Trip Highlight: Forbidden City，The Great Wall，Temple of Heaven，Summer Palace，Terra Cotta Army
Day 1 Arriving Beijing
Upon your arrival, arrange your own transportation to hotel and the rest of the day is yours to explore and relax.
Day 2 Beijing (Breakfast)
A day at leisure to explore at your own pace.
We suggest an optional excursion (USD$65/person) with lunch to the Forbidden City, the former seat of the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a true architectural masterpiece and home to the National Palace Museum. After an included lunch, proceed to the Summer Palace, a former royal retreat and now a lovely part. Then visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine. This evening, delight in an optional banquet (USD$35/person) featuring the famous "Peking Duck".
Day 3 Beijing (Breakfast)
Today's highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall (Juyongguan), one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”! Recognized by UNESCO, and get a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Then tour the iconic “Beijing 2008 Olympic Center”; which includes the famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube which now hosts many spectacular opening ceremonies and events. Although there is no tour inside these buildings, it is a magnificent architectural structure from the outside, providing a perfect photo opportunity. Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia enroute. Afternoon, see skilled artisans work at a Cloisonné Factory. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, "The Golden Mask Dynasty" show (USD$50/person).
Day 4 Beijing - Suzhou (Flight via Shanghai or Train)
Today you are free to explore Beijing, or you can sign up to join one of our popular day tour programs. We will take a late evening flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival at Shanghai airport, transfer directly to Suzhou by bus. It is only about a one-hour drive.
Additional one-day tour Program: Take a morning tour to Temple of Heaven, Recognized by UNESCO, an architectural masterpiece built between 1406-1460 AD to be used by the emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties for ceremonies honoring the god of harvests. Then take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional family cooked lunch (Optional $79/person)
Day 5 Suzhou / Wuxi (Breakfast)
Suzhou–the city of paradise is also known as the Oriental Venice for its exquisite canals, bridges, pagodas, and beautiful gardens. Suzhou is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After breakfast, tour the Lingering Garden, a classic private garden with 500 years of history. Next, visit the Suzhou Silk Factory, the largest silk factory in the country to discover the mysterious processing of silk. After lunch, enjoy an optional cruise along the ancient canal from the city to the picturesque Grand Canal (Optional $30/person). Late afternoon, continue to Wuxi, visit the NanChang Street.
Day 6 Wuxi-Hangzhou (Breakfast)
This morning tour the Brilliance of Lake Lihu located at Famous Lake Taihu, followed by visit a Fresh Water Pearl Farm.
Continue to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world". This evening, you can enjoy an optional open-air performance, West Lake Night Show. This is a performance reflecting the long and splendid culture of the region. Songs, dances, opera, acrobatics and stunts are integrated in this performance to present Hangzhou's rich ancient civilization and remarkable customs. The performance consists of five scenes lasting around 1 hour in total. (USD$65/person).
Day 7 Hangzhou-Shanghai (Breakfast)
Hangzhou, also known as the “Paradise on Earth”, has been immortalized by countless poets and artists. The West Lake Cultural Landscape has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After breakfast, visit The West Lake, the most beautiful lake in the country. Then, you may take an optional 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. Then, visit No.1 Tea Plantation and taste the well-known Dragon Well Tea. Many studies say that green tea is excellent for your health. Dragon Well Tea is the best Green Tea in China. After lunch, drive to Shanghai. Walking along the famous Bund, lined by the colonial architecture of European design, this area is the best place to capture the Western influences of the old days. It is now the called “Wall Street of the East”.
Evening choose optional Chinese Acrobatic Show - "ERA The Intersection of Time" (USD$60/person)
Day 8 Shanghai (Breakfast)
Free at leisure for last-minute souvenir shopping or just relax at your hotel. Or you may choose an optional day-tour of Shanghai highlights.
(Recommended Options USD$70) 【Shanghai maglev train】is the fastest train in the world with an unbelievable top speed of 431km per hour. It is the only super high-speed bullet train with Magnetic technology in operation all over the world. Shop till you drop at knock-off market for your last minute shopping before exploring the famous【Xintiandi】, a stylish pedestrian street composed of Shikumen architecture and modern complex.【Jin Mao Tower】, 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.
At night, you may enjoy and optional "Huangpu River Night Cruise" and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai at your own expense (USD$50/person)
Day 9 Shanghai - Xi'an (Breakfast, Lunch, dinner)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and take a flight to Xi'an. Xi'an is one of the founding birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization. Throughout the 3100-years of Xi’an development, 13 dynasties have placed their capitals here. The city is truly filled with history, some might even describe the city to be a living history book. Xi'an, on international scale, shares equal fame along with Athens, Cairo and Rome, known as one of the four major ancient civilization capitals. Upon arrival, visit the “Small Wild Goose Pagoda” (Xiao Yan 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.
Day 10 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 Shi Huang (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 Factory, to learn the techniques about the makings of the Terracotta Warriors.
Later evening, optional dumpling banquet will be held along with a spectacular show featuring Tang Dynasty Dance and Music (USD$70/person)
Day 11 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.
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All Price are in USD.
|Departure Dates||All price listed is in USD per person (double occupancy)|
*No child discount
*Optional tours need to be paid locally
* Intra-China 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: USD$120/person for the entire trip, to be paid at time of booking
* Travel insurance
* Optional tours (can be paid locally)
* Single Supplement Fee $599
* Chinese Visa
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Chinese cuisine includes styles originating from the diverse regions of China, as well as from Chinese people in other parts of the world. The history of Chinese cuisine in China stretches back for thousands of years and has changed from period to period and in each region according to climate, imperial fashions, and local preferences. Over time, techniques and ingredients from the cuisines of other cultures were integrated into the cuisine of the Chinese people due both to imperial expansion and from the trade with nearby regions in pre-modern times and from Europe and the New World in the modern period.
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.
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.
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.
An original Chinese drama play, 'The Golden Mask Dynasty' was sponsored by Overseas Chinese Town, OCT, which invested 200 million yuan into building the Beijing OCT Theater for the play. The play has eight chapters and included more than 200 actors from China and abroad. Produced by Chinese playwrights, directors and designers, the play features Chinese dances, acrobatics, costumes, and lighting and acoustics.
The Romantic Show of Songcheng It 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".
Chinese Acrobatics is one of the oldest performing arts. Its history can be traced back to the beginning of civilization. It is believed that acrobatics grew out of labour and self-defence skills, which people practice and demonstrated during their leisure time. The modern acrobatics have been evolved into a kind of performing art and became well known worldwide while performances are presented along the Silk Road. In Europe and North America, Chinese acrobatic performances always attract large audiences.