This 8-day suggested itinerary covers the most popular three destinations and World Heritage sites in China. It makes an ideal tour for first-time visitors.
When you arrive in Beijing, first claim your luggage and pass the custom, then meet us at the arrival exit. Our driver will hold a sign with your name, pick you up and transfer to your hotel. Hotel is included in our package.
Unlike other travel agencies choose hotel in remote area, we choose hotels located in the central Beijing, near the famous Wangfujing Street. It would be very convenient to walk around, go shopping, have meals and etc. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Beijing Prime Hotel or Crowne Plaza Hotel Wangfujing
Sunworld Hotel or Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel
King Parkview Hotel or Traditional View hotel
Breakfast & lunch
Pick up from hotel in the morning. Drive to the Tian’anmen Square, where the most important national ceremonies are held, surrounded by many historical buildings. From the square, you can walk to the Forbidden City. Inside this imperial palace, we will explore its fascinating halls, pavilions with golden roofs and high red walls. Learn about Chinese history and how ancient emperors lived their lives in ancient times. After exit the Forbidden City, we will enter another attraction – Jingshan Park, where we will see local Chinese residents doing exercise, singing or dancing. When we reach the top of the hill, we will enjoy a bird-eye view of the whole Forbidden City and Beijing central city, which is a highlight of the day.
At noon, have lunch at a selected restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, where ancient emperors came to worship the heavens in hopes of good harvests. Transfer back to your hotel after the tour.
Bonus Gift: Choose one evening show among Peking Opera Show, Acrobatic Show and Kung fu Show.(Basic seat)
Bird-eye View of the Forbidden City
The Forbidden City -Get to know how emperors lived their lives.
When you visit the Forbidden City, you will see many big water tanks. Guess what they are used for?
The big water tank in the Forbidden City
Breakfast & lunch
Today we will hike on the Mutianyu Great Wall, the most highlighted sight in Beijing. Please be prepared with your shoes since you will climb on the steps of the great wall. To reach the top of the great wall you can choose hike by foot or take the cable car(optional). The Great Wall is one of the greatest military defenses in ancient world. It is not just a wall, it comprises walls, passes, fortresses and beacon towers, creating a complete military defense system. In the era of cold weapons, the Great Wall defense system is highly effective. As one of the seven wonders in the world, it will surely impress you.
After lunch, we will visit Sacred Road. The Sacred Road is the first attraction of Ming Tombs. It consists of the stone arches, the Great Red Gate, stone statues,etc. It was built in the year of 1540 and was the main road leading to the thirteen tombs.
Optional Dinner: Peking Roast Duck Dinner. Peking Roast Duck is one of the most famous dishes of Beijing cuisine.
The Great Wall
Peking Roast Duck(optional)
Breakfast & lunch
In the morning, visit the beautiful Summer Palace – the largest imperial garden in China. Walk along the elegant Promenade, see stone boat, visit Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill. You will also take a boat to enjoy the scenery.
After that, drive to Hutong. Hutong refers to the courtyard homes and the narrow alleyways, where local people live here. Hutong is part of Beijing culture and an important historical heritage. At noon, you will have lunch at local family, home cooked Chinese dumpling or typical Chinese lunch.
Finally we will transfer you to Beijing Capital International Airport to take a flight to Xi'an. You will arrive in Xi'an on the same day. The local tour guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Upon your arrival at Xian, our local driver will transfer you to your hotel.
Sheraton North City Hotel or Grand Park Xian Hotel
Ramada Xi’an Bell Tower Hotel or Skytel Hotel
Forest City Hotel or Jingyu Smart Hotel
Breakfast, lunch & dumpling dinner
In the morning, we will pick you up from the hotel, and we drive to Terra-cotta Warriors, which is the most important attraction in Xian. There are three excavated pits exhibiting amazing Qin dynasty warriors and horses figures. The weapons the warriors holding are all made of metal, which can be used in real wars. It indicates that Qin Dynasty’s metallurgical technology and weapon-manufacturing technique already had reached quite a high level.
At noon we will have lunch at a selected restaurant.
After lunch, visit the Bell Tower, the emblem of Xi'an city. Then go to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. As a world heritage, its history dates back to 1300 years ago. The pagoda is a seven-story building, which is 64.5 meters high. It is a landmark of Xi’an. There are seven stories in the tower. In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional dumpling dinner and a splendid Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.
Bonus Gift: Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show. Note that the show is not available during Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, guests traveling in this period will have a free night by themselves instead of the show and dinner.
Tang Dynasty Show
Breakfast & lunch
In the morning we will visit Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, 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. Then head to the ancient City Wall. Xi’an City Wall is the most completely-reserved city wall with the longest history throughout the world. Walk on the wall to feel the chapter of thousands years of civilization; sense the history to embrace the magnificence of the Great Tang Dynasty. You can ride bicycles on the wall(optional).
After the tour, you will take a flight to Shanghai. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Shanghai.
Shanghai Jinjiang Tower Hotel
The Bund Riverside Hotel, Shanghai
Holiday Inn Express Zhabei Hotel
Optional Bicycle Ride on the City Wall
Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Breakfast & Lunch
Pick you up from your hotel in downtown Shanghai. First you will visit Yu Garden, a classic garden of Ming Dynasty style with a history of over 400 years. Near the garden there is a local market sells local snacks and specialties. Then head to Jade Buddha Temple. There are two exquisite Jade Buddha sculptures of Sakyamuni brought from Burma, numerous cultural and religious relics and artifacts in the temple.
After lunch, head to the Bund. The Bund tells the history of Shanghai and is known as the "World Exposition of Architectures". Along the Bund, there are many famous buildings, such as the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Tower, World Financial Center and Jinmao Tower. You can choose one of them to have a bird's eye view of the city (optional).
Then take a walk on Nanjing Road. Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street runs roughly east-west for 1,500 m from People’s Square to the Bund. Known to some as China’s Fifth Avenue, it is a premiere shopping destination with many well-known brands filling the retail space. After dark the street glows with light from all the signage and store displays.
In the evening, you will take a Huangpu River cruise and appreciate the amazing night scene of the city. Transfer back to your hotel after the tour.
Huangpu River Cruise
After breakfast at the hotel, free at leisure before your departure. We will arrange the drop-off service according to your departure time. Our driver will pick you up and transfer you to the airport. See off at the airport and depart by your own flight.
|Beijing Prime Hotel or Crowne Plaza Wangfujing
|Sunworld Hotel or Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel
|King Parkview Hotel or Traditional View Hotel
|Sheraton North City Hotel or Grand Park Xian Hotel
|Ramada Bell Tower Hotel or Skytel Hotel
|Forest City Hotel or Jingyu Smart Hotel
|Shanghai Jinjiang Tower Hotel
|The Bund Riverside Hotel, Shanghai
|Holiday Inn Express Zhabei Hotel
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