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A Taste of China

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,761

The ideal locally hosted tour to visit three of China’s major destinations including Imperial Beijing, the ancient capital, Xian and the modern futuristic Shanghai all in 10 days.


For those with limited time, this inexpensive locally escorted tour is the perfect introduction to China.  In 10 days, you will have the opportunity to get to know the three most requested Chinese cities by North Americans.

Imperial Beijing is full of historical treasures. Start with the world’s largest public square, Tian An Men Square after which experience a return to the days of the Imperial Dynasties by visiting the Forbidden City, also known as the ImperialPalace. The Hutongs of old Beijing with their narrow alleyways will reveal a lifestyle still active but no longer generally in vogue.

The Great Wall of China will never disappoint the visitor with its stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Then it’s on to the Ming tombs, the sacred burial grounds of former Emperors.

The beautiful Temple of Heaven is where the Imperial Emperors used to worship and the SummerPalace is the retreat to which they escaped from the heat.

Next stop is Xian, the ancient capital and old walled city with its famous Terra Cotta Warriors discovered not so long ago although they are 2000 years old.

The final stop is Shanghai, a city which combines the traditional with the contemporary.  Enjoy a walk on the Bund and a performance of the world renowned Acrobatic Show. A day to Suzhou, one of China’s most beautiful cities is included during your stay. You will enjoy visits to an ornamental garden and a silk factory as well as have a cruise along the network of interesting canals.

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,761

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Day 1

Arrive Beijing

A cordial welcome by our English-speaking local representative who coordinates your ride to the hotel.

After checking in, you have free time to explore this amazing city that is feverishly modernizing, transforming right before your eyes.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Capital Hotel

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    Capital Hotel



    Capital Hotel is situated in the historic Dong Jiaominxiang and is within walking distance to many interesting monuments and scenic spots including the Forbidden City, Qianmen, Temple of Heaven, and Tiananmen Square. With subways and bus stops nearby, the hotel is easily accessible. Capital Hotel ...

    Capital Hotel is situated in the historic Dong Jiaominxiang and is within walking distance to many interesting monuments and scenic spots including the Forbidden City, Qianmen, Temple of Heaven, and Tiananmen Square. With subways and bus stops nearby, the hotel is easily accessible. Capital Hotel has modern furnishes while traditional in style. The decoration shows luxury and elegance. All the 591 guestrooms are contemporary in design, offering ultimate comfort and convenience.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Beijing

Stroll through Tiananmen Square China's historic heart of celebration and also turbulence for almost a century. Onward to the resplendent Forbidden City/Palace Museum (UNESCO site), home for Chinese Emperors since 1420. Walk through the world's largest royal compound that was off-limits to commoners and learn about important treasures of the Imperial collection on display in the vast inner courts. Have a Chinese lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon enjoy a ride on a two seat pedicab/trishaw with someone peddling you through the charming Hutong lanes of quickly disappearing old Beijing. Visit with a local family residing in a typical quadrangle home, local market and drum tower. Evening is free with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Beijing

Today, climb the truly awesome Great Wall of China (UNESCO World Heritage site). Visit the Badaling section. All portions ever made would equal a solid defense wall going around the equator one and one-half times. At the less visited Badaling section, one of the most impressive portions of the barrier, you have time to enjoy the area, photograph majestic views and maybe bargain with the local vendors.

Visit Beijing Jade Carving Factory followed by lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon, continue to visit the Summer Palace, which is the best-kept existing royal garden in Beijing, a complex of pavilions, temples, and galleries set among beautifully landscaped grounds, situated on Kunming Lake (subject the weather permitting).

Have a Peking Duck Dinner at local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Beijing to Xian

Explore the vast Temple of Heaven complex (Tiantan Park, a UNESCO site) that was once a sacred area used only by the emperors of China for important ceremonies to honor Heaven, the supreme power. The main structure is the grand Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, an impressive architectural feat. Today this park is a favorite gathering spot for local residents, a community center where people of all ages come to relax, exercise and express through song and dance. Joining in on activities is a fun way to interact with everyday Beijingers and is welcomed with warm smiles and open arms.

Visit the Lama Temple. It is the largest Buddhist temple of the Yellow-sect in Beijing and has been completely preserved. Built in 1694 as the residence of Count Yin Zhen, the fourth son of the Emperor Kangxi, it was called "the Palace of Count Yong." After Yin Zhen became the Emperor, he continued to use it as an imperial palace for short stays away from the capital. In 1744, it was converted into a lamasery. Yonghegong is the most renowned Tibetan Buddhist temple in China outside Tibet and holds treasures of both the Han and Tibetan cultures.

Beijing Noodle Lunch at a local restaurant.

Departure transfer to airport for flight to Xian, upon arrive Xian, meet your local English-speaking guide at airport and transfer to your hotel. Evening is free with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda

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    Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda



    Let Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda be your sanctuary away from home for your next visit to Xi'an. Conveniently located at South 2nd Ring Road and 40 kms from Xi'an Xianyang Airport, we are close to Changan University and Xiaozhai shopping district. Commute easily ...

    Let Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda be your sanctuary away from home for your next visit to Xi'an.

    Conveniently located at South 2nd Ring Road and 40 kms from Xi'an Xianyang Airport, we are close to Changan University and Xiaozhai shopping district. Commute easily to other parts of the city with the nearby Sport Center Subway Station or taxis are readily available in the district.

    Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda guestrooms all feature flat-screen televisions, satellite channels, work desks with ergonomic seats and high-speed Internet access. Let our Business Center support all your secretarial needs with print, fax, copy, email and IT services. Host your events in our 6 meeting rooms and 2 ballrooms including our grand ballroom which seats 360 guests (banquet-style) comfortably. Holiday Inn Xi'An Big Goose Pagoda banquets team can also customize our facilities to suit your event's needs, whether it is a boardroom meeting, intimate champagne reception or grand wedding dinner.

    Renew your body with a workout or swim in Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda's modern 700m2 Fitness Center or relax with a massage in our tranquil Spa. Indulge your appetite in our master chef's finest creations at restaurant name or in our all-day dining and room service. Treat yourself to an afternoon tea or evening cocktail at bar.

    Make Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda your first choice in your next trip to Xi'an.

    Facilities

    • Housekeeping Service
    • Indoor Pool
    • Internet
    • Pets Accepted (with limitations)
    • Shuttle Service

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Day 5

Xian

Marvel at the important Terracotta Warriors and Horses underground army pits of the 1st Qin Emperor (3rd century BCE, UNESCO site) with your own eyes and understand the magnitude of this portion of the entire mausoleum project. There are thousands of pottery soldiers and each one looks different. Their solemn assignment was to protect the Emperor Qin Shihuangdi in the afterlife. A circle-vision film reenacts the related events of 2300 years ago. Visit the Xian Ceramic and Art Workshop to learn how to make Terra Cotta replica. Chinese lunch at local restaurant including the Noodle-making demonstration.

Afternoon visit the ancient Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum, it is considered one of the birth places of Chinese culture, the capital of thirteen dynasties such as Zhou (1046 BC-256 BC), Han (202 BC-220) and Tang (618-907), and has its own unique history and cultural features. The Shaanxi History Museum in Xian, regarded as "the pearl of ancient dynasties and house of Chinese treasures", gives a miniature overview of the thousands of years of Chinese history and the splendid ancient cultures of olden times.

You will have your dumpling Dinner followed by Tang Dynasty Show.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Xian to Shanghai

Morning visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda - regarded by many as a symbol of the city, the pagoda was built in 652 A.D in Tang Dynasty to house the sutras brought back from India by the famous monk Xuan-zang. Visit the Ancient City Wall, built during the 14th century on Tang Dynasty foundations, date to the Ming Dynasty; the walls are the largest and best-preserved ancient fortress in the world. You will have your lunch at local restaurant.

Departure transfer to airport for flight to Shanghai, upon arrive Shanghai, meet your local English-speaking guide at airport and transfer to your hotel. Evening is free with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration4 Nights
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Ocean Hotel Shanghai

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    Ocean Hotel Shanghai



    Adjacent to the new Bund and Shanghai International Shipping Centre, Ocean Hotel Shanghai is conveniently located near the Metro Line Four. The hotel has a total of 357 rooms including the presidential suite and deluxe executive suites which are equipped with the latest digital control ...

    Adjacent to the new Bund and Shanghai International Shipping Centre, Ocean Hotel Shanghai is conveniently located near the Metro Line Four. The hotel has a total of 357 rooms including the presidential suite and deluxe executive suites which are equipped with the latest digital control systems. On the top floor, the first revolving restaurant in Shanghai serves Sichuan dishes, bird's nest, and abalone dishes. Guests can enjoy these traditional dishes while getting a bird's eye view of the city.

    Facilities

    • Day Spa
    • Gym/ Fitness centre
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 7

Shanghai

Start the day to visit the 400 year's old Yu Garden and Old Town, Yu Garden was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Pan Yunduan. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age. Outside the garden, is the famous Chen Huang Miao - an area of shops, restaurants and recreation facilities. Lunch is on your own at the Old Town.

Afternoon, spend time at the Bund/Waterfront area on the Huangpu River where historical landmarks of yesteryear proudly stand across the river from the contemporary skytowers of the newly developed Pudong area. Off to the world-famous Shanghai Museum where you can use an audio info guide to enjoy this thoughtfully distinguished art collection at your own pace. Fine Chinese pieces, from Neolithic to contemporary, pottery to porcelain, bronze to jade, sculpture to furniture are all represented.

Dinner at local restaurant followed by Acrobatic Show.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Shanghai to Suzhou to Shanghai

Full day excursion to Suzhou Water Town via high-speed train (2nd class soft seat). Arrive Suzhou, visit the Garden of the Master of Fishing Nets and Suzhou No. 1 Silk Spinning Factory. The Garden of the Master of Fishing Nets is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills for synthesizing art, nature, and architecture to create unique metaphysical masterpieces. The Master of the Nets is particularly regarded among garden connoisseurs for its mastering the techniques of relative dimension, contrast, foil, sequence and depth, and borrowed scenery.

Afternoon, enjoy the Grand Canal Cruise and Old Town. The Suzhou section of the Grand Canal is the part of the world-famous Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. It is an ancient grandeur project in the Eastern Plains. It is the earliest and longest manmade watercourse in the world. With an overall length of 1794 kilometers, the ancient Grand Canal started in Beijing in the north and reached Hangzhou in the south, flowing through 4 provinces and 2 cities. In the long history, the Grand Canal has made enormous contribution to the communication between North China and South China in both economy and culture. You will have Chinese lunch at local restaurant.

Evening is free with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9

Shanghai

Free day at leisure or go for Optional Tours.

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Day 10

Depart Shanghai

Departure transfer to airport for the flight to your destination.

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DEPARTURES:

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Guided touring as per itinerary
  • Inter-China air travel (Economy class) as per itinerary
  • Meals as specified
  • Round trip airport/hotel/airport transfers & domestic air tickets with airport tax.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

 

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