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.
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.
When you arrive in Beijing, a Rewards Travel China 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.
Today, we will 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; a true architectural masterpiece. The Forbidden City is also a home to the National Palace Museum, which showcases many rotating exhibitions of ancient Chinese arts and crafts. Get a great opportunity to learn about the hierarchy and culture associated with it. After lunch, proceed to the Summer Palace. The palace was once a royal retreat, after the fall of Qing dynasty, it has since been under careful protection and is now renown for being the best-preserved imperial garden in the world. Explore the spectacular park and experience the imperialness associated with it. This evening, delight in a famous Peking Duck dinner banquet.
Today's highlight is an excursion to the world renowned, majestic, The Great Wall (JuYongGuan); Also known as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”. Get a chance to climb a section of this 3,700-mile marvel, and get a breathtaking experience to the beauty and magnificence of this wonder. Afterwards, tour the iconic “2008 Beijing Olympic Center”; including the famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. The Olympic Centre now hosts many spectacular opening ceremonies and events. Experience the brilliant architectural structure design from the outside view, providing a perfect photo opportunity to capture these gorgeous buildings. Then, visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia, made possible by the Dragon Land Jade company. Observe the sophisticated craftsmanship of the many jades on display and get a great opportunity to bring one home yourself. Tonight, you will attend a large-scale musical drama show, The Golden Mask Dynasty show. An original Chinese drama play, which incorporates dancing, lighting and acoustics, acrobatics and some magnificent costumes to recreate the wonderful legend. Produced by Chinese playwrights, directors and designers, the play has eight chapters and includes more than 200 actors from China and abroad in a single performance.
Today, we will take a tour to the Temple of Heaven, an imperial complex of religious buildings, it is recognized by UNESCO as an architectural masterpiece built between 1406-1460 A.D. Historically, it is an Imperial Sacrificial Alter, and was used in the past by emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties for ceremonial honouring and praising to the gods of harvest, atonement for the sins of their people and seek divine clearance from the gods. Afterwards, take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour and experience the culture and dynamics of what it would have been like to reside in ancient China. Then, received more insight on the diminishing of Hutongs through a Local Family Visit, where, also, an included local family meal will take place. Later, visit a famous Chinese Medical and Pharmaceutical company, Tong Ren Tang. Officially founded in year 1669, it has trained and provided many imperial doctors to former emperors of Qing dynasty. Discover the rich history, theory and philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine. Also, find out the health preservation methods through the Chinese medical way. During the late evenings, transportation to Suzhou via flight to Shanghai or high-speed train.
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. After lunch, enjoy a relaxed and soothing canal ride inside the city, enjoy the picturesque feeling the ancient city offers on the Grand Canal Cruise. Later afternoon, continue onwards to Wuxi to visit the LingShan Grand Buddha. Recognized as one of China's largest Buddha statues standing over at an amazing 80m tall. Explore the whole LingShan area attraction with musical fountains that play-out the story of the birth of Buddha. Also, visit the spiritual Brahma palace (梵宫), a very grand palace with the pillars that are entirely made of sandalwood; Known to host the 2009 Buddhist conference.
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, enjoy a symbolic performance of Hangzhou, “The Romantic Show of SongCheng”. 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".
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, take an amazing boat ride on the serene West Lake, 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, participate on a western influenced Chinese Acrobatic Show - ERA: The Intersection of Time.
After breakfast early morning, tour the famous Shanghai Museum. Where you get to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade. Shortly followed by a visit to an Emerald exhibition center. Then, visit the City God Temple Bazaar. Which composes of specialty stores, selling traditional Chinese arts and crafts, medicine and souvenirs. At night, enjoy a scenery ride on the Huangpu River Night and get a breath-taking glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and take a flight to Xi'an. Xi’an is one of the birthplaces of the ancient civilization. During Xian’s 3,100 year development, 13 dynasties placed capitals here, just like a living history book. Xian enjoys equal fame with Athens, Cairo, and Rome as one of the four major ancient civilization capitals. Upon arrival we tour 【Small Wild Goose Pagoda】 (Xiao Yan Ta), the symbol of the city. It is a well-preserved ancient tower built in 707AD, functioned to collect Buddhists materials that were taken from India by the pilgrims. Here we will join a special class to learn traditional Chinese culture, brush paintings and Chinese calligraphy. Next tour 【Xian Museum】, a Tang Dynasty-style structure under national heritage protection. The museum has a massive collection that spans over 130,000 pieces –14,400 of which are rated at China's highest level of cultural importance. Enjoy the Chinese traditional Calligraphy Class & Shadow Puppet Performance. Shadow Puppet Performance that works in the form of "one mouth tells stories of thousands of years with a pair of hands operate millions of soldiers." We will introduce about its history and be marveled at the lingering music, exquisite puppets, brisk colors and lively performance. After enjoying the Fu Brick Dark Tea, the mysterious tea from China’s ancient Silk Road, our calligraphy master is waiting to impart his knowledge and guide our hands as we practice this ancient art. Following this full day of activities, you will be escorted to your hotel.
After breakfast, we will visit 【Qin Emperor’s Mausoleum】and the 【Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum】, it is the most significant archeological excavations in 1974. Qin (d. 210 B.C.), the first unifier of China, is buried, surrounded by life-sized famous Terra Cotta Warriors, at the centre of a complex designed to mirror the urban plan of the capital. The Terra Cotta Army it rated as one of the top attractions in China; in 1987 it was enlisted in the UNESCO.
After the museum, we will continue to visit the【Artistic Ceramics Factory】, to learn about the techniques of making Tan San Cai, as well as the Terra Cotta Warriors. Tradition【A Dumpling Banquet and spectacle of the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show】
After breakfast, your local tour guide will transfer you to the airport. Depart home (via Beijing or Shanghai) or extend your journey to other cities in China.
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