandering around on both sides of the river bank. 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 of the old town before being transferred back to Guilin.

Day 14: Guilin - Guangzhou - Hong Kong via train ( Meals: B). Sightseeing: Guangzhou / Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall / The Memorial Hall of the Chen Family. Be transferred to the airport for your morning flight to Guangzhou. To be met at the airport then have city tours to visit Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. It is the most symbolic building of Guangzhou, and a key venue for the large-scale meetings and performances as well. 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 the 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. Then be transferred to the railway station for your train to Hong Kong.

Price Includes:
- 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.

Price Excludes:
- 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.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

* Prices are subject to change without notice.