China is simply too massive and overrun with wonders. If you are looking for contrast and diversity, this is the right tour. The diversity in its landscape is unbelievable, from the big- city bustle of Beijing to the placid calmness of the former silk-route Xian will remind you why you came in the first place.
Trip in a Nutshell:
SHANGHAI - Jade Buddha temple, Yu Gardens, silk shopping, People’s Square, shopping in Nanjing Road, Zhujiajiao water town, Acrobatic show.
XIAN - big wild goose pagoda square, Terracotta Warriors, lacquer workshop
BEIJING - Jade factory, the Great Wall, tea house, Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Pearl shop.
Arrive in Shanghai. Transfer to hotel with your tour leader. Have the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Shanghai. Shanghai hosts the world’s second tallest tower and sky-piercing sky scrappers. Beyond that, you can also uncover infinite architectural wonders.
Take a guided sightseeing tour of Shanghai. Jade Buddha Temple is a serene and beautiful temple with the giant colossus of Buddha and many types of Buddha can be seen here. Yu Gardens is usually a busy place to experience the taste of China where you find local markets, restaurants, Tea Houses and all things Chinese. Engage in silk shopping. In the later half of the day, visit People’s Square and go shopping in Nanjing Road. People’s square is a little oasis, well-maintained gardens and places nearby to explore are museums of contemporary art, regularly happening cultural dance performances. Later, proceed to the Bund, a perfect photo spot and an important landmark in Shanghai. Dinner and overnight in Shanghai.
Visit the remaining highlights of Shanghai. Zhujiajiao water town is filled with water and historic sites like Fangsheng Bridge, Kezhi Garden and the Yuanjin Buddhist Temple. Established 1700 years ago, the town retains those rice shops, post office and spice stores from Qing Dynasty. Explore the beautiful little town as you wish. A magical evening awaits as you are up for an acrobatic show. The 2 hour long show will evince the showman skills of the acrobats. Overnight in Shanghai. (B L D)
Board flight to Xian. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Visit the big wild goose pagoda square on your way to hotel. Have free time for your own activities. Dinner and overnight in Xian. Xian(pronounced as Si an) houses the major historic ruins such as Army of Terracotta Warriors, the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi, Xī’ān City Walls and the Muslim Quarter. We have some time aside to visit its pagodas and museums. At the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, you can linger for an hour to see the nice art work displayed. Also you can get your name drawn out in Mandarin.
Visit the Terracotta Warriors, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a must visit sight and turns out to be very interesting when you get to know the history from our guide. It will be quite fascinating to see each soldier having a unique look, wouldn’t it? Next ,visit a special art lacquer workshop. Board train to Beijing in the evening. Overnight stay in Beijing.
Visit the Jade factory and proceed to see the Great Wall passing through Juyong Pass. This part of the Great Wall challenges you to climb to the top. There are cafes, museums and souvenir shops to engage in . Take a short halt at the Beijing Olympic Park for photos. Visit a tea house. Overnight in Beijing.
Visit Tian’anmen Square and proceed to the Forbidden City. In the afternoon, proceed for a tour of the Summer Palace. Later, visit the Pearl shop. Dinner and overnight in Beijing.
Have free time until departure and transfer to airport to connect flight back home.
China’s modern facet is amazing, attracting people across the world. The western part of China is distinctly rural showing a contrast from the ultra-modern cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The whole of China has lived through the years preserving the 5000-year-old civilization. It is a country of contrasts. A lifetime wouldn’t be enough to discover the entire country; every day creates a new China. China is visited for the modern attractions, the historical wonder- Great Wall, the country life and the incredible food. Anytime is good to go around and dip your toes in this beautiful country or go Zig Zag hiking the Great Wall. Food is a way of life in China. Explore the Culinary facets and do as the Chinese do.
Personal expenses: Laundry, telephone calls, tips, mineral water, use of mini bar in the room, shopping expenses, camera entry fees etc.