|Duration:||11 Days 10 Nights|
|Price:||from $2,429 *|
* The price is per person, and depends on the number of travelers, accomodation options, extra-activities, extra-places, or tour-guide request.
|B : Breakfast
L : Lunch
|D : Dinner
SD : Special Dinner
We will visit:
The world's largest city square and enduring symbol of China's national pride, surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao's Mausole
The Imperial Palace, home to 24 Emperors between 1420 and 1911. Great squares, halls and gates contrast with the intricate networks of side halls, gardens, courtyards and quarters for those who lived in this "city within a city".
Much-loved summer retreat of the Imperial families, the lovely landscaped gardens, halls, pavilions and corridors are set around the lake and rivers in natural harmony. You can expect to spend 2-3 hours here
Temple of Heaven
The place which was visited yearly by the emperors who performed intricate rituals to insure a good harvest for the whole nation at ancient times.
Great Wall (Mutianyu)
This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a pleasant drive 90km NE of Beijing. A cable car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for about an hour to descend by chairlift. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.
The old narrow paths with lots of courtyard homes where common people are living. They are like villages within megalopolis. Through the hutongs' teeming maze of alleyways, you will see the old houses and learn about the daily life
Terracotta Warriors and Horses
Discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well, this is one of the most significant archeological finds of the 20th century. These 6,000 life-size painted Terracotta Warriors and Horses --individually sculpted from real-life models and arranged in battle formation have been protecting the mausoleum of the first emperor in Chinese history--Emperor QinShihuang for 2,200 years ago.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Shaanxi Historical Museum
The large-scale modern State-class museum, is situated at the western side of the "Wild Goose Pagoda" in Xian City. It covers an area of about 70,000 square meters, the architectural area of which is 55,000 odd square meters. It was completed on June 20, 1991 and open to the public.
Ancient City Walls
Built during the 14th century on Tang dynasty foundations and they date from the Ming dynasty. The walls are the largest and best-preserved ancient fortress in the world. There is a gate in each of the four sides, and the gate towers built over each gate look lofty and magnificent and form a tight defence engineering system.
Longji rice terraces
Longji means "Dragon's Backbone". When climbing to the top of it and looking down on the nearby terraced rice fields, you will have the feeling that you are standing on the dragon's back as the terraced rice paddies look like the shining scales of the dragon.
Li River Cruise
Along the river, you will be inspired by the breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water and reflections in the water together with the serene pastoral views of rice paddies and water buffaloes.You will certainly feel like you are walking into a traditional Chinese painting by cruising on this wonderful river.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
It stands opposite to the Bund in the Pudong area of Shanghai. Located on the bank of the Huangpu River, it is 468 meters high which makes it the highest TV tower in Asia and the third highest tower in the world. From the sightseeing floor, you can get a bird's eye view of the exciting city of Shanghai.
Where the great trading houses and banks had their headquarters in the 1920s and the 1930s. The Bund is about about a mile long, it is the city's fulcrum.
Day by Day Itinerary
Arrival in Beijing (B):
Airport Transfer. Your flight arrives in Beijing and you transfer to your hotel.The rest of the day is free.
Beijing (B,L) :
Walk through Tian'anmen Square (Gate of Heavenly Peace), the world's largest plaza and enduring symbol of China's national pride; the Tiananmen Square is surrounded by many impressive buildings, Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. The Heavenly Gate is the entry to the Forbidden City.
The splendid Forbidden City was the previous home, a "city within a city", to 24 emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties for 600 years (1368 -1911). Imperial architectures, great squares, halls and gates that contrast with the intricate networks of side halls, gardens, courtyards and ornaments make it a must-see of China. We believe that the Forbidden City is really one of the great destinations worth your visit.
After lunch, take a walk to Summer Palace. The Summer Palace is a vast, 260-year-old summer retreat of the Imperial families. You will be amazed at the beauty and regality of this well-preserved imperial garden, one of the UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Beijing (B,L) :
Your first visit of the day will be to the Temple of Heaven, where you can practice some Tai Chi. The Temple of Heaven was built in the 15th century, in the times of the Ming and Qing dynasties. There, emperors presided at annual rituals for a national good harvest. Temple of Heaven is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
After lunch, visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu. A bus drive of about 2.5 hours from downtown Beijing takes one to the world-famous Mutianyu Great Wall. A round way cable car will take you to the best section of the Great Wall where you can stroll and watch the spectacular views of the hills and mountains.
Your next stop will be Cloisonne Factory. Cloisonne, an intricate method dating back over 700 years to produce fine enamel on a copper base, can be appreciated at the Cloisonne Factory. You will have the opportunity to see the elaborate and complicated manufacturing process that includes hammering, filigree welding and enamel filling. The showroom in the Cloisonne Factory is a popular place for those looking for quality gifts and souvenirs. No pressure, though!
Beijing to Xi'an (B,L) :
In the morning take an exterior visit to the Olympic Park, the National Stadium, the Bird's Nest and National Aquatics Center (the Water Cube). The Olympic Park a large area of 1215 hectares, contains National museum, the Olympic Village and the Olympic competition avenues, which were constructed for 2008 Summer Olympic Games. You will explore the park, but it doesn't include going inside the Bird's Nest and Water Cube.
Later in the day hop on a rickshaw to take a tour in Hutongs (=alleys) , in Xicheng District, old narrow paths with courtyard homes where ordinary residents are living. Through the Hutongs' teeming maze of alleyways, you will see the old houses and learn about the daily life. Visit a local family, and then learn the basic skills of making a Chinese Paper Cut.
Be Transferred to the Beijing airport and then from Xi'an airport to the hotel.
Xi'an (B,L) :
Xian is one of the four capitals of the world’s ancient civilizations, a city with a history of over 3100 years. First visit the 2000 year old Terracotta Warriors. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses is one of China’s most celebrated archaeological discoveries, discovered in 1974. Your guide will show you over 8,000 soldiers, 130 bronze chariots and nearly 700 horses that guarded Emperor Qin's tomb since 210BC. Walking into Emperor Qin’s Mausoleum you'll be amazed at the various relics exhibiting the life of a powerful and rich ruler. Don't forget to wear comfortable walking shoes!
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a giant Buddhist relic, was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty, to house the Buddhist materials that Xuanzang (Tripitaka) brought back from his journey to India. A simple, elegant brick Pagoda stands at 210 feet (64 meters) in the grounds of the attractive Da Ci'en Temple, offering magnificent views of Xi’an.
Chongde Handmade Pottery Factory manufactures copies of Terracotta Warriors and Horses from porcelain. You'll have the opportunity to see the manufacturing process and also try it. You are welcome to buy some souvenirs to bring home with you, but no pressure!
Xi'an to Guilin (B,L) :
Your morning program for today is visiting the Shaanxi Historical Museum and the City Wall In Xi'an. Shaanxi History Museum, The large-scale modern State-class museum, is situated at the western side of the "Wild Goose Pagoda". The museum introduces the visitor to area's rich culture, from Emperor Qin Shihuang to the present day. A vast and impressive collection is beautifully displayed in four galleries in a large, Tang-style pavilion.
The ancient City Wall, which stretches round the old city, is also one of the most famous attractions in Xian. It was built in the 13th century on the foundations of the original Tang Forbidden City and it is the best preserved, as well as the oldest and largest of the city defense systems in China. If weather permits you will have a great time exploring the wall on bicycles.
Later in the day, you will fly to Guilin.
Guilin to Longsheng (B,L):
In the morning, a two hours drive will take you to Longsheng. Longsheng is a fascinating scenic spot for tourism. It is famous for its enchanting scenery and several of colorful national minorities’ customs.
Take a walk on the Dragon Backbone Rice Terraces. The Dragon Backbone terraced fields are one of the most beautiful and enchanted sights in the world. The rice terraces are built into the hillsides, and look like great ribbons winding round the curves in tiered bands.
After lunch you will have the opportunity to explore Zhuang and Yao minority villages that dot the area. After the tour you will drive back to Guilin.
Guilin to Yangshuo (B,L) :
In the morning, you will drive to the pier and take the Li River cruise to Yangzhou. The Li River Cruise, which talks around 4 hours, is really an unforgettable experience. The Li River is a gem on China's tourist list of attractions and it is the highlight of any tour in Guilin. The scenery is stunning, and every turn in the river reveals something new and beautiful. You will be fascinated by the gently sloping peaks, green hills, peaceful farm fields, wandering water buffaloes and crystal clear water. The Li River is located amid steep peaks hung with waterfalls. Poets sang about this breath-taking site: "He who travels in Guilin hills finds himself in a fairyland", and "He who sails along the Li River finds himself boating in a sweet dream."
A Chinese lunch will be served on board of the boat. In the afternoon, you can join a cooking class at the local market and learn some Chinese cooking.
Yangshuo to Guilin to Shanghai (B,L) :
After breakfast you will escape to the scenic and quiet Yangshuo Countryside. Riding a bicycle is the best way to take a close look and experience China’s country life. The paddy fields, orchards, animals and fresh air will help you get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A family visit is an opportunity to see a real country life and talk to the local farmers.
After lunch, be transferred to the Guilin airport and take a flight to Shanghai.
Shanghai (B,L) : Start the day by visiting Oriental Pearl TV Tower. See incredible Shanghai from the Oriental Pearl Tower, the highest TV Tower in Asia at 468 meters height and the third highest tower in the world. The tower includes 15 globes of different sizes at different levels creating an artistic conception of "large and small pearls dropping onto a jade plate".
From this innovative modern building, go to Shanghai Old Alleys where you can experience the real life of Shanghai locals.
After lunch stroll to the Yuyuan Garden and the Bund, both a 'must-see' in any visit to Shanghai. The Yuyuan Garden is in the center of Shanghai old quarters. The garden covers a total area of 20,000 square meters. It was built in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty, with typical Chinese classic architecture and style, the only one that was fully restored. The Bund, the symbol of Shanghai, is a 1.5-kilometer-long embankment along the western bank of Huangpu River, is the city's riverfront boulevard, a major trading center of old Shanghai that is now a vital area with modern bars and restaurants.
Visiting Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop, you will be able to see how silk is produced from A to Z, and to do some shopping in the Shop's showroom.
Depart Shanghai :
Transfer to the airport for your departure. Wish you have a pleasant and safe journey home