8 Nights 9 Days:Beijing/Xi'an/Shanghai/Suzhou/Shanghai
Arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport/ Beijing Daxing International Airport. Upon your arrival, our guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. On the way to the hotel, the guide will tell you interesting stories, and some useful travel information about this city. Then you will check in at hotel.
Beijing is an ancient capital with a history of more than 3,000 years. It is the capital of the People's Republic of China, the political center, the cultural center, the international communication center, and the scientific and technological innovation center. This morning your tour will start from Tian’anmen Square. Tian’anmen Square is in the center of Beijing. It is in East Chang'an Street, 880 meters in the north and 500 meters in the east and west. It is about the size of 61 FIFA football fields and can accommodate around 1 million people to get together. Going through the Tiananmen Gate Tower and the Meridian Gate (Wu Men), you will enter the Forbidden City (Closed on each Monday). The Palace Museum, formerly known as the Forbidden City, is in the center of Beijing's central axis. It is the imperial palace of the 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties in China. It is one of the most preserved ancient wooden structures in the world and was listed as a World Cultural Heritage in 1987. In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven. The Temple of Heaven, in the south of Beijing, was built in 1420. It was rebuilt in the Qianlong and Guangxu periods of the Qing Dynasty. It is a place to worship the god of heaven and pray for the abundance of grain for the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. You will see many local people doing Tai Chi for morning exercise.
In the morning, you will first to visit Beijing Foreign Studies University which is one of China’s top universities. BFSU will arrange an English interpreter to show you the campus. The explanation includes the history and the profile of the university, the introduction of their departments, the daily study and life of the students. After that, we can have a short communication on the lawn or the campus's corridor. Then you will have lunch at a local restaurant. After that you will visit the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace, a royal garden of the Qing Dynasty in China, formerly known as the Qingyi Garden, is in the western suburbs of Beijing, 15 kilometers away from the urban area and adjacent to the Yuanming Garden. Centered on Kunming Lake and Wanshou Mountain, and the model of Hangzhou West Lake, it is a large-scale landscaped garden built from the design techniques of Jiangnan Gardens. And it is the most intact imperial palace and is known as the "Royal Garden Museum".
This morning you will explore the old Hutong and have a visit of a local family. There are about 6074 hutongs in Beijing city. The word "Hutong" was originally transliterated in Mongolian and has a history of more than 700 years. They witnessed the historical and cultural development and evolution of the city. It records the changes of history, the style of the times, and contains a strong cultural atmosphere. Then you will visit Beijing Zoo. There is a Giant Panda House in the zoo and ten giant pandas are now living here. You will see these natural adorable creatures. After lunch, you will visit Juyong Pass of Great Wall which is one of the famous ancient military passes on the Great Wall of China. The Juyong Pass is a combination of magnificence, strange, dangerous and craggedness, with a total length of 4142 meters. In the evening, the guide will take you to the train station and take the estimated train: Z19 20:40-08:31+1 to Xi’an. It will take around 12 hours from Beijing to Xi’an and you will arrive in the beautiful ancient city and meet your Xi’an guide in the next morning.
After arrival in Xi’an, our guide will pick you up at train station and take you to have breakfast at KFC or McDonald’s on your own. Then we will first visit Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum --- the No.8 Wonder in the world. The Terracotta Warriors and the Horses stand silently to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor---Qin Shihuang for over 2000 years. Slaves were buried with their owner in ancient times. Slave was a subsidiary of the slave owner before his death. After the death of the slave owner, the slave was to be buried as a funerary for the slave owner. Terracotta warriors are funerary objects made in the shape of chariots, warhorses and soldiers. After lunch, we will visit the Great Mosque and Muslim's Quarter. Great Mosque is a Chinese temple-style ancient building complex with a long history and a large scale. It is the crystallization of the fusion of Islamic culture and Chinese culture. At the end of the day you could taste some local snacks at the Muslim’s Quarter and enjoy the beautiful night view in Xi’an.
This morning we will first see the 600 years old City Wall which is the most complete City Wall in China. After learning the history of the City Wall, you will have some free time. You could have a walk or rent a bicycle to ride on the wall. Then we will transfer to visit Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Both the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda are important symbols that have been preserved in Tang Chang'an City to this day. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is a beautiful tower and is a Buddhist architectural art heritage of the Tang Dynasty. At noon, you will have a chance to learn how to make Chinese dumplings or noodles in a Cooking Class. You will have a lunch here and enjoy the fruit of your labor. After lunch, the guide will take you to the airport and catch the estimated flight: HO1212 15:30-18:00 to Shanghai. After arrival in Shanghai, our Shanghai guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is on your own.
This morning you will walk down the Nanjing Road which is full of shops and The Bund, and then visit Yu Garden (Closed on each Monday). Yu Garden is a Jiangnan classical garden. It was originally a private garden in the Ming Dynasty and has a history of more than 400 years. Then you will have some free time looking around the bazaar area outside the garden. Then you will visit Shanghai Museum (Closed on each Monday) and Tianzifang. There are nearly one million cultural relics in the Shanghai Museum, including 120,000 fine cultural relics. Among them are bronze, ceramics, calligraphy and painting. It has the reputation of “half of Chinese cultural relics” and is a large-scale museum of ancient Chinese art. Tianzifang is a stylish landmark creative industry cluster formed by the reconstruction of the unique Shikumen building complex in Shanghai. It is also a creative work base for many artists. In the evening, you will take a Huangpu River Night Cruise and enjoy the beautiful scenery on both sides of the Huangpu River.
This morning you will have a trip to Suzhou, known as the “Venice of the East”, 2 hours away by bus. First to visit Tiger Hill. There is a Leaning Tower in the area which was built in Song Dynasty. Then you will visit the Master of the Nets Garden. The Master of the Nets Garden is a representative work of a medium-sized classical landscape house in Suzhou Gardens, which was founded in the Southern Song Dynasty. The Master of the Nets Garden is a typical private garden with a unified homestead. It was included in the "World Cultural Heritage List" by UNESCO in 1997. Next you will see another garden Lingering Garden. Lingering Garden was built in the Ming Dynasty. It is well-known for its exquisite architectural layout and numerous strange stones. It is also known as the Four Famous Gardens in China with Suzhou Humble Administrator's Garden, Beijing Summer Palace and Chengde Mountain Resort. Today the tour will end with a visit to the Institute of Embroidery and Museum with copies of the imperial clothes from the Ming Dynasty.
You will have a free morning. The guide will meet you at hotel lobby and take you to the airport according to the time of your flight. You will be back to your sweet home and the memorable student tour will end here. We hope you have a pleasant journey and look forward to serving you again!
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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.