|Duration:||11 Days 10 Nights|
|Price:||From $2,077 *|
* 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:
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.
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.
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".
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
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
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.
13 kilometers to the west of Luoyang, Longmen Grottoes is one of the four largest grottoes in China. Live cultural relics lie amid green mountains and serpentine rivers. As early as 1961, Longmen Grottoes had been authorized by the central government of PRC as a key national cultural relic protection unit. It was authorized in 1982 by central government as one of the 44 National Parks of China. In 2000, it was enlisted into the List of World Heritage.
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.
Known as "China's No.1 Shopping Street" with a huge selection of merchandise on sale.
Day by Day Itinerary
Arrival in Beijing:Airport transfer. Your flight arrives in Shanghai and you transfer to your hotel.
Beijing (B,L,D): On your first day as a tourist in Beijing you will visit the Temple of Heaven., the Mutianyu Great Wall and Shahe Cloisonne Factory.
The Temple of Heaven, built in the 15th century, during the Ming and Qing dynasties, is a complex of Taoist buildings where emperors presided at annual rituals for a national good harvest. Temple of Heaven is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site
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 Shahe Cloisonne Factory. Cloisonne, an intricate method dating back over 700 years to produce fine enamel on a copper base, can be appreciated at Shahe 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 Shahe Cloisonne Factory is a popular place for those looking for quality gifts and souvenirs. No pressure, though!
Beijing (B,L) :At the start of your second say in Beijing, you will visit the Tiananmen 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 Mausole. 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.
Later in the day you will take a rickshaw 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.
Stopping in Lizexiang Pearl Store will give you a chance to see how freshwater pearls are produced and to learn to spot a fake, and of course, to buy one of the beautiful items in the outlet.
Beijing to Xian (B,L) :Today, after visiting several interesting sites in Beijing, you will take a flight to Xian. Our first stop is the Summer Palace ('Yiheyuan'=Garden of Nurtured Harmony), about 12 kilometers northwest of the Beijing center. 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. It is also possible to cruise on the lake, about 10 minutes by the ferry boat.
Continue to exterior visit of Beijing Olympic Stadiums (Bird's Nest and Water Cube). It is 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. After that, be transferred to the airport for the flight to Xian.
Xian (B,L) :Today you travel back in time to three different time periods in Xi.an!
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.
Returning to the 21th century, you will be able to take a breath visiting Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts Center, where you can rake some jade carvings and lacquer ware to take home with you. After all today's activities you will fly to Kunming.
Xian to Luoyang (B,L) : Before leaving in the afternoon to Luoyang, we will have time to visit Shaanxi History Museum and the Ancient City Wall.
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.
Luoyang (B,L) :Today, enjoy your full day city visit that covers the most famous sites in Luoyang, Longman Grottoes and White Horses Temple.
One of the cradles of the Chinese civilization, Luoyang was one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Unravels the Luoyang's tumultuous past by visiting of Longmen Grottoes and White Horses Temple.
The Longmen Grottoes, one of the three most famous ancient sculptural sites in China, are located 12km south of present day Luoyang. The grottoes, which portray Buddhist subjects, are delicately carved from caves along the mountains Xiangshan (to the east) and Longmenshan (to the west). The grottoes cover about 1km. In 2000, it was enlisted into the List of World Heritage. Lies about 20 kilometers to the east of Luoyang city, The White Horse Temple was the first Buddhist temple in China, established in the year 68. From then on, Buddhism was introduced into the East China. As a result, the temple is regarded as the cradle of Chinese Buddhism.
Luoyang to Dengfeng (B,L) :Today you will visit the Chinese birthplaces of the principal forms of the Chinese Martial Arts (Wushu), Kung Fu.
After a short drive you will get to Dengfeng, where you will have chance to visit the famous Shaolin Temple and Pagoda Forest. Shaolin Temple takes the most part of the Shaolin Scenic Area on Mount Songshan. The Shaolin Temple is considered to be the most famous ancient temple in China, because of its role in Chinese Zen Buddhism, and also because of its martial arts. You can also watch the famous Kung fu Show in the theater there.
The Pagoda Forest, the largest pagoda forest in China, houses the tombs of eminent monks from different historical periods.
Dengfeng to Zhengzhou to Shanghai (B,L) : Your plan for today is taking flights from Dengfeng to Zhengzhou to Shanghai. Arriving in Shanghai, you will go sightseeing and maybe do some shopping.
Our first stop in Shanghai will be the Bund, the symbol of Shanghai. The Bund, 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.
Our next stop will be Nanjing Road. Nanjing Road is considered as China best commercial center. The busiest shopping street in Shanghai, it was the earliest commercial street in Shanghai since the city opened to the outside world.
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.
Shanghai (B,L) :Today is full of sightseeing, prepare your comfortable shoes! First, you will take a visit to Shanghai Museum, a large museum, the biggest in China, of ancient Chinese art. In 1996 it was relocated to the center of the city, the People Square. The building itself is magnificent, with eleven galleries and three exhibition halls in a space of over 10,000 square meters. No doubt you will need some time to explore it.
Your next stop is the Yuyuan Garden, 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.
Located next to the Yuyuan Garden is the Yuyuan Market , also known today as the Old City God Temple, it was built in the fifteenth century during the Ming Dynasty. Today it is a popular scenic area as well as shopping center for travelers.
Hop To a different era . the Shanghai World Financial Center. When it was completed in 2007 it was the second tallest building in the world. Its observation deck, at 474 meters above the ground, is still the tallest in the world. It is a multi-function skyscraper which consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground floors.
Departure Shanghai (B): After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for the flight to your next stop. Have a safe trip!