The Legend of China Tour 12 Days / 11 Nights WOW 9
Beijing is one of the world’s truly imposing cities, with a 3,000-year history and 11 million people. Covering 16,808 square kilometers in area, it is the political, cultural and economic center of the People’s Republic of China. Situated in northeast China, Beijing adjoins the Inner Mongolian Highland to the northwest and the Great Northern Plain to the south.Five rivers run through the city,connecting it to the eastern Bohai Sea. Administratively, the Beijing municipality equals the status of a province, reporting directly to the central government. Rich in history, Beijing has been China’s primary capital for more than seven centuries. China’s imperial past and political present meet at Tiananmen Square, where the Forbidden City palace of the emperors gives way to the Great Hall of the People congress building and the mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong. The old city walls have been replaced by ring roads, and many of the old residential districts of alleys and courtyard houses have been turned into high-rise hotels, office buildings, and department stores. Beijing, a dynamic city where the old and new intermingle, remains a magnet for visitors from inside and outside China.
Xi’an is a city with incredible history, as well as a prosperous modern city. As the capital city of Shaanxi province, it holds a key position in the fertile plain between the highland plateau of the north and the Qinling Mountains to the south. Xi’an has been the capital of eleven dynasties for more than 2000 years. Along with Rome and Constantinople, this city played a vital role in bridging the gap between east and west. There are important sites and relics in this city. The Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin is regarded as the eighth wonder of the world.
Lhasa is rightly one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world. This is not only because of its remoteness, its high altitude at 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) means limited accessibility, but also because of its impressive heritage of over a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history that has helped to create the romantic and mysterious Tibetan religion. Known as the “Roof of the World,” Lhasa is the capital of Tibet, and its political, economic, and cultural center. With a rich history spanning 1300 years, magnificent natural scenery and pleasant weather, earning the nick name “Sunshine City,” the city offers visitors a life-long memories of experience. Differing from the inland cities and other places in Tibet, Lhasa is unique with an allure all of its own. In the Tibetan language, Lhasa means the Holy Land or the Buddha Land. The city has also been appointed as one of the 24 historical and cultural cities of China. The splendor and grandeur of the Potala Palace in Lhasa remains a world-famous symbol of the enigmatic power of politics and religion in this region.
Shanghai is China’s most comprehensive industrial and commercial city, ranking the first in population and population density. As a tourist city, it attracts travelers from both home and abroad by its commercial activity rather than scenic beauty. Shanghai is situated on the bank of the Yangtze River Delta, with East River in the east and Hangzhou delta in the south. Housing a population of over 16 million at present, it was once a small town supported by fishing and weaving before the first Opium War. Late in 1990, the central government started developing the area, and has since become the well-known booming metropolis city.
Suzhou is located in the center of the Yangtze Delta, in the south of Jiangsu Province, with Shanghai to the east, Zhejiang Province to the south, Wuxi City to the west and the Yangtze River to the north. Since 42% area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is praised as the “Oriental Venice.” Taihu Lake, four fifths of which is in the territory of Suzhou, is one of the four largest fresh lakes in China, with East Hill, West Hill and other scenic spots in its vicinity. The city is cut by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal from north to south. Together with its mild climate, making it an available destination all year round, fertile landscape and abundance of produce, it is no wonder that Suzhou is called “paradise on earth.”
|1||Arrive in Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met by an English-speaking guide and transferred to Doubletree by Hilton Beijing for 3 nights stay. Free at leisure for the remaining day.
|2||Great Wall & Ming Dynasty Tombs [B, L, D]
Visit the legendary Great Wall, followed by the Ming Dynasty Tombs – UNESCO World Heritage site.
|3||Beijing Tour [B, L, D]
Visit Beijing’s most famous sights – Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Beijing Imperial Palace and Summer Palace.
|4||Arrive in Xian & Shaanxi History Museum [B, L]
Fly to Xi’an and transfer to Grand Mercure Xi’an on Renmin Square Hotel for 2 nights stay. In the afternoon, visit Shaanxi History Museum and marvel at the national treasures of the ancient Chinese people.
|5||Terracotta Museum, Banpo Museum, Xian Museum & Xian City Wall [B, L, D]
Explore the Terracotta Museum and see the buried treasures that took 38 years to complete. Visit the Banpo Museum, an excavation site housing fascinating ancient artifacts. In the afternoon, visit Xian Museum which features as many as 130,000 cultural relics showing the history of Xian, one time capital of 13 dynasties. You will also have an opportunity to visit the Xian City Wall, the most complete city wall survived in China.
|6||Arrive in Lhasa [B, D]
Private transfer from Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square Hotel to Xian Airport. Fly to Lhasa and transfer to Lhasa Four Points Hotel for 3 nights. The remainder of the day is for you to rest and get acclimated to the change in altitude.
|7||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Street [B, L, D]
Visit the famous and most picturesque site in Lhasa -Potala Palace. After a visit to the Jokhang Temple, you will step out to Barkhor Street – Lhasa shoppers’ paradise.
|8||Lhasa Tour [B, L, D]
Full day Lhasa City tour visit Drepung Monastery & Norbulingka & Sera Monastery.
|9||Arrive in Shanghai [B]
Private transfer from Lhasa Four Points Hotel to Lhasa Airport. Fly to Shanghai and transfer to Grand Mercure Zhongya Shanghai for 3 nights.
Private transfer by car from Shanghai to Suzhou. Full day Suzhou city tour visit Tiger Hill & Wangshi Garden. At the end of the tour, transfer back to Shanghai accompanied by your tour guide.
|11||Shanghai city tour [B,L,D]
Visit Yu Yuan Garden & Jade Buddha Monastery & Shanghai Museum.
|12||Return to Hong Kong [B]
Bid farewell to Shanghai with your private guide and transfer to the Shanghai airport. Take Cathay Pacific from Shanghai to Hong Kong and enjoy a convenient connection back to the U.S.
The price includes
- Doubletree by Hilton Beijing or similar hotel with Superior Room for 3 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel
- Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square or similar hotel with Superior Room for 2 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel
- Lhasa Four Points by Sheraton Hotel or similar hotel with Standard room for 3 nights stay, with daily breakfast at hotel.
- Grand Mercure Zhongya or similar hotel with Standard room for 2 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel.
- Entrance fees to sightseeing as stated in the itinerary
- Airport transfers and ground transportation as stated in the itinerary
- Meals as stated in the itinerary
- B = Breakfast in hotel
- L = Lunch outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- D = Dinner outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- Private English speaking tour guide, and driver
- China domestic airfare (Economy Class)
- Beijing to Xi'an
- Xi'an to Lhasa
- Lhasa to Shanghai
- Inbound and outbound international air (Economy L Class) through the Cathay Pacific Package. Routing based on specific package purchased.
The price excludes
- Gratuities for the Guides and Drivers
- Incidentals in hotel such as dry cleaning, phone, mini bar
- Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel Insurance
- China visa
- Tibet visa
- Hotels used may be changed prior to tour but will be replaced with similar category of hotels
- Price and availability subject to change without notice until deposit is received
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