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Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. To be met at the airport then transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure on your own for the rest of the first day.
Depart from your hotel after breakfast. Spending about 1.5 hours to be transferred outside the city to the surrounding countryside to visit the Great Wall at Badaling, one of the most remarkable feats of mankind, built over 2,000 years ago. You will be able to climb and walk on one of the best preserved sections of the ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountain scenery.
After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the fabled Ming Tombs, the resting places of thirteen emperors and their splendid treasures. Passing down the Spirit Way, a road lined with statues of dignitaries, as well as huge elephants, lions, camels and horses, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors. Visit one of the spectacular tombs--Dingling--featuring an underground palace.
Depart from your hotel in the morning to have city tours to visit Tiananmen Square, the symbolical heart of China and gathering place for the masses. It is the biggest public square in the world, which can hold one million people. Have a free walk there, imagining the great historic events of the 20th century that took place there. You will also see legendary landmarks including the Great Hall of the People and the towering 125 feet granite obelisk, Monument to the People´s Heroes, honoring those who died in revolution.
Walking across the Golden River Bridge, enter the Forbidden City, the inner sanctum and palace where for centuries Chinese emperors ruled their world. It has a 9000-room maze of courtyards, palaces, and ceremonial halls, where 24 emperors used to live. The Forbidden City was indeed a forbidden place, where commoners were kept out for nearly 500 years. Tour the palace and imagine the mystery, intrigue and incredible power that reigned here.
After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Summer Palace. Built in 1888AD, it was once a summer retreat and the imperial park for emperors. Have a lakeside cruise on lovely Kunming Lake, enjoy the magical views of the hills, bridges and pagodas that grace the Palace grounds.
To be met & transferred back to your hotel.
Have a Hutong tour in the morning. To be transferred to the airport for flight to Xian in the afternoon. Arrive at Xian, be met at the airport & transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Today will be your highlight in Xian. Depart from your hotel after breakfast. To be transferred outside the city to visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. It has been regarded as THE 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD! Over 2,200 years ago, the first emperor of
After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Huaqing Hot Springs. Located 35 kilometers east of Xian at the foot of Lishan Mountain in a large park where there are a number of public baths and some modern palaces built in the Tang style, the hot springs, rich in minerals, were highly regarded more than 3,000 years ago.
After coming back to the city, have another tour to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated in the south of Xian,as one of the main constructions in the famous Buddhist Da-Ci-En Temple, the pagoda is one of the most distinctive and outstanding landmarks of Xian.
Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, which is the largest comprehensive museum in the province. It is also the fist national-level grand museum equipped with modern facilities. It exhibits primarily historical relics of past dynasties and displays precious art treasures and stone carvings of the Han and Tang dynasties. Walking through the exhibits in the museum is like walking through the 3000 years of China history.
After having lunch at the local restaurant, visit the Ancient City Wall. It is the most complete city wall survived in China as well as one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. The wall was built in the Tang dynasty (618AD -907AD) and enlarged in the Ming dynasty (1368AD-1644AD).
Then be transferred to airport for flight to Shanghai. Be met & transferred to your hotel in Shanghai. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit the Bund. Have a stroll along the waterfront to experience the smells, sights and sounds of the old "Wall Street" of Shanghai. Banks, trading houses, residences, hotels and clubs all had a view of bustling Huangpu River traffic as they shared in the city s rising and falling fortunes.
Then visit the Yu Garden. This delightfully restored labyrinth of tiny specialty shops, tea and snack houses centered around a Ming -dynasty mandarin Suzhou-style garden is a fascinating spot to people---watch over a pot of tea, to shop for unique souvenirs and to get a feel for Old Shanghai. It is well worth a meander through the Yu Garden, which has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools and flora, all connected by corridors and passageways.
Follow with the Jade Buddha Temple. Built in 1911AD, it is the most famous and one of the most active Buddhist temples in Shanghai. Named for its two bejeweled white jade Buddhas, one is 1000kg, 1.9 meter-high figure carved from Burmese jade brought to China in 1882AD, and the other is a smaller reclining Buddha, the temple receives thousands of visitors and worshipers daily. Although Chinese New Year and the Buddha´s birthday are the most popular time to visit the temple for the faithful, it is possible to witness ceremonies at other times.
Take morning flight to Guilin. Be met at Guilin then have a city tour beginning at Elephant Trunk Hill. Located on the west bank of the Li River nearby a small branch called Peach Blossom River, the hill resembles a huge elephant standing on the bank of the river, sucking up water with its long trunk. The trunk is particularly striking and lifelike when viewed from either nearby or afar. A circular foot cave called Shui Yue Dong (Moon-In-The Water Cave) separates the trunk and the body. A 3-story Ming Dynasty (1368AD-1644 AD) brick pagoda rises from the top of the hill.
Then visit Fubo Hill, which is famous for its picturesque shape and beautiful caves. Located in the northeastern part of the city, it stands by the Li River, with half of its eastern foot submerged in water. It is known for its Tang and Song Dynasty Buddhist carvings in the foot cave named Returned Pearl Cave, all accessible by steps leading up and down the east and west side.
Finally visit Reed Flute Cave. A ten-minute drive (half hour bike ride) from downtown, the cave is one of the largest known examples of what each tropical karst cone conceals within it. The script writers and set designers for Star Trek would have a field day in this cavernous underground stalactite/stalagmite maze-style theater. The dripping water is rich and the drip stones vary in shape and size, displaying a wonderful cave world. This cave was called "The Art Gallery of Mother Nature." Colored fluorescent lights cast shadows and illuminate shapes of imaginary animals, fruits and vegetables, completing the unworldly effect.
Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Depart from your hotel in the morning. The Li River is by far the main reason to visit
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Then visit the Memorial Hall of the Chen Family, also known as
Finally visit the Temple of Six Banyan Trees. One of the most famous ancient Buddhist temples in
Take afternoon jet boat or train to
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Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Free at leisure until transferred to the airport for your flight home.
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