|Duration:||12 Days 11 Nights|
|Price:|| from $2,944 *|
* 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".
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.
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
Regarded by many as a symbol of the city Xian, the pagoda was built in 652 A.D. in the Tang Dynasty to house the sutras brought back from India by the famous monk Xuan-zang.
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.
Located in the Old Town of Shanghai and laid out in 1559 AD by a powerful Ming official, Yu Garden recreates a beautiful landscape of pagodas, pavilions, rockeries, fountains, ancient trees and precious flowers.
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center will raise the veil of the metropolis in the east and let you know her foundation, development and future in about 2-3hours. You will sign her magnanimity (involvement) with feeling, which makes you admire her character with not only tradition but also modern, maybe you are involved in them.
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.
Guilin is regarded in China as the country's most picturesque city. Two crystal-clear rivers meander through the city, which are encircled by mountains with unusual & bizarre rock formations and caves.
Reed Flute Cave
5 kilometers away from the city center, famed as "A Natural Palace of Art", in which you can see lots of stalactites & stalagmites illuminated by the lights of different colors. You will also learn how they were formed.
Elephant Trunk Hill
At the confluence of Li River and Peach Blossom River in the southwest of Guilin city. It is a national 4A scenery spot. The Water Moon Cave is close to the river. The water flows through it and the cave looks like a moon floating in the water. The stone drooped into the water like an elephant drinking the water of the Li River.
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.
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) :
On your first ay as a tourist in Beijing you have a full day of sightseeing. You will visit Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Treasure Houses, Hutong Tour in Xicheng District and Lizexiang Pearl Store.
The Tiananmen Square (Gate of Heavenly Peace) is 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.
We will spend around half an hour at the Treasure Houses. Treasure house has undergone four renovations, and today is around 220 m². It contains hundreds of treasures, more than 440 of which that are on display in the Treasure Houses belonged to Qing dynasty royalty. This is indeed a very interesting place worthy of your attention.
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 (B,L) :
Today you will continue exploring the most famous attractions in Beijing: Temple of Heaven, The Mutianyu Great Wall (with round way cable car) and Shahe Cloisonne Factory.
Your first stop is at 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) :
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. Next, we go to the Garden of Virtue and Harmony was built as theater for Empress Dowager in the year 1891. The three-storey wooden theater stage of delicate design and glorious structure was also called " The Cradle of Beijing Opera”, as famous Beijing Opera actors would come there to perform for the Empress Dowager. 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 the tour, be transferred to the airport for the flight to Xian.
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 Horsesis 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.
Xian to Shanghai (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. 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 your trip today you will take a flight to Shanghai.
Xian to Shanghai (B, L):
Welcome to Shanghai, the center of the oriental! You will have an interesting day today, visiting principal locations combining ancient and modern. Yuyuan Garden, The Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, The Bund and Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop.
Yuyuan Garden, in the center of Shanghai old quarters, 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. A colorful, bustling market surrounds the garden.
Your next stop, The Shanghai World Financial Center was completed in 2007 and then 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. Visiting Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall on People Square, will give you a chance to witness Shanghai's urban planning and development. This is one of the world largest showcases of urban development. You will also visit 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.
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 to Guilin (B, L) :
In the morning, after a good night's rest, you will take a flight from Shanghai to Guilin - world-famous scenic city. Arriving in Guilin, you will visit the spotlights of the incredible natural beauty of Guilin: Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill.
Reed Flute Cave is named after the special reeds used for making flutes and pipes that grow at the cave entrance. The cave is very impressive and is considered the largest in Guilin, being 240 meters long. Along the 550 meters tour you will be amazed by the wealth of stalactites and stalagmites, stele, creating endless variety of stone pillars, stone curtains and stone flowers, birds, plants and animals in extraordinary shapes and colors. Along the route there are many stairs, so watch your step.
Elephant Trunk Hill, ('Xiangbishan'), is a 55 meters high hill, the symbol of Guilin. It proudly stands in the downtown area of Guilin city, a 3.6 hundred million years old creation of nature. Observed from a distance, you will see a life-like elephant form at the junction of the Li and Yang Rivers, with its trunk drinking from the clear waters. The hill is dotted with many pagodas, and the locals store rice wine in the caves at its base.
You will also visit today the Calligraphy & Painting shop (Guangxi Normal University Art Shop) . Guangxi Normal University Painting gallery is located several steps away from a steep limestone pinnacle, called Solitary Beauty Peak, beneath towering ancient trees. At the foot of the hill you can see buildings dating back to the Ming Dynasty, some built in the 15th century. The setting is a great inspiration for the artists who work there. Works done by the artists are available for sale as well as art supplies and jade. No pressure to buy!
Guilin (B, L):
In the morning, you will drive to the pier and take the Li River cruise. 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."
Guilin to Guangzhou to Hong Kong (B, L):
Today you have a busy day covering three cities in one day! From Guilin you will take a flight to Guangzhou. In Guangzhou you will take a stop visiting Chen Ancestral Shrine and Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall. Then you will drive by Express bus to Hong Kong.
Chen Ancestral Shrine, also called Chen Clan Academy, is an important site which is preserved as a cultural relic. It was built during the reign of Emperor Guangxu (1894) with donations of members from the Chen family who lived in 72 different counties in Guangdong province, in an architectural design and decoration in traditional Guangdong style. It is the largest, best preserved, and best decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province. It was used as a lodging place to members of the Chen family who came to Guangzhou to prepare for imperial examinations. The complex now houses the Guangdong Folk Craftwork Museum. Historical figures, legends, and scenes are represented in many art forms, including wood carving, brick carving, pottery carving, brass and cast iron. These artistic and historical attributes make Chen Ancestral Shrine an important attraction in Guangzhou.
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall is an octagon-shaped building , a memorial building built with the funds raised by the Guangzhou people and overseas Chinese in memory of Sun Yat-sen. Dr. Sun Yatsen, the founder of Guomintang which over threw the Qing monarchy, made Guangzhou his headquarters during the 1920's. Construction work commenced in 1929 and completed in 1931. The hall is a large octagonal structure with a span of 71 meters without pillars, housing a large stage and seats 3,240 people.
Hong Kong (B) :
Your plan for today is a half day tour in Hong Kong, Victoria Peak, Aberdeen, and Repulse Bay. Today Hong Kong is a unique cosmopolitan city with a distinctive culture where the East meets the West.
Your first stop is Victoria Peak. Victoria Peak entertains more than 6 million visitors each year and it is Hong Kong's top-of-the-list tourist destination. It presents the 100 year + old Peak Tram, built in 1888, and Hong Kong's most extraordinary building, The Peak Tower. The Tram ride alone is an experience in itself, going up to the 373 meters hill top or coming down. At the end of this seven-minute journey you will get a breathtaking view of entire Hong Kong, the Victoria Harbor and the Kowloon Peninsula.
Next stop is Aberdeen Harbor. Aberdeen is a one-of-a kind traditional fishing village, a home to hundreds of people living on boats. It is also famous for floating seafood restaurants. You can take a sampan ride (US$10-12) to get a closer look at this unusual life style.
Repulse Bay is the last stop today; it is considered Hong Kong's am exclusive residential area. It has a popular peaceful beach where both locals and tourists stroll to watch beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Some of its attractions are the former colonial style Repulse Bay Hotel and the ornate Life Guard Club built in traditional Chinese style.
Depart Hong Kong (B) :
Depart from Hong Kong. Have a safe trip home!