|Duration:||8 Days 7 Nights|
|Price:|| from $1,460*|
* 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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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".
Day by Day Itinerary
Arrival in Shanghai (B): Arrive in Shanghai and transfer to your hotel for check-in.
Shanghai (B, L): In the morning, after a good breakfast at your hotel, we will visit Yuyuan Garden and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. In the afternoon we will visit the Bund and then go on to Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop.
Yuyuan Garden is 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.
From the Oriental Pearl TV Tower you can see incredible Shanghai. The Oriental Pearl Tower is 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", an incredible sight indeed.
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. In our next stop, 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 Xi'an by Flight (B, L): This morning you will take a flight from Shanghai to Xian, visit Shaanxi History Museum and will bike on Xian City Wall. 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.
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.
On your next stop you will attend a cooking class and will learn how to make dumplings. Enjoy the fruit of your labor! A perfect ending of the day is visiting the Chongde Handmade Pottery Factory. 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 (B, L): Our first stop today is to the 2000 year old Terracotta Warriors and Horses. 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!
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 rest of the day is free to do as you wish. A good choice will be to walk in Xian's vibrant streets and witness the totally different lifestyle.
Xi'an to Beijing by Flight (B, L): In the morning you will take a flight to Beijing; after check in in your hotel you will begin your tour in to Beijing. 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.
After the tour you will learn about paper cutting in Chinese paper cutting class. Paper cutting is one of the most popular decorative Chinese handicrafts, both low cost and artistry. 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 genuine pearls in the outlet.
Beijing (B, L): In the morning 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.
Later in the day you will visit the Temple of Heaven. 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.
Your next stop is Cloisonné Factory. Cloisonné, an intricate method dating back over 700 years to produce fine enamel on a copper base, can be appreciated at 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 Cloisonne Factory is a popular place for those looking for quality gifts and souvenirs. No pressure, though!
Beijing (B, L): Today you will have an opportunity to visit some of the hallmarks of Beijing; Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City and Beijing Olympic Stadiums (Birds' Nest and Water Cube) . 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 in the world, 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.
After these two historical sites, you will 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.
Beijing Departure : Depart Beijing, transfer to the airport, bidding a fond farewell to this amazing ancient land.