Essence of China Tour 10 Days / 9 Nights WOW 4
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 The old city walls have been replaced by ring roads, and many of the old residential districts of alleys and courtyard houses have been turned into high-rise hotels, office buildings, and department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.
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.
|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 Hilton Doubletree 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. In the afternoon visit Hutong, traditional courtyard homes, and see how local Beijing residents live.
|3||Great Wall, Beijing National Stadium & National Aquatics Center [B, L, D]
In the morning, visit the Great Wall. The Great Wall is China’s most famous site and stretches over 3,700 miles. In the afternoon, 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.
|4||Arrive in Xian [B]
Fly to Xian and transfer to Grand Mercure Xian at Renmin Square for 3 nights stay.
|5||Terracotta Museum & Banpo Museum [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.
|6||Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda & Xian City Wall [B, L, D]
Visit the Shaanxi History Museum, explore ancient 13th century Bell Tower Square, and stroll the gardens of The North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. You will also have an opportunity to visit the Xian City Wall, the most complete city wall survived in China.
|7||Arrive in Shanghai [B]
Fly to Shanghai and transfer to Grand Mercure Shanghai Zhongya for 3 nights stay.
|8||Shanghai Museum & The Bund [B, L, D]
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. End the day at a local tea shop.
|9||Jade Buddha Monastery & Nanjing Road [B, L, D]
Enjoy the day exploring the Jade Buddha Monastery & shopping at Nanjing Road.
|10||Return to Hong Kong [B]
Depart from Shanghai to Hong Kong and connect on Cathay Pacific to the U.S.
The price includes
- Doubletree by Hilton Beijing Hotel 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 3 nights stay, with daily breakfast at hotel.
- Grand Mercure Zhongya Shanghai hotel or similar hotel with Superior 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 Xi'an
- Xi'an 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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