14 days 13 nights Beijing/Taiyuan/Pingyao/Xi’an/Luoyang/Zhengzhou/Shanghai (PT14D-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 The old city walls have been replaced by ring roads, and many of the old residential districts of alleys and courtyard houses have been turned into high-rise hotels, office buildings, and department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.
The past prosperity of Shanxi lies in Pingyao while the soul of Pingyao lies in its Old City. There is no charming landscape. No green mountain or clear waters. What’s unique here is this well-preserved ancient city with its grand, solemn city wall, its residences and shops, and even the government office all in the style of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911). In 1997, when it was declared a World Cultural Heritage site for its Old City, Pingyao gradually opened up to the outside world and more and more people have come to have a look at this old city representing the prosperous past of Shanxi during the Ming and Qing eras.
Xi’an is a city with incredible history, as well as a prosperous modern city. As the capital city of Shannxi 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 Qin Emperor, is regarded as the eighth wonder of the world.
Luoyang is situated in Western Henan Province, and stretches over both the south and north banks of the Yellow River, “lying in the centre of the earth”, she is one of the most important places of origin of Chinese civilization. The city is named Luoyang because it lies in the south of the Luo River. Luoyang is one of the seven ancient capitals in China, with one city, eight counties and six urban districts under its jurisdiction. It has a total area of 15,208 square kilometres, including 544 square kilometres of urban area, and it has a population of 6.1million, 1.35 million of which are city inhabitants.
The capital city of Henan Province, Zhengzhou is located in the middle of China, about 760 km (about 472 miles) south of Beijing and 480 km (about 298 miles) east of Xi’an. After the Longhai Railway (Lanzhou to Lianyungang) and Jingjiu Railway (Beijing to Kowloon) were completed, their intersection, Zhengzhou, became a vital transportation hub.
Kaifeng city is located in the northern part of Henan province. It is one of China’s most famous ancient capitals, with around 3000 years of history, and still today retains much of the charm, mostly in a small area enclosed by the Old City Walls.
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 China Sea 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 at Beijing. Transfer to Days & Suites Beijing Hotel for 3 nights stay. (D)|
|2||Full Day City Tour (Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven) (B,L,D)|
|3||Visit Badaling Great Wall & Summer Palace (B,L,D)|
|4||Fly to Taiyuan. Transfer to Pingyao by bus. Transfer to Yunjincheng Hotel. (B,L,D)|
|5||Pingyao ancient city. Back to Taiyuan. Transfer to World Trade Hotel. (B,L,D)|
|6||Fly to Xi’an.Transfer to Sheraton Hotel for 2 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|7||Full Day Terra Cotta Tour(Terracotta Museum & Big Wild Goose Pagoda & Banpo Museum) (B,L,D)|
|8||Half Day Xi’an city tour (City Wall & Shaanxi History Museum); Train to Luoyang. Transfer to Hua Yang Plaza Hotel. (B,L,D)|
|9||Longmen Crottoes & White Horse Temple in Luo Yang. (B,L,D)|
|10||Travel to Shaolin Monastery by bus, continied to Zhengzhou. Transfer to Sofitel Zhengzhou Hotel for 2 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|11||Travel to Kaifeng by bus, Xiaogguo Monastery, Dragon Pavilion. (B,L,D)|
|12||Fly to Shanghai. Transfer to Shanghai Hotel for 2 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|13||Full Day Shanghai City Tour (Shanghai Museum, Yu Yuan Garden, The Jade Buddha Monastery). (B,L,D)|
|14||Departure from Shanghai. (B)|
The price includes:
- Days & Suites Beijing Hotel Standard room for 3 nights, with ABF daily
- Yunjin Cheng Hotel Standard room for 1 night, with ABF daily
- World Trade Hotel Standard room for 1 night, with ABF daily
- Xi'an Sheraton Hotel Standard room for 2 nights, with ABF daily
- Hua Yang Plaza Hotel Standard room for 2 nights, with ABF daily
- Sofitel Zhengzhou Hotel Standard room for 2 nights, with ABF daily
- Shanghai Hotel Standard room for 2 nights, with ABF daily
All airport transfers
All entrance fees to all sightseeing
Private English Speaking tour Guide, and Driver
All domestic airfare (Economy Class)
- Beijing to Taiyuan
- Taiyuan to Xian
- Zhengzhou to Shanghai
Trian Tickets ( Soft Seat )
- Xian to Luoyang
This price excludes:
- Gratuities for the Guides and Drivers
- Incidentals in hotel such as dry cleaning, phone, mini bar
- Inbound and outbound international air
- 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