The Forbidden City
Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Xian City Wall
Duration: 8 Days Departure: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday Tour Type: Small Group, connected by train Similar Tours: Private tour , Connected by flight
Upon your flight or train arrival in Beijing, you need go out of the custom alone and will see us holding a sign with your name on it at the exit to welcome you. Then the driver will assist you to the Sunworld hotel in the bustling Wangfujing Street, and you can also have a walk near your hotel to enjoy the nightlife of Beijing, you can walk along the most famous street in Beijing with lots of shopping malls, restaurants, snack alleys, etc. Wangfujing is must-visit place in Beijing. (Unlike other travel agencies choose hotel in remote area, we choose hotel in the very center of Beijing for you to feel real Beijing city.)
Accommodation: Sunworld Hotel, Beijing
Have a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel, be prepared with your clothing and shoes since we are going to hike the Badaling Great Wall(about 1.5 hours drive from city center). You can choose to hike or take cable car(cable car ticket not include) to reach the top of the great wall, when you see the wall stretch on the top of mountains to boundless distance, you will understand why this longest defensive wall in the world is one of the seven wonders in the world.
At noon, we will have lunch at a nice restaurant inside the Jade Museum near the great wall.
After lunch, we will go to the Ming Tomb (Dingling) and Sacred Way which are encircled in the shadow of Longevity Mountain. The Sacred Way is a road leading to the imperial tombs, alone the way guarded on both sides with stone statues by which the ancient emperors went to hold a memorial ceremony for the ancestors. The Dingling Tomb is one of the best preserved tomb of the thirteen Ming Tombs, which has a history of more than 600 years. After the Ming Tomb tour, we will drive back to the city, we will stop in Olympic National Stadium area, where you can take pictures of Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Finally we will go back to hotel in Wangfujing, you can have a rest in hotel or enjoy the night views of Wangfujing walking street (Huge variety of shops and great restaurants), if you are interested in our optional activity, you can also choose them for the evening time.
Optional activity in evening: 1. Peking roasted duck dinner, 2. Acrobat show in Chaoyang Theater 3. Peking Opera in Liyuan Theater.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Menu-ordered Chinese lunch
In the morning, after meeting our tour guide and other members in the lobby, we drive to the Tiananmen square, the biggest city square in the world, many great historical buildings are around the square, in the north of the square you will enter the Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City, to explore its fascinating halls and pavilions, where you will learn how and where the ancient emperors worked and lived, see their numerous priceless antique treasures. After we exit the Forbidden City, we will enter another attraction - Jingshan Park where we will see local Chinese residents taking exercise, singing or dancing, and we will climb the hill inside the park, when we reach the top of the hill, we will enjoy the bird view of the whole Forbidden City and Beijing central city, which is a highlight of today. Beijing GPS Audio Guide: Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Badaling Great Wall Install App or bookmark our website on your phone browser to enjoy.
At noon, we will have lunch at a superior Chinese restaurant, where you can have menu-ordered delicious Chinese dishes. In the afternoon, we visit the Temple of Heaven, where the ancient emperors came every winter worshiped the heavens in hopes of good harvests. In the evening we will arrange a lively wonderful Chinese Kung Fu Show at Beijing Red Theater, then we drive back to hotel.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, menu-ordered Chinese lunch
In the morning we are going to visit Summer Palace - the largest imperial garden with a beautiful landscape and magnificent buildings. The palace is divided into three areas: 1.the area for political activities centering about the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity; 2.the residential area of royal family with main structures the Hall of Jade Ripples and the Hall of Joyful Longevity; 3. the sightseeing area mainly consisting of Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill. Optional activity: boating on Kunming Lake.
After Summer Palace, we will visit Panda House inside Beijing Zoo, where we will see lovely pandas.
At noon, we will visit the old Hutong and the Shichahai Scenic Area(Hou Hai). In hutong, we will visit a local Beijing family and learn dumpling making and cooking skills, you may try to make a dumpling by yourself and taste it, see how fun and easy Chinese cooking is. we will also have lunch in this hutong family. After lunch we will get on a local rickshaw traveling along the old narrow lanes, and explore the traditional Chinese quadrangles to get a close touch with the original Beijing lifestyle and culture, pass through Yinding Bridge, Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street, etc. After hutong tour, we will visit a local market where local people buy fruit, vegetable and foods for daily life.
After the day trip, drive to Beijing West train station to catch the overnight Train Z19 (20:40-08:31) or other closer one (soft sleeper) to Xian, but there is no bathroom for shower on the train, and you just can do the simple cleaning things like washing your face and brushing your teeth.
Accommodation: on the train
You’d better have a breakfast on the train dining car(self-paid) or prepare some food before boarding the train, because you will start your first day Xian trip upon your arrival. When you land in Xian by train, our local guide will meet you outside the station and transfer you to the Xian Shangri-la Golden Flower Hotel, and you can save your luggage at the hotel reception.
Then start going to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. In the museum, there are three excavated pits exhibiting amazing warrior figures and Chinese ancient weapons.
At noon, we will have lunch at a superior Chinese restaurant with delicious food..
In the afternoon, we will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built in the Tang Dynasty(about 1,300 years ago) to store the Buddhist scriptures brought from ancient India. In the evening we will be entertained by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance at Shaanxi Theater after the Dumpling Dinner at Defachang Restaurant.
Meals: Chinese lunch, Dumpling Dinner Note: Since the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show is closed in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, guests traveling in this period will have a free night by themselves instead of the show and dinner.
Accommodation: Ramada Bell Tower Hotel, Xian
In the morning we will visit the Ancient City Wall. It was built in Tang Dynasty which survived through Chinese long history. It is the most complete existing urban fortification in China. You can walk or cycle on the ancient wall (bike rental fee is not included). Next we visit Shaanxi History Museum where you can learn more history about Xian through the cultural relics: bronze wares, jade, potteries, and murals from the Prehistory Period to the Qing Dynasty.
At noon, we will have lunch at a famous Chinese restaurant with delicious food.
Then we will view the Bell Tower-The emblem of Xi'an city.
Finally we drive to Xian train station in the city center for the overnight train to Shanghai, and you will take the overnight train Z94 16:46-7:53 or others closer trains, and stay the overnight on the train.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Chinese lunch
You will have a breakfast on the train dining car(self-paid) or prepare some food before boarding the train like on the last train. When you land in Shanghai station, our local guide will meet you outside of the station and transfer you to the Grand Mercure Shanghai Zhongya, and you can save your luggage at the hotel reception.
Today, you will visit Shanghai Museum, which specializes in exhibiting art works from ancient times. After that, we will tour Yuyuan Garden, a famous garden in the south China. The symbol of Yuyuan Garden is the Nine Zigzag Bridge built of granite and grass-white jade and the quaint, elegant mid-lake pavilion. At noon we have lunch at a good restaurant with Shanghai cuisine. In the afternoon, we will walk in the famous Bund area where you can see the famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower across the river, this is a good place to take pictures of Shanghai. After that we will walk to Nanjing Road, and then visit an old street in Shanghai.
Optional evening activity: Huangpu river cruise, or Acrobat Show in Central Theater or Huxi or Shanghai Circus.
Meals: Menu-order lunch
Accommodation: The Bund Riverside Hotel, Shanghai
Have a breakfast at the hotel, you need find your own way to the airport for your homeward flight.
We suggest you reserve a taxi at the hotel reception beforehand to save waiting time of taxi. Note that there are two airports in Shanghai: Pudong Airport (PVG) and Hongqiao Airport (SHA). It takes about one hour or more to drive to Pudong airport(about CNY150 - 170 taxi fee). It takes about 40 minutes drive to Hongqiao airport(about CNY60 taxi fee). Alternatively, you may also wish to stay longer in Shanghai or fly to other China cities.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Note: The hotel package price is based on two persons sharing one room. If you have odd number of travelers, you have two options: 1. one room will have three persons with an extra bed. 2. Pay single room supplement to have an extra room for the one person. That is USD288 during high season and USD250 during shoulder and low seasons.
Tips: you can pay 70% of tour fee in our office when you arrive in Beijing, only 30% deposit is required before the tour.
Payment Method: 10%~30% Deposit + 70%~90% Pay after arrival in China
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