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China Treasures Tour in Winter - 13 Days


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This China tour showcases two aspects of China’s amazing ancient culture, its gardens and its porcelain. It will also take you to visit one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders. This is an unforgettable journey that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.


Day 1 - Arrival/Beijing

Upon arriving in Beijing, your local guide will meet you and you will be driven to your hotel.

The rest of the day is yours to relax, or explore Beijing on your own.


The Forbidden City
Forbidden City

Day 2 Beijing

Meals: B, L

Sites Visited: The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Cloisonne Workshops

Optional Special Cultural Experience: Beijing Duck Dinner

In the morning, after you have had breakfast in your hotel, your local guide will meet you and you will be driven to The Forbidden City. Built over 500 years ago, it is the largest imperial palace complex in the world. It never fails to awe visitors with its grandeur. You will then be driven to the Summer Palace. The largest Chinese imperial garden, it was the summer home of the Emperor and his family. It is a magnificent place filled with surprises. Then you will go to visit the Cloisonne Workshops to see different kinds of delicate artworks.

Optional: In the evening you will be driven for a Beijing Roast Duck Dinner. It is a meal unlike any other and one you will truly enjoy.


The Sacred Road
The Sacred Road

Day 3 Beijing

Meals: B, L

Sites Visited: The Great Wall (Badaling Section), Sacred Road

After you have had breakfast in your hotel, your local guide will meet you and you will be driven to The Great Wall (Badaling Section). No amount of photos can prepare you for the majesty of The Great Wall.

After visiting The Great Wall, you will be driven to the Sacred Road. The road leads to the Imperial Tombs of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is lined with huge ancient marble statues of animals, mythological creatures, and government officials.


Pingyao Ancient City Walls
Pingyao Ancient City walls

Day 4 Beijing/Pingyao - Overnight Train

Meals: B, L

Sites Visited: Hutongs

After you have had breakfast in your hotel, your local guide will meet you and you will be driven to take a rickshaw ride through the labyrinth of Beijing’s Hutongs. They will give you a glimpse into what life was like in old Beijing. You will then be driven to the train station to board your comfortable overnight train to Pingyao.


Day 5 Pingyao 

Meals: B, L

Sites Visited: Qiao Family Mansion, Ancient City Wall, Rishengchang Exchange Shop, Ming and Qing Street

On arrival by train your local guide will meet you and take you to have breakfast for local food. You will first visit the Qiao Family’s Mansion. Built by successive generations of the Qiao family, this mansion is one of the most opulent in China. It was used as the backdrop for many movies including the famous “Hang the Red Lantern”.

After visiting the mansion you will be driven to Pingyao’s Ancient City Wall. Used as a defensive network for the city, the gates and gate towers are very impressive. You will then be driven to the Rishengchang Exchange Shop. The shop was essentially China’s first bank and the shop is in a fantastic state of preservation including its secret vaults which held their client’s gold.

After visiting the exchange shop you will be driven to the Ming and Qing Street. Lined with ancient architecture, this street shows visitors what shopping was like during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. 


Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 6 Pingyao/Taiyuan/Xian - Overnight Train

Meals: B, L

Sites Visited: Shuanglin Temple, Twin Pagoda Temple

In the morning, after you have had breakfast in your hotel, your local guide will meet you and you will be driven to Pingyao’s Shuanglin Temple. Built over 1,400 years ago, the temple is famed for its more than 2,000 sculptures which represent the height of artistry in the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasty. After visiting the temple, you will be driven to Taiyuan to visit the Twin Pagoda Temle. In the evening you will take on your nighttrain for the 1st class softsleeper to Xian.


Xian
Xian

Day 7 Xian

Meals: B, L

Sites Visited: Terracotta Warriors, Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Special Optional Cultural Experience: Tang Dynasty Show with Jiaozi (Dumpling) Feast

After you took off your train your local guide will meet you and take you to have breakfast. Then you will be driven to visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors. After lunch you will be driven to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area, where you will stroll through the gardenlike area around the pagoda. 

Optional: In the evening you will be taken to an amazing Jiaozi (Dumpling) Feast followed by the Tang Dynasty Show, which bring the pageantry and music of the ancient Tang Dynasty to life.


Day 8 Xian/Guilin

Meals: B, L

Sites Visited: Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda

After breakfast in your hotel, your guide will meet you and you will be driven to the Shaanxi History Museum to discover Xian’s amazing history. You will then be driven to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Housed in a huge temple complex, the ancient pagoda was built to house Buddhist Sutras brought to China from India.

After visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival in Guilin, your local guide will meet you and you will be driven to your hotel.


Li River Cruise
Li River Cruise

Day 9 Guilin/Yangshuo

Meals: B, L

Sites Visited: Li River Cruise, West Street, Impressions of Liu Sanjie 

After breakfast in your hotel, your guide will meet you and you will be driven to the Zhujiang Pier (40 minutes). There you will board your boat for your Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. The scenery along the Li River is often referred to as the most beautiful under heaven. Upon docking in Yangshuo, your guide will escort you to your hotel.

After checking in, you will be taken down Yangshuo’s famous West Street, known for its shops, bars, and eateries. In the evening you will dine on Yangshuo’s amazing Li River Beer Fish, followed by the Impressions of Liusanjie (Third Sister Liu) performance. The Performance, created by Zhang Yimou, China’s premiere movie director and director of the Beijing Olympics’ Opening Ceremony, is made up of hundreds of people and is performed on the Li River with the mountains as the backdrop. It is an unforgettable experience. 


Reed Flute Cave
Reed Flute Cave

Day 10 Yangshuo/Guilin/Shanghai

Meals: B, L

Sites Visited: Reed Flute Cave

In the morning, after you have finished your breakfast in your hotel, you will be driven back to Guilin. In Guilin you will first visit the Reed Flute Cave. The cave’s many bizarre stalagmites and stalactites make visitors feel like they have stepped into another world.

After visiting the Reed Flute Cave, you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon your arrival in Shanghai, your local guide will meet you and you will be driven to your hotel.


No. 1 Silk Factory
Silk Factory

Day 11 Shanghai/Suzhou/Shanghai

Meals: B, L

Sites Visited: Pan Gate, Master of Nets Garden, Humble Administrator’s Garden, the No.1 Silk Factory

In the morning after having breakfast in your hotel, your guide will meet you and you will be driven to the city of Suzhou. When you arrive in Suzhou, the first stop will be the Pan Gate, an example of an ancient city gate and the only surviving water/land gate in China.

After lunch you will then be drive to the Humble Administrator’s Garden, one of the four most famous traditional Chinese gardens in Suzhou. You will then be driven to visit another spectacular garden, the Master of Nets Garden.

After your cruise, you will be taken to the No.1 Silk Factory to see how silkworms create silk which is woven into amazing objects. In the evening you will be driven back to Shanghai.


Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road

Day 12 Shanghai

Meals: B, L

Sites Visited: Yu Garden, Yuyuan Market, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund, Nanjing Road

In the morning after having breakfast in your hotel, your guide will meet you and you will be driven to the Yu Garden, the only ancient traditional Chinese garden left in Shanghai. You will then stroll through the streets lined with traditional styled architecture of the Yuyuan Market located outside the garden and get a glimpse into the local’s lifestyle.

You will then be driven to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower to get a bird’s eye view of Shanghai from within its unique architectural orbs. After visiting the tower, you will stroll along The Bund, known as a museum of Western architecture, and the nearby Nanjing Road, the No.1 shopping street in China. 


Day 13 Shanghai/Departure

Meals: B

Today is for your free to explore this amazing city until the time your tour guide come to meet you and you will be driven to the airport for flight home.


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