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Tour Code: RC-02001

Rich Cultural Cities Tour

Destinations: Beijing, Xi'an, Hangzhou, Yangzhou, Suzhou, Shanghai

Duration: 11 Days

Difficulties Index:  2 of 5

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All year

Overview: Beijing, as one of China's four ancient capitals, it is home to some of the most stunning architectural wonders in the world. The Imperial residences and parks such as the Forbidden City and Summer Palace never fail to awe visitors with their grandeur and Scale, military fortifications such and the Great Wall and City Gates humble visitors with their sheer scale, etc. Beijing is an exciting and dynamic city. It is the perfect place to see China's incredible ancient past and exciting present.

The cultural and historical significance of Xian, as well as the abundant relics and sites, help Shaanxi enjoy the laudatory title of 'Natural History Museum'. The Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses is praised as "the eighth major miracle of the world", Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang is listed on the World Heritage List, and the City Wall of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) is the largest and most intact Ming Dynasty castle in the world...

Known as "Heaven on Earth", Suzhou is unforgettable. Its elegant gardens and beautiful, ancient waterway and canals will enchant you. The home of the Chinese silk industry, Suzhou has so much to offer.

Shanghai, an open city on the coast and a famous historical and cultural city, is a gate to the Yangtze River delta. Shanghai succeeded in winning the bid for the sponsorship of World Expo 2010. The world has given China a share of luck and Shanghai will add more splendors to the world Shanghai is ushering in excellent opportunities for development. People of Shanghai warmly welcome visitors from home and overseas.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Beijing

Our guide and driver will meet you at Beijing airport, transfer to the hotel. Visit Beijing Tiananmen Square, and enjoy the Chinese Kongfu Show in Evening.

* GongFu Show (Kongfu Show): Wushu (or Kungfu) appeared in ancient China as early as 2,500 years ago. Today, both in China and around the world, millions of people are fascinated by Chinese Wushu and benefit from it. It is believed to be effective in preventing and curing some diseases like cold, indigestion, and eyestrain. The show has English subtitles shown above the stage to keep you informed of the story line. The actors do not speak; the show is all Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics. It is the fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional arts which make this performance unique and spectacular.

* Meals: -/-/D
* Overnight at Beijing 4-star Hotel

Day 2: Beijing

Visit Temple of Heaven, it is the largest heaven-worshipping architecture in the world. Then visit Summer Palace and the Forbidden City. Enjoy Beijing Roast Duck as the Dinner.

* Meals: B/L/D
* Overnight at Beijing 4-star Hotel

Day 3: Beijing

Drive to visit famous Badaling Great Wall-the most famous section of China Great Wall, this part of wall is well maintained, it is easy to walk along this section of defensive project of ancient China. After lunch, we will drive to the Ming Tombs- the 13 Ming Dynasty Tombs. Then, back to Beijing downtown region, and free for your own leisure in Beijing's Cultural Relics Market.

* Meals: B/L/D
* Overnight at Beijing 4-star Hotel

Day 4: Beijing-Xi An

Take a morning flight from Beijing to Xi'an, transfer to the hotel. Visit the Forest of Steles Museum, and the City Wall, have a nice walking in Moslem Street. After dinner, we will enjoy the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

* Meals: B/L/D
* Overnight at Xi'an 4-star Hotel

Day 5: Xi An

Visit the Big Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi History Museum. Then visit the Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, it is the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th Century.

* Meals: B/L/D
* Overnight at Xi'an 4-star Hotel

Day 6: Xi An-Hangzhou

Visit Han Yang Ling Museum in the morning, and take an afternoon flight from Xi'an to Hangzhou. Transfer to the Hotel. Free at your own leisure in evening.

* Meals: B/L/D
* Overnight at Hangzhou 4-star Hotel

Day 7: Hangzhou

Visit the West Lake and Red Carp Pond, the Huqingyu Tang Chinese Medicine Museum and the Lingyin Temple(Monastery of the Hidden Souls). Enjoy the "Impression Westlake" outdoor musical performances in evening.

*Huqingyu Tang Chinese Medicine Museum: it is a professional museum of Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine and a key cultural relics and historic site under the protection of the government in China. The exhibition halls introduce the origin, development, and application of traditional Chinese medicine and its role in the world history of medicine.

* Meals: B/L/D
* Overnight at Hangzhou 4-star Hotel

Day 8: Hangzhou-Yangzhou

Drive from Hangzhou to Yangzhou (about 4.5 hour's drive). Visit Shou Xihu (Slim West Lake), which is so named because it resembles the West Lake in Hangzhou in terms of natural beauty, but is narrower and more twisted.

* Meals: B/L/D
* Overnight at Yangzhou 4-star Hotel

Day 9: Yangzhou-Suzhou

Drive from Yangzhou to Suzhou (about 2.5 hour's drive). Visit the Hu Qiu (Tiger Hill), Zhuozheng Yuan (the Humble Administrator's Garden) and the Wangshi Yuan (Garden of the Master of the Nets).

* Meals: B/L/D
* Overnight at Suzhou 4-star Hotel

Day 10: Suzhou-Shanghai

Drive from Suzhou to Shanghai (about 1-hour drive). Visit the Shanghai Museum and the Yuyuan Garden. After lunch we will transfer you to the Bund area, where you will take a cruise tour on the Huangpu River. The cruise will start at 14:00 and get back to the Bund at 17:00. Then leave you some free time to explore the Bund area on your own. Enjoy the Shanghai Cuisine in Wang Bao he restaurant as dinner, Wang Bao He has a history of around 260 years and is the best place to serve Shanghai Cuisine.

* Meals: B/L/D
* Overnight at Shanghai 4-star Hotel

Day 11: Shanghai-Home

Transfer to the airport, and see you off.
*Meals: B/-/-

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Our quotation including the followings:

1. Overnight at 4-star hotel. Standard rooms (twin bed).
2. Transportation: Tour Mini bus.
3. The tickets of the main gate for all the scenic spots.
4. Service provided by the English-Speaking guide (Local Guide).
5. Air tickets: Beijing to Xi'an, Xi'an to Hangzhou, airport tax & Fuel fees included.
6. Tickets for the performance: Chinese Kongfu Show in Beijing, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show in Xi'an, "Impression Westlake" in Hangzhou.
7. The tour insurance.

The following would not be included:

1. The air ticket of arrival and departure.
2. Excess baggage, tips to the guide and driver, and other personal expenses.
3. Aviation insurance.

Comments:

* Meals included as listed (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).




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