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Beijing-Xian-Hangzhou-Shanghai 8-Day Tour Package

If you’ve always been intrigued by the mysteries of the Middle Kingdom’s tremendous past and the promise of its future, then dive into the wonders of China on this exceptional tour. Walk back in time along the Great Wall, stare down the stoic Terracotta Warriors, uncover the Buddhist gems of Hanghzhou and watch Shaolin Monks cut through the air during a fearsome display of Kung Fu.

With your accommodation of must-see highlights and authentic activities to engage your inner explorer. Ready? Let�s go!


�This tour will take you through the three most famed cities of China: Beijing, China�s cultural and political center, Xian, China�s ancient capital, and Shanghai, China�s biggest and most cosmopolitan city

�You will get to visit the best attractions in China, such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors, and the Bund, among many others you will get to see

Hangzhou, a beautiful lake city and one of China�s Seven Ancient Capitals, is especially known for West Lake. Held on three sides in the embrace of hilly peaks, this water wonderland has been an attraction for centuries and it is small wonder that it was a favorite imperial retreat. You will explore West Lake in full, along with all the different pagodas and temples along the way

�At each city you will have a local English-speaking guide who will give you the best advice and information in order to give you the best tour experience possible

Standard Tour and Luxury Tour Packages Available.

B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner  Departure: Upon booking



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Day 1 : Arrive in Beijing (D)

Upon arrival at the Beijing airport, you will be me by your local English-speaking guide, and he/she will take you to your hotel to freshen up. After unpacking you will be treated to delectable dinner of Peking Duck, Beijing’s signature culinary dish.

Day 2 : Beijing (B,L)

You will be picked up from your hotel, and from there we will drive directly to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, which is about 70km from downtown Beijing, and is located in the district of Huairou. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. First built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, Mutianyu Great Wall is older than the Badaling section of the Great Wall. We will have a picnic lunch on the wall.

Following our visit to the Great Wall we will drive back to Beijing, where you�ll be taken to the Red Theatre to see The Legend of Kung Fu presented by China Heaven Creation International Performing Arts Co., Ltd. ( CHC)-- China's leading performance art production company. The Legend of Kung Fu follows the story of a young boy found wandering outside an ancient temple. Like every boy in China, he dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master. On the road to enlightenment the young monk encounters many difficulties and temptations. The show has English subtitles shown above the stage to keep you informed of the story line. The actors do not speak, and the show is all Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics. It is the fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional arts, which make this performance unique and spectacular. The best Kung Fu practitioners from all over China have been found for this production and it shows on the stage. Their average age is just 17 years old! Additionally the costumes, set design and special effects are up to international standards, created by some of the best stage directors and designers in China.

Day 3 : Beijing-Xian (by overnight sleeper train) (B, L)

Our first stop today will be at Tian’anmen Square. The largest public square in the world, Tian'anmen Square is seen as China’s political center. After walking across the square we will enter the Forbidden City (known in Chinese as Gu Gong), the largest surviving palace complex and the former home of the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. The Forbidden City is one of the greatest attractions in the world. Built by the third Ming emperor between 1406-1422, the Forbidden City served as the official residence to the Emperor of China until the last emperor, Puyi, was forced to evacuate in 1924. The Forbidden City is divided into two parts. The southern section, or the Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The northern section, or the Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Consisting of 980 buildings and with 8,707 bays of rooms, the Forbidden City is the greatest example of classical Chinese architecture anywhere in the world.

You will then be taken to the train station, and you will take an overnight sleeper train to Xian, China's ancient capital and home to the Terracotta Warriors.

Day 4 : Xi’an(B,D)

Today will consist of a full city tour of Xian. Our first stop will be at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a pagoda surrounded by a still functioning Buddhist temple (named Da Ci’en Temple). The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China. The Pagoda was built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) for the study of Buddhist scriptures. Although it has been attacked by centuries of weather, war and seismic activity, which destroyed most of the original material of the structure, a pagoda by this name and style still exists on the site.

We'll then drive an hour outside the city to see Xian�s greatest attraction, and one of the greatest sites in all of China, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum is the result of the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum. Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, later the first Emperor of all China, had begun to work for his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish. It is speculated that many buried treasures and sacrificial objects had accompanied the emperor in his after life. A group of peasants uncovered some pottery while digging for a well nearby the royal tomb in 1974. Life size terracotta figures of warriors and horses arranged in battle formations are the star features at the museum. They are replicas of what the imperial guard should look like in those days of pomp and vigor.

When we drive back to Xian you will have the option to take a bike ride around Xian's still functioning city wall, and for dinner we will have traditional Xian fare.

Day 5 : Xian-Hangzhou (by plane) (B, D)

After a morning Tai Chi class at the base of Xian's historic city wall, you will be taken to the airport and you will make the short flight to Hangzhou. The capital of Zhejiang province, Hangzhou is one of the more modern and prosperous cities in China. It sits at the southern end of the Grand Canal and is one of China's seven ancient national capitals. Hangzhou's "heavenly" beauty attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists to its exquisite West Lake (Xi Hu) area each year to enjoy the placid lake, beautiful gardens, reflecting pools, lavish temples and lakeside teahouses.
Once we arrive at Hangzhou we'll set out for the city's main attraction, West Lake. West Lake is a man-made lake and is created after the Chinese love for garden style parks for recreation. West Lake is a place of tranquility where urbanity becomes a silhouette on the northeast horizon and mountains near and far surround it on the other three sides. The occasional pagoda and Chinese-style arched bridge add atmosphere to the tree-lined walkways, verdant islands and hills.Within West Lake, is one of China's most famed temples, Lingyin, which we will explore. Commonly translated as "Temple of the Soul's Retreat", Ling Yin is one of the largest and wealthiest temples in China. It was originally founded in 326 AD, but has been rebuilt no less than sixteen times since then. The current buildings are modern restorations of late Qing buildings. The hillside to the south of the temple is also famous as a site of old Buddhist caves and rock carvings. Many of these date back to the time when the temple was first founded and a great many were carved during the blossoming of Buddhism during the Tang dynasty.  

Day 6 : Hangzhou -Wuzhen water town-Shanghai (B, L)

This morning we'll drive to the canal town of Wuzhen, which we will explore in full. The waterways of Wuzhen are kept topped up with water by the adjacent Hangzhou to Beijing Grand Canal, which is still used to supply the dry north with water from the wet south and local goods transport. It was a major transport artery in times gone by, which led to the rise to prosperity of water towns like Wuzhen. After taking some time to walk along the alleys and byways of Wuzhen, we’ll take a boat cruise through the town’s canals. On the wooden boat you can enjoy the atmosphere of the traditional cultures and the original ancient features of the town that have been preserved intact, the elegant watery views and the strong local colored traditions and customs. You will also visit the traditional Wine Workshops, Dye House, Folk Custom Museum and Shadow Puppet Theater.

After our visit to Wuzhen we will make the 1.5 hr drive to Shanghai, checking into your hotel room.

Day 7 : Shanghai(B,D)

Today will consist of a city tour of Shanghai, China's largest and most cosmopolitan city. Following breakfast in the hotel we'll get started on your full day city tour at the Shanghai Museum, a large museum of ancient Chinese art. The museum is divided into eleven galleries and three exhibition halls. The eleven Galleries cover most of the major categories of Chinese art: Ancient Bronze, Ancient Ceramics, Paintings, Calligraphy, Ancient Sculpture, Ancient Jade, Coins, Ming and Qing Furniture, Seals, and Minority Nationalities. The museum is a wonderful primer on ancient Chinese culture, and is a must-see when coming to Shanghai.

We'll then walk up Nanjing Road, Shanghai's main thoroughfare, before arriving at the Bund. The Bund is a waterfront embankment and has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. It affords marvelous views across the river of the Pudong district and its numerous towers. The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 52 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.

Before dinner you will be treated to a show of traditional Chinese acrobats. You'll then have a splendid farewell dinner consisting of Shanghai cuisine, which is generally lighter and sweeter than other types of Chinese food.

Day 8 : Shanghai-depart (B)

Following breakfast you will be taken to the Shanghai airport where you will fly on to your next destination.
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