Trip Itinerary & Travel Details
Highlights: You may hesitate to travel in a group and afraid of losing the opportunity to do your own thing. This tour is arranged with must-see places and also provides you freedom to do as you choose. Walk the Great wall and gaze in wonder at the wall as it snakes across the hills, and take time out to sit on the wall and imagine what it took to build; step into Forbidden City and get know Chinese emperor's life; explore Beijing city and take in some insight into the profound ancient Chinese culture; view unbelievable Terracotta Warriors which was listed as one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th; invited by local famers and have a their home-made lunch; discover the magic and mystery of historic "The Paris of the East" Shanghai, view fantastic Bund view from Asia highest building...
Day 1 Beijing Arrival day. (/)
Welcome to Beijing! The guide is at airport to greet and transfer to your hotel!
Day 2 Beijing Great Wall and Ming Tombs Tour (B, L)
After breakfast, you will go to Ming Tombs (50 miles away from downtown about one hour driving). The thirteen Ming Tombs are the best-preserved Chinese imperial tombs with 500 years history. Typical traditional Chinese lunch is arranged at Jindian restaurant. Before having lunch you will have a short visit of Jade Carving Factory.
After lunch, drive to the Badaling Great Wall. The hike on Badaling Great Wall takes 2 hours. Badaling section is the most famous and best-preserved wall. Its highest point at Badaling is some 800 meters above sea level. Cable car is available and optional. Before transfer back to your hotel, you will have a chance to enjoy the Chinese traditional Silk arts.
Day 3 Beijing Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven (B, L)
After breakfast, this day tour starts at Tian'anmen Square and then you will proceed to the Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial palaces group with 500 years history in the world. Visit the Forbidden City along the central axis from south to north for 2 hours.
You will have a short visit the Chinese traditional medicine culture before the visit of the Temple of Heaven, the largest ancient imperial worship architecture group in the world where the ancient Emperors prayed for peace and harvest. The visit to Temple of Heaven takes about 1 hour.
After Western and Chinese buffet lunch ( 40 minutes ) in Bangfuchun Restaurant, enjoy a short visit to a pearl free market not missed. After that you will go to Summer Palace, the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden. It is regarded as a museum of gardens in China. The visit takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Day 4 Beijing Beijing Panda house, Lama Temple and Hutong Tour (B, L)
Pick up at your hotel and then driving to Beijing Zoo where you can see the lovely Giant Pandas. The Panda Zoo visit takes about 40 minutes. Then take you to the largest Lama Temple of Beijing --- Yonghe Temple, 1 hour tour for the mysterious Tibet style Buddhism temple. The Lama Temple tour finishes at about 11:00. Before having lunch (12:00), you will have 45 minutes to visit the Chinese traditional handicraft silk carpet factory.
You will be arranged to have lunch with locals in a typical Beijing resident's house. Then you will be arranged to visit the old Beijing lanes by taking rickshaws. Hutong tour lasts for 2 hours. You will visit the typical Chinese quadrangles, primary school, many famous old buildings, like the bell tower, where you can explore the real life of ordinary people in Beijing.
After the day dour you will be transfer to the train station to catch your evening soft-sleeper train to Xian.
Day 5 Xi'an Banpo Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Terracotta Warriors (L)
Morning arrival, guide helps you to check into hotel. After refresh yourselves, the first will be the Big Wild Goose pagoda which was built in 652 to house the Buddhism text brought back by monk Xuanzang and now is the landmark of the Xian city. After that you will go sightseeing at the Banpo Museum which existed 6000 years ago and has distinct features of a matriarchal society.
After lunch, you will proceed to the Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. It was listed the world's cultural legacy by the UNESCO. On the way to Warriors we will visit Warriors Replicas Factory and know how the warriors are made and painted thousands years ago.
Day 6 Xi'an Shaanxi History Museum, City Wall, Muslim Street and Bell Tower (B, L)
Today's tour start to visit to the Shaanxi History Museum for a cultural and historical overview of the province, beginning with the great Emperor Qing. You can feel that the old charm and the bustling Chang'an of thousands of years ago. Then you will visit the Ming City Wall and Muslim Street and Bell Tower after lunch.
Next, you will visit the ancient city wall, the landmark of Xian, which is 600-year-old one of the largest well-preserved ancient military fortress in China. The Great Mosque in Xian is the largest and one of the most important Islamic mosques in China. It is one of five Muslim sanctuaries in China and it is built in traditional Chinese style. You will also visit Muslim Street near the Great Mosque. Muslim Street is one of Xian's major attractions should not be missed.The last stop will be the Bell Tower or Drum Tower in downtown Xian. They are both on the top list of 10 the must see attractions in Xian.
After that, you are transferred to Xian Train Station for you catch overnight train to Shanghai
Day 7 Arrival Shanghai (/)
Arrive in Shanghai. Be met at the train station and transferred to your hotel. After refresh yourselves, you go to the Bund, and stroll through the old streets in Shanghai.
Day 8 Shanghai Shanghai Yu Garden, Jade Budda Temple and Xintiandi (B, L)
After breakfast, you day tour start to visit Yu Garden, which is a typical Suzhou-style gardens in southern China, with pavilions, halls, chambers, towers, ponds and rockeries inside. After that proceed to Jade Buddha Temple. It was built during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty (A.D. 1875-1909) and boasts a priceless collection of jade statues from Burma.
After lunch, you will visit Xintiandi, the former French Concession District, characterized by beautiful tree-lined streets and European style architectures. It is now the famous leisure street in Shanghai.
Day 9 (B)Departure day (B)
Check out at 12pm. Transfer to the airport for your next destination.