The Great Wall
Xian City Wall
Duration: 11 Days Tour Type: Small Group Departure: Every day
Our guide will meet you upon your arrival at Beijing Capital Airport after you have cleared immigration and customs. You will then be transferred to the Holiday Inn hotel where you will stay for three nights. The rest of the day is free time for resting or self-exploration of the city.
Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Sunworld Hotel or The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
Your tour today starts at Tiananmen Square, the world's largest square in the city center. Towards the north lies the magnificent Forbidden City. Built 600 years ago, it was the residence of the royal family and the office where emperors handled all political affairs and held ceremonial activities. Nowadays, it is opened to the public as a museum where traditional Chinese architecture, cultural relics and royal families' lives are displayed.
A la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be at a well-known local restaurant which serves authentic Chinese food.
The Temple of Heaven is next. It is the imperial altar for the emperors to worship the gods of heaven. The architecture here is uniquely round and higher in the northern part but square and lower in the south. This resembles the traditional Chinese idea of 'the sky is round and the earth is square'. Finally, we will end the day with a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Villagers pasting red couplets on the gate to express the best wishes to the coming wedding
A morning excursion will take you to the Badaling Great Wall and then a jade factory. It is the most completely restored section of the Great Wall, which winds itself up and down across mountains and resembles a gigantic dragon. It will surely give any visitor some kind of nostalgic feelings about this world wonder.
Lunch is not arranged today, for there are no good restaurants at Badaling area. Thus, our advice is having a heavy breakfast at the hotel and having some fast food around the site by yourself. One consolation, however, is that we do provide red wine for you to toast the memorable moment when you have climbed to the top of the wall.
Your visit continues with a visit to the Sacred Way. Decorated by ancient stone statues on both sides, the Sacred Way is the main path to the Ming Tomb. On the way back to the downtown area, we will drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). The driver will make a short stop for photo shoot.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Local retired people playing Tai-chi at the north square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian
In the morning, you will pay a visit to the most famous imperial garden, the Summer Palace and then a pearl store. This garden inherited the imperial gardens concept, as well as the essence of garden construction from southern China. Therefore, it boasts the majestic features of the north and the graceful charm of the south at the same time. Take the opportunity to experience a memorable rickshaw riding through Hutongs. Feel the special Beijing culture and history by visiting the famous romantic Shichahai, Yinding Bridge, Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street, Bell tower or Drum tower and a local flavored family.
Enjoy your a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at an elegant and decent local restaurant before your flight to Xian. Meet the local English-speaking guide upon arrival at Xian. You will be transferred to the hotel.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Ramada Bell Tower Hotel Xian or Sheraton Hotel
Your itinerary today starts with the world's eighth wonder, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. The museum houses the 2,200 years old life size clay warriors and horses, as well as the delicate bronze vessels. It is believed that the first Emperor of the Qin Dynasty (211-206 BC) constructed such a large army format aimed to protect his mausoleum. The excavation work is still ongoing up to today. After that move to a pottery-making factory.
Around noon, visit a local family and be served with an authentic home cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price). If interested, you can join our Chinese food cooking class for free and cook with the host together step by step.
You will proceed to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xian Museum in the afternoon. Built about 1,300 years ago during the Tang Dynasty（618-907AD, the pagoda is not only a well-protected ancient structure, but also a Buddhist architectural masterpiece. A splendid night is in-stored when you enjoy the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show and partake the famous Dumpling Dinner.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
Tips: Since the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will be closed in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we do not calculate the price of the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during this period. Clients will enjoy a free night by themselves.
Take a morning flight to Lhasa. The local guide will be at the airport to meet and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free. Try adapting to the high altitude first.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Xinding Hotel
After breakfast at your hotel, visit the Norbulinka Park. It is also known as the 'Summer Palace' in Lhasa because successive Dalai Lamas have handled political affairs and lived here during the summer months. Wandering inside the park, you will be amazed by the unique architectural style of the Tibetan palaces.
Next is the Sera Monastery. Not only can one see the unique Tibetan Buddhist buildings but also be impressed by the precious Buddhist statues, sutras and murals in the monastery. You will be dazzled by the colorful frescos painted in the halls. The Buddha statues, sacred vessels, thangkas, Buddhist sutra streamers and Sutra Pillars can be found everywhere. Then learn more about the local lifestyle by visiting a local family.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Visit the Potala Palace, the highlight of our visit to Lhasa. With a history of 1,300 years, it is the most splendid building that combines the styles of Tibetan Buddhist temple and palace. The delicate cultural relics and beautiful murals in the palace will show you the glorious history and culture of Tibet. The over 59,800 square yards of colorful frescos in it are unique and wonderful.
After lunch, proceed to the Jokhang Temple and Gyangjian Tangka Art Store. Situated in the city center, the Jokhang Temple bears unparalleled status in the Tibetan Buddhism. The ancient temple, built in 647, is considered as a resourceful venue for visitors to learn about Buddhism. Continue to explore the surrounding of Barkhor Street, the symbol of the City. Paved by hand-polished stones, it is not a broad street but showing the original outlook of Lhasa. It could accommodate thousands of visitors daily. Be fascinated by the old ethnic houses and various souvenirs available on this street. A visit to the nearby Nunnery will give you an insight of the Buddhist nuns.
Explore Tibet Museum this morning. It is the first modern museum in the city which boasts numerous rare collections that tell the history of Tibet, its culture and civilization. Gain a further understanding about the unique history, culture and arts of this special minority through the exquisite historical items and exhibits.
Later, leave for the airport for your flight to Shanghai, where you will meet and be escorted by the local guide to the hotel.
Accommodation: The Bund Riverside Hotel, Shanghai or Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
Visit Shanghai Museum, praised as the largest Chinese ancient art gallery. Appreciate the excellent collections of potteries, porcelains, jades, paintings, seals and ancient furniture. After that, continue to the beautiful Yuyuan Garden, an unsophisticated world in the bustling city. You will feast on the most elaborate man-made scenery of this Chinese classical garden. A silk shop is arranged.
Later you will have a farewell a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will be escorted to the Bund, where you will take a short cruise tour along the Huangpu River. You will also have free time to take a walk along the Bund area and feel the rapid changes of this metropolis. After that, transfer back to your hotel.
Your wonderful escorted tour ends today. We hope you have made new friends and taken memorable photos. Please make sure you get to the airport on time as this transfer is not included in our service. Wishing you a safe journey home!
Payment Method: 10%~30% Deposit + 70%~90% Pay after arrival in China
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