China Signature Tour 10 Days / 9 Nights WOW 1
As the capital of China, 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 The old city walls have been replaced by ring roads, and many of the old residential districts of alleys and courtyard houses have been turned into high-rise hotels, office buildings, and department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.
The Exhibition of Shanghai’s Urban History and Development Museum, 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 often 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, fertile landscape and abundance of produce, it is no wonder that Suzhou is called “paradise on earth.”
|1||Arrive in Beijing
After a comfortable flight, you’ll arrive at our home, Hong Kong. Transit to Beijing where you will be met by an English-speaking guide and transferred to The Peninsula Beijing for 3 nights stay. Free at leisure for the remainder of the day. Please note: Impact of the current Beijing traffic situation may affect travel time to attractions such as the Great Wall and Ming Tomb. Depending on the day’s traffic situation, an additional 30-60 minutes of travel time may be incurred. Presently, travel time to the other venues such as Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace has not been affected.
|2||Beijing Tour [B, L, D]
Visit Beijing’s most famous sights – Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Beijing Imperial Palace and Temple of Heaven. During the visit to Forbidden City, you will be able to take a VIP tour of the Shu Fang Zhai and explore parts of the Forbidden City that are NOT open to the public.
Enjoy exterior views of the Beijing National Stadium and National Aquatics Center. Famously known as “The Bird’s Nest” and “Water Cube”, these two structures hosted many competitions during the 2008 Summer Olympics.
|3||Hutong & The Great Wall [B, L]
Visit Hutong, traditional courtyard homes, and see how local Beijing residents live. Practice the art of Chinese calligraphy with a calligrapher and enjoy lunch with a Hutong family. In the afternoon, visit the Great Wall. The Great Wall is China’s most famous site and stretches over 3,700 miles.
|4||Arrive in Xian & the Forest of Stone Steles Museum* [B, L, D]
In the morning, fly from Beijing to Xian and transfer to Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square for 3 nights.
In the afternoon, explore ancient calligraphies of China’s most famous scholars at the Forest of Stone Steles Museum, where you will have the opportunity to make an impression using carbon powder of one of the stone steles on a sheet of rice paper and bring it home with you. This is a special opportunity only presented to our VIP clients (NOT open to the public), as the Chinese government has restrictions on making impressions of the stone steles for fear of wearing the stone away. You will be able to keep your own copy of the imprint and frame it as a collectible.
|5||Terracotta Museum & Xian Museum* [B, L, D]
Explore the Terracotta Museum and see the buried treasures that took 38 years to complete.
In the afternoon, visit Xian Museum and you will have the rare opportunity to examine thousands year old artifacts. Our VIP clients will be offered a once-in-a-lifetime experience: to hold artifacts up four thousand years old and examine them closely while an expert describes the historical significance of each piece. This is a VIP venue NOT open to the public.
|6||Shaanxi Archaeological Research Institute* & Shaanxi History Museum [B, L, D]
Enjoy a private tour at the Shaanxi Archaeological Research Institute* and the opportunity to examine ancient artifacts and have a close-up look of some of Terracotta Warriors.
After lunch, you will marvel the national treasures of the ancient Chinese people at the Shaanxi History Museum. Given that Xian was the capital of the Tang Dynasty, most prominent dynasty in Chinese history, the Shaanxi History Museum has the world’s largest collection of Tang Dynasty artifacts that truly exemplifies China’s prominence during the time of Marco Polo’s visit to China.
|7||Arrive in Shanghai, Shanghai Museum & the Bund [B, L]
In the morning, fly to Shanghai and transfer to the Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai.
In the afternoon, enjoy ancient Chinese art at the Shanghai Museum. Learn about Shanghai architecture with a visit to the Bund. The Bund is an area of Shanghai lined with historic buildings and a spectacular riverside promenade.
|8||Suzhou City Tour [B, L, D]
Private transfer from Shanghai to Suzhou.
Enjoy a full-day Suzhou city tour with visits to Tiger Hill and Wangshi Garden.
At the end of the tour, transfer back to Shanghai accompanied by your guide.
|9||Jade Buddha Monastery & Nanjing Road [B, L]
Enjoy the day exploring the Jade Buddha Monastery & shopping at Nanjing Road.
|10||Depart Shanghai [B]
Depart from Shanghai to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific and connect on Cathay Pacific to the U.S.
*These are VIP Venues NOT open to the Public
The price includes
- The Peninsula Beijing or similar hotel with Deluxe room for 3 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel.
- Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square or similar hotel with Standard Room for 3 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel./li>
- The Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai or similar hotel with Standard Room for 3 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 Xian
- Xian 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
- 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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