|Duration:||15 Days 14 Nights|
|Price:|| from $3,557 *|
* 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 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".
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
A celebrated Chan (Zen) Buddhist temple founded in 326AD, despite being destroyed and rebuilt 16 times, it remains one of Hangzhou's main attractions. The current structure dates from the late Qing dynasty. Its highlights are the Great Hall with its 65 foot camphor-wood statue of the Buddha and the Feilai Peak opposite the temple.
The Liuhe (Six Harmonies) Pagoda where first built in 970 AD in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) to calm down the tide of the Qiantang River, it is a pavilion-style tower made of brick and wood with a height of 59.89 meters. The name "six harmonies" comes from the six Buddhist ordinances, meaning "harmonies of the heaven, earth, east, west, south and north".
There are 36 West Lakes throughout China, but the one in Hangzhou is the inspiration for them all. The name of the West Lake originated during the Tang Dynasty from its lying to the west of Qiantang County. The entire lake is ringed on three sides by mountains and one side by the city proper. With the green hills, willow trees, elegant bridges and clean spring water around, the view of the West Lake is simply enchanting.
Meijiawu Tea Plantation
Tea village is seated at the hinterland of West Lake Park and it boasts the most important tea production basis. Here you are in an original natural environment, just relax your feelings and enjoy the special tea culture, taste the fragrant tea while appreciating the beautiful village scenery.
Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is very famous for its scenic beauty, which lies in the peculiar shapes of the granite peaks, in the weather-shaped Huangshan Pine trees, and in views of the clouds from above. The area also has hot springs and natural pools. The Huang Shan are a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature. Today, they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of China's most popular tourist destinations.
A model of the ancient villages in China with the features of beautiful lake, first class old dwellings, peaceful streets and lanes, and the perfect natural background, where the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was partly shot. Hongcun was first built during the Southern Song Dynasty, about 900 years ago, by the Wang Clan. The layout of the village resembles the outline of an ox, hence it is popularly called as "Ox-shapedVillage".
Often ranked as China's best museum, it is the biggest museum in China with a fine collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese artifacts.
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.
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.
Day by Day Itinerary
Arrive in Beijing: Arrive to Beijing. Our guide will meet you at Beijing Airport and then transfer you to the Hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest or explore.
Beijing (B, L): Depart from your hotel in the morning; you will enjoy a full day of sights seeing and visiting three of the city's most impressive historic attractions: The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. After that you can do some shopping at the Lizexiang Pearl Store.
You will walk through Tiananmen Square and the splendid Forbidden City, the previous home, the "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.
The Tiananmen Gate connects the Forbidden City to Tiananmen Square, the world's largest plaza, with a capacity of 1 million people. It is an enduring symbol of China's national pride, surrounded by many impressive buildings including Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao's Mausole. We will also visit the Temple of Heaven, dating from the 15th century, Built in 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 Site.
Visiting the 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 (no pressure!)
Beijing (B,L,D ) : Today you will continue exploring star attractions in Beijing: You will have the Hutong Tour in Xicheng District, drive to the Mutianyu Great Wall and visit Shahe Cloisonne Factory.
At the start of 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.
Driving about 2.5 hours from downtown Beijing, you will get to the world-famous Mutianyu Great Wall. Riding a scenic round way cable car you will get to this best section of the Great Wall, which is less crowded and has better architecture. You can stroll and watch the spectacular views of the hills and mountains. Have with you walking shoes and protection from the weather. A new and safe way of enjoying the view suitable for everybody and any age is Mutianyu slide way, using the principle of acceleration of gravity. A pulley slides down from top of the mountain and goes through a slide way of 1600 meters, which is an exciting, breathe-taking way to watch the beautiful scenery. You can regulate the speed of the pulley.
Next, you are welcome to come to 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 to Xian (B, L): This morning you will take a 2 hours flight from Beijing to Xian. Our first stop in Xian is 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!
Xian to Chengdu (B,L): Today we will drive to Huashan Mountain, and take a Cable Car on Mt. Huashan(round way).
Huashan Mountain is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Xian City in Shaanxi Province. The mountain is celebrated for its awe inspiring breath-taking peaks, steep paths, and it is known as one of the most precipitous mountains in the world. Huashan Mountain is one of China Five Sacred Taoist Mountains, and has a long history of religious significance. The mountain is classified as having five main peaks, the highest of which is the South Peak at 2154.9m. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way to Mt. Huashan by cable car; it will take around 30 minutes.
Xian to Chengdu (B,L): This morning you will visit important attractions in Xian and after the tour take a flight to Chengdu: Shaanxi History Museum, Xian City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts center.
Xian is one of the four capitals of the world’s ancient civilizations, a city with a history of over 3100 years. 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.
Our next stop is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a giant Buddhist relic that 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.
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.
Continue to have a visit to Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts Center where Tourists can learn how the fine Chinese jade carved and the function of jade. You can also rake some jade cavings and lacquer ware as your Xi’an souvenirs.
Chengdu (B,L): Our attractions for today: Panda Breeding and Research Center, Wu Hou Temple and Jinli Old Street.
Located about 25km out of Chengdu City is the one thing one should not miss visiting Chengdu: the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This huge institution replicates the natural habitat of the giant panda and is dedicated to preserving and increasing their population. You will be able to get real close-up to some pandas and photograph them at rest or play. You can also see the 'red pandas' (or lesser) which really look and act like raccoons. There is a panda museum where you can learn some information about giant pandas.
Wu Hou Temple: Wuhou (Martial Marquis) Temple is a very popular attraction. Wuhou Temple was first built in 265 during the Western Jin Dynasty in memory of Zhuge Liang (181-234), It is the largest museum of the site left over from the Three Kingdoms Period, and a very quiet retreat in the city. Zhuge Liang was a distinguished statesman during the Three Kingdom Period, and a symbol of wisdom in Chinese people's mind. An accomplished minister, an outstanding military strategist and a great personality, he gained the name of Martial Marquis after his death. Hence, the temple was named after him. The comlex is delightful. Peaceful and attractive gardens surround several halls, some impressive statues, a small museum, a famous Tang Dynasty stele and the classic red wall leading to Liu Bei's tomb.
Jinli Old Street is located next to Wuhou Temple. The street has been fully restored in traditional Western Sichuan style, a representation of the folk style and is lined with many old houses and shops of Ming and Qing dynasties style. You can easily find here local food and products. Picturesque, bustling, and cheerful, you can sample local arts and craft, traditional Chinese goods, food and delicacies, and even a Starbucks, local style.
Chengdu to Emeishan (B, L): Today you will drive from Chengdu to Emeishan. On the way you will visit Emei Mountain and Baoguo monastery.
Mount Emei lies 7 kilometers southwest of Emeishan City and is the highest of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China at 3,099 meters (10,167 ft). The mountain is regarded as a place of enlightenment of the bodhisattva Samantabhadra. Naturally It has countless temples, most of them house a statue of Samantabhadra. The main scenic spots on the mountain include Baoguo Temple, our next point of interest, which lies right at the foot of Mt. Emei. This monastery was built in the 16th century, enlarged in the 17th century, and rebuilt in recent years. The religious atmosphere makes the temple fascinating way for tourists to get close to Chinese Buddhism. It is also an appealing natural spot, to the left of the gate is a rockery for potted miniature trees and rare plants.
Emeishan to Leshan to Chengdu (B, L): Today's plan is driving from Emeishan to Leshan. In Leshan we will visit Leshan Giant Buddha and take a cruise to have an overlook at Leshan Giant Buddha. After the tour you will drive to Chengdu.
The Leshan Giant Buddha in Leshan is located to the east of Leshan City, Sichuan Province, on the Lingyun Mountain at the junction of Min River, Qingyi River and Dadu River.
The Leshan Giant Buddha is the tallest stone Buddha statue that was carved out of a stone in the world. The statue portrays a seated Maitreya Buddha (the future Buddha) with his hands on his knees. The site was listed on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1996.
After the tour you will take a forty minutes Cruise to have an overlook at Leshan Giant Buddha.
Chengdu to Hangzhou (B, L): In the morning you will take a flight from Chengdu to Hangzhou. Arriving to Hangzhou you will take a tour to see Lingyin Temple and Six Harmonies Pagoda.
Lingyin Temple (= Temple of the Soul's Retreat) is one of the ten most important and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China and boasts plenty of pagodas and Buddhist grottoes. Besides its religious and cultural historic significance, the Lingyin Temple is a beautiful natural scenery site, surrounded by majestic peaks and tall ancient trees, flowers, springs…
Liuhe Pagoda (Six Harmonies Pagoda) : The Six Harmonies Pagoda is under protection as a key national cultural relic today the brick-and-wood structure was first built in 970 AD during the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127) to suppress the tidewaters and remained largely intact, after being destroyed in 1121, and reconstructed fully by 1165, during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279). Each story of the pagoda consists of four elements: the exterior walls, a zigzagged corridor, the interior walls and a small chamber. Viewed from outside, the pagoda appears to be layered: bright on the upper surface and dark underneath, in a harmonious alternation of light and shade.
Hangzhou to Huangshan (B, L): Today's Activities: In the morning you will visit The West Lake area (including the Island on the lake) and Meijiawu Tea Plantation and Tea Shop and Farmhouse Tea Shop. After the tour you will drive to Huangshan.
The West Lake: Marco Polo called Hangzhou the most enchanting city in the entire world. You will understand it when you see the West Lake area, considered the symbolic center of Hangzhou. The lake is divided by walkways .There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands within the lake. The beautiful scenery, cultural and historical relics of West Lake has inspired poets, painters and Chinese gardens designers throughout the ages. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, and was described as having "influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries" and as reflecting "an idealized fusion between humans and nature." You will also visit Fairy Island, to see "Ten Scenes of Xi Hú" (10 Scenic Spots of West Lake) - Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon.
Meijiawu Tea Plantation and Tea Shop and Farmhouse Tea Shop: Meijiawu Tea Village community is located in the western part of West Lake area. It is a tea culture leisure area with a history of over 600 years, tucked among lush green hills; it is a pastoral, natural scenic spot. Visitors can have a tea culture experience by seeing tea picking and processing and select tea under professional supervision. It is also a showcase for tea products of all varieties including Jasmine tea, Dragon Well tea, Green tea, Black tea, and Wulong tea. Visitor can buy tea in the farmhouse tea shop which is operated by local farmers.
Huangshan (B, L): After breakfast and a good night rest we will go to a 6 hours tour to the Yellow Mountains.
Huangshan (= "Yellow Mountain"), is a mountain range in southern Anhui province. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and, known for its beautiful scenery, one of China's major tourist destinations. The area is well known for its picturesque sunsets and sunrises, curiously jutting shaped granite peaks, grotesque rock formation, pine trees, crystal-clear hot springs, waterfalls, over 1500 plant species and views of the clouds touching the mountains. The three tallest and best-known peaks are Lotus Peak (1,864 m), Bright Summit Peak ( 1,840 m), and Celestial Peak (= Capital of Heaven Peak, 1,829 m).
The core area of about 150 square kilometers is accessible by cable car or by foot only. You will take Yungu cable car and enjoy the scenery along the way.
Huangshan to Shanghai (B,L): Today you will continue to explore the Huangshan area; visit Hongcun Village, Tunxi Ancient Street, and then take a flight to Shanghai.
Hongcun Village: Hongcun lies near the southwest slope of Mount Huangshan. It is enveloped in the fog of the Mt Huangshan, which makes it look like a landscape painting. Scenes from the famous film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon were filmed here.
The village is about 800 years old; the architecture and carvings of the 150 houses dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties are considered among the best of their kind in China. One of the biggest of the residences open to visitors, Chenzhi Hall, also contains a small museum. The village became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
Tunxi Ancient Street: It is located in the center of Tunxi District of Huangshan City, was first built over 700 years ago, during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). During the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911), the "Tunxi Old Street" became a distribution center for goods and materials to Huizhou. The street is 1.5 kilometers long and 7 meters wide and for pedestrians only. Along two sides of the street there are well preserved rows of shops, all made of brick and wood and have double floors in Ming-and-Qing-Dynasty style. Over 100 movies have been shot in the old street.
Shanghai (B,L): On your first day in this incredible busy metropolis you will visit some of the major attractions of Shanghai: Shanghai Museum ((Audio Guide included)), Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop.
Shanghai Museum is 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.
From there you will go to the Oriental Pearl TV 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".
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 (B): After breakfast you will take the flight to your next destination. We are sure you will have lasting memories from this incredible trip!