Departure: Every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday.
Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai When you land in Shanghai and go through the China custom and claim your luggage, you will see our tour guide waiting for you in the arrival exit holding a sign with your name. Then we transfer to Shanghai hotel. Accommodation: The Bund Riverside Hotel, Shanghai
Day 2 Shanghai In the morning, we 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: 1. Huangpu river cruise, 2. Acrobat Show in Central Theater or Huxi or Shanghai Circus.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Menu-order lunch
Day 3 Shanghai – Xian with overnight train After breakfast at the hotel, you will have a free day in Shanghai, you can go shopping or visit Xintiandi area and bund area. We meet again in the afternoon around 16:00 at the hotel lobby according to the tour guide's time schedule, then we transfer to Shanghai train station, and you can take the train Z92 16:46-9:20 (14.5hours duration).
Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: on the train with soft sleeper(no private toilet or bathroom)
Day 4 Arrive in Xian in the morning
Enjoy your breakfast on the train, and our Xian local guide will pick you up from the station in Xian, and you will 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 while enjoy the Dumpling Dinner.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, 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.
Meals: no breakfast, menu-ordered Chinese lunch. Accommodation: Ramada Bell Tower Hotel, Xian
Day 5 Xian – Beijing by overnight train In the morning we will visit the ancient City Wall. It was build 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 the train station for the overnight train to Beijing by Z20 19:30-7:00(11.5 hours duration).
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, menu-ordered Chinese lunch.
Day 6 Arrive in Beijing After your own breakfast on the train, our tour guide will pick you up from Beijing West train station to meet other members, then 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. At noon, we will have lunch at a superior Chinese restaurant, where you can have menu-ordered delicous 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
Accommodation: Sunworld Hotel, Beijing
Day 7 Beijing In the morning, be prepared with your wearings and shoes since we are going to hike theBadaling Great Wall(about 1 and a half hours drive from city center). You can choose 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: Peking roasted duck dinner, Acrobat show in Chaoyang Theater or Peking Opera in Liyuan Theater. Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Menu-ordered Chinese lunch
Day 8 Beijing 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. At noon, we will have lunch at a superior Chinese restaurant with delicious food. In the afternoon we will visit the old Hutong and the Shichahai Scenic Area(Hou Hai). You 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. Our tour package finished here, you can choose to stay in Beijing for more days or take a taxi to Beijing airport for your next destination.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Menu-ordered Chinese lunch
Payment Method: 10%~30% Deposit + 70%~90% Pay after arrival in China
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