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This phenomenal itinerary presents China’s History and Culture in just 12 days.

In Beijing, explore imperial treasures like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Visit the necropolis at Xian, where you encounter thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors. Explore cosmopolitan Shanghai and surrounding cities.

Day 1 Departure

To start off your amazing China Tour, you will leave your departure city and fly to Beijing. Meals and snacks will be provided on the plane.

Day 2 Arriving Beijing

When you arrive in Beijing, a Rewards Holiday local representative will meet and greet you at the airport. The local representative will then transfer you to your hotel where you can enjoy the rest of the day for self-exploring or relaxation.

Day 3 Beijing (Breakfast)

A day at leisure for you to explore at your own pace.

We highly suggest an optional Forbidden City Tour with lunch (USD $65/person). Visit the world renown Tiananmen Square, the very centre of the capital of China. After, venture into the Forbidden City, the former palaces of many emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasty. It is a true architectural masterpiece and also a home to the National Palace Museum. After a delightful lunch, proceed to the Summer Palace, a former royal retreat, also renown best preserved imperial garden in the world. Then, visit a famous ancient Chinese Medical Pharmaceutical company, founded in year 1669, Tong Ren Tang. Learn the rich history, theory, and philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine. Also learn health preservation through Chinese medical way. This evening, you can delight in a famous Peking Duck dinner (USD $35/person) banquet.

Day 4 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today's highlight is an excursion to the, world renowned, majestic, Great Wall (JuYongGuan). Also known as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”, recognized by UNESCO. Get a chance to climb a section of this 3,700-mile marvel. Afterwards, tour the iconic “2008 Beijing Olympic Center”; including the famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, which now hosts many spectacular opening ceremonies and events. Experience the magnificent architectural structure design from the outside view, providing a perfect photo opportunity to capture these wonders. Then, visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia. Tonight, you can choose to participate in a large-scale musical drama show, The Golden Mask Dynasty show (USD $50/person).

Day 5 Beijing- Suzhou (Flight via Shanghai or Train)

Full morning and noon (afternoon depending on scheduling) to explore Beijing on your own. You can also sign up and participate in a highly recommended half-day program we offer; (USD $79/person) Beijing Day tour. Today, we will take a tour to the “Temple of Heaven”, recognized by UNESCO as an architectural masterpiece built between 1406-1460 A.D. Used in the past by the emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties for ceremonial honouring and praising to the gods of harvest. Afterwards, take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, where an included local family meal will take place. During the late evenings, transportation to Suzhou via flight to Shanghai or high-speed train.

Day 6 Suzhou- Wuxi (Breakfast)

Suzhou, the city in which is also known as a paradise, the Oriental Venice, for its exquisite water routes (canals), bridges, pagodas and gardens. Suzhou is also an UNESCO designated “World Heritage Site”. After breakfast, tour the Lingering Garden, a classic private garden housing more than 500-years of history. Next, visit a renowned traditional Silk Culture and Exhibition Centre, noted to be the largest silk producer in the country, where you will discover the mysterious processing of silk.  Later afternoon, continue onwards to Wuxi, stroll along the traditional Nan-Chang Street, which composed of both ancient and modern architecture juxtaposed with peacefulness of the waterside town and fashionable life of Wuxi. enjoy an optional relaxed and soothing canal ride inside the city, enjoy the picturesque feeling the ancient city offers on the Grand Canal Cruise (USD $30/person).

 

Day 7 Wuxi- Hangzhou (Breakfast) 

This morning, tour the brilliance of Lihu Park, located at the famous Lake TaiHu. Followed by a visit to the fresh water pearl processing company, the “Yuanrun Ju” jewel corporate. Since its establishment in 1984, it has taken over, with high techniques, the farming, researching, processing and gallering of fresh water pearls for the district. Continue onwards to Hangzhou, the city described by Marco Polo as “City of Heaven” and “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. This evening, you may enjoy a symbolic performance of Hangzhou, “The Romantic Show of SongCheng (USD $65/person). Performed over 2,000 times per year. Since its creation, the show has been performed more than 20,000 times, and entertained over 60 million audiences. It is one of the theatrical performances that had performed for the most times and performed to largest recording audience number; along with the O Show in Las Vegas, and the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the three are regarded as the "Top 3 Famous Shows in the World".

Day 8 Hangzhou- Shanghai (Breakfast)

Hangzhou, also known as the “Paradise on Earth”, has been immortalized and celebrated by countless poets and artists. The West Lake Cultural Landscape has been recognized by UNESCO as a site of World Heritage. After breakfast, visit The West Lake, the most sensational and beautiful lake in the country. Then, you can choose to take an amazing boat ride on the serene West Lake (USD $35/person), the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites throughout the path. Then, visit the No.1 tea plantation site and get a chance to taste the well-known Dragon Well Tea. Many studies proofs that green tea is excellent for your health, and Dragon Well Tea is the best Green Tea in China offers. After lunch, transport to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai, walk along the famous Bund, lined by the colonial architecture of European designs, this area is the best place to capture China under the Western influences of the old days. It now is known as the “Wall Street of the East”. Later evening, have an optional participation on a western influenced Chinese Acrobatic Show - ERA: The Intersection of Time (USD $60/person).

Day 9 Shanghai (Breakfast)

After breakfast in the morning, you are free on your own or participate

Optional one-day Shanghai City Tour (USD $70/person). First, we will take you to visit the Lujiazui Financial & Trade zone, where located on the east bank of Huangpu River and facing the Bund. Lujiazui is the largest financial zone in mailand China, with more than 400 banks and financial institutions from both home and abroad. In Lujiazui, the charm of the city as an international metropolis is unfolded to the largest degree. One can admire the modern skyscrapers as well as various buildings of different architectural styles across the Huangpu River. the Jinmao Tower is with 88 stories reaching a height of 420.5 meters and 290,000 square meter construction area, the tour will also include an admission to The Observation Deck on the 88th Floor of Jin Mao Tower where you will have the very best view of the entire city of Shanghai. After this, we will take the round-trip maglev train which is the fastest train in the world with the speed of 431KM per hour.  It’s truly Amazing and breath-taking experience in traveling. Shop till you drop at the local market for your last-minute shopping before exploring the famous Xintiandi, old French Concession, a stylish pedestrian street composed of Shikumen architecture and modern complex.

At night, you may enjoy a scenery ride on the Huangpu River Night Cruise (USD $50/person) and get a breath-taking glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai.

Day 10 Shanghai - Xi'an (Breakfast,dinner) 

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and take a flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival, visit the “Small Wild Goose Pagoda” (XiaoYan Ta), located on the highest mountain in the city. It is a, well-preserved, symbolic, tower built in the ancient times. Dating of this tower goes as far as 707 A.D. The tower is now functioned to collect Buddhists materials that were previously taken by Indian pilgrims. Here we will participate in a special class to learn about brush paintings, traditional Chinese culture and Chinese Calligraphy. Next, tour Xi’an Museum, a Tang Dynasty-style structure under national heritage protection. The museum has a massive collection and houses over around 14,000 pieces of items ranging from coins, clothing, potteries, weapons and many more. All of which are rated as China's highest level of protection due to its cultural importance. Afterwards, get a great opportunity to partake in a traditional Chinese Calligraphy Class & Shadow Puppet Performance (USD $29/person). Shadow Puppet Performance works in the form of "One mouth tells stories of thousands of years; a pair of hands operates millions of soldiers." Get introduced to incredible history and be marveled by the lingering music, exquisite puppets, brisk colors and lively performance.

After enjoying a delightful Fu Brick Dark Tea, the mysterious tea from China’s ancient Silk Road, our calligraphy master will be waiting to impart his knowledge and guide your hands to the practices of this ancient art.

Following this full day of activities, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 11 Xi'an (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, we will visit Qin Emperor’s Mausoleum, showcasing the world-renowned “Terracotta Warriors” and “Horses Museum”. It is the most significant archeological discovery and excavation site for China that took place in year 1974. Qin ShiHuang (d. 210 B.C.) is the first unifier and emperor of ancient Chinese civilization during the Qin dynasty. The emperor was buried surrounded by life-sized terracotta warrior sculptures, a funerary art with the purpose of protecting the emperor in his afterlife. The emperor’s tomb is located at the centre of a complex, designed to mirror the urban plan of a capital. The “Terracotta Army” is rated one of the top attractions in China after its enlistment by UNESCO in 1987. After visiting the museum, we will continue to the Artistic Ceramics Exhibition, to learn the techniques about the makings of the Terracotta Warriors. Tonight, you may delight in a large Dumpling Banquet (USD $68/person), which includes a wide variety of dumpling choices and a featured Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

Day 12 Xi'an- Home (Breakfast)

After breakfast, your tour guide will transfer you to the airport. Depart home (via Beijing or Shanghai) or extend your journey to other cities in China.

* All optional tours are to be paid locally.

Xi'an Titan Times Hotel

360 W. Ring Road (North Section), Lianhu, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China

+86-29-8862-6666

Sonwy Sea Hotel Suzhou

Suzhou Snowy Sea Hotel Suzhou

99 Jie Fang East Road, Suzhou (Jiangsu), China

+86 512 6811 8888

Kingtown Hotel

Wuxi Kingtown hotel

No 777,jianzhu road,binhu district
Wuxi, Jiangsu,China.

+86 (510) 6665 9999

Merchant Marco Garden Hotel

Hangzhou Merchant Marco Garden Hotel

100 Gongkang Rd, Gongshu Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 310000

+86 571 5607 8888

REGAL PLAZA HOTEL & RESIDENCE

Shanghai REGAL PLAZA HOTEL & RESIDENCE

Address: 77 Fu Te Xi Yi Road, Waigaoqiao FTZ, Shanghai, China

4001889500

(86 21)50509501

China National Convention Center Grand Hotel

Beijing China National Convention Center Grand Hotel

Building 1, No. 8 Precincts, Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District
Zip code:100105

+86 10 8437 2008

+86 10 8437 0387

Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Show (USD $68/person)

Immerse yourself in the cultural and culinary delights of Xi’an during a Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling Banquet. Pleasure your palate with a sumptuous selection of filled dumplings then sit back and be mesmerized by the colorful costumes, incredible choreography and exuberant music of a Tang Dynasty Show. Marvel at the entertaining extravagance of the performance and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Xi’an hotel on this tour.

 

Shadow Puppet Performance works in the form of “One mouth tells stories of thousands of years; a pair of hands operates millions of soldiers.” Get introduced to incredible history and be marveled by the lingering music, exquisite puppets, brisk colors and lively performance.

After enjoying a delightful Fu Brick Dark Tea, the mysterious tea from China’s ancient Silk Road, our calligraphy master will be waiting to impart his knowledge and guide your hands to the practices of this ancient art.

Shanghai City Tour (USD $70/person)

First, we will take you to visit the Lujiazui Financial & Trade zone, where located on the east bank of Huangpu River and facing the Bund. Lujiazui is the largest financial zone in mainland China, with more than 400 banks and financial institutions from both home and abroad. In Lujiazui, the charm of the city as an international metropolis is unfolded to the largest degree. One can admire the modern skyscrapers as well as various buildings of different architectural styles across the Huangpu River. The Jinmao Tower is with 88 stories reaching a height of 420.5 meters and 290,000 square meter construction area, the tour will also include an admission to the Observation Deck on the 88th floor of Jinmao Tower where you will have the very best view of the entire city of Shanghai. After this, we will take the round-trip maglev train which is the fastest train in the world with the speed of 431KM per hour. It’s truly Amazing and breath-taking experience in traveling. Shop till you drop at the local market for your last-minute shopping before exploring the famous Xintiandi, old French Concession, a stylish pedestrian street composed of Shikumen architecture and modern complex.

Boat Ride On the Serene West Lake (USD $35/person)

Hangzhou Dayan Tower

World-known for dainty landscape of lakes and mountain as well as a mass of places of historic interests. The West Lake of Hangzhou is considered A Paradise on Earth. It was made a UNESCO world Heritage Site in 2011, as the only Chinese lake in the list, and was described as “having Influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries”.

 

 

Beijing Day Tour (USD $79/person)

Temple of Heaven build in 1420s, inscribed as a UNESCO world Heritage Site, was visit by Emperor of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest.

Hutongs are traditional alley ways that made up Beijing’s old city planning, take a special rickshaw ride for an immersive tour to get a wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world, the old way of life and traditional Beijing culture, and see the dramatic changes the city has undergone, continue to visit a local family and local market afterwards. “炸酱面” (fried sauce noodles) would also be provided by the local family as lunch.

Peking Duck Dinner (USD $35/person)

Peking duck is a dish from Beijing (Peking) that has been prepared since the imperial era.

The meat is characterized by its thin, crisp skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted in a closed or hung oven. The meat is eaten with spring onion, cucumber and sweet bean sauce with pancakes rolled around the fillings. Sometimes pickled radish is also inside, and other sauces (like hoisin sauce) can be used. Duck has been roasted in China since the Southern and Northern Dynasties. A variation of roast duck was prepared for the Emperor of China in the Yuan Dynasty. The dish, originally named “shāo yāzi” (烧鸭子), was mentioned in the Complete Recipes for Dishes and Beverages manual in 1330 by Hu Sihui, an inspector of the imperial kitchen. The Peking Roast Duck that came to be associated with the term was fully developed during the later Ming Dynasty, and by then, Peking Duck was one of the main dishes on imperial court menus. The first restaurant specializing in Peking Duck, Bianyifang, was established in the Xianyukou, close to Qianmen of Beijing in 1416.

The Romantic Show of Songcheng (USD $65/person)

This performance is the symbolic performance of Hangzhou, being performed over 2,000 times per year. Since it was created, the show has been performed more than 20,000 times, and entertained over 60 million audience. It is the theatre performance that has been performed for most times and has the largest audience number; along with the O Show in Las Vegas, and the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the three are regarded as the “Top 3 Famous Shows in the World”.

 

Grand Canal Cruise (USD $30/person)

The Grand Canal is the world’s longest man-made waterway, being 1,800 kilometers long. The canal connects the present cities of Beijing in the north and Hangzhou in the south. Since most of China’s major rivers flow from west to east, the fact that the Grand Canal runs north and south provides it as an important connector between the Yangtze River valley and the Yellow River valley.

 

 

Huangpu River Night Cruise (USD $50/person)

Cruising along the Huangpu River, you will take a glimpse of the history and charming night view of the cosmopolitan of Shanghai. On one side of the river, there is the Bund, a landmark of Shanghai, with buildings of western style dating back to the early 19th century. On the other side is the image of a new Shanghai with steel and glass skyscrapers. The best way to see Shang Hai’s skyline lit up the magnificent colors is to take an evening boat cruise along the Huangpu River. On the cruise, you will see the beautiful contrasts between the classical European building and soaring modern skyscrapers from the two side of the Huangpu River.

ERA: The Intersection of Time (USD $60/person)

This extravagant acrobatic show, one of the city’s best-known performance in the city of Shanghai, and was produced under the acclaimed director Michel Cusson. ERA, consists of many exciting elements, including acrobats, dances, dramas, music, martial arts, etc. Not only amazed by the acrobats control and precision, but also you will be enchanted by the world that is created through the use of multimedia, technology, lighting and sound effect, elaborate costumes, or live music and a lot more.

Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao is a type of steamed bun from the south region of China, especially associated with Shanghai. It is traditionally prepared in xiaolong, small bamboo steaming baskets, which give them the name. Xiaolongbao are often considered as a kind of “soup dumpling” filled with a nugget of seasoned pork and a burst of warm soup. To eat, pick up the soup dumpling by its topknot using chopsticks, and transfer to a Chinese soup spoon. Then poke a hole in the side with your chopstick and sip out the soup, and then eat the dumpling.

Zha Jiang Mian

Zha Jiang Mian or“Fried Sauce Noodles” So famous in China that the mere mention of it immediately makes people think of Beijing. It’s sold everywhere—from street vendors to restaurants in five star hotels. Prices can vary from $2 to $30, but higher prices don’t necessarily guarantee better taste. A dish of perfectly chewy noodles with a rich, meaty sauce…it’s just another one of those perfect dishes that you can’t miss in China.

Peking Duck

Peking Duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the imperial era. The meat is prized for its thin, crisp skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted in a closed or hung oven. The meat is eaten with scallion, cucumber and sweet bean sauce with pancakes rolled around the fillings. Sometimes pickled radish is also inside, and other sauces (like hoisin sauce) can be used.

For U.S and Canadian passport holder, China visa is required.

There are two options available to obtain Chinese Visa

 

Option One:  Regular multi entry individual visa

For customers who would like to apply for a multi entry visa, we recommend using our partner VisaCentral to obtain this required travel document.  You will not be allowed to enter China or begin your journey without a valid visa for China.

Get started by placing your visa order at https://visacentral.com/rtc

Through Rewards Holiday, VisaCentral offers discounted pricing, an easy to follow set of instructions, and support staff who can answer your questions from 7:30am to 8:00pm(central time). Place your order at https://visacentral.com/rtc, call VisaCentral at 877-535-0688 or send an email to customerservice@visacentral.com for more information.

We recommend that you begin your visa application 45-days prior to your departure.

 

Option Two: Apply for a Chinese Visa on your own through the Chinese Embassy/Consulate:

Please request for an invitation letter from your Rewards Holiday representative before visiting the Chinese Embassy/Consulate.

There are offices located in Washington D.C, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Houston.

For more information, check out the Chinese embassy website: http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/hzqz/

We recommend that you begin your visa application 45-days prior to your departure.

 

Please be advised that final decision on issuing a visa is total discretion of the designated Embassy / consulate, we are not responsible for any delay caused by unmet requirements or denial of visa by the consulate. The embassy may require additional supporting materials based on different personal circumstances.

  • Price are per person based on double occupancy.
  • No child discount.
  • Tour prices are subject to change without prior notice. Please check with your travel agent or our website for the latest information.
  • Rewards Holiday reserves the right to substitute hotels in similar standard if the hotels listed in the flyer/website are not available. Hotel rating base on local standard.  Exhibitions and shopping destinations are included in the basic itinerary.
  • For additional add-on services or requirements, please contact Rewards Holiday for availability.

Price includes

  • International flights and airport transfer service
  • Domestic transportation (air and coach)
  • All deluxe hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy)
  • Meals and featuring regional delicacies mentioned in the itinerary
  • All visits and admission fees including entertainment shows mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Taxes and fuel surcharges

Price does not include

  • Service charge & all gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional tours
  • Single Supplement Fee (if applicable)
  • Travel Visa (if applicable)

12 Days

12 Days China Landscape & Culture Tour

From: USD $2,663 

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