14-DAYS BEST OF CHINA TOUR
This 14-day China tour takes you from Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China to Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai. This in-depth tour covers all the best attractions of China from history, culture, leisure, to nature. Starting at the Beijing city tour, you will get to see the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City and the Tianamen Square. Also, you will get to visit the magnificent Great Wall of China, and the Terracotta Warriors, depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Enjoy your day in the busy streets of Chengdu and Shanghai city and embark in a journey of culture and nature in the Guilin & Longsheng town with terraced rice fields, the Giant Panda breeding research centre, Yangshuo & Li River Cruise and Suzhou old water town tour with a rickshaw ride.
|Travel Dates:||Up to September 2019|
Cost is subject to class availability and exchange rate, may change without prior notice.
Day 1: Beijing Arrival
Upon arrival at Beijing international airport, our local tour guide and driver will transfer you to your hotel.
Day 2: Beijing City Tour
Today, you will first visit the Tiananmen Square, and then followed by the magnificent Forbidden City. In the afternoon you will marvel at the incredible Temple of Heaven.
Tiananmen Square: It is the largest city square in the world and the spiritual heart of China, where the national flag is raised exactly at sunrise every day.
The Forbidden City: It is located in the center of Beijing, used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. It is the grandest integral palace complex still remaining in China.
Note: It is closed on Monday.
Temple of Heaven: It is 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.
Day 3: Beijing - Great Wall - Summer Palace
Today, we will drive about 1.5 hours to visit the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section, and round way cable car is included). After that, you will visit the Summer Palace.
Great Wall (Mutianyu Section): The most famous symbol of China and one of the world's most remarkable architectural wonders, it was built over 2,000 years ago and stretching about 6,700km.
Mutianyu Cable Car: Round-way cable car of Mutianyu Great Wall included. Chair-lift and Toboggan are also available. If you want to change to any of them, please inform the local guide before he or she purchases the tickets for round-trip cable car for you. Please pay the extra charge in cash to the local guide.
Summer Palace (including 15-minute boat ride): Located on the northwestern outskirts of the city, it was an imperial summer resort of the Qing Dynasty. With its perfect layout, magnificent buildings and enchanting landscape, it is the most splendid classical garden in China.
Note: Boat ride is not available from Nov. 1st to April.1st because of the frozen lake.
Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an
Today you will be escorted to the train station for the fast train to Xian. Upon arrival, you will meet your guide and be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free on your own to explore the city.
Day 5: Xi'an City Tour - Terracotta Warriors
You will visit the incredible life-sized Terracotta Warriors in the morning. After lunch, you will visit the ancient Big Wild Goose Pagoda and City Walls.
Terracotta Warriors: Discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well - 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 Qin Shi Huang since 2,200 years ago.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda: Regarded by many as a symbol of the city, the pagoda was built in 652 A.D in Tang Dynasty to house the sutras brought back from India by the famous monk Xuan-zang.
The Ancient City Walls: It is the largest and best-preserved ancient fortress in the world. It is also the thickest “wall” in the world, which you can drive a golf car, take a rickshaw and ride a bicycle on the top.
Day 6: Xi'an - Chengdu
Today you will take the fast train to Chengdu. Upon arrival in Chengdu, you will be escorted to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to freshen up.
Day 7: Chengdu City Tour & Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
Today, you will visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, followed by a trip to the Wenshu Temple where you can spend some time sitting in its tea house enjoying a cup of traditional Chinese tea and absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu and Jinli Old Street.
Giant Panda Breeding Research Base: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, or simply Chengdu Panda Base, is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. It is located in Chengdu, Sichuan, People's Republic of China. Because many of the pandas are in their private enclosures, you usually cannot see all of them amuse themselves outside. To see as much as pandas, be sure to go early, better around 8am. Usually 8am-9am is the most active time for pandas. Lucky enough you can see how adult and baby pandas are fed during these hours, which you cannot see in common zoos. Your visit at Giant Panda Research includes the following items: you will get a chance to see a panda keeper feeding the pandas by hand in the morning, such as: carrot, apples, panda bread, biscuit and bamboo. And then you will visit the pandas' enclosures and the new baby pandas' room. After that, you will see a short Panda's movie and visit the Panda museum, etc.
Wenshu Temple: Chengdu's oldest and largest Buddhist temple originally built in Tang Dynasty, however, it is now a Qing Dynasty construction with exquisite relief carvings decorating many of the buildings. You can absorb the very atmosphere of Chengdu here: the temple is full of local worshippers burning incense on certain days, the tea house at the back of the complex is a great place to relax yourself and do some people watching, while the streets outside are filled with blind fortune-tellers, hawkers selling joss sticks, paper money and statues, and so on.
Teahouses: Chengdu is one of the few remaining cities in China with a really authentic tea house (Chadian) culture, thousands of teahouses dotted about Chengdu are hugely popular with locals, especially the elderly. Teahouses throughout the city are still important locations for social gatherings. Its distinct and unique atmosphere will let you get a good feel for Chengdu.
Jinli Old Street: Located in Chengdu combines the ambience of ancient and modern China. Jinli Old Street was constructed in 2004 in the traditional architectural style of Sichuan Province during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Jinli Old Street is not only a wonderful reminder of China’s past, but also a great place for people to fully appreciate Sichuan’s customs, and folk arts.
Day 8: Chengdu - Guilin
Travel by air and free day.
Day 9: Guilin - Longsheng Town - Guilin
Today you will be driven to Longsheng (about 1.5-2 hours' drive from Guilin) which is famous for the Terraced Rice Fields (also called as Longji or dragon's backbone). As well as view the breath-taking scenery, you will see the ethnic minority villages. After the tour, you will be driven back to Guilin.
Longsheng Rice Terraces (Longji): This is a minority area of Zhuang and Yao ethnic groups, where you can not only view the charming scenery of terrace rice filed, but also get a chance to learn about the minority people’s daily life and their special architectures in the rural areas.
NOTE: 1) Please wear sport shoes and comfortable clothes 2) Cars can only reach the foot of the village. Requested single way climbing time: around 40 minutes (average speed). Please mind your steps when you are walking on the stone steps. 3) Options: Porters fee is around 50 Yuan for each piece of luggage by single way in. Sedan chair (made by bamboo) is available. Please consult your local guide for the price and pay onsite. This is a good way to support the local economy. 4) When in rain season, if there is the slough, more trekking will be involved.
Day 10: Guilin - Yangshuo
After breakfast, you will be driven to the pier (40 to 50 minutes drive) to start your boat cruise on the picturesque Li River down to Yangshuo, which is the highlight of any visit to Guilin. Along the river, you will be inspired by breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water and picturesque pastoral countryside scenery. The cruise usually takes around 3.5 to 4 hours, depending on the water condition. When you arrive in Yangshuo, you will disembark the boat and take an open-air mini bus to the hotel. After checking into the hotel, you will be free to explore Yangshuo and its famous West Street.
Li River Cruise: By taking the cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, you will be inspired by breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water and reflections in the water together with the serene pastoral countryside view. The cruise usually takes around 3.5 to 4.5 hours, depending on the water conditions.
West Street: A busy and exotic slate street in Yangshuo County, about 2km long crammed with shops, pubs, cafés and hotels, where you can relax yourself and do some souvenir shopping.
Note: It is a join-in cruise by boat which can accommodate around 150 people, with simple buffet lunch. For passengers who expect better food, it is recommended to have a big breakfast at the hotel and then have lunch at a local restaurant with on-set payment after disembarking from the cruise in Yangshuo.
Day 11: Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai
Free time until you be transferred to airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to the hotel.
Day 12: Shanghai City Tour
After breakfast, you will visit the Shanghai Museum (including the translator), Yu Garden, Yu Market, the Bund and then enjoy a bird's eye view of the modern Shanghai from the Shanghai World Financial Center.
Shanghai Museum with an audio: 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.
Yu Garden: 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.
Yuyuan Market: Outside the Yu Garden, a bustling market with different snacks and trinkets.
The Bund: Where the great trading houses and banks had their headquarters in 1920s and 1930s, about a mile long, it is the city's fulcrum.
Shanghai World Financial Center: It is one of the top high skyscraper in the world. It has 101 floors and 1614 feet above the ground.
Note: Since the guide is not allowed to give speeches at Shanghai Museum, an audio will be provided for you instead. You can choose English, French, German, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Italian with the audio.
Day 13: Shanghai – Suzhou - Shanghai
After breakfast, drive about 1.5 hours to Suzhou. While in Suzhou, you will visit the Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, Old town tour with Rickshaw, Suzhou canal tour with hand-rowed boat (about 40 minutes), and then be driven back to Shanghai.
Humble Administrator's Garden: It is the best representative of Chinese classical gardens in the Ming dynasty. Focused on a central pond with pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers located nearby, the garden is divided into three parts: the eastern, middle and western parts.
Lingering Garden: An elaborate succession of small gardens. Lingering in the garden you will marvel at its unique architecture and art.
Old town tour with Rickshaw: Sitting on the rickshaw through the old town of Suzhou, you will see the small Hutongs, the open markets and the local people's life.
Day 14: Shanghai Departure
Today depending on your flight time, our driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.
• Accommodation: 4-star Hotels as listed in the itinerary.
* Check-in & Check-out time: generally check in is after 2 pm and check out before 12 pm (noon). Early check-in and late check-out are subject to room availability and may generate additional full day room rate.
• Transportation: Coach, boat, high speed train, domestic flights.
• Sightseeing: As outlined in the itinerary you will be escorted with an English-speaking guide; Service of local guide.
• Private Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in each city or area by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide as listed in the itinerary.
• Entrance fees of the scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
• Meals: Meals as specified in the itinerary. B stands for western and Chinese BUFFET breakfast in the hotel, L/D stands for Chinese lunch/dinner in local restaurant
From $4655 per person with twin share accommodation
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