China Explored Itinerary

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Day 1
ARRIVAL IN BEIJING
On arrival into Beijing your Guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will have time to rest or explore the area before our Welcome dinner this evening.
Accommodation: Beijing 4* Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Day 2
BEIJING
This morning we visit to the Forbidden City. This was once the Chinese Imperial Palace and has a history of almost five hundred years. It is said to be the world’s largest existing palace complex with 999.5 rooms. While walking in the city, you can retrace Chinese history from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. Have lunch at a local family’s house and learn to make your own dumplings! Afternoon, walk around in the city’s traditional neighbourhoods – Hutongs, the narrow alleys in old Beijing, and see the Ancient Residential Area, Drum Tower and Bell Tower. Stop at local artists’ homes to learn Chinese handicrafts.

Then visit the Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven, which was the prayer palace for good weather and bountiful harvests of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Accommodation: Beijing 4* Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3
BEIJING TO MUTIANYU GREAT WALL
Today we drive to Mutianyu Great Wall. Here you will enjoy a cable car ride to the start of your hike along the Great Wall. It was built and restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) on the remnants of a Wall that was originally built in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 – 577). The trail is a mixture of rock steps and bushes in some sections.

Finish the hike in a nearby village and overnight.
Accommodation:Beijing 4* Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4
GUBEIKOU TO JINSHANLIN TO BEIJING
Transfer to Gubeikou Great Wall, located at a strategically important spot and famous for its strong military function. Hike towards Jinshanling Great Wall, the best preserved section of the Great Wall which stretches about 10 kilometers long with 67 towers, originally built from 1570 during Ming dynasty. We first walk on a mountain range before getting on the real wall, after a few kilometers on the wall, we pass through a village with corn fields, then back to the wall again.
Afternoon starting hike along the hill, Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall are connected. The Jinshanling Wall is situated on the Big and Small Jinshanling, hence its name. Based on huge stone bars, the Wall was then made by huge bricks, each of which weighed about 12 kilograms. It has five main passes and 67 watchtowers. Every 100 meters, there is an enemy tower each of which is about ten meters high. The Jinshanling Great Wall is the best preserved part of the Great Wall with many original features. Total of 5 to 6 hours of walking today.
Transfer back to Beijing City.
Accommodation: Beijing 4* Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5
BEIJING TO XI’AN
This morning, take a train to Xi’an in a 2nd Class seat (G655). Departing Beijing at 9:43am – arriving to Xian at 3:31pm

Visit the City Wall, one of the oldest and best preserved City Walls in China. We can either walk around or have a bike ride on the wall. Afternoon we walk around the Muslim Quarter, the home to the Muslim people in Xi’an. This evenings dinner features a dumpling banquet.
Accommodation: Xi’an 3* Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6
XI’AN
Visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors, a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The figures are the size of actual humans and are featured vividly and clearly.

In the afternoon, visit Small Wild Goose Pagoda (closed on Tuesday), which is an important Buddhist site, dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
Accommodation: Xi’an 3* Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7
XI’AN TO SHANGHAI
This morning you have some free time to rest before your afternoon flight to Shanghai.

Flight MU291 departs Xian at 1:30pm – arrives to Shanghai at 3:45pm

After checking into the hotel, take a walk on The Bund, a famous waterfront which has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. It is on the west bank of Huangpu River from the Waibaidu Bridge to Nanpu Bridge and winds 1500 meters in length. The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. Enjoy Dinner before returning to the hotel.
Accommodation: Shanghai 4* Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8
SHANGHAI
Morning walk around the French Concession, where was a foreign concession from late 18th to early 20th century.

Visit Yuyuan Garden, which is the most famous garden in Shanghai. It is located in the heart of Shanghai’s Old City (Shanghai bazaar), one of the few existent old tourist places in Shanghai. Shanghai bazaar is teemed with a great number of small streets and lanes where vendors sell their products and food stuffs to the tourists and local people. Continue on to the Jade Buddha Temple, which is the most famous Buddhist temple in Shanghai. Located at 170 Anyuan Road, the temple was established in 1918 with the style of the Song Dynasty. It is an active temple with over 70 monks. You will then visit the People’s Square in the city centre, covering 140,000 square meters, surrounded by the municipal government office building.
Accommodation: Shanghai 4* Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9
SHANGHAI TO HANGZHOU
Transfer to the train station and your high-speed train journey to Hangzhou (approx 1 hour). Depart Shanghai at 8:10am (G7549) – Arrive Hangzhou at 9:12am.

On arrival, your local guide will meet you as you disembark the train and head to the West Lake. There are many lakes named “West Lake” in China, but the “West Lake” here in Hangzhou is considered the most beautiful among all and listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. The Six Harmonies Pagoda is located in the south of West Lake, one of the greatest site in history of China.
Accommodation: Hangzhou 4* Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10
HANGZHOU
Hangzhou
This morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and offer a full day exploring Hangzhou. You will visit the atmospheric Lingyin Temple where Buddhist monks still live and pray. It is also home to one of the largest indoor Buddha statues in the World.

Visit Feilai Peak Grottoes. The charm of the legendary peak is the over 470 stone statues carved on its hillsides and riverbanks between the 10th and 14th centuries. 335 of the 470 Buddhist carvings are relatively well preserved. The grottoes in the Flying Peak have filled vacuum of Buddhist carvings done in the period ranging from Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907-960) to Yuan Dynasty. And visit Hangzhou’s Longjing tea terrace, where the famous green tea – Dragon Well is planted, and visit a local tea planter for a sip of fresh green tea.

After the tour, take train back to Shanghai (G1354) departing at 16:03 – Arriving to Shanghai at 17:03. This evening you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Accommodation: Shanghai 4* Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11
SHANGHAI – DEPARTURE DAY
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Meals: Breakfast

INCLUSIONS

INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis (single room available on request for an additional $500)
  • Private vehicle for all transfers
  • Domestic flight as detailed in itinerary (the airfare is subject to change)
  • Train ticket as per itinerary
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • All Entrance fees and tickets as per the itinerary are included
  • Services of English speaking guides.
  • Meals as specified in itinerary (soft drink included)
  • Private transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees – for single visit only.
  • Assistance on arrival and departure.

NOT INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP

  • International Airfare
  • Airport taxes
  • Visa fees – each member of the group must carry a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of your trip) and have obtained the appropriate visas
  • Tips, personal telephone charges…
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory) – You will need to give the policy number prior to departure
  • Items of a personal nature; postage, drinks and souvenirs
  • Other meals not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Any alcoholic beverage
  • Additional optional activities and Entrance fees during free time
  • Medical Advice – Please refer to your GP or local travel clinic for up to date travel health advice for the area(s) you are visiting.