11 Nights 12 Days: Beijing/Xi’an/Guilin/Hangzhou/Shanghai
Upon arrival at the Beijing airport, your excellent China family tour will begin! Our professional guide will be holding your name sign and waiting for you at the arrival hall according to your flight schedule. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the hotel in downtown Beijing. You are free to arrange your time for the rest of the day.
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will first visit Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City.
Tian’anmen Square is located in the center of Beijing. It is 880 meters long from north to south, 500 meters wide from east to west, and covers an area of 440,000 square meters. It is the largest city square in the world today. On October 1, 1949, Chairman Mao Zedong announced the founding of the People's Republic of China on the Tian’anmen Rostrum. Since then, Tian’anmen Rostrum has become a symbol of New China, and its solemn image is an important part of China's national emblem.
The Forbidden City (closed on each Monday) is a royal palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties in China. It has more than 70 palaces of various sizes and more than 9,000 houses. The Forbidden City is one of the largest and most intact wooden structures in the world.
After lunch, you will visit the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace is China's famous royal garden. As the last large palace built by China's last feudal dynasty, the Summer Palace has inherited the tradition of Chinese imperial gardens from all previous generations, and has absorbed a great deal of the art of gardening in the private gardens of the South. It is also one of the Four Most famous gardens of China. After that you will be transferred back to your hotel.
After breakfast, you will first go to see the Giant Pandas in Beijing Zoo. If we are lucky, you will have a chance to see the pandas having breakfast!
Then we will take you to visit the world famous Great Wall-Badaling Great Wall. There is an old saying in China that “One who fails to reach the Great Wall is not a hero”. The Great Wall is an ancient defense project with the longest construction time and the largest amount of construction in the world. It has been built continuously for more than 2000 years since the Western Zhou Dynasty. The Great Wall is spread over vast areas of northern and central China, with a total length of more than 50,000 kilometers. On the way back, you will have the chance to have a photo stop at the Water Cube and Bird’s Nest. They are landmarks of the Beijing Olympics. There are still various competitions being held there.
After breakfast, you will visit the Temple of Heaven.
The Temple of Heaven is the place where the ancient Chinese emperor worshipped the god, and it is also the crystallization of China's long-time culture of worshipping the god. Its magnificent architecture, verdant ancient trees, and rich cultural relics record the ancient Chinese emperors’hopes for a bumper harvest and a better life in the coming year. You will have a Tai Chi Class here.
After that, you will be transferred to the train station and take the estimated train: G659 11:53/17:35 to Xi’an. Our guide will meet you at the train station and then you will be transferred to your hotel for a rest.
This morning, you will first visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum.
Terracotta warriors are a category of ancient tomb sculptures, that is, funerary objects made in the shape of chariots, war horses and soldiers. It is also known as "the eighth wonder of the world". More than 200 foreign heads of state and government have visited this place and it has become a golden card of ancient Chinese brilliant civilization. It is also known as one of the rare treasures of the world's top ten ancient tombs.
After lunch, we will take you to visit the Big Wild Goose pagoda. Xuanzang built the Big Wild Goose Pagoda to preserve the Buddhist scriptures and statues brought back to Chang'an by the Silk Road from India. As the earliest and largest existing square-style pagoda in the Tang Dynasty, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a typical physical evidence of the ancient Indian Buddhist temple, which was introduced into the Central Plains area with Buddhism and integrated into Chinese culture.
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to visit the City Wall.
Xi'an City Wall is the largest and most complete ancient city wall in China. The existing city wall is a Ming Dynasty building with a total length of 13.7 kilometers. Because of the large and sturdy city, coupled with repeated repairs and additions in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it has been well preserved to this day.
After that we will take you to visit the Great Mosque. The Great Mosque was built in the early Ming Dynasty. It is a large-scale Islamic building of the Hui nationality in the earlier era. The temple has a total area of 13,000 square meters and a building area of about 6,000 square meters. It is listed by UNESCO as one of the world's Islamic relics.
This morning, you will take the Li River Cruise. Lunch is provided on board.
You can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. After disembarking at Yangshuo, you will visit Yangshuo West Street. In the early 1970s, Yangshuo opened to the outside world. Western tourists discovered West Street. At the same time, they showed a strong interest in the simple and elegant local houses, traditional culture, and folk customs. Since then, they have come to West Street for sightseeing and leisure every year. Yangshuo West Street is nearly 800 meters in length. The marble pavement has a curved S-shape. The buildings are antique and have strong local characteristics. West Street is the earliest contact and fusion of Chinese and Western culture in Yangshuo. After that you will be transferred back to your hotel.
This morning, we will visit the Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill. Reed Flute Cave is 5 kilometers away from the city center and is the core component of the Lijiang Scenic Spot. Reed Flute Rock, known as the "Palace of Nature and Art", is a dazzling pearl in the landscape of Guilin. The reed cave is 240 meters deep and has a range of nearly 500 meters. The cave is full of stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone mantles, and stone flower anthropomorphic figures, which form more than thirty wonderful landscapes. Elephant Trunk Hill is named after a giant elephant standing on the river bank and drinking water from the Li River. It is known as the symbol of Guilin's landscape. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport and take the estimated flight: JD5548 13:00/15:05 to Hangzhou.
Our guide will meet you at the airport and then you will be transferred to your hotel for a rest.
After breakfast, our guide will take you to visit the West Lake.
West Lake is Hangzhou's most representative tourist attraction. More than 100 park attractions are included. There are willow in spring, lotus in summer, lake view in autumn, snow scene in winter. The beauty of the West Lake varies from season to season. On the back of RMB 1 is the beautiful scenery of West Lake. In addition, West Lake is also well known for its ancient myths and love tales. You will have a chance to take a West Lake Cruise to enjoy the full view over the West Lake.
After that we will visit a Dragon Well Tea Plantation. West Lake dragon well tea belongs to green tea, one of China's top ten famous teas. Has a history of more than 1,200 years. The superb West Lake dragon well tea has a bright green color and a scent. West Lake dragon well Tea, like West Lake, is the perfect crystallization of people, nature and culture, and is an important carrier of West Lake regional culture.
After lunch, we will drive to visit the Six Harmony Pagoda which is located in the south of the West Lake, on the Moon Hill beside the Qiantang River. The Six Harmony Pagoda is very majestic, covering an area of 890 square meters. There are 104 iron bells hanging on the eaves of each floor outside the tower. The tower is 59.89 meters high. It is the most important Song Dynasty building in the ancient city of Hangzhou. In 2019, the New Year's Eve prayer bell ringing event was held on Six Harmony Pagoda.
Then you will take the estimated train: G2194 18:22/19:18 to Shanghai.
This morning we will first visit Jade Buddha Temple. Although it is located in a bustling urban area, it is known as a pure land in the middle of the city.
Jade Buddha Temple is also a place where local people wish and pray to gods for good luck. The statue of the Jade Buddha is enshrined in the middle of the hall. There is a white jade reclining Buddha in the reclining Buddha hall on the west side of the temple.
After Lunch, we will visit the Yu Garden. (closed on each Monday). Yu Garden was originally a private garden in the Ming Dynasty. It was built in the Ming Dynasty and has a history of more than 400 years. Yu is the meaning of peace and health. There are tourist attractions such as the City God Temple and Old Street on the side of the Garden.
After that we will take you to visit the Shanghai Tower. The main building of Shanghai Tower is 119 floors, with a total height of 632 meters. It is the tallest building in Shanghai. The express elevator in Shanghai Tower is the fastest elevator in the world. A fast elevator that can reach the 119-floor sightseeing platform, its speed can reach 18 meters per second, and it can reach the 119-floor sightseeing platform in Shanghai Center in 55 seconds.
In the evening, you will have chance to take the Huangpu River Cruise and enjoy the beautiful night scenery of the Bund. Take the Huangpu River Cruise to see the scenery of the buildings on the banks of the Huangpu River, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jinmao Tower, and the Shanghai World Financial Center. On the night of the holiday, there will be wonderful light shows on the buildings on both sides of the street, and taste the perfect fusion of Shanghai history and modernity.
Then, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
This morning, we will drive you to the Shanghai Disneyland. You will have a full day free time in the park. We will drive you to the hotel in the evening.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and fly back to your sweet home.
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Anyone over 12 when traveling to China will be an adult.
Infant under the age of 2 years.
A smaller folding bed can be added in the standard hotel room, some hotel rooms in Hong Kong are too small for an extra bed.
We started with a few days in Beijing & ended in Shanghai, from where we visited the Forbidden City and Great Wall. In between we visited Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Panda Base, Shanghai Disneyland.
We had a wonderful holiday in China which will remain long in the memory. China is a breathtakingly beautiful country full of splendid temples and palaces, mountains and rivers, peaceful rural scenes and bustling shopping streets.